Another Flashback PPV Review, and as our resident TNA Fan Boy, this time we’re looking back to 2005 as TNA Presents the first annual Slammiversary from the Impact Zone!
This was built as TNA’s ‘3 year Anniversary Spectacular’ and would see 9 matches, including Samoa Joe’s TNA Debut as well as the second ever King of The Mountain Match. The shows opener really encapsulates everything this show was, as highlights from their first years play and show how far they’ve come. We see just how amazing and captivating the early years of TNA were in this package, whether it’s just giant spots still talked about today, all the different ways TNA chose to present themselves visually; the ring, the matches or the roster itself. It’s so easy to see why TNA stood out from the rest of the pack just in the opening moments of the show and gave me a reminder of why I fell in love with TNA back in the day.
We’re hosted by Mike Tenay and Don West, a classic commentary team that doesn’t get enough love in my mind. They welcome us and show us that things are already going down as on the pre show Raven and Jeff Jarrett had a face to face confrontation that ended in Jarrett going nuts and attacking a fan, getting himself arrested and removed from the building. With Jarrett out of the King of The Mountain match, it’s announced Raven will be taking his place.
Shark Boy vs. Amazing Red vs. Delirious vs. Elix Skipper vs. Jerrelle Clark vs. Zach Gowen
We kick things off with, as Mike Tenay says “TNA’s signature Division, what separates TNA from everybody else“ a 6-Way X Division Match. First out is Zach Gowen, who I forgot was ever in TNA. I always just remember him as the one legged boy that Brock Lesnar murdered that one time. He falls over on his way to the ring and we are off. Next out is Delirious, followed by Jerrelle Clark and then a very young Amazing Red. Seriously he looks like he’s 14 at most. Elix Skipper makes his way out, still riding the hype from his, to this day, unbelievable hurricanrana from the top of the cage back at Lockdown and finally we get a personal favourite of mine, Sharkboy. Delirious and Skipper start in the ring with the others on the outside like a tag team match. A strange set up that I’ve never enjoyed in multiman matches, it’s clearly a way to make everyone getting their turn to do their thing as we get moving. As each guy has their turn as showing off their abilities, Amazing Red shining early. The match quickly devolves into everyone in and the age no longer mattering what so ever before the 6 men take turns hitting their finishers until Shark Boy hits Delirious with the DSD for the win. (6:25)
I don’t need to go into too much more detail than this, it was less of a wrestling match and more just big spots to get the crowd hot for the show. The match was really nothing to write home about and wasn’t the great showcase that Commentary continues to say it was.
We get a quick cut backstage to Abyss preparing for The King of The Mountain Match. He breaks a mirror, which is 7 years bad luck and definitely isn’t going to do him any favours in the main event.
Over to Shane Douglas, I completely forgot he was a backstage interviewer at any point in time and this absolutely bamboozled me. He’s standing by with Shocker who cuts a quick promo on why he’s come to TNA before a young 22 year old Alex Shelley, looking like something right out of The Matrix, interrupt him to tell him. Shelley brags about being a hybrid wrestler and states that he’s got a counter for everything Shocker’s got before making a quick exit. Shocker screams in Spanish before letting Shane know that Alex does not know what he’s got himself into.
Alex Shelley vs. Shocker
Shelley comes to the ring to chants of ‘welcome back’ as commentary put over all the different styles of wrestling he’s proficient in. Shocker comes to the ring and as they begin with some chain wrestling commentary run off his list of accomplishments since his debut in 1992. As the two put on a nice little showcase in mat wrestling the crowd chants for both men, neither men getting an advantage in the ring or with the fans. Shocker gets the upper hand with a basement dropkick but despite his efforts to win them over the crowd is firmly behind Shelley. Shocker attempts a moonsault but with his knees up, Shelley is able to get in the drivers seat and begin working the veteran down. Shelley moves to the top rope and leaps at his opponent but Shocker dropkicks him right out of the air, Shelley quickly rolls to the outside to escape but Shocker is hot on his trail as he dives to the outside and takes him out. The two exchange some intricate and different roll ups, ones I don’t think I’ve seen before, a sequence that concludes with Shocker getting a really cool looking version of a small package out of a crucifix for the victory. (10:13)
The wrestling was very good and a good contrast to the opening contest which was a fast paced spot fest but at the end of the day, it wasn’t all that engaging and lacked any real build and/or climax which made the match feel very flat.
