No Surrender (2008)
|No Surrender (2008)|
Promotional poster featuring Samoa Joe
|Tagline(s)||No retreat, No Surrender|
|"Soul Crusher" by Operator|
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||September 14, 2008|
|Venue||General Motors Centre|
|No Surrender chronology|
No Surrender (2008) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on September 14, 2008 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. It was the fourth annual event under the No Surrender chronology and TNA's first PPV to take place outside of the United States.
Nine professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's card, which featured a supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event. The main event was a standard wrestling match involving four competitors known as a Four Ways to Glory match, in which Samoa Joe was scheduled to defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Booker T, Kurt Angle, and Christian Cage. Booker T, however, was unable to attend the event, making it a Three Ways to Glory match, in which Joe was victorious. Another featured contest was a mixed martial arts bout between A.J. Styles and Frank Trigg, which ended in a no-contest; a decision which means there is no clear winner. Two featured bouts were scheduled on the undercard. The first was a tag team match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, in which the champions, Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm), defeated The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) to retain the championship. Next, a match in which a wrestler has to climb a ladder to retrieve an engagement ring—called a Ladder of Love match—for SoCal Val's hand in marriage saw Sonjay Dutt defeat Jay Lethal.
No Surrender featured nine professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The main event at No Surrender was a standard wrestling match involving four competitors titled by TNA as a Four Ways to Glory match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, in which Samoa Joe defended the championship against Booker T, Kurt Angle, and Christian Cage. The match was announced on the August 14 episode of TNA Impact! by authority figure Jim Cornette. In his announcement, he stated that the three participants challenging Joe would be determined in qualification matches. The first saw Booker T defeat Rhino on the August 21 episode of Impact!. The second qualifying match took place on the August 28 episode of Impact!, in which Kurt Angle defeated Kevin Nash. On the September 4 episode of Impact!, Cage defeated A.J. Styles to be the last to qualify.
Another featured match on the card was a rivalry between A.J. Styles and Frank Trigg. This rivalry ignited before TNA's July pay-per-view (PPV) event Victory Road, when Styles accidentally assaulted Trigg on the June 19 episode of Impact!, mistakenly thinking Trigg was Trigg's real-life best friend Kurt Angle; who Styles was in a rivalry with at the time. Because of Styles actions, Trigg helped Angle and Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeat Styles, Christian Cage, and Rhino in a Six Man Tag Team Full Metal Mayhem match at Victory Road. In a Full Metal Mayhem match, two or more competitors fight to either gain a pinfall, submission, or climb a ladder to retrieve an envelope or a championship belt in no disqualification rules. Afterward, Trigg was not seen on Impact! or on PPV for several weeks. Trigg reappeared on the August 28 and September 4 episodes of Impact!. On the September 4 episode, he interfered in Styles qualification match for the Four Ways to Glory match at No Surrender by hitting Styles with a kendo stick, which allowed Cage to pin him. On the September 11 episode of Impact!, Styles challenged Trigg to a match as a result of Trigg's actions from the week before. Trigg accepted Styles' proposal and made it official for No Surrender only after it was changed to a Mixed Martial Arts bout (MMA) by Styles.
In the tag team division, the reigning TNA World Tag Team Champions Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) were involved in a rivalry with The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) (LAX). At TNA's August PPV event Hard Justice, Beer Money, Inc defeated LAX to win the World Tag Team Championship. Before Hard Justice, Beer Money, Inc injured Homicide's right eye, in storyline, by lifting him up in the air and then throwing him down to perform a powerbomb through a glass table on the August 7 episode of Impact!. Because of his injury, Beer Money, Inc picked up the win at Hard Justice by crashing a beer bottle over his eye and then pinning him. Homicide was then not seen on television for several weeks. While Homicide was absent, Hernandez sought revenge for Beer Money, Inc's actions; by defeating them both in singles competition. First Hernandez defeated Storm on the August 14 episode of Impact! and then Roode on the August 21 episode. Homicide returned on the September 4 episode of Impact!, helping Hernandez attack Beer Money, Inc after their match with the Prince Justice Brotherhood. On the September 11 episode of Impact!, TNA promoted a Tag Team match for the World Tag Team Championship at No Surrender pitting Beer Money, Inc against LAX.
Another rivalry heading into No Surrender was between Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt, with the two fighting in a Ladder of Love match for SoCal Val's on-screen hand in marriage. A Ladder of Love match involves two contestants fighting to climbed a ladder to retrieve an engagement ring that hangs by wire above the wrestling ring. At TNA's June PPV event Slammiversary, Dutt assaulted Lethal during his on-screen wedding with Val. Lethal and Dutt then had a standard wrestling match at Victory Road; which Dutt won; and a Black Tie Brawl and Chain match at Hard Justice; in which Lethal was victorious. A Black Tie Brawl and Chain match is a match where both of the participants wear tuxedos and are attached by a steel chain. The object of the match is for a wrestler to either remove his opponent's tuxedo or score a pinfall. Val later announced on the August 28 episode of Impact!, that at No Surrender Dutt and Lethal would have a Ladder of Love match to determine who would get to marry her.
