Impact Wrestling – January 16, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
January 16, 2015
Location:
Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This
is the debut on Fridays which will be their regular night. The big
story coming out of last week is Lashley taking the World Title back
from Bobby Roode and what appeared to be the formation of another
heel stable as Eric Young turned on Roode and seemed to join forces
with MVP, Kenny King, Samoa Joe and Low Ki. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of last week’s four title matches with Aries and
Lashley winning the X-Division and World Titles respectfully.
Josh
is in the control room and says we’re going to see this show in a way
we’ve never seen before. It’s going to be more interactive and
behind the scenes than ever before. Taz thinks the idea sounds cool.
The two of them will be in various locations throughout the night.
Roode
says nothing is more important than the title and Eric Young cost him
the belt last week. He doesn’t know why, but he wants Eric Young one
on one tonight. They kept this simple and Roode sold the intensity
very well.
Here
are MVP, Joe, Low Ki, King and a woman I don’t recognize. Taz and
Josh are in a booth and are shown on a split screen. MVP says you
can’t keep a good man down and after a quick lane changes, he’s right
back in the driver’s seat. He’s always known it was him against the
world since the day he started wrestling. He knew he had to surround
himself with people he knew, so he went to the family. These men
traveled the roads with him 500 miles a day for a hot dog and a
handshake. They are known as the Beat Down Clan and they’re “nobody
to F….mess with.”
MVP
introduces Young but emphasizes that he is not part of the BDC. The
fans tell Eric that he sold out, but he’s all serious and says that
doesn’t matter. Young, with a haircut, says MVP did something for
his family that made Eric change his opinion. Eric had a brother
once. He took care of Roode and even gave him one of the first title
shots. Where was his title shot when Roode won the belt? Maybe
Roode was afraid of losing again, because Young is a world class man
and friend. When Young was laid up, he only got a text message from
Roode, but MVP called him up and told him the truth.
MVP
says he planted a seed in Young and it grew to a sequoia. Now it’s
time for the World Champ, but Lashley doesn’t come out to his music.
MVP introduces him again but gets Kurt Angle in wrestling gear,
sporting a big knee brace. He says Young is going to pay for his
sins tonight when Roode gets his hands on him. Angle promises to
make every one of them tap. Joe gets out of the ring and gets right
in Kurt’s face but gets a punch to the jaw. The entire BDC gets in
his face but security breaks it up. Angle wants Joe right now and
apparently that’s good enough.
Kurt
Angle vs. Samoa Joe
This
is joined in progress after a break with Joe working on the knee and
slapping on a leg bar. He switches it up to something like a figure
four as we go split screen to see a producer trying to find Lashley
but there’s no one in his dressing room. Angle escapes the hold and
starts rolling the Germans. Joe shrugs it off and hits the corner
enziguri, only to have the Clutch countered into the ankle lock.
That’s quickly escaped as well but the Angle Slam (what knee injury?)
gets two. There’s the ankle lock again but this time the roll
through takes out the referee. A low blow sets up the Clutch and
Angle taps at 6:15 shown.
Rating:
C-. It really amazes me how
fast TNA can go from establishing a new hero (well as new as Angle
can be) to having him lose in the middle of the ring. No it wasn’t
clean, but couldn’t they have made this wait a bit longer? TNA seems
terrified of the idea of building up a hero and this felt like even
more of the same for yet another heel stable.
The
BDC comes in to beat down Angle but Roode makes the save with a
chair.
Back
from a break with Roode sitting in the ring in the chair. He says
this has already gone too far, which the fans agree with due to their
ROODE GOT SCREWED chant. He’s been here a long time and this ring is
his home. Roode may live for wrestling, but tonight in New York
City, this is about payback. Another short but intense promo from
Roode.
Taz
and Matthews are in the booth again to talk about Impact: Unlocked
tomorrow morning about 10am. This is a behind the scenes look at
TNA, including power rankings and special features like this. We see
an interview with Magnus, talking about doing this to provide for his
family. His son looks up at him and he wants to make him proud.
Another clip says he’d be fine with being a free agent in a market
like this.
We
look at JB getting his hair shaved last week.
