The “OH MY GOD!” Review: Major League Wrestling “Underground TV” – June 2003

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Underground TV 2003-06-02 (matches taped Revolutions 2003-05-09 from Tabu Night Club in Orland, FLA)

Champions
World: Satoshi Kojima
GTC: Simon Diamond & CW Anderson

Almost all the matches that will air over the course of Underground TV have been previously reviewed from the home videos so these will be short recaps.

The Extreme Horsemen are riding in a limo they pull up along side Terry Funk who is meeting with fans outside the arena. Funk has some words for them but then they get out of the limo and beat him down.

Opening video.

Joey welcomes us to the show and tells us Terry Funk is on his way to the hospital and they will get us word on his condition as soon as they can. Joey lets us know what’s happening on today’s show and we go to commercial.

Time for our first match. Jerry Lynn’s losing streak continues this week as he was defeated by Paul London.

We go to Joey and he says this was London’s biggest win in his career. Lynn says after tonight his losing streak is over then he smashes stuff while Daniels licks his lips. Back to Styles and he talks more about London and then we go to Paul in the locker room he challenges Lynn to a 2 out 3 series starting at Hybrid Hell. London feels that once he beats Lynn people will start taking him as a series threat.

CM Punk and Raven will go at it again at Hybrid Hell. Punk talks about how Raven won’t beat him in their next match. Punk of course talks about being straight edge.

Joey announces a talent exchange between MLW and World Japan Wrestling. Kenzo Suzuki will be at Hybrid Hell.

We go back to the Terry Funk beat down from earlier today. Earlier this week a MLW camera caught up with Steve Corino. Corino again talks all the things he has accomplished and how he did it so much faster then Funk. He says he is a little scared for the match but in the end he will retire Funk. Back to Joey and we go to the MLW Top 10 rankings. Last week we saw Mike Awesome retain his number one contendership. Joey says Awesome is angrier then normal after the way he was treated in both WCW and WWE. Awesome says that he is coming after the MLW Title and tells Kojima that he’s taking him out.

A video package of the Global Tag Team Crown Tournament airs as we go too commercial. Simply Luscious welcomes us back to the show and she tells us that on June 20th she will make her live debut. Francine walks in on Michael Shane getting ready for a match. Joey wonders if Francine has her eyes on Michael Shane. Joey talks about the junior weight division and says there have been rumors about a title for that division being made.

We go to our main event during which Simon Diamond and CW Anderson were crowd the first ever Global Tag Team Crown Champions after defeating Steve Williams and PJ Friedman.

My thoughts on the show…
These middle segments with no wrestling are killing me. They need to start pairing much longer matches together or air, 3 matches instead of 2 per week. They announced Sabu/La Parka 3 during a commercial! The Lynn and London match was good but after that you can turn this off.

Underground TV 2003-06-09 (matches taped Revolutions 2003-05-09 from Tabu Night Club in Orland, FLA)

Champions
World: Satoshi Kojima
GTC: Simon Diamond & CW Anderson

Almost all the matches that will air over the course of Underground TV have been previously reviewed from the home videos so these will be short recaps.

Joey Styles says hi and runs down tonight’s show. Sabu and La Parka in the main event. Los Maximos are in the locker room and they say they have an idea who jumped them even though they didn’t see. They are on their way to the ring and challenge who ever jumped them to meet them there.

After commercial Los Maximos are in the ring and they again call out whoever jumped them. The Samoan Island Tribe hit the ring and for the next six minutes Samu and Mana beat down Los Maximos until they finally put them away for the win.

Now the 20 minutes of Joey and promos begins. Yay…. Joey talks about how much blood flowed in the first fight between Sabu and La Parka. We go to La Parka who has some words for Sabu. Sabu and The Cuban Assassin show up and beat down Parka.

Joey lets us know that PJ Friedman may be out of wrestling forever after the beat down that he took last week. CW Anderson and Simon Diamond talk about winning the championship last week. Diamond says they will hold the titles for the whole year to help resurrect tag team wrestling. Anderson talks about how they found a weakness in Friedman and took him out and now they will bring back tag team wrestling.

Joey tells us that Raven accepted Punk’s challenge from last week. We go Punk for some words. Punk just talks about being straight edge and better then everyone else. Samoan Island Tribe talks about how Los Maximos were to easy for them. Jose and Joel attack but don’t fair to well. Samu and Mana walk off after beating them down. Joey says that it was a small measure of revenge for the Maximos. This confuses me as they just got beat up again. We go to the top 10 which oddly is different this week even though there have been no MLW matches since then. Everyone had internet back then and had the results from the taping. This makes me very mad. Joey talks about what has happened between Mike Awesome, Masato Tanaka and Satoshi Kojima. Joey hypes the Jerry Lynn Paul London situation and then he brings us to highlights from La Parka Sabu 1 from King of Kings. They stop the footage at the part where Sabu stabs Parka with scissors. Joey tells us that it was to violent for the censors from that point on. Joey takes us right to Sabu La Parka 2.

