Wednesday, May 15, 2013

TNA Destination X (2007) Review

Samoa Joe gets his long awaited World Title Shot!

*This show is available for FREE viewing on the TNA Wrestling PLUS Youtube Channel*

TNA Destination X (2007)
Orlando, Florida 3/11/07

1.) Non-Title Ghetto Brawl – LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) vs. Team 3D: ***

This is a Non-Title Match. I enjoyed this. A nice opening brawl to get the crowd into it, though it's technically the first of six (yes you read that right) gimmicks matches on this show. Gang Warfare erupts during the match between the"Latino Nation" and friends of Team 3D. Alex Shelley comes out and nails a frogsplash on Brother Devon through a table, allowing LAX to win. If this was Non-Title, I think Team 3D should have gone over here, but whatever.

2.) Double Bull-Rope Match – “Cowboy” James Storm & Jackie Moore vs. Petey Williams & Gail Kim: **

Eh...probably one of the worst matches of it's kind I've seen. Still ok, but skippable.

3.) Crossface Chicken Wing Submission Match – The Austin Starr vs. Senshi: ***

So apparently The Austin Starr has been having a bit of a feud with Bob Backlund, hence the match stipulation. Backlund distracts Starr, allowing Senshi to lock in the Chicken Wing for the Submission Victory. I think Starr might have attacked Backlund post match, but I don't remember.

4.) The Voodoo Kin Mafia vs. The Heartbreakers: *3/4

What a strange feud. Essentially, if I'm understanding this right, Christy Hemme is fighting for the rights of women in TNA (which would lead to the Knockout Division later in the year) but the VKM, particularly Kip James, have been degrading her in typical men-above-women fashion (ie you belong in the kitchen, that kind of stuff). It was a really odd feud. If I could compare it to anything, I'd compare it to the Mike Mondo/Mike Bennett feud from ROH this past year, where the babyface Mondo molested Bennett's girlfriend, Maria Kanellis, and was pushed as a babyface. The heel/face rolls should have been reversed, but because they weren't, it made the whole thing seem out of place. That same idea, I'd say could be applied here with TNA. 

Anyway, Hemme brings in The Heartbreakers (The Heart Throbs from WWE) and they have a match that should have been reversed for TV, instead of a PPV. By the way, Christy Hemme's hair is REALLY long here, like so long it's down to her ass. Not that I'm complaining, I like her hair, just pointing that out.

5.) TNA X-Division Title – 2/3 Falls – Chris Sabin vs. Jerry Lynn: ***1/4

So Sabin's been making fun of Lynn's age...pretty much the story going into this one. While nothing really good, this was a very fine 2/3 Falls match. Sabin retains.

6.) Elevation X: AJ Styles vs. Rhino: **3/4

Basically a Scaffold Match. For what it was, I thought it was perfectly fine. Keep in mind, you'd imagine they'd be very limited once they got up there, but what they did up there was perfectly fine. The crowd was into to, not necessarily in the rowdy sense, but for fear of one of them falling.

7.) Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner: **1/2

This match was just ok. That'd be more of a fault of Steiner than Angle, but what are they going to do. The finish appeared botched a little bit, but I felt like the way it came off, it was ok. The match itself was just there.

8.) Last Rites Match – Sting vs. Abyss: ***

Basically a gimmicked up Casket Match, with candles, fake tombstones, and all. Why couldn't they just have a regular casket match? If they did, I would have given this a higher rating, but because of the gimmicked up stuff, it took it down a notch for me.

9.) NWA World Heavyweight Title – Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe: ****

Joe gets the Ring of Honor Streamer Treatment during his ring entrance. This was a fantastic World Title Match. A shining gem on an otherwise lackluster show. I particularly liked the finish, where Christian sneaked away with the title, but Joe still looked strong because of the way it ended.

Overall: 7.0/10

This was a one match show. The main event is the only reason to really check this out. I guess if you're into Scaffold Matches, then you'd like this to, but the card overall was just really average. Would have been fine if it was just one or two special episodes of iMPACT! (I think they were still 1 Hour at this point), but not on PPV.

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