It was okay. The matches you thought would be good were pretty good. The matches you thought wouldn't be mostly weren't. Nothing overcame expectations. Booking was not too superdumb apart from some letdown endings. Some slow-burning stories got a wiggle on, while others, frustratingly, did not.
James Storm vs. Eric Young: This was for the TNA drinking championship, and was a series of pre-taped segments spread throughout the show. Storm wins by slipping Young roofies.
LAX vs. The Rock and Rave Infection: Hernandez KILLED Jimmy Rave with a Border Toss off the second rope. Match was fair. Afterward, the Mystery Latino Nation Member was revealed to be Shelly Martinez (the former Ariel). She rolled around on the mat and took her clothes off. After all this, Rave was still not moving and was carried out, slung over Lance Hoyt's shoulder.
Kaz vs. Black Reign: Good news: Kaz beats Reign clean. Bad news: Kaz stole Reigns rat afterward, meaning this will continue, probably until Kaz's momentum has entirely dissipated. Match was not very good.
Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong: Gail Kim won with a rollup while Kong was trying to powerbomb the ref (the second ref -- Kong had already powerbombed the first!). Kind of silly ending, but a good match.
Judas Mesias vs. Chris Abyss: Judas won with the Straight to Hell (jumping Downward Spiral)onto a steel chair wrapped in barbed wire. Next month: Barbed Wire Massacre.
Booker T & Sharmell vs. Robert Roode & Miss Brooks: I think one reason I find Roode so dull is that his angles drag on F O R E V E R. We FINALLY got a little movement here, with Miss Brooks finally snapping and attacking Roode. Sharmell tried to break things up and Roode instinctively PUNCHED HER RIGHT IN THE FACE, "breaking her jaw."
My prediction is that this will lead to Booker & Brooks vs. Roode and his new CEO.
Team 3D and Johnny Devine vs. The Motorcity Machine Guns and Jay Lethal: 3D had cleverly beaten the hands of the MMG with a kendo stick on the last Impact, with the net result being that only Lethal and Devine could actually scale the cables.
This was interesting but lead to a lackluster match, highlighted by some good comedy from 3D (I liked the spot where Devon held onto the cable while standing on Ray's shoulders, as Ray shuffled forward) and also by Devine nearly killing himself by landing on his head THREE times -- the first time in a truly frightening plunge from the cables -- and then topping it off by falling from a ladder inside the ring onto tables outside the ring, bouncing off them, and crashing to the floor.
3D wins by using a ladder, which is not allowed in Ultimate X matches, but the ref was knocked out. Ray removed the ladder -- leaving Devon holding the belt and hanging from the cables -- and revived the ref. Again, clever and original, but not a great match.
AJ Styles & Tomko vs. Samoa Joe & Kevin Nash: Nash TURNS ON JOE and walks off. Joe briefly looks like he might win the Tag Titles by himself (interestingly, the Impact Zone crowd seemed against this -- when Tomko broke up a pin, they chanted "THANK YOU TOMKO") but Styles and Tomko eventually put him down.
Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage: Good match, silly ending. AJ came down and sided with Cage but then -- SHOCKING SWERVE -- hit Cage from behind! Angle Slam! 1, 2, 3! Oddly (and a little disappointingly), Styles did not subsequently turn on Angle as well, but celebrated with him -- this feels like treading water at this point.
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Holy hell! There was a PPV tonight? I know I usually say that sarcastically, but I'm dead serious. I completely forgot there was a PPV tonight, which is a total testament to TNA's inability to sell PPV's. Nice job, guys!
For everything TNA's done wrong, they've done almost everything right with their women's division. Trish Stratus may have been the best female heel of our time, but Awesome Kong's getting damn close. She's just a beast! I'm loving every minute of that feud and am glad it's getting extended. And while I'm raving about the women's division, I heart ODB!
The telltale sign that TNA's creative team is completely clueless? They tried to book Joe as a shooting babyface who doesn't play by the rules and instead turned him into the company's biggest heel and made Styles & Tomko the de facto faces. And Nash walking out on him gets a face reaction. Everything about this angle has blown up in Vince Russo's face.
I'd rant about how sick I am of Vince Russo's SHOCKING SWERVES that aren't really swerves, but all I can really do at this point is begrudgingly accept that this isn't the last time we'll see one. Hell, it probably won't be the last one we'll see THIS WEEK! But they spent WEEKS making AJ the most sympathetic babyface on the planet and they flush it all down the toilet just for the sake of another idiotic swerve. Stupid, stupid, stupid!
On a much lighter note, WORST PPV OF THE YEAR so far!
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"Wocka Wocka...who wants to hear a funny-ass joke?"
Originally posted by It's FalseWORST PPV OF THE YEAR so far!
You know, you could also argue that it was the BEST PPV of the year so far as well.
I read somewhere that Kong isn't actually signed to a contract and they are just using her to get Gail Kim over as the champ... I hope this is wrong.
TNA is saying on their website that the Gail Kim/Kong rematch is this week on Impact. The result of that match might tell us something. I checked out the tapings and I won't spoil the results but I will say the women's title match is the main event. That's pretty cool.
As for the PPV, I enjoyed it. Christian/Angle was pretty great even with the AJ interference. LAX was completely awesome. The women's match was really great. Really if you take out Messias/Abbys and Kaz/Reign then it was a perfectly good wrestling show.
I agree with Karlos that the injury angle to the MCMG limited what they could do but Team 3D trying to get the titles was hilarious. Everybody talks about how well the MCMG have gotten pushed but what has been lost in all of that is that Team 3D has been the best they've been since their initial heel run in the WWE.
I like Roode but they definitely need to end the Tracy angle. It's probably the longest angle TNA has had and they've had a lot of them. Then when you factor in that Roode was part of the never ending Eric Young feud before that and he hasn't really been given a fair shake as far as storylines go.
As for Joe. I don't think TNA has accidentally turned him heel. I think the TNA fans are just tired of screwy things happening with the tag titles. Just have a tag team division and forget about the random singles pairings and celebrity appearances and one man teams.
If they do accidentally turn him heel with the fans then that would suck since he was pretty popular, but he would make a pretty badass heel.
I have this episode on my DVR. It'll take some work, but I'll try to sync it up with your commentary, CRZ. I watched a little of it over the weekend. Willie Mack's finisher is just a tad overcomplicated.