Hello and welcome to another edition
of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the
internet that is more over than Drew McIntyre! So, it’s TNA Victory Road 2007!
Kurt Angle is delusional and a TNA World Heavyweight Champion & IWGP
Heavyweight Champion. Samoa Joe teams with Kurt Angle against The Dudley Boys
for all the gold, what an odd concept but I did state my concerns about where Team
3D would go next after an awful match with Rick Steiner and Animal. We have an
Ultimate X match which is always a fun way to kick us off, let’s get it on!
Number One Contender’s Match) Christopher Daniels vs Black Machismo Jay Lethal
vs Puma vs Homicide vs Sonday Dutt vs Petey Williams vs Shark Boy vs Eliz
Skipper vs Kaz vs Senshi
Welcome back to nothingness Daniels
and wait a minute, Lethal won the championship at Slammiversary what is this
bullshit? Daniels jumps Lethal, right hands and a back drop, this is a gauntlet
match and it is a battle royal too. This is ridiculous, Lethal batters Daniels
with elbows before Daniels regains control. Number 3 is Puma, I remember they
talked about Puma one time about how talented he was, I think that was a year
ago. Puma comes and dropkicks Lethal, Lethal blocks the suplex but Puma nails a
roundhouse kick. Lethal almost tosses out Puma but Puma hangs on for a spinning
heel kick. Number four is Homicide, back-drop and dropkick for Lethal.
Gringo Cutter for Lethal, Puma and
Homicide batter Lethal. Things are coming quick and fast, Dutt and Petey enter
the match. Petey teases the Canadian destroyer three times before spiking Puma
with it. That is all we ever wanted, Puma is tossed out by Petey but Homicide
throws out Petey. In comes Shark Boy, missile dropkick and facebusters/neck-breakers
for everyone. Shark Boy bites Daniels’ ass. We have a few elimination attempts before
here comes Eliz Skipper who has not appeared in forever. Skipper botches
immediately, that’s my boy but Skipper back-drops Shark Boy to the floor.
Skipper eliminates Dutt too, I am shocked to be honest.
Here comes Kaz, no more serotonin.
Dropkicks for everyone, legsweep for Daniels. Springboard leg drop, Kaz awaits
the final entrant. It is Senshi, now you can try to climb to win. Senshi is
after Kaz who is climbing the structure, Senshi kicks Kaz over and over. Senshi
applies a dragon sleeper on the structure, Senshi is climbing towards the X.
Skipper is in pursuit, Homicide drags down Senshi. Lethal drags down Skipper,
Kappu Kick from Senshi to Homicide. Daniels is attempting to win, Kaz grabs the
leg of Daniels. Down comes Daniels, Kaz is climbing the structure. 4 men climb
towards the X, Skipper and Homicide are the only two on the ground. Skipper and
Homicide bring down the 4 men.
Everyone takes turns nailing their
spots, kicks left right and centre before Daniels is standing tall after an STO
on Lethal. Daniels is on his way to the X, Lethal is right behind Daniels.
Knees to the back, Lethal falls to the mat. Daniels is left dangling by his
feet, Kaz nails a jumping cutter which is pure beauty. Senshi misses a cartwheel
kick on Homicide, everyone goes to the buckle. Tower of Doom spot, obligatory in
this type of match at this stage. Kaz and Skipper are on top of the structure,
Skipper and Kaz look at one another and trade blows. Both men are dangling beside
the X, both men fall anti-climatically to the floor. Daniels and Lethal are on
their feet, Lethal Combination on Daniels.
Skipper nails Sudden Death on Lethal,
Kaz nails Skipper with The Wave of The Future. Flux Capacitor on Homicide from
Kaz, Kaz coming off as a huge star in this match. Daniels tosses Kaz into the
structure, Lethal throws Daniels off the buckle. Lethal edges towards the X, Daniels
is on his way. Skipper and Senshi take out Lethal with a springboard enzuigiri,
Daniels has all the time in the world to unhook the X. Triple X are back!
Yeah, so I shut my mind off for this
match and really enjoyed it! Lots of big spots and ridiculous bumps, Kaz looked
like a big star in this match. Three big spots for Kaz, hopefully Kaz will be
chasing the championship going forward. Daniels winning feels like a step back
for obvious reasons, the man was primed for a feud with Sting and was utterly
decimated in 6 minutes so Daniels back down here with an old faction reuniting,
does nothing for me to be honest. A fun match to open the show, fans are all
Daniels via Retrieval of The X!
Basham W/ Lance Hoyt & Christy Hemme vs VKM W/ Roxxi
And now the life will be sucked out of
the building, this feud will not die. I almost admire their stubbornness to
keep going with this trash. Lance Hoyt was a VKM boy but turned on VKM to align
with Christy. Hemme is continuing to use Basham & Damaja despite their previous
losses to VKM. Roxxi The Voodoo Queen is here. Their answer to Christy Hemme,
Damaja and BG to start the match. Side headlock by BG, Damaja counters with a
boot to the face. Right hands and forearms by Damaja, BG ducks a right hand.
Jabs by BG and running splash to the back, shot to Basham. Boot for Damaja and
BG clocks Hoyt with a right hand.
Kip and Basham tag into the match, Basham
smashes Kip in the lower back before Kip sends Basham into the buckle. Reverse
off an Irish whip, inverted atomic drop by Basham but Kip answers with a
dropkick. Basham misses a dropkick, hip-toss by Kip. Side headlock by Kip, Hoyt
grabs Kip’s leg off an Irish whip. Kip goes after Hoyt, Hemme slaps Kip. Roxxi
is in the ring, the referee holds back Roxxi. Basham throws BG to the floor, BG
is now the legal man somehow as Hoyt sends BG into the guard-rail. Basham knee
drops BG and a tag to Damaja. Damaja chokes the life out of BG with a boot in
the corner, back to the corner. Tag to Basham, massive knee drop to the back of
Basham misses a diving headbutt, drop toehold
into the buckle for Basham. Damaja misses a boot and Kip gets the hot-tag.
Right hands, elbow to the face. Basham is sent to the floor, jack-hammer on
Damaja for two. Splash in the corner, Basham catches Kip with a leg lariat. Two
for Damaja, BG and Basham are trading blows on the floor. Hoyt is in the ring,
Hoyt boots the chair into the face of Kip. Damaja crawls for the cover and Kip
kicks out at two, Hoyt is on the apron. BG clocks Damaja with the chair, Kip
rolls into the cover for the win.
Not really sure how Roxxi counteracted
Hemme, Hemme was not in the match at all. Hoyt was interfering constantly, made
no sense but I suppose Roxxi has a job and a spot on TV. Good for her, we have
Roxxi slamming Hemme after the match. Well at least they used her eventually but
yeah, I never liked this feud and to stretch it out for almost 5 months now, I
respect their commitment to this angle but please let it die.
Winners: VKM over
Damaja & Basham via Chair Shot!
James Storm W/
Jackie Moore vs Rhino
Storm likes beer, Rhino is a
recovering alcoholic. Storm spat beer all over Rhino which pissed off Rhino to
no end, Rhino wants to murder Storm. The dumbest babyface on the planet goes
after Storm on the floor as Jackie Moore is sent to the back. Storm meets the
guard-rail and the ramp as Rhino hip-tosses The Cowboy. Lots of crowd brawling,
Rhino has a chair. The bell finally rings, Storm looks very lost. Whip to the
buckle from Storm but Rhino explodes out with a clothesline. Rhino elbows Storm
away from him and climbs the buckle, Storm shoves Rhino to the floor with Rhino
taking an ugly bump on the ground. Storm is in control now, Storm mocks the
fans for cheering Rhino. Knee to the spine from The Cowboy, reverse chin-lock
Rhino breaks free but Storm side-steps
The War Machine, Storm tees off on Rhino at ringside. In the ring, Storm gets
two. Another reverse chin-lock from Storm, flying clothesline from Rhino.
Corner shoulder block from Rhino, Storm cuts off Rhino with a boot and a neck-breaker
for two. Storm has a beer bottle, Storm listens to the referee. Slaps from
Storm, whip to the buckle. Rhino elevates Storm to the apron, enzuigiri from
Storm. Rhino crotches Storm on the top rope, superplex from Rhino. Short-arm
clothesline takes out the referee by mistake, Storm sees it is time to take
Storm measures for a superkick, Rhino
counters for a belly to belly suplex. Storm picks up the beer bottle, Rhino wants
the gore. Storm clocks Rhino in the face with the beer bottle, the bottle
shatters on impact. Storm covers and the referee recovers to count the
pin-fall. Rhino is a bloody mess as Storm is declared as the winner. Storm has
some sort of rope, Rhino does a great job selling disorientation. Jackie Moore
comes down with a keg of beer and forces Rhino to drink the beer.
While the match was nothing special,
Storm continues to be the biggest dickhead walking the planet. I have fallen
head over heels for James Storm and this angle has a lot of potential, this is
a very real problem for so many people and Storm is handling all this with the
grace of the biggest SOB walking the planet. I think the angle goes a little
too long, Storm cracks Rhino with the chair again but once Rhino is back on his
feet, this could be some great shit. Storm is growing leaps and bounds, awesome
Storm over Rhino via Beer Bottle!
Jerry Lynn &
Bob Backlund vs The Motorcity Machine Guns W/ Kevin Nash
Shelley and Sabin started teaming
around Lockdown before officially uniting under the tutelage of one Kevin Nash.
Backlund was feuding with Austin Starr, it was dropped abruptly but somehow we
got to Backlund beating Shelley and the duo beating up Backlund until Lynn came
to the aid of Backlund. The match starts with a lot of stalling, arm-drag from
Backlund eventually. Full-nelson from Sabin, Backlund manages to break free and
apply the hold to Sabin. Sabin tries to roll out but Backlund re-applies the
full-nelson. Sabin runs to the ropes, Sabin tags in Shelley. Backlund tags in
Lynn, some wrestling now.
Chop by Shelley, Lynn reverses an
Irish whip. Shelley flips out of the corner but misses a drop toehold. Lynn
counters with arm-drags into an arm-bar. Eye poke by Shelley, tag to Sabin.
Sabin walks into an arm-bar, Sabin escapes to tag in Shelley. Arm-drags and
dropkicks by Lynn, Shelley runs over to Sabin. Another tag to Sabin, Sabin has
Lynn as Shelley slaps Lynn. Shelley enzuigiris Sabin by mistake, flying elbow
on Shelley. DDT on Sabin, Shelley manages to gain control on Lynn. Chops from
Shelley, Lynn is tossed to the floor. Nash distracts the referee, Sabin cheap
shots Lynn. Lynn manages to leg drop Shelley, slingshot sunset flip for two.
