Ryan, Everything truly is bigger and better in Texas and we proved that by breaking a TNA attendance record. As well, the Arlington crowd really came through tonight. There was no shortage of chants including: "TNA", "ECW" and even "Yankees Suck" combined with a "Let's Go Rangers" chants just for Bully Ray.
Dixie was taking pictures and signing autographs right up to the beginning of the show. As well, just about every athlete showed their appreciation for the fans, in one way or another.
Best match (from a live prospective) was definitely the Tag Team Championship. Kaz, Daniels, A.J., and Angle absolutely brought the house down with that performance. Maybe the most overlooked performance of the evening was Samoa Joe and Austin Aries. Those guys really got the crowd going to begin the show.
Best Pops went to Sting, Hogan, A.J. Styles, Storm, Hardy, and Taz (when he was introduced before going live).
Most Heat went to Roode, Crimson, and the Robbies.
It was awesome to see Texas own, Miss Tessmacher, win the belt. She fired up the crowd with her post-match interview.
Not sure when the show went off the air, but Sting dragged Roode back to the ring after they went crashing off the main stage. The refs jumped around the ring trying to get Sting to stop, but to no avail. Eventually, he relented and Roode rolled out of the ring and was assisted to the back. Sting took his time slapping fives with the fans and even knelt down and talked with a couple of kids at ringsideâ€“ one of whom had his face painted like the Stinger. J.B. made sure to announce that Sting now resides in Dallas, thus setting off one final HUGE pop and ending the evening.
All-in-all it was a great event to see live. Again, the crowd was into the show the whole night.
Thanks for all you do Ryan.
Connor Gillaspia of PW.net sent this one in:
I have never really cared too much for TNA and watch their shows rarely, but when I heard they were going to be in Arlington, my hometown, I figured "why not?" The tickets were only 10 bucks for the highest seats. That's cheaper than most Texas Ranger games, and TNA doesn't even come here often.
The new UTA arena is very impressive and fits a good amount of people in for its size. There were some issues with getting into the building for me and a handful of people because of the scanners, but that was the only problem I really had all night. The stage looked really cool, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. If I had seats as close as I was in the American Airlines Center for a WWE Raw, I probably would have spent hundreds. There was an issue, however. The sound quality was bad. I couldn't hear anything anyone said on the mic all night, but it wasn't too big of a deal.
Jeremy Borash came out for 20 minutes or so and introduced the announcers and rallied up the crowd a little bit. He said there were people walking around the arena handing out backstage passes to the loudest fans. I never saw anyone, but maybe we just weren't loud enough...
Hulk Hogan came out to one of the louder pops of the night. He doesn't look as dominant and iconic in person as he does on TV. Nowadays, he just looks beat up, and slow. Really slow.
On with the show, both Austin Aries and Samoa Joe got big pops. My opinion, that was match of the night. I started off rooting against Joe and cheering for Austin, but I found myself clapping and cheering on Joe's big spots. Aries was great also here, and they deserved the ovation that they got. I can't imagine why they didn't advertise a lot for this match. Both of these guys could shine in the spotlight of a major title.
I have no idea why Hernandez and Kid Kash wrestled on pay-per-view much less on television at all. I forgot they were still under contract. Regardless, the match was painless. They both got mild reactions, but Hernandez got the bigger pop. At least he didn't injure anyone.
The tag match with the Robbie's and Devon and Garett Bischoff was ho hum to me. Bischoff and Terry probably shouldn't ever be at the ring at the same time again, because they are both bad. The crowd let them know they were bad with some "You can't wrestle" and a couple "You F'd Up" chants. I was chanting for Devon. Also: What was with the dancing at the end? Whatever the case, I wish they'd Devon move on from all three of these men.
Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam, and Jeff Hardy all got good ovations and cheers. This was just like the opening match with Joe and Aries where I could just kick back and enjoy what I was watching. There were different chants going on all match. A lot of cool spots, too. This was probably the third best match of the night.
Crimson got a lot of heat when he came out, but the crowd went nuts for James Storm. I didn't even see it coming, but, man, was it awesome! The match was a quick one, but Storm and Crimson still made it entertaining. The crowd in the lower sections were loving the post match celebration, but I would've hated being sticky with beer for the rest of the night. Still, the audience loved seeing Storm back in the picture.
Dixie Carter came out to a large reaction. I heard some "You screwed AJ" chants which I thought was amusing, but mostly loud cheers and "Thank you, Dixie" chants. Sting got the biggest reaction every time he was out there, and his introduction here was no exception. I thought it was funny because I saw an article Dot Net posted about how he hoped it would not be him, and his body language showed it a little when the video aired. The crowd cheered throughout the whole speech, and he got a well deserved ovation as he left with Dixie. Maybe he'll take the hint and retire now.
Miss Tessmacher got a big reaction being from Texas. I took a bathroom break, so I missed most of the match, but the audience seemed to be into her and the match. I did notice a lot of people buying her banner at the... (Continues on next page)