Maybe Hardy/Aries will grow on me more after an eventual third watch.
Watched some more random matches last night for fun/maybe add to the Top 20 TNA Matches List:
Victory Road 2007 - Ultimate X Gauntlet Match:
Christopher Daniels vs Senshi vs Frankie Kazarian vs Jay Lethal vs Petey Williams vs Homicide vs Sonjay Dutt vs Elix Skipper vs Shark Boy vs Puma ~ ***1/2
No Surrender 2007:
Christian Cage vs Samoa Joe ~ ***1/2
Lockdown 2008 - Cuffed in the Cage:
Motor City Machine Guns vs LAX vs Frankie Kazarian/Eric Young vs Lance Hoyt/Jimmy Rave vs Scott Steiner/Petey Williams vs Black Reign/Rellik ~ DUD
Lockdown 2008 - Lethal Lockdown:
Christian Cage, Sting, Kevin Nash, Rhino, & Matt Morgan vs AJ Styles, Travis Tomko, Brother Ray, Brother Devon, & James Storm ~ ***3/4
Lockdown 2008 - TNA World Heavyweight Championship - Career vs Title:
Kurt Angle(c) vs Samoa Joe ~ ***3/4
Lockdown 2010 - Falls Count Anywhere Steel Cage Match:
Team 3D vs Kevin Nash & Scott Hall ~ *
Sacrifice 2010 - TNA Tag Team Championship:
Kevin Nash/Scott Hall(c) vs Ink Inc. ~ DUD
Ultimate X Gauntlet was a a bit of a perplexing gimmick. Good match at the end of the day, but why have a match where people can be eliminated until the final man enters? Wouldn't a massive 10 person Ultimate X just as been effective? Or a Gauntlet portion to where it comes down to the final 4, then those 4 climb the X? Idk. It was fun. X-Division goodness. Kazarian's ace cutter spot on Daniels is still indescribable. Underwhelming formation of XXX too. In case people forgot.
Christian/Joe had a nice development to it. Christian destroyed those dancers that accompany Joe to the ring on certain occasions so he's pissed. Begins the match by rolling though Christian with punches, face wash, going around ring side tossing him around. Christian eventually gets the upper hand and then it becomes one good back and forth competition. It did lose some of the intensity that it started with during the thick of the match, which I was less than happy about. At least it came back into the finish. Joe was relentless with wanting to choke out Christian. Christian makes it to the ropes and he refuses to let go several time. Gets fed up with the ref and takes him out. Leads to a DQ finish. I had no problems with it. In fact, it goes well with that storyline. Keeps Christian undefeated until Bound for Glory. So, it all worked out for the best.
Cuffed in the Cage, lmao. That's one of the most braindead gimmicks I've ever seen. Randomly stuck 6 tag teams in that one ring, people were caged to the wall to cut off areas to work in, and yeah it was a random mess. It had a few fun spots. Young dove off the cage, flux capacitor is always boss, and the best part was Hoyt's MASSIVE chokeslam/launch to Kazarian from the top rope. It was actually pretty awesome. Crowd went ape for the match. That made me laugh. But, at least they got into it. That beats a dead crowd no matter how stupid a gimmick is. SUPER ERIC was so over too. lmao.
Lethal Lockdown was it's usual goodness. Not the best one, but quality. Wished the final part would have lasted longer, however. Didn't get enough use of the weapons to be incorporated. Storm's selling of the Gore is always
Angle vs Joe. Really darn good. I don't hold it in the esteem that I know other wrestling fans do. That doesn't take away from the fact that I did like it. The MMA incorporation changed up the match in comparison to their past 4 at the time. That alone was the best part. Always keeping it fresh. That's key. Finish was a bit unexpected. The whole match and finishing sequence is all about winning via submission then Joe out of nowhere wins with the Muscle Buster. Maybe that's only a personal gripe. Clearly nothing against the Muscle Buster. It's legit. Felt odd that they would be so fixated on one aspect of the match only to end it in a fashion that was seemingly irrelevant to the story.
3D vs Band was a guilty pleasure match. Regardless of what the snowflake says, I was into it. Pure nostalgia.
The Band brawling with 3D worked for me. Trying to have a semi-competitive match with Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal? No thanks. Hall didn't try and that alone was the sole reason for my problem with the match.
Might as well go and find the rest of Lockdown 2008 since I watched the double main event. Rest of the matches are so short that I'm sure I can slam through it in no time. Do I really want to put myself through the torture of the rest of the event? I do have Unbreakable, Bound For Glory 2006 & 2007, Final Resolution 2009, and some others to watch instead...