-A.J. Styles & Tomko d. B.G. James & "Bullet" Bob Armstrong to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship. No swerve on either side. Kip James comes out to console his partner and Bob after the match. -Traci Brooks d. Peyton Banks with a schoolgirl. Banks attacks after the match and Brooks beats her down. This feud MUST continue! -Scott Steiner d. Petey Williams with a Last Ride powerbomb after a distraction from an unidentified fat woman. -Eric Young d. James Storm after Rhino gores Storm. Rhino promises a promo on Thursday. -Awesome Kong d. ODB to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship. Kong's unstoppable reign continues as she destroys ODB with the Aja Kong backfist and Awesome Bomb. -Abyss d. Judas Mesias in a Barbed Wire Match with a Black Hole Slam on a barbed wire board. Bloody match! -Booker T v. Robert Roode went to a Double Count Out. Crowd, as expected, shit all over this finish. -The Motor City Machine Guns & Jay Lethal d. Team 3D & Johnny Devine. The Dudz easily dispose of the MCMG with 3D's early on. But then Jay Lethal single-handedly wipes out all three guys, culminating with a Savage Elbow on Devine through a table for the pin. Afterwards, Lethal takes out Ray to take the belt back. This is the second time in as many months that they've made Lethal look like a million bucks on a PPV. Let's hope they don't screw it up this time. -Kurt Angle d. Christian Cage to retain the TNA World Championship. Samoa Joe chases A.J. Styles to the back. Tomko comes out looking to hit Kurt, but turns on Christian. It's a SHOCKING SWERVE!
Originally posted by Me from the iMPACT 1-24-08 threadWith the track record of this company lately, it wouldn't shock me one iota if Tomko turns on Christian in a couple of weeks and it turns out he was with Kurt all along. Never mind that it wouldn't make any sense, but these idiots just can't resist the swerve. Ever.
I hate being right. Fucking Russo...anyone have "two weeks" in the pool?
That's the PPV. On the upside, Jay Lethal looked like a killer tonight and that Barbed Wire match was a great bloodbath. Not much else to write home about, though. Thoughts?
(edited by It's False on 10.2.08 2100)
Don't mess with Superman Prime or he'll kill you to death!
Going in, the card looked pretty weak, with some matches apparently purposefully designed to hobble their best workers (I'm thinking mostly of Stomko vs. BG & Bullet here), not to mention no Joe match, no Daniels/Curry Man, no Kaz, no LAX. Sometimes TNA PPVs can rise above a card that looks bad on paper, but this was not that night. Almost every match featured a run-in or interference, though, so that was awesome. :/
Originally posted by It's Falseunidentified fat woman
Wait, what? Did you mean to say "tall"? Cuz she's quite tall, but she's in no way fat. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the Steiner/Lethal match.
ODB showed that she's not just over in the Impact Zone (see: Hoytamania), which was a concern of mine -- the crowd here seemed to dig her as well.
Originally posted by It's False-Booker T v. Robert Roode went to a Double Count Out. Crowd, as expected, shit all over this finish.
Yeah, I'm not sure why they followed a match that only aired on video screens with a match where both guys left and wandered into the backstage area for the non-finish.
Jay Lethal did look great, but what a yo-yo they've had him tied to lately.
Wow, you called the Tomko swerve. Yeah. It's pretty dumb. Hopefully the explanation isn't that it was their plan "all along," cuz that makes the Tomko/Angle title match we just had kind of silly.
In interesting news, the TNA website is announcing that they're working on putting together another World X Cup! I really like these when they do them right (it's been a while).
Last 5 movies seen: Becoming Jane *** - Gone Baby Gone ***1/2 - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford **** - Juno **** - Atonement ****
This was Greenville's first PPV, and given how often RAW and SmackDown have occurred here, we should have (and was originally scheduled to) hosted one of their b-level PPV by now. The arena was packed for the 2/3 of the building they used; the rest was curtained off. In one corner of the arena, SoCal Val was offering pictures. In the other corner, Dixie Carter was posing with fans along with the X Division belt. Val works the whole show as a cheerleader, telling people when to boo and starting claps. Tenay and West have a floor producer who also worked with performers at ringside; she cued Peyton to run in for the Booker match.
