February 13, 2011
Countdown to TNA Against All Odds
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

Against All Odds is TNA's latest PPV, and as much as I want to hope for positive returns, I'm not overly optimistic.

I haven't complained much in this monthly mini-rant about Dixie Carter, instead choosing to sling arrows, when necessary, at the likes of Vince Russo and his creative cohorts.

But letting Kevin Nash out of his contract to go up north was a major brainfart. Not because Nash is a major draw for TNA, but because it screwed up an angle that had been a year in the making. TNA can backpeddle all they want and claim that Fortune vs. Immortal was the plan all along, but as wrestling fans we know better.

So now, we're still getting Scott Steiner involved while TNA's true homegrown talent gets another (minor) chance to shine. Of course, they're secondary, at least for now, to Anderson vs. Hardy (and other WWE imports) but hopefully all ships will be righted next month. I'm tempted to say Against All Odds is a write-off before the new major storyline takes full effect, but only time will truly tell.

Let's go to the action.


TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH

Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson

It's too early to take the belt off Ken, especially when Jeff isn't out of the woods yet with legal woes. I get the feeling this match could, storyline wise, see Jeff put out of action for a while. Bottom line, Anderson needs to have a feud completely separate feud from the Immortal/Fortune, and this is stage one of moving him away from faction fury. Mr. Anderson wins.
CUSTODY MATCH

Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle

There's little TNA has done in the last few years that has offended me more than this angle. This sory of angle just doesn't belong in wrestling. It's one thing when it's Cheryl Roberts/Jake Roberts/Rick Rude; it's a whole other animal when there are kids involved. I don't care who wins, just make this stop.
X-DIVISION TITLE #1 CONTENDER'S MATCH

Max Buck vs. Jeremy Buck vs. Robbie E

TNA seems bound and determined to follow WWE's lead in eliminating tag team wrestling. One would assume that the Buck boys will team up to give one the title opportunity, but the ending is inevitable - jealousy over-rules and Robbie E goes on to face Kazarian.
  KNOCKOUTS TITLE LAST WOMAN STANDING MATCH

Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James
 

The loaded glove angle is so 25 years ago. Madison has actually been able to annoy me more than LayCool, which is not an accomplishment to be proud of. Mickie inevitably gets the win here or at the next PPV, so why not do it now and get it over with?
  STREET FIGHT

Ray vs. Brother Devon
 

Really? "Bully" Ray? That's possibly the worst wrestling nickname in the modern era. TNA hasn't officially made this a 3-on-1 match per Ray's challenge to Devon and his boys, but either way I'm really not caring. I'm sorry for sounding so down on the product, but this is one of the worst feuds I've seen in a while.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Matt Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam
 

Surprisingly, I don't think these two ever feuded in WWE. That doesn't mean I want to see it necessarilly though... I'm calling for a DQ finish here to lengthen the feud.
  GRUDGE MATCH

The Pope vs. Samoa Joe
 

Now here, we get a feud that's very simple and has been worked pretty effectively. Pope's constant flip-flopping between face and heel is wearing thin though. I could see him going over and being next in line to face Anderson. Joe loses.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Scott Steiner/Beer Money vs. Immortal
 

What in the blue hell have Gunner and Murphy done to get a spot on a PPV? Steiner always amps up for PPVs and I'm expecting a decent showing, given this is his return match. This could be a miracle match, as in it'll be a miracle if it gets more than half a star in reviews. Good guys win.
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