Impact Wrestling – November 19, 2014

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Impact
Wrestling
 
Date:
November 12, 2014 
Location:
Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall 

And
so, it ends. Well at least on SpikeTV. Tonight is the last episode
of Impact Wrestling on the major network before it takes two months
off and returns on a network in about 40 million less homes. To be
fair though, it’s better than no network at all…..in theory.
Tonight is about setting up Roode vs. Lashley III so let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of Roode taking the title from Lashley a few weeks
ago, followed by Lashley being driven insane by not being champion.
Here’s
Roode to get us going. He
talks about having a few real friends in wrestling and two of them
are Eric Young and Austin Aries. Now Lashley is going around trying
to put those two out of wrestling. If Lashley wants a shot at the
title, he can certainly have one, but not tonight. Tonight isn’t
about the World Title or professional wrestling. Instead it’s about
fighting with no referee and no rules. Roode
calls Lashley out right now and the fight is on in the aisle. They
fight into the stands and Lashley misses a big chair shot. Security
breaks them up after only a few seconds though.
Ethan
Carter says he’s giving Spud a chance to prove that he’s a man
tonight.
The
next show on SpikeTV is in two weeks on December 3 for a best of the
year show.
Video
on Havok’s dominance, which has spanned about five matches. Taryn
and Gail are ready to slay the best.
Knockouts
Title: Havok vs. Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
Havok
is defend and this is one fall to a finish. The
challengers go right at Havok but get dropped with a double
clothesline. Havok throws
Gail onto Taryn and then sends her shoulder first into the post. A
spinebuster plants Taryn but Gail tries AJ Lee’s Black Widow on the
champ. Havok is in trouble
and Taryn adds an Indian Deathlock for good measure. Somehow Havok
powers out of it and they all fight to the floor with Havok catching
Terrell, only to have Gail dive on both of them as we take a break.
Back
with Havok still on the floor and Taryn rolling Gail up for two. A
running flip neckbreaker puts Gail down again but Havok pulls Taryn
from the ring and drops her throat first across the barricade. Gail
heads outside also but gets spinebustered onto the floor. Back
in and Havok splashes both girls for two but Gail is up first and
drapes Havok across the top rope.
A
kind of Fameasser from the top puts Havok on the floor but Taryn
jumps Gail from behind. Terrell
takes her to the top but Havok comes back in to make it a Tower of
Doom. The
champ stacks them up again but misses a middle rope splash. Taryn
and Gail break out of a double chokeslam attempt and hammer away
until Gail scores with a DDT. A cross body gets two each before Eat
Defeat and an RKO get two for Terrell. Gail rolls up Taryn but gets
caught in a sunset flip to give Terrell the title at 14:32.
Rating:
B-.
This was the best Knockouts match in awhile but it doesn’t mean what
TNA wants it to be. First of all, as mentioned, Havok has won
something like five matches in TNA over the course of six weeks with
one of those being a battle royal. That’s hardly taking the title
off Roode after seven months. Also, Terrell pinned Gail, which
likely sets up a showdown later. It’s a good match but nowhere near
the moment they were hoping for.
MVP
rants at Kenny King about being called a manager. King sounds
pleased.
Recap
of Joe vacating the X-Division Title last week. There’s a fourway
for the title later tonight.
Recap
of the opening brawl.
Roode
isn’t going to let his friends get taken out or be intimidated by
Lashley. Now the champion is challenging Lashley to a fight. Didn’t
he do that already?
Kenny
King vs. Chris Melendez
Melendez
shoves him into the corner to start and King mocks the mechanical
leg. Chris finally hammers
away but walks into an elbow in the corner. A
hiptoss sends Kenny to the floor but he jumps up and kicks Chris in
the face. Melendez gets
snapped down across the top rope but Chris comes back up with a
mechanical kick to the chest. A
fisherman’s suplex gets two for Chris and he kicks King in the face,
only to have MVP come in with a chair for the DQ at 5:05.
Rating:
D. I probably should but I just
do not care about Chris Melendez. It’s amazing how he’s come this
far, but after you get over the shock of seeing someone being able to
do this, he’s just a green wrestler that can’t do much in the ring
yet. The match was nothing special and just there to set up stuff
(likely a tag match) for the future.
MVP
goes after Chris’ good leg until Mr. Anderson makes the save.
Spud
agrees to meet EC3 tonight.
Melendez
is sent to the hospital but Anderson wants revenge. Kurt Angle says
he’ll deal with it.
Here
are EC3 and Tyrus to address Spud. Carter
likes the idea of Spud trying to come across the pond and make
himself big. Along the way Spud has picked up some friends like Eric
Young, who is now in the hospital and Jeremy Borash, who Carter
slapped so hard that the entire Borash family died. Well tonight,
Spud can fight Carter for one night only. Cue
Spud in a suit that looks like a brick wall (seriously) and Carter
even has Tyrus go to the floor.
Spud
gets right in his face and Ethan offers a free shot but Spud can’t do
it. Instead
he kicks Carter low and then hits him in the face as the brawl is on.
Carter
