Impact Wrestling – August 14, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date: August 14, 2014
Location: Manhattan
Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s kind of a new era
in TNA as Dixie Carter, at least in theory, is off TV for a very long
time. Last week Team 3D powerbombed her (kind of) through a table in
the big moment that people had been waiting to see for years. Now
we’re getting ready for Bound For Glory but there really isn’t
anything set up in advance. There are about two months left but only
one episode lets on Thursdays. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of
Dixie being put through a table.
Here’s a very happy Ray
to open things up. He thanks all of us for believing in him until he
put Dixie through a table. Ray needed all of the fans’ help to do it
but there is one man in particular he needs to thank. Rick had
Scott, Hawk had Animal, and he has D-Von. This brings out D-Von who
says it feels good to be home in New York City. Now that Dixie is
gone, it’s time to get down to business.
Cue the Hardys and it’s
time for an old school showdown. Matt says it’s been twelve years
since the four of them were all together and congratulates the two of
them on being inducted into the Hall of Fame. He brings up the first
ever tag team table match in 2000 (wasn’t that done before in ECW?)
and Bully helps him through their history of ladders and TLC matches.
The fans want to see it one more time and all four seem totally cool
with the idea.
Recap of Joe winning
the X-Division Title last week.
Joe talks about being
tasked with revamping the X-Division.
Manik
vs. Crazzy Steve vs. Tigre Uno vs. DJZ vs. Low Ki vs. Homicide
Elimination rules with
tags and the winner gets an X-Division Title shot next week. Steve
and Tigre start things off with DJZ tripping up Steve from the floor.
Tigre slams Steve down and hits a Phoenix Splash for the elimination
in less than a minute. Manik comes in to flip around a lot, only to
get caught in a nice springboard armdrag. Manik comes back with a
springboard dropkick of his own and a tiger suplex into a gutbuster
for a fast pin to get us down to four.
Everyone not named DJZ
has a staredown in the middle of the ring until DJZ hits a
springboard dropkick to take down Low Ki and Homicide. Manik catches
himself in the ropes but gets cradled by DJZ for the third
elimination in less than three minutes. The veterans double team DJZ
and tags turns hammering on him until Homicide hits a Gringo Killa
for the pin, getting us down to two.
They hammer away on
each other until Homicide sends him to the floor, setting up a
flipping suicide dive to send Low Ki into the barricade. A running
knee to the face in the corner gets two for Homicide as the fans
think this is awesome. Low Ki blocks a Gringo Killa and kicks
Homicide into the corner. The Ki Crusher gives Low Ki the title shot
at 7:02.
Rating:
D+. So why in the world did
they not just do Low Ki vs. Homicide? The match was nothing special
due to how fast everything had to go and it was really annoying to
sit through. Nothing to see on the match but at least they got the
major two guys in there at the end for the longest time.
Here
are a banged up Spud, Ethan Carter III and Rhino to address their
future. Spud nearly cries when talking about the travesty of Dixie
being put through a table. He freaks out when the fans won’t give
him a moment of silence but Ethan takes the mic. Carter demands
Bully’s termination from the company but here’s Kurt Angle to
interrupt. Kurt tells them to shut up because this isn’t Nashville.
They’ll either wrestle
tonight or get thrown out.
Ethan
yells a lot so here are the cops. Spud freaks out because he has a
British passport, meaning he has diplomatic immunity. This doesn’t
quite work and he’s quickly taken down and handcuffed. Ethan
freaks out again and talks about having more money than he’ll ever
need. He tries to bribe the cop and is arrested as well, drawing a
big smile from Kurt.
Samuel
Shaw says the trouble between Gunner and Mr. Anderson is his fault
but Gunner says it’s Anderson’s prejudices. Gunner wishes Shaw luck
tonight.
Ethan
and Spud are thrown out of the building.
Back from a break and
they’re still in the building and offering bribes. Rhino is being
ejected as well but now they’re thrown out onto the street.
Mr.
Anderson vs. Gunner
They shove each other
to start until Anderson runs him over with a shoulder. Gunner does
the same and it’s an early standoff. Anderson gets muscled down to
the mat but spins out and cranks on a hammerlock. Back up and they
slug it out until Shaw comes in to brawl with Anderson for the DQ at
2:52.
The Beautiful People
aren’t quite on the same page for the fourway tonight.
We get a clip from
after Impact with Bully Ray singing Ding Dong The Wicked Witch Is
Dead. Dixie may have a broken back and will be interviewed next
week.
Knockouts
Title: Taryn Terrell vs. Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky
Kim is defending and
it’s one fall to a finish. Big brawl to start with the Beautiful
People taking early control. Terrell gets beaten down until the
Beautiful People head outside where Gail takes them both out with a
cross body from the apron. Terrell dives onto all three and everyone
is down. Fans: “BETTER THAN DIVAS!” Back in and the Beautiful
People get in an argument over who gets the pin, allowing Gail to
send both of them into the corner. Angelina breaks up In Yo Face but
gets taken down by Taryn, allowing Gail to make Velvet Eat Defeat to
retain at 4:48.
Rating:
C. Well that happened. It’s
happened a bunch of times in the Knockout division and there’s almost
no reason to care anymore. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen
the Knockouts have a fourway match and it’s really not interesting
anymore. Also, they couldn’t give a title match more than five
minutes? Let something like this feel big instead of rushing it
along and maybe it means something.
