Best Match: Aries vs. Roode
Worst Match: Zema Ion vs. Flip Casanova
This was a great show that was well worth the money. TNA remains on a roll. Last Man Standing Match, Joe vs. Angle and Aries vs. Roode were all great. The X title tournament was a step down from these but nothing was bad on the show. The X tournament did provide some good athleticism and a focus on some wrestlers we don't see a focus on very often. Order the replay!
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Virginia Beach, VA
I will keep this short and sweet. This is easily my favorite show of the year. It surpassed WM and the last two ROH shows. No overbooking (Even the Kaz run in was necessary), no nonsense and no filler. Sure the Ultimate X match could have been longer but that is nitpicking. The X Division is the heart and soul of TNA and hopefully the powers that be realize that. Sure RVD and Hardy can put on a decent match but nothing like this, and Anderson? Forget about it. This is the direction that the company needs to go. Focus on them, focus on wrestling, let that tell the story. No complicated, shittily acted nonsense with Dixie and a crack-whore. No Joseph Parks. Just keep it simple with the BFG series and just wrestle dammit.
Having Aries win was beautiful. The set up was there, the way they handled it was great. And they pulled the trigger. Now I am not sure how long he will keep it. They may be still thinking of Storm v. Roode. Storm is solid but has not impressed me all that much and is not as over as a lot of the faces are. If they decide to run with Aries then I am all for it. If not, then what a moment. It was great seeing Aries, Joe and Styles get signature wins. They are using the older guys to build new stars.....
Finally, if Impact can take what they accomplished here and just end all the nonsense then Impact could very well become the greatest wrestling show.I am going to be an optimist, and not think that they are going to Lesnar this. Maybe, just maybe TNA has turned the corner and gained back some momentum that they lost in January 2010.
Best match - Aries-Roode
Worst Match - king-Williams
I don't even remember the last time I bought a TNA show but this show was so unique and at least had Angle-Joe so at least somewhat of a guarantee of at least a thumbs in the middle show.
Very surprised with Aries winning but it was really well done. I just hope they give him a decent run and don't do a Russo and have him drop it Thursday.
Enjoyed Angle-Joe and was my second favorite match of the show. Ultimate X was mildly disappointing but I did enjoy seeing the new talent who all had some unique spots one way or another on the first half of the show.
Kenny King always impressed in ROH but he has to up his game as it is two lousy matches in a row for him here.
I'm amazed that this promotion is back on track with Russo gone hopefully for good this time. Kudos TNA.
Best match: Aries-Roode
Worst match: None
Great all around PPV. This was better than most recent UFC and WWE PPVs. I put it as the second best card of the year next to Showdown in the Sun.
This is how you do a title change! I'm eager to see the star rating for the Aries-Roode match. I thought it was one of the best of the year so far.
Top moments for me were the Kenny King match, the insane Styles-Daniels spot, and Aries winning. Only mild complaint was the end of the X title match. After all these great matches and new stars being created, we get Zema Ion winning via hairspray? That was a lame finish.
Everything else was tremendous.
Best Match: Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries
Worst Match: Zema Ion vs. Flip Casanova
Absolutely stellar show from TNA. This was TNA's best PPV since Turning Point 2009 with the Styles/Daniels/Joe rematch and Kurt Angle vs. Nigel McGuinness. There was a ton of talent up and down the card and the show was such a breeze to sit through. The undercard X Division tournament matches just flew by and then 3 of the 4 main matches really delivered strongly. The Last Chance Four Way I thought was the standout match on the undercard. Sure it was a bit of a spotfest but it served its purpose as an 8 minute opening match. Rubix/Jigsaw looked really impressive here and probably should have gone over, but Mason Andrews/Scorpio Sky deserved the nod as well. Very exciting, fast-paced way to kick off the show. Kid Kash vs. Mason Andrews and Douglas Williams vs. Kenny King were worked in very similar ways and were both solid back and forth matches, with Williams/King being a little bit better because it had a bit more time to develop. Sonjay Dutt vs. Rashad Cameron/BLK Jeez was another solid athletic match, it was on its way to being MOTN at that point in the show before it ended a bit abruptly. I didn't care for the Jesse Sorensen promo as it made it far too obvious that Zema Ion was winning the tournament. It was fine but it should have been on Impact in my opinion. Ion vs. Flip Casanova was thankfully short. It was a nothing match but it's a good thing it didn't go long enough for Flip to kill anybody. Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle was very good, not at the level of some of their matches in the past but it was also distinguishable from those matches. With both guys taking the match very seriously and working hard from the get-go due to the 15 minute time limit, as well as the finish with the ref making a judgment call rather than Angle tapping out, this match definitely had a bit of a sports/MMA feel and that realism made the match intriguing. AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels was a terrific last man standing match. Like the previous match these guys have had many matches in the past but they managed to make this one really stand out. This was a great, bloody, hate-filled brawl with some awesome spots which made for great false finishes. I was really happy that they ended the match on the Styles Clash off the stage because that move was too awesome to just be a near fall. Ultimate X was honestly a bit disappointing for me. That match was going along fine, pretty much on par with most of the earlier X Division matches, and then all of a sudden it was over. This was probably due to Dutt's injury but nonetheless the finish was very anticlimactic and this was weak compared to the lineage of the Ultimate X match. Hell the one on Impact where Austin Aries retained the X Division Title was probably a bit better than this. Speaking of Aries, that brings us to our main event. Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries. Good lord this was tremendous. Excellent old school storytelling and crowd reactions with both guys absolutely perfect in their roles. The drama was amazing in the last 5 or so minutes of this match, with Roode getting his comeuppance for all the cheap crap that he'd been doing throughout his title reign and the crowd just absolutely red hot for Aries. Aries winning the title was a bit unexpected which made this moment even better. For once TNA actually took a young star, built him up properly, and pulled the trigger and went all the way with him. And where is Aries right now? He's one of the most over guys in the company by far, he's an absolute star, and he's the World Heavyweight Champion. Take notes WWE. Really great PPV overall.