Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, MD
Monday, Week 4, May 2001
3,063 in attendance
TV Rating: 0.93
[7:00 – 7:15]
[ANGLE] It’s no surprise we find Ric Flair and Mike Awesome hitting the ring with serious swagger to kick off this edition of TNA Impact!, LIVE! On FX!. They show no regard for their actions at the end of last week’s Impact, when they sent “The Wimp They Call” Sting through a table and made the champion, Diamond Dallas Page, look weak in his attempts to control some, if any, of the night’s outcome. The Nature Boy delivers some classic one-liners in the middle of the ring, attempting to remind everyone that last night was a prime example as to why he and Mike Awesome will rule TNA for all it’s worth and why DDP will find himself staring at the lights as Flair straps the TNA World Heavyweight championship over his waist. This brings out the champion himself, who admits, he’s a little banged up after Flair cheap shot him from behind with his own title belt... but that’s beside the point. Last week, Awesome and Flair, when they put Sting through that table, “You guys decide to take thing to a whole ‘nother LEVEL!”. DDP says he has two things on his mind, “my title... and my revenge!”. And those two things may seem both undecided at this point: for one, he still has no official title challenger at the upcoming TNA Great American Bash pay-per-view, and two, his friend, “The MAN They Call Sting,” has yet to get his hands on either one of the two disgusting and pathetic men standing in the ring!
With that said, Page says he did a little work behind-the-scenes the take care of these open issues, because he is the champ after all... What the champion wants, the champion gets! And the champion wants what the people want! The first: he wants to get his hands on only one man right now, and that’s why he is going to put his TNA World Heavyweight championship on the line against... Mike Awesome! The big man looks quite pleased in the ring while Flair is irate. Page attempts to calm him by letting Flair know he too is getting a match at the GAB, but his opponent will be none other than his former good friend Sting! This really gets Flair going as Page laughs and the announcers make it clear: we will be seeing two huge match-ups in two weeks, live, on TNA pay-per-view! Contact your local pay-per-view provider today to earn $10 off your purchase, offer ends Thursday, Week 1, June 2001!
The announcers also clue us in on tonight’s main event: Diamond Dallas Page and Dustin Rhodes will be taking on the team of Buff Bagwell and Mike Awesome!
- Flair clearly enjoyed having the freedom to go off-script and performed well.
- Got the show off to a strong start.
- Got the crowd hotter.
- Flair looked good.
- Awesome was very underwhelming.
[7:15 – 7:30]
[X-DIVISION MATCH] In a decent opening high spots match, Rey Misterio Jr. and Shane Helms defeated Billy Kidman and Elix Skipper in 12:43 when Shane Helms defeated Elix Skipper by pinfall with a Vertebreaker. Throughout the match Kidman seemed like he was trying to avoid Misterio Jr., which the crowd did not take well. Helms got a chance to really shine in this match, hitting a big neckbreaker on Kidman before picking up the pin on Skipper.
- Misterio: B-, Kidman: C+, Helms: C-, Skipper: D+
[7:30 – 7:45]
[ANGLE] We return from break to a pre-taped vignette video, it features a dark room, set in a scene that looks like a warehouse, but it is difficult to be certain. The video editing cuts back and forth between clips of empty, darkly-lit rooms and a man in a mask. A lucha mask specifically... It’s black, with white outlines over and around the eyes. The mask gives off vibes of former WCW wrestler Psicosis, actually, but it becomes clear this is not him. This man, as we find out, is called Super Phantom, and he will be making his TNA X-Division debut at the Great American Bash 2001! Pre-order now to make sure you check out the debut of Super Phantom!
[MATCH] In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Jimmy Yang and Kaz Hayashi defeated Lance Storm and Scott D'Amore in 5:46 when Yang defeated Scott D'Amore by pinfall with a Simultaneous diving leg drop. Storm looked like a hoss in this match, while D’Amore looked like a bum. In fact, Scott D’Amore pretty much cost he and Storm the match when he got caught up in a tag team combination attack from Yang and Hayashi. After the match, Lance Storm was visibly frustrated, and was caught on camera essentially telling Scott D’'Amore he was worthless and that he was not fit to be a member of Team Canada. D’Amore attempted to plead with Storm as the two headed up the ramp.
- Storm was head and shoulders above every one.
- D’Amore was the weak link, struggling to keep up with everyone else’s in-ring performance.
- Got the crowd hotter.
