Slammiversary 2017

Slammiversary 2017
Date: July 2, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Robert Flores, Don West

It’s both a milestone and a farewell as Impact Wrestling is all set to be renamed Global Force Wrestling. While it’s not clear what all that means, tonight is also the anniversary show with a few title unification matches between Impact Wrestling and GFW. Possibly the biggest match on the card though is a battle between announcers. Let’s get to it.

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Slammiversary 2016

Slammiversary 2016
Date: June 12, 2016
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: D’Angelo Dinero, Josh Matthews

TNA is back on pay per view with their annual anniversary show featuring something close to a triple main event. First and foremost we have TNA World Champion Drew Galloway defending against Lashley in a submission/KO only match. Next, Mike Bennett is finally giving Ethan Carter III his rematch after Carter ran through a string of opponents to earn another shot at him. Finally there’s arguably the real main event as Matt Hardy faces Jeff Hardy in a Full Metal Mayhem match. Let’s get to it.

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Slammiversary 2015

Slammiversary
2015
Date:
June 28, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero, Mike Tenay
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

This
should be an interesting one as the company has already taped the
next month’s worth of TV before this show, but at the same time
there’s some interesting stuff going on here too. The main event (in
theory) is the King of the Mountain match with Jeff Jarrett returning
for one more match (allegedly). Let’s get to it.

We
open with the highlight package over the years. Of course this means
mainly focusing on Sting, Hogan and Angle.
X-Division
Title: DJZ vs. Manik vs. Tigre Uno
Tigre
is defending in an elimination match with Tigre starting fast until
he sends everyone to the floor for a big dive. Back in and Manik
slams the champ down and we hit a chinlock, basically defeating the
purpose of the entire division. DJZ tries to break up a springboard
and eats a dropkick to the face for his efforts. Serves him right.
Back in and Manik knees DJZ in the face because he’s still not over
that broken springboard.
Manik
suplexes the champ down but it’s DJZ coming back in with some nice
flips and a wristdrag/headscissors combo to take both guys down. A
running double knee puts all three guys down and Dinero drops a
Contra Code reference. It’s DJZ up first with a modified Tower of
Doom as he hits a Sliced Bread off an electric chair, only to have
Tigre nail him in the face and hit a twisting split legged moonsault
for the elimination at 9:45. Pope referred to it as a move that is
difficult to describe.
The
champ misses a top rope stomp but gets his knees up to block a
splash. His rollup gets two and Manik hits a nice twisting chest
buster, followed by a frog splash for two. There’s nothing going on
between these spots. Back up and Tigre mostly misses a corkscrew
moonsault but it’s enough to put Manik away and retain the title at
12:09.
Rating:
C. This was the spotiest
spotfest that I’ve seen since…..well since the last Ring of Honor
show I saw. Again, there’s no story or reason to have this match
other than to say “hey here’s an X-Division Title match”. Tigre
is fine as a high flying champion, but they need a story to give us a
reason to care about the guy.
Robbie
E. says tonight is serious. He’s been here five years (not quite)
and it’s time to stop the dancing and being a goof.
We
recap the BroMans’ split, which is all about Jesse claiming that it
was his work that made the team a success.
Robbie
E. vs. Jesse Godderz
Jesse
is officially “The Man”. Before
the match they keep up the stalling with Jesse bragging about his
success as the fans let him know that they don’t care. Robbie, with
new music, cuts him off and beats Jesse up at ringside before doing
the same inside. A big backdrop sets up a dive onto Jesse as this is
all E. so far.
Godderz
finally hits a powerslam on the floor but can’t get Robbie up for
what looked like a gutwrench suplex. Instead
a backbreaker gets two and we hit the bearhug on Robbie. That
goes as far as a bearhug is going to go in 2015 and Robbie comes back
with a middle rope cross body.
E.
wins a slugout but gets caught in a buckle bomb, only to have a
double clothesline put both guys down. This
time Jesse’s regular powerbomb gets two and the Adonis Lock (Boston
crab) goes on, only to have Robbie make the ropes without
too much effort. Robbie
comes right back with a reverse DDT for a quick pin at 11:18.
Rating:
C-. The match was decent enough
with Jesse working on the back and then they just went to the finish
out of nowhere. Jesse’s push is now a big waste but at least they’re
giving someone young like Robbie a nice push. Now to be fair I can’t
imagine them doing anything with it and there’s probably going to be
a rematch, which is actually match #5, but this wasn’t the most
interesting thing in the world. Technically fine, but the story is
nothing all that entertaining.
Matt
Hardy says he’ll win tonight.
Bram
vs. Matt Morgan
Morgan
returned as a surprise on Wednesday. Before the match, Matt wants it
to be a street fight and Bram is all like “Okey dokey”, but with
a British accent. Morgan
runs him over to start and they head to the floor to actually make it
a fight. Bram comes back with his big metal hook to take over,
followed by some trashcan shots to the head. Back
in as this match is clearly just more filler.
Morgan
calls for a chokeslam but opts to Carbon Footprint a trashcan into
Bram’s face. The big man can’t follow up though so Bram goes around
the ring to look for a special weapon. He
FINALLY
picks a few chairs but gets chokeslammed onto one of them for two.
That’s it for Morgan though
as the Brighter Side of Suffering onto the chair gives Bram the pin
at 9:30.
Rating:
D+. Well at least they didn’t
job Bram. I guess the
blueprint part is just physical because this would be REALLY STUPID
for Morgan to pick as a stipulation. The
match was your standard hardcore brawl as this show continues to feel
like a house show that they taped and aired here. Morgan looked fine
but I don’t expect him to be back longer than maybe one more
appearance at most. Nothing special here, as usual tonight.
Ethan
Carter III and Tyrus don’t like JB correcting them. They try to rip
his hair off but it’s real. This was basically just a plug for
Wednesday’s World Title match.
Austin
Aries vs. Davey Richards
The
winner gets to pick the stipulation for the fifth match in the Tag
Team Title series. Aries
takes him down to start but then runs to the corner to hide. They
trade some standing switches until Aries bails to the floor to avoid
a kick to the head. Back in
and Aries plants him with an STO of all things but won’t use the
Pendulum Elbow.
A
wristlock doesn’t get Aries anywhere as Davey dropkicks him out to
the floor for some more stalling. Richards
wins a chase and hammers him against the barricade but Austin comes
back with a shot of his own, setting up a top rope ax handle to take
over. Back in and the
slingshot hilo gets two for Austin, followed by a handspring elbow
for the same. Some kicks to the chest make Davey growl a bit,
allowing him to come back with a kick to the chest and a German
suplex.
Aries
seems to be looking for a tag, because a guy who has primarily
wrestled as a singles guy for years and recently reformed a tag team
can’t remember how a one on one match works. Aries
takes him to the floor for a big dive and nails a missile dropkick,
setting up the Last Chancery.
As
usual it doesn’t work (it rarely did when he was a face either) but
the brainbuster doesn’t either with Davey countering into a falcon’s
arrow for two. They slug it
out until Davey throws him into the air for a kick to the chest,
followed by the top rope double stomp (to the arm) for two more. Cue
Bobby Roode and Eddie Edwards for a distraction, allowing Aries to
roll Davey up for the pin at 17:28.
Rating:
B. That’s probably going to be
the match of the night as we’re definitely in One Night Only
territory here. This was a match that didn’t change a thing but at
least was entertaining while it lasted. Everyone is trying on this
show, but there’s only so much you can do to overcome the power of
indifference.
The
Dirty Heels pick a 30 minute Iron Man match. In
case you hadn’t seen these teams fight enough yet.
Eric
Young says he’ll win.
Dollhouse
vs. Brooke/Awesome Kong
Before
the match the Dollhouse says they’re better looking so they’ll win.
Kong is in a full body
outfit this time. Taryn
chokes Kong to start but all three Dolls are sent into the corner for
a big triple splash. They
officially start with Jade having no luck against Kong with a Marti
having to break up a cover off a splash. Brooke
comes in off the hot tag and cleans house before things settle down
with Marti taking over.
Back
to Jade for a bearhug, which is in no way an excuse to get Brooke’s
trunks to ride up. The
referee misses a tag to Kong but it goes through a few seconds later,
allowing Kong to destroy the Dollhouse (sans Taryn) just like she did
before. Brooke clotheslines both of them down as Kong goes after
Taryn, leaving Brooke to hit a top rope facebuster (the Butterface
Maker. Just go with it) for the pin at 8:23.
Rating:
D. No point to the match,
basically no Taryn, and just a step above a squash. The Dollhouse is
already crumbling but we can get like six years of the Beautiful
People. At least it’s not Gail Kim doing her least interesting stuff
again, because I don’t think I can handle another major push for her.
Magnus
doesn’t hate James Storm even though he wants to. Tonight he has to
believe that love is stronger than hate, even if he loves the way
hate feels. The devil can’t catch him tonight because he’s already
inside. Good line to end this. It makes little sense but good line.
Also, you would think that
the whole attempted murder thing might have fired Magnus up more.
Long
recap of Magnus vs. Storm. Basically Storm was all friendly but was
just trying to get Mickie James to join the Revolution but she turned
him down so Storm tried to kill her by shoving her in front of a
train. Now it’s time for a match.
James
Storm vs. Magnus
Unsanctioned
so anything goes. They slug
it out at ringside to start before heading into the crowd with Magnus
taking over. Storm slams
him through a table of food and grabs a beer bottle but stops to spit
on the announcers, allowing Magnus to come back with right hands.
They get back inside with a table being set up but
Storm hits him low.
Magnus
doesn’t seem to mind as he catapults Storm’s face into the bottom of
the table for a unique spot. It’s
off to the back of the arena again as a production guy repeatedly
tells them that there’s high voltage back there. Magnus is thrown
into a box and the video screen goes to a test pattern. That goes
nowhere so they head back to the ring with the Eye of the Storm being
countered into a powerbomb through the table for two.
Storm
comes back with an Orton hanging DDT but stops to set up another
table on the floor. Instead
of putting Magnus through the table though, Storm yells at Earl
Hebner, allowing Magnus to make a comeback. Magnus misses a top rope
elbow through the table and crashes onto the concrete. That’s only
good for two of course so Storm pulls out some powder.
Magnus
comes back for like the tenth time but the powder goes into Earl’s
eyes, meaning there’s no count off the Spine Shaker. Instead the
Last Call gets two so it’s cowbell time, but Magnus hits another
Spine Shaker for two. END THIS ALREADY!
Now the cowbell connects and another Last Call gets another two.
Storm
sets up two chairs with a piece of barricade bridged between. Magnus
superplexes him through the barricade and, say it with me, it gets
two. Both guys get bottles
and connect at the same time with Storm falling on top for the pin
(despite Magnus being on the barricade and therefore his shoulders
not being on the mat) at 16:38.
Rating:
C+. The match was trying but
they went WAY too far and long out there as it was almost a copy of
the Rusev vs. Cena match at Payback. Yeah they beat each other up a
lot but I lost interest about halfway through. This felt like it was
about four matches packed into one, but at least it was a fun brawl.
The start was pretty lame though as they were just kind of walking
around and trying to figure out what to do.
Drew
Galloway says he’ll win, just
like the Rising this Wednesday in the final battle with the BDC.
Another match that should have aired here.
The
audio is screwed up because of the electrical stuff earlier on.
Thankfully we’re treated to
a long shot of the production crew cleaning up the debris from the
previous match and then a shot of the announcers.
Ethan
Carter III/Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson/Lashley
There’s
no commentary and Anderson’s mic doesn’t work. It
starts up again as Anderson
and Carter start things off with Ethan being taken into the corner
for a beating and a spear. Lashley can’t quite suplex him over the
first time but Tyrus gets in a surprise chokeslam to take over.
Tyrus comes in for some
shots to the neck as Tenay talks about Anderson and Lashley feuding
over the ECW and US Titles.
Anderson
comes in with jabs as we’re treated to Pope talking about his time in
OVW. His feud down there with Matt Morgan is the least interesting
feud that I have ever seen so I wouldn’t brag much about it.
Commentary keeps cutting
out, leaving us to analyze Carter’s chinlock on Anderson with no
guidance. Lashley comes in
off the hot tag to clean house again with a running powerslam getting
two on Carter. Anderson and Lashley slug away on Tyrus but he
(mostly) suplexes them both down. Carter
runs back in for the 1%er on Lashley for the pin at 10:12.
Rating:
D. Standard Impact main event
here but this show has already sucked all the life out of me so I
couldn’t get into things. Carter winning is the only logical move
here to help set up the title match on Wednesday, even though they
already had him pin Lashley and Anderson. It’s almost like this
match was thrown together with the best logic they could think and it
still wasn’t enough.
The
announcers preview King of the Mountain. Jarrett is treated as an
invader.
Jarrett
says he can’t believe he’s back here but wants to take this to a
global level.
King
of the Mountain Title: Drew Galloway vs. Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode
vs. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett
It’s
the old Legends/TV/Global Title with a new plate. The rules here
aren’t exactly simple. You win by climbing the ladder and hanging
the title, but in order to do that you have to earn a fall to be
qualified with falls
counting anywhere. Whoever
is pinned must go to a penalty box for two minutes. We
get big match intros with JB saying Drew is standing in the corner to
his left. He’s kneeling but close enough. Jarrett
is introduced by his old nickname: the King of the Mountain.
Jarrett
stands back as everyone brawls to start. It’s Roode going after
Jarrett first but eating a backdrop, followed by Young taking a
beating as well. Jarrett
goes for a strut but Roode rolls him up for a pin to become eligible
and to send Jarrett to the penalty box for two minutes. Matt
Side Effects Roode for two as Jarrett escapes….only to be covered
by Young to become eligible. Everyone
brawls inside and get sent into the ladder until Jarrett gets out.
Young
hits Jarrett low but gets rolled up by Galloway for a pin. Matt hits
a Twist of Fate for a pin on Roode at the same time, sending both
Young and Roode to the box at the same time. Only Jarrett is
unqualified at this point. Hardy
and Galloway fight on the ladder (yeah remember the whole ladder part
of this match?) but Jeff shoves them both down and Strokes Galloway
for two with Hardy making the save.
Jeff
covers Matt for two more as Young and Roode are making a pact in the
box. Both guys get out and
clean house before stopping to sing O Canada as we flash back ten
years. Young tries to turn
on Roode and gets Cactus Clotheslined out to the floor. Galloway and
Hardy go to the ropes but get powerbombed down by Jarrett, only to
have Roode and Young steal pins to keep Jarrett ineligible. It’s
a three way fight now with Young vs. Roode vs. Jarrett with
Eric getting the best of it and grabbing a guitar, only to have Jeff
take it away and knock Bobby silly to become eligible.
Galloway
and Hardy get out and fight over possession of the belt but knock
each other down, leaving Jarrett to climb up. Young pulls him down
with a powerbomb and a piledriver onto a ladder, followed by Roode
coming out of the box. Galloway
climbs on top of the cage for a big flip dive to put all five guys
down. It’s Drew climbing
again and Matt pulling him down again. Just to keep up the idea of
the match of course. Roode
stops Hardy and goes up but Young makes the save with another ladder.
Jarrett and Young go up with Jeff hitting a Stroke off the ladders,
allowing him to hang the title for the win at 20:56.
Rating:
D+. So in case you don’t get
it, here’s the story: TNA is freaking out that an invader (who they
invited) is going to take a title that they just invented to another
company which they basically advertise for free on their TV show. Oh
and Jarrett is a face because he’s a legend in TNA and therefore the
announcers panicking really doesn’t fit with what’s going on. The
match was your standard King of the Mountain mess with the most
obvious winner in the history of obvious winners.
Overall
Rating:
D. That’s the worst
part: the show wasn’t even that horrible. It’s in one of the worst
categories possible though: the show that didn’t need to exist and
underwhelmed. There were some good matches on here and the stories
were actually current so it blows last year’s Bound For Glory out of
the water, but my goodness this show felt like it was going on for
days. It’s not a good show and it’s clear that this company is in
complete free fall as they seem to have no idea what they’re supposed
to do next.
I
know the TV is taped for a month or so, but they really, really need
to nail them because this show felt like the last time we’re going to
see these guys. With a lot of these people leaving too, things are
looking very, very bleak for TNA and they don’t really seem to
notice. If Jarrett leaving with a freshly made midcard title for a
promotion that has held about four shows is their big story, they’re
in major, major trouble.
Results
Tigre
Uno b. Manik and DJZ – Corkscrew moonsault to Manik
Robbie
E. b. Jesse Godderz – Reverse DDT
Bram
b. Matt Morgan – Brighter Side of Suffering onto a chair
Austin
Aries b. Davey Richards – Rollup
James
Storm b. Magnus – Beer bottle to the head
Tyrus/Ethan
Carter III b. Lashley/Mr. Anderson – 1%er to Lashley
Jeff
Jarrett b. Matt Hardy, Drew Galloway, Eric Young and Bobby Roode –
Jarrett hung the title belt

