Worthy Women’s Wrestling
Title vs. Career match for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship
Since Lockdown, Tara has been on a rampage by beating up the likes of Taylor Wilde and Sarita. With a piss-poor attitude towards everyone in the TNA Knockouts’ locker room, she was unfortunately named the #1 contender for Madison Rayne‘s TNA Knockout’s Women’s Title.
But with the spirit of PPV, Tara put her career on the line against Madison’s title. And with talks of Lisa Marie Varon refusing to re-sign with TNA due to lack of a pay increase, the match was headed only one way.
What was most surprising is that Madison Rayne refused to have The Beautiful People (TNA Knockout Tag Team Champions Velvet Sky and Lacey Von Erich) at ring side. A very unorthodox move on the part of a heel champion, but also a chance to prove the critics wrong. Madison Rayne is a fighting champion, but it also may have been a sign of respect for Tara’s final match in TNA.
Madison Rayne proved she had the wherewithal of the championship title when she rolled away after being struck with The Window’s Peak, and when she kicked out of Tara’s first moonsault. Madison retained her title, and ended the career of Tara with the Inverted Overdrive.
Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship
As for WWE, Divas’ Champion Eve Torres has had a heated rivalry against former champion Maryse Ouellet. The French-Canadian Beauty has been ambushing Eve in the locker room and during photo shoots, sending a message that she would take back her title.
Maryse, usually providing zero offense on basic cable matches, saved her energy for this PPV title match. However, Eve Torres, in her first title defense, was able to get the upset with a facebreaker knee smash. First time Eve uses the move, seeing as her finisher was a rolling senton, proved to be the difference maker after she avoided The French Kiss DDT.
Winner: Maryse finally used some offense for once, instead of letting her opponent carry the match to then strike with the DDT. However in a match pitting a former model against a former dancer, it’s sad to say that Maryse carried Eve throughout the match. The emphatic winner of Worthy Women’s Wrestling goes to TNA with Madison Rayne successfully defending her Knockouts Title, and ending the career of Tara. It was an emotional moment for Tara, and it was a beautiful send-off unlike how WWE dealt her.
Tag Team Title Classic
Tag team match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
Originally, Ink, Inc. (Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal) were suppose to face TNA Tag Team Champion Matt Morgan and a partner of Hulk Hogan’s choosing, but The Band (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) became champions after Kevin Nash cashed in his “Feast or Fired” contract for a tag team title shot.
Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal formed their tag team after both being assaulted by Matt Morgan on separate occasions, and obviously for their love of ink. As for their #1 contender’s status, it just happened.
The match wasn’t as disappointing seeing as a washed-out Scott Hall and Kevin Nash tried to relive the glory days by taking on the much younger duo of Ink, Inc..
The match saw its end after an attack by Brother Ray onto an unsuspecting Jesse Neal. With the referee unaware of the attack, The Band walked away still the TNA Tag Team Champions.
Tag Team match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
The Hart Dynasty took over the WWE by storm after Bret Hart’s victory over Vince McMahon at WrestleMania. The Miz dug himself into a hole with his big mouth and cost Big Show and himself the Unified Tag Team Titles to Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith. And just this past Monday, Miz’s mouth once again cost himself his United States Title to the WWE Hall of Famer, Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
The team of Chris Jericho and The Miz began after they were both knocked out by Big Show, their former tag team partner, on separate occasions. The two got to talking, and they agreed that the better halves of the Unified Tag Team reigns with Big Show would work better as a tag team.
Jericho and Miz earned their #1 contender’s spot in a singles match after Jericho pinned Tyson Kidd.
David Hart Smith paid homage to his father, the late-Davey Boy Smith, with a delayed vertical suplex to The Miz. While Miz tried mocking the Hart family by attempting to force D.H. to tap out to the Sharpshooter. Jericho provided impeccable offense when he Code Broke Tyson Kidd in a mid-air collision.
The match ended with Miz falling to The Hart Attack, and thus Hart Dynasty successfully retaining their Unified Tag Team Championships.
