The show was awesome last night! I'm glad I bought presale tickets and got there a bit early.
Here are some thoughts:
Opening match was paced well and went not to short and not to long... just right. It wasn't the best match, but the story with Candace was good and entertaining. That's all I ask from an opener...
I was and am surprised at the love the second match between Cage and Brandon. I couldn't wait for it to end. It was full of botches and high spots. It most certainly didn't deserve "this is awesome" chants. Don't get me wrong, I didn't expect much from the match... but didn't get much either. Way too long as well. I'd have loved to see 5 minutes of this match given to Dragon/Strong. Also, Cage was decent, but really, really needs to learn how to sell. This match had so much no selling that it was ANNOYING.
*** My complaint is also that BOTH opening matches were full of high spots and dives.... I know I know, this isn't the WWE... but you can't have EVERY match have blood... you can't have EVERY match end the same... and you can't have EVERY match have crazy high spot dives. ***
I liked the Sabin match. Entertaining enough. I loved seeing that fan get punked out by the crowd and Sabin (the idiot who thought "F*&k Detriot" was an original and thoughtful chant). If Sabin were 50 lbs more he'd be a megastar.
Lost vs. Sky was AWESOME. The fans were "batshit insane" to steal a quote. It may have not be the most scientific match... but who cares. It was GREAT! I heard people were upset that Lost... uh... lost... but you are supposed to go out looking at the lights... and to his own move, which was awesome. I reallly enjoyed this match and hope it translates to dvd. Crowd was amazing. I LOVED the Scott Lost dropkick-then throws streamers spot. I've never seen that before and it looked great. Lost's speech at the end was good too. You can tell he really didn't think about it. I loved when one guy yelled at Cage to get on one f'n knee when Lost was speaking... as he was the only douche standing...
Dragon vs. Strong was short but AWESOME. I know Dragon will and has to expect ties to be thrown in the ring... but it still is funny and entertaining to me. I loved it. When Strong used the tie to choke Dragon... man, I thought the crowd was going to blow the roof off the place. That is the loudest I've ever heard a PWG crowd... UNTIL Dragon turned it on Stong... holy s%$t... it was defening and I'm not exagerating. Funny "you are fired" chant to Strong and "you are hired" chant to Dragon. I loved Dragon's comments after too... like I said, I know he will do it in every venue... but it's still great to hear him. My only complaint was the speakers weren't working and we didn't get to sing the Final Countdown.
Hero vs. Richards was a CLINIC in storytelling and selling. Hero is ready for the big time. He is a pro. His selling of the leg is SO BASIC but so awesome... guys who don't get it just don't do it.... that point alone makes the match better and believable. Crowd was HOT for this match. There weren't more than a few seconds when it wasn't loud and crazy. Both guys went all out. Ending was great and had most on their feet. I really believe most didn't know who would win. Unique false finishes made it better. Great mix of strong style, mat work, and high spots. I loved this match.
Guerrilla Warfare match was BATSHIT INSANE! Non-stop action. If you would have told me 3 years ago that the Young Bucks would not only be still wrestling (let alone on tv and in TNA) I would have thought you were crazy. Man how far these guys have gone. This is why the Indies are awesome. They would never see the light in the WWE yet they are better than any team in WWE. I love them as heels too. I'll have to see this on dvd to see what I missed... but man, these guys took chair shots like no bodies business. Crowd was more than into this match. Reminded me of the craziness of the Dragon vs. Butcher match from BOLA 06. This match alone is worth your $15.
* guy breaking his chair and following chant was funny
* Souf Central and his girl were high as hell
* I laughed my ass off when that dude with glasses and white shirt got taken out by one of the wrestlers BUT DIDN'T LET GO OF HIS BEER. That made me laugh. Ref rubbed his head too as to ask if he was ok.. lol
* I love Excaliber.
* Was it me or was Legion Larry actually.... gasp... in a good mood?