Date: March 10, 2011
Location: Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Episode Title: The Return of the Icon
Hey did you know that Victory Road was this Sunday? You probably shouldn’t as it’s not like TNA has spent any TV time building anything for it outside of the quick mention of the tag title match last week. Other than that we know very little for this PPV and the show is in 3 days. We’re still in North Carolina this week and Sting is the new world champion. Let’s get to it.
We open with a quick recap of the previous week’s shows and then it’s time for Sting to address the crowd. He has a weird color scheme in his face paint that looks like there’s a bloody cross over his eye. Sting talks about how he’s had a long career and the people have supported him every step of the way. He talks about Jeff Hardy and how great he is and that he needs to get back to being his old self.
Cue Hogan and Bischoff with Hogan doing the talking. He talks about how Sting saw it coming from miles away and no one believed them that Hogan was going to screw over TNA. When no one believed it, he went home but now he’s back. The fans don’t need another hero. They have one named Hulk Hogan.
Sting says he went home but then he got a fire inside him, just like when he fought Flair or Hogan. Sting says he has to start a new war and it starts right here. Cue Anderson who says he wants his rematch. The key word is “My” and he doesn’t care what Hogan or Bischoff or the Network says, he wants it. Anderson introduces himself to Sting and Sting smiles at him.
Cue Hardy because this isn’t crowded enough already. Anderson isn’t getting his shot yet is he? He says he was robbed last week and that he’s awesome. Hardy tells Anderson that the line for the world title starts behind Hardy. Here’s RVD to complain some more. Van Dam yells at everyone until Hogan starts talking again. He calls the shots here and Bischoff makes RVD/Sting vs. Hardy/Anderson. Hardy vs. Sting for the title at the PPV and Anderson vs. RVD grudge match. Why do they have a grudge?
The girls talk in the back with the Jersey Shore chick talking and swearing a lot. There’s a six girl tag later. Winter gets rid of them and Velvet is still mad.
Samoa Joe vs. Pope next.
Samoa Joe vs. D’Angelo Dinero
Pope comes through the crowd and drills Okato with his chain to take over. Joe hammers away on him with various strikes that leave Pope staggering. Pope fights back a bit but gets destroyed by all kinds of things from Joe, namely a powerslam. Joe tries a sleeper but runs into an STO for two. Pope gets a turnbuckle pad off but walks into a suplex. He grabs the chain from earlier and pops Joe in the head with it for the pin at 3:20.
Rating: C-. I’m not entirely sure what the point of this was. If that was the blowoff to it I’m not sure what they’re thinking. I don’t think it was but it’s a head scratching moment for sure. Joe destroyed him for the most part and got caught by a single shot at the end to lose it. Not sure where they’re going with it but hopefully that’s not the end of it.
Bully Ray yells at people and says he’ll be in the parking lot waiting on Dreamer.
Knockouts Title: Madison Rayne vs. ???
This is another open challenge. My goodness Tara is stunning. This week Roxxi answers it and is taken down quickly. She misses a charge as this is all Madison early. Spinebuster gets two for Roxxi as does a rollup. That same neckbreaker/knee to the back combination by Madison ends this at 1:30. This was nothing. Mickie James comes out for the save. So it’s back to this feud again?
Dreamer goes to the parking lot and says he’ll fight Ray right now.
After a break Ray is screaming for Dreamer. How big is this parking lot that they can’t hear each other? D-Von jumps Ray and beats the heck out of him by ramming him into various things, namely D-Von’s fists. Ray begs for mercy as D-Von finds a chair to whip Bubba with. D-Von gets a sledgehammer from a golf cart and Dreamer comes in to stop him from killing Ray. After the leave Ray beats up the security guard just because.
Sarita/Cookie/Angelina vs. Angelina Love/Velvet Sky/Winter
Velvet and Angelina-Not Love start us off. Winter and Angelina Love defend the tag titles against Sarita/Rosita on Sunday. Everything breaks down quickly and here’s Robbie E to hold Velvet. Winter teases hurting Velvet but saves her instead. Winter bites Robbie’s hand so that Velvet can roll up Angelina-Not Love to win it at 1:50. Was there a point to this other than girls in little clothing? Not that I’m complaining.
We get a clip from a house show with Angle talking. Anderson talks about the New York Jet interrupting Angle. Angle says he’ll fight Bart Scott.
Anderson is in Immortal’s locker room and isn’t happy with having to team with Hardy. Bischoff calms him down.
We recap Flair turning on Fourtune which was supposed to be shocking I think. This also requires another Hogan appearance.