We were seated immediately opposite the camera section which ate up a lot of seats. When the wrestlers worked that side of the ring, they're playing to about 150 people. This was the Lovely Mrs. Tracker's second wrestling show; she was there when Hogan showed Angle's bald head on SmackDown. If Angle's in town, she's at the show.
The crowd was very unhappy about the barb-wire match taking place on screen, and I worried the audience would be lost after 15-minutes of sitting quietly. But I forgot that this gave them time to drink.
The dark match was Hoyt/Rave vs. Dutt/Consequences, the latter introduced as a hometown boy, and he was over. But Dutt -- my boy Dutt -- worked the match like a champ. When Hoyt tried a chokeslam, Dutt backflipped out of it to a standing position AND he took a Rave uranage on the apron. Creed hit a reverse Russian legsweep/DDT for the win. Hoyt/Rave would be more popular if they dropped the plastic guitars. Everything else about the gimmick works in person.
Curry Man was there to work the crowd during a DJ comedy squash by Jaqueline.
The crowd LOVED Tomko/Styles, and the Armstrongs could do nothing -- not even bring out the Marines -- to win them over.
Is that Linda Miles (the manager for the Bashams) who came out with Steiner? This match worked for me as a string of big spots. Petey had no chance of winning, and you could feel it even during his entrance. The "definition of definition" is a great line, though. Steiner salvaged a sloppy hurracarana by Williams.
Eric Young does nothing for me, but we was busting out some good moves. I was shocked he tossed Storm in a powerbomb, and Storm was very over with the crowd. I never even considered Rhino coming out, and I leapt up with joy when he slid into the ring. Storm almost fell off the turnbuckle when he tried the swanton.
Yes, the crowd loved ODB, and I was in the minority as a Kong fan. She's the new Vader, and I couldn't get enough of classic Vader. TLMT thinks she stole Booker T's expressions.
The South Carolina Athletic Commission was the top heel, but the crowd came alive pretty quick for the match after the barbwire massacre. They were reacting to the big stunts taken by Messias. I know I heard Tenay say this settled the Mitchell/Abyss feud.
Robert Roode deserves a main-event spot right now. He's got the voice, the swagger, and the ring movement. And the "can you dig that ... bitch" line drew loud "ooohs." Booker, as TLMT pointed out, is all legs, but his selling was clearly of a different style than what we saw in the previous matches. The ending, of course, sucked.
I was confused about the MCMGs selling the 3Ds for so long. It looked, after a while, like they abandoned Lethal. Some sharp hits here -- the road sign sounded like it exploded and the wood panel was probably supposed to break when it hit Lethal. I'm surprised he could keep going. Dueling chants for "we want tables" and "we want ladders." The blow-up doll, and the piledriver for it, went over big. Is SoCal Val officially Lethal's Miss Elizabeth?
The crowd was split for Cage and Angle, but how could they ignore the MAJESTY OF THE TUBE SOCKS!? They even got their own chants! Great, great match, even with two scary moments: Cage twirling off the turnbuckle, and Angle landing flat on his neck in a German suplex. The anklelock off the swinging kicks looked good. Surprisingly, Samoa Joe was getting lots of boos and heel signs. The crowd loved Tomko's turn, because Tomko exudes the air of strong/cool.
Really, not a bad live match in the group. It was an exhausting show, and the crowd was standing for most of the night. I definitely got my money's worth.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by Karlos the JackalIn interesting news, the TNA website is announcing that they're working on putting together another World X Cup! I really like these when they do them right (it's been a while).
World X Cup Team USA - Lethal, MCMG and Steiner! Make it happen TNA!
Originally posted by Matt TrackerIs that Linda Miles (the manager for the Bashams) who came out with Steiner?
Nope, although I thought the same thing at first. It's this lady. (onlineworldofwrestling.com)
(Thanks for the awesome live report!)
Originally posted by QuezzyWorld X Cup Team USA - Lethal, MCMG and Steiner! Make it happen TNA!
Oh, man, you're not being sarcastic, right? Because that would rule SO MUCH. Yes, please, TNA, do this!
(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 11.2.08 1505) Last 5 movies seen: Becoming Jane *** - Gone Baby Gone ***1/2 - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford **** - Juno **** - Atonement ****
Garza was one of my favorite WCW luchadores in '97/'98 or thereabouts; that corkscrew plancha from the top rope onto the floor (hitting several other wrestlers on the way down) was always a highlight of Nitro, in my opinion. RIP.