Wondering whether or not to shell out forty clams for TNA’s Victory Road? Don’t have a clue who’s on the card? Or if you just want a place to kick back, get pumped, and get ready for the ride of your life… sorry, I don’t have links to Velvet Sky pics, but how about you pop open a brewski and read on, brother. Because The Wrestling Times proudly presents: The Pregame post, rants and listings of what to expect tonight at TNA Victory Road.
The Cold Blooded Matt Hardy has moved on from Rob Van Dam, taken a ride with The “WOOOoooo” Nature Boy, and has declared open war on AJ Styles. Matt’s reason for his “Cold Blooded” nature is because he was a victim of the system. Hence, why Matt looks the way he does, and records YouTube videos while eating grapes. When Styles, acting Phenomenal as usual, rallied Fortune against Immortal without Ric Flair’s input, it sparked a feud with Matt Hardy. How did that happen? A few weeks back, Ric Flair (in Styles corner) turned on AJ during his match with Hardy, and the three-way dance has kept ever since. If Styles doesn’t get someone in his corner to keep Flair in his place, then the numbers game will catch up once again.
In a promo cut by Hardy, he mentioned that the two never met each other prior to TNA. That is so far from the truth, it’s almost pathetic. Matt Hardy vs. AJ Styles (2005) for IWC, this was when Matt Hardy was fired from WWE during the Lita-Edge love triangle (and when he was at the top of his game). Check it out here.
Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal grew a set in Shannon’s hometown two weeks ago when they challenged Beer Money for a championship match. Shannon Moore claimed that the book of DILLIGAF predicts new champions, but all James Storm had to say about that was “Sorry, about your DAMN luck!” Could we see the Hottopic tattooed duo with the belts, or will they get charged with a DWI?
Max and Jeremy Buck lost out on big paydays when they no-showed Against All Odds due to travel issues. Instead we were given a bonus championship match between X-Division titlist Kazarian against number-one contender (by forfeits) Robbie-E. Tonight, Kazarian defends his title against all three in an Ultimate X Match. Max and Jeremy have stated that they are not Generation Us, that it’s all about Me, and that they will compete for the title in as “every man for themselves” sort of mentality. But the tension between them has been brewing for the past two weeks, even losing a match to Ink, Inc. this past Thursday. It’s anyone’s game when it comes to Ultimate X, but let the record book show that Kazarian has been in more Ultimate X matches, and actually has a win under his belt, more than his opponents.
Can anyone guess when was the last time the TNA Knockout Tag Team belts were defended? If you do, type your answer in the comments box below. Let’s say that this is Angelina Love and Winter’s second title defense, the reason TNA officials vacated the titles from previous champions Hamada and Taylor Wilde was because the belts were not defended within 30 days (please… Hamada was released). Love and Winter have held the belts for more than 90 days, which means that they are short a few defenses. But it’s ok, neither Knockout has been released, and some vital TV-time was devoted to Jersey Shore’s JWoww and Angela. So that makes it ok, right?
Velvet Sky (I’m serious, no links) has some serious trust issues with Winter (remember when no one but Love could see her, but now everyone can? What was that about?). Sky does have a legitimate case, Winter took her place in the Tag Title tournament to win the belts with Love, she’s obsessed with Love, and she acts creepy.
Sarita (Sarah Stock) and Rosita (Divina Fly) challenge for the belts tonight. Do they have enough experience as a tag team? How often have they tagged, once?
While we are on the subject of Mexicans, how about Hernandez coming back as a Mexican revolutionist, not taking a backseat to the man anymore (It’s okay that Eric Bischoff hired him to do his dirty work, right?). The dirtsheets report that Hernandez garnered major heat for carelessly dropping Douglas Williams on his neck with the Border Toss crucifix powerbomb (That’s how people get paralyzed from the neck down, or die). His opponent tonight will be his former tag team partner Matt Morgan. And if I seem to recall, they had a match at Victory Road 2010, instead Morgan was the heel and Hernandez was the babyface. (Insane, right?)
Another ECW-Rewind match takes place tonight with Bully Ray taking on Tommy Dreamer. After months off TNA television, Tommy Dreamer returned to stop Ray just as he was set to drive a Staff member through a table. He also stopped Devon from killing Ray in the parking lot, stating that it wasn’t worth it. Bet Dreamer would be singing a different tune if Ray were to drive Kimberly and Briana through tables.
When you have new TNA World Champion Sting, and former champions Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, and Mr. Anderson in the same ring talking about championship matches, the obvious call would be to give the fans a Fatal 4-Way World Championship bout, right? Wrong. Bischoff granted Hardy his rematch instead, and placed RVD and Anderson in a contender’s match.
All three men have legitimate claims to the World title, RVD was stripped of the title after being brutally attacked within an inch of his life, Mr. Anderson never received his rematch, and Hardy was unprepared for Sting’s challenge and is owed a rematch. Either grant each man their championship match at once, or spread it out in the course of pay-per-view main-events.
And that my friends is a crash course of what to expect on tonight’s Victory Road pay-per-view. Whether or not you decide to drop this week’s paycheck, or skip it, come back tomorrow for The Wrestling Times’ Final Thoughts post with all the rants of the event.