Wednesday Night Tidbits

All the news that fits, we print!

  • TMZ reports that Mr. Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne, is getting the itch to enter the grappling game. If Ronda goes heel he could be the world’s best version of K-Fed!
  • NXT’s Instagram published a photo of Dallas Page teaching DDP Yoga to the Performance Centre trainees and presumably continuing to be an all-around great guy.
  • Impact Wrestling announced on Twitter that their Slammiversary PPV has sold out, with tickets only available for TV tapings the next two nights. Since retooling as a glorified Canadian indie with a potentially lucrative tape library, the former “TNA Wrestling” has been steadily building a new audience.
  • In another blow to Progress Wrestling, Zach Sabre Jr. has had to drop out of the upcoming Progress Wembley show on Sept. 30Th, citing New Japan commitments. At this rate, he may end up doing spot shows for Rev Pro and others in the UK between his primary commitments.

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Impact Wrestling – July 1, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
July 1, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This
is a big special show called Bell to Bell, headlined by Ethan Carter
III challenging Kurt Angle for the World Title. We’re also coming
off a pretty lackluster Slammiversary with the main story being Jeff
Jarrett winning King of the Mountain and taking the newly created
title to Global Force Wrestling. We also have a thirty minute Iron
Man match for the Tag Team Titles so this is a packed show. Let’s
get to it.

The
opening video looks at Angle’s TNA career but tonight he’s up against
someone who has never lost. It’s a simple video but it hits every
point it needed to touch.
The
Rising vs. Beat Down Clan
The
losing team must disband, thank goodness. It’s also a 4-3
elimination match with Hernandez/MVP/Kenny King/Low Ki vs. Drew
Galloway/Mica/Eli Drake. MVP and Drew get things going with Galloway
kicking him in the face and hammering away in the corner. Low Ki
comes in and loses some skin off Galloway’s chops. It’s off to King
vs. Mica with the former taking Mica down with ease for a bunch of
right hands to the head. That’s more aggression than you usually see
from him.
The
BDC starts taking over but Hernandez isn’t pleased that he didn’t get
a tag. Ki gets a nice running start into the corner and kicks Mica
in the head for the elimination. Back with Ki suplexing Galloway for
two as this is very one sided so far. Drew quickly rolls over to the
corner for the hot tag to Drake for some house cleaning, including a
dive to take MVP down on the floor. Drake comes up favoring his knee
though and it’s time for the trainers. That’s officially an
elimination so it’s Galloway vs. the entire BDC.
Hernandez
gets things going for his team as the Pope talks about pork chops.
They chop it out in the corner (dang maybe Pope is on to something)
but it’s quickly off to Ki, who accidentally kicks King in the head,
allowing Drew to roll up Low Ki for the elimination, followed by a
quick cover on King to get it down to 2-1. See, now that’s logical
thinking and doesn’t make the whole match seem fake.
Drew
gives Ki a shoulder breaker onto the steps, likely to write Ki off
the show, only to walk into a Border Toss. MVP’s Playmaker (or
whatever he’s calling that stupid move these days) drops Galloway
again but he tells MVP to bring it, earning him a Drive By to the
head for the pin at 16:45.
Rating:
C. Well, at least it’s finally
done. The Rising was one of the most worthless stables I’ve ever
seen as they just had no reason to exist. The BDC is nothing special
either but at least they seem to have a purpose. Galloway was
clearly several steps ahead of his partners so getting rid of Drake
and Mica is a good thing for him.
Post
break, MVP is told that Low Ki is heading to the hospital for his
shoulder. Oh yeah that’s his way off TV.
Here’s
Magnus with something to say. He
doesn’t think much of James Storm and doesn’t care that Storm’s
parents didn’t give him enough hugs and kisses. That’s an image I
didn’t expect to think of today. Storm played some mind games but
what he forgot was the power of a man when his family is threatened.
Magnus brings out Mickie James, who is totally fine after that near
death thing. Mickie thanks
Magnus for always being there for him because he’s the man for her.
Cue
Storm and Khoya, with the Cowboy saying he’s here to talk to Mickie.
He thinks Mickie should be
be thanking him for not pushing her a little bit harder. Storm
didn’t want her in the Revolution, but rather to prove how easy it is
to manipulate a woman. He could have any woman he wanted but Mickie
doesn’t seem to take too kindly to this line of thinking.
Mickie
would love to take the bet that Storm can’t find one woman to be on
his side, because she and Magnus will fight the two of them anytime.
This was a pretty awkward exchange but at least it gets Mickie back
in the ring and maybe some fresh blood in the Knockouts division.
One other thing: it’s always amusing to hear the commentary reference
a match happening but not being able to say who actually won.
Tag
Team Titles: Wolves vs. Dirty Heels
The
belts are vacant coming in and this is a thirty minute Iron Man match
for the fifth match in a best of five series. I’m so glad this is it
for these teams as I’m long past over caring about watching them
fight. Oddly enough they say that Aries won but couldn’t say who won
between Storm and Magnus.
Davey
and Aries fight into the corner to start before it’s off to the
partners with the Wolves taking over on Roode’s arm. Back to Aries
who takes Eddie down as they’re clearly taking their time to start.
An elbow to the back gets two on Eddie but he easily drives Aries
into the corner for the tag. Things speed up a bit with some Wolves
double teaming before Eddie suplexes Austin for no cover. Instead
it’s off to Davey vs. Roode with Richards putting on a kind of
reverse Figure Four.
Ever
the smart heel, Aries pushes the bottom rope towards his partner for
the save. The Heels (stupid meta name) take over in the corner and
start working on Eddie’s leg to really slow things down. We hit the
ten minute mark as the leg work continues. The Heels make a wish on
Eddie’s legs but he finally snaps off a hurricanrana to make the tag
off to Richards. Davey takes over and everything breaks down with
Bobby getting tied up in the Tree of Woe, setting up a swan dive into
the corner (cool spot) for two.
We
take a break and come back with just under twelve minutes to go and
no score. Richards is in trouble and Aries’ top rope ax handle to
the floor makes it even worse. Edwards breaks up a cover with ten
minutes to go. Davey breaks up a catapult into a forearm and stomps
Roode down, finally allowing the tag off to Eddie. Edwards kicks
Roode off the top and hits a backpack Stunner for a very close two.
A jackknife cover gets another near fall on Roode and Eddie is
stunned.
Now
the catapult works with Aries adding a slingshot elbow drop for two
of his own. The Last Chancery nearly gets a submission but Davey
makes the save. It’s not like that move EVER WORKS ANYWAY so I
didn’t get the drama. The double top rope double stomp gets a VERY
close two on Aries and we hit five minutes to go. Roode plants
Edwards with a spinebuster and Aries nails the 450 for the first fall
with four minutes left.
The
Heels get smart by throwing the Wolves to the floor to kill some time
and Aries keeps up the intelligence with a suicide dive to take them
both out. Eddie starts fighting back at the two minute mark and the
powerbomb/Backstabber combo ties things up with about seventy five
seconds left. Roode sneaks in with a belt shot to the head for two
but Eddie counters the Roode Bomb into a rollup for the pin. The
last ten seconds quickly run out and the Wolves get the titles back
at 30:00.
Rating:
B+. I’m really not wild on the
feud as a whole but the last two matches were far more entertaining
than the first three. This match was a really good example of a
match taking its time and the wrestlers thinking instead of just
throwing everything in at the same time. Really well done match here
and I never once questioned the Wolves’ ability to get two straight
falls near the end. That’s a very good sign and the match worked
really well.
Knockouts
Title: Awesome Kong vs. Brooke vs. Taryn Terrell
Taryn
is defending and this is one
fall to a finish. Brooke
and Taryn get in a brawl to start as Kong stomps around the ring.
The champ gets double teamed
with Kong hitting a corner splash, sending Taryn running to the floor
for a breather. Simple heel
strategy at least. It’s
fine with Kong who chinlocks Brooke down and then swings her around
by the throat. Taryn comes back in with
a dropkick to Kong but she turns around and
eats a dropkick from Brooke.
There’s
a chokeslam from Kong on the champ but the Dollhouse pulls her to the
floor for a quick beating. Brooke hits a pretty lame spear on Taryn
as Josh wants the Dollhouse gone forever. Yes because the last thing
we need are three good looking women on the show. Jade
hits a quick Stunner over the top rope to daze Kong, setting up the
Taryn Cutter for the pin at 4:44.
Rating:
D. This felt like something out
of the Divas division, as the match was more about the heel champion
escaping than anything about the match itself. It’s not the worst
I’ve ever seen, but the Knockouts work better when there’s a bit more
time for them to work with. Taryn retaining is good though because
whoever takes it from her is going to look like a giant killer.
Post
match the PLAYTIME IS OVER video comes on again…..and it’s Gail
Kim. Well of course it is, as it’s been at least six weeks since
she’s been out there reminding us how SERIOUS this is and how she’s a
real wrestler. I know Kim is one of the best Knockouts ever (and
probably the best ever) but she’s basically the female Dean Malenko:
incredibly talented, but the charisma of a frozen turkey dinner.
It’s
time for the big sitdown interview with the Jarretts. Here’s the
whole thing: the last eight days were shocking, there’s a future
between TNA and Global Force, and Jeff is excited about it. This
wasn’t even two minutes long.
TNA
World Title: Ethan Carter III vs. Kurt Angle
Angle
is defending and Carter is undefeated. After
some Big Match Intros we’re ready to go with the fans sounding pretty
much behind the champ. Thankfully
the bell rings after a break so we don’t have to miss a bunch of time
after a few opening seconds. I wish WWE would figure out that
mentality. The fans start
the dueling chants as we have a very basic standoff to get things
going.
Angle
takes him down into a wristlock but is all like SCREW
YOU NECK TUMOR and starts
busting out the suplexes. Carter
is sent to the floor and gets suplexed out there as well with Kurt in
all fired up mode. Back in
and Carter scores with a clothesline for one and it’s off to a
chinlock. There’s the
Stinger Splash, followed by a TKO of all things (always loved that
move) for two. Angle misses
a charge into the post and gets DDT’d (DDP’d according to Josh) on
the apron.
Back
from a break with Carter
holding a full nelson but Kurt easily powers out because neck
surgeries mean nothing to him. Both
guys are down off a clothesline but it’s Kurt quickly up and busting
out the suplexes. The Angle Slam is countered so it’s time to roll
some more Germans. Now the
Slam gets two but Carter breaks up the ankle lock and sends Kurt to
the floor. Tyrus finally gets involved with a clothesline but the
1%er is countered into another ankle lock.
That
goes nowhere so it’s back to the Germans because Kurt is really,
really repetitive at times. Another
Slam gets another two (remember that repetitive thing?) and
it’s back to the ankle lock, only to have the referee get bumped on
the counter. Tyrus takes Angle out and the 1%er gets two more. Well
at least they didn’t go with the obvious ending. The
monster tries to bring in a chair (because monsters need chairs) and
gets ejected as Josh becomes a face announcer again by saying it’s
the right call.
Another
1%er is countered into the ankle lock with the grapevine but Carter
actually makes the rope. I can’t imagine there are more than five
people that have gotten out of the grapevine version so well done
there. Another Angle Slam is countered into a rollup to give Carter
the title at 20:16.
Rating:
B-. Well
it was good, but I’m not really sure how I like Carter winning with a
rollup. On one hand, I like the idea of having Carter win on a
fluke, but this is going to set up another period of Angle chasing
the title, which really isn’t something TNA needs to do at this
point. Angle is still good, but I really do not want to see him near
the World Title ever again in all of history. Still though, good
match and Carter winning was the only right answer, but this really
didn’t make Carter feel like anything bigger than he was before.
Overall
Rating:
B. Good show for the
most part here but there were some major issues. The Knockouts Title
match and the elimination tag were bad and boring respectfully and
the Jarrett interview was more insulting than anything else. The
rest was good though and it felt like a major night, but it certainly
didn’t light anything new on fire.
