March 4, 2012
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

Juventud Guerrera vs. Chris Sabin Ė (Super X Cup Finals Ė TNA PPV 9/3/2003)
The whole 2003 Super X tournament was awesome, but Iím sticking with just the finals match. Both guys play that game of mirroring each otherís moves that leads into a stalemate. They run the ropes and Juvi snaps off a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and grabs an armbar. What appears to be a screw up, Sabin dumps off a headscissors and nails Juventud with a jumping enziguri for two. Juvi comes back with a spinning heel kick to put Sabin on the floor. He fake dives, but then lands a pescado and takes a water break. Great stuff. Back in, Juventud delivers a slingshot elbow drop for two. Guerrera applies an abdominal stretch. From there, Sabin takes Juventud up into an electric chair drop position. When Juvi tries to counter with a wheelbarrow bulldog, but Sabin shoots him off with a release German suplex. That gets two. Juvi tries to powerbomb Sabin out of the corner, but Sabin slips away into a rollup only for Juvi to flip through that into a basement dropkick. Nice! Sabin goes to the eyes and pulls back on the arms to keep Juventud grounded. Juventud catches Sabin again in the corner and delivers an OCEAN CYCLONE SUPLEX for 1-2-NO! Awesome! Juvi flips out of Germans and powerbombs to lead into an extended rollup sequence. Fantastic. Don West says heís getting dizzy and heís sitting down! More reversals from these two. Sabin calls for Lynnís Cradle Piledriver, but Juvi knows itís coming and surprises Sabin with a quick rollup for 1-2-NO! Sabin rolls through *that* and gets caught with a wheelbarrow bulldog! Both men are down! Springboard dropkick from Guerrera is delivered. He kips up! Could we see the Juvi Driver? No! Sabin slips out and flips Juvi off his shoulders into a DDT! Cover, 1-2-NO! Juvi counters the CRADLE SHOCK for a TIGER DRIVER í98! Will that be all? Cover, 1-2-NO! We see more counters as Sabin turns the Juvi Driver around with a DDT! Sabin flies down on Guerrera, but gets nailed in mid-air with a dropkick. Sabin stops Juvi up top and gives him a top-rope superplex. Both guys drape their arms across the other for 1-2-NO! Now they both take turns sneaking rollups on each other for nearfalls. Juvi Driver! 450 SPLASH! Cover, 1-2-NO! Sabin has his foot on the bottom rope. Guerrera goes for some sort of pumphandle move when Sabin escapes and drops Juvi in the middle of the ring with a Fishermanís Buster! That gets him the three-count! (14:46) Two weeks earlier, Sabin had lost the first-ever Ultimate X match and failed at regaining the X-Division title. Now he wins the first-ever Super X tournament and gets a trophy that he canít lose! Easily the best non-gimmick match in 2003 TNA. I defy you to find something better. Guerrera would return in 2004 for a rematch with Sabin, but it wasnít nearly as good as the original. ****ľ

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