By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Kenny King def. Petey Williams and Sonjay Dutt in a Triple Threat Match
X-Division matches always make for the best openers, so this bout was perfectly placed. It fast-paced throughout and featured a lot of fun action. I enjoy all three of these talents, so they all had something to offer in this contest that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I'm glad we got to see the Canadian Destroyer, and King picking up the victory shortly thereafter was fine by me. I'm not at all a fan of the three-way format for the X-Division, but this was a rare exception. On a side note, it is mind-boggling to me that Dutt has never been an X-Division Champion. I hope to see him win the belt at least once down the line.
Velvet Sky def. Gail Kim
Sky has never been the best in-ring worker, but she's always been brought to a good match by Kim in the past. However, this match was never really able to get out of first gear and seemed to end rather abruptly. It was decent for what it was, but it was over before it really got started. If nothing else, the video package recapping their two year long feud was well done and helped make the match feel somewhat important.
Matt Morgan Won a Gauntlet Match
What a terrible, terrible match. Not only were the participants completely irrelevant, but there were several botches that took away from the bout as a whole. The crowd didn't seem to know most of the "familiar faces" TNA brought back for this event, and even Taz made mention of that on commentary. I find it hilarious Morgan went over here, especially since he is no longer with the company. TNA simply needs to stop doing Gauntlet matches, as they are always a train wreck and serve no purpose.
Team 3D def. LAX and Bad Influence in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match
This match was rather bittersweet. On one hand, it involved three of the greatest tag teams in TNA's history. On the other hand, it's sad to see that two-thirds of this match are no longer teaming on regular basis and that TNA's tag team division is no longer as prominent as it once was. Regardless, this was an enjoyable bout that saw all three of the tandems hit their signature spots. The action became more chaoatic and hard to follow down the line, but that's not at all a bad thing. After seeing LAX compete at last month's One Night Only event and at this one, I desperately wish to see Homocide return to the company to reunite with Hernandez on a full-time basis.
Jeff Hardy def. Austin Aries
While the video packages that aired prior to the match were well done, they were also outdated and used at last year's Bound For Glory and Turning Point events, respectively. This was a common theme throughout the night and made TNA look old budget for using old vignettes to hype rivalries instead of creating new ones. As for the match itself, it was well wrestled as expected and featured some cool spots, but it wasn't as great as some of their past encounters. They attempted their finishers on one another toward the end, but it felt rushed and forgettable.
Bobby Roode def. James Storm
Everything I wrote about the previous match can basically be applied to this match as well. Storm vs. Roode was one of my favorite matches of last year, so it's a shame that the crowd wasn't nearly as hot for this bout as they should have been. Then again, this event did emanate from the Impact Zone after all, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The finish basically came out of nowhere with Roode scoring the victory by resorting to dirty tactics. It's also sad to see both competitors mean so much less than they did at the peak of their rivalry a year and a half ago.
Kurt Angle def. Samoa Joe
These two have had some epic encounters in the past, so I was a bit disappointed that this match didn't live up to my lofty expectations. However, they put forth a strong effort and easily had the best match of the night. There were several suspenseful near-falls in the final few minutes of the bout and the reversals of the submission maneuvers were also well done. This was the right match to close the show with.
Watching the One Night Only events makes me appreciate TNA going on the road these days, as the Impact Zone is such a terrible environment. Thankfully, the crowd was better here than they were for Hardcore Justice 2. This event as a whole was better than its predecessor, as most of the matches were solid but lacked meaning. The whole TNA 10 theme didn't make much sense since they celebrated the company's 10th anniversary last year, but the Top 10 moments were cool to see again. Although I still fail to see the point of these One Night Only events, this show went by much quicker than the Hardcore Justice 2 event and had some highlights mixed in.
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