Last Thursday, we reported that TNA had made a long overdue change to their pay-per-view model, reducing the number of live PPVs to four, Genesis in January, Lockdown in March, Slammiversary in June and Bound For Glory in October. Starting in April, TNA will air taped PPV specials for the cheaper price of $14.95 in the remainding months of the year using the brand name of TNA Wrestling: One Night Only.
On Saturday afternoon and evening, TNA held tapings for the first two of these events a Joker's Wild Tag Team Tournament and X-travaganza, which will spotlight the X-Division. Due to our detailed coverage of TNA's Genesis PPV on Sunday and WWE's twentieth anniversary edition of Monday Night Raw, we overlooked publishing spoilers for these two evergreen shows, Cagesiders, but we're here to get you up to speed now. So onto the results, courtesy of f4wonline.com and PWInsider.com:
Starting with Joker's Wild:
- Jeremy Borash and Christy Hemme are your hosts, who interview the competitors throughout the night, pick balls out of a canister to "randomly" draw the tag teams in the tournament and present a cheque for $100,000 to the winner of the show closing gauntlet match, i.e. a Royal Rumble style battle royal, featuring all the winning teams from the matches earlier on in the show.
- James Storm & Christian York defeated Crimson & Gunner (remember them?) when Storm pinned Gunner with the Last Call.
- Mr. Anderson & Jessie Godderz defeated Kid Kash & Douglas Williams when Anderson gave Williams the Mic Check and followed up by pinning Kash with an inside cradle. Said to be largely a comedy match where the winning team argued constantly.
- Christopher Daniels & Samoa Joe defeated Rob Van Dam & Chavo Guerrero when Joe pinned RVD with the Muscle Buster.
- Robert Roode & Joseph Park defeated Robbie E & Zema Ion when Park turned into Abyss, laid out both their opponents, switched back to normal and tagged Roode in, who covered Ion for the pinfall victory. More dissension between the winners here too.
- Doc & Devon defeated Hernandez & Alex Silva (I see TNA is really bringing out the big guns for this show) when Doc pinned Silva with a chokeslam.
- Matt Morgan & Robbie T defeated Joey Ryan & Al Snow. Another lighthearted match where the babyface opponents conspire with each other to get the heels in the ring together, which led to Morgan squashing Ryan with the Carbon Footprint for the pinfall victory.
- James Storm, Robert Roode and Devon were the first men in the Joker's Wild Gauntlet match and they were the last left too. Storm eliminated Devon after Mike Knox's interference backfired and also later eliminated Roode with his Last Call superkick.
- I think this show reads a lot worse than it actually was, as it generally got good reviews, despite the line-up being bizarre.
- In an X Division Xscape Match, Christian York defeated Jimmy Rave, Matt Bentley, Alex Silva, Sam Shaw, Puma & Lince Dorado. This was an elimination match where the last fall was held under escape the cage rules.
- Kid Kash & Douglas Williams defeated Tony Nese & Rashad Cameron when Williams pinned Nese with the Chaos Theory suplex.
- Chavo Guerrero pinned Robbie E with a frog splash in a match where Joseph Park was the special guest referee because his brother was a former X Division champion. After the match, E attacked Park, who morphed into Abyss again, so E got laid out with a shoulder tackle.
- Kenny King defeated Zema Ion, Rubix and Mason Andrews in an Ultimate X match.
- Christopher Daniels & Kazarian defeated former TNA stars Sonjay Dutt & Petey Williams when Daniels pinned Dutt with the BME. After the match, a heel miscommunication spot leads to Williams hitting the Canadian Destroyer on Kazarian.
- Rob Van Dam pinned Jerry Lynn in a no DQ match with the Five Star Frog Splash, after Lynn was kicked off the top turnbuckle and crashed through a table on the outside. Given that this will be the last ever match between the two in TNA, as Lynn is retiring in March, the two men hugged after the match and the whole locker room came out to salute the X Division founding star.
- Austin Aries defeated Samoa Joe in the main event when he reversed a Muscle Buster attempt into a rollup.
- This was a strong show for the cheap price tag.