TNA Victory Road PPV report



By Dave Meltzer

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The show is opening up with the World X Cup elimination match:

Puma & Masato Yoshino & Milano Collection A.T. vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero & Averno vs. Tyson Dux & Alex Koslov & Doug Williams vs. Curry Man & Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley   

Tremendous opening match.  A few timing issues early, maybe went too long, but the crowd loved this long match with mostly people they didn't even know.  Lots of "This is awesome" chants.  It came down to Shelley and Yoshino traded great moves and near falls before Shelley used the emerald frosien (Celtic cross) for the pin.  Crowd really got into Yoshino.  

Scoring is

Team TNA 6 points

Team Japan 4 points

Team International 3 points

Team Mexico 3 points

I think the winner of Ultimate X gets five which means anyone can win.      

Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love is next.

Kim got the pin after a codebreaker and necktie like flying clothesline in a match with liberal interference by Velvet Sky.  Post-match saw the Beautiful People double-team Kim, who ducked out of trouble before getting the paper bag treatment.  Kim was real good here and Love tried her best to keep up.  She was afraid her top had broken and was holding it up in the post-match.

Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt is next. 

Lethal used the Lethal combination and had Dutt beat but was worried about So Cal Val.  Dutt crawled to Val and said "I love you" but didn't say "I'm sorry."   Dutt came up from behind and schoolboyed Lethal with his feet on the ropes to steal the win.   They portrayed it like Val was confused about what to do next.

Robert Roode is mad about the stock market crashing. 

LAX vs. Beer Money for the tag titles with fans as lumberjacks is next. Boy, there is no question that the fans as lumberjacks are not plants.  They may as well have put up a banner saying, "Sponsors, run away as fast as you can." 

Not much of a match.  The fans whipped Roode & Storm but not Homicide & Hernandez.  Finish saw Roode get whipped by the fans and then Hernandez put Roode on his shoulder and Homicide came off the top with a Gringo cutter and got the pin.

Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong for the Knockouts title is next. 

Wilde used a front rolling cradle off a choke slam to get the pin.  Short match and actually had the least amount of heat on the show.  Whatever did work in Orlando didn't translate off TV.  Post match saw Raisha Saeed use a great running tackle on Wilde in the aisle.  Kong was about to power bomb Wilde on a chair when The Monster Abyss ran in.  Kong didn't back down but Saeed talked her into leaving.  Saeed slapped Abyss.  Black hole slam on Saeed.  They made a point that Jim Cornette will have to take action for the man-on-woman violence.  

Ultimate X for the World Cup with Kaz vs. Naruki Doi vs. Volador Jr. vs. Daivari is next. 

Volador Jr. won the match for Team Mexico.  This was the weakest of all the Ultimate X maches that I can recall.  The finish was spectacular with Daivari about to win and Kaz jumping off the top of the stand into almost the center of the wires with a legdrop on Daivari and they both took the bump into the ring.  Volador Jr. then climbed up to win.  Even thought they were in Houston, they didn't appear to draw any kind of an Hispanic crowd as crowd really didn't seem to care about Team Mexico winning.  Crowd was quiet first two-thirds of the match but started to get into it after that.

A.J. Styles & Rhino & Christian Cage vs. Team 3-D & Kurt Angle.  Frank Trigg is out as an announcer.  It's a Full Metal Mayhem match.  They didn't even do a graphic, say percentages or anything.  They had to know it would come off so minor league doing it this way, since this isn't the first time this has happened.  But they did it anyway.

Great match.  They did little with ladders but were putting people through tables left and right.  Devon injured his right ankle doing a Doomsday Device on Rhino.   Sort of ironic because the finish involved Earl Hebner doing a worked ankle injury.  It looked like Devon is going to be out of action for a little while.  Finish saw Styles on top of a ladder but Frank Trigg waffled him with a kendo stick.  Kurt Angle then climbed up the ladder and gave Styles an Olympic slam off the ladder through a table for the pin. 

Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash were backstage.  Nash said he was in Joe's corner and Joe made him promise that no matter what, to stay in the back and Nash said he would.  Is that carny for he won't?

Samoa Joe vs. Booker T for the TNA title is next. 

Wild finish.  They showed Sharmell at ringside a million times to tip off she was getting involved in the finish.  I mean, it was ridiculous how bad they gave it away.  She slapped Joe who decked the guy sitting next to her and rammed Booker into the post.  Both guys juiced.  Joe destroyed Booker, 3 refs, the entire security team and had Booker in the choke when Sting came out.  Sting told Joe that he had proven enough and it was time to leave.  Joe acted like he was leaving and then didn't jump Sting, but jumped back in to beat on Booker.  Sting then came in.  He and Joe argued.  Joe flipped Sting off and Sting hit Joe with a baseball bat and laid him out.  Sharmell put Booker's arm on Joe and counted three and gave Booker the title belt to leave.  Very weird how this was played.  Joe was the complete heel.  Fans booed Sting after he hit Joe with the belt shot.  The announcers actually played it like all three were heels. 

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