TNA Victory Road May Have Paved Company's Trip to Failure

Joe JohnsonSenior Writer IIMarch 13, 2011

From top to bottom, TNA may have produced the worst full-roster PPV in the last 20 years of professional wrestling. Victory Road was nothing but a miserable failure across the board. Considering the backlash from its fanbase against Dixie Carter on her Twitter feed when they ripped off the Sting return video, I cannot imagine what is going to take place following this absolute joke of a show.

Here are a few highlights from Twitter tonight:

@TNADixie I usually defend TNA when I can and get mocked for it, but I can't here. That was atrocious and a joke. Thanks for stealing our $.

Anybody else think that tonight was TNAs fingerpoke of doom night? Turn off the lights kids, it's over. #TNA @TNADixie

I won't be surprised if I saw a 3 disc The Rise and Fall of @TNAwrestling crappy management by@TNADixie @EBischoff and @HulkHogan4real

I’ll skip to the end, because the time it takes me to write this sentence is about the length of time the match lasted. In short, Bischoff talks, Sting looked pissed, then within 30 seconds of the bell, he hits the Scorpion Death Drop for the win and title retention. Yep. I’m not making this up, if you haven’t read the results yet. The TNA World Heavyweight Title match lasted less than a minute on a PPV between two men that are the biggest draws in the company. It may not be a stretch to say TNA will never recover from this debacle.

Some reports are stating that the result was due to Jeff Hardy showing up unfit to perform. This has happened before and nobody can really say it’s much of a surprise. He left WWE at the height of his popularity, only to be arrested within weeks. His TNA run has been sporadic at best, littered with bad behavior and repeated updates of his court appearances. TNA management deserves much of the blame, as well, for being foolish enough to put their faith in such an irresponsible, unreliable individual.

But those allegations are yet to be substantiated. They could be proven false or overblown, but it’s hard for anyone to give Hardy, the man that could be the biggest star on the planet today, the benefit of the doubt.

Nonetheless, a Sting-Hardy main event couldn’t have saved this PPV. It was a groaner from just reading the card and it didn’t fail to disappoint throughout.

Bully Ray vs. Tommy Dreamer is a match a handful of people might have wanted to see in a local armory 15 years ago. In 2011, neither of these men is fit to carry a PPV contest, especially an opening bout intended to hype the crowd.

The Dudleyz are a sad shell of their former selves and it’s painful to watch either of them attempt to draw today. WWE tried to feud the two of them nearly 10 years ago and it failed then. Today, it isn’t getting anyone to plop down their money either.

After that, we had two non-finishes in the two biggest secondary singles matches. A double countout in a No. 1 Contender’s match and the other being a screw job finish barely suitable for an episode of Impact. I can get over the stupid fake blood finish of the Morgan-Hernandez match. While these two appeared on a trajectory to the top of the card at one time, it’s clear there are no long-term plans for them, so this will be forgotten.

The Anderson-RVD double countout is absolutely maddening. Three weeks ago, Anderson defeated not only RVD but also Kurt Angle in a No. 1 Contender’s bout in the main event of Impact, which was a pretty good match. He then got leapfrogged by Sting and apparently his shot at the title was erased. He had to fight for it again and couldn't win this time either. This says to me that TNA has no idea what the hell they are going to do, so they opted to avoid a finish at all costs.

The X-Division Title match and the Tag Team Title match both delivered to a certain extent. Neither will be remembered a few months from now, but they were solid filler. The frustrating part is that neither match had any build; there wasn’t any tension at all and the finishes were predictable. Often WWE is accused of being predictable, but that is because their booking tends to be too logical in some cases. This was predictable because nobody bought any of the challengers as viable options to be champion not a good habit to get into.

Then there was AJ vs. Matt Hardy. They went nearly 20 minutes. AJ was AJ and Hardy had his best match since feuding with MVP over the U.S. Title years ago. But my problem with this is: Who cares? What does this lead to? AJ wins… now what?

The Fourtune face turn was meant to drive the young stars in a war against Immortal to save the company. Instead, Kaz is battling the Young Bucks and Jersey Shore boy in a meaningless spotfest. Beer Money is feuding with a non-Immortal team. And on top of that, Sting has seemingly single-handedly dismantled Immortal in three weeks. The big surprise turn has been left without any purpose. 

In the end, though, this utterly forgettable PPV would be better off forgotten, but it won’t have such luck due to the finish. I won’t put this on the same level as the Finger Poke of Doom, simply because TNA never was important enough to have such a disastrous downfall. An embarrassment of this caliber, though, could be the last straw for their remaining faithful that have lost all confidence in the company to give them a show worth paying for.

Victory Road was nothing more than an extended, bad episode of Impact. Nobody is going to pay for such a product. Don’t be surprised at all if TNA sees a significant drop in PPV buys next month by fans that can’t trust the company to satisfy.