Winner: TNA may have the better tag teams in the eyes of Beer Money, Team 3D, and Motor City Machine Guns, but The Hart Dynasty brought tag team wrestling back to its roots. Also, neither of those tag teams were in contention for the titles. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash are simply two wrestlers who don’t know when to let go. The match between Hart Dynasty and Jericho and The Miz was an excellent display of tag team action. So with that said, WWE wins for Tag Team Title Classic.
The Big Draw
With Kurt Angle stepping away from TNA after the epic cage match at Lockdown, Mr. Anderson was left without an opponent. But not for long. The Charismatic Enigma Jeff Hardy called out Mr. Anderson for a match at Sacrifice.
Prior to the match, Mr. Anderson delivered a classic pre-match promo with a counter to Jeff Hardy’s followers, The Creatures of the Night. Seeing as Mr. Anderson is an asshole, it was only fair that Mr. Anderson call his followers, Mr. Anderson’s Assholes. One of the most comedic pre-match promos, YouTube it or something.
The two traded blows and had a good first match against one another in several years. The last time these two had faced on another was in 2007 on WWE. With Jeff Hardy reigning victorious after connecting with a Swanton Bomb onto the back of Anderson, hopefully this feud carries itself to TNA’s Slammiversary VIII.
Randy Orton versus Edge, this match could have been a contender. But an injury and a bogus finish kept it out of the contendership.
Edge made an impact on his first night on RAW by spearing Randy Orton during his Triple Threat match to crown the new #1 contender for John Cena’s WWE Championship. The heated rivalry carried itself over on The Cutting Edge, where Orton RKO’ed RAW Guest Host, Wayne Brady and Edge. Then there was the Pick Your Poison night where Edge was forced to face The Undertaker, while Orton faced the World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger.
With all the momentum, either one of these two winning would have been a sight to behold. These two have so much history, with the formation of Rated-RKO, but the ending of this match was a loss for everyone.
Something devastating happen in the match that caused Orton’s shoulder to go limp. Orton was clenching his fist, and was unable to continue. Orton could be seen talking to the referee, and then whispering to Edge. The result of those private conversations resulted in a double count out.
Winner: The WWE Universe were hyped up for the encounter of the ages. Possibly a major reason why people ordered the PPV in the first place. But remember people, the moves that occur in the ring may be choreographed, but the injuries are real. With that said, TNA wins The Big Draw by forfeit.
The Big Sacrifice
Chelsea vs. Ring match (If Abyss won, he would receive Chelsea’s services for 30 days & if Wolfe won, he would receive Hulk Hogan’s Hall of Fame Ring)
The reason why these two are fighting, is beyond any understanding. Other than always coming in to the aid of Ric Flair, a hatred for one another had spawned. Just the Impact! before Lockdown, Desmond struck Abyss with his car. And most recently, Desmond and Chelsea staged an assault aftermath scene, resulting in Abyss being arrested. Cell phone footage proved Abyss innocent.
Surprisingly, Desmond held his own against The Hulkamaniac Abyss. However, the power of Hulk Hogan’s ring managed to Hulk up Abyss into a Black Hole Slam on Wolfe.
S.E.S. Pledge vs. Hair match
The feud between C.M. Punk and Rey Mysterio has been building for months. The first encounter being at WrestleMania, If C.M. Punk won, Rey Mysterio would have to take the S.E.S. Pledge. Then there was Extreme Rules, If Rey Mysterio won, C.M. Punk would have to be shaved bald.
Yet, neither one gave into the other’s stipulation. So with this being Over the Limit, both stipulations would be on the line. In the world of the WWE, when a superstar gains too much momentum, it usually ends with that momentum being shattered at a high stakes PPV match. Then again, Rey Mysterio never usually adheres to such rules.
For the most part, the match up between Rey Mysterio and C.M. Punk was fantastic. No where else would you find such agility, and aggressiveness than in this match. In a match filled with many false finishes, it was not the GTS nor the 619 that ended the match, but a roll up from Mysterio to end the match.
“Bald is Beautiful,” not when you are C.M. Punk. The feud came to a close with Kane coming to the aid of Mysterio (strange) during an assault from the Straightedge Society.
