04/27 Powell's TNA Sacrifice PPV results and review: Eric Young vs. Magnus for the TNA Title, Kurt Angle and Willow vs. EC3 and Rockstar Spud, Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray in a tables match, Gunner vs. James Storm in an I Quit match

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04/27 Powell's TNA Sacrifice PPV results and review: Eric Young vs. Magnus for the TNA Title, Kurt Angle and Willow vs. EC3 and Rockstar Spud, Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray in a tables match, Gunner vs. James Storm in an I Quit match
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TNA Sacrifice
Aired live on pay-per-view
Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios

Sacrifice opened with a video that featured Magnus discussing his title match against Eric Young... Mike Tenay and Taz checked in on commentary and hyped a couple of the gimmick matches at the TNA Title match...

1. Robbie E, Jessie, and DJ Z vs. The Wolves in a handicap match for the TNA Tag Titles. Z came out first (sporting a rainbow colored mohawk) and said he and his squad would make the Wolves howl in pain. The Wolves came to the ring and Eddie Edwards recalled BroMans getting themselves disqualified. He handed Christy Hemme a slip of paper and then she announced that MVP had ruled that the tag match would be a No DQ match.

The Wolves got off to a fast start despite having the numbers disadvantage. They cleared the ring of Z and Jessie and then worked over Robbie. The heels came back when Z slammed his laptop over the back of Edwards. Things settled into an actual tag match and the heels isolated Edwards.

Richards came back with a double huracanrana. Tenay said he loved the move (even though it defies all logic). Richards took the hot tag and got the better of the heels until Z cut him off. However, Z missed a laptop shot and struck Jessie mistakenly. The Wolves performed a bunch of nameless moves (or moves that Tenay doesn't know the names of) then performed double stomps off opposite corners and got the win...

The Wolves defeated Robbie E, Jessie, and DJ Z to win the TNA Tag Titles in 10:15.

Powell's POV: A couple questions. Why didn't TNA bother to announce the No DQ stipulation in advance rather than make it seem like the heel champions had the advantage on the go-home show? When the heels were working over Edwards, why didn't Richards run in and attack them rather than wait for a tag since it was a No DQ match? Turning my brain off, the match was solid. The crowd enjoyed the Wolves' offense and applauded the tag title switch. Tenay's call of the three count and the tag title change packed about as much punch as it would have if he were calling a squash match on Xplosion.

Tenay and Taz spoke at their desk and hyped the additional title matches that would occur on the show...

Backstage, Jeremy Borash spoke about the committed match and the interviewed Sam Shaw. They stood in front of the padded van. Shaw said he'll never allow himself to be committed. He spoke about his mother and dedicated the match to her. "Christy, this one's for you," he said... A video package recapped the Shaw, Christy Hemme, and Mr. Anderson drama...

Powell's POV: It's pointless to dedicate the match to Ms. Shaw since we learned on Impact that she doesn't watch Impact. After all, why else would she allow her son's archenemy to enter their home?

2. Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw in a committed match. The goal of the match is to place your opponent inside the psychiatric services fan. In other words, it's an ambulance match with a van instead of an ambulance. Anderson worked over Shaw at ringside early on by slamming his back into the edge of the ring. Christy Hemme stood at ringside and cheered for Anderson.

Shaw responded by locking Anderson in his finishing hold. Shaw released the hold and turned his attention toward Hemme. Anderson recovered and attacked Shaw. They fought to the stage. Anderson went for his Mic Check finisher, but Shaw elbowed out of it.

Anderson started talking as he worked over Shaw. He told him "Let's go for a walk" and then stopped and said, "Wait, I've got an idea." Anderson then whipped Shaw into a barricade. They fought to the backstage area and onto the interview set, where Anderson told Borash to ask Shaw some questions. Borash asked how the match was going. Anderson used a high pitched voice while answering for Shaw as he said, "Not very good, J.B., I'm about to go to the funny farm."

