TNA Live Event Results
August 8th, 2009 – Baton Rouge, LA
Report by F4Wonline, Robert Garrison
They curtained off half of the River Center and only sold lower deck and floor seats in the other half. It was about two thirds full, and I’m guessing at most 1,000 people were in attendance. They advertised the show locally on Smackdown for the last 3 weeks, as well as on last Monday’s Raw, in addition to getting a paragraph in the Friday entertainment section of the local paper every week for the last month, so I really thought they would do better than this.
A half hour before the show started they announced that Earl Hebner was at the merchandise table to sign autographs. I wonder if anyone asked him to sign “I screwed Bret”. Surprisingly I did not hear anyone scream or chant about that when he was introduced before the first match.
Suicide defeated Shark Boy in the opening match. Good back and forth action. Suicide refused Shark Boy’s offer to drink bottled water with him afterwards, so Shark Boy laid him out with a stunner.
Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed defeated Angelina Love & Velvet Sky in a pretty good tag bout. The Beautiful People were so upset afterwards that they said they would never return to Baton Rouge.
Homicide retained his X Division title in a three way vs. Daniels and Consequences Creed. Very good with a lot of unique moves.
Hernandez defeated Eric Young. Up to this point in the show, the crowd did not really treat any of the wrestlers as heels, but Young was able to get big heat with his mike work before the bout talking about how trashy the people in the South are.
After an intermission, Beer Money defeated Sheik Bashir & Kiyoshi after giving Bashir the DUI. Great match, including some brawling in the crowd. Beer Money was by far the most over act with the crowd. Of course, it didn’t hurt their cause that they came out wearing LSU jerseys and got some chants for LSU going before and after the match.
In the main event, A.J. Styles pinned Samoa Joe after a pele kick. Good match, but it seemed like the finish came almost out of nowhere. Mick Foley was named outside enforcer for this bout, but never really got involved.
After the main event Eric Young came out to confront Foley about how he and his World Elite wrestlers faced American referee bias in their matches. Foley ended up offering to face Young in a match. Foley quickly gained the upper hand with his sock claw, which brought out Bashir and Kiyoshi. Foley ran all of the heels off in mere seconds. Then they had a number of wrestlers come out to sign autographs around the ring, while Foley was in the ring posing for pictures at 20 bucks a pop. At some point during all these proceedings the usual announcement was made about TNA possibly bringing a PPV to Baton Rouge some day. I’ll believe it when I see it.