Andrew B’s Wrestling Rewind
With Andrew B.
Welcome everybody to another Wrestling Rewind as this time we look at the 2011 Destination X. In the main event Christopher Daniels will battle his best friend AJ Styles. Plus Kazarian will battle Samoa Joe. Also Brian Kendrick will try to take the X Division title off of Abyss. Also Jerry Lynn returns to the ring to battle RVD so let’s begin right now.
We get an open video package and pyro as we see the return of the 6 sided ring as we see Jeremy Borash & Mike Tenay will being calling the action.
Match 1: “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian:
Kaz goes right after Joe as the bell rings & Joe throws Kaz in the corner & hits him with chops but Kaz fights back with punches only for Joe to counter and go for the rear naked choke but Kaz goes to the outside. Joe goes for a dive but slows down & goes to the outside once he sees Kaz moved. Kaz goes for a cross body but Joe moves and he lands on the apron but Joe pulls his leg & his face hits the apron. Joe then clotheslines Kaz but Kaz fights back but Joe takes control and throws Kaz into the apron but Kaz hops on the apron and goes to jump on Joe but Joe just walks away. They go back in the ring as Joe is in control. Kaz goes for a springboard cross body but Joe catches him and hits an atomic drop followed by a running kick and senton splash for a near fall. Kaz fights back with punches but runs into an elbow from Joe. Joe connects with a snap mare followed by a chop to the back and a kick to the chest followed by a running knee for a near fall. Joe goes for the rear naked choke but Kaz counters & runs into a clothesline. Joe puts Kaz on the turnbuckle and goes for the muscle buster but Kaz counters & hits a springboard dropkick. They trade punches & Kaz body slams Joe followed by a springboard leg drop followed by a springboard tornado DDT. Joe goes to throw Kaz to the outside but he lands on the apron & hits a slingshot DDT. Kaz is on the outside after back and forth action and Joe hits Kaz with a running suicide dive. They go back in the ring as Joe goes for a power bomb but Kaz counters and goes for Fade to Black but Joe counters into a power bomb then locks in the STF but changes to a cross face but Kaz fights out. Joe locks in the rear naked choke but Kaz grabs the rope. Joe argues with Earl Hebner and goes for the choke again but Kaz counters into a roll up for the win after 11 minutes.
Match Rating: *** ½ out of 5
We then see highlights of the triple threat match from Unbreakable 2005 featuring AJ Styles vs. Daniels vs. Samoa Joe and it is a must see match.
We then see Daniels arrive earlier today followed by footage of fan fest earlier in the day where Eric Young was looking for a tag partner & Shark Boy said he would be Eric Young’s tag team partner.
Match 2: Douglas William’s Open Challenge vs. Mark Haskins:
Before the match Williams sends Magnus & Terry to the back & then cuts a promo saying that he is impressed by Haskins but he is no Douglas Williams. He tells Haskins it is one thing to have a match in his hometown but another thing to have a match on PPV and says he hopes Haskins brought his A Game because he will need it.
They lock up & Williams takes Haskins down and they lock up again but the same thing happens but Haskins fights back only to get thrown in the corner but Haskins uses his speed to gain control as they trade roll ups and near falls as Williams goes to the outside. Williams goes back in the ring and they lock up as Haskins head-butts Williams. They chain wrestle for a bit as Williams put Haskins on the top turnbuckle and charges but runs into a boot & Haskins jumps over Williams. Williams goes for an arm drag but Haskins counters with a monkey flip that sends Williams to the outside. Haskins kicks Williams in the guardrail and goes on the apron but Williams grab his leg and send him back first on the apron. Williams hits a suplex on the outside as they go back in the ring. Williams slaps Haskins around as it is all Williams now as he uses different submission moves to weaken Haskins. He puts Haskins on the turnbuckle and goes for a superplex but Haskins pushes him off and hits a missile dropkick. Haskins fights back and they trade punches until Williams takes control with a head butt but Haskins fights back with a back slide and punches followed by a running elbow in the corner & then a botched springboard cross body. Haskins goes for a super kick but he counters into chaos theory but Haskins counters and hits a Diamond Cutter for a near fall. Williams goes to the top rope but gets hit with a super kick and then he goes to the top rope where he slips off and climbs up again. He goes for the SSP but misses and Williams’s rolls up Haskins for the win after almost 8 minutes. After the match they shake hands and Williams raises Haskins’ hand.
