I would like to start out with a Heart Felt “Thank You”, for your over whelming and out-pouring Birthday Wishes for me this past Monday. And by over-whelming, I mean… One.
But that one tickles my Senses like Spider-Man falling face first into a pit of Villains coats… and they had knifes and sowing kits within their hidden pockets! Scary stuff!
Yes TNA Sacrifice has been and gone, I am starting to feel like the names are “fine”, but they don’t really offer anything to say… “Sacrifice”. Maybe it’s time to shake things up and find a “Theme” for PPV’s such as these. Say a new “King of the Mountain” type of Match where the World Champion has the Deck stacked, and what would he, and his opponents “Sacrifice” for that Gold. IE their body, with crazy moves.
Crazy moves sums up Sacrifice, another Solid Bell to Bell PPV from TNA. Sure it has some “odd things” within it, but overall, TNA’s problem is never it’s product, the product is always good!
TNA: SACRIFICE – 27/4/14
Did you expect me to end the opening Paragraph rant with “the product is always good!”. Because I certainly didn’t. Speaking of me not certainly doing, didn’t, anything. I shall get back to that later!
Yes I decided to throw my face into my Hat and come out with some “Predictions”. So The Jobber Blogger shall play along as I told how stupid I was, and how awesomely right I am!
The Bromans and DJ Z vs. The Wolves – 2on3 – World Tag-Team Championships
This one was a pretty safe bet. It’s been obvious since The Wolves debuted that they were the best Tag-Team going. It was only a matter of time before TNA paired them with the highest prize they could win.
Be right back, off to put on my Joggers!
Okay back, now equipped with Warmer clothing. The study in which I write The Jobber Blogger’s each and every week (or multiple times a week) is like an Arctic Tundra, filled with Eskimo’s coats with pocket knives and sowing kits in hidden compartments.
I actually didn’t expect the actions of recent weeks to lead to DJ Z being a factor in the match, but the 3 on 2 mentality clearly shows the lesser shall prevail.
Speaking of DJ Z, he has since shaved the head which adorned the hair he was once loved, and has dyed it funky colours, like a Hip Jeff Hardy. He even colour-coordinated his attire to match that of his Team Mates.
I’ve always thought Zema was pretty good… but his “gimmick” sucked. I like him better with The Bromans, but he still doesn’t “click” as he’s found his true “form”. I like quotation marks… what of it.
Also due to the recent Tom Foolery from The Bromans, MVP had made the match a No DQ bout, but wanted to inform The Bromans once it’s Bell Time. So to do so Eddie Edwards had a little “note” from MVP with the ruling. Like the many, many… well every PE lesson I had for the last 2 years of School. Good ol MVP. No, don’t be silly… he didn’t get me out of PE. Now look at me, sitting down watching Wrestling, playing Video Games and Blogging…. bliss.
Edwards eventually got singled out, (as so often happens) what I thought was rather interesting was that Eddie and Zema seemed to exchange a good couple of Hard shots back and forth. One might think that there was some “bad blood” between them. But, it was probably just, whatever. Another scientific explanation.
In the end good old Davey Richards got the Tag and it was go time with The Wolves shifting it up a Gear. Their Tag-Team presence is fantastic, and I always talk about their Timing, but I can also say this, Davey Richards is one thing – Legit. Not to down play Eddie at all, but it’s so blatantly obvious, he is going to be over-shadowed, and fully eclipsed one day, the same eclipse to perhaps be The Wolves last howl?
That’s all poppy cock and whizz hardy! What is true is that The Wolves are the new TNA – Tag Team Champions. And properly this time, not like their “House show” victory title run mess.
This also means that I was right!
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw – Committed Match
Okay so when I wrote #102 of The Jobber Blogger, I didn’t even include Anderson vs. Shaw, it wasn’t mentioned on Impact aside from their continued “feuding”. It wasn’t till WrestleZone put up a post breaking down the Sacrifice card fully.
So I went back and amended it, but it didn’t state it was a “Committed Match”. The stipulation states the Winner. From the get-go I knew I was going to be wrong about Shaw winning. But up until that point Shaw had a fair number of victories over Anderson. I do believe Anderson won the last match, which meant this could go either way. Should it just be a match, I would have expected Shaw to possibly pick up an under-handed Win.
However if it’s a Committed match, then Anderson can’t lose. Just, impossible. He’s like Superman in this environment. Though if he did lose would be most interesting. Do they actually send their Talent to a Psychiatric Hospital? What would happen if Anderson actually had to endure that? Now that would be better.
