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Re: Official TNA DVD Help/Discussion/Review Thread
I already did this with Lockdown, and with No Surrender coming up, why not?
Top Ten No Surrender Matches:
1) LAX vs. AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels: Tag Title Ultimate X Match (2006) - One of the very best UX bouts with some crazy action, exciting spots, tons of intensity, and just an all around classic match.
2) Kurt Angle vs. Jay Lethal: X Title (2007) - The moment where Lethal beat Angle was extremely well done and it really felt huge. The match itself was probably the best X Title match of 2007. It was great, and Lethal really showed that he can hang with guys like Angle.
3) Raven vs. Abyss: World Title Dog Collar Match (2005) - This has to be considered one of the most violent matches in TNA history. This match took place right around the time the ECW nostalgia craze was going on, and I think they tried to emulate that, and the end result was this blood bath. Raven stapling a dollar bill to Abyss' head for real is one of the sickest things I've ever seen in a wrestling ring. This was a great violent encounter.
4) Samoa Joe vs. Christian Cage (2007) - I loved the series of matches that these two had. This one was great with a lot of intensity and raw hatred coming from Joe. The ending where he got himself DQ'd was well done and set up the rematch at BFG very well. I felt like Joe lost a lot of steam after losing to Angle at HJ the month before, but this match rejuvenated him a little bit.
5) AJ Styles vs. Sean Waltman (2005) - I was very hard on Waltman after his lackluster performance at Lockdown earlier that year, but this was the match where he returned to form. This bout far surpassed the ones these two had in 2005 with some great counters and spots. It was an X Division style match, but with an old school pace, and that made it stand out. Jerry Lynn as the referee was great, and set up the Lynn/Waltman match for the next PPV.
6) Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin (2005) - Nothing special about the build up here as there wasn't really any. Joe was the newcomer who was killing everyone and Sabin was next on the hitlist. They had an excellent X Division match, and I was really impressed with how well Joe, a guy of his size, could work so well with smaller guys to the point that he wrestles almost like them. It was amazing to me, and this was the match where Joe won me over.
7) Kaz vs. Robert Roode (2007) - The feud over Traci Brooks led to this match up with a good old school type of build, but with two young promising talents. Kaz was outstanding in this match, and it turned out to be a really shining moment for both guys. It was Kaz' first real standout singles match at a PPV, while Robert Roode continued to show that he is probably the best heel in TNA. This match was just great.
8) Rhino vs. James Storm (2007) - This was one of my favorite feuds from last year. The segments were very intense, and Storm really came into his own as a character. This match was just red hot too. The crowd ate up every minute of it, and it wasn't a hardcore match either (except for one table spot, but it worked well). They went out there and put on a really exciting match up, and proved that weapons or gimmicks aren't always needed to make a feud work.
9) Christopher Daniels vs. Petey Williams: X Title (2005) - Normally I'm not a fan of heel vs. heel matches, but Daniels played the role of the face here, and it worked. This match wasn't anything overly special, but it was a strong X Division style contest with Daniels being able to turn the tables on Team Canada and giving him another win under his belt.
10) AJ Styles/Tomko, The Motor City Machine Guns, The Latin American Xchange, Team 3D, Serotonin, Triple X, The Voodoo Kin Mafia, Sonjay Dutt/Petey Williams, Eric Young/Shark Boy, Lance Hoyt/Jimmy Rave; Tag Team Gauntlet (2007) - This was just a really fun match that AJ got to be the star of. Lots of action and its weird to see how many tag teams TNA had back then. If you count AJ/Tomko, they had 7 real teams in this match. Whoa. The match came down to AJ/Tomko & The Guns which was a really nice way to close it.