What, me watch a second TNA PPV in consecutive months? Well, last month’s Destination X was my third favorite wrestling show of the year, just behind WWE’s Extreme Rules and WrestleMania 28. And I have been paying attention to their ever improving television show since then. While they aren’t as hot as they were going into Destination X, this show should be pretty good too with several strong match-ups.
With the new stipulation in the title match where neither guy gets a rematch, you’d have to think Roode is getting his belt back, or else they may have booked themselves into a hole.
1. Gunner and Kid Kash vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
It’s odd to see Chavo in the Mexican babyface role because I’ve seen him so often in the role of trying to help the Mexican babyface get over. The match was fine for the opener. It was an old school tag team match where the heels get the heat on the babyface (Chavo) for a long time until he can finally make the hot tag. Hernandez cleaned house including a running dive over the top rope. Guerrero hit a frog splash off the top rope on Kash for the pin.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
2. Rob Van Dam vs.
Pope vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson
Pope was jumped by Aces & Eights before the match, injuring his shoulder. Anderson just called it a three-way dance. Winner gets 20 points in the Bound For Glory series with falls count anywhere rules.
Kind of a herky jerky match. RVD took a spill off the top rope early and to the floor. Anderson and Magnus beat each other up for a bit, but the match was clearly designed for RVD to hit all of his moves. RVD and Magnus were on the stage and RVD threw a chair at him and Magnus caught it and was hit with the Vandaminator.
Van Dam gets 20 points and is now in second place in the BFG series.
3. Kazarian vs. Devon
This past weekend I celebrated my 24th birthday which was followed by Sacrifice! Seeing so many TNA PPVs (every one since Slammiversary 2006), I was pretty numb to what I would get. I ended up watching it again this morning to a much better conclusion.
The Motor City Machine Guns defeated Team 3D and Beer Money to become #1 Contenders to the World Tag Team Titles
This was a good opener! The Machine Guns gained the much needed win as the “best tag team never to hold the titles.” There were some good spots but nothing that stood out.
“The Freak” Rob Terry defeated Orlando Jordan to retain the Global Title
People constantly criticize Terry, but I think he is underrated. There were rumors that Orlando Jordan would be doing something controversial, but other than his somewhat flamboyant entrance, I don’t know what it could be. The beginning was good with Terry smashing through Jordan but when Jordan worked the leg for way too long, it really hurt the battle.
Douglas Williams defeated Kazarian to “win” the X Division Title
Another good match which was a lot more mat based than I would have figured. The crowd was not into it. The big reaction was when Douglas powerbombed Kazarian into the corner and looked like he hit his head on the turnbuckle. Williams won with the Chaos Theory in a pretty good match. Kazarian officially was champion for around a month but never physically held the belt.
Madison Rayne defeated Tara to retain the Knockouts Title. Tara is gone from TNA
This was a rather mediocre contest. This would also be Tara’s final TNA match as she was on her way out. It was very sloppy and I couldn’t get into it in any way. Rayne picked up the win with her version of Matt Striker’s “Golden Rule” maneuver. Out came the Rayne and washed the Spider out!
The Band defeated Ink Inc to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
TNA’s annual all still cage PPV is in the books and like every one before it, it shall remain very memorable in TNA’s history books. There were a variety of changes done to the card before hand but in the end, it turned out better than advertised.
One thing I wanted to mention was my opinion of the setup. I always believed that PPVs should look different than tapings and while tonight’s crowd separated them, I felt TNA could have done more with the stage, and ropes.
CAGE MATCH: LETHAL LOCKDOWN ADVANTAGE
Rob Van Dam defeated James Storm to earn his team the advantage.
Going in, I really questioned what chance James Storm had against the “Whole F’N Show” since RVD is so much higher on TNA’s pecking order. RVD kicked things off strong by knocking the cage door into the face of Storm then moments later jumping from the cage wall to the outside. RVD was bloodied (a common theme in tonight’s show) moments later. A very solid outing in spite of both men having to compete twice in tonight’s show. RVD picked up the win with a Five Star Frog Splash.
3 out of 5
CAGE MATCH: XSCAPE RULES
Homicide defeated Brian Kendrick, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin to advance to the X Title Match later tonight
This was originally a tag team match but was changed as a result of the X Division Championship Match being changed. (More on that later) I felt like this match benefited from the change as beforehand there was no reason for these four to go at it. This should have been better than it was but wasn’t given enough time to develop. Kendrick got busted open then screwed over by Homicide, who escaped the cage to win and advance to the X Division Championship Match.
2 out of 5
Kevin Nash defeated Eric Young
April 18th is the night when the all steel cage PPV returns to TNA as the company rolls into St. Louis with high expectations and leaves in a puddle of their own blood. This Lockdown is a completely different experience from those in the past. For the first time, a new steel cage will be used (which I really like). Lockdown has traditionally been one of the strongest TNA PPVs of the year and despite the poor buildup, it could be again this year.
CAGE MATCH: LETHAL LOCKDOWN ADVANTAGE
Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm of Beer Money
As a buildup to the “Harbinger of Hell,” a member of both Team Hogan and Team Flair will battle it out for the advantage. This all stems from a match a few weeks ago that resulted in Storm smashing a beer bottle on the head of RVD. The intelligent decision would have Storm somehow win to give Team Flair the advantage forcing Team Hogan to fight against the odds, and that is what I am going with.
The Motor City Machine Guns vs Brian Kendrick & Homicide
Why the hell is this match even on the card. Traditionally Lockdown would feature an Xscape Match pitting multiple X Division guys against each other. I see no storyline reason this match is even on here. The Machine Guns has no history with either Kendrick or Homicide and what makes it worse is that the Notorious 187 has been mostly featured on Xplosion. The only thing I can see here is TNA continue to build up the Machine Guns while teasing more of a Matt Morgan feud with the boys from Detroit or maybe continue something with Homicide.
“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.