My thoughts on the show…
Yes you should watch this show!!! They showed lots of the first Sabu/La Parka match and the entire rematch was shown. The promo portion of the show also didn’t drag on forever like in past episodes. Good show, recommended!

Underground TV 2003-06-16 (matches taped Revolutions 2003-05-09 from Tabu Night Club in Orland, Fla & AJPW New Year Giant Series Day 2 2003-01-03 from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan)

Champions
World: Satoshi Kojima
GTC: Simon Diamond & CW Anderson

Almost all the matches that will air over the course of Underground TV have been previously reviewed from the home videos so these will be short recaps.

Joey Styles seems extra excited tonight. He runs down the card for Hybrid Hell. Kenzo Suzuki versus Norman Smiley was added to the show. Tonight’s main event is Kojima versus Johnny Smith via satellite from Japan.

In our first match Michael Shane beat Norman Smiley with a super kick. Joey recaps what we just saw and looks forward to tonight’s main event. Styles hypes Raven versus CM Punk for this coming Friday at Hybrid Hell. Raven says that he likes someone who has a way of life and sticks to it. Raven doesn’t agree with Punk but he enjoys him. He also enjoyed DDTing Punk and will enjoy doing it again. Joey talks about the Tag Team Titles being presented to Diamond and Anderson at Hybrid Hell. Just signed for Friday night is a rematch between Samoan Island Tribe and Los Maximos. Joey is with Los Maximos. Haha so the one guy speaks Spanish and the other guy translates but he says things that are not what his brother actually said. It’s pretty funny. Simply Luscious promo in which she is very angry. Well that’s the opposite of her other two promos so now I’m confused about her character.

Joey talks about the London Lynn feud and then we get the top 10. Mike Awesome promo and he says the same thing he’s been saying for the past three weeks. Joey gives us a hard sell on the no rope barbed wire match. Terry Funk is asked the difference between the original Horsemen and the Extreme Horsemen. He says to be a horsemen you have to know how to ride and they only know how to ride each other. Funk calls Anderson and Diamond goons and idiots which makes me think he doesn’t know their names.

Champion Satoshi Kojima vs. Johnny Smith

Bell rings they stare at each other and forty seconds into the match we go to commercial. Great way to start the main event. Back from break and both men are down. Joey tells us they have both taken a beating so far. Kojima with a corner whip and he charges with a forearm and comes off the top with an elbow. Neck breaker by the champion gets 2. Smith ducks a clothesline and almost gets a 3 count after one of his own. Kojima now ducks a line and hits a cutter that gets 2. Michinoku Driver by Kojima but Smith gets right up and hits a DVD. Japanese wrestling makes me so confused. Tiger bomb for 2 by Smith. Bridging German suplex gets another 2 count for Smith. Kojima hits a clothesline but Smith comes back and hits his finisher a reverse DDT for 2. Smith goes for another but Kojima rolls around and hits a northern lights suplex for 2. Kojima goes for a lariat but Smith ducks and gets a 2 count from a back slide. Kojima back up and he hits a lariat and gets the win. 6.48 is shown and this victory means Kojima will go on to face Mike Awesome in four days at Hybrid Hell. Joey wonders if that is enough time to recover from this hard fought match.

Rage Against the Machine plays over a video package highlighting the matches coming up at Hybrid Hell.

My thoughts on the show…
I’m pretty excited for Hybrid Hell and the video package at the end just added to it. Besides the last 3 minutes though this episode did nothing for me. Thumbs down.

Underground TV 2003-06-23 (matches taped King of Kings 2002-12-20 from War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla & Revolutions 2003-05-09 from Tabu Night Club in Orland, Fla)

Champions
World: Steve Corino
GTC: Simon Diamond & CW Anderson

Almost all the matches that will air over the course of Underground TV have been previously reviewed from the home videos so these will be short recaps.

We open up with the main event from last week. They air from a few seconds before they returned from the commercial break last time all the way until the end. Smith hit a body slam and top rope drop kick that was no sold by Kojima. Kojima hit a clothesline and then we are back to what aired last week. Well that was a terrible way to spend the first five minutes of the show this week.

Opening video.

