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Karlos the Jackal
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Ugh. My predictions would have been much closer if I had just said, "whoever is oldest wins." Some good matches, but kinda depressing overall.

LAX vs. Senshi and Rhino: Senshi replaces Chris Harris, who is out for unexplained reasons. Gosh, I WONDER who the 5th man in KotM could be! Man, talk about booking on the fly. I realize that there are serious events that caused last-minute booking changes, but still.

Anyway. Senshi and Hernandez did some nice stuff together. Homicide continues to be booked as a all talk, no backup. Rhino (the oldest guy in the match) pinned Homicide with the Gore. Unless Senshi and Rhino are going to start teaming together on a regular basis (and I've heard worse ideas), I'm not sure what good this does anyone. No turns, not much Hector participation (although LAX returned to beat him up later in the show).

Chris Sabin vs. "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal: Lethal wins (with the Lethal Combo and the Savage Elbow), freeing up Sabin to team with Shelley full-time. Pretty good; no interference, oddly, considering Dutt and Nash were out there -- even Shelley made no appearance.

Frank Wycheck and Jerry Lynn vs. James Storm and Ron Killings: Total throwaway match, with Storm rewarded for his current hot streak by being pinned by a non-wrestler. Killings was a non-factor. To Wychek's credit, he was alright, doing some old-school stuff -- atomic drops, scoop slams, dropkicks, and a back rake (!) -- and taking some pretty good-looking bumps. He finished Storm with a piledriver -- wow, that's one move I don't think I'd be willing to take from a guy the first time he sets foot in a ring.

Alex Shelley vs. Bob Backlund: Our second "oldest guy in the match wins" match, with Backlund having a good -- what, 30-odd years on Shelley? Backlund did some impressive stuff, including a spot where Shelley had him on the mat with his arm in a keylock, and Backlund stood up and lifted Shelley up to his shoulder. Backlund pinned Shelley with ease -- in spite of a Sabin run-in -- in about four minutes with a rollup and bridge.

VKM vs. Basham and Damaja: The grizzled veterans again beat the young upstarts, again with ease, again in about four minutes, when Kip James rolls up Basham for the pin. After the match, Lance Hoyt turns on VKM and gets all smoochy with Christie Hemme. I am a little shocked to note that this makes perfect sense in connection with his actions a couple of weeks ago, when he removed Hemme from ringside ostensibly to help Kip James out but in fact left him to be doubleteamed by B&D. (Also, I have no problem with Hemme collecting a stable, and I suggest that they be called "The Hemme-Sphere.")

Eric Young vs. Robert Roode: Roode wins -- no, Dusty Finish, Cornette re-starts -- Young wins with our third roll-up in a row. Huzzah. I'm glad this angle is over, although I'm not sure what to do with Young next.

3D vs. Rick Steiner and ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL: Given the "Tag Team Legacy" story of this match and the circumstances, Animal is probably about the best choice they could have made. The match is not very good. 3D win with a 3D on Rick.

If it was me, I'd take Rick off TV until he and Scott return to ambush 3D by surprise however many months from now. The other option is for Rick to bring a series of "Tag Team Legends," and we'll see him teaming with Marty Janetty, Bobby Eaton, and Scotty 2 Hotty in the months to come.

Christopher Daniels vs. Sting: Sting wins clean with the Scorpion Death Drop. I expect the feud to continue but I dunno how they'll make it worthwhile.

Abyss vs. Tomko: This is no DQ and they really mean it -- Abyss take a chokebomb into thumbtacks. Tomko is hurled off a platform into a stack of cardboard boxes, followed by Abyss dropping down on top of him. Tomko takes a Black Hole Slam into a PILE OF BROKEN GLASS SHARDS (Okay -- probably plastic. Still), which is enough for the pin. Abyss will probably move on to Styles, which is always a fun matchup.

Jeff Jarrett has a taped segment where he talks about his late wife -- crying openly -- and says that the ring is the "worst place for him right now."

King of the Mountain Match: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Christian Cage vs. Chris Harris: KotM matches are always weird and spotty and can be fun with the right people. This one was all three. I think Styles might have come pretty close to dying when Joe flipped him over his head off the "penalty box" and through the announce table.

Kurt Angle wins after Harris spears Cage off the ladder. Joe, who never pinned anyone and thus was never even eligible to get the title, is pissed but finally offers Angle a sportsmanlike handshake; Angle responds by giving him an Angle Slam. Joe is obviously Angle's next opponent, but I no longer feel that a Joe title run is inevitable.

And this PPV really hammered that feeling home -- in match after match, the people that they should be building the company around, the people that COULD be the "home-grown stars" that are so elusive -- all of them were trounced by WWE rejects and guys on nostalgia tours. I can't say where these feuds are going, and who knows what the future will bring, but man, it gets harder and harder to have any confidence in the direction TNA is going.

