Full NWA TNA PPV Results - 3/31/04 (Raven wins Final Four, new X Champion)
Reported by Paul Nemer of WrestleView.com
On Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 9:14 AM EST
Full NWA TNA PPV Results - 3/31/04
Location: Nashville, TN
Commentators: Mike Tenay & Don West
Report by: Chris "The Authority" Schultz @ NWATNA.com
The Road To The Cage Continues!
Match 1: The Naturals vs. "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels & Low Ki
TNA got off to a spectacular start this Wednesday night with a semifinal match in the tag team title tournament. This match pitted The Naturals, Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens, against the recently reunited Christopher Daniels and Low Ki. Once known as Triple X, Daniels, Low Ki, and Elix Skipper ruled the tag team division and held the coveted NWA World Tag Team Championship on more than one occasion. Although Triple X is not back together, Daniels and Low Ki are back as a team and seem to have picked up where they left off.
Their opponents in the match, The Naturals, just came off a big win of their own this last Wednesday by beating 3 Live Kru to advance in the tournament. The momentum switched back and forth in this match-up, with neither team able to get an edge. The experience team of Daniels and Low Ki had their hands full with the up and coming stars, Douglas and Stevens. After trading near pin falls, Andy Douglas tried to end the match by reaching for his powder. The move backfired and cost The Naturals a shot at the titles. Low Ki and Daniels got the pin and advanced to the finals of the tournament with a chance to once again regain tag team gold.
Scott Hudson caught up to Kid Kash and his tag team partner Dallas in the back to ask them about their upcoming match with Slash and Sinn. Kash talked about Swinger making the right decision by not showing up last week to tag with him in the tournament. He was happy with Dallas as his partner. Unfortunately, Hudson couldn't get a word from the 6'9" Dallas, but Kash had enough words for the both of them.
Match 2: Kid Kash & Dallas vs. Slash & Sinn
Now that Daniels and Low Ki were going to the finals of the tag team tournament, it was time to find out who their opponents would be. Another recently reunited team, Slash and Sinn, squared off against Kid Kash and his family member, the 6'9" Dallas. Although you would think the advantage would go to the experienced Disciples of the New Church, Kash and Dallas worked very well as a team. Maybe it's in their blood.
Former tag team champion Slash hit his famous whirlybird to try and finish of their opponents, but Kid Kash resorted to his most famous attribute, cheating. After using a steel pipe to hit Slash, Dallas picked him up and almost slammed him through the ring with his devastating version of a power bomb. That was all she wrote for the New Church and Kash & Dallas got the 3 count to advance to the finals to take on Daniels and Low Ki for the World Tag Team Titles.
There was a clip shown of the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Jeff Jarrett, defending his title in AAA in Mexico City this last week. Jarrett got the victory over the Latin Lover that night, but had to be escorted by police out of the building. Jarrett might be the champ, but not the most popular man in Mexico right now. Jarrett then had some words for the 4 men who would be competing in the Final Four Way at the end of the night. He said they don't have what it takes to be a champion and no one lives, breaths, and eats professional wrestling like himself.
Mike Tenay was then set to interview America's Most Wanted in the middle of the ring. Wildcat Chris Harris and Tennessee Cowboy James Storm were making their way to the ring, when out of nowhere, Jarrett smashed a guitar over Storm's skull. Harris chased Jarrett down and gave him the Catatonic in the middle of the ring. Just as Harris was about to give Jarrett a taste of his own medicine and hit him with another guitar, Raven gave him an Evenflow DDT. Jarrett got up just in time to confront Raven and the two exchanged unpleasantries until Styles came leaping off the top rope, sending both of them to the mat. Raven and Styles battled on the outside, while Jarrett got back in the ring and smashed his other guitar over the head of Chris Harris.
Cameras then shifted to the back where Scott Hudson was standing by with Monty Brown. Brown stated that NWA TNA was his hunting ground and he was ready to pounce on all that stand in his way.
Match 3: Sabu vs. "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown
After making his return to NWA TNA, "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown has been dominating his opponents in the ring. Just last week, he took out the head of the Blackshirt security, Don Harris. The Ex-New England Patriot would have his hands full this week when he met up with the Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Sabu. Monty took most of the offensive early in the match, dominating at every corner.
It was power versus violence in this encounter. As always, when Sabu is involved, so are tables and chairs. Towards the end of the match, Sabu leaped off a chair, over the ropes and onto Monty Brown, who was lying on a wooden table. This wasn't enough to finish off Brown though, and the brawl went through the crowd and up into the balcony. After beating each other senseless on the outside, the referee decided to disqualify both men and rule the match a no-contest. Security had to restrain both combatants at the end in order to keep them from tearing each other apart. This one is far from over.
