Thursday, 13 September 2012

TNA No Surrender 2012 Review

TNA No Surrender took place last Sunday at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. How will the story involving Aces & 8s? And who will win the BFG Series? Let's take a look.

We open with the first semi-final in the BFG Series with Samoa Joe facing Jeff Hardy. Hardy injures his left arm and Joe has the momentum for a good portion of this match, doing moves such as doing a suicide dive. Hardy starts his comeback, doing lots of clotheslines. Hardy hits the whisper in the wind but that only gets a 2 count. Hardy then hits the twist of fate but Joe stops Hardy doing the swanton bomb. Joe tries the muscle buster but it's reversed into a roll up for a 2 count. Hardy applies an armbar, which Joe gets out of and attempts a pin. Hardy, however, counters it into another pin and gets the win. Well, I didn't see that coming. This was a good opening match and Hardy goes to the BFG Series Final.
Winner: Jeff Hardy                                                                                       Predictions: 0 for 1

The second semi-final is up next as James Storm takes on Bully Ray. Ray starts talking trash to Storm. Storm responds by spitting in Ray's face and this makes Ray go on a hissy fit before they lock up. Storm is completely dominant before Ray gets out the ring to regroup. Storm goes the Last Call but he hurts his leg putting it inbetween the ropes and this gives Ray the chance to assault Storm. Storm temporarily gets a reprieve after a top rope powerbomb. The action goes back and forth and Storm accidentally knocks down referee Earl Hebner. Ray hits a BubbaBomb and, after another referee comes in, gets a 2 count. Storm knocks out the other referee with the same move and then tries to revive Hebner. Ray attacks Storm and runs into Hebner and gets hit with the Last Call. Bobby Roode runs into the ring and hits Storm with a beer bottle and drags Ray on top of Storm. Hebner comes to and counts the pinfall to give Ray the win. I enjoyed the match and the ending but the match really didn't need THREE(!!) ref bumps. As for my predictions, I was hoping for a Joe/Storm final but we're getting Ray vs Hardy instead. It should be a good final regardless.
Winner: Bully Ray                                                                                         Predictions: 0 for 2

The Knockouts Championship is the first title to be defended as Miss Tessmacher is challenged by her best friend and mentor Tara. Taryn Terrell (formerly known to WWE fans as Tiffany) is the referee. The women start using arm manoeuvres and some acrobatic counters. Tempers flare as Tessmacher is not happy with some of the moves Tara was using. Tara hits a twit-a-whirl side slam for a 2 count. Tara tries for the Widow's Peak but it's reversed into a roll up for Tessmacher to get the win. Tessmacher and Tara shake hands but Tara storms off. This was an ok match but I'm worried for the Knockouts. Angelina Love, Winter and Velvet Sky have left the company recently and they seem to have no replacements as yet to challenge for the Knockouts Championship.
Winner: Miss Tessmacher                                                                               Predictions: 1 for 3

We go to a backstage segment where Hulk Hogan has Bobby Roode arrested (for some reason) and James Storm attacks him, resulting in them both getting arrested and escorted out of the building. This seems to make their match at Bound for Glory a lock.

Next we get Austin Aries (the best thing in TNA right now) comes out to face a member of Aces & 8s. The member (being called Armbreaker due to the fact that he seriously injured Aries' arm) takes his time coming out and Aries starts to beat the crap out of him. Aries tries to rip the Armbreaker's mask off but he throws Aries out of the ring. Armbreaker starts to be dominant. Armbreaker attempts a powerbomb but Aries manages to get talcum powder (from thin air apparently) and throw it into his face. Armbreaker tries to hit Aries with a steel chair but Aries hits the brainbuster and attempts to demask Armbreaker. This is stopped by the rest of Aces &8s, which prompts the TNA locker room to come out and clear the group out of the ring. Jeff Hardy is hurt in the process and Hogan decides to lock the building down and call the police (again!) As for the match, it was good. Shame it wasn't an official match. As for my predictions, even though it wasn't an official match and it ended in a no contest, I did make a prediction so I have to employ the Henry/Show Vengeance Rule and count the prediciton as a loss (damn!)
Winner: No Contest                                                                                        Predictions: 1 for 4

