September 24, 2011
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

AJ Styles vs. Abyss (w/Don Callis) (NWA-TNA PPV #70, Nashville TN, 11/19/03)

This was during AJ’s first feud with Jeff Jarrett. He had actually just lost the NWA world title back to Jarrett after a four-mouth long run with the belt. Even though Abyss is feuding with Raven at the time, this was part of Jarrett’s master plan to wear down AJ Styles before their rematch two weeks later. Callis, by the way, is Cyrus from ECW managing under his real name and without the ponytail. AJ goes forearm crazy on Abyss down on the floor to start and gets shoved away a bunch. Abyss tries to throw him over his shoulders and into the ring, but AJ lands on the middle rope to try for the Quebrada DDT! Abyss catches him in mid-air though, and drives him spine-first into the apron. Abyss takes him to the guardrail, but AJ slips underneath off a second toss and then leaps off the guardrail for a hurracanrana! Back in, they have a little trouble running the ropes, but then AJ sends Abyss down with the dropkick. Abyss comes back with a press into a modified flapjack. He chokes AJ in the ropes, but then misses a charge and takes a necksnap on the top rope. Springboard crossbody for AJ gets two. AJ tries to flip out of the corner off a whip, but Abyss catches him for a wheelbarrow facebuster. That gets two. Abyss takes AJ over to the corner for some open-hand slaps, but AJ answers back with chops of his own. AJ wants to try a springboard move, but Callis grabs his foot and that allows Abyss to knock him off to the railing. AJ’s BUSTED OPEN! Abyss fires away on the cut. Back in, Abyss toys with AJ and delivers a side slam for 1-2-NO! Abyss comes off the middle rope, but nobody’s home. AJ ducks a pair of clotheslines and then comes out of a powerbomb with a facebuster. Tilt-a-whirl headscissors, followed by an enziguri! Abyss is on one knee. AJ is up top for a missile dropkick, but Abyss pulls ref Andrew Thomas in the way. That JERK! AJ catches Abyss off a corner charge and finally delivers that Quebrada DDT he wanted earlier. SHOOTING STYLES PRESS! Cover, but Andrew Thomas is still down. While AJ goes over to wake him up, Callis tosses a chair to Abyss. AJ turns around, BAM! Thomas recovers and counts 1-2-NO! Abyss is PYSSED! He throws Andrew Thomas aside, sets up AJ and the chair for a possible superplex. AJ fights him off and sunset flip powerbombs Abyss on the chair! We’ve got a cover as Rudy Charles comes down to count 1-2-NO! AJ wedges the chair in the corner. He whips Abyss, but he reverses and goes for a powerbomb instead. AJ slips out of it though into a roll up, but Abyss goes through and catapults AJ face-first into the chair. SHOCK TREATMENT! Cover, 1-2-NO! Abyss gets PYSSED again and BLACK HOLE SLAMS Rudy Charles! He had it coming. AJ grabs the chair unbeknownst to Abyss and NAILS him. It doesn’t hurt him too bad because he’s still standing. AJ goes for another shot, but Abyss blocks it with a Chokesl-NO! AJ reverses it into a front rollup for the 1-2-3. (13:53) Good stuff, but these two would go on to have better matches later on. Callis’ Red Shirt Security (Kevin Northcutt & Just Joe) come down to beat up AJ, but he slips away before any real damage happens. That is, until AJ walks his back to the entry way and then turns around into a belt shot from Jeff Jarrett. Back into the ring he goes for a 4-on-1 attack. BLACK HOLE SLAM! The STROKE! Raven runs in for the save. He does okay until the numbers game takes over. Dusty Rhodes waddles down with a leather strap to save Raven! Next week, Jarrett vs. Dusty in a “Fan’s Revenge” match. The crowd gets leather straps! Bad idea! ***

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