Anderson placed Shaw onto a cart and then rolled him into some gear. Anderson walked over to the padded van and started inspecting it for no goddamn reason. Shaw attacked Anderson from behind. Hemme showed up and got Shaw's attention. She caressed his hair and then kneed him in the nuts. "Nut shot," Taz said. Anderson performed the Mic Check onto the back of the van, then closed the doors of the van...

Mr. Anderson defeated Samuel Shaw in a committed match.

Powell's POV: Will Scott Hall show up in Shaw's mental hospital? What would have happened if Anderson had lost the match? Would he really have been committed even though he doesn't have any known mental issues (aside from being a fan of the Green Bay Packers)? Let me guess, Shaw comes back eventually and starts saying "But I'm much better now..."

Backstage, Borash interviewed Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. EC3 said Angle will never beat him. Spud said Willow tried to break his leg. He said he was there to make sure EC3 got his win over Angle...

3. Kurt Angle and Willow vs. Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. EC3 declined to tag into the match to face Angle early on. Angle said he wanted EC3 in the ring. Angle told Spud he would kick his ass all the way to England if he didn't get out of the ring. Spud tagged in EC3. Angle quickly applied the ankle lock, but EC3 tagged Spud.

Spud went to ringside and bickered with EC3. Willow grabbed his umbrella and went to the top rope. He let the umbrella fall and then dove onto both opponents. Later, the babyfaces worked over Spud while EC3 watched from the floor. Willow performed a Twist of Fate, Angle suplexed Spud, and then Willow followed up with a Swanton for the win...

Kurt Angle and Willow defeated EC3 and Rockstar Spud in 9:05.

Powell's POV: A lopsided match that belonged on Impact more than on one of the four annual pay-per-view events. They're obviously building up to Angle getting EC3 in a match, but it's hard to say what they have in mind for Willow.

Backstage, Eric Young spoke about being TNA Champion and having a target on his back. He said he's not doing it for just him. He said he's doing it for everyone who has heard the word "no" or "you can't" or "you're not good enough." He said he's heard the word a lot of times in his life. He said he's a dreamer and this has been the best two weeks of his life...

Knux and his fire dancing girlfriend were shown driving in a car. She said she was excited and it was going to be a lot of fun. He said it's a lot of work and he needs Rebel in his corner. She said he would get that and it would be just the two of them. He said it would be the four of them. He said Crazy Steve and someone else. She flipped out and said Crazy Steve is crazy...

Powell's POV: Yes, she actually said Crazy Steve is crazy. She dances with fire. Knux has an arcade that I believe he just referred to as a carnival. Is Crazy Steve going to be Kizarny? Is this some weird Oddities gimmick?

A Sanada vignette aired... Tenay ran through the X Factors. They were "international X Division showcase" and "best of series tied 1-1" and "rubber match" determines champion"...

4. Sanada vs. Tigre Uno for the X Division Title. Streamers fell as part of Uno's entrance. Uno caught Sanada in a hold early. He tried to follow with a springboard move but jumped into a dropkick. At 6:20, Sanada hit a nice dragon suplex for a two count. He went for the move again a short time later, but Uno avoided it and came back with a nasty high cradle into a DDT type of move (as Taz called it). Uno crashed and burned with the 450 sabertooth splash. Sanada hit a moonsault and got the win. Sanada and Uno shook hands afterward...

Sanada defeated Tigre Uno to retain the X Division Title in 8:30.

Powell's POV: The crowd had no incentive to cheer one wrestler over the other, so they just sat back until they had a high spot to react to. The wrestlers worked hard but it was essentially a spot fest, especially since some of the big moves down the stretch didn't seem to matter ten seconds after they were performed, as they just moved onto their next spot.

Backstage, Borash hyped the I Quit match and interviewed James Storm, who said he's been the star maker over the last couple months. Storm said he made Gunner and his daddy a star. He said just as he made a star, he can break a star. He said he would make Gunner say I Quit. Storm said Gunner will find out that sooner or later God will cut you down... A video package recapped their feud...

5. Gunner vs. James Storm in an I Quit match. Early in the match, Storm sent Gunner crashing into the guardrail. For some reason, there was an extra piece of rail there that fell onto Gunner when he hit the mat. Gunner went under the ring and pulled out a trashcan and a kendo stick. Storm attacked him before he could use the weapons. The ref checked with Gunner at 3:55 and Gunner said "no, no."

