Sunday, September 14, 2008

TNA - Sting: Return of an Icon

So I went out and bought the new TNA game and much to my suprise I find this DVD sitting in the case in a white sleeve as some bonus content. Now, I wouldn't go out of my way to drop some hard earned dough on this DVD, but since it's a bonus disc, what the hell, I think I'll take a peek at it.

1) Sting & Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner (Final Resolution 2006) – 5
2) Sting vs. Eric Young (Impact 4/13/06) – 4
3) Sting, Ron Killings, A.J. Styles, & Rhino vs. Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, & America’s Most Wanted – Lethal Lockdown Match (JIP) (Lockdown 2006) – NR
4) Sting & Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner (Sacrifice 2006) – 5
5) Sting vs. Scott Steiner (Impact 6/8/06) – 4
6) Sting & Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner (Impact 7/6/06) – 5
7) Sting vs. Christian Cage vs. Scott Steiner vs. Samoa Joe – Four Way Texas Tornado Match (Victory Road 2006) – 5
8) Sting & Jeff Jarrett vs. A.J. Styles & Sean Waltman (6/18/03) – 4

The first bout seemed like a pretty standard tag match. Christian and Sting started the match hot with the first attack and then lost control to Jarrett and Steiner. Most of the match was typical Jarrett of the time which involved guitars and lots of cheap heat. Sting got the win after demolishing Jarrett’s guitar with a baseball bat and hitting the scorpion death drop. The Young match was a basic TV match with Young bumping around big time. It served the purpose to get Sting back on TV and to get him over for the Lethal Lockdown match. Speaking of which, the match doesn’t get a rating here because it’s joined in progress right before Sting enters the match. We do get to see the giant bump of the match where Styles put Storm through a table on the top of the cage. The end sees Sting counter a Harris’ version of the scorpion death-lock and score the win for his team.

There was some decent stuff in the tag match with Samoa Joe but all I could concentrate on was Jarrett’s lazy selling of Joe’s offense. Steiner and Joe worked their butts off in the match and helped make it a fun little tag team match. The singles match with Sting and Steiner was going along just fine until Jarrett had to run-in an ruin the festivities. Sting and Christian seemed motivated in the tag team match against Steiner and Jarrett and everyone worked hard to make it a fun match. Christian scored the fall on Jarrett and we go to the next match with Sting putting Jarrett in the scorpion death lock. Sting went out of the four way match early when Jarrett interfered yet again and sprayed him with in the eyes with gasoline, or so TNA said. Steiner dropped and elbow on Joe through a table at ringside but the match was pretty much the same as everything else I’ve seen on the DVD at this point. Sting came back out in the closing moments, sporting a head wrap, and got the win. The final match was Sting’s first appearance in TNA from the Nashville days. It felt odd to see him team with Jarrett after battling him all through this DVD. Jarrett and Styles did most of the work with Sting helping out when needed. It should be noted that Waltman did the match in something resembling pajamas and contributed very little.

All in all, the matches seemed to run together after a while so that why the descriptions are rather vague. This was a decent DVD but nothing that I could recommend buying unless you are a huge Sting fan. There are some candid comments about his career from Sting after the matches which are worth checking out but other than that, you can probably skip this.

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