Joey Styles welcomes us to the show and begins to hype the next major show coming up July 26th. Joey runs down the card for tonight which features tag team action and the Underground TV debut of Homicide.

Hot Commodity beat Nosawa and Masada in the opening contest. The entrances which were cut from the home video are shown here.

Back to Joey to begin our weekly twenty minutes of hype. Joey says Hot Commodity is looking to get their shot at the tag team titles held by the Extreme Horsemen. Paul London and Jerry Lynn are scheduled to face off on the next show on July 26th. Raven and CM Punk are feuding. Masato Tanaka says some stuff in Japanese. Next week in the main event champion Satoshi Kojima takes on Mike Awesome (Spoiler Alert!!! Kojima doesn’t win). Los Maximos are in the spot where the Samoan Island Tribe laid them out. Maximos challenge anyone to come to MLW to wrestle them. Joey talks about a junior title tournament and the Kojima Awesome main event for next week. Kojima video package. Joey talks about the partnership between Francine and Michael Shane. Simply Luscious talks about how someone used to be better but doesn’t say who. Joey sends us to the main event.

Homicide pulled a victory out of nowhere over “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels in the main event. However Daniels and “New F’N Show” Jerry Lynn laid out Homicide to end the show.

My thoughts on the show…
The opening match was pretty good but as I said in my original review of the Homicide Daniels match it ended way to soon to really be anything. This is probably one of my least favorite episodes so far. Avoid it.

Underground TV 2003-06-30 (Matches taped Hybrid Hell 2003-06-20 from War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla)

Champions
World: Steve Corino
GTC: Simon Diamond & CW Anderson

Almost all the matches that will air over the course of Underground TV have been previously reviewed from the home videos so these will be short recaps.

Mike Awesome says that he is going to walk out tonight as the MLW Champion.

Opening video.

Joey Styles welcomes us to the show and hypes the main event title match between Awesome and Satoshi Kojima. Rise of the Renegades is coming up on July 27th. Joey tells us that Jerry Lynn is on his way to the ring.

“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels tells the fans the Lynn doesn’t need them anymore. The fans chant “Jerry” and Lynn tells them he doesn’t give a shit about them anymore. Lynn says that Paul London isn’t even their tonight because his dad is in the hospital. Lynn says he missed his brothers wedding, his fathers triple bypass surgery and his daughters birth so he could wrestle. Lynn challenges anyone in the locker room to a match.

Jerry Lynn (“Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels) vs. Kid Romeo
Lynn attacks right away. Romeo comes back with a head scissor, hip toss and drop kick. Lynn goes to the floor and we go to commercial 1 minute into the match. We come back from break and Lynn hits a knee to the stomach and locks in a front face lock. Romeo elbows out of it and gets a 2 count off a school boy and then hits an enziguri. Romeo with a clothesline and swinging neckbreaker. A bulldog gets almost gets a 3. Lynn comes back with a TKO for 2. Lynn goes for the cradle piledriver but Romeo reverses it into the Last Kiss (kryptonite krunch). Daniels distracts to ref as Romeo goes for the pin. Romeo gets up and goes after Daniels. Lynn goes low and then hits the cradle piledriver for the win. 4.13 is shown.

Homicide says that at Rise of the Renegades anyone can come to fight him because he is going to take them out.

Extreme Horsemen are cutting a promo and Mike Awesome walks past. The Horsemen follow him and Steve Corino says he is the number 2 contender and Awesome is number 1. Corino says once Awesome wins the title Corino should be the next opponent. Awesome says he can have a match anytime.

Raven and CM Punk are arguing backstage and Simply Luscious is lurking in the background. Punk leaves and Raven says he will get beat after the DDT.

The Samoan Island Tribe says they are too big and powerful for Los Maximos. Back to Joey for the Top 10. Another Extreme Horsemen promo. Simon Diamond says they are rewriting the history of wrestling. Corino sees a Japanese guy talking on the phone and tells him to take them to Kojima. Corino tells Kojima that when he beats Awesome he wants the next match with Kojima. Corino really setting himself for a title match here.

In the main event Mike Awesome beat Satoshi Kojima for the MLW Title. Unfortunately for Awesome, Steve Corino came out right after the match and demanded his title match right away. With a little help from the rest of the Extreme Horsemen Corino was able to come away with the title.

My thoughts on the show…
Watching this made me not hate Corino winning the title as much as when I watched Hybrid Hell. Just the addition of the two little promos made it better. I still don’t agree with them doing it but the way it was done is a little better. Some of the other promos make things from Hybrid Hell make more sense now too. Thumbs up for this episode.

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