Impact Wrestling – April 17, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: April 17, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentator: Josh
Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Tonight is a one idea
show as there will be a full Tag Team Title tournament with four
first round matches and the winners advancing to an Ultimate X match
for the championships. There may also be some more about Kurt
Angle’s World Title, with Eric Young as the next potential challenger
due to Angle not pinning him last week. Let’s get to it.

We open with a preview
of the tournament.
Here are the first
round matches:
James Storm/Khoya
Hardys
Low Ki/Kenny King
Mr. Anderson/Rockstar
Spud
Ethan Carter III/Bram
Tigre Uno/Jay Rios
BroMans
Austin Aries/Bobby
Roode
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: Khoya/James Storm vs. Hardys
The Hardys attack at
the bell and it’s a brawl to start. The Revolution gets the better
of it with Khoya throwing Jeff around to take over and the fans
cheering for Matt. James and Khoya take turns beating on Matt until
Storm puts on a chinlock. Khoya gets two off a clothesline but Matt
sweeps Storm’s leg and makes the tag off to Jeff. Things speed way
up with the legdrop between the legs and basement dropkick to Storm’s
face but Jeff has to deal with an interfering Khoya. That goes badly
for the Revolution as Storm Last Calls Khoya by mistake, setting up
the Swanton for the pin at 5:40.
Rating:
C-. This was fine but I’m not
wild on either team. The Revolution stopped being interesting months
ago and the fact that the Tag Team Titles is the best they can do at
this point tells you everything you need to do know about them. They
just don’t have anything to do and they haven’t since day one. With
no direction, there’s no point to the team being around.
Storm
beats up Khoya, hopefully signaling the ending of the group.
The
Hardys say it’s time to fulfill their destiny. To be associated with
better teams and be considered great by proxy instead of doing
anything by yourselves?
Eric
Young says he should be #1 contender. We get a CRAZY closeup of his
CRAZY face to make sure that his CRAZY voice is clearly heard. He’s
CRAZY you see.
Here’s Eric Young in a
Kurt Angle shirt. He’s not happy because Angle is ducking him for a
World Title shot. Young doesn’t care how many people he has to hurt
because he wants his shot as #1 contender. This brings out Kurt, who
says if Young wants to say something to him, say it to his face.
Young sees him as
someone that can be hurt because the title belongs to him. Kurt says
the title match is next week but he wants to know why Eric is doing
all these things. Young talks about a hole in his spirit after he
lost the title. That’s fine with Angle, but he wants the old Eric
Young next week. Kurt turns his back and dares Eric to hit him, but
Young says he’ll see him next week. This has been another chapter in
“Eric Young sucks and has no business in this spot” theater.
The BDC threatens Spud
in the back but Anderson comes in for the save.
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: Rockstar Spud/Mr. Anderson vs.
Kenny King/Low Ki
Spud charges in a bit
too fast and gets double teamed to start with Low Ki chopping him
down. After both BDC members get in some right hands, King stomps
Spud in the back to keep him from lunging for a tag. King ducks an
enziguri and kicks Spud in the ribs to keep him in trouble but the
fans are entirely behind Spud. Ki puts on an abdominal stretch to
stay on the bad ribs for some psychology.
The BDC breaks up
another hot tag attempt so Anderson comes in with a double
clothesline and drags Spud to the corner before getting back on the
apron. That makes the hot tag a lot easier and Anderson comes in to
clean house. Anderson throws Spud into a hurricanrana to send Ki to
the floor and the Underdog plants King, only to have Ki come off the
top with the Warrior’s Way to Spud, giving King the pin at 6:50.
Rating:
C. Standard tag match here
which means it was fine for the most part. They even threw in some
basic psychology with the rib work, which is more than you get most
of the time. The BDC going in makes more sense as they have the
experience together, which is more than enough to take down a
makeshift team comprised of an overrated guy in Anderson and a plucky
underdog.
Carter
says he and Bram will win the titles tonight as a preview for his
World Title run. Bram: “I’m going to rip Tigre Uno’s mask off and
shove it down his throat!” Carter: “Good! Just make sure we win
first.”
MVP
and Homicide congratulate Ki and King on the win. Homicide is given
the special assignment (RUN! That’s what they told Taz!) of beating
up Kurt Angle.
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: Jay Rios/Tigre Uno vs. Bram/Ethan
Carter III
Rios
is a masked man who appeared as a jobber in TNA back in the Jeff
Jarrett MMA days. He’s
certainly no Essa. Carter
and Rios trade wristlocks to start before Tigre comes in for a double
dropkick. Carter bails to
the floor and Tigre makes the mistake of diving at Tyrus like a
schmuck, earning him a World’s Strongest Slam on the floor.
Bram
gets in some stomps before Carter throws on a chinlock. A
leg dive keeps Tigre from making the hot tag but Bram misses an
elbow, allowing for the lukewarm tag to Rios. Jay
flips out of a backdrop and hits a springboard into a cutter but
Carter uses the arm brace to knock Rios silly, setting up the
Brighter Side of Suffering, but Carter tags himself in for the pin at
3:50.
Rating:
D. I’m really not a fan of
matches like these as they make the show feel even longer than it
already does. It helps that they kept it so short but this show
really hasn’t done much to make me care about the main event so far.
The fact that Bram and Carter are already having issues doesn’t help
either.
Kurt
Angle says Young has gone from genius to crazy but he wants the old
Young back. As for Homicide, he better have good insurance.