Results
Beat
Down Clan b. The Rising – Drive By to Galloway
Wolves
b. Dirty Heels – Rollup to Roode
Taryn
Terrell b. Awesome Kong and Brooke – Taryn Cutter to Kong
Ethan
Carter III b. Kurt Angle – Rollup
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Impact Wrestling – June 24, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 24, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Tonight
is the go home show for Slammiversary, but it’s also a special
live(ish) episode which has been built up as a big deal. However,
there’s also the major show next week with the World Title showdown
between champion Kurt Angle and the undefeated Ethan Carter III.
It’s not really clear which of these are the biggest or which is
going to take a backseat to the others. Let’s get to it.

Ethan
Carter III and Tyrus arrive and have a great idea in mind for Kurt
Angle’s surprise opponent.
We
recap last week with Full Metal Mayhem being announced for tonight.
Here’s
World Champion Kurt Angle with something to say. Carter’s road to
the title stops next week, so why doesn’t he just bring out the
mystery opponent right now. This brings out Carter and Tyrus with
the former saying Angle looks like it’s going to take an army of
10,000 men to drag him off his mountain. However, it’s going to take
one and guess who that one is going to be. Angle cuts him off and
says two things are going to happen: Carter is going to tap next week
and the mystery opponent is going to tap tonight.
Carter:
“Tap-a-roo Kurt!” Ethan lists off all the people he’s defeated
and knows he can beat anyone. “Bring forth your heroes and I will
sacrifice them on my altar of perfection.” Angle says no one can
help Carter next week because he’s tapping out next week. Carter
teases coming to the ring but instead introduces the mystery
opponent: MATT HARDY! Yeah that Matt Hardy. It really doesn’t make
it any bigger of a deal when you think about it extra.
X-Division
Title: Tigre Uno vs. Low Ki vs. Grado
Tournament
final so the title is vacant coming in. Low Ki slaps Grado in the
face to start but Grado comes back with some snap jabs, only to get
chopped back down. Tigre gets back in and is knocked down just as
fast but Grado takes too much time going up top, allowing Low Ki to
shove him down and hit Warrior’s Way for….an elimination at 2:24.
That’s the first mention of this not being one fall to a finish.
Tigre gets a quick two off a rollup but Ki kicks him down. Ki gets
crotched on top though and a Phoenix Splash gives Tigre the title at
5:11 total.
Rating:
C-. I feel sorry for the
X-Division guys because they’re stuck with these five minute matches
and no time to ever develop anything but it’s supposed to be this big
deal. Tigre Uno is just another guy holding the title for a
meaningless reign before the main eventers take over around
Destination X time next year.
Bram
takes over an interview and again
calls out any former members
of the roster. He leaves
and someone with a big glove grabs JB’s shoulder. JB: “It’s time!”
Taryn
Terrell yells at Marti and Jade for not taking care of Kong and
Brooke last week. This Sunday, it’s a 3-2 handicap match, because
why have a title match when you can have a match that belongs on any
given episode of TV?
We
run down the Slammiversary card: James Storm vs. Magnus, Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E., Lashley/Mr. Anderson vs. Tyrus/Ethan Carter
III. That’s all we have so far, plus the aforementioned handicap
match.
Velvet
Sky vs. Angelina Love
If
Velvet wins, she’s back on the roster full time. Sky takes her down
to start and throws Love to the floor for a whip into the post. Back
in and Angelina pulls her off the middle rope and hits Lights Out for
two, setting off a lot of screaming at the referee. A Stunner plants
Love for the pin out of nowhere at 5:24.
Rating:
D. Yay. I mean that with full
sincerity. I’m so glad that a Knockout who was nothing above average
on her best day in the ring is back to take a spot and some of the
spotlight away from the awesome Dollhouse act. Sky and Love stopped
being interesting a few years ago when it was clear that nearly every
story they were ever involved with was about the Beautiful People.
Boring match here and the ending does nothing to me.
The
Dirty Heels don’t remember learning about tables, ladders and chairs
in wrestling camp, but think the dirtier things get, the better their
chances.
Another
playtime is over vignette.
MVP
is back and rips on internet journalists. The war with the Rising is
still on. It should be noted that these backstage segments are being
shot with a really bad camera, which makes everything look like it’s
about half a second slower than it should be.
Dirty
Heels vs. Wolves
Full
Metal Mayhem, meaning TLC but with pins. If the Wolves win they’re
champions, but if the Heels win then there’s one more match. The
Heels (Austin Aries/Bobby Roode) throw the weapons out before the
Wolves (Eddie Edwards/Davey Richards) come to the ring. It’s a brawl
to start and all four get chairs, with the Wolves knocking the Heels’
chairs out of their hands to send them back to the floor. Aries and
Roode take a breather on the floor but are smart enough to raise a
ladder to stop a double suicide dive.
We
take a break and come back with the Heels in control and taking in
seat in some chairs for stereo chinlocks. The Wolves fight up and
bring in some weapons to clean house. They knock the Heels to the
floor for three straight suicide dives before a trashcan lid
shot/falcon’s arrow gets two on Roode. Davey wraps a chain around
his boot but gets caught in the Last Chancery, only to have Edwards
make a save.
Back
up and a missile dropkick/powerbomb combination puts Edwards through
a table for two. The Wolves toss into a kick (with the chain over
the boot) gets a very close two but Aries gets caught inside a
trashcan for chair shots and a double dropkick from the top. The
Wolves load up Aries, still in the trashcan, for a powerbomb but
Roode low blows Eddie to put Aries on top for the pin at 18:13.
Rating:
B. I don’t care. That’s the
problem with this series: it feels like they’re trying to copy the
awesome three way tag team series last year but the matches really
aren’t all that great. They’re just going through the motions and
having decent matches, but there’s nothing that makes me want to
watch them fight five times.
Matt
Hardy doesn’t think much of Ethan Carter III and doesn’t explain why
he agreed to fight for him tonight. Carter comes up and says if
Hardy wants a title shot, he needs to kiss the ring. Hardy asks what
happens if Carter loses next week.
And
now, here are Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett of Global Force
Wrestling. Jeff says he’s shocked that he’s here too. A week ago,
he got a message from TNA management, who asked him to come back for
a match. He almost hung up there because he doesn’t even wrestle for
his own promotion. However, they said it was his own match: the King
of the Mountain match at
Slammiversary.
It
brought back a lot of memories for him, such as Kurt Angle jumping to
TNA and Samoa Joe headbutting Angle and busting him open and a punk
kid from north Georgia named AJ Styles becoming the greatest wrestler
this company ever had. Or a team called Beer Money becoming the best
team this company ever produced and Eric Young having more TV shows
than Ryan Seacrest.
Over
the last fourteen months, Jarrett has spent all his time building up
Global Force Wrestling, but he started thinking about what his wife
would think about all this. Karen talks about all the time and
effort they’ve put into Global Force Wrestling, which is now their
life. But then Jeff started talking about all his memories and she
understood what this meant to him.
She’s
still not sure why they’re here, but she knows this is what they need
to be doing. This morning
she was on the phone with Sonjay Dutt, and it became clear to her
that her husband didn’t leave on his terms. This Sunday, Jarrett is
finishing this on his terms one last time. So
yeah, after all the hype for the hours before this show, it seems
that it’s Jarrett coming in for one match on
a nothing show and that’s it
for now. Some game changer.
Bram
vs. Vader
Yes,
that Vader, who wrestled one match for TNA back in 2003. Vader
is in workout gear and runs
Bram over to start before hitting his big clothesline. More
power offense sets up the Vader Bomb for two and Bram hits him in the
ribs with a pipe for the DQ at 3:40.
Rating:
F. Considering Vader is about
58 years old, this wasn’t bad. What is bad is the fact that they
actually had Bram hit him with a metal pipe instead of pinning him
like he should have done to a veteran like Vader. This dumb, dumb
booking is so old at this point, but at least Vader looked fine.
Post
match Matt Morgan comes out for the save and knocks Bram to the
floor.
Sgt.
Chris Melendez vs. Eric Young
This
was set up a few weeks back when Young choked Melendez with his
prosthetic leg. Young takes
over to start as the announcers act like this is the biggest show in
the history of ever. Young plants him with a DDT for two and gets
the same off a neckbreaker. We
hit a chinlock for a bit before Young tries to rip the leg off again.
Melendez fights back, ducks
his head and gets piledriven for the pin at 3:47. This was a squash.
Rating:
D. The match sucked for the
most part and I don’t like Young, but this was the only way this
booking should have gone. Young is a former World Champion and spent
the last month fighting Kurt Angle. Melendez is a rookie with a
handicap and no important wins to his name. There was no reason for
this to be a competitive match and it wasn’t in the slightest.
Back
from a break with the Rising fighting the Beat Down Clan because
THESE TWO TEAMS HAVE TO FIGHT FOREVER BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING ELSE
THEY CAN POSSIBLY EVER DO. Hernandez
returns and helps the BDC clean house.
Match
#5 in the Tag Team Title series is next week. Also next week: Taryn
defends the Knockouts Title against Brooke and Awesome Kong.
Matt
Hardy vs. Kurt Angle
Non-title.
Hardy takes over to start
as Josh (incorrectly) calls this a first time ever match. Angle
slams Matt down and grabs a chinlock. A
quick slugout sets up rolling Germans from Angle followed by an Angle
Slam for two. With both guys down, Josh announces Aries vs. Richards
for Slammiversary with the winner getting to pick the stipulations
for the fifth match next week. Matt misses the moonsault and gets
Germaned some more, only to come back with a Side Effect. The
Twist of Fate gets two but Angle countered a second attempt into the
ankle lock for the tap at 6:58.
Rating:
C. This was fine. Matt was a
weird choice for an opponent when Carter has his own personal
bodyguard walking around but almost never having a match of his own.
Still though, good enough here, even though it was just trading
finishers for a few minutes until they got to the ending.
Ethan
Carter III and Tyrus come out but Angle fights them off and makes
Carter tap to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D. This was like TNA’s
Greatest Hits in one night. Let’s see: gimmick match that didn’t
need to be a gimmick match, a bunch of returns that don’t mean much,
a table war that no one wants to see, a legend beating a young up and
comer for no logical reason and a meaningless title change.
When
the big news broke about the Jarretts being back, I had hope. I
wanted to believe that something was actually going to change around
here because I want it to change. I want TNA to be fun again, but
instead it’s the same stuff we’ve seen forever: short term thinking
with stuff like Slammiversary being treated like the least important
show since…..well since their last pay per view actually.
It’s
so frustrating watching a company that has so many good pieces
consistently screw things up. There
was so much potential over the years in TNA but they’ve spent so much
time messing up everything over the years that I can’t bring myself
to buy into them again. Now it seems like their time is measured in
months and then….they’re probably going to hang around because
Dixie can talk people into letting her get on TV and then screw up
another deal, all the while wasting all the talent and potential they
have. The show tried, but as usual they were going in the wrong
direction most of the night.
Results
Tigre
Uno b. Grado and Low Ki – Phoenix splash to Low Ki
Velvet
Sky b. Angelina Love – Stunner
Dirty
Heels b. Wolves – Low blow to Edwards
Vader
b. Bram via DQ when Bram used a pipe
Eric
Young b. Chris Melendez – Piledriver
Kurt
Angle b. Matt Hardy – Ankle lock
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Impact Wrestling – June 17, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 17, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’ve
got two weeks to go before Slammiversary and it’s time to start
building towards the main event of the TV show two weeks from
tonight. Yeah the Carter vs. Angle World Title match is going to be
held on Impact instead of at the pay per view due to some scheduling
issues. That is of course TOTALLY different than TNA being a poorly
run company who couldn’t figure out that having a pay per view the
day after a TV taping was really, really stupid. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a tribute to Dusty Rhodes, who used to be the authority
figure here back in the early days.