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TNA Slammiversary Thread

Tonight, live on the TNA Network, witness:
– Jeff Jarrett returning to main event a PPV in 2015 in a match where he's going to win and then not appear again for at least two months.
– Bob Ryder yelling at internet fans like Abe Simpson going after a cloud.
– A bunch of matches leading up to the title matches that were already taped but don't air until after this show!
Good thing it's only $9.99…oh wait, they want FIFTY BUCKS for this?  Never mind then.  Go with FIFA Women's World cup instead. Plus the governing body there is slightly less stupid and corrupt.  

Slammiversary 2014

Since it’s Memorial Day, Destination America has decided to not air a new Impact Wrestling tonight and is airing a completely out of context pay per view from eleven months ago.  As confusing as this might be, I’m not sure why this hasn’t been done before, at least in an edited version.

Slammiversary
2014
Date: June 15,
2014
Location: College Park Center, Arlington, Texas
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Time for another TNA
pay per view which at least has been good in the last few years. The
show has had some decent build, but due to a combination of injuries
and TNA’s horrific marketing skills, the World Title match has been
changed and there was no mention of the X Division Title match on
television. The show does look good on paper though and we get the
newest Hall of Fame announcement. Let’s get to it.

We open with the trio
in the back with MVP saying he’s here to make sure Dixie doesn’t
screw things up tonight. MVP can’t be out there with them though
because of his knee.
Video on the history of
TNA up to this point.
X-Division Title:
Sanada vs. Tigre Uno vs. Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Crazy
Steve vs. Manik
Sanada is defending and
this is a ladder match. Also keep in mind that Destination X and
Option C are coming up soon. Manik dives through the ropes to take
out Sanada before the bell. The Wolves follow suit with stereo
suicide dives and Steve has apparently knocked Tigre Uno down. Steve
gets a ladder from under the ring and uses it to climb back to the
apron. Tigre dropkicks him down and mostly misses a corkscrew dive
to take everyone out.
Sanada and Manik fight
over a ladder in the ring with the champion taking over via a
springboard chop to the head. Tigre replaces Manik and kicks Sanada
in the back of the head but the Wolves double team him into a German
suplex onto the ladder in the corner. Edwards throws in a fresh
ladder but Manik dropkicks both of them down. Steve (very popular
tonight) comes in for the Terry Funk spinning ladder spot, taking
down everyone that comes into the ring.
Manik makes a save but
Steve shoves the ladder over, only to have Manik land on the top rope
and dive out to knock out the Wolves. Steve goes up again and
touches the belt but of course loses his hand eye coordination since
this is a ladder match, allowing Sanada to make the save. The ladder
is busted so Sanada slams Steve onto it to set up the moonsault. The
fans think this is awesome as Tigre enziguris Sanada off a better
ladder.
Tigre wedges the broken
ladder into the standing one to form a bridge, but the Wolves catch
him in a powerbomb/top rope Backstabber combo. The Wolves both go
after the belt but Sanada makes the save. Edwards Sanada clothesline
each other to the floor and Eddie crashes into the barricade, leaving
Davey on top. Manik makes the save and powerbombs Davey onto the
bridged ladder in a SCARY landing. Sanada climbs up to retain at
9:40 before someone dies.
Rating:
B-.
The match was fun but some of those spots looked too dangerous for my
taste. Richards getting powerbombed was way too scary looking and I
didn’t like how he landed. Hopefully everyone is fine, but I
question having people go through a match like this without even
giving the match hype on TV.
The announcers explain
the World Title situation. For once this is totally beyond their
control.
Here’s the trio with
MVP on crutches to insult Texas A&M and the fans for booing him.
They shouldn’t be so angry at him while he’s here against doctor’s
orders. Dixie has gone to the Board of Directors in an estrogen
filled moment of insanity, resulting in him being censored. MVP
explains the World Title situation to the live crowd and says he
won’t be involved in either qualifying match. King and Lashley
promise to win their matches, unlike Texas A&M.
Samoa Joe vs. Bobby
Lashley
Winner goes to the
title match tonight. Lashley quickly takes Joe into the corner but
gets enziguried in the other corner to give Joe control. Bobby
leapfrogs over the Samoan and clotheslines him down, only to have Joe
pound him down with strikes. The Facewash is loaded up but Bobby
rolls to the floor to get a breather. You don’t go outside on Joe
though and it’s the suicide elbow to take Lashley out again.
Joe gets cocky for a
split second and Lashley is able to send him into the steps. Back in
and Lashley fights out of the corner Rock Bottom with a swinging
neckbreaker for two. A snap suplex sets up a nerve hold on Joe and
an elbow to the face stops his comeback cold. Another nerve hold is
broken up by a kick to the head and the backsplash gets two. Now the
release Rock Bottom looks to set up the Clutch but Lashley drives him
into the corner. Joe has to stop himself from running into Earl
Hebner, allowing Bobby to nail the spear for the pin at 8:50.
Rating:
C+.
This wasn’t bad with Lashley getting one of his biggest wins since
coming back. Putting Joe in the title match didn’t make a ton of
sense after Lashley beat Eric on Thursday so this was the best option
all things considered. I’m still not wild on Lashley’s in ring work,
especially the spear due to so many people using it, but he could be
worse.
The Carters have a
party suite above the arena. Dixie thinks Ray will see Ethan’s
vicious side tonight. Dixie won’t comment on the meetings she had
this week until she’s in the middle of the ring. The only hint
she’ll give is that the karma that got to MVP is nothing compared to
what’s coming. Spud looks like the Joker.
Magnus vs. Willow
Bram and Abyss are the
seconds here. Magnus stomps away in the corner to start and avoids a
baseball slide to send Willow into the steps. Back in and a big
clothesline gets the same for the Brit. There’s a buckle bomb for
good measure and Magnus hammers away on the mask. We hit the
chinlock for a bit before Willow fights back with an atomic drop and
the legdrop between the legs for two.
The Twist is countered
but Magnus runs into two boots in the corner. A middle rope splash
gets two for Willow before Magnus avoids the Swanton. Bram tries to
interfere but Abyss is right there to hammer away. All four guys
start brawling on the floor until Willow goes up top and just jumps
backwards onto the Brits.
Now Abyss and Bram
fight in the ring with the Monster easily throwing him to the floor.
The guys in the match get back in as Bram gets his metal bar, only to
be one upped by Janice. They walk up the ramp as Magnus breaks up
the Whisper in the Wind, setting up a belly to back suplex into a
side slam for the pin on Willow at 10:00.
Rating:
C-.
This was a mess for the most part but not bad. They would have been
better off making this a tag match to get everyone in there, but that
seems to be where they’re headed anyway. The Willow gimmick isn’t
doing anything for me either as the announcement that it’s Jeff Hardy
just killed the whole point of the character.
Here’s Kurt Angle to
announce the newest Hall of Fame inductee. Angle talks about how
being in the Hall of Fame means you’ve earned respect forever from
the boys in the back and the fans. The inductee is……Team 3D in a
bit of a surprise. A loud and long WE WANT TABLES chant goes up and
we go to a wide shot of the arena for some reason.
Bully can barely get a
full sentence out as the fans are chanting WELCOME BACK. They accept
the induction because of every single one of the fans. D-Von says he
wasn’t going to come back to TNA but if he’s going out, he has to be
by Bully’s side after all their history together. Catchphrases and
poses close out the segment.
Ethan Carter cuts a
good promo about how he’s beaten all the members of the TNA Hall of
Fame so tonight he gets to beat the latest. This isn’t Von Erich
Country anymore because the Carters have taken over.
Austin Aries vs.
Kenny King
Winner goes to the cage
match tonight. Aries hits the corner dropkick less than thirty
seconds in but King escapes the brainbuster and gets to the floor.
The top rope ax handle puts King down again but King crotches him on
top to get a breather. A dropkick puts Austin on the floor and King
sends him hard into the barricade for good measure.
They head inside again
with King hammering away before putting on something like a seated
abdominal stretch. Aries fights up and smacks King’s ears to put him
on the floor, setting up a suicide dive. King is thrown back inside
so Aries can ram him over and over into the buckles, setting up a
missile dropkick for two.
King comes back with a
cradle suplex and a high kick but gets caught with his feet on the
ropes. The Last Chancery can’t get the submission so King comes back
with a springboard Blockbuster for a close two. Aries gets tired of
dealing with King and takes him into the corner for a super
brainbuster to send Austin to the cage at 10:04.
Rating:
C+.
This is the logical choice as King hasn’t really shown that he can
beat a guy of Aries’ level in a one on one match. The ending
sequence was really cool and it gives us a more intriguing main event
than Eric vs. two members of the trip. Aries is a guy that could be
brought up the ranks in TNA to fill in their lack of top faces.
JB introduces some
Dallas Cowboys to a VERY mixed reaction. After that mention is over,
