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Victory Road review by Harrison

July 15, 2010   ·   0 Comments

Hey everyone, Harrison101 here. Since thisll be my first column for Wrestle Zone, let me introduce myself. My real name is Andre Harrison, but everyone calls me Harrison101, Im a 17 Year Old Business Studies and ICT student from London, England . Ive been a Wrestling fan, on and off since about 2000, but a more in-depth fan since 2008. Im a fan of the WWE, TNA and getting into ROH, so expect future reviews from all 3 of those companies

So now thats done, lets look at Victory Road from July 11th, 2010. Remember last year? That’s the reason I was sceptical going into this one, but this PPV actually delivered. I call it the PPV of two halves, you’ll see why later. On with the review!

Douglas Williams vs Brian Kendrick (Ultimate X Submission Match for the X-Division Championship)

The story heading into the match was that Williams is afraid of heights. So, of course, the first thing he did was make a run for the corner to climb up the pole. Didnt make any sense to me obviously. Kendrick cut him off.

Both wrestlers went for submissions for the next few minutes. With Kendrick at ringside, Williams reached in his trunks and pulled out what appeared to be batting gloves and slapped Kenrick with one of them. Batting gloves? Really?!

Williams put the gloves on and made a play for the hanging belt at around the 9:20 mark, but Kendrick pulled him down. In the end, Williams applied a choke hold on the mat and the referee ruled that Kendrick was out. Kendrick sold the hold until a trainer entered the ring with smelling salts that revived him…

Winner and still X-Division Champion: Douglas Williams (10:05)

Harrison’s Analysis: This match didn’t need the X up there. If this was a Submission Match, I would have had no problems with this match at all. Not bad, would have scored higher if it was JUST a Submission Match.

Harrison Match Rating: ?? / ?????

Tenay and Taz spoke from their perch on the stage…

Backstage, Christy Hemme tried to interview Brother Ray, but he took the mic from her. Ray said Jesse Neal is as much of a failure as the issue of Playboy that Hemme posed for. Ray continued his rant and then asked Hemme if she was going to cry. She started to yell, but he told her to shut up…

A video recapped the Team 3D and Jesse Neal program…

Harrison’s Analysis: Nice heel promo from Brother Ray. Good filler considering the team was taking forever and a day to remove the Ultimate-X Structure.

Brother Ray vs Jesse Neal vs Brother Devon

Ray came out and then hid on the side of the stage. Neal came out next and was attacked from behind by Ray on the ramp. Team 3D’s music played again for Devon, but he didn’t come out. Ray put on shades at ringside while he roughed up Neal.

A shot aired backstage of a locker room door that was locked shut with a board. Devon could be heard yelling, “Someone open the damn door.” Apparently, the camera men were too busy to oblige. Believe it or not, a loud “Let’s Go Jesse” chant broke out as Ray roughed him up inside the ring.

The ECW faction of Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards, Raven, and Rhino came out and took their usual spot in the crowd as the Impact Zone fans chanted “EC-Dub.” Ray was distracted by this, which opened the door for Neal momentarily.

Speaking of opened doors, Shannon Moore was apparently too busy running to ringside to unlock Devon’s door. The referee cut off Moore and ordered him backstage. Devon’s music played and he came to the ring looking pissed. Ray looked leery. They stood face-to-face in the ring.

They teased the Vince Russo swerve of staying together by looking down at Neal simultaneously, only to throw a series of punches at one another. Neal recovered and tried to spear Brother Ray, who moved out of the way and pulled Devon into the spear instead. Ray hit the Bubba Bomb on Neal and scored the pin. After the finish, the live crowd went right back to cheering for the ECW faction…

Winner: Brother Ray (7:10)

Harrison’s Analysis: Nice double swerve, but the Wrestling wasn’t very good, and the ECW Faction came in at the wrong time, because they made the crowd no longer care about the match.

Harrison Match Rating: ? / ?????

A video recapped Angelina Love’s feud with The Beautiful People…

Madison Rayne vs Angelina Love (Knockout’s Championship vs Career Match)

If Love loses, she’s out of TNA. However, Rayne can lose the title by DQ if Lacey Von Erich or Velvet Sky interfere. The crowd was flat initially, but they got behind Love’s offense around 3:00. They went back to being quiet when Rayne regained control.

Rayne went to ringside and grabbed a chair. Love kicked the chair into Sky’s face. Ew, Chair Shot to the head…Suddenly, a woman dressed in leather drove to ringside on a motorcycle. Her face was covered by a black motorcycle helmet. The mystery woman rammed Love’s head into the ring post.