Winner: Abyss is no longer “The Monster” but a mild-mannered Hulkamaniac. Aside from the nice entrance music, the new Abyss is a disgrace. Abyss was supposed to become the protegé to Mankind, not Hulk Hogan. C.M. Punk is diabolical but he was unable to put away Rey Mysterio. Despite Rey Mysterio always over coming adversity, Punk savagely threw Mysterio into the barricades and snap suplexed him outside of the ring. After the match, C.M. Punk received 13 surgical staples to the head, and he is now sporting a cue bald head. With that said, WWE wins The Big Sacrifice.
Best World Champion
Singles match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
The TNA platform has changed immensely since LockDown. Hulk Hogan forced AJ Styles to defend the TNA World Heavyweight Title the night following LockDown, against the winner of the Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam contenders match.
If anyone knows about sacrifice, it’s Rob Van Dam. In two days, RVD competed in four matches, the fourth being the crowning as the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. But if anyone knows the importance of being champion, its the only TNA Grand Slam Champion, AJ Styles.
Once known as Mr. TNA, the House that Styles built has been taken away by new comer Rob Van Dam. RVD is not only billed as Mr. TNA, but he is known as “The Whole F’n Show.” Rob Van Dam stated in an interview on TNA Reaction, that Hogan and Dixie just needed to allow him to run with the title, and he’d prove why he is “The Whole F’n Show.”
Rob Van Dam and AJ Styles had an incredible match up, which could not be stopped, even by Ric Flair. Despite losing the match, Styles proved why TNA is the house he built, while Rob Van Dam, retaining his title, proved that he is the new Mr. TNA.
“I Quit” match for the WWE Championship
One more time. John Cena versus Batista. At WrestleMania 21, these two men captured the company’s World Championships. However, since then, one surely surpassed the other. John Cena and Batista, the two biggest superstars in all of WWE, could have rivaled the WrestleMania VI encounter of Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior. But after three straight PPVs, Batista and Cena dropped the ball.
In an “I Quit” match, one has to beat down an opponent so severely that they utter the words, “I Quit.” John Cena claimed that if he were to lose to Batista at Over the Limit, not only would Batista be the new WWE Champion, but he would forfeit his rematch clause, because a champion should not be a quitter. Thanks, John Cena, American Hero.
How can anyone believe that John Cena would lose with a statement like that? It was different during the era of Hogan and Warrior, because it was time to pass the torch. But news is floating around that Batista is leaving professional wrestling. And he has shot down any rumors of him joining TNA, simply by the fact that Dixie can’t pay him nearly the money he earns with McMahon.
The match was originally conceived as a Career vs. Title match, but TNA cashed in on that stipulation when news of Tara not wanting to re-sign came to their attention. So in an “I Quit” match, where Cena quitting is the equivalence of Hogan losing his 4-year reign of the WWE Championship to Andre the Giant, which was then sold to “The Million Dollar Man,” there was no chance of Batista ever winning.
The match saw a great spot as Batista crashed John Cena through the Spanish announce table with a running powerslam. Yet, despite all of Batista’s efforts, a monotone “no” from John Cena kept the match going. Even when Batista got inside of a GT sports car and attempted to ram Cena against the wall, Cena still said no. Michael Cole claimed that Batista was trying to end Cena’s career with that GT. No Cole, that’s called trying to kill a person.
Each time the referee asked Batista, he sold it by screaming “No” in agony mixed with anger. But it was fear that forced Batista to eventually quit. Fear of being FU’ed from above the GT into the entrance platform. Even though Cena won the match, he still sent Batista crashing through the platform with an Attitude Adjuster.
Winner: The John Cena-Batista rivalry is hopefully over. However, the question of whether or not Batista will leave the WWE after this still looms. From the start of the match, it was very predicatable that John Cena would prevail. Because Cena has been built so much by the WWE, for its poster boy to say “I Quit” would be like McMahon admitting that he was wrong.
As for wrestling quality, TNA outdid WWE with AJ Styles contending for Rob Van Dam’s TNA World Heavyweight Title. RVD is a self-centered individual who was skeptical of TNA. He had very little appreciation of the wrestlers in the company after facing off with the best that ECW and WWE had to offer. But AJ Styles proved, not only why he is The Phenomenal One, but showed RVD that TNA is just as good, if not better, than what’s out there. So with that said, WWE is not only the winner of Best World Champion, but of the PPV Tale of the Tape.