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"We have no other choice!"

"Yes we do, what do you mean!? The choices are obvious! Remain true to who we are and rebuild a great brand that is World Championship Wrestling, or... Or become something else. Something nobody recognizes. Something that nobody cares about. You can't convince me otherwise! You can't convince me that nobody cares about WCW! Because they do! They may think it sucks, but they do! They care! And they love it! They love the history! They love the-"

"Oh stop right there Ric! I don't want to hear it anymore! WCW is dead! It's dead and done and other with and I can't stand hearing about it anymore! Nobody bought WCW Ric, don't you convince yourself that. Nobody bought the history. Nobody bought the honors. I didn't put together the team I did under the premise of performing fiscal CPR! Times change Ric, I don't know what else to say about it. It's a new millennium partner. And you better strap in now, because the more you resist the change the harder the fall is going to be. And who am I to say that you pal, come on, you've seen it all! You've seen them all rise and fall."

"What you are trying to say Eric!? That I'm a falling star!?"

"No! I'm not saying that Ric! I'm not saying that at all. What I am saying is that you are a rocket, you are a star that was born from the solar explosion that was WCW! But that nebula is dead, quit looking back at it through your telescope Ric! It's time to look forward! The future is just a second away!"

"Hey! Watch it! You're swerving! Keep your eye on the road!"

"The road?"

"Yeah! You're driving you freakin' idiot!"

"Ric, where we are going, we don't need... roads..."



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Mercer University Center
Monday, Week 1, May, 2001
3,168 in attendance
Overall Rating: C+
TV Rating: 0.98


[7:00-7:15]

Viewers are welcomed to the first ever edition of TNA Impact!, hosted by Mike Tenay and Jeremy Borash.

[MATCH] In a decent first match for TNA history, Billy Kidman acommpanied by his wife Torrie Wilson defeated Elix Skipper in 5:57 by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press. [C]
- Strong start to the show, got the crowd buzzing.
- Kidman: C, Skipper: C-

[ANGLE] A video package plays debuting the concept of the TNA X-Division, where only the most elite of professional wrestling’s in-ring talent compete to be called the the best in the world in the X-Division champion. Yeah... We’ll believe it when we see it... [D]

[7:15-7:30]

[ANGLE] A pre-taped segment featuring Buff Bagwell plays where he proclaims that we all really know what TNA stands for, and that it will soon also stand for Buff “The Stuff”. Not sure if that made any sense... [C-]

[ANGLE] A hype video for the new “TNA Team Trios” title and division is played. It essentially combines all of the old fast-paced action highlights of the past few years of WCW, combined with clips of some of its soon to be contenders training for competition. Hastly put together but serves its purpose. [C]
- Got the crowd hotter, Steiner came out looking excellent, Finlay performed poorly.

[7:30-7:45]

[MATCH] In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Rey Misterio Jr., Sean O'Haire and Hugh Morrus defeated Scott Steiner, Fit Finlay and Mike Sanders in 10:19 when Rey Misterio Jr. defeated Fit Finlay by pinfall with a Springboard Hurracanrana. [B-]
- Got the crowd buzzing.
- Steiner: B+, Misterio Jr.: B-, Finlay: C, Morrus: C, O’Haire: C-, Sanders: D+

[7:45-8:00]

[MATCH] In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Buff Bagwell and Jeff Jarrett defeated The Mamalukes in 9:06 when Buff Bagwell defeated Big Vito by pinfall with a Yellow Jacket Suplex. [C+]
- Jarrett and Bagwell have zero chemistry working together.
- Jarrett: C-, Bagwell: D+, Vito: E+, Johnny: E+

[ANGLE] Buff Bagwell and Jeff Jarrett are celebrating their win together when Jarrett breaks predictability and attacks Bagwell for some unspecified reason! Jarrett delivers a beatdown to Bagwell who receives a modest response from the fans.

[8:00-8:15]

[ANGLE] Another pre-taped backstage segment, this time featuring Mike Awesome accompanied by Stacy Keibler. It’s Keibler who really does most of the talking, proclaiming Awesome is the new best thing in professional wrestling and he will take TNA by storm. [C+]
- Awesome and Keibler did not click at all.
- Keibler’s performance was good.

[MATCH] In a decent match, Dustin Rhodes and Mike Awesome defeated Chuck Palumbo and Road Warrior Animal in 11:34 when Mike Awesome defeated Road Warrior Animal by pinfall with an Awesome Bomb. [C]
- Awesome and Keibler are a very poor combination and didn’t click at all.
- Awesome: C, Rhodes: C, Palumbo: C-, Animal: D+

[8:15-8:30]

[ANGLE] Ric Flair makes his first appearance in the company known as TNA. He gives the fans a good bit of nostalgia before finally succumbing to the statement that he is not sure what is future is in TNA but hopes it’s one that keeps his spirit and the spirit of professional wrestling alive! [A]

[ANGLE] A pre-taped vignette plays, centered around Kevin Nash, who is depicted in scenes of daily life, not finding any value or any meaning in any of it. Voice-overs he provides find him questioning his existence, and what the meaning of life and his career truly is. We eventually find ourselves with an understanding that Nash is beginning a pursuit for greater enlightenment, for whatever that is worth... [A]

[8:30-8:45]

[MATCH] In a decent match, Kevin Nash and Kanyon defeated Alex Wright and Mark Jindrak in 8:39 when Kevin Nash defeated Alex Wright by pinfall with a Jacknife Power Bomb. [C]
- Nash: B-, Kanyon: C+, Jindrakl D+, Wright: D+

[ANGLE] Our first we see of Diamond Dallas Page in TNA. He promises he will do whatever he can to stay true to his fans and become the best champion he can be. An endearing presentation of DDP. [A]

[8:45-9:15]

[MATCH] In a bout that had great heat and decent wrestling, Diamond Dallas Page and Sting defeated Rick Steiner and Shane Douglas in 17:45 when Diamond Dallas Page defeated Rick Steiner by pinfall with a Diamond Cutter. [C+]
- DDP: C+, Sting: C+, Douglas: C, Steiner: C-

