2010 “Victory Road” Round TableBy Drowgoddess · · 2 Comments
TNA’s “Victory Road” pay-per-view of 2008 took place in my city, Houston, Texas, and was a rather awesome show. “Victory Road” of 2009 was quite possibly the worst wrestling ppv in the history of wrestling ppvs, with the possible exception of “Halloween Havoc.” At which end of the ppv quality spectrum will the 2010 version of “Victory Road” prove to be? Find out for yourselves on the night of Sunday, July 11th. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what several of our Bored Wrestling Fans think!
World Heavyweight Championship title match:
Rob Van Dam (ch) vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss
RYTMAN: An Abyss win would help push whatever this “They” gimmick is, so it wouldn’t surprise me, HOWEVER TNA seems to have given “constant pointless swerve” mode a rest for the time being. So I’ll go w/RVD retains and The X-tream N-vasion B-gins w/a beatdown of Hardy/Kennedy.
ThinkSoJoE: For the love of (insert supreme being here), please do NOT let Abyss win this – he’s supposedly going to face Hogan at Bound for Glory. And you know what happens when Hogan randomly gets a title shot. For my sanity, I’m saying RVD to retain.
Drowgoddess: Mr. Anderson will either cost Jeff Hardy the title by accident or full-out turn on him, leaving RVD and Abyss to fight over the title. Abyss really shouldn’t win the title here, but I won’t be surprised if he does. The Hogan/Bischoff golden boy hasn’t been pushed this hard to be ignored now. I fear for us all.
JT: Ennie, meanie, miny, moe, um Anderson wins I think, he isn’t injured yet is he?
Ric Flair vs. Jay Lethal
RYTMAN: The entire point of this angle is to put over Lethal, so I will be optimistic and say TNA keeps up this “logical booking” thing going with a Lethal Victory.
Gee: Because TNA rushes everything, I’m going with Lethal. Flair apparently loves Lethal, so puts him over. I’d rather see this drawn out over a long period of time and be wrong here.
ThinkSoJoE: Lethal has to win. What good does a win do for Flair?
Drowgoddess: I want it on record that I hate the fact that this match is taking place at all. Flair, I’m looking in YOUR direction. That said, Lethal beats Flair and goes on to become the REAL first member of Fortune and does a total heel turn. After all, nobody in Flair’s entourage has been able to beat Lethal. Lethal is a far better “Flair Jr.” than AJ Styles.
JT: Flair has a heart Attack, dies in the ring, yet he still wins the match.
“Top 10 Rankings” match:
Kurt Angle (#9) vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero (#8)
RYTMAN: IS ANYONE NOT GONNA SAY KURT ANGLE?
Gee: Going with the Pope. Even though I love Kurt Angle (and will likely fuck this pick up too), god damn. Dude just returned to the iMPACT Zone, and wouldn’t this be an awesome feud?
ThinkSoJoE: Kurt Angle has a self imposed stipulation that if he loses he’ll retire. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Angle wins.
Drowgoddess: It’s a total shame to waste a major (and super-over) return like The Pope’s with an immediate ppv loss, but with Angle’s career on the line AND being only at #8 on a list of 10, there’s no way Angle loses here.
JT: The Pope, it’s his first match back.
Steel Cage match
Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez
RYTMAN: Hmmmm…. Hogan supposedly likes both these guys… I’ll just assume TNA likes to screw over the Mexicans and go w/Morgan.
Gee: Hernandez… I guess.
ThinkSoJoE: Hernandez will take this one as ultimate payback for the injury inflicted by Morgan
Drowgoddess: An injured Homicide (who has not been mentioned or shown once on tv after suffering the same injury as Hernandez at the foot of Matt Morgan) helps Hernandez get the win, and LAX reunites.
JT: Wait these guys still have jobs, good for them. Morgan has been killing everybody lately from what I know so why stop here. M-M-M-Matt M-M-M-Morgan W-W-Wins.
Tag Team Championship title match
Beer Money vs. the Motor City Machine Guns
RYTMAN: Beer Money. To help push “Fortune” and to screw over Drow yet again.
Gee: MCMG’s will win if the wrestling gods have anything to say about this. I expect this match to potentially steal the show. I will too. Fuck me, I’m not paying a dime when I can stream it for free!
ThinkSoJoE: I’ll go ahead and say the Guns, so Drow doesn’t lynch me.
Drowgoddess: My comments on this one could fill a set of encyclopedia, so I’ll use the Cliffs Notes version here. After teaming for almost four years, and being consistently one of the most popular acts in the company (despite their horrendous booking), the MCMG have yet to win TNA’s tag team gold. Beer Money has had three tag team title reigns. It’s long past time for the MCMG to be the TNA Tag Team Champions. LONG past time.
JT: Sorry Drow but as the saying goes, “It pays to be Roode!” Beer Money wins (JT immediately ducks to avoid things being thrown at him)
Ultimate X match with submissions victory stipulation
X-Division Championship title match
Douglas Williams (ch) vs. Brian Kendrick
RYTMAN: Doug Williams; it’s too soon for him to loose.
Gee: As much as I love Kendrick, I think Williams defends successfully here.
ThinkSoJoE: I’m failing to see the point of a submission stipulation in a match whose point is to climb up on cables and grab something – in this case the X-Division Championship. I love Spanky to death, but I don’t think we’re ready for Douglas Williams to drop the title.
Drowgoddess: I agree with ThinkSoJoE’s assessment of the submission stipulation. An Ultimate X match is its own thing, and needs no tampering. Douglas Williams retains the title by NOT using a submission and taking down the belt.
JT: Wait the former Superbowl MVP Doug Williams is wrestling now. Wow how the mighty have fallen, Kendrick wins here.
Knockouts Championship title match:
Madison Rayne (ch) vs. Angelina Love
RYTMAN: Angelina Love AND I BARELY CARED ENOUGH TO GUESS THAT MUCH.
Gee: If they want to keep the Beautiful People strong, Rayne has to win. Nonetheless, I’ll go with Angelina Love.
ThinkSoJoE: Angelina Love is absolutely going to take back the Knockouts title in this one.
Drowgoddess: Angelina Love wins the title, and completes her teased heel turn on a newly-babyface Velvet Sky and Lacey Von Erich. For some reason.
JT: Love wins or retains, how the hell do I know, I don’t watch the program anymore.
Gee’s Final Thoughts: I realize my picks are very cynical. While I totally do understand why in the hell I continue to watch (and “review”) show every week (as does our Drowgoddess), there will likely be some fun entertaining moments at this PPV. There likely will be a lot of suck.
That’s it for our predictions and comments. Check back with us right here at BWF for “Victory Road” results!
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I'll be reviewing the show, but not in real time. There will be eight people in my living room watching the show tonight, as shocking as that may be. The review will be posted some time tomorrow, though.
8 people!?!?! Geez, I can't say I know more than one other person in my city who suffers through this stuff like us… let alone pay for it. Ahh… it's a pirate's life for me! YARRRR!!!