Sunday, September 20, 2009

9/20/09 No Surrender

Taylor Wilde & Sarita vs. Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne (Knockouts Tag Team Titles): **1/4

Hernandez vs. Eric Young: DUD

Samoa Joe vs. Daniels (X-Division Title): ***1/2

D'Angelo Dinero vs. Suicide (Falls Count Anywhere): **1/2

ODB vs. Cody Deaner (Knockouts Title): *3/4

Kevin Nash vs. Abyss (Legends Title): *1/4

Brother Ray, Brother Devon, James Storm, & Robert Roode vs. Brutus Magnus, Doug Williams, Booker T, & Scott Steiner (Lethal Lockdown; Tag Team Titles): ***1/4

Bobby Lashley vs. Rhino: *

AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan vs. Sting vs. Hernandez (World Title): ***

Match of the Night: Samoa Joe vs. Daniels

Trash of the Night: Hernandez vs. Eric Young (squash = crap)

Analysis: I was skeptical of having the Knockouts Tag Title match as the opener, but I was proven wrong. It was a good, fast-paced, fun match that had some nice spots. If that was Sarita and Wilde's finisher, that's a great tag team finisher.

Hernandez vs. Eric Young was basically to continue the feud. Squash, and move on.

I loved the Joe/Daniels match. Definitely brought back memories of 2005, enough said. This feud should continue, and I can't wait for their next match.

Dinero/Suicide was also surprisingly good. They had a bit of buildup to the match stemming from last month's Steel Asylum match, but this match was not added officially to the card until today. Good fighting in the back, with nice use of weapons. The finish was decent.

ODB vs. Deaner was another match that I thought would stink, but it turned out to be pretty entertaining. Props to those two for really putting on a good show. ODB should use the TKO more often.

Nash/Abyss was average. Daffney is awesome for taking yet another Black Hole Slam from Abyss. Other than that, the match was pretty forgettable.

Lethal Lockdown was yet another great match. Nice spot on the roof of the cage with Beer Money.

Lashley vs. Rhino was a predictable match. It was very basic to make sure Lashley really didn't hurt himself a bunch, and of course, Lashley had to win. I think Lashley just punching out a charging Rhino to get the three count is a lame finish.

Hernandez cashing in the Feast or Fired briefcase to get into the World Title picture was awesome. I also like that he didn't take the "ultimate opportunist" way out and win the world title sneaking in the back door. However, this was the perfect spot for Eric Young to get involved and prevent Hernandez from winning. I like that feud and it should continue anyway.

But yeah, the World Title match was good. Everyone hit their signature moves, which was nice. I think the crowd, for the most part, seemed out of it; they certainly were not as fired up as in the beginning. It will be interesting to see what happens with AJ Styles and Sting. For those who did not see the PPV, Sting delivered a Scorpion Death Drop to Angle, looked at Styles, then took out Matt Morgan to clear the way for Styles to pick up the win with a springboard 450 splash.

I liked this PPV. It had a couple of lame matches but mostly had some good ones. Certainly better than many TNA PPVs I've seen in the past.

Overall Rating: ***

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