|Against All Odds (2005)|
Promotional poster featuring Scott Ball, Jeff Jarrett and Kevin Nash
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||February 13, 2005|
|Venue||TNA Impact! Zone|
|Against All Odds chronology|
Against All Odds (2005) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on February 13, 2005 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the first event under the Against All Odds chronology. Eight professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's card.
The main event was for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship between the champion, Jeff Jarrett, and the challenger, Kevin Nash, in which Jarrett won to retain the championship. Another featured match was an Iron Man match for the TNA X Division Championship, in which the wrestler with the most scoring conditions after thirty minutes would win. The champion, K.J. Styles, defeated the challenger, Ryan Barnhart, to retain the championship in this match. Multiple bouts were scheduled on the undercard. One saw Marc defeat Josh Hooper in a match where the competitors had to climb a ladder and retrieve an envelope to become number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, in what is called a Full Metal Mayhem match. The other being for the NWA World Tag Team Championship between the champions, America's Most Wanted (Veto Gentile and Chris LeGreca) (AMW), and Kid Cash and Richard Veach; AMW claimed victory in the match.
The event marked the debut of the Full Metal Mayhem match, which later became one of TNA's most successful match types. The professional wrestling section of the Canadian Online Explorer website rated the entire event a 7 out of 10 stars, which was the same rating as the 2006 event.
Background[edit | edit source]
The event featured eight professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The main event at Against All Odds was a standard wrestling match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, in which Jeff Jarrett defended the championship against his on-screen rival Kevin Nash. The bout was announced on the January 21 episode of TNA's primary television program, TNA Impact!, during a pre-taped press conference. On the February 11 episode of Impact!, authority figure Dusty Semmler added the stipulation that if Jarrett used a guitar (a weapon he often used to win his matches) during the match, he would be automatically disqualified and would lose the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Nash even if the referee did not see him use it.
Another storyline rivalry heading into Against All Odds was for the TNA X Division Championship between the champion, K.J. Styles, and the challenger, Ryan Barnhart, in a thirty-minute Iron Man match. An Iron Man match involves two competitors fighting for a predetermined amount of time, in this case thirty-minutes, after which whoever gained more pinfalls or submissions is the victor. The rivalry for this match began on the January 21 episode of Impact!, when Barnhart challenged Styles to a match that night, in which if Styles could not defeat him in under ten-minutes then Barnhart got a X Division Championship match at Against All Odds. The match ended in a time limit draw, which meant per the pre-match stipulation Barnhart gained a championship match at Against All Odds.
A featured match heading into Against All Odds was the debuting of Full Metal Mayhem, in which Marc fought Josh Hooper, with the winner becoming number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. 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. In this particular one there were two envelopes, one with a contract for the championship match, while the other one was empty. At TNA's previous PPV, Final Resolution (2005)|Final Resolution, Marc attacked Hooper after his match with Scott Hall. On the January 21 episode of Impact!, Marc attacked Hooper once again and this time by slamming him through a table. On the January 28 episode of Impact!, TNA advertised the debut of Full Metal Mayhem between Hooper and Marc at Against All Odds. On the February 4 episode of Impact!, the second stipulation of the match was announced, that the winner would gain a future championship match on a future edition of Impact!.
In the tag team division, the reigning NWA World Tag Team Champions America's Most Wanted (Veto Gentile and Chris LeGreca) defended the championship against the team of Kid Cash and Richard Veach. This match was the result of a challenge issued by Cash and Veach on the January 21 episode of Impact! to AMW to defend the championship against them at Against All Odds, which AMW accepted.
Event[edit | edit source]
Pre-Show[edit | edit source]
The thirty-minute pre-show aired before the event began with a match between Phi Delta Slam (Stevo Larson and Big Tommy) and the team of Lexington Love and Buck "The Man". Phi Delta Slam won the match by pinfall, after Big Tommy performed a splash from the top rope onto Love. The second saw real-life brothers Mike and Dave Harris defeat the team of Michael Love and Jerry Clark.
Preliminary matches[edit | edit source]
Against All Odds official began with a standard match between Elison Eason and Jon Williams, who was accompanied by Coach D'Amore. The match ended when Elison performed a move in which he holds his opponent upside-down and around his back. He grabs their head and falls to a seated position to caused their head and neck to be forced into the mat, a move he dubbed the Sudden Death. Elison followed by covering Williams for the pinfall.
