Wednesday, 24 April 2013

TNA PPV : One Night Only X:Travanagnza

TNA chose to present its first One night Only Pay Per View concept with an X-Division extravaganza. Playing off of the x letter and putting it into virtually all its match branding  would this PPV be of interest, honour and brimming with talented entries?

Airing on April 5th 2013 the PRE-TAPED PPV from January 12 2013 took place from the Impact TV studios in Orlando, Florida.

X-scape Match

Jimmy Rave, Matt Bentley, Puma, Sam Shaw, Christian York, Alex Silva and Lince Dorado

Most of the world and TNA’s audience hadn’t heard of these names and no-one even cared. What an absolute disaster. The highly dysfunctional sixteen minute scrap was won by Christian York.

Tag Team

Anthony Nese and Rashad Cameron Vs Doug Willaims and Kid Kash

Flabbergasting Doug Williams gave an outstandingly dismal performance of basic moves that was so boring and wet that no even his opponent came off well. Kid Kash changed the pace and style tremendously on Cameron included with a high flying missing Moonsault as rashad moved. Nese was swiftly tagged in and gave fantastic punches, dropkicks and suplexes making an extraordinary impact instantly with a two fall cover. Williams came in and botched a clothesline that failed to connected as Nese quickly masked Williams inaccuracies with skill. Nese dropped both opponents after a double assault and joined Rashad in nailing Willaims with a running knee connective. Rashad took off Kashoutside as inside action continued with Nese giving a perfect drop leg baseball slide dropkick. A two fall only after Earl Hebner messed a count again. Douglas Williams capitalised with a rolling chaos pin on Nese after Kid Kash smacked Nese which was a disgraceful ending from woeful Williams who should have never been in the ring as a result.

Douglas Williams is so fit! Look at that body!

Robbie E Vs Chavo Guerrero

Inpromptu Special Referee – Joseph Park

The Zack Ryder rip off Robbie E, entering to a hilariously sad VIP cordon gave a promo which failed to gain any motion. Chavo joined and babbled on about the Eugene rip off retard Joseph Park and installed him as impromptu special referee. This match had no momentum. Chavo Guerrero hit the three amigos and head to the top corner post to frog splash for a three fall.

X Division Championship

Fatal 4 Way X Match

Kenny King (c)  Vs Rubix Vs Mason Andrews Vs Zema Ion

Tenay and Tazz’s commentary was disgraceful and not innovate in the slightest. The X-division match was extremely sloppy and a pitiful exchange. Timing all over the place with Jigsaw and Ion, Andrews a colossal bore and Ion forgettable. 

Pithy non eventful kick from Ion atop the ring climb above the ring with Andrews was wasteful. The most ludicrous decision made when Rubix grabbed the X title sign only for Kenny King to enter and electric chair drop the puzzle piece masked star and steal the  X signal thing with rules relating to when you touch the mat holding the title. TNA just proved utterly pathetic with this booking where Kenny King is a fraud champion who also has no real interest as champion either.

Tag Team

Christopher Daniels and Kazarian Vs Petey Williams and Sonjay Dutt

So Cal Val gave a laughable introduction of the bland boys Daniels and Kaz as “one of the most dominant tag teams” in TNA. Kazarian gave a terrible promo including mentioning “Sonjay Dutch” Daniels followed with an equally lame level of speech.

Jeremy bore-rash instantly interviewed their opponents. Williams showed a level of potential in a fair promo and Dutt added a decent entry despite being an empty face.

During the match, Dutt gave a level of heart and attempt to make it something consistent however had no real interest in his build up that was a throwaway attempt. The maple leaf muscle Petey Williams, of which TNA dropped years ago, the former two time X divison champ gave an impressive and compactful return match which held the match together despite Kaz and Daniels awful portrayals inside the match and their lazy approach favoured by TNA. Kaz’s roll over and bounce in the air on a sell of Petey Williams finisher to win the match was just laughable. Sonjay Dutt picked up the win as a result. Daniels even carried his partner out over his shoulders, adding to a complete farce of what was just witnessed on live television.

No disqualification

Jerry Lynn Vs Rob Van Dam

Wrestling stalwart Jerry Lynn entered in part of his “retirement tour” to complete his legitimate retiring from the sport. Taking on old adversary Rob Van Dam, who has no become a former shadow of himself with a minimal effort upon entry alone, began with a back hold lock up from Lynn and Van Dam countered, with a pin attempt roll up from Lynn in a technical compete. Headlock from Lynn to return numerous run over counters by both then changed pace slamming clothesline on Van Dam sending him outside.