Still, let’s just carry on shall we? Shaw does a good job of being the Crazy dude, though I do think it might limit his Wrestling abilities currently, I don’t even know if we’ve seen the last of him, or what is going to happen. Anderson seemed in good form, he’s always a bit hit and miss. But for this match he seemed on point. Very straight forward, very loud, very violent. It was good.
Shaw chocked out Anderson at one point and yet again started to pursue Christy, this just led to Anderson getting the upper hand and taking the fight to the back. He was pounding on the back of Shaw, and throwing him into the Guard Rails. I do remember Shaw was a bit of a risk taker, so he’s probably quite happy doing these spots, but still. Anderson then dropped him what looked rather hard, onto a Cart, which he then ran into some of those nicely placed storage boxes in the back. Shaw got a tiny bit of momentum back on his side till Christy showed up, Low-Blow’d him, and Anderson dropped him with a Mic Check to the floor / back of Van. Then threw him in and closed the doors.
Silly match, but if it has Storyline implications then it would be pretty cool. Wait and see.
Spud and Ethan Carter the third vs. Kurt Angle and Willow
I found it hilarious when Kurt and Willow stood side by side. I know it’s Wrestling and all that. But Angle as the only guy to transition from Olympic Wrestling to Pro-Wrestling, it was just funny. He’s stood there, donned in his American Flag themed Attire, years of training, Olympic Gold, and here’s Jeff Hardy, jigging around, screaming like a woman and sliding across the floor with an Umbrella. Kurt…… you’ve made it.
I do believe this got a fair bit of “Boring” chants at the start, but I do feel it was to do with the opening part of the match. Not that the crowd didn’t want to see it, but I do have a problem with the crowd, which I was address later on when it’s more relevant.
Spud had his fair share of chants too, which is awesome. It shows he is really coming into his own, and there is no doubt that his popularity is going to grow. I think movements like that only work when they aren’t played upon. The second the becoming acknowledged, they become irrelevant. A hard balance EY is going to face going forward.
What was cool though was Willow jumping off the Top Rope with his Umbrella…. admittedly he did just land straight on the floor with EC3 and Spud barely softening his landing at all. But then, that also makes it slightly funnier.
Funny is probably is how this is best described, EC3 even hit a Stinger Splash, the screaming “wooo” and everything. It wasn’t acknowledged by Taz or Tenay, but it certainly tickled my humorous horn.
Spud eventually got singled out, Willow did the whole “Twist of Fate / Stunner” thing, Angle did a modified half way through Angle Slam, but Jeff’s Swanton for the Win was awesome, it barely gave him any leaping room, so he just jumped vertically and shifted in mid air to land it for the Win, awesome!
Though it is annoying, like IGN’s own Matt Fowler pointed out, Willow is being “Jeff Hardy” more than he is Willow.
Tigre Uno vs. Sanada – Best of x3 – Final Match – X-Division Championship
The problem with the Best of x3, is there is always going to be 3 matches. Which would be cooler if say Sanada won on Match #2. That’s why a Best of x5 gives you more wiggle room to build momentum and desperation.
Either way, a great pairing and some great matches. But this, this was the best.
The match we’ve been waiting for from these two.
Uno locked in this crazy looking Submission, trapping Sanada’s head between his legs, and tying up his legs whilst pulling on his Arm. It just looked… crazy. Most submission holds usually show a sign of some form of Wiggle room, this just looked nasty.
I genuinely thought Sanada might be hurt multiple times through-out this match, which I guess comes with the territory of Uno’s Lucha Libre style, mixed with the X-Division, and PPV level.
Uno dived over the ropes, looking as if one of his knees landed hard on the top of Sanada’s head, causing him to instantly grasp and point at his collar bone.
This of course doesn’t sell Sanada short, who is great in his own ways, but if anyone stood tall in this environment, it was Uno.
Uno’s Capture/Cradle Suplex-DDT thing is insane. We saw it last week on Impact, but it’s an insane move. This took Sanada out, setting him up for his Sabre Tooth Splash, but missed, leaving Sanada to hit one of the most powerful Moonsaults I’ve seen in recent memory and taking the win.
The problem I have with this match is simple, The Crowd.
Part of the reason I love TNA, is because it makes you feel like you’re a part of the “grown up” Wrestling community. Sure you have kids watching and you have idiots.