The referee attempted to take the helmet off the mystery woman, but he was shoved to the floor. The referee grabbed the TNA Knockouts Title and handed it to Love. The referee ruled that Love won the match by DQ because The Beautiful People interfered in the match even though the woman’s identity was never revealed. Rayne hopped on back of the mystery woman’s bike and they headed backstage (WHY?!) while Love posed with the belt…

Winner and NEW Knockout’s Champion: Angelina Love by DQ (5:00)

Harrison’s Analysis: Overbooked like hell. If it was never proven to be Velvet Sky or Lacey Von Erich, why was it a DQ, the match should have just been thrown out. Expect Angelina Love to be stripped of the title on Thursday’s Impact. And why would you get on the bike of the woman who cost you the match? Unfortunately, I think I may have also overrated Angelina’s In-Ring work, sadly.

Harrison Match Rating: ? / ?????

Backstage, Hemme interviewed Mr. Anderson, who cut a comedy promo about his main event opponents. Lots of pot jokes since Rob Van Dam is involved. No drug trafficking joke for Jeff Hardy…

Harrison’s Analysis: Another solid promo from Ken.

AJ Styles and Kazarian vs Samoa Joe and Rob Terry

No reaction for Terry, but a nice pop for Joe. Kazarian and Styles were not pleased to see their mystery opponents. Ric Flair did not come to ringside with his team. The heels spent the opening minutes bumping around for the babyfaces.

The crowd popped big when Terry whipped Joe into a suicide dive onto Styles and Kazarian. Good series with Joe and Styles. A.J. caught Joe with the Styles Clash, but Joe came back with a great urinage and made the hot tag to Terry, who actually received a pop.

It didn’t take Terry long to lose the crowd, though. He played to the crowd and hit his finisher to not much reaction. He had the pin on Styles, but Kazarian broke it up. At 7:10, Desmond Wolfe ran out and grabbed Joe’s leg from ringside. The announcers reasoned that he must be trying to get back in the good graces of Ric Flair.

Terry was in the middle of the ring with Styles and Kararian on opposite sides of him. He motioned for Kazarian to enter the ring, only to be hit from behind by a springboarding Styles. The heels hit a few flashy moves in a row and got the pin. Styles and Kazarian excitedly hugged one another, but quickly backed off and played cool since their characters don’t get along.

Wolfe entered the ring to celebrate with the other heels. Joe entered the ring and hit the Muscle Buster on Wolfe while Styles and Kazarian fled…

Winners: AJ Styles and Kazarian (8:05)

Harrison’s Analysis: Good little Tag Match. We all know of Styles and Joe’s working ability, and Kaz was solid too. Hell, even Rob Terry looked like he’s taken some lessons, because his power game was fine. Only problem is that Desmond Wolfe looked like a tool. Meh, he’s been doing that for 5 Months now though, so ya.

Harrison Match Rating: ??? / ?????

Backstage, Hemme interviewed Abyss, who had his big board with nails. He called it his girl and said everyone would find out what a BITCH his girl can be. Yes, he kept up his streak of overdoing a swear word…Thats how you KNOW TNA are TV-14…

Tenay and Taz discussed the upcoming pay-per-view matches at their desk on the stage… A video recapped the Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez feud…

Matt Morgan vs Hernandez (Steel Cage Match)

They spent a lot of time showing various shots of the cage as music played before they got to the introductions. Morgan is still sporting the Mike Knox starter kit beard. Hernandez jumped out to the early advantage and splashed Morgan into the cage repeatedly.

Morgan dodged a Hernandez dive, causing Hernandez to crash into the cage. Morgan went on the offensive. Hernandez tried to come back while sitting on the ropes, but Morgan tagged him with a big boot to the head. Morgan must have been cut by the cage, as he had a scratch on the back of his shoulder. Meanwhile, Hernandez was bleeding from the forehead.

At 5:00, Morgan opened the cage door and put one foot on the stage ramp. Morgan could have walked out, but he decided to go back and dish out more punishment on Hernandez, which included raking his head across the cage and then throwing repeated punches.

Morgan wiped blood off Hernandez’s head and showed it to the crowd. Taz said Morgan was in the zone where you want to be. Hernandez made his comeback and then climbed to the top of the cage where he went for and missed a splash. Cool visual with Hernandez at the top of the cage.

Morgan pulled out a pair of handcuffs from a t-shirt he had tucked in his trunks when he came to the ring. “Now what?” asked Taz. Morgan locked Hernandez to the top rope near the cage door. Morgan climbed to the top of the cage and sat there. He pointed at his head.

Hernandez broke the handcuffs, ran the ropes, and dove through the cage door to win the match while Morgan was still at the top of the cage…Was he taking lessons from Rhyno?

