With the recent news of Global Force Wrestling and IMPACT Wrestling working together in some capacity, I decided that this was an opportune time for a little fantasy booking. I want to make it clear that this column is just a sneak peek of what we could be seeing out of GFW vs TNA. There is a lot of potential here.
We open to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. GFW's Chael Sonnen and TNA's Mike Tenay welcome the fans to the show. It should be a historic one. The six-sided ring is branded with both GFW and IMPACT Wrestling logos while the ropes are a combination of bright green and smokey blue.
What better way to kick of ONO than with an interpromotional X Division Match. Sonjay Dutt is an X Division veteran who has never held the title. He has many years in TNA and I find it outrageous that he was never X Champion. These two actually met before at ONO: Xtravaganza 2015. History repeats itself here because after a fast-paced, nonstop match, the X Division Champion hits the Split-Legged Splash on Sonjay for the win.
Match 2: Jamin Olivencia vs Micah
This is a battle between TNA and GFW's rising stars as both could be the future of the companies. Micah was a member of The Rising and is son of legendary wrestler Haku. Olivencia is a multi-time OVW World and TV Champion, breaking records for that company. I would consider this the slow match where fans have difficulty getting behind one of their stars. Nothing really of importance happens until Lei'D Tapa (from GFW) walks out ringside. The finish comes when Micah reverses an Irish Whip on Olivencia only to have Tapa grab the incoming Olivencia. Micah hits the Samoan Drop on Jamin to win the match. Afterwards, Tapa is shown smirking at Micah.
Match 3: Jessie Godderz vs Chris Mordetsky
Both of these men have great physiques and both call themselves "Adonis." Jessie runs his mouth before the match before Mordetsky makes his entrance. There is a pose-down between the two. The fans are actually behind Mordetsky which infuriates Godderz and leads to him getting more aggressive. Mordetsky is able to pick up the win though by locking in the Full Nelson submission and forcing Godderz to pass out.
Match 4: Taryn Terrell vs Thea Trinidad
Both of these women represent their company's Women's Division. Thea Trinidad (formerly Rosita) was a former TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion along with Sarita. Taryn Terrell is the longest-reigning Knockouts Champion in history. Terrell of course is accompanied by her Dollhouse associates Jade and Marti Bell. Trinidad takes the fight to Taryn but eventually outside interference from the Dollhouse leaves Trinidad open for the Taryn Cutter. Thea will need some backup if she wants to fend off the Dollhouse.
Match 5: The Wolves Tag Team Invitational
The TNA World Tag Team Champions come to the ring and call out any GFW Tag Team to face them. Out comes Desirable Dustin and Gigolo Justin of the New Heavenly Bodies. They are accompanied by legendary manager Jim Cornette. They get in the face of the Wolves but when Edwards and Richards get aggressive, they back down. At that point, Jim Cornette tells the new Heavenly Bodies something and they slowly walk to the back.
At that point, Nick and Matt of the Young Bucks hit the ring and accept the challenge. This would be an excellent tag team match and would probably be one of the better matches of the night. After kickouts and plenty of counters, The Wolves pick up the win with the Force of Nature on Matt. The two teams shake hands after the match.
The insane Eric Young heads to the ring and grabs a mic. He isn't going to let this show continue until Jeff Jarrett comes to this ring and faces him face-to-face. The King of the Mountain obliges and gets in the ring with EY. Young is insulted by Jarrett's recent comments about him. Young says he has been busting his ass in TNA for over a decade. When Jeff was in TNA, he held him back. He categorized him as a goof. Almost immediately after Jeff leaves TNA, Eric rises in TNA and becomes a main event player. EY says that Jarrett held him back and now he thinks he is just going to walk into TNA and take up his TV time.
Jarrett is shocked by this and tries to talk to Eric but EY unloads right hands on Jarrett. The two begin brawling but Young gets the upperhand with a low blow on Double J. EY grabs a chair from under the ring and smacks Jarrett with it. He is about to hit Jarrett with a Piledriver before a bunch of GFW talent (PJ Black, Shelton Benjamin, The Hotshots etc.) run him off. Both Tenay and Sonnen are disgusted by EY's actions on this show.
Match 6: Manik vs Seiya Sanada
Both Manik and Sanada were part of James Storm's Revolution. Sanada was abruptly kicked out of the Revolution earlier this year and sent packing from TNA. Manik is currently part of Storm's Revolution. The story here is that the veil has been lifted on Sanada as he is back to being his normal self. This would be another X Division match that would go back and forth. Sanada is able to connect with the Dragon Suplex and Moonsault to defeat his former stablemate.
Match 7: Nick Aldis vs James Storm- One Last Time
These two met at Slammiversary in a barnburner. Slammiversary ended up being Aldis' last match in TNA (even if he will appear on IMPACT). We currently don't know the full-time status of James Storm. If would be an injustice to have these two only meet in one singles match especially with all the hate surrounding them.
This is another opportunity to have that match even with Aldis in Global Force Wrestling. The referee would be given specific instructions to let this match have a winner. While not officially a No DQ match, it would have very relaxed rules.
These two brawl all around the Orleans Arena using everything they can find to get the upperhand. When they make it back to the ring more weapons come into play. Much like Slammiversary, both men kick out of each other's finishers. Storm introduces the beer bottle but before he can use it, Aldis uses Storm's cowbell on the Cowboy. He then hits three Spineshankers to win the match and bring closure to the feud.
Main Event: Kurt Angle vs Shelton Benjamin
Kurt Angle and Shelton Benjamin worked together during their stint in WWE. Shelton was part of Team Angle in 2002/2003 before breaking away from Kurt. Much like the Olympic Gold Medalist, Shelton is a great pure athlete and has excellent mat technique and athleticism. Some of the things he could do in that ring are amazing.
This main event would go over 20 minutes with a mix of chain wrestling and other forms of grappling. The story would be of Shelton trying to outwrestle his former mentor. While he gets a series of nearfalls in the match, Angle is able to submit him with the Grapevine Ankle Lock.
Angle and Benjamin shake hands after the match. Mike Tenay and Chael Sonnen put over this match as a Match of the Year contender and talk about the benefits of TNA and GFW working together. They thank the fans for joining them tonight.