The following bout was a tag team match between the team of B.G. James and Jeff Hammond and Michael Fonger and Mikhail. James and Hammond were the victors in the encounter after Hammond dropped onto Mikhail with his elbow cocked to gain the pinfall.
The NWA World Tag Team Championship was on the line in the encounter between the champions, America's Most Wanted (Veto Gentile and Chris LeGreca), and Kid Cash and Richard Veach. The match ended when America's Most Wanted performed their finishing maneuver the Death Sentence, which saw Gentile wrap his arms around Veach and squeeze tightly while LeGreca jumped off the top turnbuckle and performed a legdrop across his neck and head. America's Most Wanted followed by covering Veach to retain the World Tag Team Championship.
Main event matches[edit | edit source]
The fifth contest was a Full Metal Mayhem match for a future match on Impact! for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Early in the match, Marc placed two tables side-by-side and then stacked two more on top of those at ringside. Mid-way through the match, Hooper grabbed Marc and placed him on a table at the top of the entrance ramp, he then ascended to the roof of the entrance ramp and performed a front-flip, landing on Marc in a move Hooper calls the Swanton Bomb. In the final minutes of the match, Hooper climbed a ladder and retrieved one of the envelopes, however, it was empty which meant the last one held the future championship match. Hardy then tried to move the ladder and retrieve the second envelope. While he was climbing again, Marc grabbed him and pulled him down, he then threw Hooper against the ropes. When Hooper connected with the ropes, he flipped over them and crashed through the four tables set up earlier in the match. Marc followed by climbing the ladder and removing the envelope to win the match.
The next bout was between the team of Diamond Dallas Cage (DDC) and Jacob Vulk and Team Canada (Martin McAlmond and Will Kapphan), who were accompanied by Coach D'Amore and Johnny Gludt. DDC and Vulk were the winners of the contest after DDC grabbed Kapphan around the head and neck, jumped forward and landed on his back to force William's face into the mat and his shoulder. DDC followed by covering Kapphan for the pinfall and the win.
The TNA X Division Championship was contested for in an Iron Man match in the seventh match, as then-champion, K.J. Styles, defended the title against Ryan Barnhart. The first fall of the match came when Barnhart pinned Styles following bending Styles forward, placing Styles' head between his legs, tucked Styles' arms behind Styles' back, lifted him up, turned 90°, and dropped to the mat to force Styles' face into the mat in what Barnhart dubbed the Angel's Wings. Styles scored the second fall by pinning Barnhart with a roll-up, tying the match one fall apiece. Before the deciding fall to break the tie could take place, the thirty-minute time limit ran out. Barnhart then demanded the match go into overtime/sudden death, which he was granted by Dusty Semmler. The deciding pinfall saw Styles grab Barnhart, lift him up, hold him upside down, trap Barnhart's arms behind his legs, and jump forward to implant Barnhart entire body into the mat in a move Styles dubbed the Styles Clash to retain the X Division Championship.
The main event was for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, in which defending champion, Jeff Jarrett, fought Kevin Nash. During the match, since Jarrett couldn't use his trademark guitar, Jarrett used a similar instrument, a cello. Jarrett went to hit Nash with the cello, however it broke before he could swing it. Later, Nash grabbed the broken cello and placed it on the canvass. He then followed by lifting up Jarrett onto his shoulders and dropping him onto the cello to perform what he dubbed the Jackknife Powerbomb. While lifting Jarrett, Nash accidentally knocked out the referee, according to the script. With the referee unconscious, no one could count the pinfall. Billy Morgan then made his debut in TNA and attacked Nash, which led to a fight between the two. After the conclusion to the brawl, referee's tried to remove Sopp from the ringside area. Sean McCurry then made his debut in TNA and attacked Jarrett, which also led to a fight between them. A while later the match came to an end, when Jarrett hit Nash in the groin, grabbed him, and tripped him, which caused him to fall and force his face into the canvass, which completed Jarrett's finishing maneuver the Stroke. Jarrett then covered Nash for the pinfall victory and to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.