Van Dam soon brought chairs and tables into the battle, as Tenay told us to “bear in mind” this was a No DQ match. Van Dam had trouble lifting Lynn who flew over into the ring and got the better of Dam again. Lynn gained the upper hand in a good transition to set tables up from outside. Van Dam joined and sent Lynn inside once more. Lynn gave a pleasing powerbomb off top turnbuckle flinging Dam onto a centered flat laid chair. Van Dam took change and walked around with chair, back turned on Lynn who surged a charge at Dammer into a table at the corner. Lynn soon showed respect by lying for the five star from splash as possum to lock the Mahistrol Cradle for a two fall. Spin kick missed resulting in back of head leg drop from Lynn onto Dam landing in the chair again. Dam failed to launch Lynn over well onto the chair and hook a pin convincingly. Lynn returned with a two fall after. Dam jumped up and kicked Jerry off the top climb to the outside onto the table out there only for a two fall inside. Rob Van Dam then hit the frog splash three quarters over the ring to gain the three fall and win the match. Fans were uninterested with the lethargic win.

After the match Lynn received a hero’s welcome from the lockeroom who appeared on the titantron ramp to give their celebratory endorsements of respect to the wrestling veteran who formed a huge level of change, interest and respect in the wrestling business who won’t fully be recognised by mainstream stages. Lynn gave pal Van Dam a win to help him along in his career with a victory. On this occasion, TNA should have insisted Lynn win. He earned that right.

Austin Aries Vs Samoa Joe

Borash forgot his lines and paused before interviewing Aries before his match. ‘Money maker’ Austin Aries was called upon for the main event and gave lummox Joe a chance to be interesting.

“We have the best talent and the best stars.” Said “the greatest man who ever lived” as Aries believed the two best in the company would showcase what makes this company.

Action was slow as predicted with Joe allowed to dominant the mild arrogance of Aries. Both took a brief moment of pause in the ring which didn't really highlight greatness at all and only to mask the next shortcoming. It lost momentum to say the least and returned with Joe only pushing down Aries before tedious punched before Aries was on the floor again. A tacky headbutt would follow with drop down work from the wasteful Joe who couldn't even touch the boot convincingly on Aries face in stomping attacks which was one of the most basic moves in pro wrestling.

Aries was soon hurled over the guard rail in another pointless exchange which was boring personified.

There was no colour, contrast or passion. Aries deserves better than that. The ending couldn't come quick enough, where Aries was afforded the win in a cheap and meaningless finish that didn't give him any endorsement to a sustained and further powerful character in this troubled company. Austin Aries won with a turnbuckle roll up. Shameful.

PPV Rating - 3/10

Men/Women of their matches - Alex Silva, Anthony Nese, Chavo Guerrero, Kenny King, Petey Williams  Jerry Lynn, Austin Aries

Man/Woman of the PPV - Jerry Lynn

TNA should be ashamed of booking that main event disaster. Aries had to do everything and couldn’t work with the slothness of Joe despite trying his damned hardest to do so. Aries lost huge proportions of his skill in doing so in what became a boring match from both because Aries was in a one man show. It was just as worse as Eric Young wrestling a mannequin.

Chavo and the other one was simply a nothing match.

Wore wonderful green
and orange skirt
All a little rushed, and timing issues from TNA not accurately applied, TNA could have scheduled an extra portion of time to allow them their leisure to make spots more impactful. However, it was a credible match from both with the time they had out there.

Disgraceful booking of washed up Douglas Williams going over Nese who made the match a perfect bout with Kash was plain ignorant. Cameron put in a fair performance, though Kash and Nese were the stars shining. TNA’s failure to constantly book Nese credibly proves how out of touch with the new age they really are only to enhance their company’s levels of arrogance in backstage politics from three people who have no clue on wrestling understanding.

TNA’S terrible branding and X- lunacy placed  on every word, mirrored by the fact they recorded the PPV three months prior and aired it instead of making it live was a mass ignorance that proved monumental disgrace to the business, performers and highlighted that TNA, as a company, is in utter chaos of clueless intentions, formation and understanding how to book anything or anyone. TNA is rapidly becoming the most bungled company on the planet. It is utterly shameful. What a shambles.

©  Max Waltham 24th April 2013

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