opening salvo into the PPV world of 2013 saw World Champ Jeff hard
retain his gold over the troublesome duo of Bobby Roode and Austin
was also the first of only four (real) PPV's for the company in 2013.
This year will see (as your writer has hinted) scale back their PPV
schedule to one that they can successfully build up to. The normal
monthly scatter gun effect has been hit and miss at best,so a revamp
was long overdue. We will now see the months in between the PPV's
being filled with a stand alone themed event. UK fans will of course
still see theses three hour offerings on Challenge for free. US
viewers will get them at a reduced rate.
opening match between the combos of Joey Ryan/Matt Morgan and Chavo
Guerrero/Hernandez (for the TNA Tag Team Titles) was a fun encounter
and a nice opener. Ryan took a nasty looking series of moves to lose
this one for his team. Morgan must have been relived to have not
tagged in there. The champs kept their gold once again.
Anderson tackled Samoa Joe next. This big man outing was a fine one
that highlighted Anderson's ability to perform well with the right
foe. Joe fell to a mic check to see the Aces & 8's affiliate pick
up a well-earned win.
King and Christian York's match to be the number one contender for
the X Division rattled along at a fine pace next. York and King were
on fine form and worked well together. York however was the man
fortunate enough to pick up the pin fall, but a post-match beat down
by King dampened things somewhat.
Division Champ RVD hit the ring next. He and York's mutual respect
was on the back burner here. Van Dam showed his renewed enthusiasm in
the sport and York (in his second match of the night) had to dig deep
to match him. RVD retained his gold, but did show respect to his
fallen opponent post-match too.
your reviewers mind the Joseph Park character has outlived his use.
The return of Abyss must happen soon. His match with Devon here was
bearable, but limited. Both men are capable of so much more. A&8's
man Devon scored the pin to put this one to bed. The TV champ
performed a post-match beat down on Park too.
Knockouts Gauntlet cat fight for the No 1 contender spot picked up
the PPV momentum however. This one was all about Gail Kim and the
recently re-signed Velvet Sky. Kim put away the competition
(Tessmacher, ODB, James) until Sky entered the fray and put her down
for the three count.
versus James Storm was pretty decent outing for the talented pair.
Each got the opportunity to highlight their skills and Kaz at
ringside proved to be a useful component too. It was Kaz's
interference that saw Daniels net himself a number one contender shot
over fan favourite Storm. Storms time will come we are sure. (Your
reviewer met the man himself at the Dublin live show recently, see
match with A&8's member DOC proved to be a fun encounter. DOC
and 'The Icon' fought in and around the ring here. Each trading the
advantage, even with interference from a few Aces and 8's members
this was the Stinger's night. Bully Ray made an appearance to stop
the gang from beating down on his fellow face.
World Title defence against Bobby Roode and Austin Aries was a
perfect showcase for the trio involved. Hardy was on fine form, Roode
was his usual dependable self and Aries highlighted just how vital he
is to the main event picture in TNA.
Roode/Aries combo work well together and if given a chance will
become the pairing to rejuvenate the tag team scene.
only downside here was Hardy's swift disposal of his opponents. Roode
and then Aries were put away (unfortunately) too quick and we the
fans were left feeling short-changed by the finish.
the move to four main PPV's per year will see us loyal fans
appreciate the TNA product more. The new format will allow the
creative team time to build storylines and make feuds a lot more
believable. The introduction of themed three hour events (to fill the
gaps left by the missing PPV's) may just be what the company needs.
These shows will concentrate on such areas as the X Division, Tag
Team matches and much more throughout the year.
was a fair to good effort by TNA. Their subsequent UK/Ireland tour
heralded exactly what your writer has said for many years. The Impact
Wrestling live product has always been one you simply need to see and
this year was nothing different. The tour may have lacked World Champ
Hardy, but it did feature Sting and the much hyped TV tapings
included title changes, Aces and 8's member reveals and live
appearances by Hulk and Brooke Hogan.