Impact Wrestling – July 10, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
July 10, 2014
Location:
Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
the last night in Bethlehem, meaning we’re heading for New York next
week. Tonight Kurt Angle has scheduled a series of title matches
with only the World Title not being on the line. However, there will
be a twenty man battle royal with the winner getting a World Title
shot at some point in the future. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a video about how so many titles are on the line this week.
Most of them were last week as well but it’s nice to see matches
that matter twice in a row.
Here’s
Kurt Angle to declare this the Championship Showcase, meaning every
match has championship ramifications. He runs down the card before
asking Willow to come out here. Kurt says Jeff Hardy became Willow
because of the dark place that Dixie Carter had put him in. Now it’s
just Kurt Angle, and Kurt needs the most competitive wrestler in the
world, and that’s Jeff Hardy. Kurt isn’t asking Willow to go away
forever, but just for tonight.
Austin
Aries says he’ll win the X-Division Title tonight.
Tag
Team Titles: Wolves vs. Bram/Magnus
The
Wolves are defending and it’s Davey vs. Magnus to get things going.
A rolling enziguri puts Magnus down and the champions double team him
in the corner. Bram comes in as well and gets kicked down just as
quickly. It’s off to Bram legally but Davey rams him head first into
Eddie ala the British Bulldogs. Magnus gets in a cheap shot from the
apron to take over before getting Eddie off the apron so there’s no
one for Davey to tag. The challengers take over and Magnus avoids a
quick enziguri.
Another
kick to the head connects and Bram can’t make a fast enough save.
Edwards comes in with fast chops to cleans house before a top rope
hurricanrana gets two on Bram. The Wolves sends the Brits to the
floor for a double suicide dive. Back in and Davey misses the top
rope double stomp but escapes a powerbomb into a backslide. The
legal Eddie runs in and grabs Bram’s legs in a rollup for the pin at
7:17.
Rating:
C. Nice match here but again,
the Wolves need challengers to be built up to challenge them, not for
them to beat week in and week out. They don’t need to prove how
awesome they are and the division is already weak enough. It was
entertaining stuff though and I’m fine with the Wolves like this.
Just keep them away from fighting each other for awhile.
Bobby
Roode is fired up.
Speaking
of Roode, here he is in the arena. He talks about wanting something
so much that you need it. For months, Dixie Carter made him sit at
home and then MVP did the same. MVP sees him as a threat, but now
this threat is in the middle of the ring. He wants to get his hands
on MVP and doesn’t care about a doctor’s note. If MVP isn’t here by
a count of ten, Roode is coming to the back and ripping MVP apart.
MVP’s
music hits at about five and he comes out in a wheelchair and says
Roode has made his knee injury even worse. It’s swollen so big that
he can’t even get an MRI. He’s so upset that he won’t stand for
this. Roode comes up the ramp anyway but has to dispatch Kenny King.
MVP is sent down to the ring but King nails Roode with a chair.
Eric Young comes out for the save but Lashley runs out to spear him
down.
James
Storm sits down with Sanada in the back and says Sanada will disgrace
Japan and the Great Muta if he loses the title. Storm says Muta
controls Sanada through the title, but Storm likes what he sees in
Sanada. Interesting indeed.
We
see the Angle and Willow segment again.
Angle
says he thinks he got to Hardy, and that was his goal.
X-Divison
Title: Sanada vs. Austin Aries
Sanada
is defending and quickly spins out of a wristlock into a headlock on
the mat but Aries pops right out of it. A dropkick nails Aries but
he’s right on his feet again for a standoff. They head to the mat
for the Last Chancery from Aries but Sanada is quickly in the ropes.
Sanada puts on a rolling cradle for two and Aries is dizzy. A
running clothesline puts him on the floor and but he slides in before
Sanada can dive. Back in and Aries shoves him off the top to break
up a springboard attempt, allowing him to hit a top rope ax handle to
the floor.
Back
in and Aries goes up, only to get dropkicked out of the air. Sanada
sends him to the floor for a running dive off the apron but Aries
counters the tiger suplex. The running dropkick in the corner sets
up the brainbuster but Sanada flips out and gets the tiger suplex for
two. The moonsault connects for two but an Aries avoids a second.
The brainbuster gets two and the 450 gives Aries the pin at 8:26.
Rating:
B. The match was awesome, but
this basically makes Sanada’s entire reign totally pointless. It’s
going to hurt the title even more when the belt is vacated and we
have to have yet another tournament for the title and no big name
enters it because there’s no reason to care about the X-Division
Title until next July. Option C might be the worst thing ever for
the division.
Ray
doesn’t want to talk about Rhino and we go to a break very abruptly.
We get the full version of the interview after we get back, with Ray
shouting at the interviewer about how he’s going to talk to Rhino
face to face.
Ethan
Carter III says Rhino is going to reveal the real Bully.
Bully
comes out to the ring and says when he was starting out, Bam Bam
Bigelow gave him some advice: by the time he was established, he
could count the number of true friends he had on one hand. That
brings Ray to Rhino, who he wants out here right now, face to face.
He gets Rhino but also gets
Spud and Ethan Carter III. Bully demands answers from Rhino but
Rhino says this is about the two of them. When Rhino was watching
Team 3D being announced for the Hall of Fame, Rhino realized that
Bully was a con man.
