Impact Wrestling – July 17, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
July 17, 2014
Location:
Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
finally to the New York tapings which are a prety big deal for the
company. The company will be here for five weeks plus however many
they tape at an upcoming set of tapings. The main story at this show
will be Bobby Lashley defending the World Title against Jeff Hardy,
who won a battle royal last week to earn the shot. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a video on Hardy vs. Lashley, focusing on how Lashley is a
destroyer and Hardy can be insane when need be.
Kurt
Angle is in the crowd and welcomes us to the show. He shows us the
six sided ring which makes its return tonight.
Taz
is also in the balcony and compares TNA to ECW because their locker
rooms have the same look in their eyes. He throws in his ECW
catchphrases.
Here
are Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer to get things going. They talk about
how they helped get ECW on the map back in 1997 and this place feels
like ECW did when it took the world by storm. Ethan Carter III and
Rhino break things up with Ethan saying that Bully will not be
putting his aunt through a table here, just like he couldn’t in Texas
or Pennsylvania. The fans tell Rhino that he sold out and Rhino
agrees. They follow up by chanting YOU CAN’T WRESTLE, but Carter
responds with “YES I CAN” and “I’M VERY GOOD!” Dreamer says
Carter doesn’t know where he is and the brawl is on.
Rhino/Ethan
Carter III vs. Bully Ray/Tommy Dreamer
Joined
in progress after a break. Ray drops Carter with a neckbreaker for
two. The camera seems to be lower than usual this week. It’s
quickly off to Rhino to stomp away but Dreamer elbows him in the jaw.
Carter comes in again and is easily dispatched by a double elbow to
the jaw. Ray brings Rhino in as everything breaks down.
Spud
comes out in a bright orange jacket for a distraction and Carter
takes over on Dreamer in the corner. Rhino plants Tommy with a
spinebuster for two but Carter gets sent face first into the middle
buckle, allowing for the hot tag to Bully. Ray beats up both
villains on his own and everything breaks down again with Rhino
taking over. Dreamer grabs Spud in but gets rolled up by Carter for
the pin at 6:40.
Rating:
C-. The match was fine but I’m
over these attempts to bring ECW back from the grave every few years.
Yeah the live crowds like it, but it makes the company look like
it’s desperate to get whatever blood they can out of ECW’s corpse.
The match was ok, but does pinning Tommy Dreamer really help Ethan?
The
trio arrives.
Kurt
Angle puts Austin Aries in a gauntlet match with the X-Division Title
on the line and Aries gets to start.
James
Storm slaps Sanada and dares him to fight, but says Sanada just does
what Great Muta tells him. He calls Sanada a choke artist and
leaves.
X-Division
Title: Gauntlet Match
This
is over the top elimination until there are two left and it becomes a
singles match. There are eight men in this with 90 second intervals
and it’s champion Austin Aries vs. Eddie Edwards to start. Feeling
out process to start until Aries takes him down by the leg and goes
into the corner. That goes nowhere as Manik is in at #3. Aries is
knocked to the floor through the ropes meaning he’s still in as Manik
speeds things up. He goes to the middle rope but Gets caught by
Eddie, only to have Aries run in and dropkick Manik in the face.
Aries
misses an elbow drop and it’s Davey Richards in at #4. The
Wolves of course team up with Davey taking Aries down with a
backbreaker and Eddie adds a top rope knee to the chest. Aries and
Manik are in trouble as DJZ is in at #5. Edwards nails DJZ, Aries
elbows Edwards, Richards drops Aries and Manik dropkicks Edwards. A
top rope hurricanrana from Manik takes DJZ out but Manik is
eliminated as well as we take a break.
Back
with Tigre Uno and Crazzy Steve added to the match and no one else
having been eliminated. Sanada is in at #8 to complete the field and
he cleans house to take over. Crazzy Steve starts spraying silly
string and the blinded Tigre Uno is eliminated. Edwards dumps Steve
but Sanada puts out both Wolves to give us a rematch from last week
with Aries vs. Sanada in a regular singles match for the title.
Austin
sends Sanada to the floor and hits a huge suicide dive to take him
out. A slingshot hilo back inside sets up the Last Chancery but
Sanada makes it to the ropes. Aries can’t suplex him over the ropes
and back inside and Sanada shoulders him in the ribs and hits a
springboard chop to the head. Sanada’s tiger suplex gets two but
he misses the moonsault. Two discus forearms and the corner dropkick
set up the brainbuster to retain Aries’ title at 16:45.
Rating:
C+. The match was fine but
Aries cleaning out the division before he’s likely dropping the title
for a title shot doesn’t do anything for the belt. All it does is
set up another tournament between people who didn’t beat the champion
to get the belt. That’s the same thing that happens to the title
every year and is a major problem with Option C.
Aries
helps Sanada back to his feet.
Eric
Young and Bobby Roode have formed an alliance and want to get their
hands on MVP.
James
Storm calls Sanada a loser and beats the tar out of him. Sanada is
left laying and Storm calls Muta a fraud.
