Monday, February 15, 2010

TNA Against All Odds (ETS Daily Exclusive)

TNA offered it's most recent ppv installmant last night with Against All Odds. This ppv was focused on a tournament, dubbed the 8 card stud tournament, with the winner receiving a world title shot at their April extravaganze, Lockdown. This show, as a whole, was quite bad. There was only one match worth noting, and the rest was forgettable garbage that is probably best forgotten. Ken Anderson wrestled three matches: nothing else needs to be said, but on for the review (Matches are rated out of 5 stars *****).

1. Quarterfinal Match # 1
Desmond Wolfe vs. D'Angelo Dinero

This was a good opener but it was far too short. Work was good, and Pope got the win with the DDE (running knees to the back). Pope advances to the semi-finals. Until the world title match, it was all downhill from here. **3/4

2. Quarterfinal Match # 2
Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez

Poor match, and the crowd did not care at all. They botched a crossbody so horribly that the fans were too stunned to even chant "you fucked up." Finish came when Hernandez did his supermex dive over the ropes onto Morgan on the ramp, and "hurt" his shoulder. Morgan refused to allow the red to count his tag partner out, so he let him into the ring, threw his "injured" shoulder into the ropes, and pinned him using the tights. Morgan moves on. *1/2

3. Quarterfinal Match # 3
Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson

Angle bled early after Anderson used Angle's dog tag necklace to spit him open. Match wasn't very long, and it wasn't terrible, but this was far from what you would expect from a Kurt Angle ppv match. Somewhat of a shocking finish as Angle hit his head on an exposed turnbuckle, and was pinned after a Mic Check from Anderson. Would've thought Angle would win for sure in an effort to make the ppv better, but oh well. Anderson moves on. **1/4

4. Quarterfinal Match # 4
Mick Foley vs. Abyss (no dq match)

Eric Bischoff made this a no dq match in a segment before the match started, and made it known that there would be no "shenanigans" and instructed both wrestlers to use Foley's barbed wire bat. Match was bad. They told a story revolving around using the barbed wire bat, but Abyss didn't want to use it on his friend. Foley kept trying to provoke Abyss to use it, so as to keep his job and avoid losing his mask, but they never used the bat. Finish came when Abyss gave Foley a Black Hole Slam on tacks that Foley brought into the ring. Abyss, despite moving on, was devasted by what he did to his friend, and helped foley up and was picking tacks out of his back. This was not good at all. *1/2

5. Team 3D vs. The Nasty Boys

Awful match. They tried, I'll give them that, but this was horrible. Knobs appears to weigh about 600 lbs, and Sags was sandbagging everyone every time they tried to do a move on him. Match went on forever, and there was lots of stalling. Finish came when Jimmy Hart ran in and passed a helmet to Knobs (which the cameras completely missed), who hit Brother Ray over the head and got the pin. They tried, but the work was absolutely horrendous. *

6. Semi-final Match # 1
D'Angelo Dinero vs. Matt Morgan

Morgan just beat on him forever, and the crowd was utterly silent. Pope continued to get destroyed until Morgan missed a big boot in the corner, got tied up in the ropes, and Pope hit him with the running knees for the pin. Not much to this match at all, but for what it was the work wasn't awful. *3/4

7. Semi-final Match # 2
Ken Anderson vs. Abyss

This was better than their match at Genesis, but that's not high praise. Match was boring as sin. Anderson wins after a low blow and a Mic Check. The beat goes on. *1/2

8. TNA World Heavyweight Title Match (w/ Eric Bischoff as Special Referee)
AJ Styles (c) w/ Ric Flair vs. Samoa Joe

Very good match, easily the best match on the show. Not a match of the year contendor or anything, but still very good. Bischoff was largely a non factor untill the end. Joe and AJ battles all over the place and it was good. Lots of chops and all the moves they did were crisp, and the crowd was into it. Finish came when Joe hit AJ with the musclebuster, but Flair held Bischoff on the outside so he couldn't make the count. Bischoff then decked Flair, but as he got in the ring Joe confronted him about not making the count. AJ used the distraction to hit Joe with a Pele Kick and a Styles Clash, and Bischoff very VERY slowly counted to three. ***1/2

9. 8 Card Stud Tournament Finals
Anderson vs. D'Angelo Dinero

Before the match took place, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman attacked the Pope backstage. Anderson entered the ring first, and the ref was going to count the Pope out, but he limped his way down to the ring. Anderson beat on Pope forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, with absolutely zero heat from the crowd. I was falling asleep. Last two minutes were good, as Anderson actually brought a mic down from the ceiling to announce his soon-to-be victory, hit the Mic Check, but Pope kicked out. Crowd got into it at this point. There was a brief exchange, but eventually Pope hit his running knees to the back on Anderson for the pin, which the crowd loved. As good as the finish was, the rest of this was impossibly boring. **

If TNA learns any lesson from this show, it's to never have a ppv where Mr. Anderson has to work more than 1 match. Ths show sucked, do not watch it whatever you do. I'm surprised I even remembered it today enough to write a review.


Anonymous said...

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