MAN! The Twitter "FIRERUSSO" hashtags are out in force tonight after a very... controversial... Hard Justice PPV.
Here we go:
+Return of the Steel Asylum for #1 Contendership of X-Division title.
Suicide vs. Daniels vs. Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley vs. D’Angelo Dinero (Elijah Burke) vs. Amazing Red vs. Consequences Creed vs. Jay Lethal
Whoa. Eight guys in that six-sided ring. That by itself is pretty crazy already. Add the fact that they are all X-Division guys, and it's pure chaos.
One of the few things that the WWE could take a lesson on: putting on an AMAZING opening match. There is a reason why TNA was built on the X-Division. They’re nothing short of amazing.
This was a fantastic match. So much action and some great spots. What I thought was really great was that some of the spots of the match weren’t the usual high-flying spots, but rather some basic moves that just looked wonderful.
I believe it was Alex Shelly, who did a great looking belly-to-belly suplex. Another great part of the match was Amazing Red. The kid is so talented. He delivered a SICK Huracanrana-DDT to Creed. The man really is AMAZING!
Towards the end of the match, I thought Red was going to take the win, but Daniels caught up to him and was able to knock him down, but in the process, got his leg caught at the top of the Asylum.
Then, it looked like Suicide was going to get the win, but as he was making his way out, Dinero caught him and knocked him down as well. I thought for sure, Dinero would take the win, but he actually dropped down from the top on his own, hyping up an injury he had suffered earlier in the match.
Of course, this led to the still-dangling Daniels to make his way out of the Asylum for the victory.
Daniels now gets a shot at the X-Division title!
Jethro Holiday vs. Abyss
Eh, this match, I didn’t care for. Abyss won.
After the match, Dr. Stevie came into the ring afterward and got clocked by Holiday.
+Feast or Fired Briefcase
Hernandez vs. Big Rob Terry
Okay, Stein…Rob Terry comes to the ring followed by his opponent, Hernandez who comes down to the ring and cuts a quick promo. Match starts. Hernandez gets the upperhand, wins his briefcase back. What the Hell? Yeah, I’m totally serious. That’s how it went down. Super Mex’s promo was longer than the match.
What a waste. At least he has his briefcase back.
+New Japan IWGP Tag Team Titles
British Invasion(c) vs. Beer Money, Inc.
Wasn’t a great match, it was an Impact! match. I love Beer Money, but this wasn’t at their level.
British Invasion won with the help of Eric Young, who was at ringside with Tenay and Don West.
To be honest, Jeremy Borash had tweeted that Chris Harris was backstage so I was really hoping we’d see him run down to the ring to help out Beer Money Inc. Haha. Guess not.
+Knockout Title Match
Angelina Love(c)/Velvet Sky vs. ODB/Cody Deaner
This match was a little confusing at first. The rules of the match were a little fuzzy.
Nothing too special about this match either. A lot of spanking and kissing by Deaner. Wasn’t even an Impact! worthy Knockout match.
Near the end, Velvet Sky had Deaner set up for a spray of perfume/hairspray by Love, but Deaner moved out of the way and Angelina got Velvet sky instead. Of course, this led to Deaner getting the pin over Velvet Sky. Very predictable.
ODB was given her Knockout title, much to most fans relief. Just when I thought that TNA was going to take the “classy” route, they tricked us and Cody Deaner took the title from ODB and walked away with it.
+X-Division Title Match
Homicide (c) vs. Samoa Joe
For me, and a lot of fans, I think this match was a huge let down. It was a decent match, but that’s all it was. I think Homicide and Joe had the potential for the Match of the Night. What a shame…
Rather suddenly during the match, Joe got the win over Homicide to capture the X-Division title.
The best thing about this is that now we’ll get to see Christopher Daniels vs. Samoa Joe.
No way they can screw up this match!
+TNA Tag Team Title Match
Booker T/Scott Steiner (c) vs. Team 3D
I didn’t get a chance to watch this match.
MEM members retain the tag titles.
+Legends Title Match
Kevin Nash(c) vs. Mick Foley
Again, I didn’t get to watch this match, but I hear there was some blood and an appearance by a barbed wire bat. Winner of the match, Kevin Nash, thanks to Traci Brooks.
+TNA World Heavyweight Title
Kurt Angle(c) vs. Sting vs. Matt Morgan
Alright, once again, I missed this match! UGH!
Nonetheless, I was able to catch the very end of the match. Just in time to see
Kurt Angle retain his title.
Yes, that’s right. Even after the arrest yesterday, Kurt Angle kept the TNA World title. Like I stated earlier, this was a very controversial win. The Twitter community was is a frenzy over this. Here are a few Tweets from some of my followers and people I follow:
@WUOnline: Will Dixie Carter stand up & be the president she needs to be? If I were her, not only would I #FIRERUSSO but I would also #FIREANGLE as well. More…
@TheWrestleChick: RVD got busted for weed and he lost his ECW title….Kurt Angle gets busted and he keeps his world heavyweight title #FIRERUDDO
@AndrewJanus: AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ. Please? #TNA #FIRERUSSO
My opinion on the whole thing is that Kurt Angle’s personal life is his to deal with. But as a company, I think TNA made a mistake. At least I think so.
Earlier, I mentioned a way that the WWE could learn from TNA, this situation is one where TNA could learn from WWE. We all know that Vince McMahon is a fantastic business man, he would have known how to work with the situation that was thrown at his company.
In my opinion, I think TNA did wrong by keeping the title on Angle. But, at the same time, it won’t be such a huge disaster, like some people might be expecting.
If Angle’s situation turns into a big public mess, which it has the potential to do, then yes, TNA will have to take the dunce cap with their decision, but it won’t be the end of the road for anyone.
No matter how much trouble Angle will be in with the law, TNA should have played it a little safe and given the title to either Matt Morgan or Sting.
Matt Morgan has really been on a roll lately, getting the title would have been a massive push for him and although, I think it might be a little too early to give him the TNA title, TNA has certainly made bigger mistakes. It wouldn’t have been the end of the world for anyone involved.
They might have even gotten away with less heat had they had done a run-in finish or something. Would have been nice to see AJ come out. (Can you believe it? No AJ Styles on the PPV! Crazy!)
On the other hand though, I think TNA took a huge gamble on keeping the title on Angle, and I’m sure that they’ve gotten the reaction they’ve wanted. Although people are threatening to boycott TNA and blaming Vince Russo, people are definitely talking about the Hard Justice main event.
What do you guys think? Do you think TNA did right or wrong by letting Kurt Angle keep the TNA World Title? Let me know. I really want to hear your opinions on the whole situation.
Sorry that I wasn’t able to give a better rundown on the other matches I missed.
Luchadors, let me hear your thoughts!