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March 14th, 2010, 2:33 pm #1

I was at the TNA shw last night in Cheswick. The show was solid but not great. It was actually alot like the Warriors show held at the Chesarena last month. The crowd was large but the place was crowded. Not sure I would pay so much money to see them again in person. The Warriors show cost alot less and the fans had just as much fun. I still enjoy the indy's.
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March 14th, 2010, 4:39 pm #2

Agreed, I am looking forward to see if FNW draws as big of a crowd as last time on their return show.
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March 14th, 2010, 5:11 pm #3

I heard Kurt Angle beat AJ last night and the crowd got in the ring and celebrated with him. Is this true? If so was it for the strap?
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March 14th, 2010, 5:48 pm #4

Which ring was they using, four or six sided?
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March 14th, 2010, 6:02 pm #5

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
March 13, 2010
Ches-A-Rena - Cheswick, PA


- Kazarian def. The Amazing Red in a TNA X Division Championship #1 Contender's match
- Rhino def. Dr. Stevie
- TNA Knockout Tag Team Champions The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky) def. Sarita & Taylor Wilde to retain
- Abyss def. TNA X Division Champion Doug Williams in a non-title match
- TNA Global Champion Rob Terry def. Brutus Magnus to retain
- D'Angelo Dinero & Jeff Jarrett def. Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm)
- Kurt Angle def. TNA World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles in a non-title match
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March 14th, 2010, 6:09 pm #6

hey moron, nobody asked for the results they asked which sided ring they used, lol
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March 14th, 2010, 8:03 pm #7

Ryan is not a moron.. he was replying to the earlier post about if aj and kurt wrestling. Ryan is amazing at the wrestling info he can dig up and for the record they have stopped using the 6 side altogether except for possibly overseas.
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March 14th, 2010, 8:39 pm #8

TNA Pittsburgh house show was solid. Great, hot, crowd with tight matches. IF TNA can capture the feel of this show and execution of these matches on Monday nights - it can truly give WWE a run for its money. Onto the review....

This is the first time that TNA has come to Pittsburgh and the Ches-a-rena has a bit of a cave feel to it - kind of retro-cool. As we enter, Don West is at the merchandising booth on our left , while Kurt Angle is signing stuff over to our right. The venue is small, but it is sold out and packed. Hard to estimate the crowd - maybe at 1500 or 2000. There are no risers, only floor seats, but all the seats are good. We are sitting on the entrance side near the announcers table - five rows back of what will be the heel corner for tag matches - pretty much looking straight at the ring post..

Jeremy Borash steps into the center of the ring and sets up the show and the main event with the offer of back stage passes. Seems AJ Styles says "no passes, I want my privacy" while hometown hero Kurt Angle has said, "I want the fans to come visit me in the back. He plugs Pittsburgh's reputation as a "wrestling town" to a big pop.

First match is X-Division #1 Contenders match - Amazing Red vs Kazarian. Respectful handshake at beginning and Kaz dominates with power. MId-match - Red makes a nice comeback with superior speed and gets a near fall. Match goes back and forth with near falls both ways and the crowd was really into it. Give the split crowd edge to Red on a 60-40 basis. Kaz wins with a slightly botched suplex - splash off the top rope. Basically, Kaz suplexed Red, but rather than release it, he followed it on over with his own body with the intention of having Red land on the bottom with Kaz on top- ala a big splash. However, it looked like Red slipped out as he fell and instead of landing flat - he landed awkwardly on his side, taking all of Kaz's weight on top of him. Kaz took the pin but Red was down for a long time afterwards. He got up - Kaz showed respect with another handshake and posed in the ring while the ref helped Red to the back as Red held his ribs. This was an exciting first match and showed why the X-Division is a strength of TNA

Next up Dr. Stevie vs Rhino. Stevie came in to crowd's boos and fan fave Rhino rushed the ring following his entrance. Stevie bailed allowing Rhino to pose for the fans. The ref backed up Rhino to let Stevie back in the ring but Stevie jumped Rhino for an early heel advantage as the ref called for the bell. Stevie beat up Rhino with a few near falls until Rhino delivered a big clothesline mid-match to turn the tide. Rhino continued to show offense, but Stevie kept negating it and avoided a Rhino "gore". Rhino delivered some more power moves including a corner splash and big clothesline to set up the "gore" for the win. A lot of ECW chants during this match.

Earl Hebner came out to ref the TNA knockouts bout - but only got a smattering of disorganized "you screwed Bret" chants. Finally, enough of the chants became prevalent to where he pulled of his regular ref shirt to reveal a ref T-shirt with the words "Damn right I did" on it. You were left with the impression he would heel out the match - but he called it straight.

