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TNA Destination X Review

Posted in PPV Events/ Live Event Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by biggman621

I am very eager to see what happens in this pay per view. If you want to know my predictions  and what to look for, just scroll down a couple posts.

The Beautiful People and Madison Rayne vs Roxxi, Taylor Wilde, and The Governor

The Governor and Velvet Sky will be starting the match off.  Thereis a sign at ringside that says “Botchmania = This Match.” I am not entirely convinced that this match is a good show of that so far.  Angelina Love tags in Madison Rayne and The Beautiful People are isolating Roxxi in the corner.  Roxxi hits a sitout powerbomb on Love and tags in Wilde. Taylor Wilde cleans house and only gets a two count on Madison Rayne. The Governor goes over the top rope to take out Love and Sky. Taylor Wilde hits a bridging suplex for the three count. This wasn’t a bad match just too short. 2 out of 5 stars

During an interview with Lauren, the CG guy screwed up and put a Magnus graphic.

Magnus Open Challenge: Brutus Magnus vs Eric Young

Brutus Magnus issues the open challenge again and Eric Young answers the call. A naval officer comes into the ring and is special guest ring announcer.  I always enjoy EY matches so I am expecting nothing different.

Magnus takes control early and EY is getting tossed around like a rag doll. Magnus is calling for a finish and goes for a splash and misses. At least, I think i was a splash. EY hits the Death Valley Driver for the two count. EY hits a top rope elbow for a two count. The two trade pin attempts with no luck. EY gets cut off on the top rope. Magnus hits the Tormentum from the second rope for the pinfall victory.  This was a typical squash match, meant for nothing except to give Magnus a win.  Still, not a terrible match. 3 out of 5 stars.

Sheik Abdul Bashir says that he deserves to be in the ppv tonight. He claims it is a race thing. No surprise here. Jim Cornette comes to ringside and tells Bashir he will answer his questions.  Cornette says he isn’t in the show because no one likes him.  He says Bashir’s mouth is the problem, and tells him to leave the building. Cornette calls Officer Neil into the ring to sing “God Bless America.” Neil can’t sing for his life. Even the members of Milli Vanilli are saying “good god,  make him stop.”

10,000 Thumbtacks Match: “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs Abyss

Normally, I would be suprised that this match is so close to the beginning, but with the rest of the card as is, it makes sense. The way you win is if you go directly into the tacks.

Don West, by defending Bashir’s right to speak, is serving as almost the blunt logic side of the broadcast team, which should lend into his heel persona. I got to admit I like it.

Morgan starts the match in complete control. Abyss moves the two thumbtack trays to the ring. Well, I know what the out come will be now. It is just a matter of how we get there now.  Morgan regains control and grabs the bag of thumbtacks. Morgan tries to put Abyss’s face into the tacks. Abyss hits the splash in the corner twice and goes for the second bag of tacks. “We want tacks” chants can be heard in the background. Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint, and goes to get a chair. Abyss sends Morgan into the chair and takes out the second bag of tacks. Abyss is going to try a powerbomb  but Abyss counters Morgan’s clothesline into a black hole slam. The bag Abyss brought contained glass. Matt Morgan is on the edge, but we know whats going to happen. Morgan hits the Carbon Footprint on Abyss, sending him onto the trays of tacks like i thought. A match that could have been good, ended up being extremely predictable. 1 out of 5 stars.

One Night with ODB finals:

I have rooted for Shark Boy since the start. The couple of ODB and Shark Boy would be absolutely hilarious.  ODB looks as gone as ever, but she looks a lot better then if she was wrestling. She looks more like she did when I saw her live. Jeremy Borash is out to do some commentary. This should be hilarious. The three finalists are Cody Deaner (sounds oddly like Tommy Dreamer: coincidence?), Shark Boy, and Bernie Weber.

ODB wants to know why he should win. Deaner says he only needs 60 minutes with her. Shark Boy says he only needs 23 minutes and can do it twice. Weber says he has money, pretty weak.