I remember watching TNA live in Manchester last year, and the people in front were swearing and yelling all kinds of insulting derogative things towards the Knockouts. Now granted, you can dislike Women’s wrestling, I didn’t for a long time. The WWE’s Women’s Division was always so terrible. Now the Knockouts can struggle here and there, but over all they can go like no other Wrestling Company has let their Women perform at.
So you have these great new talents in TNA, and I for one love seeing a Mexican and Japanese style enthused in the mix of the American / British wrestling ensemble TNA offers.
Which makes me annoyed when you have such idiots in the crowd sayings “Let’s go Goku”.
I can appreciate and laugh at all kinds of jokes, and remarks. But when it’s blatant disrespect, that annoys me from an Audience I am so passionate about.
Uno and Sanada have had some of the best matches in recent memory, and for my money, this match was the match of the night. I can’t say enough good things about it, and I just hope that it would encourage a respectful crowd. Rather than distance themselves to a formality we’ve seen for years.
James Storm vs. Gunner – I Quit Match
There is only one complaint I have about this whole feud, and it’s the stupid re-use of that crap we have every time a Team breaks up, and in TNA, that’s very often.
“THEY WERE ONCE LIKE BROTHERS!”
No they weren’t, didn’t you watch the show?
And if they were, then clearly them fighting makes them more like Brothers. Why do they need to be Brothers to sell me on a feud, they don’t like each other, jealousy, whatever, who cares, FIGHT!
It’s Wrestling damn it!
I know it’s not a recent thing, but Storm obviously has been doing different things with his hair recently, should I comment on that? I notice these things. But also he has gone for a more Goatee look with snazzy Sideburns, rather than the full beard he once had. And Gunner another guy with a big beard has now trimmed his down to a much thinner Goatee. I do wonder if that is to make EY stand out as the guy with a Big Beard. Seeing as how Dixie invented it… and half of her Roster have them.
While I was fairly sure Gunner would eventually win this match, I was pleased at just how violent and aggressive The Cowboy was.
It was a brutal match, everything you would expect from an I-Quit match. It is hard to think of different ways to end such a match that we haven’t seen before. This, which is a very similar ending to AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer, and Jeff vs. Matt Hardy, when Jeff tied Matt to a Table and climbed to the Top of a Ladder, and of course could see what was going to happen next and Quit the match.
I do look forward to more creative ways to finish these types of Matches. But there is one thing that they will always have in common. Brutality.
Gunner must have bladed first, but Storm smashed a Beer Bottle over his head, and the second he hit the mat he had a cut. It looked pretty good… in the sadistic way that Wrestling provides this Story Telling.
Storm wasn’t done, ripping the Belt from the Ref and trapping Gunner in the Ropes, he violently attacked him, whipping his back constantly till he just stumbled backward into a ferocious Last Call Superkick.
Again, this match didn’t play in Storms favour, but it did solidify him as the Badass Heel I want him to be. You wouldn’t want to mess with this guy, that makes him a great counter balance to Eric Young. And I stand by that.
Still, Gunner built his momentum by smashing his head into the Turn Buckles, the ending came when they played the Two Steel Chairs set up front to front ala Lockdown. Only this time Gunner placed a Guard Rail between the Two Stains and Superplexed the Cowboy straight onto it. Very little give, and Storm’s injuries following show that he has some fractures and bruising. Gunner wasn’t done and picked up a Shard of Glass from the Beer Bottle and placed it against the Forehead of Storm, which is of course when he Quit.
Another great match.
The Knockouts seem to silent the Crowd as of late. I don’t know why that is. Maybe they’re not paying attention, maybe bored. Maybe in awe. Who knows.
Angelina of course controlled the majority of the match, though I did add another note of her being awesome.
Madison hit the “Rain-Drop /Rayne-Drop” ?? Then set up Angelina for the spear, she hit nothing but turnbuckle post, which led to Angelina connecting with her Botox Injection running Axe-Kick. It’s such an awesome move for a Knockout to use also, plus plays well to Angelina’s Long Legs and Big boots. Which should be a Cover of Storm’s old Longnecks and Rednecks.
In the end Angelina attempted a Top Rope cross-body which she missed. Madison then connected with a Spear, but Velvet played the deciding factor, spraying Hairspray in the eyes of Madison as she stumbled back into a Roll Up and Victory for Angelina Love. The x6 Time Record Breaking Knockouts Champion!
Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode – Tables Match
Bully cut a really good “Bully Ray” styled promo going into the match, probably could have done without the Double Sledge through a Table though. Having Bully hit a table and break it, to me, makes the Tables look weak, not make Bully look Strong.