- Storm: C+, Yang: C-, Hayashi: C-, D’Amore: E+
[ANGLE] We are backstage to find Sting walking out of a doorway and closing it shut. He continues on for just a second when Diamond Dallas Page walks into the picture. DDP buddies up with Sting and boasts over what he told Flair and Awesome earlier in the evening. He’s excited that he can get his hands on Mike Awesome and teach that big sucker a lesson, but he’s even more excited about getting Sting a match with Flair at the Great American Bash! Seeing Sting give Flair the old one-two combo and getting that pinfall, it’s going to be real satisfying to see “The Nature Boy” staring at the lights. Sting is all smiles too, and agrees with DDP. He thanks DDP for getting him that match and says he wanted to add a bit of a stipulation to the upcoming match. DDP asks what Sting means by that and Sting says all he has to do is walk in that office behind him to find out. He then quickly jumps to how he needs to get going and that it was good seeing Page again. He pats Page on the shoulder and proceeds off camera, as DDP stands there turning towards the office. The camera zooms over towards the door itself, allowing a sign on the door to come into frame: “The Network”...
[7:45 – 8:00]
[ANGLE] After the break we return to a pre-taped vignette, this one starring Kevin Nash on what seems to be another journey towards enlightenment, or inner-peace, or, whatever it is he is seeking... This time, we enter to Kevin sitting alone, in the back of a vehicle. We see more to assume it is in fact a limousine. Nash can be seen fiddling around with things, trying to talk to the driver, and in general just trying to keep himself entertained. He rolls halt at some point, and the door opens for him. Nash exits to a streetside curb, loud music, and a line of people standing near. He gets to the front and speaks to the bouncer at what appears to be a hot night club. He gains entry with his name on a list and proceeds to make his way through a chaotic night club scene. People are running into him, spilling drinks and barely acknowledging his presence. He talks to the wrong guy twice, asking, “Freund?” every time. He appears to be speaking in... German? Cut to him finding a VIP booth where he hears his name yelled. Getting through another two or three people, on screen walks Alex Wright! He’s holding a drink in hand and fist pumping in the other. “Kevin! Kevin! Hallo! Wie geht es dir! How are you! I’m so glad you said you wanted to come out tonight! It has been too long since we have last shared a drink together Kevin! I know what you said about being unhappy with some things and I think you made the right choice coming out here tonight, Kevin! Let the music take you! Let it guide your soul! Look around you Kevin! All these beautiful women! They can all be yours! Just trust me Kevin! Everything will be fantastisch after tonight!” Kevin stands looking a bit perplexed, “I don’t know Alex...”
“Nein, nein, nein! I don’t want to hear it!” He puts his finger on Kevin’s lips... “Just keep your mouth quiet and open up. Here, take this!” He forces Kevin’s hand opens and appears to place something in it, soon closing it shut. The camera does not a glimpse for as to what it could have been, but it begins to be implied... “Just take this Kevin and I promise you, you will have nothing to worry about! Just... enjoy yourself!” He helps force Kevin’s hand towards his mouth, and passes Nash a drink as we fade to clips of Nash on a dance floor, implying Wright has just given him some sort of ecstasy pill! He looks drugged out as we clip to him making a fool of himself dancing, hanging out with girls, drinking with random Germans, a trying to pick up a chicken at the bar. Wait, was that an actual chicken?
- Wright underperformed.
- Nash’s performance was fantastic.
[MATCH] In an extremely short match, Mark Jindrak defeated Alex Wright in 2:58 by pinfall with a Mark of Perfection. We returned from our vignette to find Jindrak already in the ring as Wright made his way out alongside Kevin Nash. Wright seemed to have all the confidence in the world, while Nash acted a little dazed during the entire match, not quite aware of what was happening. Jindrak subsequently squashed Wright and squashed any party life dreams for Kevin Nash.
- Jindrak: D+, Wright: D+
- Wright is improving his performance skills.