Winner: Douglas Williams
Match Rating: ** out of 5
Backstage So Cal Val is with Austin Aries and he tells Val she looks good about ***. He says the true wrestling fans that ordered to listen but he also wants the fake wrestling fans watching via an illegal stream to listen and choke on whatever unhealthy food they are eating. Aries says he is not a spot monkey and there is no one on the roster he can’t get in the ring with and defeat. He says he will defeat 3 very good wrestlers but they won’t win because he is the greatest man that ever lived and he is Austin Aries.
Match 3: Generation Me vs. Shark Boy & Eric Young:
The match starts with some comedy between Young & Shark Boy but Jeremy Buck & Shark Boy start things off with Jeremy in control until he charges the corner & gets crotched on the middle turnbuckle. SB takes control with stomps & punches in the corner followed by a Lou Thez Press & then tags in EY. Jeremy tags in Max Buck who is in control over EY until they trade reversals & arm drags as the action is fast paced and back and forth. EY hits Max Buck with an atomic drop & tags in SB who bites the behind of Max Buck & they go to the outside where double team from Gen Me gives them the control. Back in the ring and Gen Me is making quick tags as SB takes the baby face beat down.SB ends up fighting back and tags in EY who is in tights after taking his shorts off and is in control over Gen Me. Jeremy hits a springboard face plant on EY as Max & EY are the legal men. SB hits Max with a stunner & then EY hits his finisher for the win.
Winners: Shark Boy & Eric Young
Match Rating: * ½ out of 5
We then see highlights of Daniels & Styles vs. AMW from Slammiversary 2006 when AJ & Daniels won the tag team titles. Backstage Daniels & Styles talk backstage about the match in a friendly way.
Backstage Zema Ion says nobody thinks he has a chance of winning tonight but they are wrong even though he is in the ring with 3 of the greatest X Division Wrestlers ever.
Match 4: Robbie E vs. Shannon Moore vs. Alex Shelley vs. Amazing Red in a Number One Contender Ultimate X Match:
The match starts with everyone climbing & it’s a free for all as Red huts Moore with a hurricanrana. Robbie E is climbing but Red pulls him down & Red levels him with a kick. Red goes to climb but gets hit with a chop from Shelley & then throws back into the ring. Shelley works on the legs of Red as the action is fast. Shelley has Robbie E sitting in the corner with Moore in the Tree of Woo in front of him & he dropkicks them both & goes to climb but Robbie E pulls him down. Red misses a springboard into the ring as Robbie is the only man standing in the ring. Moore traps Robbie between the skirt & the apron as Shelley goes for a cross body to the outside but Moore moves & Shelley lands on his feet & then pushes Moore into Robbie. Shelley throws Moore but he lands on the apron & hits a springboard moonsault. Red climbs but Moore pulls him down and pushes Red into Shelley crotching him on the top turnbuckle. Robbie comes in and clotheslines Moore & Red at the same time and starts to climb but Red pulls him down and levels him with kicks and then hits a spinning flip over the top rope onto Moore & Shelley. Robbie climbs again but Red hits a springboard dropkick knocking Robbie down and to the outside. Moore is climbing the steel structure & makes it to the top of the steel structure as a “Please Don’t Die” chant is heard. Cookie grabs the leg of Shelley to prevent him from climbing as Red climbs the ropes and Moore crawls on the top of the steel structure. Moore kicks Red down & Shelley kicks Moore down and grabs the X for the win after 10 minutes.