gets the better of it and takes Spud down as the fans tell him that
he can’t wrestle. Spud
pulls himself up but Carter lets him go from the 1%er. Spud pulls
himself up again but Tyrus comes in for the Tongan Death Grip into a
clothesline. Now
Ethan (busted open a bit) gets a mic and threatens to rip Spud apart
until he decides to stop. First up, Ethan cuts off some of Spud’s
hair and holds it up like a trophy. Nice
segment here.
Angle
yells at King but gets jumped and beaten down by MVP. Even King
thinks that was too far.
Bram
vs. Tommy Dreamer
Hardcore
of course. They start in
the aisle as Dreamer looks older than ever. Bram
slams him down on the ramp and nails Tommy with a trashcan. Dreamer
is already busted open so Bram fires off more right hands, only to
get sent into the post. Tommy hits Bram with the old WWE spinner US
Title for a bizarre moment. We take a break and come back with Bram
sending Tommy face first into the steps.
Back
in and we hit a chinlock before Dreamer gets a boot up in the corner
to stop a charge. Some
kendo stick shots and Russian legsweep gets two for Tommy and he
crotched Bram on an opened chair. A clothesline knocks Bram out of
the chair for two and Tommy ties him in the Tree of Woe. Dreamer
shouts T-N-A and hits a basement dropkick into a trashcan but Bram
counters the DDT with a legsweep.
The
top rope elbow with the chair is blocked with a raised boot and
Dreamer’s DDT gets two more. Now
it’s a barbed wire chair but Magnus runs in with a Rock Bottom to
plant Dreamer. The Brits load up something else but Al Snow of all
people runs in for the save. Dreamer
gets up and grabs the cheese grater as Snow punches Magnus up the
ramp. Bram’s cut is grated open even worse but he comes back with a
low blow and sends Tommy face first into the barbed wire chair in the
corner. An inverted DDT
pins Dreamer at 14:54.
Rating:
F.
It got fifteen minutes, Bram needed help to beat Tommy Dreamer, Al
freaking Snow ran in (wearing wrestling gear for some reason) and
Tommy Dreamer is STILL ON MY TV IN 2014. I would love to know what
Dreamer has on the management of this and all those other wrestling
companies he works for because it must be gold.
Angle
is going to deal with MVP once and for all.
Sheera
asked Manik what he needs to do to get Storm to like him. Manik
tells him to awaken.
X-Division
Title: DJZ vs. Low Ki vs. Tigre Uno vs. Manik
The
title is vacant coming in and this is one fall to a finish. Tigre
and Manik fight to the floor, leaving Low Ki to kick DJZ across the
ring but Manik comes back in to jump Ki. DJZ
dropkicks both of them down as Tigre comes back in to speed things
up. A quick dropkick gets two for Uno but Manik suplexes him down
and puts on a surfboard. As he has Tigre in the air, DJZ covered
Manik, only to have Low Ki hit a Warrior’s Way onto Tigre, crushing
everyone else at the same time for a scary looking landing.
Manik
charges into Low Ki’s kick to the face but DJZ elbows Ki in the face.
Tigre sends Manik to the floor and hits a huge twisting springboard
moonsault to take everyone down. Back
in and Low Ki gets Tigre in the Tree of Woe but Manik breaks up a top
rope double stomp. DJZ hits a tornado DDT on Ki but Manik dives onto
DJZ for the save. Manik covers, looks DIRECTLY AT TIGRE, and stays
there while Tigre dives on him. Come on man. Tigre
and Ki go up top and a Ki Crusher off the top gives Ki the title at
5:58.
Rating: C+.
Of all the multiman cruiserweight spot fests that I’ve seen, this one
is the most recent. That’s really all there is to it. They did some
spots, there was no flow to the match, they did a lot of stupid stuff
that got on my nerves and one guy hit a big move for the win. That’s
every almost cruiserweight match in this company for months now and
this was just another on the list.
MVP
calls someone and leaves a voicemail about burning the place down.
Here’s
Angle to call out MVP. He
talks about watching MVP cheat his way to the top when he was in
charge but here’s MVP to cut him off. MVP is sick of being here but
mocks Angle for running to the Board of Directors when something goes
wrong. Angle isn’t going to fire him and the fight is on. Kenny
King comes out to help but MVP shoves him away and keeps stomping
before hitting the Blackout Kick (Drive-By) to send Angle outside.
Anderson comes out to get
King but Lashley takes him down. This brings out Roode to take out
King and brawl with Lashley to end the show.
Overall Rating: C.
This show had some decent wrestling but it felt like any other show
for TNA. At the end of the day though, you can see one of the things
that has held them back for years right there front and center: an
old, past his prime guy living on nostalgia got the longest match of
the night, including longer than two matches with new champions
crowned.
Maybe
the time off will do TNA good, but they need to stop doing stupid
stuff like having Tommy Dreamer around to score nostalgia points from
a tiny number of people they might bring in. They have a big roster
but can’t fit them in because of stuff like that. That’s a badly run
business and it’s killed them for years. I’m hoping it gets better
on the new network, but 12 years have taught me not to get my hopes
up for TNA.
Results
Taryn
Terrell b. Gail Kim and Havok – Sunset flip to Kim
Chris
Melendez b. Kenny King via DQ when MVP interfered
Bram
b. Tommy Dreamer – Inverted DDT
Low
Ki b. Tigre Uno, DJZ and Manik – Top rope Ki Crusher to Tigre Uno
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