[ANGLE] For Kevin Nash, this week appeared to be one filled with another failure. He begins exiting the ringside, deflated, that another potential life-changing mentor or opportunity has gone out the window. He slowly begins walking up the ramp as Jindrak has his armed raised in the middle of the ring. But the winner suddenly throws the referee’s hand away and makes his way to the ramp-side of the ring. “Hey! Hey! Yeah! You! I want you!” It’s evident he is shouting towards Nash, who stops and lets the crowd soak it in. He slowly turns around with his hands at his waist, not too happy with what Jindrak is yelling at him. “I want you old man! Get in here so I can teach you a lesson! Teach everyone a lesson! Come on! Get in here!” He won’t let up. Nash looks from one side of the crowd, to the other, and back, earning approval for him to get in the ring and turn that lesson upside-down. But for whatever reason, he relents, and turns his back once more. We hear the crowd begin to squeal as apparently Jindrak has jumped out of the ring and is running up the ramp! He clubs Nash from behind and sends him to the ground. Jindrak lays the boots on Nash and does not let up, even when Alex Wright gets back into the mix but takes a big bump on the ramp from Jindrak. Lesson learned: never just charge up the ramp with no intention on throwing any sort of physical motion towards the enemy, or find yourself running straight into a very loud spinebuster... Anyways, Nash can’t mount anything in response to Jindrak, who stands tall on the ramp as the show cuts to break...
[8:00 – 8:15]
[ANGLE] The cameras capture Dustin Rhodes backstage, working through his gym bag, when Ric Flair comes hot into the picture... “Hey Dustin! Buddy! How are ya pal! What are you doin’ these days? Lookin’ for another one of those golden watches I’ve been seein’ you wearin’? Eric must be payin’ you nice, huh? Listen, about tonigh-” Dustin stands to this feet, “Cut the **** Ric.” The crowd cheers, while Ric’s demeanor changes instantly. “What did you just say to me pal?” he replies. Dustin isn’t afraid to let Ric know how he feels, telling Ric he heard what he said in regards to his Dad on Impact, about how Dusty was a man of the people, a big loser just like Diamond Dallas Page. “I won’t stand for none of it Ric. Don't you come over here all buddy-buddy and act like we got somethin’ to talk about. Because we don’t share one damn thing in common Ric Flair, that’s for damn sure.” Flair starts to get irate, pushing closer to Dustin but into the picture walks Diamond Dallas Page.
“Hey, hey, what’s goin’ on over here?” The champ asks, approaching from off camera. Flair backs up from both men now, showing signs of hostility. He tells DDP he needs to mind his own business and he’s just trying to talk to an old friend in young Dustin he hasn’t seen in some time, and- BAM! DDP takes a hard shot to the back with a chair from none other than his challenger at GAB, Mike Awesome! Dustin moves in to help but he is fruitless in his efforts, as Awesome helps Ric and staves off any sort of offensive. Instead, Awesome dishes out more chair shots to the both of them, with Awesome eventually scrapping DDP’s head with the ceiling as he lifted him as high as possible, only to send the champion crashing through one of the tables backstage. The loud thump made even the announcing team uncomfortable, as staff members flush into the room and begin sorting through the action. One thing is for certain however, Diamond Dallas Page looks to be in bad shape...
- Flair and Rhodes clearly enjoyed having the freedom to go off-script and performed well.
- Flair came across well.
- Awesome underperformed.
[ANGLE] Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash are disgusted with what they just witnessed. The TNA World Heavyweight champion, thrown through a table in a locker room backstage just an hour before his big tag team main event tonight. What does this mean for tonight’s match? Only time will tell as the show must keep on rolling, but we find ourselves with a delay taking place in the ring. Jeff Jarrett has taken to the microphone, flanked by Scott Steiner and Shane Douglas. Jarrett starts ranting about how ever since they received their TNA contracts they haven’t heard one thing from Eric Bischoff. He hasn’t had a clue to where Bischoff has been this entire time and demands some face time with him. He can’t believe Bischoff hasn’t been to one of these events, which is the reason that nothing is getting done around here and why he and his boys Scott and Shane don’t have a match at Great American Bash. There’s no control around here and it’s absolutely ridiculous! He demands to speak to Bischoff, or someone representing him, or he, Douglas, and Steiner will be abstaining from any future shows! He crowd actually cheers when he mentions this caveat, which gets Jarrett and the rest of the guys fuming. A few moments later, his opponent’s music hits...
[8:00 – 8:15]
[MATCH] It turns out to be none other than Sean O’Haire who makes his way to the ring. Jarrett clears the ring of his guys and welcomes O’Haire’s entrance. The two go on to have a fast-paced bout, starting the match with some quick action off the ropes to get O’Haire over. He falls to some classic heel tactics of Jarrett’s, before mounting an impressive comeback. This only leads to the inevitable interference from both Scott Steiner and Shane Douglas, who both give O’Haire the boots after Jarrett desperately pushes him out of the ring! A referee bump sets up Jarrett nailing O’Haire over the head with chair, leading to the gross one-two-three count... With good heat and decent wrestling, Jeff Jarrett defeated Sean O'Haire in 12:27 by submission with a Figure-Four Leglock. Jarrett, Douglas, and Steiner stand tall over O’Haire’s broken body. They raise each other’s hands and the announcers are left wondering: where are O’Haire’s fellow TNA team Trios champions? Where were Bam Bam and Hugh Morrus through all this?
