Sunday, 10 June 2012

TNA Slammiversary 2005

Written by Greg Ledson

With the upcoming TNA event ‘Slammiversary X’ only a few days away, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at previous Slammiversary’s in TNA history.

The first Slammiversary PPV was held on June 19, 2005 at the TNA Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. In case you didn’t know although this years Slammiversary is being billed as ‘Slammiversary X’ the ‘X’ meaning 10, this is not the tenth anniversary of Slammiversary it is the tenth anniversary of TNA.

Slammiversary 2005 was tagged as the ‘Three Year Anniversary Spectacular’ of TNA. The event boasted three title matches and the debut of arguably one of its biggest stars to date and still currently on the roster Samoa Joe.

With TNA at the time being in partnership with the NWA, both the Tag Team Titles and the World Heavyweight Title were NWA belts. The only title TNA owned under the TNA name was the X Division Title, and championship under TNA’s own creation.

Below is the Event card, including who won and who lost.

First match on the card was an ‘X Division Six Way’ match to determine who got a future X Division Title match. Shark Boy vs. Amazing Red vs. Delirious vs. Elix Skipper vs. Jerrelle Clark vs. Zach Gowen. Shark Boy was victorious.

Next up Shocker defeated Alex Shelley, then Ron Killings defeated The Outlaw.

Then came the first title match of the night for the NWA Tag Team Championship. The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) (C) vs.  Team Canada (Eric Young and Petey Williams) (with A-1 and Coach D'Amore).  The Naturals retained their titles defeating Team Canada.

Next up was the debut of Samoa Joe defeated Sonjay Dutt. Then Bobby Roode (with Coach D'Amore) defeated Lance Hoyt. After that America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) defeated 3Live Kru (B.G. James and Konnan) (with Ron Killings)

Then came the second title match of the night, The X Division Championship. Christopher Daniels (C) vs. Chris Sabin (with Trinity) vs.  Michael Shane (with Traci) in and 3-Way Elimination match. First Sabin eliminated Shane, the Daniels eliminated Sabin to retain his X Division Championship.

Finally was the NWA World Heavyweight Title match. This match was going to be a ‘King of the Mountain’ match. The King of the Mountain match was to become the annual match stipulation for the Slammiversary PPV. The match participants were A.J. Styles (c) vs. Abyss vs. Monty Brown vs. Sean Waltman vs. Raven.

Below is the King of the Mountain Match from Slammiversary 2005 in its entirety, although this wasn’t the first King of the Mountain match it was the first on PPV and in my opinion it is better than the first.

After re-watching this match for this I forgot how enjoyable it actually was, there are some pretty big bumps by all involved and the match does flow pretty well. My only criticism would be that it seemed a little rushed but that’s not a bad thing as the action didn’t seem to stop. Was good looking back and if nothing else it was good to see the 6-sided ring.

Hope you enjoyed reading and watching leave me a comment tell me your thoughts and check back tomorrow for more Slammiversary history.