[ANGLE] After their win, Sting and DDP take to the mic and thank you the people for attending the first ever TNA Impact Sting promises that he is “all in” on TNA Wrestling and that he hopes they are too. DDP says that as long as the people are there with them, they will be there for them no matter if it's with WCW, TNA wrestling, or wherever their fortunes may bring them! [A]

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The first edition of TNA Impact! was said to be a nightmare behind the scenes. Numerous reports coming in of talent arriving at the building with absolutely no idea where to be or what to do. Needless to say, no one had much of if any idea as to how they would be used in any story told on air. It’s obvious the company highlighted stars like Diamond Dallas Page, Sting, Ric Flair, and a few others, but as to how much is to come out of this rushed debut episode is unclear. The company’s first pay-per-view is set to take place this Sunday, as TNA Genesis is set to take place at the Sunshine Pavillion in Orlando, FL. Despite that, sales for the event appear to be fairly healthy, with reports coming back that the company is expecting a gate well over one-hundred thousand dollars. Seems like tough momentum to maintain if it turns out to be the case. Ditching the World Championship Wrestling name may not bode well for the new TNA start-up, if that even is what it can be considered.

The complete rebrand has reportedly shocked a lot of guys backstage. As expected, it's coming from the veteran side of things. Guys who made their name with WCW, or back in the Crockett days. A lot of connections many feel are being treated with disrespected; disregarded as unworthy of connection to and feelings for. I would tend to agree with that argument with an emotional sentiment, but there is also something very tainted about the idea and image of World Championship Wrestling. The past few years are as unkind as has been written about and said of. With the contracts in place as they are, there is not much Fusient Media Ventures can do to salvage what is left of a processing WCW-system. Some may say it is valiant to attempt such an en devour, others will simply say it's stupid. Only time will tell, but the mountain ahead sure looks steep.

Some in the WWF are said to have been discussing the event backstage at WWF RAW is WAR, as TNA Impact! took place live on FX! beginning at 7:00 PM EST. This put the RAW production an hour later, which gave some people an opportunity to catch the show. While most are keeping to themselves and have shown no interest in reviewing or discussing the product, there are said to be a select few who boasted about how awful the product was and what a piss poor attempt the show is compared to the superior product the WWF. Not much to be surprised about here, but TNA is hardly on anyone's radar at this point.

Neilsen ratings came in for the first edition of Impact, bordering with a 0.98 rating. There isn’t much to say as expectations could hardly be reproached. Meanwhile, WWF RAW boasted a 14.98 rating. I think that a lot in terms of how to really feel about this “first edition of TNA Impact!”. Not much.

Mexican independent star Super Crazy has reportedly cut a deal with TNA wrestling. His direction at this point is obviously vague but we may soon have an idea of when we can expect to see him on programming as the days come by.

Former ECW star Rob Van Dam has been telling friends he reached a deal with TNA wrestling. Having not received an offer from the WWF following the demise of his home-promotion, RVD appears to be chomping at the bit to achieve some sort of stability in his career, agreeing to a short-term deal with TNA. He is expected to be available come TNA Genesis.

Chavo Guerrero Jr. will reportedly be undergoing a major gimmick change. This is one of potentially many gimmick changes people are saying there have been talks of. Chavo, apparently in the eyes of upper management, is not fit to simply be himself on television so they are putting him under a mask. Something along the lines of a Spanish bull, we are not too sure other than his name will simply be: El Toro.

Another signing reported is newcomer Monty Brown. Not much is known about the guy accept he is a former NFL player from Detroit. A Brown from Detroit, can’t say I will be expecting much if they put this guy in the Super Bowl slot...

Jushin Thunder Liger has apparently agreed to a one-night stint with TNA wrestling. This comes just a day before the pay-per-view set to take place in Orlando, FL.
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TNA Genesis LIVE on Pay-Per-View
Sunday, Week 1, May 2001
From Orlando, FL

Prediction Contest

X-Division Highlight Match
Billy Kidman vs. El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Shane Helms

TNA X-Division Title Match - Ultimate X Match
Cash vs. Elix Skipper vs. Jamie Knoble vs. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rey Misterio Jr.

TNA Debut Match
Monty Brown vs. Rob Van Dam

TNA Team Trios Title Match
Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus, & Sean O'Haire vs. Fit Finlay, Rick Steiner, & Shane Douglas

TNA Gauntlet for the Gold Match
Last two men standing face for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
Participants will include Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, and six others yet to be announced...

TNA World Heavyweight Title Match
G4TG Last Man Standing vs. G4TG Final Gauntlet Entry

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Interesting twist, love the photoshop

X-Division Highlight Match
Billy Kidman vs. El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Shane Helms
New Gimmick? Go over.

TNA X-Division Title Match - Ultimate X Match
Cash vs. Elix Skipper vs. Jamie Knoble vs. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rey Misterio Jr.

TNA Debut Match
Monty Brown vs. Rob Van Dam
... This could be a trap.

TNA Team Trios Title Match
Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus, & Sean O'Haire vs. Fit Finlay, Rick Steiner, & Shane Douglas
Trios titles are real hard, so I'm guessing you'll need some time to properly develop it.

TNA Gauntlet for the Gold Match
Last two men standing face for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
Participants will include Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, and six others yet to be announced...

TNA World Heavyweight Title Match
Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett
It is TNA, right?
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Good first show; I really enjoyed that!

X-Division Highlight Match
Billy Kidman vs. El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Shane Helms

TNA X-Division Title Match - Ultimate X Match
Cash vs. Elix Skipper vs. Jamie Knoble vs. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rey Misterio Jr.

TNA Debut Match
Monty Brown vs. Rob Van Dam

TNA Team Trios Title Match
Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus, & Sean O'Haire vs. Fit Finlay, Rick Steiner, & Shane Douglas

TNA Gauntlet for the Gold Match
Last two men standing face for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
Participants will include Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, and six others yet to be announced...

TNA World Heavyweight Title Match
Nash vs Jarrett
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X-Division Highlight Match
Billy Kidman vs. El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) vs. Shane Helms

TNA X-Division Title Match - Ultimate X Match
Cash vs. Elix Skipper vs. Jamie Knoble vs. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rey Misterio Jr.