JB brings out the latest Von Erichs: Ross and Marshall, accompanied
by an ancient looking Kevin. The Bro Mans interrupt and say that a
lot of things in Texas aren’t tight, including being a Von Erich.
Robbie isn’t here for reasons not specified.
Bro Mans vs. Ross
Von Erich/Marshall Von Erich
Marshall wrestles
barefoot like Kevin did. This is DJZ and Jesse for the team tonight.
Marshall cleans house on DJZ to start but can’t hook the Claw. A
powerslam puts DJZ back down and it’s off to the older Ross for some
dropkicks. Jesse breaks up something off the top rope and DJZ hits a
nice flip dive to take Ross down on the ramp.
Back in and Jesse nails
a dropkick bur Ross avoids a second one and makes the hot tag to
Marshall. Everything breaks down and Ross hits a missile dropkick to
put both guys down. Jesse brings in a chair but gets it dropkicked
into his face, setting up a series of basic double team moves from
the brothers. Not that it matters as DJZ brings in the chair for the
DQ at 5:07.
Rating:
D+.
Well that was a waste of pay per view time. The Von Erichs looked ok
at best but it’s clear that they need ring time more than anything
else. They didn’t know how to finish a match yet and it looked like
they needed to get through a bunch of spots instead of bringing the
match to a close. Not terrible, but the ending really didn’t work
for me.
Post
match Kevin comes in to put the Claw on Jesse, drawing the only big
pop from the crowd.
Angelina says she’ll
keep the title tonight. JB asks how many time Angelina has won the
title without Velvet’s help but Angelina says they’re a team.
Knockouts Title:
Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love
Angelina is defending
and Gail won a triple threat on Thursday to set this up. Gail hits a
quick running forearm to start but her top rope hurricanrana is
countered with a powerbomb. A side slam gets two on Kim and Angelina
throws her out to the floor. Velvet interference doesn’t help as Kim
sends Love knees first into the steps. Back in and Gail gets
crotched on the top, setting up an ugly looking reverse bulldog for
two.
Sky uses the hairspray
but referee Stiffler ignores it. The Botox Injection gets two and
here’s Earl Hebner to eject Sky and make himself referee. Gail
speeds things up and gets two off a neckbreaker but gets powerbombed
for two more. Kim accidentally dropkicks Earl in the back but nails
Eat Defeat. Stiffler ignores the cover to check on Earl and does the
same again when Love gets rolled up. Angelina reverses into a rollup
of her own and Stiffler counts the pin to retain the title at 6:57.
Rating:
D+.
Egads this story is getting old. Didn’t we have Stiffler in love
with the Beautiful People like five years ago? Nothing to see here
for the most part as Gail vs. Angelina has been done on PPV so many
times that they ran out of stuff to do years ago. The match was
ridiculously overbooked. Also don’t we already have a questionable
referee in Brian Hebner?
D-Von has to go back to
the hotel for dinner with his kids. Bully cuts a promo on Texas
wrestling legends and thinks Ethan is in way over his head. His
advice to Ethan: start praying. Ethan gets crucified for the sins of
his Aunt Dixie and he’ll be baptized in blood.
Bully Ray vs. Ethan
Carter III
Texas Death Match,
meaning last man standing. Ray brings out a bullrope ala Stan Hansen
for a nice tribute. Carter is thrown to the floor by the rope to
start and Ray brings out a pair of tables. They’re stacked next to
each other on the floor but Carter recovers from the coma he was in
to get in a few shots and take over. Ray fights right back and sets
up another table in the corner but the fans want cowbell.
Carter avoids the table
but gets his chest ripped off by more chops. Time for the cheese
grater to rip up Ethan’s chest (barely), which isn’t something you
often see. Carter gets in a few shots to take over and sends Ray
face first into a chair on the mat. He goes up top but gets crotched
and superplexed onto the chair to put both guys down. Ray grabs a
Dallas Cowboys trashcan from under the ring before starting to cut up
the mats to expose the wood under the canvas.
Joker Spud comes out
with a kendo stick shot to Ray’s back for no effect. Ray kicks him
low and knocks Spud silly with the stick but Carter hits a quick One
Percenter onto the exposed boards for our first count over twelve
minutes into the match. Ray is up at eight so Carter pours out the
glass in the trashcan. Carter goes up but dives into a Bubba Cutter,
sending the injured chest into the glass for a cool spot. He’s up at
eight though so Ray takes the stick outside to knock Ethan silly
again.
Ray puts him on the
tables and goes up but here’s Dixie for a distraction. Bully goes
after her and sends Ethan into Dixie to knock her out cold. Ethan
gets punched down and Ray puts Dixie on the table. He takes too long
though, allowing Spud to pull her off and Ethan knocks Ray through
the tables with a kendo stick shot for the win at 17:05.
Rating:
C.
It was a nice brawl with some nice spots but NO ONE CARES ABOUT
DIXIE. After all this, if she doesn’t go through a table in New
York, this whole story has been a huge waste of time. Also, never
accept an induction to the Hall of Fame unless you want to lose on a
last second fluke the same night. At least D-Von didn’t join forces
with Dixie.
We recap Anderson vs.
Storm. This started in a qualifying match for a World Title shot
before Anderson cheated to win a drinking contest and made fun of
cowboys. Why TNA thinks he’s going to be cheered in Texas doing this
is beyond me.
Mr. Anderson vs.
James Storm
Storm grabs a mic even
though it’s 10:22 and we’ve got another match after this. He rips on
the Cowboys because he’s a Titans fan but the booing breaks up his
catchphrase. The brawl is on before the bell with Anderson high
fiving the Cowboys and spitting beer in Storm’s face. They get in
the ring for the opening bell and James goes right for the knee. A
few shots have Anderson so banged up that he can’t run across the
ring and a Figure Four has him in even more trouble.
Anderson is quickly in
the ropes and Storm misses a charge in the corner to give Mr. a
breather. Storm gets crotched on the top and slammed down for two,
only to send Anderson face first into the middle buckle. Now it’s
Anderson going up but getting kicked in the back of the head. He’s
still able to pick Storm up for the rolling fireman’s carry off the
middle rope but Storm kicks him out to the floor. Storm spits beer
at the Cowboys so they jump the railing for a distraction, allowing
Anderson to hit the Mic Check for the pin at 5:25.
Rating:
C-.
The match was short due to time but it was still entertaining enough.
Anderson vs. Storm didn’t need the Cowboys for this to work but
since it’s a midcard match in TNA, I’m sure we’ll get 19 rematches to
keep things going way after its expiration date. The Cowboys might
get them some extra media attention if nothing else.
Austin Aries tells Eric
Young that the greatest man should win the match tonight. Eric says
they’ve flown in crazy people to the show tonight.
We recap the main
event, which is just an Eric Young video due to the last minute
changes.
TNA World Title:
Austin Aries vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Eric Young
In a cage with Young
defending with wins by pin or submission, not escape. Lashley takes
over to start but gets double teamed down. The smaller guys do a
fast paced sequence until Lashley throws Aries into the cage. Young
gets the same as well, allowing Lashley to stand tall. Bobby throws
both guys around again but misses a charge into the post. Young and
Aries go at it again until Eric hammers on Bobby in the corner.
Aries powerbombs the
champion down but stops to go after Lashley again, only to be
suplexed into the cage for two. We get a bad looking botch as Aries
hits a running cross body in the corner but Young just lets him
bounce off of him for some reason. Young gets to show off his
freakish strength with a double Death Valley Driver but Lashley is up
at two. He puts Young on top of the cage as the fans chant please
don’t die. Aries goes up top as well to take Lashley down with a
hurricanrana, but Eric stands up on top of the cage for the huge
elbow to Bobby.
Aries punts Eric in the
head though and hits the brainbuster for a very close two. Lashley
spears Austin down for two and spinebusters the champion, only to
miss the spear and fall out of the cage. Remember that doesn’t end
the match though as escape doesn’t count. Young hits the top rope
elbow on Aries for another close near fall. The piledriver is
countered with a low dropkick to Young’s face and everyone is down.
Young and Aries slug it out but both guys miss forearms. Aries hits
some discus forearms and the corner dropkick but walks into the
piledriver to retain Eric’s title at 12:10.
Rating:
B-.
This got better near the end but Eric keeping the title made me roll
my eyes. The reign has been far better than I expected it to be but
he needs to be the focal point of the company instead of the other
guy in the major feuds. To be fair though, I’d assume MVP was
supposed to take the title tonight before the injuries.
Young helps Aries up
after the match.
Overall
Rating:
B-.
As usual, TNA puts on a good show for Slammiversary. I really wish
they could get their stuff together on TV because if this was what
they were putting out there every week, things would be so much
easier to sit through. Instead we’re usually stuck with one story
dominating a show or 19 Dixie Carter segments with her bad acting
talking about whatever war she’s having that no one cares about.
Good show but not as good as the last few years’. Nothing blew the
doors off but most of the matches were solid and nothing was bad so I
can’t complain much.
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Slammiversary 2014

