|On the TNA scale, I give this show a mild thumbs up. On the real scale, barely a thumbs in the middle.
Best match: Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles
Worst match: Samoa Joe vs. Crimson
Sting-Anderson followed the same template as Sting-RVD did last month. Not a long match, brawled in the crowd at first. The thing is, Anderson's not even on RVD's level, and with where RVD's at that speaks volumes about Anderson. However, I will give credit to TNA for not putting this on last. Someone in that company has an idea.
Ray-Styles was great, even with a shitty finish. Although if Ray HAD to go over, that was the right way to do it. Angle-Jarrett, really good as well. Gun Money-British Invasion I really liked actually, but since it's TNA the booking took that match down one notch.
Everything else - I didn't find any worse than what's been on TNA PPV this year. That's not high praise. Although the Crimson match really stood out to because it had NOTHING good going for it, and booking Crimson to be at Joe's level rather than greater than Joe's level killed any hope he has. Crimson, if they're going for the Goldberg push, needs to be a man-beast. And he's not booked like one, is muscular but doesn't really look like one, and doesn't play the part very well. So you're left with a weak, uncharismatic Goldberg.
It's also a shame that the TV is so horrible every week yet on the PPV you got several really good go-home promos. Not that this is news but, if they want to get buys up there's an easy fix for a few.
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Thumbs in the middle, maybe slightly down.
Best match: AJ vs Bully
Worst match: Mickie James vs Angelina Love
The last man standing match was great, even with the lame finish. Sting and Anderson was predictably poor and not a main event calibre match. Personally I was underwhelmed by Angle vs Jarrett, especially considering the classics they have had, but it was still enjoyable.
Bryan and Dave: