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Victory Road (2009)

Victory Road (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on July 19, 2009 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida.[1][2] It was the fifth event under the Victory Road chronology and was voted the worst major wrestling show of the year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Victory Road (2009)
Victory Road (2009) poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring The Beautiful People: Madison Rayne, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky
PromotionTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
DateJuly 19, 2009[1]
CityOrlando, Florida[2]
VenueTNA Impact! Zone[2]
Attendance1,100[3]
Theme
song
(s)
"My Lesson" by Silence Betrayed
Pay-per-view chronology
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Slammiversary (2009)
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Hard Justice (2009)
Victory Road chronology
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Victory Road (2008)
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Victory Road (2010)

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.[4]

Contents

StorylinesEdit

Victory Road featured nine professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[5]

At Slammiversary, TNA's preceding pay per view, Kurt Angle won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, and subsequently reclaimed his position as leader of the villainous alliance, The Main Event Mafia. Former champion and executive shareholder of the company, Mick Foley, decided to get a rematch for the title at Victory Road.

To appease Angle in getting his match, Foley also gave Main Event Mafia member, Kevin Nash, a match for the TNA Legends Championship against A.J. Styles; he also had created a chance for two other members of the Mafia in Booker T and Scott Steiner to challenge Beer Money, Inc. (the name of the tag team of Robert Roode and James Storm) for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which they received their chance following their victory over Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray).

After allowing Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary, Samoa Joe was initiated into the Main Event Mafia at the expense of its former leader, Sting, which was represented by the Mafia beating down on Sting the edition of Impact! following the show. After weeks of confrontation between Joe and Sting, it was announced on the July 9 edition of Impact! that the two would face each other at Victory Road.

Abyss had been seeing a psychiatrist for months in the form of Dr. Stevie in an attempt to overcome his sadistic desires; it came to light eventually that Stevie was physically and mentally abusing his patient and controlling him with stun guns and drugs, eventually recruiting associates (Raven and Daffney) to aid him in controlling Abyss in similar fashion, as well as threatening Abyss's love interest, Lauren Brooke. The provocation continued, and on the July 16 edition of Impact!, it was announced Abyss would face Stevie.

ReceptionEdit

The Wrestling Observer newsletter ranked TNA Victory Road 2009 the worst major wrestling show of 2009. Figure Four Weekly webmaster Bryan Alvarez said on the July 20, 2009 edition of "The Bryan and Vinny Show" that he could not rate any match above two and a half stars, and was critical of the finish to the Beer Money vs. Booker T and Scott Steiner match saying that referee Earl Hebner should not be able to get into a ring faster than James Storm. Alvarez saved his harshest criticism for the Jenna/Sharmell match; not only did he give it a minus five star rating and call it the worst women's match he had ever seen, he said he had been unable to remember the last time he had done so because it had been so long since he had seen a match that bad.[6][7]

ResultsEdit

No. Results[8] Stipulations Times[9]
1 Angelina Love (with Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky) defeated Tara (c) Singles match for the TNA Knockouts Championship 07:02
2 Matt Morgan defeated Christopher Daniels Singles match 10:31
3 Abyss defeated Dr. Stevie No Disqualification match 09:51
4 Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray) (c) defeated The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams) (with Rob Terry) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 10:16
5 Jenna Morasca (with Awesome Kong) defeated Sharmell (with Sojournor Bolt) Singles match 05:49
6 Kevin Nash defeated A.J. Styles (c) Singles match for the TNA Legends Championship 14:07
7 The Main Event Mafia (Booker T and Scott Steiner) defeated Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) (c) Tag team match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship 12:29
8 Samoa Joe defeated Sting by submission Singles match 11:36
9 Kurt Angle (c) defeated Mick Foley by submission Singles match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship 14:06
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Monthly Three-hour Pay-Per-View Events". TNA Wrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Adam (2009-05-28). "Location for TNA's July PPV event". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  3. ^ "Victory Road 2009". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  4. ^ "Anthem, Impact announce Global Wrestling Network launch". Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  5. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  6. ^ List of Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards#Worst Major Wrestling Show
  7. ^ http://www.f4wonline.com/radio-archive/bryan-and-vinny?year=2009&month=7&limit=20&order=DESC
  8. ^ "Final Resolution: Dec. 9 on Pay-Per-View - Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Roode for the World Title". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  9. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=35368

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