Slammiversary
2014
Date:
June 15, 2014
Location: College Park Center, Arlington, Texas
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Time
for another TNA pay per view which at least has been good in the last
few years. The show has had some decent build, but due to a
combination of injuries and TNA’s horrific marketing skills, the
World Title match has been changed and there was no mention of the X
Division Title match on television. The show does look good on paper
though and we get the newest Hall of Fame announcement. Let’s get to
it.

We
open with the trio in the back with MVP saying he’s here to make sure
Dixie doesn’t screw things up tonight. MVP can’t be out there with
them though because of his knee.
Video
on the history of TNA up to this point.
X-Division
Title: Sanada vs. Tigre Uno vs. Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards vs.
Crazy Steve vs. Manik
Sanada
is defending and this is a ladder match. Also keep in mind that
Destination X and Option C are coming up soon. Manik dives through
the ropes to take out Sanada before the bell. The Wolves follow suit
with stereo suicide dives and Steve has apparently knocked Tigre Uno
down. Steve gets a ladder from under the ring and uses it to climb
back to the apron. Tigre dropkicks him down and mostly misses a
corkscrew dive to take everyone out.
Sanada
and Manik fight over a ladder in the ring with the champion taking
over via a springboard chop to the head. Tigre replaces Manik and
kicks Sanada in the back of the head but the Wolves double team him
into a German suplex onto the ladder in the corner. Edwards throws
in a fresh ladder but Manik dropkicks both of them down. Steve (very
popular tonight) comes in for the Terry Funk spinning ladder spot,
taking down everyone that comes into the ring.
Manik
makes a save but Steve shoves the ladder over, only to have Manik
land on the top rope and dive out to knock out the Wolves. Steve
goes up again and touches the belt but of course loses his hand eye
coordination since this is a ladder match, allowing Sanada to make
the save. The ladder is busted so Sanada slams Steve onto it to set
up the moonsault. The fans think this is awesome as Tigre enziguris
Sanada off a better ladder.
Tigre
wedges the broken ladder into the standing one to form a bridge, but
the Wolves catch him in a powerbomb/top rope Backstabber combo. The
Wolves both go after the belt but Sanada makes the save. Edwards
Sanada clothesline each other to the floor and Eddie crashes into the
barricade, leaving Davey on top. Manik makes the save and powerbombs
Davey onto the bridged ladder in a SCARY landing. Sanada climbs up
to retain at 9:40 before someone dies.
Rating:
B-. The match was fun but some
of those spots looked too dangerous for my taste. Richards getting
powerbombed was way too scary looking and I didn’t like how he
landed. Hopefully everyone is fine, but I question having people go
through a match like this without even giving the match hype on TV.
The
announcers explain the World Title situation. For once this is
totally beyond their control.
Here’s
the trio with MVP on crutches to insult Texas A&M and the fans
for booing him. They shouldn’t be so angry at him while he’s here
against doctor’s orders. Dixie has gone to the Board of Directors in
an estrogen filled moment of insanity, resulting in him being
censored. MVP explains the World Title situation to the live crowd
and says he won’t be involved in either qualifying match. King and
Lashley promise to win their matches, unlike Texas A&M.
Samoa
Joe vs. Bobby Lashley
Winner
goes to the title match tonight. Lashley quickly takes Joe into the
corner but gets enziguried in the other corner to give Joe control.
Bobby leapfrogs over the Samoan and clotheslines him down, only to
have Joe pound him down with strikes. The Facewash is loaded up but
Bobby rolls to the floor to get a breather. You don’t go outside on
Joe though and it’s the suicide elbow to take Lashley out again.
Joe
gets cocky for a split second and Lashley is able to send him into
the steps. Back in and Lashley fights out of the corner Rock Bottom
with a swinging neckbreaker for two. A snap suplex sets up a nerve
hold on Joe and an elbow to the face stops his comeback cold.
Another nerve hold is broken up by a kick to the head and the
backsplash gets two. Now the release Rock Bottom looks to set up the
Clutch but Lashley drives him into the corner. Joe has to stop
himself from running into Earl Hebner, allowing Bobby to nail the
spear for the pin at 8:50.
Rating:
C+. This wasn’t bad with
Lashley getting one of his biggest wins since coming back. Putting
Joe in the title match didn’t make a ton of sense after Lashley beat
Eric on Thursday so this was the best option all things considered.
I’m still not wild on Lashley’s in ring work, especially the spear
due to so many people using it, but he could be worse.
The
Carters have a party suite above the arena. Dixie thinks Ray will
see Ethan’s vicious side tonight. Dixie won’t comment on the
meetings she had this week until she’s in the middle of the ring.
The only hint she’ll give is that the karma that got to MVP is
nothing compared to what’s coming. Spud looks like the Joker.
Magnus
vs. Willow
Bram
and Abyss are the seconds here. Magnus stomps away in the corner to
start and avoids a baseball slide to send Willow into the steps.
Back in and a big clothesline gets the same for the Brit. There’s a
buckle bomb for good measure and Magnus hammers away on the mask. We
hit the chinlock for a bit before Willow fights back with an atomic
drop and the legdrop between the legs for two.
The
Twist is countered but Magnus runs into two boots in the corner. A
middle rope splash gets two for Willow before Magnus avoids the
Swanton. Bram tries to interfere but Abyss is right there to hammer
away. All four guys start brawling on the floor until Willow goes up
top and just jumps backwards onto the Brits.
Now
Abyss and Bram fight in the ring with the Monster easily throwing him
to the floor. The guys in the match get back in as Bram gets his
metal bar, only to be one upped by Janice. They walk up the ramp as
Magnus breaks up the Whisper in the Wind, setting up a belly to back
suplex into a side slam for the pin on Willow at 10:00.
Rating:
C-. This was a mess for the
most part but not bad. They would have been better off making this a
tag match to get everyone in there, but that seems to be where
they’re headed anyway. The Willow gimmick isn’t doing anything for
me either as the announcement that it’s Jeff Hardy just killed the
whole point of the character.
Here’s
Kurt Angle to announce the newest Hall of Fame inductee. Angle talks
about how being in the Hall of Fame means you’ve earned respect
forever from the boys in the back and the fans. The inductee
is……Team 3D in a bit of a surprise. A loud and long WE WANT
TABLES chant goes up and we go to a wide shot of the arena for some
reason.
Bully
can barely get a full sentence out as the fans are chanting WELCOME
BACK. They accept the induction because of every single one of the
fans. D-Von says he wasn’t going to come back to TNA but if he’s
going out, he has to be by Bully’s side after all their history
together. Catchphrases and poses close out the segment.
Ethan
Carter cuts a good promo about how he’s beaten all the members of the
TNA Hall of Fame so tonight he gets to beat the latest. This isn’t
Von Erich Country anymore because the Carters have taken over.
Austin
Aries vs. Kenny King
Winner
goes to the cage match tonight. Aries hits the corner dropkick less
than thirty seconds in but King escapes the brainbuster and gets to
the floor. The top rope ax handle puts King down again but King
crotches him on top to get a breather. A dropkick puts Austin on the
floor and King sends him hard into the barricade for good measure.
They
head inside again with King hammering away before putting on
something like a seated abdominal stretch. Aries fights up and
smacks King’s ears to put him on the floor, setting up a suicide
dive. King is thrown back inside so Aries can ram him over and over
into the buckles, setting up a missile dropkick for two.
King
comes back with a cradle suplex and a high kick but gets caught with
his feet on the ropes. The Last Chancery can’t get the submission so
King comes back with a springboard Blockbuster for a close two.
Aries gets tired of dealing with King and takes him into the corner
for a super brainbuster to send Austin to the cage at 10:04.
Rating:
C+. This is the logical choice
as King hasn’t really shown that he can beat a guy of Aries’ level in
a one on one match. The ending sequence was really cool and it gives
us a more intriguing main event than Eric vs. two members of the
trip. Aries is a guy that could be brought up the ranks in TNA to
fill in their lack of top faces.
JB
introduces some Dallas Cowboys to a VERY mixed reaction. After that
mention is over, JB brings out the latest Von Erichs: Ross and
Marshall, accompanied by an ancient looking Kevin. The Bro Mans
interrupt and say that a lot of things in Texas aren’t tight,
including being a Von Erich. Robbie isn’t here for reasons not
specified.
Bro
Mans vs. Ross Von Erich/Marshall Von Erich
Marshall
wrestles barefoot like Kevin did. This is DJZ and Jesse for the team
tonight. Marshall cleans house on DJZ to start but can’t hook the
Claw. A powerslam puts DJZ back down and it’s off to the older Ross
for some dropkicks. Jesse breaks up something off the top rope and
DJZ hits a nice flip dive to take Ross down on the ramp.
Back
in and Jesse nails a dropkick bur Ross avoids a second one and makes
the hot tag to Marshall. Everything breaks down and Ross hits a
