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Grand Canyon University Arena – Phoenix, Arizona – October 14, 2012

MATCH #1: TNA X Division Championship – Rob Van Dam vs. Zema Ion (c)

Ion has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his sixth defense. For a while there was a weight limit on the X Division Title, but then they just kind of stopped that because it’s dumb. RVD controls the early going and sends Ion reeling to the floor. Back in the ring Ion fights back and shows off some of his unique offense. Ion gets too cocky and RVD makes him pay for it, kicking him to the floor. The champ gets back to the apron and leaps in with a swank tornado DDT for a near-fall. Ion continues to dominate, hitting a missile dropkick for two. The crowd wills RVD back into it, and he hits a pop up dropkick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder and then lands the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin and win the title at 8:04. That was solid and all, and Ion’s heat segment really worked. But the finish was just kind of abrupt. Putting the belt on RVD sadly didn’t help make the X Title more prestigious.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: TNA World Television Championship – Magnus vs. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (c)

Joe has been the Champion since 9.27.12, and this is his second defense. This is a feud based on hatred, so they start with some chain wrestling. Joe takes the first control and starts wearing Magnus down. Magnus repositions the referee so he can poke Joe in the eye. He takes control now and almost puts Joe away with a Michinoku Driver. Joe comes back with the Big Joe Combo for two. He follows with the snap powerslam for another two-count. Magnus tries a leap frog but Joe catches him in a powerbomb for two and then Joe turns it into the STF. Joe turns that into the Rings of Saturn and Magnus just makes it to the ropes. They fight up on the ropes and Magnus knocks him down with a knee. Magnus goes up top and hits the Top-Rope Elbow Drop. He covers Joe is able to kick out. Joe gets fired up and unloads with a series of strikes. He locks on the Choke and Magnus turns it into a cradle for two. Joe goes right back to The Choke and Magnus breaks it this time with a jawbreaker. Magnus takes out the knee. He goes for a figure-Four Leglock but Joe counters it and locks on The Choke with a body scissors to get the win at 9:15. These two had surprising chemistry as partners and have shown the same as opponents. This was a bit on the short side but they worked it smart and the finishing stretch was hot.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: Street Fight – “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Bobby Roode

Senior Official Earl Hebner is handling the action in the ring, while some guy named King Mo is the outside enforcer. Storm is the aggressor early on. They quickly spill to the floor and they battle each other under Mo’s watch. Roode is able to avoid taking the Eye of the Storm and he catapults Storm into the ring post. That of courses busts Storm open. Roode brings some weapons into the ring but Storm is the first one to use the kendo stick. Storm takes Roode over to the entrance walkway and delivers the Orton DDT! That’s sick. A fan hands Storm a crutch, so he makes that fan’s night by using it as a weapon. They then trade shots with a trash can lid, just destroying each other. Storm wins that battle and levels Roode with a trash can. He charges at Roode but gets caught in a huge spinebuster. Ouch. They fight over to the announce table and Roode spears Storm off and through another table. They make it back to the ring and Roode covers but only gets two. Roode gets in Hebner’s face about it and Mo comes to the rescue. A shoving exchange gives Storm the chance to hit Roode with a big Codebreaker. Storm drills Roode with the Last Call but it only gets two! He goes for another one but Roode catches it and throws Storm face-first into a chair for a two-count. Roode even had a handful of tights there. He goes out and grabs a chair to hit Storm with, and then he produces a bag of thumb tacks. Roode goes for a superplex onto the tacks but Storm pushes Roode down into them instead! Storm hits a flying elbow but Roode kicks out! Roode is able to hit a low blow and then he brings a six-pack of beer bottles into the ring, but Storm repays the favor with a low blow of his own! Storm breaks a bottle on Roode’s head and then destroys him with the Last Call. Roode lands on the tacks and Storm gets the pin at 17:32. That was a terrific brawl and a fitting end to the feud. They were doing big spots and kicking out of each other’s finishes because their feud had been built up over a year and they HATED each other, it wasn’t just two guys going out there and doing it to pop the crowd. Matches like this prove that Roode and Storm should be on top of TNA.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #4: Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow

Joey Ryan participated in the Gut Check and 87% of TNA fans polled wanted him to be offered a contract. So TNA did not offer him a contract, so he has to fight Al Snow to get his deal. How does that make Ryan the heel in this situation? Snow dominates the early going by showing off that he’s a wily veteran. Ryan fights back and shows some fire, according to Taz. Snow of course makes a quick comeback and hits the trapped headbutts. He hits the Snow Plow and Ryan kicks out at two. He goes outside the ring and grabs a mannequin head. The referee stops him from using it and Ryan shoves Snow directly into the idiot referee. While the referee is down the enormous Matt Morgan comes out and drills Snow with the Carbon Footprint. Morgan shoves Snow back in the ring and Ryan gets the pin at 8:27. That was an okayish TV-style match, but I don’t know if they ever bothered to explain why Morgan would help Ryan in the first place.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Chavo Guerrero, Jr. & Hernandez vs. Kurt Angle & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian (c)

Daniels and Kazarian have been the Champions since 6.28.12, and this is their fourth defense. This is likely to be action packed. AJ and Chavo start the match. Angle and AJ take the early control, even thwarting the rule-breaking attempts from the Champions. Chavo and Hernandez work on AJ briefly, and then Kazarian tags himself in. Many tags in and out happen as all three teams try to set the pace. Finally the Champions successfully cheat to gain an advantage on AJ, and they isolate him from his partner and their other two opponents. After several minutes Angle gets the tag and he is a house afire. The referee loses control and bodies are flying all over the place. After a series of dives to the floor, the only one unaffected was Chavo, so he tries to take advantage. Angle hits him with the Angle Slam but Hernandez breaks it up. The action continues coming from everywhere and I don’t know how the referee has kept track of the legal men. Hernandez tags himself in at an opportune time and hits Daniels with the Border Toss. Chavo follows with the Frog Splash to get the pin at 15:33. That was good fast-paced action from three solid-good teams. Styles and Angle were clearly slumming it, but they did manage to class up the match just by being there.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: TNA Knockouts Championship – Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher (c)

Tessmacher has been the Champion since 8.16.12, and this is her second defense. Things get heated between the two combatants in this student versus mentor match. Tessmacher scores a little bit of early offense but Tara withstands the punishment to deliver plenty of her own. After a few minutes Tessmacher is able to catch Tara in a tornado DDT. Tessmacher unloads with a flurry of maneuvers and the crowd is sort of getting into it. The champion goes up top and hits a nice hurricanrana. Tessmacher goes back up top and this time misses the big elbow. Tara hits the Widow’s Peak and gets the pin to win the title for the fifth time at 6:21. Tessmacher has gotten passable in the ring but this never got much chance to develop and then it just ended.
Rating: **

Tara gloats about her win and finally introduces her “Hollywood Boyfriend” and it’s Jesse from a show called Big Brother. I have no idea who this guy is. I mean I do now that he’s been in TNA, but before that I have no clue. The crowd chants “Who Are You?”

MATCH #7: No Disqualification – Sting & Bully Ray vs. Aces & Eights

The masked, unidentified members of the Aces & Eights (I think it’s Mike “Knux” Knox and Luke “D.O.C.” Gallows) bring their hostage Joseph Park with them and handcuff him to the ringside barricade just to be jerks. Sting and Bully jump them on the floor and away we go. The brawl continues out on the floor, with Bully and Sting each paired off with a different gang member. Bully and Sting dominate and the crowd wants tables. The rather sizable A&8s are able to absorb the punishment and they focus on Sting in the ring, keeping him away from Bully Ray. After several minutes Sting hits one of them with the Scorpion Death Drop and the hot tag is made. Bully is a house afire. He tries to use a chair but a third masked member of the group comes out (probably Wes Brisco) and hits Bully in the nuts. The third man spits on Joseph Park, and that makes Park so angry that he rips the handcuffs right off!Park gets in the ring and unloads on the third man, chasing him to the back. Meanwhile, back in the ring Bully and Sting hit a Doomsday Device. Bully and Sting then hit Stinger Splashes on the other one. Sting tells Bully to get the tables. Before they can use said table a fourth member of the group comes out and slams Bully through the table, and that’s enough to get the pin at 10:53. That was an okay garbage brawl, but not knowing who Sting and Bully were fighting kind of dulled the impact.
Rating: **¾

More Aces & Eights come out to continue the beating, so of course Hulk Hogan comes to the rescue and starts taking out everyone with a simple punch. They focus on one of the masked guys, and are able to unmask him to reveal Devon. Yep, that’s it. Devon’s contract had supposedly run out a few months back so he left quietly and vacated the TV Title, so this was supposed to be a big surprise. But it’s just Devon.

MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries (c)

Aries has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his second defense. The crowd actually seems to be more behind Aries than the conquering hero challenger. They start out on the mat but it’s pretty clear that there is some tension between these two. The momentum shifts several times in the opening minutes. Whenever Hardy goes on offense the crowd mostly boos, as they are solidly behind the Champion. Aries takes control and acts ultra cocky about it, angering his challenger. Hardy kicks the middle rope as Aries is getting in the ring. He takes control now and sends Aries back to the floor. Hardy appears comfortable heeling it up a little. He works Aries over on the floor, even hitting Poetry in Motion. Back in the ring Hardy misses Whisper in the Wind and Aries hits an elbow drop from the top rope. Aries controls the match now, thwarting Hardy’s comeback attempts for several minutes. He goes for the Brainbuster but Hardy counters with the sitout gourdbuster. Aries quickly squashes Hardy’s advantage, but then Hardy comes back with an Alley-Oop powerbomb. That looked awesome. The pace quickens and Hardy is just a step ahead of Aries, looking like the next TNA World Champion. But Aries isn’t done yet. Hardy hits (sort of) Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. They spill to the floor and Hardy tries a house show dive but misses. Aries follows with the Heat Seeking Missile, and then hits another one. Back in the ring Aries tries the pin but Hardy kicks out. Aries puts on the Last Chancery and Hardy reaches the ropes. They fight up the entrance ramp and Aries goes for a Brainbuster. Hardy avoids it and tries the Twist of Fate, but Aries is able to avoid that and take Hardy down against the ropes. Hardy’s neck snapped awkwardly there, so Aries follows up with an elevated neckbreaker right down on the ramp. That was cool. Back in the ring Aries hits a missile dropkick and then goes for the IED but Hardy gets a boot up. Hardy is able to connect with the Twist of Fate but Aries kicks out! The challenger goes up top and Aries knocks him down on his junk. Aries goes up top and delivers a super hurricanrana! The Champion is locked in now and he drills Hardy with an IED. Aries hits the Brainbuster but Hardy kicks out! He goes for the Warrior’s Way of all things but Hardy avoids it. Hardy hits a Stunner out of the corner and then another Twist of Fate. The Charismatic Enigma heads up top and hits the Swanton Bomb to get the pin and win the title at 23:03! The crowd made this pretty interesting with the mixed reactions, but Hardy did get a pretty sizable pop for the win so I think the crowd did appreciate the match for as good as it was. Both guys wrestled liked they legitimately NEEDED to beat the other guy, and this felt much bigger than I thought it would when I first heard this match announced. They won me over.
Rating: ****¼
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Frontier Fieldhouse – Chicago Ridge, Illinois – Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kevin Kelly does commentary solo for the preshow matches, and Nigel McGuinness joins him for the main show.

PRESHOW MATCH #1: The Romantic Touch vs. Will Ferrara

Touch kisses Ferrara’s hand after the handshake, and then he kicks Ferrara in the gut. Ferrara fights back but Touch cuts him off with a nice dropkick. Touch continues to beat Ferrara down with some basic offense. Ferrara comes back with some babyface fire and he heads up top. He misses a big cross body and Touch struts around the ring. Touch hits a Fisherman’s Buster to get the pin at 3:23. The Romantic Touch doesn’t do much for me as a character, but introducing him on the preshow is fine I guess. As for the match, it was a perfectly acceptable squash.
Rating: *½

PRESHOW MATCH #2: MsChif vs. Kasey Ray w/ The H.O.T.

Ray has Truth Martini and Scarlett Bordeaux in her corner. The smaller Ray actually slams MsChif down at the start. She pays for it though, as MsChif overpowers her and goes to work, stretching Ray out. Bordeaux gets on the apron to distract the referee, so MsChif kicks her down into Martini’s waiting arms. Ray takes advantage with a rollup for two. MsChif goes to run off the ropes but Martini and Bordeaux trip her up. Ray hits a Superkick and a standing moonsault for two. MsChif shrugs it off and hits a vertical suplex for a two-count. She hits the Eye of the Hurricane for another near-fall. MsChif goes to the ropes again and Martini grabs her leg, so MsChif screams at him and then pulls him up to the apron. Ray does a multiple handspring back elbow, and then hits a bulldog. She does more unnecessary flipping and hits a standing frog splash for two. MsChif decides she’s all done selling for that and hits the Desecrator for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with MsChif hitting a Choke Bomb to score the pin at 3:14. I know they only got three minutes, but MsChif looked completely disinterested in having a match with Kasey Ray, and Kasey Ray did some flips and not much else.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #1: Mark Briscoe vs. “Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man” Silas Young

They brawl to start and quickly spill to the floor. Young hits a back body drop and goes for a suplex, but Mark reverses it and suplexes Young right on the edge of the ring frame. Mark follows up with a dropkick through the ropes and then takes Young out with a moonsault. Back in the ring Mark stays on offense, wearing Young down. Young gets himself back into it by back dropping Mark over the ropes and to the floor. He brings Mark back in the ring and hits a gourdbuster for two. Young is trying to work Mark over but Mark doesn’t seem interested in selling anything for poor Silas. Finally Young is able to come back and hit the backbreaker/clothesline combo for a two-count. Of course it doesn’t last and Mark sends Young back to the floor. Mark follows him out with the Cactus Elbow. Back in the ring Mark continues to beat on Young with his unique offense. Mark goes up top but Young avoids him. He charges into the corner and Young avoids him and gets a rollup with his feet on the ropes to get the pin at 9:02. That was an odd match, as Mark sold almost nothing and was on offense almost the entire match until Young cheated to win. How is that supposed to help Silas Young get more over? Does Mark need to be protected that much? After the bell Mark attacks and Young beats him down. Young takes off referee Todd Sinclair’s belt and whips Mark with it, and a gaggle of officials have to break it up.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Jimmy Jacobs Trial Series Match #4 – “Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. Adam Page

There seems to be some tension here, as Page is likely still upset with Jacobs about the whole S.C.U.M. thing for some reason. Jacobs clotheslines Page to the floor and goes for a dive but Page cuts him out of the air with a kick to the face. Page then wipes Jacobs out with a shooting star press off the apron. Back in the ring Page hits a cross body from the top rope for two. Page works Jacobs over for some time, and then Jacobs is all like “eat it, rookie,” and goes on offense. Jacobs hits the old Colt Cabana tornado vertical suplex for a two-count. Page fights back and hits a powerslam for a near-fall. Jacobs responds with the diving Ace Crusher for two. Page hits a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. He tries a springboard moonsault but Jacobs hits him with a dropkick. Jacobs nails the Contra Code but it only gets two. Momentum continues to shift and Page finds himself on the top rope. Jacobs joins him and after a struggle is able to bring Page down with a Super Contra Code to get the win at 10:59. That was a fine back and forth match but with Jacobs coming in with a 1-2 record in a five-match series essentially facing a job guy, there wasn’t a whole lot of drama to it. Still, they did solid work.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Battle of the Piledrivers – “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen vs. Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis

Punches are thrown right from the get-go and these two are eager to prove who has the more effective piledriver. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver early, but Bennett is able to escape and seek solace in the arms of his girlfriend. Back in the ring Steen keeps control so Bennett rolls to the floor again. Steen throws Bennett around ringside, into the barricades and crotch-first into the ring post. He slams Bennett’s boy parts into the post again, just to be a jerk. The crowd chants “one more time” so Steen goes for it, but Bennett blocks and throws Steen into the barricade. The brawl continues on the floor and the referee has no control over anything. Bennett misses a big punch and Steen follows through on ramming him crotch-first into the ring post. Back in the ring Steen goes up top and tries the Swanton Bomb but Bennett gets his knees up. Bennett hits the Box Office Smash for a two-count. He stays in control, keeping Steen grounded. Steen comes back and tries the Sleeper Suplex but Bennett avoids it. Bennett charges into the corner and Steen moves, sending Bennett shoulder-first into the post. Steen follows with a swank tornado DDT for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Steen hitting a Codebreaker. More reversals end with Bennett hitting a Superkick for two. Steen tries the Sleeper Suplex again but Bennett hits a chinbreaker. Bennett charges in and Steen grabs him for a pop-up powerbomb. Steen hits a back senton for a two-count. He hits Go To Sleep and Maria throws her shoe in th erring to break up the count. Not sure why the referee wouldn’t just keep counting. Steen chases Maria and runs right into a Bennett TKO. Bennett then hits the Piledriver for two. He goes for a superplex but Steen shoves him down and hits the Swanton Bomb for a near-fall. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver and Maria distracts Steen again. That allows Bennett to hit a second piledriver and get the pin at 12:24. That was well-paced and the internal story of who has the better piledriver gave the match a solid directive. Maria interfered just a little too much down the stretch for my liking, but that’s kind of their deal.
Rating: ***

After the match Bennett goes for a piledriver on the ring apron, but Lisa Maria Varon comes out and attacks Maria! Steen recovers and the fight with Bennett is back on. They brawl and security and officials have to break them up. Steen wipes out Bennett and a bunch of the job squad with a huge dive off the top rope. He then helps Varon hit Maria with the Widow’s Peak. You’d think that would lead to a mixed tag team match at Final Battle, but it didn’t.

Steve Corino replaces Nigel McGuinness on commentary for the second half.

MATCH #4: “Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jesse Sorensen

Sorensen comes out without his football, so it’s already a step up from his TNA days. They start with some back and forth and Sorensen looks confident. Momentum shifts a few times and both men land strikes. Ciampa is able to send Sorensen to the floor and he follows him out. He exposes the floor and goes for a suplex, but Sorensen avoids it and takes Ciampa out with a house show dive. Back in the ring Ciampa gets the momentum back on his side and he goes to work. Sorensen won’t give up though and he fights back with a variety of offense. Ciampa catches him and drops him in an inverted-type Attitude Adjustment for a two-count. He gets Sorensen prone in the corner, and hits him with two running knee strikes sans knee pad. Ciampa goes for a Super Air Raid Crash and Sorensen reverses to an ugly Sunset Bomb, dropping Ciampa’s spine on his knees. That gets a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Ciampa locking on the Sicilian Stretch and Sorensen taps out at 9:57. That was the usual Ciampa goodness and a solid showing for Sorensen in his ROH debut.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: Outlaw Inc. (“Notorious 187” Homicide & Eddie Kingston) vs. Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & TaDarius Thomas)

Kingston and ACH start the match. They chain wrestle and ACH uses his agility and Kingston uses his size advantage. ACH sends Kingston to the floor and goes for a dive, but when Kingston moves ACH is able to flip himself back in the ring. Back in the ring Outlaw Inc. take control and start wearing down ACH, keeping him away from his partner. After just a short time ACH is able to make a tag. Thomas comes in guns blazing but he’s quickly cut off by Kingston. Momentum shifts back and forth and all four men get various chances to shine, albeit briefly. The referee loses control and Outlaw Inc. are able to hit the old Steiner Brothers bulldog to get the win at 11:22. That was not great, as they never established any kind of rhythm and it just went back and forth seemingly at random. Outlaw Inc. is pretty terrible.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: “Intrepid Traveler” Paul London vs. “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong

This is a first-time ever match I do believe. They start off with some mat wrestling to feel each other out in the early going. London strikes first with a dropkick and Strong bails to the floor. When London tries to follow him out with a dive, Strong catches him with a knife edge chop. Strong continues throwing London around ringside, but London is able to hop up on the guardrail and hit a moonsault! They head back to the ring and Strong brings London in with a backbreaker! That was neat. Strong is firmly in control now and he is assaulting London as only he can. London starts to fire up but both men cross body block at the same time and knock the wind out of each other. Back on their feet London fires up and unleashes a flurry of offense. Strong cuts him off and they fight on the apron. London is able to knock Strong to the floor with a dropsault, and then wipes him out with a somersault plancha. Back in the ring London hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two-count. Strong responds with another backbreaker and then a superplex for a near-fall. He puts on the Stronghold and London counters it with a rollup for two. The pace gets fast and they trade reversals, ending when Strong tries the gut buster but London counters it into a double stomp! I’ve never seen that before. They slug it out and London wins that battle with a nasty Superkick. London hits the Waffle Face for a two-count. He goes for the Shooting Star Press but Strong rolls to the apron. London goes for the double stomp just like Richards did to him back at Border Wars, but Strong avoids it and hits a half-nelson backbreaker onto the edge of the ring frame! Sick. Back in the ring Strong hits the gutbuster and the Sick Kick but London kicks out at two! Back on their feet they trade reversals and such, and Strong is able to land a knee strike and the Gibson Driver for two. Strong turns that into the Stronghold and London reaches the bottom rope! London rolls to the apron and is able to headscissor Strong into position for a Tombstone Piledriver on the floor! Back in the ring London hits a double stomp to the back, and then lands the Shooting Star Press for the win at 16:52! What a tremendous match between two of the best to ever come through ROH. Their styles just clicked together and they did some really unique spots and built up to one hell of a finish. They kept up a torrid pace and made sure the crowd stayed with them. I really wish they would have been able to do the rematch in San Antonio, but life happens.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: ROH Champions vs. All-Stars – ROH World Champion Adam Cole, ROH World Television Champion Matt Taven & ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal and C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)

In a somewhat surprising move, Elgin and Cole start the match. Before any contact is made Cole runs away and then tags Taven. Lethal tags in as well, and that kicks off the tag parade, as everyone gets a chance in the ring during the opening minutes. The All-Stars team takes the first control, so the Champions regroup on the floor. It doesn’t do them much good though, as Taven gets beat up by Elgin and Lethal for a bit. Taven is able to force Lethal back into the wrong corner, and O’Reilly tags in. The tag teams get a chance to battle, and the All-Stars take control on Fish. All four All-Stars work Fish over in their corner, focusing on his arm. Fish survives the onslaught and is able to stave off elimination. The Champions go to work on Alexander, and we see Outlaw Inc. out in the crowd causing a ruckus. Elgin and Cole get tagged in at the same time and Cole bails in a hurry. Taven comes in instead and Elgin throws him around. Elgin beats up the Tag Team Champions as well, but Cole is the one he wants. The referee loses control and chaos erupts with a brawl outside the ring. The Champions get the better of the fight and the match settles back in the ring. Homicide and Kingston are causing trouble on the floor, getting into a heated argument with Fish. Elgin fights back and destroys all of his opponents, leaving himself alone in the ring with Cole. The ROH World Champion tries to beg off and offers a handshake but Elgin will have none of it. Everyone gets in the ring again for a big brawl and this time it’s the All-Stars in control. When the match settles back down again the Champions resume control, isolating Lethal. Cole and O’Reilly have a cool little Future Shock reunion with some awesome teamwork. We’re approaching the 30-minute mark and there have been no eliminations yet. Eventually Lethal gets the hot tag to Alexander and he is a house afire, taking it to all four of his opponents. Alexander sends Cole to the floor and goes for a dive but Cole cuts him off with a kick to the face. Coleman comes to his partner’s aid, and then reDRagon goes after Coleman. Homicide and Kingston jump the barricade and go after reDRagon. Everyone tries to break that up and Taven takes out the crowd with a dive. Alexander follows with another dive and security is finally able to run Homicide and Kingston off. Back to the ring, Alexander tries a springboard dive but Cole catches him with a Superkick to score the first elimination at 33:11.

Elgin comes in and goes after Cole, but Lethal takes offense to that because he wants to eliminate Cole himself and earn a shot at the ROH World Title. Lethal and Coleman work together on Taven until Scarlett Bordeaux peddles her wares in front of Lethal to distract him. Even so, Lethal is able to hit Taven with the Lethal Combination! Lethal goes up top and Kasey Ray climbs up to stop him. Taven hits Lethal with a Superkick and both Lethal and Kasey crash off the top rope and through the timekeeper’s table! Coleman takes advantage and goes after Taven. The TV Champion comes back and hits Coleman with the Climax, but Cole had made a blind tag. Taven and Cole argue briefly, but it doesn’t escalate to fisticuffs. Cole then hits Coleman with the Florida Key to score the second elimination at 38:10. The Champions have a huge advantage now and they go right after Elgin, beating him down. Lethal has been injured and is down and out at ringside, leaving Elgin at a four-on-one disadvantage. This goes on for several minutes, but Elgin never gives up and he’s able to blast O’Reilly with a spinning back fist and a short-arm lariat to eliminate the first Champion at 46:38. Elgin continues to fight off all three of his remaining opponents while officials try to herd Lethal backstage. Lethal will have nothing to do with that though, and he gets up on the apron! Elgin makes the hot tag and Lethal is fully recovered and ready to go. Lethal goes crazy, taking everyone out including Truth Martini! He locks Taven in a half crab but Taven is able to make the tag. Cole sneaks in and kicks Lethal in the back of the head. He follows with the suplex into a neckbreaker to get the win and officially eliminate Lethal at 51:29. We’re down to three-on-one in favor of the Champions now. Taven goes for the Climax but Elgin counters to the Crossface and Taven taps out at 52:51. The commentators are really pushing the fact that Fish has never been defeated since coming back to ROH about a year ago. Cole and Fish beat Elgin down for several minutes, but the resilient Elgin stays strong and gets rid of Cole. Elgin is able to hit Fish with the Buckle Bomb and the Elgin Bomb to get the pin and take it down to one-on-one at 57:30.

Before leaving, Fish gets in the ring and decks Elgin with a chair. Cole immediately covers but he only gets two! Elgin powers up and takes it to the Champion, throwing him around with suplexes. He sends Cole to the floor and tries to grab on to him, but Cole delivers an enziguiri. Cole hits a Shining Wizard for a two-count. He hits a couple of superkicks but again only gets two. Elgin catches Cole charging in with an STJoe, and then kills him with a lariat for a near-fall. Cole rolls to the floor. Elgin joins him but it backfires when Cole hits him with the Florida Key! He barely makes it back to the ring at the count of 19, and Cole immediately traps him in the Figure Four Leglock. Elgin reaches the ropes. He then traps Cole in the Crossface and this time it’s Cole barely making it to the ropes to break the hold. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb and goes for the Elgin Bomb but a series of reversals force him to settle for hitting a vicious spinning back fist. They fight up on the ropes and Cole hits a super rana and then follows with the Panama Destroyer but Elgin kicks out! They fight up on the ropes again and Elgin brings Cole all the way down with a super Elgin Bomb to get the pin at 71:34. Cole’s shoulder definitely came up; I think he landed badly on his head and got a concussion. That was certainly long, but it didn’t really feel it. Besides, to register seven falls on Ring of Honor Champions and All-Stars should take a long time, so there’s no issue there. Elgin eliminating all four members of the opposing team may have been a little bit much, but at least they were pushing someone hard and really going for it. The action here was great and everyone got a chance to shine, obviously Elgin in particular. It was a great showcase for the top stars and teams in the company (and Taven), and a worthy main event for one of the biggest shows of the year.
Rating: ****

While both men are down and exhausted, Jay Briscoe makes his way out with a mystery bag. Elgin gets up and gets in Jay’s face. Jay hits Elgin with the bag, and then blasts Cole with it as well. He reveals the contents of the bag – his own customized “World Title” belt.
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Liacouras Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 16, 2011

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

PRESHOW MATCH: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Mexican America vs. Ink Inc.

Hernandez and Anarquia have been the Champions since 8.18.11, and this is their second defense. They’re accompanied to the ring by Sarita and Rosita. Ink Inc. is accompanied by their valet Toxxin. Anarquia and Shannon Moore start the match. Moore uses his speed to get an advantage and quickly makes the tag to Jesse Neal. The challengers try to isolate Anarquia in their half of the ring. Sarita and Rosita distract the referee, allowing Hernandez to illegally sneak in the ring and hit Moore with a backbreaker. Now the champions take control. They work Moore over for several minutes before “the Prince of Punk” is able to catch Anarquia with a moonsault off the top rope. Tags are made and the crowd goes mild. Neal is a house afire, hitting Hernandez with a Spear for a two-count. Moore clotheslines Anarquia to the floor and then tries to backdrop Neal onto him but they miss, so Moore hits him with an Asai Moonsault instead. Hernandez then goes for a dive but hits only his partner. Sarita and Rosita tease dives but Toxxin cuts them off. Anarquia gets back in the ring to confront Toxxin and gets his pants pulled down for his troubles. The referee loses control and Hernandez traps Neal in a schoolboy rollup to get the pin at 8:02. That was passable but I have no problems with this match being relegated to the preshow.
Rating: **

MATCH #1: X Division Championship – Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aries

Aries has been the champion since 9.11.11, and this is his second defense. They start with some fast-paced back and forth, as the Philadelphia crowd supports the heel Champion. Kendrick dropkicks Aries to the floor and then dropkicks him off the apron and hits a house show dive. Back in the ring Kendrick continues on offense but Aries blocks a second monkey flip attempt and then hits a clothesline. I just noticed Kendrick is wrestling barefoot; he has these shin guards that kind of make it look like he has boots on. Either way Aries is fully in control now. Aries goes for the Pendulum Elbow but Kendrick blocks it and gets a quick rollup for two. Kendrick now unleashes a series of flying forearms and a couple of dropkicks. He hits a sledge to the back of the neck for a two-count. Aries comes back with an STO and this time hits the Pendulum Elbow for two. He goes for the IED but Kendrick kicks him out of the air and hits a Tornado DDT for another near-fall. Kendrick tries Sliced Bread #2 but Aries sends him to the floor and wipes him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Aries hits the IED and goes for the Brainbuster but Kendrick knees his way out of it and gets a cradle for two. Kendrick hits a Superkick and tries Sliced Bread #2 but Aries blocks it, leaving Kendrick prone on the top rope. Aries goes up there with him, but Kendrick is able to reverse the momentum to a Super Sliced Bread #2! Unfortunately Aries rolled next to the ropes so that only gets a two-count. The crowd bought that one. Kendrick tries Sliced Bread #2 on the apron but Aries dumps him to the floor. Back in the ring Aries drills him with a kick to the head. Aries follows up with the IED and the Brainbuster to get the pin at 10:26. That was a good choice for the opener and both men brought the energy. The crowd is really into Aries.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Full Metal Mayhem – Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn

Was the world really dying to see another feud between these two? I get that they’re in Philadelphia, but give me a break, please. They wrestle to a standoff to start, as if they would start any other way. Can you tell I’m not a fan of these two? The chain wrestling with counters continues in the opening minutes until they manage to bow a cross body block to the floor spot. Good job guys. RVD hits a legdrop on the ring apron and they both tumble to the floor. They fight around ringside and RVD tries a moonsault off the barricade but Lynn avoids it. Lynn brings out a ladder and baseball slides it into RVD’s face. He then brings a chair into the ring but it backfires when RVD hits a turn-around cross body block and Lynn’s back lands right on said chair. RVD throws Lynn into the ladder, which helpfully falls right back onto Lynn and RVD follows with the Rolling Thunder. Amazingly, RVD does a back flip off the ropes for NO REASON and picks up the chair just so Lynn can kick it into his face. This is just silly. They continue using the ladder and the chair in their offensive attack. Lynn hits a German Suplex with a bridge for a two-count. RVD counters with useless somersaults. Good idea bro. Lynn goes outside and brings out another ladder and leans it against the barricade to hit a sunset bomb. RVD didn’t quite land on the ladder and hit against the barricade too. That was a sick bump. Back in the ring Lynn gets a two-count. RVD comes right back with the Van Daminator for two. Sure, don’t sell the death bump on the floor. RVD then sets the ladder against Lynn’s face and hits the Van Terminator, which is enough for the pin at 13:13. That was the usual ECW garbage over 10 years after the fact. RVD and Lynn have no interest in selling or telling a coherent story, just doing stuff. If that works for you, I’m happy for you. It doesn’t work for me. It also doesn’t work for me that they built this feud up as “they don’t respect each other anymore” and then they hug and stuff after the match. Get over yourselves, marks.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Triple Threat Match – “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. Crimson vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

Morgan and Crimson are both wearing white so they decide to attack Joe together to start. Crimson accidentally hits Morgan, allowing Joe to take control. Joe tries to get Morgan to team up with him but that goes nowhere and the two big guys in white go back to working together. Crimson gets low-bridged to the floor. Morgan hits Joe with a side slam and Crimson sneaks back in and tries to steal the pin. Joe sends Morgan to the floor and then dumps Crimson out right on top of him. He follows them out with an awesome elbow suicida on Crimson. Morgan goes up top and wipes out Crimson with a high cross body block. Back in the ring Joe tries to pin Crimson but can’t hold him down. Crimson comes back with an exploder suplex and Morgan tries to steal the pin. Now Crimson and Morgan argue over who’s going to get the pin and they start slugging at each other while Joe recovers on the floor. Joe pulls Morgan to the floor and slams him into the guardrail, and then hits Crimson with a kick to the head from the floor. Man, Joe is awesome. Joe sets Crimson up for the Muscle Buster but Morgan breaks it up. Morgan hits Joe with a running knee but somehow gets himself tied up in the top rope. That gives Crimson the opening to hit Joe with a Spear to get the pin at 7:14. That was better than I remembered it, as all three guys looked motivated and the crowd was with them.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere – Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray

Anderson charges the ring and they tear into each other right away. This isn’t just a Falls Count Anywhere match – it’s a Philadelphia Falls Count Anywhere match, which is different. Anderson gets the first near-fall off a spinning neckbreaker but Bully quickly cuts him off with a big boot. After taking some hard chops Anderson is able to hit an enziguiri for two. Anderson grabs a sign from the crowd and blasts Bully with it. He reveals that it was a dead end sign wrapped in paper, which is why Bully sold it. Nice gimmick there. They take it to the floor and Anderson throws Bully around and into the guardrails. Bully reverses a whip and sends Anderson into the steps for a two-count. He then pulls out a table but nothing happens with it yet as they fight up to the stage. Bully hits a suplex for two and then asks for Anderson’s microphone to be dropped. He starts introducing himself, which gives Anderson time to recover and get a couple of shots in. Anderson hits Bully with the microphone for a two-count. They take the fight backstage and Bully hits a piledriver for two. Now they wander into the crowd and back toward ringside. Anderson brings a piece of guardrail into the ring but Bully cuts him off with a clothesline. Bully brings a new table in the ring, leaving the first one set up at ringside. Anderson backdrops Bully right onto the guardrail. He then tries a Kenton Bomb but misses. Bully follows up with a Bubba Bomb through the table but it only gets two. He goes up to the second rope for a senton but misses and falls right on the guardrail. Anderson hits the Mic Check onto the guardrail but that only gets two. They go back to the floor where Anderson pulls out a trash can and waffles Bully with it. That sets Bully perfectly on the table (remember that?) and Anderson goes up top for a Kenton Bomb, but he overshoots it and the table doesn’t break. Ha! Anderson improvises with a Mic Check through the table and that’s enough for the pin at 14:32. Blown finish aside this was much better than the hardcore match that already happened on this show (and we’re only four matches in), as the hatred stayed true throughout the match and they didn’t hug afterward. The spots also made more sense as it was two guys that dislike each other trying to hurt each other rather than just pop the crowd.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Knockouts Championship – Winter vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne

Karen Jarrett has inserted herself into this match as the special guest referee. She heavily favors Madison Rayne. Winter has been the Champion since 9.11.11, and this is her first defense. She’s accompanied by Angelina Love. Mickie, the former Champion starts with Winter, who immediately starts using rest holds. Sigh. Mickie comes back with a headscissors and a neckbreaker. Winter rolls to the floor so Madison comes in and goes to work. Why is she wearing camouflage? Whatever the reason, she knocks Mickie to the floor. Madison then turns around into a couple of knees to the face and a bulldog from Velvet, but the referee is tying her shoes and doesn’t notice the cover. Karen continues to be the focal point of the match as stuff happens that no one cares about. The crowd starts to care now, but in a negative way. Seriously, this is just bad. More meandering brawling happens and Winter accidentally spits the red mist into Karen’s eyes. Mickie hits Winter with a jumping DDT and Traci Brooks bounces her way out to presumably take over the referee duties. Madison pushes Mickie and Winter to the floor, but then Velvet hits a double-arm DDT to get the pin and the title at 8:40. Sorry Knockouts, but that was in no way shape or form a good match.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #6: I Quit Match – “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels

Much like Jerry Lynn and Rob Van Dam, haven’t these two wrestled each other enough? They start right away with a flurry of punches and whatnot. Basic submission holds are not enough to coax an I Quit out of either guy, as one might suspect. Momentum shifts back and forth until AJ knocks Daniels to the floor with The Dropkick and then follows him out with a somersault dive. Daniels goes under the ring and pulls out a toolbox. He throws a wrench at AJ but thankfully misses. Daniels then decides to try a screwdriver attack but AJ fights it off. They take it to the apron and Daniels sort of hits a Blue Thunder Driver on the edge of the ring frame. Back in the ring Daniels tries to get AJ to quite but it’s not happening so he hits the Best Moonsault Ever right on the back. Daniels locks on a single-leg crab and AJ reaches the ropes as the crowd tries to get AJ back into the match. A sizable group is cheering for Daniels too. Daniels goes out and gets a chair and sets in on AJ’s throat and tries to get him to Quit again but AJ still won’t. Daniels is spending too much time on the microphone, and even tells AJ’s wife to take the kids out of the room. This is getting ridiculous. It gives AJ time to recover and he unleashes a flurry of offense. AJ hits the back flip inverted DDT and an enziguiri. He follows with the springboard flying forearm and signals for the Styles Clash but Daniels blocks it with a uranage slam. Daniels tries another BME but misses and AJ hits the Pele and the Styles Clash. AJ grabs a chair but then changes his mind and grabs the screwdriver. Daniels pulls a JBL and quits before AJ can hit him at 13:48. It started off solid but there was way too much talking from Daniels and a ridiculous, ripped-off finish. How can this feud still be going on over five months later? I’ll live if these two never wrestle each other again. But since Daniels attacks AJ up on the ramp, that is obviously not going to be the case.
Rating: **¼

A Tale of Two Jeffs

Jeff Jarrett unexpectedly makes his way to the ring and immediately calls out Jeff Hardy, who has a DVD coming out in two days. He’s annoyed that Hardy keeps getting chance after chance and says the fans don’t want Hardy to be back. Hardy answers the challenge and attacks Jarrett right away. The brawl is on and security comes out to break them up.

MATCH #7: For Control of the Company – “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan fights “The Icon” Sting

Referee Jackson James is actually Eric Bischoff’s son, they revealed to us earlier. I don’t understand why they keep referring to this as a “fight” rather than a “match.” Before any contact is made, Hogan calls out Ric Flair to be in his corner. Dixie Carter, watching from ringside, is very upset with this development. Then, like all good fights, it starts with a headlock. Hogan takes Sting down with a shoulder block and throws his bandana at him. Oh, it’s on now. Hogan continues slowly abusing Sting, even throwing him to the floor, where Flair liberally interferes. Sting gets busted open and that fires him up. Flair distracts Sting for a while and then Sting gets back in the ring and bloodies Hogan’s head. Sting hits a couple of Stinger Splashes and then locks on the Scorpion Deathlock. Hogan taps away control of the company at 9:40. That was the kind of overbooked mess it needed to be, but if you need to book a match in that vein, why book it at all?
Rating: ¼*

The Immortal crew of Eric Bischoff, Gunner, Bully Ray, and Scott Steiner come out and abuse Sting with chairs. Jackson takes a chair away from his dad, and then gets hit with a different chair by his pop. Abyss is watching from backstage, which they don’t explain at all. Hogan fires back and helps Sting clean house on his former stable mates.

MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode

Angle has been the Champion since 8.7.11, and this is his fourth defense. Roode tries an early Crossface so Angle takes a powder. Back in the ring Angle kicks Roode low and goes to work. Angle starts using submission moves and suplexes, which brought him to the dance, so to speak. He goes up for a moonsault and Roode jumps up there and suplexes him down. Angle looks like he took a nasty bump there. They rise to their feet to slug it out and Roode wins that battle. Roode goes to the second rope and hits a Blockbuster for a two-count. Angle comes back with a DDT for two. Roode avoids the Angle Slam and hits a Spinebuster for a two-count. Tenay actually called it a “Spinebuster Style Move.” It’s just a spinebuster dude. Roode goes up top and Angle takes him down with a super belly-to-belly suplex. Not caring to sell it, Roode grabs Angle in the Crossface, which Angle reverses to the Ankle Lock, and Roode reverses right back to the Crossface. Angle gets out of that and hits the Angle Slam for two. He locks on the Ankle Lock but Roode kicks off and hits another Spinebuster. Roode then hits the Payoff for a two-count. Angle grabs the Ankle Lock again and Roode counters to a rollup for two. Roode goes up to the second rope and Angle repositions the referee in order to hit a low blow. Angle hits the Angle Slam and gets another two-count. He goes for rolling German Suplexes but Roode counters it into the Crossface, again, and Angle reaches the ropes. Angle reverses an Irish Whip and hits a Spear for two. He goes up top and jumps right into the Crossface. Angle slips out and they trade reversals until Angle hits the Angle Slam and he grabs onto the ropes for additional leverage to get the pin at 14:14. The referee looked confused about whether or not to make the third count, which makes the finish even more annoying. In the long run I’d say they did okay with Roode, but he REALLY should have won the title here rather than on Impact. He still could have turned heel on Storm and done all the same programs they did with him, but to have your big babyface get built up like Roode and not win the title on your biggest show of the year, that’s a mistake. The match itself was the usual barrage of finishers with almost nothing holding them together. So it was like every other Kurt Angle match.
Rating: **½
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Richmond Raceway Complex – Richmond, Virginia – Friday, January 14, 2011

We open backstage with ROH Television Champion Christopher Daniels cutting a promo about tonight’s big eight-man tag team match.

That segues to an in-ring interview segment, in which ROH World Champion Roderick Strong comes out to brag about retaining his title at Final Battle over Davey Richards. Christopher Daniels comes out to cut him off and they get into an argument that leads to an impromptu Champion versus Champion match.

Kevin Kelly and Dave Prazak are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Non Title Champion vs. Champion – World Champion Roderick Strong vs. World TV Champion Christopher Daniels

Strong takes a cheap shot to start the match and Daniels quickly fights back. Both guys slug away at each other and Daniels takes the first advantage. Daniels knocks Strong to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Out on the floor Strong is able to take control and he rams Daniels’s back into the ring apron. Back in the ring Strong gets a one-count but continues to press the advantage. Strong works the back but also throws in some heel tactics to make sure the crowd is against him tonight. He goes for the Stronghold but Daniels reverses to a cradle for two. Strong cuts Daniels off with a clothesline before he can get any momentum going. He uses a chinlock but Daniels is able to power out of it and counters a backbreaker with an armdrag. Daniels now is able to unleash a flurry of offense but both men collide in a cross body block attempt and they’re down. They rise and trade shots until the Kings of Wrestling run in to try and convince them to stop fighting. Claudio tries to reason with Strong while Hero talks to Daniels, who throws Hero to the floor and traps Strong in an O’Connor Roll with a bridge to get the win at 8:07. That was a fun little sprint but it seems like ROH would do more with a champion versus champion match than just throw it out there like that.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: The Bravado Brothers vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge & Grizzly Redwood

Redwood and Harlem start the match with some basic back and forth. Harlem takes first control and tags his brother Lance for some double-teaming. Redwood is able to respond with a tag of his own and Ridge immediately looks for kicks. Ridge is forced to fight off both Bravado brothers and can’t keep it up, as the Bravados hit a double-team neckbreaker. They continue to work Ridge over, using frequent tags to keep the fresh man in the ring. Ridge fights back with a kick on Harlem and makes the tag. Redwood is a house afire, unleashing a flurry of offense on both brothers. Lance cuts him off with a German Suplex and Harlem covers for two. Harlem and Redwood fight up on the top rope and Redwood knocks him down. Ridge comes in from out of nowhere with a hard knee to the face. Redwood follows with a seated senton off the top rope for two. Ridge tags back in and Harlem hits him with a dropkick. Redwood then hits Harlem with a tornado DDT. Lance hits Redwood with a sitout powerbomb. He rolls Ridge up for two but then runs right into a Superkick and Ridge gets the pin at 8:43. That was a decent little match where everyone got to show off their stuff. The Bravados would go on to get much better.
Rating: **¼

Earlier Tonight – Mike Bennett, wearing a winter hat but no shirt (makes no sense), mentions that Brutal Bob isn’t with him tonight because he’s training back in Boston. He says that tonight is his night, and that 2011 will be his year.

