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TNA Victory Road 2012 Review

TNA as of late has been inconsistent to say the least, with the last few PPV’s and  Impact shows providing little reason for anyone to drop their hand earned money on Sunday’s Victory Road PPV. Well for those of you who were on the fence, let me tell you if the event was worth your time.

MATCH ONE – BULLY RAY VS JAMES STORM

There isn’t much to say about this one, a few punches, a superkick and then the three count. Just your basic squash match. Which is perfectly fine on Impact but when you’ve advertised a match and people are paying good money for a ppv there is a certain level of expectation that must be met. – ONE STAR out of FIVE

MATCH TWO – ZIMA ION VS AUSTIN ARIES

Austin Aries is really beginning to solidify his spot as a top tier level performer. Zima Ion on the other hand still lacks polish and has a tendency to botch moves that need to be landed cleanly to take his matches to the next level. He is good but there is a lot of room for improvement. Nothing revolutionary here but nothing glaringly bad either. Your basic X-Division match. – THREE STARS out of FIVE

MATCH THREE – MATT MORGAN AND CRIMSON VS SAMOA JOE AND MAGNUS

If you’ve seen a Crimson match before then you know what to expect…. An amazing display of epic boredom. Not even Samoa Joe could save this match from being pulled down into the abyss of suck that is Crimson. Even worse then the actual match is the horrifying fact that this whole program has been building towards a Crimson and Matt Morgan feud. I bet you all are looking forward to that feud right? I know I sure as hell am not. – ONE and a HALF STARS out of FIVE

MATCH FOUR – ROBBIE E VS DEVON

A short impromptu match that was as good as you could hope for considering the people involved. It was nothing spectacular but it was no where near as bad as you would expect though it is clear they have no idea what to do with the TV Title. – TWO STARS out of FIVE

MATCH FIVE – MADISON RAYNE VS GAIL KIM

A solid back and forth contest from the two top female wrestlers in TNA. Once again the Knockouts Division proves to be the most consistent aspect of TNA programming. I just wish Gail and Madison had been given a little more time. Give these two ten minutes longer and I think you would have an instant classic and a match of the year candidate on your hands. – THREE and a HALF STARS out of FIVE

MATCH SIX – CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & KAZARIAN VS AJ STYLES AND KEN ANDERSON

It seems as if AJ and Daniels have been in a perpetual feud for damn near a decade now. That however isn’t a bad thing as, like always, when these two set foot in the ring together great things happen. This match featured some great spots from everyone involved and lived up to the bar set by their previous encounters. – FOUR STARS out of FIVE

MATCH SEVEN – KURT ANGLE VS JEFF HARDY – MATCH OF THE NIGHT

The buildup to this match might have been a bit silly but damn did this match deliver. Easily the highlight of the show, this match saw spot after spot, false finisher after false finish and more finishers executed that a WWE 12 video game match. The only thing holding this back from Match Of The Year contention was a bit of a weak finish. – FOUR and a HALF STARS out of FIVE

MATCH EIGHT – STING VS BOBBY ROODE

Whatever your feelings have been about Sting’s Joker gimmick, this match more than made up for the ridiculous promos. It still boggles the mind how Sting can get out there and go at this high of a level at his age. TNA creative also deserves some credit for coming up with a really creative and well executed ending to the match that left both wrestlers looking strong. Bobby Roodes post match actions were also a highlight of the night, as he took his heel persona to a whole new level of ruthlessness that is must see TV for any TNA fan. – FOUR STARS out of FIVE

OVERALL

Victory Road proved to be one of the best events TNA has put on in a long time. The opening handful of contests were pretty poor but the back half of the card more than made up for that. It was also refreshing to see some clean finishes for a change. TNA had been overdosing on the B.S. endings so hopefully this marks a permanent shift toward clean endings at PPV’s.

Overall I give TNA Victory Road 2012 THREE and a HALF STARS out of FIVE and recommend it to any TNA fan.

How do the ratings work?

ONE STAR = PURE GARBAGE

TWO STARS = BAD

THREE STARS = AVERAGE

FOUR STARS = GREAT

FIVE STARS = CLASSIC

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