TNA Debut Match
Monty Brown vs. Rob Van Dam

TNA Team Trios Title Match
Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus, & Sean O'Haire vs. Fit Finlay, Rick Steiner, & Shane Douglas

TNA Gauntlet for the Gold Match
Last two men standing face for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
Participants will include Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Sting, and six others yet to be announced...

TNA World Heavyweight Title Match
G4TG Last Man Standing vs. G4TG Final Gauntlet Entry
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Sunshine Pavilion, Orlando, FL
Sunday, Week 1, May 2001

6,098 in attendance
PPV Rating: 0.14 ($208,125)





[8:00 - 8:15]


[X-DIVISION HIGHLIGHT MATCH] In a decent match to kick off the first ever TNA pay-per-view, Billy Kidman defeated Shane Helms and El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) in 9:46 when Billy Kidman defeated El Toro by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press.

This match:
- Got the show off to a strong start and got the crowd hotter.
- Kidman: C+, Toro: C+, Helms: C



[ANGLE] A hype video begins playing for Rey Misterio Jr., highlighting his high-flying abilities and hoping to project him as not only a fan favorite but also one of the best wrestlers in the world. The X-Division will supposedly be filled with stars with Rey Misterio...

This angle:
- Got the crowd hotter.


[8:15 - 8:45]




[TNA X-DIVISION TITLE – ULTIMATE X MATCH] In the first ever Ultimate X match that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rey Misterio Jr. defeated AJ Styles, Jamie Knoble, Elix Skipper, Shannon Moore and Cash in 20:54 when Rey Misterio Jr. retrieved the TNA X-Division Championship hanging in the middle of the ring. Rey Misterio Jr. wins the TNA X Division title.

This match:
- Went too long given its aim.
- Cash was visibly upset that Skipper botched a move.
- Skipper was really off his game.
- Misterio: B-, Styles: C, Cash: C-, Noble: C-, Moore: D+, Skipper: D+


[8:45 - 9:00]


[ANGLE] A hype video begins playing showing some of the out-of-ring abilities achiveable by both Monty Brown and Rob Van Dam. For Brown, pictures of his time spent playing football are featured, as well as clips of him performing non-contact drills on an empty field. RVD, on the other hand, is touted for his ECW-days and his agile ability. Certainly a clash of styles and persona.


[TNA DEBUT SHOWCASE] In a decent match which showcased much of the ECW veteran, Monty Brown defeated Rob Van Dam in 13:39 by pinfall with a Pounce.

This match:
- RVD: C, Brown: D+


[9:00 - 9:15]


[ANGLE] A video package is displayed hyping up the concept of the “TNA Team Trios” championship and potential division. The package reinforces the idea that six-man competition is as action-packed as professional wrestling can get and that TNA will feature some of the greatest six-man matches in wrestling history. This video package also features the men to come in the following title match.



[TNA TEAM TRIOS TITLE] In a decent six-man tag match, Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus and Sean O'Haire defeated Rick Steiner, Shane Douglas and Fit Finlay in 12:56 when Sean O'Haire defeated Rick Steiner by pinfall with The Widow Maker. Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus and Sean O'Haire win the TNA Team Trios titles.

This match:
- Douglas: C+, Bigelow: C, Morrus: C, Finlay: C, Steiner: C, O’Haire: C-


[9:15 - 9:45]




[TNA GAUNTLET FOR THE GOLD] The first ever TNA Gauntlet for the Gold started off with two men Buff Bagwell and Dustin Rhodes. They slobber knocked it out until Dustin defeated Bagwell in 2:08 by pinfall with a small package to the surprise of the entire crowd!

Next out the gate was Kanyon, who gave Rhodes a fair showing but was eventually eliminated when Dustin defeated Kanyon after 5:41 by pinfall with a piledriver.

The third man to enter was Jeff Jarrett, who took a long time to actually touch-up with Rhodes, but eventually took the upper-hand after hitting Dustin with a low blow from behind. This led to Jarrett defeating Dustin after 8:21 by pinfall after a low blow.

With Jarrett celebration it was an opportune time for Diamond Dallas Page to steal his thunder. The fans tremendous boos for Jarrett turned into the biggest pop of the night as DDP made his way to the ring. Jarrett sold well for DDP, who threw him in and out and nearly upside down of the ring. A perfect segment for fans who enjoy watching Jeff Jarrett get this ass handed to him. DDP defeated Jarrett after 11:18 by pinfall after a Diamond Cutter.

Out next for DDP was an even larger challenge than Jarrett, “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash. The new entry, however, seemed off his game as he lost his early advantage on DDP and never really regained his momentum. Eventually, DDP defeated Nash after 15:19 by pinfall after a Diamond Cutter through a table in the middle of the ring. (thanks Kanyon)

At this point DDP was on fire, standing over the fallen body of Kevin Nash as he awaited the seventh participant in the Gauntlet for the Gold competition. He couldn’t have drawn a worse prospect as the time in another big man, Mike Awesome. It was DDP and Awesome who may have stolen the show, going at it for a solid ten minutes before DDP slid out of another Mike Awesome powerbomb attempt, catching him with a Diamond Cutter after getting pu:shed off the ropes. Come the sixth bell of the match, DDP defeated Awesome after 18:23 by pinfall after a Diamond Cutter.

Exhausted, DDP’s face showed it all as the eighth entrant of the night made his way out. Scott Steiner. Flexing his muscles the entire way down to the ring, Steiner had no problem taking his time to get to work, as Page seemed pretty exhausted from what he had endured so far. Steiner took the advantage early on, but allowed his show-gloating manner to take away from the objective at hand, with Page eventually taking the victory after 23:42 following a jumping DDT on top of a chair!

