Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
TNA Sacrifice 2024
March 8, 2024
St. Clair College
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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Just two weeks after their previous live special, TNA was on the road again this past Friday for Sacrifice. Held at a sold-out St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the show was headlined by Moose, who was defending the TNA World Championship against Eric Young.

Countdown to Sacrifice
TNA Digital Media Championship
Crazzy Steve (C) def. Joe Hendry

I understand this was a late change to the card with Laredo Kid having travel issues, but this was an absolute non-starter for all involved.

Joe Hendry didn’t have time to record a custom entrance song, so he improvised with some photoshopped images – fair to say that they weren’t his best work. 

The match then only ran a shade over four minutes and was brought to a close thanks to a distraction from AJ Francis on the outside, which allowed Steve to hit the diving DDT to retain the title. *

Countdown to Sacrifice
Speedball Mountain (Mike Bailey & Trent Seven) def. The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)

To paraphrase the late, great Dinah Washington, what a difference a couple of weeks makes. 

Compared to the previous meeting between these teams at No Surrender, the energy levels in this one were night and day. All four men (well, more accurately three as Seven was the least involved) were on it and their collective workrate, in the traditional sense, was high. 

It was a bit overbooked down the stretch with a ref bump and two spray paint spots, but the crowd, who were hot all night, were massively into it, and I enjoyed it. ***

Nic Nemeth def. Steve Maclin

TNA management needs to ensure Steve Maclin’s re-signing. While he doesn’t always get everything right, the energy Maclin brings to every one of his big matches makes him one of my favourite guys to watch anywhere in the world. 

He was great here and proved the perfect foil for Nic Nemeth, someone who has always been at his best when bumping and selling from underneath.

Nemeth initially tried to avoid Maclin’s wild man energy, but that endeavor proved futile as they both cranked through the gears as this progressed. Maclin’s scud dive into the corner that missed was the perfect kind of reckless but set up a great nearfall, as did the exchange where they both hit each other’s signature offence.

Nemeth eventually went over courtesy of a brace of superkicks and a Nic Nac (I’m not calling it the Danger Zone, sorry, Mr. Loggins) as he continues his path to the World Title. This was his best match since leaving WWE, but I’m convinced there’s so much more these two can do. ****

TNA World Tag Team Championships
The System (Brian Myers & Eddie Edwards) (w/Alisha Edwards) def. ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (C)

Ever since they first came together as a team, I’ve been hugely enamored by the chemistry and work of Brian Myers and Eddie Edwards. They’re a ronseal veteran heel team but they’ve played their roles perfectly. On this night, they meshed brilliantly with Ace Austin and Chris Bey to deliver a match that rocked.

Austin was the star of this match, bringing great energy throughout and being part of my favourite spot of the match when his trademark handspring on the apron was cut off by a gnarly spear by Myers.

That spot was symptomatic of their story, which was that the heels were consistently able to isolate the champions, meaning they either had a two-on-one advantage on offense or that the babyface had no one to tag to at the end of their comeback.

There was interference from Alisha Edwards in the finish but it was relatively minimal and, most importantly, the timing was perfect. I’m probably on an island with my rating but I loved this. ****

No Disqualification Match
PCO def. Kon

I was thoroughly confused when Kon cut a promo calling out PCO before the match – the match was already booked, brother, so you don’t need to call him out…

That aside, I thought this was fine for what it was. They kept it short and made the most of the plunder, while also calling back to their previous match at No Surrender with the neck snap spot. PCO won in just under eight minutes with a PCOSault on some chairs. **1/2

TNA Knockouts World Tag Team Championships
Spitfire (Jody Threat & Dani Luna) def. MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly) (C)

I was on holiday at the end of last week, so that meant no preview for this show, but if I had written it, I would have noted that I thought Jody Threat and Dani Luna would win here. When they came out on this show with a formal team name, the title switch was even more obvious.

