Quick Summary: Final Resolution started out pretty solid, collapsed badly in the middle, and finished very strong with the last two matches.
British Invasion defeats Motor City Machine Guns to retain the Tag Team belts.
Sabin is pinned after the Powerbomb/European Uppercut combo. Result was expected -- sooner or later, Beer Money will figure out a way to get another title shot -- but still disappointing for MMG's sake.
Tara defeats ODB to win the Knockout Championship.
Widow's Peak attempt gets countered into a TKO which gets re-countered into a rollup out of nowhere.
Feast or Fired: Samoa Joe wins the World Title shot (Joe's Twitter: "I am so F#%+in AWESOME.") Kevin Nash wins the Tag Team Title shot Rob Terry wins the X Division Title shot (?!?!?) Abdul Bashir is fired
Word is that Bashir has legitimately left the company. PWTorch says" "I heard from one current WWE talent earlier today that Daivari recently requested his release, but have not 100% confirmed that. Multiple TNA sources, however, have claimed he was let go from the company and the move had been expected internally for some time."
Matt Morgan is the final survivor in the 8-man elimination.
He took out both Devon and Ray to win. Match was a confusing mess.
Bobby Lashley defeats Scott Steiner in a Last Man Standing match.
Dull. Here's a suplex! Count to ten. Here's a pipe shot! Count to ten. Kristal steals Steiner's pipe and tosses it to Lashley; Lashley fumbles but recovers and hits Steiner with the pipe for the final ten count.
Mick Foley & Abyss defeats Raven and Dr. Stevie.
More dullness. Too much Mr. Socko. Foley elbow dropped Stevie from off the ramp and through a table while Stevie was wrapped in barb wire. Meanwhile, Abyss Black Hole Slammed Raven for the pin. Foley was a filler participant in a filler match, which is too bad.
Kurt Angle defeats Desmond Wolfe.
Really great stuff here. Wolfe took the first fall via pin after hitting Angle with two Tower of Londons. Second fall was a series of submission holds and reversals -- some really cool stuff -- until Wolfe tapped out to the grapevined anklelock. In the final third, Wolfe was busted open and unable to walk after Angle put him in another anklelock, allowing Angle to climb out of the cage first, barely beating Wolfe's slide out the cage door.
AJ Styles beat Daniels to retain the World Championship.
Another great match, with Daniels doing two smart things: 1) countering AJ's familiar offense, since he knows him so well; 2) using moves I've never even seen before, so that AJ can't do the same thing to him. At the end, the Styles Clash only got two, so AJ went up top. Daniels followed and tried for a Frankensteiner. This was his mistake -- unlike so much of his offense this match, he'd already done it once before, so this time, Styles was ready and countered it into a second-rope Clash for the pin.
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I ordered this last night due to Fox being in re-run hell and the NFL game looking like shit. I thought it was pretty good. The wife is a MCMG mark and them losing pissed her off for the rest of the night which got annoying after awhile. I don't understand why they kept the belts on the Brits when Beer Money didn't get the case? Nash and maybe his Outsider friend will compete for those titles. My wrestling train wreck senses are tingling. Terry getting the X-Divison shot was lame, but I do get the feeling Feast or Fired was set-up to end World Elite which is fine by me since they never get air time anyway.
So, Joe, Bobby and Kurt are all in line to face AJ at some point. Damn, if only WWE's list of challengers for their main titles were that good. I did feel Wolfe did not look strong after his match with Kurt which was disappointing, yet he was great in the match itself. The aftermath is what I have a problem with. Tara/ODB was so fucking slow. I expected a crazy brawler, but it was a paint by numbers match. And that was something that I noticed tonight and Taz pointed out was how slow everyone seemed expect AJ/Daniels which was fucking amazing. I hope this slower style isn't a sign of things to come with Hogan. Fast paced action is what makes TNA great. It would be a death knell for them if they moved to a slower style. SuperMex's chairshot on Neal was off the hook. The match was decent for what it was.
I did enjoy Foley/Abyss vs. Raven/Stevie. Foley showed he can still fly. Any time Daffeny is on my TV is a plus. Stevie wrapped in barbed wire was cool as well. AJ/Daniels as stated before delivered. If it had a few more minutes we may have a late or early MOTYC depending on when you end the year. TNA ends the year with the right person being their champ while building momentum for the Jan 4th date. Loved the Christmas ring ropes, too.
MCMGs vs. British Invasion was pretty good. Not sure why the Invasion got to kick out of a bunch of finishers, but whatever. I really liked this.
I kind of felt stupid - Taz made some comment about "if you've never seen the Machine Guns before" and I was wondering who would be watching this show and not seen the Guns before, but then I realized that I hadn't seen TNA in months but was paying for this show and had, in fact, never seen British Invasion before.
The women's match was nothing special. ODB is awful.
Feast or Fired doesn't make much sense, but Joe vs. Styles is guaranteed quality, and Bashir is useless, so that's fine.
That elimination tag made no sense. If Neal was DQed for the chairshot (which they said he wasn't, and then later said he was), why was Hernandez DQed for hitting Neal, who'd already been eliminated? This was a mess and the Dudleys are beyond useless. I hope Hogan brings in the Nastys and makes the Dudleys job to them. I did like the crowd chanting Su-i-cid-ey.
The video package showing Steiner pushup-humping Kristal was wonderful. Scott Steiner is a great man. Match was okay but nothing special.
The hardcore match was okay. Nothing special. I don't want guys to use real barbed wire, but the fake stuff looks too fake. Just skip it entirely. And Abyss can quit being a retard any time out.
Angle/Wolfe didn't really live up to my expectations. It was good, but only third-best of the night.
Styles/Daniels was fantastic and you should track this down. Great way to end the show - best match of the night by far.
Originally posted by lotjxSuperMex's chairshot on Neal was off the hook.
Originally posted by lotjx So, Joe, Bobby and Kurt are all in line to face AJ at some point.
Knowing TNA they'll probably burn all three challengers by having a four corners match and by containing Joe, Kurt and AJ all into one match the rest of the card will suffer. I hope I'm wrong because AJ/Joe and AJ/Kurt are almost automatic great matches. I'm not a fan of Lashley but the one guy I do want to see him wrestle is AJ because he seems to do well with guys larger than him (see his Abyss and Matt Morgan matches). That's the nice thing about AJ as champion, you're almost certainly going to get a good main event. Now let's just see how long AJ stays champion.
But combining people into large matches has always been TNA's biggest problem. Imagine if Kurt, AJ, Daniels, Wolfe and Joe were all in five completely different matches against even wrestlers that are just competent. Throw in a good women's match and a good tag team match and you have what would be one of the best PPVs of the year.
(edited by Quezzy on 22.12.09 1018) Lance's Response:
I don't have the numbers, but I gotta also think that the ratings won't go down quite as much. This is because the football game probably held less national interest for people this week (it wasn't Tom Brady's first game after a year).