Sabin breaks up the pin, abdominal
stretch from Sabin. Lynn escapes, tag to Backlund. The referee misses the tag because
of a belt, Shelley and Sabin nail big boots and Lynn is crotched in the tree of
woe. Hesitation dropkicks, Backlund cleans house anyways. Snap-mares and elbows
to Shelley & Sabin, Shelley eats an atomic drop. Nash is in the ring,
Backlund suplexes Sabin onto Lynn’s leg. Nash boots Lynn behind the referee’s
back, Shelley & Sabin nail superkicks and an enzuigiri for the win.
Weak finish for sure, match was passable.
Like The VKM feud, I commend their commitment to the angle but I really want no
more Backlund on my screen. Things that should be left behind as the company goes
forward, a load of shite for almost nine minutes.
MotorCity Machine Guns over Bob Backlund & Jerry Lynn via Enzuigiri!
& Ms. Brooks vs Eric Young & Gail Kim
This feud ended perfectly with Young
winning his freedom but here we are, having another match between the two. I
must be an idiot because we obviously need this match to continue the feud.
Young and Roode to start, Roode shouts at Young saying hit me you chicken.
Young spears Roode, right hands from Young. Roode whips Young to the buckle,
Flair flip and a shoulder block from Young. Sliding through the ropes, Young
nails a belly to belly suplex. Gail and Brooks are throwing down, Young kisses
Brooks. Gail dropkicks Brooks into Roode, synchronised roll-ups for two. Roode
nails a tope suicida, Gail nails a plancha and we will reset with the women in
Brooks knees Gail, Roode is in the
ring. Roode tries scaring Gail, Gail elbows Roode. Tag to Young, back-drop from
Young for two. Young is whipped to the ropes, Brooks trips Young. Young is sent
crotch first into the ring-post, Roode stomps away at Young. Back suplex from
Roode for two, tag to Brooks who kicks Young and tags in Roode. Reverse chin-lock
from Roode, Young escapes before running into a uranage slam for two. Tag to
Brooks, stomps from Brooks. Back rake and slaps from Brooks, Young grabs Brooks
but Roode makes the save.
Roode is back in, scoop slam. Middle
rope knee drop time, it connects. Two for Roode, tag to Brooks. Brooks nails
Young with a splash, Brooks tries another splash but Young knocks her down.
Gail clotheslines Brooks down, hurricanrana for Roode. Sidewalk slam for two,
Roode grabs Gail. Slap from Gail, enzuigiri on Brooks. Gail tries a driving
hurricanrana but Roode applies a boston crab, Young saves Roode with a DDT.
Brooks knees Young to the floor, Gail is on the top rope. Brooks looks for a
superplex, Gail fights off Brooks. Brooks is shoved off, missile dropkick on
Brooks. Roode is in the ring, drop toehold onto Brooks. Roode elbows Brooks by
mistake, jaw-breaker by Gail on Roode. Double dropkick as Roode spills to the
floor, Gail pins Brooks after to win the match.
Yeah it was fine, Young is very
popular with the fans and they react well to Gail inside of the ring. Brooks
and Roode have great chemistry, I do think Roode needs a new feud to show a
serious side as while the feud has helped Young tremendously I do not know if I
can say the same for Roode. Also, did they not say men cannot attack women in
The VKM match but Young clobbering Brooks or Roode hitting Gail is no problem?
Double standards all over the place!
Young & Gail Kim over Robert Roode & Ms. Brooks via Elbow Drop!
Christian Cage vs
Harris speared Christian off the
ladder in The King Of The Mountain match, costing Christian the championship. Based
off that you would think Christian is the babyface but no, Harris is the man
trying to break into the main event scene while Christian is a sore loser. They
lock-up, side headlock from Harris. Christian looks to break free, top wrist-lock.
Harris counters for a hammerlock, Harris counters for his own back into the
headlock. Shoulder block for two, make it another block for two. Christian
spits on Harris, Harris slaps Christian back. Chops from Harris, whip to the
buckle. Delayed vertical suplex from Harris, two for The Wildcat. Christian
exits the ring off an Irish whip, Harris does not let Christian breathe.
On the ramp, Harris back-drops
Christian. In the ring, Harris wants a powerslam but Christian lands on the
apron. Harris is sent crotch first into the ring-post, Christian is on the
middle rope. Flying reverse elbow for two, abdominal stretch from The Instant Classic.
Harris breaks free but a knee from Christian sends Harris to his knees,
Christian tosses Harris to the floor. Christian wants to use a chair on Harris,
referee saves Harris. Harris sends Christian into the steel steps, Christian
recovers as Harris misses a leaping clothesline in the ring. Slaps from
Christian, Harris gets pissed off and bulldogs Christian into the mat.
Right hands from Harris, whip to the buckle is
reversed. Christian misses a splash, leaping lariat from Harris. Christian
sends Harris to the apron, Harris is on the top rope. Christian is shoved away,
diving crossbody from Harris for two. Christian lures in Harris, roll-up with
the ropes for two. Eye poke by Christian, Harris blocks the swinging reverse
DDT. Harris wants a superplex, Christian counters for a sit-out suplex from the
middle rope. Harris escapes the unprettier, Christian escapes the catatonic.
Harris catches Christian for an Unprettier, 1…2… Christian kicks out!
Christian rolls to the apron, dazed
and confused. Harris runs into a massive knee. Christian runs into a spear for
two, Catatonic is blocked again. Harris tries another spear, Christian leapfrogs
Harris who runs into the ring-post. Unprettier for two, Christian is mad at the
referee. Exposed turnbuckle is the plan for Captain Charisma, Harris catapults
Christian into the buckle. Full-nelson slam for two, Christian rolls to the
floor. Grabbing a chair, Christian clocks Harris for a close two. Dustin Rhodes
is here, roll-up from Harris for two. Christian calls for back-up, Dustin nails
Harris from behind as Christian small packages Harris for the win.
Great TNA, you missed the bloody
finish. Handcuff shot to the back of the head helped Christian win, we needed a
replay to see that moment. In the make it or break it match, Harris has been
screwed. We now have Dustin Rhodes back in TNA, a scary time for sure as Black Reign
must be on the way. Yeah, Christian did some things here to make Harris look
good, the kicking out of The Unprettier and Frog Splash for sure. We will se
where things go from here but I am not overly impressed at this time.
Cage over Chris Harris via Small Package!
Sting & Abyss
vs AJ Styles & Tomko
Abyss was destroyed by The Christian
Coalition, Abyss came back and defeated Tomko at Slammiversary. Sting also had
problems with Styles & Tomko so Sting and Abyss finally are a team after
months of Sting reaching out to Abyss. Styles ducks Abyss’ attacks and
continues to kick the monster, Styles out-smarts Abyss once more with another
swift kick to the head. Styles lands forearms and a crossbody but Abyss
no-sells it all. Eventually, a sidewalk slam from Abyss. Styles is tossed over
to Tomko, Tomko squares up to Abyss. The two trade blows before Sting tags in
Tomko laughs it up before Sting stuns
the big man with two quick shots. Sting tees off, whip reversed by Tomko. Tomko
misses a corner splash, Styles misses too. Sting nails Stinger Splashes, tag to
Abyss. Corner clothesline for Tomko, running hip attack to Styles. Tomko blocks
the chokeslam, boot by Abyss. Styles makes the save and cheap shots Sting,
Abyss eats right hands from Styles. Hurricanrana does not work for Styles,
Tomko boots the shit out of Abyss. Abyss and Tomko are on the floor, Tomko pummels
Abyss in the ring before tagging in Styles. Styles kicks Abyss and mocks Sting
before Tomko comes into the ring. Double knockdown, Styles knocks down Sting to
prevent the tag.
Abyss back-drops Styles, Abyss tags
Sting. Sting clobbers Styles & Tomko, DDT to Styles. Bulldog for Tomko,
right hands for Styles. Sting clotheslines Tomko to the floor, Sting nails ten
punches in the corner on Styles. Styles breaks free, Abyss is on the middle
rope, Styles dropkicks Abyss to the floor who falls onto Tomko. Sting eats an
elbow from Styles, Styles wants a springboard. Sting shoves Styles onto
everyone on the floor, Sting climbs to the top rope and dives onto everyone.
Sting wants the sharpshooter but Styles shoves off Sting, Tomko nails Sting
with a right hand. Enzuigiri by Styles, two for Styles. Fallaway slam from Tomko
for two, cheap shot to Abyss.
Tag to Styles, reverse chin-lock from Styles.
Sting fights back from the submission but Styles suckers in Sting for his
dropkick. Two for Styles, running powerslam from Tomko for two. Tomko tags in
Styles, Styles rakes the eyes to prevent a Sting comeback. Styles has Sting on
the top rope, Sting holds on to stop the super hurricanrana. Diving clothesline
from Sting, Abyss gets the hot-tag. Clotheslines, double chokeslam is blocked
but Abyss nails flapjacks and scoop slams. Chokeslam on Tomko connects, two for
Abyss. Styles lands a Pele Kick on Abyss, Tomko gets two.
Tomko brings Sting to the floor, Abyss
clubs Styles with a right hand. Shock Treatment from Abyss, Abyss wants a chokeslam.
Tomko nails a two-handed throat toss on Abyss for two. Sting kicks out Tomko’s
leg, Scorpion Death-Lock. Styles distracts the referee so Tomko taps but it is
not seen by the official. Springboard flying forearm on Sting by Styles, Sting
back-drops Styles to the floor after the forearm. Tomko misses a clothesline on
Sting and runs into The Black Hole Slam for the win.
Breezed by, fun tag team match for
sure. Styles as a cocky chicken-shit heel is underrated, Styles is so full of
himself with every movement, you get sucked in and want to see The Phenomenal
One punched squarely in the face. Tomko and Abyss have some good chemistry
together, Abyss gets up there for Tomko’s moves and vice-versa. A little odd to
have this tag match leading into the main event which is also a tag match but
whatever, it was good as has most of this pay per view so far.
& Abyss over Tomko & AJ Styles via Black Hole Slam!
