NWA:TNA Weekly PPV #45 (May 21, 2003)

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I’m diving back into the old days of TNA with another one of their weekly PPVs. This is PPV #45 from May 21, 2003. Why am I watching this one? Because it was randomly on an external hard drive I found while cleaning up my office the other day. I have no idea what’s going on with TNA at this point.

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R-Truth vs. Jinder Mahal (WWE June 6, 2019)

39,000 feet above the Red Sea and six hours after besting R-Truth on an airport tarmac, Jinder Mahal settles down for a nap in first class. R-Truth then sneaks into first class and peeps under blankets to attempt to find Jinder. He eventually does find him sound asleep and covers for the three count to win back the 24/7 Championship.

Jinder protests that it shouldn’t count because he was sleeping but the referee is like, “It’s a 24/7 title!” All the wrestlers in first class then chase R-Truth through the plane as he shouts that he needs to use the bathroom. They run up a flight of stairs and some random stewardess is like, “What’s going on guys?” as a multitude of muscle men pound on the door to the bathroom as R-Truth hides with his belt.

Winner: R-Truth

This was great. The fact that the luchadors apparently wear masks while traveling? Great. R-Truth creeping around in first class? Great. The dudes randomly hanging out under blankets and then staring hard at R-Truth when uncovered? Great. Jinder Mahal complaining that he was asleep? Great. Wrestlers running around in an airplane and getting scolded by a flight attendant? Great.
R-Truth hiding in an airplane bathroom? Great!

This is exactly the sort of match dudes should be having for this prestigious championship. [NR]

Jinder Mahal vs. R-Truth (WWE June 6, 2019)

The greatest champion that ever live, R-Truth, calls his wife to ask after his kids while en route to Saudi Arabia for Blood-Money III. While he’s on the phone Jinder Mahal sneaks up behind him and rolls Truth up there on the tarmac to become the new 24/7 Champion.

Winner: Jinder Mahal

While not as ridiculous as the golf course title change this is the sort of wackiness that this title should beget. [NR]

Jinder Mahal vs. R-Truth (WWE June 2, 2019)

The 24/7 Championship is legitimately the only thing in WWE that I care about at present. I have the 24/7 Title Wikipedia page bookmarked on my work computer and I check it every morning to see if any title changes happened while I was sleeping.

When they first announced the title I hoped and prayed that they’d go the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship route and just get buckwild with it. While the madcap running around in various arenas stuff has been good this match right here is the sort of thing I’ve been waiting for these past couple of weeks.

R-Truth and his partner in crime, Carmella, are relaxing at a golf course after a stressful week of avoiding wrestlers attempting to capture the prestigious WWE 24/7 Championship from Truth. Carmella is surprised that Truth knows how to golf. Truth informs her that he learned from Phil Mickelson. Carmella makes a Fresh Prince reference that causes Truth to declare that Phil Mickelson, a man one year older than R-Truth, is like an uncle to him because R-Truth is the greatest man that ever lived.

Suddenly former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Jinder Mahal shows up forearms Truth in the head and rolls him up. Jinder’s got a referee with him who counts and Jinder Mahal is your new 24/7 Champion! This is hilarious because Jinder is on a golf course in his wrestling gear.

Winner: Jinder Mahal

Jinder doesn’t get to savor his victory for long since Carmella gets into it with him which allows Truth to sneak up behind him and roll him up to regain the title some 11 seconds after he lost it. Truth then punches Mahal in the face and grabs the belt and then jumps onto the back of the golf cart as Carmella hauls ass to Lollapalooza.

Winner: R-Truth

I hope that WWE does more of this sort of thing with this belt since it’s the perfect sort of thing to throw on their YouTube channel. Having title changes there will get more eyes on WWE’s social media sites which in 2019 seems to be a way to make money that I really don’t understand via being old and kind of a Luddite. Moreover the YouTube stuff that WWE does seems to be the place for wrestlers to cut loose and ad-lib and show some character since they don’t really seem to be allowed to do any of that stuff on the main roster programs. Unrelated to this match here Drake Maverick has a series of videos where he is searching for R-Truth at airports and stuff in an effort to get the 24/7 Championship for himself. These videos are 900% entertaining than the “LOL Drake pisses a lot!” stuff he had on the main roster. So more of this stuff please…[NR]

Gatoh Move Japan Tour #429 (May 21, 2019)

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I’ve been kind of down on WWE as of late and have been watching a bunch of random-ass wrestling stuff online during my lunch break. Today I decided to check out a recent show of Emi Sakura’s Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling. Though originally founded in Thailand it looks like most Gatoh Move shows are held in Japan.

This show was held at Ichigaya Chocolate Hiroba in Tokyo, Japan with 76 people in attendance. There is no ring here, just a mat on the floor. I wonder if this is going to be like that Dungeon Match Owen Hart and Ken Shamrock had back in the day. I will mark the fuck out if someone gets their head put through the ceiling.

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TNA Hardcore Justice 2012 (August 12, 2012)

TNA Hardcore Justice 2012

Today I continue my haphazard exploration of IMPACT/TNA/Whatever by taking a look at the August 2012 PPV, Hardcore Justice. We kick things off with a video package of people hitting each other with plunder while text on the screen promises us, “THERE WILL BE BLOOD!” I’m going to hold you to that TNA Hardcore Justice!

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OWE Phase 1 (December 5, 2018)

OWE

Awhile back as part of all the AEW hoopla they announced working relationships with a couple of overseas promotions, one of which was Oriental Wrestling Entertainment. I’d never heard of them before and did some Googling to find out more and what my initial searches turned up piqued my interest. An article on Voices of Wrestling quotes former WWE Cruiserweight Classic competitor, Ho Ho Lun, as saying, “OWE is putting wrestling into Kung Fu.” As someone who spent the bulk of his youth watching Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest movies a wrestling promotion that marries kung fu and pro-wrestling together is very good to me, and so I decided to check them out.

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IMPACT Wrestling Against All Odds (March 29, 2019)

IMPACT - Against All Odds 2019

I’ve really enjoyed the TNA shows I’ve checked out as of late and have decided to check out the current IMPACT Wrestling product since it seems like a lot smaller of a time investment than WWE is in 2019. Today we’re going to look at their recent Against All Odds show.

We kick things off with a video package hyping up tonight’s card before heading to Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas for action. Don Callis and Josh Mathews are on commentary.

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