It’s
time for Angle and Carter to sign the contract. In an interesting
case, this is coming just after a contract signing closed Ring of
Honor. Carter gets to talk first by talking about Angle beating
Heartbreak Kids, Texas Rattlesnakes, Dead Men, Immortals,
Electrifying Men, Rated R Superstars and some people you can’t even
see. He’s also beaten submission machines, phenomenal ones, icons
and charismatic enigmas (the first person mentioned actually still
with this company. And shouldn’t those all be singular since Angle
only beat one each?) but the World Title reigns ends with Carter.
Angle
praises Carter, but thinks he’s a disrespectful punk. This time
around, Kurt is healthy and ready because he’s been here before.
Once Carter loses, it’s going to haunt him for the rest of his life.
Both guys sign, but they also get to pick an opponent for each other.
Angle gets to go first, and he picks Lashley to face Carter. Not a
bad choice. Carter gets to pick next week on a live show.
The
X-Division Title will be decided next week. Man just scrap
Slammiversary and put on a Barney Miller marathon.
We
recap the Tag Team Title series to this point, with the Wolves
currently up 2-1.
Here
are the Wolves with Davey talking about how they’ve fought around the
world to be the best tag team in the world, and that’s what those
belts mean. They’ve beaten the BroMans, the Hardys and Team 3D
already and now it’s time for the Dirty Heels. Last time the Heels
cheated to win, but the Wolves won’t get fooled again. Good line but
points off for a WOLVES NATION shirt. Stop just putting a word in
front of nation and thinking it sounds good.
Edwards
wants to do match four right now, so here’s Roode sans Aries. Austin
isn’t here tonight because he’s healing up after last week, so
there’s no match. Eddie thinks a singles match is in order and Roode
doesn’t think so, but he’ll do it if the winner gets to pick the
stipulation for next week. The Wolves are fine and it’s time to go.
Bobby
Roode vs. Eddie Edwards
Roode
hammers away to start but Eddie kicks him outside for a big suicide
dive. Back in and a clothesline gets two for Eddie but he runs into
an elbow to the jaw. A Hennig necksnap puts Eddie down again as
Roode is a heel this week. It’s good to know as it varies so often.
Roode’s chinlock doesn’t go anywhere as Edwards comes back with a leg
lariat.
The
announcers call last week’s Aries vs. Angle match five stars. At
least this time they’re waiting until after the match happened to
praise it. There’s a backpack Stunner for two on Roode but he comes
back with a spinebuster for the same. Roode tries to bring in a
chair but Richards gets on the apron for some reason, earning him a
swing from Bobby. The distraction lets Eddie get a rollup pin at
8:22.
Rating:
C. This brings up the problem
with the entire series: the matches are just ok. They’re not bad or
anything, but I barely remember them a few minutes after they
happened because they’re just coming and going as we wait for the big
match to come for the titles to exist again. The ending made no
sense either as the Wolves wound up cheating instead of the Dirty
Heel. This story hasn’t been great since it started and it’s losing
steam every week.
Davey
makes match #4 Full Metal Mayhem. So what’s #5 going to be? Another
regular match?
Joseph
Park is back, minus his law firm, money or teeth. He’ll face Bram
tonight and get to be the guy on top for the first time. So we’re
just forgetting that he knows he’s Abyss I guess? Does that mean
we’re done with the Revolution too?
We
get a ten second video of Drew Galloway talking about how much he
loves wrestling.
Bram
vs. Joseph Park
Park
tries to lecture Bram before the match and gets punched in the face.
Bram slugs away but misses a chair shot, allowing Park to get in some
shots of his own. Now it’s table and kendo stick time as I guess
this is a hardcore match. It was never announced as one but sure why
not. Park comes back with some kendo stick shots and a chokeslam for
two. Back up and Park misses a spear through the table, allowing
Bram to get the pin at 3:53.
Rating:
F. A guy as talented as Bram is
stuck in the hardcore story because there’s nothing else for him to
do right now because they’ve killed off the singles titles other than
the World Title and now we’re sitting here watching him against
Joseph Park. Bad match here and Bram doesn’t even get to hit his
finisher to win? Horrible stuff.
Taryn
has a deal for Brooke
and Awesome Kong: if they beat the Dolls tonight, they both get a
title shot. If they lose, neither can ever have a shot again.
The
world is ready to burn and playtime is over. No idea what that is
for.
Marti
Bell/Jade vs. Brooke/Awesome Kong
Brooke
gets jumped in the aisle but here’s Kong for the save. The bell
rings and Kong runs Jade over before it’s off to Brooke, who doesn’t
have the same luck. Brooke
fights off some double teaming but gets thrown right back into the
corner as the announcers debate their taste in women. Brooke
avoids a charge and spears Jade down, allowing for the tag to Kong.
A chokeslam plants Marti and Brooke climbs onto her shoulders for a
big elbow and the pin at 6:24.
Rating:
D. This wasn’t the worst in the
world but good grief Josh is getting on my nerves. Between talking
about the number of days the champions have held their titles and
calling Dinero the heel commentator, he becomes more of a combination
of Cole and Striker every week. Nothing match here as the finish was
obvious, though the story wasn’t bad.
We
recap the hardcore war which ended with Eric Young choking out Chris
Melendez with Chris’ prosthetic leg.
Chris
Melendez wants to fight Eric Young right now. This brings Young out
to praise Melendez for being an American hero, but Young just doesn’t
care. He cares about no one but himself because there’s no reason
for Melendez to be in the same ring as Eric Young. Does Chris really
want to be here all alone next week? Chris says he’s ready. Young
was just a jerk here and not crazy, making him FAR more effective as
a heel. Melendez is nothing though.
DJZ
vs. Jesse Godderz
Godderz
laid DJZ out last week so DJZ charges right at him to start and nails
a jawbreaker and middle rope back elbow (love that move). Back up
and Jesse slams him down by the arm, setting up a Boston crab for the
submission at 1:43.
Post
match Godderz cuts a really, REALLY good promo about how he was the
BroMans because he was the only one training while Robbie was on a
reality TV show and DJZ was in some bar making funny noises. He
rants about how Robbie was nothing until he joined the team and now
DJZ is nothing either. Jesse gorilla presses him up but Robbie makes
his big return and shows more fire than ever before. I’m actually
digging this.
We
look back at James Storm possibly murdering Mickie James a few weeks
back.
Here’s
a livid Magnus, two weeks after Mickie was attacked. He isn’t
letting this show continue until he gets James Storm out here one on
one. Here’s Storm to call Magnus the crazy jealous one for having
Mickie followed by cameras. “What do you think was happening when
those cameras weren’t there?” Magnus is held back by security but
Storm brings out a baby stroller, presumably carrying Mickie and
Magnus’ son.
James
calls it his insurance policy but walks down the aisle without it.
He says Mickie is a sorry excuse for a woman and Magnus is a sorry
excuse for a man, which is finally enough to get Magnus past
security. Storm kicks the baby stroller off the stage and of course
it’s just a doll.
Video
on Ethan Carter III.
Ethan
Carter III vs. Bobby Lashley
Lashley
throws him down to start and nails a hard clothesline before just
running Carter over. Tyrus finally grabs Lashley’s boot to stop his
boss’ pain but Lashley easily suplexes Carter over. Another Tyrus
distraction lets Carter get in a dropkick off the apron to take over.
The match isn’t bad so far but I can’t take much more of Josh
talking about the number of days Carter has been undefeated. Carter
slows him down with a chinlock for a bit before having to escape a
torture rack.
Lashley
scores with a powerslam for two but Tyrus puts a chair in the corner.
The spear hits the chair (Earl Hebner has zero issue with this) and
Carter gets two off a DDT. The 1%er is countered and the referee
goes down (like it matters), right before the spear connects. Cue
another referee but Tyrus takes him out and gives Lashley a Big
Ending, setting up the third referee to count two, earning him a shot
from Tyrus. Lashley spears Tyrus but gets speared down, only to get
nailed in the back with a chair, setting up the 1%er to give Carter
the pin at 9:26.
Rating:
D+. This was straight out of
the Russo playbook with two chairs, three ref bumps and interference
in less than ten minutes. Angle was nowhere in sight to help even
the odds because the script didn’t say he was supposed to and the
whole thing was just way too much. It didn’t help that Josh was
driving me up the wall with his counting the days of Carter being
undefeated. We get it: you’re Michael Cole and Carter is Miz. Pick
a better role model.
Overall
Rating:
D+. This show is on the
verge of flying off the rails and you can see a lot of it coming from
here. The problem right now is they’re building to three different
shows instead of any one in particular. You have next week’s live
show with Full Metal Mayhem and the X-Division Title match,
Slammiversary (which I don’t think has anything official yet) and
then the bell to bell show in two weeks with the World Title match.
It doesn’t help that a lot of the midcard just feels like a big waste
of time when they could be doing anything else. The show wasn’t
horrible but they need to focus on something quick.
Results
Eddie
Edwards b. Bobby Roode – Rollup
Bram
b. Joseph Park – Pin after a missed spear through a table
Brooke/Awesome
Kong b. Jade/Marti Bell – Elbow drop to Bell
Jesse
Godderz b. DJZ – Boston crab
Ethan
Carter III b. Bobby Lashley – 1%er
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Impact Wrestling – June 10, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 10, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
D’Angelo Dinero, Josh Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
closing in on Slammiversary and the big story is the announcement of
the World Title match between champion Kurt Angle and new #1
contender Ethan Carter III. However, tonight is Destination X,
meaning Rockstar Spud is getting the World Title shot against Angle.
Other than that, we have the continuation of the best of five series
for the Tag Team Titles between the Dirty Heels (who are finally
acting like heels) and the Wolves. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a video on the X-Division as a whole before focusing on
Spud cashing in. However, Austin Aries is cashing in his Feast or
Fired briefcase on the winner. There will also be three triple
threats with the winners fighting in another triple threat for the
title at a future date.
It’s
time for the World Title match but Ethan Carter III and Tyrus cut
Christy off. Ethan is livid that he isn’t getting the shot tonight
so he’s staging an old fashioned sit-in. He dares anyone to come get
him out of here so Kurt Angle comes to the ring. Angle gets all
serious and threatens ankle pain to get Carter out of the ring.
TNA
World Title: Rockstar Spud vs. Kurt Angle
Kurt
is defending and takes Spud down to the mat with ease for a headlock.
Back up and Spud is able to send Angle outside, only to eat a belly
to belly on the floor for a huge crash. Angle takes it back inside
and nails another suplex to set up a chinlock. An Angle Slam attempt
is countered and Spud scores with an enziguri.
Spud
slugs away and tosses Kurt to the floor, setting up a huge flip dive
off the top. A superplex plants Spud back inside but he’s still able
to escape the Angle Slam. There’s a running forearm to Kurt but he
grabs an ankle lock, only to have Spud roll away into an Underdog
attempt. Kurt charges into the post and eats the Underdog for a VERY
close two, which shocks Spud. There’s the ankle lock with the
grapevine and Spud taps at 8:35.
Rating:
C+. Fun match but not enough to
be anything really great. They did about as much as they could do in
under nine minutes, but at the end of the day this was just a few
steps above a workout for Angle. The Underdog was a nice near fall
but this really was too short to work as well as they were hoping.
Here’s
the Dollhouse to call out Awesome Kong. Taryn is willing to bare all
to see who the toughest Knockout is, meaning Kong has to compete for
the title in a lingerie pillow fight. They have the lingerie ready
for her and it’s the only way she gets a shot.
Manik
vs. Low Ki vs. Crazzy Steve
Winner
advances to the X-Division Title match at a later date. Manik goes
after Steve to start but Ki breaks up Manik’s suicide dive. Back in
and Manik uppercuts both guys until Steve jumps into his arms, only
to have Ki hit a springboard spinning kick to the face. Something
like a Codebreaker gets two on Ki with Steve making the save. Steve
misses a high cross body and gets kicked into Manik in the corner,
setting up the Warrior’s Way to Manik to give Ki the pin at 3:28.
