David Ayres’ 10 Matches You Need To See
My list is going to be a little bit different from the others, mine is strictly TNA matches to change it up a little bit.
10) Kurt Angle Vs. Bobby Roode - Genesis 2014
The stipulation was if Kurt loses, he could never accept his hall of fame induction because Bobby Roode was a wonderful heel. Roode had said that Angle was passed it as they had a few previous matches and Kurt couldn’t beat him once. The rivalry started when EGO (Kazarian, Daniels, and Roode) mocked Angles HOF induction with a mock hall of fame for himself. This led to a series of matches where Roode won them all until the steel cage match which ended with a well timed race where Angle just beat Roode to the floor. Roode was crawling through the door while angle was scaling the cage. I’ve not even mentioned that Angle did his moonsault off the top of the cage which of course looked crazy for his age.
9) Bully Ray Vs. Jeff Hardy - Lockdown 2013
This was more for the finish but it was still a good match . The finish of this match is arguably my favourite heel turn maybe because it was the first memorable heel turn I ever saw. Bully ray that clever boy. For close to a year the main story was the Aces and Eights storyline - a group of hooded bikers came into impact wrestling more or less to ruin the company and take out all its stars. Also Bully Ray was in a relationship with brooke hogan this led to Bully wanting Hulk Hogan to trust him and get a world title match. on the wedding of bully and brooke. The aces and eights crashed the wedding and took everyone out they broke Hulks leg aswell. it took months of bully slowly gaining Hulks trust but eventually he earned a world title match. this is my favourite story this got me into wrestling i was just about to give up and then this match happened. in the build up to this match the roster joined forces to take out the aces and eights when sting and bully teamed up they unmasked one of the members it was revealed to be Bully's best friend and tag team partner Dvon Dudley. so the match itself was solid a fine ppv main event but the finish that was the moment i became a wrestling fan for life. Jeff and bully are fighting. The Aces and Eights Scaled the Cage Jeff and Bully get ready to fight them off but Dvon throws a hammer at Bully he catches it. looks at it turns around his expression changes he hits Jeff in the back pins him and he is the new TNA world heavyweight champion. He gets on the Mic and says "hulk i used you Brooke i Screwd you" "And i am the president of the aces and eights" the Crowd are throwing everything they can into the ring its a wonderful scene and one of my favourite moments ever.
8) Lashley Vs. Drew Galloway - Slammiversary 2016
I remember the build being really intriguing it started Lashley’s return to the topespecially considering he defeated Kurt Angle in his last "ever match". Dixie Carter (lest we forget) made the announcment that the match would be contested under KO or tapout rules. This suited both wrestlers at the time as Drew was really putting over the iron Maiden as a submisson move and lashley is suited to KO rules because of his MMA reputation. The match itself started off red hot with the first move of the match being a claymore kick which Galloway used to become world champion by cashing in his Feast or fired Briefcase on Big Money Matt. The match was ferocious at points Lashley won by Submission with some sort of choke hold which really shocked people because drew was a really good world champion. This match would be remembered a lot more fondly if it came during the time when TNA wasn't going through as much bad stuff.
7) Austin Aries Vs. Bobby Roode
At this stage Bobby Roode is the longest reigning TNa world champion and currently to this day, he still is. He turned heel by smashing a beer bottle over his tag team partner and then world champion James Storm ending beer money and begins Bobby Roode 10 month reign on top. The current X division Champion was Austin Aires the undefeated Challenger Who defeated everyone he came across until he created Option c He trades in the x division title for a chance at the world champion and he took full advantage of this opportunity by ending the historic reign of bobby Roode. you see in a few matches Bobby would do everything he could to keep his title he would cheat to win get counted out and also getting disqaullifed but austin aries kept kicking out of what ever Bobby threw at him he kicked out of the spine buster a belt shot and a low blow. but Austin hit the Brainbuster and ended the bobby roode reign of terror bitter rivals. for a long time after that they hated each other but formed a tag team called the dirty heels.
6) Samoa Joe Vs. Kurt Angle - Genesis 2006
The match that made Samoa Joe a star. The counters in this match were amazing from ankle lock to a coquina clutch back to an ankle lock like it was nothing. it was such a smooth match from start to finish. Kurt got his head busted open fairly early on which led on to some great pictures like Kurt all bloody when he has joe in the ankle lock. this match was what ended Samoa joes unbeaten streak which was over 1 year and a half long. Kurt won decisively by making Joe tap out to the ankle lock. The crowd after the match started chanting "you taped out" and Joe admitted that angle was the better man Joe said " if you’re half the man i think you are you'll give me a rematch" Kurt takes his time answering Joe has already extended the hand but Kurt just walks away and celebrates up the ramp. This story ended at Final Resolution when Angle defeated Samoa Joe in a 30 minute Iron man match 3-2.