We cut to a countdown we will revisit throughout the night, as we countdown The Top 5 Moments in TNA History as voted by us the fans. At Number 5 we have AJ Styles defeating Jeff Jarrett for the NWA Title. A great match if you haven’t seen it and an amazing moment for AJ in a career that I don’t think anyone saw reaching the heights it has.
Backstage again as B.G James begs Ron Killings and Konnan to trust him as Ron prepares for his match against The Outlaw. With where they all are today, it’s weird seeing Road Dogg, Konnan and R-Truth all together in a segment in TNA.
We get a hype package for Ron Killings vs. The Outlaw to highlight the issues building between the members of the 3Live Krew as Konnan and Ron Killings grow suspicious of B.G Jame’s allegiance to The Outlaw after their history together as The New Age Outlaws.
The Outlaw vs. Ron ‘The Truth’ Killings
While Killings and The Outlaw make their way to the ring Commentary continue to speculate on whether or not B.G James is still loyal to his former Tag Team Partner. Commentary waste no time mentioning Outlaws past as Billy Gunn in WWE, while I remember TNA never being one to shy away form the past of their talent, in todays world it feels a little strange to have one company just throwing around another name so freely.
The Match begins as the two men lock up and work around, The Outlaw getting on top early as commentary detail for Killings has been in TNA since day one and list all his accomplishments. It’s crazy how much the career of Killings has changed since he was one of the centrepieces of TNA back at this time. I still like R-Truth, I don’t care.
The Outlaw leaves Killings in the corner as he argues with the referee, Killings takes the opening to skin the cat up to the top rope and he connects with a big missile dropkick from the top. Outlaw feeds up into a hip toss that goes super awkwardly, a clear botch. Killings goes to grab Outlaw and he hits him with a clear low blow to no discretion or explanation from commentary. Commentary call the low blow but give no explanation as to why it isn’t a disqualification?
No time to dwell on it as the match continues. Outlaw whips Killings to a corner and attempts a splash but The Truth moves and Outlaws head meats the ring post. This lets Killings take control but when he gets The Outlaw on the apron outside, he attempts a high kick which The Outlaws dodges, resulting in Killings nutting himself on the top rope turning tides on The Truth. Outlaw works Truth around, keeping him grounded. He goes up top, gives the crowd a ‘suck it’ gesture and attempts a a dive but Killings puts his feet up and catching The Outlaw square in the face.
The crowd begin to chant for Truth as the two men rise to their feet. Truth begins throwing big strikes before landing a strong forearm as he begins to make. comeback. Killings begins to bounce, flip and split around the rings as he comes alive for the first time since the start of this match. With the match solidly in his control he attempts the scirror kick but Outlaw moves and counters with a Famouset. Outlaws signals for the end and attempts a cobra clutch slam but Truth counters into a roll up that rolls the two men into the ropes, the adjust to get out of the ropes but Outlaws shoulder is clearly up directly infant of the camera, but the refereee counts the pin. This time commentary don’t acknowledge the mishap. (7:30)
Almost instantly The Outlaw attacks Truth, hitting the Cobra Clutch. B.G James makes his way to the ring with chair in hand as the two stands off while the crowd chant ‘New Age Outlaws’. James stands conflicted, while The Outlaw turn his back on him and gestures for James to hit him in the back. While James hesitates, Konnan rushes the ring and attacks The Outlaw as he makes a quick getaway. The tensions continue to rise between the 3Live Krew as they exit together and commentary speculate what could be going on.
Match was fine but the clear botches hurt it, it feels like a smaller piece in a bigger puzzle but they didn’t even use this match to really further it.
We cut back to our countdown of TNA’s Greatest Moments, at number 4 we have Raven’s arrival in TNA.
Backstage Shane Douglas Team Canada before their match. They hype their match in a good promo from Bobby Roode, Petey Williams and Scott D’Amore but the highlight of this for me is seeing Bobby Roode and Eric Young so young and so long before they’d grow into the characters that would leave a legacy in the company and before they’d become the wrestlers they are in WWE Today.