Next thing they do is dance. We have a dance off folks. JB will call the moves. Weber is first and does the worst dance EVER. Shark Boy is next and apparently ODB got finned. Cody Deaner is up next and he dedicates the dance to Dale Earnhardt. Dale Sr. is turning in his grave here. JB’s commentary is just awesome.

The fans boo Weber out of the ring. Shark Boy gets a huge pop, and Deaner only gets a small cheer. ODB picks Deaner for the night with ODB. The cameras will capture every moment. If you just like a good laugh, one word describes this segment, EPIC. If you are just into the wrestling, well, at least Borash and Shark Boy were funny.

TNA Knockout Championship Match: Awesome Kong (c) vs Sojourner Bolt

I really don’t know how to feel about this match. I really don’t think Sojo deserves a title shot, but then again, that’s just my opinion. Within a minute, it is pretty obvious that Kong will retain. Sojo got a whole 5 moves in that were remotely offensive. This was a hard match to watch and I will admit it, I’m kind of disappointed with the ppv so far. Awesome Kong retains the title because of the Awesome Bomb.  1 out of 5 stars.

Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner

Samoa Joe/ Steiner match (if you want to call it that) was disappointing with the ref being knocked out by Joe. Steiner wins by DQ, leading to the two wrestlers brawling. The brawl led backstage. This was a throw away match, but it could have been something great. This was kind of a shame. I was looking forward to the confrontation.

TNA Legends Championship: Booker T (c) vs AJ Styles

AJ shows off some shoot wrestling moves to start off. Booker wrenches on the arm, which leads to a few reversals back and forth. Booker T finally gets some momentum from a clothesline and a couple slaps. AJ reverses a whip into a dropkick and a flying forearm. A few two counts later, Booker drops AJ on the top rope, which is followed by a spin kick. Then a top wrist lock is applied. AJ hits a Samoan drop, but Booker still holds onto the wrist. AJ and Booker trade clotheslines and AJ hits a backdrop on Booker. Booker goes for a sunset flip and AJ reverses into an attempted Styled clash. Booker T reverses with a superkick for a two count. AJ hits a bridging suplex for a two count. AJ tries for a flying forearm but Booker caught him with a calf kick. Booker goes for the Axe Kick which led to the Pele. AJ Styles hits the Styles Clash and pins booker T to win the Legends Championship belt. A great match and in true hero form celebrates with the fans. 4 out of 5 stars.

Joe is backstage and says Lauren should ask Steiner himself what he did. Very, very creepy.

TNA Tag Team Championship Match/ “Off the Wagon” Challenge: Beer Money Inc. (c) vs Team 3D

James Storm comes out with the beer goggles and the cooler cart. I  miss the beer helmet. Robert Roode and Brother Devon will start the action with Brother Ray trying to get the fans involved. In an interesting note, Jacqueline didn’t come out or appear for that matter with Beer Money. Maybe there is a reason for that,

Devon is showing his power early and tags in Brother Ray. Storm is tagged in now and after a slow start, Storm takes control. I also think the Storm taunt of Brother Ray of a walker. The dancing was also very funny. Devon and Ray double team Roode for a two count. Beer Money counters the Wassap into isolating Devon. After the double suplex and Beer Money chant, Devon counters into a double clothesline and tags in Brother Ray. Brother Ray whips both members of Beer Money and Ray hits a splash on both of them. Brother Ray hits a big elbow on James Storm. Roode hits that flip neckbreaker for a two count. Ray takes out Roode and Storm. Momentarily. Storm hits a hurricanrana to Brother Ray followed by a Roode splash from the top rope for a two count. Brother Ray hits the Bubba Bomb on Roode for a two count. Storm spit beer in Roodes face. Team 3D sets up for the 3D and Storm hits Ray with a chair, leading to a DQ.

Cornette restarts the match under no disqualification rules. Team 3D hits the 3D on Storm and Roode pulls the ref which would have lead to a three count. Fans are yelling “Bullshit” to the match as Roode and Storm leave the Impact Zone. Don West gets into it with Team 3D` and they want to hurt him. This was a great match and I can’t wait for the rematch at Lockdown when I see it live. It was just incredible. 4 out of 5 stars.

