At one point in time TNA was constantly putting on solid pay-per-views with great wrestling action. Unfortunately the quality of TNA pay-per-views has fallen off lately. Would TNA No Surrender be a return to good action or would it be more of the same garbage?
Sting and Kurt Angle vs. “Pacman” Jones and Ron Killings
This match was just bad all over. Ron Killings is wasted with the Pacman Jones storyline. The match lasted about five minutes. Pacman Jones didn’t do anything in the match. Karen Angle continues to get pushed more than most of the wrestlers. The camera focused outside of the ring instead of inside the ring and even missed the pin. Worst of all Pacman Jones now holds one of the TNA Tag Team Titles.
Match Rating: $0.00
Rhino vs. James Storm
I still don’t think the America’s Most Wanted breakup was a good idea but James Storm has been really entertaining as a singles heel. The match started off with a brawl and the stands and that was pretty fun. The action inside of the ring was okay but not as good as the brawling before hand.
Match Rating: $5.00
Robert Roode vs. Kaz
Robert Roode and Kaz was probably the most surprising match of the night. The match was given a lengthy ten minutes and both guys put on a good wrestling match. The storyline is also being booked very simple with Kaz being the knight in shining armor trying to protect Tracy from Robert Roode. Sometimes booking simple storylines is better than trying to come up with something new. The match also had a clean finish.
Match Rating: $7.00
Kurt Angle vs. Jay Lethal
This was the best match in a long, long time. Probably the best TNA match since the AJ Styles/Christopher Daniels/Samoa Joe three-way. Jay Lethal played the part of your typical underdog. Kurt Angle dominated the match but Jay Lethal continued to fight back over and over again and kick out of every thing Kurt Angle had. Jay Lethal got in all his signature moves as did Kurt Angle but Jay Lethal reversed the Angle Lock into a roll-up and pulled off probably the biggest upset in TNA history. It’s also the biggest win a X-Division wrestler other than Styles, Daniels, and Samoa Joe have ever gotten.
Match Rating: $10.00
Black Reign vs. Chris Harris
The last two matches were simply booking and were great. This match they tried something new and it was horrible. The match was pretty bland and not worth talking about. The match ends with a roll-up for Chris Harris. TNA uses the roll-up way too much. It’s appropriate for Jay Lethal to beat Kurt Angle with a roll-up but Chris Harris should be beating Black Reign cleanly. After the match Black Reign took a rat out and put it on Chris Harris. Oooooo!
Match Rating: $1.50
Tag Team Gauntlet
A lot of great action in this match with a lot of talented guys like Christopher Daniels, AJ Styles, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, etc. The Dudley Boys did a great job of being the heels in the match and Tomko did a great job of being the large guy who tosses around all the smaller guys. Great upset with Eric Young eliminating Tomko too. At the end of the match the last two competitors (AJ Styles and Alex Shelley) have their tag team partners (Tomko and Chris Sabin) come back out and they wrestled a regular tag team match. The two teams put on an awesome, but brief match with both teams doing a lot of fast paced double team moves.
Match Rating: $8.50
Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe
Good back and forth between Christian and Samoa Joe. Samoa Joe was actually booked like a monster again and did the role of the guy who doesn’t care about winning and just wants to hurt his opponent. The constant submission moves by Samoa Joe also played up the fact that Christian has yet to submit. The match did end with a ref bump and DQ finish but it actually worked in this case.
Abyss vs. Kurt Angle
This match was a lot slower than Kurt Angle’s match with Jay Lethal but I thought it was a good showcase of how Kurt Angle can wrestle any style of match. Kurt Angle focuses on Abyss’ knee and ankle and took out his leg. Very simple booking but it works.
TNA No Surrender Final Rating: $47.50