Ladder Match for TNA World Championship: [C] Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy
Is Immortal truly forever? This was the tagline to this pay-per-view. And with Jeff Hardy regaining the TNA World title, it very well may be forever. The ladder match had all the spots that you would expect from a ladder match, including some nasty botches that had people in awe. Mr. Anderson failed to suplex Jeffro in between the inverted ladder, and the two took some hellacious bumps as the ladders fell from underneath their feet. No one from Fortune came to aid Anderson, nor did anyone from Immortal come to assist Hardy. The King of the Ladder matches lived up to the hype and became a two-time TNA World Champion.
New tagline: So much for Total Nonstop Champion…
TNA should not have taken the belt off of Anderson. His promos and his shining moment at Genesis were phenomenal. To take the belt off so soon makes the championship a joke.
High Stakes Match: Jeff Jarrett w/Karen Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle
Karen Jarrett played her part beautifully as she incited the hatred of wrestling fans around the world with her constant interferences and blatant shots to her ex-husband. Kurt Angle wretched in the Ankle lock and forced Jeff Jarrett to tap out, he even hit the Angle Slam to get more than a 3-count, but Karen kept distracting the referee. Despite low blows or a steel chair shot across the head, Kurt kept finding the will to kick out. Why? Because to gain custody of his kids means the world to Kurt. That’s why when he lost, he symbolically took off his boots and left them in the middle of the ring. This is a sign that the wrestler has wrestled their last match. Is Kurt truly retired, or will Fortune find a way to talk him out of it. Due to the stipulations of this match, Kurt still has to make an appearance on March 3rd to walk his ex down the aisle for her wedding renewal ceremony.
This was indeed a pay-per-view worthy match as it had all the near falls and swerves expected from a high stakes bout. But where was Fortune?
Street Fight: Bully Ray vs. Brother Devon & Sons
Bully Ray had no ace up his sleeve when he told Devon to bring his sons, he intentionally wanted a 3-on-1 handicap Street fight. Why? To prove just how weak Devon truly is. Devon specifically told his sons to stay out of the match because it was between him and Ray. But when Ray handcuffed their father to the turnbuckle, they couldn’t stand by the sidelines anymore. The result? One received a chair shot while the other was powerbombed through the table as Devon watched in agony.
This was an excellent second act to the Aftermath of Team 3D series.
Matt Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam
In the prematch interview, Matt Hardy claimed that he was 3-0 against Rob Van Dam. The first being at Genesis, and two times after that. Most likely during the non-televised European tour, which in all reality should not count. As far as the American fans were concerned, Matt was only 1-0 going into last night’s match. Matt Hardy got some good offense in with his signature Side-Effect, Randy Orton’s signature rope-hung DDT, and the submission hold that Taz and Mike Tenay were oblivious of Scar (double underhook with body scissors). And to answer Taz’s question, he used it at WrestleMania 25 against Jeff Hardy. But then again, it shows how much Taz and Tenay watched Matt’s matches. Rob Van Dam went for the Rolling Thunder, stopped himself to then connect with the standing moonsault. RVD then perched himself on the top turnbuckle and landed with the Five Star Frog Splash clear to the other side of the ring to get the pinfall.
The match was not as horrible as their Genesis encounter, as it was able to hold my attention during the duration of the bout.
Last Knockout Standing match for TNA Knockout Championship: [C] Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James
The start of this match felt like things were going to change in the Knockouts division. The match received its own video package, very rare for women to get, and the feel in the air that Mickie James would become the new Knockouts Champion. But a nasty spill on the side of the ring apron almost had Mickie down for the 10-count. Once Mickie made it back inside, she struck Madison Rayne with the spin kick and then took her loaded glove. But just as predicted in the Pregame, Tara came to the aid of Rayne while she was down, handed her brass knuckles, and took a knockout blow from Mickie James. The distraction allowed Rayne to capitalize and knocked Mickie out with the brass knucks for the 10-count victory.
This was not the high caliber match that I was anticipating.
Samoa Joe vs. D’Angelo Dinero
The Pope D’Angelo Dinero sported trunks with the words, “Pope’s Gunna Kill You.” Obviously an intimidation factor to offset the chants of Joe’s Gunna Kill You. However, after a few minutes into the match, Pope was ready to call it quits and accept a count-out loss. Inspired by Kato of the Green Hornet Series, Okato, Samoa Joe’s cameraman, prevented Pope from leaving the Impact Zone. Joe finally picked up a victory over Pope with the Rear Naked Choke. After losing the match, Pope attacked both Joe and Okato. With the way Pope busted Joe open against the exposed turnbuckle, Pope’s trunks will soon read, “Pope’s Dead.”
Six-Man Tag Team match: Beer Money Inc and Scott Steiner vs. Rob Terry and Gunner & Murphy
During the prematch interview, Scott Steiner was noticeably incoherent as he slurred his words and was unable to form complete sentences. Thanks to Beer Money, the interview segment was saved. But what does that say about how the TNA wrestlers feel about being on TNA pay-per-view?
TNA has to take a page out of WWE’s playbook on how to introduce and create stars. You cannot just have Jarrett’s goons compete in a tag team match against the TNA World Tag Team Champions and expect them to get noticed. AJ Styles assisted the broadcast table with commentary, and by the excessive split screens to AJ, TNA as well thought this match was a snooze fest. Robert Roode went for three consecutive Double-R Spinebusters to Gunner, Murphy, and Rob Terry. James Storm cleared the way for Scott Steiner to deliver the Frankensteiner to Gunner for the win.
X-Division Championship Match: [C] Kazarian vs. Robbie E
It was announced on TNAWrestling.com that Kazarian would defend his title at Against All Odds because of GenerationMe’s travel issues. Robbie E got a bye in the 3-Way contender’s match, and instead of going home with a cheap win, he received his championship match right away. Unlike Jay Lethal, Kazarian did not allow Cookie to distract him, stepping on her fingers and grabbing her by the hair. Perhaps, Kurt should have taken some pointers. Kazarian retained the X-Division title after connecting with Fade to Black (inverted piledriver).
Three-Way match for number one contendership to X-Division Title: Max Buck vs. Jeremy Buck vs. Robbie E
Due to travel issues from Max and Jeremy Buck, this match never took place. Robbie E was declared the winner through forfeit. Now, if only the same could have been said of Gunner, Murphy, Rob Terry, and Scott Steiner.