Now came the ninth participate, whom the announcers finished speculating on as soon as the image of a Scorpion took to the screen. The fans erupted for their second biggest pop of the night as Sting made his way to the ring with some fire in his step. The announcers both cited their respect for both men, as Page and Sting didn’t hold back from the get-go. After exchanging some blows, Sting took the upper-hand and delivered an atypical Sting display. After a few Stinger Splashes, DDP was on the ropes. However, the referee gets caught in the final Sting Splash attempt, taking him out of action for the time being. Soon after, we see our first images of Ric Flair who is seen hitting the ring in-gear attire and attempting to get a rise out of the referee. Sting approaches Flair with a desperate ire, though slightly confused by Flair’s presence. The man he seemingly called his friend didn’t feign a step, and delivered a big right hand to Sting. The Scorpion’s painted face then turned crimson, as it became very apparent that Flair was wearing brass knuckles! Sting can do nothing as both DDP and the referee regain the energy required for Page to hit a Diamond Cutter on Sting to earn another victory by pinfall after 29:46.

[9:45 - 10:15]



[TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE] And just like that Flair’s entrance music hit and provided for an uncomfortable scene as Flair, already in the ring, ascended on DDP and delivered a hearty beatdown. Flair basked in the ire of the fans, who were upset to watch “The Nature Boy” treat DDP in such a manner. He even took to the microphone in the middle of the match, giving the fans a taste of what he thought of them, considering their reaction was so welcoming for him. And perhaps it didn’t surprise many, but DDP eventually rallies back, catching Flair off guard and eventually luring him into his classic Flair apologies. That wouldn’t hold DDP back though, as he eventually got himself out of a final Figure Four-Leglock attempt and took to catching Flair in a Diamond Cutter! And just like that, he had done it, Diamond Dallas Page defeated Ric Flair in 14:26 by pinfall with a Diamond Cutter. Diamond Dallas Page wins the TNA World Heavyweight title.

This match:
- DDP and Flair have great chemistry.
- DDP: B-, Flair: C+


[10:15 - 10:30]


[ANGLE] Left standing on top of it all, the fans were on their feet as Diamond Dallas Page was handed the title belt and declared the first ever TNA World Heavyweight champion! He took to each turnbuckle and gave the fans his thanks before getting on the microphone and promising the fans that with him as TNA World Heavyweight champion, the sky is the limit for DDP and TNA wrestling!

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Not sure if there is much to say about TNA’s first pay-per-view, TNA Genesis. There really wasn’t too much you could consider action-packed, let alone title it something along the lines of “T-N-A". At this rate, what was the point of dropping the World Championship Wrestling moniker? Seems like someone captured what we knew as WCW and transported it into some alternate reality where the presentation is attempting it to seem more fast-paced, action-packed... Like a poor attempt at a Steve Seagull rip-off at this rate. While there is much about what is being done that can be applauded, like keeping Bischoff off screen and pushing newer concepts, there’s just too much about it that seems like a WCW-lite, but with the exact same guys. And again, that’s not forgetting their push of guys like Rey Misterio Jr. and Rob Van Dam who are both sharing a decent amount of camera time. Either way, TNA Genesis was really nothing to write home about, akin to many of the latest WCW pay-per-views, except with less content. The pay-per-view seemed squeezed into two and a half hours as though they were trying to make a cut, although they could have definitely gone longer. The buy rate wasn’t completely miserable for a product with no-name value, but you can’t imagine many were left satisfied with their wallet’s spend. The show seemed like it revolved around one thirty-minute match crowned the “Gauntlet for the Gold” match. Last man standing after nine guys awaits the tenth and then those two face off for the TNA World Heavyweight championship. That’s right, they did away with the old World Heavyweight title, but that’s a topic for another discussion. Diamond Dallas Page walked away the winner after outlasting four guys, finally reaching his final foe in Ric Flair. DDP outlasted Flair after a final fifteen minutes to walk away the champion.

The new venture in TNA got off to a bad start early on in the show when they received word two hours before the show start that Jushin Thunder Liger wasn't going to make it to the venue. With weather holding up his connecting flight in San Francisco, there was no way Liger was going to make the last-minute booking. The company disclosed the news before his expected entry in the company's title match for their X-Division championship. The match itself featured an interesting concept, with a roped "X" crossing the middle of the ring hanging above held up by two four large supporting corner posts; the title belt hanging in the balance. Object of the match is to unhook the belt from the X and secure the victory. The company really invested a lot into the match and it almost stunk up the joint. Twenty minutes was way too long for a match that nobody really seemed to care much about. Seeing Liger in the affair certainly would have been an intriguing watch, but we were unfortunately robbed of that special moment by Mother Nature.

Much of the booking thus far is causing heat with a lot of guys backstage, mainly those previously involved in big angle programs in WCW who now find themselves either jobbing to smaller, younger guys or not getting any television time at all. For what it's worth, it doesn't seem like Bischoff is budging or plans on budging anytime soon, which should be taken as good news for professional wrestling, with a grain of salt.

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Sunshine Pavilion, Orlando, FL
Monday, Week 2, May 2001

2,692 in attendance
TV Rating: 0.96





[7:00-7:15]


[ANGLE] Ric Flair comes out and says last night was a moment he will never forget. Flair says he loves professional wrestling, he loved WCW. He loved the NWA days. He loved being a champion. But perhaps last night was the end for the Nature Boy. He was the last of ten of the best, ten of the best in pro wrestling. He had the most rest, the highest odds, and still, he couldn’t close it out against a guy like Diamond Dallas Page, who defeated four men before him to outlast and become the first ever TNA World Heavyweight champion. DDP says he’s a man of the people, and that’s why the people are happy for him. But Ric Flair was never a man of the people. He’s a man of high class. Prestige. Oligarchy. Rights of man that few and far between have the honor of enacting.

But its always the leader of the masses that have stolen moments from Flair his entire career. Guys like Dusty Rhodes. Harley Race. Ricky Steamboat. DDP, however, is even worse then all the men that came before him. But unlike those before him, this time, Flair isn’t going to take care of the problem himself. He’s always traveled in packs. And while this man may be only one, he knows he is the perfect man to take care of his “Diamond Dallas Problem”, Mike Awesome! The man aforementioned makes his way to the ring and joins Flair beside him. It doesn’t take long for DDP to make his presence known as Page takes to the ring and joins both Awesome and Flair face-to-face. This may have been a poor choice, as choice words lead to fists and wrists being flown from every which way. The champ, unsurprisingly, finds himself at odds in a two-on-one situation.

This angle:
- Got show off to strong start and got crowd hotter.
- The performance of DDP was good.



