I was not quite sure what No Surrender actually meant in the overall scheme of the TNA No Surrender 2011 pay per view. Yet after watching I think it was obvious. TNA creative will not surrender their booking plans in the face of negative publicity and regular front page stories on TMZ.com.
If you thought that TNA would alter their future plans for Bound for Glory after seeing their world champion on TMZ.com for committing a DWI and later accuse police of framing him, then you are mistaken. Only tweeting negatively about the company will get you in the dog house and put you on the chopping block.
Kurt Angle retained the TNA championship at No Surrender Sunday night in a move that was both surprising and indicative of the inherent problems behind the scenes in TNA. Angle defeated Sting and Ken Anderson in the main-event. The finish marked the second month in a row that TNA charged their fans money to watch a match and delivered a screw job finish as reward for their loyal service.
The finish of the Angle vs. Anderson vs. Sting main event saw Sting wind up on the floor. Hulk Hogan wobbled his way over to Sting and sprayed something into his eyes (hey at least he didn’t try a fireball). A “blinded” Sting came back into the ring and was meant by a low blow from the Olympic hero on September 11 who followed it up with a pin.
Earlier in the show, Robert Roode officially won the Bound for Glory series and is now the number one contender for the championship. Roode defeated Bully Ray in a tie-breaker to win the series and the title shot. Roode also beat Gunner earlier in the night, while Ray defeated James Storm on a disqualification.
This all sets up what is likely a double main-event for TNA’s biggest show of the year, Bound for Glory. Angle will wrestle Robert Roode for the TNA championship while Hulk Hogan vs. Sting will likely infect my former Alma Matter’s arena. Angle vs. Roode is fresh and fans have been begging for a fresh new contender but oh wait, they had that with Crimson and he has gone M.I.A. I am sure it will be a good match because Angle is great in these situations with elevating talent, but I think this could have been much bigger if it were Crimson.
Hogan vs. Sting, good lord I guess they are really moving in that direction. I shudder to think at the prospect of Hogan wrestling. The man looks terrible just walking to the ring. Doctors have already warned him against wrestling after having rods placed in his back. He can’t bump and he can barely move, so I will tempter any expectations. Sting has gotten back into ring shape and has looked his best lately of his current TNA run. I just don’t have high hopes here. Quite frankly, I just hope Hogan gets out of this match in one piece and I am speaking literally on that one.
If I had to blog about a bright spot here and there wasn’t man, Austin Aries looked fantastic at No Surrender. In my opinion, he was the MVP of the night. Aries defeated Brian Kendrick for the X-Division championship. I like Aries but I have to wonder if he is a little too late with his run in TNA. Aries was in his prime and ready for a nice run with TNA during his first stint with the company before he left in 2007. On the bright side, at least he got to ditch that awful Austin Starr name on this go-around with the company.
Jesse Sorensen defeated Kid Kash to determine number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship
Bully Ray defeated James Storm by disqualification in the Bound for Glory Series
Winter defeated Mickie James to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship
Mexican America (Hernandez and Anarquia) defeated Devon and D’Angelo Dinero
Matt Morgan defeated Samoa Joe
Bobby Roode defeated Gunner in the Bound for Glory Series
Austin Aries defeated Brian Kendrick to win the TNA X Division Championship
Bobby Roode defeated Bully Ray…Bound for Glory Series tiebreaker match
Kurt Angle defeated Sting and Ken Anderson in a Three-way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship