Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TNA No Surrender 2008 Review

TNA hosts its first PPV from Canada!

TNA No Surrender (2008)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 9/14/08

The PPV starts off, oddly enough, not with a match, but a Sting promo. He basically says that he's got a TNA World Title Match at Bound for Glory and that their are some guys on the roster (Joe & AJ, though I don't remember if he specifically mentions them by name) that need to be taught some respect.

1.) The Rock 'n' Rave Infection (Christy Hemme, Jimmy Rave & Lance Hoyt) vs. The Prince Justice Brotherhood (Super Eric, Curry Man & Shark Boy): **

An entertaining match for what it was. Not much else...

2.) Falls Count Anywhere - ODB vs. Awesome Kong (with Raisha Saeed): **1/2

This one was also a fine match for what it was, and given the fact that this card had 9 Matches. They did some good brawling and utilized chairs & tables. Good action here from the Knockouts.

3.) Team 3D vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss: *3/4

Nothing much to this one, really. This is the kind of match that would fit better on iMPACT! Johnny Devine came down to interfere but was, you guessed it, quickly disposed of.

After Morgan & Abyss won, Brother Ray hits Morgan in the back with a chair and tosses it in the arms of Abyss as they scram. Morgan, thinking Abyss hit him after seeing him with the chair, argues with him.

4.) TNA X-Division Title - Petey Williams (with Rhaka Khan) vs. Consequences Creed vs. Sheik Abdul Bashir: ***1/4

One again the X-Divison has one of the PPV's better matches. Williams gets cheers from his fellow Canadians. Entertaining X-Divison Three-Way. Bashir wins the match & the title after taking advantage of Creed, who had just taken a Canadian Destroyer from Williams.

5.) TNA Knockouts Title - Taylor Wilde (with Rhino) vs. Angelina Love (with Velvet Sky & Cute Kip): *3/4

Taylor introduces Rhino as her backup to keep an eye on Velvet Sky & Cute Kip. The match itself wasn't really anything remarkable. Ok for a Knockout's Contest.

6.) Ladder of Love Match - "The Guru" Sonjay Dutt vs. "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal: ***3/4

Despite the Russo-rific Stipulation, this was actually a pretty solid ladder match. Easily the best match these two have had during this entire feud. SoCal Val low blows Lethal at the end, allowing Dutt to win. He places the ring on Val's finger & they make out.

7.) TNA World Tag Team Titles - Beer Money vs. LAX (with Hector Guerrero): **1/2

James Storm comes out on his beer scooter thing. This was....surprisingly not as good as I thought. Their match as the previous PPV was pretty good and I thought we'd get more of the same, but I was wrong. The Fan's Revenge Lumberjack Match they had was better than this match.

8.) MMA Match - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles vs. Frank Trigg: DUD

I think the loud "Fire Russo!" Chants pretty much sum this up. The best part of this was when AJ beat the crap out of Trigg with a Singapore Cane.

9.) TNA World Heavyweight - Four Three Ways To Glory - Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage vs. Booker T: ***1/2

Booker T was unable to make the show because Hurricane Ike had stranded him in Houston, Texas. You know, this still could have been a Four Ways To Glory Match. They could have easily scrapped the horrid MMA Match and put AJ Styles in this, thus adding more interest to this match and reducing the card from 9 matches to 8, which would have been much better. Despite that, the match itself still ended up being pretty solid. Jeff Jarrett made his return at the end of the match, hitting Kurt Angle with a Guitar, allowing Joe to hit the Muscle Buster and retain.

Overall: 6.5/10

Their really isn't any reason to watch this show. The X-Divison Matches, The World Title Match, and I guess the Falls Count Anywhere Match were the only real things that stood out in my mind.

Of course, this show is part of the Cross The Line Triple Pack with the 2008 edition's of Victory Road and Hard Justice. I'd say overall, the pack is worth getting. I found the first two shows to be pretty solid, with a lot of good matches between them, while the third is pretty skippable.

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