MotorCity Machine Guns defeated Generation Me to retain the World Tag Team Titles
Doug Williams defeated Sabu to retain the X Division Title
Velvet Sky defeated Madison Rayne in a Grudge Match
Abyss defeated Rhino in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
AJ Styles defeated Tommy Dreamer in an I Quit Match
Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe defeated Sting and Kevin Nash
Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy wrestled to a 30-minute draw
Mr. Anderson defeated “The Pope” Deangelo Dinero
I would like to start off by apologizing to anyone that bought this PPV. It started off with TNA pulling London Brawling from their match against the Motor City Machine Guns and replacing them with Generation Me. This started off a bad night since TNA had built up to the Tag Title Match between Brawling/Guns. Then on the night of the PPV they make a change without notice. Not a wise choice when trying to generate heat for the rest of the night.
The Velevet Sky Madison Rayne match was prehaps the orst women’s wrestling match I have seen in the past 5 years. They made Alicia Fix look like a Hall Of Famer and everyone knows that is tough to do.
Doug Williams/Sabu and Abyss/Rhino matches were pretty much what you would expect. With the ECW guys in the match the matches went Extreme. But the action was still lacking. It was another failed attempt by TNA to recapture the feel of the Original ECW. The only time they were able to do this was at Hardcore Justice and that is because it was a PPV full of ECW Originals.
The Jarrett/Joe v Sting/Nash was pretty much what you would expect from 3 guys (Jarrett,Sting,Nash) that should have retired 5 years ago and a guy in Joe who doesn’t seem to care if he gets suspended again or not.
The Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy match was by far the match of the night and that is not saying much. While the action was more intense in this match there was still alot of long submission holds and ground work. So these guys could last the full time-limit. The match was scheduled for a 20 minute limit but due to the fact that it was a Tournament Semi-Final Eric Bischoff said they must have a winner so the match was extended 5 minutes. Both guys battled back and forth for the full 5 minutes which Lead Bischoff to extend it another 5 minutes. During this 5 minute period Angle was cut open. Angle was able to get Hardy into the ankle lock with about 50 seconds left but Hardy was able to hold on until time ran out again. This time the doctors came in and informed Eric Bischoff that due to the cut on his head Kurt Angle would not be able to continue so Bischoff declared the match a DRAW. After 30 minutes of back and forth action for the match to end due to a cut was typical of the old WCW days not what you would expect from TNA. The live crowd seemed to be as confused and upset about the decision as the home audience and it showed during the last match as the crowd just wasn’t into it.
The last match saw Mr. Anderson advance to the finals of the Heavyweight title tourny at Bound For Glory (10.10.10). This match was decent for TNA but showed the reasons why these guys were released by the WWE.
Dixie Carter has tweeted that a major change is coming to TNA. My question is how many times can you have Major Changes and still think you will someday compete with the WWE. TNA started off as a company that featured the young talent. Then for some reason they thought that the wrestling world wanted to see what failed for WCW back in the 1990′s. If we didn’t care about those guys then why would we start caring 10-15 years later.
TNA needs to go back to being what I would call a National Independant Promotion. By this I mean they need to feature guys that might not be known to the major wrestling fan and more so are known to the underground/independant and internet wrestling fan. The WWE has 2 of these guys Season 1 NXT Standout Daniel Bryan and Season 2 NXT Winner Kaval . I would love to see TNA feature AJ STYLES, Christopher Daniels, and more of the Originals TNA Superstars plus guys like Chris Hero, The Brisco Brothers, Eddie Edwards, Tyler Black, Austin Aries, and Claudio Castagnoli. There are many more Independent Wrestlers out there that deserve a shot also. But this is the direction I feel TNA needs to go to compete with the WWE.