07-11-2008, 12:04 PM
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Best of TNA 2007
Elevation X: AJ Styles vs Rhino
Many have wondered how AJ Styles can stay over as one of the best wrestlers in the world with his wrestling style. I mean the high flying style can get stale pretty quickly. But what they don't know is that AJ is an amazing storyteller. He doesn't rely on flashy moves like other high fliers. He mixes his amazing athletic ability with great storytelling. This match is the finest example. You have a limited platform to work, and Rhino isn't exactly the best wrestler in the world, but a huge babyface. How do you pull a good match? Being an arrogant heel. Man i loved AJ in this match. Even though he knew he was going to take that sick bump, he played his role so well. Being cocky and mocked Rhino throughout the match. The match wasn't a match, but storytelling wise, one of the best in the recent times
King of The Mountain: Christian Cage vs Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles vs Chris Harris
Awesome Awesome match. 5 of the best in TNA in a ladder match = awesomeness. I think this is the best KoTM match in TNA history, and probably best match in Slammiversary history. Early exchanges were fun as AJ and Cage being buddies and exchange cheap pins. Kurt was a face at that time, it showed as he was so badass against anyone. Harris did well, as he had experience in the KoTM match. Cage is the master of the ladder matches, so he brought his usual goodness. Joe did well surprisngly, with the cutter from the ladder was sick and awesome. But the star of the match was AJ. He brought his usual arsenal of moves, with dropkick to the ladder and the dropdown-dropkick combo. He also took some sick punishments ranging from muscle buster to sick announcer table bump. The match was tremendous
Winner Takes All: Samoa Joe vs Kurt Angle
Ok here's the deal. You have Samoa Joe, one of the best wrestlers in the world. And you also have Kurt Angle, a olympic gold medallist and a wrestling legend. How do you build the match? TNA totally dropped the ball on the match. I wasn't against Karen's turn, but it was so obvious that she was going to turn. Joe came out looking like a total moron for misjudging Karen. The match was usual Joe-Angle goodness, minus some big spots. The reversals were cool as hell. But the spotlight went to Karen, and the finish was absurd.
Texas Death: James Storm vs Chris Harris
MINDBLOWING match. Old school southern style brawl with some of the spots you might not even see in CZW. Storytelling was amazing, as both men have hatred for each other after all their years together. They had to redeem themselves here after that horrid blindfold match at Lockdown. Both men brutalized each other with chair shots, trashcan shots, table bumps and high moves. It was also one of the bloodiest matches i have ever seen, particularly Storm who reached 1.2 in muta scale. The finish was also superb, as it took us back to the original spot that led us to the break-up of the greatest tag team in TNA history, AMW. Both men looked like million bucks in this match and Harris was clearly made to look like a bigger star, with the win in the feud ending match. Shame that they stuck him with Black Reign, while Storm headed for greatness with building some personality and charisma
Ladder Match: Christian Cage vs Kaz
Genesis was the show that was intended to bring up newcomers to center fold. Kaz was one of the wrestlers, who has been trying to reach the upper card, but seemingly couldn't reach that status. This match MADE Kaz. Make no mistake about it. You have master of the ladder matches, Christian as your opponent and how do you fare against him? Kaz was awesome in this match with some good spots and nice moves. He proved he's not a spotmonkey and stood toe to toe with Cage. Cage also deserves a huge amount of credit for taking some crazy punishments and good spots like Frog Splash and Inverted DDT of the ladder and tried his best to put Kaz over as a huge deal. My only problem is that the finish wasn't that clean and Kaz only challenged Kurt in a TV match instead of a PPV match. Still the match is one for the ages, and the perfect way to put over a young star
Ultimate X: LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) vs XXX (Senshi and Elix Skipper)
Bound for Glory
Didnt like this match to be honest. Usual run of the mill Ultimate X match, with some fabulous spots. Hernandez didnt look out of the place at all against the smaller wrestler who are accustomed to the Ultimate X Match. Homicide had some major spots, primarily the necbreaker off the cables. Hernandez was the real star, looking like a true star.
