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Top 10 Worst TNA PPVs
10) Hard Justice 2006 - Not a bad show, but the fire kind of sucked the life out of it a little bit. On paper it looked like it was going to be one of the best shows of the year. The main matches on the card: Sting vs. Jarrett for the World Title, AJ/Daniels vs. LAX for the Tag Titles, Joe vs. Monty vs. Rhino: Falls Count Anywhere, Abyss vs. Runt, Senshi vs. Lethal vs. Petey for the X Title, & a Four way Tag: AMW vs. Nats vs. James Gang vs. Bentley/Kazarian. That sounds like a fantastic show right there! But like I said, the fire kind of throew the show off with the Four Way Tag having to be cancelled. The matches were good for the most part, with Joe/Rhino/Monty being the showstealer, but the show as a whole could/should have been a lot better, and unfortunately it was due to things out of TNA's control.
9) No Surrender 2008 - It wasn't bad, but the show just screamed "Filler PPV" It was obvious that they were trying to hold off the bigger matches for BFG with AJ working with Trigg (Worst MOTY IMO), the 3rd LAX vs. BMI PPV match in a row, and a multi man main event with Joe vs. Sting obviously being built in the mean time, meaning that there was no chance of Joe losing. You could have skipped this show and not felt like you missed much storyline wise. That said, both Lethal vs Dutt in a Ladder Match & Joe vs. Angle vs. Cage were really good matches.
8) Sacrifice 2008 - Way too cluttered. That was the main problem with this show. If you divide into parts it sounds awesome: Joe vs. Steiner vs. Angle in the Main Event: Cool. A Tag Team Tournament: Cool, A Women's Battle Royal/Ladder Match with the Runner Up getting her Headshaved: Interesting, and a new X Division Spotfest Cage Match: Cool. But then you sit down and think "wait a minute...that's all on one show!" I think it would have been better if they had cut out Terrordome just to give more time and focus to the tag tournament. And people will think I'm crazy, but I would have preferred it if it was just Joe vs. Steiner II for the World Title instead of throwing Angle into the mix (who had to cut out of the show due to injury anyway, leaving Kaz as his replacement) That said, the show was good overall with the Tournament providing some fun, and the Terrordome was good, and Roxxi getting her head shaved was pretty shocking, and the Triple Threat was good too. The problem was that there was just too many bodies and too much going on to really take it all in.
7) Lockdown 2007 - Oh what a shame. This also could/should have been a really good show. Now if I cut out the stipulations and told you that LAX vs. Team 3D for the Tag Titles & Chris Harris vs. James Storm were both on this card, you'd think "Oh those are good!" and thrown in with the other strong matches (The Most Star Studded Lethal Lockdown to date, Lynn vs. Daniels, & X Division Xscape) then this should looks awesome! Unfortunately those two matches were hindered by really really really REALLY bad gimmickes (Electrified Cage & Blindfold) and it really hurt the show as a whole as they were probably the two worst PPV matches of the year for TNA. Its a shame because everything else was pretty good. Lethal Lockdown was great, Xscape was Great, Lynn vs. Daniels was pretty good, and Gail vs. Jackie was surprisingly great for a women's match. What a pity.
6) Hard Justice 2007 - OK here it is. The show that EVERYBODY hates. Personally, I don't think it was as bad as everybody said it was. I think alot of the venom towards this show stems from two things: 1) The Pacman Jones thing & 2) Joe losing to Angle. The Pacman thing didn't work out, but I stand by TNA's decision to do it. It could have been big, but it just didn't pan out well for reasons both in and out of TNA's control. As for Joe losing, I was ok with it, but I thought the Karen Angle turn was the most obvious turn in the history of wrestling. They could have done a better job with that. Most of the show was filled with decent matches and a really good Storm vs. Rhino match, and a really good X Division Tag Team opener. I also enjoyed The Steiners vs. 3D match. One thing that I will bash this show for was what happened to Chris Harris (who should have had Test's spot in the Doomsday Chamber of Blood) in his match with Black Reign. That was awful. The Doomsday Chamber of Blood was a nice idea too, but I don't think the match got the time it needed to really make it work. Plus Test looked awful.
5) Victory Road 2006 - 2006 was my favorite year of PPVs for TNA, especially the 1st half. The storyline development of each progressing show was just great with some great wrestling thrown in too. However, the streak of goodness ended with Victory Road, right after the amazing Slammiversary PPV. What was wrong with it, well if you saw Slammiversary, you saw a better version of Victory Road. Basically a majority of VRs card was made up of tag matches that stemmed from Slammiversary. AJ/Daniels/Sirelda vs. AMW/Gail, Sabin/Lethal vs. Nash/Shelley, James Gang & Abyss vs. Team 3D. We also got a surprisingly boring match between Senshi & the returning Kazarian. Everything else was pretty forgettable. The Main Event 4 Way (Sting, Steiner, Christian, Joe) was actually pretty good, but I remember being really confused, in that it wasn't clear if the winner would get a title shot at the next PPV or in the ME of Victory Road. It wasn't made clear until the day of the PPV, which was a problem.
