Sunday, 10 June 2012

TNA Slammiversary 2006

Slammiversary 2006 was held in front of a 900 strong crowd (125 up from the previous year) within the Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the second event under the Slammiversary name and celebrated the fourth year of TNA. Featuring seven matches there were two titles on the line within the show, and this was the very first Slammiversary to feature a match in the preshow. That match was Team Canada (Eric Young and A-1) vs. The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) which Team Canada won in just over 2 minutes.

The next match on the card (and the first match of the Pay per View) featured The James Gang (B.G. James and Kip James) vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) in a Bingo Hall Brawl. A Bingo Hall Brawl is just another variant of a Hardcore Match in which there are no rules, foreign objects are encouraged and the only way to win the match is via Pinfall or Submission. The match ended when Ray and Devon hit their patented finishing move, The 3D, on Kip James forcing him through a table.

Next up we saw Rhino defeat Team Canada (Bobby Roode and Coach Scott D’Amore) in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match. As you can imagine, being billed as a coach, Coach D’Amore was a little hesitant and stayed at the top of the entrance ramp for the first portion of the fight. The match ended when ‘The War Machine’ hit Coach with a Gore, Gore, Gore!

We were treated to a 6 Man Elimination Match which featured Alex Shelley, Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt, Senshi and Jay Lethal. After a lot of big bumps, some amazing wrestling and a few eliminations it came down to Senshi and Sonjay Dutt. The match finished when Senshi hit a very violent Warrior’s Way on Dutt as he was entwined in the ropes in a Tree of Woe.

In the next match we saw Chris Sabin go up against the nearly 7 foot monster Kevin Nash who was accompanied by Alex Shelley. Sabin hit a few high flying manoeuvres and Nash hit some extremely high impact moves, but it was only when Alex Shelley started to interfere that ‘Big Sexy’ was able to end the match with his signature Jackknife Power Bomb.

Next we had the NWA Tag Team Championship of the World match where the Champs America’s Most Wanted (‘The Wildcat’ Chris Harris and ‘The Cowboy’ James Storm), who were accompanied by Gail Kim, tried to defend their titles as they went up against “The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles and ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels. This match had heaps of high risk moves and tonnes of comedy, but the eventual winners (Styles and Daniels) were crowned the new NWA Tag Team Champions.

The finish of the match consisted of several double team moves which saw Daniels slam Harris to the mat with a Judo style takedown, AJ came off the ropes with a picture perfect Frog Splash and then quickly move out of the way so that ‘The Fallen Angel’s’ BME (Best Moonsault Ever) hit the correct person.

We move on to a non-title singles match between ‘Big Poppa Pump’ Scott Steiner and the X Division Champion Samoa Joe. After a brutal encounter which spilled out of the ring and around the ringside area we saw ‘The Samoan Submission Machine’ keep his undefeated streak alive with a Snap Slam. Steiner put up a good fight with many different Suplex’s and other forceful moves but just couldn’t get the job done.

Finally we came to the King of the Mountain Match which had ‘The Instant Classic’ Christian Cage defend his NWA Heavyweight Championship of the World against ‘The Icon’ Sting, ‘The Truth’ Ron Killings, ‘The Monster’ Abyss (who was accompanied by James Mitchell) and Jeff Jarrett, who of course is now known as ‘The King of the Mountain’; so have a guess at who won this match.

After some awesome wrestling, which saw Ron Killings hit with a Stroke from the apron to the guard rail by Jarrett, Abyss put through 4 tables which were stacked high and referee Earl Hebner push Sting and Christian Cage from the ladder to the outside of the ring, we saw Jeff Jarrett recapture the most coveted prize in TNA, as he placed the NWA Heavyweight Championship on the hanger to win. For more information on King of the Mountain Matches, including the rules, see our Slammiversary 2005 look back.

Come back tomorrow for more Slammiversary look backs!