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TNA New Year’s Knockout Eve Review

TNA ImpactFirst, let me start off by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! With just a mere few day until the Monday Night return, TNA presented this special 4 hour addition of IMPACT. Let’s get started!

Hamada Def. Madison Rayne

In the first match of the night’s special tournament, Hamada defeated Madison Rayne in about 5 minutes with the Hamada Driver. Solid performance from both women. A few botched spots, but pretty solid nevertheless. Being a big fan of Hamada, I was really hoping she’d win the entire tournament.

Traci Brooks Def. ODB

Kind of strange pairing here, considering both women are heels, at least I think they’re both heels. It looks like TNA is loosing interest with Brooks, which doesn’t bother me considering I’ve never been a huge fan of hers. In my opinion, this was a very bland match, but did an alright job of telling a story. Predictably, ODB got the win in just over 5 minutes with the TKO.

Roxxi Def. Velvet Sky

[ad#336r]I don’t have much to say about this, for it only went for about 2 minutes or so. For the very short duration, it was defiantly watchable action. As one would expect, Roxxi picked up the quick win with her Voodoo Drop, which I’ll admit is my all time favorite finisher from a female professional wrestler anywhere in the United States! After the match, Lacey Von Erich came out and attacked Roxxi. Looks like we’re going to get another Roxxi/Beautiful People feud, which I have no major problems with.

TNA Match Of The Year- Desmond Wolfe vs. Kurt Angle from Turning Point

This was an obvious choice for one of the TNA matches of the year. Classic match between two world class professional wrestlers. TNA decided to show this match in its entirety, including the entrances, which was a very refreshing change of pace, considering that WWE only shows portions of their matches when they show the best matches of the year. Again, this was my second time watching this match, and it was even better the second time! Awesome WRESTLING here!

Awesome Kong Def. Daffney

This was basically a 2 or 3 minute squash, with Kong picking up the easy win with the Implant Buster. Kong hasn’t gotten much of a push lately, which needs to change, so I’m glad she went over here. I just wish TNA would push Daffney as well.

Taylor Wilde and Sarita (C) Def. Lorelai and April Hunter

The British Invasion were out for commentary here, which was quite comical at times, especially when they stated that Sarita and Taylor Wilde are possible contenders for their titles. LOL! I’m glad TNA is starting to give the Brits some more air time, for they have a very fair amount of talent and personalities. Anyway, this match was decent, but was far too short, lasting only about 2 minutes or so. Wilde and Sarita won with some impressive double teaming. I guess this was a fair enough way of reestablishing the Knockout Tag Team Champions as worthy title holders.

TNA Match Of The Year- AJ Styles (C) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Daniels for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Turning Point

Again, another very obvious choice for matches of the year. Much like Wolfe vs. Angle, this match was shown in its entirety, which was great! Another classic TNA match, this time with a different style of wrestling than the technical excellence of Wolfe and Angle. This was the type of match that put TNA on the professional wrestling map. This was a classic X division style show stealer. Great addition to the 4 hours of IMPACT this week!

Roxxi Def. Hamada

In this semi final matchup, Hamada picked up the win in just over 7 minutes with a roll up. This was a pretty good match, and was given plenty of time. Both Knockouts looked very good here. I’m really glad Hamada went over here, and again, I was hoping to God she would win the entire tournament.

ODB Def. Awesome Kong

In my opinion, this was a fairly entertaining matchup, with two women who share a similar, hard hitting style. Again, this match was given plenty of time, lasting close to the 10 minute mark. After what was a pretty good match, to my disappointment, ODB got the pin with a shot with her flask behind the referee’s back. Damn it! I was starting to realistically believe that Kong would advance to the finals, but no such luck.

TNA Match Of The Year- Sting vs. AJ Styles (C) for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Bound For Glory

This was a fairly strange choice, for matches like Angle and Jarrett or Angle vs. Morgan would have been a better choice. This was still a good match though.

ODB Def. Hamada To Win The Tournament

This match, which was the final match in the tournament, and was very good, lasting nearly 15 minutes! Again, another stiff, hard hitting match between these two rough necks. At one point, Hamada went for the moonsault onto ODB who was on a table, but ODB avoided the impact. Cool Spot! ODB rolled Hamada into the ring, gave her a TKO, and got the win. Damn! I was REALLY, REALLY hoping that Hamada would go over here. After the match, ODB and Tara got into a brawl, and had to be separated by security. It’s not like I have a problem with these two’s story line/feud, it’s their match. They had a pretty dull match at Final Resolution, and I believe their are plenty of other talented women, like Hamada or even Flash, that could put on great matches with Tara.

*Overall, this was a thoroughly entertaining 4 hours, and was time well spent. I’m just disappointed about ODB winning the tournament.

Todd Frizzell is from Columbus Ohio, and has been a huge professional wrestling fanatic for the last ten years. Todd is very interested in all aspects of pro wrestling, including what goes on when the cameras aren’t rolling. Todd is very excited to write about his passion, and will try his best to entertain and provoke the wrestling fans.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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