(TNA World Heavyweight
Championship/X-Division Championship Match/TNA Tag Team Championship Match)
Kurt Angle © & Samoa Joe © vs Team 3D ©
Despite watching the video package, I
have no idea why Cornette put this match together, I have no idea how Samoa Joe
won the championship either. All I know is who ever wins this match, will win
the corresponding championship. I said before that TNA had run out of plans for
Team 3D when it seemed they only had The God Damn Steiners as competition for
the champions so this is a curveball for sure. I still feel Joe and Angle have
been mistreated over the last few months and any loss to Joe at this stage
could be very damaging considering they are going towards Samoa Joe vs Kurt
Devon and Joe start, lock-up.
Arm-wringer from Joe, Devon counters with his own. Joe transitions into a side
headlock, hammerlock. Devon counters and nails a forearm, Joe fires back with
his own. They trade blows, kicks from Joe. Devon blocks and tees off on Joe,
whip to the buckle. Elbow and enzuigiri from Joe, tag to Angle. Kick to the
ribs, uppercut from Angle. Right hands from Devon, Angle fights back before an
eye rake takes down Angle. Tag to Ray, arm-drags from Angle. Ray backs Angle
into the corner, Angle eats a boot to the head before Ray is caught for a
German suplex. Front chancery and in comes Joe, jabs from Joe.
Eye rake from Ray, tag to Devon.
Inverted atomic drop and massive single leg dropkick followed by a senton for
two. Joe tags in Angle, Angle brings the pain to Devon. Snap suplex for two,
tag to Joe. Snap-mare into chop/kick/knee drop combination for two, Joe tags in
Angle. Back suplex from Angle for two, tag to Joe. Double elbow and hip-toss as
Ray is taken out aswell from Joe & Angle. Joe pummels Devon with jabs, tag
to Angle who runs into a spinebuster. Devon is shoved off Angle by Ray, Ray wants to
be a champion. Ray tags in off Devon, kind of hard to cheer anyone but Joe in
Joe kicks Ray before falling into a
uranage slam, Devon stops Ray winning the match. Ray shoves down Devon, slaps
from Ray. Ray decides to walk out on Devon, Joe rocks Devon. Ray comes back and
low blows Joe, Devon takes down Angle. Angle is thrown to the floor as Team 3D
has fooled everyone, elbow drop from Devon for two. Devon drags Joe to his
corner, middle rope choke from Devon. Ray helps as the referee deals with
Angle, Devon chokes Joe some more. Stun-gun from Ray off the apron, tag to Ray.
Reverse chin-lock from Ray, Devon tags in and tees off on Joe. Joe fights back
before an eye poke takes The Samoan Submission Machine down.
Whip to the buckle from Devon, boot
block from Joe. Elbow from Joe, flying knee from Joe. Joe has a chance to tag,
Ray knocks down Angle. Ray clocks Joe, Devon kicks Joe in the ribs. Reverse
chin-lock from Devon, Joe escapes but Team 3D maintain control until Ray tags
in, Ray and Devon are clobbered by Joe. Angle gets the tag, clotheslines and
right hands. Back drop for Devon, back-drop for Ray. Belly to belly suplexes
for Team 3D, straps are down. Devon stops The Angle Slam, Wassup Headbutt does
not connect as Joe crotches Devon. Angle clotheslines Ray, super belly to belly
suplex for Devon.
Joe powerslams Ray for two, Angle
German suplexes Devon for two. Joe DVDs Ray for two, referee is counting every
pin despite only Angle and Ray being legal. Angle slams Devon, moonsault for
two as Ray makes the save. Team 3D call for tables but Angle & Joe apply
Ankle Locks, will they tap? Ray shoves off Angle, Angle clotheslines Joe by
mistake. 3D by Team 3D, Devon covers but Rick Steiner saves the match. Steiner
and Devon brawl, Scott Steiner clocks Ray with a lead pipe. Joe covers Ray,
Angle saves the match. Angle attacks Joe, Angle Slam but Joe chop blocks Angle.
Joe steals the pin to win the match for his team.
So, Angle is such an egomaniac that he
wants the two world heavyweight championships and the tag team titles? Angle
broke up Joe’s pin because he wanted both belts, not that Angle would actually
lose his world championship unless pinned by one of the members of Team 3D. Not
too sure what Angle really had to gain from this match unless secretly, Angle
wants to defend the tag titles against two men or has a secret partner but
whatever, another twist in The Joe vs Angle feud. It was ok, Team 3D were heels
before the last pay per view. They were heels insulting Steiner and Angle is a
heel too so that makes for one awkward tag team match when Joe is not in that
ring. As a main event, I thought it would be right at home on Impact. I do not
think anybody bought the idea that one of Team 3D could be the next world
champion so I do not see the logic of building to a match where that could be a
reason to coax people into buying the pay per view. It was ok, nothing more and
Winners: Samoa Joe
& Kurt Angle over Team 3D via Angle Slam!
That was TNA’s Victory Road 2007, a
middle of the road pay per view from TNA in my estimations. Let’s break this
down: Ultimate X was fun, I could just watch people fly around and do crazy
spots for all the fans. The battle royal concept was BS but I mean, it’s TNA so
what do you expect? Daniels wins and reunites Triple X, I wish I could care but
those men are going nowhere fast especially after what Sting did to Daniels but
this was a fun match for sure. VKM vs Damaja & Basham which I have seen and
didn’t care then and I do not care now. Admire their commitment to the angle
but please let it die, same with Shelley vs Backlund. I do not need to see it I
am over it and I was over it months ago. Storm vs Rhino was a great angle,
Storm is the biggest douchebag in wrestling and pouring beer on a recovering
alcoholic is quite the close to home angle but Storm played it masterfully.
The mixed tag team match was fine, the
feud needs to end as do many of the feuds I have talked about previously above.
It was solid but both men need something new to sink their teeth into, Cage vs
Harris was alright. Cage did things to make Harris look good but there is not
that fire or connection there with The Wildcat. It is not clicking and I am not
filled with great hope as Harris will be feuding with Dustin Rhodes going forward.
Sting and Abyss vs Tomko & Styles like the main event tag match was solid,
it had some good things but nothing amazing or to write home about. Both could
have easily been on Impact so my final thoughts are you are not missing
anything skipping this show. Angles were advanced but nothing significant, a
disappointment from the highs of the Slammiversary show. Thanks for reading and
remember: There’s always another night!
Hello and welcome to another edition
of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the
internet that clutches at more straws than Enzo Amore! The TNA train keeps
rolling, I just cannot look away from this company no matter what muck they
throw my way at times. Sadly, I am looking back on these pay per views looking
at the TNA glory days before things went really south and I am not sure they
were ever going to challenge the WWE the way they do things. Regardless, It is
TNA Slammiversary 2007. We are wrestling, we are TNA and this is the fifth
anniversary of the company. What matches will be contested at this monumental
event in TNA’s history, I am not sure just yet. A lot of women and strange acts
are on my screen, Jarrett beating up midgets, women wearing very little
clothing. Ken Shamrock, Raven and AJ Styles, Jasmine St Clair giving a
lapdance. The phantom Hogan angle, we are now on the current era of TNA with
the likes of Christian, Joe, Angle AND Sting. The Fuck is this? Wannabe Tiger
Woods cracked with a guitar by Jeff Jarrett? What has that got to do? Some
rednecks are playing music, country is strong on this night. Lo Cash Cowboys is
their name, they seem to be hooked up quite poorly but the performance is
LAX W/ Konnan vs
Rhino & Senshi W/ Hector Guerrero
Ok… Well they are out of The Impact
Zone which should help the energy in the building. No idea of this makeshift
team, they are not filling me in on why they are teaming. Rhino is over, crazy.
Side headlock and shoulder block by Rhino, Homicide slides through the legs
before eating a military press slam. Whip to the corner, Homicide stops Rhino
before Rhino alley oops Homicide to the floor. In the ring, Rhino nails a
suplex. Two for Rhino, tag to Senshi. Snap-mare and Flashing Elbow for two,
Homicide backs Senshi into the corner. Tag to Hernandez, Senshi gets in quick
kicks which frustrates the big man. Shoulder block from Hernandez, Senshi is
Rhino is knocked off the apron, Senshi
kicks the face off Hernandez. Clothesline from Rhino, two for Senshi. Senshi
kicks at Hernandez before Hernandez throws Senshi across the ring. Make it
double, Homicide is legal. Flying reverse elbow for two, Hernandez tags in.
Belly to belly overhead suplex, tag to Homicide. Diving Elbow Drop from
Homicide for two, tag to Hernandez. Clothesline and CrackerJack from Hernandez,
border toss is blocked as Senshi brings down Hernandez with punches and a
Tag to Rhino, clotheslines and
powerslam for two. Corner Gore for Homicide, belly to belly suplex to
Hernandez. Homicide brawls with Rhino until a spinebuster ends that flurry.
Hernandez saves Homicide, Senshi low-bridges Hernandez and nails a springboard
plancha to the floor. Gringo Cutter on Rhino, Konnan gives Homicide a Slapjack.
Hector Guerrero stun-guns Homicide and Rhino nails The Gore!
Hot, hot, hot opening match. The crowd
is on fire, never ever go back to The Impact Zone because these fans were
amazing. Everyone in this match wasted no time, got down to business and the
crowd popped on everything. I do not just mean the big moves, the dives, I am
talking the body slams, the snap-mares and throws to the floor. It was chaotic,
it was simple and I loved it. If they can maintain this energy throughout the
night, this will be a great pay per view.
& Senshi over LAX via Gore!
Championship match) Chris Sabin © vs Jay Lethal
Lethal’s chance at the championship,
could it be time to pull the trigger? Lethal and Dutt seemed to have settled
their issues, Lethal starts this off hot with back drops and elbows. More right
jabs Sabin pulls Lethal by the hair. Sabin cheap shots Lethal, whip to the
ropes. Lethal holds on, elbow to Sabin. Headscissors using the ropes and a tope
suicida finds the mark. Top rope diving axe handle for two, elbow from Lethal
for two. Sabin is reeling, whip to the buckle. Sabin leapfrogs Lethal and spits
in the challenger’s face, jaw-breaker from the champion for two.
Sabin chokes Lethal on the middle
rope, Sabin steps on Lethal’s face. Garvin stomp and senton for two, butterfly
lock from Sabin. Lethal fires up, Sabin knees Lethal in the gut. Lethal nails a
clothesline and dropkick, whip to the ropes. Thesz Press is countered with an
eye poke by the champion, Sabin slaps Lethal in the corner. Right jabs and palm
strikes from Sabin, foot choke from Sabin. Corner elbow and slaps, Lethal comes
back with arm-drags. Flying forearm from Lethal, middle rope moonsault from
Lethal. Suplex for two, Sabin reverses a whip to the buckle. Yakuza Kick, Sabin
places Lethal on the top rope. Lethal blocks the top rope hurricanrana, unique
facebuster from Lethal for two.
