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Re: Official TNA DVD Help/Discussion/Review Thread
My quick thoughts on all three PPVs on the new 3 Pack:
Turning Point 2009 = A very strong double main event really put this show over the top and made it one of the better TNA PPVs of the year (I don't think its unarguably the best though since I really liked Slammy 09 & BFG 09 as well). AJ vs. Joe vs. Daniels for the World Title & Wolfe vs. Angle were both outstanding matches and I would say they are definitely must sees for TNA fans. The rest of the card was mostly solid with all the divisions being highlighted in a good way. The two standouts on the undercard were Cide vs. Red for the X Title & Tara vs. Kong in Six Sides of Steel. Everything else was ok with a Beer Money/Guns/BI match for the tag gold, Steiner vs. Lashley, & Morgan/Mex/Pope vs. 3D & Rhino.
Final Resolution 2009 = This one kind of got forgotten following Turning Point, and was compared unfavorably. To be honest, the double main event isn't as strong as TPs, but still very good with both an awesome Angle vs. Wolfe 2 out of 3 Falls Cage match & a very good main event with Daniels & AJ for the gold. Both matches were great, but like I said, they tend to get overlooked for not being as good as the matches from the month before. Where they did improve upon TP was having a more solid undercard (minus Feast or Fired, which I hate). We had a really good tag title match between The Guns & The British Invasion, a fun 8 man tag team elimination involving Morgan, Hernandez, Pope, & Suicide against 3D, Rhino, & Neal. And in what I thought was a bit of a surprise hit, we had Foley & Abyss take on Raven & Stevie in what was definitely one of Foley's better performances in TNA. Oh and Steiner vs. Lashley II was actually really good as well & it was a nice farewell performance from Scotty.
Against All Odds 2010 = Alot of people beat up on this show, but I really enjoyed it. In terms of "star ratings" its not going to set the world on fire, but the story told throughout the night was great, and usually booking a tournament the right way will result in that. By the time this night was done & the tournament had reached the finals, but The Pope & Mr. Anderson came off looking like legit main event superstars. I had my doubts about both guys, and here they are after this night looking like two of the top guys in the company. Not the strongest show in terms of great wrestling (best match was AJ/Joe for the gold) but in terms of booking, it was really well handled.
When comparing this 3 pack to the other 3 packs TNA has done, I'd say this one is arguably the best:
- The 1st one they did was Victory Road 2004/Turning Point 2004/Lockdown 2005 and that set was a good "introductory" set for people who want to check out TNA's earlier stuff. TP04 is a personal favorite TNA PPV of mine. Lockdown 05 was pretty good, not fantastic, & VR was special for being TNA's first 3 Hour PPV and having a couple bright spots. Its good to pick up for anybody who wants to see what TNA's earlier PPVs were like, but the shows are not without some flaws.
- The 2nd one has two great PPVs in Victory Road 2008 & Hard Justice 2008. Both of those shows were among TNA's best in 2008 without question. No Surrender 2008 wasn't quite as good. It wasn't a bad show, but doesn't quite measure up to the other two.
- The 3rd set included a great Turning Point 2008 & a very enjoyable Genesis 2009 PPV both of which had some of TNA's best matches from that time period. However, the monkey in the middle was Final Resolution 2008 (part 2?) which felt more like a 3 Hour Impact than a real PPV.
So I'd say this set is one where all three shows delivered in big ways. TP & FR more for its fantastic wrestling, and AAO for its great booking.