Sting vs Kurt Angle
Bound for Glory
Great match. Sting proved he still has 'it' by producing his best performance in TNA. Angle did his best by getting the best out of Sting. Angle also debuted 450' splash, which looked like 450' kneedrop, but that was a good try nonetheless. The tons of interference, actually did more favors than harm. The interference actually get the crowd's heat even more and the finishing sequence was truly of the charts. Sting also got busted on the hardway with the sick baseball shot by Angle. Sometimes overbooking can be fun, and this match was the epitome of it. Sting gets the win in a feel good moment of the year
2007 Awards (included in the DVD)
Finisher of the Year
1. Muscle Buster - Samoa Joe
2. Flux Capacitor - Kaz
3. Gringo Killa - Homicide
4. Black hole Slam - Abyss
5. Olympic Slam - Kurt Angle
Knockout of the year
1. Gail Kim
2. Christy Hemme
3. Traci Brooks
4. Karen Angle
5. Awesome Kong
Tag Team of The Year
1. Motor City Machine Guns
2. Latin American Exchange
3. AJ Styles and Tomko
4. Steiner Brothers
5. Team 3D
X-Division Star of the Year
1. Jay Lethal
3. Chris Sabin
4. Alex Shelley
5. Christopher Daniels
Feud of the Year
1. Samoa Joe vs Kurt Angle (2006 winners)
2. Sting vs Kurt Angle
3. Christian Cage vs Samoa Joe
4. Team 3D vs MCMG & X-Division
5. Sting vs Abyss
Who to watch
1. Booker T
3. Judas Mesias
4. Matt Morgan
5. Awesome Kong
Moment of The Year
1. Booker T's Debut
2. Sting wins the world title
3. Angle wins at Hard Justice
4. Jay Lethal upsets Angle at No Surrender
5. Gail Kim becomes the first ever women's champion
MVP of the Year
1. Samoa Joe
2. Kurt Angle
3. Christian Cage
5. AJ Styles
Verdict: Great DVD top to bottom. Extras were cool with the annual awards. Thumbs Up easily 8.5/10
07-11-2008, 01:05 PM
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1. King Of The Mountain Match: TNA Champion Samoa Joe vs Christian Cage vs Rhino vs Robert Roode vs Booker T w/Kevin Nash as the special enforcer
Before I get started, I have to note how good each video package & interview was with each competitor throughout the entire night that are worth checking out as it heavily put over the main event & put over each person as not only wanting to win the match & become champion but also having something to prove as well.
Now for those who never seen a the King Of The Mountain match before, it's a ladder match in reverse with alot of stipulations. To win the match, you have to use the ladder hang the belt instead of using the ladder to pull it down like a normal ladder match. However before you can hang the belt, you have to qualify to do it by scoring a pinfall/submission over one of the other competitors...and the person who loses that fall goes into a penality box for 2 mins. Yeah, sounds real gimmicky but when you watch it come together...it's a real easy match to follow. Overall, this was more like a 5 way dance as oppossed to the previous KOTM matches that came off like a ladder match as there wasn't as many spots as the previous ones & there wasn't much of a story told here as everyone, with the exception of Booker T, qualified towards the end of the match before the finish happened with Samoa Joe becoming the first champion to retain his championship in the KOTM match. This match was a solid performance but didn't feel like a main event & should have switched places with the Angle/Styles match.