missile dropkick to put both guys down. Jesse brings in a chair but
gets it dropkicked into his face, setting up a series of basic double
team moves from the brothers. Not that it matters as DJZ brings in
the chair for the DQ at 5:07.
Rating:
D+. Well that was a waste of
pay per view time. The Von Erichs looked ok at best but it’s clear
that they need ring time more than anything else. They didn’t know
how to finish a match yet and it looked like they needed to get
through a bunch of spots instead of bringing the match to a close.
Not terrible, but the ending really didn’t work for me.
Post
match Kevin comes in to put the Claw on Jesse, drawing the only big
pop from the crowd.
Angelina
says she’ll keep the title tonight. JB asks how many time Angelina
has won the title without Velvet’s help but Angelina says they’re a
team.
Knockouts
Title: Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love
Angelina
is defending and Gail won a triple threat on Thursday to set this up.
Gail hits a quick running forearm to start but her top rope
huricanrana is countered with a powerbomb. A side slam gets two on
Kim and Angelina throws her out to the floor. Velvet
interference doesn’t help as Kim sends Love knees first into the
steps. Back in and Gail gets crotched on the top, setting up an ugly
looking reverse bulldog for two.
Sky
uses the hairspray but referee Stiffler ignores it. The Botox
Injection gets two and here’s Earl Hebner to eject Sky and
make himself referee. Gail speeds things up and gets two off a
neckbreaker but gets powerbombed for two more. Kim
accidentally dropkicks Earl in the back but nails Eat Defeat.
Stiffler ignores the cover to check on Earl and does the same again
when Love gets rolled up. Angelina reverses into a rollup of her own
and Stiffler counts the pin to retain the title at 6:57.
Rating:
D+. Egads this story is getting
old. Didn’t we have Stiffler in love with the Beautiful People like
five years ago? Nothing to see here for the most part as Gail vs.
Angelina has been done on PPV so many times that they ran out of
stuff to do years ago. The match was ridiculously overbooked. Also
don’t we already have a questionable referee in Brian Hebner?
D-Von
has to go back to the hotel for dinner with his kids. Bully cuts a
promo on Texas wrestling legends and thinks Ethan is in way over his
head. His advice to Ethan: start praying. Ethan gets crucified for
the sins of his Aunt Dixie and he’ll be baptized in blood.
Bully
Ray vs. Ethan Carter III
Texas
Death Match, meaning last man standing. Ray brings out a bullrope
ala Stan Hansen for a nice tribute. Carter is thrown to the floor by
the rope to start and Ray brings out a pair of tables. They’re
stacked next to each other on the floor but Carter recovers from the
coma he was in to get in a few shots and take over. Ray fights right
back and sets up another table in the corner but the fans want
cowbell.
Carter
avoids the table but gets his chest ripped off by more chops. Time
for the cheese grater to rip up Ethan’s chest (barely), which isn’t
something you often see. Carter gets in a few shots to take over and
sends Ray face first into a chair on the mat. He goes up top but
gets crotched and superplexed onto the chair to put both guys down.
Ray grabs a Dallas Cowboys
trashcan from under the ring before starting to cut up the mats to
expose the wood under the canvas.
Joker
Spud comes out with a kendo stick shot to Ray’s back for no effect.
Ray kicks him low and knocks Spud silly with the stick but Carter
hits a quick One Percenter onto the exposed boards for our first
count over twelve minutes into the match. Ray is up at eight so
Carter pours out the glass in the trashcan. Carter goes up but dives
into a Bubba Cutter, sending the injured chest into the glass for a
cool spot. He’s up at eight though so Ray takes the stick outside to
knock Ethan silly again.
Ray
puts him on the tables and goes up but here’s Dixie for a
distraction. Bully goes
after her and sends Ethan into Dixie to knock her out cold. Ethan
gets punched down and Ray puts Dixie on the table. He takes too long
though, allowing Spud to pull her off and Ethan knocks Ray through
the tables with a kendo stick shot for the win at 17:05.
Rating:
C. It was a nice brawl with
some nice spots but NO ONE CARES ABOUT DIXIE. After all this, if she
doesn’t go through a table in New York, this whole story has been a
huge waste of time. Also, never accept an induction to the Hall of
Fame unless you want to lose on a last second fluke the same night.
At least D-Von didn’t join forces with Dixie.
We
recap Anderson vs. Storm. This started in a qualifying match for a
World Title shot before Anderson cheated to win a drinking contest
and made fun of cowboys. Why TNA thinks he’s going to be cheered in
Texas doing this is beyond me.
Mr.
Anderson vs. James Storm
Storm
grabs a mic even though it’s 10:22 and we’ve got another match after
this. He rips on the Cowboys because he’s a Titans fan but the
booing breaks up his catchphrase. The brawl is on before the bell
with Anderson high fiving the Cowboys and spitting beer in Storm’s
face. They get in the ring for the opening bell and James goes right
for the knee. A few shots have Anderson so banged up that he can’t
run across the ring and a Figure Four has him in even more trouble.
Anderson
is quickly in the ropes and Storm misses a charge in the corner to
give Mr. a breather. Storm gets crotched on the top and slammed down
for two, only to send Anderson face first into the middle buckle.
Now it’s Anderson going up but getting kicked in the back of the
head. He’s still able to pick Storm up for the rolling fireman’s
carry off the middle rope but Storm kicks him out to the floor.
Storm spits beer at the Cowboys so they jump the railing for a
distraction, allowing Anderson to hit the Mic Check for the pin at
5:25.
Rating:
C-. The match was short due to
time but it was still entertaining enough. Anderson vs. Storm didn’t
need the Cowboys for this to work but since it’s a midcard match in
TNA, I’m sure we’ll get 19 rematches to keep things going way after
its expiration date. The Cowboys might get them some extra media
attention if nothing else.
Austin
Aries tells Eric Young that the greatest man should win the match
tonight. Eric says they’ve flown in crazy people to the show
tonight.
We
recap the main event, which is just an Eric Young video due to the
last minute changes.
TNA
World Title: Austin Aries vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Eric Young
In
a cage with Young defending with wins by pin or submissino, not
escape. Lashley takes over to start but gets double teamed down.
The smaller guys do a fast paced sequence until Lashley throws Aries
into the cage. Young gets the same as well, allowing Lashley to
stand tall. Bobby throws both guys around again but misses a charge
into the post. Young and Aries go at it again until Eric hammers on
Bobby in the corner.
Aries
powerbombs the champion down but stops to go after Lashley again,
only to be suplexed into the cage for two. We get a bad looking
botch as Aries hits a running cross body in the corner but Young just
lets him bounce off of him for some reason. Young gets to show off
his freakish strength with a double Death Valley Driver but Lashley
is up at two. He puts Young on top of the cage as the fans chant
please don’t die. Aries goes up top as well to take Lashley down
with a hurricanrana, but Eric stands up on top of the cage for the
huge elbow to Bobby.
Aries
punts Eric in the head though and hits the brainbuster for a very
close two. Lashley spears Austin down for two and spinebusters the
champion, only to miss the spear and fall out of the cage. Remember
that doesn’t end the match though as escape doesn’t count. Young
hits the top rope elbow on Aries for another close near fall. The
piledriver is countered with a low dropkick to Young’s face and
everyone is down. Young and Aries slug it out but both guys miss
forearms. Aries hits some discus forearms and the corner dropkick
but walks into the piledriver to retain Eric’s title at 12:10.
Rating:
B-. This got better near the
end but Eric keeping the title made me roll my eyes. The reign has
been far better than I expected it to be but he needs to be the focal
point of the company instead of the other guy in the major feuds. To
be fair though, I’d assume MVP was supposed to take the title tonight
before the injuries.
Young
helps Aries up after the match.
Overall
Rating:
B-.
As usual, TNA puts on a good show for Slammiversary. I really wish
they could get their stuff together on TV because if this was what
they were putting out there every week, things would be so much
easier to sit through. Instead we’re usually stuck with one story
dominating a show or 19 Dixie Carter segments with her bad acting
talking about whatever war she’s having that no one cares about.
Good show but not as good as the last few years’. Nothing blew the
doors off but most of the matches were solid and nothing was bad so I
can’t complain much.
Results
Sanada
b. Crazy Steve, Manik, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards and Tigre Uno –
Sanada pulled down the title belt
Bobby
Lashley b. Samoa Joe – Spear
Magnus
b. Willow – Belly to back suplex into a side slam
Ross
Von Erich/Marshall Von Erich b. Bro Mans via DQ when DJZ used a
chair
Angelina Love b. Gail Kim – Rollup
Ethan
Carter III b. Bully Ray when Ray couldn’t answer the ten count
Eric
Young b. Austin Aries and Bobby Lashley – Piledriver to Aries
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The Only Review of Slammiversary XI That You’ll Ever Need