At first I thought Gunner and Storm would take a higher place on the Card than this match, but I guess with the Storyline implications in place it makes sense. But Bully felt like Bully in this match, coming down to a huge “Tables, Tables, Tables” chant as his music played and he got Face to Face with Roode. It just cemented that Big Match feel.
Sure the crowd were chanting sh*t factor at Roode, but then Roode is the best, so it doesn’t really count. Also –
Sums it up
Tables matches also suffer from what I said was the problem last time, one Table just isn’t enough.
Bully was trying to Powerbomb Roode through a Table, he countered Twice, but on the Third time the Ref got knocked down and Roode went through the Table. Which obviously didn’t count Oh, the irony. Is that even ironic? I don’t know.
It’s almost cartoonish levels of stupidness when the Ref’s going flying these days, but people just think “meh… Wrestling”. Not “do something different”.
Bully placed Roode on the two tables side by side on the outside, Bully then made his way up the Turnbuckle when a skinny bearded bloke pushed him off through the Tables. Of course, the Ref saw Bully go through the Tables and Roode took the Win.
I should really start betting more on Roode. I always want him to win, and he does. Yet I don’t think he will.
Regardless, of course my joke from a few weeks back was actually True… and now it’s insignificant, so yay.. and Damn you, go out to Dixie Carter.
Donned as a rodey, screwed Bully out of this match. Obviously he didn’t lose anything aside from a Tables match being “his speciality” and just the pain of going through Tables.
Magnus vs. Eric Young – World Heavyweight Championship
I don’t think EY is losing popularity yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised for it to start happening. Apparently it’s already happening with Daniel Bryan, but it always does. When it goes from being “our thing” to everyone’s thing, people resent it. They almost done feel Worthy anymore.
Which is why a legit push for an awesome talented Heel always works better, and continues to work. When you change that Heel to be a face, it just doesn’t work anymore.
EY was talking about how he gets motivated when the Crowds chant “Go EY Go, Go EY Go!” a Chant I’ve never heard. To me it sounds like TNA are really pushing Chants and Crowd interaction to create “movements”. Here’s a thing, let it happen… don’t make it happen.
Also Magnus called himself Wreck-it-Ralph for some reason….
The Main Event though didn’t feel like anything was going to be “sacrificed” and I don’t even feel like Magnus really felt like a true contender. Probably with the lack of Build up and announcements that he would actually be cashing in his Rematch.
But what was really good about the Main Event, is that it was a Wrestling Match. No fancy gimmicks, no silly ending, no weapons, no Ref’s flying around. It was just EY vs. Magnus – Wrestling Match – World Championship. Simplicity, and perfect.
EY has easily shifted his game into the highest possible gear since being Champion, EY has always been a great Wrestler, but it’s his time to show everyone, he has always been a great Wrestler.
The match kicked off with some great Headlock take-downs by EY, and the Wrestling continued from there. Magnus’ patented Re-bound from Ropes Clothesline was on point, so was EY’s Top-Rope Moonsault, even though he missed.
Magnus caught EY from the Top Rope and dropped him down in his “Driver” manoeuvre for a Kick-out.
This led him to grab a Crowbar of sorts, only for it to be taken from him, and attempted a Low-Blow on EY whilst the Ref had his back turned, EY countered, dropped him with the Pile-Driver for yet another Kick-out this time from Magnus.
Alas, EY eventually Caught Magnus one last time with yet another Pile-Driver, followed it up with his Top-Rope Elbow rope and retained his World Championship in impressive form.
It’s a shame that the Main Event was “built” more, but the actual match quality no doubt made up for it. It at once secures Magnus as credible, and secures Eric Young, as Worthy.
Over-all Sacrifice was a top quality PPV. Not quite sure where things are going to go from here on out. Certainly Bully Ray and Bobby Roode / Dixie Carter aren’t done by a long-shot. Knux is returning to impact with his Girl-Friend “Rebel” along with his friends, Crazy Steve and The Freak. A new Stable, perhaps a kin to the Wyatt family?
Certainly exciting to see what happens going toward Slammiversary.
Though on a closing note, as legit as it might be for Wrestlers to lose to a Pile-Driver, and how TNA can be different to use it. I still feel uncomfortable to witness it. It’s not worth the risk, on the odd occasion, perhaps. This regularly, I’d rather they didn’t.
Of course that isn’t my call.
What did you think to Sacrifice? Did you like it? What didn’t you like? Who did you pick to Win?
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