- Jarrett: C+, O’Haire: C
- Jarrett is improving his flying skills. (oh boy)
[8:15 – 8:30]
[ANGLE] But after all of their inquiries as to all this means, the team of Jarrett, Douglas and Steiner still haven’t left the ring. In fact, Jarrett gets to the microphone once more, “I said we want to speak to someone who represents Bischoff! Where are you! Who can give us what we want! This is bull****! There is no management here! We want someone right now!” And just like magic, someone begins walking out. He’s tall, wearing an all-black suit with a silver necklace over the collar. He has long black hair, a thinner face with a funky nose. But perhaps all you needed to hear was his voice... ”Alright! Alright! Now hold on there! You boys need to relax! I’m coming out... I’m coming down right now...” The suit picks up the pace and gets to the ring stairs, where he walks in and begins explaining... “Now, now, relax boys. No need to get hot... Do you boys know who I am?” he asks, with a smirk. Jarret and Steiner don’t appear to have a clue, but Douglas speaks up. “Wait, yeah... I think, I remember you... You’re...”
“Cyrus! That’s right! It’s really me! And I may not be Eric Bischoff, hell, I don’t even know if I can officially say I represent Eric Bischoff. All I can say is, I believe I may be the best representation of management in this building today... You see I was brought on by... The network. FX. They called me just two weeks ago. They said they needed somebody here. Someone who can make sure this whole Total Nonstop Action thing gets off to a resounding start. Someone with experience, knowledge of the wrestling world, but also the television production industry. And that’s where I come in, boys. You see I’m going to be here every week now. Every show. Making sure that the interests of FX are best protected, and to make sure TNA kicks off without a hitch. Make sure guys like you, um...” He begins to choke up a bit, “Um, are protected too, you know. Make sure guys like you are happy.”
Perhaps Cyrus is getting a bit flustered as the three guys appear to get a bit hostile. Steiner, in particular, doesn’t look too pleased. Perhaps he reminds him a bit too much of one too many pencil-necked geeks. “Make us happy?” Jarrett asks. “Yes of course. Come on now, three big guys like you. Big names like Jarrett, Douglas, and Steiner. It’s a no brainer.” Cyrus explains... “A no brainer, huh?” Steiner pipes in. “A no brainer, absolutely one-hundred percent.” The network representive says, looking to show these guys as much respect as possible it seems.
“Well I would have to say, Cyrus, I’m not sure exactly who you are, but I think I like how you think. In fact, now think with me here, if we run down the past three weeks of TNA Impact, these three guys here in front of you, we have done more than enough to earn exactly what we want!”
“Mmhmm, okay. I understand. And, what exactly is it you want?” Cyrus agrees.
“We want a shot at the belts before we turn you into a no-brainer, dummy!” Steiner shouts to a big pop.
“We’ve beaten all three of these guys, one by one, week in and week out. And I think that says a lot, don’t you agree?” Jarrett asks, moving closer towards Cyrus, perhaps attempting to threaten him into agreement.
“Agree? Oh, yes, I agree. Absolutely no doubt about it! And boys I think I see where you are going with this. I like how you guys think, and I think the fans here would agree! I think at Great American Bash we can make something happen! Let me get back and get on the phone, make some magic happen, but let’s just call it right here you boys are gonna get your title shot at the Bash! No doubt ah-boot it!” He extends his hand to Jarrett, who shakes to seemingly seal the deal!
If the announcers thought they had questions earlier, they have even more now as to just who this Cyrus guy is and what he is going here representing... the Network?
- Steiner’s performance was good.
- Cyrus was very underwhelming.
[ANGLE] A video package plays for Monty Brown, with some interviews from people in his football past and some TNA staff members. They speak to the history of Monty Brown, his time before professional wrestling. How he was an All-American defensive linebacker for Ferris State, breaking many school records. He was a finalist for the Harlon Hill trophy, the equivalent to NCAA Division II football’s Heisman award. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills and played four seasons with them, including having played in Super Bowl XXVIII. He then moved on to play with the New York Giants and New England Patriots, before having to retire due to an ankle injury and deciding to move on to the world of professional wrestling. Brown was a force to be reckon with on the football field, as the package shows highlights of some massive hits he legitimately made on opposing players.