Before we get started, I’d just like to state how stupid the name ‘Slammiversary’ is.

Chris Sabin vs. Suicide vs.
Kenny King [C] – X Division Championship – Ultimate X Match

Tenay
tells us this is the 30th Ultimate X match in TNA’s history. Outside of that
fact, it’s a pretty standard X-Division Match, to be honest. It’s fast, as
usual, but it feels like a match that’s happening for the sake of happening more
than any of these men desperately wanting the title. Once the match gets going,
there’ are some great spots that are as crisp as they get, my favorite being
Kenny King leaping across more than half the ring to deliver a Blockbuster on
Sabin just as he was about to powerbomb Suicide. Match ends as Sabin and King
are fighting it out in the middle of the ropes, and King drops, allowing Sabin
to grab the title, marking his first reign since 2007. It’s a perfectly fine
opener, but it won’t be making any MOTY lists. 
Sabin
grabs the X-Division Title at 15:25 |
*** Fine way to open a PPV, but nothing spectacular

Hogan
comes out, because this PPV had been running a bit long without an appearance
from him. He honestly takes Chris’ moment and makes it about him. Anderson,
Brisco and Bischoff come out to confront Hogan. He goes on a tear, calling them
3 pussies in leather, and says Bischoff is a bitch, and so is his father. This
sets up the following match;

Anderson,
Brisco, Bischoff vs. Magnus, Joe, and Hardy

I see
that the one thing you have to do when you join Aces is dye your hair. It’s all
Nash has ever wanted in life. Magnus and Joe are still crisp as ever as a tag team,
helping to keep the momentum on their team’s side for the first few minutes.
Anderson breaks that stride, as he, Bischoff and Brisco tag in and out, each
taking their turn on Magnus, keeping him on their side of the ring. The last
few minutes of this match really make it, with near-falls and quick action from
all six-men. Of course, my complaint about it is the same that’s been about
most things involving Aces, they’re never booked strong. I don’t think of
dominance when I think of Aces. I feel like they can’t compete with TNA,
because they’re constantly getting beat. Match ends when Jeff Hardy hits a
Swanton on Brisco. Wasn’t terrible by any means, but should have been left for
iMPACT. 
Brisco
eats the pin after eating the Swanton at 10:08 |
**1/2 Not a show stealer by any means, but helps the PPV move along at a fine
pace

Backstage,
Knox & D-Von beat the hell out of Joseph Park. 

Jay
Bradley vs. Sam Shaw

Why on
Earth this was on PPV is beyond me. I have strong reason to suspect that Sam
Shaw is getting a chance with TNA because of the oldest adage in wrestling:
Nepotism. This is a whole lotta nothing, and Bradley wins with what he calls
The Boomstick, which is nothing more than Clothesline From Hell. I mean, it’s
literally the exact same move. I also feel like he should call himself Jack
Action. 
Bradley
wins with the Boomstick at 4:57 |
* The best thing I can say is thankfully it’s quick


D-Von
Dudley [C] vs. Joseph Park – TV Championship

Park
doesn’t show up, Abyss does. I don’t understand why they put Taz into Aces,
because he’s exactly the same goof, except he talks about Aces being super
sweet. This match isn’t much, as D-Von controls the entire thing, except for
Abyss hitting a chokeslam and Black Hole Slam. So far this PPV is decent, but
nothing worth people paying money for. 
Abyss
hits the Black Hole Slam, pinning D-Von & winning the TV Title at 4:50 |
*1/2  Nothing wrong with it technically, but it was short, one-sided, and
boring

Dixie
comes out to announce that Kurt Angle is next to be inducted in TNA’s HOF. His
joining TNA was a huge moment, and really surprised the hell out of everyone.
People often talk about his series with Joe as well as AJ, but he’s also had
damn near 5 star matches against Sting at BFG, and Anderson at Lockdown. If you
haven’t seen either one of those, check ’em out, great stuff. 

