(continued) (TNA PPV
Wire? That's not Pamela Anderson...
OK, with the build-up to the PPV not being perfect, especially
on the go-home show on Thursday not being up to snuff, I wasn’t
overly excited, but I did find that the show was pretty good.
took on Abyss in a match that I really wanted to hate. Sabu
did all sorts of crazy spots with the barbed wire. Sabu
whails on Abyss all sorts of ways, though he misses a shot
with a barbed wire baseball bat and it gets tangled in the
ropes. James Mitchell hands over a barbed wire covered chair
and Sabu uses it well. After Sabu hit a great plancha onto
Abyss, he brings in a barbed wire covered board and uses
it as a weapon, finally winning when he splashes Abyss while
the board is on top of him. Decent match. Better than most
Barbed Wire Matches.
Shelley and Roderick Strong lost to Austin Aries and Matt
Bentley in a match that I missed a lot of. It had a very
hot finish, especially when everyone was busting out all
the big moves for near-falls. Sadly, this only got 8 minutes,
so my bathroom break, which I thought would bring me back
just as they really got going, brought me in just as the
finish was starting to flow.
Kanyon took on Raven in a match that you knew that Raven
was going to win with the DDT (in this case after a PowerBomb
on a chair). Kanyon, who can’t go by that in TNA,
was called Chris K. He wasn’t as fluid as he was in
the last run in the WWE, but he was pretty good, even missing
a moonsault. It was short, but it went far better than it
Canada beat 4 Live Cru. I have little to say about this
one. It was pretty basic and we didn’t get to see
the Canadian Destroyer. Konnan turned on Kip James and leveled
him with a chair so that Roode could get the pin. I was
not impressed because 4 Live Cru only does exactly as much
as is required.
Diamonds in the Rough lost to Sonjay Dutt, Dale Torborg
and Chris Sabin. This was the blow-off on the angle that
was made to get them on ESPN and it worked as that. AJ interfered
and that basically allowed Sabin to hit Cradle Shock and
Dutt to get the Hindu Press. This might actually help Dutt
Brown and Christian Cage had a match that was slightly better
than I had expected, but it was also not to the level that
they would have liked out of these too. They basically work
some smart spots, like Christian coming off and crossbodying
Monty, who caught him and then turned it into a Press Slam,
but Christian escaped. Eventually, Christian went to the
top and came off with a Crossbody to the floor. Lots of
back and forth, with Christian looking OK, but far from
what he could do with a real worker. A Nice Tornado DDT
led to a Frog Splash, but Monty got back up and gave Christian
an AlphaBomb, but that led to a Full Nelson, which Christian
got out of and that let Christian throw him into an exposed
turnbuckle and then hit the Unprettier for the win. Not
a bad match, but not great and it was the quality of the
match that would really determine how far these two would
go towards being the NWA champion.
3D beat America’s Most Wanted in a Tables match. Again,
I missed a good deal of it due to a bathroom break, but
it was a good brawl and it might have been my favourite
match so far, but it was way short.
Joe and AJ Styles may end up like Flair and Steamboat, having
great matches over a long period of time in the highlights
of their careers. This was an exceptional match. AJ starts
fast and hard, but Joe gets in a suplex. They trade stiff
work for a while and Joe kicks the hell out of AJ. Samoa
Joe just throws around AJ, using the size difference for
a while, which works really well. Joe got a great PowerBomb
onto AJ, then went for a pin and AJ kicked out. This led
to a One-Legged Boston Crab that ended up with AJ escaping.
AJ hits a great Asai DDT, and Joe then hits a beautiful
lariat and in the end, gets the Kokina Clutch for the Submission
win. This was an amazing match. Joe then nails AJ with the
belt that he just won and Chris Daniels runs in and he goes
at it with Samoa Joe until security breaks it up. Good stuff.
There was no way the NWA Title match could compete.
didn’t go as long as the X-Division match, but Rhino
got predictably pinned by Jeff Jarrett. It was an OK match,
in fact I’d say it was better than most of the Jarrett
matches of late, but really, I was burned out by the Style-Joe
match. It wasn’t great enough to make me forget that
Jarrett holds the committee on a string, basically, and
that means he’s winning with the Stroke almost every
time. Rhino will now linger at the middle of the card for
a while before floundering like he did in the WWE. That’s
the highlight. The lights went out and the Sting symbol
flew (I wonder how they’ll justify using that when
the WWE owns WCW trademarks) and Sting's boots and bat and
trenchcoat ended up on a chair in the ring. Well, he’s
back, and that’ll probably end up making TNA hotter
for a while, but it’s not a long-term way of making
them a hot promotion.
There’s not too much, but I did read that Ring of
Honor, the hottest Indy promotion in the US, is actually
managing to work in the black…or at least break even.
That’s a very rare thing, for a promotion to manage
at even break-even pace. That’s a lucky thing and
I hope they’ll expand a bit. Maybe come out my way.
Yeah, that would be sweet.
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