No Sacrifice Results so I guess I'll do the honors.
Obviously this show was over booked and the wrestling wasn't great but at least every match ended with the right people winning for once.
Terrordome Match - Not only did Kaz win the #1 contender for the X Division but he got a World Title shot. Kurt Angle has a neck injury so the winner of the Terrordome got to take his place in the main event.
Deuces Wild Tournament - Those predicting and odd tag team champions were wrong. All the odd pairings lost in the FIRST round. The second round the right teams won again when Team 3D defeated Christian/Rhino and LAX beat AJ/Super Eric. In the finals, LAX wins!
Makeover Battle Royal/Ladder Match - It came down to Roxxi and Gail Kim but it got confusing. Gail Kim had immunity so if Roxxi won and Gail finished second then the third place finisher would get their head shaved. Third place was Angelina Love. Suddenly the fans got behind Roxxi wanting to see Angelina get her head shaved. Gail won and they actually booed her. They were so angry they started chanting "Fire Russo" during the head shaving. Despite the crowds disapproval I think the right person got their head shaved. Ending the voodoo gimmick is a good idea.
World Title Match - Now that Kurt is out of there Samoa Joe retaining was the only option. Kaz didn't even have to take the pin. Joe Muscle Bustered Steiner for the win.
This week on Impact: The website is saying Gail will get her title shot on Impact. That was quick.
I just watched it tonight and I agree with you, mostly.
The Deuces Wild matches were mostly pretty dull and really drug the whole show down, but, amazingly, every single "odd couple" team lost their first match. Wow. So yeah -- I appreciate the thought, but the actual matches weren't that great. (They did get better as they went along. Also, Hector Guerrero putting Johnny Devine through the table with the double foot stomp was awesome.)
Hooray for Kaz! I predicted Creed in the other thread, but I was pretty sure it'd be Kaz once Cornette announced the "Take Kurt Angle's Place" stip. I wouldn't mind seeing the TerrorDome once a year or so, although I'd rather it was something more like a four-man match for the X title.
Originally posted by QuezzyDespite the crowds disapproval I think the right person got their head shaved. Ending the voodoo gimmick is a good idea.
Aw, I'll be sad if they drop it entirely -- I like Roxxi Laveaux a lot more than Nikki Roxx. (I predicted the Kim/Laveaux ending with Kim winning, and I suspect that the head-shaving was Roxxi's idea in the first place.)
The "Fire Russo" chants were impressive -- Tenay and West even fell silent for a few seconds so that we could hear them clearly. (With our luck, Russo will use this as an excuse to return to an on-air role. "I'm the most hated man in the Impact Zone!")
Main event was enjoyable -- Kaz was a good pick. (Better than the last time this happened, when Eric Young subbed for a no-show Scott Hall.)
So, yeah. Some good stuff, but way overstuffed. The first four matches were pretty lousy and the semifinals weren't much better.
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I mentioned in the predictions thread that Kaz deserved so much better than being shuffled to the side as Super Eric's sidekick after he gave us two great iMPACT! matches against Kurt Angle. I'm glad to see he got some appreciation, but if the Jay Lethal Rule has taught me anything, it's that the push will end there and pick up again at the next PPV.
It could have been a decent enough PPV, but the moronic silliness with the opening round of the Deuces Wild tournament is the kind of angle-advancement crap that should have been left to an episode of iMPACT! Making people pay good money for that is just stupid.
It's too bad, because if you ignore the first round of the Deuces Wild tournament, it's actually a fairly decent PPV. Unfortunately, that's not how the game is played.
I try to watch all TNA stuff nowadays (one of my new years resolutions, going pretty good. Have watched more than half of all Impacts, and every PPV until now),but I don't know if I want to watch this one. It seems like a decent pay per view I am sure, but I don't know if I can handle three Dudley Boyz matches in one night. I am not a huge LAX fan either but the are growing on me so i might be able to handle that.
However, the first round of the tournament, as others have stated, seems reall retarded to put on a pay per view people are paying money for. TNA has a pretty good roster, yet they rely on silly gimmicks like every match being in a steel cage, or a stupid "random tag team" partner tournament where you could prett much guess the "random" pairings, since 3 of the 4 teams hated each other going in. Never saw Billy Gunn and Matt Morgan teaming! They've only attacked each other two weeks in a row..
Kaz in the main event really boggles my mind too. When Stone Cold got removed from Survivor Series 1999, the WWF replaced him with Big Show. I am sure Kaz is a great wrestler and can be a credible wrestler over time, but throwing him in the main event out of nowhere seems really weird. Especially since he was just tagging with Eric Young for weeks. I think Jay Lethal would have been a better choice.
Originally posted by Psycho Penguin Kaz in the main event really boggles my mind too. When Stone Cold got removed from Survivor Series 1999, the WWF replaced him with Big Show. I am sure Kaz is a great wrestler and can be a credible wrestler over time, but throwing him in the main event out of nowhere seems really weird. Especially since he was just tagging with Eric Young for weeks. I think Jay Lethal would have been a better choice.
I think Kaz is a better choice than Lethal. Lethal and Kaz both got the brief main event upset push. Lethal beat Angle, but Kaz beat Christian in his specialty (a ladder match) and nearly beat Angle too. And Kaz's push was more recent. Kaz might have just been tagging with Eric, but Lethal is in a story with Sonjay which is (sadly) lower on the card.
I think the only guy in the X Division that would've been a better choice is Daniels, but they'd have to end Curry Man. I guess they COULD have put some other main eventer in there like Sting or Booker but I'd rather see somebody different like Kaz.
I'm taking a break from RAW. Just a few weeks, maybe after the New Year I'll start watching again. But for the first time since the early 90's I have no desire to watch wrestling. I've been a wrestling fan since 1985.