TNA X Division Title Match/ Ultimate X Match: Alex Shelley (c) vs Chris Sabin vs Consequences Creed vs “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal vs Suicide

The interviews with the wrestlers were a very smart way to lead into the match. The best line was Jay Lethal talking about the x. “Some people think it’s a shape, but I think it’s a letter.” That was sheer comedic gold.

This promises to be an absolutely incredible match, especially considering the participants. If this ultimate X match is the same as most, this will be hard to follow. The Guns focus first on Suicide, then move their attention on Lethal and Creed. Sabin appears to try and block for Shelley. Suicide knocks him down. The fans were chanting “Fallen Angel” for the man under the Suicide mask. This is such a nice touch especially since Christopher Daniels is the most experienced in the Ultimate X match, except for AJ Styles. Suicide and Sabin in the ring and Suicide is in control. Shelley kicks Suicide and tries for a baseball slide on Lethal. Lethal counters, tries a cross body and misses. Suicide tries a dive and catches a boot from Shelley. Suicide hits a rolling slam using creed as a battering ram for the other three. Lethal hits a dropkick as Suicide tries to shimmy across the ropes. Creed takes out the Guns with a double springboard bull dog. This match is too quick for my typing. “That was awesome” chants can be heard throughout the crowd. Creeds hits Suicide, and now there is a tower of doom situation which hits everyone except Suicide since he grabbed onto the ropes above the ring. Lethal catches Suicide and powerbombs him from the ropes. The Guns are hitting some incredible moves as is everyone. I honestly can’t keep up with the match. This is absolutely incredible. Sabin hits a release suplex from the top rope. Shelley hits a top rop Sliced Bread as Sabin hits a powerbomb on Creed. Shelley is climbing up the trust as Suicide is fighting him off. Suicide’s leg is caught in the trust and now Lethal, Creed, Sabin, and Suicide knocks all of them off of the center of the cross section. Suicide grabs the belt and that was an absolutely incredible match. You could tell it was Christopher Daniels from the leap, the same leap he made in the match with him and AJ Styles teaming up against LAX. Two words for this match: absolutely incredible. 5 out of 5 stars.

TNA World Heavyweight Title

Sting (c) vs Kurt Angle with Special Guest Referee: Jeff Jarrett and Special Guest Enforcer: Mick Foley

Angle is moving around trying to avoid any contact early. Angle lands a few right hands and kicks in the corner. Sting counters with a kick of his own and starts to mount an offense. Angle goes after Stings knee to no avail as he is sent out of the ring. Angle is sent over the top rope by Sting via a backdrop over the top rope. Sting and Angle take the match outside the ringside area for just a few minutes. Angle ducks under a clothesline and hits a backdrop to gain control of the match. A suplex earns Angle a two count. Sting gets caught and is on the receiving end of a belly to belly suplex and a back breaker, both resulting in near falls. Angle has a head lock on the champ. Sting and Angle both go for cross body blocks and both hit.

The two wrestlers trade blows, to which Sting gets some momentum, hitting the Stinger Splash. After Stings two count, he reverses the Olympic Slam into an arm drag, following up with a powerbomb. Angle goes for the 3 german suplexes, which only gets him a two count. Angle hits the Olympic Slam and Sting kicks out after two. Angle goes to the top rope and hits the moonsault for another two count. Angle hits another German Suplex. Sting reverses a second one into a Scorpion Death Drop, for a two count. Mick Foley has yet to interfere at this point. Angle clotheslines Jarrett. Sting gets the Scorpion Death Lock, with Angle tapping and no ref. Angle kicks Foley in the Jewels and goes out of the ring for a steel chair. Foley grabs the chair and accidentally hits Sting. Sting kicks out after a two count. This is absolutely crazy. Angle spits in Jarretts face. Jarrett lands a right hand on Kurt Angle and Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop, giving him the pinfall victory. A great match in its own right, but honestly, it was one of the best match of the night. 4 out of 5 stars.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Best Match: Ultimate X match

Worst Match: Tied between Matt Morgan vs Abyss and Awesome Kong vs Sojo Bolt

My predictions and a final note: I got five out of the eight matches announced. That isn’t too bad for me. I just want everyone to know that I will be attending Lockdown in Philadelphia, PA. If you are going and would like to meet me, send me a comment or email, and I will make arrangements to meet you.