A quick hype package shows the lead up to the next match, Team Canada stealing the victory to earn a NWA Tag Team Championship match and attacking the Champions The Naturals; Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens. As the promo closes we’re reminded of the teasing The Naturals have been doing as they refer to an unnamed mentor.
Team Canada (Petey Williams & Eric Young) with Scott D’Amore & A1 vs. The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) for The Natural’s NWA Tag Team Championships.
I had completely forgotten about The Naturals, they pretty much showed up and rose to prominence in 2005 and were gone by the time 2006 came to a close. Their a weird case. The match starts with the champions taking control early, both men getting in and getting to showcase their athleticism as they work around their opponents. With the champions in firm control Young falls to the ground, fainting a knee injury which allow them to take control, Young dumping Stevens to the outside to allow A-1 to attack him. With the dirty work done, A-1 throws Stevens back in and the Canadians begin beating down Stevens and making quick and frequent tags. Williams tags in Young, hits Stevens with a back suplex which Young follows with a. Big leg drop from the top rode for a near 2 count.
Team Canada continue to work down Chase Stevens, being the most despicable dicks they can be as the crowd tries to rally behind the champions. Young begins to get cocky which allows Stevens to begin fighting back but just as it’s looking like the tides may be turning, Young takes the tights and throws Stevens to the outside, once again leaving him wide open to an attack from the rest of Team Canada.
Chase begins to fight back and but just as it seems the numbers game is just too much for the champions, Andy Douglas finally snaps and jumps A-1 as he tries to get involved again. This creates an opening as Chase gets to his corner and manages to fight off Petey Williams and finally tag Douglas in, who comes in like a house on fire. Things begin to break down as all four men involved in the match begin to fight around the ring. With Eric Young down on the outside, The Naturals hit Williams with an electric chair / top rope diving neck breaker combo for a close 2 count. Young sells up to the apron and leaves himself open as The Naturals connect with their patented finisher, The Natural Disaster and cover Young, despite him not being the legal man, for a near fall that Williams breaks up. Williams takes out Chase with a Russian Leg Sweep and attempts a Canadian Destroyer on Douglas, Douglas counters and throws Douglas in A-1’s direction as he distracts the referee so A-1 can hit Douglas in the back of the head with a hockey stick. A-1 jumps up on the apron and signals Williams to hit the Destroyer as the referee tries to get him off the apron, I think? Either that or he’s yelling at D’Amore for something. Regardless, with his back turned the referee doesn’t see Chase run in the ring with a megaphone to hit Petey Williams in the back of the head, allowing Douglas to roll Williams up and score the win as commentary reveal Jimmy Hart supplied the megaphone and that he must be their mysterious mentor. (15:22)
The first three quarters of this match was really solid tag team wrestling, though it felt that the crowd just weren’t really that into the baby face champions at any point. The match felt like it was beginning to build, hurt only by the random pin on Young when he was the illegal man, but the shenanigans in the end just kind of put a damper on the whole thing. I feel there had to be a better way for your triumphing heroes to defeat the dastardly Canadians without resorting to using a foreign object and there had to surely be a better way to reveal Jimmy Hart than just having him appear off camera as commentary let us know he’s there. Good match, let down by a very over done climax.
Back to our countdown for Number 3: The Lockdown PPV as a whole as Pro Wrestlings first all Steel Cage PPV. I don’t know if an entire PPV counts as a moment but hey, its your countdown TNA. Some people seem to have this thing against Lockdown but I always loved it, the novelty always wears off halfway through but it was always cool having a night of cage matches, especially in the early years when they tried to make each match unique in someway.
Backstage as Shane Douglas interviews Sean Waltman, asking how he got the wildcard spot in tonights King of The Mountain Match. Sean says how he’s a hell of a backstage politician and that he’s well known for his place in the kliq but adds he’s a hell of wrestler and that it’s every man for himself tonight.
