March 13, 2011
Countdown to TNA Victory Road
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

Okay, I'm actually a little bit more optimistic this month about TNA's future.

While I have yet to hear whether the now travelling TNA tapings are paid-for seating or comps, the atmosphere the last couple weeks was absolutely incredible, and fan reaction from the road could help drive sales, especially for the waning pay-per-view market.

TNA still has a few obstacles to clear, namely bad gimmicks, but compare the company to where it was even six months ago and things are looking healthier. As always, the question has never been about the talent or the dedication the writers have to storylines and telling tales - instead, it's that some just are plain bad and what could be PPV sellers, like Sting vs. Hardy first-run for the title tonight on Victory Road, are being used on TV broadcasts.

Nonetheless, we should get a decent card tonight; the only question is will people buy in? Let's take a look at Victory Road.


TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Jeff Hardy vs. Sting

I don't mind how these two work in the ring, but it feels so much like TNA is going to go back to the Sting vs. Flair well at some point. What does that mean? Well, I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say Hardy loses the rematch tonight. The only question is whether or not we get Sting vs. Ken Anderson next month at Lockdown.
TNA WORLDHEAVYWEIGHT TITLE #1 CONTENDER'S MATCH

Ken Anderson vs. Rob Van Dam

Man, RVD's star is fading fast! Seriously, the giant pops he got at first are decreasing on a weekly basis. The momentum lost with the fake injury angle is really showing now. I'm guessing eventually he'll slide into the ECW vs. Bubba Ray Dudley angle. As stated above, Anderson is logically in line for the title shot, so he should get the duke here and continue to be a tweener.
X-DIVISION TITLE ULTIMATE X MATCH

Robbie E vs. Kazarian vs. Max Buck vs. Jeremy Buck

Robbie's working the gimmick well and Kaz seems to be rejuvenated, so it essentially comes down to those two going at it. I don't know why TNA wants to split Gen Me already. Neither has proven to be the Shawn Michaels of the tandem yet. Give them individual personalities before they split, please! I'll take Robbie to get the title back.
  FIRST BLOOD MATCH

Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez
 

I didn't care about this feud when it started however many years ago and I still don't now. Morgan's dying out there for some unknown reason, but it's reasonable to say his flip-flopping between face and heel has a lot to do with it. I'll take Hernandez, just because I can.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Tommy Dreamer vs. Bubba Ray Dudley
 

I'm still not sold on this angle. I just don't understand why Tommy would stick his nose in Dudley business. In the old days of ECW, that would get Dreamer a bloody beatdown. As twisted as it is, I honestly would not be shocked if Devon turns on Tommy and sides with Bubba (and no, I'm not going to call him "Bully Ray". That's the worst name in wrestling today).
  TNA TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Ink Inc. vs. Beer Money
 

I can't put my finger on it, but I just have not been able to buy into Ink Inc. as a true threat. I'm guessing we'll get Hardyz vs. Beer Money next month, so Storm and Roode keep the belts here.
  TNA KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Angelina Love/Winter vs. Sarita/Rosita
 

I get the feeling Velvet and Angelina turn on Winter here and leave her laying. The Winnipegger and her non-cousin cousin get the belts.

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