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Impact Wrestling – July 24, 2014

Impact
Wrestling

Date: July 24, 2014
Location: Manhattan
Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz 
Reviewed by Tommy Hall 
It’s
the second show in New York and the main story is whether or not
Austin Aries is going to cash in the X-Division Title for a shot at
the World Title next week. Does TNA think that the fans believe he
might keep the midcard title instead of going after the big one using
an idea he created? Other than that I’m sure Bully will be chasing
Dixie around the arena with a table in hand again. Let’s get to it.

Austin
Aries arrives.
We
look back at the end of last week’s show where Ray almost put Dixie
through a table.
MVP
vs. Bobby Roode
Falls
count anywhere. There’s no MVP so we go to the back where Angle
orders MVP, still on crutches, to the ring. Roode runs to the back
and goes after MVP before ramming him into various hard objects.
They head back to the arena and fight in the crowd. There hasn’t
been a bell yet. MVP throws a beer at Roode and hits him in the ribs
with chair but misses a running kick to the face.
They
get back to ringside and MVP knocks him down for some two counts. I
didn’t hear a bell but I guess that doesn’t matter in a brawl like
this. Roode suplexes him on the ramp for two as Kenny King makes a
save. Eric Young jumps King from behind and chases him off as Roode
is sent into the steps. Back in and MVP nails Roode in the back with
a chair over and over. He tries a running boot to drive Roode’s head
into the chair but Bobby moves and kicks out the bad knee. Now it’s
Roode with the chair and hammers away at the knee before putting on a
bad looking Sharpshooter for the submission at approximately 8:00.
Rating:
C. This was nothing too great
but at least Roode comes out looking strong. It really would have
hurt him if he had lost to a one legged boss, and TNA is NEVER known
for having their top face get treated like a loser. Good enough
match here though and it’s nice to see a match open the show for a
change.
Video
on Hardy vs. Lashley last week.
Video
on Team 3D attacking Spud and Ethan last week.
Dixie
is here to support Ethan in his match tonight. Bully will NOT put
her through a table and she’ll stand over Ray’s dead body.
Here’s
a limping Jeff Hardy with something to say. Jeff says we’ll see
Willow again someday and he does everything to entertain the people.
He says he’s got someone special for us here and the fans chant for
Matt. That’s exactly what they get too and Matt looks better than he
has in awhile.
Matt
thanks Jeff and the fans for letting him come back because he needed
to go away and get healthy. He thinks he’s let the fans down but
they tell him thank you. Matt thinks it’s time for the Hardy Boys to
be back on top of the roster, and what better way than to win the Tag
Team Titles at Destination X? He invites the Wolves down to see them
and here come the champions. There isn’t much said here, but the
Wolves respect the Hardys very much and would love to give them a
title shot.
Aries
has made his decision.
All
three BroMans are in the ring with Jesse bragging about Robbie E.
being on a reality show. He won’t say what it is but says it’s a big
deal (it’s Amazing Race). DJZ brags about being the best in the
X-Division. Now it’s time for his match.
Low
Ki vs. DJZ
DJZ
actually takes over to start and gets two off a running knee to the
face. Ki comes back with kicks to the face and right hands in the
corner and a quick Ki Crusher (sitout fisherman’s buster) gets the
pin at 2:30.
Gunner
is in the back with Samuel Shaw and talking about some girl when
Anderson comes in. Shaw knows Anderson doesn’t like him, but maybe
one day he’ll have to.
Ethan
Carter III is with Rhino and Spud and talks about being from the
streets of Boca Raton. Dixie comes in with King Mo and tells her men
to take out the extreme guys in their hometown.
Magnus/Bram
vs. Gunner/Mr. Anderson
Gunner
elbows Magnus in the face to start but it’s quickly off to Bram with
a big slam. More slams have him in trouble and Gunner hammers away
with right hands. It’s back to Magnus who gets elbowed down by
Anderson, followed by the rolling fireman’s carry. Everything breaks
down and Bram posts Anderson before sending him back in for a Spine
Shanker (German suplex into a sitout Rock Bottom) for the pin at
2:48.
The
Brits keep up the beating post match but Shaw runs in to take the
shot with the piece of metal for Anderson. Abyss runs in and beats
up Bram for the save.
Bully
Ray says he’s losing sleep over not being able to put Dixie through a
table. Tonight he’s teaming with Dreamer and D-Von in a New York
City street fight.
Video
on Austin Aries and the history of Option C.
Kurt
Angle comes out and explains Option C to the fans before asking Aries
to come out. Austin says this sounds like a no brainer. This brings
out MVP and Bobby Lashley with the former boss talking about how
Lashley is bigger, stronger and faster than Austin Aries. MVP says
Aries has built up the X-Division and should stick to what he knows.