TNA X Division Champion Petey Williams defended the championship against Sheik Abdul Bashir and Consequences Creed at No Surrender. At Hard Justice, Williams defeated Creed to retain the X Division Championship only after unwanted help from Bashir, in storyline. On the September 4 episode of Impact!, Creed defeated Bashir to gain number one contendership to the X Division Championship, however, Bashir lost the match as a result of referee Shane Sewell kicking his hands off the top rope, which allowed Creed to pull Bashir down for the three count. TNA later changed the decision and began to promote a standard wrestling match involving three competitors called in TNA as a 3-Way Dance for the TNA X Division Championship between Williams, Creed, and Bashir; as a result of the referee's actions in the match.
No Surrender opened live from the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada with Sting's entrance music beginning to play. He entered the arena and walked to the ring, where he stated that at TNA's next PPV event Bound for Glory, he would face the winner of the Four Ways to Glory match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After Sting walked to the backstage area, the commentators for the event, Mike Tenay and Don West, announced that as a result of Hurricane Ike causing all flights out of Houston, Texas to be grounded, Booker T, who resides in the Houston area, could not make it to the event. This changed the Four Ways to Glory match to a Three Ways to Glory match between Joe, Angle, and Cage. Tenay's and West's announcement later caused controversy since they only made the announcement to people watching via PPV. The people in attendance were never informed of Booker T's absence.
The first match was a six person intergender tag team match between the Prince Justice Brotherhood (Super Eric, Shark Boy, and Curry Man) and The Rock 'n Rave Infection (Lance Rock, Jimmy Rave, and Christy Hemme). In the final minutes, Shark Boy grabbed Hemme by the head, turned around, and sat down to cause Hemme's jaw to slam into his shoulder to perform what he dubbed as the "Chummer". Curry Man then entered the ring to check Hemme's condition; at the time Curry Man was involved in a storyline in which he had affections for Hemme. While he was comforting Hemme, he accidentally pinned her, giving the win to the Prince Justice Brotherhood.
A match in which a pinfall can be obtained anywhere in the arena called a Falls Count Anywhere match between Awesome Kong, who was accompanied by Raisha Saeed, and O.D.B. was next. During the match, O.D.B. and Kong fought throughout the crowd and around the ring. Kong won the match when she picked O.D.B. up and slammed her through a table back first to gain the pinfall victory.
The following match pitted the team of Abyss and Matt Morgan against Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon). During the match, Johnny Devine came down to the ring with a steel chair and hit Morgan over the back with it. Later, Devine re-entered the ring to hit Abyss with the chair, however, Abyss picked him up, placed him on his shoulders, and fell to a seated position to performed what Abyss calls the "Shock Treatment". The finish of the match saw Abyss throw Devon against the ropes; when he ricocheted off the ropes, Abyss grabbed him and spun around 270° before slamming Devon down to the mat to performed what Abyss dubbed the "Black Hole Slam" to gain the pinfall victory.
TNA X Division Champion Petey Williams, who was accompanied by Rhaka Khan, defended the championship in a 3-Way Dance against Sheik Abdul Bashir and Consequences Creed in the following match. The beginning was an all out brawl between the three, with counters from one type of move to another. The finish saw Williams force Creed's head forward into the mat to perform what Williams dubbed the "Canadian Destroyer". Williams then covered Creed, however, Bashir pulled Williams out of the ring and threw him into the guardrail. Bashir followed by pinning Creed to win the X Division Championship.
Taylor Wilde defended the TNA Women's Knockout Championship against Angelina Love, who was accompanied by Velvet Sky and Cute Kip, in the next match. Before the match, Rhino came down to the ring so that he could make sure Kip nor Sky interfered in the match; after he was introduced by Wilde. During the match, Kip entered the ring, but was met by a running shoulder block from Rhino. The match came to an end when Wilde flipped Love over her head down to the mat, then held her shoulders down for the three count to retain the championship using a move known as a Northern Lights suplex.