The X-Division is on the line as Zema Ion is challenged by Sonjay Dutt. Ion gets the advantage and focuses on Dutt's previously dislocated shoulder. During the match, what seems like half the Orlando Police Department arrive at the Impact Zone. Anyway, Dutt practically kicks Ion's head off and does a standing moonsault to get a 2 count. Ion hits a powerbomb then a shoulder bar but Dutt gets to the rope. Ion eventually gets the win by reversing a pin attempt into a reverse powerbomb. It was a good match with a lot of high-flying offence.
Winner: Zema Ion                                                                                           Predictions: 2 for 5

After we see Hulk Hogan speak to the Police and promote police brutality, we get Rob Van Dam take on Magnus. RVD attempts his move where he legdrops his opponent who is laying over the barrier but he misses and this gives Magnus the opportunity to get some momentum. Magnus applies a Texas Cloverleaf but RVD gets to the rope. He also hits an elbow drop from the top turnbuckle but that only gets a 2 count. RVD gets back the momentum with a spin kick then back to back clotheslines. Magnus goes for the Cloverleaf again but RVD powers out of it, kicks Magnus down then hits the 5-star frog splash to get the win. This was a fun match with good performances by both guys.
Winner: Rob Van Dam                                                                                     Predictions: 3 for 6

The final title match is for the Tag Team Championship as Christopher Daniels and Kazarian are challenged by AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. Angle and Styles are all over Daniels and Kazarian before Kazarian hits Styles with a monkey flip to give his team the advantage. Angle gets the hot tag and hits Kazarian with two German suplexes but Daniels stops the third and Kazarian hits a jumping DDT to give back the momentum to his team. Eventually Angle sends Kazarian flying across the ring from the top turnbuckle and this gives him the opportunity to tag in Styles and beat up Daniels. Angle tags himself in and splashes Daniels for 2. Angle angle slams both Kazarian and Daniels for a 2 count then applies the anklelock to Daniels. Styles tags in and gets in some good offence. Styles hits a springboard into a 450 splash but Kazarian unbelievably kicks out at 2. Angle clotheslines Daniels over the top rope, injuring his leg in the process. Daniels recovers and throws his appletini into Styles' face and this gives Kazarian the chance to roll up Styles for the win. I really enjoyed this match with a lot of amazing manoeuvres. Shame it ended by Daniels and Kazarian cheating.
Winners: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian                                                   Predictions: 3 for 7

The main event is the Final of the Bound for Glory Series as Bully Ray is supposed to face Jeff Hardy. Hardy's music plays but Hulk Hogan comes out instead and states, after discussing it with Bully Ray, that he will be postponing the match til Impact on Thursday. Hardy then decides to come out with his left shoulder bandaged and the match goes ahead. Hardy tries to fight with one arm but Ray focuses his attack on the injured shoulder, punching and stomping on it. Ray rips off some of the bandaging but Hardy starts a comeback with a twist of fate  followed by a Swanton Bomb, but Ray kicks out. Ray hits a Bubbabomb for a 2 count then a Bubba Cutter but Hardy kicks out at 2. Hardy hits another twist of fate but misses with the Swanton Bomb. Ray hits another Bubba Cutter for a 2 count. Hardy hits two twist of fates and tries for the Swanton but Ray stops him. Hardy pushes Ray from the top turnbuckle then hits the Swanton Bomb to win the match and the BFG Series. Even though it had a very slow start, I enjoyed the match. Out of the 4 semi-finalists I thought that Hardy had the least chance of winning. However, I think that the match between Hardy and Aries at Bound for Glory will be a really good match.
Winner: Jeff Hardy                                                                                            Predictions: N/A

Although there were some things I didn't like, I thought that it was a decent event by TNA. All preparations will now be on Bound for Glory on the 13th October. This is TNA's flagship event and they will be looking to put on a good show.

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