TNA Maximum iMPACT! Tour 2011 – Dublin, Ireland (24/01/11)

TNA 2011 UK Tour

TNA 2011 UK Tour

TNA house show report (Courtesy of PWTorch)
January 24, 2011
Dublin, Ireland at National Stadium

(1) Kazarian beat Chris Sabin and Mark Haskins in a three-way match to retain the X Division Title in 8:00. Good, fast-paced opener. Sabin was the crowd favorite by far here. Haskins was hated simply because he was English. It was the first, but not last, showing of good old casual nationalism from the crowd. Typical three-way match with one wrestler outside the ring recovering while the other two fought. Kazarian won after hitting an RKO on Sabin after Sabin jumped from the top rope, and then hitting his reverse Tombstone on Haskins for the three count.

(2) Angelina Love & Mickie James beat Knockouts champion Madison Rayne & Tara in 9:00. Not much love for Angelina here. There seemed to be many disappointed faces when the audience realized it wasn’t Velvet Sky representing the Beautiful People. Great reaction for Mickie James, and super heat for Madison Rayne and that Queen-like wave she does now. The match itself was better than I expected. Mickie picked up the win for her team after hitting a sloppy-looking version of her jumping DDT move.

(3) Rob Van Dam beat Matt Hardy in 10:00. Unlike the show in Lyon, France that was reported on, Hardy had no problems drawing heel heat. The crowd hated him, but not in a go-away-heat kind of a way. Huge reaction for RVD, and his music works much better in a live setting than on TV, in my opinion. It really gets the crowd going. The match was as expected from these two. It seemed like Matt was going through the motions. RVD did most of the work and won after hitting a very impressive Five-star Frogsplash.

(4) TNA tag champions Beer Money (James Storm & Robert Roode w/Ric Flair) beat Douglas Williams & Magnus to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles in 16:00. Longest and best match of the show, by far. Keeping with tradition, Williams and Magnus were booed out of the building for being English. No attempt was made to have them play a babyface role, so this was the “to heck with the storylines” match. Before the match, Flair cut a promo about how much he loved Ireland and, of course, the Irish being known for drinking. He then went old-school Horsemen telling to ladies to come find James Storm in the Radisson hotel after the show. The crowd absolutely loved Flair. Beer Money played the crowd for cheers at every opportunity, also. All four wrestlers put on a great match. Magnus was especially impressive. He needs to be back on Impact. Flair got involved with the referee several times and each time was greeted with a chorus of Wooooo’s. The match ended when Beer Money hit the DWI on Williams for the three count.

[Intermission]

(5) Shannon Moore & Matt Morgan beat “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero & Jeff Jarrett in 12:00. This was an odd pairing of teams and the match never really worked for me. Disappointment seemed to be in the air when Shannon Moore walked out, but in fairness to him, he wrestled the entire match for his team with Morgan only coming in the last minute. They seemed to be doing everything they could to have Moore not seem out of place, and he did his best, but it was still strange to see the Eric Young style placement of him with main event-level guys. Jarrett worked very well as a heel along with The Pope. This was all Jarrett & Pope vs. Moore for the most part. The match ended when Moore finally got the tag to Morgan, who finished off Pope with a sick-looking Discus Clothesline.

TNA president Dixie Carter came out to the ring and gave a speech thanking the fans for sticking with TNA, and also advised that she should be able to announce in the next day or so the details of how Ireland and the U.K. would be able to view Impact now that Bravo is gone. She said that a new home on Sky has been found, but she didn’t have details of when it would begin to air as of yet. Good reaction for Dixie here.

(6) TNA World Hvt. champion Mr. Anderson beat Jeff Hardy in 13:00 to retain the TNA World Title in the main event. This was a match where the wrestling was an afterthought, as all the crowd was interested in was chanting anti-Hardy messages. There were chants of “Hardy’s wasted” (he actually seemed to be in good shape), “He’s my dealer,” and “C-M-Punk” all rang out around the arena for almost the entire match. There was also a loud chant of “Change Your Title” when Anderson was holding up the TNA Title belt for the crowd to see. (Why is he still carrying around Jeff’s belt, anyways?) Anderson never really connected with the crowd here since he was battling the anti-Hardy stuff from the get-go. There was one “Let’s go Anderson” chant, but it was short lived. Not much to the match, really. It had the TNA Special – an over-booked ending. There was a ref bump followed by Hardy hitting the Twist Of Hate. Earl Hebner ran out to make the count, but Anderson kicked out at two. Hardy then knocked out Hebner leaving no ref again. Matt Hardy ran out and hit Anderson with the title belt and rolled Jeff on to him. The first referee woke up and made a slow two count. Anderson eventually hit the Mic Check for the win.

After the match, Anderson was looking for a drink leading to the Beer Money music hitting. Beer Money, along with Flair, led all the babyfaces, including Dixie into the ring. Flair then shook hands with Anderson, and took the mic declaring Dixie to be the best promoter he ever worked for. Kayfabe, anyone? I know it’s only a house show, but a bit of continuity would be nice, in my opinion. All the babyfaces stayed for a while drinking beers and shaking hands with the fans to close the show.

Show Notes

— Dixie was signing autographs and taking photos before the show, during the intermission, and after show with each session lasting about 20 minutes. She really put the time in to meet as many fans as she could. It was apparent when she came out to the ring for the speech that the crowd really appreciated her.

— Jeremy Borash did his usual schtick giving out backstage passes to the loudest people throughout the night. While it’s cheesy and always the same stuff, it really works. The crowd eats it up every time, especially the kids.

Biggest Pops:

— Ric Flair & Beer Money (easily)
— RVD
— Mickie James

Biggest Heat:

— Jeff Hardy
— Matt Hardy
— Douglas Williams & Magnus

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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