Main event matches
The sixth match was between Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal in a Ladder of Love match. Near the beginning of the match, Mike Tenay announced that Salinas, the valet of The Latin American Xchange, had been assaulted and injured by Beer Money, Inc.'s valet Jacqueline and was taken to the hospital, in storyline. In the final minutes of the match, Lethal was trying to reposition himself on a ladder, however, he got his leg stuck in-between two steps. The referee tried to help him but failed. SoCal Val, who had been standing at ringside watching the match, entered the ring and helped Lethal free himself. She was then confronted by Dutt who began to yell at her. Dutt followed by ascending to the top of the ladder to try and grab the ring. Lethal stood up, checked on Val, and then followed Dutt up the ladder; however, Val hit him in the groin area, which allowed Dutt to remove the ring to win the match.
Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm), who were accompanied by Jacqueline, was pitted against The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez), who were accompanied by Hector Guerrero, for the TNA World Tag Team Championship in the next match. Mid-way through the match, Hernandez performed a running dive over the top rope to the outside, where he landed on Homicide, Storm, and Roode. Beer Money, Inc claimed victory in the match when Jacqueline entered the ring and threw white powder into Homicide's eyes, allowing Roode to grab Homicide and flip Homicide over his head down to the mat in a move called a Fisherman suplex. Roode then pinned Homicide to retain the championship for him and Storm.
The next encounter pitted A.J. Styles against Frank Trigg in a scripted Mixed Martial Arts bout. Mid-way through the first round, Styles and Trigg fell through the ring ropes to the outside, they kept fighting when they hit the floor until security and referees broke them up. The first round ended with Styles holding Trigg in an arm bar submission hold, however, the round ended which meant Styles had to release the hold. During Round two, the live video feed went off around the world, causing many who ordered the event to miss multiple seconds of the round. When the feed came back on, Styles was outside of the ring grabbing a kendo stick. He then entered the ring and stuck Trigg over the back multiple times with it. It was later revealed that the match ended when Styles accidentally, in storyline, hit Trigg in the groin area. This caused the referee to call the match a no-contest, a decision which means there is no clear winner.
The main event was for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a Three Ways to Glory match between Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle and Christian Cage. Before the match, Sting and Joe fought at ringside until A.J. Styles and security broke up the fight. The beginning of the match was dominated by Cage and Joe, as they went right after Angle with kicks and punches to the gut. Later, Angle held Cage and Joe both in an ankle lock submission hold, from which Cage and Joe both broke free. Near the end of the match, Angle pulled referee Earl Hebner from the ring and threw him in the protective barricade. Angle then hit Cage in the head with a steel chair and followed by lifting him up, spinning 90°, and throwing him over the top rope in a move Angle dubbed the Olympic slam; causing Cage to fall and hit the protective mat on the concrete floor. Angle then hit Joe in the back with the steel chair from earlier and placed him in the ankle lock submission hold. While Joe was fighting off the hold, Jeff Jarrett came down to ringside and interfered in the match by hitting Angle with a guitar, which was followed by Joe placing Angle on the top of a padded turnbuckle, lifting Angle up, and slamming Angle's back and neck into his shoulder and the mat by using a maneuver dubbed the Muscle Buster. After he performed the move he pinned Angle to retain the championship and to end the PPV with Jarrett placing the title over Joe's shoulder.
|Other on-screen talent|
|Hector Guerrero (Spanish)|
|Willie Urbina (Spanish)|
|Ring announcer||Jeremy Borash (For the main event match)|
|Mark "Slick" Johnson|
After No Surrender, Samoa Joe and Sting began a rivalry which lasted until Bound for Glory where Sting defeated Joe to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As per a pre-match stipulation which was added on the October 9 episode of Impact!— that there would be no rematch between the two—their feud ended abruptly.
Following No Surrender, Jeff Jarrett, who recently returned to in-ring action on the September 11 episode of Impact!, went on to start a rivalry with Kurt Angle, which was the result of Jarrett crashing a guitar over Angle's head at No Surrender. The two had an encounter at Bound for Glory with Mick Foley as Special Guest Enforcer, in which Jarrett claimed victory.
A.J. Styles' and Frank Trigg's rivalry quickly dissolved after No Surrender, with Trigg not being seen on Impact! or PPV, and Styles going on to Bound for Glory to fight Christian Cage and Booker T in a 3-Way Dance.
Beer Money, Inc. and LAX continued their rivalry after No Surrender. On the September 25 episode of Impact!, Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode, James Storm, and Jacqueline) defeated The Latin American Xchange (Homicide, Hernandez, and Hector Guerrero) (LAX) with the added stipulation that the loser would lose their manager: Jacqueline or Guerrero. Since Beer Money, Inc claimed victory, Guerrero was no longer allowed to be associated with LAX.
Phil Allely, a journalist for the United Kingdom newspaper The Sun, thought Jeff Jarrett's return "hogged the spotlight that should be shining on the promotion's figurehead and champion Samoa Joe." When he commented on the event overall he felt that "Poor booking harmed in-ring talent."
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