Aries
cuts them off and says he knows how to touch things and make the
great. He knows what it takes to be the World Heavyweight Champion.
Aries knows that MVP held him down and says he can do things in this
ring that MVP couldn’t do with four legs. Lashley may be bigger and
stronger than Aries, but there’s no way he’s tougher. Austin cashes
in the belt for a shot next week.
Video
on Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell’s rivalry.
Knockouts
Title: Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
Gail
is defending and starts fast with a takedown followed by a superplex.
The running cross body in the corner gets two but both girls try
cross bodies at the same time. Taryn makes her comeback with a snap
suplex and goes up to but the Beautiful People come in for the DQ at
4:04.
Rating:
D+. Nothing to see here other
than Taryn in her very revealing outfits. These two had a great
rivalry but it was over a year ago and I don’t think a lot of the
fans remember it all that well. The ending likely sets up a tag and
then a fourway because that’s almost all this division knows how to
do.
Jeremy
Borash brings out Great Muta but Robbie E. interrupts. He wants a
match right now and it’s on.
Great
Muta vs. Robbie E.
Kicks,
power drive elbows, Shining Wizard, pin in 57 seconds.
James
Storm comes out post match and
yells at Muta about earning your spot. He spits beer in Muta’s face
and beats him down but Sanada comes in with the save. Sanada turns
on Muta with the mist and lays him out before nailing a moonsault.
He bows to Storm and leaves with him.
Dixie
and King Mo talk about
regretting allowing Tommy Dreamer to come in here a few years ago.
They want those chants to stop and
will be sitting in the balcony to watch the show.
Tommy
Dreamer/Team 3D vs. Ethan Carter III/Spud/Rhino
Street
fight. It’s a brawl to start of course and Ethan is coming in with
bad ribs from the attack last week. The extreme ones take over to
start and Bully throws Spud over the top and down onto Carter. Rhino
is dropped as well and we take an early break. Back with Ray using
the cheese grater on Ethan’s chest but Rhino makes the save.
Dreamer
takes Rhino down and Spud goes after D-Von in the corner, only to get
caught in a Doomsday Device. Dreamer
does the baseball slide into the chair in the Tree of Woe and it’s
table time. A fan in a black hoodie tries to jump the barricade but
Ray is right on him. Dreamer hits Carter with a Singapore cane and
loads up the piledriver but Ezekiel Jackson from WWE runs in and lays
Dreamer out, allowing Ethan to hit the 1%er onto a chair for the pin
on Dreamer at 11:43.
Rating:
D+. It’s another ECW match and
another WWE reject being brought in. Jackson is all look and little
more, but I’m assuming this is part of the “REAL ECW” being
brought in to take out the extreme guys. It’s a nice idea but at the
end of the day, it means we have to watch Ezekiel Jackson.
Post
match a gloating Dixie comes out and tells security to let the other
guy up, revealing Snitsky. The
beating is on and Team Dixie stands tall to end the show. Rhino
holding up the unconscious Spud made me chuckle.
Overall
Rating:
C. The wrestling wasn’t
as good but it’s incredible how energetic these New York shows have
been. I can’t imagine Aries takes the title next week but it’s
always fun to see a challenger being built up, even if it’s just for
a week. Dixie has to be going through a table before they’re out of
this set of tapings or TNA is somehow more inept than I thought they
were.
Results
Bobby
Roode b. MVP – Sharpshooter
Low
Ki b. DJZ – Ki Crusher
Bram/Magnus
b. Gunner/Mr. Anderson – Spine Shanker to Anderson
Gail
Kim vs. Taryn Terrell went to a no contest when the Beautiful People
interfered
Great
Muta b. Robbie E. – Shining Wizard
Ethan
Carter III/Rhino/Spud b. Team 3D/Tommy Dreamer – 1%er onto a chair
to Dreamer
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