Monday, May 13, 2013

TNA Slammiversary 2006 Review

The annual King of the Mountain Match headlines TNA's 4-Year Anniversary Celebration

If you didn't know, TNA had this Youtube Service called TNAwrestlingPLUS. Basically for a monthly fee of I think about $5 (American) you can watch any of TNA's PPVs on Youtube (not sure if it's per show or not). Anyway, it tunrs out that while you have to pay the money to get the service, they do have a select number of shows that are available for free viewing. This was one show that I had been looking to watch (I had seen the Main Event but not the full show), so I went ahead and checked it out.

TNA Slammiversary 2006
Orlando, Florida 6/18/06

1.) Bingo Hall Brawl - Team 3D vs. The James Gang: ***

This was a pretty fun opening match. Exactly what every PPV should have....and entertaining opener that gets the crowd fired up. Lots of one would expect.

2.) Handicap Match - Rhino vs. Team Canada (Bobby Roode & Coach D'Amore): **

Not bad for what it was. The big story of this match (and going in) was Rhino getting his hands on D'Amore. While not a good by any means, the match itself make sense booking wise and had the right ending, with Rhino delivering the Gore to D'Amore.

3.) X Division Rankings Elimination Match - Senshi vs. Shark Boy vs. Petey Williams vs. Jay Lethal vs. Alex Shelley vs. Sonjay Dutt: ***3/4

Pretty much what you would expect from six talented X-Division Athletes. Very solid match with a lot of great action.

4.) Kevin Nash (with Alex Shelley) vs. Chris Sabin: **1/4

Basically it's a big guy vs. the X-Divison (the same kind of feud Team 3D would have with the X-Division later on in 2007-8). This is Nash's first TNA match in quite some time. For what it was, it actually wasn't that bad. Nash needs Shelley's interference to pick up the win.

5.) NWA World Tag Team Titles - America's Most Wanted (with Gail Kim) vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles & "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels: ****1/4

This is the last shot Styles & Daniels have at the NWA World Tag Team Titles. This was a great match. Both teams proved here why they're so good. Gail Kim tries to interject herself, but a very buff looking woman comes in (Sirelda, who was brought in by Styles & Daniels to neutralize Gail Kim). Styles & Daniels use Storm's own beer bottle against AMW and capture the World Tag Team Titles.

Mike Tenay introduces the new public face of TNA Management, Jim Cornette!! (who at this same time was still Commissioner of Ring of Honor). He basically says he's come in here to enforce the rules, make things fair, and help TNA continue to grow and make it the best it can be for the fans.

6.) Scott Steiner vs. Samoa Joe (X-Divison Champion): **3/4

At this point, Joe has yet to pinned or submitted in TNA. This actually was a pretty decent match. Both guys got there stuff in and Joe came out of it looking good. The only thing was the match ended on a Powerslam of all things. Weird...

7.) NWA World Heavyweight Title - King of the Mountain Match - Jeff Jarrett vs. Ron "The Truth" Killings vs. Abyss vs. Sting vs. Christian Cage: ***1/2

Christian comes in as the defending NWA World Heavyweight Champion. This was an enjoyable main event, though at the same time, nothing overly great. I've always been intrigued by this match idea. I've seen this match before by itself (before watching the event as a whole recently) and I remember it being better. In the end, I though it was just pretty good. It's funny....I remember loving the King of the Mountain Match from Slammiversary 2005, but this one I don't think this one was as good. It will of course be remembered more for the Screwjob finish involving Larry Zbyszko, Referee Earl Hebner, and Jeff Jarrett, who won the title, but Jim Cornette quickly requisitions the belt from Jarrett as the fans litter the ring with trash.

Overall: 7.75/10

The World Tag Team Title Match and the X-Division 6-Man are the highlights of this show. The King of the Mountain Match was solid, but will be remember more from the finish, and ended up being a letdown when compared to the match from the year before. The opener is entertaining, and the other undercard match were decent, but that was the main thing, most of the card was just decent. That ended up dragging the card down a bit.

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