Re: Official TNA DVD Help/Discussion/Review Thread
I just finished watching the first two discs of the TNA Cross the Line - Vol. 3 set, Turning Point '09 and Final Resolution '09. I thought everyone might enjoy some lengthy thoughts:
TNA Turning Point 2009
X Division Championship: Amazing Red vs. Homicide
These two are so evenly matched and yet havve such different styles. It's really cool to see Homicide play the bully, especially since he's pretty small himself, but it works. Red really is amazing, and like Evan Bourne, plays the part convincingly. I thought this was a great mesh of styles, and not a typical spotfest, and a more well-rounded x division match than we're used to.
All Knockouts Titles on the Line: ODB, Taylor Wilde, & Sarita vs. The Beautiful People
Decent knockouts match. Solid action, nothing spectacular, nothing terrible, but at least Lacey Von Botch doesn't ruin it.
Three-Way for the TNA World Tag Team Championship: The British Invasion vs. The Motor City MachineGuns vs. Beer Money
I seem to remember hearing that the 4-way ladder match at Bound for Glory a month prior would be the last time that Beer Money, British Invasion, Team 3D, and the MEM would fight, so I was a little confused when a month later that BI and BM were in the ring together again.
Another solid match, not as great as you would think, but still quite good.
Tara vs. Awesome Kong
Something of a dream match in the knockouts division; two of the most unstoppable women in TNA (outside of ODB), but both of these ladies can wrestle. It's not as great as you would think, especially given that it could have used more time, but they make the most of it. The finish is big and makes Tara look great, I just still think they could have done more.
Rhino & Team 3D vs. Matt Morgan, Hernandez, & The Pope
Fun six-man tag. This was another "new guys vs. old guys" feud, but it worked because the old guys were rallying together, and the new guys had a teammate they weren't sure if they could trust. Rhino and Team 3D make a great stable, The Pope looks like a face pretty quickly, and the action is very swift. Entertaining match.
Bobby Lashley vs. Scott Steiner
God help me, I liked it. To be fair, I'm a mark for "power guy vs. power guy" matches, and Steiner/Lashley match up perfectly. It was also great to see Steiner in singles action again. This match definitely reminded me of Steiner/Goldberg, though obviously not as good, but it's a great showing from Steiner, and the feud, though tried, still worked well. It played with Steiner's reputation as a ladies man with Lashley's hot wife. The nodq stipulation was smart, because a regular 1-on-1 could have stunk up the joint. They brawled all over the place and the crowd was into it. My only complaint is that, like a lot of TNA main event matches, it ended out of nowhere, and the wrong guy won.
Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe
The first time I saw this match, I wasn't really paying much attention and didn't think much of it. I just assumed everyone was going crazy because it was Angle and Nigel McGunniness. But watching it really closely for the second time, I could really appreciate it. These two did it all, they wrestled, they traded counters, power-moves, everything. The psychology was spot-on, and I could really appreciate the intelligence of the match, how Wolfe kept gunning for Angle's shoulder in the most innovative ways. This one definitely had me on the egde of my seat.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Daniels
I remember loving this match the first time I saw it. It wasn't as intense as the first 3-way from Unbreakable, but it was still very entertaining. One of the problems is that it just wasn't as rish as the match before it, and another problem is that aside from the match being for the WHC (instead of the x division title), not much had changed since then. Sure, AJ was now the world champ, and Joe had since won the world title, but he also languished for most of 2009. In 2009, Joe was all over the place; first with the nation of violence, then turning heel, then back to the x division, and losing a feud with Bobby Lashley. I guess what it comes down to is that this match was made as nothing more than an amazing exhibition. In 2005, there was a real feud between these three, and it could have gone either way. But in 2009, the feud kind of came out of nowhere, and it was plainly obvious that Styles would be retaining.
That said, these three are the MVPs of TNA. They're exchanges were so innovative and exciting; this match just breezed by. It was non-stop (heh), and they did their best with the story. Joe played the power game well, Daniels tried to prove something, and AJ was caught in the middle. Was it compelling? Not really. But it was still a great match.
Review of Final Resolution later.
Favorite Matches of All Time
1. Triple-Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit - WrestleMania XX
2. Career Threatening Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair - WrestleMania XXIV
3. WWE Championship: John Cena vs. CM Punk - Money in the Bank 2011
4. No Holds Barred Match: The Undertaker vs. Triple H - WrestleMania XXVII
5. WWF Championship: Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior - WrestleMania VI