Monday, 11 June 2012 00:20
Best Match: Angle & AJ vs. Kazarian & Daniels
Worst Match: Gail Kim vs. Miss Tessmacher
Wow what a show. It's now jumped Extreme Rules, in my opinion, as best PPV on the year. Just really good stuff top to bottom with TWO great matches. I actually decided to drive to this show on a whim, and I'm glad I did.
Joe and Aries had a great opener, and I only wish they'd been given a few minutes longer. Seeing Christian on a TNA PPV was a bit surreal. Sting in the Hall of Fame was a good pick.
The tag titles match...my goodness. That is up there as one of my favorite matches of the year. I had loads of fun watching this.
TNA has turned such a corner with me. I love the stories they're telling and the in-ring action is just at another. I'VE CROSSED THE LINE!!!
Best Match: AJ Styles & Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian
Worst Match: Garett Bischoff & Devon vs. Robbie E & Robbie T
Good show. Christian's appearance was a throw away. I guess they did about all they could with him. But it was underwhelming. Most of the matches were good. Nothing was terrible. The crowd was good. This continues the string of solid TNA shows.
-Belinda & Matt Elliott
Virginia Beach, VA
Best Match: Styles/Angle vs. Daniels/Kaz
Worst Match: Devon/Bischoff vs. Robbie E/Robbie T
I've been a big supporter of TNA as they've been steadily improving since the loss of Russo, and tonight they put on, what I feel to be, the best wrestling pay-per-view of the year so far. First off the arena looked great--it's the first time since the London tapings that TNA has looked remotely major league--and the crowd was on fire the entire night. The Aries/Joe opener was tremendous and completely made up for its lack of build by just being a great, great wrestling match. Joe still has it in him when he has the right opponent. Hernandez vs. Kid Kash came out of nowhere and was pretty sloppy, but not the worst match I've ever seen and somehow the crowd remained into it. Devon and Garett Bischoff vs. the Robbies was a pretty nothing match, but I thought it was funny how much this crowd hated Garett and cheered loudly when Devon got the tag. The #1 contendership three-way was a good match, but Anderson was the person I least wanted to win. I thought Crimson talking up his undefeated streak that no one cares about only for James Storm to make his return and squash him handily was terrific booking. It was time for his streak to be over and James Storm was the perfect guy to do it to instantly build him up.
The Hall of Fame segment was a nice enough buffer to cool the crowd down and I think Sting made as much sense as anybody to be the first inductee. People have always wondered why he's not in a Hall of Fame. Knockouts title match wasn't great by any means, but for mainstream womens wrestling standards, it was passable. I liked the title on Gail, but if they had to give it to Tessmacher, this was the time to do it. Joe Park vs. Bully Ray was incredibly fun and unique. I'm glad that this doesn't appear to be the end of the Joe Park character, because I think there's still so much more they could do with him. Christian's appearance was really awkward and about as quick and unceremonious as it possibly could have been. Crowd didn't seem to know what to think.
AJ Styles and Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. Wow, what a match. I'd say this is easily one of the best matches of the year, all four guys worked their asses off and looked tremendous. I've been very much enjoying the storyline that went along with it, and I hope it continues to a satisfying pay-off. Roode vs. Sting was a fairly underwhelming main event. It felt very oldschool, like something from the NWA in the late 80s. That said, the finish was a good tie-in back to the James Storm feud and I'm glad Roode went over.
Overall, a two thumbs up show. The wrestling was good, and at a couple points great, the booking was logical and smart, and TNA felt like a truly hot product for the first time in years. It's a shame that there's no more planned shows on the road for the foreseeable future, because I think they should definitely go back to Arlington sometime. The crowd was a huge part of what made this show so good.
Best match : Daniels/Kazarian vs Angle/Styles
Worst match : D-Von/Garrett vs Robbies
Gave TNA a chance for the first time since Bound for Glory. Great crowd and both the tag-team title match and X Division match were excellent. I like the Joe Park, Esq character so I'm glad they haven't completely pulled the trigger yet. Christian's presence was a non-factor but it's not like they had plenty of options on what to do with him. Not sure about seeing Sting in more main events except for his "real" last run. though.
I'll probably will consider buying other shows if the card is right but I doubt we'll see a "big one" in July, maybe in August though.