Victory Road Feedback
Much like with most the stuff in the section at this time, Iím a little out of the loop, so hopefully I donít look like a complete dumb ass.
The opening commentary was done pretty well, running down the whole card. Not a lot of people go past the main events with the opening commentary, but I prefer it the way you did it. Not only that, but it let me know whatís on the card for tonightís show. I like the fact that youíve thrown Wolfe/Van Dam as your main event as well, simply because itís probably the biggest feud youíve had going in this thread, and deserves this type of epic ending.
I like the idea to open with the four way elimination match, simply because with four teams involved itís sure to be rather explosive at times, and you always need an exciting match to kick off the show. The opening exchange between Helms and Max was pretty good, with a little bit of chain wrestling. It probably could have been written a little better, I donít really know how to explain it, it just seemed a little hard to understand what was happening at times, youíd probably have to check some of Szumiís matches to see what I mean. Besides that, I enjoyed the start. I really think you made Jeremy look dumb early on, locking in a Body Scissors this early in the contest. Anybody who thinks logically would understand that Helms has taken nowhere near enough punishment to be put into a submission hold for long, just really pointless. Plus, at the time, I felt as if the match was going at a nice, frantic pace, and whatever momentum it was building just seemed to disappear with this move simply not being where it should be. The exchange between Moore and Jeremy was pretty nice, getting things back on track and it lead to one of the main appeals in this type of match. I love the fact that anybody can tag anybody; it just adds an extra element to things, so to see Devon tag himself in made me a happy camper. Once a member of Team 3D got into the ring I expected the pace of the match to slow down a little, and it seemed like you were going for that, so I was surprised to see Homicide tag himself in so quickly. The cheap shot by Devon was nicely placed, adding to the excitement, as was Hernandez making the save, although Brother Ray not getting involved definitely makes him look like a bit of a pussy. I thought the way you set up Hernandezí Superman Dive was clever. You inserted an exciting spot into your match, whilst also showing great team work by having Homicide set it up perfectly. Brother Ray coming from behind and getting the advantage is a usual heel tactic, no problems there. Ray is also very vocal in the ring, so I like how you incorporated that into this match, with him verbally abusing the referee. I felt as if Hernandez eliminated Ray a little to easily. There was no real fight from Ray, and Devon wasnít doing anything, the fact that he couldnít make it to break up the fall seems silly, as The Border Toss isnít exactly a move that comes out of nowhere. Also, if Iím not mistaking, the three teams left are all faces, so I definitely expected Team 3D to at least last a little bit longer so you could utilize the typical face against heel in ring chemistry.
I enjoyed the beginning of Hernandez and Helms, because you made Hernandez look like an absolute monster, which he is. It was good to let Helms get a little bit of offense in, as you didnít want him to look really bad. The rest of the exchange up until Helms getting eliminated was just solid in ring action; I donít really have much to add. One disappointment is the lack of Moore in this match; itís almost as if you forgot about him. Maybe you donít like writing the guy, I donít know, but you definitely should have used him a little more than what you did.
Homicide and Jeremyís opening exchange was good, and this is around the time when a submission hold should be used. By now, the match has gone for awhile, and it is around the time when Jeremy would be tired enough to tap. Obviously Jeremy needed to make the tag, but I thought just a plain kick to the face was a lame way for him to be able to get all the way to the corner and tag in Max. I liked the build to the ending, with things slowly getting more and more frantic, before LAX just exploded. Definitely a good ending to what was a solid opener. The standing ovation for The Bucks was nice too, showing that they are probably still going to be sniffing around the tag team title scene.
The interview with Team TNA was nice, showing Danielsí arrogance, whilst also showing the differences he has with the rest of the team. Nice hype for tonightís match, and this could also be planting the seeds for what happens with Daniels and his title after the PPV.
This Knockoutís match is one Iím not really looking forward to, and after reading a fair bit of the match, nothing has changed. The offense didnít really seem to flow for me, as Love only knows about four moves. With that being said, one part of the match I really liked was the Body Scissors/Dragon Sleeper spot, would have looked really good. Love would have seemed like a human pretzel. I didnít really get why they went outside the ring, if all that was going to happen out there was a Clothesline. I know sheís a face, but Love needed to take advantage of being in a dominating position on the outside of the ring, the fact that she didnít was disappointing. Daffneyís counter of the Crossbody was cool too, a little unique, rather than the usual ďIím strong, I caught you and gave you a BackbreakerĒ routine. The ending came out of nowhere, which I liked in this situation, because I just wanted the match to be over. I donít want to sound overly harsh but even for a female wrestling match; this just wasnít enjoyable to read. By the way, it just seemed way to cheesy for Love to apologize to the crowd afterward, but thatís a really small thing.
Before I get into the match, Iíve never really heard of this World Cup thing before, but honestly, it seems rather pointless to have all these rounds, and a ranking system, if whoever wins the final match at the PPV is going to win the World Cup anyway. A rather pointless concept, but it suits TNA.