Lethal dives off the top rope into
three kicks, close two for Sabin. Cradle Shock is blocked, Dragon Suplex is
blocked. La Magistral from Sabin for two, Lethal Injection is avoided. Cradle
Shock is avoided, enzuigiri and superkick. Lethal Injection, Diving Elbow Drop
and Lethal dethrones Sabin as champion.
Another solid match for this pay per
view, I have been hard on Sabin and at times, I feel I have been justified. I
thought that Sabin could have done more to get the fans hating on him more,
more heat would have been terrific for this moment. The crowd was so behind
Lethal and the new gimmick, they worked well together but the crowd carried
this one I think. If it was The Impact Zone, I do not know if it would have
been as special, big moment for Jay Lethal. The division has a new ace, let’s
see where we go from here.
Lethal over Chris Sabin via Diving Elbow Drop!
James Storm &
Ron The Truth Killings W/ Jackie Moore vs Jerry Lynn & Frank Wycheck W/
Kyle Vanden Bosch
The Truth is here after an extended
absence, Truth nails Lynn with ease and a beautiful corkscrew kick floors Lynn.
Whip from Lynn, flying reverse elbow. Truth takes down Lynn, tag to Storm.
Arm-wringer, Lynn tags Wycheck. Side headlock from Storm, big shoulder block.
Storm has a helmet and mocks Wycheck fumbling, side headlock from Storm. Elbows
from Wycheck, Storm nails another shoulder block. Wycheck nails two shoulder
blocks and a dropkick, Truth misses a heel kick as both are on the floor.
Wycheck throws Lynn onto Storm & Truth.
Atomic drop to Storm, Storm eats a
dropkick from Lynn. Wycheck chases Truth, Storm nails a clothesline. Storm
chokes Wycheck with the bottom rope, dropkick to the face. Storm has a chair,
the referee takes the chair. Lynn nails a head-scissors, Lynn is on the apron.
Truth sweeps the legs of Lynn, Eye of The Storm. Storm pours beer on Lynn,
Storm spits on Kyle. Truth just slaps Lynn, Lynn and Truth collide with
crossbodies in the middle of the ring. Here comes Wycheck, scoop slams all
around. Dropkicks, noggin knocker. Back rake and eye poke, clothesline to
Truth. Storm Superkicks Wycheck, Kyle pulls out Storm and throws down Jackie
Moore. Truth has Wycheck, Storm has a bottle. Lynn saves Wycheck, Truth is down
and Wycheck Piledrives Storm into oblivion for the win.
What a match, this match was far
better than it ever deserved to be! What a piledriver, Wycheck takes a tonne of
bumps in this match and was willing to do everything inside of that ring,
massive respect right there. I do feel bad for James Storm to be involved with
an angle like this off such a great feud, Storm is showing her versatility
though and it should not go unnoticed as Storm is growing on me so fast.
Lynn & Paul Wycheck over James Storm & Ron Killings via Piledriver!
Bob Backlund vs
Backlund wants a handshake, we have a
handshake. Shelley wipes off the handshake, Backlund trips up Shelley before
Shelley powders to the floor. Shelley and Backlund trade chops, eye rake and
arm-bar from Shelley. Backlund tries to roll out, Shelley maintains control.
Backlund lifts up Shelley to the buckle, slap from Backlund. Double underhook
from Backlund, suplex connects. Atomic drop from Backlund, Chris Sabin is here
at ringside. Shelley is with the referee, Shelley is dropped onto Sabin’s
crotch. O Connor roll into a prawn hold from Backlund and we have a winner.
Short, to the point.
Backlund over Alex Shelley via Rolling Prawn Hold!
Basham W/ Christy Hemme vs VKM
Damn this feud, BG wants revenge after
being taken out at the last pay per view. VKM come down and back drop Damaja
into Basham. Kip chases Hemme, VKM pummel Damaja & Basham some more. Bell
rings, Basham whips BG. Hemme grabs the leg, leg lariat from Basham. Tag to
Damaja, stomps to BG. Quick tags, left jabs from Damaja. BG fights back before
an eye rake stops that, tag to Basham. Drop toehold and knee drop, Basham
pisses off Kip. Tag to Damaja, Russian legsweep from Damaja. Tag to Basham,
Basham misses a diving headbutt.
Kip gets the hot-tag, scoop slams all
around. Tilt-a-whirl slam on Damaja, Basham breaks up the pin. BG is with the
referee, Basham and Damaja want the double suplex but BG spears Basham down.
Small package from Kip who wins this match for his team, Damaja is thrown to
the floor as Lance Hoyt carries Hemme for VKM. Hoyt kicks off Kip’s head, Hoyt
is with Christy Hemme all along.
Seems like the booking team is on fire
on this night, the two worst matches of the night were over mercifully quick.
No fucking around and we get a heel turn, I am not a big fan of a continuation
of this feud but this was a quick match and that I can accept.
Winners: VKM over
Basham & Damaja via Small Package!
Robert Roode W/
Ms. Brooks vs Eric Young (Freedom Match)
This has been ongoing for months, not
even Young’s special friend could save Young from Roode. Roode has berated
Young for months, we finally get to see Young beat up Roode. Young chokes Roode
hard in the corner, Roode shoves down Young. Stomps, whip to the ropes. Young
holds onto the ropes, Young elevates Roode to the floor. Diving Crossbody to
the floor from Young, two for Young. Roode and Young are on the floor again
somehow, camera missed it. Roode bashes Young off the guard-rail, two for Roode
in the ring. Roode chokes Young with the middle rope, Ms. Brooks slaps Young
with the contract. Two for Roode again, Young is on his knees and begins
throwing big right hands.
Roode cuts off Young with a big elbow
to the face. Choke from Roode, snap-mare and neckbreaker from Roode. Whip to
the buckle, Young elbows and boots Roode away. Roode ducks a clothesline and
scores with a neckbreaker for two. Chin-lock from Roode, Young lifts Roode onto
his shoulders and nails an electric chair drop. Right hands from Young, whip to
the ropes. Back body-drop, elbow to the face and massive clothesline for two.
Roode whips Young to the buckle, Flair flip from Young. Young exposes Ms.
Brooks’ ass to everyone before wiping out Roode.
Young climbs to the top rope, Roode is
shoved off. Diving Elbow Drop but Roode kicks out at two, jaw-breaker from Roode.
Short-arm clothesline from Roode, Roode climbs to the middle rope. Knee drop
with the no knee-pad is blocked, Young boots Roode in the throat. Young has
Roode on the top rope, Young has Ms. Brooks and Roode on his shoulders, massive
death valley driver for two. Referee is with Ms. Brooks, Roode rolls to the
floor and waffles Young with the chair for the win.
Eric Young loses? You are kidding me,
that is the blow-off? Jim Cornette interrupts Roode’s celebration and says it
is not going down that way. The match is not over, the match is restarted.
Roode pummels Young with right hands, Gail Kim wipes out Ms. Brooks. Roode is
distracted by the fighting, Roode slowly goes to pick up Young. Young is not
moving, Roode falls into a small package as Young was playing possum, Eric
Young is free!
Well, we waited and waited and there
is it, Eric Young is free and they cut away seven seconds after that moment.
Seven seconds after Eric Young wins his freedom, they cut away. Man, I hate
this company sometimes. How can I lose myself in the moment and soak in what
happened? The match was fine, I did not get soaked into the drama of the
moment, I thought they could have done more on commentary to sell me on the
idea that Eric Young could be fired. Felt like a joke that they were in on and
Eric Young was always going to survive.
Young over Robert Roode via Small Package!
(TNA World Tag
Team Championship Match) Team 3D © vs Rick Steiner & Animal
So, Team 3D have turned heel. Suppose
it is the best direction considering the tag team division is on life support
at this point. Supposed to be Steiners vs Team 3D but Scott suffered a serious
injury. This is an acceptable substitution with Animal, Steiner and Devon begin
the match. Steiner has Devon in the corner, clean break from Steiner. Eye rake
and right hands from Steiner, whip off the ropes. Devon ducks the clothesline
and nails a flying reverse elbow, scoop slam and elbow drop for two. Tag to
Ray, double clothesline for two.
Steiner knees Ray, tag to Animal. Side
headlock from Animal, shoulder block from Animal. Ray nails his own shoulder
block, piledriver from Ray. Animal no sells that weak ass shit, clothesline
from both men. Front chancery from Ray, Ray drags Animal to his corner. Devon
tries an Irish whip but lowers his head, boot from Animal. Tag to Steiner, Ray
stun-guns Steiner off an Irish whip. Devon assumes control, right hands to
Devon. Knee across the throat, tag to Ray. Neck-breaker for two, tag to Devon.
Scoop slam from Devon, Devon misses a middle rope headbutt. Tag to Animal, boot
to Devon. Powerslam to Ray, back drop for Team 3D.
Team 3D eat a double clothesline from
Animal, double clotheslines from the challengers. Team 3D nail an elevated
neckbreaker on Animal, Steiner nails a double clothesline on Team 3D. Steiner
tries an Irish whip but Devon reverses, 3D from Team 3D for the win.
Seems the card has cooled off
tremendously now, big pop for the surprise of Animal. Nice to see the legends
run through their signature moves but I do not know how good the match could
have been had we saw Steiners vs Team 3D. Perhaps this was the best they could
do but if that is so, I would rather skip out on tag team matches in TNA for
the next while. Nothing too bad about the match but it felt like it was just there,
not a match fitting of a five year anniversary show.
Winners: Team 3D
over Rick Steiner & Animal via 3D!
Sting repels from the rafters, Daniels
is rattled before the bell rings. Daniels and Sting had a bizarre friendship
with Sting trying to guide The Fallen Angel but Daniels could not interpret
Sting’s instructions and attacked Sting. Daniels knees Sting to begin, Sting
avoids Daniels’ attacks and nails elbows and a dropkick. Scorpion Death Lock is
blocked as Daniels scrambles to the ropes, powdering to recover. Sting nails an
apron clothesline, Daniels recovers to send Sting into the guard-rail. Daniels
assumes control in the ring, two for Daniels. Gut-buster, running knee in the
corner. Sting fires back with rights before Daniels answers with lefts and
rights of his own. Snap-mare and elbow, Daniels steps on Sting.
To the buckle, shoulder thrusts from
Daniels. Sting fights back once more, shots to the neck. Irish whip, Daniels
rakes the eyes to stop a hip-toss. Abdominal stretch from Daniels, referee makes
Daniels break the hold. Scoop slam and split-legged moonsault for a close two.
