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[2002-10-02-NWA TNA] Ron Killings vs Low Ki

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NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ron "The Truth" Killings vs Low-Ki - NWA-TNA 10/02/02

 

The Truth is pissed off that everyone is talking about the X-Division and they are the best wrestlers. Well he is the World Heavyweight Champion, goddamnit! Another great TNA match from 2002! I know that the storylines were probably insufferable that 75% of each show was garbage, but they do seem to consistently put on one great match a show. I loved seeing Ki in this setting against a more conventional heavyweight wrestler and being able to work underneath and really sell. I thought he was great in the shine with his chops and kicks. The transition to heat was great with Killings sending him flying off the guardrail WIPING OUT THE FANS! Awesome moment. I usually hate arena brawling thought this was good and loved the climax of him wheeling a trunk right into Ki. Back in the ring great work on the ribs, awesome selling by Low Ki. Every time we get a hope spot, Low Ki's ribs slow him down. Killings in order to prove he is just as good as these X-Division goes up top and CRASHES & BURNS on a 450 splash! Great way to show how his jealousy may cost him. Low Ki tries to capitalize but again the ribs are hindering him. He gets the Dragon Clutch in the ropes, but it is not enough. Ki meets Truth on the top but a jab to the ribs and Truth hits a super front suplex for the win. Really nice showcase for Low Ki's selling in a more conventional match and nice story woven through with Killings disdain for X Division almost costing him in the match. ***3/4

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I'm not nearly as high on this match as you are, Sleaze. Low Ki carried Ron Killings here to something watchable, at best. Ki holds this match together with his bumping, selling underneath, and overall babyface performance. His comebacks are well-timed, and of course his offense is brilliant, as usual. My issue with this match is Killings' heat segments were a goddamn snoozefest, and his performance held this match back from being in ***+ territory. Rating: **¾

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