Monday, 18 October 2010

TNA Bound For Glory on Extreme Sports - TV Review

So who were “they”? And why were “they” going to arrive at TNA’s Bound For Glory, shown this past Friday night on the Extreme Sports channel here in Britain.

Title action began the show as Generation Me challenged the Motor City Machine Guns for the TNA Tag-Team titles.

So what can I say that I haven’t said about these teams before? Not much really, except that this match was up to the usual high standard they they’ve set over the past few months.

In short it was a jot to watch, with some awesome double team moves from both sides until Alex Shelley pinned Jeremy Buck after the Guns’ neck breaker/body block combination.

The title action continued with Angelina Love defending Knockouts title against Tara, Madison Rayne and Velvet Skye, with Mickie James as the special referee.

An interesting affair which took a while to get going, and it only really sprang into life during the inevitable four-way brawl towards the end, with the match ending when Tara pinned Velvet to win the title.

The second inevitable moment came with Madison and Tara argued and Mickie got involved, eventually slugging Madison before leaving the ring.

More tag-team action followed as Ink Inc took on the odd couple pairing of Eric Young and Orlando Jordan.

Let me get this off my chest straight away. This match sucked big time, as does Jordan’s gimmick and Young’s return to goofiness.

Young spent most of his time reminding his partner of the rules, and ended up costing him the match before Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal took Jordan out with their flying neck breaker thing.

Enough of this, let’s go back to more serious action.

The third title match saw Doug Williams challenging Jay Lethal for the X Division title.

Thank God this match came along when it did. After the previous debacle this was just what the doctor ordered.

Lethal and Williams put on a great display here, an excellent back and forth encounter with two great performances.

The ending came when Williams went outside of his usual TNA style. Frustrated that he couldn’t put the champion away after the chaos theory the former Anarchist tried to take Lethal down with a top rope hurricanrana which Lethal countered with a roll-up for the win.

Lethal’s night wasn’t over though as some guy called Robbie E attacked him as he celebrated in the crowd, going on about how it’s great to be from New Jersey.

Then it was on to yet another Monster’s Ball match as Abyss went up against Rob Van Dam.

So how are you expecting me to write this one up? Well, it was the kind of stuff we’ve seen from countless other Monster’s Ball matches involving Abyss, tons of big bumps through tables and onto barbed wire boards.

In truth it was quite entertaining, with RVD looking back to his best, getting the win after he clobbered Abyss with Janice and sealing the deal with the five star frog splash.

We then saw a re-match of sorts as Kevin Nash, D’Angelo Dinero and Sting squared off against Samoa Joe and Jeff Jarrett in a handicap match.

Not much time was given to this one, and after some promising exchanges which saw Joe acting as the punching bag for his team it was obvious why.

When Joe went to tag Jarrett old Double J did the old Mega-Powers trick and jumped off the apron, leaving Joe to the wolves as he fell to Nash’s power bomb.

After the big announcement from Team 3D it was on to the Lethal Lockdown match as Ric Flair’s Fortune, A.J. Styles, Frankie Kazarian, Matt Morgan and Beer Money faced Mick Foley’s EV2, Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, Stevie Richards, Sabu and Raven.

Beginning with a five minute period which saw Richard taking on Kazarian, Flair’s men held the one man advantage when Styles entered the fray. From there the various combatants entered at two minute intervals until….well you should know by now what happens.

Even after the roof came down the cage couldn’t hold them as Kazarian was thrown through the door. He soon found his way to the roof of the cage, followed by Richards, where Brian Kendrick appeared from out of nowhere and put Kazarian through a table.

And while all of this was going on Dreamer took Styles down with the Dreamer driver to get the win.

Well, it was entertaining, but didn’t we have one of these matches just a few months ago? Mind you, I could have said the same about the Monster’s Ball!

The main event saw Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson fighting it out over the vacant TNA World title.

This was probably the best match on the show. All three put on great performances as they pulled out all their big moves, putting on some great sequences in the process.

But despite that this match will be remembered for what happened at the end. First Eric Bischoff and then a limping Hulk Hogan came down to the ring and fooled everyone when Hardy clobbered Angle and Anderson with Hogan’s crutches. Bischoff then dragged the sleepy referee into position so he could make the three count as Hardy was crowned the new TNA World Champion.

Then, as the fans began to voice their displeasure Jeff Jarrett and Abyss entered the ring to join in the celebrations. RVD then appeared, only to get clobbered by the title belt as he questioned Hardy’s actions.

In conclusion - as is my custom I quickly read a few reviews the day after this show happened. A lot of them weren’t exactly complimentary.

However, for the most part I found this to be a very enjoyable show, even though they were essentially re-hashing Bash at the Beach 14 years ago at the end. But apart from that, and a certain tag match, there was some nice work here.

I just wish they’d keep Orlando Jordan and Eric Young off my television screen in the future!

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