Stinger Splash from Daniels, Sting shakes it off. Punches have no effect, right
hands by Sting. Inverted atomic drop and clotheslines, massive bulldog. Two for
Sting, Daniels avoids a stinger splash. Angel’s Wings, Sting blocks it. Back
drop, Daniels blocks stinger splash again. Last Rites but Sting counters for
Scorpion Death Drop for the win.
So, after all the build to this feud
we have a match that clocks in at less than 7 minutes? Was Sting ever in
danger? Was Daniels ever a threat? I do not think so, cannot believe they put
so much time and effort into a match like that, disappointing really. I am
guessing Daniels is done in the main event picture, probably back down into the
X-Division. What a waste of a match!
over Christopher Daniels via Scorpion Death Drop!
(No DQ Match) Abyss
Abyss has been wiped out due to
costing Team Christian the Lethal Lockdown Match. Abyss returns as a babyface
and these two monsters will brawl. The action quickly spills out to the floor,
Abyss sends Tomko to the guard-rail. Tomko meets the steel steps, Tomko
reverses an Irish whip and sends Abyss into the guard-rail before nailing a big
boot. Tomko measures Abyss for right hands to the head, Abyss blocks the big
boot. Chokeslam is blocked so Abyss nails a big boot of his own. Corner splash,
Abyss scores with a running hip attack in the corner.
Abyss Chokeslams Tomko for two, Abyss rolls to
the floor looking for toys. Abyss has his bag, tacks for Abyss. Abyss wants a
chokeslam, Tomko shoves away Abyss and slams Abyss into the tacks. Which I have
seen a million times, Tomko gets a two from the slam. Tomko runs into The Black
Hole Slam, Tomko kicks out of the slam! Actual shocker there, Abyss has another
bag. Abyss has glass, Tomko clotheslines Abyss and cuts Abyss’ head with a shard
Abyss is 0:2 for weapons he brought
into the match, Tomko curb-stomps Abyss’ head into the glass. That is a nasty
spot, Tomko has the barbed wire bat. This bat destroyed Abyss on Impact, Tomko
waffles Abyss over and over. Abyss is running from Tomko, Tomko is in pursuit.
They have this the wrong way round, Tomko is standing atop the scaffold but
Tomko swings and misses the bat, Abyss pulls Tomko to the floor a huge drop and
Abyss splashes Tomko exposing all the soft cardboard boxes that they fell
through. A shame but still a cool spot, the camera guys shoot the fans to hide
the cardboard boxes. They eventually emerge from the wreckage, Tomko uses the
guard-rail for support.
Tomko rolls onto the ramp, Abyss is in
slow pursuit. Both men look to be in rough shape, referee says take it home
quick very audibly on camera which is nice. Back in the ring, Black Hole Slam
on the glass in the middle of the ring and we have a winner Abyss!
Decent match from these two, I’d say the
match did much better than it deserved. Some nice spots like the scaffold spot
despite the boxes and the shards of glass which covered the ring. A little of
the violence is lost on me for obvious reasons, Abyss has been thrown through
that stuff a thousand times. The finish was abrupt but it was fitting in a way,
they flew off the top of a scaffold so the match should have ended so soon
after. Tomko’s selling was a bit weird as he sat up and screamed in pain for
the finish and fell slowly back down for Abyss’ pin-fall. However, the match
was solid in my eyes.
over Tomko via Black Hole Slam!
Heavyweight Championship King Of The Mountain Match) Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe vs
Christian Cage vs Chris Harris vs AJ Styles
Five men for a championship that I
believe is vacated due to the controversial ending of Sacrifice where both
Sting and Kurt Angle appeared to become champion. Qualifying matches were held
with the fifth spot being vacant due to Jeff Jarrett leaving the company due to
his wife’s death. The fifth spot is filled with Chris Harris who is coming off
a tremendous match with James Storm at Sacrifice. The concept is a little
complicated, you must pin or submit your opponent, they will be locked inside
of a timeout cage. Once you have scored a fall/gained a submission, you have to
hang the belt up to take it down.
Bell rings, they all start pummelling
one another. A little awkward with 5 men in there, not an even number. Styles &
Christian double team Harris, Christian wants to pin Styles and Styles was
willing to do so but Angle makes the save. Uppercuts and belly to belly
suplexes all around, Samoa Joe and Angle are on the floor. Harris eats a
massive dropkick from Harris, Styles asks Christian to lay down which he does
not. Styles tries a sunset flip for two, Harris nails Christian with a flying
clothesline. Enzugiri by Styles to Harris, Joe slams Styles into the ring
apron. Styles has his head rammed into the guard-rail. Joe and Christian in the
ring, inverted atomic drop, massive boot. Chop, kick and knee drop by Joe.
Harris throws Joe onto Angle on the floor, Harris measures Christian.
Cata-tonic is blocked by Christian, Harris blocks the unprettier and nails a
Styles and Harris now, Styles does not
nail a tornado DDT and Harris wipes out Styles with Catatonic! Christian is hit
by Styles’ feet and Harris is now eligible to win this match. Christian and
Harris brawl on the floor, Joe picks up a ladder and tosses on the two. Angle
and Joe in the ring, whip to the corner by Joe. Running high knee, facewash
from Joe. Angle blocks the final boot, German suplex from Angle. Three by
Angle, Christian stomps Angle. Christian is taken down by Angle, Ankle Lock.
Joe has a Coquina Clutch on Christian, Styles is out of the penalty box and
Harris breaks up the submission.
Everyone is on the floor, Christian
has set a ladder across the guard-rail. Christian is on the apron, Harris
pummels Christian who falls crotch first on the ladder. Styles is in the ring,
elbow for Harris and beautiful springboard DDT for two. Styles nails Joe with a
Pele, springboard flying forearm. Angle eats a boot, Styles Clash is reversed
by Angle for an Ankle Lock. Styles kicks off Angle, kip-up hurricanrana sends
Angle to the floor. Harris is on the ropes, Harris back drops Styles to
Christian on the ladder. Harris looks to climb to victory, Angle pulls down
Harris. Angle Slam off the ladder and Angle puts Harris in the penalty box.
Joe smacks down Angle, the ladder is
tossed to the floor. Powerslam by Joe on Angle, Christian wanders in and gets
chopped to death. Uranage for Christian, Styles runs into a schwein from Joe.
Muscle Buster for Styles, Angle breaks up the pin. Joe avoids The Angle Slam,
referee is knocked out from a clothesline. Coquina Clutch on Angle, Angle taps
but there is no referee, Christian rams a ladder into the head of Joe.
Christian manages to steal the pin on Angle, Angle is now in the penalty box.
Christian begins climbing the ladder, Joe is there to grab Christian’s leg.
Both men are battling for the championship, super cutter from the top of the
Harris looks to win the match, Joe
climbs up to stop Harris. Harris knocks Joe off with the championship to the
face. Harris sees Christian coming up next, hip-toss off the ladder. Styles
lands a springboard dropkick to send Harris crashing to the floor, Styles is on
the penalty box. Joe chases Styles, they are both on the penalty box. Styles
wants a superplex to the floor, Joe fights off Styles. Coquina Clutch, low blow
from Styles. Harris is up there too, Styles knocks Harris down but Joe throws
Styles from the penalty box through the announce table.
Christian and Harris are on the
penalty box, Harris front suplexes Christian into the ring. Harris nails a
diving clothesline onto Angle, Harris places the ladder around his neck and
wipes out Angle & Christian. Harris looks to become champion for the first
time, Christian pushes Harris off the ladder. Harris hits the turnbuckle hard,
Christian decks Harris with the ladder. Christian is looking to climb the
ladder, Angle grabs Christian by the ankle. Ankle Lock on the ladder, Christian
kicks off Angle with his free foot. Christian cracks Angle with the belt, Harris
is on the top turnbuckle and spears Christian off the ladder. Nobody to stop
Angle hanging the championship and Angle is officially your champion.
That was frantic and fast-paced, no
messing around in the main event. The addition of Harris was cool, Harris took
some big bumps in the match and I presume taking out Christian means they will
be feuding next so I am happy for that to happen. Styles takes a tremendous
bump off the penalty box, Styles continues to be a show-stealer no matter how
the company books The Phenomenal One. Was there much story-telling to this
match? Not really, Styles and Christian working together went out the window
about a minute into the match. We never got that much of Joe vs Angle but I am
ok with it considering how much of it we had to begin Angle’s TNA run and now,
Angle is your TNA World Heavyweight Champion who has broken away from The NWA. I
am wondering what direction is next for TNA considering Angle has faced most if
not all the top heels and babyfaces in the company over the last few months due
to his tweener status. Guess we shall see next time!
Winner: Kurt Angle
over Everyone Else via Hanging The Championship!
That was TNA’s Slammiversary 2007, a
very good celebration for TNA’s fifth year in business. Obviously, one of the
major appeals of this show was out of The Impact Zone, you are taking 3x times
the usual attendance size for a pay per view. The fans in The Impact Zone were
spoiled, these fans loved so much of the action and wrestlers on this night
regardless of what happened in the ring and that makes such a difference! Rhino
& Senshi vs LAX wasted no time in giving the crowd what you want, it was
spot after spot after spot. You like Hernandez throwing people around? Check!
You like Senshi kicking people? Check! You want to scream Gore as Rhino murders
Homicide? Check! Everything they wanted, they give you no complaints there.
Lethal vs Sabin felt like a let down in some way, it was a big moment and a
happy one for sure to see Lethal come out of the depths of that division to
find a gimmick and shine like a star on this night but I thought it could have
been better when all was over.
Wycheck & Lynn vs Storm &
Killings was great, it should not have been but damn, Wycheck bumped and did
everything the fans wanted. The reaction to the superkick by Storm was
tremendous and the fans loved that match, Wycheck even hit the piledriver for
the win, pure madness. The next two matches were mercifully brief and that is
awesome. I did not want to see Backlund vs Shelley, I hate the Hemme vs VKM
feud. Just bad stuff, thank God that TNA knew the fans would piss all over
these matches. Young vs Roode just did not get into the drama of it, felt a
little hokey which is understandable considering Young’s portrayal on-screen
but I mean the man’s freedom was on the line. I should be all in on the match
but I never got sucked into the brevity of the situation, felt like just
another match. Team 3D vs Rick Steiner & Animal was bleh, Team 3D were not
able to cover up the weaknesses of the makeshift duo, I will put it down to
last minute planning too but yeah, nothing good about that match.
