Their heels couldn’t get heat if they covered them all with Bengay.
This promotion is a mess right now and just a few days before Bound for Glory, there doesn’t seem to be anyway it can get itself out of the mud.
While the action itself was solid, the storylines involving Hogan, Sting, Roode and Angle are totally lackluster. No one wanted to see Hogan vs. Sting in 1999 when they were still in decent shape. Why now then? Roode and Angle will be a great match, but there is no real heat on Angle and Roode needs more mic time to get over.
Again, this show is a mess.
Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam and AJ Styles: Four great workers made this a technically sound contest and a more than capable opening match. A nice combination of near-falls, counters and double team moves, along with the routine moves that make these guys so much fun to watch in the first place, made this enjoyable. Styles ended up taking over the match though with a slew of aerial and high impact moves and eventually got the win after he hit his Styles Clash finisher on Lynn.
Matt Morgan vs. Samoa Joe: This match was a waste. Morgan won with a leapfrog cradle of sorts. No chemistry between these two at all. After the match, Crimson came to help Morgan and Joe challenged them both to a Triple Threat match at Bound for Glory.
Jesse Sorensen and Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aires and Kid Kash: Sorensen can go. He gets better and better every week. All four of these guys can wrestle and from the get go, the athletic ability was on full display. Like the earlier tag team match, the double team moves and fast tags were prevalent. However, with no real story to bring it all together, it felt like it was for nothing. Kendrick got the win with his sliced bread finisher on Aries.
Mr. Anderson vs. Scott Steiner w/ Bully Ray as Special Enforcer: A routine match that was nothing special. Ray spoke trash on the outside and interfered with Anderson after he hit his Mic Check finisher on Steiner. Soon after, Abyss hit the ring and accidently hit Steiner in the face with a chain. Anderson made the most of that and covered Steiner for the win.
Handicap Match: Robert Roode vs. Jeff Jarrett and Gunner: A handicap match that ended with Roode making short work of both Jarrett and Gunner, who he made submit to the crossface. After the match, Immortal attacked him. James Storm came out in his tag team partner’s defense, but he caught a beating as well. Soon after, Kurt Angle came into the ring to continue the beating, but Jeff Hardy came into the ring and took out Immortal all by himself.