[ANGLE] Perhaps to everyone’s surprise, however, Sting runs down the ramp and clears the ring of the Nature Boy and Awesome. He seems quite angry with what he just saw, eventually delivering the TNA World Heavyweight championship belt into the hands of the fallen, but not defeated champion. Page and Sting appear to exchange words before the cameras take us to break.

[7:15-7:30]


[MATCH] In a bout that had good wrestling but was certainly meant to give RVD the spotlight, Rob Van Dam defeated El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) in 9:05 by pinfall with a Frog Splash.

This match:
- RVD: B-, Toro: C+



[ANGLE] Jushin Thunder Liger hype video plays before this match with Rey Misterio Jr.

[7:30-7:45]



[TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP] In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Rey Misterio Jr. © defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in 15:32 by pinfall with a Springboard Hurracanrana. Rey Misterio Jr. makes defence number 1 of his TNA X Division title.

This match:
- Got the crowd buzzing.
- Misterio Jr. Came out looking good.
- Misterio: B, Liger: D+



[ANGLE] After his victory, Billy Kidman joins the celebration with Rey Misterio Jr. in the ring, helping raise his hand after a minute of celebration has occurred. But as Misterio Jr. turned around once more to face his friend, Kidman decks Misterio Jr. with the TNA X-Division belt! Kidman continues a beatdown as the fans immediately show disapproval. After a minute or two, Jushin Thunder Liger is the one who saves Misterio Jr. from further embarrassment, sending Kidman off and running and helping the man who just defeated him to his feet.

This angle:
- Torrie Wilson helped Kidman during this segment.
- Kidman turned heel and the turn went pretty well.
- Got the crowd hotter.
- Liger performed poorly.


[7:45-8:00]


[ANGLE] Rob Van Dam is backstage being interviewed by Scott Hudson in regards to his loss at TNA Genesis in his TNA debut against another debutant, Monty Brown. RVD says that loss won’t define him and that the millions and millions of fans that chant “R-V-”... before he can finish, Monty Brown pounces him from off-camera! Brown beats down RVD backstage, sending a brutal message to all TNA fans watching. Staff backstage eventually breaks up the scuffle but the damage appears to have been done.

This angle:
- Brown looked good, while Hudson looked lost.



[MATCH] In an extremely short match, Monty Brown drew with Norman Smiley in 4:25 after interference by Rob Van Dam which led to the referee calling match. RVD paid no attention to Norman Smiley, but rather, focused entirely on delivering absolute revenge on Monty for his attack earlier, and perhaps, his defeat at TNA Genesis. This is a side of RVD we perhaps have never seen?

This match:
- Brown is getting better at his gimmick.
- Brown and Smiley showed pretty good chemistry together.
- Brown: C-, Smiley: C-


[8:00-8:15]


[ANGLE] Kevin Nash is found somewhere in Chinatown, viewing the local culture and attempting to embrace any sense of peace and nirvana he can find in the cheap marketplace. He eventually comes across Jimmy Yang and Kaz Hayashi who maneuver him into a brothel house where Nash is convinced he will find what he is seeking. Absurdity persists as Nash finds himself in a plethora of compromising situations with Hayashi and Yang, before the segment ends on a punch line of Nash referencing the famous Wizard of Oz line, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore!”

This angle:
- Nash was the real star in this segment.
- Hayashi has major problems due to the language barrier, and did not come out of this looking so good.



[TEAM TRIOS MATCH] In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Kevin Nash and Jung Dragons defeated Mike Sanders and Jindrak & Stasiak in 9:04 when Kevin Nash defeated Mike Sanders by pinfall with a Jacknife Power Bomb.

This match:
- This match did its job, giving the crowd a breather.
- Nash came out of this looking good.
- Nash: C, Sanders: D+, Stasiak: D-, Yang: D-, Jindrak: E+, Hayashi: E-


[8:15-8:30]


[ANGLE] Interview with the first ever TNA Team Trios champions: Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus, and Sean O’Haire. Scott Hudson says that now they find themselves as champions, shouldn’t they have a name to go by? Bigelow, Morrus, and O’Haire all seem completely perplexed by the idea of even having a team name. They eventually make their way to the ring to defend the six-man match titles won the night before.

This angle:
- Hudson underperformed.



[MATCH] In a bout that had great heat and good wrestling, Scott Steiner defeated Bam Bam Bigelow in 13:04 by pinfall with a Frankensteiner following interference from Jeff Jarrett. It has become very apparent that Jarrett and Scott Steiner have rekindled an old friendship, but there are others who will have none of it...

This match:
- Got the crowd hotter.
- Steiner; B, Bigelow: C-


[8:30-9:00]


[ANGLE] After the match, Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner continue their assault on Bam Bam Bigelow, but it doesn’t take long for Bigelow’s trios partners Hugh Morrus and Sean O’Haire make the save!

This angle:
- Bigelow was underwhelming
- Morrus underperformed
- Steiner looked good.




[IMPACT MAIN EVENT] In a main event tag team bout that had great heat and good wrestling, Mike Awesome and Ric Flair defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Sting in 19:52 when Mike Awesome defeated Sting by pinfall with a handful of tights. The finish certainly is surprising but DDP and Sting were definitely beaten and bruised by the end of things. Awesome displayed a lot of power in this match, and ended up looking like the real guy to beat when all was said and done. Flair, meanwhile, showed his age here. Perhaps it was the length of the match that did him no favors.

This match:
- Flair was clearly a weak link.
- Got the crowd hotter.
- DDP: B-, Sting: B-, Awesome: C+, Flair: C-


[9:00-9:15]


[ANGLE] After suffering a bit more at the hands of Mike Awesome and Ric Flair, Sting seems at a loss. Diamond Dallas Page eventually gets to a level of strength enough to clear Flair and Awesome out of the ring and come to the saving grace of perhaps his only ally in Total Nonstop Action, the man they call Sting.

This angle:
- Awesome was underwhelming.


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- Our thoughts on the post-Genesis edition of TNA Impact! coming soon.