Winner: Hernandez (10:55)

Harrison’s Analysis: A fine Cage Match until the handcuff spot. Why was that even in there? Solid power game from Hernandez, and Matt Morgan played the heel to perfection, which was entertaining. Ish.

Harrison Match Rating: ?? / ?????

Backstage, Christy Hemme interviewed Ric Flair, who said he’s the reason there’s a sport called pro wrestling. He said it’s been 39 years of being the man. Flair said he hates showing off, but Jay Lethal pissed him off. Flair said Lethal will need his mother to breast feed him back to health. Flair said he should be in a hotel drinking red wine and making love to a beautiful woman, but instead he has to sweat in Orlando. He once again dubbed himself the best pro wrestler that ever lived…

At ringside, Tenay and Taz spoke about it being a rare in-ring appearance for Flair. Taz said that whether you like him or not, it’s special to see Flair in the ring…

Harrison’s Analysis: Remember how I said this was a PPV of Two Halves? Here’s what I mean (We’re 90 Minutes in, he comes the second 90 Minutes)…

Ric Flair vs Jay Lethal

Lethal came out wearing a red and yellow ring jacket that read “Living The Dream.” Taz said the colors are paying respect to Hulk Hogan for giving him his dream match against Flair. Lethal controlled the early action and dumped Flair to ringside with a clothesline at 2:00.

The wrestlers exchanged chops in the corner. Lethal got the better of the exchange and Flair did his big flop to sell it. Moments later, Lethal caught Flair on the top rope (some things never change) and superplexed him. Lethal tried to follow up with a moonsault, but Flair rolled out of the way.

Flair took control of the match and targeted Lethal’s knee, which led to Flair applying the figure four at 7:10. “You gave it a hell of a run, Jay,” Taz said on commentary. “I think you’re done, kid.” Flair used the ropes for leverage while the ref was checking on Lethal.

Flair threw Lethal into the corner at 10:20. Lethal took the Flair corner flip and then strutted in Flair style. Moments later, Lethal pulled Flair’s trunks down. Taz hilariously called for the “big black X” to appear on the screen. Flair locked in a sleeper at 11:20.

Lethal got out of the sleeper and targeted Flair’s knees with a splash off the ropes. Lethal applied the figure four leg lock. Flair tapped out a short time later to end the match. Flair limped as he bickered with referee Earl Hebner, who shoved him to the mat. After the match, Lethal went to ringside and stood in front of the fans while yelling into the house mic, “Hey, mom, I did it”…

Winner: Jay Lethal (12:05)

Harrison’s Analysis: I’m stunned. This was a good match…From a 61-Year Old. Jay did most of the work I know, but I have no complaints, the storytelling was excellent, and the finish was nicely done.

Harrison Match Rating: ??? / ?????

Beer Money vs The Motor City Machine Guns (World Tag Team Championship Match)

James Storm and Robert Roode took turns working over Alex Shelley, who eventually made a hot tag to Chris Sabin. Roode took a nasty looking DDT bump as Sabin hit a flurry of offense on the two heels.

Roode and Storm came back and roughed up Sabin. Storm hit Eye of the Storm on Sabin and then Roode scored a good near fall on Storm at 10:30. A short time later, Shelley hit a suicide dive onto Roode at ringside. Taz said he could tell they were in the fourth quarter of the match. The fans chanted, “This is awesome.”

Storm brought the dumbass beer bottle onto the ring apron and took a swig. He spat beer toward one of his ducking opponents and sprayed it into the referee’s eyes. The Guns had the pin, but the ref was bumped. Earl Hebner ran out to fill in for son Brian and counted a strong near fall at 13:40.

Beer Money scored a strong near fall of their own at 14:00 when Roode nearly pinned Shelley. The fans chanted “Motor City” as Roode and Shelley traded punches. The Guns hit a series of kicks on Roode. As Sabin went for the cover on Roode, Storm rolled up Shelley for the double pin at 15:00.

Borash announced that Earl Hebner ruled that the match must be restarted since there was not a decisive finish. A short time later, the Guns hit a neckbreaker and top rope splash combo on Roode for the win. The Guns celebrated as the live crowd reacted approvingly…

Winners and NEW World Tag Team Champions: The Motor City Machine Guns (17:00)

Harrison’s Analysis: FINALLY! About time!, they so deserved a Tag Team Title Run. Maybe they could have waited so that they can chase Beer Money as faces, but I have no complaints, as this was an excellent match. Go out of your way to see this match. Funny how the Guns have been in 2 of my Top 3 TNA Matches so far this year…The other two being The Guns vs Generation Me from Destination X, and Kurt Angle vs Ken Anderson from Lockdown.

Harrison Match Rating: ???? / ?????

