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I actually attended Destination X in Norfolk, VA back on March 9, and had a fantastic time. What looked like a horrible card on paper turned out to be an entertaining show, and some of the matches were flat-out terrific.
LAX d. the Rock & Rave Infection and Motor City Machine Guns in a 3-way match
Rating - 9
This was an extremely well-crafted triple threat, with all the spots you'd expect from these guys. Even Lance Hoyt does a great job here, believe it or not. LAX wins when Hernandez hits the Border Toss on Jimmy Rave after Homicide nails a somersault plancha on Hoyt and the Machine Guns.
"Black Machismo" Jay Lethal d. Petey Williams to retain the X-Division Title
Rating - 10
This was a perfect X-division match, the kind of spectacle that we used to see on TNA pay per views every month with Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles. The match opened with some great chain wrestling, and the finish furthered both the Williams/Steiner and Lethal/So Cal Val storylines while making both wrestlers look good. The crowd in the Scope ate this match up, and the DVD shows why.
Kaz & Eric Young d. Black Reign & Rellik
Rating - 7
Any match with Black Reign & Rellik is going to be underwhelming. Fortunately, Kaz is a talented-enough wrestler and EY an entertaining-enough one that this match doesn't completely suck. This match is best remembered as the debut of Super Eric, who the crowd ate up, and the double-Death Valley Driver finish was pretty awesome.
Awesome Kong d. ODB and Gail Kim to retain the TNA Women's Title
Rating - 8
The TNA Knockouts are consistenly the most-viewed wrestlers on Impact!, and this match showcased the three best women in the division. One great spot saw Gail fly over the top for a plancha on Awesome Kong, only to be caught by the Champion. ODB then jumps from the ring on to Gail and Kong with a Thesz Press, taking both women to the floor. You'll never see a spot like that in a WWE "divas" match. Kong retains after a second rope splash on Gail and an Awesome Bomb on ODB.
Shark Boy & Curry Man d. Team 3D in a Fish Market Street Fight
Rating - 8
Okay, hear me out. Going into this event, this looked like the worst match on the card. Shark Boy and Curry Man are sometimes funny characters, but like most of wrestling's comic relief their matches are never anything special. Team 3D has gotten old, out of shape, and pretty stale. On top of it all, it's a gimmick match with freakin' fish. That's a recipe for horror if I've ever heard one.
But believe it or not, this was a really fun match. For those of us in attendance, Brother Ray's launching of dead fish into the crowd was just the icing on the (crab) cake. (Yes, that was a horrible joke.) If you can get past the ridiculous spot where Curry Man bates a fishing rod with a cupcake and catches Brother Ray, this match will surprise you with its sheer entertainment value.
Robert Roode d. Booker T in a "Stand By Your Man Strap Match"
Rating - 6
Strap matches typically disappoint to begin with, particularly when they can end by pinfall. But when you have a strap match with Robert Roode, there's no disappointment involved. You know from the get-go that it will be boring. Roode won after hitting Booker T with a foreign object, forcing Traci Brooks to take 10 lashes from Petyon Banks after the match. Banks decided to land more like 20 hits, prompting Booker's wife Sharmell to return to TNA and whip everyone she could find, including Banks, Roode, Jim Cornette, and a host of referees and Atlas Security guys.
Rhino d. James Storm in an Elevation X match
Rating - 7
Elevation X is a stupid concept. Even in person, it does not look nearly as impressive as the TNA announcers would have you believe. And when the loser falls from the bottom of the structure, it really amounts to a fall of about 10 feet. Painful, of course. Worse than missing a move off the top rope? Not really. This match did feature some outstanding storytelling, but in terms of action it was about as limited as you'd expect.
Samoa Joe, Christian Cage, and Kevin Nash d. Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, and Tomko in a 6-man tag
Rating - 7
Despite featuring four of my favorite wrestlers in the world today, this was a disappointing main event. Because of time overruns in previous segments, the match only got about 15 minutes of air time, including 5 minutes of 3-on-2 handicap action with Kurt Angle in the back. This match would've been a pretty good Impact! main event, but was a very disappointing way to end Destination X. Joe made Tomko tap out to the Coquina Clutch.
Other Notes: The show is filled with annoying interview segments with the main event participants, so watch out for those. There is an easter egg on the second page of the "Chapters" menu; press up twice to highlight the TNA logo, then press enter. You'll get to watch a bunch of highlights from the show over a generic rock song. The extra match is a tag team match from Impact! pitting Christian and Nash against Styles and Tomko.