- Reports coming in that Bam Bam Bigelow performed under the influence of some sort of substance during Impact. While it wasn't apparent he was impaired backstage, it seemed to show during the live televised event. Bigelow was reportedly fined by TNA for the incident, which apparently caused major issue with his close friend Shane Douglas. This didn't gain much favor with the boys.
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Mercer University Center, Macon, GA
Monday, Week 3, May 2001

3,061 in attendance
TV Rating: 0.92





[7:00-7:15]


[ANGLE] The main event of the evening is pushed heavy at the beginning of the show, with Sting announced to be squaring off with Mike Awesome in the first-ever, televised Sting one-on-one match since November of last year and Sting’s first ever TNA main event match. But he has stiff competition headed his way in a man like Mike Awesome, a man who has recently aligned himself with Ric Flair as the TNA start-up has gotten off and running. Awesome is a man of incredible size, power, agility for both, and an ability to absorb a lot of damage.

This angle:
- Got the show off to a strong start.
- Got the crowd hotter.
- The performance of Sting was very good.
- The performance of Awesome was underwhelming.



[ANGLE] It’s me, it’s me, it’s Diamond Dallas Page kicks off the show by hitting the ring and slapping hands with all of his adoring fans standing ringside. Once inside, Page does a great job welcoming everyone to the show, live, on FX! He says everyone should know why he’s out there, and that’s because of two men he wants to get his hands and get his hands on right now! He challenges Ric Flair and Mike Awesome to meet him in the middle of the ring for a continuation of last week’s show ending affair, and Flair’s music hits to him and Awesome standing at the top of the stage. They slowly, methodically make their way to the ring, choosing to shade their true intentions until the final moments allow. DDP looks tough, jostling around the ring, ready for either man, or both, to take a chance. The Nature Boy takes to a microphone and is able to calm Page down, eventually weaseling his way into the ring, now nearly standing toe to toe. He explains to Page, once again..., that he doesn’t like guys like Page. They just aren’t cut from the same cloth. Flair is a man “born in the purple”, while Page is a man born and raised in the gutters. Leather jacket, denim pants, biker boots. None of it surprises Ric; none of it entertains him, none of it pleases him. All of it, in fact, just makes him sick. Almost as sick as he felt when he took that final Diamond Cutter at TNA Genesis, and lost his shot at the TNA World Heavyweight championship. MY CHAMPIONSHIP! MY BELT! MY GOLD PAL! You’re wearin’ a stolen piece of jewelry brother! And big daddy Mike right behind me is here to take it back!

And that’s just where you are God! Damn! Wrong, pal! DDP yells and gets in Ric’s face. The champion is clearly showing no fear for the potential consequences of complying to Flair’s demands. Awesome bulks up and attempts to intimidate Page, who isn’t budging. Nose-to-nose, Flair is leaned in, Wrong!? You think I’m wrong!? You think the Nature Boy is wrong!? he says, now beet-red. I’m not wrong! I’m never wrong! The champ is never wrong! I’m the champ! I’ll never be wrong! I’ll - and with that Page pushes Flair back, who drops his microphone and pauses for a hot second before beginning to undo his shirt. Awesome tries to engage him, perhaps looking for his cue to attack, but Flair is too enamored with the words of DDP to pay any mind. And a huge grin glares over the face of the real TNA world champion. Perhaps it’s in DDP’s gameplan to get a guy like Flair, who sports a short temper, to break mentally not in the ring, but in front of the people. The people Flair says fall in love with guys like DDP, losers just like them. Or maybe it’s the same people Flair can’t stand being the second most adorned, or the second most cheered for. Perhaps Flair sees himself as second fiddle to a more, contemporary star, like Diamond Dallas Page. Either way, all questions to be answered at a later point in time, as this one went sour quickly, only for our hero in black, the man they call Sting, hits the ring, and returns a favor to Page, clearing Flair and Awesome to the back.

This angle:
- Flair was brilliant the entire segment, he had the crowd in the palm of his hands the entire way.
- Flair came across very well.
- Page struggled a bit more than usual this segment.
- Got the crowd hotter.


[7:15-7:30]


[X-DIVISION MATCH] In an X-Division match that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Billy Kidman defeated AJ Styles, Shane Helms and El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) in 7:02 when Billy Kidman defeated AJ Styles by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press. Kidman continues to remain highlighted in these lower-level X-Division matches, while everyone else in this match had at least one moment to shine. Many are also surprised by the immediate success Chavo Guerrero Jr. is finding with his new "El Toro" masked-gimmick. Go figure.

This match:
- Kidman: C+, Toro: C+, Helms: C, Styles: C-
- Helms is improving his rumbling ability.



[ANGLE] Billy Kidman, standing beside Torrie Wilson, explains his actions, says it’s a new beginning in TNA wrestling and there’s not sparing old friends. Kidman says everyone knows he’s the best wrestler pound-for-pound on the roster. He’s always respected Rey Misterio Jr. as a wrestler and a friend, but the X-Division needs a leader and a face of the brand. Rey Misterio Jr. Isn't the face of a brand. A guy like Kidman, with a girl like Torrie Wilson, and the matches he would put on will put the X-Division on the map in an instant. Kidman just turned 26, it’s time to start making a name for himself in the business. Rey Misterio Jr. comes out and stands toe to toe with Kidman, challenges him to a match at GAB.

This angle:
- Kidman performed poorly.
- Wilson came across well.


[7:30-7:45]


[b][ANGLE] We are led in to Rob Van Dam standing in the ring as his music fades out. He specifically calls out TNA newcomer Monty Brown for attacking him last week during his backstage interview. RVD explains that he’s the bigger man, he was okay moving on from a loss in his debut match in TNA wrestling. But Monty has since made it impossible to move on without having to remind Monty Brown his place in the world of professional wrestling, because as far as RVD and all the fans are concerned, Monty Brown is a Mr. Nobody and Van Dam is Mr. Pay Per View! By this point Monty hits the ring, showing no regard for anyone’s safety, hoping the barricades with a steel chair and attacking RVD from behind. He delivers a vicious beat down on the other new TNA hire, and takes to the microphone once he’s stood tall over RVD for long enough. There’s one thing you gotta understand Robby, It doesn’t matter who you are or what the people call you! It’s not the people you should be concerned about! It’s the animals! It’s the animals like me! And animals like me, are on the hunt for prey like you! Prey that’s weak and doesn’t know a predator when he sees one! You see Robby! I’M THE PREDATOR! And it’s open season on prey like you!


