Sunday, 19 August 2012

TNA Hardcore Justice 2012 Review

TNA Hardcore Justice 2012 took place at TNA's usual place of the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida. The last two PPVs have been good, so will it continue the trend? Let's take a look.

The first match was a tag team with Gunner and Kid Kash taking on Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero. Guerrero does the Three Amigos and gets his ass kicked by Gunner and Kid Kash. Hernandez gets the hot tag and cleans house. Hernandez does a suicide dive while getting tagged out by Chavo. Chavo then gets the Frog Splash to Kash to get the win. This was a good match to start the PPV and hopefully they will use Chavo a lot more.
Winners: Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero                                                 Predictions: 1 for 1

The next match was a Falls Count Anywhere match for 20 points in BFG Series between Rob Van Dam, Magnus, Mr Anderson and D'Angelo Dinero. At least that was the plan. Aces and Eights paid Dinero a visit backstage and fucked him up, making the match a triple threat.The match goes over all the place from the ring up the entrance ramp then back to the ring. There was a good bit when Rob Van Dam does his "RVD" chant, Magnus chop-blocks him, mocks the "RVD" chant then hits RVD with a Texas Cloverleaf, which was stopped by Anderson. The end comes when RVD gets suplexed by Magnus and Magnus tries to get a chair. When he does, RVD hits him with the Vandaminator to get the win. A decent match which gives RVD 20 points and sends him up the rankings.
Winner: Rob Van Dam                                                                              Predictions: 2 for 2

Next was Devon defending his Television Championship against Kazarian. Devon is all over Kazarian until Kazarian gets the advantage with a clothesline. Devon spears Kazarian and starts to make a comeback. Devon hits a neckbreaker which Kazarian kicks out. Kazarian goes for the Fade to Black but Devon reverses it and hits the Spinebuster for the win. This was another decent match with a couple of good spots.
Winner: Devon                                                                                          Predictions: N/A

The Knockouts Championship is on the line as Madison Rayne challenges Ms Tessmacher with the most corrupt referee in wrestling history Earl Hebner in charge. I know Earl is the Senior Referee but surely Dixie Carter would make sure that he wasn't the referee. Oh, I'm sorry, that's using common sense. What was I thinking? Tessmacher gets a few pin attempts on Rayne, in which she gets upset at Earl for counting. Eventually, Tessmacher thought she would get the win with a elbow off the top rope but the referee saw Rayne’s leg on the rope. Rayne rolls up Tessmacher and uses her legs on the ropes for leverage, which Earl doesn’t see, giving Madison the win and becoming the new Knockouts Champion. The match was good, although I have see better matches from the Knockouts this year.
Winner: Madison Rayne                               Predictions: 3 for 3

The second BFG Series match is a Tables Match between Robbie E, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy and James Storm. I have never seen a Tables Match between 4 people before. The rule seems simple enough, the first person to put someone through a table wins. We get numerous occasions where it looks like someone is about to go through a table but the table is moved by someone else. Robbie E tries to put Hardy through a table but fails and goes through the table instead. Bully and Storm fight it out before Bully gets the advantage and Aces and Eights arrive to distract him. This gives Storm the opportunity to hit the Last Call on Bully and the group gives Storm a thumbs up then leave. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate on Storm. Hardy sets up Storm on the table  and Aces and Eights come out to distract Hardy. This gives Bully the opportunity to grab Hardy and powerbomb him through a table to get the win. This was a fun match , although I felt it was slightly ruined by the appearances of Aces and Eights.
Winner: Bully Ray                           Predictions: 3 for 4

The X-Division Championship is on the line as Kenny King challenges Zema Ion. The match begins with a bit of slapping around. Some of the highlights of the match include Ion attempting a moonsault and missing; and Ion getting a single leg Boston crab. Ion eventually gets the win with a roll up and retains the X-Division Championship. It was a good fun match which showed off both their talents.
Winner: Zema Ion                         Predictions: 4 for 5

The penultimate match was a BFG Series Ladder match between AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. Like most ladder matches, there are a lot of high spots including Angle hitting belly to belly suplexes; Joe hitting the suicide dive on Daniels; Kurt applying the ankle lock on Daniels; and Daniels getting put through the middle of the ladder and then getting kicked by Angle and Joe. The end comes when Kurt climbs up a ladder and Joe climbs up s separate ladder. AJ gets back in the ring and springboards from the top rope onto the ladder and grabs the envelope and gets the win. This was the match of the night and was really enjoyable.
Winner: AJ Styles                      Predictions: 4 for 6

The main event was the TNA World Championship match between Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. Aries spits water into Roode’s face and attempts to apply the Last Chancery a couple of times but Roode manages to escape. Roode decides to leave then realises that that would be a bad idea as he wouldn’t get a rematch if he loses. Roode runs back in and gets the advantage.  There are a few high spots in the match including when Roode puts Aries in the crossface and Aries goes for the 450 splash but is kneed in the gut by Roode. The ref gets knocked out and Roode spears Aries and another ref comes out to make the count but Aries kicks out at 2. The second ref is then taken out and Aries hits the Brainbuster. The first ref gets up and makes the count but Roode kicks out at 2. Roode hits a superplex which puts both of them into a position in which they are pinning each other. Both refs get up and make the count to 3 and declare each person the winner. Roode claims victory, grabs the belt and starts to leave. However, the most corrupt referee in wrestling history Earl Hebner walks down the aisle and grabs the belt off Roode. After a discussion with the other referees, Earl decides to restart the match. Aries attempts a suicide dive to Roode but collides with the title belt that Roode managed to get a hold of. Roode rolls him back in the ring but only gets a 2 count. After arguing with the ref, Roode goes for Aries but is rolled up and Aries gets the win to retain the TNA World Championship. This was a good match. However, I didn’t like that the main event had 2 ref bumps and ended with a roll up.
Winner: Austin Aries                           Predictions: 4 for 7

I enjoyed some aspects of this PPV. I thought that the BFG Series matches were good, especially the ladder match. However, I didn’t like how the event ended and hopefully the next PPV, No Surrender, will have a better ending.

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