MATCH #3: Adam Cole vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett

This is early in both men’s ROH careers. Bennett acts like a jerk early on and gets confident, so Cole makes him pay for it with a flurry of offense. Cole dropkicks Bennett to the floor and mocks him. Back in the ring Bennett continues trying to cheat but Cole is ready for him and keeps up the quick pace. Bennett backdrops Cole to the apron and then knocks him into the guardrail. Out on the floor, Bennett kneelifts Cole right into the barricade. Back in the ring Bennett continues to work the back. Cole fights back with a big superkick and both men are down. Back on their feet Cole goes on offense, keeping Bennett off his game. Cole this a big DDT for a two-count. He backdrops Bennett to the floor and then follows him out with a dive. The crowd is into it. Cole hits an enziguiri from the floor, and then gets back in the ring with a cross body block off the top rope for two. Bennett tries to fight back but Cole cuts him off with a Sleeper but Bennett breaks it. Cole tries another superkick but Bennett catches it and hits a spinebuster for two. Bennett blocks a hurricanrana by hitting a Buckle Bomb and then follows up with the Box Office Smash to get the win at 11:32. Cole was already showing flashes of awesomeness and Bennett was pretty solid here.
Rating: **½

The Kings of Wrestling Call Out Davey Richards and El Generico

The ROH World Tag Team Champions make their way out flanked by Sara Del Rey and Shane Hagadorn. Chris Hero reasons that since his partners Roderick Strong and Christopher Daniels already wrestled tonight, that Davey Richards and El Generico should wrestle each other. Richards says that his team doesn’t have an ego problem, so they will not be fighting each other. Hero doesn’t like that, so he hits Richards with a forearm to the back of the head and Claudio Castagnoli hits Generico with a release German Suplex. The Briscoes then come out to make the save.

MATCH #4: Homicide vs. Rhett Titus

This has train wreck written all over it. Titus rubs his balls and then shoves his hand in Homicide’s face, angering the Notorious 187. They quickly spill to the floor and that’s where Homicide shines. Titus throws Homicide back in the ring and then foolishly turns his back on him and gets hit with a Tope Con Hilo. Back in the ring they just trade strikes back and forth with little rhyme or reason. I’m sorry but I’m having trouble getting interested in this. Titus takes over and starts working the midsection. Homicide fights back and a series of reversals ends with Titus hitting a sloppy Fame-Ass-Er for two. They take the battle to the top rope and Titus pushes Homicide down and follows him with double knees to the chest. Both men rise to their feet and Homicide hits a headbutt that busts Titus open and it looks pretty nasty. Homicide hits a brainbuster (sort of) to get the pin at 12:14. Titus hadn’t hit his stride as a worker yet and Homicide was just brutal to watch in 2011.
Rating: *½

Backstage – Titus is a bloody mess, but it doesn’t bother him. He says the blood unleashes his killer instinct, and that he’s not done with Homicide.

MATCH #5: Steve Corino vs. Caleb Konley

Corino cuts a promo before the match, admitting that his actions of the past have been wrong; especially what he did to Kevin Steen in 2010. He says his rehab starts tonight and he wants to have a match with a youngster named Caleb Konley tonight. They start with some back and forth, and Konley acts like a jerk, slapping Corino across the face. Corino almost uses a closed fist but stops himself and decides to use armdrags instead. He almost uses the thumb in the bum but decides against that too. Konley gets a bit of offense in, using the dirty tactics that Corino chooses not to. Corino hits Colby Shock for two. He goes for the Eternal Dream but Konley avoids it and hits a sloppy SOS for two. Konley follows with a tornado DDT for another two-count. Corino comes back and hits a lariat and then connects on the Eternal Dream but doesn’t cover right away so Konley kicks out. Konley hits a low blow. It doesn’t seem to affect Corino though, who puts on an abdominal stretch and teases the Thumb in the Bum but instead uses a guillotine cradle to get the pin at 6:34. I get the point of the match but it was just all back and forth with no real internal story. Konley does little for me.
Rating: *

Earlier Tonight – Caprice Coleman was backstage singing about his second opportunity in Ring of Honor. He’s facing Colt Cabana tonight and he’s excited about it.

MATCH #6: Colt Cabana vs. Caprice Coleman

These two actually met way back at Do or Die III in the summer of 2004. I appreciate Dave Prazak pointing that out. This should be a nice athletic contest. That’s exactly what we get in the early going until Cabana goes to the floor to ask some kid for advice. The kid advises that Cabana punch him. Instead of that they engage in some amateur wrestling. Coleman actually dominates that, much to Cabana’s chagrin, so he takes a powder. Back in the ring they exchange more holds and Coleman gets knocked to the floor. Coleman kicks Cabana in the head and comes back in with a slingshot senton and then a legdrop for two. Cabana comes back with a modified version of the Air Raid Crash. Both men get back to their feet and trade strikes. Cabana wins that battle and hits the Stroke for two. He goes for the Flying Apple but Coleman avoids it and hits a flying headscissors for two. Coleman goes for a Frog Splash and hits nothing but knees and Cabana rolls him up for the win at 10:16. That was fun (though the same old from Cabana) and I can see why Coleman would get invited back after that.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Kenny King vs. Kyle O’Reilly

These are two of ROH’s rising stars. They trade moves back and forth and King takes an early powder. Back in the ring O’Reilly immediately goes to work on the arm, locking in a Cross Armbreaker. King gets to the ropes but O’Reilly continues the assault. O’Reilly then runs right into a spinebuster and King gets a two-count. King works him over briefly but O’Reilly comes back with kicks. O’Reilly knocks King to the floor and follows him out with a running dropkick off the ring apron. Back in the ring O’Reilly hits a DDT for two and then goes back to the arm. Once again King reaches the ropes. O’Reilly lands a kick to the head but King comes back with an atomic drop and a spin kick of his own. King hits the shotgun knees to the back for two, but the referee catches him with his feet on the ropes. He hits another kick but O’Reilly spins into a big clothesline and both men are down. They rise to their feet and try to out-strike each other. O’Reilly grabs a t-bone suplex and King responds with one of his own, adding a bridge for a two-count. King puts on a single leg crab but O’Reilly reaches the ropes. He goes for the Coronation but O’Reilly rolls through it and puts on a triangle choke accentuated with elbow strikes. King powers out of that and hits the Royal Flush to get the win at 12:20. These two definitely worked well together and at this point the right guy definitely went over.
Rating: ***

Backstage – Steve Corino gets a word with O’Reilly, giving him props for his match tonight and saying he’s excited for his future. O’Reilly thanks him but doesn’t look particularly impressed.

MATCH #8: ROH Champions vs. ROH All Stars – World Champion Roderick Strong, World TV Champion Christopher Daniels & World Tag Team Champions The Kings of Wrestling vs. Davey Richards, El Generico & The Briscoe Brothers

Richards and Daniels are set to start the match. Strong and the Kings believe that Daniels is the weak link on their team and they treat him as such. They have a sportsmanlike exchange before Daniels tags Claudio into the match. Richards responds by tagging Mark. Moments later Hero and Generico tag in. Next up are Strong and Jay, so everyone has gotten a chance to show off in the early going. Strong does his best to avoid Richards, who he just beat at Final Battle 2009. Claudio asks Richards for a test of strength, and Richards asks referee Paul Turner if he can stand on his back to reach. That’s really stupid. That goes nowhere and Hero and Mark tag back in. Neither team has gotten a real advantage yet. Moments after I type that, the Champions take over on Jay and cut the ring in half. The battle spills to the floor and the All Stars come over to try and help their partner. Back in the ring Daniels tags in and Jay briefly fights back but Daniels cuts him off. The champions continue the abuse, keeping Jay away from his partners. Finally Jay is able to slip through and tag Generico. The crowd goes surprisingly mild as Generico is a house afire. Hero cuts him off and tags the TV Champion. Daniels hits a Blue Thunder Powerbomb for two. Mark makes a blind tag and attacks Daniels with his Redneck Kung Fu. The Briscoes hit a Sidewinder for two. They continue double-teaming Daniels, who fights his sway out of the Doomsday Device but runs into a double superkick. The Kings illegally enter the ring to battle their rivals and offense is coming from every angle of the ring now. Richards finally gets his hands (and feet) on Strong, abusing him thoroughly. Strong fights back with a knee strike and several kicks but Richards won’t stay down. Richards fights back with the Ankle Lock and then turns it into a Texas Cloverleaf. Strong turns it into a LeBell Lock but Richards turns it right back into the Cloverleaf and Hero breaks it up with a rolling elbow. Everyone else gets back in the ring and the action is coming too fast to call. The match spills to the floor and Generico and Jay hit simultaneous dives to wipe out the Kings. A bunch of people then just stand there and wait for Richards to wipe them out with a Shooting Star Press. Mark and Daniels are the first two back in the ring and Daniels hits the Angel’s Wings for two. They fight to the top rope and Mark pushes Daniels down and follows him with the Froggy ‘Bow to get the win at 32:46. That was a good deal of fun, especially down the stretch, but boy did that finish come out of nowhere. Since when does the Froggy ‘Bow finish anybody? And fun as it was, there was ultimately nothing at all memorable here, just a good showing from eight good wrestlers.
Rating: ***½
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Bren Events Center – Irvine, California – October 18, 2009

MATCH #1: Ultimate X Match for TNA X Division Championship – Amazing Red w/ Don West vs. Daniels vs. Homicide vs. Suicide vs. Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley

Red has been the champion since 10.8.09 and this is already his second defense. D’Angelo Dinero was originally scheduled for this match, but had a family emergency and had to bail at the last minute. So on the preshow the Motor City Machineguns battled Lethal Consequences, and the Guns got the win, and they’re in the match. This should be pretty fast and pretty furious, action-wise. Everyone is going 100 mph right away, with guys flying all over in and out of the ring. Everyone except Daniels and Red are on the floor, and Red remedies that by delivering a rana on Daniels from the top rope, crashing into everybody. Back in the ring the Guns double-team Red and then turn their attention to Daniels. Sabin has been in 10 Ultimate X matches, which I’m assuming is the most ever. No one’s paying attention to Homicide, so he climbs up and goes for the belt, but Suicide stops him at the last minute. The Guns continue to work together, and one has to wonder what would happen if it came down to the two of them going after the belt. Red thwarts their attacks, but that doesn’t slow down the pace of the match at all. Daniels, Homicide, and Suicide are wearing pink armbands somewhere on their person; not sure what that’s about. Kicks and suplexes are being thrown around by everyone. Daniels, Suicide, and Red climb all the way to the top of the X steel structure. Red rests while Daniels and Suicide slug it out. Daniels is the first one to climb down and try to grab the belt, and Suicide stops him. They continue battling while Sabin and Shelley climb up. Suicide and Daniels take a nasty looking fall, while Red calmly drops down and grabs the belt for the win at 15:16. That was the right choice to open the show, with tons of sick high spots. The big fall at the end made Red’s win anticlimactic, but overall this was fun.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship Match – Taylor Wilde & Sarita vs. The Beautiful People

Wilde and Sarita have been the champions since 9.20.09, and this is their second defense. Lacey tries to whore her way into staying at ringside, but senior referee Earl Hebner will have none of it. Wilde gets a quick rollup on Sky to start the match for a two-count. The champions are in total control early on. Sky comes back with a clothesline on Sarita and makes the tag to Rayne. The challengers take control now and scream a lot. Sarita comes back with some kind of unidentifiable maneuver and both women make tags. Wilde is on fire, hitting a series of clotheslines and a dropkick for two. Sky tries to interfere but Sarita dispatches of her, and then the champions hit the springboard dropkick / German suplex with a bridge combo to get the pin and retain their titles at 2:59. They didn’t really have time to get anything going, which begs the question of why even invent these titles in the first place?
Rating: ½*

MATCH #3: TNA Legends Championship Match – Kevin Nash vs. Hernandez vs. Eric Young

Nash has been the champion since 8.16.09, and this is his fourth defense. He and Young have agreed to work together, as Young promised Nash $60,000 to help him take out Hernandez, and Nash gets to keep his Legends Title as well. This was after Angle put out a $30,000 bounty on Young, so you could say Young struck a pretty good deal. Knowing that he’s in a two-on-one situation, Hernandez goes right on the attack, and knocks Young to the floor with a vicious shoulderblock. He follows him out, but Nash intervenes and goes on offense along with his cohort Young. Hernandez is wearing the pink armbands as well, which Tenay explains as being part of breast cancer awareness. Back in the ring Hernandez once again goes on offense, but it can’t last long since he’s trying to fight off two men. Young and Nash continue to work Hernandez over, and Young mistakenly goes for a cover, irritating the Legends Champion. Hernandez once again fights back, and is able to throw both men around a bit before Nash levels him again. Young and Nash try a double-clothesline, but Hernandez ducks and hits both men with a clothesline of his own. Hernandez hits a sit-out powerbomb on Young, but Nash breaks up the cover. Young tries to take a breather on the floor, but Hernandez follows him out with a swan dive over the top rope. Nash drills Hernandez with a big boot, and Young follows with an elbow drop off the top rope. Young instructs Nash to finish Hernandez with the Jackknife Powerbomb, but then Young throws Hernandez’s head into Nash’s groin and steals the pin at 8:53! That was an effective storyline-driven match; I like how they’re booking Eric Young, I just don’t much like Eric Young. Then to really put over how important this match was, they immediately cut to the back, where guys are yelling at each other.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #4: Full Metal Mayhem for IWGP & TNA World Tag Team Championships – The British Invasion vs. Beer Money, Inc. vs. Booker T & Scott Steiner vs. Team 3D

Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams have been the IWGP Tag Team Champions since 7.30.09. Booker T and Scott Steiner have been the TNA Tag Team Champions since 7.19.09, and this is their fourth defense. Both sets of titles are on the line here, in separate falls. The belts are hanging in the same fashion that the X-Division title was hanging in the Ultimate X match, so it seems like more or less the same thing. Everyone attacks Team 3D in the early going, much like they talked about earlier. The Brits make the first attempt at retrieving the titles, but Beer Money stops them. Meanwhile, Team 3D and the Main Event Mafia battle each other outside the ring. Moments later Booker rejoins the ring and performs the Spin-a-Roony like any good heel would, and winds up eating a superkick and the DWI for his troubles. Steiner comes to his partner’s aid and throws everyone around with suplexes. He follows up with a Super Frankensteiner on Williams. Booker has apparently been “injured,” so his well-endowed wife comes out to see how he’s doing. The British Invasion takes over on Steiner and works him over, stealing Team 3D’s signature moves just to be jerks. Booker is carted out on a stretcher, never to be seen in TNA again. Team 3D gets back in the ring with chairs and they start beating up everyone. Brother Ray even lets Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society (seated at ringside after performing the National Anthem at the beginning of the show) hit Magnus with a chair. The match continues on as a brawl, and Steiner valiantly fights on his own. Unfortunately for Steiner, he winds up getting powerbombed off a ladder and through a table. Devon climbs to the top of the ladder and pulls down the IWGP Tag Title belt at around 13:06, despite getting bashed with a chair by the interfering Rhyno. Williams and Magnus take advantage of the situation, working Team 3D over. Magnus climbs up the ladder and Beer Money tries to double suplex him and it sort of works. Their little “Beer Money” thing is really played and at this point irritating. Magnus quickly recovers and tries climbing the ladder again; this time Storm hits him with a sunset bomb off the ladder. Williams clobbers Storm with a steel chair and climbs up the ladder; Roode joins him up there. Roode knocks Williams down, but Big Rob comes out and pitches Roode over the top rope and through a table on the floor. Williams is then able to grab the TNA title belt and the British Invasion is the NEW TNA World Tag Team Champions at 17:14. That was the usual hardcore mess with a couple of cute spots but mostly just chaos. And to reinforce how important these titles actually are, they immediately cut to the back to show Bobby Lashley and Samoa Joe warming up. Thanks a lot, TNA.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: TNA Knockouts Championship Match – ODB vs. Awesome Kong w/ Raisha Saeed vs. Tara

ODB has been the champion since 9.20.09, and this is her third defense, having previously defended the title in singles matches against both of her opponents tonight. Kong doesn’t want to wait, so she attacks both opponents before the bell and we’re off and running. Tara and ODB try to double-team her but it doesn’t go all that well. Kong is so awesome it’s just sick. ODB and Tara avoid a simultaneous splash attempt and once again try to double-team Kong. Of course when it comes to pin attempts, ODB and Tara disagree, since the first fall wins the title. The match becomes more of a three-way and less of a handicap match, as Kong throws Tara to the floor. Tara gets in a shoving match with a “fan,” who I believe is Kim Couture, in an angle that as of this writing has gone nowhere. We’re left with just ODB and Kong in the ring. ODB hits an impressive Samoan Drop for two. Kong resumes control as Tara makes her way back to the ring. She knocks Tara down once again and hits a splash off the second rope on ODB for two as Tara breaks up the fall. An angry Kong responds with a Chokeslam, and once again kicks Tara to the floor. Kong hits ODB with the Implant Buster for a two-count, which is stupid. Raisha Saeed makes her way to ringside now and introduces a steel chair, but Kong doesn’t want to use it. Kong goes for a powerbomb and Saeed once again slides the chair into the ring, and ODB reverses the powerbomb to a facebuster, and Kong’s face connects with the steel. That’s enough for ODB to get the pin and retain the title at 7:36. To reinforce how important the Knockouts Title is, they immediately cut to the back for a Matt Morgan promo. The match was overbooked and terrible, as I continue to wonder why the Knockouts Division gets so much praise.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #6: MMA vs. TNA Submission Match – “The Boss” Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe

Only TNA would book a “MMA vs. TNA” match and book themselves as the heels. Lashley comes out with taped ribs, so I would expect Joe to go right after them. They start with some basics, and Tenay gets wood when Lashley performs a leap frog. They trade holds and Joe takes a powder. Back in the ring Joe kicks the referee in the leg, and then knocks Lashley to the floor. Joe follows him out with an elbow suicida. Okay, I know referee Earl Hebner has been around forever, but getting kicked in the leg by Joe should take him out for the rest of the show. Despite begin booked as the heel, the crowd is much more supportive of Joe than they are of Lashley. In fact they’re outright booing Lashley during his comebacks. Joe hits a snap powerslam and goes for an armbar, but Lashley escapes and hits a full nelson slam. Lashley hits a t-bone suplex, and Joe comes back with a uranage. Joe hits another uranage, but on the third attempt Lashley blocks it and locks in a choke, and Joe submits at 8:07. The crowd is not impressed with The Boss, to say the least. So in the battle of MMA vs. TNA, it can be assumed that MMA fighters are tougher, so TNA just booked their own company to look weak. Good job guys. The match was painfully dull and stupid, and the crowd is just not into Lashley at all.
Rating: *

MATCH #7: Monster’s Ball Hardcore Extreme – “The Monster” Abyss vs. “The Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley with Special Referee Dr. Stevie

Foley used his power as Executive Shareholder to name Dr. Stevie as the special referee, and he also apparently banned thumbtacks. He attacks Abyss from behind during his entrance, hitting him with a barbed wire baseball bat. They fight on the entrance ramp and Foley starts climbing for some reason. Abyss follows him and of course gets knocked down through some tables. Foley grabs the bat again and hits a running elbow off the ramp to Abyss’s head. He and Stevie make their way back to the ring; meanwhile Abyss recovers and hits Foley with a clothesline. Abyss sets up a barbed wire board between the apron and the guardrail. In the ring finally Abyss levels Foley with a couple of trash can shots. Abyss brings another barbed wire board into the ring and goes for a Chokeslam, but Foley avoids it and hits a Double-Arm DDT instead. Foley continues to abuse Abyss with the barbed wire bat, and the referee even takes a few shots. He and Stevie trap Abyss between two barbed wire boards, and Foley hits an elbow drop for two. Foley then goes back on his word by introducing thumbtacks, which the commentators clear up by saying Foley can use tacks but Abyss cannot. Abyss grows tired of Stevie’s machinations, so he hits him with the Shock Treatment. Daffney comes out and hands Foley a taser, which he uses on Abyss. Tenay and Taz are so confused by what Foley is doing and what the object is. A new referee comes down and has to remind Abyss to kick out – the fans catch it and they boo. Foley goes for Mr. Socko but Abyss gets a drop toehold into the barbed wire, but when the referee tries to make the count, Stevie pulls him to the floor. Daffney climbs to the top rope, but Abyss catches her and Chokeslams her through one of the barbed wire boards. Abyss hits Stevie with the Black Hole Slam into the tacks, and then Chokeslams Foley onto a barbed wire board. He then drags Stevie over and uses his hand to make the three-count for the win at 11:05. Foley has really lost his knack for hardcore matches that mean something. This was all spots, and had an awful storyline leading in to boot. This was just silly.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #8: Wrestling’s Best VS Wrestling’s Future – Kurt Angle vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

This is easily the biggest match of Morgan’s career to date. Angle avoids the younger, more aggressive Morgan in the early going. Eventually Morgan gets a hold of Angle and tosses him over the top rope. Back in the ring Morgan traps Angle in the corner and delivers the elbow pad-less elbows to the face. Morgan is dominating in the opening minutes here. Angle makes a brief comeback and knocks Morgan to the floor, but when he tries to jump off the apron, Morgan catches him and drives Angle into the ring post. Back in the ring Morgan lands a high cross body off the top rope for two. That looked pretty. Morgan tries a bicycle kick in the corner but Angle avoids it and immediately goes to work on the leg. Angle locks on the Figure-Four Leglock, while Taz correctly explains how a shorter man applying this move on a taller man is actually easier. It would be really nice if this Taz was always on commentary, instead of the Taz that makes a joke out of everything. Morgan turns the hold over, and Angle reaches the ropes. Angle slugs away but Morgan pops up with a clothesline. Morgan mounts some kind of a destructive plan, according to Taz, which includes hitting a side slam for two. Angle retakes control and tries a body press, but Morgan catches him with a fallaway slam. Morgan goes for a Chokeslam, but Angle reverses to a victory roll for two. On the second attempt Morgan hits the Chokeslam, and gets a two-count. Angle comes back with three rolling German Suplexes. He goes for the Angle Slam, but Morgan avoids it and hits the Carbon Footprint for two. Morgan tries a charge in the corner, but Angle moves out of the way and hits the Angle Slam, but Morgan kicks out at two! Angle takes the straps down and locks on the Ankle Lock. Morgan kicks his way out of it and goes for a powerbomb, which Angle rolls through and once again applies the Ankle Lock. Angle holds on tenaciously but Morgan finally kicks him off. Morgan hits the Hellevator but Angle kicks out at two! He goes for a Tombstone Piledriver but Angle slips out and once again locks on the Ankle Lock. Morgan once again kicks out of it and hits a clothesline for two. The crowd chants “Morgan sucks,” which shows how poorly TNA books their talent. Morgan goes up top and Angle hits a pop-up super belly-to-belly suplex, and then follows up with an Angle Slam and a Frog Splash, but it only gets two! Angle goes back up top but Morgan recovers and puts Angle on his shoulders, but Angle counters with a victory roll for the win at 14:45. What they were going for in this match was quite obvious, and for the most part it worked. It felt a little forced, but Morgan worked hard and looked pretty good out there with Angle.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #9: “Sting’s Final Curtain Call?” TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. “The Icon” Sting

Styles has been the champion since 9.20.09, and this is his first defense. I really hate the entire buildup to this match, wherein Styles looks like an ineffectual chump who can’t even win a match on his own without Sting’s help. I just hate the Sting character’s holier-than-thou attitude. The champion is the aggressor early on, grinding away with a headlock. Sting comes back with a hiptoss. They go back and forth with Styles using his agility to wow the veteran challenger. Sting then locks on a headlock, and then knocks Styles down with a shoulderblock. He misses an elbow drop, and then Sting misses a knee drop, as the crowd chants “TNA.” The challenger takes control and clotheslines the champion over the top rope to the floor. Then Sting holds the ropes open for Styles, which is so lame. Styles makes him pay for it with an enziguiri. Sting comes back with a couple of face plants and a big back body drop. Styles hits the big dropkick, which sends Sting to the floor. He tries jumping off the apron but Sting moves and he crashes into the guardrail. Moments later Sting tries to charge into Styles, and he meets the same fate. Back in the ring both are acting like nothing happened, so they start slugging it out. Styles tries a charge in the corner and misses, and then tries another charge and takes a boot to the face. He tries a tombstone piledriver, but Sting reverses to one of his own for a near-fall. Styles is so hurt that he rolls to the apron, but then decides he’s okay enough to hit a springboard forearm for two. A backbreaker gets another two-count. They trade Scorpion Death Drop attempts, and Sting is able to land one as the morons in the crowd chant “This Is Wrestling.” Sting hits a Stinger Splash and lands another Scorpion Death Drop but Styles once again kicks out. He locks on the Scorpion Deathlock, and Styles simply powers out of it. Back on their feet they trade blows until Sting Hulks Up and hits a clothesline for two. Sting lifts Styles up to the top rope, and Styles knocks Sting down with a headbutt. Styles falls to the apron and hits a Pele. He follows up with a springboard splash to get the pin and retain the title at 13:52. That was a severely anticlimactic finish to a dull, boring main event. Also, they built this up as Sting’s last match, which we know as of this writing is not the case, so what was the point really? Styles gets on the microphone, which doesn’t even work (so bush league TNA), and tells Sting to show some love for the fans. He thus concedes the spotlight to the veteran, showing who TNA thinks the real star is.
Rating: *½
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Sears Center – Chicago, Illinois – October 12, 2008

MATCH #1: Steel Asylum Match – Alex Shelley vs. Jay Lethal vs. Curry Man vs. Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Johnny Devine vs. Petey Williams vs. Shark Boy vs. Super Eric

Referee Rudy Charles is on top of the cage in the event of a “photo finish.” If anyone thinks two people could sneak out of there at one time, you’re an idiot. The guns work together, as do the Prince Justice Brotherhood trio (Eric, Boy, and Man). Devine gets ganged up on for a bit. The Guns, Devine, and Rave execute a triple suplex on the Brotherhood. There’s little rhyme or reason to most of what’s going on. Shelley and Man fight up on the top rope and Man hits a unique jawbreaker. Sabin fires back with a leaping enziguiri. Boy and Eric look out for Man, but Dutt is able to sneak in and hit a kick to the face. Lethal makes the first real attempt to escape, but Rave stops him, only to receive a hurricanrana for his troubles. Shelley follows with a Frog Splash on Rave, and then Man hits Shelley with a clothesline. Eric hits a simultaneous Death Valley Driver on Devine and Dutt. He goes up to climb but the Guns cut him off. The guns wind up in control of the match, picking almost everyone apart. Williams comes back and knocks Shelley out with the Canadian Destroyer. He tries to climb out but Sabin cuts him off. Boy joins them on the top rope and hits a double Chummer. Rave Rocks Boy’s World, but then Devine hits the Devine Intervention, which looks supremely dangerous. Devine takes Lethal down and hits a moonsault. He climbs and Dutt cuts him off. Man joins them and gets knocked down. Dutt knocks Devine right into a Spice Rack. Man gets close to climbing out but Dutt knocks him down. Lethal joins Dutt up top and they slug it out. Black Machismo wins that battle and climbs out to win the match at 12:04. The concept of the match is inherently stupid but all 10 guys worked hard to get it over and there was almost no down time throughout the entire match.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Knockouts Bimbo Brawl – The Beautiful People & Cute Kip vs. Rhaka Khan, Rhino & ODB

This is a bit of a motley crew. Traci Brooks is the special guest referee. Mike Tenay thinks that if there’s any town that can relate to “One Dirty Bitch” it’s Chicago. What does that even mean? ODB and Angelina Love star the match, and it’s the woman Chicago can most relate to that takes first control. Love rakes the eyes and tags Velvet Sky. ODB goes to work on the arm, and then tags Rhino, who hits an Irish whip and a hip toss. TNA can do man-on-woman violence! That is so cool! At least that’s how I imagine TNA booking meetings going. Rhino motions for the Gore but Kip thankfully saves her. Velvet actually tries to clothesline Rhino? This is stupid. Rhino tags Khan so Velvet tags the person on the team most equipped to handle her. Kip and Khan grab each other in a choke. The man (Kip) wins the choke battle, so Khan grabs his groin. Love comes in to Kip’s defense and Rhaka goes after her arm. Sky distracts Brooks long enough for Kip to hit ODB with the makeup kit. Brooks notices all the makeup on the mat but decides not to ask anyone about it. The Beautiful People continue to double and triple team ODB in their half of the ring. Then ODB tags Rhino, and Kip tags in as well. The match breaks down as Brooks is doing a terrible job as a referee. The men are left alone in the ring. Kip hits a Stinger Splash and goes for the Fame-Ass-Er but Rhino counters with the Gore to get the win at 6:15. Bless that Kip James – with every gimmick he’s given, he always looks like he’s trying as hard as he possibly can to get it over. The match on the other hand was not over with me.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: TNA X-Division Title Match – Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Consequences Creed

Bashir has been the champion since 9.14.08 and this is his second defense. A decorated Soldier makes the ring introduction for the challenger. Creed starts the match off hot, hitting a clothesline and then dumping Bashir to the floor. Back in the ring Creed hits a high cross body block off the top rope for two. The challenger continues to keep the pressure on the champion. He gets back dropped to the apron, and when he tries a sunset flip through the second rope (like that would work), Bashir knees him in the face and kicks him off the apron. The champ follows Creed outside and slams him chest-first onto the guardrail. Back in the ring he gets a two-count. Bashir trips Creed down to the mat and hits an elbow drop to the back for a two-count. He continues to wear Bashir down and cut off all of his comeback attempts. He uses a sleeper to take Bashir down to the mat. Creed fights back with a superkick of sorts and both men are down. Back on their feet Creed is on a roll but can’t put the champ away. Creed goes up top but he plays to the crowd too much and Bashir goes up to hit a (sort of) super rana. That gets two. Creed comes back and tries a Death Valley Driver, but Bashir reverses it to a rollup and grabs the ring rope for leverage to get the pin at 9:18. Remember when Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and AJ Styles were having X-Division Title matches in the main event and it was almost as important as the World Title? Nothing against Creed and Bashir, but the X-Title is just pointless filler now, and that’s TNA’s single greatest failure as a company.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: TNA Knockout Championship Match – Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong vs. Roxxi

Wilde has been the champion since 7.10.08 and this is her fourth defense. She and Roxxi wisely work together in the early going to take Kong down. They knock Kong to the floor and then tear into each other. It doesn’t take Kong long to get back in the ring to break up a pin. Kong then throws Roxxi to the floor, where Raisha Saeed takes a few cheap shots on Roxxi. She then focuses on the champion. Wilde gets a victory roll but Roxxi breaks up the cover and throws her to the floor. Unfortunately for her she forgets about Kong and pays for it. Roxxi fires back and hits a swinging neckbreaker and a senton. She goes up top and hits a Thesz Press but Wilde breaks up the fall. Roxxi locks Wilde in a submission move and Kong kicks them both down to the mat. Kong hits Roxxi with a running cross body block for a two-count. She flattens Roxxi with the Implant Buster but Wilde breaks it up. Wilde pays for that with a solid clothesline. With both Roxxi and Wilde down, Kong goes up top. Wilde joins her up there and kicks Kong down to the floor. Roxxi catches Wilde surprised with a kick to the face for two. She goes for the Cajun Drop but Wilde counters it and goes behind for a bridging German Suplex to get the pin at 5:13. Kong is so good it’s sick. The match was pretty good for the time they got.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Monster’s Ball Match for the TNA World Tag Team Titles – Beer Money, Inc. vs. Team 3D vs. The Latin American Xchange vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss

Beer Money has been the champions since 8.10.08, and this is their second defense. This is the fifth Monster’s Ball match in history, and the first one featuring tag teams. Abyss is 1-3, and everyone else is making their debuts. Steve “Mongo” McMichael is the special guest referee, and boy is he looking old.

Everyone attacks Beer Money to start and it’s a big brawl all over the place. Homicide seems to grab most of the spotlight, and he brings out a staple from his old ROH days, the fork, jabbing it into Devon’s head. Ray brings a cheese grater in and works on Abyss with it. Mongo counts extremely slowly for Beer Money. Storm gets tired of Mongo dogging them, so he brings his beer helmet and a football in the ring to challenge him, and Mongo takes both of them out. More brawling ensues, and Johnny Devine shows up to help his Team 3D cohorts. The three of them conspire to slam Abyss off the entrance ramp through a flaming table. Jacqueline interferes and tries to jump on Mongo, and she receives a spanking for her trouble. Hernandez actually hits the Border Toss on Morgan, which is pretty impressive. Team 3D hits the 3D on Hernandez, on a table covered with tacks. However, Beer Money sneaks in the ring and steals the pin to retain the titles at 20:19. That was super fun chaos, but everything involving Mongo hurt what the wrestlers were trying to do.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: Three Way War – AJ Styles vs. Booker T vs. Christian Cage

This is the beginning of the Main Event Mafia versus Frontline angle, with T and Styles on obvious sides and Cage somewhere in the middle. To literally illustrate that, Cage hangs back and lets them do battle. Then Cage gets in the ring and shakes T’s hand, but that alliance lasts about three seconds before Cage hits the inverted DDT. He then turns his attention to Styles and drops his midsection on the top rope. That sends Styles to the floor, and T makes his way back in to knock Cage to the floor. Styles appears to be going for a springboard into the ring, but instead he moonsaults back to the floor onto Cage! T joins them on the floor and is able to hit Styles with a briefcase when referee Shane Sewell’s back is turned. Cage and T get back in the ring and trade strikes. T lands a flapjack for a two-count and then locks Cage in a chinlock. He continues to wear Cage down while Styles recovers on the floor. Cage fights back and ducks a clothesline, and T bumps off that for some reason, and then they clothesline each other. Way to go Booker. Styles makes it back to the ring with the springboard forearm on T, and he has a few shots for Cage as well. Cage recovers and clotheslines T to the floor, but then gets smacked with a Styles dropkick. Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Cage avoids it, but he can’t block the second attempt of the flipping inverted DDT, which gets a two-count. T comes back and kicks Cage to the floor and then turns his attention to Styles. He goes for the Axe Kick but Styles avoids it and locks on a Cross Armbreaker. Cage comes in and breaks it up, then takes a rana from Styles. T comes back and hits the Bookend on Styles for a two-count. He goes for the Spin-a-Roony and Cage blasts him with a European Uppercut off the second rope. Styles hits a Pele to knock T to the floor. Cage grabs Styles with an Implant DDT for two. They fight up top and Styles drops Cage down to the mat, but then misses the Spiral Tap. T then takes them both down with a simultaneous axe kick but can’t pin either man. He goes up top but Cage uses Styles to knock him down. Cage then hits Styles with a Spear, but T literally holds the referee back from making the count. Styles and Cage join T up on the ropes, and Cage hits a Super Unprettier on Styles! Cage then stands there and waits for T to hit a Super Axe Kick to get the win at 13:07. The stuff between Styles and Cage was good, but Booker T just looked lost out there.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #7: Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle

Mick Foley is the special guest enforcer. This is Jarrett’s first match since May of 2007, when he dropped a fall to Robert Roode. Angle takes Jarrett down right away and looks confident in doing so. Tenay describes the look on Angle’s face as a “bleep-eatin’-grin.” I hate you, Mike Tenay. Angle grounds Jarrett briefly, but Jarrett counters him and locks on a headlock. That doesn’t last too long, as Angle powers up and runs Jarrett into the corner. Don West calls a European Uppercut a German Uppercut for some reason. Jarrett recovers and sends Angle to the floor, and follows him out with a slingshot dive. He tries diving off the apron, but Angle moves and Jarrett crashes into the guardrail. Back in the ring Angle follows up with some kicks to the ribs. Jarrett comes back with an inverted atomic drop and an enziguiri. He spends too much time strutting and Angle hits a hard clothesline. Angle is in control now, wearing Jarrett down. Jarrett gets a quick rollup for two but Angle clotheslines him down again. He gets up again and hits Angle with a DDT and both men are down. They get to their feet and trade punches. Jarrett wins that battle and hits two lariats and a blue thunder driver for two. Angle recovers and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. They rise and Angle tries the Olympic Slam but Jarrett counters to a DDT for two. He puts Angle up on the top rope and hits a superplex and Angle kicks out at two. Jarrett then locks on the Figure-Four Leglock right in the center of the ring. Angle eventually makes it to the ropes and the hold is broken. He comes back and hits a German Suplex with a bridge for two, and then hits a couple of Rolling Germans. He tries the Angle Slam but Jarrett counters to an armdrag. Jarrett tries a piledriver but Angle winds up rolling through to the Ankle Lock. Wow, Jarrett survives in the hold for a ridiculously long time. He rolls Angle through to break the hold. Angle hits the Angle Slam but Jarrett kicks out. He goes up for the Moonsault but Jarrett rolls out of the way. The referee takes a bump and Jarrett hits the Stroke. Foley comes in to count the fall but Angle kicks out at two. Angle hits a low blow and then goes to the floor and grabs a chair. He wallops Foley in the face with it, and then delivers a shot to Jarrett as well. Angle revives the referee, but Foley pulls the referee out, having made a miraculous recovery from that brutal shot to the face. He applies Mr. Socko to Angle, and Jarrett smashes the guitar over Angle’s head. Foley counts the pin at 20:07. The problem with special enforcers is that they always have to get involved, and that takes away from the two wrestlers in the match. It was going along really well until all the Foley involvement, but Jarrett looked really good for such a long layoff. It wasn’t quite a classic but it was fairly entertaining.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: TNA World Championship Match – Samoa Joe vs. Sting

Joe has been the champion since 4.13.08 and this is his eighth defense. Sting attacks right away but Joe dumps him to the floor and follows him out with the elbow suicida. They fight up through the crowd for a while, and Joe hits an amazing flying dropkick, landing right on the steps. Tenay announces that there will be no return match no matter what happens, which makes no sense. After several minutes and a few momentum changes, they make their way back to the ring where Joe is in control. Joe tries the Muscle Buster but Sting blocks it and hits a DDT. Sting goes up top and hits a Frog Splash for two. Joe comes back with a kick to the gut and a powerbomb for two. He rolls that into the STF and then a Crossface. Sting tries to fight back but Joe hits the snap powerslam for two. Joe gets confident and Sting makes him pay with a Stinger Splash and Muscle Buster! Or so we thought, because Joe no-sells it. Joe returns the favor with a Scorpion Death Drop and Sting no-sells that. Sting tries a Stinger Splash but the champ counters with the STJoe. Joe hits a series of knees to the head and hopes for a knockout win but Sting gets up. He continues going for knockout blows to the head. For some reason Kevin Nash makes his way to ringside, and I think every BFG main event has had some form of interference; for the second year in a row it’s from Nash. Joe hits a DDT and continues arguing with the referee for some reason. Sting grabs the baseball bat but Nash takes it away from him. Joe hits Sting with a clothesline for a two-count. The referee gets sort of knocked out of the way and Nash hits Joe with the bat. Sting then hits the Scorpion Death Drop to get the pin at 16:53. What a boring match with a terrible finish that made Joe look like a total rube. Sting is beyond limited at this point and the booking is so mundane.
Rating: **
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Gwinnett Center – Duluth, Georgia – October 14, 2007

MATCH #1: Ultimate X Match – The Latin American Xchange vs. Triple X

LAX is represented by Homicide and Hernandez, while Elix Skipper and Senshi are representing XXX. I don’t think there was any kind of feud to this match, just a match for the sake of it. However, at least the winners get a Tag Team Title shot. This is the thirteenth ever Ultimate X match; LAX is 1-0 as a team; Skipper and Senshi are both 0-2 on their own but have never been in one as a tag team.

It’s all action all the time in the early minutes. Hernandez appears to be having fun throwing Senshi around. Skipper pairs off with Homicide and Senshi is fighting Hernandez. The fight spills to the floor and Homicide hits Senshi with the Tope Con Hilo and Don West loves it. Skipper tries to climb up to the X but Hernandez is all “no way son.” Hernandez then climbs to the X and just sits there not grabbing the X for some reason. Obviously he gets knocked down, and then Senshi takes a turn and gets powerbombed for his troubles. Skipper climbs all the way to the top of one of the steel trusses and hits a cross body block on Hernandez. Homicide tries to get the X and Skipper goes out with him, and Homicide brings them both down by hitting a neckbreaker. He tries going back up but this time Senshi stops him. Homicide sets up for a super Gringo Killer but Senshi blocks it and hits the Warrior’s Way instead. Hernandez is up and hits another Crackerjack on Senshi. He tries to dive on Senshi on the floor, but Skipper cuts him off and tries the Play of the Day. That gets blocked and Hernandez tosses Skipper to the floor with the Border Toss. The big man then climbs up and grabs the X for the win at 11:57. That had some cool spots and was entertaining throughout.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Fight for the Right Match – Jimmy Rave, Lance Hoyt, Havok, Shark Boy, Petey Williams, Kaz, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt, Kip James, BG James, James Storm, Eric Young, Robert Roode, Chris Harris, and Junior Fatu

“16 Wrestlers Start Outside The Ring. The First 8 To Enter The Ring Advance To An Over The Top Rope Battle Royal. The Final 2 Meet In One Fall Match.” Well this sounds remarkably complicated and stupid. Ha, remember Junior Fatu?