Rating:
C-. It’s going to be a long
night. Much like the other multi-man X-Division matches of late,
this was just a few guys doing moves to each other and one of them
getting a pin. What is there to say here? Ki makes sense as the
winner but Manik would have been fine as well. The time hurt this,
and I have a feeling that’s going to be the case with all three of
them.
Grado
is warming up for his triple threat later but he needs to lose weight
to become X-Division. He teases some Parkour but doesn’t quite make
it work. This is the guy that was supposed to be the most awesome
thing ever? Not bad but really?
Recap
of James Storm possibly murdering Mickie James last week. Apparently
she wasn’t physically hurt.
Tigre
Uno vs. DJZ vs. Mandrews
We
start with the triple headlock with Tigre speeding things up to take
over. DJZ dropkicks him down though, only to have Mandrews slingshot
in for a hurricanrana. A standing moonsault gets two on DJZ but
Tigre comes in with a missile dropkick. Tigre slams DJZ down for two
but Mandrews comes back in with a tornado DDT to put everyone down.
DJZ is up first for a running flip dive to the floor to take out both
guys again. Back in and Tigre shoves DJZ off the top and hits a
Phoenix Splash (read as a spinning knee to the face) to pin Mandrews
at 5:27.
Rating:
C. Total spot fest here with no
story or flow to the thing. That’s probably the best idea for these
guys but there’s nothing that makes any of these triple threats stand
out because there’s no reason to care about any of these guys.
They’re just thrown out there to do these matches and that’s the last
we see of them until it’s time for another big X-Division mess.
Post
match Jesse Godderz comes down to destroy DJZ.
Grado
continues to try to lose weight. He
asks Tigre for some tips but there’s a language barrier. Grado
leaves and Tigre calls him a jackass.
Knockouts
Title: Taryn Terrell vs. Awesome Kong
Taryn
is defending and this is a lingerie pillow fight. There’s
a bed in the ring for the Dollhouse and Taryn laughs at the idea of
Kong having to wear the lingerie. Kong
comes out in her regular gear, much to Taryn’s annoyance. Marti
and Jade are pulled to the floor for a beating so Taryn says the fans
don’t get to see her in lingerie. “What a tease I am!”
Cue
Brooke to say Taryn promised a title defense tonight and she’s ready
anytime. Brooke shoves her
down and the catfight is on as Kong is off making Jade and Marti into
toothpicks. Taryn is disrobed and runs off. No match of course.
The
Dirty Heels are ready for their tag match later, but Roode wants the
first World Title shot.
Grado
weighs in but strips off his singlet first. JB tells him there’s no
weight limit so he’s good to go. I’ve seen worse.
Grado
vs. Kenny King vs. Cruz
It’s
a big brawl to start with Cruz being thrown to the floor and Grado
getting kicked in the face. Cruz eats two running boots in the
corner but Grado pounds on King’s back. We hit a chinlock on Grado
for a bit before Cruz fails at lifting him up for a suplex. King
kicks Grado in the face, leaving Cruz to cross body Kenny for two.
There’s a Royal Flush to Cruz but Grado slugs away on Kenny, only to
eat a chop to the chest. The Royal Flush doesn’t work on Grado, who
sends Kenny outside and nails a Cannonball on Cruz for the pin at
5:18. Josh: “What a win and what a company!”
Rating:
C. Another fun enough match
with Grado having a ton of charisma, which I can finally see instead
of constantly being told about how awesome he is. King not being in
the title match is a nice change of pace, even though it’s pretty
clear Low Ki is the major favorite to get the belt. Again.
Bram
takes over a camera and says he’s going to the ring to make history.
After
a break, here’s Bram to run down the X-Division and issue an open
challenge to anyone who wants to fight in a six sided ring.
Bram
vs. Crimson
Uh….sure.
Crimson not being around for the better part of a few years is
treated like getting a free coffee from a Shell station. Bram slugs
him to the floor but Crimson takes over back inside. That sends Bram
outside for a stroll, where he sends Crimson into the barricade.
Back in and Bram scores with a kind of t-bone suplex, followed by a
Rings of Saturn with a neck crank. Bram makes the ropes and hits the
Brighter Side of Suffering for the pin at 4:38.
Rating:
D. Well that happened. I’m
glad Bram won but there isn’t much else to say here. Crimson coming
back got zero reaction so it was nice to see him lose this quickly.
I have no idea what this has to do with the X-Division, but then
again TNA stopped caring about that thing like six years ago so I
shouldn’t be surprised.
Kurt
Angle says he’ll win.
Ethan
Carter III says when he throws the first punch, Angle isn’t getting
up.
TNA
World Title: Austin Aries vs. Kurt Angle
Aries
is cashing in his Feast or Fired briefcase to get the title shot.
Feeling out process to start
until Aries clotheslines him down for two and nails a right hand in
the corner. Aries flips out
of a German and nails a low dropkick as we take a break. Back
with Angle rolling Germans but
the Angle Slam is countered into a DDT for two. There’s the Last
Chancery but Angle escapes
and grabs an ankle lock, only to have Aries make the ropes.
The
discus elbow is countered into an Angle Slam for two. Angle
misses the moonsault and gets caught in another Last Chancery, which
really doesn’t look as good as they’re hoping for. The 450 is broken
up by Angle running the ropes but Aries shoves him off for the 450
and a very near fall. Another
Angle Slam is countered with two discus forearms but the brainbuster
only gets two with Kurt putting a foot on the ropes.
There’s
an ankle lock on the champion but he counters into one of his own.
Aries rolls Kurt to the floor for a suicide dive, which goes right
into the barricade. Austin is out cold and it’s another Angle Slam,
only to have Aries counter into a rollup for two. Now the ankle lock
with the grapevine makes Austin tap at 18:00.
Rating:
B. Good main event match here
but Angle is long past the point where you can call his spots in the
big matches. How many times has someone put Kurt in the ankle lock,
only to get countered into the same hold? Aries is his usual awesome
self, but he needs something more than just being in a tag team that
he’s already been in.
Ethan
Carter III comes in and lays Angle out to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. It gets really
tiring seeing TNA pay lip service to the X-Division and then abandon
it for the next ten and a half months every single year. Notice that
the Feast or Fired cash-in, which could happen at any show of the
year, got WAY more attention than the X-Division cash-in, which was
treated as an afterthought. This show is a waste of time on a
division that stopped meaning anything years ago.
The
show itself was really nothing to see other than a few spot fests and
the usual good main event. Other than that though, this could have
been any regular episode of Impact and no one would have noticed the
X-Division as really standing out. I’d be fine if they just dropped
the thing already because it’s clear that it doesn’t mean anything.
Decent enough show but it never once felt special.
Results
Kurt
Angle b. Rockstar Spud – Ankle lock
Low
Ki b. Manik and Crazzy Steve – Warrior’s Way to Manik
Tigre
Uno b. DJZ and Mandrews – Phoenix Splash to Mandrews
Grado
b. Kenny King and Cruz – Cannonball to Cruz
Bram
b. Crimson – Brighter Side of Suffering
Kurt
Angle b. Austin Aries – Ankle lock
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Impact Wrestling – June 3, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 3, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
finally getting to the build to Slammiversary, which is less than a
month away. Impact is now on Wednesdays as the company’s issues with
Destination America continues. There is no reason that this show
shouldn’t start getting us towards Ethan Carter III vs. Kurt Angle
for the World Title. Let’s get to it.

The
opening video is about Carter’s rise to the top of TNA.
A
barbershop quintet sings Carter’s theme song because he is FINALLY #1
in the Impact rankings. Quintet: “For he’s the #1 contender, for
he’s the #1 contender, for he’s the #1 contender, which nobody can
deny!” We even get balloons falling to make this feel special.
After denying us a Tyrus dance, Carter says there is only one thing
left for him and that is to become World Champion.
This
brings out Angle, who says Lou Thesz and Verne Gagne would be rolling
over in their graves if they saw this. However, there’s someone else
in line before Carter can get his shot and that’s X-Division Champion
Rockstar Spud, who can cash in his title for a shot at the World
Title next week. Carter isn’t cool with that and says he’s got an
offer for Spud. Tyrus and Carter leave and Angle Slams one of the
singers. Carter was awesome here and I can’t wait to see him finally
get the title, assuming TNA doesn’t screw that up too.
Lashley
vs. Eric Young
Lashley
runs him over to start and hits a nice delayed vertical suplex to
knock some of the sanity back into Young. Eric is able to send him
to the apron though for a middle rope kick to the back of the head to
get a breather. Back in and Eric starts working on the neck and we
hit the chinlock. Pope’s great insight on commentary here: if Young
wins he’ll move up in the rankings but if Lashley wins, he’ll move up
in the rankings. Eric goes up top but dives into a backdrop followed
by some elbows to the jaw. A spinebuster gets two for Lashley and
after easily fighting off the piledriver, the spear pins Young at
5:29.
Rating:
C. It’s amazing how much more
tolerable that CRAZY man is when he isn’t in the World Title picture
anymore. I’m fine with Young if he’s in the right spot on the card
and this is a much better fit for him. I still don’t like the
character because it’s not what they say he is, but at least they’re
getting the booking a bit better.
Chris
Melendez comes after Young post match but Eric escapes. This
is even more like it for Young, though Melendez isn’t anything
interesting.
The
Dollhouse giggles about keeping Taryn’s title last week and Taryn
offers Kong a shot next week.
Melendez
wants to fight Young. I was thinking he wanted him over for
afternoon tea so thanks for the clarification.
Austin
Aries suggests that Spud doesn’t cash in the title for Option C.
Jade
vs. Brooke
Jade
goes right after her before the bell but gets rolled up for two. A
Marti Bell distraction lets Jade take over and Brooke gets kicked in
the face for two. Jade powerslams her down but misses a moonsault,
allowing Brooke to hit a facebuster for two. Marti tries to come in
and eats Jade’s boot by mistake, setting up the Tesshocker for the
pin at 3:38.
Rating:
C-. Not bad here as it’s nice
to see the Knockouts having a bench to go with the title scene. I’m
not sure why you have Brooke win here but it’s hardly a horrible
idea. You don’t want the Dollhouse looking inept though as they
looked more like weak heels instead of the sinister group they’ve
been so far.
Carter
is about to talk about Spud but gets a phone call.
Rebel
and Brooke celebrate the win. Brooke
leaves and the Dollhouse beats Rebel down.
Rising
vs. BDC
Drake
and MVP get things going with a slugout as Josh recaps the feud. It
helps a bit but I still don’t get why this feud needs to exist. MVP
wins a slugout and takes Drake down so King can come in with a quick
chinlock. Off to Low Ki for a dropkick to the back of the head and
the fast tags continue with all three members getting their shots in.
Drew finally comes in off
the hot tag and nails a running boot to Ki’s face as everything
breaks down. Galloway gets
caught in the Tree of Woe but is able to sit up and counter the
Warrior’s Way with a belly to belly superplex. A Doomsday Device of
all things is enough to pin Ki at 5:42.
Rating:
C. The match was fine but this
feud just keeps going. I get the idea they’re shooting for here but
it’s so uninteresting that it’s hard to care. The Rising doesn’t
need to exist because the BDC is a midcard stable who isn’t taking
anything over. Hopefully both teams split soon enough.
Mickie
James is in Nashville for her meetings but only James Storm is there.
This story continues to be one of the best things going on in TNA.
Rockstar
Spud can’t make his decision yet but there’s no more time. With no
decision coming, here’s Kurt Angle to coax him a bit. This is his
thirteenth World Title and he trained harder for this one than the
other twelve combined so there is no way he’s losing it. Cue Carter
and Tyrus to say Spud should stay right where he is.
Ethan
just got off the pone with Dixie Carter, who is willing to offer Spud
a lifetime contract as Chief of Staff if he doesn’t cash in Option C.
Spud talks about the Carters taking him in when he had nowhere to
go. They were like brothers, but then Ethan slapped him in the face
and shaved his head. This is always about Ethan, because he’s had
everything handed to him. Spud has given everything to get here and
he wants no part of the offer. He cashes in for next week
(SHOCKING!) and gets decked in the face. Angle wants a tag match
tonight.