Sting vs Daniels: Why bother? Six
minutes for a feud that had months of build with Daniels using Sting as a moral
compass. Daniels was wiped out like noting, beaten clean. Feud over, ball burst.
Abyss vs Tomko was quite good for two workers who I thought would let me down,
big bump from Tomko and a nice satisfying piece of revenge for Abyss. King Of
The Mountain Match was like the opening match, giving you everything you want
from a ladder match. Ladder shots, finishing moves and people flying all over
the ring. Overall, one of the better TNA pay per views that I have reviewed
during all my reviews. When it is good and the crowd is into it, it’s really
good! They quickly end matches that they know the fans will hate and they do
wrap up a lot of angles with babyfaces standing tall (Young being free/Lethal
winning the championship) so a very good pay per view from Team TNA. Thanks for
reading and remember: There’s always another night!
Hello and welcome to another edition
of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the
internet that hates non-joshi wrestlers more than Dave Meltzer! TNA Sacrifice
2007, I took a break from TNA momentarily. I needed to collect my thoughts
about this company. I have had a few head scratching moments as I had to watch
Abyss and Sting have pointless championship reigns, Kurt Angle’s arrival
following his feud with Samoa Joe go down a dark path and have the company in a
weird position as the year continues. We have Sting challenging for the world
championship due to Sting winning Lethal Lockdown with a little help from Jeff
Jarrett. However, it is a triple threat match as Kurt Angle is added to the
mix. Why? No clue they do not explain anywhere at the start Not much build up
for the rest of the card based on the opening promo, let’s just see where we
are going from here.
Championship Match) Chris Sabin vs Black Machismo Jay Lethal vs Sonjay Dutt
Dutt has always been overlooked
wherever he has wrestled, Lethal has found a personality and Sabin is finding
his feet as a massive douchebag but it simply does not cut the mustard for me
just yet. Lethal and Dutt are tag partners, Sabin tries to get the duo to fight
but it leads to hip-tosses from the tag team and arm-drags too. Dutt and Lethal
have words as they get in one another’s way trying to wipe out Sabin. Sabin is
tossed to the floor as Lethal and Dutt get down to the business. Dodges and
leapfrogs ensue, counter after counter as these two know one another so well. O
Connor roll into a camel clutch from Dutt, basement dropkick from Sabin to the
face of Lethal.
Dutt out-smarts Sabin and nails a
massive dropkick to the champion’s face. Roll-up headscissors from Dutt on
Sabin, Lethal spears Dutt by mistake. Sabin tornado DDTs Lethal using Dutt as a
base. Dutt eats an enzuigiri as he lands on the floor, Sabin stomps Lethal in
the corner. Snap-mare and eye rake from Sabin, dropkick to the back of the head
for two. Sabin keeps Dutt out of the ring with kicks, Irish whip to the corner.
Lethal elbows and headscissors Sabin, jabs from Lethal before Sabin trips up
Lethal. Sabin is on the apron, Dutt sweeps the legs. Lethal is on the top rope
and nails a massive double axe handle to the floor Savage Style. Dutt is on the
apron and nails a massive Asai Moonsault!
Sabin crotches Dutt on the top rope, super
hurricanrana does not work as Dutt hangs on, Dutt nails Lethal with a massive
missile dropkick. Eye poke by Sabin, Sabin tosses Lethal to the floor. Sabin
lands a suplex for two, Stomper The TNA Mascot is here. Sabin does his Garvin
stomp, Sabin spits in his hand and rubs it in the face of Dutt. Whip to the
buckle, Dutt kicks away Sabin. Middle rope hurricanrana by Dutt, Lethal nails
Dutt with a facebuster. Sabin forearms Lethal down before nailing Dutt with a
massive lariat. Dutt takes out Sabin with a slingshot leg drop before a
springboard senton on Lethal for two and a half. Leaping leg lariat in the
corner by Dutt on Lethal, Sabin follows in with a flying elbow.
Sabin places Dutt in the tree of woe
on Lethal, Yakuza Kick and hesitation dropkick by the champion on both. Sabin
has Lethal, elbows have Lethal down to his knees. Whip off the ropes and an
elbow to the chin for two. Sabin taunts Lethal, slaps from the champion. Lethal
shakes it off with an enzuigiri and a superkick, Dutt comes back to life but
his bulldog turns into a massive Dragon Suplex. Lethal is on the top rope,
Flying Elbow Drop on Sabin for two as Dutt makes the save. Lethal sends Dutt to
the apron, elbow leaves Dutt rocked. Lethal Combination on Sabin, Dutt lands a
450 Splash to break up Lethal winning the match, Dutt pins Sabin and Lethal
separately getting two each time. Dutt and Lethal shove one another, Sabin
shoves Dutt into Lethal and rolls up Dutt for the win.
Your solid TNA opening match with
balls to the wall action between the three wrestlers, all three men look great
throughout the match with some nice work throughout the match. I am still not
sold on Sabin, it just does not click for me but the action makes up for it
ten-fold. Exciting near-falls, the crowd is losing their mind by the end of the
match and we have an angle! Dutt turns on Lethal, unhappy with Lethal denying
Dutt wining that championship for the first time. What will happen between
these two? I am not sure but more of Sonjay Dutt is definitely a good thing!
Sabin over Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal via Roll-Up!
Jeff Jarrett vs
Robert Roode W/ Ms. Brooks
Double J came back which worried me
because I simply did not want to see Double J in the main event after how he
tortured me for years but Jarrett is back as a babyface in a reduced role.
Jarrett is Eric Young’s secret friend and Jarrett saved Young from Roode’s
attack. We have a match now, Roode out-smarts Jarrett to start, using the pyro
and Jarrett’s jacket to attack Jarrett. Roode loses control as Jarrett counters
a piledriver. Back in the ring, drop toehold and right hand from Double J. Ms.
Brooks distracts Jarrett which leads to a massive lariat from Roode, Roode
chokes Jarrett with his boot. Roode whips Jarrett into the steel steps hard,
Jarrett is choked using the middle rope as Ms. Brooks helps Roode too.
Chops in the corner but Jarrett fights
back, backslide from Jarrett for two. Roode nails a massive clothesline for
two, Roode chokes the life out of Jarrett. Scoop slam by Roode, Roode climbs to
the middle rope. Jarrett blocks with his boot, Irish whip by Jarrett and a
powerslam connects. Two for Double J, sleeper from Roode off an Irish whip
reversal. Jarrett escapes and applies his own sleeper, Roode grabs the leg and
applies the figure four. Ms. Brooks squeezes Roode’s hands behind the referee’s
back. Jarrett wriggles and writhes, making it to the ropes eventually. Roode
sends Jarrett knee first into the mat, Roode begins strutting.
Another figure four attempt, Jarrett
counters with a small package for two. Both men nails right hands as Jarrett
escapes, double clothesline spot. Jarrett is up first, right hands by Jarrett.
Back body-drop, low blow by Jarrett. Eye poke by Roode, Roode is on the top
rope. Jarrett yanks down Roode, Figure Four by Jarrett. Ms. Brooks is on the
apron, Roode taps but the referee is with Brooks. Stun-gun by Roode, top
turnbuckle is exposed. Jarrett blocks meeting the buckle, right hands by Double
J. Roode avoids hitting the buckle, Jarrett is knocked down. Roode pulls
Jarrett into the ring-post groin first.
Roode hurls a chair into the ring,
Roode and the referee battle over the chair. Roode smacks himself in the face
with the chair, Stroke by Double J but Ms. Brooks saves Roode by pulling out
the referee. Roode has handcuffs, Jarrett is clocked with the handcuffs, 1….2…
Jarrett kicks out at two and a half! Roode has the guitar, referee saves the
guitar. Referee shoves Roode into Jarrett, Stroke is countered as is The
Pay-Off, they struggle as Jarrett trips Roode, Roode pushes Jarrett into the
turnbuckle. Pay-Off and this match is done, Roode has won.
Wow, did not see that one coming.
Jarrett doing the job to someone like Roode, I cannot believe it. Was a decent
match, you had a lot of shenanigans but
I am use to that with Jarrett. Love the way Jarrett using his right hand, one
of the best punches in the business and we have a good finish too. Damn though,
Jarrett lost I wonder how Young will get one over on Roode if Jarrett could not
Roode over Jeff Jarrett via Pay-Off!
Daniels vs Rhino
The dumbest babyface in the planet
Rhino is here, this time it is against The Fallen Angel. New attitude but can
Daniels be considered a legitimate threat? Daniels is angling for a
confrontation with Sting so this should be straight-forward for Daniels right?
Rhino applies a side headlock, Daniels eats a shoulder block. Big clothesline
from Rhino, another side headlock from The Man Beast. Daniels pulls down Rhino
by the hair, Rhino is back on his feet. Clotheslines and back body-drops from
Rhino, Daniels places a knee to stop Rhino before Rhino elevates Daniels to the
apron. Daniels tries a top rope dive but Rhino lands a belly to belly suplex.
Daniels rolls out to avoid a Gore,
Daniels misses a baseball slide and eats a clothesline. Rhino misses a plancha,
Rhino gets up and scores with a hip-toss. Rhino wants a clothesline but Daniels
side-steps Rhino and Rhino meets the ring-post with his shoulder. Baseball
slide from Daniels and Rhino hits the shoulder hard on the guard-rail. Daniels
continues kicking the arm in the ring, Daniels uses the rope to extend the arm,
more kicks to the arm and a beautiful single arm DDT. Lots of stomps to the
arm, two for Daniels. Arm-wringer, transition into an arm-bar. Rhino fights out
and lands a flying shoulder tackle, Rhino is using chops due to the lost of his
good arm. Powerslam for two, Rhino is struggling big time in this match.
Whip with Daniels reversing and nailing an
enzuigiri and STO combination, two for Daniels. Forearm and whip to the buckle,
Rhino side-steps Daniels. Massive spinebuster for two, Daniels applies his Koji
Clutch before transitioning to a cross-arm-breaker. Rhino escapes but eats a
leaping leg lariat, BME but Daniels lands on his feet, TKO from Rhino for two.
Enzuigiri from Daniels, right hands and forearms stagger Rhino before a Gore
out of nowhere from Rhino. Daniels lands besides the ropes and reaches the rope
on two. Daniels rolls to the floor, Rhino pushes the referee out of the way as
Daniels reaches for his bat. Wham and Daniels lays out Rhino for the win.