Samoa Joe vs. Sonjay Dutt
Sonjay makes his way to the ring before Samoa Joe quickly follows. No build what so ever to preface this match which felt weird. Commentary is quick to discuss Joe’s dominance in Ring of Honor, his current possession of the ROH Pure Championship and the fact he only has one loss against his name. Again, weird to have them just openly discussing other companies. Sonjay tries his best to combat Joe in the early goings but Joe quickly takes control with a high uranage out of the corner. Joe dominates Dutt, trying to mount some momentum but Joe’s power just too much for him to overcome. Joe attempt a shoulder tackle and Dutt gets out of the way and Joe dives through the ropes to the outside. Dutt connects with a dive to the outside and firmly puts himself in charge for the first time in this match.
Sonjay attempt a springboard but Joe snatches him out of the air and lifts him overhead. Dutt slips out and unloads with some kicks to Joes leg before following it up with a springboard drop kick. Dutt begins mounting an offensive, looking for something to put Joe away as he heads to the top. Dutt dives, Joe moves but Dutt lands on his feet, turning around and running right into a power slam from Joe. Joe takes Dutt to the corner and unloads with some strikes, lifts him to the top rope and strikes him some more before hitting Dutt with the Muscle Buster and immediately transitioning into the rear naked choke as Dutt taps out. (6:22)
Match is fine, knowing that Joe would go on to dominate TNA like he did I felt this would be more just Joe destroying Sonjay. Nothing wrong with a more contested match but it feels like a show of destruction would’ve been better here but it is what it is.
Raven cuts a promo from his stairwell, stating how he doesn’t believe his opponents tonight are willing to do what he is to win tonight. I’ve always loved Raven, ever since I was a kid and I’ve always been a sucker for his promos and I am here. It’s over the top grungy and I love it.
Bobby Roode vs. Lance Hoyt
This was a hell of a roller coster for me. Bobby Roode comes out first, a guy I have loved from the first time I saw him in TNA and I still love today. Lance Hoyt comes out next, a guy I have dislike from the first time I saw in TNA and who still annoys me today. On one hand, I get to enjoy some of Roode’s early work but I have to endure Hoyt for the next 10 minutes. I don’t know what it is about Lance but he’s just always irked me. ANYWAY, Lance shows his strength early, throwing Bobby around and knocking him to the outside as the crowd chant ‘Hoyt, Hoyt, Hoyt’ (ugh). As Lance looks to get back in the ring D’Amore grabs his leg, Hoyt shakes D’Amore off and turns his attention to him, giving Roode the opening to knock Hoyt off the apron and into the guard rail outside. As the referee tells Roode to get his opponent back in the ring, he turns his back to D’Amore who attacks Hoyt on the outside. Bobby takes charge and works Hoyt around the ring as Commentary praise Roode and discuss how they believe one day he’s going to a champion, one of those things that fun to hear with hindsight.
Roode heads to the top rope but perhaps takes too long as Hoyt grabs hold of Roode and throws him back down to the mat and begins to unload on the Canadian with a series of clotheslines followed by a big flapjack. Lance sets up a 10 punch in the corner which Roode counters into a reverse atomic drop that doesn’t phase Hoyt what so ever and he hits Roode with a big chokeslam. Hoyt goes up top for a moonsault but D’Amore again grabs hold of his leg, stopping him as Roode distracts the referee. Bobby rushes in and hooks Hoyt and hits him with a power bomb for a big two. Bobby gets the D’Amore to hand him the Canadian flag adorned hockey stick but the referee snatches it away before he can strike and Bobby turns into a second choke slam.
Hoyt begins to pump up the crowd, lining up Bobby for a big boot but for third time D’Amore grabs hold of Hoyts leg. This time, Hoyt has had enough and drags D’Amore up to the apron but the referee intercepts before Lance can get his retribution on D’Amore. As Lance backs off Bobby lands the Northern Latriot to pick up the 3. (7:24)
After the match D’Amore cuts a promo on Hoyt as Bobby continues to beat him down. D’Amore goes to the top rope for an attempt at a moonsault of his own but Hoyt moves. Lance quickly takes out Bobby before finally getting his hands on D’Amore, delivering a choke slam and moonsault to The Coach of Team Canada.
Probably the best Lance Hoyt match I can remember, plus it was a easy, simple match. I could criticise the dodgy referee spots but that would just getting a bit nit picking. As annoying as I think Hoyt is, this was a solid match. By far the best match on the show to his point.