Aries
gives Bobby Roode a shirt for their match.
Back
to Nashville where Mickie wants to know what’s going on. Storm says
the big stars are just fashionably late and says he can give her so
much more. The music will always be there, but he wants to talk
about something even bigger: joining him on his journey. He wants
Mickie and her son Donovan to join the Revolution. Mickie
appreciates the offer but turns him down. Storm laughs it off and
Mickie hugs him before they leave. Storm: “There’s a lot of
crazies out there.”
Dirty
Heels vs. Wolves
Match
#3 in a best of five series for the Tag Team Titles with the Wolves
up 2-0. Aries takes Davey down with a Last Chancery early on but
it’s quickly off to Roode to crank on the arm. The Wolves get in
some double teaming to take over on Roode and then backdrop the legal
Aries into their corner. Roode breaks up a double dive and Aries
takes out the Wolves’ knees as we go to a break.
Back
with Davey breaking up a catapult into Aries and diving over for the
tag, only to have Aries pull Eddie to the floor. The hot tag works a
few seconds later and it’s Edwards coming in to clean house. Some
rapid fire chops have Roode in trouble and the heels (who aren’t
heels) are backdropped to the floor for a double suicide dive into
the barricade. An enziguri into the German suplex into the jackknife
cover gets two on Roode.
Aries
pulls Davey to the floor, leaving Edwards to take the catapult into
the forearm, followed by the slingshot elbow from Roode for a very
close two. Something like Chasing the Dragon (Michinoku Driver
instead of a brainbuster) gets two on Roode but Aries comes back in
with a 450 to Edwards for two more. Aries dives onto Edwards and
it’s time for a chair. Roode doesn’t want to use it but he’ll hit
Eddie low behind the referee’s back. A chair shot on top of that is
enough to pin Edwards at 13:13.
Rating:
B-. Well at least they’re heels
now. I’m not a fan of the matches where it’s all a huge mess after
about five minutes in and the tagging is completely forgotten. It’s
fine for a bit but having the majority of the match be a wild brawl
gets annoying after a bit. At least the match was fun though and the
ending gave us some heels in the feud.
Storm
and Mickie walk along the side of a train until James knocks her down
what looked to be a flight of stairs.
Here’s
Madison Rayne to complain about not getting any attention around here
because she isn’t putting candy in someone’s mouth or isn’t Gail Kim.
She calls Velvet Sky to the ring because people who don’t work here
can come through the crowd and get in the ring. Madison slaps her in
the face and eats a Stunner, so here’s Angelina with security to take
Velvet out. Angelina slaps Velvet before the security takes her
away…..and here are more security guards to arrest Love for
slapping a fan. Well played actually.
Taryn
lays on her bed and promises to take care of Kong next week.
Ethan
Carter III/Tyrus vs. Kurt Angle/Rockstar Spud
Spud
stomps Carter down at the bell and chops away in the corner. A kick
to the head drops Ethan but Spud would rather hit some running
forearms instead of tagging, which allows Tyrus to grab Spud by the
face. Some backbreakers have Spud in trouble and Carter makes it
worse with a belly to belly. He opts to pose instead of cover though
and the hot tag brings in Angle. Tyrus breaks up the ankle lock and
eats the Angle Slam, allowing Spud to dive in for the pin at 6:48.
Rating:
C-. Just a quick match to set
up the showdown next week. Angle vs. Carter is clearly the big prize
here but we need to get Option C out of the way because where would
we be without that? There wasn’t much here but they didn’t have the
time to get anything done. The fact that it’s for a short term title
shot didn’t help things either.
Aries
comes out and says he’s cashing in next week to
face the winner of Angle vs. Spud.
Overall
Rating:
C+. This was one of
their better shows in a decent while but there are still some issues.
For one thing, there are way too many cash ins going on at the same
time when it’s clear they’re just killing time until we get to
Carter. Well either that or they’re going to do the dumbest thing
they could and go with anything other than Carter getting the belt at
Destination America. Good show, but too much being packed into too
little time.
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Impact Wrestling – May 29, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 29, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh
Matthews, Al Snow
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
After all the insanity
that’s been going on behind the scenes in this company, they’re
really in need for a good show to calk things down a bit. This show
is being billed as May Mayhem, which is their version of a pay per
view this month. The main event is Eric Young challenging Kurt Angle
in an I Quit match. Let’s get to it.

Eric Young pulls up to
the arena where Kurt Angle is waiting on him. They slug it out in
the parking lot until security breaks it up.
Knockouts Title:
Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
Inside
a cage with Taryn defending. Gail goes right after her in the aisle
and takes over before the bell. They finally get inside with Kim
still dominating until Marti Belle reaches through the cage to pull
Gail down, allowing Taryn to ram the ring finger into the cage to
take over. Gail fights back again with ease until she tries to climb
out, allowing the Dollhouse to interfere again, allowing Taryn to hit
a quick Cutter for the pin at 5:20.
Rating:
D.
Well aside from how great Taryn looked, this was borderline
worthless. At the end of the day, you need more than five minutes
for a cage match. This is supposed to be some big blowoff to the
feud and instead the whole thing can’t even make it to six minutes?
The Dollhouse is awesome, but they played it pretty straight here,
which defeats the purpose.
Post match the
Dollhouse goes after Gail until Awesome Kong comes out. They manage
to lock the door though, setting up the big beatdown. Taryn takes
Gail’s ring off and stomps on Gail’s ring finger, apparently breaking
it so the ring can’t go back on. Josh: “I know Taryn has issues
we’re not supposed to talk about on air but this is going too far.”
So, unless they’re
actually going to say what happened in Taryn’s marriage, this is
going to be another big tease that never goes anywhere. Also, this
would be more effective if they didn’t keep name dropping Gail’s
celebrity chef husband, who is so famous that I’ve already forgotten
his name.
Quick recap of James
Storm being creepy and getting Mickie James to come back for one more
match. Her husband Magnus isn’t pleased with this but that’s exactly
what Storm wanted. Josh: “This isn’t PG.”
Here’s Mickie (in a
very, very revealing dress) to talk about things. She can’t wait for
the one more match but tonight she needs to talk about family and the
heart. Magnus is her fiance, but James Storm has been a friend for
years now. This brings out Storm, prompting Mickie to apologize for
Magnus bashing him in the head with a guitar. James doesn’t need to
hear that but Mickie insists on apologizing, even though Magnus is
just trying to protect his family.
Storm
insists he’s not a bad guy (has any good guy ever had to say that?)
because if holding a door open for a woman or keeping her from
getting attacked by Bram makes you a bad man, then yeah he’s a bad
man. We hear about all the gifts James bought the family but Mickie
didn’t think some of them were that funny.
James redeems himself
by surprising Mickie by saying he’s set up some meetings with big
names (like Billy Corgan) who want to meet Mickie and advance her
career. Whatever Mickie picks, he’ll have her back. Storm leaves
and Mickie tells the Cowboy (her word) she’ll see them in Nashville.
There was a very subtle addition here as Storm kept inching closer to
Mickie, making her back up a half step every little bit.
Kenny King isn’t worred
about defending the X-Division Title in a gauntlet match.
Eric Young shows us a
Tweet that we can’t see and headbutts through a window.
X-Division Title:
Gauntlet Match
Why
do we always need a gauntlet match or an elimination match or
something other than a scheduled one on one match? There are seven
people in this and another enters every 90 seconds. The first five
will be eliminated over the top but when there are only two left,
it’s a regular match for the win. Manik is in first and Rockstar
Spud is in second and Champion Kenny King will be in seventh. Both
guys go for eliminations until Manik sends him into the corner and
DJZ, now with a blue/purple mohawk, is in third.
Manik gets double
teamed until Mandrews is in fourth after a low less than ninety
seconds. Spud and Mandrews team up on Manik but Spud can’t quite get
him out, even as he bites Manik’s fingers. No one is eliminated yet
and Argos is in fifth to speed things up for all of five seconds.
Mandrews misses a shooting star and gets sent to the apron, setting
up a kick to the face and a ram into the post for the first
elimination. Crazzy Steve is in sixth as we take a break.
Back
with Tigre Uno, who entered sixth during the break, being eliminated.
Kenny King comes in seventh and the final group is everyone other
than Tigre Uno. A big kick to the head drops Manik and another kick
does the same to Young. Steve gets in a few shots and chokes over
the ropes, only to get superkicked out to put us at five. Argos gets
kicked to the floor for an elimination, followed by Spud jumping on
King’s back. He manages to avoid elimination but eats the Royal
Flush.
DJZ gets back up with a
belly to back suplex into a facebuster on King, only to get
backdropped out by Manik a few seconds later. Down to Manik, Spud
and King with Manik offering an alliance with the champ. Spud is
tossed to the apron but Manik jumps King from behind, only to be
thrown out with an assist from Spud to get us down to the singles
match. King chops Spud down and rips at his face but the Royal Flush
is countered into a small package to give Spud the title at 16:48.
Rating:
D+.
So here’s one of TNA’s major troubles explained in one match. This
was a major title match and had no build, no hype, and nothing
interesting. There was no drama to anything here as the people came
in and were eliminated before we got down to the final two for a very
quick match with Spud winning. There was no reason to care about
this and it a lot of that is due to how the match was booked instead
of the action. The wrestlers didn’t have time to do anything and it
caught up with them quickly.
Dirty Heels vs.
Wolves
This
is match #2 in a best of five series with the Wolves up 1-0. Roode
throws Aries through the ropes for a suicide dive to start but Davey
runs inside for a dive of his own on Aries. The Wolves double team
Roode inside until Austin gets back in and things settle down a bit.
Edwards chops away at Aries but Austin punches him in the face,
setting up a tag to Roode for chops of his own.
The
Heels (who aren’t heels) load up what looked like a Sharpshooter but
Aries gets kicked into his partner, allowing the Wolves to double
team even more. Davey puts Rode into a reverse figure four (with
Roode facing the mat and Davey facing up) for a unique looking
submission. The German suplex into the jackknife rollup gets two as
the announcers are overhyping the heck out of this. Eddie puts Roode
in a chinlock for a bit until Bobby fights up and makes the hot tag
to Aries.
Austin
speeds things up and snaps both Wolves’ throats across the top,
setting up a missile dropkick to Edwards. There’s the Last Chancery
on Davey and a Crossface to Eddie but both Wolves make the ropes.
Something like Chasing the Dragon but with a Michinoku Driver instead
of a brainbuster gets two on Aries but he pops right back up for the
running dropkick in the corner, followed by the 450 to Eddie with
Davey making the save. Another Last Chancery has Edwards in trouble
but Richards comes in off the top with a double stomp for the save,
setting up the powerbomb into a Backstabber to pin Austin at 11:09.
Rating:
B.
This was straight out of the indy playbook with the entire match
being action from bell to bell. That sounds cool on paper, but
between everything going all over the place and Josh telling us about
two minutes in that this was a classic and something we were going to
remember forever, the match kind of dulled on me very quickly. It’s
definitely fun, but I prefer building up to the insane finish instead
of just having it run the entire match.
Kenny King can’t get
hold of MVP and wants him to call back.
Here’s
Angelina Love to deal with Velvet Sky, who is sitting in the
audience. Love brings out her own personal security to deal with
Velvet if she tries anything. She screams at Velvet (with a voice
that Vickie Guerrero would find annoying) and tells her to try
something, of course drawing Velvet over the barricade for a quick
beating until security pulls her off. Sky beats up security and goes
after Love again until she’s handcuffed and taken away.
Mr. Anderson is very
happy to not have Tyrus around for his match with Ethan Carter III
tonight.
Ethan Carter III vs.
Mr. Anderson
Anderson
has a one man cage to lock Tyrus inside, guaranteeing that it’s one
on one. Amazingly enough, Tyrus doesn’t want to go in so Anderson
goes after him, allowing Carter to ram him face first into the cage.