I enjoyed the arm work from Daniels,
that single arm DDT was gorgeous and Daniels never stopped working the arm once
it was established that it was a weakness for Rhino. If Daniels clocked Rhino
in the shoulder and followed it up with a BME, I might have enjoyed it more
because it feels that the arm work meant nothing due to the finish. Regardless,
I do not care about Rhino as a babyface due to AJ Styles making Rhino look like
a moron and Daniels is growing on me with his new character. Things get weird
as Rhino says fuck you Daniels and busts him open after the match, where did
this come from? Rhino Driver from the middle rope onto chairs, security save
Daniels from the spot. What does this all mean? Is Daniels not going after
Christopher Daniels over Rhino via Baseball Shot!
Kip James vs
Damaja & Basham W/ Christy Hemme
BG James was taken out in the parking
lot before the show, Kip goes after Basham with all his signature offense
before Basham avoids a Famouser. Damaja nails Kip with a clothesline, the two
trade control before a blind tag to Basham. Double clothesline on Kip, knee drop
from Basham. Tag to Damaja, double flapjack. Damaja nails punches on Kip, tag
to Basham. Basham chokes Kip on the bottom rope, slap from Hemme. Tag to
Damaja, reverse chin-lock from Damaja.
Kip begins fighting back, blind tag
from Basham. Kip ducks as Damaja and Basham clash heads, back suplex from Kip
on Damaja. Boot for Basham, right hands for both men. Elbow to Basham,
clothesline to Damaja. Back body-drop on Basham, more right hands. Damaja nails
Brain Damage, Basham climbs to the top rope and nails a Diving Headbutt for the
Crowd was dead, they chanted boring
and it was only a few minutes long, such an awkward feud with two unlikeable
people in Kip and Hemme. Also, Damaja what kind of name is that? Doug is still
in great shape though, Basham Brothers in TNA. Yeah, this was garbage but at
least it was over quickly.
Brothers over Kip James via Diving Headbutt!
Match) Chris Harris vs James Storm
This fucking feud, they had the
audacity to make me sit through one of the worst matches in TNA history, a
comedy blindfold match that stunk up the entire pay per view. Now, they will
give me a bloody Texas Death Match, never should have had the blindfold match.
Storm blinded Harris, the most successful team in TNA history and Harris wants
to beat the piss out of Storm. The promo is not great but I want to see the
We start on the floor, Harris pummels
Storm and chokes Storm with handcuffs. Hip-toss on the ramp, Harris
clotheslines Storm into the crowd. Crowd brawling from the two, they punch one
another and push one another into some fencing. Storm blinds Harris with a
drink to the yes but Harris sends Storm into the wall, Harris is back ringside.
Harris decides it is an appropriate time to have a drink, Harris climbs to the
top rope and dives onto security and Storm. Not expecting that, pretty neat
spot from Harris. Harris pins Storm and what is this? Storm must answer the
call? Oh, it is one of those matches. Storm makes it to his feet at 8, this
match will continue.
Harris is on the top rope, Storm has a
chair and knocks down Harris who is caught in the tree of woe. Storm smacks the
chair into Harris’ face and there is blood everywhere thanks to the chair shot.
Storm pulls out a table, sets it up in the middle of the ring. Storm places
Harris on the top rope, Storm tries a hurricanrana through the table. Harris
holds onto the ropes, Storm and Harris trade counters before Harris stomps on
the groin of Storm. Harris catapults Storm into the bottom of the table, Storm
is gushing blood everywhere.
Storm goes low on Harris to avoid a
suplex through the table, Eye of The Storm through the table. Storm gets a
three count, Harris makes it to his feet at 9! Storm pulls out another table,
right hands from Storm. Storm wants to powerbomb Harris to the floor, Harris
breaks free. Storm elevates Harris to the apron, Harris tries a shoulder block
but Storm nails a knee and a DDT. Storm brings in trash cans and a kendo stick.
Storm is on the apron, Harris spears Storm off the apron and through the table.
Jackie saves Storm from being pinned, we are back in the ring.
Harris has a chair, Storm ducks the
chair shot and nails a superkick with the chair going back into the face of
Harris. Two count for Storm, Storm cracks Harris with the trash can lids,
Harris answers with trash can lid shots of his own. Cata-tonic from Harris,
Storm kicks out of The Cata-tonic. Jackie comes in and sends Harris to the
floor, here comes Gail Kim. Gail cuffs Jackie, Storm has the beer bottle as
does Harris. Harris clocks Storm with bottle, Storm is unable to answer the
count and Harris wins this war.
Now, would this have not have been
better with Harris clocking Storm with the symbolic beer bottle and scoring the
pin for the win? No ten count involved? Also, they have cut away seconds after
the biggest win of Harris’ career? For a promo that does not have the audio
right? Are you joking me? Regardless, this match kicks ass, they waste no time
beating the piss out of one another. It is violent, there is blood and there is
drama and excitement. I would have left out the pin-falls and the ten count
just for regular pin-fall ends the match but you have some great stuff from the
two. And as I said, symbolic finish of the beer bottle ending their feud just
like how the beer bottle began their feud. Awesome match, possibly best of
their careers. For sure it was Harris’ best match, Storm would continue to go
on a roll though!
Harris over James Storm via Beer Bottle!
(Fatal 4 Way
Match) Alex Shelley vs Tiger Mask IV vs Senshi vs Jerry Lynn
So, Jerry Lynn is just here as is
Senshi and Shelley while Tiger Mask is also in the match? Such a random match,
Senshi and Lynn start. Lots of history here, will they bring that up? Take-down
from Senshi, front chancery with a neck crank. Lynn counters with a fireman’s
carry, Senshi counters with a headscissors. Whip off the ropes, Lynn looks for
a cradle but Senshi avoids it. Lynn avoids a double stomp, inverted submission
from Lynn before transitioning into an arm-bar. Senshi backs into the corner
with a cross-arm-breaker using the ropes, Shelley tags into the match.
Shelley works the arm before Lynn counters
with an arm-drag and arm-bar. Whip by Shelley, Lynn ducks the clothesline and
Lynn nails a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Transition to arm-bar from Lynn, tag to
Tiger Mask. Shelley escapes the hold, talking trash to Tiger Mask. Shelley tags
in Senshi, Senshi vs Tiger Mask should be good. Senshi takes the arm, counter
from Tiger Mask. Kick from Senshi, top wrist-lock from Senshi. Tiger Mask flips
into an arm-drag, flip out of a hip-toss with a dropkick and legsweep. Lynn
wants a piece of Tiger Mask, lock-up and side headlock from Lynn. Shoulder block,
Tiger Mask answers with a monkey flip.
Tiger Mask is shoved off his side
headlock, middle rope crossbody goes wrong for Tiger Mask as Lynn ducks. Lynn
and Tiger Mask brawl to the corner, Shelley tags in off Tiger Mask. Sleeper on
Lynn, Lynn elbows his way out but Shelly uses the hair to maintain the hold.
Lynn escapes and tags in Tiger Mask, Shelley nails Tiger Mask with a stunner before
Tiger Mask counters with a Pele kick and standing moonsault. Tiger Mask climbs
to the top rope, Shelley open hand smacks Tiger Mask, top rope jawbreaker from
Shelley. Tiger Mask blocks a shiranui and nails a top rope underhook suplex on
Shelley for two as Senshi breaks up the fall.
Senshi nails Tiger Mask with a
springboard enzuigiri, Shelley eats a massive kick from Senshi. Lynn tags in and
slingshot leg drops Senshi, Tiger Mask kicks down Lynn before we have Lynn uses
the apron for a slingshot sunset flip which leads to Tiger Mask German
suplexing Senshi for a close two. Lynn nails Tiger Mask with a TKO for two,
Shelley is in the ring. Lynn is on the top rope, Lynn’s tornado DDT is blocked.
Shelley misses a spinning wheel kick, Lynn is back on the top rope. Senshi
kicks Lynn right in the head, Lynn counters a Ki Crusher looking for a
piledriver. Tiger Mask kicks Senshi to the floor, Shelley shoves Tiger Mask to
the floor which leaves Shelley and Lynn on the top rope. Superplex does not
come off for Shelley as Lynn nails a top rope sunset flip for the win.
What was the point of bringing in
Tiger Mask for this match? Was Tiger Mask any different from a Sonjay Dutt or
Jay Lethal or Matt Bentley? Completely replaceable in this match, also pretty
strange to see Lynn walking away the winner of this match. I think Shelley or
Senshi need the win in this one to elevate them in the eyes of the fans,
especially with the popularity of Shelley due to Paparazzi Productions. The
action was fine and the finish was nice but again I question the booking but
sure who cares, it was just an X-Division match on pay per view.
Lynn over Everyone Else via Top Rope Sunset Flip!
Championship Match) Team 3D © vs LAX W/ Konnan vs Tomko & Scott Steiner
Team 3D are your champions after one
of the worst matches in TNA history, LAX have their rematch but Tomko and
Steiner have been added to the mix. Odd for Tomko & Steiner to be teaming
considering they have never ever got a long. Steiner and Homicide to begin the
match, two heels. Steiner poses, mocking Homicide. Lock-up, knee by Steiner.
Scoop slam, clubbing blow by Steiner. Tilt-a-whirl slam from Steiner, chop from
Steiner. Brother Ray blind tags in, Homicide and Steiner are taken out as
Steiner clotheslines Homicide and Brother Ray nails a high German suplex. Steiner
answers with an exploder suplex and the match breaks down to three men in the
ring at once.
Let it be known: I hate this dumb
concept. Homicide and Steiner batter Brother Ray, Brother Ray rallies off a
flurry of punches before eye rakes slow down Brother Ray. Brother Ray blocks an
Irish whip and boots Homicide, elbow to Steiner and in comes Devon. Nice double
back drop before Homicide decides we are back down to 2 in the ring. Tomko gets
a tag and Devon trades powerslams with Tomko before a blind tag to Hernandez.
Slingshot shoulder block takes down Tomko, Hernandez eats a Lou Thesz Press
from Devon before Steiner and Tomko trip Devon and send Devon into the
ring-post. LAX nails Devon with a clothesline/senton combination.
Steiner is the legal man somehow,
clothesline and theatrical elbow from Steiner. Double elbow from Team Steiner,
Steiner clotheslines Brother Ray off the apron. Steiner brings Devon to the LAX
corner, Hernandez chokes Devon. Homicide and Ray brawl on the apron, Devon
reverses an Irish whip on Hernandez. Corner clothesline from Devon, Hernandez
kicks away Devon. Top rope splash with Tomko breaking up the pin-fall. Tomko
tags himself in, Devon is on the top rope. Devon kicks away Tomko, tornado DDT
from Devon. LAX stop the tag to Ray before Devon ducks a clothesline and rolls
to tag Ray. LAX are sent to the floor, Homicide eats a hip-toss.