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I'm not that bothered by the results. Yeah I'd rather see the title on Joe, Styles or Christian but they brought Kurt here for a reason and it wasn't for him to never be champion. Rhino winning his match is pretty harmless. VKM should've done the job but whatever.

The one I have the problem with is Shelley losing to Backlund. Here's a guy who has a gimmick, has a character, can wrestle the X Division style but can also wrestle a completely different style. He's the best all around X Division guy and he's reduced to jobbing to Backlund in four minutes. He won one ppv match in 2005, one in 2006 and one in 2007. If he does tag with Sabin they'll have good matches but they'll either be losing to VKM or a duo of thrown together faces each month.




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I think Kurt is a good Choice for 1st TNA Champion, and Joe would be a good choice to dethrone him. Not sure if that will happen, but that would be a cool way for Joe to finally get over the hump of winning the belt, and decisively defeating his arch rival Angle at the same time. We will see....




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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.27
    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    VKM vs. Basham and Damaja: The grizzled veterans again beat the young upstarts, again with ease, again in about four minutes, when Kip James rolls up Basham for the pin. After the match, Lance Hoyt turns on VKM and gets all smoochy with Christie Hemme. I am a little shocked to note that this makes perfect sense in connection with his actions a couple of weeks ago, when he removed Hemme from ringside ostensibly to help Kip James out but in fact left him to be doubleteamed by B&D. (Also, I have no problem with Hemme collecting a stable, and I suggest that they be called "The Hemme-Sphere"


Could all of this be just to set up an X-Pac return, joining VKM? Is he still under contract?

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Waltman's working for AAA in Mexico; he's supposed to be a regular there by the end of the month, but Konnan manages to do both so I guess X-Pac could as well.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by Quezzy
    I'm not that bothered by the results. Yeah I'd rather see the title on Joe, Styles or Christian but they brought Kurt here for a reason and it wasn't for him to never be champion. Rhino winning his match is pretty harmless. VKM should've done the job but whatever.

    The one I have the problem with is Shelley losing to Backlund. Here's a guy who has a gimmick, has a character, can wrestle the X Division style but can also wrestle a completely different style. He's the best all around X Division guy and he's reduced to jobbing to Backlund in four minutes. He won one ppv match in 2005, one in 2006 and one in 2007. If he does tag with Sabin they'll have good matches but they'll either be losing to VKM or a duo of thrown together faces each month.
Yeah, I don't even necessarily have a problem with any given result -- even Shelley vs. Backlund -- but it's the cumulative effect of all of them together that I find kind of a downer.

    Originally posted by Mayhem
    Could all of this be just to set up an X-Pac return, joining VKM? Is he still under contract?
...but not as much of a downer as I would find this. Echhhh.

    Originally posted by kentish
    I think Kurt is a good Choice for 1st TNA Champion, and Joe would be a good choice to dethrone him. Not sure if that will happen, but that would be a cool way for Joe to finally get over the hump of winning the belt, and decisively defeating his arch rival Angle at the same time. We will see....
This makes a ton of sense and I wouldn't be surprised if it happens -- unless RVD comes in...or Big Show...or Chris Jericho...or Matt Morgan...

--K

(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 19.6.07 0245)


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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.10
At least the majority of finishes were mostly clean, and some people were solidly put over. Still probably too many matches on the card, but nothing was embarrassingly bad.



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I see what you're saying Karlos about all the older people winning, while I could make an argument for most of the results it is disappointing to see none of the young guys get put over, except for...um...Jay Lethal over that grizzled veteran Chris Sabin.

After finally seeing the PPV I'll have to say the fans were real hot and it made a difference in a lot of matches that were otherwise lackluster. They were really hot in the Wychek match, which I actually really enjoyed because of it. Very good heel performance by Storm too. They were also really hot for Road Warrior Animal, which I thought made that match as good as it could considering the situation.

I loved Senshi and Hernandez in the opening match.

I'm a huge Daniels fan but his match with Sting was pretty disappointing and the feud is going nowhere. I hate to say it but Daniels might be better off in the X Division or Tag Division. I'd welcome a reunion with Senshi to battle LAX and Shelley/Sabin.

I don't think TNA's multiple person main events are as bad as people think they are going to be but I do think they are bad because they thin out the middle of the card too much. This card suffered between the Wychek match and the main event and if they had split up Joe, Christian, Angle, Styles and Harris into different matches they could've had three or four more good matches.

Nice to see Harris in the main event. Harris and Storm have been awesome the last two months. Also nice to see Jarrett get some love even though most of the fans have hated him for a while now.

(edited by Quezzy on 20.6.07 0103)


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