Opening such a big event with the national anthem was a good touch. Followed by a voice over which I read in a Morgan Freeman voice inside my head, cause Morgan Freeman is just awesome. PPV's official theme was good as well.
Edwards vs. Wells was a great choice to start the PPV. That match was good, though seeing Edwards going to the top rope made believe he was (much like Lesnar did) going for a Shooting Star Press rather than a Spear, that was a bit of a disappointment in my mind. The submission finish in my mind saved it, since after a few pin attempts and countout moments, I was beginning to think this match would drag on a bit. Plus it made for Edwards to break Wells' arm, taking him out of IWA for the time being. Great heel move spitting on Wells at the end. Edwards looked great and could be next in line for a championship run or enter another big feud soon.
The Vivica promo was great and gave a fearful feel to it with the laugh at the end. Commentary was dead on to say it was creepy.
I'm not gonna lie. I saw Athena losing this match rather than winning. I would've preferred a different finish from the Bearhug submission since we just saw a submission finish in the previous matchup as well. Eddings was pretty bold in his challenge to fight Athena and actually looked to have her beat a few times, that's why I can say, I honestly didn't see Athena winning. I'm not hating on Athena, GG does a great job as her, I just didn't see her getting the W here tonight.
Was not expecting my promo to be so early in the show haha. It's fine. Looking forward to that math a little later.
Cage getting the win was fantastic. Match had an intense feel to it. Steele having been busted open helped in that regard. Cage now sets himself for big things with this win. Steele looked great as well, he just needs a big break to really stand out more.
A good Pamich promo. He's been steadily getting to that level where I could see him holding a championship sometime soon.
I myself saw Pamich winning but with the way the match ended, I have a feeling this feud may not be over just yet, so Pamich may yet that win but it was a great turn of event having Draymen win. Good job on that.
KJ Punk with a great promo, he could very well win the Maximum Anarchy Match.
Lay-gle winning was good to a certain extent. I don't know, I guess I just saw Ali pulling some weird shit out in the end to get the win or even leave the finish to the match a total mystery, perhaps turning into a puff of smoke just as the three came crashing down and not appearing again declaring the match a no contest or something. Still the match was good.
Juno promos make me smile
Vivica retaining was fantastic, I personally did not see her reign end just yet, Juno will be the champion, that much is a given but right now was not the time. Match was freaking awesome though. Feds make women's wrestling 1,000,000 times better than it is in real life. I can't wait what's next for these Bombshells.
Dixon has made real turn around in his promos, his grammar improving has helped in taking him more and more seriously a top contender for the gold, so he could win tonight.
Note's win was great. Lot of high spots in the match; the vertical leap from the floor to the top rope from Note, the Splash onto the chairs from Domino to Note and so on. Felt a bit long though but it was great to see that this match got the exposure it did and now Note can rise to bigger and better things thanks to this win.
Great promo from Shaz, showing why he's the champ. Though with the competition he faces that reign could very well end tonight.
Back to back promos I'm not usually a fan of but this worked well to give the PPV a good atmosphere as I can imagine they're setting up the ring or whatever for the next match.
CAR, sometimes I'm a fan of, other times not. Since I like what he can do for a group like The Infection (and the former Clique) but I just feel he can do so much more on his own. I felt this way about (Johnny) Hot a while back as well. He could do wonders on his own rather than pretty much always be associated with a group as can CAR so seeing him win the gold tonight, is not something I'd personally like to see but if it happens, what can you do.
Smith retaining the Endurance MITB Briefcase was fantastic. This match was great, Hawk almost had it but Smith made the most of using the knees to keep The Phoenix Splash from being finished. It was a great way to finish the match.
Darius' promo was good. I like how he addressed many thing including the 24 videos. Though this may prove to serve that his mind is not 100% in this matchup and he could lose, so we'll see how focused he is later.
Nice touch by having the tag champs appear to a live version of their theme. The match it self was great, the use of the 24 video in this match was a bit unexpected but served to make it seem as though the Infection might win the match only for the tag team champs to somehow bounce back and retain the gold, so now that Black Blooded cannot challenge for the tag team gold anymore, (I do remember that being a stipulation) aside from The Infection, there should be other teams to put the champs on notice that they're after the gold soon.
Smyth is all about action tonight. I like that.
You sick mofos. Tables match ends in a draw? Really?!!!! Haha was really not expecting that. The double chair shot finish to give us yet another draw was fantastic. So who will win this? Slayde does. #worldofshadows!!!! Elric is down and out with nowhere to go as Slayde locked in a dragon sleeper and Elric has no choice but to tap. I'm genuinely surprised. Benny did a fantastic job with the match. I knew you could do a fan-fucking-tastic job with the match and you did not disappoint.
Huge, huge win for my boy Blue over Divine. That was a career defining moment for Blue in IWA, so where he goes from here, I'm definitely itching to see. The sign of respect from Divine was great to see.
Wow....Adonis wins. Through help of a returning Valentina no less. Tough to see Shining lose in his choice of match but this feud was a masterpiece that needed a winner and to see it be Adonis, though surprising, does not go undeserved. Shining Light will bounce back from this and have bright future ahead of him. Plus with the way this match finished, there may yet be hope this feud continues though if it ended here tonight, it wouldn't be a bad thing at all for both men.
Was it Roba who actually wrote that Rage promo, or did one of creative try to emulate him? It was a good promo, just curious.
Great choice in having Smyth win the gold off Kyojin. He now deserves to be called an Endurance Champion (he kinda didn't when we met in the Grand Prix, I'll get you one day Benny -shakes fist- haha) so kudos to our new champ and what the future holds not only for him but for Kyojin as well.
Great Kyo promo, he always gives off great emotion.
Maximum Anarchy is here and first 2 eliminations were just insane as they happened at the same time, effectively taking Dixon and Darius out of the race. The Darius outburst that led the to the arm being so damaged from the barbed wire was a great moment especially Jman be the bigger man and helping Darius get help more quickly. A true class act.
Rage eliminating Punk was great. Now it's Jman, Rage and Shaz. Anyone of which can be a fantastic champion IWA can be proud of. Controversial finish to the Rage elimination. I liked that. Now it's Shaz and Jman, Last Man Standing...oh hell yeah!!!
The table with thumbtacks....genius. Shaz retains, which I'll say I'm surprised to see (not in a bad way) before Dixon and The Infection attempt to send a message to not only Shaz but to Jman as well before Kyo comes in and they put The Infection to rest.
With that done, how does Destined for Immortality end...? Kyojin heel turn. I love how after he turned on Jman he had the most vindictive smile on his face. Great, great detail. Leaving the mystery as to why it happened was a fantastic way to finish the PPV. Well done.
Overall, there some results I liked and didn't but the PPV was in fact worthy as being dubbed the WrestleMania of IWA. Had well written matches, great promos (though there could've just 1 or 2 more for my taste) and plenty of surprises. To all of IWA creative, I applaud you for your work. It turned out great.
Now....Where's my World Title?