DDT on Tomko, Homicide nails a diving
clothesline on Ray. Saving Grace on Homicide, belly to belly suplex by Steiner.
Hernandez nails a drop down argentine back-breaker on Steiner. Tomko boots
Hernandez, Ray boots down Tomko. Wassup Headbutt on Homicide, Devon searches
for a table but Hernandez dives over the top rope wiping out Devon. Steiner
& Tomko are with Homicide, Steiner Bulldog fails as Homicide rolls through
for a victory roll for two. Steiner tosses Homicide to the floor, Ray sneaks in
for a roll-up on Tomko for two. Tomko boots down Ray, Tomko wants to finish it
with a boot. Steiner holds Ray but Ray ducks as Tomko boots Steiner. 3D and
this match is over, the champions retain.
You know that was fun! I am not a fan
of three people in the ring at once during tag matches but they cut that shit
out pretty quickly. I feel nobody was over exposed in the ring during the
match, everyone got a few minutes to shine and look good. Homicide and Hernandez
did feel like an afterthought with will Tomko and Steiner get along or fight
angle eating up the match but it breezed by for me and Team 3D rightfully
retain but who is there left to work with for Team 3D? Are they going to find
themselves in another scenario where the tag team division is barren?
Winners: Team 3D
over Everyone Else via 3D!
This match gets a great hype package
but I have no idea why they are fighting, we begin with Joe catching Styles
with his speed, hip-toss and back drop before a sweep leaves Styles down. Headbutt
from Styles, shoulder thrusts in the corner before Joe whips Styles to the
corner. Elbow and enzuigiri, snap-mare and a chop. Styles knows the kick is
coming, dragon screw from Styles. Styles leaps over the back before Joe kicks
Styles to the floor. Elbow Suicida from Joe, Styles is in the crowd. Styles
looks for a springboard but Joe sweeps the legs, Styles is on the apron. Joe
wants a suplex into the ring, Styles hangs on but a huge jab rocks Styles. Styles
lands on the floor, complaining his elbow is hurt.
Joe does not buy into Styles’ injury,
eye poke by Styles. Suplex but Styles rolls out to the floor, Joe sends Styles
into the guard rail. Joe has a chair, chop by Joe. Joe has Styles on the chair,
Styles comes out off the chair with a huge clothesline. In the ring, Joe tries
running at Styles but walks into a leapfrog followed by a beautiful dropkick.
Joe battles back with an inverted atomic drop but Styles answers with a
spinning heel kick, chin-lock from Styles. Right jabs by Joe, Styles kicks low.
Forearm and springboard clothesline is blocked as Joe side-steps and nails a
German suplex. Forearms by Joe, Styles rakes the eyes. Inverted atomic drop
from Joe, Styles ducks the kick but Joe ducks the clothesline. Belly to belly
suplex from Joe, senton for two.
Styles is down in the corner, Joe is
lured in and smashed off the middle buckle. Styles is in the opposite corner,
Styles comes in running but Joe nails a powerslam for two. Styles escapes a
powerbomb for a Pele kick, Styles rolls to the apron. Springboard flying
forearm for two, Styles tries for his springboard reverse DDT but Joe counters
with a snap-mare. Styles stun-guns Joe from the apron, springboard reverse DDT
for two. Styles wants Styles Clash, Samoa Joe back drops Styles but Styles
rolls through for another attempt. Joe counters into a Death Valley Driver for
two, Styles side-steps Joe.
Joe winces on pain on the floor, Joe
makes it in at nine. Styles mocks Joe who is injured, Joe kicks Styles with his
good leg. Styles is in the corner, Joe tries to run across but collapses in
pain. Styles attempts a spinal tap, Joe dodges. Styles misses an enzuigiri, Coquina
Clutch into a Sleeper suplex for the win.
A Sleeper Suplex for the win? That’s
different. I liked the counters each men used throughout the match, they built
on their history of knowing one another inside and out. It led to some
interesting counters and transitions into their signature manoeuvres. Joe
paying back Styles for faking injuries was also a nice touch I just thought it
was not as exciting or intense as it should have been for two stop stars in the
company. Served its purpose though, time for the main event!
Winner: Samoa Joe
over AJ Styles via Sleeper Suplex?
Heavyweight Championship Match) Christian Cage © vs Kurt Angle vs Sting
Again, your biggest star Kurt Angle is
completely unlikable mere months into his run in TNA. I feel the loss hurt
Angle big time, the match with Steiner did not help either. Sting was in that
feud with Abyss with Sting dominating Abyss at every turn, I do not think it
did anything for Sting either. The Lockdown match gave a chance for a fresh
start and we saw Sting earn his opportunity thanks to Jeff Jarrett. However,
they had to fight for the number one contender’s spot on Impact because
reasons, both Angle and Sting won the match which leads us to here. Christian
came in as a big babyface and was turned into a dickhead not that long into his
run either. Surrounded by his faction, Christian is doing relatively well
having beaten Joe and Angle on pay per view before this match.
Sting and Angle hate one another due
to Christian’s manipulation, Christian is cracked by both challengers, inverted
atomic drop and Christian is tossed to the floor. Angle and Sting talk more
trash before Christian is thrown to the floor again, Angle takes the first
shot. Elbow by Angle off an Irish whip, uppercut rocks Sting. Whip to the
ropes, bulldog by Sting. Sting leaves the ring and decks Christian on the
floor, Christian sends Sting into the guard-rail. In the ring, Angle belly to
belly suplexes Christian. Whip to the ropes, dodges by Angle before a big shoulder
block. Angle sends Christian to the buckle, Angle shoulder blocks the ring-post
hard and spills to the floor.
Christian wants an alliance with
Sting, Sting spits in Christian’s face. Military press slam and elbow from
Sting, Stinger Splash from Sting. Angle stops the second splash, Angle Slam on
the ramp. Christian jumps Angle in the ring, Christian steps all over the back
of Angle. Chop down from Christian, snap-mare into a reverse chin-lock. Angle breaks
free but runs into a powerslam, two for Christian. Christian rolls to the floor
and pummels Sting, Christian slaps the head of Angle. Bad idea, German suplexes
from Angle. 8 German suplexes for a close two as Sting breaks up the pin-fall.
Sting throws Angle to the floor, Sting covers Christian for a close two.
Sting has Christian on the top rope,
Angle runs up the top rope. Tower of Doom spot for two on both men, Angle is shocked.
Uppercuts for the champion, toss from Angle. The straps are down, Angle Slam is
blocked as Unprettier is almost unleashed. Sting and Angle brawl, Christian is
on the top rope. Angle crotches Christian, Sting sends Angle into Christian
twice. Stinger Splash, Scorpion Death Drop on Angle. 1…2.. Christian pulls out
the referee, splashing him in the process.
Angle is straight up, Sting trips Angle
but Angle blocks the scorpion death lock. Angle applies The Ankle Lock, Angle
sees Christian coming into the ring. Double Ankle Lock on Christian and Sting,
both uses their leg strength to hurl Angle to the floor. Sting nails a huge
slam on Christian, low blow by Christian. Sting counters with a roll-up, Angle
has The Ankle Lock and Sting secures the pin-fall on Christian at the same time
that Angle taps out Sting but Angle is declared the winner. The fans are
confused, the commentators talk about the possibility of a photo finish and we
go right off the air with no conclusion.
So why did they do this finish? To set
up Sting having a reason to chase Angle for the championship. Nothing wrong
with that but here me out on this one: Again, we have a new champion with a
meaningless title reign coming beforehand so the change means nothing. We had
Sting topple Jarrett to lose to Abyss, Abyss to lose the championship in an elimination
match where he was not one of the two last members to Christian toppling Angle
and Joe, two massive wins only to lose it like this. It truly is a shame that
the influx of new talent was coming all at the one time because they really had
no clue how to accommodate them all, I believe that 100% This match was solid,
had your typical triple threat formula of one man being taken out for large
periods of time. I thought they set that up well, an Angle Slam on the ramp with
no padding looks and sounds nasty so that is all good. I do not feel we got a
whole load of meaningful action in there, I thought Christian did the most out of
the 3, antagonizing both men and trying to start alliances while also pulling
out the referee to hold onto his championship. It is just so hard to care for
this championship change though, the reigns have been less than stellar and it
feels like we are just throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks, fair
enough for newer or experimental acts/gimmicks in the lower card but playing
hot potato with your world championship? Doesn’t make sense to me boys!
Angle over Everyone Else via Ankle Lock!
That was TNA’s Sacrifice 2007, a mostly
solid pay per view with one great standout match. Kicking things off we had the
X-Division Championship match, Sabin is getting there as a heel with his antics
and body language, I just cannot buy completely into him like something is
missing and I do not know what it is but you have an angle coming out of this
with Sonjay Dutt having a legitimate angle in TNA for what feels like the first
time against Jay Lethal, this is good for both men as the division needs fresh
blood in a way for that division because it’s beginning to look very stale.
Roode vs Jarrett was solid, crowd loved Double J and it was a huge win for
Roode, the impact of that win will be explored in the coming months but it is a
sign of things to come for Roode. A good feather in his cap if you will,
Daniels and Rhino was again solid. Like the arm work, baseball bat to the head
was a good finish, I think Rhino is unsalvageable after his Styles’ feud but
you never know, could pull something out again if motivated.
The Bashams vs Kip was bleh, the feud
was bleh. Just take it away from me already, I do not want to see anymore.
Harris and Storm kicked all sorts of ass, I was not a fan of the ten count
after the pin-fall especially when they tried to make near-falls dramatic even
though the drama should have been whether they could stand after 10 or not but
anyways, it has blood, intensity and a symbolic finish which made this my match
of the night without a shadow of a doubt. The 4-Corner match was your standard
show the other X-Division guys match, no idea why they flew in Tiger Mask IV for
that. Team 3D defend their titles in a solid three-way match we have The
Steiner Brothers reunited at the end of the match, I mean sure why not? Let’s
turn dickhead Steiner back into a babyface. Samoa Joe and AJ Styles served
their purpose as a buffer to the main event, the main event was solid, the
crowd popped for the tower of doom spot but the finish confused many fans in
the building with nothing being resolved as we went off the air. Watch this pay
per view for Chris Harris vs James Storm and nothing else! Thanks for reading
and remember: There’s always another night!