First two hours were perfectly adequate -- nothing embarrassing, nothing amazing. Last hour was FANTASTIC.
X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Homicide vs. The Amazing Red Red wins, and retains, by pinning Homicide with the Code Red.
TNA KNOCKOUTS TAG MATCH: ALL TITLES ON THE LINE The Beautiful People vs. Sarita, Taylor Wilde & ODB Faces retain. ODB pins Madison Rayne with the TKO. Someone in the crowd had a "LACEY VON BOTCH" sign; luckily her participation was minimal.
TNA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Motor City Machine Guns vs. British Invasion vs. Beer Money Brits retain with the elevated bearhug/Euro uppercut combo on Robert Roode. James Storm had been taken out by Kevin Nash with the Global Belt that Nash took from an interfering Eric Young. Swerve! MCMG vanished several minutes before the finish and were never seen again. Swerve!
Afterwards, Nash says that he did what he did because -- well, he'll tell us later, if Hulk Hogan says it's okay.
6 SIDES OF STEEL MATCH Awesome Kong vs. Tara Tara wins with a Thesz press off the top of the cage (!!!) after powerbombing Kong (!!!) from the turnbuckle. She says she's coming after ODB next.
SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH Team 3D & Rhino vs. Matt Morgan, Hernandez and D'Angelo Dinero Veterans win. Hernandez had Rhino up for a Border Toss when Devon hit him in the stomach with a chair, followed by a GORE and a pin by Rhino. Surprised Dinero didn't eat the pin. He looked really good here.
REVENGE MATCH "The Boss" Bobby Lashley vs. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner This was no DQ, Falls Count Anywhere. Steiner pulled apart a scaffold to get a steel pipe, which he brained Lashley with for the pin.
CHALLENGE MATCH Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe Angle wins with a triangle choke after multiple anklelocks and Angle Slam attempts failed to do it -- Wolfe had him scouted just too well, and Angle had to pull out something unexpected. I'm a little disappointed that Wolfe didn't win to make his domination complete, but this was just tremendous.
TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Daniels Styles retains with a springboard 450° on BOTH Joe and Daniels while Daniels was covering Joe following an STO and the BME. This...wow. This was maybe even better than their Unbreakable 2005 match. These guys work so well with each other and put together some amazing, innovative stuff, full of reversals and counters (and the return of Styles' Fosbury Flop!).
Match of the Year from TNA, with Wolfe vs. Angle right behind it.
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Just outstanding final hour. Angle going over was kinda telegraphed by Wolfe beating the ever-loving snot out of him for three weeks, so I've not got much of a problem with that. Not sure how they follow up with him, though - program with Sting?
Am glad they kept the belt on AJ. I had visions of a Joe win to set up a showdown with Hogan. He does love him some monster heels.
What the Hell happened with MCMG? And what would Hogan have to do with the World Elite? Hmmm. Somewhat intriguing (the second part, not the first).
That main event 3-way doesn't get enough credit. That's the first main event I've watched since TNA came to my city in 07. What I loved most of all is that the show's finale consisted of three men who have not been Upper Card guys in WWE, ECW,or WCW. This is what TNA should be focused on, I know Angle and Sting, etc are more recognized but they have to give the next generation it's spotlight and credibility so TNA won't grow stagnant. In fact from start to finish this was the first PPV I've seen that didn't feel like the last days of WCW which is awesome.
During the Styles/Joe/Daniels match didn't a "Screw Hulk Hogan" chant start? I really didn't want to think of the horrible day of his inevitable arrival.
After catching The Dark Knight Rises, I was finally able to catch up with this show. It was another good effort, but far too much focus on Aces & Eights for my taste. This had better be one hell of a reveal.