“Destination X will be an example critics will use when they point out what’s wrong with TNA!”
Destination X last night was the showcase of the X Division, and in that regard TNA succeeded. Everything else though was polarizing with some solid, some mediocre and some bad.
-The Ladder Match was extremely fun! There were some sick spots that I definitely wouldn’t encourage anyone to do. I think it will give Money in the Bank a run for its money. Kazarian is back in the run as challenger to the X Division Title
-Tara vs Daffney was okay but nothing great. The Knockouts Division hasn’t really shined recently for one reason or another. Daffney is an awesome character and looks to continue chasing the Knockouts Title after stealing Poison on tonight’s show.
Ahhhh Sunday. This was quite the day my friends.
Saturday was a late-ish night so I didn’t wake up until 11:30 or so. With only 4 hours until the show, I didn’t bother going into Centr-o so I just chilled at the hotel, had a small workout, listened to some shows and did a little reading. EXCITING STUFF….. or not.
1. 16 Carat Gold SF: Shingo Takagi over Zack Sabre Jr by ELBOW/CHOKE DEATH COMBO.
Holy fuck did this ever rule!!! This is the sleeper match of the weekend. Zack was extremely aggressive here. He came right out of the gates swinging. And of course Shingo was happy to go toe to toe with him. Zack got the advantage by injuring Shingo’s arm (which he sold like Ricky Steamboat in his prime). However Shingo struck back, taking out Zack’s leg and then going to work with some of the most awesome leg attacks I’ve ever seen. He was switching from one leg lock variation to another and it was soooo smooth. I was just in awe. And I think it was this match that saw Shingo do A FIST DROP TO THE KNEE!!!! Awesome! But Zack fought back, like he had been doing all weekend. Shingo once again had to break out a more severe finisher, as that little story continued on. This time it was the elbow/choke combo that I’ve only ever seen him use once before.
2. 16 Carat Gold SF: Drake Younger over Steve Douglas via Drake’s Landing
The second semi final delivered in spades too. If you’ve read my prior reports you know the deal with these guys. The crowd loves one of them and they HATE one of them. Thus we had yet another match with insane heat. Drake was on fire and Douglas probably put in his best performance of the weekend here. The nearfalls were EPIC and when Drake pulled out the win with the Landing the place exploded.
Woke up before the other guys on Saturday so I decided to head off on my own into Centr-o to do a bit of exploring and ALOT of eating. There’s so many cool shops in that place and a ridiculous amount of hot women strolling around. There were shops for everything, but the coolest thing I saw in the whole place was this:
A 3D image of a tiger, in a solid crystal cube. Dunno how the fuck you create one of those but it’s amazing.
Before I went back to the hotel, it was eating time and I knew there was only one place I needed to be. The VAUNTED Pagoda Chinese Buffet. It’s out on it’s own little island on the side of Centr-o, and with a bridge set up to walk to it, it has a pretty cool look.
GETTIN’ MY 16 CARAT ON IN GERMANY: Part 1
I have no plans for what I’m gonna write here, how long it’ll be or anything. I’m just gonna roll with it and see what comes of it.
An early ass flight accompanied by several old PPH’s on my mp3 player, saw me arrive in Deutschland on Friday morning with the first night of the tourney that evening. Found our hotel which was really really nice and in a perfect location. Myself, AdamJ and his two buddies made our first trip into the GIGANTIC Centr-o mall in Oberhausen where we were basically just overwhelmed by the freaking size of the place and the ridiculous amount of restaurants at our disposal. After some food, it was off to NIGHT 1 of WXW 16 Carat 2009!!!
The venue was this cool little bar that you could tell was gonna have an awesome atmosphere just by entering.
1. Sami Callihan vs. Dan Paysan vs. Tommy End vs. Sha Samuels
Really fun 4 way and a perfect opener for a live show. Paysan looked way better than I was expecting and had tons of charisma. Sami is waaaay more enjoyable in person than on tape…. when you hear his strikes live it’s unreal. Tommy is bigtime over with the German fans, who MOSH during his entrance and Sha is basically just an awesome English lout who wrestles in a QPR scarf. Sami got the win over Paysan to be the official alternate for the tourney.
2. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Daisuke Sekimoto over Martin Stone via No Touch German Suplex
So I’m very excited to be going to Germany for three days in early March to witness one of the most STACKED ProWres tournaments ever. The full lineup has now been released. I bolded the names that caused paunts to be exploded.
16 Carat Gold Turnierteilnehmer
1. Chris Sabin (Detroit, USA)
2. Drake Younger (Indianapolis, USA)
3. Erick Stevens (Sarasota, USA)
4. Tyler Black (Buffalo, USA)
Alternate 1: Sami Callihan (Bellefontaine, Ohio)
Alternate 2: ??? [wird von der kanadischen IWS Promotion benannt]
5. “The Guvnor” Martin Stone (London, UK)
6. Zack Sabre jr. (Isle of Sheppey, UK)
7. Terry Frazier (East London, UK)
8. Doug Williams (Reading, UK)
Alternate 3: Sha Samuels (East London, UK)
9. Big van Walter (Wien, A)
10. Adam Polak (Krakau, PL)
11. Absolute Andy (Nornberg, D)
12. Steve Douglas (Glauchau, D)
Alternate 4: Tommy End (Amsterdam, NL)
13. Daisuke Sekimoto (Osaka, JAP)
14. Shingo (Yamanashi, JAP)
15. Tatsuhito Takaiwa (Kyoto, JAP)
16. Bryan Danielson (Aberdeen, Washington, USA)
The possible first time matchups are insane. Danielson vs. Shingo! Tyler vs. Sabin! Drake vs. Danielson! Daisuke vs. Doug in a BATTEL of the Chaos Theory German Suplex and the NO TOUCH GERMAN SUPLEX! Tyler vs. Shingo!
There’s no way around this tournament being mindblowingly awesome. I can’t wait.
I don’t usually have too much to say about TNA in general because I haven’t liked the product in a while, but I think they’re definitely doing some interesting things right now. The last time I bought a TNA PPV was when Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and AJ Styles were having their classic matches. But I did go out of my way to see the match when Samoa Joe beat Kurt Angle in the cage match to win the title. I know that Big D thinks that match is overrated, but I liked it. It was a little different and I thought they did a great job at making the most important parts of the match dramatic. I have some thoughts as they come up to Genesis this weekend based on last night’s Impact.
– Someone needs to give BG James acting lessons. I think that promo was necessary considering Jeff Jarrett seemingly allowed Kurt Angle to say terrible things about his wife who passed away and his children and did nothing. But yikes. That was some terrible acting.
– I laughed when Kevin Nash quoted his father giving him a lesson when he was a kid and basically said that his father used to call him Big Sexy. I was waiting for Sting to laugh too, but he was fighting it well.
– Jarrett’s promo was ok, but I couldn’t wait for Foley to steal the microphone from him and he did exactly that. He just snaked it from him when he was supposed to be comforting him. I’m not sure Foley’s promo was money, but he definitely tried while putting over the TNA guys at the same time. Being in the three-way hurts his chances to cut that money promo, and I think their best chance to draw is going to be when he and Kurt go one on one. That will probably be the next show I buy and I would imagine that if Foley looks decent this weekend, it will probably be their best buy rate ever.