February 14, 2010
Countdown to TNA Against All Odds
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Apparently TNA has taken the "Against All Odds" title to tonight's
pay-per-view in a new direction.
Playing off the last word in the title, TNA has developed a number-one contender
tourney for tonight, which makes me happy for two reasons. First, I'm a sucker
for one-night tournaments and have been dating back to WrestleMania IV. Second,
it makes the show that much easier to preview, since it means that the usual
dearth of matches TNA has on its show has pretty much already been covered off.
The tourney could feature some great wrestling and the two matches on the side
compliment it fairly well. Curiously, there's no Knockout match to speak of,
nor X-Division bout, but we're still getting a pretty decent card. Let's take
a closer look at Against All Odds
|| TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (Guest
Referee: Eric Bischoff)
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
The Bischoff-as-ref scenario will throw this match into overbooked hell in the
opinion of most, including me. There's no reason for it here, since AJ and Joe
can go out and have a great match without needing to rely on Eric as a tool
to advance the story. I will say this though - Bischoff has added an interesting
element, whereby Styles has the odds stacked against him. Ultimately though,
rather than being a tool to make one think that Joe is "corporate",
it leads one to believe that the big swerve of Bischoff siding with Styles will
be the end result of the bout. This will undoubtedly happen, with Joe ultimately
being shuffled down the card.
| EIGHT-CARD STUD TOURNAMENT
Participants: Kurt Angle, Ken Anderson, Matt Morgan, Hernandez, Abyss, Mick
Foley, Desmond Wolfe, The Pope
The gut instinct here is to say that Angle comes out on top, but he's likely
to get screwed in his prelim match with Anderson. Anderson, meanwhile, will
likely make it to the finals and be beat by the ultimate tourney winner. Morgan
and Hernandez essentially cancel each other out, Pope won't advance past the
first round and Foley's just in there for giggles. This leaves Abyss and Wolfe,
and I get the feeling it will be the former Nigel McGuiness going into the number
one contender spot. The interplay with him and Christy Hemme this past week
had definite face overtones and he's so charismatic that you can't help but
like the guy. a Wolfe/AJ series would also be a great boost to TNA for a main
event run that is a bit different.
|| GRUDGE MATCH
Team 3D vs. The Nasty Boys
Oh like we didn't know this was coming. It was pretty much a guarantee that
Hogan's drinking buddy, Knobbs, would be coming into TNA. Bringing Sags with
him was not unexpected either. I'm sure there's a fan out there that's pleased
for the reunion, but he/she probably won't order the PPV anyways. the former
Dudleys win here, and in keeping with the theme of Hogan's cronies, expect the
Dream Team to challenge Devon and Ray next month.
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