It has been the story of the week so far.I did some thoughts/predictions beforehand so it only seems fair to see if I was right and give out praise and scorn accordingly.
Austin Aries (c) vs. Brian Kendrick : X Division Title match.
This was a great match and the perfect way to start the PPV. These are the kind of matches we should be seeing more of in TNA. The crowd were firmly behind Aries which was funny considering he was meant to be the heel. The one minor thing I felt let the match down was Taz and Tenay not really discussing any of the build to the match or hyping up the X-division in general but other than that no complaints whatsoever.
RVD vs. Jerry Lynn (Full Metal Mayhem)
Another great match. Classic ECW style. No one seemed quite sure what Full Metal Mayhem meant and to be honest it didn’t make much difference. This was essentially just a No DQ match that featured two ladders and one chair and I guess you could include the guard rail. There were some good spots, some botched spots too but at the end of the day it was great to see these two guys go at it one more time and not disappoint.
Samoa Joe vs. Crimson vs. Matt Morgan:
I said before I had some doubts about this match and they seemed to come true. The match wasn’t bad but wasn’t good either. All three men are better than this and I still think a one on one match between any of those three guys would have been better. The chemistry wasn’t there and there didn’t seem to be any real driving force behind the whole thing which is why I think a stipulation like a title shot could have improved things. I guess this match was just meant to help move the feud along but I have no idea between who or why.
Bully Ray vs. Mr Anderson (Falls Count Anywhere)
Another great match. I said I thought this match had the potential to be very good and it certainly lived up to that. Both guys put their bodies on the line and there were plenty of painful looking spots sprinkled throughout. The falls count anywhere stip wasn’t really used much untill the end that seemed to get messed up when the table didn’t break but the recovery was good. This was probably the match of the night.
Winter(c) vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rain vs. Mickie James: Knockouts Title match.
This was kind of a cluster which normally I wouldn’t consider a bad thing given who was involved. I said that I doubted the actual wrestling part of this match wasn’t a concern and it showed. The rules weren’t really made clear or at least weren’t followed. There was some good wrestling but Karen Jarrett seemed to suck all the momentum…out of the match. Exactly why she is on TNA programming so much is debateable and I understand the need for her or someone like her to be in this match but at the end of the day she is no Vickie Gurrero. Regardless, this was the feel good match of the night and I was glad to see Velvet Sky finally win the title.
AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels (I Quit)
This match suprised me. It wasn’t bad but didn’t live up to its potential. The fact it was the third NO DQ match of the night didn’t really help and the ending was kind of stupid. As you would expect the wrestling was fine but other than that it just seemed really flat. Again I feel the fact nothing was really at stake let things down and when compared to how sadistic Daniales tried to appear it didn’t work.
Hardy vs. Jarrett (Impromtu brawl) Yawn. Don’t care.
Hulk Hogan vs. Sting (Control of TNA):
In some ways this was worse than I thought it would be. This was meant to be the feel good match of the night but it just made me feel sick or maybe that was when Taz tried to justify Hulk moving around like a crippled old man as ‘ fantastic timing’. The face turn made no sense, nothing happened, Flair added nothing to things and I don’t get why Hogan kept doing the crotch chop. I would have much rather paid not to see this or I could have just gone to the bus sation and paid a couple of homeless guys to fight each other with a bottle of paint thinner going to the winner.
Kurt Angle (c) vs. Robert Roode: TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
A decent match but nothing too special really. I think the fact Roode found out late that he wasn’t going to win the title after all put a dampner on things as far as the match went. As far as the fans, I think they all wanted to see Roode win for no other reason as it was something new. Hogan coming out days before and saying he wasn’t the guy to carry the title was a stupid idea although that has never stopped him. For me personally I felt sad seeing Kurt get put in the crossface so many times becuase it just made me think of the great matches he had with Benoit.
Overall I think the PPV was a typical TNA PPV. Great undercard matches, poor main events and too many half decent moments ruined by run ins. If the running order was the other way around this probably would have been much better but unfortunately that kind of thing will never happen. Not for another two years at least.
P.S. No match lasted much more than 14 and a half minutes (the average was around 10 minutes) which to me is unacceptable considering the talent involved and the fact it was meant to be the biggest show of the year.