Thursday, 14 July 2011

TNA Against All Odds 2011 DVD Review

TNA Against All Odds DVD Review

By Phil Allely

Against All Odds was a monumental event for TNA in the UK, as it was the first event shown under its new deal with cable channel Challenge. This deal meant that potentially a huge amount of new viewers could watch a show that whilst entertaining and worth watching was buried on a rather obscure channel or even worse not available for viewing at all.

This DVD lets us see just what the company pulled together in this its first big UK wide PPV.

Opening up with Robbie E claiming the number one contender spot for the X Division Title (after Generation Me were stuck in transit) by forfeit, things kicked off as champ Kazarian took umbridge at E’s gloating and decided he would defend his gold there and then.

Next up the boozed up trio of Scott Steiner and TNA Tag Team Champions Beer Money took on the team of Rob Terry, Gunner and Murphy. AJ Styles on colour commentary and the presence of Fortune’s ring masters Roode and Storm all helped ensure the lesser in-ring experienced Immortal members looked decent throughout. Steiner’s first match back in TNA went well too.

The ongoing Pope and Samoa Joe feud continued next, with both men trading the offensive and Joe’s cameraman Okado getting himself involved in proceedings too.

In a bout missing from the UK broadcast due to a technical fault (which saw Challenge lose it‘s feed for a short time) TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne faced Mickie James in a Last Knockout Standing brawl. Holding nothing back the pair battled around the ringside area and both went for it with gusto.

The RVD versus Matt Hardy scrap that followed was every bit as involving as their previous encounters and the pair were able to bring new depth and creativity to it as well.

Former tag team greats Team 3D’s separation had become increasingly violent and with Devon’s sons now involved it got worse.

Kurt Angle’s very sanity was on the line in the penultimate match-up, he was placing the custody of his own children up against his walking ex-wife Karen up the aisle for her wedding vow renewal with current husband Jeff Jarrett.

The main event for the TNA World Championship was everything it was expected to be, a violent, high-spot heavy ladder-based match up that saw challenger Jeff Hardy in his element and any limitations between him and his opponent Mr Kennedy become lost amongst the in-ring spectacle.

Against All Odds is available now from all good retailers and via

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