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Top Ten Matches in Victory Road History:
10) Kazarian vs. Volador Jr. vs. Sheik Daivari vs. Naruki Doi: World X Cup Finals Ultimate X Match (2008) = For the second time in TNA's history, the World X Cup was decided by an Ultimate X match with Kazarian representing the US, Volador representing Mexico, Doi representing Japan, & Daivari representing that mutlinational Team International. In this match, we had what might be the most amazing spot in Ultimate X history as Kazarian dropped a Legdrop off the top of the structure to knock Daivari off the X. It was an amazing sight. Shockingly, Team USA lost its first World X Cup as Volador took the win for Team Mexico.
9) Super X Cup X Division Gauntlet (2004) = At the very first Victory Road, which was coincidentally TNA's first 3 hour PPV ever, we opened up the show with a variety of X Division style talent from all over the World as they fought for the Super X Cup. We had talents that ranged from international veterans like La Parka, Psychosis, & Hector Garza, to Independent names like Jason Cross, Mikey Batts, & Mike Sydal (currently Evan Bourne in WWE), and top TNA X Division players like Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Kazarian, Michael Shane, Amazing Red, & Sonjay Dutt. This exciting 20 man gauntlet was perfectly indicative of the kind of action you would expect out of the X Division. Hector Garza defeated Kazarian last to win the match & the Super X Cup. A fine way to kick off TNA's very first 3 hour show.
8) Samoa Joe (c) vs. Booker T: TNA World Championship (2008) = What we got here was a big main event centered around newer champion Samoa Joe facing Houston hometown boy & veteran Booker T. Anybody who followed my comments during Booker's time in TNA will tell you I wasn't too high on his work, but I really liked this match. It wasn't so much a wrestling match as it was just a massive fight with both men beating the living daylights out of each other. The only major knock I have on this match as the finish...as there wasn't one at all. It started off really cool with Joe just tearing Booker to shreds and destroying anybody that jumped into save him. Following an altercation with Sting, Joe gets knocked out and Booker walks away with the title. The match was officially a no contest, but that wasn't made clear to the audience and it was confusing. However, it was an exciting match up and the chaos made it all the more fun. I just wish the ending had been, you know, an ending.
7) Chris Harris vs. Christian Cage (2007) = This one is a big of a forgotten gem, but I really liked that they tried to make a star out of Harris as he was somebody I was very high on. I don't know what the hell happened to him, but the "Braden Walker" we saw in the WWE was not the same guy that was impressing me years before. This match was great. I thought their styles complimented each other and Harris looked great in there with somebody the caliber of Christian. Unfortunately, what should have been a springboard for Harris was actually his extinguisher as Dustin Rhodes cost him the match, which would then lead into a Black Reign/Chris Harris feud that pretty much killed any chance Harris had of succeeding. But for what its worth, the guy had a lot of potential at one time, and some of his work in 2007 (including his matches with Storm) were indicators of that.
6) Kurt Angle & Samoa Joe vs. Team 3D: Match of Champions (2007) = All the TNA titles were on the line as World & X Champs Angle & Joe took on tag champs Team 3D. The idea of putting all the gold on the line in a tag match wasn't exactly a new idea (WWE had done it twice before), but it did give the match a big time feel to it. And although I was completely against Team 3D being in this match due to the fact that they had no chance of winning (I would have preferred AJ & Christian). But anyways, with the added stip that a win would give Angle or Joe both tag title belts, it was no surprise that they couldn't co-exist for long as all hell broke loose at the end. The returning Steiner Brothers were the deciding factor as they cost Team 3D the match and Samoa Joe overcame Kurt Angle's interference to win the Tag Titles. This would later set up Joe vs. Angle for all the gold at Hard Justice, but this match was cool in its own right.
