Sunday, July 11, 2010

7/11/10 Victory Road

Douglas Williams vs. Brian Kendrick (Ultimate X; X-Division Title): This was OK, but not what I really wanted it to be. Good moves, but I honestly wanted more. Ending seemed a bit abrupt to me. **1/4

Brother Ray vs. Brother Devon vs. Jesse Neal: Storyline progression was good. However, Jesse really never got in too much offense and I found Brother Ray's offense too basic and boring. *1/4

Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne (Career vs. Title; Knockouts Title): OK, this is getting horrible. The ending created more questions than answers and was just bizarre to me. Really? A person on a motorcycle? Really? Andrew Thomas just deducing it was a Beautiful People member? The only thing memorable about the match was the Botox Injection sending the chair into Rayne's face. 3/4*

AJ Styles & Kazarian vs. Samoa Joe & Rob Terry: Finally, a great match. Crowd was going nuts throughout the match. Lots of great moves...match went back and forth. Terry got a chance to shine in this one. These guys work very well together. Very solid finish. Wish it had more time. ***

Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan (Cage): This was a good match that told a good story. Nice use of the cage in this one. Nice sick spot with Hernandez missing the splash from the top of the cage. Hernandez botched two potential Border Tosses, however, and that really took away from the match. I did like the solid finish. **1/2

Jay Lethal vs. Ric Flair: And this is likely the biggest win of Lethal's career. Very good crowd reaction in this one. I will never get the image of Flair's ass out of my head. Can't recall the last time Flair tapped to his own submission move. **3/4

Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. James Storm & Robert Roode (Tag Team Titles): And here is your MOTN, folks. Incredible match. This match had such high expectations because these were two very experienced tag teams -- and they did not disappoint. Once the ref let all four guys go in the match, that started a tidal wave of good chaos. Crowd loved every minute of it, and so did I. I liked the double pin and the subsequent restart because the fans got what they wanted -- more time to watch these two teams go at it. ****1/4

Kurt Angle vs. D'Angelo Dinero: Yet another outstanding match. There's a reason why many say Angle is the best in the business, and this is yet another example of that. Lots of near falls and a couple of false finishes. The go-home sequence was amazingly smooth and solid. But then again, what else do you expect from Angle? ***1/2

Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss (World Title): Really? This was the main event? Yuck. It was a good attempt to entertain, but frankly, I felt it failed to really keep my attention. The crowd was interested, but they were not super gung-ho about it (save for a couple of chants). Tower of Doom was nice. The end saw some chain wrestling, three people hitting finishers, and that's it. I honestly think this match may have also suffered due to the awesomeness of the two previous matches. **1/4

MVPs: Guns vs. Beer Money FTW.

Overall Rating: Overall, this PPV looked decent on paper. The show started off with a whimper, but definitely picked up starting with the fourth match. And although, in my book, the show finished on an average note, we had several nice matches, topped by the tag title match. Flair impressed me tonight with a match any 60-year-old would be happy to have. ***1/4

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