07-11-2008, 01:52 PM
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Final Resolution 2008
1. LAX vs. RNR Infection
LAX have to be the best PPV openers in the business today because they never fail to deliver a great performance, it also helps that these two teams seem to have good chemistry together. All four guys did a good job and made the most of the 6-7 minutes they had and delivered a real fun opener. ***
2. Kaz vs. Black Reign
Kaz proves he's a miracle worker in this match as it actually ended up being pretty good, atleast by Black Reign standards. The match itself was a little weak to have been placed on PPV but it would have made a great TV match. There was some good back and forth action mixed in with a little brawling here and there. Much better than I expected, really solid. **1/2
3. Awesome Kong vs. Gail Kim in a No DQ Match for the Knockouts Championship
Oh man what a match this was. These two very talented ladies went out and once again shocked the world with how awesome women's wrestling can really be when some effort is put into it. These was an all out brawl at first and become a strong back and forth contest once they made their way back to the ring. These two brutalized each other, whoever thinks women can't wrestle seriously need to check this match out. A Great match and kudos to both ladies who always deliver! I have no problem with pulling the trigger on this rating ****
4. Judas Mesias vs. Abyss
After Judas' unfortunate accident that pushed this storyline back it was great to see these guys finally meet 1 on 1 at a PPV. The match though wasn't as good as I feel it should have or could have been. But that aside the match was quite solid. Watching these two wrestle seemed very basic and I couldn't get into it very much, it seemed just a little off to me like the action in the match just didn't click. Still a solid match **1/4
5. Booker T and Sharmell vs. Robert Roode and Ms. Brooks
I don't think anybody expected this match to deliver very much considered the women were involved and we were right lol it didn't deliver very much. This was much more like something you'd see on TV and not something on a PPV. I have to say though, the post-match action was among the best I've ever seen and totally made this feud. Decent but I'd just skip to the ending I'm being pretty generous on this rating imo **
6. Team 3D and Johnny Devine vs. The Motorcity Machine Guns and Jay Lethal in an Ultimate X Match
I didn't know what to expect going into this much and it pleases me to say I liked what I saw. This was a good match where everybody played their role. Even Team 3D were able to perform well in this match and not slow it down like most anticipated they would. Some good spots like always in an Ultimate X including two very nasty landings by Johnny Devine, I can't believe he didn't injure himself! But overall a very good and fun match even if you just want to see how Team 3D fairs in this environment ***1/4
7. Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash vs. AJ Styles and Tomko for the TNA Tag Team Championship
Really good match! Lots of action involved in this one, both teams really went at it. I was happy to see that it didn't seem like Nash had to be carried alot in this match but he did leave Joe alone toward the end
. The last few minutes are really what makes this match where Joe goes all out on Styles and Tomko and really looks like a beast. Good job by all four guys, they delivered what was pretty much a text book great tag match ***1/4
8. Christian Cage vs. Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
What else could you expect from these two except greatness? That's what we got in this match, greatness. These two went out and delivered a great match and main event. This match had a little of everything, good wrestling, back and forth action and even some brawling. These two just worked so well together and pulled off an early MOTYC. The ending was a little disappointing but it gave us the classic encounter one month later at Against All Odds so I won't complain too much. Great stuff ****
Conclusion: A great PPV to kick off the new year and a nice rebound from the disappointing Turning Point PPV that ended 2007. This show was just great all around featuring a great opener, great main event solid midcard matches in Joe/Nash vs. Styles/Tomko, Gail vs. Kong and the Ultimate X. Much better outing than the previous year's Final Resolution and the start of TNA's great streak of PPVs so far into 2008. I'd recommend checking this show out atleast for the women's match and the main event, it's really worth your time!
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07-11-2008, 02:55 PM
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Just finished watching Best of AJ Styles Vol. 1, and its a very good collection for anybody looking for great work from AJ Styles & stuff from the weekly PPV era.
- In between the matches they have comments from AJ about certain topics like the X Division, the punishment in wrestling, and his idols. There were some interesting comments but nothing ground breaking. This DVD collection is all about the matches.
AJ Styles vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Psychosis vs. Low Ki: Double Elmination Match to Crown 1st X Division Champion
This was an amazing match. I still rank this up there as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) in TNA history. The action was constant throughout, and when it came down to AJ & Lynn, it was pure gold. Their exchange really reminded me of Savage/Steamboat from Wrestlemania III. The first match on the set, is definately my favorite. It was amazing.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Low Ki vs. Jerry Lynn: X Division Championship Triple Threat Match
This is kind of a forgotten classic from the early days of TNA. Some of the reversals & three man moves they did in this one were very creative, and all three men gave a great effort. Not the best match, but like I said, its a bit of a rare gem and definately worth a look.
Low Ki (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Jerry Lynn: X Division Championship Triple Ladder Match
This is often referenced as one of the greatest matches in TNA's early history, and with good reason. You won't find too many ladder matches that are better than this and some of the bumps taken in this one were just plain sick (Lynn Piledriving Low Ki off the Ladder for example) This is another contender for best match on the set for sure.