5) Monty Brown vs. Raven vs. Abyss: Monster's Ball Match (2004) = The very first Monster's Ball truly fit the name as you had savages like Raven, Abyss, & The Alpha Male Monty Brown going all out in his hardcore spectacle. Extreme hardcore action hadn't really been seen in the Impact zone before this point, so for the first time, so the Orlando crowd were treated to a hardcore war. It didn't disappoint as for the first time in TNA history, Abyss got driven into the thumbtacks (keep in mind this was before that became a once a month thing with him). It was a very exciting and entertaining brawl between three entertaining personalities. This match was meant to springboard Monty Brown who, ironically, ended up being the only one of the three to never hold a World Title in TNA. Strange as he was pretty exciting and a fun personality. Oh well, he won the match, and history was made as the Monster's Ball soon became an annual tradition for TNA's biggest PPV, Bound for Glory.
4) Petey Williams (c) vs. AJ Styles: X Division Championship (2004) = The very first X Title match on PPV had a very big time atmosphere to it. It was obvious that the crowd was excited for this one and they treated it like it was a main event. It wasn't a long match, but it was about as good a 10 minute match as you'll ever seen with all kinds of action, and an amazing way for Petey to hit The Canadian Destroyer. It was a very good showing for both men, and a nice shocker win for Petey. And even in defeat, AJ Styles showed why he was the icon of the X Division.
3) Ultimate X Gauntlet Match (2007) = A unique twist on the Ultimate X Match, this match featured 10 X Division talents as they competed under gauntlet rules. Once all 10 men entered the ring, those who had not been eliminated would then compete in an Ultimate X Match that would determine Number One Contendership for the title. Given that there was a possibility of 10 men participating in the Ultimate X portion of the match, it was decided that the Elevation X Structure would be used as the X, which heightened some of the insanity seen in these kind of matches. Some of the spots were downright scary. The true star of the match was Kazarian who had a break out performance after a long period of stagnation on the lowcard. However, The Flux Capacitor, a flying cutter to take Daniels off the X, and a frightening showdown with Elix Skipper on top of the X made Kazarian the obvious standout. However, it was Christopher Daniels who won he match as he reunited with fellow Triple X members Elix Skipper & Low Ki (Senshi at this time). This is definitely one of the more unique Ultimate X Matches and it was very exciting to watch.
2) Team USA vs. Team Japan vs. Team Mexico vs. Team International: 12 Man Elimination Tag Team Match (2008) = Wow the X Division really shined at Victory Road huh? Ultimate X, World X Cup, Title matches, they are all over this thing! Anyways, this was the first of two World X Cup matches on the 2008 VR show and it opened up the show with a huge bang. It was non stop action from various different styles from the international talents involved. For USA, it was Curry Man (hi Daniels!) & The Motor City Machine Guns and they came out in full force and put on a show, as Alex Shelley ended up being the sole survivor and earned some crucial points for USA. However, if I had to pick a star of the match, it would be Masato Yoshino who was the final member of Team Japan. They fell down to one very early, but he put on a show out there, and his endurance to the end with Shelley was pretty awesome to watch. I should also note that this was the event was TNA PPV debut of two future X Division Champions Sheik Daivari (who we would know later as Sheik Abdul Bashir), and current X Champ Douglas Williams. Both men were in Team International, and Williams showed off in this match (while Daivari almost got killed later in the Ultimate X, lol). So yeah, this match was excellent, exciting, and very unique among the usual X Division spotfests.
1) AJ Styles, Christian Cage, & Rhino vs. Kurt Angle & Team 3D: Full Metal Mayhem (2008) = This match was just wild! It was a hardcore spectacle, which played into the hands of guys like Team 3D & Rhino. However, it was also a bit of a daredevil act as Christian Cage & AJ Styles got to show what they could do through the air. And then of course there is Kurt Angle who is generally good in any kind of match. It was basically a TLC Match with pinfalls, and damn was it fun to watch. I know everybody loved the 12 Man Elimination Match from the show, and that was what got all the praise, but I'm sorry, this was my favorite from this show, and by extension, all of Victory Road history. The major feud was between AJ & Angle going in, so ultimately it came down to them as the action grew more and more intense. Thanks to Frank Trigg's interference, Angle & Team 3D won, and so ended one hell of a match.