After the match his tag partner injured Chris Sabin congratulates him.
Winner: Alex Shelley
Match Rating: *** ¼ out of 5
We then see highlights of Styles vs. Daniels from Final Resolution 2009.
Backstage So Cal Val is with Low Ki & he says if he wins he gets a TNA contract & his mind set is go big or go home. He says he was always told he was too small but tonight he will prove everyone he belongs.
Match 5: Jerry Lynn vs. “The Whole F’N Show” Rob Van Dam:
They shake hands & then lock up & RVD puts Lynn in a headlock but Lynn pushes him off but RVD comes back with a shoulder block & they chain wrestle with Lynn rolling up RVD for a near fall. They counter each other’s moves and it is quick and RVD grounds Lynn with a leg sweep but Lynn comes back & works over RVD in the corner. Lynn goes to the top rope but RVD crotches him with a running kick & goes for a superplex but Lynn counters and they are both on the apron until RVD clotheslines Lynn back in the ring and then rams his shoulder into Lynn’s gut in the corner. RVD throws Lynn into the corner and goes for a kick but Lynn moves as they chain wrestle again which ends in a standoff. Lynn kicks RVD & they trade punches but RVD kicks Lynn to the outside & then lets Lynn back in the ring and RVD goes to shake his hand but Lynn throws him to the outside followed by a baseball slide & then a rolling summersault. Back in the ring Lynn stomps away on RVD. RVD throws Lynn in the corner but runs into boots as Lynn goes for a tornado DDT but RVD counters and Lynn turns it into a bridging suplex for a near fall. Lynn chokes RVD & he is now bleeding from the mouth. Lynn clotheslines RVD for a near fall but RVD tries to fight back but to no avail as they both try for a hip toss but RVD connects with a kick & then rolling thunder for a near fall. RVD then hits a spin kick as Lynn rolls to the outside. RVD then hits a baseball slide & then drops Lynn on the guardrail followed by the spinning kick off the apron onto the back of Lynn. They go back in the ring where RVD hits a springboard leg drop. RVD goes to top rope for frog splash but Lynn pushes RVD to the outside. They go in the ring with a chair as Lynn leg drops RVD face first into the chair as RVD is busted open. RVD grabs the chair and goes to monkey flip Lynn on it but Lynn moves & throws RVD on the chair. Lynn misses a chair shot & RVD kicks the chair in Lynn’s face and then hits the frog splash for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Match Rating: *** ¾ out of 5
Backstage Jack Evans says he has never been more nervous in his life as he about to face three incredible athletes but this is his only chance and he can’t blow it.
Match 6: Low Ki vs. Jack Evans vs. Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion – Winner Gets a TNA Contract:
The match starts with everyone going at it and Low Ki & Aries are face to face and shake hands but Ki levels Aries with a kick. Aries goes to the outside as Evans hits a handstand turned into a hurricanrana on Ion followed by a spin kick for a near fall. Ki & Ion trade chops & Ki hits a springboard kick to the face on Ion. Ki charges Evans in the corner and levels him with punches as A Double takes it to Low Ki. Aries charges all 3 men in the corner with a finger nail rake but then all 3 men dropkick Aries at the same time. Evans dropkicks Ki and then hits a backflip on Ion. Ki chops Evans and then Irish whips him but Evans grabs the ropes and dropkicks Ki but it sends Evans on the apron where Aries drops him face first on the apron. Ion then baseball slides Aries but then goes in the ring to get a kick from Ki. Evans goes for a backflip off the apron to the outside but Aries moves and Evans lands on his feet only to get an elbow to the face from A Double. Aries then rams Evans into the apron as Ion locks Ki in a dragon sleeper but Aries breaks it up. Aries dropkicks Ion in the face and Evans jumps in the ring but gets a kick to the face