Finished AAO 10' last night. Very disappointing show imo. Wolfe/Pope was MOTN, AJ/Joe was such a disappointment, Joe just isn't what he used to be. Nasty Boys/Team 3D, really? what a shit "match", Angle/Ken was ok, having Ken/Pope as the main event was stupid imo, but isn't too big of a deal, and that match sucked, and went wayyy to long, so boring. Other matches on the card were meh at best.
I have to disagree. Maybe I'm looking at the event from a rose-tinted windows, but I remember being generally surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and surprised that I enjoyed on second and third viewings.
What I liked about it was that it created a real sense of importance throughout the night. It almost reminded me of Bound for Glory 2005, how there was no number one contender, there was uncertainty over who it would be, and then the battle royal at the end of the night to determine who would face Jarrett in the next match.
Here, the announcers and the matches really made it seem like winning this tournament was important as winning the royal rumble.
I also think the matches were all solid. What worked for me was how evenly matched everything was. Pope/Wolfe were mirrors of each other in term of size, strength, and speed, and they had a fast-paced opener, Morgan/Hernandez was a classic big man/big man match, Anderson/Angle was a nice little sleeper (they're also perfectly matched), and Foley/Abyss was a solid nodq match. There was a nice balance of star power and athleticism in the tournament.
Nasty Boys/3D was a "dream" match to me. The Nastys were one of my favorite teams when I was a kid and always wanted to see them again. Should the match be happening in 2010? Nope. At the latest it should have happened in 2003-2005. It wasn't a great match or even a good one, but it was still fun to see. Do newer wrestling fans even know they are? Probably not. But I'm still glad it happened.
As for the semi-finals, it was perfect. Pope and Anderson both had to deal with monsters in Morgan and Abyss is solid david/goliath matches.
Styles/Joe was definitely the least of their matches, but it was also a breathe of fresh air. We had seen Monster Joe vs. babyface Styles, we had seen chickenshit heel Styles vs. Monster face Joe, but we had never seen cocky heel Styles vs...just Joe. The Joe character had certainly fallen by the time this match occurred, but it was pretty much just filler anyway. I understand the bitching about the interference and special ref. Bischoff's involvement was ridiculously unneeded.
When I first read that the main event of a TNA PPV was Ken Kennedy vs. Elijah Burke, I was in shock. I think that might have been the lowest-card main event since maybe Randy Orton vs. Ric Flair at Taboo Tuesday (good match, but it should have never been the main event).
Then I actually saw the match. Hall and Waltman attacked Pope before hand. Anderson was all over it. It really felt like they were staging a huge comeback and a great feel-good moment. The match itself was solid, and and even more amazing that both guys had two other solid matches earlier in the night.
By the time Pope won, it was a feel-good moment, and I was absolutely shocked at how much I agreed with it being the main event. Styles/Joe afterwards would have been anticlimactic. The show was about the tournament, from beginning to end, and it worked pefectly.
But that's just me.