Miami Herald 2.14.03 column - Enter Sandman in NWA/TNA

Miami Herald 2.14.03 column - Enter Sandman in NWA/TNA

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Posted on Fri, Feb. 14, 2003  

Enter Sandman in NWA/TNA

By MATT BERKOWITZ

The Sandman made his NWA/TNA debut on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Nashville,
TN. He lost in a *** main event battle against Raven.

The show opened with a photo of Curt Hennig in the ring, and the bell
rang 10 times in his honor.

Clips were shown of the punishment Jeff Jarrett took from S.E.X. after
last week's NWA/TNA went off the air.

Mike Tenay announced Bullet Bob Armstrong was taking a leave of
absence because of business getting too personal. He brought J.J.
Dillon to replace him. As Dillon spoke, Russo and S.E.X. entered the
ring and threatened to tie up Dillon.

Just as they went to attack Dillon, Sandman entered with kendo stick
in hand and beat up S.E.X.

Chris Harris used the Perfectplex to give America's Most Wanted James
Storm and Harris a victory over the Rock-n-Roll Express Ricky Morton
and Robert Gibson in round one of the tag title tournament. After the
match, Low-Ki pummelled America's Most Wanted with a tag title belt.

In another round one tag title tournament match, the Harris Brothers
defeated Disciples of the New Church Brian Lee and Slash with
interference from Low-Ki.

Kid Kash beat Sonny Siaki to become the new X-Division champion.

Tenacious Z, Ron The Truth Killings and Jorge Estrada defeated Gifted
Glen Gilbernetti, Mike Sanders and B.G. James.

Goldylocks was backstage with Low-Ki's surprise opponent for the night
Steve Corino. He discussed forcing Low-Ki to respect the business
again. Corino beat Low-Ki after Low-Ki was disqualified for gauging
the referee's eye.

Jerry Lynn won an eight-man No. 1 contender match for the X-Title.
Other participants were the SATs, Sharkboy, Paul London, David Young,
Jimmy Rave and Tony Mamaluke. Following the match, Konnan entered the
ring to align himself with the SATs.

Following the main event, Low-Ki and Raven lashed into Corino and
Sandman until Jeff Jarrett cleared house. A.J. Styles entered and gave
Jarrett the Styles Clash on a chair to close the show.

? MATT'S POST MAT THOUGHTS:

NWA/TNA put all the pieces of the puzzle together. The show was
exciting and featured high-flying, technical and *** wrestling.

Seeing Raven, Sandman, Steve Corino, Jerry Lynn and Kid Kash on the
same card brought back great memories. It appears both Sandman and
Corino will be joining the others as mainstays in NWA/TNA.

As previous weeks, the TNA Asylum is sold out. Perhaps they should
move into a slightly bigger arena. They have been turning away fans at
the door.

The X-Division is finally back in full force. Paul London, the new
competitor in the division, is very popular in the Ring of Honor
promotion.

Although I only knew Curt Hennig the wrestler, I heard wonderful
stories of Hennig the man. He will truly be missed.

Next week will be the culmination of a solid storyline as A.J. Styles
faces Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Title. Should be a great match.

To order NWA/TNA call your local cable or satellite provider. For more
information on NWA/TNA visit nwatna.com online.