by a drunk driver. (Wasn't his team *Beer* Money? Odd.) But, wrestling is what he loves. He's kind of all over the map here. Storm says maybe his luck has run out and he leaves. The crowd is dismayed. "Well, that sucks," says the ring girl next to me.
-- Next, they set up for the main event #1 contender three-way match between RVD, Mr. Anderson, and Jeff Hardy. Also, the next PPV is Sacrifice. Yep... RVD comes out to a good pop. Anderson does his own announcement, which wakes the crowd up, but in the battle of crowd reactions, RVD has him beat by a mile. Hardy's pop is okay, but RVD had the best reaction. Much of the crowd is just standing there, and Hardy is mumbling to himself. One of the U.K. people gets his shirt, and she seemed happy, then hung it over the fence barrier. RVD's the champ of the crowd. By the way, TNA, don't just cut off wrestlers's music. Fade it out. It's more classy.
(5) Rob Van Dam beat Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson in a three-way match to become new #1 contender to the TNA World Title. Typical three-way action with each wrestler getting a chance for a few moves on offense. Again, little reaction to Hardy's moves. Not enough teenage girls to paper the crowd with? Anderson on top, then RVD, then Hardy, then Anderson. Very structured momentum here. The ref then finds Anderson's gum and tosses it out. It's these details you miss on TV. Hardy goes up for the Swanton and nails Anderson, and the crowd finally comes alive for Hardy. RVD goes for the big splash on Anderson, Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, RVD reverses it, and scores the pin. The crowd is happy and RVD is the new #1 contender.
Reax: Okay match, but it was more structured than fluid. It felt like a paint-by-numbers match. Move + move + move + reversal, rinse, repeat. Not bad exactly, just a round robin spot fest. But, by crowd reaction alone, this was the right move. RVD was the clear favorite and there was some excitement at the prospect of a title match. It was a little weird he wasn't in the opening segment to sell the match that he would then WIN, but whatever.
-- More wiping down of the ropes. An Xplosion match is up next.
Xplosion match: Daniels beat TNA tag champion Magnus. Daniels works the crowd well, but the U.K. crowd is clearly behind Magnus. Daniels doing heel things like selling, smirking, and playing a heel. Dear Gunner, consider watching Daniels. The crowd is also more alive for this than the main event. For the finish, Kaz comes out, distraction, roll up, Daniels wins.
Afterward, Magnus clobbers Daniels some for revenge, but is over-run by Kaz and Daniels. Out comes Joe and the ramp sounds like it's about to implode as he runs down it. Joe scares off the heels and it's posing time. Again, nice huge crowd reaction. Seems legit.
Reax: The match was generally fast-paced and decent. Magnus doesn't seem like the best worker, but Daniels was bumping like crazy for him and did the usual heel tactics to, you know, sell that he's the heel. I give Daniels credit, but it really doesn't seem that hard to make heel faces, sell moves, stall to rile the crowd, etc. It feels like a lost art because most of the heels tonight didn't do it. Magnus looks better, Daniels looks better. See how it works?
-- Out comes some ring crew with steps for crowd shots. Suddenly, a huge crowd of children are standing in front of me, apparently to get into the ring for some reason. I think this is my cue to leave.