By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Extreme Championship Wrestling personified its essence through brutality, rampant sexuality and thanks to Owner Paul Heyman, logical booking that accentuated the strengths of his ever-changing roster and deemphasized its weaknesses.
Unfortunately, its biggest weakness came financially.
Without a new national television deal, ECW only lived on Pay-Per-View, but it wasn’t a given that when Guilty As Charged aired in January 2001, it’d be the last time they’d grace airwaves.
Axe the two house shows that followed this and you can even call this the final chapter if you choose to.
What it’ll be remembered best is for the potential of what could’ve been, but it worked out for the two companies to form from ECW’s ashes and for that, we’ll need the jury to be unanimous here. No objections.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
So at the end of it all, Turning Point had no Title changes, but the Main Event picture for the next month became well-defined.
A.J. Styles took the ultimate fall and won’t get a chance to compete for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship until Bound For Glory 2013, while James Storm took the #1 Contender spot.
That said, an above-average card delivered an above-average show. Simple as that.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Bound For Glory was quite the newsworthy show.
Rob Van Dam, Tara, Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez and Jeff Hardy all became Champions.
Bully Ray didn’t turn on Sting. Devon turned out to be a part of Aces and Eights.
James Storm and Bobby Roode took part in an absolute all-out brawl that arguably stole the show.
There’s plenty of ways TNA can go after this show and with four Championships changing hands, a new direction seems definite.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– One week after Samoa Joe’s riveting debut that involved a sideline beatdown of Seth Rollins, it was probably no secret that the angle would be the focus to open the show. It’s funny how the Rollins-Triple H storyline mulls along through the months, but with big happenings, it heats up. At this time, Rollins was likely to miss WrestleMania, which actually put more heat on Joe and rather than ignore that, they used it to their advantage. The opening video delved into all that, with sleek editing that actually brought meaning to Trips’ promo on Rollins last week and set up the moment well for Joe to attack. We’ll guess Joe will be branded as “The Destroyer” from hereon out. The key as always is the followup.
Youth Vs. Legends
– Great call to make up for last week’s “technical difficulties” that ended the episode earlier than it should’ve. For one additional comment on the AJ Styles-Rob Van Dam match, the broadcast team played up Lynn’s history with RVD, but they also could’ve played up his history with Styles, who arguably put TNA on the map in its early run with their numerous matches.
– The Colt Cabana promo video was random but interesting. Sort of wrapped up Cabana’s “comedian TV host” personality/character.
– Interesting to also have Dan Maff appear in the production studio segment with Sam Roberts, though he appeared somewhat heelish joining in the bullying of David Adams, unless that’s the cool thing to do in PWS these days. Could be the latter.
– The First Round of the Television Title Tournament match between Eddie Kingston and Chris Payne was better than previous bouts while it lasted, but the finish was decent and Payne was the right guy to go over. It’s good to also note the camera quality seemed much improved on the hard camera compared to recent shows. The postmatch attack by Kingston on Blanchard was also well-done and a great way to step up their rivalry. The commentary was also good, but sounded strangely monotone for the moment with little urgency in their voices.
– Good to see the Monster’s Island vignette featured again. We need to remember they are not human and bullets cannot stop them apparently.
– The Payne promo was really good and it made sense for him to be angry and want to make a tables match with Kingston.
– The Heavenly Bodies (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson)-Rock N’ Roll Express match was an interesting dynamic in the “heel youth vs face legend” way and it wasn’t a great match by any means, but The Heavenly Bodies could use the rub of a win against these guys and they did it using heel tactics like you’d expect. Nothing memorable, but the end result was the important factor.
– It was also cool to see Mick Foley making appearances on vignettes as PWS General Manager. He needs more of a “TV presence” in the position though. Why not have him appear in the production studio segments as well?
– The Sabu-John Hennigan match had its moments of glory. The stuff with the genie and man-serpent was maybe more of a distraction than anything else, but the broadcast team did a great job of explaining how it enhances Sabu’s character and compared the two men’s strategies brilliantly. Hennigan winning was interesting booking considering the fans seemed more for Sabu. The sportsmanship was cool, but expected. This was another example of youth beating out experience, perhaps the theme of the show here.
