They started by showing a rewind of the match betwee “The Megastar” Marion Fontaine and Johnny Gargano.
“The Natural” Brian Bender was set to take on Flip Kendrick awho was accompanied by Louis Linden. Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire noted that Bender lost to Linden the previous week. Bender grabbed the mic and said that the referee screwed him last week because his shoulder was up. He went on to berate the crowd and then left ring side. The referee said that if Bender didn’t return to the ring by a ten count, he’d be suspended. At 9, Bender ran back into the ring. Kendrick took over with the highlight of offense being a great drop kick. Kendrick hit a 180 dive onto Bender on the outside. Bender tossed Kendrick into the turn buckles. Bender locked in a Boston Crab. Kendrick got pulled away from the ropes the first time but made it the send time. Bender only got a two count off of a urinogi. Kendrick did a standing shooting star press. Kendrick hit a spring board DDT. Kendrick then finished him off with what I can best desribe as a spring board Star Ship Pain.
Analysis: The part about Bender being suspended was a little weird. Kendrick was just too fast for Bender so it drug the match down a little bit. Kendrick’s move set made it a good viewing though. Score:+1.
Aaron Draven said he lost his TV Title to N8 Mattson and the rematch but he can’t keep the title off his mind. Draven said he saw the bromance between Michael Facade & Matthew Justice so he knows they’ll be working together against him. Draven said he almost lost part of his hand in the last tables match he was in. Draven said he will go through any pain to get another title shot.
Analysis: He has potential but he still looked down too much when he was cutting his promo. His conviction is more consistent now. He put over the importance of the TV Title well. Score: +1.
Krimson said that the body count will continue. Analysis: It’s only been two guys in a month pal. Speed it up. Please. Score: 0.
Isaac Montana was accompanied to the ring by Luis Diamante. Ben Fruth walked through the background in the crowd with signs that said “Have You Seen Me?” with Mike Tolar’s pictures. The announcers got a copy and showed it off to the camera. Ben Fruth took on Montana even though Fruth was not his opponent. Dombrowski freaked out as usual during the ruth Roll Up.Montan went with a hip toss, arm drag and drop kick. Fruth kicked out after a second rope elbow. Dombrowski said the Luis Diamante is taking on Krimson next week. Montana hit a back breaker then stretched Fruth over his knee. Montana then went for a spine buster. Fruth got another two count on another Fruth Roll up. Montana hit Fruth with an Island Cutter for the victory. Diamante got in the ring and they signalled like they wanted the tag team belts.
Analysis: Montana seemed like a douche bag for not finishing Fruth earlier. Not a good decision for a face. Montana looked crisp on offense so here’s hoping he gets a better opponent next time. Score: 0.
They showed a replay of the end of last week’s match between Johnny Gargano and Gregory Iron. Hobo Joe, Johnny Gagano and Gregory Iron were in the back stage area. Iron said that he was apologizing to Gargano publicly. He thanked him for restarting the match and giving him a shot at the title. Iron said he proved he was a changed man. Gargano said that Iron helped him change. Gargano said they should turn the page and move on to Sex Appeal.
Analysis: It made sense why Hobo Joe was there but he didn’t add anything. Good stuff from Iron and Gargano though. Score: +1.
Matthew Justice said that the three man table match next week was for the #1 contendership to the TV Title. Michael Facade came into the shot and said they should still be cool. Justice asked why he kicked him last week. Facade said it was just a mistake. Justice was still pissed off and said we’ll see next week if we’re still cool.
Analysis: The Vince Russo get them together one week, break them up the next. Boy do I hate it. Justice was good on the mic but Facade was a little weak but it didn’t help that he didn’t have much to go with. Score: -1.
Eric Ryan was accompanied to the ring by Earnie Ballz and Corey Winters. Super Hentai was his opponent. Dombrowski noted that Hentai beat Winters last week. Maguire said that Ballz was teaching them the art of tag team wrestling. Ryan attacked Hentai from behind when he went up to the second drop to get cheers from the crowd. Ryan got a two count off a body slam and back splash. Ryan punched and kicked Hentai in the corner. The announcers noted that a number of new wrestlers will be coming in. Dobrowski also noted that no one knew who laid out Marion Fontaine from the week before. Hentai finally took over on offense. Ryan executed a nice figure four buster. Hentai snap power slammed Ryan but couldn’t capitilze on it. Hentai hit a pair of clotheslines and a drop kick. Hentai then hit some running double knees in the corner. Hentai had his leg held by Earnie Ballz but Ryan didn’t take advantage of the situation. Hentai double Northern Lights suplexed Ryan for the victory.
Analysis: Excellent wrestling match. Both men looked great. A little odd to have a manager, Ballz, lose his firt two matches. Score: +2.
Matt Cross said that Gargano promised him. He says he’s tired of waiting for his chance (a couple of times). He’s going to take home the Title Shot Tournament.
Analysis: Solid stuff. You can see a slow turn with Cross. They did a decent slow turn with Gargano last year. This one seems better and more drawn out. Score: +1.
“The Megastar” Marion Fontaine said that his Title shot didn’t go as he planned because the PWO Board unleashed all of the wrestlers in the ring. He said he knows he doesn’t fit their mold. Fontaine also said that he was a part of a plan but it didn’t do him any good. He blamed PWO Management for his sneak attack too. Fontaine said he’d prove himself in the tournament because it won’t stop him.
Analysis: Great promo. He really gets it on the mic. Right tone, looks at the camera all the time and has great charisma. Score: +1.
Bobby Beverly came to the ring with Dawn Decadence and Bobby Shields to take on Jason Bane in the first match of the tournament to determine the new number one contender for the PWO Heavyweight Title. Dombrowski said that the bounty on Bane’s head has motivated him to get into the best shape of his life. Maguire increased his offer to take out Bane from $10,000 to $25,000. Beverly stalled at the beginning of the match. He tried to use his speed but Bane used his size and power advantage to toss Beverly around the ring. Bane hit a pair of nice throws. Bane rammed his shoulder into Beverly into the corner then gave him a high boot but only got a two count because of a cocky cover. Dawn distracted Bane as he was going to give Beverly the F5. Beverly went to work on Bane’s left leg. Bane gave Beverly a guerilla press slam. Bane then hit the F5 for the victory. Dawn and Bobby Shields tried to attack Bane but both were unsuccessful.
Analysis: With all of the build up Beverly has been given this season, I’m surprised by how quickly he was beat. Made him look like a chump. Bane should have won no doubt but this kicks the tag champ down a notch in the singles division. Bane is not only looking good physically but he’s wrestling as well as I’ve ever seen him. Score: +1.
Final Score: 6/9. Final Analysis: They hyped both of the 3 Way Table Match for a shot at the TV Title (although it could have been spelled out clearer by the three contestants) and the Tournament for the #1 Contendership for the PWO Heavyweight Title by having a lot of short segments this week. Even though there were many, it didn’t feel crammed or like they cut away from a segement early as TNA has a habit of doing. The announcers also did a good job of pushing these events. The graphics department also pitched in by showing the bracket for the tournament but unfortunately they’re still a little behind in the quality of their looks. – Kevin