Countdown to TNA Victory Road
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
While I don't watch every TNA pay-per-view, I can say that most intrigue me in one respect or another. That's not the case for Victory Road, taking place tonight.
This all starts with the three big matches we're seeing tonight, one which is already branded as a go-between while the two singles title bouts make little sense from a booking standpoint.
Let's start at the top with the main event, featuring Bobby Roode vs. Sting. This is the first time in seemingly forever that the Heavyweight strap isn't on the line, which should really be the selling point of your card. Layer that with the fact that Joker Sting just isn't that interesting to me right now and it does nothing to draw my eye. I expect a screwy finish to lead in to next month's Beer Money Brawl.
Next up we've got the X-Division belt up for grabs between Austin Aries and Zema Ion, and the Knockouts strap on the line between Gail Kim and Madison Rayne. Rarely, if ever does a heel vs. heel bout draw in pro wrestling, so why the hell would you put TWO on the same card? The men's promo on Thursday seemed to end with a tilt of Aries going face, but he's too good as a heel to do that; and if they're trying to turn Rayne face, that's got bad idea written all over it because she's amazing as a villain.
Now the rest of the card doesn't do much for me either.
We'll likely see the implosion of Crimson and Matt Morgan with the former going heel (a build which may just pay off) amidst the tag tam Title bout.
Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle feels as stale as a week-old bagel. I get that they're two top guys in the company, but I can't get around the thought that we've seen this a few times over already (and if we haven't seen the two battle that much, then that's a really bad sign).
For the rest of the card, expect Mr. Anderson and AJ to go over the remnants of Fortune, James Storm to handily beat Bully Ray and whomever answers the challenge to beat the tar out of Robbie E.