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T. Boler sent this one along:
There were announcements throughout the night that certain wrestlers would be doing autograph signings. James Storm, ODB, Hernandez, Tara, Daniels and Bobby Roode started off. Then, Mr. Anderson had his own, but I overheard one of the security guys yell out TNA-related merchandise only, not ticket stubs would be accepted.
Luckily, I had Anderson’s action figure so no biggie. However, when it came time for a Jeff Hardy/AJ Styles combined signing it was never clearly stated by the announcer that you had to purchase a special 2-pack Hardy/Styles figure set (which conveniently was available at the merchandise table for $20 a piece) to be admitted in. I stood in the line with my Jeff Hardy figure (big plug to www.RingsideCollectibles.com for shipping all my TNA figures the day before the event). If that wasn’t enough, there were souvenir collector cups that sold for $10 at the concession stands that featured Hardy quite prominently on the cup that I naively purchased. As soon as it was my turn to go behind the curtain, one of the stooges looked down inside my hand and told me only 2-packs only. I walked away and did not bother to argue since it would be a waste of breath.
Personally, I did not care to meet AJ Styles stemming from when I met him before for a meet and greet back in 2007, he was pretty unfriendly with me. Nevertheless, the matches were good from top to bottom and they did help take my mind off the disappointment of the miscommunication issues.
This was my third TNA show in my town and I always recalled past incidents where you are told one thing and something else is done entirely the opposite, disorganized overlapping lines, whether or not cameras are allowed, etc. A company that has been around for 10 years should have their stuff together by now. For any people who bought a ticket for an upcoming TNA show in your town to take heed and be aware so this does not happen to you.
This was the very first time that TNA moved their show from the Family Arena, which is in a suburb that is 30 minutes away from St. Louis to the Chaifetz Arena, which is in the heart of St. Louis. Not nearly a sell out by no means roughly 600-700 in attendance tops. And most filled the lower bowl/ringside area.
Alex Amsinger sent in this report:
My dad and I got to Chaifetz Arena around 6:50pm and the show started at 7:30pm. When we got to our seats we were looking around and realized that the attendance was looking quite low. This is due to the Justin Bieber concert being here in St. Louis. So, for a place that normally holds about 10,000 people, only roughly 1,000 seats were used. Anyway, 7:30pm finally rolled around and Christy Hemme came out and sang the National Anthem. She was great. The only thing was her mic was causing her voice to be a more high pitched than what it should be.
After she was done singing she announced that the show would officially start in 5 minutes. The thing that kind of surprised though was the fact that there was a long line at one side of the arena by the floor seats. I later found out that the people that got the Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles action figures could get a photo and get the action figure signed.
The opening of the night was pretty entertaining! Christy announced that James Storm was coming out and when he came out and got into the ring he talked about being in St. Louis and how he talked to some people around St. Louis today. Storm then went on to talk about how he wanted to deal with Aces & 8′s.
One of the guys from Aces & 8′s came out from behind Storm and ambushed him. Then, Mr. Anderson came out to assist Storm and they brawled with Aces & 8′s. Finally, Mr. Anderson said that there should be a tag team match between him and Storm and Aces & 8′s. The crowd cheered and later it was announced that the match was going to take place later on.
Tara defeated ODB to retain the Knockouts Championship. This match was a typical knockout’s match. It was a back and forth match with some funny things in it. When Tara came out she realized that Earl Hebner was the ref for the match and started freaking out about it. She even called him a pervert. Then the new match came out and it was Brian Hebner. She called him a perv as well and it was funny because the whole time Hebner was laughing in her face. Other than that, typical match. Tara retained with the Widow’s Peak.
Hernandez defeated Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles. Daniels came out and talked trash to the crowd. Next, AJ Styles came out to the second biggest pop of the night. Finally, Hernandez came out and then the match got started. The match was back and forth between AJ and Daniels for the majority of the match. Finally, Hernandez got a few punches in and knocked Daniels out of the ring. Hernandez finally went back and forth with AJ and pinned him. Hernandez defeated Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles
Bully Ray defeated Kurt Angle. This match was like an old fashioned match with classic moves from both guys. Bully Ray defeated Kurt Angle and after the match they shook hands and Kurt raised Bully’s hand in respect for him. Then, after Kurt got out of the ring, Bully got a mic and said that he was going to call out Devon on Thursday on Impact and was planning on putting him through a table. Bully Ray defeated Kurt Angle
During the intermission I decided to go and get some shirts from the merchandise table. Earl Hebner and Brian Hebner were busy signing Earl’s “Damn Right I Did” shirt. So, anyway, I bought my shirts and a few minutes later the show started back up. Then, Christy announced Earl Hebner and he came out and announced that Harley Race was there tonight. He stood up and waved to the crowd.
Mr. Anderson and James Storm defeated Aces and Eights. Mr. Anderson came out first and started talking trash and then someone goes “Packers suck!” He just laughed and said that was going to ignore that comment. Then James Storm got in the ring and they did some pretty funny banter with the crowd. Next, Aces & 8′s came out and the match started. The match had some pretty fun spots. One particular spot was when Storm landed on the ring on the his stomach and then somehow it ended up in “leap frog” type of game. It was pretty funny! Everyone had a good laugh from that. Otherwise a very nicely done back and forth between both teams. A lot of Aces & 8′s trying to double team Storm and Mr. Anderson.
Jeff Hardy defeated Bobby Roode to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. This match was kind of typical between the two. It’s not that it was a bad match, but, it was just predictable accept some fun spots involving fans that were in the front row. At one point Roode even took a kid’s poster and ripped it up. Hardy then tossed him his shirt and the kid tried to trash talk to Roode, but, got intimidated and backed down from Roode. Hardy got a lot of pinfalls and then finally won with Twist of Fate. That was the last match and after it was announced that if you wanted to take a picture with Jeff Hardy you could. There was no return date mentioned.