Spud
apologizes to JB but Borash isn’t really upset. He knows Carter will
get what’s coming to him one day.
The
Revolution is in a balcony to watch the next match.
Hardys
vs. Wolves
Winners
get a title shot against the Revolution. Matt and Eddie get things
going with the Hardys quickly taking over, allowing for a tag to Jeff
(big reaction). A nice headscissors takes Davey down and a double
belly to back suplex gets two. The Hardys hit clotheslines from
either side but everything breaks down and the Wolves send both
Hardys into opposite corners with Matt getting tied in the Tree of
Woe.
A
drop toehold from Eddie sets up an elbow to the back from Davey for
two. Davey fires off the kicks in the corner but misses the top rope
stomp, allowing Matt to hit the Side Effect. It’s off to Jeff vs.
Eddie as everything breaks down again. The Wolves throw Matt to the
floor but he DDTs both guys down. Jeff is next to a different corner
so he walks across the top rope (think Old School or Elix Skipper’s
cage walk) to get to the other corner and dive on everyone else.
Back
in and the Swanton hits Eddie’s knees and ReDRagon’s Chasing the
Dragon (with a Falcon’s Arrow instead of a brainbuster) gets two on
Jeff. The Hardys make a blind tag and Eddie takes another Side
Effect. Jeff gets crotched on top and Eddie hits a Twist of Fate for
two but Jeff Swantons in for the save. Poetry in Motion hits Eddie
and the Twisting Stunner sets up an elevated Twisting Stunner for the
pin at 10:00.
Rating:
B. This was really entertaining
and good if you don’t mind your tag match having almost no tagging.
It got a lot better near the
end but I could go for other teams besides the Hardys getting title
shots. I can live with it though as long as it doesn’t lead to Jeff
vs. Matt again.
Next
week is Feast or Fired and Bram says he’s going to feast.
Eric
Young is worried about Roode coming for revenge.
Ethan
Carter III and Tyrus take over the production booth. Carter: “Ground
control to major bald please.” They want the cameras on Jeremy
Borash and we see his mostly bald head. Carter knows JB thinks he’s
Heisenberg and tough now, so how about they have a match next week.
JB has thirty minutes to decide.
Lashley
has arrived.
Bobby
Roode vs. Eric Young
No
DQ and it’s a brawl in the aisle to start. Taz sums up the feud in
simple terms: “The guy in the green screwed over the guy in the
black and the guy in the black is ticked.” Back from a break with
the fight in the crowd and a split screen showing Lashley going into
his dressing room with no comment. Young takes it back to ringside
and stomps on Roode’s head before chopping him against the barricade.
Eric Young just looking all stoic doesn’t make me care about him
TNA.
More
forearms stop Roode’s comeback attempt, because Heaven forbid a good
guy gets the crowd going. Two chairs are brought in and Young puts
one in the corner. Back in and Roode fires off some right hands
before nailing a nice spinebuster. The Roode Bomb onto a chair is
countered and Young sends him head first into the corner chair. A
piledriver onto the chair is enough to pin Roode at 10:11.
Rating:
C. I could barely see a good
chunk of the match but more importantly, TNA WILL YOU FREAKING LET A
HERO LAST MORE THAN A FEW WEEKS??? Stop turning everything over to
the heels over and over and over and over and over. It’s been nearly
thirteen years of this same stuff and it’s gotten them onto the same
network as Bathroom Kings (yes that’s really a show). Is a hero that
doesn’t have to job to Eric Young so much to ask for?
MVP
comes out and says maybe someone will visit Roode in the hospital.
Aries
says it’s a battle to keep his X-Division Title tonight. If you back
him into a corner, he’s going to get really dangerous.
We
recap last week’s battle royal with Awesome Kong returning for the
showdown with Havok. Again,
Havok winning like five matches doesn’t make her Kong’s equal.
Brooke
is mad about what Robbie said after how he performed on the Amazing
Race.
Brooke
Adams/Taryn Terrell vs. Beautiful People
All
three BroMans are at ringside. DJZ takes a quick picture and we
instantly see it on screen. He’s no Tyler Breeze. Adams hammers
away on Angelina to start before taking Velvet down by the arm.