Speaking of the fat man, he’s the first one in the ring. Kaz and Roode fight up on the top rope, and Kaz hits the Flux Capacitor, meaning both men are now in the battle royal. Shelley makes his way into the ring. Hoyt press slams Young into the ring. Shelley helps Sabin get in the ring. Hoyt takes spot seven, and Storm sneaks in to grab the last spot around two and a half minutes in. Now the match turns into a battle royal. Storm is immediately eliminated by Young. Oh, it’s also important to note that these eight m en are now entered into a tournament on iMPACT!, and matches will be determined by order of elimination in the battle royal. Sounds like they’re stealing from FIP to me. The six guys that are not Fatu team up to eliminate him from the match. Sabin is next to go, via Kaz. Roode viciously eliminates Kaz next. We’re down to the final four. Hoyt levels Young with a big boot. He foolishly goes for the Moonsault and Roode pushes him to the floor. That means Kaz will battle Hoyt in first-round tournament action. Shelley and Young work together on Roode. A little miscommunication leads to Roode eliminating Shelley, who will now face Sabin in the tournament. We’re down to the final two at just over 10 minutes in. These two have wrestled each other about a billion times. Roode intimidates Young and controls the match. Young recovers briefly and tries a Moonsault but misses. Roode tries the Payoff but Young counters with a small package for the pin at 11:49. That means Roode will face Junior Fatu, and Young will face James Storm. This was overly complicated and not at all interesting.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: TNA World Tag Team Title Match – Team Pacman vs. AJ Styles & Tomko

Team Pacman has been the champions since 9.9.07 and this is their second defense. Consequences Creed will be substituting for Pacman Jones tonight, I guess since Pacman Jones isn’t a wrestler? Styles and Creed start the match with some fast paced chain wrestling. Creed accidentally bumps into Tomko on the apron, and Tomko is none too happy about it, asking to be tagged in. Tomko tries a powerslam but Creed slips out and tags out. Truth no-sells Tomko’s offense and hits a missile dropkick and a flying forearm. Creed tags back in for some double teaming. As soon a Truth leaves the ring Tomko flattens Creed with a big boot. Styles tags in hits The Dropkick. Creed comes back and tags out. Truth comes in and hits a gourdbuster. Styles comes back with a Pele kick, and then makes the hot tag. Tomko is throwing Team Pacman around and the match turns into a big brawl. The referee isn’t even trying to regain control. Pacman pulls down the rope on Tomko, causing him to fall to the floor. Creed tries to jump off the apron but Tomko catches him. Truth then follows them out with a dive of his own that does knock Tomko down. Styles follows all of them with a springboard shooting star press. I can do that I just don’t want to. Pacman tries to Make It Rain but Styles knocks the money out of his hand. Referee Earl Hebner is too busy picking up bills to notice Truth is covering Styles, thus it only gets a two-count. While Pacman yells at Hebner, Tomko flattens Truth with a boot to the face. Styles follows with the springboard forearm. Tomko and Styles then hit their version of Au Revoir to get the pin and win the titles at 8:47. The match was decent, and kicked off a very entertaining run for Styles and Tomko as champs (which ended in just about the dumbest way possible). Imagine what the match would have been like with Pacman Jones in place of Creed. Yikes.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: TNA X-Division Title Match – Jay Lethal vs. Christopher Daniels

Lethal has been the champion since 9.9.07 and this is his first defense. The action is fast paced from the beginning, as the champion hits a headscissors that sends Daniels to the floor and then follows him out with a suicide dive. Lethal hits a hiptoss on the floor and then throws Daniels back in for a double axe handle off the top rope for two. He whips Daniels chest first into the turnbuckles and clotheslines him to the floor. Once again Lethal hits a dive over the top rope to wipe Daniels out. Lethal has been all over the place so far. He charges at Daniels but gets caught and Daniels drops him back-first on the guardrail, and then bodyslams him for good measure. Back in the ring Daniels hits a back body drop, which apparently gives him one point. Daniels keeps looking up to “talk to the Gods” or whatever. I don’t remember that being part of his gimmick. I guess my memory isn’t what it used to be. Lethal gets a couple of quick rollups for two but then Daniels cuts him off with a leg lariat. Daniels hits the Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Lethal comes back with a headscissors and then a series of clotheslines and a kneelift. He snaps Daniels’s neck off the top rope (gee where did he get that from). He hits a vertical suplex with a bridge (that’s unique) for two. He keeps the pressure on, hitting an enziguiri. He misses a superkick and Daniels goes for Angel’s Wings, but Lethal reverses it to a Victory Roll for two. Lethal then hits a unique face plant move that I’m not sure what to call. He goes for a springboard move but Daniels catches him and hits a Death Valley Driver. Daniels follows up with the Best Moonsault Ever but Lethal kicks out at two! Lethal blocks the Last Rites and ducks an enziguiri, and then hits the Lethal Injection! Both men are down. Back on their feet Daniels sets Lethal on the top rope and tries a rana but Lethal hangs on and pushes Daniels down. That creates the perfect opportunity for the Macho Elbow but Daniels moves and rolls Lethal up for a two-count. Daniels again sets Lethal up on the top rope, but this time Lethal hits a Super Lethal Combination to get the pin at 11:00. I didn’t expect anything going in but that was really good. The action never stopped and the crowd was into it.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: Best of Three Tables Match – The Steiner Brothers vs. Team 3D

Scott cuts one of his amazing promos before the match. This is one of those matches that would have been cool to see about five years ago or so. The Steiner Brothers attack right away and control the action both in and out of the ring. Team 3D starts walking toward the back but the Steiners will have none of it as they follow them and continue beating them up. They fight through the crowd, clearing people out along the way. After several minutes they make their way back to the ring and bring a table in. Finally Devon fights back and rescues his brother. Ray and Devon then hit a quick 3D through the table on Rick to go up 1-0. They bring another table in the ring and set up for the Superbomb on Scott, but the muscular Steiner brother blocks it and hits a Super Frankensteiner on Ray through the table to tie it up at 1-1. Devon gets back in the ring and takes Scott down for a diving headbutt but misses. They continue brawling around and 3D maintains the advantage. They look to use some chairs but the Motor City Machineguns come out to distract them. That allows the Steiners to recover and hit the Steiner Bulldog on Devon through a table to get the win at 12:42. That was a pretty plodding brawl that didn’t really feel necessary.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #6: Knockouts Gauntlet Match for the TNA Knockout Championship

Ms. Brooks is entrant #1, and “Pride of Tennessee” Ms. Jackie Moore is #2. Jackie hits the only real move of the minute, a release German Suplex. Shelly Martinez is #3. Who has bigger fake thingies, Traci or Shelly? Brooks hits Shelley with the Pie in the Sky, and Awesome Kong is #4. Shelley and Brooks look worried but the veteran Jackie is not afraid. It takes Kong almost the whole minute to get to the ring. ODB is #5. Kong eliminates Shelly and Jackie eliminates Brooks. Jackie jumps right on Kong’s back, but Kong escapes and hits the Implant Buster. Kong then pitches Jackie to the floor. Tenay says that Kong has eliminated three competitors, but Jackie clearly eliminated Ms. Brooks. Angel Williams is #6, and she already has the Beautiful People music. She and ODB work together on Kong but they get overpowered. Christy Hemme is #7. She actually thinks twice about getting in the ring with Kong, but the mighty Kong gives her no choice. Gail Kim is #8, and she immediately drills Kong with a missile dropkick. Williams and ODB recover and go after Kong, as Hemme looks hurt. Kim, Williams, and ODB together are able to eliminate Kong as Talia Madison comes out at #9. She looks … different. Kim and ODB knock Williams to the floor and then tear into each other. Roxxi Laveaux completes the field at #10. Only four Knockouts are left – ODB, Kim, Madison, and Roxxi. Kim quickly eliminates Madison and Roxxi tosses ODB to the floor and we’re down to the final two competitors around 10 minutes in. It’s a regular one-on-one match now. Kim locks on an armbar submission but Roxxi gets to the ropes. She goes up for a missile dropkick but Roxxi moves and gets a two-count. Kim comes back with the Air Raid Crash out of nowhere to get the pin and become the first Knockout Champion at 12:11. That was a lot of fun while Kong was in there, but after she left it got pretty dull. The finish totally came out of nowhere too.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: Samoa Joe vs. Christian Cage

Matt Morgan is the Enforcer for this “Must Be a Winner” match. Cage tries to avoid the fired up Joe early on. Joe lets the much taller Morgan know that he’s not afraid of him. Cage finally locks up with Joe and gets slammed down to the mat on his face. Joe locks on a headlock and grinds away. He hits the running knee in the corner and tries the Face Wash but Cage moves out of the way. Cage charges but gets caught with a back elbow and then Joe hits a leg lariat off the second rope. Joe hits a big knee drop and Cage rolls to the apron. He ties Cage up in the Tree of Woe and hits a kick to the face. Cage comes back with a rake to the eyes and a kick to the face to send Joe to the floor. He tries a dive off the top rope but Joe moves and Cage crashes into the guardrail. Joe gets back in the ring to hit the Elbow Suicida. He follows up with a huge Ole Kick. Joe tries to whip Cage into the ring post but Cage is able to come back with a DDT off the ropes right on the concrete floor. Back in the ring Cage puts the boots to Joe. He hits the inverted DDT for two, but then misses a Frog Splash. They exchange strikes from their knees and Joe dumps Cage to the apron. Cage tries to slingshot his way back in the ring but Joe kicks him out of the air. He signals that he’s going to leave but Morgan won’t let him, and Joe hits a twisting plancha to wipe Cage out. Back in the ring Cage tries a turnaround cross body off the second rope but you know how Joe feels about that. Joe then clobbers Cage with a lariat but it only gets two. He sets up for the Muscle Buster but Cage avoids it. They trade finisher attempts and it ends with Joe hitting a Buckle Bomb, and then the Big Joe Combo for two. Cage cowers in the corner and when Joe goes for mounted punches Cage catches him with a powerbomb and puts his feet on the ropes for a two-count. Joe tries the Coquina Clutch again but Cage avoids it. Cage then charges into a snap powerslam for two. He rolls to the apron and then they take it up to the middle rope, and Joe shoves Cage down to the floor! Tomko makes his way out, and Matt Morgan stands in his way. They immediately start throwing hands, distracting the referee. AJ Styles comes down and tries to interfere, but Morgan is able to stop him and then he chases Styles and Tomko to the back. In all the confusion Cage hits Joe with a kick to the junk and then the Unprettier but Joe kicks out! Cage then tries the Choke but Joe powers up and backs Cage into the corner and drills him with an enziguiri! Joe then hits the Muscle Buster and locks on the Coquina Clutch and Cage taps out at 15:46! That is actually Cage’s first loss by pin or submission in over TWO YEARS in TNA. They give Joe about a second and a half to celebrate before sending it backstage to Borash and Nash. I really hate how TNA moves so quickly from segment to segment. Some things need to sink in for a minute, and Joe ending a two year long unbeaten streak after an awesome match is one of those things. Everything about this match just worked; these two had great chemistry together and Morgan as the Enforcer was used effectively in the storyline of the match. This was a great blowoff.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #8: Monster’s Ball Match – Raven vs. Black Reign vs. Rhino vs. Abyss

The other three don’t wait for Abyss to get down to the ring. This is the fourth-ever Monster’s Ball match; Abyss is 0-3, Rhino is 1-0, Raven is 0-2, and this is Reign’s first appearance. Raven and Reign work together and take Rhino out and then turn their attention to Abyss. Moments later Rhino makes his way back in and the brawl is on. They hit each other with stuff and Rhino is standing tall. Abyss and Reign fight up the aisle and Raven and Rhino quickly join them. They get up by the entrance and Rhino tries to Gore Abyss but he misses and crashes down to the floor. Raven is busted open. He and Reign set Abyss up on a table, and then he jumps off a balcony to drive Abyss through the table. Reign is busted open now too. He brings Abyss back to the ring and tries to pin him but Raven stops him. They trade pin attempts and pull each other off at two. Reign takes control of Raven and hits him with the Shattered Dreams. Abyss comes back with a bag of something but before he can open it Reign cuts him off with a Pedigree. Rhino makes his way back to the ring and nails Reign with a Gore. Raven then hits Rhino and Abyss with a kendo stick, and then empties the bag of tacks. James Mitchell comes down to ringside with another bag, this one full of broken glass. Raven goes for the Raven Effect but Abyss reverses it to the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 9:06. That was just garbage for the sake of garbage.
Rating **

MATCH #9: TNA World Championship Match – Kurt Angle vs. Sting

Angle has been the champion since 6.17.07 and this is his fifth defense. These two are so mad at each other that they trade waistlocks right away. Sting goes after the arm and Angle runs for the ropes. They take it down to the mat and wrestle to a standoff. Angle knocks Sting down with a shoulderblock, and Sting comes back with a hip toss that sends Angle scurrying to the floor. Back in the ring Sting maintains control, hitting mounted punches in the corner. Everything Angle tries Sting has a counter for, and Sting clotheslines Angle back to the floor. In the ring out of the ring, wherever they’re at Sting has the advantage. Sting tries the Scorpion Death Drop but Angle counters with a release German Suplex. Angle gets aggressive now, working Sting over and going for a cover at every opportunity. He uses a body scissors to wear Sting down. Sting powers out and both men clothesline each other and they’re both down. They get up and trade right hands, and Sting gains the advantage. Sting hits a spinebuster for two. He follows up with the Stinger Splash, and then another one to the back. He slams Angle’s face into the mat and goes up to the top rope. Angle hits the pop-up super belly-to-belly suplex. Sting rolls through the Olympic Slam with a sunset flip for two. Angle then hits three rolling German Suplexes for a two-count. The straps come down and the Ankle Lock is locked in, but Sting reverses it to the Scorpion Deathlock. Karen Angle makes her way down and distracts Sting. Kevin Nash sneaks in the ring and clotheslines Sting, and then Angle hits him with the Olympic Slam, but the referee is too distracted by Karen and Sting kicks out at two. Angle takes Sting to the top rope, but Sting knocks Angle down. Sting tries a splash but Angle gets his knees up and covers for two. Angle powerslams Sting down and goes to the top rope and tries a 450 Splash (what the hell?), but mostly just kicks Sting in the gut. That looked incredibly painful but Sting kicks out. Angle locks on the Ankle Lock but Sting rolls through it and sends Angle crashing into Nash. Sting ducks a clothesline and Angle levels the referee. Unfortunately for Sting he hits the Scorpion Death Drop but the referee is out. A third referee makes his way out but Nash pulls him to the floor before the three-count can be made. Nash gets back in the ring and attacks Sting, but of course Sting withstands the double team. Angle hits him with a low blow though, and then tries to use the baseball bat, but Sting avoids it and uses the bat himself. Nash gets hit with the bat too. Both men are busted open as Sting hits another Scorpion Death Drop to win the TNA Championship at 18:27. That was going along just fine if a bit pedestrian, but then Nash and Karen dragged it down with their copious interference. That makes Sting two for two in winning the World Title at Bound for Glory.
Rating: **¼
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Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Michigan – October 22, 2006

MATCH #1: Kevin Nash Open Invitational X-Division Gauntlet Battle Royal for Bound for Glory

Tenay, you are not cool when you use terms that wrestlers use like “blown up.” Shut up. We’re not even two minutes into the show and I hate you already. The #1 entrant is Austin Starr. From the looks of Starr’s back he’s been reading Triple H’s book. Sonjay Dutt is #2 and here we go. Nash is joining Tenay and West on commentary.

A new entrant will come out every 60 seconds. Nash talks about being one of the best high-flyers of all time while Starr and Dutt go back and forth. Maverick Matt is #3. I believe this is Matt’s fourth name in TNA (Michael Shane, Michael, and Matt Bentley, with Martyr still to come). Starr and Matt double-team Dutt, who comes back on them with a springboard clothesline. The #4 entrant is Jay Lethal and he comes to Dutt’s aid. A1 comes out at #5, which is fine because the X-Division is about No Limits. Next out at #6 is Zach Gowen, a Detroit native. He hits Dutt with the moonsault but then Starr levels him with a clothesline. Kazarian is #7, and he works with his tag partner Matt to eliminate Dutt. Not much happens until Sirelda makes her way out at #8. Kazarian immediately slaps the taste out of her mouth, so she comes back with a side suplex. Starr also goes right after her, and she makes him pay with an inverted atomic drop. Starr hits her with a low blow (which I’m made to understand would hurt a girl, I mean come on it’s still a sensitive area) and then A1 clotheslines her to the floor. Shark Boy is #9. Nash’s protégé Alex Shelley comes out at #10. This match seems designed for him to get the win. D-Ray 3000 is entrant #11. Boy and 3000 use the battering ram and toss Matt to the floor. Johnny Devine is #12 and he tosses Gowen to the floor. But both feet didn’t touch! Say his name – Primetime Elix Skipper is entrant #13. He flies around with reckless abandon. Kazarian goes for a move off the top rope but Starr pushes him down to the floor to eliminate him. Short Sleeve Sampson comes out at #14. Meanwhile Boy and 3000 have been eliminated. Starr battle Sampson and embarrasses him. Norman Smiley is #15. He and Sampson execute the double big wiggle. Shelley then eliminates Sampson and the final entrant is Petey Williams at #16. For some reason Sampson chases referee Slick Johnson around ringside, and Slick gets in the ring and decides to join the match. It is an open invitational. Slick eliminates Skipper and Smiley, and then Williams dumps him to the floor. Williams hits Lethal with the Canadian Destroyer. Shelley eliminates Williams, and then Starr eliminates Devine. Starr goes after Shelley, but Devine grabs his foot from the floor. Shelley charges but gets backdropped right onto Devine, so we’re down to just Starr and Lethal. Paparazzi Productions is having a disagreement on the floor. Meanwhile Lethal hits Aries with the Lethal Injection for two. Lethal goes up top but Aries knocks him down and drills him with a kick to the head and then the Starrbuster to get the win at 17:11. That was mostly a way to get more people on the car and to get Starr over, but the crowd really wanted the hometown boy Shelley so they seemed really deflated after he was gone. Match was the usual collection of battle royal spots.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Four Way Tag Team Match – The Naturals vs. The James Gang vs. America’s Most Wanted vs. Team 3D

Shane Douglas comes out to introduce the Naturals. AMW is without Gail Kim, who was injured by Hernandez on the last episode of iMPACT!. Chase Stevens and James Storm start the match. Storm hits a dropkick and Ray tags himself in. Ray hits Storm with a Rock Bottom and then hip tosses a charging Harris. BG James tags in and he and Ray work together on AMW for some reason. The match breaks down and bodies and action are all over the place. They work in a Tower of Doom spot. Harris tries the Catatonic on BG, but BG reverses it and hits the Pumphandle Slam. Stevens then grabs BG with a sort of Go 2 Sleep. Storm then hits Stevens with the Eye of the Storm. Devon hits Storm with the Saving Grace. Douglas hits Devon with a tornado DDT. Ray hits Douglas with the Bubba Bomb. Kip hits Ray with the Fame-Ass-Er. The James Gang and America’s Most Wanted fight up the entrance. That leaves Team 3D and the Naturals in the ring. It turns into pretty standard Team 3D fare at this point. The Naturals hit Devon with the Natural Disaster but Devon kicks out at two. Moments later 3D hits the Naturals with the 3D to get the win at 6:55. That was more like an iMPACT! match.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Monster’s Ball – Abyss w/ James Mitchell vs. Brother Runt vs. Raven vs. Samoa Joe

Jake Roberts it the special guest referee. They waste no time in getting the weapons involved. Raven and Runt briefly work together. Joe is in the midst of a feud with the recently debuted Kurt Angle so he definitely looks like a bigger deal in the match than the other three. Abyss hurls Runt into the crowd, and the morons toss him right back to the floor rather than letting him crowd surf. Raven and Abyss go out to the floor as well, and Joe wipes them out with a spinning suicide dive. Joe and Raven battle up the entrance ramp, and Raven knocks him off the ramp and through a table! Runt and Abyss climb up some scaffolding for no real reason and Abyss throws him down to the platform. The cameramen miss Abyss jumping off the scaffolding onto Runt, but thankfully they have a replay. Back in the ring Abyss covers Runt and Roberts makes the slowest count of all time and Raven breaks up the cover. Abyss hits Raven with the Earthquake splash for another very slow two-count. Joe makes his way back to the ring and dumps Raven to the floor. Abyss tries to hit Joe with a Joe but Joe kicks him in the nuts and then slaps him in the face. Joe hits the snap powerslam on a chair but Raven breaks up the cover. Raven then drop toeholds Joe to the floor. Abyss grabs the bag of thumbtacks but Roberts doesn’t want him to use them so he threatens to bring out the snake. That doesn’t make any sense – why would Roberts care if they use tacks? It’s a Monster’s Ball match! Raven disagrees with Jake and motions to DDT him but Abyss breaks it up and now is able to unload the bag of tacks. Mitchell’s “Click, Doomsday” thing is so stupid. What did anybody ever like about that guy? Abyss throws Raven to the floor and Joe comes back in. Joe hits a senton that squashes Abyss’s face into the tacks! He goes for the Coquina Clutch but Raven breaks it up with a steel chair. Roberts then takes the chair and hits Raven with the DDT. Joe then crushes Raven with the Muscle Buster for the pin at 11:09. Joe’s awesomeness elevated this one but a lot of it made no sense and it was just a collection of spots.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: Loser Gets Fired – Eric Young vs. Larry Zbyszko

This was during Young’s most annoying phase, the “Don’t Fire Eric” thing. They shockingly stall to start. In fact they stall for about two and a half minutes. Finally they lock up and Zbyszko catches Young with a kick to the gut and then locks on the abdominal stretch. Young reverses it to one of his own and Zbyszko pokes the referee in the eyes and breaks the hold. Zbyszko tries to use a weapon (looks like brass knuckles). Young then takes the weapon and hits Zbyszko with them to get the pin at 3:25. That might have been better suited to free TV.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #5: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Senshi vs. Chris Sabin

Senshi has been the champion since 6.22.06 and this is his fourth defense. They aggressively lock up to start and fight to a standoff. Sabin tries to kick but Senshi wins that battle. Senshi goes for a whip but Sabin reverses it and looks to be going to the hesitation dropkick but Senshi avoids it. Sabin gets a La Magistral cradle for two, and then dropkicks the knee. Senshi comes back with Black Magic to take control. He goes to work with kicks and submissions, and cuts off Sabin’s comeback attempts. After several minutes Sabin is able to catch Senshi with the springboard missile dropkick. That gives Sabin the advantage. He sends Senshi to the floor and then follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Sabin hits an enziguiri and then lands the hesitation dropkick. Sabin tries a powerbomb but Senshi counters it into the Dragon Sleeper, and Sabin backs him into the corner to break it. Senshi goes for the cartwheel kick but Sabin dropkicks him out of the air. Sabin hits a tornado DDT but it only gets two. He tries a super rana but Senshi rolls through it and hits a double stomp to the chest for two! Sabin comes back with a surprise running Yakuza kick in the corner. He follows up with the Cradle Shock but Senshi kicks out! Sabin takes Senshi up top for a super Cradle Shock but Senshi blocks it and hits kicks to the chest, and then back on the mat Senshi hits the shotgun dropkick. Senshi goes up and hits the Warrior’s Way but Sabin just gets his foot on the bottom rope. The champ locks on the Dragon Sleeper but Sabin rolls it into a cradle to get the surprise pin at 12:49. I generally find it pretty annoying when finishers don’t end a match but an inside cradle does. Other than that this was really good though, and much better than the No Surrender match with all the shenanigans.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: Eight Mile Street Fight – Christian Cage vs. Rhino

This feud has such gay overtones to it. They’re saying things like “I share the last 10 years of my life with you” and things like that. They start the fight outside the arena and Rhino is the aggressor. They make it inside and fight on top of a Zamboni. Rhino is still in control, hammering away on his former friend. Cage comes back with an eye rake and then hits Rhino with a fake street lamp. You see, the street lamp is supposed to signify that they’re on Eight Mile, but if they’ve ever been down Eight Mile they would know street lamps are a bit too luxurious for that area. Rhino comes right back and starts filling up the ring with chairs. He hits Cage across the back with one of the street lamps for a two-count. He sets up for a Gore but Cage plasters him with a chair to the face. Rhino sells that for all of about six seconds before going back on offense out on the floor. Back in the ring Rhino sets a table up in the corner. Cage gets a quick schoolboy rollup for two, and then cracks Rhino with an 8 Mile Road sign. He goes out and grabs a ladder, as we learn that Rhino is busted open. Cage hits the Unprettier but Rhino kicks out at two. He cracks Rhino in the face with the ladder and then goes outside the ring and grabs a steel chair and a straightjacket. He traps Rhino in the jacket and goes for a one-man Con-Chair-Toe but Rhino moves. Rhino gets up and is able to kick Cage in the balls. The referee unlocks Rhino and the crowd boos? They fight over to the ring apron and Rhino hits a piledriver off the apron through a table on the floor. Back in the ring Rhino covers but Cage gets his foot on the bottom rope at two. Rhino goes for the Gore but Cage moves and he hits nothing but table. Cage covers for two. He follows up with an Unprettier on top of a table for two. He stacks chairs, tables, a sign, and a ladder on top of Rhino. He then dishes out a series of chair shots to the pile and that’s enough to keep Rhino down at 14:30. That was the usual street fight type of match, and Rhino didn’t care about selling at all. The finish was very creative though.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: NWA Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match – AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels vs. The Latin American Xchange

Styles and Daniels have been the champions since 9.24.06 and this is their first defense. These teams have great chemistry together. For some reason there’s no opening bell but the champs charge into the ring and the fight is on. Styles and Daniels take early control with some well executed double team moves. The referee gains control and now they’re tagging in and out. Styles drills Homicide with the dropkick and then he and Daniels work him over. The match breaks down a bit with all four men in the ring and LAX takes control. Hernandez hits Daniels with an Electric Chair Drop and Homicide follows with a Macho Elbow for two. Konnan passes Homicide a fork and he uses it on Daniels’s forehead. Hernandez slams Daniels’s back into the cage and then hits a massive powerbomb for two. Homicide gets Tequila and spits it in Daniels’s eyes and then dumps it into the cut on his head. They take the fight up t the top rope and Daniels comes back with a couple headbutts and than a super hip toss! Styles gets the hot tag and he nails Homicide with the flipping inverted DDT, and then hits Hernandez with a springboard flying forearm. Daniels recovers and the match has broken down to a big brawl, but the champions take control. Styles drills Homicide with the Pele. Daniels drives the fork into Homicide’s head, and then Styles grinds it onto his cut. The action is coming at a breakneck pace until everyone takes someone else out with one of their signature moves. Styles is up first and he climbs to the top of the cage. Homicide and Daniels join him up there and then Hernandez comes over to complete the Tower of Doom. Styles is able to stay on top of the cage, and he floes down onto Hernandez with a huge cross body block. Everyone gets up and more signature moves start flying. Hernandez climbs to the top of the cage and misses a big splash much to the horror of some random chick in the crowd. Konnan uses a coat hanger to reach through the cage and choke Daniels out. The referee seems not to notice but I’m pretty sure there are no disqualifications in cage matches. Meanwhile Homicide hits Styles with the Gringo Killer to get the pin and regain the titles at 14:40. These teams delivered once again, with everyone working hard to make each other look good, and an awesome finish to the match and feud.
Rating: ****

MATCH #8: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting

Jarrett has been the champion since 6.29.06, and this is his third defense. Sting is putting his career on the line, and Kurt Angle is the special guest enforcer. Tenay wonders if Sting carrying the baseball bat is a tribute to the Detroit Tigers (who were in the World Series around this time, and the show took place in Detroit). Not like Sting has been carrying the bat since like 1997 or anything. I hate you, Mike Tenay.

Jarrett takes the early advantage as Sting seems to be slightly off his game. Sting outwardly shows frustration in the early going, as Jarrett has counters for everything Sting tries. Jarrett hits a dropkick and Sting powders. Sting gets back in the ring and makes the people cheer for him. Jarrett spits on him so Sting hits a powerbomb. He follows up with a modified Snake Eyes and then clotheslines Jarrett to the floor. Angle tries to herd Jarrett back to the ring, and the champion takes exception and they argue. Meanwhile, Sting just hangs out in the ring. He finally comes out and Jarrett just stands there and lets Sting punch him. Sting now throws Jarrett around ringside, into the guardrails and such. Jarrett reverses a whip and now Sting crashes into the guardrail. The champ tries to use a chair but Angle stops him. Sting recovers and they fight up the ramp, where Sting suplexes Jarrett. He tries to use a chair now but Angle stops him as well. Jarrett tries to hit Sting but he moves and Jarrett hits Angle instead. The champion then hits a DDT and drops Sting on the guardrail. They get back in the ring and Jarrett is firmly in control. They blow a simple spot (Sting’s fault) and then both try cross body blocks and they hit each other. The referee almost counts both of them out, but Angle wants to see a winner, so he jumps in the ring and gives referee Charles the Olympic Slam. Both men rise to their feet and Sting is getting the better of a punch exchange. He hits an inverted atomic drop, a couple of clotheslines, and a Stinger Splash to the back. He follows up with the Scorpion Death Drop but Jarrett kicks out at two. Jarrett recovers and hits the Stroke, but Sting kicks out at two. Fans at this point in TNA are already conditioned to not expect one finisher to end a match so they barely pop for them anymore. Sting comes back with a Tombstone Piledriver but that only gets two. He goes up the ropes but Jarrett hits a low blow and goes for the Super Stroke. Sting fights it off and tosses Jarrett to the mat. He tries a big splash (really?) but Jarrett gets the knees up. The champion locks on the Figure-Four Leglock but Sting turns it over. Jarrett is right in the ropes so the hold is broken, and Jarrett locks on an Ankle Lock right in Angle’s face. Sting rolls out of it and sends Jarrett to the floor. He tries to use the baseball bat but Angle takes it from him. Jarrett brings the guitar into the ring and smashes it over Sting’s head. Sting no sells it and locks on the Scorpion Deathlock. Jarrett taps the title away at 15:02. That was a decent match, and the finish was hot, but the body of the match never really felt like it was building up to anything. I like that there was no real interference, and the Angle involvement made sense. Still, Sting is just way past his prime.
Rating: **¼
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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – October 23, 2005

PRESHOW MATCH: Four Way Match – Alex Shelley vs. Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries vs. Sonjay Dutt

Shelley and Strong start the match and take it right down to the mat. They exchange some quick maneuvers and then Strong tags Dutt. The Original Playa from the Himalaya takes advantage of Shelley with some unorthodox offense. Dutt hits a rana and Shelley begs off. He offers a handshake so Shelley slaps him in the face. Shelley runs and Dutt chases, and when they get back in the ring Shelley dropkicks him in the face and then tags out. Strong is in now but Dutt withstands his attacks and hits the Déjà vu. The Messiah of the Backbreaker comes back with chops and Dutt fires back with a dropkick. Aries comes in the ring without a tag and goes to work on Strong. The action is becoming quite difficult to follow. In all the chaos Strong hits Dutt with a half nelson backbreaker for two. Strong continues to work Dutt over with a variety of strikes. Shelley tags himself in and takes over on Dutt with some wacky submission holds. Moments later Aries tags himself in and takes his turn at beating up Sonjay Dutt. Strong is back to hit Dutt with a whirlybird gutbuster and Shelley breaks up the pin. Moments later they lock each other in a four-way submission hold, with Dutt on the bottom of the pile. No one gives up and the match continues with all four men in the ring trading shots. Strong dumps Aries to the floor and then gets leveled by a Shelley leg lariat. Shelley follows up with a DDT and Dutt pops in with the standing shooting star press. Aries hits Shelley with a Finlay Roll but then Dutt cuts him off with an enziguiri. Shelley pulls Dutt off of Aries, and Dutt hits him with the Asai DDT for two. Strong grabs Dutt and lands a gutbuster for two. Aries breaks it up with a kick to the head, and then hits the brainbuster. He goes up for the 450 Splash but Shelley cuts him off and then Dutt knocks him to the floor. Dutt goes up top and hits Strong with a dragon rana to get the pin at 12:32. That was a good action packed opener to start the show, and a good last minute effort to entice fans to pay for the show.
Rating: ***

MATCH #1: Samoa Joe vs. Jushin Liger

They lock up and Joe shoves Liger down to the canvas. Liger comes back with a headlock but it doesn’t get him anywhere. He tries shoulderblocks but Joe pretty much shrugs that off. H takes Joe down with a drop toehold and then dropkicks him in the face. Joe comes back with a forearm and tries to charge but Liger dumps him to the floor. Lighter dropkicks Joe from the ring and then follows him out with a flying body press. Back in the ring Liger tries another cross body block but Joe catches him with a fallaway slam. Joe hits the running knee in the corner and then lands the Big Joe Combo for two. A snap powerslam gets another near-fall for Joe. Moments later Liger avoids a charge in the corner and hit a Koppo Kick in the corner and then a vertical suplex for two. Liger goes up top and hits a Frog Splash for a two-count. Joe fires back with an enziguiri. He goes for mounted punches but Liger slips out and powerbombs Joe. Liger hits a couple of palm strikes but still only gets two. He goes back up top but Joe sweeps his leg and hits the Muscle Buster. Joe then locks on the Coquina Clutch and Liger is out at 7:15. Why even bring Liger in for that? It was fun but basically a squash.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: The Diamonds in the Rough vs. Sonny Siaki, Apolo & Shark Boy

Diamond and Boys start the match for their respective teams. Boy tries using his agility but Diamond overpowers the cult favorite. Now Boy tries the Dead Sea Drop but Diamond slams him off the top rope. Diamond tries a legdrop but Boy moves out of the way and executes the Shark Bite. Skipper tags in, and moments later Apolo joins him in the ring. Apolo hits an Ace Crusher out of nowhere for a two-count. He follows up with a twisting half nelson slam. Diamond distracts the referee and Young illegally interferes to give the Diamonds the advantage. Skipper takes in and clips Apolo out of the air for a two-count. Apolo comes back with an elevated Ace Crusher. Young and Siaki tag in to almost no reaction from the crowd. And it wouldn’t be an Elix Skipper match if Primetime didn’t try a dangerous looking move and almost drop himself on his head. The math breaks down a bit, as Boy, Young, and Apolo all hit dives to the floor. Back in the ring Siaki battles Skipper, allowing Young to sneak in the ring and flatten Siaki with a spinebuster to get the pin at 7:08. That was decent little midcard filler.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Monty Brown vs. Lance Hoyt

Brown is the aggressor and takes control early on. Unfortunately he gloats too much and Hoyt comes back with a series of punches. Hoyt hits a flying shoulderblock, a clothesline, and a combination flapjack / back body drop combo that thankfully doesn’t kill the Alpha Male. The fight spills to the floor and Brown reclaims control. Brown throws Hoyt back in the ring but once again gloats too much and Hoyt wipes him out with a slingshot dive. Back in the ring Brown simply goes back on offense. Hoyt comes back with mounted punches. He goes back up top for a potential moonsault but Brown hurls him to the floor. Brown hits a vertical suplex and then throws Hoyt back in the ring. He hits a fallaway slam, and yes I am entertained. He goes for the Pounce but Hoyt cuts him off with a big boot. Hoyt goes up and hits the moonsault but Brown kicks out at two! He tries a cross body block off the second rope but Brown catches him and hoists him into the Alpha Bomb! That was impressive, but it only gets two. Hoyt comes back with a Rock Bottom for two. Moments later Brown reverses an Irish Whip and destroys Hoyt with the POUNCE PERIOD to get the pin at 6:33. That was a fun power match but there was really no selling or story to speak of. It worked for them though and they got the crowd into it.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: The 3Live Kru vs. Team Canada

Team Canada is represented by Eric Young, Bobby Roode, and A1. They are accompanied by Coach Scott D’Amore. The 3Live Kru is of course BG James, Ron “The Truth” Killings and Konnan. Young and Konnan start the match for their respective teams. The sad thing is that Konnan destroys all three members of Team Canada without any help from his partners. Konnan is terrible. Roode gets hit with the legdrop to the groin, and the Kru continues to work him over as Kip James watches on from the entrance. After a few minutes Roode comes back with a full nelson drop for a two-count. Roode backs Truth into the Team Canada corner and all three men go to work on him. Truth makes the comeback and makes the hot tag. BG dominates all three Canadians and then the match turns into a pier-six brawl. In a shocking turn of events, D’Amore distracts the referee while Roode hits BG in the face with a hockey stick (which the referee sees Roode getting into the ring with, and then it breaks and hits his leg but he still doesn’t notice). Young gets the pin at 6:01. That was exactly like every other 3Live Kru or Team Canada match.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: Ultimate X Match – Chris Sabin vs. Matt Bentley w/ Traci Brooks vs. Petey Williams w/ Scott D’Amore

This is the eighth-ever Ultimate X match. Williams is 0-2, Bentley is 2-1, and Sabin is 3-2 lifetime in Ultimate X matches. Bentley and Sabin work together to exile Williams to the floor before taking each other on. Sabin hits a rana and then Petey makes his way back in. The action is coming from all sides, with everyone on an offensive mindset. Sabin makes the first trek toward the X but Bentley takes him down with an inverted atomic drop. Traci distracts Petey from the ring apron and rubs Petey’s face in between her boobs. That allows Bentley to almost reach the X but Sabin comes back in and pulls him down. Sabin takes control of both guys, hitting a DDT/Enziguiri combo to take both men out. They’re not down long enough for Sabin to get the X though. Petey takes Sabin to the apron and hits a legdrop, and then hits the slingshot rana on Bentley. Back in the ring Bentley hits a dual Ace Crusher/Neckbreaker combo. He tries to climb to the X but Sabin stops him and hits a powerbomb! Sabin and Petey battle on the top rope and Petey is able to trap Sabin in a modified Oh Canada. Bentley comes back in and pushes Petey to the floor. He tries to climb up but now Sabin pushes him to the floor. Sabin then wipes out Bentley and Petey with a moonsault to the floor. He’s the first man back in the ring and he slowly climbs up towards the X. Bentley spears Sabin down and the X falls to the mat. Petey wisely tries to grab the X but the referee says he must climb up to get it. Crew members scramble to re-hang the X while the wrestlers battle on the floor. Once the X is re-hung, all three men get back in the ring. Sabin and Bentley go for the X. They knock each other down and the X falls again and this time Petey catches it to, what, win the match at 13:37? Apparently this time when the X fell it was okay but the last time it wasn’t. The problems with this match were definitely not the fault of the wrestlers. It’s just unfortunate that the X kept falling down. Other than that the match was good.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #6: NWA World Tag Team Title Match – America’s Most Wanted vs. The Naturals

Chris Harris and James Storm have been the champions since 10.22.05 and this is their first defense. The challengers charge the ring and unload on the champions. Chase Stevens battles Storm while Andy Douglas fights with Harris. They’re all over ringside, and Stevens strikes the first major blow by powerbombing Storm into the guardrail. The Naturals then double-team Harris, throwing him into the guardrails repeatedly. After several minutes of abuse, Gail Kim distracts Douglas long enough for Storm to gain control of him. Douglas is busted open. Back in the ring the champs dissect the weakened Douglas. Storm hits the Eye of the Storm for a two-count. Douglas shows inability to build to a hot tag by just tagging Stevens with no buildup. Even so, Stevens is a house afire, throwing AMW around with reckless abandon. Douglas recovers long enough to help Stevens with a double team but they can’t put Harris away. Storm comes back and tries a superkick but Stevens ducks and hits one of his own. Harris grabs a handful of powder but Stevens kicks it back in his face, causing him to hit his own partner with the Catatonic. The Naturals hit Harris with the Death Sentence but he kicks out at two! They go for the Natural Disaster but Gail distracts the referee. Douglas goes chasing after her, and he winds up getting handcuffed to the guardrail! Back in the ring Gail distracts the referee again and Storm blasts Stevens in the face with a beer bottle. AMW then hits the real Death Sentence to score the pin and retain the titles at 10:37. I always thought the Naturals were incredibly boring but somehow they always had good matches with America’s Most Wanted. This was a good hate-filled brawl and I wonder how on Earth Gail Kim could look so much hotter in TNA than she does in WWE. How does that happen?
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Monster’s Ball – Abyss vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Rhino vs. Sabu

The video package says that these guys have been locked up since midnight last night without food or water, but Rhino was on the preshow for fuck’s sake. They waste no time going at it, and Sabu throws a chair right into Abyss’s head. Sabu quickly throws Rhino to the floor and follows him out with a somersault dive. Hardy hits Abyss with Poetry in Motion in the corner, and then to the floor. Rhino and Sabu battle in one part of the arena, while Abyss and Hardy fight elsewhere. Abyss and Hardy make their way back to the ring first. Sabu follows but he doesn’t stay long, hitting a springboard dive on Rhino on the floor. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Abyss counters with Shock Treatment! Rhino comes back in the ring and lays waste to everyone with a steel chair. Sabu doesn’t really sell it. He motions for Jeff to double-team Abyss, but then he double crosses the youngest Hardy brother. A bloody Rhino now takes the kendo stick and unloads on everyone. Abyss comes back with a Chokeslam. Hardy and Abyss battle up by the entrance while Sabu stacks Rhino on a table at ringside. Sabu hits a triple jump legdrop through the table and both men are hurting. Meanwhile Hardy has Abyss on a couple of tables he set up, and then he goes to the top of the set and hits a Swanton Bomb to break the table! Back in the ring Sabu his Rhino in a Camel Clutch but it goes nowhere. Rhino comes back and blasts Sabu with the Kendo Stick. Sabu comes back with the Triple Jump Moonsault but it only gets two. Abyss is crawling back towards the ring as Sabu legdrops a chair onto Rhino’s face. Sabu greets him with a chair to the face, but then gets caught and dumped over the top rope and through a table on the floor! Abyss gets his bag of thumbtacks but before he can use them Rhino hits a Gore through a table set up in the corner! Hardy is back in the ring now, and bummer for him but Rhino catches him with the Rhino Driver to get the big win at 11:46. That was an awesome chaotic brawl that had some fun spots and very little down time.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: 30 Minute Iron Man Match for the TNA X-Division Title – AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels

Styles has been the champion since 9.11.05 and this is his first defense. Daniels attacks Styles before the bell and away we go. He works Styles over for a minute or so and then Styles comes back with a backbreaker. Daniels takes a brief powder and then back in the ring gets met with a dropkick that sends him right back to the floor. Styles knocks Daniels into the crowd and then jumps off the ring steps into the crowd to take him out. Back in the ring Styles grinds away with a headlock. After several escapes attempts Daniels is able to slip out and lock on an armbar. That doesn’t last long though as Styles goes back to the headlock and stays one step ahead of the challenger. He kicks Daniels in the rib and drops a knee (or a forearm according to Tenay) for a two-count. The champion remains dominant as we cross 10 minutes without a fall yet. Styles comes off the top rope but Daniels catches him with a t-bone suplex. Now Daniels is in control and he wears the champion down, focusing on the neck. He throws in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two-count. He locks on the Koji Clutch and Styles barely makes it to the ropes to force a break. Daniels slams Styles down and hits an Arabian Press for two. At the halfway point the score is still 0-0. Styles comes back and hits the flipping inverted DDT and both men are down. Back on their feet Styles has gotten a second wind. Styles hits a pumphandle gutbuster for a two-count. He tries a slingshot maneuver but Daniels catches him with a Death Valley Driver for two. Daniels then hits the Iconoclasm but Styles kicks out. Styles comes back with the vertical suplex neckbreaker He tries the flipping inverted DDT again but Daniels catches him with a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Daniels then hits the Best Moonsault Ever but Styles kicks out! We’ve got 10 minutes to go as Styles hits a Rack Bomb for a two-count. Daniels comes back and kicks Styles to the floor and then flattens him with a suicide dive through the ropes. Back in the ring Styles pulls the Pele out of nowhere to knock Daniels back to the floor, and then he hits Daniels with a flip dive. Both men look exhausted on the floor. They make it up to the apron and Daniels backdrops Styles to the floor. Back in the ring now there’s less than five minutes to go. Daniels catches a quick cradle for two. Styles comes back with his own cradle for a two-count. They continue trading pinning combinations but neither man can get a pin. Daniels hits a release German Suplex, and Styles comes back with a discuss clothesline before selling the German. Styles recovers first and gets a cover for two. He goes up top for a cross body block but Daniels rolls through for a close near-fall right around the Two Minute Warning. They kind of meander around and Styles hits an enziguiri for two. Daniels comes back with a jawbreaker and an enziguiri of his own. He tries the Angel’s Wings but it turns into a series of reversals that ends with Styles hitting the Styles Clash to get the first pin at 29:58. He officially wins the match and retains the X-Division Title at 30:00. I miss the pre-Kurt Angle TNA, where guys could wrestle for 30 minutes and only hit one finishing move between them. The selling was a little spotty but these two always had great chemistry together and there was very little resting once they got going. I’m not sure why AJ Styles had to cry about it, but it was a great match.
Rating: ****

MATCH #9: 10 Man #1 Contender Gauntlet

The winner of this gauntlet will get an immediate NWA World Title shot against Jeff Jarrett. I wish TNA didn’t call these Gauntlet matches, because they really aren’t. Samoa Joe drew #1, and Ron Killings drew #2. They will wrestle for two minutes, and then a new entrant will join them every 60 seconds. Truth mocks Joe’s dancing from earlier, and Joe rightly takes offense. Joe takes Truth down in the corner and this the Face Wash. Truth springs up to the top rope and hits a blockbuster. The #3 entrant is Sabu. He throws a chair at both Joe and Truth, and then hits Truth with the Triple Jump Moonsault. Lance Hoyt is out at #4. He’s fired up and exchanges strikes with Joe. Hoyt levels Joe with a big boot and then turns his attention to Sabu and Truth. We’re halfway there when Abyss comes out at #5. He goes after Joe as well as they trade chops and neither man will back down. Truth breaks up the skirmish. Jeff Hardy is #6, and he’s looking worse for wear. Everyone’s just brawling, not much of note happening. Monty Brown is next at #7. He immediately eliminates both himself and Hardy. Rhino is #8 and he eliminates Hoyt with a clothesline. Kip James is #9, and he’s the only one in the match who didn’t wrestle earlier. That gives him a distinct advantage. The final entrant at #10 is TNA X-Division Champion AJ Styles. That means Raven did not get into the gauntlet, which is a major slap in the face to the former NWA Champion who hasn’t gotten a rematch. Abyss eliminates Kip, and then Styles eliminates Truth even though Kip was trying to push him back in. Joe locks Styles in the Coquina Clutch and Abyss pushes them both out. That leaves just Rhino and Abyss, and Rhino quickly hits a Gore and throws Abyss over the top rope to eliminate him and win the Gauntlet at 14:18. I’m pretty sure they said that it would be a regular singles match when it got down to the last two guys. Either way this was the usual, and I wasn’t really into Rhino then and I’m still not today.
Rating: *½

MATCH #10: NWA World Championship Match – Rhino vs. Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett has been the champion since 9.15.05 and this is his first defense. It was supposed to be against Kevin Nash, but in a shocking turn of events, Nash got injured, which is why they did the gauntlet match that we just saw. Jeremy Borash even gets in the ring for the special ring introductions. Tito Ortiz is the special referee for the match. Jarrett brings a casket with him for some reason. Jarrett immediately attacks Rhino with kicks and Ortiz never asks for an opening bell. Good job dude.

Jarrett hits a dropkick and gloats about it. The champion does not seem to be taking this match seriously. He takes Rhino to the floor and throws him into the guardrails. He beats Rhino up around ringside, hitting him with a garbage can and slamming his head into the casket. Back in the ring Jarrett hits a clothesline off the top rope, and then another one. He goes for a third one but Rhino catches him and kicks him square in the nuts. Gail Kim makes her way out as Rhino misses the Gore. Gail goes up top and jumps right into the waiting arms of Ortiz. He tries to force her back to the locker room, and Jarrett blasts Rhino in the face with the guitar. Ortiz makes his way back to the ring to count but Rhino kicks out at two. America’s Most Wanted come out and hand Jarrett another guitar. Before Jarrett can use this one Rhino hits the Gore (which Jarrett sells with more surprise than pain, jerk) to win the title at 5:41. Well that was a shit sandwich of a main event.
Rating: *

After the match Jarrett, Team Canada, and America’s Most Wanted beat down Rhino and the 3Live Kru, who tried to save the new champion. Then from out of nowhere Team 3D makes their way down and clears the ring.
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Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan – Sunday, September 15, 2013

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and JBL are on commentary.

KICKOFF MATCH: Tag Team Turmoil – The Usos vs. Prime Time Players vs. Tons of Funk vs. Real Americans vs. 3MB

It’s Brodus Clay of Tons of Fun starting the match with Heath Slater, who is joined by his partner for the evening, Drew McIntyre. The 3MB sends Tensai to the floor and McIntyre follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring McIntyre keeps up the pressure but falls victim to a schoolboy rollup and the 3MB team is gone at 1:32. Next up is the Real Americans, and the DVD is clipped to a later point closer to when Swagger puts Clay in the Ankle Lock and gets him to tap out at 2:48 (shown). Jimmy and Jey, The Usos, are the third team out. They charge into battle and send the Real Americans to the floor, and then wipe them out with dives. Back in the ring the Usos continue to keep the momentum on their side, but the Americans are able to cut them off. We clip ahead to one of the Usos jumping off the top rope and getting caught in the Patriot Lock, tapping out at 4:27 (shown). The Prime Time Players come out next and they’re the last team. Titus O’Neil is all fired up, throwing Swagger around the ring. Swagger goes low with a clip and then puts on the Patriot Lock. Darren Young saves his partner and then dumps Cesaro to the floor. O’Neil makes the hot tag and Young charges right into the Patriot Lock! Young escapes and hits the Gut Check to get the pin at 6:18 (shown). The full version is just over 10 minutes I’m not sure why they had to clip down those four minutes for the DVD, but everyone was going all out the entire time and it was certainly fun while it lasted.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston

This match wasn’t scheduled ahead of time, but since Axel and Paul Heyman annoyed Triple H by trying to get their match against CM Punk cancelled, HHH said Axel would have to defend the title against the first person he ran into backstage. Way to make that Intercontinental Title seem important. Axel has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his fourth defense. Kingston is a former four-time IC Champion.

