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The winds of change are upon us in the world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment, as the NWA saw a major title occur on Monday. TNA and WWE continued along their normal paths with their legions of fans following in toe.
In TNA wrestling this past week, we saw a lot of the same old action we had been seeing back before the the summer started. TNA Women's Knockout Champion Havok defended her title against number one contender Madison Rayne, whom she handled easily. A new number one contender was decided upon for TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley to fight as Kurt Angle made a four-way elimination match that Bobby Roode was able to win. Starting next week on Impact, new number one contenders for the TNA World Tag-Team Championship will be crowned. The Hardys are one of the teams to enter the tournament to challenge The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards). 'Bound for Glory' was a solid collaboration between TNA and Wrestle-1 in Japan and showcased some great talent from both sides. Hopefully, they will do more of that in the future. Lastly, Robbie E and Brooke are still alive as part of "The Amazing Race" on CBS as TNA continues to cross-promote their participation in the event.
Now that we are already into the second week of October and the leaves are vibrant and colorful, we must resume the climb of out Top 10 countdown of technical wrestlers. Here we showcase numbers seven, six and five, but for those included in part one, you may read it here. Please be advised that certain sensitive subjects are touched upon in this article.
Number Seven: Curt Hennig
Last month, we chronicled "Mr. Perfect" as part of our top 10 mid-card level champions, but it was because he was such a mat technician that he was able to win such championships over the course of his career. For those who watched his vignettes that made he seem "perfect" outside the ring, they know he actually was near perfect in his style inside of it. His finisher, the "perfect-plex", which was a bridging cradle suplex that trapped many opponents, was quite the way to aid his character. Hennig also utilized the figure four leglock because of his relationship with manager Bobby Heenan and "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.
A surprise return was the biggest headline of the past week in WWE, while TNA showcased wonderful tag-team talent in there series finale amongst three great teams before 'Bound for Glory' Sunday night. The WWE Universe was abuzz Monday Night as the "most electrifying man in all of entertainment" made an appearance.
TNA wrestling On Wednesday night's Impact broadcast had the final match in the tag-team series between the TNA World Tag-Team Champions The Wolves, Team 3D and The Hardys. In a "Full Metal Mayhem" match fans saw Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards emerge victorious and retain there titles. These teams raised the bar yet again for tag-teamwrestling in the squared circle that will hopefully roll over into more teams coming along in the future to add to the ranks of duos out there. Also a new number one contender for Havok as TNA Women's Knockout Champion was awarded to the winner of a triple threat between Angelina Love, Madison Rayne and Taryn Terrell. Next week Rayne will square-off with the devastating Havok for the title, if she gets past Velvet Sky tonight at 'Bound for Glory.'
This Sunday TNA wrestling presents there final pay-per-view event of 2014 as 'Bound for Glory' emanated from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. TNA and Wrestle-1 in Japan will be featuring several interpromotional matches on the card.
TNA X-Division Championship
Samoa Joe (C) versus Low Ki versus Kaz Hayashi
This is just another match that a title change is not very likely to happen within because we know from Impact tapings that Joe has to give up the title (in the future). Joe will retain here.
TNA Women's Knockout Championship
Havok (C) versus Velvet Sky
It doesn't seem to us that anyone will take the title away from the monstrous Havok just yet and don't expect it to happen here either.
The Great Muta and Tajiri versus The Great Sanada and "Cowboy" James Storm
Despite all that Storm has been doing with Sanada and also Manik in the X-Division this match is about professor (Muta) versus student (Sanada) and expect that Muta and Tajiri will take this tag-team encounter.
Bully Ray and Devon (Team 3D) versus Tommy Dreamer and Abyss
Now that we have moved into the final quarter of the year 2014 and the crisp weather of October, we turn our attention in this month's Top 10 countdown to the best mat technicians in pro wrestling. We start our showcase here with numbers ten through eight. We'll be doing seven through five next week, and so on throughout the month.
Number Ten: Lance Storm
In the early part of Storm's career he wrestled in Canada and was trained in part by Stu Hart. He briefly wrestled with fellow Canadian Chris Jericho in Jim Cornette's Smokey Mountain Wrestling as the "Thrillseekers" before joining ECW in 1997. While there, he had a notable match at ECW's first pay-per-view 'Barely Legal' with a heel Rob Van Dam. He was also part of the "Impact Players" tag-team with Justin Credible while in ECW. He left there for WCW as ECW was having financial difficulties in 2000. While in WCW, he held three championships simultaneously, the United States Championship, Cruiserweight title and Hardcore title, and was the only person to ever do so. When WCW was purchased by the WWF, he came over as part of the "Alliance" and briefly held the Intercontinental Championship. He move set includes several suplexes and more with finishers such as the Canadian Maple Leaf (single leg Boston crab) the spike piledriver and sharpshooter.