Terrell comes in for a suplex and the Beautiful People are
“dropkicked” to the outside, setting up Taryn’s bit dive to take
out everyone on the floor. Back in and a middle rope clothesline
drops Velvet, but Robbie gets on the apron to distract Brooke,
letting Velvet grab a rollup with a handful of trunks for the pin at
2:30.
Post
match Kong appears to destroys the Beautiful People and DJZ. Havok
comes out for the showdown but security breaks it up.
JB
turns down Carter’s challenge but Carter says JB is TNA. He should
take the challenge because no one respect him. JB snaps and says
he’ll fight Ethan next week.
Taz
and Josh are going to preview something for next week. I’m not sure
about this studio thing as it makes me feel like I’m watching a recap
show. It’s not bad but it’s going to take some getting used to.
Manik
tells a camera to follow him. They go to see James Storm, who tells
Manik to leave them. Storm says it’s time for the world to be
introduced to his newest disciple: Koya (formerly Mahabali Shera).
Koya means lost in Hindi, but now Koya has been found. Next week,
the world will see what he is capable of. The guy looks good if
nothing else.
Video
on Feast or Fired. It’s something like Money in the Bank with four
briefcases, one for a shot at every title (other than the Knockouts)
and one with a pink slip.
X-Division
Title: Low Ki vs. Austin Aries
The
BDC is at ringside. Aries took the title from Low Ki last week. The
champ starts fast by backdropping Low Ki over the top but Ki’s feet
get caught in the ropes to make the crash even worse. Back in and
Aries gets two off the Pendulum Elbow and the Last Chancery sends Ki
running for the ropes. Low Ki bails to the floor for a breather and
meeting with the BDC. Why not just have them interfere now to give
Ki the title? You know it’s coming because they’re a heel stable and
therefore they have to win titles.
The
advice works as Aries’ suplex is countered with Low Ki dropping him
over the ropes. A big chop gets two but also ticks Aries off,
causing him to fire off even harder chops of his own. The discus
forearm sets up the running corner dropkick, but Ki knees out of the
brainbuster. Austin crushes the knee and hooks the Last Chancery,
only to have the BDC get on the apron. The referee misses Ki tapping
out and the BDC gets on the apron, with MVP crotching Aries. Ki gets
up and Ki Crushes his way to the title at 6:48.
Rating:
C+. Why would you want to be a
face in this company? You might get to hold a title for a few weeks,
but at the end of the day,
this company is about heels ruling everything around and long stories
with them on top instead of letting anyone stand up as a hero. Also,
well done on throwing titles around again. That’s always a good
idea.
The
BDC is still in the ring (of course) and call out Lashley. The champ
comes out this time and MVP takes credit for everything Lashley has
done. He makes the mistake of saying the title belongs to the BDC
but Lashley isn’t cool with that. MVP says Lashley owes the team
some thanks but Lashley turns to walk away.
MVP
goes to stop him but Lashley tells Hassan (MVP’s real first name) to
let him go. That’s ok with MVP, who brings up their time together in
WWE. He wants one hug for the road though, which Lashley reluctantly
gives. MVP kisses him on the cheek and the beatdown is on. Lashley
gets hit in the face with the belt and MVP leaves with the title.
Overall
Rating:
C-. I’m getting really,
really sick of heel stables, especially when you can almost guarantee
they’ll be in power by March. This is all TNA does and it’s almost
all they’ve done since they debuted. I’m tired of being told to wait
and see where it goes, because it ALWAYS GOES THE EXACT SAME WAY.
Look
what we had here: one story dominating about 80% of this show, the
heels completely dominating the entire show, and most of the heroes
getting beaten down. This is after Dixie’s reign of terror, which
came after the Aces and 8’s, which came after Immoral. It just never
ends and TNA makes it harder and harder to want to stick with them
every single week.
Results
Samoa
Joe b. Kurt Angle – Koquina Clutch
Hardys
b. Wolves – Elevated Twisting Stunner to Edwards
Eric
Young b. Bobby Roode – Piledriver onto a chair
Beautiful
People b. Brooke Adams/Taryn Terrell – Rollup with a handful of
trunks
Low
Ki b. Austin Aries – Ki Crusher
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