They start off slowly, chain wrestling back and forth. Despite the way he has been booked for years, the crowd is vocally behind Kofi Kingston. Axel is struggling to get going in the opening minutes, which makes sense given that he didn’t know this match was going to happen. Kingston keeps Axel reeling, but the IC Champ is able to make a comeback with a dropkick. Axel then clotheslines Kingston to the floor to grain a short breather. He goes outside and tries to whip Kingston into the steps, but Kingston jumps up onto the apron and to the top rope to wipe Axel out with a cross body block. Back in the ring Kingston tries going up top again but Axel knocks him down. Axel is able to ground Kingston and work him over, all while the crowd tries to will the challenger back into control. Kingston gives them their wish by hitting a DDT. Both men are down. Back on their feet Kingston starts BUILDING MOMENTUM, flying all around the ring. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and signals for Trouble in Paradise. Axel ducks it and rams Kingston into the corner. Kingston catches a charging Axel with boots to the face. He goes up top for another cross body block but Axel cuts him out of the air with a dropkick for two. A series of reversals ends with Kingston hitting the SOS for a very close near-fall. Kingston gets on Axel’s shoulders for a victory roll but Axel drops him right on the top rope. Axel then hits the Axehole to get the pin at 13:53. That was perfectly solid and the crowd was into it, so imagine how much they would have cared if WWE had spent any of the ridiculous amount of TV hours they have in building up an actual feud between these two and making the belt seem important. A boy can dream can’t he?
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Fatal Four Way Match for the Divas Championship – AJ Lee vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Brie Bella

AJ has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is her third defense. The Total Divas all chase after the Champion at the start, and they take turns throwing her into the barricade at ringside. Brie is the first one to turn, taking Naomi and Natalya down with clotheslines. She sends Natalya to the floor, and then turns her attention to Naomi. A nice back and forth exchange ends with Naomi and Brie bonking heads and knocking each other down. AJ and Natalya get back in the ring and go at it until Naomi takes both of them down with the Rear View. The action stays fast and furious, with AJ trying to clear the ring long enough to put one of her challengers away. The opposite of that ends up happening, as the three Total Divas are in the ring with AJ recovering on the floor. Natalya gets Brie and Naomi in the double Sharpshooter, and AJ breaks it up with a kick to the head. AJ locks Natalya in the Black Widow and forces her to tap out at 5:35. That actually had plenty more juice in it and could have gone longer. AJ looks like a world-beater, but the other Divas got (brief) moments to shine as well.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam

Del Rio has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his third defense. They start with the usual back and forth, with Del Rio scoring first but RVD scoring more in the early going. RVD sends Del Rio to the floor and takes him out with a moonsault off the apron. He drapes Del Rio across the barricade and hits the spinning leg drop. They battle on the apron and Del Rio is able to snap RVD’s neck off the top rope. Del Rio surprises with a dive of his own. Back in the ring Del Rio starts picking RVD apart, especially focusing on the neck and head area. Del Rio goes for another dive to the floor but this time he misses. That gives RVD the chance to capitalize. RVD hits the slingshot legdrop on the apron and then the top-rope thrust kick. He goes for Rolling Thunder but Del Rio gets up and hits the Backstabber for two. Del Rio brings RVD up to the top rope but it backfires. RVD knocks Del Rio back and follows him down with a somersault senton for a two-count. Del Rio catches RVD with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then a double stomp to the back for two. He goes for the Cross Armbreaker but RVD slips out and gets a rollup for two. RVD slams Del Rio down and hits the split-legged moonsault for a near-fall. Del Rio pops up and hits an Armbreaker and then a low Superkick for two. He goes up top and jumps right into a spin kick. RVD hits a legdrop and then goes up top. He hits nothing but knees on the Five-Star Frog Splash, and Del Rio locks on the Cross Armbreaker. RVD reaches the ropes but Del Rio won’t break the hold and gets disqualified at 13:23. The match was a fine contest, but that finish on pay-per-view can blow me. RVD gets some of his heat back after the bell when Ricardo rescues him and then helps him hit the Van Terminator.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: The Miz vs. Fandango

This feud is based on silly shenanigans. They go back and forth and stuff, apparently in a competition to see who can bore the crowd more. I mean no disrespect, as I actually think both guys in this match are talented, but they are booked so poorly that why would anyone care about them? Fandango seizes control and keeps Miz on the ground in a variety of ways. Miz comes back and sends Fandango to the floor. He tries a dive from the apron but Fandango catches him with a kick to the midsection on the way down. Back in the ring Fandango covers for two. The back and forth continues, but Fandango controls more of the match by working Miz’s arm. Fandango goes up for the guillotine legdrop but Miz avoids it. Miz covers for two. Fandango cradles Miz for a two-count. Miz then puts Fandango in the Figure-Four Leglock to get the win at 7:48. That felt like a TV match, and not even a RAW match but like a SmackDown match. Yikes.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: No Disqualification Elimination Handicap Match – CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman

Punk and Axel start off swinging their respective kendo sticks, and Punk takes the first advantage. With Axel down for a minute, Punk surprises everyone by hitting a suicide dive on Heyman! Punk brings Heyman into the ring and appears ready to hit him with the kendo stick but Axel rescues his advisor with a blatant low blow. Axel beats on Punk with the stick for a bit, and when Punk comes back and tries a chair, Axel cuts him off with a dropkick for two. Heyman seems to enjoy watching Axel decimate Punk. Axel brings a table into the ring and props it up in the corner. Nothing comes of that yet, but Punk is able to fight back and throw Axel into a chair that had been previously wedged between the top and middle turnbuckles. Axel crawls back in the ring and Punk unleashes a flurry of offense. Punk goes up top and Axel rolls to the floor. When Punk goes for a dive Axel gets a chair up in his face! Back in the ring Axel covers for two. Axel beats on Punk with the kendo stick but still can’t put him away. Punk is able to power up and hit Axel with the kendo stick. He follows with Go to Sleep and then locks on the Anaconda Vise! Axel taps out at 10:30! That means Heyman is alone with Punk! Heyman is terrified and he tries to run away. Punk chases him through the arena and finally gets his hands on him inside the ring. Heyman takes a brutal beating and Punk puts him in handcuffs. Punk destroys Heyman with a kendo stick, and looks ready to give him one final kill shot. Then for some reason Ryback runs out and rams Punk through the table that had been set up by Axel earlier. Ryback puts Heyman on top of Punk and the referee makes the three-count at 15:42. No one bought Axel as a threat, so while the first 10 minutes or so weren’t bad, everyone was just waiting for Punk to get his hands on Heyman, which he did. The match then found a way to keep the feud going, but I really don’t think anyone was dying to see Punk versus Ryback again. Oh well. All in all the match was fine for what it was.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: United States Championship Match – Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ambrose has been the Champion since 5.19.13, and this is his sixth defense. They go back and forth, and Ambrose is a little too cocky for his own good. Ziggler scores with a dropkick and the 10 elbow drops. If this was 1984 Ambrose would be dead. Ziggler clotheslines Ambrose to the floor and tumbles out with him. Back in the ring Ambrose is begging off but Ziggler keeps pouring it on. Ambrose comes back and tries keeping Ziggler on the mat. He hits a nice butterfly superplex but only gets two. Ambrose goes to the other side of the ring and goes up top, and Ziggler is able to bring him down with a super X-Factor for a near-fall. Ziggler keeps up the pressure and locks on the Sleeper Hold! Ambrose creates separation, making Michael Cole giddy. That gets a two-count. Ziggler hits the Fame-Ass-Er for another two-count. Ambrose rolls to the floor so Ziggler retrieves him. As Ziggler is getting back in the ring Ambrose delivers a boot to the face. Ambrose tries Dirty Deeds but Ziggler counters with a rollup for two. Ziggler tries a Stinger Splash but misses. This time Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds to get the win at 9:44. Both men brought a lot of energy to this contest, and I would have liked to see more of a feud and longer matches between these two. They worked well together.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Prime Time Players

Rollins and Reigns have been the Champions since 5.19.13, and this is their fourth defense. Titus O’Neil and Rollins start the match. Rollins gets all cocky right off the bat so O’Neil uses his power to throw “The Architect” around the ring. Darren Young tags in and he keeps up the strategy of keeping Rollins grounded. Young catches Rollins in a nice powerslam for two. Rollins is able to make the tag, and Young sends him to the floor. Reigns had made a blind tag and Rollins comes in and immediately gets caught with a hard forearm to the jaw for a near-fall. The Prime Time Players continue to roll and send both Champions to the floor. Back in the ring Rollins catches Young with a stun gun and the Shield is finally in control. Rollins and Reigns keep young away from O’Neil for a few minutes, but eventually the big man gets the hot tag. O’Neil hits Clash of the Titus on Rollins and Reigns has to break it up. The referee gets distracted with Young, allowing Reigns to hit O’Neil with a Spear and Rollins gets the pin at 7:27. That felt a bit rushed but they stuck to the formula and it was high energy all throughout the match. WWE could have done more with the Prime Time Players and I don’t know why they didn’t even try.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan

Orton has been the Champion since 8.18.13, and this is his first defense. Cole points out that Bryan won the United States Title at Night of Champions 2010 and the WWE Tag Team Titles with Kane at Night of Champions 2012. Those are nice little details the commentators don’t often provide anymore. They start with some chain and mat wrestling, with the crowd heavily chanting “Yes!” Bryan of course targets the arm. He traps Orton in the corner and delivers mounted punches, but Orton slips out and hits a creative Inverted headlock backbreaker. Orton is in total control, wearing Bryan down and taking the crowd out of it. Bryan fires up and shifts the momentum. He hits a series of kicks in the corner and sets Orton on the top rope to bring him down with a rana. Bryan sends Orton to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring he hits a missile dropkick, and when Orton rolls to the floor to get a break, Bryan says no chance and follows him out with another suicide dive. Bryan goes for a third suicide dive but Orton catches him with a hard forearm shot. Orton then hits and apron-hung DDT to the floor! Back in the ring Orton goes for an RKO but Bryan shoves him off. Bryan hits Orton with a dropkick, and the momentum sends referee Scott Armstrong to the floor. A second ref makes it down to the ring in time for Orton to hit the snap scoop powerslam for a two-count. Orton goes for the Rope-hung DDT but Bryan counters into the “Yes!” Lock! The Viper is able to slither over to the bottom rope to break the hold. Bryan hits a series of kicks but misses an IED and crashes hard to the mat. They battle on the top rope and Bryan is able to tie Orton up in the Tree of Woe. Bryan delivers a series of kicks, and then a superplex while hanging on with his legs. The crowd is geeked as Bryan goes back up and lands the diving headbutt! That gets a two-count. Bryan lands more kicks but Orton catches the last one and hits an exploder suplex. A series of reversals ends with Bryan landing a knockout kick and then The Knee That Beat John Cena to get the pin and win the title for a second time at 17:33. I rate the match only based on what happened in the match, not the silliness they added the following night on RAW. Even with that caveat, this wasn’t one of their stronger efforts together, as something just felt flat throughout the match. Of course with two guys this talented it wasn’t bad, it was just pretty standard.
Rating: ***
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TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts – Sunday, September 16, 2012

Michael Cole and the returning JBL are on commentary! This show was just six days after Jerry “The King” Lawler’s heart attack, necessitating this last-minute replacement.

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Title Fatal Four Way Match – The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara

Miz has been the Champion since 7.23.12, and this is his third defense. He cuts a promo about how unfair it is that he has to defend his title against three different challengers. Before he can deliver his catchphrase he gets cut off by Mysterio’s music. Rhodes and Mysterio are both former two-time Intercontinental Champions, while Sin Cara has never held gold in WWE.

Cara and Rhodes pair off while Miz and Mysterio do battle. Miz and Rhodes try to work together but that doesn’t go so well for them when Mysterio and Cara decide to work together too. The two luchadores clear the ring, but before they can go at it Miz and Rhodes break them up. The action continues coming fast and furious, with no one able to gain a clear advantage in the early going. Mysterio and Cara end up alone in the ring together, and it’s the first time they’ve gone head to head, ever. They go back and forth and Mysterio land a headscissors for two. Miz and Rhodes come back in and take control of the two masked men. It doesn’t take long for the two arrogant superstars to do take it to each other. Rhodes misses the Beautiful Disaster. Miz goes for the Reality Check and Rhodes avoids it, but Miz is able to backdrop him to the floor. Mysterio and Cara battle back into the match as the pace continues to be quick. Cara and Mysterio wind up alone again and keep the crowd juiced with their aerial tactics. Rhodes sneaks back in and hits Cara with the Beautiful Disaster for a near-fall. He then goes for a superplex on Mysterio but Miz comes in to powerbomb Rhodes in the requisite Tower of Doom spot. Miz covers Rhodes and then Mysterio, getting two each time. The Champ knocks Rhodes and Cara to the floor so he can focus on Mysterio. Miz hits Mysterio with the short DDT for two. Cara comes back in with a springboard missile dropkick that sends Miz to the floor. He follows him out with a dive. Meanwhile Mysterio hits Rhodes with a headscissors that sends him into the barricade. Mysterio then hits a running seated senton off the apron. Back in the ring Cara hits Miz with a slingshot corkscrew splash for a near-fall. Miz comes back with the Awesome Clothesline. Mysterio takes Miz down and hits an Arabian Press for two. Rhodes comes back in and drops Mysterio on his face for a near-fall. Mysterio puts Rhodes and Miz in position to both be hit with the 619. Rhodes avoids it but Miz does not. Mysterio sends Rhodes to the floor and goes up top to hit the splash on Miz but Rhodes pulls him to the floor. Rhodes tries to steal to pin but Cara breaks that up. Action continues to come from all over the place. Rhodes pitches Mysterio to the floor. Cara hits Rhodes with a kick to the side of the head. He then tries to put one of his masks on Rhodes, since Rhodes has been obsessed with taking his off. Miz takes the opportunity to hit Cara with the Reality Check but it only gets two. He goes for a powerbomb but Cara puts the extra mask on Miz! Rhodes goes for the Cross Rhodes on Cara but Miz grabs Rhodes with the Skull Crushing Finale to finally get the pin at 12:06. That was a hot opener and everyone was on point with their offense. I liked the finish a lot too. Every so often the Intercontinental Title looks like a big deal between good workers, and this was one of those nights.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: WWE Tag Team Title Match – Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane

Kingston and Truth have been the Champions since 4.30.12, and this is their fifth defense. Kane and Kingston start the match. The champs actually take first control with their fast-paced double-teaming. Kane fights back and tags his reluctant partner. Bryan goes to work on Truth with kicks. Momentum shifts back to the champs and they continue using their agility and tandem maneuvers. Kane gets a tag and he and Bryan actually do their best to work as a unit. That doesn’t last too long before the challengers get into an argument and start shoving each other. Bryan begs off and offers a hug. Kane reluctantly accepts and the challengers are back on the same page. Truth makes a tag and Kingston is a house afire. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and signals for the Trouble in Paradise but Kane rescues his partner. Then Kingston takes Kane out with a baseball slide, and wipes out Bryan with a somersault dive. Back in the ring Bryan puts Kingston in the No Lock and Truth breaks it up. Truth tries a dive on Kane but misses. Bryan hits Kingston with an IED and Kane tags himself. Kane goes up top and Bryan gets angry with him and distracts him. Kingston tries to capitalize with a hurricanrana but Bryan holds onto Kane’s leg and Kingston crashes to the mat. Bryan then shoves Kane off the top rope and he lands on Kingston. That’s enough to get the pin and crown new Champions at 8:30! The match was standard RAW fare, but Kane and Bryan are fun together and the finish was unique.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: WWE United States Title Match – Antonio Cesaro (w/ Aksana) vs. Zack Ryder

Cesaro has been the Champion since 8.19.12, and this is his second defense. He calls this match unfair in five different languages, which I thought was a cool gimmick. Ryder won a 16-man battle royal on the Preshow, last eliminating Tensai to earn this title shot. The Champ takes Ryder down to the mat but Ryder battles right back. They go back and forth some more and Ryder hits a flapjack and a dropkick for two. Cesaro comes back with a Stun Gun. He presses the advantage and keeps Ryder in a prone position. Cesaro hits the Swiss Death but it only gets two. Ryder fights back with a modified X-Factor and a discuss clothesline. He gets a schoolboy rollup for two, followed by a missile dropkick off the second rope for another two-count. Ryder slips out of a superplex and hits a neckbreaker for a near-fall. Cesaro rolls to the apron and drives a shoulder to Ryder’s gut. He rams Ryder into the turnbuckles and goes up top but Ryder knocks him down. Ryder hits a hurricanrana and sets up for the Broski Boot but Aksana pulls Cesaro to the floor. Back in the ring Cesaro catches Ryder with a European Uppercut. Cesaro then lands the Gotch style Neutralizer to get the pin at 6:40. Well for two guys fighting with no other reason than one of them won a battle royal that was fine. Crowd didn’t care, but that’s what happens when you don’t bother using the absurd amount of TV time you have to build a feud and just have one of them win a battle royal.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero)

This should be a dandy. They go back and forth early on, with both men showing off their personalities as they try to out-wrestle each other. Orton hits a clothesline and then stomps away. Ziggler executes a drop toehold to send Orton into the ropes, and then hits a dropkick for two. Ziggler goes to work, wearing Orton down with a variety of offense. Orton fights back with a slingshot suplex for two. HE hits the backbreaker and the snap powerslam. Ziggler rolls to the apron and Orton goes for the DDT but Ziggler counters with a schoolboy rollup for two. Orton delivers a boot to the gut and Ziggler counters with a low dropkick. Ziggler tries a Fame-Ass-Er but Orton catches him in a powerbomb for a two-count. Orton goes for a superplex but Ziggler knocks him back. Ziggler hits a missile dropkick from the second rope for a near-fall. Both men rise and start to slug it out. Ziggler snaps Orton’s neck off the top rope, Randy Savage style. That gets two. Ziggler continues to wear Orton down. Orton creates separation with a back suplex, but Ziggler cuts him off and goes right back to work. Once again Orton creates separation with a beautiful dropkick. Ziggler catches Orton in a big DDT for two. He goes up top and Orton knocks him down. Orton hits the superplex this time, paying tribute to his father. It only gets a two-count. Once again they slug it out and the crowd is on Ziggler’s side. Ziggler hits the Fame-Ass-Er for a very close near-fall. Orton tries the Orton DDT but they spill to the floor, where he hurls Ziggler into the barricade. He then hits the DDT using the barricade, bouncing Ziggler’s head off the floor! Back in the ring Orton covers but Ziggler gets his foot on the bottom rope. Both men go for finishers and counter each other. Orton hits an awesome pop-up RKO to get the pin at 18:23. This would have been a great time to give Ziggler a big win over Orton, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that this was a hell of a match. It was a great back and forth contest, with both guys showing effective offense and neat counters to each other. Vickie stayed out of it and just let the two wrestlers do their thing and it worked.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: WWE Divas Title Match – Layla vs. Eve Torres

Layla has been the Champion since 4.29.12, and this is her fourth defense. Eve snaked her way into this title match when the original challenger Kaitlyn was attacked backstage by a mysterious assailant. They take it to the mat and exchange holds. Layla appears to have the upper hand in the opening moments. She lands a low dropkick to the face. Eve offers up a handshake but kicks Layla in the gut and throws her to the floor. She throws Layla ribs-first into the apron twice. Back in the ring Eve continues to work the ribs. Eve locks on a body scissors and eventually just lets it go. Layla catches a quick DDT from out of nowhere. Back on their feet Layla hits another dropkick and a flurry of offense. Layla misses a springboard cross body block, and Eve capitalizes with a spinning neckbreaker to get the pin and become a three-time Divas Champion at 6:38. The crowd couldn’t be bothered but this was a solid match with good psychology.
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: World Heavyweight Title Match – Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/ David Otunga and Ricardo Rodriguez)

Sheamus has been the Champion since 4.1.12, and this is his seventh defense. Leading up to this match, SmackDown General Manager Booker T made the Brogue Kick illegal and said he would strip Sheamus of the title if he used it. Before the match can begin, Booker makes his way out and says that after his investigation he is reinstating the move. What was the point of ever banning it then? Booker T is awful.

Sheamus goes for an immediate Brogue Kick but Del Rio moves So Sheamus connects with Otunga. They go back and forth a bit and Del Rio takes a powder to regroup, not doubt having been thrown off his game by Booker’s announcement. Back in the ring Sheamus hits a neckbreaker for two. Del Rio fights back and the fight spills to the apron. Sheamus hits a running shoulderblock off the apron to wipe Del Rio out. They fight around the ring steps and top rope, and Del Rio is able to pitch Sheamus off the steps and into the announce table. Back in the ring Del Rio starts going to work on the arm. Del Rio tries an ax handle off the top rope but Sheamus cuts him out of the air with an ax bomber. Sheamus unloads with a flurry of offense, which means he’s building momentum. He blasts Del Rio with the forearm blasts to the chest from the apron. Sheamus goes for White Noise but Del Rio counters to a lungblower for two. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Sheamus counters and this time hits White Noise. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick but Del Rio avoids it and this an enziguiri for a near-fall. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker again and Sheamus counters to a Texas Cloverleaf attempt but Del Rio kicks his way out of that. Sheamus’ arm gets tied up in the ropes and Del Rio attacks it viciously. Finally Del Rio cinches in the Cross Armbreaker and Sheamus picks Del Rio up to powerbomb his way out of it. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but Del Rio ducks and locks on the Cross Armbreaker again! This time Sheamus reaches the ropes. Del Rio charges into the corner for an enziguiri but misses. Sheamus then hits the Brogue Kick from out of nowhere to get the pin and retain the title at 15:09. This one worked well enough, as they kept to the simple story of Del Rio doggedly pursuing the arm and Sheamus gutting it out like a tough guy. Nothing wrong with any of that.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: WWE Heavyweight Title Match – CM Punk (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. John Cena

Punk has been the Champion since 11.20.11, and this is his seventeenth defense. He is wearing New York Yankees pinstripes, which is a great way to incite the Boston crowd. They start with some chain wrestling and take it to the mat. These two have faced each other many times so they know each other well. Cena scores the first big move with a fisherman suplex and Punk avoids even being covered. Punk takes control and keeps Cena down, wearing him out. He even uses a Muta Lock, but of course Cole has no idea what to call it. Cena tries to take a break on the floor but Punk wipes him out with a suicide dive. Punk even gloats right in Cena’s father’s face. I love that. He throws Cena back in the ring but then taunts the crowd too long so Cena takes him out with a baseball slide. Cena throws Punk into the audience and brings him right back out with a fisherman suplex. Back in the ring Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Punk slips out and kicks Cena in the head. Punk takes control and almost toys with Cena, which could come back to haunt him. He goes up top and hits a double ax handle. Punk tries Go 2 Sleep but Cena avoids it and fires up. Cena goes for the Protoplex but Punk shifts his weight and lands on top for a two-count. Punk tries a neckbreaker but Cena shoves him off and hits a clothesline for two. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk gets a boot up. Punk hits a neckbreaker for two. He goes to the apron and tries the springboard clothesline but Cena catches him and rolls through to an Attitude Adjustment attempt. Cena drops Punk to the floor and follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring Cena hits the Protoplex and tries the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk counters to the Anaconda Vise! Cena counters that to the STF and Punk counters that to the Crippler Crossface. Remember Chris Benoit? Cena powers his way out of the Crossface. Both men rise and slug it out. Punk wins that battle with a leg lariat. He hits the running knee in the corner and then a clothesline. Punk goes up top and hits the Macho Man Elbow but it only gets two. He tries Go 2 Sleep but Cena catches the knee and locks on the STF! The Champion is able to reach the ropes. Punk is able to catch a charging Cena and hit Go 2 Sleep but Cena kicks out! He goes for another one but Cena counters and hits the Protoplex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment and Punk kicks out! The crowd is losing their collective mind. Punk rolls to the floor so Cena goes out to retrieve him. Cena goes up top and misses the Cena Slice. Punk nails a high kick to the head for a two-count. He goes up for a Crooked Moonsault and Cena doesn’t even have to move to not get hit with it. At least Cole calls it awkward. Punk doing shit he can’t do. He picks Cena up and hits another Go 2 Sleep but again it only gets two! Punk waits for Cena to get up and then hits him with a Rock Bottom! Cena kicks out again! He pops up and hits an Attitude Adjustment but Punk kicks out! They fight up on the ropes and Cena takes Punk down with a super German Suplex to apparently get the pin at 26:55!

Cena starts the celebration but the referee takes the belt away and hands it back to Punk! Justin Roberts announces that both men’s shoulders were down so the match is a draw. Cena is upset, and the look on Punk’s face is priceless. Punk then knocks Cena out with the belt just for fun. That was another in the series of tremendous matches between these two storied rivals. The weak finish and a couple of glitches in the match (most notably the worst moonsault ever) keep it from reaching classic status but these two went all out for over 25 minutes and busted out some great offense and clever counters. I could watch these two wrestle forever.
Rating: ****¼
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2011 (Triple H, CM Punk) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/19/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2011-triple-h-cm-punk-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/19/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2011-triple-h-cm-punk-2/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:07 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168780 Night of Champions 2011

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First Niagara Center – Buffalo, New York – Sunday, September 18, 2011

Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Booker T are on commentary.

MATCH #1: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Air Boom vs. Awesome Truth

Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston have been the Champions since 8.22.11, and this is their second defense. Kingston and The Miz start the match. The champs take the advantage and tag in and out several times in the opening minutes to keep Miz isolated. R-Truth tags in and he gets the same treatment. The champs send both challengers to the floor and then wipe them out with simultaneous dives off the top rope. Back in the ring Bourne covers Truth for a one-count, which according to Booker T is “almost” getting him. Bourne charges into the corner and Truth gets an elbow up. Now the challengers take control. Every time Bourne tries to fight back Miz and Truth cut him off and keep him away from his partner. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Bourne rolls through and makes the tag. Kingston is a house afire, hitting Miz with the Boom Drop. He signals for Trouble in Paradise but Truth stops him. Kingston decks Truth and hits Miz with the SOS for a two-count. Truth interferes again, snapping Kingston’s neck off the top rope. That allows Miz to hit a snap mare driver (!) for a two-count. Bourne tricks the referee into thinking a tag was made and the idiot referee allows it. Precedent over the years has said that the referee can’t call what he doesn’t see, so that just feeds Miz’s conspiracy theories. Bourne takes everyone down and goes for Air Bourne on Miz but misses. Miz hits Bourne with a solid DDT for two. Truth legit tags in but since the referee didn’t see it he won’t allow it. Conspiracy! Miz hits Bourne with the Skull Crushing Finale but the referee is arguing with Truth so he isn’t counting. A rightfully angry Miz shoves the referee and gets disqualified at 9:49. The match was going along really well and I felt they could have gone longer but still used the same finish. Usually DQ finishes on PPV are irritating, but this one made sense and served the greater purpose of the storyline. Yes that storyline ended up being unsatisfying but at the time of this match I thought it was brilliant. It also lent itself to rematches and I thought this was going to be a big tag team feud to reignite the division. That also didn’t really pan out. Miz and Truth abuse the referee after the bell.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Title Match – Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase

Rhodes has been the Champion since 8.12.11, and this is his second defense. DiBiase starts off hot, outwrestling Rhodes and then kicking him in the face for a one-count. Rhodes makes a brief comeback but DiBiase cuts him off with a dropkick for two. The champ uses a slap to the face to get DiBiase angry, which leaves him prey to a kneelift to the gut. Rhodes hits the Beautiful Disaster for a two-count. He keeps DiBiase grounded for a bit. After a few minutes DiBiase hits a backbreaker but misses a dropkick and Rhodes is right back in control. Rhodes puts on an abdominal stretch. DiBiase hiptosses his way out of it but Rhodes cuts him right off with a dropkick. Rhodes lands a punch to the face but DiBiase responds with a clothesline and an inverted atomic drop. DiBiase hits a flying knee strike for two. He charges into a boot in the corner but then hits a spinebuster for two. DiBiase goes for Dream Street but Rhodes counters it. Rhodes goes for the Beautiful Disaster again but DiBiase dropkicks him out of the air for a two-count. DiBiase sets Rhodes on the top rope and armdrags him down. He goes after the mask and removes it, drawing his biggest pop so far. DiBiase tries to hit Rhodes with it, but the Champ ducks and gets a schoolboy rollup for the pin at 9:43. Despite all the time they spent teaming together these two do not have great chemistry as opponents. It doesn’t help that DiBiase is hella boring.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: U.S. Championship Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger vs. John Morrison

Ziggler has been the Champion since 6.19.11, and this is his second defense. He’s accompanied by Vickie Guerrero. Morrison pairs off with Swagger while Ziggler and Riley do battle in the early going. Riley dumps Ziggler and Swagger dumps Morrison, leaving just two in the ring. Swagger uses his size advantage, but Riley cuts him off with an STO for two. Riley turns his attention to Ziggler on the apron, decking him with a right hand. He goes for a dive but Ziggler sidesteps him and Riley hits nothing but stairs. Meanwhile Morrison rolls Swagger up for a two-count. Morrison kicks him in the head for another two. He dropkicks Ziggler out of the ring and lands on Swagger for another two-count. Swagger hiptosses Morrison to the floor and turns right around to face the Champion. He drills Ziggler with a big boot and knocks Morrison off the apron. Riley sneaks in and hits Swagger with a TKO but Vickie puts Swagger’s foot on the bottom rope. Ziggler dropkicks Riley out of the ring asks Vickie if she “just cost him his match,” but what she did was save it for you, you idiot. Morrison hits Ziggler with a springboard kick for a two-count. Ziggler comes back with a Fame-Ass-Er on Morrison for two. Morrison fights back and puts Ziggler on the top rope. Ziggler knocks Morrison into the Tree of Woe. Riley jumps up to the top rope and Morrison grabs him and suplexes him down. That was impressive. Swagger then leaps up and hiptosses Ziggler down. Morrison is the first one back to his feet and he’s a house afire. He hits Swagger with a DDT and then the standing Spanish Fly on Riley for two. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Riley gets his knees up. Ziggler puts Morrison in the Sleeper and Swagger puts Riley in the Ankle Lock. Both men break out of their holds and Riley hits Swagger with the Implant DDT for a close near-fall. Swagger grabs Riley in the Ankle Lock and Morrison breaks it up, only to get hit with the Gutwrench Powerbomb. Ziggler dumps Swagger to the floor and steals his pinfall at 8:19! That was non-stop action and could have gone on longer. It’s crazy that a year later Morrison no longer works for the company, while Riley and Swagger are non-factors to say the least. These four could have helped revitalize the midcard, but Ziggler ended up the only one the company cared to really push.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: World Heavyweight Title Match – Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry

Orton has been the Champion since 8.14.11, and this is his second defense. Henry immediately tries to use his power advantage but Orton uses his quickness to counter him. Orton takes Henry off his feet and uses strikes to try and wear him down. Henry pops up and charges, but Orton sidesteps him and dumps him to the floor. The challenger is frustrated but he takes his time to regroup at ringside. Back in the ring Henry press slams Orton but the champ slips out. Orton goes for the RKO but Henry pushes off and then flattens Orton with a big boot. Henry throws Orton into the corner and squashes him. He goes for the World’s Strongest Slam but Orton slips out and puts on a Sleeper. Henry backs Orton into the corner and then clubs him to the floor. It’s all Henry now, and he focuses on the back, wearing Orton down. Henry hits a big splash for a two-count. He keeps beating on Orton but misses a second big splash and Orton fires back. Orton hits a dropkick and Henry rolls to the apron. That gives Orton the chance to try for the DDT but Henry blocks it with a headbutt. Henry clotheslines Orton down and reclaims control. He hits the World’s Strongest Slam but Orton kicks out! Henry goes up for a Vader Bomb but Orton gets his boot up. Orton goes to the knee and hits a short DDT. He signals for the RKO so Henry rolls to the apron. This time Orton is able to hit the DDT! Orton covers but they’re too close to the ropes and Henry grabs the bottom one to break the pin. Henry kicks at Orton’s leg from his back to take advantage. Orton goes for the RKO again but Henry pushes him off and hits the World’s Strongest Slam to get the pin and win the title at 13:06! The reaction shots in the crowd are really awesome, as people are shocked and upset. That goes a long way in making this result feel like a big deal. As far as the match, it was shockingly good, with a simple story of a smart guy trying to outdo a powerful guy and the brute force won out. Henry went over clean as a whistle, instantly making him a credible champion.
Rating: ***½

Josh Mathews gets in the ring to interview the new Champion, who cuts a bitterly angry promo about how no one believed in him, and that this is his moment that he’s not sharing with anyone. Henry says he’s going to be the most dominant champion ever and he will never lose the title.

MATCH #5: Divas Title Match – Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix

Kelly has been the Champion since 6.20.11, and this is her third defense. She is accompanied by Eve. Phoenix is accompanied by Natalya, and she gets an enormous face reaction since Buffalo is her hometown. They start off much as you would expect, with Phoenix using her power and Kelly countering with her agility. Kelly goes for a cross body block and Phoenix catches her with ease and delivers a gutbuster. Phoenix dominates now, keeping Kelly on the mat. Kelly comes back with a sort of bulldog and Natalya pulls Phoenix to the floor to regroup. Eve takes offense to this and she attacks Natalya without provocation. Phoenix comes to Natalya’s aid and gives Eve the beating she deserves. Back in the ring Kelly is still on the mat for some reason. Phoenix gets confident and Kelly gets a series of rollup variations for two-counts. The challenger gets feud up and cuts Kelly off with a hard clothesline. Phoenix puts Kelly on the top rope and delivers a superplex. She crawls over and barely gets a cover but still almost gets the pin. Phoenix goes for the Glam Slam but Kelly rolls through to a sunset flip to get the upset pin and retain the title at 6:25. I’m not sure what WWE’s obsession with having people get embarrassed in their hometown is, but that’s all this was. The match was actually going along okay but the finish just makes no sense.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: WWE Championship Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

Del Rio has been the Champion since 8.14.11, and this is his second defense. Cena has only been the Champion nine times at this point. Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez do their usual post-match bit, so Cena adds his own self-introduction. That man can talk.

Cena takes Del Rio down with a headlock and then knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. He hits another shoulder tackle and Del Rio seeks solace with his ring announcer. Back in the ring Del Rio takes it to Cena and slugs him down. Cena fights back and hits a bulldog. He then gets tripped by Rodriguez, and the referee saw it so he banishes Rodriguez to the back! Del Rio looks distraught but is able to catch Cena with a couple of kicks to the kidneys to send him to the floor. Back in the ring Del Rio hits a flying something off the top rope for a two-count. Cena powers back with a gutwrench suplex for two. He hits another suplex and goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio slips out and hits an armbreaker for a near-fall. Del Rio works Cena over for a bit again until Cena comes back with a suplex … again. Both men rise and clothesline each other at the same time and are right back down again. Back on their feet Del Rio lands the first blow and he knocks Cena to the apron. Cena snaps Del Rio’s neck off the top rope but then runs right into a clothesline. Del Rio tries to jump on Cena on the ropes, but Cena moves and Rio crashes to the floor. Cena suplexes Del Rio back into the ring and then unleashes his patented offensive flurry. He hits the Proto Plex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena sets up the Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio slips out and hits the Backstabber for two. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Cena avoids it and hits a dropkick for two. The commentators trying to sell a dropkick as a near-fall are pretty funny. Cena goes up top and Del Rio knocks him down with the enziguiri for a two-count. Del Rio follows with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. He ties Cena up in the Tree of Woe and charges but Cena moves and Del Rio’s shoulder cracks the ring post, hard. Cena goes up and hits the Cena Slice but only gets two. He goes for the AA again but Del Rio slips out and hits a bridging German Suplex for two. Del Rio goes up top and hits a senton bomb for a two-count. He puts on the Cross Armbreaker but Cena fights it like grim death. Cena pulls Del Rio up and powerbombs him down. Ricardo Rodriguez makes his way back down and Cena throws him into the ring post. Cena then locks on the STF and Del Rio taps out at 17:31. I’m not sure what the purpose was of having Rodriguez come back down but the finish seemed pretty sudden and anticlimactic. The match was solid work but nothing spectacular or memorable.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: No DQ Match – Triple H vs. CM Punk

This is Triple H’s first match since losing to the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVII. Punk knocks HHH off the apron before he can even get in the ring and the fight is on. He throws HHH over the barricade and starts rearranging the announce table. HHH comes back and starts taking it to Punk around ringside. He goes for the Pedigree on the table but Punk slips out and tries Go 2 Sleep but HHH avoids that and we’re back to square one. Both men get back in the ring and they start throwing hands. They battle back and forth and HHH quickly sends Punk back to the outside. HHH goes after Punk’s knee and leg while throwing him around ringside. Punk reverses a whip and sends HHH into the barricade, and then hits a running knee to the face. He goes for the bulldog but HHH shoves him over the barricade and into the crowd. HHH continues to abuse Punk amongst the fans in the audience. Momentum shifts several times as both men are eager to prove their superiority. They make it back to the ring and Punk uses a chair to work the Game over. HHH catches Punk with a spinebuster for two. He throws Punk into a chair wedged in the turnbuckles and Punk tumbles to the floor. HHH goes back to the leg and cracks the left one with a steel chair. He starts taking the announce table apart and grabs a monitor, but Punk cuts him off with a hard kick to the head. Punk goes to the top rope and hits Hail to the King to break the table. They roll back into the ring and R-Truth and The Miz make their way out and beat down both men. Miz hits HHH with the Skull Crushing Finale and Truth hits Punk with the Little Jimmy. They pull Punk on top for the cover but referee Scott Armstrong hesitates so he only gets two. Miz and Truth get right in Armstrong’s face, and while Armstrong gets one shot in, he then succumbs to the two-on-one disadvantage. John Laurinaitis makes his way out with a new referee. Meanwhile, HHH and Punk have recovered and they dump their assailants to the floor. HHH then hits Punk with the Pedigree while Laurinaitis tries to wake up Armstrong. A new referee comes down but Laurinaitis tells him to check on Armstrong rather than get in the ring and count the pin. HHH is annoyed, and the distraction allows Punk to hit Go 2 Sleep. This time the new ref counts but Truth pulls Punk to the floor. Punk hits Truth with the Go 2 Sleep. He tries the springboard clothesline to get back in the ring but HHH kicks him in the gut and hits the Pedigree! Somehow Punk is able to kick out of that! Kevin Nash comes strolling out of the crowd and decks both Punk and HHH! He goes for the Jackknife on HHH but Punk stops him. Nash then hits Punk with the Jackknife instead. He takes out HHH on the floor as well, but HHH responds with a sledgehammer shot! Nash is out. Back in the ring HHH hits the Pedigree for the win at 24:08. That was going along fine as a garbage brawl through the crowd and such, but then overbooking took over and it just got kind of boring. I’m not against overbooking per se, but this didn’t really pay anything off it just continued some stuff that was already going on and then never really went anywhere. I think Punk and Triple H absolutely could have done better on their own.
Rating: **½
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2010 (Randy Orton, Sheamus) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2010-randy-orton-sheamus-4/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2010-randy-orton-sheamus-4/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168776 Night of Champions 2010

Allstate Arena – Chicago, Illinois – Sunday, September 19, 2010

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

Ziggler has been the champion since 8.6.10 and this is his third defense. He’s accompanied by Vickie Guerrero and NXT Rookie Divas Kaitlyn. If Ziggler is counted out or disqualified, he will lose the championship. These two have fought each other about a billion times and they generally have pretty good chemistry. This is a pretty standard opener, with Kingston going on offense for the first bit until Ziggler cuts him off and grounds him. Kingston comes back and hits the S.O.S. but Ziggler is too close to the ropes to score the pin. Vickie tries to interfere but Ziggler talks her out of it for fear of being disqualified. Kingston misses the Trouble in Paradise and gets tangled up in the ropes. Ziggler takes advantage by hitting the Zig Zag for the pin at 12:42. That was a sharp opener and Ziggler looked really good in the victory.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Big Show vs. CM Punk

People complained about this match being on the show since it wasn’t for a title, but the gimmick of the PPV is “Every Title is Defended,” not “Only Championship Matches.” I swear people find the dumbest stuff to complain about. It does seem like a bit of a waste to squander Punk’s hometown pop on this meaningless match, but them’s the breaks sometimes. Punk makes the most of it though, cutting an anti-people of Chicago promo to turn the crowd against him. Show dominates the early going both in and outside the ring. Punk comes back with kicks and knee strikes that ground the Knucklehead. He goes to the top rope and jumps right into a Spear! That looked pretty cool. Show follows up with the Knockout Punch to get the pin at 4:45. Well that was short and pointless.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: United States Championship Match – The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan

Miz has been the champion since 6.14.10 and this is his second defense. Danielson’s music here is truly wretched. Of course Miz is accompanied by his apprentice e Alex Riley. Bryan uses his superior technical skill but Miz is able to keep him grounded by working the arm and shoulder. The challenger is able to knock Miz to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. He comes back in the ring with his missile dropkick for a close near-fall. Miz actually uses a Nigel McGuinness lariat (the one out of the corner with Bryan on the top rope; wonder who came up with that idea?), which is awesome. The crowd is juicing on Bryan big time, and they’re totally buying his near-falls. Riley tries to interfere but it consistently backfires. Miz argues with the referee and Bryan traps him in the LeBell Lock and Miz taps the title away at 12:28! What a terrific showing for Bryan, and Miz looked awesome too. These two are perfect foils for each other and I would love it if they re-program them at a higher level at some point.
Rating: ****

MATCH #4: Unification Lumberjill Match for the Divas and Women’s Championship – Melina vs. Michelle McCool

Melina has been the Divas Champion since 8.15.10 and this is her third defense. Lay-Cool have been the Women’s Champion since 5.14.10 and this is their third defense. Melina is a three-time Women’s Champion and a two-time Divas Champion. McCool is a two-time Women’s Champion and a former Divas Champion as well. This is the fairly typical Divas match, and the lumberjills get involved quite a bit. McCool, who has angered all of them over the last few months, goes right into the lioness’s den and gets her butt kicked. Rosa half heartedly goes for a forearm on Jillian and then decides against it, and Jillian apologizes to her. This all happens on camera, and it’s hilarious. Next time McCool goes to the floor a brawl really does erupt, and Layla tries to interfere but gets tossed out as well. That gives McCool the opportunity to sneak back in the ring and kick Melina in the face to unify the titles at 6:33. Thank goodness there’s only one title for the Divas now.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Undertaker

Kane has been the champion since 7.18.10 and this is his second defense. Undertaker attacks his brother in the aisle right away and they fight around ringside. They continue spending most of the time brawling their way around ringside, spending very little time in the ring. It’s nothing but brawling for a LONG time until Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but Kane reverses it and gets the pin at 18:28. Seriously, almost nothing happened in those eighteen and a half minutes. It wasn’t insulting or anything, but it was just dreadfully dull. It’s not often Undertaker drops a clean fall to anyone.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship – The Hart Dynasty vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes vs. The Usos

Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith have been the champions since 4.26.10 and this is their third defense. They are accompanied by Natalya. The champions are at a distinct disadvantage as they have to start the match, against the Usos, who are accompanied by Tamina. They go back and forth a bit until Kidd puts one of the Usos in the Sharpshooter, but the other Uso kicks him in the head to eliminate the champions at 2:11. Marella and Kozlov are the next team out. Tamina has a crush on Marella at this point, and she distracts him long enough for one of the Usos to hit him with a Samoan Drop and the Usos move on at 3:16. Henry and Bourne are up next. The power of Henry and the aerial tactics are too much for the Usos to overcome, as Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam and Bourne follows up with Air Bourne to eliminate the Usos at 5:10. Finally Rhodes and McIntyre are the last team out. The winners here will be the new WWE Tag Team Champions. McIntyre and Rhodes isolate Bourne right away, which is wise. Of course Bourne gets the hot tag and Henry starts cleaning house. It turns into a pier-six brawl and Rhodes grabs Bourne with the Crossroads to get the win and the titles at 11:42. I’ve never understood the concept of gauntlets when several of the rounds are only about a minute long. Why not let the Hart Dynasty face Rhodes and McIntyre, or do a three-way with Bourne and Henry or something and just give that all the time rather than this gauntlet stuff. I do like Rhodes and McIntyre as champions, but I can’t figure out why the Hart Dynasty was jobbed out like that.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: Six Pack Challenge Match for the WWE Championship – Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Wade Barrett

Sheamus has been the champion since 6.20.10 and this is his fifth defense. He’s a two-time champion. Orton gets an enormous pop on his way out, and is a five-time WWE Champion and a former World Heavyweight Champion. Cena is a seven-time WWE Champion and a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Jericho is a former WWE Champion and a three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Edge is a four-time WWE Champion and a 5-time World Heavyweight Champion. That’s a total of 30 World Championship reigns, but Cole somehow came up with 32. Anybody help me out here? Everyone is in the ring at the same time, so this should be pretty fast-paced. Jericho and Cena battle and Cena hits him with the bulldog, and then Orton sneaks in from out of nowhere and hits Jericho with the RKO to eliminate him at 1:30! That’s quite the shocker there. Edge looks upset because he and Jericho had some plans to work together in this match. Everyone watches Jericho make the walk of shame, and then that turns into everyone surrounding Nexus leader Barrett. Everyone hates Barrett so they keep him out of the ring. Cena and Orton have the epic stare-down and the crowd is slightly hot for it. Sheamus and Edge work together a bit, but of course all alliances are short-lived. The finisher-reversal parade begins about 14 minutes in and Cena hits Edge with the Attitude Adjustment to eliminate him at 15:00. The Nexus comes running out to distract Cena and Barrett hits him with the Wasteland to eliminate Cena at 18:32. The Nexus tries to distract Orton as well, but Cena takes a few of them out with a chair and Orton takes care of the rest with an RKO! Barrett tries to grab Orton with Wasteland, but Orton reverses to the backbreaker and hits the RKO to eliminate him at 20:32. We’re down to Sheamus and Orton. Sheamus delivers a quick Brogue Kick but Orton kicks out at two! He goes for the High Cross but Orton counters with the RKO to get the pin and become a seven-time World Champion at 21:26. The eliminations came really fast at the end but the match was really fun and never boring throughout. It wasn’t particularly memorable, but I’ll take it.
Rating: ***¼
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Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sunday, July 26, 2009

