One of TNA's specialties is putting on shows with lots of great stuff, but the main event is so frustrating and confusing that you're left feeling let down after it's over. This was one of those shows.
BG James did a couple of interview/hype segments -- I'm all for this career change. I wonder how he'd do as color commentator?
World X Cup Semifinal Elimination Tag Match: This was really fun -- a 12-person elimination tag match that got better as it went along. My favorite spot was Chris Sabin huracanrana-ing Rey Bucanero of the top -- with both guys standing on the top turnbuckle. I can't remember seeing that before.
Masato Yoshino looked really great -- too bad he's (I assume) not staying around. Alex Shelley was the sole survivor after finally putting Yoshino down with the Kryptonite Krunch.
Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love: Nothing special, but alright. Gail won with the double-crossed-arm neckbreaker -- Mike Tenay called it a handcuff neckbreaker.
Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt: Pretty good but not spectacular. Dutt won with a rollup (pff) after Lethal was distracted by SoCal Val -- Val seemed a little torn during the match, but didn't outright turn.
LAX vs. Beer Money: Eh. Passable but muddied; finish was abrupt and anticlimactic. LAX won with the Doomsday Device / Gringo Cutter combo.
Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong: I predicted the winner correctly, but not that it would be clean -- Wilde won with a rollup.
Abyss came out after to break up the heel beatdown -- he and Kong had a staredown, and then he Black Hole Slammed Saeed and carried Wilde off in his arms. I hope they don't drag the Knockout champion down into whatever Abyss' new storyline is, but anything goes in this post-D'Amore world.
I wonder if TNA's going to have a Kong vs. Abyss match at the next PPV...?
Ultimate X Match: Naruki Doi vs. Volador, Jr. vs. Davari vs. Kaz: Going in, all the teams were alive, meaning that the winner of this match would win it all. Much to the surprise of, I think, everyone ever, Team Mexico won! Volador -- a guy who wasn't even at any of the Impact shows! Weird. Best spot: Kaz jumped of the top of a steel pillar and hit a legdrop on Davari, who was hanging onto a cable by his hands and knees, bringing both of them down.
Team 3D & Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles, Christian Cage, & Rhino: This is a Full Metal Mayhem match, as per website fan voting. Some really good stuff here, including Cage hitting a HUGE crossbody from the top of the steel pillar. People got taken out, one by one -- Rhino got Dudley Deviced through a table, and then Cage took the 3D from the ringsteps through a table on the floor! Styles fought back by putting both Ray and Devon through tables. Styles was up on a ladder when Frank Trigg hit him on the head with a kendo stick, allowing Angle to Angle Slam Styles through (wait for it) a table for the win.
Samoa Joe vs. Booker T: They had these GREAT promos throughout the night of Booker's homecoming, where he showed off his "estate," his restaurant, and his golf course. Funny stuff, and Booker was totally heel -- which is weird, because Joe was pretty heelish during the actual match.
Joe absolutely DISMANTLED Booker, to the point where Booker was just dead weight and helpless. Ref Rudy Charles got taken out, and Joe was just killing Booker. More refs came out to stop things, an this is when the confusion started to set in -- none of the refs stopped the match or anything, they just tried to keep Joe from, you know, trying to win. Joe took them all out and some security guys as well.
Sharmell came in from the crowd (we knew she was here because they kept cutting to her every -- literally -- fifteen seconds). Sting came down to try and keep Joe from beating on Booker. Joe wouldn't, so Sting beat Joe down with his baseball bat. Booker rolled onto him, Sharmell counted to three, and they took the belt and left. There was no bell rung, and no actual indication that Booker actually won the match or the title.
I really hate these "OMG WHAT'S GOING ON" deals. On the good side, Joe looked like hell incarnate, just killing Booker dead -- the most unstoppable he's looked in months. On the bad side, well, I just hate being confused. Why would the refs try and stop Joe without just stopping the match?
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The worst thing they could do with the main event angle is throw up their hands and hold up the title. What would it lead to? Another title tournament? I'm frustrated that they couldn't leave well enough alone, because Joe absolutely murdering Booker was just perfect and should have been LEFT AT THAT. But with this booking team, there always has to be some kind of screwiness and a cigar just can't be a cigar. It's too bad, because this is the best Joe's looked in years and he could walked out as a killing machine, and instead he comes out looking like a dope, yet again.
Unbelievable. The one thing they did right this year, the Awesome Kong path of destruction, and they manage to end it in such anti-climactic fashion by having a no-name waltz in and get a bunch of fluke victories. It makes the whole thing seem so less special, especially when I still can't remember what the broad's name is.
For everyone else: if you haven't seen the 10 man elimination match, it's a good use of about 15 minutes of your time. Just start watching it when RAW gets annoying tonight and - well, RAW might still be annoying 15 minutes later, it can't help that much....