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TNA Impact Review 2/26/09

Posted in News, TV show reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2009 by biggman621

I can’t wait to see what happens in the Angle/Sting Saga, and if that Suicide sign I saw on the website will mean anything. Mike Tenay and Don West open the show by describing the fight between Sting and Angle. The Main Event Mafia will speak on what happened last week.

Later tonight there will be a 4 way X Division title match and another “Off The Wagon” challenge.

The Beautiful People w/ Cute Kip vs Taylor Wilde and Madison Rayne

Madison Rayne and Angelina Love will start off the match. Rayne tags in Wilde. It seems like Rayne and Wilde have really great chemistry. After a distraction from Kip, Velvet Sky takes control for The Beautiful People. This is one of the better Knockout matches I have seen. Velvet Sky did an Inverted Curb Stomp and it looked believable. Sky isn’t a great wrestler, so the curb stomp inversion was nice. Taylor Wilde is finally tagged in and she gets slapped by Madison Rayne. Velvet Sky hits Wilde with the Beauty Mark and gets the pinfall. This match kept me captivated from start to finish. 3 out of 5 stars.

Angle Interview is just him and the mafia walking past JB without saying a word.

Jeremy Borash is in the MEM locker room. JB is in there and Booker T, known as “Huffman,” are asked to go outside by police.

“Off the Wagon” Challenge Beer Money Inc. vs The Rock and Rave Infection

James Storm comes out with the cooler cart and beer goggles. I feel like he should mix it up a bit; maybe throw in a beer helmet or something. It is obvious by who they are facing which team is going to leave. The Rock and Rave Infection hasn’t done much over the past couple of months so they won’t win.

Jimmy Rave and Robert Roode start the match and the Rock and Rave Infection take control early. Lance Rock looks much different than I remember. He looks like he gained weight and doesn’t look in great shape. I put my money on Rock going home. Rock is tagged in and choke-slams both members of Beer Money. Lance Rock is hit with a tag title belt as Jacqueline distracts the ref, which allows Robert Roode to get the pinfall. Lance Rock (Lance Hoyt) is gone from TNA. Overall, this was a good match, but I am really getting tired of Beer Money winning the same way. 2.5 out of 5 stars

Sting pulls up in a very nice car and he ignores JB.

JB with Booker T: He is showing the police his locker room because it was destroyed by AJ Styles.

Abyss’s therapy session with Dr. Stevie: Abyss is comparing cutting himself to the feeling of the first present on Christmas. Also, another first for TNA, we have a Jonas brothers reference by the monster himself. These therapy sessions are absolutely hilarious.

ODB‘s fan contest: This has to be rigged to bring in a wrestler. It is an absolute shame if they don’t.

Booker T with the police again. As the police leave, AJ appears and starts beating down Booker T. This leads into security having to pull them apart.

Lauren interviews Scott Steiner about Tenay interviewing Sting and Angle. He goes off on a tangent about beating Samoa Joe down. Joe puts a knife to Steiner’s neck and is playing mind games. This is very intense and well done.

JB with Jeff Jarrett and they talk about the MEM and how we are seeing the beginning of the end.

Mick Foley‘s Hardcore History: This was a very interesting insight to his favorite matches. The interesting thing is that TNA will recognize the WWE but not the other way around. As the Hurricane would say, “What’s up with that?”

Tenay’s interview with the Main Event Mafia. Sting comes out with the MEM. Tenay asks Sting if Angle will be facing him at Destination X. Nash takes the mic and says he is the spokesman for the Main Event Mafia. He says that things aren’t great, but they are working that out. Nash gets in Tenay’s face and is trying to convince Angle and Sting that this is all Jarrett’s doing. I got to admit Nash is giving a hell of a pep talk.

