Re: Official TNA DVD Help/Discussion/Review Thread
I was thinking about doing a Top Ten Worst PPV Matches for both TNA & WWE, but I have to say. Coming up with 10 for TNA this year was actually pretty hard. Usually I know right where to go. In recent years there have been some shitty main events, horrible gimmick matches, and stunning failures to use. Black Tie Brawl & Chain; MMA Matches; Cuffed in the Cage; Reverse Battle Royals; Jenna Vs. Sharmell; Sting Vs. Hardy, etc.
But this year, I actually didn't have that much to work with. I guess we can chalk that up as a sign of improvement for TNA in 2012.
Anyways, I did manage to come up with 10, and here they are.
10) Zema Ion Vs. Flip Casanova: Ultimate X Qualifying Match at Destination X 2012 = Just an unremarkable match and the weakest of the X Division matches that night. There isn't much else to say beyond that.
9) Gail Kim Vs. Madison Rayne: Knockouts Title at Victory Road 2012 = I am going to use this match to highlight some of my problems with modern day wrestling booking. It is obvious that they were saving Velvet Vs. Gail for the title at Lockdown. Fair enough, but then why throw this rushed heel vs. heel match into the mix? Why even have Gail defend the title at this PPV? Shouldn't they have focused on setting up Velvet Sky to face her after months of build up? And this is supposed to be a match between partners, but they were both heels so the fans had nobody to cheer for. Chances are, Gail, the heel, is going to get cheered over Madison, so why risk taking heat off of Gail like that? It was just a weird ass situation that didn't need to be. It should have been Velvet Vs. Madison in a roadblock match on her way to the title match at Lockdown.
8-5) The Devon/Robbie E Series (Victory Road 2012, Lockdown 2012, Sacrifice 2012, & Slammiversary X) = They were largely just filler matches, so it is hard to get extremely pissed off at them, but it was sad to see what is supposed to be the midcard championship being used in this repetitive series of matches. We got Robbie E Vs. Devon for the TV Title 3 months in a row, with the Sacrifice match being the only major change with Rob Terry thrown in to make it a 3 Way. And then it came to a head at Slammiversary with Devon teaming with the oh so interesting and talented Garrett Bischoff to take down the heels once and for all. For a string of matches that went on for four months, it was pretty forgettable & did very little to revitalize the TV Title.
4) Crimson Vs. Matt Morgan: Steel Cage Match at Lockdown 2012 = It felt very weird to me to have a partner vs. partner feud on the same show that was headlined by Storm Vs. Roode. Kind of over doing it there with the friends turned enemies story, didn't ya (and they did it several more times throughout the year). Combine that with the fact that I just do not care about Crimson at all whatsoever, and you've got a dud on your hands.
3) Jeff Hardy Vs. Bully Ray: Bound for Glory Series Finals at No Surrender 2012 = It isn't that it was terrible match, but it left a lot to be desired, especially as the conclusion to such an awesome BFG Series. I kept waiting for some big revelation, twist, or change in the story relating to the Aces & Eights, and nothing happened. It was just "Hurt Babyface wins, good night". And Hardy winning really left me puzzled because it didn't even feel like he was being pushed all that hard. I mean all of us were thinking Joe, Storm, or Ray to win it and Hardy was just a place filler. They didn't really make enough out of his road to redemption story to make me think it would be compelling that he won, so it felt pretty uneventful when he did win.
2) Zema Ion Vs. Jesse Sorenson at Against All Odds 2012 = This one happened purely as an accident with Sorenson's neck injury occurring very early in the bout. It is always a shame to have stuff like this happen and thankfully Sorenson is on the road to recovery.
1) Garrett Bischoff Vs. Gunner at Against All Odds 2012 = Boring ass match and it really left me scratching my head over why these two guys were getting pushed in the first place. OK, Garrett I know why. It is because of who his dad is, but Gunner? I don't know who he went down on to get a push, but thankfully they slowed him down because trying to pass him off as a next big superstar was downright laughable. I couldn't believe these two guys were given this type of semi main event spot at a PPV, but here we are.