Hudson was backstage with Glen Gilberti and David Young. Scott pointed out that Young was sort of on a slump as of late, going 0-17. Gilberti was shocked by this statistic and told Young that tonight was his last chance.
The attention then shifted to the New Franchise, where it looked as if all was well with the group. Douglas stated that The New Franchise sets the precedent, and that they don't follow it. He said they have ironed out their differences and are focused on getting the win in their match.
Match 4: 4 Corners Wild Card Match-Sonny Siaki & Simon Diamond vs. Young & Gilberti vs. The New Franchise vs. D-Lo Brown & Apollo
In this 4 Corner Wild Card match, 4 teams would fight it out to become the number one contenders for the tag team titles. Sonny Siaki teamed with Simon Diamond to take on Gilberti and Young, The New Franchise, and the new team of D-Lo Brown and Apollo. Although Brown and Apollo haven't tagged together in the past, they seemed to have learned each others moves well. Apollo, who recently wrestled under a mask as El Lion, took his mask off before entering the ring. He wasn't going to hide who he was anymore and after this match, he wouldn't have to.
David Young almost made a critical mistake early in the match by tagging in D-Lo Brown instead of his partner, Gilberti. There was also dissention in the New Franchise again which ended with Michael Shane walking off to the locker room. Shane Douglas and Traci followed him up the ramp only to have a shoving match and some choice words for each other. All 3 walked out on the match, thus ruining their shot at the number 1 contender spot for the tag team belts.
Johnny Swinger made his presence felt by attacking his former partner, Simon Diamond with a chair. Siaki went after Swinger and took his focus off the participants in the match. In the end, the mammoth Apollo got the TKO on David Young to pick up the win and become the number 1 contenders with D-Lo Brown.
Scott Hudson was then shown in the back trying to get a word with Abyss. He was stopped by a mysterious woman who would not reveal her identity, nor would she let Hudson get an interview with Abyss.
Match 5: X Division Championship-Amazing Red vs. Frankie Kazarian
Before this match got under way, Chris Sabin made his way to ringside along with his X Division Championship Belt. Unfortunately for Sabin, TNA officials decided to strip him of the title due to a serious injury to his knee which will keep him out of action for several weeks. However, Sabin wanted to be their in person to relinquish the gold. Frankie Kazarian then hit the ring to accomplish 2 things, win the title and prove to Jerry Lynn that he made a mistake by not picking him for team NWA TNA in the America's Cup.
Standing across from him was the returning Amazing Red, who has been out with a knee injury himself for almost 5 months. With Sabin looking on, both athletes took to the air and the mat with their X style maneuvers. Kazarian tried to steal one of Sabin's crutches during the match and use it against Red, but Sabin pulled it back away to make the save. It was a back and forth affair with neither Red or "The Future" able to get a pin fall on each other. Kazarian was able to counter Red at the conclusion of the match and rolled him up to capture his first X Division title. After the match, Kazarian went over to Sabin and slapped him across the face. After seeing this Sonjay Dutt, Jerry Lynn, and Skipper made the save and all 4 members of team NWA got to put a licking on the new X Division Champion.
Attention turned to the back, where 3 Live Kru was standing by. Ron "The Truth" Killings stated that when it comes to the NWA World Heavyweight Title, he has been there and done that. Both K-Dawg and BG James assured him that they would have his back if anything happened.
Match 6: Ron "The Truth" Killings vs. AJ Styles vs. Abyss vs. Raven
Before the match got underway, Sting made his way to the ring as the special enforcer in this match. His job: to keep all hell from breaking loose. Vince Russo also made his way to ringside to watch the match up close and personal. It was time for the Final Four Way to take place on the Road to the Steel Cage. All 4 TNA superstars looked very determined to get another shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Title. Jeff Jarrett was looking on in the back to find out who he could eventually encounter in a future title match.
Sting had to get involved early on after Raven and Abyss got out of line. After roughhousing both of them, former champions Styles and Killings leaped to the outside on top of both competitors. AJ Styles was about to get the pin when Jeff Jarrett showed up at ringside and got the attention of the referee. After seeing this Sting went after the champ to keep him out of the match. Vince Russo also came over to get Jarrett out of the picture. Jeff ended up grabbing Vince's towel and threw it in the ring. When Styles finally came to, he saw the towel and thought Vince Russo had double-crossed him again. This distraction gave Raven the chance to pull down Styles for the rollup and eventual pin. Raven won the match and the opportunity to fight Chris Harris for the number one contenders spot. What a night it was for TNA! Don't miss next week!