MATCH #1: Unified Tag Team Championship Match – Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase

Jericho has been the champion since 6.28.09, when he won the titles with Edge. Since Edge got injured, Big Show is replacing him, so this is Jeri-Show’s first defense. Legacy does not look happy to be faced with the monstrous former WWE, WCW, and ECW World Champion. Show and Rhodes start the match for their respective teams. That goes the way you would expect, and Rhodes gets a quick shot in and tags DiBiase. Show continues his dominance, and brings DiBiase over to the corner, and then tags Jericho. He works DiBiase over, and then tags Show back in. The champions continue making quick tags and working very well as a team. DiBiase comes back with a quick knee to the gut and then tags Rhodes. Jericho reverses a whip and Show hits Rhodes with an elbow to the back from the apron, and Jericho gets a quick rollup for two. The referee gets distracted by Show, and when Jericho goes to bounce off the ropes DiBiase pulls the top rope down and Jericho crashes to the floor. The challengers take over now and isolate Jericho in their corner. This goes on for a while, and the crowd is interested but slightly unsure what to do in this heel versus heel matchup. They definitely come alive when Rhodes hits a moonsault off the top rope! Jericho finally comes back with an enziguiri but can’t make the tag. He gets a quick small package on DiBiase for two. DiBiase gets a powerslam for two. A kick to the head for another two-count. Jericho comes back for real this time with the Walls of Jericho, and Rhodes effectively uses Show to distract the referee, and then sneaks in to break up the move with a vicious DDT. Jericho kicks out at two and the crowd is pretty much behind him right now. He makes the tag and Show is a house afire. The crowd loves the champions. Jericho hits a Codebreaker behind the referee’s back, and Show locks on the Colossal Clutch for the submission victory at 9:33. It was an interesting choice to have Jericho and Show playing the Babyfaces, but the crowd bought it and this match turned out better than I was anticipating. It’s too bad Rhodes and DiBiase don’t have another great team to feud with on RAW.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: ECW Championship Match – Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian

Dreamer has been the champion since 6.7.09, and this is his third defense. Josh Mathews and Matt Striker are on hand to call the action. Dreamer is the last remaining ECW Original, and Philadelphia is of course the birthplace of Extreme. These two have battled each other and teamed together many times, so they’re very familiar. Christian earned this title opportunity by defeating Vladimir Kozlov on ECW on July 9. Christian backs Dreamer into the corner, and they exchange slaps. Dreamer gets a knockdown and goes for the first cover, only getting a one-count. Christian comes back with a headlock, but Dreamer quickly pushes him off, and Christian comes back with a spinning heel kick for a zero-count. The crowd is into the match, chanting “ECW.” Meanwhile, Christian hits a European Uppercut off the second rope. Dreamer rolls to the apron, and hits a charging Christian with a shoulder to the gut. He tries to Suplex Christian to the floor, but Christian avoids it and drops Dreamer on the floor, and then hits a running kick to the face. Christian goes for a dive but Dreamer avoids it and hits a somersault off the apron to wipe the challenger out. Back in the ring Dreamer hits a powerslam for two. Christian comes back and starts attacking Dreamer’s neck. He tries the Killswitch but Dreamer avoids it. He tries a sleeper instead, but Dreamer falls back, knocking the wind out of him. They get back to their feet and Christian goes right back to the sleeper. This time Dreamer goes toward the ropes and both men crash to the floor. Back in the ring Christian goes up top but Dreamer sees him coming and knocks him out of the air. A flapjack gets two, and then he sets Christian up in the Tree of Woe. Dreamer hits the running dropkick, and then goes for a DDT. Christian blocks it, but Dreamer counters with a Sky-Hi for two. Dreamer goes for a pumphandle and Christian counters to a falling inverted DDT for two. Christian hits a dropkick off the second rope and then tries one from the top rope. Dreamer grabs Christian out of the air and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf. Christian breaks the hold but Dreamer catapults him into the turnbuckle. They do a brief Fish Out Of Water spot, and then Christian is able to land the missile dropkick. A series of reversals ends in Christian hitting the Killswitch to get the pin and become a two-time ECW Champion at 8:32. That was a fine TV match with solid heat.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: Six-Pack Challenge for the United States Championship – Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. Primo vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger vs. Carlito

Kingston has been the champion since 6.1.09, and this is his third defense. Big Show was originally scheduled for this match, but since he’s otherwise occupied Primo will take his place. Why not Evan Bourne? MVP and Carlito are former champions. I expect this one to have some clustery tendencies, so I probably won’t call a lot of play-by-play. The first story to emerge is Primo going after Carlito, and the older brother running from his little brother. Swagger and Miz work together a little bit. Bodies are flying everywhere, with everybody going for big moves and pinfalls. MVP and Swagger battle on the floor, and Carlito comes flying off the top rope with a planchas to take MVP down. Back in the ring Kingston battles Swagger, hitting him with a missile dropkick and the Boom-Boom. Miz breaks up the pin and goes after both men. Swagger, Primo, Kingston, and Miz work in a Tower of Doom spot. Everyone gets dumped to the floor except Carlito and Kingston. Primo joins them in the ring for a couple of quick pinning combinations. The crowd is into it. Swagger starts wrecking everything in his path until MVP cuts him off with a knee to the face. MVP is Ballin’, but when he goes for the Playmaker, Miz hits him with the Skull Crushing Finale for two. Carlito and Primo are working together again, until Carlito hits his brother with the Backstabber. Second later Kingston nails Carlito with the Trouble in Paradise to get the pin and retain the title at 8:37. That was fun chaos, and Kingston wins another multi-man title defense.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: WWE Women’s Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Melina

McCool has been the champion since 6.28.09 and this is her first defense, giving the former champion her rematch. McCool dropkicks Melina off the apron while she is doing the splits. Good for her. Melina is angry and takes the first advantage, as McCool tries to weather the storm and break Melina’s momentum. Melina hits a series of kicks and then charges at McCool in the ropes, but the champion moves and the challenger crashes to the floor. Back in the ring McCool locks on a half Boston Crab. She releases the hold and sends Melina to the floor. McCool tries charging in with a kick, but Melina moves and she lands on the barricade. They stand up and fight on the barricade, and McCool hits a DDT! Sadly they blow it because Melina basically no-sells it. They fight out on the floor with Melina in control. Back in the ring Melina hits the running knees to the back, and then rams McCool into the turnbuckle. Melina hits a spinning heel kick for two. McCool comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Melina comes back with a Thesz Press off the second rope, but McCool reverses the momentum and pushes Melina into a jackknife pin to get the win and retain the title at 6:13. Aside from Melina’s selling this was a pretty solid match and one of the better women’s matches I’ve seen in WWE in a while.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship – Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena

Orton has been the champion since 6.15.09, and this is his third defense. This is a rematch from WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando. The champion immediately tries to bail, but the challengers will have none of that. He tries to escape into the ring, but they follow him in there as well. Sensing he has no other choice, Orton tries to fight off both men but gets outsmarted by his adversaries. Cena and HHH work as a team to decimate the champion in the early going. Orton once again bails to the floor, and Cena gives chase. HHH joins them in the aisle, and Orton continues to get battered. Cena throws Orton back in the ring, and Orton ends up knocking Cena off the apron right into HHH! That’s a good break for Orton, taking out both men at the same time. Back in the ring Orton takes control briefly, before Cena makes the big comeback. Cena hits the Proto-Plex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He goes for the Attitude Adjustment but HHH breaks it up and throws Cena’s shoulder into the ring post. Orton levels HHH with a clothesline and goes to work on him now. HHH makes a brief comeback but Orton cuts him off with a powerslam. Orton tries an RKO, but HHH avoids it and instead hits a DDT. Both men are down, and Cena is back up now and climbing to the top rope. Cena whiffs on the Cena Slice, and many in the crowd boo him for it. Orton hits Cena with a neckbreaker and Cena rolls to the floor. HHH goes for the Pedigree on Orton but he gets backdropped to the floor instead. They try to get back in the ring and Orton goes for a double DDT, but they reverse it and backdrop him to the floor. Now we’re down to Cena versus HHH for the first time in the match. They slug it out as I remember that these two tore it up at this event last year. They tease finishers until HHH ends that with a spinebuster. HHH follows up with a Pedigree, and makes sure to put his legs as close to the apron as he can so that Orton can pull him to the floor to break up the pin. Orton then whips HHH into the ring steps, and then starts dismantling the Smackdown announce table. HHH goes for the Pedigree on Orton, but Cena breaks it up and dumps Orton into the crowd. Cena then joins HHH on the table, and HHH goes for a Pedigree but Cena reverses it to an STF! Orton breaks that up, and then he and Cena take the battle back inside the ring. He goes for the RKO, but Cena tosses him off. Cena puts Orton on the top turnbuckle but HHH breaks that up, only to get caught by Cena in a catapult, which causes Orton to crotch himself. As soon as HHH turns around Cena traps him in the STF! Orton recovers and goes for the Punt on Cena and misses. Cena gets a rollup for two, and then Orton levels him with a clothesline. Both challengers are down, and Orton commences with the Orton Stomp on both of them. Eventually Orton misses a knee drop, and the challengers pounce on it. Cena hits Orton with a Proto-Plex, but when he goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle HHH pulls the ropes down and he crashes to the floor. HHH then traps Orton in the Sharpshooter?! Cena rejoins the ring and locks on a simultaneous cross face, and Orton taps out! But the referee doesn’t know who to call the winner! Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase run out to attack both challengers, but this is a no-disqualification match. I did not know that. Cena grabs Rhodes in the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton strikes with an RKO to get the pin at 22:21.

I really liked the match, but I think the finish would have been just as effective if Cena had HHH in the Attitude Adjustment and Orton hit the RKO out of that. I’m just getting tired for seeing Legacy interfere all the time. But the crowd was hot and the action was quite good. Usually when someone taps out the match is over and they figure out the winner later, usually hold the title up or something like that, but I guess this referee made a judgment call, or something.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #6: Divas Championship Match – Maryse vs. Mickie James

Maryse has been the champion since 12.26.08, and this is her fourth defense. They engage in a rugged lockup to start, with Mickie playing the aggressor while Maryse tries to avoid her. Mickie gets an O’Connor roll for two. A dropkick to the face keeps things in Mickie’s favor, until she tries a springboard something, and Maryse kicks her right in the dome. Mickie crashes to the floor. Back in the ring Maryse takes control as a few mouth-breathers chant “We Want Puppies.” At least they’re making any noise, that’s more than most of the crowd can say. Maryse works Mickie over, tossing her to the floor, and then tossing her back in the ring. While the referee’s back is turned, Maryse grabs a can of whatever she sprayed in Mickie’s eyes on RAW. Mickie avoids it this time and tries to use it herself, and the crowd does not care. Back in the ring Mickie tries a leap off the top rope but Maryse avoids it and gets a cover for two. They get off track a bit and Mickie looks legit frustrated. Moments later Mickie hits the Jumping DDT to get the pin and become the new Divas Champion at 8:37. That match felt twice as long due to the lack of interest from the crowd. Not that Mickie and Maryse gave them much to be interested in; they just didn’t seem to be clicking tonight.
Rating: *½

MATCH #7: Intercontinental Championship Match – Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler

Mysterio has been the champion since 6.28.09, and this is his second defense. Ziggler is accompanied by his girlfriend Maria. Jim Ross gets on my good side by noting that Don Muraco, Kerry Von Erich, and Jeff Hardy all won their first Intercontinental Titles in Philadelphia. I like little factoids like that. JR keeps it going by stating that 13 Hall of Famers are former Intercontinental Champions. Just for fun – Pedro Morales, Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Tito Santana, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero, Curt Hennig, Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ricky Steamboat., and Kerry Von Erich. Ziggler backs Mysterio into the corner at the start, to show his power advantage. They trade quick pinning combinations, as both men approach each other cautiously. Ziggler keeps Mysterio on the ground while his girlfriend cheers him on. She’s not the only one – a group can be heard chanting for Ziggler as well as Mysterio. Ziggler counters a rana with a buckle bomb for two. The challenger is firmly in control. As Grisham talks about Mysterio being a former World Heavyweight Champion, I realize Mysterio is one of few guys to win the Intercontinental Title after winning a World Title. Triple H and Pedro Morales are the only other two I can think of off the top of my head. Meanwhile Mysterio makes a comeback with some high flying maneuvers, as JR calls his offense “Avant Garde.” Ziggler hits a powerslam out of nowhere for two. Mysterio comes back by knocking Ziggler to the floor and hitting a seated senton off the apron. Back in the ring Ziggler knocks Mysterio off the top rope and puts him on his shoulders. Ziggler drops Mysterio and goes for a Tiger Driver, but Mysterio avoids it and goes for the 619. That doesn’t connect, and Ziggler pitches Mysterio to the floor. Back in the ring Ziggler continues to wear Mysterio down, even using the Full Nelson. Mysterio comes back by rolling through a sunset flip and kicking Ziggler in the head for a two-count. He goes for a leap off the top rope and Ziggler nails him in the chest with a dropkick for a close near-fall. Ziggler charges into the corner and Mysterio moves out of the way, causing Ziggler to crash into the buckles and then the canvas. Mysterio sets Ziggler up top, but Ziggler counters and lands a super gutbuster for a near-fall that the crowd bought. The champion escapes a powerslam attempt, and then hits the 619 and a springboard splash to get the pin at 14:21. Mysterio’s hot streak continues and Ziggler is wrestling like a guy with something to prove. The result was an excellent match that lends itself to a rematch. Ziggler made an excellent showing in his biggest match to date.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: World Heavyweight Championship Match – CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy

Punk has been the champion since 6.7.09, and this is his third defense. The promo Punk cut earlier on was amazing, for the record. I love that JR still supports Punk even though he is a heel. Nothing makes an insufferable know-it-all worse than someone agreeing with said know-it-all. Both men are cautious early on, as Punk tries to connect with some kicks. Punk tries grounding Hardy with a headlock, but Hardy escapes and quickens the pace. That doesn’t last too long as Punk is right back on Hardy with a chinlock. Hardy escapes that and charges at Punk, who sidesteps him and the challenger goes crashing to the floor. Punk goes for a suicide dive, but Hardy moves out of the way, causing Punk to crash head-first into the security barricade. Back in the ring Hardy goes for a cover but only gets two. He hits a neckbreaker and goes up top, so Punk rolls to the floor. Hardy goes to jump on him anyway, but Punk moves and this time it’s Hardy crashing into the barricade. He barely makes it back into the ring before the count of 10. Punk looks incredulous and goes for a quick cover but he can’t keep Hardy down. He unloads with kicks to the back and covers again for two. The champion is firmly in control now, and goes for covers as often as possible. He sets Hardy on the top turnbuckle, but Hardy counters with a gourdbuster off the ropes! Both men get to their feet and exchange strikes. Hardy takes the advantage, knocking Punk around and getting a close near-fall with a dropkick to the face. He goes for Whisper in the Wind, but Punk knocks him down. Punk hits the running knee in the corner but Hardy avoids the bulldog and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two! Hardy hits a bodyslam and goes up top, but Punk avoids the Swanton Bomb. Punk hits Welcome to Chicago Mother Fu***r (don’t see that too often in WWE) and then locks on a Dragon Sleeper. He hits a couple of strikes, and Hardy counters with a Twist of Fate out of nowhere. Hardy goes for the Swanton but Punk gets the knees up and goes for a cover, but Hardy kicks out at two! Punk goes for the springboard clothesline but Hardy avoids it and tries the Twist of Fate, which gets reversed to the Go 2 Sleep! Hardy kicks out at two, so Punk cradles the legs and tries another pin for another two! The third time is not the charm, as Hardy kicks out again. Pinning him the third time would have been a great finish. The frustrated champion goes to the floor to grab his title and he starts walking to the back. Hardy will have none of that, as he chases Punk down the aisle and throws him back in the ring. He hits Punk with the Twist of Fate and this time hits the Swanton Bomb to regain the World Heavyweight Title at 14:57. The finish kind of came out of nowhere a bit, but the work all the way through was solid. They definitely didn’t do as much “stuff” as the guys in the WWE Title match did, so I think the crowd wasn’t as hot as they could have been, but they’re still really into both guys so it came off well in the end.
Rating: ***¼
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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – September 9, 2012

MATCH #1: Bound For Glory Series Semifinal – “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy

Joe finished in second place with 68 points, and Hardy finished in fourth place with 59 points. They start slowly with a feeling out process, since they just wrestled each other the previous Thursday on IMPACT Wrestling. Hardy executes a headscissors that sends Joe to the floor. He tries to follow him out but Joe catches him and slams him into the ring apron. Joe tries the ring steps but Hardy comes back and slams Joe’s face off the steel. Hardy then jumps off the ring apron to wipe Joe out with a clothesline. Back in the ring Joe fights back with the Big Joe Combo. Joe continues the assault and keeps Hardy on the mat. He hits the snap powerslam for two. Hardy tries to fight up but Joe sends him to the floor and wipes him out with the elbow suicida. Back inside Joe covers for two. Finally Hardy makes a comeback and takes Joe down with a clothesline. Hardy is fired up, unleashing a flurry of offense. He hits the Whisper in the Wind for a near-fall. Hardy charges into the corner and Joe grabs him for the STJoe. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster but Hardy fights it off and hits a tornado Twist of Fate! That was pretty cool. Hardy goes up top but Joe knocks him down. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster but Hardy counters with a sunset flip for two. Hardy locks on the same arm submission he used on Joe on Thursday but Joe escapes into a pin cover, which Hardy reverses to a crucifix to get the pin at 12:34! That was terrific stuff from two of the most unique wrestlers in TNA. Joe dominated with his power and Hardy had to persevere and fight back with his agility and his cunning, and it just happened to work out for him. It’s the kind of finish that helped both guys look good rather than coming off like one of them scored a fluke.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Bound For Glory Series Semifinal – “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Bully Ray

Storm finished first with 73 points and earned the right to pick from the other three opponents who he wanted to face. He picked Bully Ray, who finished third with 62 points because Ray defeated him in a semifinal match at last year’s No Surrender. Ray stalls a lot, just like he did last year. Storm looks confident in the opening minutes while Ray stalls. Every time Ray tries something on Storm, the Cowboy fights back and unloads on his rival. They take the fight to the floor and Storm continues to dominate. Back in the ring Storm tries the Last Call but misses, and Ray kicks his leg out of his leg. Then instead of working the leg, Ray locks on a bearhug. Storm breaks free of that but Ray cuts him off with a big boot for two. Ray continues to beat on Storm, keeping him on the mat. You can’t superkick anyone laying on your back ya know. Ray hits some mounted punches in the corner and Storm counters with a powerbomb for a near-fall. Storm gets rolling now, landing an enziguiri and a high cross body block off the top rope for two. Ray counters with a side suplex for a two-count. Storm gets a crucifix for two, and then hits another enziguiri. He then accidentally bumps the referee. Ray hits the Bubba Bomb, and I love that they never changed the name of that move to the Bully Bomb. A new referee comes in but only gets a two-count. Ray goes up to the second rope and misses a back senton. Storm tries to fight back but knocks out the second referee as well. He revives the first referee and then hits Ray with the Codebreaker, which causes Ray to bump the referee. Storm hits the Last Call but there is no one there to count. Bobby Roode comes out and cracks a beer bottle on Storm’s head and pulls Ray over to make the cover. The ref recovers and makes the count, sending Ray to the finals against Jeff Hardy at 13:53. That was an okay back and forth match, and I do like that Ray has Storm’s number in the BFG Series. I seriously think they blew it with Storm, but at least all the shenanigans in this match helped further the feud with Roode heading into Bound for Glory, so at least it served a clear purpose. That leaves us with Bully Ray versus Jeff Hardy in the finals.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: TNA Knockouts Championship – Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara

Tessmacher has been the Champion since 8.16.12, and this is her first defense. Taryn Terrell is the referee for this Championship match. Tessmacher and Tara are former Knockouts Tag Team Champions, so this is a mentor versus student matchup. They start with some chain wrestling, both Knockouts trying to set the pace. Things get a little awkward and Tessmacher ends up on the floor. Tara invites her back in the ring and then surprises her with a rollup for two. Tessmacher looks irritated but she has no one but herself to blame. She responds with armdrags and an armbar. Things get heated and the pace quickens. The champion is looking good here, but Tara cuts her off. Tara hits the spinning side slam for two. She sets Tessmacher up top and hits a superplex for another two-count. Tara goes for the Widow’s Peak but Tessmacher counters to a sunset flip to get the flash pin at 6:35. That was perfectly adequate but not exciting or memorable in any way.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: TNA X Division Championship – Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt

Ion has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his third defense. They start off quickly, taking it to each other. Dutt scores the first big blow with a clothesline that sends Ion to the floor. Ion snaps Dutt’s neck across the top rope, but Dutt immediately recovers. Dutt hits a headscissors that sends Ion to the floor and follows him out with a baseball slide. He hits another headscissors. Back in the ring Ion catches a leaping Dutt with a gutbuster. Ion goes to work now, slowing the pace and keeping Dutt on the mat, focusing on his injured shoulder. Dutt almost makes a comeback but Ion cuts him off. Moments later Dutt actually does make the comeback with yet another headscissors that sends the Champ to the floor. He unloads with a series of strikes and the crowd is firing up. Dutt takes Ion down with a hurricanrana from the top rope and then lands a standing moonsault for two. A back and forth exchange ends with Ion on the floor and Dutt wipes him out with a moonsault from the second rope. Back in the ring Dutt hits a springboard Superfly Splash for a near-fall. Dutt tries a hurricanrana but Ion catches him in a powerbomb. Ion locks on the Rings of Saturn. That’s a great move given Dutt’s injured shoulder. Dutt reaches the ropes. He pops up and hits the Sonjay Cutter. Dutt goes up top for the Moonstomp but misses and that turns into a series of pinning combination reversals but neither man can get a pin. Ion is able to catch Dutt and hit him with the Gory Bomb to score the pin and retain the title at 11:31. That was solid stuff for the 2012 X Division, but it’s such a far cry from the glory days. These two had pretty good chemistry together but could have used some more juice in their feud.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: Magnus vs. RVD

They start with some mat wrestling and Magnus takes the advantage. RVD wisely plays to his strengths, coming back with a flurry of kicks that send Magnus to the floor. Out at ringside RVD whips Magnus into the barricade, and then sets him up on it to hit the spin kick off the apron but Magnus moves! That should change the momentum of the match. Back in the ring Magnus covers for two. RVD tries to fight back with kicks but that’s hard to do with an injured leg dummy. Of course RVD does all the usual running and flipping he normally does, never mind the leg injury. Magnus uses a Texas Cloverleaf and RVD reaches the ropes. The wear down continues and Magnus hits a flying elbow from the second rope for a near-fall. RVD fights back with kicks and doesn’t even show so much as a limp. He hits Rolling Thunder for a two-count. Magnus fights back and goes up top but RVD slams him down. RVD tries the stupid somersault monkey flip but Magnus drops him with a clothesline for two. Magnus tries the Cloverleaf again but RVD kicks his way out of it. RVD goes up top and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin at 10:07. Magnus REALLY could have used a win there, as RVD was on the fast track to nothing at this point. The match was okay when Magnus was on offense, but RVD just refused to sell the leg at all and that shit annoys me.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles & Kurt Angle

Daniels and Kazarian have been the Champions since 6.28.12, and this is their third defense. Daniels and Angle start the match. Angle takes the first control and immediately starts wearing Daniels down. The challengers work together and keep Daniels reeling in the opening minutes. Even when Kazarian tags in Styles and Angle continue to control the flow. Finally Kazarian is able to catch Styles with a monkey flip. That puts the Champions in control and they are delighted to isolate Styles in their half of the ring. After several minutes Styles is able to slip out of a belly-to-back suplex and make the hot tag. Angle is all over the Champions with strikes and suplexes. Kazarian cuts him off and hits the slingshot DDT. The Champions wear Angle down and keep him away from his partner. Kazarian goes up top and Angle takes him down with a Super release German Suplex. Tags are made and the two long-time rivals Styles and Daniels take it to each other. Styles gets the better of it but can’t yet put Daniels away. Angle tags in and hits a Superfly Splash but it only gets two. The straps come down and Kazarian takes the Angle Slam. Daniels gets one too and Angle covers him for two. Angle puts Daniels in the Ankle Lock and Kazarian breaks it up with an enziguiri. Styles gets the tag and he’s all over both Daniels and Kazarian. He hits Kazarian with the Pele for a two-count. Angle keeps Daniels subdued with an Ankle Lock while Styles hits Kazarian with the springboard 450 Splash. Somehow Kazarian kicks out at two! Kazarian and Styles battle on the top rope and Kazarian hits an ugly Flux Capacitor for a near-fall. The referee loses control. Angle clotheslines Daniels to the floor to leave just two in the ring. The referee checks on Angle, so Daniels throws the Appletini in Styles’ face. Kazarian rolls Styles up for the pin at 19:29. That was the good match from these four you would expect, but what a stupid finish. No wonder no one takes Daniels and Kazarian as a serious threat in any kind of environment.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Bound For Glory Series Final – “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray

They’re really putting on a pay-per-view main event of Bubba Ray Dudley versus Jeff Hardy. Since Hardy was assaulted by the Aces & Eights earlier, he doesn’t come out when his music is played. Instead Hulk Hogan makes his way out. Hogan says they can wait until IMPACT Wrestling in four days, or Bully can take a countout win. Hardy makes his way out and we’re going to have the match tonight with Hardy injured. I would have loved it if TNA just screwed the fans out of a main event (such as it is) and just done the match on free TV instead.

Ray looks a little reluctant to take it to the injured Hardy, but he offers a fist bump and away they go. The match starts slowly, and Ray attacks Hardy’s injury, which is just good strategy. Ray doggedly attacks the left shoulder and the crowd tries to will Hardy back into it. Eventually Hardy is able to come back a little bit and hit the Twist of Stunner. Hardy goes up top and lands the Swanton Bomb but Ray kicks out at two! Ray comes back with the Bubba Bomb for a near-fall. He charges into the corner and hits nothing but feet. Hardy hits the Whisper in the Wind for two. He goes up for another one but misses and lands hard. Ray hits the Bubba Cutter but again only gets a two-count! Hardy hits a proper Twist of Fate and goes up top but misses the Swanton Bomb. Ray hits another Bubba Cutter for another two-count. Hardy avoids a charge in the corner and hits a Twist of Stunner and then the Twist of Fate. He goes up and Ray knocks him down on his nuts. Ray goes up but Hardy knocks him down and hits the Swanton Bomb to get the pin and win the Bound for Glory Series at 12:24. That was dreadfully dull, and maybe only six legitimate moves were used repeatedly throughout the match. I get what they were going for with Hardy, but putting him against Ray just made it a foregone conclusion. Knowing where the story eventually went it makes sense but that doesn’t make this main event immediately more compelling. It was bad.
Rating: *¾
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2008 (Triple H, John Cena) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2008-triple-h-john-cena-4/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2008-triple-h-john-cena-4/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:02 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168768 Night of Champions 2008

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American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas – Sunday, June 29, 2008

MATCH #1: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – John Morrison & The Miz vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle

Ross and Foley are on commentary because this is a Smackdown title, even though four ECW wrestlers are fighting for it. Morrison & Miz have been champions since 11.16.07 and this is their ninth defense. Finlay and Morrison start the match. Finlay takes the first advantage with his unorthodox offense. Morrison comes back and dumps Finlay to the floor. He tries to slingshot onto him, but Finlay pulls the ring apron out and Morrison crotches himself on it. That was certainly different. The champions take Finlay down and then bully Hornswoggle around. Finlay comes back to his son’s rescue and uses him as a battering ram to take both champions down. Miz distracts Finlay and allows Morrison to land a big kick to the face and champions take over. Finlay finally recovers and Hornswoggle tags himself in and actually hits a few big moves on Miz before Morrison takes a cheap shot. These guys are awesome. They keep beating on Hornswoggle as the crowd gets behind him. Hornswoggle finally makes the hot tag and Finlay is working over both champions. He even hits a missile dropkick for a near fall! Finlay hits Morrison with the Celtic Cross and tags Hornswoggle in for the Tadpole Splash. Miz comes in and knocks Finlay off the apron, allowing Morrison to slam Hornswoggle off the top rope and get the pin at 8:46. That was actually a really fun match, with Morrison and Miz really acting like jerks but also coming off as clever because they really work well together and they wrestle smart. They wrestle like a team, something WWE has very few of.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: United States Championship Match – Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero

Hardy has been the champion since 4.27.08, and this is his second defense. They start off with the easy chain wrestling, Hardy grabbing a headlock. He knocks Chavo down and he pops right up and now Chavo goes to the headlock. Hardy comes back and delivers a clothesline in the corner, a body slam, and a fist drop for about a one count. Back up Hardy hits a back body drop, another clothesline in the corner and tries a bulldog but Chavo avoids it and hits a chop block and starts working on the knee. Bam Neely makes sure to interfere a little bit from the outside. Hardy comes back with a bulldog and Chavo kicks out right at one. Chavo goes right back to the leg. He goes up for presumably a Frog Splash but Hardy rolls out of the way and Chavo somersaults to his feet but Hardy counters him with a clothesline. They slug it out and Hardy wins that, all while selling the leg. He drops an elbow for two. He hits the Side Effect for two. Hardy goes to the second rope but hits an elbow instead of a legdrop, which is a nice touch. Chavo throws Matt into the corner but eats a forearm coming in. Hardy goes to the second rope again, but Chavo sweeps his legs and locks on a half Boston Crab. Hardy reaches the ropes. Hardy hits a DDT for two. Hardy motions for the Twist of Fate but Chavo counters it and once again puts on the half Boston Crab. He reaches the ropes again, and then hits an enziguiri. Chavo gets up first and hits the Three Amigos, but Hardy hits the Twist of Fate out of nowhere to get the pin at 9:21.That was a perfectly acceptable and competent match, but this is about as good as Chavo Guerrero gets.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Triple Threat Match for the ECW Championship – Kane vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry

Kane has been the champion since 3.30.08 and this is his second defense. This one starts off as a big brawl with the champion controlling the first minute or so. Kane throws Henry to the floor and then Show goes on offense on Kane for bit. Kane fights back with a DDT for about a one count. Show throws Kane over the ropes and now Show and Henry fight it out in the ring. Show bodyslams Henry. Doctors are checking Kane out at ringside while the two challengers slug it out in the ring. They clothesline each other and Kane makes his way to the top rope and nails Henry with a clothesline and slugs Show into the corner. He runs corner to corner with clotheslines on both men. Henry catches him in a bear hug but Kane escapes it and whips him into a big boot from Show. Kane and Show agree to double chokeslam Henry to take him out, but obviously they won’t let each other go for the cover. They argue now and start throwing bombs at each other. Kane tries the flying clothesline but Show catches him and Chokeslams him but Kane kicks out and then sits up. He grabs Show by the throat but Show blocks it and hits some kind of suplex. Not sure what they were going for there, maybe an Olympic Slam, and it gets two. Show goes up to the top rope but Kane stops him and delivers a huge superplex. That leaves Kane open to a big splash from Henry and he gets the pin and wins the ECW Title at 8:17. That was actually much better than I thought it would be, as they kept it short and easy, and the finish was very cool.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: World Tag Team Championship Match – Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly vs. Ted DiBiase & ?

Rhodes & Holly have been the champions since 12.10.07, and this is their fourth defense. DiBiase’s music is really some kind of terrible. He comes out to the ring alone. He says his partner just texted him and he needs 10 minutes to get there. The referee says he has to wrestle it now or forfeit. He says they can start the match and his partner will be there.

Rhodes starts the match, but DiBiase says he wants Holly. The veteran obliges, but just as he turns his back, Rhodes spins him around and hits a DDT! DiBiase then introduces Rhodes as his tag team partner! Rhodes tags DiBiase in and he hits the Million Dollar Legsweep to get the pin and win the titles in his debut match at 1:27. It obviously wasn’t much of a match but I do think it was a good angle to get Rhodes and DiBiase together and I really hope they give these guys some room to breathe because they could really get over.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #5: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match – Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston

Jericho has been the champion since 3.10.08, and this is his fourth defense. Jericho’s opponent was not announced ahead of time, so he had no time to prepare. Jericho was in the midst of his eighth Intercontinental Title reign, and he had just recently turned heel on Shawn Michaels. Lance Cade has accompanied Jericho to ringside. Jericho cuts an anti-HBK promo, since he isn’t in attendance tonight. They start with some chain wrestling, and Jericho tries to intimidate the young Kingston. The challenger comes back with some of his unusual and high-flying offense so Jericho takes a powder. Kingston doesn’t give him a break though, hitting a slingshot dive and throwing Jericho back in the ring. He hits a cross body block off the top rope for two. Kingston tries his punches in the corner but Jericho dumps him to the floor. Jericho follows him outside and rams him into the apron twice. Back in the ring Jericho works on Kingston’s back and acts like a jerk. He puts on the abdominal stretch. Kingston gets out but Jericho is able to thwart all of his offensive attacks. Jericho tries a super back suplex but Kingston reverses the momentum and falls on top for a cover and gets a near fall. Kingston tries his legdrop but Jericho blocks it and tries the Walls of Jericho and Kingston gets a small package for two. Now he hits the double legdrop but only gets two. A rana gets two. Jericho comes back with a clothesline and some kicks. He hits the Lionsault and then puts on the Walls of Jericho. The crowd is going crazy, because Shawn Michaels is in the building! He hits Cade with Sweet Chin Music and gets up on the apron. Jericho knocks him down, but that gives Kingston the chance to hit the Trouble in Paradise and win the title at 11:00. They had some really good stuff in here, but it’s obvious that no matter who Jericho lost the belt to it would be forgotten because of Jericho’s feud with Michaels, which took center stage. Trainers try to take Michaels backstage, but Jericho makes sure to take a shot at his eye before he can make it.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: WWE Women’s Championship Match – Mickie James vs. Katie Lea Burchill

Mickie has been the champion since 4.14.08 and this is her third defense. Katie Lea goes for several quick covers and Mickie is able to kick out. Mickie then uses a go-behind and gets an O’Connor roll for two. Mickie hits a couple of maneuvers and heads to the top rope, so Katie Lea takes a powder. Katie Lea’s brother Paul interferes, but Mickie is soon back in control. Katie Lea then comes back and starts working on the arm. Mickie comes back with some right hands. Mickie comes charging into the corner but Katie Lea goes back to the arm. Mickie makes another comeback but her arm is in pretty bad shape. She goes for the tornado DDT but Katie Lea reverses it to a cross-arm-breaker. Moments later Mickie comes back with the tornado DDT to get the pin and retain the title at 7:11. That was pretty okay for a women’s match, even if all the arm work never really paid off.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge vs. Batista

The results of the fan poll says that 30% think Cena will win the title tonight, 32% think Batista, 31% think both, and 7% think neither. Edge has been the champion since 6.1.08, and this is his first defense.

Batista overpowers Edge in the early going, so Edge cowers in the corner. He tries to hide outside but Batista follows him and stays on offense. Everything Edge tries gets countered and Batista sends Edge to the floor again and rolls him back in the ring. Edge takes that opportunity to throw Batista shoulder first into the ring post. Now Edge takes over on offense and works the challenger over, even using the announce table to his advantage. Every time Batista tries an offensive maneuver Edge is able to avoid it, reverse it, or counter it. Batista finally unleashes some offense and lands a big Boss Man Slam for two. Batista hits a Spear and Edge barely kicks out. Batista hits a powerslam and goes for the Batista Bomb but Edge counters to the Impaler DDT for a close two count. Edge misses a Spear and Batista goes to the top only to be hit on the way down by an Edge dropkick. Both men are down and Hawkins, Ryder, and Vickie Guerrero make their way near the ring. Edge misses another Spear and gets hit with a Spinebuster which JR calls the “Batista Bomb.” Vickie grabs the referee at two to break up the pin. Edge charges and Batista avoids him, hurling him into the ring post and onto the floor. Edge pulls the referee outside the ring and knocks him out, so Vickie orders another referee, and it’s Chavo Guerrero. Batista grabs Vickie and press slams her onto La Familia. That gives Edge the chance to blast Batista in the face with the belt and Chavo makes the three count to get the win at 16:48. That was a pretty good match up until all the craziness with Vickie started. Batista is going to RAW beltless.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – Triple H vs. John Cena

Triple H has been the champion since 4.27.08, and this is his fourth defense. The champion scores the first knockdown and looks calm and cool, while Cena appears to have some butterflies. HHH hits a hip toss and does a crotch chop. Cena gets up and goes for the headlock, but it doesn’t take long for HHH to break that. Cena counters the Game’s attacks and knocks him down, then gives him a big salute as a receipt for the crotch chop. Cena continues to roll, hitting the fisherman’s suplex for two. Cena hits a shoulderblock but HHH avoids the second one and Cena rolls to the floor. HHH goes to work on Cena’s back, presumably so he can’t execute the FU. They take turns countering each other’s moves and Cena comes out on top. He hits the Proto-Plex and looks for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. HHH kicks him down but Cena is right back on the attack. He hits the leg drop off the top rope to the back of the neck and lands another Proto-Plex and once again goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, and HHH blocks it again and hits a spinebuster. HHH tries the Pedigree but Cena blocks it and throws HHH all the way to the floor and he looked to have landed awkwardly. Cena goes out to the floor and attacks the champion’s leg. HHH does a good job avoiding the STFU. Cena finally gets it on but HHH quickly reaches the ropes. Cena goes for the FU but HHH blocks it and hits the Pedigree. Cena kicks out! Both men are down, and when they get up Cena hits an FU and both men are down again. They get up and trade big right hands. HHH gets the better of it, but soon Cena gets a third Proto-Plex, and finally lands the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He then goes for the FU but HHH grabs the top rope and slides out and tries the Pedigree. Cena gets out of that and puts on the STFU. Cena pulls HHH away from the ropes, but that gives HHH the chance to put on a weird looking version of the Crippler Crossface. Cena lifts HHH into an FU position from there, but HHH elbows his way out and hits the Pedigree to get the pin at 19:37. That was an awesome match with great crowd heat, great hope spots, great false finishes, and a great real finish. I’m excited for the eventual rubber match.
Rating: ****¼
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA No Surrender 2011 (Mr. Anderson, Sting, Kurt Angle) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2011-mr-anderson-sting-kurt-angle-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2011-mr-anderson-sting-kurt-angle-3/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169883 no surrender 2011

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – September 11, 2011

MATCH #1: Jesse Sorensen vs. Kid Kash

This is announced as a #1 Contender’s match. They start with some back and forth chain wrestling and both get some near-falls. The crowd cheers for the standoff like it’s ROH circa 2002. Tenay and Tazz talk about how much they love the 225-pound weight limit in the X Division, since it prevents someone like Abyss from coming in and dominating. Way to just bury the entire division, goofs. Kash takes the advantage and tries keeping Sorensen on the mat. Sorensen fights back with plucky babyface offense. Kash tries to cut him off but Sorensen perseveres and hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. Sorensen hits a high cross body block off the top rope for another two-count. He tries to follow up but Kash cuts him off and goes back to work. Kash hits a moonsault for two. Sorensen comes back and hits a, well, I don’t know exactly. It was kind of a reverse suplex but he just sort of dropped him. It didn’t look good, but it still gets the win at 7:54. Sorensen is boring and Kash is Kash. It was okay for an iMPACT! match.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Bound for Glory Series Match – James Storm (40) vs. Bully Ray (49)

Storm must win by submission in order to have a hope of winning the Series. Ray stalls and jaws with the fans in the early going. In fact Ray stalls for almost four minutes before making the first contact with a cheap shot. Ray gets a little bit of offense in before Storm executes a couple of armdrags and the Cross Armbreaker. That’s good strategy. Ray takes a powder to stall some more. Back in the ring Storm continues the arm work. Storm again puts on the Cross Armbreaker and really wrenches it in. Ray once again goes to the floor and this time Storm follows him out to continue the abuse. Storm goes to get back in the ring and Ray clips him, causing Storm to hit the apron face-first. Ray takes a swig of beer and brings a chair in the ring, and when the referee disposes of the chair Ray spits beer in Storm’s eyes. That was a good move. Storm comes back from out of nowhere and locks on the Cross Armbreaker again. Ray reaches the ropes. Storm switches it up and puts on the Sharpshooter and Ray reaches the ropes again. Ray is in rough shape as Storm viciously attacks the arm, locking on a Fujiwara armbar. Storm gets thrown to the apron so he takes a swig of beer. He tries to spray it in the Ray’s eyes but he ducks and the referee gets it instead. Storm locks on the Cross Armbreaker again and Ray taps out. However the referee disqualified Storm for spitting the beer, so Ray is the winner at 11:45. That took forever to get going, but by design, and they definitely had a story going in the match so it worked well enough. The finish was lame but as a piece of the bigger puzzle that we know now I’m good with it.
Rating: **½

That match leaves Bully Ray in first place with 52 points, Bobby Roode and Gunner tied for second with 42, and James Storm all the way down to fifth with 30 points. Rob Van Dam is in fourth with 35, FYI.

MATCH #3: TNA Women’s Knockout Championship match – Mickie James vs. Winter

Winter is accompanied by Angelina Love. James has been the Champion since 9.1.11, and this is her first defense. Winter tries to grab James off the ropes before the bell rings but James kicks her off and then hits a missile dropkick. Wonder Mickie gets knocked to the floor and she beats up Love too. Winter tries to come to Love’s rescue but she fails. Back in the ring Winter takes a cheap shot as the crowd gets behind the Champion. Of course James fights back immediately and beats up Love some more. Mickie James is the kind of wrestler that constantly fights back and it makes her comebacks mean much less. Anyway, Winter hits a suplex for two. Winter continues the abuse and Love interferes when she can. Winter hits a nice swinging backbreaker, as the back has been her focus. James gets a jackknife cradle from out of nowhere for two. She follows with a neckbreaker and both women take some time to recover. They get up and trade strikes. James wins that battle and then hits a sloppy flapjack. Love distracts James but it doesn’t work and James hits the Mick Kick for two. James locks on a single leg crab for some reason. Winter gets the ropes. Love hands Winter the belt and she misses a shot with it. Referee Earl Hebner gets rid of the belt and James rolls Winter up for a two-count. James goes for the Tornado DDT but Love pulls Winter to the floor, so James follows her out with a Thesz Press. Love continues to get involved so James chases her up the ramp to the back. James gets back to the ring and Love interferes basically right in front of Hebner so he helpfully turns around for no reason. Winter accidentally sprays red mist into Love’s eyes. Luckily Winter had some extra red mist and spits it in James’s eyes to get the pin and regain the title at 8:37. That was the usual Mickie James match. You’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Mexican America vs. D’Angelo Dinero & Devon

Hernandez & Anarquia have been the Champions since 8.18.11, and this is their first defense. Anarquia and Devon start the match. The challengers take the first control and work over Anarquia, because he sucks. Hernandez gets a tag but the challengers go to work on him too. Anarquia gets more of the same treatment, and Dinero even accosts Rosita for no reason. That’s sexual harassment and she doesn’t have to take it. Hernandez distracts the referee and Sarita interferes to give the champions the advantage. The champs work on Devon for a bit until he catches Hernandez with a Spear, aka the move almost everyone does now. Tags are made and Dinero is a house afire. Dinero hits Anarquia with a high cross body block off the top rope for two when Hernandez breaks it up. Hernandez knocks Devon off the apron. Anarquia hits Dinero with a back suplex and Hernandez follows with a Superfly Splash. The referee has no idea who the legal men are. Rosita and Sarita try to interfere but both get spanked. I love how wrestling crowds cheer for that kind of abuse. Dinero hits Anarquia with the Zack Attack and Devon clobbers Hernandez. The girls continue to interfere, and when Dinero tries to suplex Anarquia back in the ring Sarita grabs Devon’s leg and Anarquia gets the pin at 9:46. The match was painfully average in every way, and that finish needs to be retired by this point.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Samoa Joe vs. Matt Morgan

Morgan goes right after Joe and takes first control but Joe is ready to fight back. Even with that being the case, Morgan dominates the opening minutes. They take it to the floor and Joe fights back, subduing Morgan long enough to wipe him out with the elbow suicida. Back in the ring Morgan is able to hit a cross body off the top rope, which is pretty impressive. Morgan looks for the Carbon Footprint so Joe goes to the floor. Joe pokes Morgan in the eyes and drops his arm across the top rope. Back in the ring Joe hits a running knee strike. Joe dominates now, keeping the sizable Morgan on the mat. You’re not seven feet tall when you’re laying down. Well, you are, but you know what I mean. Morgan slugs back and hits a discus clothesline. He goes for a Chokeslam so Joe thumbs him in the eye. Joe hits an impressive belly-to-belly suplex for two. He goes for the Coquina Clutch but Morgan fights his way out of it. Joe perseveres and takes Morgan down to the mat in the Clutch and Morgan gets his long leg to the bottom rope. An angry Joe argues with the referee and turns around into the Carbon Footprint and Morgan gets the pin at 11:35. That was a decent power match but the finish makes Joe look like a goof.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: Bound for Glory Series Match – Bobby Roode vs. Gunner

No offense to Gunner personally, but it’s ridiculous that he’s even in this position right now. Much like earlier, either guy has to win by submission just to tie Bully Ray for the series lead. They start with some basic chain wrestling. Roode goes for a submission so Gunner takes a powder. That doesn’t keep him safe though, as Roode goes to the floor and goes to work on the left arm. Back in the ring Roode continues to work the arm until Gunner caches him with a DDT. Gunner takes control now with his generic heel offense. Roode goes back to the arm but Gunner cuts him off with a clothesline. Gunner locks on a Full Nelson but Roode won’t submit. They slug it out and Roode wins the battle. Roode goes for a Fujiwara Armbar but he can’t complete the hold so he hits a spinebuster instead. The tenacious Roode goes back to the Fujiwara Armbar and Gunner reaches the ropes. Gunner lands a running knee strike and tries the Full Nelson again. Roode counters and puts on the Fujiwara Armbar. He turns it into a Crossface and this time Gunner taps out at 11:58. I like that they had a good plan for the match and Roode stuck to it really well, but Gunner never had any shot at this and thus there was no drama.
Rating: **¼

Eric Bischoff comes out to announce that the Bound for Glory Series winner will be decided tonight, so Roode will face Bully Ray later tonight.