Sarita and Taylor Wilde out first to crowd pops. Both looked good. Beautiful People - Madison Rayne and Velvet Skye came out next and interacted with crowd - holding their noses, spraying perfume. These girls CAN wrestle and it was a back and forth match with standard heel double teams, hot tags by the faces, and ref distractions. In one series of events, Velvet Sky (I believe) ended falling into the arms of Earl Hebner - like when a male dancer dips his female partner. Earl paused - looked at the crowed - and kissed her. She woke up out of her stupor, spitting, and gagging! Madison Rayne also did a move on Taylor Wilde that was both incredibly sexy and painful at the same time. She somehow got Wilde's head between her legs and she did series of thrusts that shoved Wilde's head into the canvas. Eventually, after some near falls the knockout champs retained the titles. Did I mention we were sitting in the heel corner? That means we came to really appreciate the Beautiful People who lived up to their name.

Doug Williams X-Division champ defended against Abyss and the power of the Hogan ring. Williams jumps Abyss who no-sells. Finally, Williams gets in some offense and is effective. Williams uses speed to avoid the majority of Abyss power moves. Williams did a good job in this match and used his heel tactics to keep Abyss at bay. Eventually, Williams uses the title to hit Abyss and tries for a cover. Abyss kicks out and Hulks up. Abyss goes on the offensive with most of Williams efforts now being ineffective. Black Hole slam for the Abyss win and he does Hogan poses and crowd calls to the joy of all in attendance. Williams did a great job of not looking weak in this match and Abyss showed real charisma with his Hogan-esque performance.

We go to intermission.

After intermission Brutus Magnus comes out to sing God Save the Queen and is interrupted by fellow Brit - Rob Terry. Brutus does his best to attack Rob as he is entering the ring - but a clothesline from hell to set the tone and then a power move (which I forgot) and its lights out for Brutus. Rob Terry wins in a squash.

Beer Money vs. Pope Jarrett. BM comes out and works the microphone and the crowds offering more back stage passes. They play up to the crowd until eventually a Steelers chant starts going. At that point, Beer Money indicates they are Cleveland Browns fans - heeling out to the crowd - and tearing up the passes. Jeff Jarrett enters and gets a "thank you Jeff" which he acknowledges with sincerity. Pope comes in to "pimp" and the crowd loves it. Standard tag team match - but Beer Money is so smooth - nothing looks standard about it. Heel antics, double teams, hot tags, lots of near falls, Jarrett struts and strokes, Pope pimps, and best of all - Beer Money played a bit of a comedy routine. Storm got pantsed - maybe more than anyone bargained for - because his butt was hanging out for a full moon and then some. They also did some "accidental" gay stuff - falling into each other's crotches - which led them both to the water bottles to get the taste out of their mouths and Jarrett and Pope to bring them back into the ring the hard way. Jarrett did most of the heavy work for his team and did it well - in the end, Beer Money takes the loss.

It's time for the main event and AJ styles makes his way to the ring - for some sass on the microphone - telling Angle "that he might make the rules in regards to back stage passes, but AJ makes the rules regarding the title and this will be a NON-title match." Angle makes his appearance and they get down to business. Angle has control until a low blow by AJ and then he blasts Angle's leg - which sets up the rest of the match with AJ working on Angle's leg. Kurt tries for his signature moves but AJ manages to avoid them. Figure four by AJ, but Angle makes it to the ropes. Exploding clothesline by Angle and series of suplexes by Angle - near falls galore - Angle ankle lock but AJ escapes - eventually an Angle Slam and the pin. A disgusted AJ says he doesn't like Pittsburgh or Angle, but that he respects Angle.

Angle stays in ring to say thanks to fans. Invites his own kids to the ring - for a big pop. And then stays behind to take pictures with folks in the center of the ring. JB gets on microphone and says "thanks to Kurt Angle everyone gets to go backstage, because we're bringing back stage out to you!" The faces come out for autographs - Taylor Wilde, Sarita, Kaz, Abyss, Rhino, Pope, Jarrett, all hang out with fans along the rails signing autographs.

JB tells the fans that this was a great show, crowd was great, "thanks for the sell out", and TNA will come back to Pittsburgh with a PPV! Big pop from crowd and that's the show.

Don West is hawking Angle T-shirt and 4 DVD pack for $20 as we go. Earl Hebner is selling his T-shirts - autographed for $10. And Jeff Jarrett is signing autographs at the location where Kurt Angle was earlier in the night. Angle is still in the ring taking pictures with folks in the center of ring.

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March 14th, 2010, 8:47 pm #9

-This show was supposed to take place in Rostraver at the Ice Gardens, but the roof of that building collapsed due to all the snow we've received. The show was moved to Cheswick, and even though it was a longer drive, didn't really see the need to return by tickets.

-The arena itself is a roller skating rink, and all the seats were on the floor. Immediately upon entering Kurt Angle was seated by the merchandise stand signing autographs. He signed autographs up until the final minute before the show started. My cousin did get an autographed photo just before Kurt headed backstage.

