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TNA IN PHILADELPHIA, PA LIVE REPORT

By Billy Krotchsen on 2013-01-06 09:12:29
TNA ran Philadelphia, PA (well, really Upper Darby) at the Tower Theater.

I don't usually put my opinions into reports and spoilers I send along but I will make an exception here. Ugh. I've heard of the place as it's a well known area concert venue and this was the first time they ever held wrestling here. I go to a ton of shows so I wanted to see how TNA pulled off running here.

Well, let's just call a spade a spade. It's an old dump of a building in a pretty bad area. TNA should be ashamed they ran here. It was that bad of an area.

To make matters worse, the crowd looked to be about 400-500, which means they did far less than Extreme Rising did a week ago, even with national TV and with RVD, who's a legend in this area. It should be noted there was no advertising for this show locally, so I bet a lot of fans had no idea the show even took place.

That said, it was the same decent show in the ring TNA always puts on, but that was it. It was the same show they always put on.

*TNA Tag Team champions Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez beat Robbie E. & Robbie T.

*TNA Knockouts champion Tara defeated Mickie James.

*Bully Ray (isn't he suspended????) defeated Jesse Godderz via DQ when Tara interfered with a low blow right in front of the referee. LAME. Ray was great on the mic. Mickie James returned and took out Tara after. Godderz was put through a table.

*TNA X-Division champ RVD pinned Kazarian in the best wrestling match of the night.

*Aces & Eights (Devon & Luke Gallows) beat Kurt Angle & Samoa Joe when Devon hit Angle with a hammer.

*TNA champ Jeff Hardy won a Cage match, beating Bobby Roode and Austin Aries. James Storm was the referee, which was a nice added stip that was never advertised. Storm ended up superkicking Aries late in the match. Hardy used the Twist of Fate on Roode.

After the show, they did the photo deal with Jeff Hardy on the stage of the venue, since the ring crew had to take down the ring. The fans that were there did have a good time and TNA did all the usual flea market stuff to pad the night with extra revenue like photos, autographs, VIP signing, backstage passes, etc. It's not that it was a bad show but it was the same show they always give and to see them doing so poorly in a big wrestling market, especially in a dump that made the ECW Arena look like Madison Square Garden, is a little sad.