by Low Ki. Aries and Ki trash talk as Evans and Ion break it but Ki & Aries lock them both in submissions but they both get out. Aries trash talks Ki & they trade chops until Aries goes for the brain buster but Ki counters with a kick to the back & a roll up but Evans jumps in and breaks it up. Aries is in control and hits the pendulum elbow and goes for a cover that Ki breaks up with a double foot stomp. Ki throws Evans into the ropes but Evans springboards and lands on Ki’s shoulders & hits him with a hurricanrana. Evans goes to fly to the outside but Ion sends him to the outside and prepares to go flying but Aries stops him with a clothesline. Aries goes for a suicide dive but runs into a kick from Ki. Ki then hits a running dropkick on Ion as Evans hits a springboard twist kick on Ki as all 4 men are down. Aries then pins all 3 men and they are all near falls Ion levels Aries with punches and throws him to the outside but he lands on the apron and slides Ion between the ropes and hits a sick neck breaker. Aries goes to the top rope but Ki knocks him down with a kick. Ki goes to the top rope but Evans takes him down with a springboard hurricanrana for a near fall. Evans goes to the top rope but Ion pushes him to the outside & hits a 450 splash on Ki for a near fall. Evans goes for the 630 splash but Ki gets the knees up & Aries levels Evans with a kick & then the brain buster on Low Ki for the win after 13 minutes.
Winner: Austin Aries
Match Rating: **** ½ out of 5
Val interviews Aries who said he is not surprised and he is the greatest man that ever lived.
Backstage Abyss quotes his book and he talks about strategy and that tonight he is going to teach Kendrick a lesson in pain like he never felt before. He said tonight the X Division dies at Destination X and it will be a quick death.
Match 7: Brian Kendrick vs. Abyss for the X Division Title:
The match starts with Kendrick kicking & punching Abyss but the shots have no effect. Abyss then takes control but misses a splash in the corner and Kendrick levels him with punches and a dropkick that has no effect. Abyss uses his power to regain control as he goes for a chokeslam but Kendrick bites his fingers but Abyss just knocks him back down and throws him to the outside. Abyss goes to the outside and chops Kendrick as he leans on the guardrail. Back in the ring Abyss is in control with chops and goes for a splash but Kendrick moves but runs into a big boot. Abyss then reads a book in the corner while Kendrick is down but then Kendrick hits a kick that has no effect. Abyss drops Kendrick and then stomps him in the corner. Abyss reads his book again & walks into a punch from Kendrick as blood is coming from the head of Abyss. Kendrick uses his speed to block shots from Abyss and then he dropkicks Abyss to the outside and hits a suicide dive. Kendrick kicks Abyss in the face as they go back in the ring where Kendrick hits a cross body off the top turnbuckle. Kendrick then hits a missile dropkick off the top turnbuckle. Kendrick goes for sliced bread but Abyss counters and hits shock treatment for a near fall. Abyss throws Kendrick but he stops because of Earl Hebner but Abyss charges and Kendrick moves as Abyss squashes Hebner in the corner but Kendrick then hits sliced bread. Eric Bischoff then comes down the ramp and Kendrick punches him but then Gunner, Bully Ray & Scott Steiner attack Kendrick until Gen Me, Shark Boy & Amazing Red come out but Immortal destroys them. Aries, EY, Shannon Moore, Alex Shelley, Robbie E & others come out and outnumber Immortal and they all go to the back as Kendrick jumps off the top rope but gets caught as Abyss goes for a chokeslam but Abyss rolls him up for the win after 10 minutes.
Winner: Brian Kendrick Wins the X Division Title
Match Rating: ** ½ out of 5
The X Division Roster then celebrates with Kendrick as confetti falls from the ceiling and Immortal is pissed & Abyss pushes Ray down on the ramp.