4) Slammiversary 2005 - Lifeless show. TNA had lost its TV deal with FSN, leaving us two weeks without any kind of programming. Tune into the PPV and we get the announcement that Impact will be broadcast over the internet. Wow. Thats bad. Very bad. The obvious lack of build hurt the show as alot of matches were just thrown on there. The show just seemed to drag, and if you want to see AMW actually have a bad match, check out their "classic" bout with 3LK. The only standout things from this show were Samoa Joe's debut, which was pretty cool, and the King of the Mountain match which was exciting (albeit the weakest KOTM IMO) and Raven's title win was a great way to close.
Interesting note though: I think the Pre Show to this PPV is better than the PPV itself. In that Pre Show, it is revealed that Dusty Rhodes had been fired from TNA (thank heavens) with Larry Z taking his place. Jarrett, who is in the King of the Mountain match, comes out to bitch while Raven, who had been fired from TNA on the last FSN Impact, comes out from the crowd to confront Larry Z & Jarrett. Its not long before a fight breaks out and security has to sepearate Raven & Jarrett. In the ensuing insanity, Jeff Jarrett gets heckled by a fan near ringside and attacks him! Jarrett gets arrested and is out of the KOTM match, with Larry (needing a replacement) reluctantly gives the spot to Raven.
That was a completely insane situation, and like I said, I was more entertained and excited by that free segment than the actual PPV, the portion I paid for. Weird.
3) Turning Point 2007 - Four Words: Scott Hall No Showed. That ruined the main event of what looked to be more of a filler PPV anyway. Joe's promo was really unsettling and you knew that something really bad went down and it was obvious that Nash was pissed. Obviously it led to better things storyline wise, but on that one night it was pretty tense. It also didn't help that one of the hyped main event matches from this show involved Black Reign & Rellik. Most of the matches were, like VR06, were just tag matches. There were some good ones like that Tables Match, and Kaz/Booker vs. Cage/Roode, but none of those matches were must see. The one match you should really check out from this PPV is Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong. They stole the show easily.
2) Against All Odds 2007 - This was another lousy show. Angle vs. Christian was a good main event. Nothing special. MOTN was Sting vs. Abyss in the surprisingly cool Prisonyard Match. And honestly, I give 3rd best match to the Storm/Jacki vs. Petey/Gail Mixed Tag. The rest is crap. Team 3D vs. LAX in a Little Italy Streetfight was ridiculous, Christy vs. The Big Fat Oily Guy in a Tuxedo match was every bit as bad as it sounds. The Basebrawl Match Hoyt vs. Torborg was nowhere near as entertaining as the first one at TP05. AJ vs. Rhino in a Chain Match was good, but the chain gimmick was never explained, making the match seem pointless. And I really hate to say this, but the X Title Match of Lynn vs. Sabin was bad. Very boring and disappointing match. This show was a trainwreck. When I hear people say that Hard Justice 2007 was the worst TNA PPV of 2007 is say "Did you watch Against All Odds?"
1) Destination X 2005 - Wow. This show was just booked into oblivion. Too many meaningless gimmicks (Bullrope, Taped Fist First Blood, Final Assault (Falls Count Anywhere), Ringside Revenge (Lumberjack), AND Ultimate X) But even the situations and storyline advancements were badly booked. Traci & Trinity have their teams compete with the winning girl becoming Dusty's secretary, and on the next Impact Justy decided to keep them both. Pointless. Abyss earned a title shot at AGA, yet loses to Hardy at this PPV for no reason. Ron Killings in the X Division title match?!?! The ridiculous ending to the Nash/Kip James First Blood Match? Monty Brown vs. Trytan: Worst booked finish in the history of wrestling. I'm not even going to explain it. And then to top it all off, Monty turns heel at the end of the show, pretty much destroying any momentum he had previously.
And the matches are even pretty lame for the most part. Nash vs. Kip was terrible, The Traci/Trinity Tag Match was pathetic, and Monty vs. Trytan was God awful. Hardy vs. Abyss was my pick for MOTN even though it was stupid for Abyss to lose that match, and the Ultimate X was pretty good. Everything else was kind of forgettable. This PPV was just a complete mess booking wise.