Now, onto the match itselfÖ The opening between Extreme Tiger and Kazarian was nice, opening a match like this the way it should be, very fast paced. The brawling and the entrances all seemed to go along solidly, nothing really special happening, with the highlight after one member from each team being Tiger skinning the cat. I think it was clever how as soon as team Mexico had the numbers advantage, you had Kiyoshi be eliminated. Of course the numbers advantage is important, but you made it seem even more important by having an elimination occur as soon as a team had the numbers advantage, smart booking. The typical arrogance of Daniels not wanting to help Kazarian was nice too, and I like the fact that he was able to eliminate Aero Star, it makes him look like a big shot. Up to entrant number nine things have continued to move along okay, but itís becoming more and more of a clusterfuck, and a bit of a hassle to read, tbh. One thing I like though is the constant tension between Daniels and Kazarian, even though there havenít been that many incidents, thereís obviously something there. I was surprised to see Young eliminated so early, but oh well. I enjoyed the momentary quickening of the pace when Amazing Red made his entrance also. Wow, now Kazarian and Daniels are working together eliminating Spears? Way to ruin my theory, and what it felt like the match was previously building. Obviously itís rather pointless for Daivari to try and fight with Team Mexico or TNA because heís outnumbered, but perhaps he and Okada could have formed some sort of unholy alliance until the numbers evened back up. Instead he left himself rather vulnerable by eliminating Okada which makes it look like he didnít think imo. In the next period of eliminations nothing really exciting happened, except for Daivari being eliminated. Team TNA look a little to dominant for my liking, so I was happy when Koslov was able to eliminate Amazing Red. The match was getting to the point where TNA were so dominant that it was becoming predictable and boring. I thought youíve gone about the ending rather cleverly having the numbers evened up with the unholy alliance that I was calling for earlier in the match. I guess I understand why you didnít use it earlier now, so no issues there.
at Koslov eliminating his final Japanese ally, just seems stupid to leave himself outnumbered like that. Finally, the tension comes back with Daniels getting angry at Kazarian and then costing his own team the match. This continues Daniels and Kazarian whilst making Koslov look pretty damn strong. I definitely thought you booked this match cleverly, although it was really hard to keep in mind what was going on. It was way too much of a clusterfuck to read, so it didnít come out well in that way, but its enhanced things nicely.
Oh boy how I love the Motor City Machine GunsÖ I canít wait to get into this one. A nice start with Sabin one upping Williams. I really enjoyed the way you used Magnusí strength, by brutally countering the Tornado DDT attempt. A typical heel tactic by The British Invasion, with the illegal man going to town on Sabin on the outside. Whilst itís nothing special, sometimes the simple things are the most effective. I loved the combination between Sabin and Shelley, I remember the first time I saw that exact sequence of moves, I thought they were so awesome, and to be honest, not much has changed. The three Suplexes and then the Tigerbomb were simply brutal by Williams. The repetition of moves is something you donít see often, but when itís done at the right time, which I believe it was done here, it just makes the beat down the person is receiving seem a lot more full on. Sabinís fresh burst was pretty exciting stuff, fast paced as it should be, whilst the eventual turn back into the favor of the heels was orchestrated pretty damn well. The rest of the match was pretty solid, without being anything terrific, with the MCMG frenzied offense pretty much taking over the match. This was probably the best match so far on the show.
Matt Morgan interview was okay, pretty short, as expected on a PPV. He seemed intense enough which is good, although I didnít understand why heíd say you can just call me The Blueprint Matt Morgan, as Taz was already calling him that. It just seems pointless unless thatís a catchphrase of Morganís and I just donít know it.
The start of this match was good for mine, with you really putting Morgan over as a beast. At the same time, with the Drop Toe Hold, you showed that your champion can think his way out of uncomfortable situations, good stuff. Itís not a huge issue, but when Morgan was outside the ring, it just seems dumb that he wouldnít look at Dinero. Of course, it put him in position for your next move, but Iíve noticed a few times sometimes some of the things you have happen in your matches make the competitors look dumb. The constant domination of Morgan was good throughout, although I didnít like how Dinero got Morgan over the top rope with the first Clothesline. I think it would have felt better with the psychology of the match up if it took Dinero a few attempts to get him over. Dinerís opffense after this was nice though, until he tried to lift Morgan, but once again, it fits in nicely with the story youíre trying to tell. The rest of the match continued along nicely with the story, and I love the ending with Dinero fiddling with his kneepads pretty much costing him the match. Much like the matches above, this was another solid one.
The video package for Roode/Storm was nice. I love the idea of this feud and am kind of disappointed I missed it. The personal nature of this feud equals ratings though, so hopefully the match delivers.
