More TNA Against All Odds feedback
Slightly thumbs up show.
Best match: Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley
Worst match: Gunner vs. Garrett Bischoff
Though the issue has been pressed and beaten to a dead horse, the only thing more dead is the Impact Zone crowd. Florida is doing none of these guys favors, and I'm sure if anyone imagined this PPV happening in the same atmosphere as the UK tapings, this show would have been received much better. Jesse Sorenson's injury is really upsetting, but that is sadly how things go and I can only hope he's okay. The Aries/Shelley match was really good though, mostly due to how well they both paced the match and the buildup to the finish with the brainbuster and Last Chancery. The death valley driver/brainbuster spot was well done, and Shelley is really great at believable selling. Completely unlike Garrett Bischoff, who is the most unbelievable "pro wrestler" ever. It's beyond noticeable in the match with Gunner that this kid is only being pushed because of his last name, because there is really no skill, psychology, or direction with this kid so far. The main event finish was not as offensive to me as it seemed to come off, mostly due to how well Bobby Roode acted in his snide manner with a total grin on his face as Sting counts the pin. To me, the logic behind it is that Sting knows he screwed up, so it's not like he can fix what he had already done. Probably get to look forward to Roode/Hardy or Roode/Sting soon. All in all, the matches never really got bad up until the semi-main, but it's just something all of us will have to get used to with "Green Garrett." Thanks for your time Dave.
Thumbs in the Middle
Best Match: Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley
Worst Match: Gunner vs. Garrett Bischoff
I quit watching TNA after Turning Point 2011 a few months ago. I was a little bit curious after the news broke about Russo's departure, plus I had a couple friends who asked me to watch the show with them, so I decided to give this PPV a look despite the fact that I gave up on the company. I was happy that apart from the main event there wasn't much of the usual TNA clusterf*** overbooking, but most of the matches just weren't that good/memorable. Opener was going fine but then there was the injury, so you can't really judge the match. Hopefully Jesse is okay. Robbie E vs. Shannon Moore was okay but it seemed to go longer than it would have had it not been for the injury in the first match. Gail Kim vs. Tara I was actually mildly impressed with, it was short but pretty good for a women's match. That type of match is what will separate TNA's women's division from WWE's. Samoa Joe/Magnus vs. Morgan/Crimson was boring and then they went to the finishing sequence where half of the moves looked sloppy/botchy. Crimson is awful, Joe is now fat and slow, and Morgan is only good with the right opponent. Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley was very very good, almost great, and easily was the match of the night. When is TNA going to get it through their thick skulls that they need to push guys like these to the main event? On the rare occasion that TNA gives guys like these enough time to have a match of this caliber, the fans are always more into it than any other match on the show. This got a great reaction and was the best TNA match I have seen since the Destination X 4-Way last year. Kazarian vs. AJ Styles was good, but just barely. For the amount of time they were given I expected much more. I think AJ has lost a step or two. He isn't that old, but the rate he's been going for the past 5 or 6 years is taking a toll on his body and now this is the effect. Garrett Bischoff vs. Gunner was atrocious. If Garrett wasn't Bischoff's son, he would be in developmental. This push he's getting is absolutely disgusting. He's so green out there that he makes Crimson look like a 15 year veteran. The kid has no business in a PPV semi-main event. It's clear that this feud is just a vehicle to get Hogan and Bischoff on the screen, and for what? Because them being on TV makes everyone want to tune in, right? Please. Then we had the main event 4-Way. This was going along fine until the ref bump. Then it was the usual TNA overbooking kicking in. The finish with Sting accidentally hitting Hardy was telegraphed from a mile away and him counting the pin for Roode came off really bad. Such a blatant ripoff of Hart/Taker in 1997. Sting wasn't even the referee, and also why couldn't he just hit Roode after he hit Hardy? He was all set to hit Roode, and just because he hit Hardy that means that now he can't hit Roode? What the hell? There were other ways around this, I could count a million ways that they could have done this better. Overall this show was the usual up and down affair I had been used to seeing from TNA. I think I'm going back to not watching now.
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