Ray
has conned Paul Heyman and Dixie Carter. Bully says that’s a cop out
and says Rhino has been brainwashed. This is just jealousy and Ray
is in the Hall of Fame because the people say he should be. Rhino is
responsible for his own career and is the only reason he got fired
from WWE and TNA. He was hardcore at one point but now he’s just a
coward. Ethan says he paid off Rhino because Rhino needs the money.
Ray says he’s going to rip Carter apart but gets Gored. The beatdown
ensues but Tommy Dreamer makes the save with a kendo stick. You know
what the chant is.
The
Beautiful People complain about how their flirting didn’t get them
anywhere. Angelina says she’s going to win the title back tonight.
Knux
says the Menagerie should win tonight because they’re tailor made for
a battle royal.
Knockouts
Title: Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim vs. Brittany vs. Madison Rayne
Gail
is defending. Brittany
jumps Madison on the way to the ring but Gail comes out for the save.
Things settle down with Gail faceplanting Madison but Angelina pulls
the champion out to the floor. Angelina and Brittany double team
Madison with Love playing on Brittany’s inexperience to get a quick
near fall. Madison hits a kind of suplex jawbreaker to put Brittany
down but walks into the Botox Injection from Angelina. Eat Defeat to
Love is enough to retain Gail’s title at 5:35.
Rating:
D+. I can’t count how many
times I’ve seen a match that was almost identical to this one between
the Knockouts. They’ve been doing the exact same kind of multi girl
matches for years now and, just like the people in them, they’re only
slightly different than the last one. These get old and pretty easy
to predict very fast.
Austin
Aries says he always seems to have the X-Division Title around this
time of the year. The title is the key for a title shot and everyone
thinks he’s going to cash the title in for a title shot in New York
City but he likes to mix things up. He says the division is
important again.
Video
on Destination X, three weeks from tonight.
Bobby
Roode doesn’t care about MVP and the trio, but he’ll be back for them
later.
MVP
talks about how Lashley is a franchise player. We see Lashley
working out wearing the title belt.
Battle
Royal
Knux,
Crazy Steve, The Freak, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Ethan Carter III,
Rockstar Spud, Manik, DJZ,
Bram, Sanada, Magnus, Jesse Godderz, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, Mr.
Anderson, Kenny King, Gunner, James Storm, Tigre Uno
The
winner gets a title shot next week. Roode is now in long tights.
Hardy comes out as Jeff Hardy for the first time in a few months. I
think I’ve got everyone in the match but it’s always hard to tell.
Jesse quickly dropkicks Crazy Steve out for the first elimination but
the Freak puts him out a few seconds later. DJZ goes after the two
remaining members of the Menagerie and is quickly eliminated. Bram
and Magnus put the Freak out and Knux misses a big boot, allowing
them to dump him as well. Storm knocks Hardy to the apron and bites
Hardy’s fingers but can’t get an elimination.
Bram
forearms Tigre Uno out as the ring is clearing a bit. Sanada is
tossed as well before Roode clotheslines Magnus to the floor. Storm
does the same to Anderson and tosses Gunner as well. Hardy gets rid
of Bram, bringing out Abyss to hammer Bram to the back. Kenny King
misses a charge at Manik and is able to eliminate him from the apron.
Roode and Storm have the required showdown as we go to a break.
Back
with Roode dumping Storm, getting us down to a final group of Spud,
Carter, Ray, Young, King, Hardy and Roode. Spud tries to chop Ray
and gets grabbed low for his efforts.
Ray
knocks out Spud and Ethan but eliminates himself in the process.
Down to four now. Young is down in the corner as Roode spinebusts
King, only to have MVP get in a cheap shot to Bobby with his crutch
for an elimination.
Young
dumps King and we’re down to Hardy vs. Eric. They shake hands and
we’re ready to go. A quick belly to belly attempt sends Hardy to the
apron but he comes back in with a jawbreaker. Young is sent over the
corner for a Flair Flip so of course he struts along the apron.
Hardy is nice enough to not nail him but a dropkick knocks Young out
for the at 16:00.
Rating:
C+. This was a decent enough
battle royal as they kept things moving fast enough that it didn’t
get boring. Hardy winning the title shot was pretty obvious the
second his music hit but he’s one of the best choices. I have no
idea where Samoa Joe was, but I’m assuming this is setting up Joe vs.
Angle down the line.
Jeff
says he won, bad hair and all. He’s the next World Champion and is
doing it for the creatures. Lashley comes out and holds up the belt
to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C+. I actually liked
tonight’s show for the most part, but the X-Division stuff gets on my
nerves. It’s such a waste of potential for the division and comes
off too much like Money in the Bank. Other than that though we had
two good matches and a decent enough battle royal to set up a big
main event next week. The show did its job and wasn’t terrible so it
works well enough for me.
Results
Wolves
b. Bram/Magnus – Rollup to Bram
Austin
Aries b. Sanada – 450 Splash
Gail
Kim b. Madison Rayne, Angelina Love and Brittany – Eat Defeat to
Love
Jeff
Hardy won a battle royal last eliminating Eric Young
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