Storm jabbed a chair into Gunner's gut and then slammed it over his back. Storm and Gunner traded trash can shots to the head, which quieted the small but vocal "A.J. Styles" chant that had started. Storm won the battle, but Gunner picked up the trash can lid and slammed it over Storm's head to win the trash can war. Gunner charged at Storm, who moved, causing Gunner to crash into the corner.

Storm performed a DDT off the ring apron that drove Gunner's head into part of the ring steps. Gunner once again refused to quit. Storm pulled out a beer bottle and slammed it over Gunner's head. The crowd chanted for one more beer. Gunner bled from the forehead and again yelled "Noooo!"

Storm whipped Gunner with a belt. "Piss off," Gunner said when the referee put the mic in his face. Storm knocked Gunner down with a Last Call super kick. "Never," Gunner told the referee. Gunner came back and hit multiple F5's. He set up the extra piece of railing onto two chairs in the ring, and then superplexed Storm onto the railing. Gunner picked up a shard of glass and held it over Storm's face. "Say it!" Gunner yelled at Storm. He teased driving the glass into Storm's head and apparently Storm quit...

Gunner defeated James Storm in an I Quit match in 18:40.

Powell's POV: A good garbage match with the story that Gunner would not quit not matter what Storm threw at him. It's a shame the live crowd didn't seem all that interested in the babyface vs. heel dynamic and instead cheered for big spots, as the story would have played much better if the fans were engaged in a traditional manner and were rallying behind the babyface. It was odd to see a bloody Gunner standing victorious over the seemingly unscathed Storm at the end. Good effort from both men.

Backstage, Borash interviewed Angelina Love and Velvet Sky. Love said she's like Mother Teresa "only way hotter." Love ripped on Rayne and then said she will become a record six-time champion. She said the Knockouts Division desperately needs a makeover and they are the only two women who can do it...

Tenay read through the Knockouts Tale of the Tape. Instead of height/weight, it was "no Rayne at reunion, Love earns title shot, and most decorated champs collide...

6. Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love (w/Velvet Sky) for the TNA Knockouts Title. Sky got involved early on. At 6:00, Madison dove off the apron and onto both members of The Beautiful People on the floor. Madison rolled Sky back inside the ring and performed the Rayne Drop. She followed up with a spear attempt and missed. Velvet caught her with a kick to the head for a two count.

Love threw a fit when she didn't get the pin. Love went for a cross body block off the top rope and Rayne dodged it. Rayne speared Love. Velvet stood on the apron and shook her ass for the referee. Rayne moved the referee aside. Velvet sprayed Rayne with hairspray. Love rolled up Rayne and pinned her...

Angelina Love pinned Madison Rayne in 7:55 to win the TNA Knockouts Title.

Powell's POV: The crowd was really flat and just doesn't care about the babyface vs. heel dynamic. I really believe that's a product of poor creative rather than it being a case of a tough crowd. For instance, I want to like Madison Rayne, but what do Impact viewers really have to connect with?

Backstage, Borash interviewed Bully Ray about his tables match with Bobby Roode. Ray said he was given two minutes to talk about the match. He said he didn't want to talk, he wants to fight Roode. Ray said Roode is one of the best wrestlers in the world, but this is a fight. Ray said this is his wheelhouse. Ray got the fans to chant for tables. "Bobby Roode, I would not want to be you tonight," Ray said. "You have put me through more tables in the past couple of months than anybody has." Ray said he would put Roode through a table...

A video package recapped the Ray and Roode program, starting with Dixie Carter giving Roode ten percent of the company if he could win the Lethal Lockdown match, and Ray costing Roode's team the match...

7. Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode in a tables match. The crowd was hot for Ray and chanted "tables" before the bell. Roode and Ray jawed at one another. The crowd chanted "Shit Factor" at Roode. Roode flipped off Ray, who responded with punches. Ray went for a table at 1:45 and set it up on the floor. He rolled inside the ring and Roode was there to greet him with kicks. Eventually, a pair of tables were set up next to one another on the floor.