Number 2 moment in TNA History: The debut of Jeff Hardy. The whole reason I ever came to TNA in the first place. In hindsight, it’s crazy to think everything Jeff would go on to do with the company after his first, rather lacklustre run with the company.
We get a hype package for 3Live Krew vs Americas Most Wanted, showing the disfunction between both tag teams .
Americas Most Wanted (James Storm & Chris Harris) vs. The 3Live Krew (Konnan & B.G James)
Commentary reiterate the theme of the promo as both these teams are fighting each other and themselves. B.G and Konnan pump the crowd, B.G doing a very similar riff to his New Age Outlaw pre match promo of old. Konnan and Harris kick things off, Kennan looking way more jacked than I remember him being. Konnan takes control early but its the interference of the illegal man James Storm that allows Harris to gain the edge and begin working down Konnan.
James Storm comes in and tries a axe handle from the top but Konnan puts up a boot that catches Storm in the mouth. Konnanuses the window to tag in B.G James who comes in swinging and knocking down both members of AMW, beginning to make a comeback for his team before Storm lands a sweet super kick that stops him right in his tracks as AMW take charge, working together now as commentary points out. AMW take turns working B.G James. Harris decides to toy with James, giving him time to recover and fight off AMW and when Harris throws a wild clothesline that James ducks and Harris takes Storm off the apron by accident. James goes to tag in Konnan but The Outlaw runs out to ringside, which distracts Konnan as he runs down to throw hands with Outlaw. Meanwhile in the ring AMW connect with a double team move to score the pinball and the victory. (6:54)
After the match Konnan apologises and tries to explain what happened as he offers James a fist bump as the crowd chants ‘New Age Outlaws’. James waves Konnan off and makes his exit choosing not to side with either Konnan or The Outlaw.
Match was short and sweet but all it had to be, it didn’t over stay it’s welcome. The match feels far better suited for an episode of Impact, not a PPV but it is what it is.
It’s time for the most amazing moment in TNA History!
It’s Elix Skipper doing the Rana of the top of the cage. It’s still talked about today and that match completely hold up, if you have never seen it or just haven’t seen it in awhile, go check it out. Its brutal.
It’s time for a 3-Way Elimination Match for The X Division Championship as we cut to a promo package showing the building feud between three men. The promo isn’t really clear on whats going on beyond that Sabin and Shane have got a bit of rivalry going on with Trinity and Traci tied up in it all because drama. Daniels is just dominating the X Division and seems to of gotten caught up in it all.
Michael Shane with Traci vs. Chris Sabin with Triniti vs. Christopher Daniels, with Daniels X Division Title on the line.
I had completely forgotten about Michael Shane, I know him better as Matt Bentley but he was like my dude in TNA when I was younger for a hot second because I got his action figure at a random K Mart. Random childhood memories aside, the match begins with none of the three men really managing to get the upper hand, stranding very nice sequences and taking turns showing the crowd in attendance what they can do. Daniels forces Sabin outside the ropes and has him dangling over the apron as Shane charges in but Daniels up and overs him over the ropes which causes Shane to fall, essentially cross bodying Sabin to the floor. As the two rise to their feet Daniels goes for a seated springboard moonsault to the outside, Shane moves but Sabin takes all of it. As Daniels regroups outside, Shane gets Sabin inside the ring and hits him with a dropkick. Daniels gets in and it seems an alliance is built as Shane watches Daniels hit Sabin with a dropkick of his own. Shane seems pleased and Daniels signals for the two to work together but just as Daniels turns his back, Shane dumps him through the ropes to the outside.
Shane whips Sabin off the ropes, Daniels comes back in and delivers a forearm to the back of Sabin but as Daniels looks to get back in the ring Shane hits him with a baseball slide and knocks him back down. Shane quickly slingshots himself over the ropes and back into the ring, landing a leg drop on Sabin for a quick 2. Shane goes to whip Sabin again as Daniels crawls up to the apron. As Sabin reverses the whip, he sends Shane toward Daniels who back drops Shane overs the ropes and straight down to the floor. Sabin looks to take advantage with a slingshot crossbody to Daniels on the outside but Daniels casually takes a step back, putting out a knee and watches as Sabin lands right on in, essentially giving himself a gutbuster.