MATCH #7: TNA X Division Championship Match – Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aries

Kendrick has been the Champion since 7.10.11, and this is his fourth defense. The crowd can’t decide who they like more. Kendrick starts going to work on the arm, just like Roode did in the very last match. They go back and forth with some chain wrestling. Kendrick executes a headscissors, which is very foolish when wrestling Austin Aries. The champ perseveres though and they take the battle to the floor. Kendrick whips Aries into the guardrail a couple of times. Aries comes back by slamming Kendrick’s head into the ring post. Back in the ring Aries covers for two. Aries is in control now, decimating the Champion with strikes. He hits a high elbow drop for two. Aries focuses on the head and neck area, which is smart given that he often uses a Brainbuster to finish. He goes for the “Swinging Pendulum Style Elbow” but misses. Why does everything have to have the word STYLE in it Mike Tenay? I hate you. Kendrick hits a jawbreaker but misses an enziguiri. Aries hurls him neck first into the turnbuckles. He goes for the IED but Kendrick blocks it with a kick. Kendrick kicks Aries to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Kendrick hits a missile dropkick for two. Kendrick hits a swinging DDT for a two-count. He goes for Sliced Bread #2 and Aries dumps him to the floor. Aries goes for the Heat Seeking Missile but Kendrick moves out of the way and Aries crashes into the guardrail! That looked nasty. Back in the ring they slug it out. What’s the point of doing the previous spot if it’s not going to lead to anything? Aries dumps Kendrick to the floor and goes for a slingshot corkscrew body press and misses it entirely but they sell it like he made contact. Back in the ring Aries hits a back elbow and the IED for a two-count. Kendrick grabs an inside cradle from out of nowhere for two, and then gets a backslide and a schoolboy rollup for near-falls. He goes for an O’Connor Roll but Aries blocks it and drills him with a forearm. Aries hits a draping DDT for two. He goes up top but misses the 450. Kendrick hits an armdrag into the turnbuckles and then a Tiger Suplex for a two-count. He goes for Sliced Bread #2 off the referee. Aries is able to hit a low blow and then the Brainbuster to get the pin and win the X Division Title at 13:23. That win would end up catapulting Austin Aries to amazing heights in TNA. It was a fun match but nothing they did really meant anything, and big moves were forgotten within seconds. I like both of these guys but they were trying to mix the high flying X Division Style with a main event style and it didn’t quite work out as well as I think they wanted.
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: Bound for Glory Series Final – Bully Ray (52) vs. Bobby Roode (52)

The crowd is behind Bobby Roode from the get-go. Once again Ray stalls like mad to start the match. Roode is fired up and when Ray throws chops at him Roode shrugs them off and tells Ray what he thinks of him. Ray gets frustrated and goes out to the floor again to regroup. Back in the ring Ray uses his power but Roode weathers the storm and locks on the Crossface! Ray turns it into a pin to escape. He’s able to hit Roode with a hotshot and then a neckbreaker. A big splash gets a two-count and Ray goes right back to cover two more times for two-counts. Ray continues on offense and Roode continues fighting up, not to be intimidated. Roode goes up and hits a blockbuster for two. Ray comes back with a Rock Bottom for a two-count. He follows up with the Bubba Bomb but Roode kicks out! Ray goes up to the second rope and misses a senton. Roode hits a spinebuster and gets the win at 12:30. Once again, Roode winning was a foregone conclusion, and they couldn’t even find a more compelling finish than a spinebuster from out of nowhere? Weak.
Rating: **

MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Kurt Angle vs. Sting vs. Mr. Anderson

Angle has been the Champion since 8.7.11, and this is his third defense. Anderson and Sting are somewhat on the same page in taking the title from Immortal, so they team up on Angle in the opening minutes. They knock Angle to the floor and then they square off with each other. Angle pulls Anderson to the floor and clotheslines him. Back in the ring Angle and Sting do battle now. Sting goes to work on the legs, which is good strategy. Angle throws Sting to the floor and then turns around into a clothesline from Anderson. So it’s going to be that kind of triple threat match, got it. Anderson hits a spinning neckbreaker for two when Sting breaks up the cover. Sting and Anderson go at it until Sting grabs both of them in a simultaneous German Suplex. Anderson gets dumped to the floor and Angle locks Sting in a chinlock. Sting fights out with clotheslines. I should’ve been counting how many clotheslines are thrown in this match. Sting hits the Stinger Splash and a DDT. Anderson breaks up the cover and drills Sting with an enziguiri, which Taz concludes is “channeling Chuck Norris.” I would rather watch TNA with no commentary. Angle hits Anderson with three rolling German Suplexes, and then does the same to Sting. He covers both of them but only gets two-counts. Angle hits Anderson with a super belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count. He goes for the Angle Slam on Sting but Sting slips out and throws Angle to the floor. Sting locks Anderson in the Scorpion Deathlock. Angle comes back in to break it up. He hits Sting with the Angle Slam but only gets two. Angle hits the Angle Slam on Anderson but again only gets a two-count. He puts Sting in the Ankle Lock and Sting rolls Angle out right into the Mic Check by Anderson for a near-fall. Angle rolls to the floor and Sting hits Anderson with the Scorpion Death Drop for two. Then Angle grabs Sting from the floor and throws him into the barricade, where Hulk Hogan is waiting to spray something into Sting’s eyes. Back in the ring Sting grabs the referee because he’s blinded you see, and that gives Angle the chance to hit a low blow and the Angle Slam to get the win at 15:28. Add that to the list of finishes I hate – no matter how “blind” you are, a tiny guy in a shirt does not feel like a big wrestler without a shirt. The match was boring and the finish was dumb. You don’t always have great matches with everyone Kurt.
Rating: *½
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A2Z Analysiz – WWE Vengeance: Night of Champions (John Cena, Mick Foley, Bobby Lashley) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/15/a2z-analysiz-wwe-vengeance-night-of-champions-john-cena-mick-foley-bobby-lashley-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/15/a2z-analysiz-wwe-vengeance-night-of-champions-john-cena-mick-foley-bobby-lashley-3/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168764 Night of Champions 2007

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Toyota Center – Houston, Texas – Sunday, June 24, 2007

Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are calling the action for Raw, Michael Cole and JBL for Smackdown, and Joey Styles and Tazz for ECW.

MATCH #1: World Tag Team Championship Match – Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch vs. The Hardys

Matt and Cade start the match. The Hardys take the early control with their finely-honed tag team strategy. They hit Murdoch with the Poetry in Motion, and when Cade tries to interfere illegally he gets clotheslined to the floor, where the champions try to regroup. That works, as back in the ring the champions take control on Matt. Cade and Murdoch focus on Hardy’s left knee. After a few minutes of abuse Matt makes the hot tag to his younger brother. You know, the Hardys are a great team because they both play a good Ricky Morton and a good Robert Gibson. Jeff hits Cade with the Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. He goes up top for the Swanton but Murdoch knocks him down and Cade hits the Sitout side slam spinebuster to get the pin at 8:52. That was another good match in the series of them between these two teams. I wish they would have gone longer.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Cruiserweight Championship Match – Chavo Guerrero vs. Jimmy Wang Yang

Guerrero has been the champion since 2.18.07. Yang earned this match by winning a four-way over Daivari, Shannon Moore, and Jamie Noble on the June 15 episode of Smackdown. Cole calls the Cruiserweight Title “prestigious.” Yang takes the early advantage so Guerrero positions the referee in such a way that allows him to claim control. Guerrero throws Yang to the floor and baseball slides him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Guerrero goes up top but Yang kicks him down to the floor! Back in the ring Guerrero once again reclaims control and grounds the challenger. Yang comes back and this a missile dropkick from the second rope, a spinning heel kick in the corner, and a high cross body block off the top rope for two. Guerrero responds with the Three Amigos but after two Yang escapes and hits a spinning heel kick, Yang covers for two, and then goes up top but misses the moonsault. Guerrero tries the Gory Special but Yang rolls through to a sunset flip for two! The crowd bought that one hard, and it would have been a good finish. Yang goes up top but Guerrero knocks him down to the mat. Guerrero then hits the Frog Splash to the back to get the pin at 9:16. That was perfectly adequate.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: ECW Championship Match – CM Punk vs. Johnny Nitro

The ECW title has been vacant since 6.11.07, when Bobby Lashley was drafted to Raw. This was supposed to be Punk versus Chris Benoit; Nitro was pretty literally a last-minute replacement. The crowd chants “We Want Benoit.” Punk controls most of the early portions of the match until Morrison is able to catch him with a springboard spin kick to the face. Nitro keeps Punk on the ground and focuses on the shoulder. Punk ducks a clothesline and lands an enziguiri. He follows up with a series of strikes and a leg lariat for two. Morrison goes a cradle with his feet on the ropes but referee Scott Armstrong sees it and won’t count. Punk then hits the Pepsi Twist for two. He tries Go 2 Sleep but Nitro fights out of it, only to get trapped in a cradle for two. Punk hits the running knee in the corner and the bulldog. He goes for the springboard clothesline but Morrison avoids it. Punk slides to the apron but Morrison kicks him in the face and hits a modified Moonlight Drive to get the pin at 8:02. For last minute opponents I think they did a solid job, and Nitro was far from amazing at this point.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: Intercontinental Championship Match – Santino Marella vs. Umaga

Marella has been the champion since 4.16.07 and this is his third defense. It’s weird to see him not trying to be funny. Marella shows some fire early on but Umaga squashes him like Big Show did to Mankind at WrestleMania XV. Umaga controls the action, keeping Marella on the mat. He slugs away in the corner and doesn’t break on the count of five so referee Marty Elias disqualifies him at 2:34. Boy that sure did nothing for Marella did it? I really like Umaga though, and so does Houston, because when he continues to destroy Marella after the bell the crowd cheers for him.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: United States Championship Match – MVP vs. Ric Flair

MVP has been the champion since 5.20.06 and this is his first defense. Flair is a former five-time United States Champion, having won the title in 1977 (Bobo Brazil), 1978 (Mr. Wrestling), 1979 (Ricky Steamboat), 1980 (Jimmy Snuka), and 1996 (Konnan). That’s an impressive list. Both men try to psyche each other out in the early going. MVP is still pretty early in his run and had an interesting character at this point. Flair goes after the leg right away; why waste time? MVP comes back and knocks Flair to the floor. Back in the ring MVP takes control, wearing Flair down on the mat. Flair fights back and goes back to the leg. He locks on the Figure-Four but MVP is able to reach the bottom rope. MVP then delivers a thumb to the eye and then hits the Playmaker to get the win at 8:41. That was pretty much the usual match Flair was having around this time.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Deuce & Domino vs. Jimmy Snuka & Sgt. Slaughter

I love Cherry. The champions talk trash to Rick Martel and Tony Garea before their opponents can make their way out. I believe this match was an open challenge, and it’s accepted by WWE Hall of Famers Sgt. Slaughter and Superfly Jimmy Snuka (who is of course Deuce’s legit father but they’re keeping that kayfabe for now). Domino starts the match with Snuka, and the challengers take first control. I like Slaughter and Snuka as much as the next guy, but this is just silly. Slaughter locks Domino in the Cobra Clutch, and Domino is able to reach the ropes. Moments later Slaughter goes back to the hold but this time gets backed into the wrong corner and Deuce tags in. They work Slaughter over and Deuce goes for the Superfly Splash (cute) but misses and the real Superfly gets the lukewarm tag. Snuka unleashes some slow offense and then goes up for a cross body block but Deuce rolls through to get the pin at 6:31. That was just not good. The champs beat on their opponents after the bell, but Martel and Garea make the save to a sizable pop. I’m a big Rick Martel mark, by the way.
Rating: *

MATCH #7: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge vs. Batista

Edge has been the champion since 5.11.07, and this is his third defense. If the champion successfully retains the title tonight, Batista will not get another shot as long as Edge holds the title. Eight-time NWA World Champion Harley Race is at ringside. I actually miss JBL on commentary. Batista overpowers Edge to start. He wears the champion down and goes after the arm. A big side suplex gets a near-fall. Batista charges at Edge, who ducks and sends Batista crashing to the floor. Edge tries jumping off the apron, but Batista catches him and slams his back into the apron. He tries to run Edge into the ring post, but Edge slips out and throws Batista into the post head first. Batista gets back to the ring apron, but Edge grabs him and rams his shoulder into the ring post, and Batista crashes to the floor again. A baseball slide sends Batista crashing into the barricade. Back in the ring and Edge continues working over the arm. Batista briefly fires up but misses a charge in the corner and rams his own shoulder into the post. Edge keeps Batista on the mat, and even withstands a Samoan Drop attempt and keeps working on the arm. Batista forearms his way out of the hold and runs Edge back into the turnbuckle. The Champion hits a charging Batista with a boot to the face. Edge runs at Batista and gets leveled with a clothesline, and both men are down. They get back to their feet and Batista has caught his second wind. He hits a Boss Man Slam for two. Edge comes back with an Impaler DDT for two. The Champ tries to use his belt as a weapon but the referee stops him. The momentary distraction allows Batista to get a quick rollup for two. Edge comes back with a rollup of his own for two. Batista tries a powerslam but Edge counters to the Edge-O-Matic and both men are down. Edge sets up for the Spear but Batista hits one instead. He goes for the Batista Bomb but Edge hits a blatant low blow to get himself disqualified at 12:46.

Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long isn’t happy with that, so he comes out and orders Edge to get back to the ring and waives the DQ rule. The bell re-rings and Edge is taking out his frustration on the challenger. He hits a Spear but Batista kicks out at two! Edge goes outside and grabs a chair, but then remembers that he can’t get himself DQ’d and save the title. Batista gets a small package for two, and then goes for the Batista Bomb. Edge slips out and gets clotheslined to the floor. Batista follows him out but winds up getting thrown into the steel steps. Edge tries a Spear but gets kicked in the face and then Batista hits a Batista Bomb on the floor. Batista knows he has to pin Edge in the ring, so he shoves the champion in first, but can’t beat the 10-count himself and Edge wins at 2:05 (total match time 14:51). I have to admit, that’s a pretty clever finish. I’m not always the biggest fan of re-starts, but this one worked. The match was probably the best these two ever had, it especially got hot when Batista started making his comeback. As a side note, Batista got his next title shot less than a month later at The Great American Bash, and would win the title two months after that. So don’t feel too bad for him here.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: Women’s Championship Match – Melina vs. Candice

Melina has been the champion since 4.24.07 and this is her second defense. Candice shows good fire early on but Melina weathers the storm and kicks her to the floor. The champion dominates now as Candice looks nervous and a little lost. Even so, Candice is able to get a little bit of offense in a flurry, but Melina cuts her right back off. Candice then hits a spinning heel kick out of nowhere to get the pin and win the title at 4:21. Well, at least they kept it short. The crowd actually pops nice considering how quiet they were throughout the match.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #9: WWE Championship Match – John Cena vs. King Booker vs. Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley vs. Bobby Lashley

Cena has been the champion since 9.17.06 and this is his eleventh defense. This one is a free-for-all, and there are no countouts or disqualifications so the action is coming fast and furious from all over the place. Everyone except Lashley gets knocked to the floor and Lashley follows them out with a no-hands dive to wipe everyone out. Back in the ring Lashley and Booker square off. The big confrontation they’re building to at this point is quite obviously Cena versus Lashley. They battle on the floor where Orton and Foley rejoin the fray. Lashley preps the announce table for someone to go through, but ironically he ends up going through it himself, via a John Cena F-U. Booker and Cena take the match back to the ring and Orton soon joins them. Orton nails Cena with an RKO from out of nowhere and Foley has to break up the pin. Foley hits the running knee in the corner and a Double-Arm DDT on Orton, and then pulls out Mr. Socko. Booker breaks that up with a superkick. Orton and Booker then clothesline each other and everyone is down. Foley throws Socko into the crowd and grabs a steel chair instead! He blasts Lashley and Booker with the chair (#racist), and then hits Cena. The action continues at a frenetic pace and Cena is able to trap Foley alone in the ring and hits the F-U to get the pin at 10:08. The fast pace made this lots of fun to watch, as did everyone picking on Lashley.
Rating: ***¼
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Universal Studios – Orlando, FL – September 5, 2010

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation Me

The Guns have been champions since 7.11.10 and this is their second defense. They were supposed to be defending against London Brawling (Desmond Wolfe and Magnus), but something weird that I don’t remember prevented them from making this show, so Generation Me gets the nod instead.

Alex Shelley and Jeremy Buck start the match for their respective teams. They engage in some chain wrestling, which Shelley excels at. Jeremy quickly tags out to Max, and Shelley takes him to the mat as well. Sabin tags in and they wrestle to a standoff and then get right in each other’s faces. Tags are made and Shelley and Jeremy go toe to toe again. Gen Me goes to work on the arm and isolate Shelley in their corner. The Guns come right back with some rapid fire double team tactics and submission holds. Jeremy creatively comes back and tags his brother. They work on Sabin briefly and then Shelley makes a blind tag and comes in off the top rope with a thrust kick on Max for two. Shelly then traps himself in Gen Me’s corner, and that ends badly for him. Gen Me works Shelley over, wearing him down in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Sabin gets the hot tag and he’s a house afire. Sabin hits a nasty springboard DDT on Max and Jeremy breaks up the cover. Shelley seems to have fully recovered, as he throws Jeremy to the floor and hits a sweet suicide dive. Sabin and Max are trading hands, and Max counters another DDT attempt by forcing Sabin back into his corner. Jeremy hits a unique Sliced Bread #2 but Shelley breaks up the pin. Gen Me then goes right back to work on the weakened Shelley. They try More Bang for Your Buck but Shelley avoids it. Superkicks start flying everywhere and the Guns win that battle. The Guns then hit the Skull & Bones on Jeremy to get the pin at 12:17. That was a hot opener with some great tag team action. There was no real story to it but it was really fun.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: TNA X Division Championship Match – Douglas Williams vs. Sabu

Williams has been the champion since 5.16.10 and this is his third defense. Sabu actually scores the first takedown, and seems willing to engage Williams in a mat wrestling contest. He takes Williams down again and hits a slingshot somersault legdrop. He locks on a Camel Clutch and Williams inches toward the ropes and takes a powder. That doesn’t go well, as Sabu hits a dive over the ropes and then sets up a table. That gives Williams the chance to recover and avoid the table. Back in the ring Williams hits a European Uppercut off the second rope. Why can’t Tenay just call it a “European Uppercut,” why does he have to say “European Style Uppercut?” Williams hits a running knee to the chest in the corner and then goes up top. Sabu knocks him down and goes for the super springing rana but they blow it. The crowd chants “Sabu” anyway. That’s kind of them. Sabu brings a chair in the ring but capitulates to referee Earl Hebner’s demands not to use it. He then uses the chair to spring off for a moonsault (off the second rope, which looked weird) and it gets two. Williams trips Sabu up, causing his face to hit the chair. Hebner finally gets rid of it. Williams blatantly kicks Sabu in the balls but for some reason doesn’t get disqualified. He hits a clothesline for two. A knee drop gets another near-fall. Sabu fights back with a springboard DDT, which Tenay calls “a variation of a DDT.” I like to pick apart his commentary. Sabu gets two and then follows up with a springboard back elbow for another two. He grabs the steel chair again and hits the solo Poetry in Motion. The idiot referee can’t get rid of the chair and Sabu sets it up again, only this time Williams dropkicks it right back into Sabu’s groin. Williams hits a gutwrench suplex for two. Sabu fights back with a clothesline so Williams takes another powder. He sets up the chair again and Hebner tries (but not too hard) to stop him, and Sabu can’t complete the triple jump, so he settles for a house show dive. Sabu sets Williams up on the table and tries another dive but Williams avoids it and Sabu crashes through the table. Back in the ring Williams tries to use the chair but Hebner stops him, and when Hebner’s back is turned, Williams cracks Sabu in the face with the belt to get the pin at 11:12. That was a clash of styles that didn’t really work, and Sabu blew a handful of spots, which never helps. I do love seeing Williams get a push though.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Knockouts Grudge Match – Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky

Rayne is accompanied by Tara, and Sky by Knockouts Champion Angelina Love. Tara distracts Sky right away and Rayne takes the first advantage. Sky fights right back but Rayne shoves her down and slugs away. Rayne locks on a Camel Clutch and Sky escapes by flipping over and kneeing Rayne in the crotch. Sky slaps Rayne across the face, and Tara gets up to distract the referee so he can’t immediately make the count on Sky rollup and she only gets two. Rayne reclaims control and executes the Skull F*cker for a two-count. Sky comes back by dropping Rayne out of the corner right on her face. Both women rise to their feet and Sky hits a series of clotheslines and a back elbow. Sky hits a Spear and slams Rayne’s head into the canvas multiple times. She follows up with a bulldog for two. Rayne kicks Sky to the floor and Tara goes to attack her with the motorcycle helmet. Love luckily prevents that from happening. Rayne goes for the Zack Attack but Sky reverses it to a DDT for the win at 4:43. That was acceptable but not particularly engaging.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere – Abyss vs. Rhino

The fight starts in the aisle, and Rhino throws Abyss into the guardrail a couple of times. They take it into the ring and Rhino introduces a bunch of weapons into the fight. Rhino sets up a trash can in between the top and middle rope. Meanwhile Abyss is trying to catch his breath outside the ring and Rhino flattens him with a house show dive. They start fighting through the crowd and a camera man gets knocked down. Now they’re backstage, a TNA staple. They walk around and throw each other into stuff. Abyss takes control and brings Rhino back into the Impact Zone. Back in the ring Rhino blocks a hiptoss with a clothesline. Rhino then tries to whip Abyss into the garbage can but it gets reversed and he crashes into the trash can he set up earlier. They go back to the floor and Abyss whips Rhino into the guardrail for a two-count. Rhino comes back by hurling Abyss through a piece of the stage. They fight under there and the camera man has trouble following them and we lose sight of the wrestlers. After some dead air they come bursting out of the other side of the stage, and Abyss once again covers for two. Back around ringside Abyss grabs a guardrail and sets it up in the corner of the ring. Rhino fights back with a clothesline and then cracks a cookie sheet on Abyss’s head three times. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and signals for the Gore. Abyss catches him by the throat and hits a chokeslam on a trash can but Rhino kicks out at two. He goes to the floor and grabs Janice. The idiot referee tries to talk him out of using it as if this isn’t a no-disqualification match. That gives Rhino the chance to hit a Gore but Abyss kicks out. Moments later Rhino runs right into a Black Hole Slam but it only gets two. Why does every match in TNA need to have multiple finisher kick outs? Tenay says you don’t see that very often but he lies. Abyss sets up for a powerbomb into the guardrail setup in the corner but Rhino escapes and hits another clothesline. Rhino goes for another Gore but Abyss sidesteps it and Rhino goes crashing into the guardrail. Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 12:39. That was okay, but I feel like they’ve had this exact match multiple times over the years.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: Kevin Nash & Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe

Sting and Joe start the match for their teams. Nash illegally interferes about 10 seconds in, but Joe dispatches him and then drills Sting with a running back elbow in the corner and an enziguiri. Jarrett tags in and hits Sting with a clothesline. Nash takes a cheap shot from the apron and Sting takes Jarrett down with a clothesline. Now Nash is in the ring legally and he starts slowly working on Jarrett, wearing him down. Nash hits a side suplex for two. The t-shirt wearing Sting comes back in and continues the beating on Jarrett. Sting hits a Stinger Splash and then goes for a Vader Bomb but Jarrett gets his knees up. Jarrett is able to make a tag but Nash distracts the referee so it won’t count. Finally Jarrett makes the tag for real and Joe is on fire for the lukewarm crowd. Joe is all over both guys. He knocks Nash off the apron and follows him out with an elbow suicida. That leaves Sting and Jarrett in the ring. Jarrett grabs the baseball bat and uses it to counter the Stinger Splash, and then jams it into Sting’s throat. Joe gets back in the ring and locks Sting in the Choke and Sting is out at 6:13. That was surprisingly short but that worked to the match’s advantage, as I don’t want to see Sting and Nash go much longer than that.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: I Quit Match – AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer

Styles is the current TNA TV Champion, but the title is not on the line here. The match starts up in the aisle, and as they make it toward the ring Dreamer is able to snap Styles’ arm off the top rope. Dreamer tries an early Texas Cloverleaf but Styles kicks out of it. Styles charges but Dreamer backdrops him all the way to the floor. They trade shots back and forth for a bit, and then roll back in the ring. Dreamer locks on the Sugar Hold but Styles won’t quit. Styles fights back and uses a fishhook, which wouldn’t be legal in a normal match. Dreamer comes back and throws Styles’ shoulder into the ring post and goes for a submission, but Styles wisely rolls to the floor. He follows Styles out and hits a running clothesline off the apron. They take it over by the entrance ramp and Styles reverses a suplex, causing Dreamer to land back first on the ramp. Styles goes for a Figure-Four Leglock but Dreamer grabs a light off the set and bashes Styles with it. Dreamer then wraps a cable around Styles’ throat and mouth. Styles gets out of that and tries a Styles Clash on the unprotected floor but Dreamer avoids it; Styles then tries to charge but Dreamer moves out of the way and Styles rams his already injured shoulder into the post. Dreamer hits a shoulderbreaker and then throws Styles and a chair into the ring. He wraps the chair around Styles’ arm and then legdrops it. He then locks on a key lock around the chair and Styles pokes him in the eye to get out of the hold. Styles grabs a fork but Dreamer blocks it and hits a flying armbar (according to Taz anyway) and then tries a Crossface but Styles rolls to the floor.

Dreamer tries to use the guardrail to coax a submission but no such luck. Styles then drops Dreamer nuts-first on the guardrail, because Dreamer apparently loves to do that spot. Now Styles is firmly in control, working on Dreamer’s leg. Styles locks on the Ring Post Figure-Four but Dreamer won’t quit. Back in the ring Styles uses the chair to further weaken the knee, and then puts on the Figure-Four Leglock. Dreamer turns it over, and Styles gets out of it and slams Dreamer’s head into the chair. Styles then sets Dreamer’s face on the chair and goes for a dropkick but Dreamer moves out of the way and that traps Styles’ leg in the chair! Dreamer uses the chair to use advantage and then grabs the fork. Luckily for Styles he avoids it and hits the Pele. Dreamer rolls to the floor, and when Styles goes for a dive Dreamer whacks him with a Kendo Stick. Back in the ring Dreamer uses the Stick to further inflict damage, and then takes his t-shirt off to reveal a singlet. Tenay tells me I have to love the new ring attire, but I really don’t. Dreamer then locks on a Kendo Stick-assisted Crossface, and the stick breaks across Styles’ face. Styles pulls out another fork and gets Dreamer in the eye. He hits a dropkick and then attacks the eyeball with the fork. That’s enough and Dreamer says “I Quit” at 16:27. For what I expected this was actually really solid, and the fork to the eyeball is a sick finish.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy

Angle beat Douglas Williams and Hardy beat Rob Terry to get here. Dixie Carter is shown in the crowd looking like the concerned mark that she is. Angle and Hardy start off slowly and take it to the mat, which is Angle’s forte. Hardy fights back and tries to quicken the pace. He gets a couple of moves in before Angle absolutely flattens him with a hard powerbomb. For some reason Angle just sits there not covering Hardy, even though he appears to be out for much longer than three seconds. Instead, Angle locks on a headlock and keeps Hardy on the ground. Moments later Hardy fights back with some fast paced offense and someone somewhere is cursing because they have to bleep out a bunch of stuff. Angle responds with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He locks on a chinlock and Hardy fights out with a chinbreaker and the Twist of Fate. Hardy just hit one of his finishers and the crowd didn’t pop and the idiot commentators didn’t even call it. He goes up top but Angle pops up and hits the super belly-to-belly for another two. Instead of putting over the move, Taz puts over the production crew for the shot they got of it. I hate you Taz. Hardy fights back and hits the Twist of Fate again and goes for the Swanton, but Angle rolls out of the way. Angle hits the Angle Slam, and even with stacking him up he couldn’t get the three-count. The straps come down but Hardy kicks off the Ankle Lock so Angle hits the three rolling Germans instead. Hardy kicks out at two. Angle goes up for a Moonsault but Hardy avoids that and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two.

They roll to the floor and Hardy hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy then hits the Swanton Bomb from the top rope to the floor! I think that’s what dislocated Angle’s rib. Both men struggle to get back in the ring and trade weak punches as they try to recover. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Angle counters with another German suplex. Angle goes up top and hits a Frog Splash but Hardy kicks out at two. Hardy recovers and hits a back body drop and another Twist of Fate for two. He immediately follows up with a legdrop and goes up top for the Swanton but Angle kicks out at two! He goes right back up and hits yet another Swanton but it still isn’t enough. The third time is not the charm, as Angle gets his knees up. Angle hits an Angle Slam and Hardy kicks out at two. He locks in the Ankle Lock but Hardy uses momentum to kick Angle to the floor. Hardy brings Angle right back into the ring and Angle traps him in another Ankle Lock and won’t let go. After some time in the hold Hardy kicks Angle away, but even tenacious, Angle hits a clothesline for two. Angle goes right back to the Ankle Lock and keeps it cinched on for a ridiculously long time. Hardy briefly reaches the ropes but Angle pulls him off and adds a grapevine to the hold. After about three minutes in the hold, the time limit expires at 20:00 and the crowd is pissed. Why was there only a 20 minute time limit?

Eric Bischoff comes out and announces that they are going to add another five minutes on the clock. Why not just make it sudden death? Angle viciously attacks the ankle until Hardy is able to kick him to the floor. Hardy kicks him into the guardrail and then brings Angle back in the ring. He goes up top but it takes him too long because of his ankle and Angle knocks him down. Angle hits a super Angle Slam but it only gets two. He charges at Hardy and gets backdropped to the floor. The clock is once again winding down as Angle barely avoids getting counted out. Back in the ring Angle gets an O’Connor Roll for two. Both men get up and clothesline each other. Angle is able to roll over for a cover but Hardy kicks out, and then the time limit expires again at 5:00. Bischoff announces that once again they are adding five more minutes. Seriously, just do Sudden Death.

Both men are looking exhausted but Hardy is definitely worse for wear. Angle drives a couple shoulders into Hardy’s midsection, and then goes for a charge but Hardy moves and Angle crashes into the ring post. Hardy now attacks the shoulder, ramming Angle into the ring steps and then slamming his face into them. That last move has busted Angle open. Back in the ring Hardy locks on a Boston Crab and Angle appears ready to pass out. Miraculously Angle reverses the Boston Crab and locks on the Ankle Lock. Hardy doesn’t give up so once again time runs out at 5:00.

Bischoff and the referee and that red-headed mark who always interjects herself into the storylines are trying to decide what to do as the trainers clean Angle’s bloody wound. Bischoff announces that the doctors have decided that Angle should not continue, so the match is officially a draw at 30:00. That was a pretty extreme example of the Kurt Angle “just hit a million finishers with no rhyme or reason,” but that style works in front of the iMPACT Zone so at least the crowd was hot and that made it fun. I think these two could have an amazing match if they told a story rather than kicking out of each other’s finishers for half an hour, but that’s what Angle does.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #8: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Mr. Anderson vs. The Pope

So, this is the main event eh? They lock up intensely and Anderson issues a clean break. The story of this match is mostly that Pope thinks everyone is crazy for trusting Anderson as a babyface. But Pope is still a babyface, so it’s all muddled, as usual. Both men try to one up each other on the mat, which eventually devolves into a slugging contest. Anderson wins that battle and stomps Pope down in the corner. Pope comes back and starts working on the arm. Anderson fights back and hits the spinning enziguiri for two. Taz makes jokes and I’m bored too. Pope misses a flying charge and lands on his shoulder. I can’t believe they chose this for the main event. What does anyone see in either of these two? Anderson continues to control the match but can’t put Pope away. After a few minutes Pope fires up with a flurry of offense, including the Coronation. Pope goes up top but Anderson cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Unfortunately for Anderson, Pope blocks it and Anderson falls nuts-first on the top rope. Pope then hits an ugly dive to the floor. Back in the ring Pope gets a two-count. They trade finisher attempts and Anderson strikes first with the Finlay Roll for two. Pope comes back with the Codebreaker but Anderson kicks out at two. How could Anderson kick out when Pope Stacked Him Up?!? A reversal sequence ends with Anderson hitting the Mic Check but Pope kicks out. Pope fights back with punches in the corner, which somehow equates to Anderson being Stacked Up in the corner. He goes for the DDE but Anderson moves out of the way and hits another Mic Check to get the win at 17:22. That was brutally boring and a horrible choice for a pay-per-view main event. It’s like they’re obsessed with showing that WWE misused guys like this, but in this case I think that worked against them because neither of these guys are very good at all.
Rating: **
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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – September 20, 2009

MATCH #1: TNA Knockouts Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Final – Taylor Wilde & Sarita vs. Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne

This is the finals of a tournament to crown the first champions. Wilde & Sarita beat Alissa Flash & Daffney and Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed (who had beaten Traci Brooks & Sharmell) to get here; Sky & Angelina Love beat Madison Rayne & Roxxi and Christy Hemme & Tara (who had beaten Hamada & Sojourner Bolt), and now Rayne is replacing Love (who is out with Visa issues). Got all that? Senior Referee Earl Hebner comes out and tells Slick Johnson he can’t referee this match due to his cavorting with the Beautiful People recently.

Sky and Rayne fret so Sarita dropkicks Rayne to the floor and she and Wilde double-team Sky. Sarita gets a couple of pinning combinations for two-counts and then she and Wilde double-team some more. Wilde tags in and so does Rayne. Sarita quickly tags in and Rayne traps her between the top and middle ropes and then slams her head into the back of the mat. Now the Beautiful People work Sarita over in their half of the ring. Rayne hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. Sarita comes back with a sort of float over DDT and both women make tags. Wilde hits Rayne with a dropkick and a Finlay Roll. Sky eats a dropkick as well, and Rayne takes a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. The match breaks down to a brawl and Wilde grabs Rayne in a waistlock and Sarita hits her with a springboard dropkick and Wilde follows with a German Suplex with a bridge to get the pin and become the first champions at 4:51. If that was all the time you had to give this new division, why even start it in the first place?
Rating: *½

MATCH #2: Eric Young vs. Hernandez

Young has vowed not to fight his “brother” Hernandez. To reinforce this point he comes out dressed in a business suit. Hernandez gets in the ring and immediately forearms Young down. He throws Young chest-first into the turnbuckles and hits a Northern Lariat. He hits a shoulderblock and Young crashes all the way to the floor. He throws Young back in the ring and delivers the Border Toss to get the win at 0:50. Well that was obviously more a piece to the storyline between Hernandez and the World Elite than an actual match. I don’t much care for Young, so that was a good length for him.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #3: TNA X-Division Title Match – Samoa Joe vs. Daniels

Joe has been the champion since 8.16.09 and this is his second defense. These two have been involved in some of TNA’s best matches ever. They lock up and Daniels tries a couple of dropkicks but Joe absorbs them and knocks Daniels down with a shoulderblock. Joe sets Daniels on the top rope but Daniels fights him off and hits a rana. When Joe tries taking a powder Daniels follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Daniels takes Joe down with a drop toehold and then hits a knee drop to the back of the head. Daniels hits the Eye of the Hurricane for a two-count. He tries a leap off the second rope but Joe catches him with the STJoe. Joe hits the Big Joe Combo for a two-count. He goes to work with the Yokozuna Nerve Hold, and when Daniels escapes Joe catches him with a back elbow and Daniels is right back in the hold. Joe hits the snap powerslam for another two-count. Daniels comes back with a chinbreaker and an enziguiri. Both men are down and when they get up Daniels hits palm strikes and a leg lariat. Daniels hits a bulldog and a guillotine legdrop. Joe rolls to the floor and Daniels follows him out with the springboard moonsault that Tenay always calls a split-legged moonsault but I don’t see how it’s a split-legged at all. Daniels tries to lift Joe into the ring and Joe throws him into the ring post and then the steel steps. Joe clips the knee while Daniels is standing on the apron. Back in the ring Joe goes to work on the knee now. Joe hits an awesome knee buster that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. He hits the powerbomb for two and then rolls it into an STF and then a single leg Boston Crab. Daniels reaches the ropes. He avoids a kick and takes Joe down with a neckbreaker. Both men are down and when they rise Daniels takes Joe down with a clothesline, a spin kick, and a flying forearm. Daniels slides to the floor and comes back in with a top rope clothesline for two. He hits a Codebreaker for another near-fall. Joe blocks a back suplex and hits a half-nelson suplex for two. Taz used to call that one a Car Crash Suplex. That is what I shall call it from now on. Daniels comes back with an STO and goes for the Best Moonsault Ever. Joe moves out of the way and Daniels lands on his feet but that hurts his injured knee. The champ hits an enziguiri and tries the Muscle Buster. Daniels reverses it and goes for the Angel’s Wings. Joe blocks that and Daniels tries the Last Rites instead. Tenay calls a Koji Clutch but I assure you that the move never happened in this sequence. Joe is able to trap Daniels in the Choke and Daniels taps out at 13:48.

I love that Daniels landed on his feet from the BME and actually sold the injury. It made Joe’s work on the knee actually mean something in the context of the match. The finishing sequence to this was awesome, and the match was the usual goodness from these two against each other. It’s too bad they’re this low on the card, but I’ll take what I can get.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere Match – D’Angelo Dinero vs. Suicide

This match was added to the card at the last minute. Dinero is cutting a promo backstage and plugging that six hour energy crap when Suicide sneaks up behind him and starts the match backstage! The referee decides to ring the bell and go backstage to join them. They fight around the outside of the building, and Dinero hits an elbow drop on some equipment boxes for a two-count. Suicide comes back with a small package for a two-count as they continue fighting outside. Dinero gets on a golf cart but not much happens on it. The fight continues as Taz makes jokes. I would have an easier time getting into a match if Taz pretended it mattered. Is everything funny to this pumpkin? They finally make their way back to ringside and Dinero is in control. They make it to the ring and Suicide recovers with a springboard missile dropkick for two. Suicide tries to set up a table but Dinero kicks it back into him and sets it up himself. Dinero hits a suplex on the ramp for a two-count. They fight up to the entrance and Suicide blocks the running knees with a shotgun dropkick. Suicide now goes down the ramp and produces another table. He hits a Finlay Roll and sets Dinero on the table. He scales the wall and leaps off for a legdrop but Dinero moves out of the way. Dinero is able to roll over on top of Suicide to get the pin at 12:21. That was the usual walking around brawl with a few high spots thrown in.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: TNA Knockouts Women’s Title Match – ODB vs. Cody Deaner

The title has been vacant since 8.27.09. ODB & Deaner teamed up to beat Angelina Love & Velvet Sky back at Hard Justice in a match that was for the title. Naturally ODB claimed the title but since the Deaner actually scored the pin he tried to lay claim to it. Mick Foley decided that they should face each other to decide who the undisputed champion will be. ODB lets fans grope her on the way to the ring.

Deaner is aggressive in the early going but ODB mops the canvas with him. He tries a low blow, but, you know. ODB clotheslines him and he takes a powder. She goes to the top rope and wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring ODB goes for the Dirty Dozen but Deaner sweeps her leg off the ropes and she crashes down to the mat. Deaner gets a two-count. He works ODB over, hitting a big bodyslam for another near-fall. He tries coming off the ropes with a double sledge but OBD grabs him by the balls and slams him down. ODB completes the Dirty Dozen this time and then hits a Thesz Press off the ropes for a two-count. Deaner backs into the corner and scoops the legs and tries to use the ropes for leverage but the referee catches him. While Deaner argues with the referee ODB has time to recover and she gets a schoolgirl rollup for two. ODB tries a sunset flip and Deaner grabs the ropes, so of course the referee kicks his hands away. That’s negative a million points. Deaner fights back with hits famed Knockout Punch but ODB kicks out at two. He goes up top for a splash but ODB moves out of the way and hits a TKO to get the pin at 7:18. This was bad no matter what the genders were. Can we all just move on from the Cody Deaner era now?
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #6: TNA Legends Championship Match – Kevin Nash vs. Abyss

Mick Foley joins Tenay and Taz on commentary. Nash has been the champion since 8.16.09 and this is his second defense. Also, Dr. Stevie has a $50,000 bounty out on Abyss. Both guys lumber around throwing punches and clotheslines at each other. Nash traps Abyss in the corner and chokes him with his boot. Abyss reverses a whip and squashes Nash in the corner. Nash comes right back and clotheslines Abyss to the floor, and then slams his head into the ring steps. He ambles over to get a chair, giving Abyss time to recover. Abyss throws Nash’s head into the ring apron and then the guardrail. Dr. Stevie is watching on from the entrance, which distracts Abyss. Nash hits a big boot, much to Stevie’s delight. He works Abyss over with his plodding offense. He goes for a Chokeslam but Abyss punches out of it and floors Nash with a flying clothesline. Abyss squashes Nash in the corner and hits a side suplex for two. Stevie distracts the referee and Daffney sneaks in the ring with a taser. Abyss catches her with a Black Hole Slam and then picks up the taser. Stevie jumps in the ring and grabs it from him. While the referee removes Stevie from the ring, Nash hits Abyss with a chair but he only gets two. Nash goes for the Jackknife but Abyss counters with a Chokeslam of his own for a two-count. Abyss calls for the barbed wire bat from Foley. While the ref is distracted with Foley, Nash puts the taser to Abyss’s balls and that’s enough to get the pin at 8:24.

Stevie tries to take the $50,000 away from Nash and eats a Jackknife Powerbomb for his troubles. The match was what you would expect from Nash and Abyss at this point, but as soon as Daffney appeared the match took a real nosedive to stupid and couldn’t recover.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #7: Lethal Lockdown – Team 3D & Beer Money, Inc. vs. Scott Steiner, Booker T, Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus

I’m not sure why they had to bring Lethal Lockdown to a pay-per-view besides Lockdown, but whatever. Doug Williams starts for his team, while James Storm will begin for his squad. The fight starts up in the aisle and I don’t hear an opening bell when they make it into the ring. I’m surprised at how often that happens (no opening bell). They go back and forth for a bit, Storm getting the first advantage with the Swinging Noose. Storm goes for a cover but you can’t actually win until all eight competitors are in the ring. Moments later Storm hits the Eye of the Storm. Williams comes back with a low blow. Brutus Magnus is the next man out, and Storm kicks the steel cage door back in his face. For some reason Magnus completely no-sells it and Tenay and Taz try to cover up for him. Williams whips Magnus into the cage door, and Storm has the decency to sell it. They work Storm over for a few minutes and then Robert Roode joins the fray. Roode is all over the Brits, and that gives Storm the chance to recover. Beer Money hits a catapult DDT, which is pretty cool looking. The next man out is one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions, Scott Steiner. He gets in the cage and starts throwing Beer Money around. That pretty much goes on until Brother Devon comes out to even the odds. Taz needs to stop giggling every other second. Booker T comes out holding both TNA World Tag Team Title belts. He certainly takes his time getting there, but when he does he goes to work on everybody. Finally Brother Ray comes out and now the ceiling will lower, bringing the weapons into play. That also means a decision can be rendered. But before Ray can make it into the cage Rob Terry flies in from out of nowhere and takes Ray down, and then bashes a steel chair across his back. Terry then forces the carnie in control of the cage to lower it. The Main Event Mafia/World Elite conglomerate pulls some weapons down and they’re working Devon and Beer Money over. Ray recovers and absolutely kills Terry’s head with the chair. He gets in the ring and blasts everyone else with the chair too. Magnus escapes by climbing to the top of the cage, and the bloody Storm joins him. Roode goes to the top of the cage as well, and Beer Money hits him with a double suplex. Meanwhile Team 3D hits Steiner with the 3D. Booker hits Ray with the Book End. Some chick in the crowd is screaming unnecessarily loud. Beer Money gets back in the ring and they hit Williams with the DWI to get the win at around 21:39. That was quite a bit of fun and having that many guys out there generally means there’s always something going on.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #8: Rhino vs. Bobby Lashley

I find it hilarious how hard TNA pushed Bobby Lashley despite being stunningly not over, even giving him a stupid nickname – “The Boss.” He was gone what, three months after this? It’s amazing that they spent that much time trying to make Lashley look like a big deal and when they have an actual big deal like Jeff Hardy show up they make him look like a jobber and a lapdog for months.