Bad
Influence vs. Roode & Aries vs. Gun-Storm vs. The Stereotypes – TNA
Tag-Team Championship

I
don’t get it. Is there some sort of new, unspoken rule in wrestling that all
returning people that come back as babyface must have a beard? Hernandez is
everything that’s wrong with pro-wrestling. He’ll always have a job because of
his genetics. It doesn’t matter that he’s talentless, or that he has the
charisma of a young David Sammartino. I mean, the guy is so versatile and
entertaining that he’s been in THREE different tag-teams that were all exactly
the same thing. I will definitely say this about TNA, they’ve really got the
market on fantastic tag-team wrestling. Plenty of crisp goings-on here. Great
double maneuvers from the likes of Bad Influence, and even Hernandez & Guerrero.
They’re also the first two teams out, as BI is DQed thanks to Daniels being
caught using the title on Guerrero, and AA pinning Guerrero immediately
afterward. Gunner and Storm have perhaps the sickest double-team move I’ve ever
seen, as Gunner catapults AA right into a DDT from James Storm. Incredible
move. Soon after, A Double gets hit with a Superkick, and then taps out to the
Gun-Rack. Ah Gun Rack? Gunner doesn’t even own AH gun, let alone enough guns to
necessitate an entire rack. I wish they would have gone with some heel champs
here, as James Storm is about as played out in the babyface realm as Cena.
Either way, this was a great match, and one of the better tag-bouts of the
year. 
A Double
taps out to the Gun-Rack at 16:43 |
***1/2  I’d say track it down, because you don’t see a lot of 8-man tag
matches that deliver. 


Gail
Kim vs. Taryn – Last Knockout Standing

I’m
actually looking forward to this. One of these days, these two could form a
tag-team known as The Hip & Assless Connection. Thankfully, Taryn shows
she’s more Gail than Velvet in the ring. They earn themselves a “holy
shit” chant when Taryn goes for a Steamboat-esque top-rope cross-body that
connects, except Gail is holding a chair against her chest. Kim later sets a
chair up between the turnbuckles, but ends up flying into it head first a few
minutes later. She’s really bumping like crazy to get this match over. Case in
point, after doing some battle on the ramp, Taryn grabs Gail and hits her with
a running RKO off the ramp to the ground. Hell of a bump. Gail can’t answer the
10 count. Honestly, this is one of the best women’s matches I’ve ever seen.
They really got physical out there and bumped like hell. Gail proves she’s
easily the best female wrestler by a country mile as far as the big two are
concerned. Taryn also showed that she can hang, and could actually become quite
good on her own. 
Taryn
answers the 10 count before Gail, winning the match at 10:21 |
***1/2  You definitely need to look for this one, fantastic match

Kurt
Angle vs. AJ Styles

I’d
just like to say that anytime AJ isn’t doing the “Ready to fly! I’m a good
guy!” type babyface, I find him 1000x more interesting. He works Kurt’s
injured knee, the highlight being him flying over half way across the ring to
drop kick the injury. Later, Kurt has an equally great moment as AJ rears back
to kick his knee, Kurt explodes from the ground with a clothesline that turns
AJ inside out. He keeps trying to flip the momentum, but AJ has his number
right when things look its brightest. Another great moment comes when AJ is
about to hit a moonsault, but Angle runs up the turnbuckle, and delivers a German
suplex to AJ, who back flips out of it, lands on his feet, then charges Kurt
who catches him with a bell to belly suplex into the turnbuckle, fucking
fantastic. After that, they have some great ending sequences until it comes
down to Angle catching AJ with a double-leg pin. It’s no surprise that these
guys went out and tore the house down again. However, AJ losing makes no sense.
He’s supposed to be the guy who finally gets rid of Aces, yet here he is
losing. Although he did have Angle’s number the entire match. Absolutely
fantastic match that I feel is second to their Last Man Standing from a few
years ago. They really ramped up the intensity with some fantastic sequences
and great false finishes. If AJ has to lose, at least it was in a fluke sense. 
Angle
pins AJ with a double-leg take down at 19:45 |
****1/4  Definitely worth tracking down. Anytime these guys wrestle it’s
worth the price of admission alone

Bully
cuts an awesome promo where he says he’s not gonna rip Sting’s arm off, tear
his throat out, gouge out his eyes, or break his legs. He’s gonna defeat him
with the piledriver. A move no wrestler tries anymore. It’s brilliant that he’s
putting the piledriver over like that, because it really is a dangerous and
taboo move these days. 

Sting
vs. Bully Ray [C] – No Holds Barred – TNA Heavyweight Championship

Sting
explodes on Bully right from the beginning, holding the momentum until he tries
a running splash outside and Bully answers back with a clothesline, turning the
tides right then and there. They trade beatings with a steel chair until it’s mangled.
Bully hits a piledriver as promised, but Stinger kicks out, prompting Bully Ray
to set up a table and powerbomb him through it. It only gets a two. Bully then
starts tearing up the ring, exposing the planks beneath it. Another piledriver
on top of the exposed wood gets 2 and a half. Pretty inventive, I’ll give them
that. Stinger hits a Death Drop on the planks, and had this been 1997, I would
have declared Bully Ray DEAD. DEAD. Aces show up to make the save, and after
fighting them off, he returns to Bully. An off the top rope clothesline blows
up in his face as Bully catches him with a hammer shot on the way down, earning
the three. This was a decent match, and exactly what his match against Hogan in
1997 should have been. It really started to have the big fight feel, with Sting
trying to bring down the house of the Aces, only for it not to be. I would have
liked some blood, and a little bit of variety with the weapons, but they did
just fine and delivered a worthwhile main event. 
Bully
Ray hits Sting with a hammer for the pin at 17:23 |
***1/4 It won’t be talked about for ages, but it’s definitely a satisfying
conclusion to a solid PPV


Showcase
Showdown:
Slammiversary once again comes through for TNA as a fantastic PPV.
The few matches that weren’t much to speak of were kept short and sweet, and
those that delivered did so well and good. The whole PPV was built on variety,
with no two matches ending up the same. This gets the highest of
recommendations from me, as it’s one of the best shows of the year so far, and
one that everyone should check out.

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The SmarK Rant for TNA Slammiversary X (2012)

