Credit: Brad Aceved and prowrestling.net
This was my first live event ever, having been a wrestling fan for over a decade. A few high and lowlights. Ultimate X was very disappointing and I was really looking forward to it too. Jeff Hardy got a pop introducing the ladder, but they effectively killed and buried the whole gimmick in the process.
-The BroMans? Really TNA? Really?
-Kurt Angle vs Bobby Roode was match of the night, despite the slightly anticlimactic finish. This match fired the crowd up!
-Blah debut for EC3. Interesting to see him utilize Dean Ambrose’s finisher. Wonder if he picked that up in NXT.
-Wow, the crowd crapped all over Sting vs Magnus. The chants included “We Want Hogan” (with a hilarious callback of “No We Don’t!”) and “We Want Spidey” directed to a guy in the fifth row dressed entirely as Spider-Man. Disappointing match.
-Luckily the main event was great. AJ Styles’ 450 through the table was amazing. Odd that Bully’s supposed resurrection of Aces & 8’s never took place, nor did his mystery backup seem compelled to help him retain..
-AJ celebrating in the crowd was great. It was odd that his entrance music never changed from his “Evil Ways” song despite the “Get Ready to Fly” graphics appearing.
After the show, a stagehand gave a little boy a piece of the broken table at ringside. Cute gesture.
Despite my complaints, I had an amazing time
Biggest Pops: AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, Kurt Angle and Sting
Most Heat: Dixie Carter (easily), Bully Ray and (surprisingly) Magnus
IDGAF (no reactions at all): Manik and EC3