Back in the ring, a table was set up in a corner. Roode had a run of offense that ended with a Ray backdrop. Ray played to the crowd and then went over to Roode, who clotheslined him with the top rope. Roode went for a uranage, but Roode avoided it. Ray ended up powerbombing Roode through the table, but the referee was bumped and missed it.

At 12:00, Roode went for a move off the second rope, but Ray caught him with a Diamond Cutter on the way down. Roode rolled to the floor and Ray followed. Ray set Roode on the two tables that were set up earlier. Ray climbed to the second rope. A woman dressed up as a bearded crew member shoved Ray off the ropes and through the table.

It took the fans a about a minute, but they started chanting "Dixie sucks." Dixie removed her hat, glasses, and beard. "What?!?" Tenay said. "Wow!" Taz responded. Dixie jawed at the fallen Ray not to double cross her. Dixie's music played and she headed backstage while Ray continued to sell and Roode was left to look down at the damage.

Bobby Roode defeated Bully Ray in 15:00.

Powell's POV: Who knew Downtown Bruno was actually Dixie Carter all those years in Memphis? It seemed like the crowd was slow to figure out it was Dixie, so I guess it worked on that level. Ray is the most over guy in the company. He's one of the only babyfaces who truly had the fans with him.

Backstage, Borash interviewed Magnus, who said Eric Young is a liar, a phony champion, and a joke. He said he is a thinking man's competitor who would take back what's his. He said you could call him Wreck It Ralph because there's no one he'd rather be than himself.... A video package focussed on Young's title win and Magnus saying he isn't like the fans that Young represents...

8. Eric Young vs. Magnus for the TNA Title. Jeremy Borash handled the in-ring introductions for the championship match. Brian Hebner was the referee. At 5:00, Magnus caught Young coming off the ring apron and powerslammed him to the floor. Cool spot. Back inside the ring, Magnus went on the offensive and played to the crowd for heat. There was a small "EY" chant.

After a few minutes of Magnus offense, Young came back with punches and a flying forearm. Young clotheslined Magnus and then did a Flair flip in the corner before shoulder blocking Magnus on his way back inside the ring. Young put Magnus down with a belly-to-belly suplex and missed a moonsault.

Magnus performed a uranage and then dropped a top rope elbow for a two count. Young came back and went for a piledriver, but Magnus caught him in a double leg takedown and applied a cloverleaf. Young reached the ropes to break the hold at 12:50. Young took Magnus down and applied a sloppy version of the Scorpion leg lock.

Young went to the top rope for no good reason and Magnus was there to hit him with a punch and then slammed him for a two count at 14:00. Magnus went under the ring and pulled out a weapon. The referee spotted it and took it away. Young kicked Magnus and piledrove him, but Magnus kickd out of his pin attempt.

Young set up for a second piledriver, but Magnus avoided it. Young ended up catapulting Magnus into the corner and then performed a second piledriver. Young went to the top rope and nailed the elbow drop for the 1-2-3...

Eric Young defeated Magnus to retain the TNA Title in 15:45.

A commercial aired for TNA Slammiversary on June 15...

Powell's POV: A good match without a bunch of nonsense for a change. I'm shocked that we didn't see Abyss, though certainly not complaining. TNA is usually better when there's a babyface champion because they don't feel the need to overbook everything when a heel is going over. The biggest problem with the main event is that it didn't feel main event. It's early in Young's run but there is a ton of work to do to make him and the title feel important.

Overall, Sacrifice felt very flat. It wasn't bogged down with the overbooked finished we've been getting, but it looked like a throwaway show on paper and it certainly felt like one. That said, if you ordered the show because the lineup actually appealed to you, then you probably came away satisfied with your purchase. It didn't make me feel any better about the state of the product nor leave me looking forward to seeing what's next, but at least they didn't pile on with their usual nonsensical finishes (aside from Dixie in drag). I'll be back with an audio review of the show for Dot Net Members later tonight, and with the TNA Sacrifice Hit List on Tuesday.




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