A trainwreck of a PPV with none of the right people going over (though you could make the argument that the main event was a no-win situation). Nash going over Styles clean as a sheet is infuriating, especially with Nash's pre-match promo talking about how all the midcarders seven years ago are still midcarders today. Way to bury the talent, guys.
I don't even know what to make of Joe/Sting, other than Taz's lack of reaction shows how irrelevant he's become. I don't get the ending at all. In fact, all of the heels went over cleanly tonight (except maybe Booker/Steiner), which completely baffles me. Why should I believe the faces are any kind of threat at this point? It's the nWo all over again, where the faces look completely inept to the point that the only way to take down the big, bad heel stable is for them to implode from within. Who is this helping, exactly?
Essentially, the company is back where they started when the whole MEM angle started, before they took the brief interlude to give us the pointless Foley/Jarrett feud.
"So listen up boy, or pornography starring your mother will be the second worst thing that happens to you today."
Cecil B. DeMille supposedly said that the secret to a good movie is "three good scenes and no bad ones." Victory Road, unfortunately, had one bad match and no good ones.
Most of the matches were watchable, but they were DULL. DULL DULL DULL. I have never been more BORED by a PPV than I was watching this.
The only time I wasn't bored -- save for one or two spots here and there -- was the Jenna/Sharmell match. And holy god was that a trainwreck. Worst match I have ever seen, I think; certainly the worst on PPV. Not only was it awful just for what it was, it has no storyline importance that I can see -- the rest of the Main Event Mafia seem barely cognizant that it's going on.
Angelina Love beats Tara: Love covered after Tara missed a moonsault (!). Tara had her foot on the ropes, but Slick Johnson "didn't see it" -- later it's revealed that Slick may be canoodling with Madison Rayne.
Matt Morgan beat Daniels: Adequate, but nothing exciting. Morgan wins with the Hellevator.
Abyss beat Dr. Stevie: Stevie got no actual wrestling moves in at all. Abyss won with the Black Hole Slam and a Tazer shot. Lauren was all excited and hugged Abyss after.
Team 3D beat The British Invasion: 3D on Doug Williams. Standard stuff from everyone. Kiyoshi and Bashir attacked 3D after.
Jenna Morasca beat Sharmell: Kong KO'd Sharmell and Jenna pinned her. This went over five minutes and was OMG SO BAD YOU GUYS. Jenna has the worst "running-the-ropes" I've EVER seen -- she runs to the ropes, grabs them, turns around, runs to the other ropes. The only thing worse than her running the ropes were her SLAPS. OMG. Kong flattened Jenna with a splash afterward, I'm assuming because she was SO SHITTY.
(I take EVERYTHING Alvarez says about TNA with a grain of salt, but -***** might be too generous.)
Now, at one point during the PPV, Kurt Angle told all the MEM guys that if they lost their matches he would fire them. So -- although I correctly predicted all of the following results -- that little speech removed all doubt, making the rest of the PPV even DULLER.
Kevin Nash beat AJ Styles: Nash caught Styles with a chokeslam for the pin -- they sold it like, "Styles wasn't beaten, he just got caught" for what that's worth. Styles tried hard, but there was nothing. He. Could. Do.
Scott Steiner and Booker T beat Beer Money: I liked Beer Money's Backstabber/clothesline combo, but I don't remember anything else about the match.
Samoa Joe beat Sting: Slow, plodding match. Sting got Joe in the Scorpion Deathlock when a giant potato Taz came out, distracting Sting with his stately waddle. Sting and Joe screw up the Musclebuster so they go to the Coquina Clutch instead and Sting taps.
Kurt Angle beat Mick Foley: Match of the night by dint of having one or two moments that made me say "oh, huh." Foley tapped to the grapevined anklelock.
Not the worst PPV I've ever seen, but by far the most boring. Most of the MEM just don't seem to be able to hack it anymore, and if they're going to be dominating the title defenses for the next few months (I'm assuming until Bound for Glory), I might have to avoid TNA 'til they lose 'em.
Also, quick prediction: Joe destroys Homicide to take the X title on Thursday.
Last 5 movies seen: Watchmen **1/2 - The Great Buck Howard *** - Coraline ***1/2 - Miss Potter **1/2 - My Darling Clementine ***
I am glad I didn't order this last night. I was about a click away when my wife distracted me with taking care of the cat. I do think they are resetting the MEM again as the major threat, why I don't know. I have heard different reviews of Taz's reaction to crickets to fan's chanting Taz. I love Taz and the idea of Joe's mentor plus he does fit as a member of the MEM. I do think Matt Morgan is probably the most head scratching member, but he brings the Barry Windem presence without the talent. I am hoping they will take the belts off of them at Bound for Glory, but I see this going on forever until Jarrett finally gets his win over Kurt and win the belt or Kurt, Russo and others leave the company.
I like to re-read CRZ's recaps of Nitro and Thunder (they're almost always way more entertaining than the actual shows were) and man; WCW in 2000 was like a dead zone of interesting, common-sense angles.