The start of this match was always going to be Roode wanting to kill Storm, and Storm trying to get away, it just had to be. I donít get how Roode didnít see Storm hide behind the stairs though, since he was chasing him. Maybe you should have explained that one a little better. Once I got over the confusion though, I enjoyed all of the action which took place on the outside of the ring. I also like the way you put in a Suplex, itís just a normal wrestling move, but there guys are wrestlers, and then after that, it went straight back to the stiff style that street fights should be. I just think itís a really cool mix. Honestly, this street fight has been pretty damn good, although I felt maybe the garbage can spot and the table spot happened in a little to close to each other. The Sharpshooter sequence was really nice too, with Roode just not wanting to give up. The rest of the match was okay as well, although despite Roode going face first into the chair, I felt like the most brutal spots happening all in the beginning and there wasnít enough in the middle of the match. The ending was an awesome swerve with Harris showing up, capped off what was probably my favorite match of the night so far. A possible AMW reunion has me excited as well, good work.
Much like with the last video package, I like the way you do these with bits of your promos from weekly shows. Your promos look like theyíve gotten better, by the way. I also enjoyed Andersonís usual intro skit, exuding arrogance.
The start was just like a normal match up between Anderson and Styles, but the slap exchange was awesome. It shows Andersonís arrogance, as well as Styles being all fired up, really great stuff. One thing I thought you got mixed up as the contest went on, was when Styles nailed a Drop kick, he posed to the crowd before going for the pin, then a minute later when Anderson got Styles down he went for the cover straight away. It just seems like the psychology is a little off with that as Anderson is clearly the cockier of the two guys. The match flowed well enough from here, with Styles getting in a lot more offense then I thought he would this early on. I lolíd at Anderson giving the finger to the crowd on the outside of the ring. One thing you donít usually incorporate into your matches is emotion, and even though it was an action, it kind of shows us what Anderson is feeling, and I think thatís definitely somewhere you can improve with your full matches. I really liked the counter of the Flying Forearm Smash into a Drop Kick, I donít know why, but itís just something unexpected coming from Anderson, but it is still believable. I love the use of the Figure Four as well. It gives Anderson a new, deadly move, whilst also selling his relationship with Ric Flair. The slapping war that these two had was definitely something unexpected; I would have marked if that lead to the Mic Check. The cheap win for Anderson makes me think this one might still have some more legs yet. Honestly, this match was definitely your best match of the night so far wrestling wise, but I still enjoyed the Street Fight more.
The Flair interview was nice, rather short and sweet.
I preferred the Van Dam interview over the Flair one, simply because he alluded to the fact that he isnít his usual laid back self. Obviously he wouldnít be, but that means I expect to see some awesome high risk moves performed by RVD.
Much like the previous two matches, I really enjoyed the video package for the main event. I still think the Roode/Storm one was the best though.
The match started off decently, although I didnít like Wolfe going for the Headlock so early in the contest. I know itís somewhat part of his usual strategy, but I just felt you could have waited a little bit longer before going for it. It brings me back to what I said before about submission moves happening to early in the match. I was surprised to see a ladder brought into the ring so soon as well, although Iím not complaining about that. Whilst I once again donít agree with the Camel Clutch being used by Wolfe this early on, plus itís kind of pointless to use a submission hold in a ladder match. The only time I buy it is when it is somebody using their finisher to soften up the opponent, ala Chris Jericho with The Walls Of Jericho. With that being said, I liked the counter from the Camel Clutch into the Electric Chair Drop. It just felt weird reading Van Dam performing a Gut Wrench Suplex. If I remember correctly, this would be the first time Iíve ever seen him use that move. I was happy when the offense with the ladder started coming in, with the two Curb Stompís being absolutely brutal, terrific stuff there, imo. Since tonight most likely is going to be the Ďendí of Van Damís career; I found it ironic that Wolfe looked like The Sandman with the kendo stick. I donít know if you did this intentionally but it was a clever way to kind of reminisce on where Van Dam came from. The Sunset Flip Powerbomb is a nice spot to have in just about every ladder match; it always gets the crowd going. I was surprised to see the interference of Jeff Hardy. I know him and Van Dam are friends but I just really didnít expect it. It definitely added to the excitement of the match, with members of Fortune chasing Hardy away. Wolfe looks like an absolute beast, as after the Hardy interference, he still nails the Jawbreaker Lariat just moments later. The Van Terminator was always coming somewhere in the match, until Flair shows up. I was waiting for him to rear his ugly head sometime, but I didnít think heíd cost Van Dam the whole match. Definitely a questionable result, which makes me think that Van Dam will be back sooner than later. This match was probably up there as my favorite, along with the Street Fight.
Overall, the best way to describe this PPV would be solid. Whilst no match was necessarily bad, I think there are still a few things throughout that you need to work on when it comes to your match writing. Your best two matches were the gimmick matches, which shows that you need to get better with just straight wrestling matches as well. Once youíre able to fix these things, your solid matches will become good matches. With that out of the way, I thought the booking of this PPV went down pretty well, leaving you with a few things to continue Roode/Storm/Harris comes to mind, as well as whatís next for Desmond Wolfe.