Jeff Jarrett interrupts Nash’s pep talk and comes to the ring with mic in hand. Double J says that he sees that Sting isn’t buying into the Mafia. He says that Sting stands for all these things he is fighting for, is what he isn’t getting from Angle. Jarrett says that Angle and Sting will face off at Destination X for the TNA title.

Booker T asks what he found and says TNA is a company with nobodies. Book also claims that without the MEM, there will be no TNA. Kurt and Sting will sign the contract for Destination X tonight.

Don West is pissed off and annoyed with Mike Tenay. Don West goes over the history between them. Don West says that Tenay said nothing during a meeting about West’s future. Don West says Tenay was a selfish prick. West leaves the announce table as he tells Tenay to shove the mic where the sun don’t shine. This could be a very interesting angle and who knows maybe West vs Tenay at Lockdown?
Lauren is with the Kongtourage, and Sojourner Bolt and Rhaka Khan take off and head toward the ring.

Sojo Bolt has the mic and tells Kong that her and Saeed is won’t tell them what to do. Khan and Sojo call Kong out to the ring. We might be witnessing the fall of the Kongtourage. Kong and Saeed come out to the ring and it turns into a tag team match.

Raisha Saeed and Awesome Kong vs Sojourner Bolt and Rhaka Khan

There is really not much to say about this match. The match is very bland and unfortunately not much too it. Rhaka Khan is a very good women’s wrestler. I am very impressed with what she can do. Sojo Bolt pins Saeed with a backslide. Kong comes back in and takes out Khan and Bolt. This match came to an end when it needed to. 1 out of 5 Stars.

TNA Rough Cut: Ultimate X match and heights. These new promos are very good and extremely insightful.

Congratulations to Hoobastank for creating the theme song for Destination X. The name of the song is “My Turn.”

X Division Title Ladder Match: Consequences Creed vs Jay Lethal vs Chris Sabin vs Alex Shelley

This match will hold a very interesting dynamic. The four competitors are part of tag teams, so I wonder what will happen when each team member must face each other. The Motor City Machine Guns have control early. Lethal Consequences try to bring in the ladders, but the Guns baseball slide the ladders into them.

Coming out of a commercial, Sabin tries climbing up the ladder but gets cut off by Creed. Sabin takes out Creed and goes for the belt again. Jay Lethal cuts him off and hits a Power move onto a ladder. Shelley comes in and hits the Sliced bread on Lethal and grabs the title belt. After the match, Suicide comes in from the zip-line.

Suicide takes out Sabin, Lethal, Creed and Shelley in that order. He grabs the X Division Title, and I think this is a message for Shelley. Suicide wants his shot. This was an awesome match followed up by an awesome run in. If Suicide wins the title, he will be the first video game character to win a legitimate title in real life. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Jeff Jarrett comes out with the contract for the Destination X title match. Kurt Angle gets into the ring with the rest of the MEM without Sting. Nash tells Jarrett that this match won’t happen, but Jarrett tells Angle he doesn’t understand. Jarret says Angle is gutless. The crowd is egging Angle on, and he signs. Jarrett is hit with the clip board and is being beat down. Foley comes out to check out Jeff, and Angle hits Foley from behind.

Sting comes out and hits Angle with his baseball bat. Sting signs the contract making the match official. It will be Kurt Angle vs Sting at Destination X for the TNA Title.

Promo Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Best Promo: Abyss and Dr. Stevie

Worst Promo: Kongtourage Meltdown

Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 5 Stars

Best Match: X Division Title Match

Worst Match: Raisha Saeed and Awesome Kong vs Sojo Bolt and Rhaka Khan

New TNA Webmatch

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by biggman621

There is a new webmatch on the TNA website. The match is between Roxxi and new TNA Knockout Madison Rayne.

Since she is a new Knockout and I haven’t seen her wrestle, I can’t draw a conclusion about Madison quite yet. Once she gets a couple more matches under her belt, I will do a wrestler spotlight on her.