Main Event: AJ Styles vs. “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels:
They lock up & AJ pushes Daniels into the corner but they lock up again & Daniels gets AJ in a head lock but AJ fights out. Daniels locks in a side head lock but AJ fights out again. Daniels locks AJ again in headlock but AJ counters with a roll up and headlock of his own but Daniels fights out and hits a shoulder block followed by multiple arm drags but then AJ hits his own arm drag. Daniels hits a hip toss but AJ then grounds Daniels with a hammer lock. Daniels throws AJ to the outside and goes for a dive but AJ rolls inside and Daniels goes to the outside and when AJ goes for a dive Daniels goes in the ring and they have a standoff. AJ works on the arm of Daniels but Daniels fights out and puts AJ in a head lock and hits an arm drag. AJ grounds Daniels again but Daniels fights out and after leap frogs and counters Daniels rolls to the outside and AJ goes for a dive but lands on the apron as Daniels rolls back in the ring. AJ goes for a springboard move and lands on his feet but gets hits with an arm drag. AJ hits Daniels with a dropkick and then a body slam. Daniels rams AJ in the corner and hits shoulder blocks. AJ hits a hurricanrana from the ground and then an arm drag and goes back to working on the arm. AJ hits a hurricanrana and an arm drag and goes back to the arm. Daniels fights out and AJ rolls to the outside but gets hit with a suicide dive. Daniels then hits a running diving head-butt over the top rope and they go back in the ring. Daniels hits a few back suplexes and is in control as he hits a neck breaker. AJ fights back as Daniels goes to the outside and AJ hits a springboard cross body on the back of Daniels. They go back in the ring as AJ levels Daniels with punches. AJ is in control as they both are on the apron and AJ hits Daniels with a suplex on the apron. Daniels is back in the ring and AJ goes for a springboard move but Daniels stops him and he falls to the outside. They go back in the ring where Daniels levels AJ with chops to the back followed by a neck breaker. Daniels locks AJ in a cross face but AJ fights out. Both men trade chops until AJ hits Daniels with the Pele and both men are down. Daniels charges AJ in the corner but misses and AJ is in control. He charges Daniels but Daniels throws him on the apron. AJ goes for a springboard move but botches and lands on his face as Daniels gets a near fall. AJ punches Daniels but Daniels hits an STO. Daniels slaps AJ in the face and puts him on the top turnbuckle and hits another slap. He then throws AJ off in a front sit down power bomb. AJ charges Daniels in the corner but runs into an elbow. Daniels goes to the top rope but AJ takes him down. AJ hits a springboard inverted DDT. AJ goes for Styles Clash but Daniels counters and hits an Alabama Slam. Daniels hits a running STO for a near fall. Daniels goes for the BME but AJ gets the foot up and hits the Styles Clash for a near fall. Daniels hits Angel’s Wings for a near fall. Daniels goes to the top rope but AJ crotches him and goes up but Daniels goes for a power bomb but AJ throws him off and hits the Spiral Tap for the win after 28 minutes.
Winner: AJ Styles
Match Rating: **** out of 5
After the match they shake hands and hug to end the PPV.
Destination X 2011 was a very good PPV. The opening bout between Kaz and Joe was a good match. The tag match with Shark Boy teaming with Eric Young was average nothing great. It was supposed to be a comedy match that was not funny. The Doug Williams Open Challenge match was good it was just that Haskins had a few botches and that hurt the match. Jerry Lynn vs. RVD was good once it picked up as it was a little slow with stalling in the beginning. The Ultimate X Match was good but too short and could have used time that was given to the tag team match. The X Division Title Match was good as it was a classic big man using his power against Kendrick who was smaller but quicker and it was a good match. The Main Event was good as they had over 20 minutes to do their thing and put on an awesome match. The funniest part of the night was in the awesome video package for the Main Event Daniels said this could be his last singles match against AJ Styles and here we are a year later. The MOTN was the fatal four ways as it was nonstop action from the start with so many cool spots and near falls.
Overall Rating for TNA Destination X 2011: 8 out of 10