– The Kevin Matthews promo had him say his beef with Brian Myers was far from over. Being that their Singapore came match was quite entertaining, there are no complaints about this program resuming. Keep the good matches coming. Matthews also has good mic skills, so promos almost come easy to him, which obviously helps.
– They replayed last week’s “wrap up” segment, which actually made sense to do with some little additions added in with appearances by CPA and Habib From The Carwash riding a camel. Thoroughly amusing stuff as usual.
– Television Title Tournament First Round Match – Chris Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard) def. Eddie Kingston via pinfall to advance
– The Heavenly Bodies (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. The Rock N’ Roll Express via pinfall
– John Hennigan def. Sabu via pinfall
Who Does Number Two Work For?
– The chemistry between Sam Roberts, Katarina Leigh and David Adams has gotten tighter over the weeks and they do a good job of discussing the storylines and other aspects of the characters. They all bring something different to the table and it just works.
– The PWS World Tag Team Championships match between The Handicapped Heroes (w/Hush) and The Reynolds Brothers was quite solid. The promo by the Handicapped Heroes put over themselves and Hush, who was deaf and in the PWS Training Facility. They played the inspirational team here, as it seemed the crowd was for them the whole match. Nonetheless, Reynolds Brothers added another team to their defeated list, continuing their great build as serious Tag Champs.
– The Suicidal Six-Way Title match with The Amazing Red, Lifeguard Mike Del, Brian XL, Ricochet, Shynron and Tony Nese was the best six-way to date on the show, as everybody more or less had “highlight reel”-esque moments and anybody had a shot at winning. A bit lengthier than usual worked out for everyone. It’d be nice to feature these matches more often as it has become a PWS staple.
– Highlights were shown of the match between Kevin Matthews and Brian Myers and the controversial ending. Comments from both men were hyped for next week. Good progress.
– The interview with Matt Macintosh in front of a “government facility” previewed a video package of Macintosh abducting Habib From The Car Wash and taking him to his home country of Pakistan. Him walking around the Pakistan streets aimlessly was just strange, even as he washed cars and a camel. It didn’t really progress anything.
– A video package recapped Dan Maff’s rise to be number one contender despite not being cleared to compete, pinning PWS Champion Fallah Bahh clean and with the random insertions of fire in the package,we’re reminded of what he does to save lives and kept him topic of conversation. Comments from him and Bahh were hyped for next week, which also progresses their eventual showdown.
– Hyping the AJ Styles-Rob Van Dam match with Special Guest Referee Jerry Lynn as a “surprise main event” was cool for the show we were watching, but considering who’s in the match, wouldn’t hype from last week have helped more? Viewers definitely would’ve tuned in if they heard of this. Considering the ending though, it makes sense to not hype it. That was bitterly disappointing to end the match like that, but the moment did decently set up Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson of the Bullet Club to help Styles before Tommy Dreamer helped the ECW Originals clean house. This may lead to a six-man in the near future perhaps.
– The “wrap up” video package that featured Mario Bokara, Lifeguard Mike Del, Team Espana, The Aesthetic Enterprise and Chris Payne retained the humorous feel this segment is known for while progressing storylines and providing insight into characters. Bokara giving Adams a swirly for being upset at being number two in the PWS Rankings made sense and Beefcake Charlie’s drawings gave us a glimpse into his “hopeful yet hopeless” character. Team Espana still appear insanely one-dimensional kicking anything on the ground like a soccer ball. It was also nice to see Payne not refer to Tessa Blanchard for once.
– World Tag Team Championships – The Reynolds Brothers (Champions) def. The Handicapped Heroes to retain
– Suicidal Six-Way Championship – The Amazing Red def. Lifeguard Mike Del, Shynron, Brian XL, Tony Nese and Ricochet to retain
– Special Main Event – AJ Styles and Rob Van Dam to a Draw; 20-minute Time Limit Exceeded