The
Trio isn’t worried about Dixie Carter.
MVP/Kenny
King/Lashley vs. Austin Aries/Bobby Roode/Eric Young
Roode
and Lashley get things going as the fans are behind Aries. King
comes in to nail Roode instead and tells Lashley that he’s got this
one. Bobby comes back with some clotheslines but King bails to avoid
a Crossface. Aries gets the tag and shoves King into a backbreaker
from Roode, followed by a slingshot elbow for two. It’s off to Young
vs. Lashley with Eric’s piledriver attempt being easily countered.
Lashley misses a charge and falls to the floor but King crotches Eric
to slow things down.
MVP
comes in and tries a few covers but opts for just nailing Young in
the face instead. Eric rolls over and tags in Aries to clean house,
including a missile dropkick to King. Lashley’s spear is countered
into the Last Chancery and everything breaks down. MVP beats on
Roode but walks into a piledriver from Young. Lashley picks Young up
for a powerslam but Aries escapes one of his own before nailing
Lashley with discus forearms. The running dropkick in the corner
looks to set up the 450 but MVP nails Aries in the back with the
crutch, setting up the spear from Lashley for the pin at 8:12.
Rating:
C+.
This was good stuff and I continue to wonder who gets Lashley
(assuming he’s still champion) at Bound For Glory. Young isn’t going
there and Aries had his shot, so you would think it’s Bobby Roode.
I’m not sure you go with him, even though he seems like the best
option. That’s one of TNA’s major problems: they can’t build a face
to save their lives.
H_V_K is coming. We
should be getting the other letters soon.
The Wolves have loved
watching the Hardys and Team 3D for years and they’ll enjoy it again
tonight. They’d be glad to give Team 3D a shot.
Here’s Abyss with
something to say. He demands that Bram get out here right now with
his Janice. Abyss gets what he wants plus Magnus as a bonus. Bram
stands in front of him as Abyss says possession doesn’t mean anything
to him so give Janice back. Bram says she’s his now and that it
drives him wild to hit Abyss with Janice.
Abyss asks if Bram
wants to get extreme and the fans are entirely behind him. He wants
the match to have tacks, glass, barbed wire, and Janice hanging above
the ring. Bram accepts the challenge and Magnus says Abyss doesn’t
get many women except Janice. The fight is on but Bram clips Abyss
and takes Janice with him.
In a very dark and
creepy vignette, James Storm is at his farm with Sanada and calls him
weak, confused and lost. Storm says he is Sanada’s glory and
salvation. He yells at the cameraman to leave. Awesome segment.
Hardcore Justice is
next week.
Hardys
vs. Team 3D
You would think this
would get a bigger build. Team 3D has the old school camouflage on.
D-Von cranks on a headlock on Matt but walks into an elbow to the
jaw. Off to Jeff vs. Bully with Ray nailing him in the jaw as we
take a break. Back with Jeff taking over but Bully breaks up an
attempt at Poetry in Motion. D-Von puts Jeff in a chinlock before
it’s back to Ray for some hard elbow drops.
A neckbreaker gets two
for D-Von and there’s the reverse 3D for two more. We hit a bearhug
from Bully on Jeff, who gets backdropped when trying to escape. Ray
goes to the middle rope and taken down with a nice hurricanrana for
two. The hot tag brings in Matt to hammer on D-Von with a bulldog
getting two. There’s the Side Effect for two more as everything
breaks down. Matt takes a clothesline and Jeff gets crotched going
for the Whisper in the Wind.
D-Von loads up a
superplex but Matt pulls him away, setting a Doomsday Device with
Jeff nailing a Whisper in the Wind instead of a clothesline for two.
Bully breaks up what appeared to be a double superplex and there’s
the real Doomsday Device for two on Matt. What’s Up nails Matt and
it’s table time but Jeff dives on Team 3D to break it up. Back in
and the Twist of Fate sets up the Swanton to D-Von for two. The
announcers undersell the kickout before 3D ends Matt at 16:57.
Rating:
B-. The match was good but is
little more than nostalgia. That being said, this was far better
than almost anything else that TNA’s tag division does these days as
it’s nice to have more than two teams at a time. Throwing these four
with the Wolves into a three way would get a big reaction and could
draw a nice audience. Assuming there’s more than a two hour build
that is.
They
embrace to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
B-.
There were some issues with this show (short matches for one thing)
but the energy and storytelling is getting good. I still don’t trust
TNA due to how many times they’ve burned me over the years, but
they’re hot going into the move to Wednesdays. This wasn’t great or
anything, but it’s a good sign that they have something to do after
getting rid of Dixie. Solid
show this week and a nice surprise.
Results
Low Ki b. Homicide,
Manik, Tigre Uno, DJZ and Crazzy Steve – Ki Crusher to Homicide
Mr. Anderson b. Gunner
via DQ when Samuel Shaw interfered
Gail Kim b. Angelina
Love, Velvet Sky and Taryn Terrell – Eat Defeat to Sky
Lashley/MVP/Kenny King
b. Austin Aries/Eric Young/Bobby Roode – Spear to Aries
Team 3D b. Hardys –
3D to Matt
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