Christy
Hemme brings out the Knockouts (or at least five of them)
to announcer that next week is a night of all Knockouts. Love thinks
the night should be all about her because she has the most Knockout
Titles of all time. The fans chant for Brooke as Gail goes on her
usual rant about how awesome the Knockouts are. Madison cuts her off
before the entire building falls asleep and says none of them are the
Queen Bee.
Christy
tries to calm them down with the offer of a fourway between Brooke,
Gail, Madison and Angelina for the #1 contendership. Brooke
is WAY too excited about this announcement.
There will also be new Knockouts and Taryn defending against Kong.
Taryn talks about her passion and how she’ll prove herself next
week. Kong comes out and
cleans house but Taryn dives onto everyone.
The BroMans seem to
have issues with each other but Aries and Roode come in to say
they’ll focus on Robbie, who is clearly the better BroMan. Methinks
shenanigans are afoot. Robbie leaves and Roode thinks he bought it.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries had to cause friction to beat the
BroMans? Really?
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: BroMans vs. Austin Aries/Bobby
Roode
For the fourth match of
the night, the good guys attack to start with Robbie getting beaten
down by both former World Champions early on. Aries sidesteps an
invading Jesse to send him into his partner, setting up the Hennig
neck snap for two on Robbie. The BroMans finally get in some offense
but get in an argument over who gets to work on Roode. Robbie hooks
a chinlock before a clothesline gets two.
Jesse demands a tag and
Robbie isn’t too keen on doing as he asks. Roode comes back with a
neckbreaker to drop both guys and the hot tag brings in Austin. He’s
quickly stopped by Godderz, but Jesse gets a bit too bossy, allowing
Roode to break up the BroDown. Aries knocks Jesse outside for a
suicide dive, setting up the spinebuster into the 450 from Aries for
the pin on Jesse at 5:20.
Rating:
C. This was fine for the most
part as Roode and Aries work really well together, but again, they
needed to put a wedge between the BroMans? Aries continues to be the
most polished guy in the company and pretty easily the best guy
around, which hopefully leads him back to the World Title scene soon.
The
BroMans fight post match with DJZ coming out to try and break it up.
Homicide is beating up
Angle in the back. The fight heads into the arena after a break with
Angle getting back into it but eating a cutter in the ring. Angle
ducks a boot shot and grabs the ankle lock, drawing in the BDC for
the group attack. They bring in a chair but the Rising comes out to
get rid of everyone but MVP. Eric Young comes out to stop MVP from
bashing Angle with the chair but picks it up himself, only to drop it
and leave (in a CRAAAAZY manner of course. Because he’s crazy you
see).
Video on Ultimate X.
Dollhouse is coming.
Preview for next week’s
Knockouts show.
Tag
Team Titles: Hardys vs. Kenny King/Low Ki vs. Ethan Carter III/Bram
vs. Austin Aries/Bobby Roode
Ultimate X. Huge brawl
to start with the Hardys and Roode/Aries throwing the other four
outside. Roode and Aries start taking over with Matthews continuing
to call them by their old name of the Dirty Heels. The Hardys are
tossed outside as well and we take a break. Back with the BDC and
Bram/Carter clearing the ring for a change with Bram and Carter
throwing the BDC to the floor. They decide to bring in a ladder but
that’s the Hardys game, allowing them to come back in and take over.
The BDC and the Hardys
go for the ropes but Tyrus shakes the structure to break it up.
Tyrus puts Carter on his shoulders but Aries dropkicks them down
before Roode hits the Blockbuster on Bram. Roode gets on Aries’
shoulders but Homicide comes in for the save. Now it’s King and Matt
on the ladder and Hardy hooking a Twist of Fate to put everyone down.
Matt climbs up again but Ki springboards onto the ladder for the
save. As they fight, Jeff climbs up above the X, kicks Ki away and
pulls down the belts, while standing on a ladder of course, to win at
12:06.
Rating:
B-. So we sat through an hour
and a half of qualifying matches to see eight and a half minutes of a
ladder match that TNA calls Ultimate X? Eh at least it’s not more
Eric Young so I can live with it. This was good enough but the
Hardys winning doesn’t do much for me. I know it’s setting up a big
match with the Wolves when they get back but this doesn’t do much to
change the opinion that the Hardys don’t do much outside of gimmick
matches.
Overall
Rating:
C. This felt like an
Impact sized version of One Night Only and if you’ve ever seen one of
those, you know how bad that is. The problem here is the title match
wasn’t good enough to validate the not very good buildup. Other than
that we had Eric Young and the BDC tormenting Angle all night, which
is about as dull of a one two punch as I’ve seen in years. It
doesn’t help that this show felt like it hit the brakes at 9:45 and
crawled all the way to the ending, making this far more dull than
bad.  One final note: Matthews was actually really good on commentary in a nice surprise.
Results
Hardys b. James
Storm/Khoya – Swanton Bomb to Khoya
Kenny King/Low Ki b.
Mr. Anderson/Rockstar Spud – King pinned Spud after a Warrior’s Way
from Ki
Ethan Carter III/Bram
b. Tigre Uno/Jay Rios – Brighter Side of Suffering to Rios
Austin Aries/Bobby
Roode b. BroMans – 450 to Godderz
Hardys b. Austin
Aries/Bobby Roode, Low Ki/Kenny King and Bram/Ethan Carter III –
Hardys pulled down the belts
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