[MATCH] In an extremely short squash match, Monty Brown defeated Jim Duggan in 4:20 by pinfall with a Pounce. Duggan got a pretty good reaction as the surprise opponent for Brown, but his five seconds of fame may have lasted even longer once the bell rang. Duggan, however, may be better off on pre-show matches at this point.

This match:
- Brown: C-, Duggan: D


[7:45-8:00]


[ANGLE] In the ring stand Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner. They look particularly perturbed about something, and Double J let’s it be known he feels disrespected ever since his contract transferred over into this new TNA entity. He feels like Eric Bischoff has been ignoring all of his attempts at communication. Double J can’t get nobody from the front office to stand and talk with him for more than five minutes. Frankly, he and Scott Steiner have both been dealing with a lot of bull**** backstage and they are sick of it. Not only will the front office show them no respect, but the rest of the roster apparently has issue with their presence in the locker room. He specifically names Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus, and Sean O’Haire. He says if anyone has an ass beating come to them at the hands of Double J and Big Poppa Pump, it’s those three. Not surprisingly, this draws the TNA Team Trios title holders out to the ring, where they surround the squared circle. This seemingly exposes them to an attack from someone jumping the barricade, as the secondary camera struggles to pick up the action. Eventually the attacker is revealed to be none other than Shane Douglas! The fans are displeased to watch the TNA Team Trios champions fall victim at the hands of a new three-man threat.

This angle:
- Steiner looked good.
- Bigelow performed poorly.



[ANGLE] We head to a pre-taped interview from “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. While we do not see or hear the person asking questions, the tape is clipped into a series of answers/statements from Flair in regards to a lot of topics. Yeah, I’m in. I’m in on TNA. There’s no doubt about it. And everyone who’s sayin’ I’m not, they’re lying. They don’t know the half of it. I was all in on TNA from day one, and I’ll be all in until the end brother. Speaking to the topic of WCW, Flair says WCW is in the past just like the WWF was in the past when he went to WCW, and how the NWA was in the past when he went to WWF. TNA is the future, there’s no doubt about it. While his sincerity is questionable, he moves on to give more discouraging words in regards to his latest foe, Diamond Dallas Page. He also takes the time to put over Mike Awesome, who he calls, an absolute killer, brother. He confirms anyone’s doubts, Mike Awesome is with Ric Flair in TNA. It’s a whole new ball game, this isn’t the same yard we’re used to playing in. And I think Monday night on Impact, everyone is going to find that out.

This angle:
- The performance of Flair was good.


[8:00-8:15]


[ANGLE] We are treated to another comedic vignette segment, featuring our friend Kevin Nash, who begins another search for peace and nirvana as he finds himself in a new chapter of his life. This time, Nash has taken what he learned from his Japanese-friends last week and has perhaps transitioned that into another form of an Eastern solution, martial arts. It doesn’t take long for us to find Nash accompanied by perhaps a new friend in Ernest Miller, an experienced martial artist. Miller explains to him the path of life Nash can find in the world of martial arts and convinces Nash that he will be able to use his mind and body like he never could have imagined. This prompts a dream sequence, where Nash finds himself in a ridiculous Kung Fu movie parody, slicing and chopping away at stuntmen taking big bumps as they fly off camera. Back in the real world, Miller sets Nash up to do his first bit of Karate action, giving Nash a plank of wood to chop. Easy enough. At this point, Nash wants to take things to a much bigger level, overestimating his abilities. Miller, a bit hesitant, agrees, and sets Nash up with two cinder blocks. Nash sees no issue with what’s in front of him, and hastily throws his hand into the bricks. We cut to black as Nash is heard screaming in absolute agony.

This angle:
- Miller is learning how to show more charisma.



[MATCH] In an extremely short match, Mark Jindrak defeated Ernest Miller in 4:29 by pinfall with a Mark of Perfection. The announcers explain early on that Kevin Nash (who is ringside with Miller) was originally scheduled for competition against Jindrak tonight, but cannot compete because of the hand injury he suffered while "training with Ernest." (as we just saw). This means Miller was substituted in at the behest of Nash, who cheered him on from the get-go. But Jindrak went right to work on Miller and destroyed him in less than five minutes. After the match, Jindrak makes threats towards Nash's way, who seems to be beside himself on Miller's loss and keeps his cool, heading to the back.

This match:
- Jindrak: D+, Miller: D+
- Jindrak is improving in technical skills.


[8:15-8:30]


[MATCH] In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Lance Storm defeated Jimmy Yang in 8:05 by submission with a Canadian Maple Leaf. During the match we also had Kaz Hayashi accidentally hit Yang, which favored Storm for the rest of the match.

This match:
- Storm: C, Yang: C-



[ANGLE] Following his singles win, Lance Storm rushes to get on a microphone, almost as though he isn’t sure if he’s going to have any time to do anything else. Hold on! Hold on! Yes, I won this match! Yes I am that good. But I have something else I need to say here! Everyone, please, pay attention. Starting tonight, I will begin the search for what you may call, some of my fellow travelers... I’m speaking to all of my country-men, those Canadians out there. Those Canadians out there who know we must band together. Stick together. Tread the waters through this nation here called America together. America’s murky, sludgy waters. That’s right I will officially be putting together professional wrestling’s first ever Team Canada! And those of you who are interested, you can go ahead and please contact me at my-. And with that, Storm’s microphone is cut off and the fans begin to laugh as he yells frustrated messages into the dead mic. Our announcers aren’t too sure what just happened, but either way, there are other segments they have to get to tonight and segway into our next break.

[8:30-8:45]


[MATCH] In a decent match, Shane Douglas defeated Hugh Morrus in 15:19 by pinfall with a Belly to Belly Suplex following interference from Jeff Jarrett. This was a singles match with a bad personal taste left on it from Douglas' attack on Morrus and his fellow TNA Team Trios partners. Morrus gets the fans behind him a few times but it's never enough to get the job done. It also doesn't help when Jeff Jarrett decides to interfere, essentially costing Morrus the match after hitting him with a chair.