In terms of the match, I understood what they were trying to go for but the execution was ultimately lacking. MK Ultra jumped Threat and Luna before the bell, putting the latter down for the count on the outside with the Snow Plow. That set the stage for a shorter match but a good, fiery babyface comeback, likely with Luna making a miraculous return and proving the difference-maker.

However, just as she got on the apron, Threat rolled up Killer Kelly and that was it. It was over and we’d got a fourth different Knockouts tag title reign of 2024. *

Alexander Hammerstone def. Josh Alexander

Alexander Hammerstone is now an official part of the TNA roster, which is great, but he’s seemingly officially lost his first name – surely they can’t think folk will get confused with one wrestler who has Alexander as his forename and another with it as his surname?

These two had a fun match at Hard to Kill, and for people expecting more or the same, they got that for 95% of this encounter. They told a simple, effective story early on, with Hammerstone’s counters and reversals of Alexander’s signature offense showing him to be better prepared than for their first meeting.

Hammer did look quite blown up while on offense, but he held up well as Josh Alexander, who came out wearing a Team Canada shirt, eventually made the comeback. It was all heating up nicely until we got a ref bump as Hammerstone tried to get out of the Ankle Lock. He made the most of that distraction, visually tapping out before low-blowing Alexander and putting him away with the Nightmare Pendulum.

Hammerstone taking Alexander’s head guard as a trophy was nice, and the result sets up a third match, likely at Rebellion, but the finish was all off. Surely you want a new signing billed as a super hot free agent to make an impact with a clean win, rather than presenting them as an opportunistic cheater? ***1/4

Mustafa Ali & Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) def. Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin & Kushida)

As a piece of booking, this was pretty much perfect. It continued the existing issues within Time Machine, it kept Mustafa Ali strong and got the GYV back in the win column. 

I could nitpick and moan about The Good Hands coming out (something I found entirely perfunctory) and argue that the Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin miscommunication spot would have been more impactful if they’d done it less last year, but I won’t. 

The work here was good, with Gibson having a particularly strong showing. There was tremendous energy from the off and the finish was nice and snug, with the Guns miscommunication leading to Shelley getting caught with the Grit Your Teeth and then the 450 Splash. ***1/2

TNA Knockouts World Championship
Jordynne Grace (C) def. Tasha Steelz and Xia Brookside

I had pretty low expectations coming into this match but ended up being pleasantly surprised.

Xia Brookside isn’t very good but she was well protected by the structure here, getting odd bits of offence in and doing her job in some cool spots involving all three women.

The low point of the match was a spot with Ash by Elegance (fka Dana Brooke) on the outside which involves some all-time horrific acting. That spot stank but Tasha Steelz also got busted open headway, which looked rough but elevated the visual spectacle.

Grace secured a third successful title defense with a Grace Driver on Brookside. ***

TNA World Championship
Moose (C) def. Eric Young

Moose’s title reign continues with… another middling title defense? 

I did think this was an improvement on his match with Alex Shelley at No Surrender a fortnight prior, but this still had quite a few limitations. 

The main one was the length – 22 minutes was way too long to maximise either man’s strengths. 15-18 minutes is probably the optimal Moose range, and that’s also true of Eric Young working the hometown underdog babyface role rather than the more naturally fitting heel role. 

The extended length meant that Moose’s control segment felt slow and dull, although they did manage to redeem a lot of that with an exciting closing stretch. However, my rating is only *** because of the shenanigans in the finish. After Eddie Edwards and Brian Myers were batted away, and we got an OTT ‘you’re outta here’ spot from the referee, Frankie Kazarian snuck up on Eric Young from behind and choked him out. That allowed Moose to roll him back in the ring for a second spear and the win. ***

Final Thoughts

On the whole, TNA Sacrifice was an okay show. The main card kicked off with two notebook matches, but it dropped off after that, and there was a worrying trend throughout. Of the 10 total matches, seven involved either a ref bump, a distraction finish, or shenanigans involving a third party. Some had more than one of those two things – to me, that’s a worrying sign and the sort of thing that can turn people off a promotion that wasn’t exactly red hot before. Hopefully, this was just a “storytelling” blip and not a sign of things to come. 

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