The SmarK Rant for TNA Slammiversary 2012 Live from Arlington, TX, a HUGE crowd that looks like a legit arena sellout crowd instead of the usual Orlando TV taping crowd. That’s a huge difference in presentation right there. By the way, this is my first TNA PPV purchase in a very long time, as the Joseph Park v. Bully Ray feud, plus the AJ/Angle v. Daniels/Kazarian match, were enough to convince me to drop $45 in their direction. Your hosts are Mike Tenay & Taz General Manager Hulk Hogan starts us out, and he’s pushing our buttons, brother. So the first match is Austin Aries defending the X title against Samoa Joe, even though he’s over 225 pounds. X Division Title: Austin Aries v. Samoa Joe Joe overpowers Aries to start, but Austin comes in with some strikes and gets destroyed in that battle. Aries snaps off a rana to put Joe on the floor, but the suicide dive proves to be suicide, as he runs into a kick on the way down. Back in, Joe spinkicks him in the corner and adds the boot-rubs for two. Snap powerslam gets two. Aries blocks a blind charge, but runs into another big boot and Joe dumps him. Joe’s charge misses, and NOW Aries gets his suicide dive right after. That was a great sequence. Aries with a neckbreaker on the apron and he goes up with a missile dropkick, but Joe catches him on a charge and hits an Emerald Frozen for two. They slug it out and Aries tries another rana, but Joe reverses to the powerbomb for two and then right into a Boston crab. And from there into an STF. That doesn’t work, so he hangs on with a crucifix for two. Nice to see Joe motivated to bust out the old chain wrestling stuff. Joe slugs away in the corner and sets up for the muscle buster, but Aries lays him out and hits the 450 for two. Aries wins a slugfest, but walks into a chokehold, which he manages to reverse into a cover for two. He charges and runs into the uranage and now Joe is pissed, but he can’t get the muscle buster, as Aries reverses into a crucifix bomb. That’s crazy. Aries keeps fighting with a dropkick in the corner and into the brainbuster for the pin at 11:45. Felt a tad abrupt, but that was a hell of a opener. Aries is just unreal right now, and Joe looked motivated enough to trade toe-to-toe with him tonight. ****1/4 Kid Kash v. Hernandez Well this is certainly random. I thought Anarquia got fired, but Hernandez is still being introduced as half of Mexican America. Kash gets shoulderblocked right out of the ring to start, and Hernandez slingshots him back in and tosses him around the ring. Kash chokes him out to take over and goes to an armbar, but Hernandez blocks it. I don’t know if the production or cameras or what, but TNA’s HD broadcast looks way better than WWE’s. The colors are super-bright and almost blown out (like Kash’s yellow tights here) and it’s all crystal clear. I find WWE stuff to be almost lower resolution and darker. TNA might be doing 1080 and WWE 720, I’m not sure. Anyway, Kash gets a nice tornado DDT, but Hernandez makes the unlikely babyface comeback and gets a big reaction for it. He tosses Kash and follows with the MEXICAN OUTTA CONTROL DIVE, which is pretty awesome, but Kash gets a cheapshot coming back in. They fight to the top and Hernandez tosses him off like nothing and follows with the big splash to finish at 5:45. This was surprisingly fun and hard-hitting. **1/2 Robbie E & Robbie T v. Devon & Garrett Bischoff Robbie E suffers the WRATH OF CARROT in the corner to start, and decides to bring Robbie T in instead. Terry gets nowhere, so E trips up Bischoff and the Jersey Boyz beat on him in the corner. E gets a clothesline for two. Meanwhile, Madison Rayne watches from the ramp, as apparently her secret crush is in this match. Hopefully the lucky guy woos her with a cheeseburger, because she needs one. E with a chinlock and thankfully Garrett makes the hot tag to Devon to end the bad portion of the match. Devon destroys E and hits an avalanche and shoulderblock for two, showing WAY more charisma and crispness in a few moves than Garrett has the entire match. Devon finishes E with the spinebuster at 5:56. This is a good role for Devon right now. *1/2 #1 Contender match: Mr. Anderson v. Rob Van Dam v. Jeff Hardy Jeff Hardy flips a coin and attacks RVD first in a cute spot, but Anderson goes after both guys. He collides with RVD in the corner and Hardy hits the running dive on RVD for two, but Anderson with a neckbreaker for two. Rob lays out both guys with spinkicks and tries the monkey flip on Anderson, but it’s blocked with a pin attempt for two. They stack up in the corner and tease the Tower of Doom spot, but Anderson breaks it up and just hits a superplex on Hardy instead…and RVD pops up and nearly hits them both with the frog splash before they both move at the last moment. They all slug it out from their knees and Rob gets a spinkick into a rollup on Hardy for two, and a missile dropkick for two. Split legged moonsault on Anderson gets two. He monkey flips Anderson onto Hardy and gets two, but slugs it out with Anderson and Ken backslides him for two. Hardy breaks it up by trying to pin RVD himself, and he gets two off that. That’s unique. Anderson with the Regal roll on Hardy and a clothesline gets two. Anderson and RVD slug it out on the floor, so Hardy hits them both with a top rope dive. Hardy brings RVD in and gets the Whisper in the Wind for two. Twist of Fate and he gets rid of Anderson before going up with the swanton, but it only gets two because Anderson saves. He tosses Hardy for the big bump, and reverses Rolling Thunder into the Mic Check to finish RVD and win the match at 11:25. Not really the result anyone wanted to see, but this was pretty great for a midcard three-way, with a bunch of cool and unique spots. ***1/2 And if Anderson loses the title match, he can always team up with Bobby Roode instead as the Roode Assholes. Meanwhile, Crimson doesn’t know or care who has accepted his open challenge for tonight. Uh oh, he should talk to Honky Tonk Man about what happens when you say stuff like that. Crimson v. James Storm Storm clotheslines him to the floor and suplexes him back in, then slugs away on the mat. Chops in the corner, but Crimson clubs him from behind and throws Nash elbows in the corner. He walks into a clothesline, however, and Storm finishes with a codebreaker and superkick to end the streak at 2:10. Now that’s how you push a guy. They didn’t waste the streak on a guy too far down the card to help, or on a guy already established as a top guy who wouldn’t need it. I approve of this product or service. *1/2 Meanwhile, Austin Aries wants to be the main event, because he’s awesome. Dixie Carter comes out to introduce the first member of the TNA Hall of Fame…Sting. That’s as good a choice as any. Knockouts Title: Gail Kim v. Miss Tessmacher They fight outside the ring quickly, and Kim brings Tessmacher back in, but runs into a clothesline. Kim blocks a bulldog attempt, and takes her down with a shoulderbreaker for two. Kim works her over with holds on the mat and chokes her out on the ropes, then adds a neckbreaker and sends her to the floor. Back in, Tessmacher is dead and Kim goes to finish, but changes her mind and decides to use Tessmacher’s own move, which is then reversed to a rollup for the pin and title at 7:02. I’m thinking Kim will get that one back pretty quick. Dull match, but at least the babyface went over in her home state. Crazy notion, I know. * Bully Ray v. Joseph Park, ESQUIRE Park is wearing a track suit in what has to be a rib on Johnny Ace and his dorky ring attire. Bully offers Joseph a free shot, but doesn’t actually let him have it. Park’s whiffing punches and awkward movements are some spectacular acting on his part. Bully, as a bully, keeps talking shit and slapping Park around, so Park finally smacks him one and Bully lays him out. Bully lays in the beating while the crowd informs him that New York sucks, and Park manages to get a hold of a chair. So of course Ray begs off and then hits him from behind to end that threat. What an awesome dynamic. The match is crap, but they just know their characters incredibly well. Bully just kills Park with chairs to the back and beats on him outside. Back in, Bully goes up and misses the senton, and Park makes the improbable comeback with THE POWER OF ATTORNEY, firing away in the corner with everything he’s got. Which isn’t much, because Bully boots him down again and retrieves a table. He once again takes too long setting up his big attack with the kendo stick, and Park hits him low and uses the stick for two. Park’s reactions to all this craziness and his facials are just unbelievable, and I’m kind of sad they stuck him under a mask for so long. Park gets dumped and he hides under the ring…but ABYSS emerges from the other side (wearing a face-obscuring hoodie), chokeslams Bully through the table, and then he disappears again. Joseph returns and gets the pin at 10:20. At this point I have no idea if we as the audience are supposed to be thinking they’re two different people, or where this storyline is actually going, but I love it. This goofiness worked way better than it had any right to. I actually like this match more the more I think about it. *** Now from here they can easily write Park out if they need to, but I hope they don’t. Christian, you know, the current WWE Intercontinental champion, comes out to introduce the #1 moment in TNA history: Sting’s debut. Weird that they couldn’t actually advertise him. A very weird and cool show thus far, that’s for sure. TNA World tag titles: Kazarian & Christopher Daniels v. AJ Styles & Kurt Angle Speaking of great angles where I have no idea where they’re going, the Dixie Carter thing is tremendous, because the obvious payoff would seem to be some sort of innocent relationship between AJ and herself exploited by lying heels, but why exactly IS Dixie freaking out like this? I’m intrigued! I want to know where the story is going! The champs attack, but AJ nails Kaz with a spinkick and gets the high dropkick on Daniels. To the floor, where AJ slides under the railing and springboards back over with a forearm. That was AWESOME. Back in, kneedrop gets two. Double-team suplex gets two on Kazarian and Angle pounds him in the corner, but he gets caught in the heel side and Daniels takes over. Angle gets AJ back in, but he goes up and Kazarian kicks him down and leaves him tied up and hanging upside down in a pretty crazy manner. AJ is your face-in-peril and Daniels comes in with a curbstomp to the chest, and hiptosses Kazarian onto him with a legdrop for two. Sweet double-team neckbreaker gets two. Kazarian tries a suplex, but AJ counters into a neckbreaker and makes the hot tag to Angle. Suplex for Daniels, german suplex for Kaz, and then another one for Daniels. Angle Slam for Daniels for two. Rolling germans on Kazarian, which turns into a DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX on the champions. Crazy pop for that. Anklelock on Daniels, but Kaz breaks it up. Daniels tries the Wings, but it’s back to AJ and he hits both guys with a DDT at the same time. Blind charge misses and Daniels rolls the dice on him, but Angle throws him with a suplex to get rid of him. AJ faceplants Kazarian for two. Everyone is out and the crowd finally starts the “This is awesome” chant, a place where it’s warranted for sure. AJ slugs away on Kazarian in the corner and they go up, but Angle runs in with the pop up superplex. Daniels flattens Angle with the STO and he slugs it out with AJ, but puts him down with a uranage. Moonsault misses and he lands right in Angle’s german suplex, and Styles hits the Pele kick on Kazarian. Kurt goes up with a flying splash for two, but Daniels punks out the ref to save. Styles hits HIM with a shooting star press to the floor (!!) and Angle finishes Kazarian with the HEEL HOOK OF DEATH to win the titles at 14:19. THIS IS AWESOME, indeed. ****1/2 I don’t even care about the main event quality, I’ve gotten my money back out of this show a few times over already. TNA World title: Bobby Roode v. Sting They fight outside right away and Sting goes for the deathlock early, but Roode bails to escape. Sting sends him back in and gets caught with a necksnap as a result. Roode pounds away and blocks a blind charge for two, and it’s sleeper time. Sting reverses to his own, but Roode quickly escapes with the backdrop suplex. Sting comes back with a superplex into the deathlock, but Roode makes the ropes. They fight outside again and Sting hits him with the Stinger splash into the railing, which marks one of the only times he ever actually HITS that move. He carries on with a Scorpion deathlock on the announce table, but Roode’s tap doesn’t count there. Roode stops for a cold one, stealing the leftover beer from James Storm’s match, and lays out Sting with a bottle to retain at 10:50. Nice bit of continuity there. This was just a match, about the best you’re going to get out of Sting these days. ** Sting destroys him on the stage afterwards, and we’re out. The Pulse Best PPV of 2012 thus far. I know we always say that they should have fired Vince Russo years ago, but THEY SHOULD HAVE FIRED VINCE RUSSO YEARS AGO! The angles are slowed down and given time to develop, things make more sense, and the PPV actually paid things off with wrestling matches in the ring! Thank you, TNA, for actually justifying my purchase of this show and not letting me down on an impulse buy like WWE has done so many times before. Get the replay on Tuesday and vote with your wallet to show TNA that this direction is working. Huge thumbs up.