Back in and a quick suplex gets two for Carter as Snow challenges
Dixie Carter to a street fight. A running clothesline gets two more
on Anderson but he throws Carter through the ropes and into Tyrus,
who still isn’t in the cage. Anderson nails Tyrus with a chair a few
times to FINALLY get him in the stupid cage.
They slug it out back
inside with Anderson taking over with the usual. A powerslam and
backdrop get two each but Mr. gets crotched on top, setting up a TKO
for two. Carter hits a Stinger Splash (complete with shout) but the
1%er is countered into a Regal Roll and Swanton for the same. The
Mic Check connects for two and Anderson is stunned. He loads up
another but Carter counters into a 1%er for the clean pin at 8:00.
Rating:
C-.
That’s a pretty clear ending to the feud, but my goodness TNA needs
to slow down. This match started with a flurry with the Tyrus stuff
then was just trading big moves for a few minutes until Carter won.
They have to speed through everything on every show because they need
to get so much stuff in. Calm down a bit and spread some stuff out
so that stuff like this can have time to breathe.
Anderson offers a
handshake but Carter shoves the hand away. Tyrus is left in the
cage.
Rockstar
Spud is very, very happy to be a two time champion. He hasn’t even
had time to think about Destination X and Option C yet but maybe he
needs a new goal.
TNA World Title:
Eric Young vs. Kurt Angle
Angle
is defending and this is an I Quit match. Both guys come out with
security after being separated all night in another idea that didn’t
go anywhere. Angle goes right at him to start and they’re slugging
it out a minute in. Eric tries to jump over him in the corner but
gets caught in rolling Germans to knock him even sillier. He won’t
quit though so Kurt rolls even more Germans, only to be sent to the
floor as we take a break. Back with Young slapping on a Figure Four
for a bit until Angle turns it over, sending Young to the ropes.
Eric can’t get an Angle
Slam so he puts Kurt in an ankle lock with a grapevine, only to have
Kurt reverse into something resembling a Figure Four. More ropes are
grabbed so Young goes up, only to dive into the real ankle lock.
Young taps so Angle lets go, but Young never said I Quit. The
distraction lets Young hit a low blow and piledriver. Still no
quitting so Young loads up another piledriver, only to be countered
into the ankle lock with the grapevine to retain Angle’s title at
13:10.
Rating:
C-.
Raise your hand if you expected ANYTHING but that as the ending.
That’s where this match and feud died with me: no one in their right
mind thought Young was winning the title at any point in this feud
and that makes for some very dull matches. The match was watchable,
but my goodness don’t let this feud keep going any longer and get
Young down the card where he belongs.
Overall
Rating:
D+.
This one didn’t do it for me. They were flying through every
possible thing they could get through tonight and it made the show a
lot weaker than it should have been. The matches were good while
they lasted, but none of them had time to set up any kind of story or
psychology, which really kills the show.
We’ve got a few weeks
before Slammiversary and then just a few weeks before Destination X
and then a few months before the show is probably getting kicked off
the air because not enough people watch it. Could it be because they
rush through hastily announced gimmick matches like these and don’t
let anything have a proper build because they have to get through
everything they can when they have two pay per views a year and
seemingly could do things at whatever pace they want? This was an
action heavy show but the lack of a foundation takes away anything
good they had set up.
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Impact Wrestling – May 15, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 15, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh
Matthews, Mike Tenay
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re coming off the
big live show last week and rolling towards Slammiversary at the end
of June. The big story at the end of last week’s show was Angle
making Eric Young tap to retain the title, presumably to end their
feud. Other than that we have the continuing story of the Rising vs.
the BDC as Drew Galloway was beaten down by a pipe last week. Let’s
get to it.

We open with a recap of
Angle vs. Young, who tonight will lead two teams in a hardcore war.
Good grief just get to Carter vs. Angle already.
Here are Angle and
Chris Melendez to start things off. Angle talks about going to war
with Young last week, but Eric sided with the BDC. Well now Kurt has
backup of his own, including Chris Melendez. He needs a bit more
though, so Angle would like the Rising to come out here right now.
Kurt calls them a breath of fresh air in this company as they try to
eliminate a cancer calling itself the BDC.
Galloway praises Angle
a bit but likes the look of that World Title. Angle likes the idea
but here’s Eric Young to say he got ripped off last week. Kind of
like we’re getting ripped off from having a good World Title
challenger. Young was ripped off by the guest referee so he’s owed
another title shot. He goes on and on until Angle tells him to shut
up because the stupidity caught him last week.
Angle tells him to shut
up again and offers Young a title shot in an I Quit match. That’s
for the future though because tonight is about hardcore. Cue the BDC
to go after everyone in the ring. Young comes in to help with the
beat down but Lashley comes out to complete Angle’s team and make the
save. So it’s going to be a twelve man hardcore war later tonight?
That’s a bit excessive no?
Brooke/Rebel
vs. Dollhouse
Marti/Jade here. Rebel
is described as a former member of the Menagerie. The Dollhouse
cleans house to start with Marti hammering on Rebel in the ring.
It’s quickly off to Jade for some knees to the head. The double
teaming continues as Matthews confirms that the Menagerie is no more.
Dang it I always like that act. Brooke comes in off the hot tag and
fires off some forearms as everything breaks down. Rebel misses
Christy’s old Flying Firecrotch Guillotine (yep) and a double slam
(think a chokeslam but lifting under the arms instead of by the
throat) is enough to give the Dollhouse the pin at 3:57.
Rating:
C-. The wrestling wasn’t much
but I’m digging the Dollhouse more and more every single week. Taryn
is perfect as the borderline psycho leader, but the supporting cast
is cool too as they can both go in the ring. Rebel and Brooke are
fine as the good looking jobbers for them and the match was fine for
what it was.
Post
match Taryn says she has play time scheduled with Gail Kim’s family.
The BDC and Eric Young
are texting Homicide but he won’t be here tonight. MVP has a
replacement but Young has someone better. King doesn’t trust him but
MVP wants the crazy man on his side instead of against him.
Here are Ethan Carter
III and Tyrus with the former wondering how he isn’t #1 contender
after the former #1 contender lost to the champion last week. He
wants answers but gets Mr. Anderson with a chair instead. Anderson
is disappointed when they leave because he wants to fight someone
tonight. They start to walk but Anderson suggests a match with
Tyrus. If he wins, he gets Carter in the future. After some
swearing insults at Tyrus, the big man says get a referee out there.
Mr.
Anderson vs. Tyrus
Anderson hammers away
to start but gets run over for two. A Big Ending gets two and Tyrus
slams him down again for the same. Carter tries to bring in the
chair but gets ejected, allowing Anderson to play possum and counter
the spike into the Mic Check for the pin at 4:36.
Rating:
D. Really, really dull match
here and yet another instance of stretching out a feud before we get
to the beyond obvious Angle vs. Carter feud for the title. This one
is far more interesting than the Young version but it’s clearly just
filling time because having more than a month build to what is likely
the Slammiversary main event doesn’t work.
We take a quick look
back at Magnus blasting Storm with the guitar last week.
Magnus wants Storm out
here right now but gets Abyss instead. The monster says there are
consequences for what you do and this week, Magnus’ consequences are
Abyss. It’s a brawl at ringside instead of a match with Abyss taking
over only to stop to throw in some barbecue equipment (cross
promotion with a Destination America show about barbecuing). Abyss
loads up the chokeslam but takes some tongs to the crotch, only to
have Manik try to come in. That earns him something like a
brainbuster but Khoya comes in with a walking stick to lay Magnus
out. Magnus eats a chokeslam for good measure.
Quick recap of the Tag
Team Title situation with the Wolves and Hardys having to vacate the
belts, setting up a best of five series between the Wolves and Dirty
Heels (I’m really not sure how to feel about that name) for the
belts.
Wolves
vs. Dirty Heels
That’s their official
name now and this is match #1 in the best of five series. It’s also
Edwards’ first match back from injury. Roode and Richards get things
going and for some reason the camera is zoomed in on Roode as they
get started. That goes nowhere so it’s off to Richards vs. Aries
with the Wolves taking over on Austin’s arm. Aries is driven into
Davey’s knee but sends him into the corner, allowing for the tag off
to Bobby.
A catapult sends Eddie
into a forearm from Aries, followed by the slingshot elbow for two.
The running dropkick in the corner is countered and Edwards hits a
dropkick of his own to put Roode down. There’s the hot tag to
Richards for the “make your opponent DDT his partner” spot (one
of the dumbest spots I’ve ever seen) before the powerbomb/Backstabber
is countered with a hurricanrana. Aries takes out the Wolves with a
suicide dive, followed by the corner dropkick to Richards. Davey is
still in it though and counters Roode’s spinebuster into a sunset
flip for the pin and the first match at 8:26.
Rating:
B. Good match here but they’re
still waiting to crank it up in the later matches. These are two of
the better teams in wrestling a the moment and seeing them fight five
times (perhaps with some gimmicks later on) is going to be really
entertaining and likely blown off at Slammiversary.
Galloway picks Micah
over Eli for the hardcore war tonight.
Taryn talks about going
to see Gail Kim’s stepdaughters earlier today. She’s also going to
show us what she’s wearing for Kim’s husband Robert.
Storm yells at the
Revolution for going after Magnus without permission. This is
between him and Mickie James and no one else.
Here’s the Dollhouse
again with Taryn in a robe. Taryn makes fun of Gail for being so
serious of a wrestler because the Dollhouse is making something
special. She has pictures of her with Gail’s stepdaughters who look
borderline terrified. But now, here’s what she’s wearing for Gail’s
husband. It’s some very revealing lingerie so here’s Gail, but Marti
asks why she’s so serious. Gail wants a match with Taryn but Taryn
brings up the husband again, meaning the fight is on with the
Dollhouse running.
Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E.
Robbie has straightened
his hair a bit. This is fallout from their brawl a few weeks ago and
they bump fists to start. That’s the highest impact of the match
though as Robbie grabs a rollup for the pin at 24 seconds.
Godderz wants to
restart the match so here we go again.
Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E.
Jesse throws him down
with authority but a majistral cradle is good enough to make Robbie
2-0 at 31 seconds.
Godderz wasn’t ready so
let’s do it one more time.
Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E.
The fans count the
seconds this time and Jesse celebrates a headlock. A dropkick gets
two with Jesse driving his forearm into Robbie’s face. Robbie comes
right back with a crucifix for the pin at 1:10.
Godderz is livid so he
hits Robbie in the head with the mic. He throws Robbie to the floor
and puts a chair around Robbie’s neck before driving it into the
post.
Angle fires up his team
for tonight. Eli Drake still doesn’t look happy.
Eric Young has a fifth
guy.
Mr. Anderson is having
something built to help deal with Tyrus.
Team
Angle vs. Team Young
Hardcore war, which
apparently means a gauntlet match, which seems to be Lethal Lockdown
minus the cage but with weapons. Low Ki with his pipe and Drew
Galloway with a pipe of his own start things up. First fall wins
with 90 second intervals and Team Young won the coin toss (duh) to
have the advantage. Low Ki loses his pipe early and Drew takes him
to the floor for some hard chops instead of laying pipe into him.
Kenny King is in next
with a weapon that is knocked out of his hands too quickly to notice.
Galloway eats some chops against the barricade as King pulls out a
cane to nail him in the back. Micah and a nightstick even things up
and the Rising takes over with the usual brawling. Eric Young is in
next with a trashcan lid (that is one CRAZY trashcan lid. Like, you
know your crazy Uncle Stu who thinks he’s Catherine Zeta-Jones? It’s
crazier than him) and he quickly sets up a Tower of Doom, but
Galloway sits up out of the Tree of Woe into a German suplex to take
everyone down.
Kurt Angle comes in
with what looks like another pipe but throws it down for a bunch of
Germans. We take a break and come back with MVP (kendo stick) and
Chris Melendez (another pipe) involved. Eric’s mystery partner, with
another kendo stick, is Bram. Team Young cleans house for a bit
until Lashley completes the field, meaning it’s now first fall wins.
