TNA News TV TAPING RESULTS - 9/7 TNA in Fayetteville, N.C.: Hardys in main event, European wrestlers face TNA champs, more
Sep 7, 2014 - 11:50:16 PM
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TNA Live TV taping results
September 7, 2014
Fayetteville, N.C. at the Crown Complex
Report by Shawn Cavender, PWTorch reader
It was a rainy day, as well as the full opening day for the NFL, so the crowd was a little small for this TNA international TV taping. I'm not good at estimating crowds, but this one was less than 1,000 fans. The floor seats were mostly filled, as well as the center section across from the hard camera. Besides that, the fans were more sparse.
This TV taping seems destined to be aired in Great Britain, because many of the matches featured non-TNA wrestlers from England, Scotland, and Wales. Jeremy Borash was the MC for the evening, doing his usual fine job of revving the crowd up.
Before the show started, fans could get autographs and photos near the merchandise tables with Mr. Anderson, Gunner, Taryn Terrell, Brian Hebner, and Earl Hebner. All five were very friendly.
Some of the advertised matches took place as scheduled, but most were changed. The only advertised wrestler who did not appear was Abyss, while Angelina Love competed, even though she wasn't listed in the advertising. The show was all about the matches - there were no angles and only one short promo by Anderson.
(1) Eric Young beat James Storm and Gunner in a three-way match.
(2) TNA X Division champ Samoa Joe defeated Dave Mastiff in a non-title match. Joe wrestled a near-even match with the big Brit before getting Mastiff to tap out to a rear-naked choke. I don't think Joe came out with the title belt.
(3) Bram beat Rampage Brown.
(4) Taryn Terrell beat Madison Rayne and Angelina Love in a three-way match.
(5) D.J. Zema defeated Mark Andrews. Andrews was announced from Wales. Athletic X Division match, which Zema won with a great-looking Tornado DDT.
(6) Mr. Anderson beat Rockstar Spud. Fun, crowd-pleasing comedy match. At one point, Spud mistakenly hit ref Earl Hebner with a chop, and Anderson convinced Earl to give Spud a powerslam in retaliation. After winning with the roll-through slam from the middle turnbuckles, Anderson did his spiel on the mic.
(7) Austin Aries defeated Noel Dawes(?). Aries's opponent was from Scotland. Good match - both guys worked hard. Aries won with the Brainbuster.
(8) TNA Knockouts champion Gail Kim beat Kay Lee Ray. High-quality women's match, with Kim taking a hard bump on the metal ring steps. Ray, from Scotland, did a good job hanging with Kim. Ray has bright red hair, like WWE's Eva Marie. As with Samoa Joe earlier in the night, Kim did not come to the ring with her title belt.
(9) Ethan Carter III beat Grado. Grado, another Scottish wrestler, spent most of the match dancing and strutting. Borash announced before the match that this was Grado's United States debut. Grado threw in a Bionic Elbow at one point.
(10) Bobby Roode defeated Magnus with a Death Valley Driver.
(11) Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy beat MVP & Kenny King. 15 years ago, I was lucky enough to see the Hardy brothers win their first WWF tag team titles in this same building. A few minutes into the match, Kenny King threw Jeff head-first into the ring steps, while the referee was busy in the ring with the other two men. Jeff was helped to the back, and the match continued as a two-on-one handicap match. Ref Brian Hebner was knocked out temporarily, so MVP and King attempted to perform a spike piledriver on a chair on Matt. Before they could carry the move out, though, Willow ran out, made the save, then returned to the back. The ref recovered and the match continued, and a few minutes after the appearance as Willow, Jeff stumbled back to the ring, now selling the collision he had with the steps. Jeff got the hot tag, things broke down for a couple minutes, and Jeff ended up getting the winning fall after a Swanton Bomb on MVP.
After the show, fans could pay to meet either the Hardys or MVP.
The show was enjoyable, but was hurt a little by having the six non-TNA wrestlers in six different matches. They did a good job, for the most part, but the fans just didn't know who they were and it took the fans a little while to get into each match featuring those performers. Of the half-dozen British newcomers, I was most impressed by Kay Lee Ray and Mark Andrews.
Naturally, because the show took place near the hometown of the Hardys, they received the biggest pops of the night.
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