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A showcase of some serious potential
29 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First Match: 20-man X-Division Gauntlet match for the X Division Cup. There are a lot of younger guys in this, but it's a great showcase for TNA's X Division. I may not know half the guys in the match, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. A really good start to the show. Rating: 3.5/5

Second Match: Ron "The Truth" Killings, Erik Watts, Johnny B. Badd and Pat Kenney vs Kid Kash, Dallas and The Naturals. I like Kid Kash, The Naturals, and Killings, but I have no idea who anyone else is in this match, except for Dallas who also goes by Lance Hoyt. I'm starting to realize that a lot of these matches have absolutely no context or build up to them. Granted this is the first PPV from TNA and the only way to see any of this before hand was to buy their weekly PPVs which were just house shows. But whatever, the match is entertaining for what it is, even if it's less than 5 minutes. Rating: 3/5

Third Match: Mascarita Sagrada vs Piratita Morgan. This match is a head-scratcher for sure. I've never been into "midget wrestling" so I don't know these two guys, and the match is over in 3 minutes. I guess it's OK if you need to go to the bathroom, because you won't be missing much. The match isn't bad, I've seen a lot worse, it just came out of nowhere with nothing interesting to keep me entertained. At least it's short, no pun intended. Rating: 2/5

Fourth Match: 3Live Kru vs Team Canada, NWA World Tag Team Championships. I like BG James' (AKA Road Dogg's) entrance speech every time, it just doesn't get old. Like the match before it, this is also short, but the ending is a feel good moment for sure. I guess because this is the first TNA PPV they felt like they needed a feel good title change, which certainly helps to keep the crowd in a good mood. Rating: 3/5

Fifth Match: Trinity vs Jacqueline. Not sure why this match exists either, but at least Jacqueline is incredibly gorgeous to look at. Yes, I will admit right here that I do have a soft spot for Jackie. The match is less than 2 minutes, so if you want some eye-candy to look at for that amount of time, you could do a lot worse. Rating: 2.5/5

Sixth Match: Abyss vs Raven vs Monty Brown, Monster's Ball match. Even though this match is only 9 minutes, they do a lot with it. There are tables, chairs, garbage cans, a sick thumbtack spot, and a lot of carnage. I've seen better Monster's Ball matches, but this is pretty good for it being the very first. Rating: 4/5

Seventh Match: AJ Styles vs Petey Williams, TNA X Division Championship. I have said this for years, and now I make it known to the internet, AJ Styles is, was, and will always be the Shawn Michaels of TNA. There is no one more synonymous with TNA than AJ Styles, because like Shawn Michaels, it is close to impossible to have a bad match against him. Once again, for a match that goes less than 10 minutes, both guys pull out all the stops. Styles is marvelous to watch as is Williams. I just wish Scott D'Amore hadn't interfered and the match was longer. Still the match of the night, regardless of my complaints. Rating: 4/5

Eighth Match: America's Most Wanted vs Triple X, Elimination Last Team Standing match. Man, TNA sure does have a way with match stipulations don't they? Regardless of the stipulation, the first 3/4 of this match are really good. Both teams do a great job of selling that they are bitter, bitter enemies. The match does kind of fall apart towards the end. See, Elix Skipper gets his brain rattled from hitting the back of his head against the security railing, leaving Chris Harris to pick up the slack. The only problem with this is that Skipper is so rattled he forgets he's not supposed to kick out of Harris' finisher. This leads to a pretty anticlimactic and confusing ending. However, the after match beat down is great in that it shows that the two teams aren't done with their feud just yet. Rating: 3.5/5

Ninth Match: Jeff Hardy vs Jeff Jarrett, Ladder match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. This is not Hardy's best ladder match. Jarrett's inexperience with these types of matches does show, and the spots towards the end suffer because of it. It's not a bad ladder match, but for the amount of hype it got, you'd expect them to do more with it. But Hardy doesn't win, so I'd say that's a positive. I've got nothing against Hardy as a person, I just don't care for him in the main event picture. Rating: 3.5/5

Final Rating: 7 out of 10. What this PPV showed more than anything is that TNA had some serious potential. They really did go all out with this show, even if some parts were less successful than others. They must have done something right though, because otherwise they wouldn't have made it past this point. It was also great of legends like Roddy Piper (R.I.P.), Jimmy Snuka, Dusty Rhodes (R.I.P.), Randy Savage (R.I.P.), Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall to lend this show a little extra star power. Every company's got to start somewhere, and this PPV showed that TNA had something special to give the world of wrestling.


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