Friday, 18 July 2014

TNA One Night Only: Tag Team Tournament


Yeah, I'm still on holiday, but this is a celebration post.

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It's been six months since I started this blog. So what am I reviewing in honour of it?

Well. Back in December, TNA gave us One Night Only: Tag Team Tournament.

And here's what I think of it.

First of all, this is better than Global Impact Japan because of continuity.

Unlike that show, this is self-contained and doesn't affect the main show.

And that's how these shows should be.

Moving on, all the interviews were great. The wrestlers focussed on their tournament opponents and told stories well. Good stuff.

The wildcard matches were a good excuse to add a couple of extra teams and matches.

Sonjay Dutt and Petey Williams versus Generation Me was great. And the Hotshots versus Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco, while not as good, wasn't awful.

That brings us to Round One.

The British Invasion reunion made me happy. It's always nice to see Doug Williams on a show.

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And their match against Bobby Roode and Austin Aries, whom I've nicknamed That Damn Great, was a lot of fun.

I'll explain the nickname later, incidentally.

Although chanting for James Storm instead of Aries? Harsh, audience.

Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez versus Bad Influence made me sad for obvious reasons, but we won't dwell.

I will say that Christopher Daniels and Kazarian hugging was adorably dorky though.

Now I missed Samoa Joe and Magnus's tag team run, and it's a shame I did. They were awesome and kicked Bischoff and Brisco's asses.

GenMe versus Team 3D was sadly somewhat of a squash. GenMe deserved better than that.

Team 3D looked unstoppable, though. And Bully was fantastic on the microphone, as he often is.

Then we had the semi-finals.

That Damn Great versus Magnus and Joe was brilliant, although I didn't expect That Damn Great to win. And they probably shouldn't have. More on that later.

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And Team 3D's match with Chavo and Hernandez was hilarious. From Bully eye-balling a seven-year-old to Chavo randomly hugging a audience member.

This is what fun wrestling should be.

And last, we have the final: Team 3D versus That Damn Great.

The match introductions by Bully and Aries were fun as heck, and where I got the nickname That Damn Great.

And the actual wrestling was awesome.

But there were still three problems.

One: both teams were villains. Who are we supposed to support when they're all bad guys?

Two: Roode and Aries spent most of the match on the offence, which was odd. Maybe they wanted to make the evil, sexist, racist biker gang seem more sympathetic.

Three: the ending was anticlimactic. Aries accidentally took down Roode with brass knuckles and Team 3D took advantage.

Team 3D winning the tournament worked. But it would have been better if they'd faced Joe and Magnus instead.

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Even so, I had more fun with this PPV than Global Impact Japan. Give it a look, and I'll see you when I get home.

– Stark

Related Post: TNA One Night Only: Global Impact Japan

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