Now...Top 5 WORST Matches in Victory Road History
5) Trinity vs. Jacqueline (2004) = Long before the Knockouts Division was even in place, TNA had Trinity, who was basically TNA's iconic female performer. She is probably most known for her feud with Kid Kash which resulted in some pretty brutal male on female violence. However, by this point, the spark was pretty much gone as she was relegated to being the valet of the New York Connection. She issued an open challenger for any female wrestler to come and face her at Victory Road, which brought out Jacqueline! Surprisingly, this was a pretty quick match (the midget match this show had was longer) with Trinity scoring a cheap & easy win. With no Knockouts Title or division in existence by this point, this whole situation just seemed pointless, and ultimately, it didn't really go anywhere.
4) Monty Brown vs. Rhino (2006) = This was a match I thought I was going to enjoy. Rhino had generated a bit of a spark with his anti ECW Promos, and both guys are big rough powerhouses with similar finishers (remember THE POOOOOOOOOUNC-AH! Period!). And the match went ok, but then it ended abruptly with a double count out which was just lame. Eventually this was rectified as Samoa Joe was added to the mix and the three had a pretty damn good Falls Count Anywhere 3 Way at the next PPV. However, this match was just a misfire.
3) Senshi (c) vs. Kazarian: X Division Championship (2006) = Now this SHOULD have been good. Low Ki/Senshi is a very exciting performer and Kazarian was making his return to the company. You would think this was something really good. But no. The problem was the crowd. They didn't seem to care at all, and actually, they treated the match with chants of "Boring". I can't believe I just typed that as you would think that would be a hell of a match. Whatever the case though, the lackluster nature of this encounter is not indicative of the talent of the two men and they would go on to have much better work after this.
2) Jenna Morasca vs. Sharmll (2009) = I know people are going to ask me "Why in the hell isn't this number one" but bare with me. The match was awful. It was terrible. I can't believe TNA thought it was a good idea to both A) Put Jenna in the ring and B) Put her in there with somebody who isn't a general anyway. This match was just doomed to fail. It was obvious just watching the match that neither girl belonged in there and it was a quick & righteous bomb. The only thing that keeps me from giving it the number one spot is because, well, it was a filler match. Its hard to go bombastic & hardcore on a match that was a designated piss break anyway, even if it did suck royally. IMO, the Divas Tag match from Wrestlemania XXVI this year was every bit as bad as this, but nobody cared because it was a filler match, so who gives a shit, right? Anyways, Jenna won the match, and was gone almost immediately after...I can't possibly imagine why, lol.
1) America's Most Wanted vs. Triple X: Last Team Standing (2004) = This match always escapes the bashing it deserves, but it was TERRIBLE!!! Seriously, you hear XXX vs. AMW, you expect something great right? Their series is one of the defining feuds in TNA's early history. Their two cage matches alone are huge bouts that shaped TNA. Hell, their Six Sides of Steel at the very next PPV is my personal favorite match in TNA history! So what the hell happened here? Well...
First problem was the gimmick. It was under Texas Deathmatch rules, which was get a pinfall, and keep them down for ten. OK fine, but it had to be done for both members of the team. This made the match feel convoluted, over gimmicked, and rushed. Second major problem: Elix Skipper suffered a concussion early into the match. Hey its wrestling, shit happens. However, he had to go all the way to the end as Daniels was eliminated first. I think that would have been a spot for somebody in the match to call an audible and get him out of there first because he was clearly too messed up to continue the match competently. He was botching spots left & right, and he even kicked out of the final pinfall when he wasn't supposed to, giving the match a botched finish anyway. This match was a total mess and definitely the worst match in what was an otherwise AWESOME tag team feud. Part of the reason this gets number one first is in the expectations. I expect Jenna/Sharmell to be crap, but I expect this to be good. Its not good, so therefore, I am more pissed off over it. Oh well.
Will there be any matches this sunday for Victory Road 2010 that can make either one of these lists? Well for best, I think Pope vs. Angle, Beer Money vs. The Guns, Kendrick vs. Williams, & maybe even the main event of RVD vs. Hardy vs. Abyss vs. Anderson are the matches to look out for (especially the first two). As for worst, I wouldn't be surprised if Ric Flair looked like shit in there in his match with Lethal. Ray vs. Neal vs. Devon will be bad, but it'll be forgettable too.