MVP/Kenny
King vs. Eric Young/Bobby Roode
MVP
can’t walk and says he has half a leg but is going to wrestle under
protest. Eric starts and takes King into the corner for some right
hands to the jaw. It’s quickly off to Roode who doesn’t have such
great luck as King takes over. King tags in MVP who immediately
bails to the floor when Roode gets to his feet.
MVP
gets in and tags out to King so the match can continue. Young is
taken down and MVP comes in for some actual contact with an elbow
drop and something resembling a flapjack. Back to King for a legdrop
but Young avoids an elbow drop. A quick cross body allows for the
tag off to Roode, who dares MVP to come in. Everything breaks down
and MVP hits Roode with a crutch for the DQ at 6:25.
Rating:
D+. This was more about filling
in time before we get to the big showdown between Roode and MVP,
likely at Bound For Glory. The match was nothing special, though I’m
not crazy on the idea of two former world champions getting beaten
down by a one legged man and Kenny King.
MVP
and King destroy both guys with the crutches.
Brittany
vs. Madison Rayne
No
DQ and no countouts. They slug it out to start until Madison goes to
the corner, only to get caught in an armbreaker over the ropes.
Thankfully the referee doesn’t count or ask her to break it up. The
fight goes outside with Brittany backdropping Madison on the ramp and
kicking her in the ribs.
Back
in and Brittany rams Madison’s head into the mat before getting two
off a Russian legsweep. Madison is thrown back to the floor as the
fans chant for Christy Hemme. Brittany tries a reverse DDT on the
floor but gets suplexed instead. Back in and Madison hits a package
DDT (think a fisherman’s DDT but with Madison not going backwards at
all) for the pin at 6:40.
Rating:
C. This was more aggressive
than usual but I’m really not caring about these two. Brittany was
something different when she had a crush on Madison but now she’s
just another heel who doesn’t win a lot of matches. At the end of
the day, it’s impossible to crack through into the top level of
Knockouts and it’s stopping Brittany, just like it has everyone else.
Dixie
Carter says Bully is all bark but she’s all bite.
Austin
Aries tells Angle that he created Option C for the respect he has for
the X-Division Title. Next week he gets to turn in the title for a
future shot.
TNA
World Title: Bobby Lashley vs. Jeff Hardy
Lashley
is defending. Hardy tries to hammer away to start but realizes he
has to speed things up. He sends Lashley out to the floor and hits a
big dive, only to have Lashley trip him up on the steps and send Jeff
face first into the steel as we take a break. Back with Lashley in
control and choking Jeff on the middle rope. He puts Hardy in a
torture rack but some right hands get Jeff free.
A
running forearm drops Lashley and a dropkick does the same as the
fans chant for CM Punk. Hardy’s headscissors out of the corner is
caught in the powerslam but Jeff comes back with a Twisting Stunner
and Twist of Fate. The Swanton get two and Jeff takes it back to the
floor and rams Lashley’s head into the steps. Hardy goes up for a
Swanton to the floor but lands on the steps. Jeff is done and the
spear retains Lashley’s title at 12:45.
Rating:
C+. This was a win that Lashley
needed to get as Jeff Hardy is the guy that is always hanging around
the main event and could take the title at any time. They’re
actually building Lashley up as a major force and he’s coming off
like a monster instead of a guy just keeping the title warm for MVP.
That Swanton the steps was insane too.
Kurt
Angle says Lashley is the man but stops Dixie from going to the ring.
She says let go of her so she can go talk to her people.
Angle
comes in and yells at MVP before putting him in a falls count
anywhere match with Roode next week.
Here
are Dixie, Spud, Ethan and Rhino so Dixie can make fun of the New
York fans. She goes on and on about how she humiliated Tommy Dreamer
and how embarrassed she is for the people that cheer Bully Ray.
She’s going to keep putting
Ray through table after table until he understands that this is her
company. Cue Bully and Dreamer with a table and Dixie’s cronies are
quickly cleared out of the ring. The fans chant YES but Ethan hits
Bully low for the save. Rhino and Spud get Dixie into the crowd but
D-Von returns to help beat down Ethan. What’s Up sets up a 3D
through the table to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C+. The show was
entertaining for the most part though there were some flaws. The ECW
stuff is something they need to cut out as fast as they can. It’s
pure nostalgia, but do you really want to have your company looking
like it’s all about dragging ECW out of its grave? As long as it’s
limited to guys like the Dudleys, Rhino and Dreamer it won’t be
horrible, but it doesn’t need to happen.
Other
than that the show was actually good stuff with the main event scene
starting to take shape as Lashley has main event players lined up for
him to run over. It’s probably setting up a showdown at Bound For
Glory with…..well you would think Roode but MVP might be getting
that spot. Either way the show did its job and that’s a good thing.
Results
Ethan
Carter III/Rhino b. Bully Ray/Tommy Dreamer – Rollup to Dreamer
Austin
Aries won a gauntlet match – Brainbuster to Sanada
Eric
Young/Bobby Roode b. MVP/Kenny King via DQ when MVP used a crutch
Madison
Rayne b. Brittany – Package DDT
Bobby
Lashley b. Jeff Hardy – Spear
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