A video hyped the Kurt Angle vs. D’Angelo Dinero match…

Kurt Angle vs The Pope (#8 Contender’s Match)

Taz noted early that it looked like Pope was trying to turn it into more of a fight than a wrestling match, which he said was a nice strategy given that he was wrestling Angle. Nice commentary. Back and forth action during the opening minutes without much crowd reaction since both wrestlers are babyfaces.

Angle went for the ankle lock at 9:30, but Dinero kicked him away. Dinero hit a slow Codebreaker at 10:00, but Angle kicked out of the pin attempt. A loud Angle chant broke out as the announcers noted that Pope appeared to be gaining confidence. Angle came back with an Angle Slam for a near fall.

In the end, Angle applied the ankle lock and got the submission win. Angle celebrated the win while Pope watched on from the mat. Pope stood up and they shook hands before Angle headed backstage…

Winner and NEW #8 Contender: Kurt Angle (11:55)

Harrison’s Analysis: Another very good match. Excellent commentary from Taz and Tenay as well. Pope still looks strong in defeat, give him a heel Anderson to feud with, that would be excellent. Future is bright for the Pope I think.

Harrison Match Rating: ??? / ?????

Backstage, Hemme interviewed Rob Van Dam regarding the main event. RVD said he intends to get ahold of Abyss’s weapon and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine…

Tenay ran through the tale of the tape for the main event…

The entrances for the main event took place. Mr. Anderson came out first and delivered his own introduction on the stage. Abyss came out next with his new weapon the BITCH!!!!!!! Jeff Hardy was out next to a nice pop and the cool laser show entrance. Rob Van Dam was out last to his usual strong reaction.

Jeremy Borash handled the in-ring introductions for the championship match…

Harrison’s Analysis: They’ve done a great job there of making this match seem important with the Tale of the Tape, and the interviews of all the contenders. It’s the little things you know…

Rob Van Dam vs Abyss vs Jeff Hardy vs Mr. Anderson (Fatal-4-Way for the World Heavyweight Championship)

The three babyfaces ganged up on Abyss to start the match. They all took turns performing moves on him in the corner. RVD went for the first cover, but was quickly pulled off Abyss.

Anderson whipped Hardy toward a kneeling Van Dam. Hardy springboarded off RVD and onto Abyss at ringside. Anderson rolled up RVD, but Van Dam kicked out of the pin attempt. A short time later, Abyss whipped Van Dam into guardrail.

At 7:30, they did a tower of doom spot with Abyss underneath all three men. Abyss grabbed Van Dam by the throat, but RVD kicked him in the head. Van Dam performed additional kicks on his opponents and went to the top rope, but Anderson threw him to the floor around 9:00.

Hardy performed a top rope move on Abyss and had the pin, but Anderson broke it up. Anderson had Abyss pinned, only to have Hardy return the favor a short time later. Abyss hit the Black Hole Slam on Hardy and had the pin, but Anderson pulled the referee to ringside.

Anderson and Hardy had an in-ring exchange while Abyss and RVD were at ringside. Hardy got the better of it and hit the Swanton, but Abyss recovered and chokeslammed Hardy onto Abyss. RVD recovered and hit the frogsplash while Abyss was covering Anderson and Hardy. RVD covered Anderson, who was at the bottom of the pile, to get the win.

After the match, Abyss recovered first and attacked Van Dam. He grabbed his new weapon and swung it at Van Dam, who dodged it. The weapon tore back the ring apron after Abyss slammed it down a second time. Abyss was standing in the ring with his weapon as the announcers questioned who could control Abyss…

Winner and still World Heavyweight Champion: Rob Van Dam (12:30)

Harrison’s Analysis: Flat crowd, which was a shame, as this was a pretty good match considering the time allotted. Only real problem is that no-one cares about Abyss. Solid match though, with some good spots. Also, I’m glad that RVD looked good out there. He needed a strong performance.

Harrison Match Rating: ??? / ?????

The Harrison Hitlist and Overall Show Thoughts

See what I mean by two halves? The second half was SOOO much better than the first. This was another good solid Wrestling Pay-Per-View. The first hour was ropey, but after the Styles and Kaz Tag Match, things went back on track. Better booking for the most part as well, much better than Slammiversary last month, and a definite improvement in last year. Catch the replay. I’ve been Harrison101 and THAT was your Analysis. Sayonara!

+ Beer Money vs The Motor City Machine Guns
+ Kurt Angle vs The Pope
+ World Heavyweight Championship Match
+ Jay Lethal vs Ric Flair
+ Styles/Kaz vs Samoa Joe/Rob Terry

– Knockout’s Championship Match
– Brother Ray vs Brother Devon vs Jesse Neal
– An unnecessary Ultimate X

Harrison’s TNA Victory Road 2010 Rating: 7.25 out of 10
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