Lashley avoids all of King’s kicks and plants him with a powerslam.
MVP’s Playmaker is
countered but Bram cracks Lashley in the head with a kendo stick,
setting up the Brighter Side of Suffering. Micah hits a Big Ending
(just like Tyrus earlier) but King springboards in to take him down.
That’s fine with Galloway who takes most of Team Young down with a
big flip dive over the ropes. Angle dives on everyone not named
Young or Melendez, leaving Eric to hit a quick piledriver for the pin
on Chris at 17:21.
Rating:
D+.
Basically this existed so it could exist. There was no real need for
this to be a gauntlet match or a hardcore match as a ten man tag
would have accomplished exactly the same thing. That’s the bad sign
for a gimmick: you can do the exact same thing without the gimmick
being in place. The match was nothing special though and really
could have done with being cut down to eight people.
Post
match Young rips off Melendez’s leg and chokes Angle out with it to
end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C. This show felt
really rushed and packed full of stuff. It felt like they were
cramming in as much stuff as they could and it brought down the good
stuff they were doing. You can see most of Slammiversary from here,
but some of it really isn’t that interesting. I mean, the Rising vs.
the BDC just keeps going with no real reason to exist. The
tag team series is good, but it’s not something that’s going to blow
the doors off the place until it gets closer to the end. The show
should be good, but the build isn’t great so far.
As
for tonight…..meh. The hardcore war didn’t do anything for me as
you have ten guys with weapons in a gauntlet format. Clearly that
just needs 100 minutes of build. The
battle of the BroMans could be good and they got through the whole
thing in like eight minutes so points for that. The
Anderson vs. Carter and Angle vs. Young feuds feel like they’re just
going for the sake of going, but Angle vs. Young seems to be moving
towards wrapping up. It’s a
decent enough show, but they’ve cooled way off in recent weeks.
Results
Dollhouse b.
Brooke/Rebel – Double lifting slam to Rebel
Mr. Anderson b. Tyrus –
Mic Check
Wolves b. Dirty Heels –
Sunset flip to Roode
Robbie E. b. Jesse
Godderz – Rollup
Robbie E. b. Jesse
Godderz – Majistral cradle
Robbie E. b. Jesse
Godderz – Crucifix
Team Young b. Team
Angle – Piledriver to Melendez
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Impact Wrestling – May 8, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 8, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentator: Josh
Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
For the first time in
weeks, we actually have a special episode. This is airing live from
Orlando with the promise of a former World Champion returning in the
first five minutes. Other than that we have Kurt Angle defending the
World Title against Eric Young to probably blow off their feud.
Let’s get to it.

Eric Young is in the
ring to start and promises to win the title back tonight. This
brings out the returning World Champion and it’s Bully Ray, who will
referee Angle vs. Young. Eh cool but it’s nothing earth shattering.
It doesn’t help that it’s for Angle vs. Young which is just a
placeholder until Cater challenges Kurt.
We get the opening
recap video. They’re treating this like a huge show.
Here’s Ethan Carter to
talk about the democratic process which has lead us to a gentlemen’s
contest: arm wrestling. This brings out Mr. Anderson to show us the
results: falls count anywhere wins with 85% of the vote. Shocking
indeed.
Mr. Anderson vs.
Ethan Carter III
This is billed as falls
count anywhere but the rules make it sound hardcore. Anderson
quickly sends Carter and Tyrus to the floor but the big man gets in
some cheap shots. That’s fine with Anderson who sends Tyrus into the
post and chases after Carter as he tries to get away. We get the
first weapons brought in as Anderson pulls out a bunch of chairs to
pile up on the floor.
A Mic Check onto the
chairs doesn’t work so Carter backdrops Anderson onto the ramp for
two. Carter makes the mistake of spitting in Anderson’s face,
earning him a Regal Roll onto the chairs for two. Back in and
Anderson hammers away before planting Carter with a swinging
neckbreaker. Tyrus comes back in to earn his check with a t-bone
suplex and a corner splash. The spike to the throat puts Anderson
down for the pin at 5:39.
Rating: C-.
Well that was quick but they were smart to keep this quick given how
obvious the booking seems to be. Young is a guy who could bounce
right back after all these losses so why not feed him to Carter to
get us on the fast track to Angle vs. Carter? Everyone knows that’s
where it’s going so why not just keep this quick?
Bully
Ray likes the look of Angle’s World Title.
Gail
Kim goes up to Awesome Kong and asks if they’re on the same side
tonight. Kong walks away.
Quick
recap of BDC vs. the Rising.
Here’s
the BDC, wearing masks during their entrance, with something to say.
MVP holds up his mask and
says it belongs to Homicide, but he can’t be here tonight because
someone blindsided him on his way back here, sending him to the
hospital for surgery shoulder. Now he’s not saying the Rising did
it, but they must know something about it. MVP
goes on a rant about the American government taking foreign oil
fields and being cheered, but when the BDC tries to take something,
they’re called thugs. That’s a new word for something censored,
which was
probably a racial term given how MVP was going.
Cue
the Rising, who says they
fight in a ring instead of the streets. Think
about it though: a man called Homicide isn’t the most endearing
person in the world. The
Rising had nothing to do with the injury, but maybe it was someone
closer to home. Where was Kenny King last night for example? MVP
says he doesn’t care about wrestling. It’s all about the money and
power that comes with the job. Drew cares about workrate but MVP
cares about interest rate. Wasn’t
MVP the one who came to TNA to make things better for wrestling? MVP
wants a match right now so let’s do it live. The brawl is on and we
take a break.
MVP vs. Drew
Galloway
Joined in progress
after a break with MVP choking on the ropes and bending the arm
around the ropes. A slam off the middle rope gets two and they trade
big boots with Drew’s knocking MVP outside. Drew follows him and
gets slammed head first into the barricade for a loud thud. Back in
and the Playmaker is countered into the Futureshock to give Drew the
pin at 4:45.
Rating: D+.
The match was watchable but this is one of the least interesting
feuds I can remember in a long time. They’re doing the right things,
but there’s just nothing to make me care. The (maybe) racist part
could be interesting and feels like Corgan’s first story addition.
It’s not likely to make me care about the feud, but the wrestling and
promos have been fine. I just don’t care.
Post match Eric Young
(in CRAZY pink) comes in and helps the BDC beat down the Rising with
a chair. Despite Young being an associate of the team when it
formed, this is treated as a surprising turn of events.
James Storm is here
with a present for a special friend. They should just call him
Christmas because he’s always giving.
The preview for next
week is all about Kurt Angle and asks who’s next. I know that’s a
Destination America ad but it’s almost guaranteeing that Angle
retains tonight.
Here’s James Storm with
his present. He can talk about being tough and drinking beer, but
it’s time to give someone else the spotlight. This brings out Mickie
James to a very nice ovation, but Storm wants to talk about her being
a mother. Everyone should love their mother, but Storm quickly
switches over to Mickie’s music career. She’s an amazing mother,
wrestler and singer, but she’s also a great friend. He holds up the
box and it’s a new guitar. Storm tries to sing a bit but Mickie
politely shakes her head no.
They take a picture
together (not a selfie Storm) and here’s Magnus with a forced smile.
Storm has a gift for him too: the spiked helmet from the Brutus
Magnus days. Magnus and Mickie leave but Storm pulls out a blanket
for their son Donovan. That’s too much for Magnus, who comes back in
and breaks the guitar over Storm’s head. Like a truly creepy man,
Storm starts smiling. They are NAILING this story and Storm is
making it awesome. How can he be the same guy that led the worthless
Revolution?
Eric Young wants the
BDC to have his back to deal with Bully Ray tonight.
We go backstage at
Robert Irvine Live (Gail Kim’s real life husband and a celebrity
chef) where Taryn Terrell shows up. Gail gets in her face and that’s
about it.
Gail Kim/Awesome
Kong vs. Dollhouse
Jade jumps Gail to
start but gets thrown down by a hurricanrana, so it’s off to Marti
vs. Kong. Everyone but Taryn comes in and the Doll House is thrown
into the same corner and splashed by the monster. We settle down to
Marti hitting a running faceplant on Gail, setting up a cannonball
from Jade for two.
Marti slams her down
for two but it’s off to Jade, who is very slowly slammed down onto
Gail’s knees. Kim’s Black Widow is broken up by Taryn but Gail dives
over for the hot tag. The Dollhouse has to save their boss from an
Implant Buster and everything breaks down. Jade takes an Implant
Buster but Taryn counters the Eat Defeat on Marti with a rollup for
the pin at 5:32.
Rating: C.
This was fine and the right ending as I’m still loving Taryn and the
Dollhouse as a whole. They’re setting up the big blowoff with Gail
vs. Taryn, but I’m hoping we don’t get another Gail title reign.
We’ve been there time after time and I don’t see what else she can do
with the title.
We
look at Jeff Hardy breaking his leg and see Matt holding both Tag
Team Titles.
Magnus asks Mickie to
have nothing to do with James Storm anymore. Mickie isn’t thrilled
and leaves.
Here’s Matt Hardy to
address the Tag Team Title situation. Jeff is going to be healing
for a long time, so as of right now, the titles are vacant. That
means it’s time for Matt to go home and figure out what’s next for
him.
As he leaves, here are
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries with something to say. Aries hasn’t
forgotten Young putting him on a stretcher to send him out of the
Impact Zone on a stretcher. That brings Aries to another piece of
gold: the World Tag Team Titles, which seem to have a curse on them.
Yeah they’re constantly being vacated, but that sounds like an
opportunity. He and Roode have held the Tag Team Titles and didn’t
get hurt, so Roode thinks the titles should be defended by two of the
best wrestlers in the world today.
This brings out Davey
Richards, who says no one has fought more battles for those belts
than the Wolves. Aries likes the idea, but there’s no team in front
of him. Not quite says Davey, because Eddie Edwards is back. Eddie
has been cleared to wrestle and who better to start against than
Roode and Aries? That’s fine with them, but Eddie wants to one up
it: a best of five series. Hands are shaken and the series is on.
After a break, Matt
Hardy goes to leave but Drew Galloway stops him to offer him some
food for thought: things are changing a lot and he could use a good
man.
Angelina Love is in the
ring to talk about being asked everything going on lately. However,
she just wants to talk about herself because she’s the only Beautiful
Person around and the best Knockout ever. Cue Velvet Sky because
these two are cursed to be around each other for all eternity.
Velvet looks…..sleepy. Anyway, Angelina sucks up to her but
Velvet, now with pink/purple highlights and a left arm tattoo sleeve
doesn’t say anything. Instead it’s a spear to start a catfight as
the fans are going mild. Security breaks it up.
Recap of Young beating
Angle in a stretcher match last week.
Young asks Ray if he’s
going to be the next one to stab him in the back. Ray says he’s just
here to referee.
TNA World Title:
Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
Bully Ray is refereeing
and Angle is defending. Josh on Angle: “If anything ever happened
to Captain America, Kurt Angle could easily be an Avenger.” A
quick belly to belly puts Young down but he fires off some elbows in
the corner to take over. Eric is sent to the apron so he runs to the
top, only to have Kurt run the ropes and superplex him down. The BDC
is watching from the stage as we take a break.
Back with Young getting
two off a neckbreaker and choking in the corner. The chinlock slows
Angle down for a bit before Angle fights up and wins a slugout. Now
we hit the rolling Germans before the ankle lock sends Eric to the
ropes. Kurt won’t let go so Eric rolls Angle out to the floor. A
CRAZY low blow puts Ray down and the BDC starts triple teaming Angle.
This brings out Chris
Melendez and the Rising to help Angle before fighting to the back.
Young loads up a piledriver on Ray but gets backdropped down, setting
up the Angle Slam for two on Eric. Why there hasn’t been a DQ called
yet isn’t clear. Eric hits a quick piledriver for two but goes up
for a cross body, only to have Angle roll through into the ankle lock
to retain at 14:33.