Today, ”The Alpha Male” Monty Brown is everything you want out of a superstar in the ring. He’s 6’2”, 265 lbs. He's as agile as some of the X-Division competitors and has powerful as all of the heavyweights. He moves like a cheetah, which inspires his cheetah-print ring attire. Total Nonstop Action is his Serengeti. TNA is his hunting grounds. This, is, Monty Brown.
[8:30 – 8:45]
[ANGLE] Quick update from our announcing team on the status of the TNA World Heavyweight champion’s status for the night’s main event: he’s getting a look at by doctors backstage and has not yet been cleared to wrestle yet, which leaves Dustin Rhodes in a pickle leading up to tonight’s main event... Will Diamond Dallas Page be able to recover from Mike Awesome’s brutal attack earlier tonight? Will we see him in action? Or will Dustin Rhodes be walking into a potential handicap situation?
[MATCH] Heavy competition is in the ring for newcomer Monty Brown, as we seen Chuck Palumbo make his way out for one-on-one competition. Palumbo looks strong to start the match but it doesn’t take too long for him to begin breaking down from Brown’s onslaught. Monty moves just like he did on the field, and doesn’t seem to take a breather. He’s action-packed, heavy-loaded, and gives Palumbo a bruising the big heavyweight certainly hasn’t felt in quite some time. But that isn’t everything here, as the match takes a big 180 when Rob Van Dam hits the ring over the barricade, just like Brown did last week, and smashes “The Alpha Male” with a steel chair! The referee quickly calls for the bell as RVD shows no regard for the situation. It’s like he’s snapped, the cool, calm and collected yoga-practitioner has opted for violence when it comes to handling his Monty Brown situation. The crowd can’t believe it, but they’re all on board with RVD as he takes Monty Brown for a ride on the Van Daminator! In the end, RVD is left standing on the turnbuckle, embracing the fans as they cheer on his revenge taken upon “The Alpha Male”!
- Brown: C-, Palumbo: C-
- Palumbo is improving his performance skills.
[8:45 – 9:00]
[IMPACT MAIN EVENT] As we approach the main event our announcers are wondering, will Diamond Dallas Page make it out for this TNA Impact main event match? What does this mean for his partner Dustin Rhodes? Speaking up, Dustin makes his way tot he ring out first, and waits for DDP’s music to hit. The crowd is left in suspense for a whole minute, just waiting for it, but instead they are treated to the music of Mike Awesome, who takes all the heat they had built up. He gets to the ring and waits on the outside for his partner, Buff Bagwell, to make it out too. Once together, they begin game planning, Bagwell trying to direct things but Awesome argues back and tells Bagwell he needs to do what Bagwell is telling him to do. Dustin approaches the ropes, and sees no other course of action other than to launch his body up and over the ropes and onto both Awesome and Bagwell! He receives a big pop from the fans and proceeds to go straight to work, not letting up one bit on either Awesome nor Bagwell. He knows the odds are against him in a two-on-one situation. He may not know what the status of DDP is, but one thing is certain, if he doesn’t control every moment of the action, things can turn sour very, very quickly...
Of course, it eventually does turn this way, as Awesome is the one who mounts the comeback for his team. Early on in the match, Bagwell seemed to absorb most of the punishment, while Rhodes was able to take Awesome out with a few big moves after another, notably a giant powerbomb on the ring apron! Dustin had the one-up on Bagwell the entire time, and gave him a good cooking on the guard rails as well as with a steel chair. I guess when your partner shows up, these kinds of matches just turn into a no disqualification. But without mentioning that, Rhodes finds much success using whatever he can find to gain the upper hand.
[9:00 – 9:15]
Mike Awesome took control for his team when he eventually recovered and caught Dustin by surprise with a big chair shot to the gut followed by another to the back. Throwing the chair aside, Awesome made it his mission to submit as much punishment as possible using just his hands and joints, stretching Dustin while the fans cheered their babyface towards the ropes. While Dustin’s ropebreak didn’t lead to much of a rally in the end, the entire landscape certainly changed when we heard one voice over the PA:
It’s me! It’s me! It’s D-D-P!