-Jeremy Borash welcomed everyone to the show and promised backstage passes to the loudest and craziest fans. While a great idea in theory it just gave the assholes in the crowd a reason to make bigger asses of themselves. Thankfully the few in my section were never given the backstage passes.

-The opening match was a #1 contender's match for the X-Division Title between Amazing Red and Kazarian. Solid X-Division match as you would expect between these two and Kazarian picks up the win after the Flux Capacitor.

-Borash returned and introduced Earl Hebner, but he refused to come out unless he was shown the respect he deserves. Big boos for that from the crowd.

-The second match was Dr Stevie and Rhino. The crowd immediately hit them with an ECW chant and that got a smile out of Rhino. Rhino wins things in pretty short order after hitting the Gore.

-It was around this time that my cousin and I noticed Karen Angle sitting a few feet from us in an area that was reserved for Angle family and friends. She remained there for the entire show with her daughter and son. Jeff Jarrett's daughters were also with her. And yes, for those wondering, Karen looked extremely fine.

-Borash introduces Hebner again, and this time Earl does make his way to the ring. He is immediately hit with the "You screwed Bret" chant. Earl rips off his ref's shirt and reveals a striped shirt with "Damn right I did" on the front and "Hebner" on the back.

-The Knockout Tag Titles were defended next as Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne defended against Taylor Wilde and Sarita. This match was more over with the crowd than any WWE Diva match I've ever seen. The Beautiful people were hugely over with the crowd. The end sees Hebnar make out with Sky and as he celebrates hairspray gets used on Sarita and that's enough for the Beautiful People to steal a win.

-The final match before the intermission saw X-Division Champion, Doug Williams, issue an open challenge to anyone in the back. He claimed the match wasn't for his title and that he wanted more of a challenge. Abyss answered the challenge with his remixed theme that includes Hogan's American Made. Abyss wins a solid match with a black hole slam. After the match he celebrates like Hogan by cupping his ear to tell which side of the arena is the loudest.

-That brings us to intermission, and that's where I head to the merchandise stand. Working the stand was none other than Don West, and I decided to pick up the Brown Bag Special. Basically for $20 I got a TNA bag with 4 DVDs and a Kurt Angle shirt. The 4 DVDs were Kurt Angle: Champion, Slammiversary 2007, Best of TNA Tag Teams, and TNA: Year 1. That coupled with the free Hard Justice 2005 DVD gives me something to review in the coming weeks. Earl Hebnar was also at the merchandise stand selling his shirts and signing autographs.

-The intermission ended and Brutus Magnus took on Global Champion, Rob Terry. This was a very short match, basically a squash, which Terry won with a spinebuster after only a few minutes.

-Beer Money came out next to a great pop, but Storm got the crowd good and pissed by shitting on the Steelers. The best was him mentioning how Pittsburgh's quarterback needed to learn how to keep it in his pants. Their opponents were The Pope (hugely over) and Jeff Jarrett. This was a very solid tag match that used the standard tag formula to perfection. Jarrett took a beating for a good portion of the match and had a few comeback attempts blocked before getting the hot tag to the Pope. Hot finish saw Jarrett hit the Stroke and Pope hit the DDE. Pope gets the honors of getting the win for his team. Jarrett actually left the ring to let the Pope bask in all of the cheers. This man looks to be a real player in TNA if he gets his shot. Karen was pretty funny during this match as she cheered on Jarrett and the Pope.

-This brings us to our Main Event of AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. Styles came out first and said that he wasn't putting the TNA Title on the line. This came as no shock to most of us because no way was Angle doing the job is his hometown and no way was AJ dropping the strap. Angle got a huge ovation and he looked thrilled to be performing back in front his home crowd. Karen was having fun with this match as we as at one point she screamed "AJ sucks" and it got a smile out of Styles. She then spent the rest of the match cheering on Kurt which was nice to see. This was easily the match of the night, and by my count broke *** with little trouble. Since this was only a house show they really didn't kick things into the next gear, but that was to be expected. Still it was a damn fine wrestling match that Angle wins cleanly with the Angle Slam.

-After the match Angle thanks everyone in the crowd for all the support for him and for TNA. He hopes that next time they bring a PPV to Pittsburgh. That got a nice reaction from the crowd.

-Borash announces that all wrestlers will be coming back to the ring for an autograph session, and that for $20 anyone can come in the ring to get a picture taken with Angle ($20 was for one person or a group of people no matter how many in the group). Jeff Jarrett sat back at the merchandise stand and signed more autographs.

-Overall a very fun show, and TNA did come off as a company that really cares about their fans. The show was announced as a sell-out, but I'm not sure what the official number was. Like I mentioned the arena wasn't very big, and I wonder what TNA could draw with a PPV.
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March 15th, 2010, 11:22 pm #10

Had Almost 2,000 people. They Pumped a lot of Merchandise
Same wrestlers at Pittsburgh show.
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