This match:
- Douglas: C, Morrus: C


[8:45-9:00]


[ANGLE] We’re taken backstage to Sting, waiting for his upcoming match to start, when Diamond Dallas Page enters the picture with the TNA World Heavyweight championship hanging over his shoulder. He puts his hand on Sting’s shoulder and looks him in the eyes, wishing him genuine good fortunes in his upcoming match. Sting smells no bullshit, and accepts the gesture with sincerity. DDP then picks the energy up and tries to get Sting hyped for his match, asking to see a flurry of punches so he knows he’s ready...



[IMPACT MAIN EVENT] We fade back to the ring where the ring announcer introduces Mike Awesome first, accompanied to the ring by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair of course. After that, Sting hits the ring to a roaring applause, unaccompanied. As the bell rings, both men stand square with one another, Awesome attempting to intimidate Sting with his size. The veteran isn’t shaken though, and proves to all his fans he’s a man of courage and contempt. They exchange blows to start things off before Awesome takes the power advantage and begins throwing Sting around a bit. The Stinger has a few rally attempts early on, catching Awesome with some strikes out of sheer will, but they aren’t enough to mount an offensive. Instead, he soon finds himself on the outside, taking shots from the railing. Fans scatter as they head through a crowd or two, where Sting finally pushes through and is able to reverse bodydrop Awesome onto the concrete. At this point, however, we begin to see Flair begin his involvement, catching Sting with a shot when the referee wasn’t looking that sent shockwaves through the people. This unfair advantage has Awesome in complete control from then on, until returning to the ring; not yet before Flair gets a few more cheap shots in.

[9:00 – 9:15]



Returning from break, this lack of fairness strikes the heart of our company champion backstage, as Diamond Dallas Page makes his way to the ring to much admiration from his fans. He’s clearly calling out Flair, yelling at him to stay out of the match at hand. Flair plays dumb, annoyed with Page even accusing him of such atrocities. I haven’t done nothin’ pal! I haven’t done anything! Stay on that ramp! Stay! The match continues... Page’s presence may have changed something in the air, as Sting begins a full-fledged offensive to kickstart a comeback. Rights, lefts, a few kicks, add some Stinger splashes get Mike Awesome woozy. Not showing much life, Sting gets Awesome down for two near falls, but neither will do. He tries to take Awesome to the corner for something more impactful, but instead finds himself tumbling down to the floor! The fans worry as Sting lays motionless and Awesome comes back to consciousness. Flair eggs his guy on to get at Sting, but Page stands close by, threatening action in Awesome doesn’t give Sting more time to recover. Awesome and Page exchange words, all leading up to Flair nailing DDP from behind with the TNA world title! The champion takes a nasty forward fall and finds himself taking boots from both guys! Its apparent Flair is heated, as he’s hooting and hollering for Awesome to grab a table from under the ring. He directs Awesome to set up the table as he delivers a few more shots to the champ. The ref attempts to make a stand, but Awesome won’t relent. He positions the table inside of the ring as Flair rolls Page in. Flair expects Awesome to lift Page up high for some sort of powerbomb through the table, but things don’t go according to plan as Sting makes a final stand!

Our hero in black gets inside the ring and sends Flair flying into the ropes. He directs his attack over to Awesome, who has Page nearly up in the air but takes a big boot to the gut. Sting delivers more blows to big Mike, attempting to set up some sort of finish, but disregards Flair’s potential recovery. After another flurry, Sting turns around to get ready for another big attack, giving the referee a second to check on Awesome. At the same time, The Nature Boy gets to his feet and runs in on Sting, who dodges the attack which leads to a big ref bump as our referee finds himself sandwiched between the two heels. Sting thinks he can still take the cake though, and move in on both men, but Awesome isn’t as done and out as our hero thinks, and is able to take the advantage with a huge forearm. Flair takes some hits on Page to get him out of the ring while Awesome is able to hoist Sting up and powerbomb him viciously through the table! The fans react in disbelief as their face-painted hero lays motionless, eyes closed, perhaps nearly tongue-out. After the moment has settled in, Awesome slowly moves onto Sting’s body as the referee also recovers, just in time, to send us home with a one-two-three.

The fans can't stand any of what they just saw. DDP is finally, slowly making his way to his feet, but Awesome is quick to make work of his too, choosing to double-underhook powerbomb him in one of the corners of the ring, while Flair yelled at the fallen champ, explaining to him that this is simply what he gets for what he's done!

This match:
- Awesome: C+, Sting: C


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- Speaking of the GAB, I thought this company was looking to shed an image associated with WCW? Seems they don’t mind keeping a hold of their old pay-per-view titles though, something about the name-value in the PPVs being the highest value item in terms of their promotional IP. While certainly debatable, perhaps there is a small portion of TNA that still wants to hold on to their past identity. It’s television rating, for what it’s worth, can be expected to hover around the 1.0 mark for awhile, while WWF RAW is getting ratings near the 17.00 mark. Shows just what kind of disparity we are talking about in terms of market coverage and market share.

- Over the past week Diamond Dallas Page and his wife Kimberly Page finished divorce processing and the annulment of their marriage agreement was official on Tuesday.
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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!

This angle:
- 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.

This match:
- 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.

This match:
- 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?

This angle:
- 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.

This match:
- 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...

This angle:
- 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?

This match:
- 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?

This angle:
- 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”!

This match:
- 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.

This match:
- 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.

This angle:
- Page's performance was fantastic.
- Cyrus looked lost out there.
- Flair looked good.


Quote:
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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TNA Great American Bash 2001 LIVE on Pay-Per-View
Sunday, Week 1, June 2001



TNA X-Division Debut Match: Super Phantom vs. To Be Announced



TNA X-Division Championship: Rey Misterio Jr. (C) vs. Billy Kidman



TNA Team Trios Championship: Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus, and Sean O'Haire (C) vs. Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, and Shane Douglas


Grudge Match: "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. "The Man They Call" Sting



TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Diamond Dallas Page (C) vs. Mike Awesome

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