Daniels gets Shane back in the ring and looks for The Angels Wings but Shane backdrops Daniels out of it. Sabin makes his way back and the three work themselves into a beautiful sequence which sees Sabin attempt a Rana on Daniels, who pushes him off but Sabin lands grabbing Shane into a front face lock and flawlessly moves into and combo of an enziguri to Daniels that flows perfectly into a DDT on Shane. Sabin begins to fire up, clotheslining both his opponents individually before giving them a double dropkick together. Daniels rolls outside as Sabin gets Shane up into a fireman carry. Shane wriggles out and pushes Sabin into the ropes, he bounces off and ducks a clothesline attempt from Shane but keeps running, leaping and flipping over the ropes and crashes onto Daniels on the outside before quickly jumping back up and delivering a springboard kick to Shane for a close 2. After both Traci and Trinity get involved they take to the ring and engage in a quick cat fight as commentary tries to make it important.
Trinity sends Traci to the outside before she turns around to be confronted by Shane. She backs away and bumps into Daniels. Daniels grabs hold of her as Shane tells him to hold her still for a super kick but Sabin interjects with one of his own to Shane and gets him up again in the firemans carry but Daniels sets Trinity up for The Angels Wings as the two stare down. Sabin goes through with it and hits Shane with The Cradle Shock for the 1-2-3 and eliminates Shane. Daniels lives up to his threat and hits Trinity with The Angels Wings. The two remaining men waste no time and go right for each other. The two exchange near falls with the crowd firmly behind and cheering for both men. Daniels unleashes a flurry of headbutts, followed by an STO for a close 2 and immediately follows that with The BME, it looks to be done but Sabin kicks out much to Daniels shock. Daniels looks to maintain control but Sabin fights back and hits Daniels with a beautiful springboard DDT for a near fall of his own. Sabin signals for The Cradle Shock but Daniels fights out and throws Sabin over the ropes to the apron. Sabin goes to springboard back in but Daniels kicks the ropes, causing Sabin to fall and nut himself on the ropes opening him up for Daniels to connect with The Angels Wings and score the victory. (17:10)
Really good, clean match. The only complaint is the inclusion of the silly woman spot, it served no purpose and the match would have been the same without it. With guys like Daniels and Sabin in the match it’s no surprise it was as good as it was but this card was seriously lacklustre up to this point and it was just what I needed to revitalise me in time for the main event.
Backstage Shane Douglas interviews Monty Brown before the main event, Brown cuts a… weird promo. It’s his schtick but it’s still weird.
A quick promo hypes the match as the rules of King of The Mountain are explained because it’s time for the main event!
In the ring Jeremy Borash runs over the rules once more before the competitors begin making their way to the ring.
I’d complain about the rules of the match being explained twice but I know some people hate this match because of complicated it seems. I’ve always loved this match, maybe its the over-complicated nature of it, I don’t know but I just think its unique and cool. I agree that hanging the belt to win is dumb though.
The one thing that Is clear from entrances alone is that AJ Styles had just completely captivated the TNA fans, the pop for him compared to the others is crazy. A little detail, even during the introductions that made this have a different vibe to everything else on the show was the way each wrestler kind of took their own place in and around the ring; Brown sitting on top of the turnbuckle, Raven sitting in the corner, Abyss standing in the centre, Waltman standing on the penalty cage outside while styles sits on top of a ladder outside the ring.
Before the bell rings, we start off hot as Waltman leaps from the penalty cage into the rung, cross bodying Raven. Abyss goes straight for Styles, who leaps from the ladder and deliveries a rana to Abyss on the outside. Brown wastes no time and hits Raven with The Pounce to pick up a pin, making himself eligible to hang the belt and sending Raven to the Penalty Box. He goes straight for a ladder which Waltman kicks right into Browns face. Abyss comes over to join the brawl as AJ races across the ring and dives into Abyss. Waltman get Brown into the for a short two. Styles looks to springboard in but Abyss takes his legs out and AJ crashes and burns. As the action finally slows as Abyss, Waltman and Brown work one another in the ring. Raven is let free from the Penalty box just as Brown power bombs Waltman and pins him to send him right in. Styles leaps from the box into the ring and begins to mount an offensive but is quickly hit with a pounce from Brown. Raven drags Styles to the outside and pins him, making him eligible and sending the champ away.