5) The Wolves Vs. The Hardyz Vs. Team 3D
I mean this is my favourite ladder match probably ever. I couldn't believe what i was seeing this is the equilvent of the famous Wrestlemania ladder match in my eyes. I vividly remember Davey richards being thrown through a metal guardrail that was between the crowd barrier and the ring. i genuinely thought he died cause he came so close to landing on his neck and he sold it brilliantly by spazzing out. This was the culmination of what was a wonderful best of 3 series. the series started off with a normal match and the winner of the matches would pick the stipulation for the next one. Naturlly enough team 3d picked a tables match the hardys picked a ladder match and the wolves picked FULL METAL MAYHEM. which would be an amazing decison not just because it was a quality match but also because it turned the wolves into the best tag team in the world. they picked a match that suited there opponents the violence suited team 3d and the ladders suited the hardys and you know what .........The Wolves won stellar performance from all 6 men. Even the ref was great!
4) AJ Styles Vs. Samoa Joe Vs. Christopher Daniels - Unbreakable 2005
Well what is there to be said about arguably the greatest match ever in TNA impact wrestling history? 3 bonefied TNA hall of famers when ever they retire. This match is the only match to get 5 stars on the meltzer scale which is crazy cause all of these matches should be a high 4 stars. There is almost nothing left to be said about this match if you haven't watched it do yourself a favour and watch the greatest match of its time and it still holds up well.
3) EC3 Vs. Rockstar Spud
The build up really turned EC3 into a monster heel and spud became the most loveable underdog ever when he stood up to that bully ec3. The whole crowd got behind him. Spud did everything he could to beat ec3 and take his streak which was well over a year at this point. The match itself was a war a lot of perfectly timed false finishes at this point no one had kixked out of the one percenter and Carter was wearing a metal brace which was being put over like Triple H sledgehammer. Jeremy Borash gave a low blow to ec3. Tyrus got involved by powerbombing spud to the outside. but unfortnatley ec3 hit the one percenter and spud could not kick out and Rockstar spud must get his head shaved. but the angle after it was amazing This took place in spuds home town and ec3 got the mic and cut a promo saying how good spud is and how sorry he and how he wouldn’t be shaving his head on the night. ec3 turned face ..........for about 6 seconds and just bet down spud and shaved his head like a right d••k. And the very next week Spud cashed in his Feast or fired x-divison briefcase to successfully become the new x division champion by pinning Low Ki.
2) The Final Deletion
What can I say about the genius of broken Matt Hardy? Initially for a few weeks I wasn't a fan of the character mainly because he was killing it as big money matt he wasn't around for long slightly longer than his second world title reign he blamed Jeff for all of his problems. I cant say I blame him as he did almost kill matt by jumping off the steps through a table. the steps were to the left of the entrance and it was fairly high up fast forward a few weeks matt returned with the blonde streak in his hair. they had a cage match which Jeff won. This led to the Final deletion which was amazing. if your a fan of the wackiness in wrestling then this is the best thing you'll ever see. Willow the wisp made an appearance. Vanguard 1 and senor Benjamin were amazing as well but the best thing about it was the fireworks they started shooting each other with fireworks they even blocked them with Bin lids the finish saw Jeff climb up a massive hardy monument he's about to swanton him when reby sky hands matt a candle and sets the monument on fire Jeff falls down and matt pins him for the win. Arguably the most entertaing match you'll ever see if you haven't gone back and watched broken matt in impact wrestling you really should. Hes had some great moments the final deletion, Delete or decay , the tag team appocalypto and the quest to become the greatest tag team in all of "SPACE AND TIME".
1) Pentagon Jr. Vs. Sami Callahan - Slammiversary 2018
The most recent on this list which happened in 2018 at slammiversy. Honestly what a wonderful match this was. Let’s get the only complaint about the match out of the way. The crists got involved and took unprotected chair shots to the head - shouldn’t be doing that nowadays but apart from that, this was a wonderful match. Callahan is arguably the best heel in wrestling at the moment the match was absolutely disgusting spit everywhere. railroad spikes being driven into the head they even used a baseball bat for extra pressure on the spike. watching this was amazing and disgusting at the sane time. piledrivers on chairs anything you could want in a wrestling match happened my favourite match of last year. Kenny omega who needs him. okada pfff. Callahan is the man. if you haven't seen it then watch it. but after the match when Sami lost the crists tried to save him they failed. Fenix came out to help his brother and when Callahan gets his head shaved he's crying and no one felt bad for him cause he is a brilliant heel.