And like that the crowd erupts as Diamond Dallas Page shot out of the curtain like a cannonball, with his arm held up with a sling. It’s obvious the champ is hurting, but for whatever the reason, he is now back and ready to dish out his revenge! Awesome and Bagwell as shocked as the TNA World Heavyweight champion slides into the ring with a baseball bat and nails Awesome directly in the stomach! Bagwell suffers a stomach blow as well, as both men fall and DDP raises the bat to the crowd’s approval! The champion is back and everyone better watch out!
This leads to a hot switch over to Ric Flair hitting the ring with a chair in hand! He slides in and challenges Page with the chair, both swinging at one another with a clash of wood meeting steel. They block each other’s swings a good two or three times before Flair throws the chair and charges in on Page. He dives in for a two-leg takedown and gets the upper-hand, mounting Page and delivering some serious punches! The crowd can’t believe it and let Flair have it as “The Nature Boy” won’t relent. At this point, after a match with good heat and decent wrestling, DDP and Rhodes drew Bagwell and Awesome in 16:52 after descending into chaos.
- Bagwell was really off his game and was the weak link, struggling to keep up with everyone else’s in-ring performance.
- Bagwell and Awesome have absolutely zero chemistry as partners.
- Page: C+, Rhodes: C, Aesome: C-, Bagwell: D
- Awesome is improving his technical and performance skills.
[ANGLE]“And look at this! It’s Sting!”
The face-painted hero hits the ramp and runs down to save DDP from Flair’s advantage, sliding in and kicking Flair from behind. He delivers boots to Flair who sells like a champ, letting Sting pick him up and settle him in for a crowd-popping Scorpion Deathdrop! The crowd goes crazy as Sting helps DDP up and they both stand in the ring.
“Now hold on just a minute! Everybody stop!”
But things take another turn as new Network representative Cyrus takes to the stage. He storms down to the ring. “Everybody stop! This is ridiculous! This is not what the Network wants to see!” He’s gets some words back from Page and Sting in the ring, off mic. “Yeah? Well I don’t really care! We’re done here! Shut it down! Shut it down!”
And just like that, this edition of TNA Impact comes to an abrupt end.
- Page's performance was fantastic.
- Cyrus looked lost out there.
- Flair looked good.
Originally Posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- The latest edition of TNA Impact! saw the introduction of Cyrus, otherwise known as Don Callis, into the fold. He was signed a week ago by the company and as everyone can tell, has been injected into a few storylines already with his "Network" gimmick. The gimmick seemed to have ran its course over its time at ECW, and, frankly, it's a bit silly to be importing the entire gimmick over to this "new company". To be fair, the company could make this into something it doesn't seem to be right now, but as of now, all I can anticipate is another version of the Network storyline. It is unclear who's role will be what, but as of the end of the episode it became apparent that the Cyrus character has some level of control over the show and the roster that other people don't appear to have. Many mentions of Eric Bischoff over the broadcast, pointing out that he has yet to make an on-camera appearance in any capacity with the company. It's a big concerning the company is beginning to play up his name and lack of appearances right now, as I think everyone would agree that Bischoff receiving a full time presence on the show is not what people want. In fact, the company would probably be better off staying as far away from the Bischoff name as possible, given the tainted legacy. While the "Network" story and gimmick may not have such a tainted legacy, it certainly doesn't bode one that earns complete transplant into a different product, especially when the previous product couldn't even survive much with it taking over many of its storylines at the time.
- Buff Bagwell certainly turned heads this week, and not in a good way. He seemed completely out of place in not only the booking this week, but also in his performance. He hasn't been featured much in TNA product, although on the first edition of Impact he was touting himself as the next big thing to come in TNA. That definitely has not been the case.
- Super Phantom, as he debuted on TNA Impact!, is actually Super Crazy under a new masked gimmick. The company was rumored that they were interested in repackaging him with an original character, and this appears to be it. Not too much is known outside what was revealed in the vignette, which also wasn't much, but the company appears to have plans for him as a mainstay in the X-Division, although to what capacity remains unknown.
- WWF Judgement Day took place on Sunday night in front of a sold out 35,000 seat crowd in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The pay-per-view was immediately considered a success following the night’s main event match which saw the WWF World Heavyweight champion, Steve Austin, retain his title in an epic match against Chris Benoit. We also witnessed Eddie Guerrero defeating Steven Richards and Bubba Ray Dudley in a great three-way match for a shot at the WWF World Tag Team champions and Triple H went no contest is a fantastic single demolishing of Spike Dudley. We gave the show an ‘A’ grade rating. You can listen to our review of this show on the Sunday night edition of WON radio, available for download in the show archives.
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