Syxx-Pac (c) vs. AJ Styles: X Division Championship No DQ Match
This match took place while AJ was alligned with Mortimer Plumtree, who was a pretty decent heel manager. This was one of AJ's bigger matches up to this point, and he worked well with Waltman. They had a much better match at No Surrender 2005, but this one was pretty good.
AJ Styles (c) vs. The Amazing Red: X Division Championship
Anybody who wants to see Amazing Red when he was at his best should check this match out. It was a really good X Title match and it was interesting to see AJ work with somebody significantly smaller than him. Red should have been the 2nd coming of Rey Mysterio, but unfortunately his career got cut short.
AJ Styles & D'Lo Brown vs. Triple X: Anarchy in the Asylum Qualifying Match
Now we get to see AJ shine in the tag team division. This is a different match from the one included on the Best of Title Matches DVD, as the titles aren't even involved in this one. AJ & D'Lo were a good team and its a little surprising they didn't get a run with the tag belts. The match was solid with some really cool spots. I'd say its the weakest match on the DVD, but its still a worthy addition to the set, especially since its rare.
Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Raven: NWA World Championship Triple Threat Match
Of course this match has to be included since it was AJ's first World Title victory, but the match itself is very good too. AJ & Jeff had great chemistry & Raven brought a lot of excitement to his early work in TNA, so it made for a great match. Raven got taken out of the match about half way through and it came down to Jarrett & AJ which led to a very memorable finish.
AJ Styles (c) vs. D'Lo Brown: NWA World Championship Best of Three Finals (Ladder Match)
This the ending to their Best of 3 series (also included on the Best of TNA Title Matches DVD I reviewed a while back) and it is a pretty good match up. That spot where D'Lo did the Frog Splash to AJ from the top of the ladder, to the outside of the ring, through a table, was simply insane. The ending was a little silly, and unecessary, but it didn't ruin a really good match up.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Low Ki: NWA World Championship
This is another one of those rare gems and is definately a reason to pick up this set. This was a very good World Title match, and its really cool to see X Division guys, two of the main pioneers even, wrestling for the World Title. I don't think the ending was ever really in question, but it is still a really fun match to watch.
AJ Styles vs. Abyss
Now these next two matches were the reason I picked up the set. AJ Styles & Abyss is one of my favorite pairings in TNA, and I really wanted to see some of their early work. As far as I know, this was their first match, and this was a great match. Aj really knows how to sell a beating from a big man, and the underdog thing worked really well for him. I really enjoyed this one.
AJ Styles vs. Abyss: Falls Count Anywhere
Not as good as the first, but its more of a wild brawl. They did one really cool spot where AJ did his flip dive off of the stands. I'm surprised AJ's knees didn't give out when he landed. Once again, the match was a lot of fun and very good.
Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. AJ Styles: NWA World Championship Steel Cage Match
It was supposed to be Chris Harris vs. Jeff Jarrett, but an injury to Harris resulted a substitution. After a long promo from Vince Russo, he announced that AJ was the replacement. This match was once again really good and they did a great job of making it seem like AJ was the perfect choice to take down Jarrett. I had to spoile the ending, but I think you can all figure out what happens. It was a great way to end this collection of AJ Styles' best matches.
Like I said, if you want a great collection of AJ's best work of the weekly PPV era, then definately pick this up, and if you get Vol 2 as well, then you will have an excellent collection of "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles.
1) AJ vs. Lynn vs. Psychosis vs. Low Ki
2) AJ vs. Low Ki vs. Lynn: Ladder Match
3) AJ vs. Abyss
4) AJ vs. Jarrett vs. Raven
5) AJ vs. Low Ki
6) AJ vs. Dlo: Ladder Match
7) AJ vs. Red
8) AJ vs. Jarrett: Cage
9) AJ vs. Low Ki vs. Lynn
10) AJ vs. Abyss: Falls Count Anywhere
11) AJ vs. Waltman
12) AJ/Dlo vs. XXX
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