Lashley attacks with a bunch of punches. He hits a snap suplex for a two-count. He levels Rhino with a clothesline, and the War Machine takes a powder. Lashley follows him out and clubs away. Rhino reverses a whip and sends Lashley into the guardrail. Back in the ring Rhino hits a spinebuster for barely a two-count. Rhino continues wearing Lashley (and me) down with rest holds. Lashley finally fights back with a back elbow and both men are down. They get back to their feet and Lashley shows off his “explosive” offense. Lashley hits a gutbuster. It looks like Rhino has been busted open. Lashley goes for a Spear but accidentally hits referee Andrew Thomas. Rhino hits the Gore and another referee comes out to make a two-count. He goes for another Gore and Lashley counters it with a punch to the face, and that’s enough to get the pin at 7:05. No seriously, Bobby Lashley just won a match using a punch to the face. That match was designed to show Lashley off but it exposed him as a charisma deficient buffoon who believes his own hype.
Rating: *

MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Title Match – AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan vs. Sting vs. Hernandez

Angle has been the champion since 6.21.09, and this is his fifth defense. It was originally scheduled as a four-way match, but Hernandez decided to cash in his Fest or Fired briefcase because he was not satisfied by Eric Young not fighting back in their match earlier. The champ gets right in Hernandez’s face, and Super-Mex throws him around with his amazing power. Hernandez executes an extreme delayed vertical suplex. He clotheslines Angle to the floor and then the bell finally rings.

Styles and Sting work together on Morgan while Hernandez and Angle fight up by the announce table. Hernandez suplexes Angle on the entrance ramp. Back in the ring Morgan uses his power to throw Styles out of the ring. Morgan bodyslams Sting for a two-count. Back up by the entrance, Hernandez sets up for the Border Toss and Eric Young comes out with a club of some kind and hits Hernandez with it. Young then hits a piledriver on Hernandez to effectively take him out of the match and bring us back to where we started.

Angle recovers while Sting and Styles hit Morgan with a double vertical suplex. Morgan powders and the two best friends agree to wrestle. Styles hits Sting with the dropkick, and then takes Angle and Morgan out on the floor with a dive from the apron. Morgan brushes it off and pulls Sting to the floor. He whips Sting into the guardrail and the crowd could not care less. Back in the ring Angle wakes them up with an Ankle Lock. Styles counters with a cradle for a two-count. He hits a nice headscissors that sends Angle to the floor. He hits a baseball slide into a headscissors on the floor. Sting throws Morgan in the ring and Morgan goes to work on him. After hitting Styles with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, Angle joins Morgan in double-teaming Sting. Tenay says the fans are surprised Angle and Morgan are working together; I say they’re bored. Styles makes it back to the ring with a springboard forearm on Angle. Morgan catches him and hits a Fallaway Slam. Sting recovers and clotheslines Angle to the floor, but Morgan then levels Sting with a clothesline for two. Angle gets back in the ring and hits Styles with a belly-to-belly suplex. He kicks Sting to the floor and now the two of them go to work on Styles. Angle tries a charge but Styles avoids him and Angle crashes shoulder-first into the ring post. Morgan knocks Styles down with a dropkick. He works Styles over for a little bit until Styles fights back with a Pele. Angle gets back in the ring and German Suplexes Styles, and then Sting gets back in the ring with a missile dropkick on Angle. All four men are down and when they get up Sting takes control. Sting hits a Stinger Splash on Angle and then has one for Morgan as well. Angle pulls Sting out of the mounted punches with an Olympic Slam for two. Styles hits Angle with the Styles Clash but Morgan breaks up the cover. Morgan takes control, booting Styles out of the air and hitting the Hellevator but Sting breaks it up to no pop. Sting hits Morgan with the “Scorpion Style Death Drop” (Tenay) and Angle breaks it up. He then goes for the Scorpion Style Deathlock and Angle reverses it to the Ankle Lock. Morgan breaks that up with the Carbon Footprint. He charges at String but gets low-bridged and crashes to the floor. Angle is down, and Sting purposely goes after Morgan to clear the way. Styles hits Angle with the springboard 450 splash to get the pin and win the TNA Title for the fourth time at 15:10.

Wrestlers and fans come into the ring to celebrate what should be Styles’ big moment. But if I may play my favorite pinball game here for a minute, I have to say it would have been a much bigger moment for AJ Styles if he had earned it by himself instead of having it handed to him on a silver platter by Sting. I understand that the idea of this was for Sting to pass the torch to Styles, but what it looked like was that Styles needed Sting to step aside in order to win the match. Even given the lame way he got the belt, his reign was shaping up to be an epic one and could have really defined TNA in the Monday Night Era, but they decided to rely on Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam and Hulk Hogan and anything else that’s not AJ Styles. The match was fine but had no crowd heat whatsoever.
Rating: ***

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General Motors Centre – Oshawa, Ontario, Canada – September 14, 2008

The show opens with a long boring promo by Sting where he takes five minutes to announce he’s getting a title shot at the winner of tonight’s main event next month at Bound for Glory. Tenay and West then welcome us to the show and announce that due to extreme weather, Booker T will not be able to make the show tonight.

MATCH #1: Mixed Tag Team Match – The Prince Justice Brotherhood vs. The Rock ‘N Rave Infection

Lance Rock, Jimmy Rave, and Christy Hemme comprise the Rock ‘N Rave Infection. So Lance is the Rock, Jimmy is the Rave, and Christy is the Infection? The Prince Justice Brotherhood is Super Eric, Shark Boy, and Curry Man.

Rave and Eric start the match and just guess who controls the action. Eric throws Rave to the floor, and then back in the ring drills him with a missile dropkick. Rave rakes the eyes and makes the tag. Eric breaks through a double clothesline attempt and hits a clothesline of his own on both Rave and Rock. Boy tags in and Young helps him deliver the Thesz Press on Rock for a two-count. Rave tags back in and Boy back body drops him. Boy then stomps a mudhole and walks it dry. Man tags in and forces Rave to tag Hemme just so he can cop a cheap feel and let her apply a side headlock. She tries a cross body block and Man continues the sexual harassment. Boy and Rave tag back in and Rave backdrops Boy to the floor. Rock throws Boy into the guardrail a couple of times and then throws him back in the ring. Rock, Rave, and Infection work Boy over and make quick tags in and out. While Boy is down, Hemme tags in and goes up to Rock’s shoulders for a big splash. She gloats and doesn’t notice Boy making the tag to Man, so Rock and Rave get in the ring and Man is able to handle both of them. Man hits Rave with the Tokyo Dangerous, and then sexually harasses Hemme once again. This time she seems to like it though. Man tries to pin her with an O’Connor Roll but Rock breaks it up. Rock hits Man with a modified Iconoclasm and Hemme follows with the Flying Fire Crotch Guillotine but Eric breaks up the cover. Eric then grabs Rock and puts him on the top rope, only to get shoved down. Boy goes for the Stunner on Rave but Rave blocks it. Hemme slaps Boy in the face so he gives her the Chummer. Rock drills Boy with a big boot. Eric is able to grab both Rave and Rock in a Death Valley Driver. Man then comes back in the ring to get the pin on Hemme at 7:49. That was decent opening match comedy if you like sexual harassment and Vance Archer in your opening matches.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #2: Falls Count Anywhere Match – Awesome Kong vs. ODB

Kong is accompanied by Raisha Saeed. ODB is accompanied by her flask. Saeed attacks ODB before the bell and Kong quickly joins the attack. Kong throws ODB back in the ring and chops away at her. She whips ODB off the ropes and clotheslines her down. She tries a splash but ODB moves out of the way. ODB goes out and gets a table and sets it up against the corner. She tries to whip Kong into it but Kong counters with a clothesline. ODB tries to regroup on the floor and Kong joins her, so ODB throws her into the crowd! They fight through the crowd as Kong takes control. She hurls ODB onto the entrance ramp and then bodyslams her for a two-count. They make it back to ringside and Kong whips ODB into the post and then chops her. Kong charges but ODB moves and Kong runs right into the ring post! ODB slams Kong’s head off the ring steps. She then hits a Thesz Press off said steps for a two-count. She wedges a chair between the top and middle turnbuckle and Kong makes her way back in the ring. ODB is able to bait Kong into charging at her and she moves, causing Kong to run head-first into the steel chair. She rolls Kong up for a two-count and then takes the table out of the corner and sets it up. That gives Kong time to recover and she goes for an Awesome Bomb. ODB slips out but Kong levels her with a clothesline. Kong climbs to the second rope to grab a chair from Saeed, which seems like something she would only do in the event that ODBN were to powerbomb her onto the table, which does not break! Precut my ass! After a few moments ODB gets a delayed cover for two. Saeed then pulls ODB to the floor and the two of them brawl.ODB throws Saeed into the guardrail. Back in the ring Kong has had time to recover and she catches ODB by the throat coming off the top rope. ODB fights out and gets an inside cradle for two. Kong reverses a whip and sends ODB to the corner and then squashes her. She follows up with a spinning back fist but does not go for the cover. Saeed produces another table and Kong sets it up in the corner. ODB gets a little liquid courage from her flask and she spits it in Kong’s face. She charges and Kong catches her and drives her through the table for the pin at 10:24. They got some time and told a pretty good story there and the crowd was with them.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: Team 3D vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss

Abyss and Brother Ray start the match. Brother Devon distracts Abyss from the apron and Ray goes on offense. Abyss comes back with a big boot and tries a charge in the corner but Ray elbows him and hits a Rock Bottom for a two-count. Devon tags in and they hit a double shoulderblock on Abyss for a two-count. Abyss fires back with a clothesline and Morgan tags in. Morgan and Abyss work together to double-team both Devon and Ray and send them both scurrying to the floor. Team 3D looks to be leaving but Morgan and Abyss will have none of it. Back in the ring Team 3D attack Abyss’s knee and try to keep the Monster grounded. After a few minutes Morgan gets the hot tag and he’s all over both Ray and Devon. He squashes Devon in the corner and then hits a legdrop for a two-count. Morgan then roes the Undertaker rope walk and the crowd boos, but when he jumps over Ray to give Devon a cross body block they cheer. Never let it be said that the fans in the Impact Zone aren’t sheep. Meanwhile Morgan hits Devon with the Carbon Footprint but Ray pulls the referee out. Morgan signals for the Hellevator and Johnny Devine comes out to stop him with a chair shot to the back. Devon covers but Morgan kicks out at two! Team 3D hits the double neckbreaker that is not the 3D but Don West calls it the 3D anyway for a two-count. Now they set up for the real 3D but Morgan clobbers them both with clotheslines and tags Abyss. Devine tries to hit Abyss with the chair but gets Shock Treatment for his trouble. Abyss squashes Devon in the corner and delivers some weak mounted punches. Ray sneaks up from behind and puts Abyss on his shoulders for a Doomsday Device! Morgan breaks up the cover and throws Ray to the floor to brawl with him. Abyss grabs Devon with a Chokeslam for a two-count. He picks up the chair but hesitates so Ray knocks it out of his hands. Morgan pulls Ray back to the floor and Devon goes for a chair shot. Unfortunately for him Morgan turns him around and punches the chair back into his face. Abyss follows up with the Black Hole Slam for the win at 11:34.

That was actually a well worked match and I like Morgan and Abyss as a team. Of course Team 3D can’t just job cleanly even to monsters, so Ray hits them both with the chair after the match. Morgan didn’t see who hit him and since Abyss is now holding the chair he thinks it was him. Why don’t they just go backstage and watch a replay?
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Petey Williams vs. Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Consequences Creed

Williams has been the champion since 4.17.08 and this is his fifth defense. He of course is the hometown hero tonight, and is accompanied by Rhaka Khan. Bashir stays out of the way to let Williams and Creed battle each other in the early going. He tries to sneak in the ring but Creed takes him down and hits an elevated elbow drop on both men. Creed gets a two-count on Williams and when he gets up Bashir reels off a series of right hands. Everyone gets involved with everyone as the action is getting hard to call. Williams and Bashir end up on the floor and Creed follows them out with a somersault dive. Back in the ring they trade pinning combinations. Williams hits Creed with the slingshot Codebreaker and when Creed rolls to the floor Williams follows him out with a rana. He celebrates a bit and Bashir dropkicks him down to the floor. Bashir throws Creed back in the ring for a two-count. Creed comes back with an enziguiri and both men are down. Williams comes back in the ring and takes control on both challengers. He hits a simultaneous Canadian Legsweep and STO on Bashir and Creed, respectively. He tries a double Canadian Destroyer and Bashir blocks that and then throws Creed to the floor. Bashir sets Williams up top and delivers a superplex. Creed comes back in the ring with a dual guillotine legdrop and tries pinning both at the same time but they both kick out. Williams tries the Canadian Destroyer on Creed but can’t hit it, so he locks Bashir in the Sharpshooter instead. Of course Tenay has to reference Montreal (since Earl Heber is refereeing), which DIDN’T EVEN HAPPEN IN YOUR COMPANY DOUCHEBAG! Creed breaks up the Sharpshooter with a bulldog for two. He goes for the Cree-DT but Williams counters with the Canadian Destroyer, which Creed reverses to a Sunset Bomb for a near-fall. Finally Williams hits the Canadian Destroyer, but Bashir pulls him to the floor and throws him into the crowd, and then sneaks into the ring to steal the pin and the title at 8:16. That was decent and had plenty of action for the time given, but it’s just not the X-Division we used to know and love.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: TNA Knockout Championship Match – Taylor Wilde vs. Angelina Love

Love has Velvet Sky and Cute Kip along for backup. Wilde has been the champion since 7.10.08 and this is her third defense. She introduces Rhino as her new best friend and he’s going to watch her back tonight. Rhino even runs to the ring when he’s standing in a woman’s corner.

They go chest to chest while they bicker in each other’s faces, and then they start swinging wildly at each other. Wilde gets a couple of shoulderblocks and a kick. “Knockout Law” Traci Brooks is watching on from the aisle. Meanwhile Wilde stays in control so Love takes a powder. The champion foolishly gives chase to the challenger, and winds up running into a makeup kit to the face from Sky. Back in the ring Love is in control now, wearing Wilde down and scoring several near-falls. Love hits a neckbreaker for a two-count. Wilde fights back with punches, and then both women grab each other by the hair and slam each other down face-first. The referee counts but they both regain their feet around seven. They exchange chops and Wilde gets the better of it, following up with a clothesline and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Wilde whips Love into the corner and puts her on the top rope, and Love counters with a super gourdbuster for a two-count. Love drops an elbow for another two-count. She goes for a Rock Bottom but Wilde counters with a victory roll for two. Wilde hits a kick to the head, and Kip tries to interfere and Rhino takes him out with a Gore. Some miscommunication between Love and Sky leads to Wilde hitting a Northern Lights Suplex for a three-count at 6:23. That was the usual knockouts match with added shenanigans from Rhino and Kip.
Rating: *½

MATCH #6: Ladder of Love Match – Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt

Like any good woman, SoCal Val decided that the man she will spend the rest of her life with is the guy who can crawl up a ladder faster. Listening to Tenay and West defending it is the funny part.

Lethal starts off hot, hitting the hiptoss-cartwheel-dropkick combo. Dutt comes back with a chinbreaker but Lethal fires back with the Lethal Injection and Dutt rolls to the floor. Lethal follows him out with a suicide dive. He works Dutt over and then pulls out the match’s first ladder and slams Dutt’s face into it. Between Dutt’s jacked-ness and bacne, I would suggest he’s heavily immersed in Triple H’s book at this point. The Roid Rage allows Dutt to come back and slam Lethal’s face into the ring steps. Back in the ring Dutt hits a slingshot legdrop and gloats about it. Dutt charges and gets backdropped to the floor but lands on a ladder setup between the apron and the guardrail! Lethal sets up the ladder under the engagement ring and climbs up. Dutt springboards onto the ladder and is able to pull Lethal down. He tries to climb the ladder himself but Lethal grabs him and powerbombs him into the ladder. Since the ladder is pretty busted up, referee Andrew Thomas holds the ladder while Lethal climbs. Now that is just stupid, referees should not get involved at all. Get another ladder Jay. Dutt grabs another ladder and sets it between the first ladder and the ropes, and throws Lethal back-first onto it. He then hits a somersault off the second rope right onto the ladder. He tries to climb again but Lethal scares him down with another ladder. Meanwhile the second ladder is still sitting on top of the other ladder. Lethal grabs Dutt for a catapult and tries to get him up to the second ladder but they fail and the crowd boos. Undaunted, Lethal puts the ladder in between the top and middle turnbuckle and catapults the back of Dutt’s head into it three times. Lethal climbs again and Dutt drops him crotch first on that ladder and climbs himself, only to get dropkicked down by Lethal. By the way, the ladder is now between the middle and bottom rope, and Dutt traps Lethal in a Tree of Woe and then hits a running dropkick. Lethal rolls to the floor and Dutt joins him, setting a ladder up between two chairs. Dutt takes so long though that Lethal gets time to recover. It doesn’t last long though, as Dutt reverses a suplex attempt and hits a neckbreaker across the ladder! Both men bring ladders in the ring and climb to the top. Lethal puts himself in position across the two ladders for Dutt to lock on the Camel Clutch. He actually elbows his way out and snap mares Dutt all the way down to the canvas! Now Lethal tries to move to the other ladder but he traps his leg in between the rungs and Val jumps in to free him. Dutt gets in her face and yells at her about it. He climbs up the ladder and Lethal goes up as well, and this time Val makes the predictable heel turn allowing Dutt to win the match at 13:21.

A few of the spots were obvious and contrived, and the heel turn at the end was not the slightest bit shocking, but they actually busted out some spots I had never seen before and seemed intent on stealing the show so to speak.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Beer Money, Inc. vs. The Latin American Xchange

Beer Money, Inc. has been the champions since 8.10.08, and this is their first defense. LAX has Hector Guerrero in the corner; Beer Money has Jacqueline. Storm and Homicide start the match, and LAX gains early control. The champions cheat to gain an advantage and go to work on the larger member of LAX, Hernandez. That doesn’t last too long and Hernandez tags Homicide in. Homicide is a flurry of offense, so Beer Money ignores the tagging rules, which causes LAX to follow suit. Hernandez tries to take a dive to the floor but Storm spits beer in his eyes and powerbombs him down to the mat. Homicide and Roode continue to fight on the floor, where Homicide tries to hit Roode with a beer bottle but misses and hurts his hand. Beer Money double team Homicide on the floor and Hernandez comes sailing out to wipe out Storm. Homicide and Roode are back in the ring and Roode goes for the Payoff but Homicide reverses it to an Ace Crusher. He sets up for the Gringo Killer but Jacqueline sneaks into the ring and throws powder in the Homicide’s eyes. That allows Roode to hit the Payoff and Beer Money retains at 8:43. Hector Guerrero really did a crappy job monitoring Jacqueline. The match felt a bit stunted and they didn’t get into the groove like last month.
Rating: **

MATCH #8: Mixed Martial Arts Match – AJ Styles vs. Frank Trigg

I doubt I’ll be doing much play-by-play here since I know nothing about MMA and I find the idea of a fake MMA fight on a wrestling show doesn’t really appeal to me. The rounds are five minutes long and there will be a one minute rest period between rounds. They spill to the floor and Trigg takes a couple of cheap shots before the referees break it up and send both men back into the ring. The crowd responds to this thrilling action with “we want wrestling” chants. The chants turn into all-out boos that Tenay and West completely ignore. The crowd switches to Dixie’s favorite chant, “Fire Russo.” Styles almost cinches in an armbar but the first round is over at 5:00.

The rest period actually went one minute and 12 seconds, and the crowd greets round two with a “this is bullshit” chant. Styles goes crazy and accidentally knees Trigg in the groin and the referee declares the match a no-contest at 1:04 in the second round (6:04 total fight time, 7:16 real time) because there was a low blow, but since it was unintentional it’s a no-contest rather than a disqualification. I don’t know how to rate real MMA matches, but this was absolute nonsense and the crowd turned on it in a variety of ways. West notes that the crowd is angry but he tries to pass if off as if they’re angry Styles didn’t get the win. Really they’re angry about this bullshit match.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Samoa Joe vs. Christian Cage vs. Kurt Angle

Joe has been the champion since 4.13.08 and this is his seventh defense. Sting comes out before the match to stick his nose into Joe’s business, and Joe rightly slaps him for it. AJ Styles comes back out to hold Joe back. Now Borash is able to make the official introductions.

Joe and Cage both go after Angle right off the bat and double-team him. Cage clotheslines Angle to the floor and then faces off with Joe. The champ knocks Cage down with a shoulderblock. Cage responds with a slap and then they trade punches. Joe fights back with the flying knee to the chest and an inverted atomic drop. Cage fights back with the inverted DDT for two. Angle pulls Cage to the floor and gets in the ring but runs right into Joe’s choke. Cage has to break it up. Angle starts throwing belly-to-belly suplexes, including throwing Cage over the top rope and down to the floor. Joe levels Angle with a clothesline. He hits the Big Joe Combo for a two-count. Angle fights back with a back elbow and then locks in the reverse chinlock. Cage recovers and pulls Angle’s groin into the ring post. He gets back in the ring with a cross body block off the top rope for a two-count on Joe. He then sets Joe’s neck on the second rope and steps on it. He goes up top and Joe joins him, but Cage knocks him down into a release German Suplex by Angle, who then pops up for a super belly-to-belly suplex on Cage for a two-count. Joe pops up and hits a snap powerslam on Angle for two. Angle kicks Joe down in the corner and Cage goes for the Unprettier, but Angle counters with three rolling German Suplexes. The straps come down but Joe ruins that with a release German Suplex of his own on Angle. Joe follows up with the running knee in the corner on Cage. He tries the Muscle Buster but Cage fights it off. Angle knocks Cage off the apron and then hits Joe with the Olympic Slam for two. Cage gets back in the ring and they do a Tower of Doom spot where Joe powerbombs Angle into suplexing Cage. Joe tries to pin both guys but only gets two. Angle comes back and throws Joe to the floor. He tries the Olympic Slam on Cage but it gets blocked and they fight over to the apron. Cage tries the between-the-ropes kick but Angle catches it with an Ankle Lock. Joe comes up behind Angle with a schoolboy rollup for two. Angle slips out and puts on an Ankle Lock, and then grabs Cage and applies the dual Ankle Lock. Joe and Cage roll through and then Joe hits Cage with the Muscle Buster. Angle grabs onto the referee and holds him back for several seconds, allowing Cage to kick out at two when the referee finally counts. Joe throws Cage to the floor on top of Angle, and then hits both of them with a corkscrew dive. He throws Angle back in the ring and sets up for the Muscle Buster but Angle fights it off and hits an Olympic Slam. Cage follows with a Frog Splash on Joe. He tosses Angle to the floor and then hits Joe with the Unprettier. Angle pulls Hebner to the floor and throws him into the guardrail. He brings a chair into the ring but Cage stops him from using it. Angle is tenacious though, and kicks Cage in the nuts, drills him with the chair, and then Olympic Slams him to the floor. Then Angle hits Joe with the chair and locks on the Ankle Lock. Jeff Jarrett comes out, guitar in hand. He waffles Angle with the guitar, and then Joe hits the Muscle Buster. Hebner recovers and counts the pin at 15:28.

That was a reasonably fun main event between three pros, but with Joe obviously feuding with Sting and Angle obviously feuding with Jarrett, that made the finish rather anticlimactic. It also left Christian Cage kind of lost in the shuffle. I think the match was actually better without Booker T.
Rating: ***¼
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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – September 9, 2007

MATCH #1: TNA World Tag Team Title Match – Team Pacman vs. Kurt Angle & Sting

Angle has been a tag team champion since 8.12.07 and Sting joined him on 8.30.07. This is their first title defense. As far as stupid decisions go, signing Pacman Jones would rank right up there for TNA. His partner in this match is former NWA World and Tag Team Champion Ron “The Truth” Killings. It must be an honor for Sting to be the only man in TNA besides Kurt Angle to get to hold a title at this time.

Sting and Truth (obviously) start the match for their teams. Truth take control with some right hands but Sting fires back with a Japanese armdrag, a regular armdrag, and a dropkick. When Truth tries to nip up Sting just punches him back down. Truth goes over for a tag but Pacman literally waves him off. Sting tags Angle and Truth stays in the ring. Angle hits a belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count and this time Pacman drops off the apron to avoid tagging in. How on Earth did Truth and Pacman earn a title shot? While Truth and Pacman argue outside the ring, Angle gives chase, which allows Truth to cut Angle off with a flying forearm for a two-count. Truth hits a running powerslam for another two-count. Karen Angle makes her way down to ringside to cheer on her husband, much to Sting’s chagrin. He tries to make her leave so she slaps him and Sting gets right in her face, accidentally slapping her! Angle didn’t see it happen though. He makes the tag to Sting and goes to check on her. Meanwhile Sting hits Truth with the Scorpion Death Drop but it only gets two. Sting follows up with the Stinger Splash, and finally Pacman tags in to the match. A furious Angle gets back in the ring and hits Sting with the Olympic Slam. The camera is focused on Karen, but Pacman makes the pin to win the tag titles at 5:33. That was too short to be offensive but having Pacman out there at all is kind of insulting and the match was much more focused on Karen Angle than anything else.
Rating: *

MATCH #2: Rhino vs. James Storm

Storm is accompanied my Miss Jackie Moore. Rhino runs down the aisle and chases Storm around ringside. He then puts his hands on Moore, and while the referee breaks that up Storm tries to hide in the crowd. The fans help Rhino find Storm and the brawl is going throughout the crowd. Tenay mentions how the referee got special instructions to be lenient, as if this is any different than any other TNA match ever. Storm tries to jump off a wall but Rhino catches him and drives him back into said wall. They make it back to ringside and Rhino is throwing Storm around. Storm comes back with a vertical suplex on the entrance ramp. Rhino reclaims control y reversing a whip and sending Storm crashing into the guardrail.

Finally they get into the ring for the opening bell, with Rhino fully in control. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and looks for the Gore, but Jackie grabs his hair from the apron. That distraction allows Storm to hit an enziguiri and a lungblower. Storm hits a running knee to the face and then gloats with his cowboy hat. Rhino comes back with a running shoulder block and a powerslam for two. Storm comes back with the Honor Roll for a two-count. Rhino comes back with another belly-to-belly suplex and then this time hits the Gore but Storm kicks out! The War Machine gets desperate and grabs a couple of chairs from ringside and sets up for the Rhino Driver. Storm fights out of it and instead delivers a Super Ace Crusher on Rhino but it only gets two. He brings a table into the ring but that gave Rhino time to recover and hit a sort of TKO/Fallaway Slam mix for two. Rhino leans the table against the turnbuckles and goes up top. Storm stops him and hits a superplex for two. He goes for a Superkick and Rhino ducks it and hits the Gore into the table to get the pin at 9:25. After the match Rhino tries to violate Storm with a mini beer keg and Jackie tries to stop him so he throws her into the ring and delivers a Gore. Anyone who reads me should know I don’t care much for Rhino, and this was his usual. Storm was pretty over at this time and the Impact Zone has always loved Rhino so at least the crowd heat was there.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #3: Robert Roode vs. Kaz

Roode is accompanied by Ms. Brooks. Kaz recently broke free of Raven and the Serotonin group that never made any sense. He takes the first advantage with a series of armdrags and Brooks likes what she sees. They go back and forth a bit and when Roode goes for the Payoff Kaz blocks it and they tumble over the top rope and to the floor. They battle around ringside and Roode whips Kaz right into Brooks and even though Kaz is able to stop, Roode pushes him into her anyway. Roode slams Kaz’s head into the steel steps before heading back in the ring. He hits a back suplex for a two-count. He puts Kaz in position for Brooks to take a cheap shot but she won’t do it. Kaz makes a brief comeback but Roode cuts him right off. Roode spends too much time gloating and Kaz gets a victory roll out of nowhere for two. Kaz blocks the Payoff with a small package for two and then hits an enziguiri. He then runs into a spinebuster and Roode gets two. Roode reaches into his knee pad and pulls out a chain but Kaz kicks them away and Ms. Brooks goes to pick it up while Kaz gets a series of pinning combinations for two-counts. Kaz goes up top and hits a missile dropkick and can’t make the cover right away so he only gets two. He goes for another springboard move but Roode blocks it and he lands on the top rope. Roode goes outside the ring to ask Brooks for the chain but she hid it under the ring. That gives Kaz more than enough time to recover and he goes for a springboard dive but stops when Roode pulls Brooks in front. Kaz perseveres and kicks Roode in the face, then hits the flip dive over the top rope. Brooks is very happy about that. Back in the ring Kaz hits a springboard back elbow and a clothesline. Kaz hits the slingshot DDT for a two-count. He goes for the Wave of the Future but Roode blocks it so Kaz turns it into a Sunset Driver instead and Roode kicks out at two! He goes up top for the Flux Capacitor but Roode fights him off and they trade chops. Kaz instead hits a Super X-Factor but Roode once again kicks out at two! He goes for a guillotine legdrop but Roode moves out of the way and hits the Payoff to get the pin at 13:50. That was a really good midcard match for two guys on the rise, but it’s just frustrating to note that three years later neither guy is really a top guy. In fact they’re more or less in the same position now that they were then.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: TNA X-Division Title Match – Kurt Angle vs. Jay Lethal

Angle has been the champion since 8.12.07 and this is his first defense. Not surprisingly Angle takes it down to the mat but Lethal reverses the armbar to one of his own and Angle goes to the ropes. Lethal gets a shoulderblock but Angle comes back with a high hiptoss. Angle takes Lethal down to the mat with a headlock. Lethal comes back with a hiptoss of his own and then a dropkick to the face. He goes up top and hits the double sledge for a two-count. Angle comes back with a Buckle Bomb and kicks away. He hits a backbreaker for a two-count. He takes it back down to the mat and locks on a body scissors. A tilt-a-whirl backbreaker gets another two-count. Angle continues wearing the challenger down until Lethal punches his way out of a rear chinlock. Lethal goes for a clothesline and so does Angle and both men are down. Back on their feet Lethal hits a couple of clotheslines and a headscissors. Lethal hits an enziguiri for a near-fall. Angle comes back with an overhead release German Suplex for a two-count. He goes for the Olympic Slam but Lethal counters it to a DDT for two. Lethal goes up top and Angle hits the pop-up belly-to-belly suplex for two. Angle goes for the Ankle Lock but Lethal kicks out of it and grabs an inside cradle. The champion kicks out at two and then hits three rolling German Suplexes for another two-count! Angle goes for another Olympic Slam but Lethal armdrags his way out of it and hits the Lethal Combination. He goes up top and hits the Elbow but Angle kicks out at two. Angle pops up and goes for a piledriver. Lethal rolls through for a two-count and Angle grabs him for another release German Suplex. The straps come down for another Olympic Slam but Lethal slides out, only to get trapped in the Ankle Lock. Lethal rolls it into a small package to regain the X-Division Title in a huge upset at 12:19! That was a terrific veteran versus youngster match. Lethal went over clean as a sheet and while that should have made him and reinvigorated the X-Division, three years later neither the man nor the division are really any better off.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: No Disqualification Match – Chris Harris vs. Black Reign

I didn’t really understand the Black Reign character. Before the opening bell Harris dives from the top rope to knock Reign down. Back in the ring Harris throws Reign around a bit and backdrops him to the floor. Harris throws him into the guardrail and grabs a chair. He slams it into Reign’s throat and then throws him back in the ring. Reign kicks Harris between the ropes and then hits a neckbreaker. He hits a modified Pedigree for a two-count, and then a running Stunner for another two-count. He goes go up top and Harris slams him down. Harris hits a running clothesline and a bulldog for two. Reign comes back with a spinning vertical suplex. He brings in his sharp weapon and for some reason referee Earl Hebner stops him from using it and Harris gets a small package for three at 5:16. What a dull listless match and a stupid finish. Why would the referee stop a wrestler from using a foreign object in a No Disqualification match?
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #6: 10-Team Gauntlet Match – AJ Styles & Tomko, Triple X, The Latin American Xchange, The Motor City Machineguns, Serotonin, Petey Williams & Sonjay Dutt, Team 3D, Jimmy Rave & Lance Hoyt, Shark Boy & Eric Young, and Voodoo Kin Mafia

AJ Styles is entrant #1, and Christopher Daniels drew #2. Wrestlers will come out in 60-second intervals, and eliminations are over the top rope. When two men are left standing, their tag team partners will rejoin them for a regular tag match.

Styles and Daniels are former two-time NWA Tag Team Champions themselves. They trade right hands to start, and then Styles hits the big dropkick. Daniels comes back with a Blue Thunder Bomb. The #3 entrant is Homicide, who has two reigns as tag team champion on his resume. The three former ROH stars do battle for a minute until Chris Sabin comes out at #4. Sabin pokes everyone in the eyes and hits Homicide with a bulldog. Havok is out at #5 representing Serotonin. Daniels eliminates Homicide right as Petey Williams comes out at #6. He immediately hits Havok with the Canadian Destroyer and then Sabin with the springboard Codebreaker. Styles eliminates Sabin and then Brother Devon comes out #7. Not much happens until Jimmy Rave makes his return to TNA at #8. Tenay and West make a pretty big deal out of Rave and put over Dragon Gate, and then #9 comes out and it’s Brother Ray. Team 3D has a huge advantage now. They immediately eliminate Devine. Next out at #10 is Raven, who will be without his tag team partner. Raven wipes snot on Daniels’s face and Team 3D eliminate him to completely wipe Serotonin out of the match. The next wrestler is #11, Shark Boy. He’s the next man eliminated by Ray as Dutt makes his way out at #12. Devon eliminates Rave and Ray eliminates Williams. Lucky #13 is BG James. Not much happens until Hernandez makes his way out at #14. Styles gets some help with Tomko at #15. Tomko makes an immediate impact by getting rid of both Ray and Devon. He then faces off with Hernandez but Styles and Daniels break them up. Next is Elix Skipper at #16. Next is #17 Alex Shelley and he eliminates BG. Lance Hoyt is #18. He dumps Skipper to the floor in a very nasty looking bump. Next is Kip James at #19, and we know from the Road to No Surrender match that I believe I am the only one to ever review that Eric Young is #20. Kip eliminates Dutt and then Young makes his way out. Tomko eliminates a charging Hernandez and LAX is done. Sadly Tomko doesn’t pay attention and Young dumps him to the floor. Kip dropkicks Hoyt to the floor. Daniels and Kip then eliminate each other. We’re down to Styles, Shelley, and Young. Both Styles and Shelley try to get Young on their side and then they both turn on him. Styles and Young fight on the apron but neither man gets eliminated. With everyone back in the ring Shelley and Styles grab Young and pitch him to the floor to co-win the battle royal.

Sabin rejoins Shelley and Tomko rejoins Styles for a regular tag team match. The Guns double-team Tomko quite a bit to start without much objection from the referee or Styles. They both try covers but Tomko keeps throwing them off. Styles tags in and hits Shelley with the flipping inverted DDT. He hits Sabin with some clotheslines and a spin kick. Sabin comes back with an enziguiri and the match gets out of control. Shelley and Tomko are on the floor while Styles and Sabin battle inside the ring. Sabin gets an O’Connor Roll but Styles rolls through to one of his own for the win at 25:38. Styles and Tomko will challenge Team Pacman for the TNA World Tag Team Titles at Bound for Glory. That was a good gauntlet and the last three minutes or so that was just Styles and Tomko versus the Guns was awesome. I just wish they would have cut out the gauntlet part and just let Styles & Tomko versus the Guns go for 20 minutes. I don’t need to see Eric Young, Shark Boy, Sonjay Dutt, and those guys on every PPV.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe

Joe charges the ring and the fight is on. He hits a running kick to the chest and a further onslaught of kicks. He hits a running elbow in the corner and an enziguiri. Then Joe uses the face wash and Cage tries to seek comfort on the ring apron, but Joe grabs him in a powerbomb position and swings him into the guardrail. Cage walks up the aisle but Joe won’t leave him alone, taking him back to ringside and whipping him into the guardrail a couple of times. Back in the ring Cage cuts Joe off with a boot to the midsection. Cage tries a dropkick but Joe casually avoids it and connects with the Big Joe Combo for two. Joe hits an enziguiri to send Cage to the floor and then follows him out with a suicide dive. When Joe goes to get back in the ring Cage kicks the middle rope into Joe’s groin. Cage then snaps Joe’s neck off the top rope and catches a breather. This time Cage hits the dropkick but barely gets a one-count. Joe breaks a camel clutch by picking Cage up and falling backwards to the mat with velocity. He tries a senton but Cage gets his knees up for a two-count. Cage works Joe over for a bit and tries a charge in the corner but Joe catches him with the STJoe. Cage tries to fight back but Joe hits a Death Valley Driver for a two-count. Joe hits the running knee in the corner and charges again but Cage drop toeholds him into the second rope and then stands on his throat. Cage charges into the Big Joe Combo #2 for a two-count. Joe tries to grab the Choke but Cage slips out and goes for the Unprettier which Joe avoids. Cage slams the back of Joe’s head to the canvas and goes up for a Frog Splash but misses. Joe hits a powerbomb and then rolls it into an STF and then a Crossface. Cage rolls back to put Joe’s shoulders down for a two-count. Joe goes for a Muscle Buster but Cage slips out, only to run into a snap powerslam for two. Cage rolls to the apron and pokes Joe in the eyes. He goes up top but Joe slaps him and goes up as well. Cage is able to maneuver Joe into a Super Edge-O-Matic for a close near-fall. He goes for the Unprettier but Joe slips out and locks on the Choke. Cage rolls back so far that Joe’s shoulders are down and his legs are in the ropes. Instead of breaking the hold, the referee throws Cage’s legs off the ropes. HE SHOULD BREAK THE HOLD! Now Cage really gets the ropes and the referee breaks it. Joe locks Cage in another type of choke hold and Cage is in the ropes but Joe won’t break on the referee’s count of five. Just for getting in his face, Joe gives Rudy Charles a Samoan Drop. Security comes out to try and restrain Joe, and another referee comes down to disqualify Joe at 14:59. That was an awesome mach between two guys that had great chemistry together. With a real finish I would have rated it even higher.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: TNA World Championship Match – Kurt Angle vs. Abyss

Angle has been the champion since 6.17.07 and this is his fourth defense. Abyss uses his size to throw Angle down. Angle comes back with a headlock but Abyss shoves him off and hits a shoulderblock so Angle bails. Back in the ring Abyss continues to use his power for an advantage. He sets Angle on the top turnbuckle and pats his bald head for luck. That just fires Angle up and he tries getting eye-to-eye with Abyss. Angle throws a few punches to no effect. He tries to run away but Abyss hangs on to his singlet. Abyss hurls Angle into the air and drops him on his chest, and then clotheslines him to the floor. He joins the champion outside and throws him into the guardrails. Back in the ring he goes for a running powerslam but Angle slips out and nails a chop block. Angle wisely targets the knee at this point. Abyss tries fighting back with chops but Angle cuts him off at the knee again. Moments later Abyss charges out of the corner with a clothesline and tries to get the feeling back in his knee. He crushes Angle in the corner but misses a second attempt. Angle tries a German Suplex but Abyss blocks it and hits a spinebuster for two. Abyss hits Shock Treatment but Angle kicks out at two. He goes for a Chokeslam but Angle counters it to a victory roll for two. Angle tries another release German Suplex and this time he hits it. The straps come down and Angle hits the Olympic Slam but Abyss kicks out at two! Angle locks on the Ankle Lock and Abyss kicks his way out of it. Abyss hits a Chokeslam for two. He goes for a vertical suplex but Angle slips out and takes out the knee again. Angle goes up top and hits a long moonsault but Abyss kicks out again. He locks on a modified ankle lock and goes to work on taking off Abyss’s boot. The boot is off and Angle is relentlessly attacking it. Angle pulls his knee pad down and goes up to the second rope, but Abyss catches him by the throat, and then is able to hit a Black Hole Slam but Angle kicks out at two! Abyss goes for a Tombstone Piledriver but Angle rolls through it into the Ankle Lock again. After several minutes in the hold Abyss taps out and Angle retains at 19:25. That was solid and well-worked, but no one really buys Abyss as a threat to the TNA World Title so there wasn’t a ton of drama to the near-falls.
Rating: ***

James Mitchell comes on the video screen and says something stupid about Abyss being dragged to hell, and someone cuts up from under the ring and drags Abyss down as Tenay and West lose it.

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – September 24, 2006

PRE SHOW MATCH: Bobby Roode vs. Von Doring

They’re doing the “free agent” angle with Bobby Roode at this point. Doring is not intimidated but Roode takes the advantage anyway. Roode puts on a chinlock about a minute and a half in. Doring escapes but Roode knocks him down with a shoulderblock. For some reason Doring gets to come back with a shoulderblock of his own and then hits a hiptoss and a bodyslam. Roode rolls to the apron and is able to block a suplex and snap Doring’s neck back across the top rope. Back in the ring Roode goes to work, hitting a vertical suplex. Roode hits a knee drop and gloats about it, giving Doring a chance to briefly fight back, but Roode cuts him off with a clothesline. Doring comes back with a flurry of offense including a back body drop. He tries a charge in the corner but Roode avoids it and hits the Northern Lariat. Roode follows up with his new finisher, the Payoff (the Roll of the Dice … seriously?) to get the win at 4:30. If you’re trying to buildup Roode as a new big heel threat, having a guy who to the best of my knowledge never wrestled another match in TNA being on even keel with him was rather stupid.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #1: Eric Young vs. A1

This was when Eric Young was most annoying, with his hair dyed black and doing the “Don’t Fire Eric” garbage. He starts the match by stalling on the floor and interacting with the crowd. A1 pulls him back in the ring and knocks him down with a shoulderblock. Young comes back with a hiptoss and then rolls back to the floor to play with the morons some more. A1 tries to take the fight to Young on the floor but he gets thwarted. Back in the ring Young hits the jobber finisher (cross body block) for two. A1 comes back with a running powerslam for two. He squashes Young in the corner but misses a second attempt. He catches a punch from Young and throws him to the floor. Back in the ring A1 locks on a surfboard type maneuver and Young has to kick his way out. Young comes back with a Thesz Press and a running clothesline in the corner. A1 reverses a whip but Young lands on the apron and snaps A1’s neck off the top rope. It takes forever for A1 to fall, and then Young goes up top for a flying elbow drop that only gets two. A1 comes back and tries to scoop the legs for a pinfall, but the referee catches A1 putting his feet on the ropes for leverage. He tries a Tombstone but Young reverses it to the Wheelbarrow Neckbreaker for the pin at 6:16. That was a fine opener, if this was an episode of iMPACT! Actually if they wrestled on iMPACT! the match would be half as long.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #2: Petey Williams vs. Jay Lethal

This was during the “Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, and Sonjay Dutt are imitating ‘Jackass Number Two’ because we’re too stupid to come up with anything good” phase. As such, they are backstage playing video games when Lethal’s music hits, so Jerry Lynn has to come in and yell at them. Dutt reveals that they put laxatives in Williams’ water bottle. I’m not making this stuff up.

