"They" Make an Impact
The Whole F'N Show kicked off with two of the top wrestlers in the world facing each other. The crowd was hot during Kurt Angle's victory over A.J. Styles. This match was not about the TV title. It's Kurt's quest for the World Title that continues after an intense match that set the bar high for the rest of the show.
Angelina Love regained the Knockouts Title from Madison Rayne. Madison's bodyguard was nearly unmasked by Velvet Sky in a scuffle during the match. With Lacey Von Erich injured, I predict that we are going to see Madison Rayne and her bodyguard against Angelina Love and Velvet Sky in the near future as the original Beautiful People reunite.
The three way dance between Pope D'Angelo Dinero, Mr. Anderson and Matt Morgan was a disappointment. The alternating rapid fire pin attempts were the high point of a match that saw Morgan sit outside the ring and pick his spot to steal a win.
Jeff Hardy's open challenge was intriguing. I did not expect Shannon Moore to be his opponent. Shannon actually outwrestled his best friend and got a rub from this match. Maybe Jeff's legal problems are weighing on his mind as he seemed flat in an uninspiring victory.
Match number five between the Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money Inc. was two out of three falls and would decide not only the series but the TNA World Tag Team Champions. The crowd was into the match of the night as Beer Money captured the high spot filled first fall. The Guns recovered winning the next two falls to win the series and retain the titles. These are the top two teams in the entire sport and everyone who saw this series of matches can consider themselves winners.
The Main Event featured Abyss vs. Rob Van Dam in a "Stairway to Janice" match with Eric Bischoff as the special referee. This brawl saw Abyss capture "Janice." Even with the nail filled board he could not overcome Van Dam. The champ hit Abyss with a sunset flip from the top rope into thumbtacks and glass shards and a Rolling Thunder with Abyss under a barbed wire board. A Van Terminator from the champ that pinned Abyss between the turnbuckle and that barbed wire board spelled the beginning of the end as RVD claimed the win.
I figured Hulk Hogan was going to steal the thunder from the talent who put on a Pay-Per-View quality show. I was surprised that he paid homage to EV 2.0. Tommy Dreamer's "thank you" speech was interrupted when the lights went out. When they came back up, Fortune jumped the hardcore heroes and help from Abyss and Matt Morgan left them a bloody mess.
Abyss' attack on Rob Van Dam backstage put a bloody exclamation point on a night where "They" revealed themselves as Fortune and made a lasting impact. It's Fortune vs. EV 2.0 and Dixie Carter for control of TNA's future. This has the potential to be a great feud!
TNA Reaction answered a lot of questions that came up during the show. I like this format of worked shoot promos after the matches better than doing promos during iMPACT!
These two shows set the stage for a bright future for TNA.
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