Ric Flair vs. Matt Hardy vs. AJ Styles
Flair is of course in a suit. Nothing could go wrong with two North Carolina guys in North Carolina as heels right? AJ is in jeans and a t-shirt Flair says he hopes Flair country is grabbing AJ by the balls. AJ says TNA is the house that AJ Styles built. Flair says he made the town and has slept with most of the people’s mothers and fertilized Fayetteville. Matt cuts AJ off and says AJ couldn’t understand what Matt has gone through in this business. This isn’t personal though.
AJ blasts Matt as this is a 3 way street fight that continues after the bell. Back with AJ hammering away on Matt with Flair on the floor. The bell I believe rang pre-bell but it’s not quite clear. Flair comes in for the first time during the match and hammers away. That gets him nowhere as AJ takes him down and sets for the Figure Four. He’s no Jay Lethal though so he can’t get a submission. Matt drops the leg to break it up for two.
Out on the floor and Matt drills AJ with a chair and brings out a ladder. Flair is all busted open again as is his custom. Twist of Fate is blocked and Hardy goes into the ladder. AJ beats up Flair for awhile as Matt grabs a Side Effect for two. AJ avoids a chair shot from Ric and chops away. Styles Clash is blocked and the Twist of Fate onto the chair allows Flair to win this at 9:58, assuming the bell rang just before the break.
Rating: C-. This ran long and I have no idea what the point of the three way aspect of it was. Not much of a match but AJ vs. Matt does nothing for me at all. This was ok I guess but at the same time, do we need to see Flair getting beaten up this badly in his early 60s? I certainly don’t.
RVD isn’t happy that Sting thought he was part of THEY.
Generation Me vs. Ink Inc
Beer Money is on commentary here. Jeremy vs. Shannon to start. Storm talks about Shannon being his friend and the guy he came up and down the road with. Gen Me has letters on their tights now so that helps. Gen Me gets Kazarian and Robbie E in Ultimate X on Sunday. Great to see them let that build. Jeremy hits that springboard X Factor so that Max can come in to hammer away.
Shannon is the face in peril for awhile until it’s off to the fire red head hair. He cleans house and hits a springboard cross body for two but can’t hit his spear in the corner. Jeremy is brought back in and gets speared out of the air in a cool spot for…no cover. Mooregasm ends Jeremy in 4:15.
Rating: C+. Just a tag match here to give Ink Inc some credibility. This was nothing special for the most part but it did its job and the spear spot was cool. Ink Inc has more or less no chance on Sunday but at least we get some build for the match here which is always good to see.
Both teams say basic things.
Jeff Hardy more or less threatens Anderson not to turn on him. Anderson says he’s unorthodox and illogical because he’s a jerk.
Pope says he’s going to end this with Joe soon.
We recap the wedding from last week which was kind of awesome and VERY long. The Jarretts are going on their honeymoon and going to Orlando. Lots of sex is implied.
Package on Ultimate X.
We run down the Victory Road card. In addition to the announced matches we also get Matt Hardy vs. AJ Styles and Morgan vs. Hernandez in a first blood match. Ray vs. Dreamer also.
Sting talks about not wanting to become a wrestler but having his opinion changed. TNA is his brand apparently and he doesn’t like Hogan/Bischoff/Hardy taking it over. He says it’s been a great seven days and he’ll defend the title against anyone. Anderson jumps him and beats him down, shouting about wanting his rematch.
Mr. Anderson/Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam/Sting
Some kid is doing the announcing here and sounds awful. No Sting to stat us off here and after about three minutes there go the lights and on comes the music. I know there isn’t much said there but it’s exactly what you would expect of it. Sting is here, Death Drop, Five Star ends Anderson at 4:58.
Rating: C-. Weak main event here but they were so rushed with having to get to….uh all that other stuff. Like the honeymoon announcement. Yeah this was weak.
Overall Rating: C. This was ok and better than last week’s but not by much. There was more going on here and it helped things a lot. They had to rush thing through here to get us to the PPV this weekend and they did ok at it. I’m not sure what they’re planning to get us to here and it’s getting a bit old. Decent show but nothing great at all.
D’Angelo Dinero b. Samoa Joe – Dinero pinned Joe after a shot with a chain
Madison Rayne b. Roxxi – Neckbreaker/knee to the back of the head combination
Angelina Love/Velvet Sky/Winter b. Angelina/Cookie/Sarita – Velvet rolled up Angelina
Ric Flair b. Matt Hardy and AJ Styles – Flair pinned Styles after a Twist of Fate from Hardy
Ink Inc b. Generation Me – Mooregasm to Jeremy
Rob Van Dam/Sting b. Mr. Anderson/Jeff Hardy – Five Star Frog Splash to Anderson