They do the usual back and forth stuff to start, with Lethal taking first control. Lethal hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two-count. The match spills to the floor and Williams hurls Lethal off the apron and back first into the guardrail. Back in the ring Williams looks to press the advantage. He hits an elbow drop and then a neckbreaker for two. He hits a bodyslam and a legdrop for two. He’s only missing the big boot there. He lands an enziguiri and then the 61-dropkick. Finally the “joke” rears its ugly head, as Williams looks to be having stomach trouble. Lethal goes for a sunset flip and I believe Williams farts his way out of it. Williams then gets an O’Connor Roll and again farts in Lethal’s face. He blocks a vertical suplex and hits a spinning neckbreaker for two. He hangs Lethal In the corner and goes up for Oh Canada but his bowels prevent him from pulling it off. Lethal comes back with punches to the gut and then an atomic drop. Williams comes back with the springboard Codebreaker and then a capture DDT for two. He tries the Canadian Destroyer but can’t hit it and he tries to run to the back. Lethal catches him with a schoolboy rollup to get the pin at 7:26. Now I just feel bad for both Lethal and Williams for having to participate in that garbage. They really booked a match with a guy trying not to poop his pants.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #3: Three-Way No DQ Match – Raven vs. Abyss vs. Brother Runt

Click Doomsday is one of the dumbest catchphrases ever. In a seemingly odd turn of events, Abyss and Raven work together on Runt. They toss Runt to the floor and then go after each other. Abyss takes Raven down and hits the Earthquake Splash. Runt gets back in the ring and wears Abyss out with a kendo stick. He and Raven work together to throw Abyss head-first into a trash can, and then Raven immediately turns on Runt. Raven gets tossed to the floor and then Abyss grabs Runt and hurls him out on top of Raven. Abyss seems off in his own little world while Raven battles Runt. Raven hits Runt with a trash can, and when Abyss holds him for another shot Runt ducks and Abyss takes it. Runt grabs a trash can lid and goes nuts on both guys. Speaking of nuts, Runt sets the ring bell on Abyss’s groin and hits it with a lead pipe. Runt headbutts Raven in the gut to knock him to the floor, and then dumps Abyss out as well. Raven finds a gladiator helmet somewhere outside the ring, and uses it as a battering ram on Runt, and then headbutts him in the groin. They go outside the ring to join Abyss. Raven grabs a trash can and brings Runt up the entrance ramp with him for a drop toehold right down the entrance ramp. Abyss brings a table up and punches Raven’s bloody head. He goes down the ramp to retrieve a ladder and sets Raven on the table. Raven fights off the table and blasts Abyss with the trash can. He climbs the ladder and then from out of nowhere Runt jumps off the top of the entrance and delivers a double stomp that does not break the table. Runt and Raven go back up to ringside and Raven wraps a dog collar around Runt’s neck and drags him into the crowd where he had earlier set up two tables. Raven climbs up some scaffolding and drags Runt up by the neck. That looked painful. Raven then simply punches Runt off the scaffolding and through the tables. Back in the ring Raven goes for a cover and Mitchell breaks it up. Raven then goes for the bulldog but Runt pushes him off right into a Black Hole Slam by the returning Abyss. That’s enough to get the pin at 11:31. That was decent for a garbage brawl; I particularly liked how they had hid weapons throughout the arena before the match.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: Eight Team Triple Chance Battle Royal – America’s Most Wanted, The Naturals, Alex Shelley & Johnny Devine, Shark Boy & Norman Smiley, Kazarian & Maverick Matt, Ron Killings & Lance Hoyt, Elix Skipper & David Young, and The James Gang

Basically, the last two men that are left in this battle royal will get to be rejoined by their partners for a tag team match. The winners become the #1 Contenders to the NWA World Tag Team Titles. AMW is accompanied by Gail Kim, the Naturals are accompanied by Shane Douglas, and the Diamonds in the Rough are accompanied by Simon Diamond. It’s lots of punching and kicking in the early going, as per usual in a battle royal. Skipper tosses Smiley out for the first elimination and then Hoyt eliminates Skipper. Kazarian and Matt eliminate Hoyt. Killings eliminates Devine. Shelley eliminates Shark Boy, so he and Smiley are gone. The brawling continues, and I think Chase Stevens’ Death Valley Driver on Harris is the first real move of the match. Stevens tries a springboard something and Storm pushes him way into the crowd and it definitely looks like a fan got injured. At any rate Stevens is eliminated. Killings eliminates Maverick Matt and then David Young, so the Diamonds in the Rough are gone. BG James and Killings battle each other and Shelley sneaks up behind them and eliminates them both. Kazarian goes to run off the ropes and Devine pulls down the top rope to eliminate him. Moments later Kip James eliminates Shelley, so Kazarian & Matt and the Paparazzi are out. We’re down to the final four – Chris Harris, James Storm, Kip James, and Andy Douglas. Kip eliminates Storm with a kick to the face while he was trying to skin the cat. Meanwhile up on the entrance ramp the teams of Shelley & Devine and Kazarian & Maverick are brawling. Kip actually eliminates Harris but since the referees were concerned with that brawl, they didn’t see it. Harris then sneaks back in the ring to eliminate Kip, and we’re down to two at 9:07.

Chase Stevens and James Storm can now rejoin Andy Douglas and Chris Harris for a straight up tag team match. AMW dominates the worn-down Douglas while Stevens can’t even get up on the apron due to an injured ankle suffered when he got thrown into the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, it sounds like they don’t give a crap what’s going on right now. Just as I say that they get behind Douglas. Storm hits the Eye of the Storm and then AMW sets up for the Death Sentence. The James Gang comes back out to break it up, still upset about what happened earlier. Storm brings Stevens into the ring and goes for the Eye of the Storm but Stevens slips out and gets a schoolboy rollup for the win at 14:25. That’s actually not a terrible idea for a match, but the Naturals are boring as sin and I hate Shane Douglas. In practice though, the match was horribly dull and seemed much longer than it was.
Rating: *½

MATCH #5: TNA X-Division Title Match – Chris Sabin vs. Senshi

Senshi has been the champion since 6.22.06 and this is his third defense. They start down on the mat and the champion gets the first advantage. They continue the chain wrestling and Sabin misses a low dropkick and then luckily for him Senshi misses a field goal kick to the head. Sabin lands a headscissors takeover and gets a couple of quick rollups for two. He takes control of Senshi’s arm and tries wearing him down. Senshi escapes as he best knows how – a kick. He then hits a couple of chops. Sabin gets dumped to the apron but he grabs Senshi and knocks him down, then follows him in with a slingshot senton. He tries a vertical suplex but Senshi knees his way out of it, and then hits a rolling kick for two. Senshi hits the twisting corkscrew elbow drop for two. The champion stays in control, wearing Sabin down with a variety of kicks and strikes. Sabin fires back with a series of chops and a dropkick to send Senshi to the floor. He goes for a suicide dive but Senshi kicks him in the head! Back in the ring Senshi is right back in control. Senshi traps Sabin between the top and middle ropes and hits a Warrior’s Way to the back but it only gets a two-count. Sabin fights back with a series of forearms. He tries a charge in the corner but Senshi gets his boots up. Senshi tries a kick to the head but Sabin catches it and hits a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Sabin drops Senshi face-first on the second turnbuckle and then hits a running boot to the face. Naturally Senshi kicks his way out of it, but then runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Sabin follows up with a springboard missile dropkick for two. Senshi comes back by dropping Sabin on his chest and then hitting a trio of kicks for a two-count. He misses a springboard spin kick and Sabin lands an enziguiri. Sabin goes up top and Senshi responds with the Tidal Krush. Senshi tries a superplex but Sabin blocks it and puts Senshi right in position for the hesitation dropkick, but Senshi gets his foot on the bottom rope. Sabin goes for a powerbomb but Senshi elbows his way out of it and hits a double stomp. Senshi goes up top and Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt run down to ringside with an inflatable doll. The crowd is NOT happy. Senshi somehow gets confused and tries to double stomp the doll. The doll continues to be involved in the match as the crowd chants “this is stupid.” Senshi hits a shotgun dropkick to get the win and retain the title at 16:57. This was going along really well until Lethal and Dutt made their way to ringside. If this was TNA’s idea of saying the Jackass shenanigans were stupid, it only really proved how stupid they are for doing it in the first place.
Rating: ***

MATCH #6: Rhino vs. Christian Cage

This is one of those “we used to be friends in REAL LIFE and now we hate each other on this FAKE WRESTLING SHOW” feuds. They start off cautiously until Rhino just explodes, going to work on Cage in the corner. I can feel the aggression coming out of the War Machine, according to DW. Rhino hits a back body drop and sets up for the Gore but Cage wisely bails to the floor and asks for a timeout. Of course Rhino does not oblige and he chases Cage back in the ring. Cage comes back and throws Rhino to the floor, but the War Machine perseveres and backdrops Cage to the floor from the apron. Now Rhino throws Cage into the crowd. They climb up to the top of the Impact Zone and Cage hauls off with a back elbow. The go back down the stairs and Rhino charges but Cage moves and Rhino crashes into the wall. Cage delivers a DDT on the entrance ramp. Back in the ring Cage stays in control. He hits a missile dropkick for two. He takes Rhino down and hits a Frog Splash but Rhino kicks out again! Cage tries a charge in the corner but Rhino moves out of the way. That’s all Rhino needed to be fully recovered and he unloads with his usual boring offense. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Cage avoids a charge in the corner and tries the Unprettier, but Rhino avoids it and hits a spinebuster. Rhino hits a powerslam for another two-count. This time Cage hits the Unprettier and Rhino kicks out. Rhino comes back with a TKO for two. He accidentally clotheslines the referee and Christian hits the Edge-o-Matic but there’s no one to count. Cage takes the opportunity to bring two chairs into the ring and tries the one-man Con-Chair-Toe but Rhino avoids it and hits the Gore but there’s still no referee. Rhino goes for a Con-Chair-Toe of his own but the referee has woken up and he takes the chair. While the ref is dispatching of the one chair, Cage hits Rhino with a low blow and then hits the Unprettier onto the remaining chair to get the win at 16:26. That was solid because of Cage but I find nothing in Rhino the character or Rhino the wrestler to get invested in.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #7: Ultimate X Match for the NWA World Tag Team Titles – The Latin American Xchange vs. AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels

This is the eleventh ever Ultimate X match, and the first ever Tag Team Ultimate X match. LAX have been the champions since 8.24.06 and this is their first defense. As soon as the introductions are over the fight is on. Homicide and Styles are left in the ring, and Hernandez joins them for some double teaming. Hernandez hurls Styles over his head and down to the mat. Homicide goes up top as Hernandez worries about Daniels. Unfortunately, Daniels throws Hernandez to the floor and pulls Homicide down. Styles rejoins the ring and they double-team Hernandez. He goes to climb up but Homicide pulls him down onto the top rope. Homicide tries to introduce a steel chair but Daniels avoids it. Instead Homicide knocks Daniels to the floor and hits the Tope Con Hilo. Styles immediately follows with the Fosbury Flop. Hernandez signals for a dive but Daniels cuts him off and locks on the Koji Clutch in the ring. Homicide breaks that up and hits Daniels with a suplex. LAX takes control of both opponents and Hernandez introduces a ladder. Homicide tries to climb it but Styles is all “no way, dude” and smashes it into Homicide’s face. Then the challengers drop Hernandez crotch first on the ladder before throwing it back to ringside. Styles and Daniels both go up top – Homicide pulls Styles down and Hernandez hits Daniels with a super Crackerjack. Konnan takes cheap shots on Daniels on the floor. Hernandez takes a shot at climbing to the belts but Styles knocks him down. Homicide has a chair and he hits Styles across the back with it. He goes up for the belts and Styles follows him out and kicks him down. Daniels goes up and Hernandez takes him down onto his shoulders so Homicide can hit a bulldog off the top rope. Hernandez climbs up again and Styles pulls him down right on top of his partner! Styles is all fired up now, hitting Homicide with the flipping inverted DDT. He and Daniels try a double vertical suplex on Hernandez but he blocks it on the way down and hits a simultaneous neckbreaker. Homicide goes up top for a Frog Splash but misses and the challengers hit him with Total Elimination. Hernandez breaks through a double clothesline attempt and knocks both challengers down. Konnan introduces a table as Hernandez hits Daniels with a backbreaker. Hernandez goes for the Border Toss but Daniels breaks it up and hits a Uranage. Styles hits a Frog Splash and Daniels follows with a Best Moonsault Ever, and then Styles follows with a Spiral Tap! That’s badass. Homicide pulls Styles to the apron and pays for it, as Styles hits the Styles Clash through the table! Konnan then knocks Styles out with his slapjack. Daniels climbs up the steel support beam to avoid Konnan with a kendo stick. From the corner Daniels jumps all the way out to the center and pulls down the belt to regain the titles at 15:29. The action was certainly break-neck and these two teams had tremendous chemistry together. The finish was definitely memorable, and so was this feud to be honest.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: Fans Revenge Match – Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett’s NWA World Championship is not on the line here. He’s worried about Sting though, so he sends Eric Young to find him. He’s also worried about the fans whipping him with belts, so he has multiple layers of clothing on. Jarrett tries to go on offense early but Joe is having none of it. Joe tries to throw Jarrett to the floor, but he hangs on and rolls back into the ring before he can get whipped. Jarrett starts losing layers, and Joe hits the STJoe. He rolls to the floor and the fans take advantage, so he gets right back in. Jarrett knocks Joe to the floor but the fans of course don’t go after Joe. He goes outside to bring Joe back in and the fans whip him again. He did get a hold of one of the leather straps and he whips Joe with it. Jarrett continues to use the belt as a weapon on Joe. He goes to the top rope and hits a cross body block for two. Since that didn’t work he tries a cross body block from the mat and gets another two. He tries a turn-around cross body from the second rope, but Joe casually avoids it. Joe comes back with the inverted atomic drop, kick to the face, and a senton. He takes off Jarrett’s shirts and unleashes some chops. He backdrops Jarrett to the floor and the fans whip him some more. Back in the ring a fan tosses Joe a belt and he whips Jarrett with it. Jarrett comes back with a dropkick to the face. Joe comes back with the snap powerslam for two. Jarrett gets a rollup for two. He uses his discarded t-shirts to choke Joe. He tries tying Joe to the ropes but Joe won’t let him. Instead Joe ties up Jarrett and invites the fans to come in the ring and take free shots at Jarrett’s back. Referees stop the fans, but Jarrett is able to grab the guitar. Joe puts on the Choke before he can use it though, and Jarrett reaches the ropes. The ref gets distracted and Jarrett hits the Stroke right onto the guitar but Joe kicks out! The funny thing about Jarrett’s finishing move is that it doesn’t sound good as a verb. Like whenever Mike Tenay says “Stroked him” into something it just sounds … not good. Joe comes back and wins a slap exchange but misses a knee in the corner. Jarrett sets him up top and tries the Super Stroke (Tenay wonders “is he gonna try and Stroke him from up there?). Joe avoids it and hits a big kick to the face. He comes out with the Muscle Buster to pin the NWA World Champion at 11:04. The fans’ revenge gimmick worked to a point, but the one negative about it was that it seemed to make Joe somewhat of an afterthought.
Rating: ***

Joe walks away with the NWA Title, and Jim Cornette comes out to announce that TNA will start airing on Thursday nights in Prime Time. He also introduces a video package that displays the newest addition to the TNA roster: Kurt Angle. See, Joe’s totally an afterthought.
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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – July 17, 2005

PRE SHOW MATCH: Shocker vs. Jerrelle Clark

Has anyone actually seen this McDonald’s commercial that Shocker is in? Speaking of the man, Shocker takes Clark down to the mat with an armbar. Clark tries using his agility to escape but Shocker holds on. Undaunted, Clark escapes the armbar with a headscissors that sends Shocker to the floor. Back in the ring they engage in a test of strength. Clark wins that battle and climbs up the ropes for a hurricanrana that once again sends Shocker to the floor. He tries a springboard from the ring apron but Shocker pulls him down onto the ring apron. Shocker then slams Clark’s back into the ring post. Back in the ring Shocker goes up top for a cross body block and Clark rolls through for two. Clark gets a hurricanrana for another two-count, and then Shocker pops up with a clothesline. Shocker stays in control, setting Clark up on top for a superplex, which only gets two. He then finishes Clark with a unique rollup that is called the “Shocker Sphere,” which is just a horrible name, at 4:16. That was decent preshow fare, but I never understood what the big deal about Shocker was supposed to be.
Rating: **

MATCH #1: America’s Most Wanted vs. Matt Bentley & Alex Shelley

Bentley and Shelley are accompanied by Traci Brooks. This match basically came about because both Matt Bentley and James Storm think they have the best superkick. Shelley and Storm start the match. It’s interesting to note where these two are five years later. They chain wrestle and exchange holds and counters. Shelley tries throwing Storm over the top rope, but Storm skins the cat and tries a superkick but Shelley ducks. The tag is made to Bentley and Storm makes the tag to Chris Harris as well. Tenay gets confused on whether Storm or Harris is currently in the ring. When Storm tags in Bentley bails and tags Shelley. Harris hits Shelley with mounted punches, but Shelley comes back with an inverted atomic drop. Bentley will tag in since Harris is in the ring, but he pays for it as Harris catches him with a delayed vertical suplex. Harris tags Storm and Bentley bails again. Storm goes out after him and it turns into a brawl on the floor. Shelley and Storm battle up the entrance ramp and Storm throws Shelley off the ramp and down to the floor. Storm then jumps off the ramp and wipes Shelley out. Back at ringside Harris is beating on Bentley until Traci distracts him. Tenay and West point out how the referee has lost control of the match and they’re commending him for it. Brooks continues to interfere so Harris handcuffs her to the ring post. A totally contrived looking spot leads to Storm finally getting in the ring with Bentley. Storm is on fire, and the match breaks down again to a brawl. AMW hits Bentley with the Hart Attack for a two-count. Shelley distracts the referee and Traci throws Bentley her shoe to hit Harris with, but it only gets a two-count. Bentley asks for another shoe and this time Harris ducks and hits the Uncle Slam. Shelley then runs right into a Storm superkick at gets pinned at 11:47. They tried to sell this match on Bentley versus Storm’s superkicks, but I don’t really remember either guy ever winning a lot of matches with it. The action itself was severely disjointed and generally all over the place. The energy was there it just didn’t have anything tying it together.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Shark Boy vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Mikey Batts vs. Elix Skipper

The winner of this match gets a bid into the Super X Cup Tournament. Skipper and Dutt start the match. They work at a fast pace from the get go. Dutt hits an around the world headscissors, but moments later Skipper catches him in a spinebuster. Batts tags himself in and goes after Dutt with little success. He slaps Dutt in the face, which only fires him up, so Batts hightails it and tags Shark Boy. Dutt and Boy trade moves and Batts comes in to attack Boy from behind. Boy makes him pay with a Shark Bite. The match quickly breaks down to a brawl, and we’re left with Skipper and Boy in the ring. This match is mostly just contrived little bits of offense, and for some reason Batts is getting pretty good heel heat. Skipper and Batts battle and Skipper doesn’t seem interested in selling for Batts at all. However, Skipper is very interested in trying his rope-walk-rana, but he blows it and takes a nasty spill to the floor with Batts. Boy follows them out with a dive and Dutt follows suit. All four men get back in the ring and we’re left with Boy and Dutt going at it. Dutt hits an enziguiri on Boy and goes up top but Batts suplexes him, which even though it’s the same bump he was planning to take anyway, seems to really hurt Dutt. Batts goes up top now and jumps right into Skipper’s arms and gets hit with the Sudden Death. Boy tries the Dead Sea Drop on Skipper and it looks like it doesn’t connect but Skipper sells it over the top rope anyway. Dutt then dropkicks Boy to the floor, and then hits the Hindu Press (his feet pretty much kicked Batts in the face) for the pin at 8:16. TNA has had about a million matches exactly like this and there is no impact to them whatsoever anymore.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Simon Diamond & David Young vs. Apolo & Sonny Siaki

Young and Apolo start the match, and Apolo dominates with his power. Siaki gets in on the action and similarly dominates Young with his power advantage, using suplexes and the like. Diamond low bridges Siaki from the apron, sending him crashing to the floor. Young follows Siaki out with an Asai Moonsault. Back in the ring Apolo blasts Diamond with a superkick, sending him to the floor. Apolo follows them out with a somersault dive. You know, I’m surprised Apolo didn’t get a push similar to the one Hernandez got – they’ve got similar builds and styles. Back in the ring Siaki and Young trade shots and Diamond takes a cheap shot from the apron before tagging in. The Diamonds in the Rough try to double-team Siaki but he avoids it and makes the hot tag. Apolo is on fire, throwing lariats at everyone. Siaki joins back in the fun, hitting a Diamond Cutter on Diamond, but then running into a spinebuster by Young. The referee wisely won’t count because Siaki isn’t legal. Apolo then grabs Young with the TKO for the victory at 5:44. That was a decent Impact-type match.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #4: Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin

Tenay calls Joe 6’8”, which is preposterous in a way I can’t even describe. Joe has been in TNA for a month at this point. They trade chops right off the bat and Joe obviously wins that battle. Sabin tries a kick but Joe kicks harder too. Joe backs Sabin into the corner and stalks him. They take it down to the mat and Sabin tries staying at arm’s reach for the time being. That works out, as Sabin ducks under a kick and dropkicks Joe into the corner. Sabin then whips Joe into the other corner and follows with a running forearm. He tries the Cradle Shock but he can’t lift his much larger opponent. Joe hits a running knee to the chest and looks to be in total control now. He hits a running knee to the face in the corner and then delivers the face wash. He hits the Big Joe Combo for a two-count. Joe continues to dominate, thwarting Sabin’s brief comeback attempts along the way. Finally Sabin gets dumped to the apron but is able to hit a springboard missile dropkick back in the ring. Joe rolls to the apron and Sabin dropkicks him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Sabin gets two. Sabin goes up top for a guillotine legdrop, which gets another two-count. He tries the Cradle Shock but Joe counters with a German Suplex with a bridge for a two-count. Joe follows up with a snap powerslam for two. Sabin comes back with a springboard tornado DDT for two. Sabin tries a flying something off the top rope but Joe catches him with an inverted atomic drop. Joe then hits a powerbomb and turns it over into the STF. He then turns it into a Crossface and when Sabin goes for the ropes Joe switches the hold again, so Sabin has to touch the bottom rope with his foot. Joe sets Sabin up on top for a superplex but Sabin slips out and traps Joe in a Liger Bomb for two! The crowd bought that. Sabin again goes for Cradle Shock but Joe escapes. This time Sabin hits an enziguiri and goes up top, but Joe knocks him down and hits the Muscle Buster! Joe then locks on the Choke and Sabin is out at 14:05. That’s the kind of match that made the X-Division awesome, not that four-way junk earlier in the show. I believe this is the only time Joe and Sabin ever had a high profile one-on-one match and that’s a shame.
Rating: ****

MATCH #5: The Naturals & Lance Hoyt vs. Team Canada

The Naturals are accompanied by Jimmy Hart, and are the current NWA World Tag Team Champions. Team Canada is represented by Bobby Roode, Eric Young, and A1. Young and A1 attack Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas on the floor, while Roode pairs off with Hoyt in the ring. The brawl doesn’t last long as the Naturals outlast Young and A1 and Hoyt dumps Roode to the floor. Young has so much bacne here that it’s hard to look at him. Team Canada try to bum rush the ring but that goes nowhere and the fight continues back outside the ring. Stevens climbs up top and moonsaults down onto A1 and Young, and Hoyt follows up with a dive of his own. Back in the ring Stevens gets a two-count on Young. The champs double-team Young a bit before Young is able to make a tag to A1, but the big man can’t get any kind of offense going either. Hoyt tags in and continues wearing A1 down. Finally A1 simply powers Stevens into the Team Canada corner and Young gets the tag. Stevens comes back with a spinning cross body block off the top rope for two. Young distracts the referee and Roode looks to hit Stevens with the hockey stick, but then instead decides to toss the stick to Hart, and the referee sees it and banishes Hart from ringside! While this is going on, Stevens gets triple-teamed by Team Canada. A1 hits a running powerslam for two. They keep wearing Stevens down in their half of the ring. Eventually Stevens makes the hot tag to Hoyt and he throws all three opponents around the ring. He hits Roode with a chokeslam and then delivers mounted punches to Young. Bodies are flying all over the place, and we’re left with the Naturals and Young in the ring. The Naturals go for the Natural Disaster but Roode sneaks into the ring and hits both Naturals with the megaphone. Young rolls over onto Douglas and gets the pin at 14:45. That was the usual solid Team Canada match, but seemed more suited to iMPACT!
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: Street Fight – Monty Brown & Kip James vs. The 3Live Kru

For those keeping score, this was the show where the former Billy Gunn changed his name to Kip James. Nothing says “I’m pissed off and ready for this street fight” more than the way Ron “The Truth” Killings dances, or Konnan still doing his lame little pre-match speech. Thankfully Brown and James break it up. Unfortunately for them, Truth knocks Brown to the floor and then hits a somersault dive. Konnan then clotheslines James to the floor, and James is already busted open. Back in the ring Konnan tries to hit James with a cookie sheet but accidentally hits referee Mark Johnson instead. Referee Andrew Thomas comes out to replace him. Konnan and Truth continue on offense until Brown throws Truth off the top rope to the floor. Now James and Brown double-team Konnan but can’t quite put him away. James and Konnan go to the floor, so Brown and Truth replace them in the ring. Brown goes for the Alpha Bomb but Truth reverses it to a rana. Truth then hits a leg lariat for a two-count. He hits the Axe Kick but James pulls the referee to the floor before he can make the three-count, and then throws him into the guardrail, injuring the second referee of the match. James hits a DDT on Konnan on a chair. BG James is up by the entrance watching the match. Back in the ring Brown hits Truth with the POUNCE and referee Rudy Charles comes out to count the fall at 5:26. That was just five minutes of meandering that the crowd didn’t seem that invested in. They tease some drama between BG and Kip reuniting the New Age Outlaws, but it goes nowhere at this time.
Rating: *

MATCH #7: AJ Styles vs. Sean Waltman

The referee for this match is Jerry Lynn. They lock up and Waltman starts trying to wear Styles down with a headlock. Styles fights back but Waltman armdrags him down and gloats about it. Styles takes a moment to regroup and they come back with a test of strength. The pace quickens and they exchange holds and counters until Styles hits two harsh bodyslams and Waltman rolls to the floor. Back in the ring Waltman takes a cheap shot and goes to work, but Styles fires right back and hits a backbreaker. Styles follows up with a vertical suplex, a bodyslam, and a flying knee drop for two. He locks on a Muta Lock and then unleashes some kicks to the chest. Waltman briefly fights back before Styles dropkicks him to the floor and follows him out with a beautiful tope. Styles stays in control on the floor until Waltman rakes the eyes and then slams Styles groin first into the ring post. That’s enough to put Waltman in control of the match back in the ring. Styles comes back with a Styles Clash attempt but Waltman kicks his way out of it and then hits the Bronco Buster. Waltman then spin kicks Styles down to the floor and follows him out with a dive off the top rope. He charges toward Styles, who ducks and hurls Waltman into the ring post groin-first. You know, tit for tit. Back in the ring Styles hits the springboard forearm and a series of strikes, including according to Tenay, a “combination elbow knife edge chop.” Styles hits the flipping inverted DDT for two. He goes for the vertical suplex neckbreaker but Waltman blocks it with a low blow and hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Waltman goes up top for a cross body block but Styles dropkicks him out of the air. Styles then hits a Styles Clash (Waltman appears to have landed right on his head) but Waltman kicks out at two! He goes up for Spiral Tap but Waltman moves out of the way and then hits the X-Factor but Styles kicks out! Waltman goes outside the ring for a steel chair and wraps it around Styles’ ankle. Lynn removes the chair and Waltman gets in his face about it. That gives Styles the chance to recover and hit the Styles Clash (after Lynn kicked Waltman’s hands off the ropes) for the win at 14:35. I absolutely hate that spot where referees kick a wrestler’s hands off the ropes, it makes no sense whatsoever. Referees should never touch wrestlers and when a wrestler gets the ropes isn’t the hold supposed to be broken? I’ve refused to do that spot before. The rest of the match was a pretty good back and forth display but I hate that finish.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #8: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Christopher Daniels vs. Petey Williams

Daniels has been the champion since 3.13.05, and this is his fourth defense. Williams is accompanied by A1. He attacks Daniels before the bell and we’re underway. Daniels tries to fight back but Williams tosses him directly to the floor. Williams follows him out with the springboard hurricanrana. Back in the ring Williams stays in control with a variety of offense, including the Canadian Leg Sweep for two. A1 distracts the referee to give Williams the chance to execute Oh Canada. Williams sets Daniels on the ring apron and hits a springboard legdrop to send him to the floor. He tries a rana off the apron but this time Daniels catches him and powerbombs him into the edge of the ring apron! Back in the ring Daniels wisely goes after the back. Daniels uses a variety of backbreakers and submission holds to wear Williams down. Williams tries fighting back but Daniels takes him down with an STO and goes right into the Koji Clutch. A1 helps pull Williams toward the ropes to break the hold. Moments later Daniels goes for another tilt-a-whirl backbreaker but Williams counters it into an inverted DDT. Williams is on fire now, as the cameraman reveals that Samoa Joe is watching on from the entrance. Daniels walks up after Joe and Williams makes him pay for it. Back in the ring Williams hits a DDT for two. Daniels comes back with a Death Valley Driver and both men are down. Back on their feet Daniels hits a bodyslam and when he signals for the Best Moonsault Ever, Williams grabs his legs and locks on the Sharpshooter. Daniels reaches the ropes, and then comes back with an STO for two. He goes for the Uranage but Williams fights out and goes for the Canadian Destroyer and Daniels reverses that to an Angel’s Wings attempt. Williams counters that with a rana. They take it up to the top rope and Daniels hits a scoop slam of all things. Daniels tries coming off with a cross body block but Williams avoids it and both men are down. They get up and trade right hands and Williams hits a crucifix bomb for two. A1 distracts the referee and hands Williams a chain to use, but Daniels had a chain too! Daniels nails Williams with the chain first, and then hits the BME to retain the title at 16:18. That is one of Williams’ best singles matches ever; it looked like he was wrestling with something to prove. This was a bit of an odd heel versus heel match but they made it work. Daniels was probably at his peak during this time period.
Rating: ****

MATCH #9: NWA World Title Dog Collar Match – Raven vs. Abyss

Raven has been the champion since 7.17.05 and this is his first defense. Abyss is accompanied by James Mitchell, who I think is one of the most overrated characters in recent wrestling history. A cool part of the rules of this match is that there are no submissions, so if the other guy doesn’t want to pin you he doesn’t have to and you can’t give up.

The challenger takes immediate control using the chain. He then grabs a chair and wedges it between the top and middle turnbuckles. A big boot sends Raven to the floor, where he grabs a bunch of chairs and flings them into the ring like he’s Andre Dawson. That distracts Abyss and Raven is able to pull the chain into the aforementioned wedged chair. Now Raven is in control on the floor, using the chain to his advantage. He pulls out a table and sets it up. He wraps the chain around his hand and charges Abyss but he ducks and Raven punches the ring post instead. Back in the ring Abyss is in control again. He sets a chair on top of Raven and hits a splash off the second rope. Then he sets Raven on top of a pile of chairs and Raven gets out of the way this time so Abyss crashes into the chairs. Even so, Abyss is the first man back to his feet. He tries using the chain to choke Raven, but the champ comes back with multiple chair shots. He pulls out a staple gun and staples a dollar bill to Abyss’s forehead twice. Abyss rolls to the floor and Raven joins him. When Mitchell distracts Raven, Abyss is able to pull on the chain, pulling Raven into the ring post. They fight up past the announce table and both men are busted open. Mitchell and Abyss set up three tables and then Abyss drags Raven up the ramp. Abyss tries to chokeslam Raven off the ramp, but Raven kicks Abyss in the balls and dumps him off the ramp instead. In an awesome spot, Abyss yanks on the chain and Raven crashes through a table as well. Abyss recovers first and wraps the chain around Raven’s face. He sets up another table at ringside, but Raven gets up and spears Abyss right through it! Back in the ring Raven hits the jabs and discuss clothesline, starting off the Raven Comeback. He hits the bulldog and the Raven Effect DDT but Abyss kicks out at two. Raven hangs Abyss over the top rope with the chain and chokes him out. Mitchell sneaks in the ring and hits Raven with his cane. Somehow Abyss has fallen out of the collar. He goes under the ring and finds the bag of thumbtacks. He rips Raven’s shirt off and sets him on the top rope. Cassidy Riley comes out to help Raven by kicking Abyss in the groin. He gets absolutely no pop until Abyss throws him off the top rope through the table. Abyss goes back to mounted punches in the corner, and gets powerbombed into the tacks in an obvious spot. Raven goes for the Raven Effect but Abyss reverses it to the Black Hole Slam for a two-count! Abyss tries to Chokeslam Raven into the tacks, but Raven reverses it to the Raven Effect DDT to get the pin and retain the title at 19:01. That was a solid hardcore match with some contrived spots and weird interference (Riley), but for the most part it did the job as a first title defense for Raven.
Rating: ***¼

After the match Jeff Jarrett comes down to confront Raven, but it’s all a ploy as Rhino is in the ring behind Raven and he delivers a crushing Gore to Raven as they fade out.

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Mattamy Athletic Center – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Saturday, August 3, 2013

Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness are on commentary.

MATCH #1: International Showdown – New Japan’s KUSHIDA vs. Adam Page

They start with some chain wrestling, just feeling each other out in the early going. KUSHIDA strikes first with a hard dropkick to take control. He sends Page to the floor and goes for a house show dive but Page avoids it. That gives Page control of the match and he brings it back in the ring. Page hits a nice powerslam for a two-count. He continues to wear KUSHIDA down, going for frequent covers to try and pick up what would be a big win. KUSHIDA fights his way back into it and hits a springboard flying chop and a flurry of offense. He goes up top for a moonsault but Page gets his knees up and covers for two. They get up and trade strikes, and KUSHIDA scores a near-fall with a small package. A rana with a cradle gets another two-count and Page turns that into a sunset flip for two. Page hits a standing shooting star press for a near-fall, and then a Falcon Arrow for another two-count. A series of reversals ends with KUSHIDA landing a handspring kick and then a Buzzsaw Kick but Page kicks out. KUSHIDA goes up top and hits the Midnight Express (corkscrew moonsault) to get the pin at 8:24. That was a good choice to open the show, and both men came out of the match looking good.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: ROH World Championship Tournament First Round Match – “Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa vs. Silas Young

Young had to beat Page and Q.T. Marshall in a three-way match just to gain entry into this tournament. They start with an intense lockup and tumble to the floor. Back in the ring the aggression continues, as everything they do seems to have an extra edge of anger attached to it. Ciampa takes the advantage and wears Young down with his unique attacks. He goes for the knee strikes but Young avoids one and clubs Ciampa in the head. Young kicks Ciampa in the head and they take the fight to the apron. Ciampa lands a knee strike and goes for a suplex but Young reverses it and suplexes Ciampa down to the floor! They both barely make it back to the ring and they start throwing headbutts at each other. Ciampa hits a release Dragon Suplex for two. Young comes back with a low dropkick and a rollup for two. He hits the backbreaker/clothesline combination for a two-count. Young hits the Finlay Roll and goes for the Pee Gee Waja Plunge but Ciampa gets up and kicks him right in the chest. Ciampa brings Young up top and gets knocked back. Young leaps off the second rope but gets caught and slammed down for a two-count. They trade more strikes and Young lands a hue lariat. Ciampa pops up and they continue laying into each other. Young comes charging in and Ciampa is able to catch him and throw him right into position for Project Ciampa to get the pin at 10:54. I really enjoyed that, as both men bring a different style to the ring and their aggression meshed really well together. They beat the hell out of each other for our amusement and I can appreciate that.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #3: ROH World Championship Tournament First Round Match – “Buzzsaw” BJ Whitmer vs. Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis

These two have wrestled twice in the recent past, with one win for each, so this is the rubber match in addition to being a tournament match. The winner will go on to face Tommaso Ciampa. Bennett tries to attack before the bell but Whitmer catches him in an exploder suplex and almost pins him right off the bat. The stunned Bennett rolls to the floor and Whitmer wipes him out with a suicide dive. Whitmer continues the abuse on the floor and then brings Bennett back inside the ring to beat him up some more. Bennett makes a comeback and starts dishing out punishment both in and out of the ring, pausing to make out with Maria of course. He misses a charge in the corner and Whitmer takes back over with chops and a back suplex for two. Bennett catches a charging Whitmer in a spinebuster for a two-count. He focuses on the neck area, which Whitmer has had problems with in the past. Both men get to their feet to slug it out, and they collide and knock each other down. Maria tries to give Bennett her shoe to use as a weapon, but ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness catches her, literally, and carries her back to the locker room. McGuinness for some reason spanks her on the butt and gets cheered, which is pretty terrible. Bennett is upset and doesn’t see Whitmer flying off the top rope to wipe him out on the floor with a cross body block. Back in the ring Whitmer is all fired up, hitting a snap powerslam for a two-count. Whitmer hits a suplex combination for another near-fall. Bennett responds with a TKO for two. Whitmer hits a Perfectplex for a two-count. Bennett rolls to the apron and Whitmer follows. Whitmer tries an exploder but Bennett blocks it and hits a piledriver right on the apron, seriously injuring Whitmer in the process. Referee Todd Sinclair calls for the bell at 10:06. Bennett is the winner because Whitmer’s career was believed to be over. The match itself was pretty solid, and being part of the World Title tournament definitely made both guys seem motivated and not just wrestling another match.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: ROH World Championship Tournament First Round Match – Matt Taven w/ The H.O.T. vs. Roderick Strong

Before the match can even begin, McGuinness gets involved again and makes Scarlett Bordeaux sit next to him at the commentary table. Truth Martini can stay because he has a manager’s license, and Seleziya Sparx can stay because she has a bodyguard’s license. Pro wrestling, folks. Taven is the current ROH World TV Champion, but obviously that title is not on the line here. They start with some chain wrestling and Strong appears to have the upper hand in the early going. Taven takes a powder. Back in the ring Strong beats on Taven some more until Martini is able to interfere and give the TV Champion his first advantage. Taven wears Strong down for several minutes with a variety of offense. He goes up top for a moonsault but Strong gets his knees up. Strong fires up and unloads with a series of chops and a spinning slam for two. He sends Taven to the floor and follows him out. Seleziya distracts the referee long enough for Martini to hit Strong with The Book of Truth. Of course McGuinness sees it and he goes over to get in Martini’s face. Taven comes charging and McGuinness pulls Strong out of the way so Taven kicks Martini in the face. Strong hits a backbreaker on the apron and rolls Taven back in the ring for a two-count. Taven fights back and hits a modified Pedigree for two. He goes up top and Strong catches him with an enziguiri. Strong goes up and brings Taven down with a superplex for a near-fall. He then locks Taven in the Stronghold and Taven is just barely able to reach the bottom rope to break the hold. I thought that was it. Taven hits a rolling neckbreaker and goes up top for a beautiful Frog Splash. Strong kicks out at two! Taven goes for the Climax but Strong counters it and hits a backbreaker. Strong hits Sick Kick and follows with the End of Heartache to get the pin at 13:08. That was all well and good but for the second match in a row Nigel McGuinness was all over it, and that’s irritating. Authority figures have been all too present in pro wrestling in the last few years and it would be nice if ROH didn’t fall into that trap.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: ROH World Championship Tournament First Round Match – “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. “Intrepid Traveler” Paul London

Winner faces Karl Anderson. London was in the original ROH Title tournament back in 2002, losing to Spanky in the first round. They start off slowly, feeling each other out in the early going. This match was supposed to happen back in May, but Davey Richards stomped on London’s head and face really hard and injured him so they’re fighting now instead. This time there is much more on the line. London takes a powder and when he comes back in Elgin wants a test of strength. They continue going back and forth, with Elgin using his obvious power advantage and London countering with speed and agility. London tries to run a faster pace, as that would be to his advantage. He sends Elgin to the floor and then goes for a dive but Elgin cuts him off and takes London down with a shoulderblock. Neither man can hold the advantage for very long, as both have something to prove in this tournament and both are being cheered on by the fans. Elgin works London over for a short time, focusing on his back. He goes up top for the corkscrew senton but London avoids it. London charges in and Elgin catches him with an STJoe. They fight out on the apron and London is able to go to the second rope and take Elgin down with a rana! That was neat. Back in the ring London hits a springboard missile dropkick. He flies all over the place until Elgin catches him in a side slam for a two-count. Elgin continues to use his power advantage but London won’t back down from him. London hits an enziguiri but then runs right into a rip cord elbow. Elgin goes to follow up and London hits him with a dropsault. That sends Elgin back to the floor and London wipes him out with a dive. London goes up top and lands on Elgin with a double stomp. Back in the ring London covers but only gets two! London takes another trip to the top rope and Elgin slugs him down. He perseveres and tries another springboard but Elgin catches him with a dropkick. Elgin lifts London up for the deadlift superplex, which only gets a near-fall. He hits the Buckle Bomb and tries the Elgin Bomb but London counters with a reverse rana! London goes up top and lands a perfect Shooting Star Press but he only gets two! He tries a super rana but Elgin powerbombs him down! Elgin decks London with a spinning back fist, a Buckle Bomb, and finally the Elgin Bomb to get the emphatic pin at 19:59. That was tremendous stuff, a great styles clash between a bruiser and a high flyer. London didn’t look to have lost much in his time off, and he worked really well with Elgin and made him look like a million bucks.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #6: Triple Threat Tag Team Match – The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) vs. Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & TaDarius Thomas) vs. C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)

R.D. Evans replaces Nigel McGuinness on commentary for reasons I don’t catch. Alexander and Thomas start the match and I imagine this is going to be plenty difficult to keep up with. That turns out to be exactly the case, so the Young Bucks come in illegally and clear the ring of all opposition. They celebrate too much though and get sent to the floor for their troubles. Alexander wipes them out with a dive. Bodies are flying all over the place in this fast-paced matchup. None of the teams can stay in control for very long because they’re all so evenly matched. Of course, just as I type that the Young Bucks take pretty firm control of Thomas and begin to wear him down. This goes on for a few minutes and then things break down in a major way. Action starts happening inside and outside the ring, with dives coming from all over. The Bucks start the Superkick Party and dish out a few. People start flying from the top rope and somewhere in the mass confusion ACH is able to hit Alexander with a 450 Splash to earn the win at 10:57. Well that was tons of fun. Non-stop action from three high-flying teams that the fans enjoy makes for quite a spectacle. It’s also a nice break from the tournament action, so kudos to the match and the match placement on the card.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #7: ROH World Championship Tournament First Round Match – “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen vs. Brian Kendrick

This is the last first-round tournament match. Kendrick was involved in the original ROH World Title tournament back in 2002, defeating Paul London in the first round and Jody Fleisch in the second round to advance to the finals, which was won by Low Ki. Steen of course is a former Champion, so the Pedigree in this match is strong. The winner will face Roderick Strong in the next round.

I believe this is the first time these two men have faced each other, so they start off slowly. Steen uses his size and strength advantage, taking Kendrick off his feet a few times and then sending him to the floor with a dropkick. Kendrick takes his time getting back to the ring, so Steen goes out after him. Steen goes for the powerbomb on the apron but Kendrick avoids it. Kendrick instead is able to hit Sliced Bread #2 right on the ring frame! Nice spot. Back in the ring Kendrick tries to keep his larger opponent grounded with a Sleeper. Steen breaks out of that and hits the pumphandle neckbreaker for a two-count. Kendrick comes back and (sort of) hits a Death Valley Driver for two. He follows with a nice swinging DDT for another near-fall. Steen comes back with the F-Cinq for two. He hits a Sleeper Suplex for another two-count. Kendrick uses the referee as a shield and then kicks Steen right in the stones. Despite that, Steen hits Kendrick with a Chokeslam and then the Cannonball. Steen then locks on the Sharpshooter and Kendrick taps out at 12:49. For two extremely charismatic and entertaining wrestlers, this was a rather lifeless match. I’m not sure what they were going for but the chemistry was off here. It wasn’t bad, just disappointing given the caliber of performers.
Rating: **½

MATCH #8: ROH World Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match – Jay Lethal vs. Adam Cole

In the first round, Lethal beat Sonjay Dutt and Cole got by Mark Briscoe on ROH TV matches that hadn’t even aired yet at the time of this show. They start off fairly cautiously, and Cole controls early on with a headlock. Lethal fights back and it’s a very even match so far. They trade submission holds as well, as the momentum continues to frequently shift. A series of reversals ends with Cole on the floor, and Lethal follows him out with a suicide dive. Both men struggle to make it back to the ring. They start slugging it out with intensity. Cole catches Lethal with the Death Valley Neckbreaker for two. He follows with a sunset bomb and a shining wizard for a near-fall. Lethal fights back and hits the Lethal Combination for two. He tries a missile dropkick but Cole (sort of) catches it. Lethal tries the Lethal Injection but Cole blocks it with a Superkick. Cole hits the vertical suplex neckbreaker for a very close near-fall. They continue to trade moves and counter-moves. Lethal drills Cole with a Superkick and then lands Hail to the King but Cole kicks out. Despite kicking out, Cole is looking worse for wear. Lethal picks him up but Cole was faking it! Cole hits a Superkick and then lands one to the back of the head. Lethal counters and hits the Lethal Injection but Cole kicks out again! They fight up on the top rope and Cole brings Lethal down with a German Superplex. Cole hits a Superkick and the Florida Key to get the pin at 16:42. That was quite proficient and got exciting down the stretch, but it took a few minutes to get there.
Rating: ***¼

Paul London Interview

“The Intrepid Traveler” appears to be on his way out of the building. He stops to talk about tonight’s match, and really goes out of his way to put Michael Elgin over. London even goes so far as to call Elgin the next ROH World Champion. I like Paul.

MATCH #9: **Main Event – ROH World Tag Team Championship** – Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov) vs. The American Wolves (Davey Richards & “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards

The Hooligans have been the Champions since 7.27.13, and this is their first defense. They are also the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Romero and Richards start the match; fitting since they were once ROH World Tag Team Champions together. They work in some supposed comedy spots, which I think make no sense in a big main event title match. The alleged comedy allows the Champions to take control. Romero and Koslov work Richards over for a spell, and then turn their attention to Edwards as well. The Hooligans are looking dominant in the opening minutes of the match. They do their little spot where they pretend like they’re going to fight but then they hug instead. All that gives Edwards the chance to fight back, and he tags Richards. The Wolves target Romero and they keep him isolated in their half of the ring. Richards gets a bug up his butt and starts heeling it up in awesome fashion. I like this Richards. Eventually Koslov makes the hot tag and Koslov is flying all over the place. Koslov gets his little hat and does the Russian Dance with kicks. The non-stop action part of the match has started to kick in, and all four men are aggressive and moving quickly. The referee has completely given up even trying to take control of the match. The Hooligans hit the Doomsday Flying Knee on Edwards, who somehow manages to kick out. Edwards fights back and is able to get Romero in perfect position on the apron for a spot familiar to the Toronto fans. I love that the fans know what Richards is thinking, which is using the same move that gave Paul London a concussion back at Border Wars 2013. Koslov breaks that up, and the Hooligans execute a doomsday rana, with Koslov following with a shooting star press! Edwards breaks up the cover. The Wolves reclaim control and send Koslov to the floor. They double-team Romero but can’t put him away. Edwards and Richards hit the double-team Alarm Clock and then Richards takes Koslov out with a dive to the floor. Back in the ring Edwards levels Romero with a clothesline. The Wolves then hit the super backstabber to get the win and their second ROH World Tag Team Titles at 26:38. That was pretty long but they did a solid job of not making it feel too long. Both teams worked in some creative spots, and all four men went balls to the wall for the last half or so of the match. No real story was told throughout the match, but they kept it going 90 MPH the entire time, which at least makes it entertaining.
Rating: ***½
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