In the ring, abyss picks up Brown in a torture rack but before he can capitalise Raven throws a trash can into Abyss’ face and begin unloading on Brown and Abyss with the trash can. In the penalty box we see Waltman and Styles shaking hands and building an alliance. Waltman is let free from the box and goes straight for a trash can of his own which he hilariously fails to get into the ring. Seriously, it gets stuck in the ropes and he just gives up in the end. Commentary save it saying it was taking to long and Waltman didn’t want to waste an opportunity but I just got such a big giggle out of this.
Finally getting in the ring Waltman takes hold of the trash can Raven introduces earlier, hitting Brown then Abyss and Brown again before Abyss kicks the can into Waltmans face. Styles is released from the box just as Abyss hits Brown with a Blackhole Slam for a 3 count. Styles dumps Abyss out of the ring and Raven is quick to jump the champ from behind.
Raven attempts The Evenflow DDT but Styles reverses it into The Styles Clash, he floats over into the pin but Abyss breaks it up at 2. Abyss goes to pick Styles up but the champ leaps into the air with a jumping enziguri that knocks Abyss outside. Waltman takes hold of a steel chair and begin unloading on Abyss with it, eventually positioning him on a table that Raven had set up on the outside earlier and he signals AJ to dive on top Abyss to which Styles obliges, just effortlessly performing a Spiral Tap from the top rope to Abyss on the outside which allows Styles to pin Abyss.
Brown is released from the box and he goes straight for another table that he slides into the ring and sets up in the corner before going after Raven on the outside meanwhile, Styles with belt in hand makes the first attempt to hang the championship but he drops the title on the way up. Waltman quickly grabs the title and passes it up to AJ but just as AJ goes to hang the title Waltman severs their alliance, attacking AJ and hits him with an X Factor from the top of the ladder. Waltman gets the cover and become eligible to hang the championship, meaning every man is now able.
Waltman celebrates for a moment before Raven returns to the ring and slams him face first into a ladder. Raven retrieves a stapler from under the rings and drives a staple into Waltmans head not once but twice. As Abyss is released Waltman fights back and gets hold of the staple gun, firing a stable right to Ravens groin. Abyss attempts to get hold of a Waltman but he quickly staples Abyss in the groin as well.
Styles is released from the box as Waltman ascends the ladder, the two meet at the top but Abyss interjects, pushing the ladder over and sending both men over the ropes to the outside, Styles crashing through a table that had been set up and Waltman dangerously almost landing on the stairs it looked like.
Abyss tries to hang the title now but Brown hits a pounce on the monster, knocking him from the ladder and through the table in the corner brown had set up earlier. Brown take hold of the title but is met with an Evenflow DDT before he can even take a step. Raven climbs the ladder as Abyss tries to stop him to no avail as Raven hangs the championship and picks up the victory. (14:17)
This match was a car wreck, in a good way. There was no real structure or story as much it was a series of spots that effectively built to its climax. Each man did their part and it was really easy and fun to watch. It’s crazy how good Styles is here and how he’s still just as good, if not better today. I know King of The Mountain Matches aren’t for everyone but I’m a sucker for them and I enjoyed this despite how much I greatly underestimated how hard this would be to recap.
All in all the first Slammiversary Show isn’t the spectacle to remember I’m sure TNA hoped it would be. It was hurt by one or two too many matches and some of which not really servicing the show too much, such as 3Live Krew vs America’s Most Wanted. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad show as much as it’s just a lackluster one. The matches in the latter half definitely pick up the pace but when the only matches really worth watching on a 9 match card are the last 2, whether or not you should sit down and watch the whole thing is a rather easy question to answer.
TNA was definitely very hit and miss back in their early days and this was definitely a miss, hopefully the next event we sit down to take a look at is some a bit more special.
What TNA PPV should we take a look at next? Let us know!