Rating: C.
The match was ok but the most obvious ending ever and an unnecessary
brawl in the middle didn’t do it any favors. Now hopefully we can
get away from the Young vs. Angle story and get on to Carter taking
the title at Slammiversary because I never want to see Eric get
another title shot.
Angle
poses on the stage for a long time and no one attacks him to end the
show.
Overall Rating: C.
Good enough show this week but it’s really nothing memorable. Ray
coming back is cool, but they would have been better off by not
announcing it as a former World Champion as Dixie’s clues made it a
pretty obvious reveal. The Sky return was the same obvious swerve,
which doesn’t leave a lot going on here. This was basically a
preview for what they have coming, which is fine as it’s the start of
a new cycle, but there wasn’t much to see here.
Results
Ethan Carter III b. Mr.
Anderson – Pin after a spike to the throat from Tyrus
Drew Galloway b. MVP –
Futureshock
Dollhouse b. Gail
Kim/Awesome Kong – Rollup to Kim
Kurt Angle b. Eric
Young – Ankle lock
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Impact Wrestling – May 1, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 1, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh
Matthews, Al Snow
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This is another special
episode with Hardcore Justice, which was a One Night Only special in
early April. Hopefully this is a bit of a better card as that show
was just a step above a nightmare. Kurt Angle is scheduled to defend
the World Title against Eric Young, but that was the case last week
as well. Let’s get to it.

The opening video talks
about making things hardcore tonight.
Davey
Richards/Hardys vs. Revolution
Street fight with
Khoya/Manik/Abyss here and the fight starts in the aisle before we
have time for entrances. Davey hits a nice delayed vertical suplex
on Manik but Khoya is laying waste to Jeff on the floor with a
trashcan lid. Poetry in Motion hits Manik and Abyss takes one as
well but with a chair as a bonus. A Twist of Fate looks to set up
the Swanton on Abyss but Manik makes a save. Khoya muscles Jeff off
the top for a slam and pounds away as this is still all over the
place. Matt cleans house with a chair and some trashcan shots until
Manik takes him down with another trashcan.
Back in and a big Tower
of Doom leaves only Abyss standing but Davey flips out of a chokeslam
attempt and nails Creeping Death to send Abyss outside. Khoya joins
his partner and gets taken down by Davey’s suicide dive. Jeff dives
as well, leaving Matt to hit the Side Effect on Manik. Davey hits a
top rope double stomp for two but Abyss makes the save with a
chokeslam. We get Abyss’ old crotching himself on a chair spot,
setting up the Twist and Swanton for the pin for Jeff at 9:43.
Rating:
C+. Well that was fun. There’s
no sarcasm there as these guys kept it moving for nearly ten minutes
and just beat each other up. The built in story of the Revolution
destroying Eddie Edwards and Jeff gave the match a purpose and the
brawling held up. Good opener here.
James
Storm comes out and tells Abyss that he’s failed once too often.
Mr.
Anderson liked interrupting EC3 last week and has a campaign sign of
his own for tonight.
Package
on Billy Corgan coming to TNA. This could be good, but it could also
be a disaster.
Here’s Mr. Anderson
wearing a tie and behind a podium. He doesn’t care about campaign
promises, but he does want to see Ethan Carter III getting a
whipping. This brings out Carter with Tyrus holding a campaign sign.
Fans: “YOU CAN’T WRESTLE!” Anderson: “They think you can’t
wrestle.”
Anderson says that if
Carter wants the title, then he needs to come take it. Carter
mentions being undefeated and that gets Anderson to his point. He
unveils his own sign, which says Mr. Anderson to beat the streak.
That sounds like a step beneath conquering but close enough.
Anderson wants a match on the live show May 8 (first mention of the
match being live) but thinks we should let the fans vote. The match
is on without any voting but Carter warns Anderson to tread lightly.
This election gimmick is money.
X-Division
Title: Kenny King vs. Mandrews vs. Tigre Uno vs. Rockstar Spud
Spud, who has injured
ribs coming in, is defending in this ladder match. Everyone busts
out the dives to start with Mandrews topping them all with a huge
shooting star press to take out King and Uno. King makes a quick
save as Spud is still down on the floor. Tigre catapults the ladder
into Mandrews and King, only to have Spud shove the ladder over for
the save. King nails Spud in the bad ribs but walks into a tornado
DDT off the ladder. Tigre plants Mandrews with a kind of reverse
Samoan drop, only to have Spud shoves him off the top.
King goes back to the
bad ribs with a hard ladder shot to the bandages until Mandrews
knocks Kenny to the floor. It’s Uno with the save this time as he
takes Mandrews down with a C4 off the ladder. Spud wins a slugout
with King but Kenny kicks him in the bad ribs. Tigre springs onto
the ladder but get slammed down. The distraction lets Spud get back
up, remove the bowtie, and bite King’s face. A big right hand knocks
King down but Homicide breaks it up, sending the bad ribs down onto
another ladder. King gets up and wins the title at 7:54.
Rating:
C. What happened to this
division? It used to be one of the highlights of the company but I
can’t remember the last time there was a story that didn’t involve
Option C and Destination X. It’s a title match, a few random
matches, then a big multi-man mess with four to seven guys fighting
for the belt and maybe one personality between them. Yeah the spots
are cool, but I’d love to see someone actually make the division mean
something again, even for a little bit.
Quick
recap of Angle vs. Young.
We
get to the voting for Carter vs. Anderson
next week: you can vote for arm wrestling or a falls count anywhere
match. The voting idea is cool, but does TNA have an app? You’re
not a real wrestling company if you don’t have an app. And if TNA
does have one, HOW MANY TIMES HAS IT BEEN DOWNLOADED??? THIS IS
VITAL INFORMATION TO MY ABILITY TO BE A WRESTLING FAN!
Here’s Eric Young with
a stretcher. Angle has wanted to see the real Eric Young, but the
real version of him has been the one that has put everyone on a
stretcher just like this. Tonight he has Kurt Angle in a non-title
match, but that’s what Young wants. That means he can hurt Angle all
he wants and put him out forever. See, Young is crazy because he has
big eyes. You know who else has big eyes and is basically the exact
same character as Young, but with a lot more energy and presence.
The Beat Down Clan is
ready to take Drew Galloway down in the pipe on a pole match.
Rockstar Spud feels
like he’s been robbed because his name was on a list with Jerry Lynn
and AJ Styles. He’ll get his title back. Spud showed good emotion
here and he’s growing on me more every time I see him.
Dollhouse promo with
Taryn acting all psycho. She’s not worried about Brooke because it’s
playtime. This is their house. The Dollhouse.
Knockouts
Title: Brooke vs. Taryn Terrell
Taryn is defending but
Brooke knocks her into the corner and out to the floor to start.
Back in and some neckbreakers get two for Brooke but Jade trips her
up, allowing Taryn to take over. She rubs Brooke’s face into the
mat, starting a discussion of what the mat feels like. It’s not
really funny, but at least it’s not Tazz and Tenay chattering.
A standing Curb Stomp
looks to set up a high cross body from the champ but Brooke half
dodges half falls out of the way. She nails a middle rope X-Factor
but the Dollhouse pulls Taryn outside. That’s fine with Brooke who
dives on all of them with a nice plancha. Back in and Marti offers a
distraction, allowing Jade to shove Brooke off the top. Taryn’s
cutter retains the title at 7:18.
Rating:
C. Not bad here but there was
no doubt about who was going to win here. They’re setting up a cool
idea here with the Dollhouse being unbeatable and saying no one can
beat her. That sounds like the calling card for one more match from
Mickie James, who might just win the title and have one more run to
further the wedge between her and Magnus?
The
Dollhouse celebrates but Gail Kim comes out. Taryn points out that
it’s three on one but Kong comes out to help even things up. The
Dollhouse isn’t so sure now.
Slammiversary
will be on pay per view on June 28.
Video
on the Rising.
Low
Ki vs. Drew Galloway
Pipe
on a pole match, the second one I’ve seen Drew in in three days.
Galloway has bad ribs coming
in. They quickly head
outside with the fans holding Low Ki for chops from Drew. Chair
shots are exchanged with
Drew getting the better of it but not being able to get the pipe.
Drew can’t hit a powerbomb onto the chair so
Ki fires off kicks to the ribs. It’s not enough to get the pipe
down, but Ki kicks Drew onto
the chair and hits a Warrior’s Way to drive the ribs into the steel.
That’s
only good for two of course, but suddenly Ki remembers the pipe.
Drew pops up to his feet and
slugs it out on the top with
the pipe falling to the floor. Ki knocks him into the Tree of Woe
but misses another Warrior’s Way, allowing Drew to get the pipe. A
shot to the ribs gets two on Galloway but he hits a quick Future
Shock onto the chair (which doesn’t hurt his ribs whatsoever) for the
pin at 7:25.
Rating:
D+. Other than the story, there
was zero need for this to be a pipe match and the pipe didn’t even
play into the finish. It’s basically the same problem that killed
the other pipe on a pole match, but at least they used the pipe here.
I’m still not seeing the point of this feud, but this match didn’t
help things.
The BDC and the Rising
come out for a big brawl.
We recap Storm talking
Mickie James out of her retirement last week.
Mickie James was filmed
earlier today when James Storm came up to her at the market.
Thankfully they were both mic’d up when Storm asked to hold Mickie
and Magnus’ son.
Magnus is in the ring
but Storm cuts him off before he can say anything. Storm says he
wasn’t the one that said Mickie should have one more match but Magnus
is getting annoyed. Mickie isn’t one of the Revolution lost souls
and Storm can’t manipulate her. Storm smiles and says it was Magnus
who hired a camera crew. He implies that he and Mickie used to be a
thing and wonders why Mickie didn’t tell him about running into Storm
in the parking lot. Good night how much better is Storm as the
devil’s advocate instead of leading the horrible Revolution?
Angle says tonight is
about violence and Young is leaving on a stretcher.
Eric
Young vs. Kurt Angle
Non-title stretcher
match but you win by strapping your opponent to a stretcher, meaning
no line to cross. Angle has a bruised knee and chest coming in.
They trade stomps to start with Young throwing Kurt to the floor.
Both guys are rammed into the steps with Angle getting the better of
it, only to get sent hard into the post as we take a break. Back
with Angle reversing a whip but getting punched in the jaw. A
release belly to belly puts Young down but Eric sends him outside.
Young stomps him onto the steps to put Angle down, allowing him to
finally get the stretcher.
Angle can’t hit the
German off the apron but he can roll the Germans back inside. The
third one causes a turnbuckle pad to be ripped off but they fall to
the floor with Kurt still holding the grip. A low blow with Young’s
shin guard slows Kurt down but the piledriver is countered into a
catapult into the post. Angle hits the Slam on the floor but can’t
strap Young onto the stretcher. The piledriver is countered into the
ankle lock but Eric rolls him into the buckle. Now a pair of
piledrivers connect and Young straps him to the stretcher for the win
at 15:21.
Rating:
C. And my eyes roll again.
There’s no crazy, there’s no reason to believe Young is winning the
title in the likely title match next week, there’s no reason for
Young to have this spot over his English counterpart and there’s no
reason to believe we’re not getting Carter vs. Angle in the actually
interesting feud. I can’t
stand this story as it’s just killing time until we get to the feud
people actually want to see. Again, if Young actually acted crazy, I
might care a little bit, but his matches are just standard heel
matches with a piledriver as a finisher. It
gets old hearing HE’S CRAZY when there’s no actual evidence of him
being crazy.
Overall
Rating:
C-. This didn’t do it
for me as the hardcore stuff didn’t change much. I like a lot of the
places they’re going and next week has potential to be interesting,
but they MUST get past this Young main event run as he’s just not in
Angle’s league. Storm vs.
Magnus, Gail/Kong vs. the Dollhouse and Galloway vs. the BDC are all
good though and I could go for Spud fighting to get his title back as
well. It’s a passable show, but the hardcore stuff didn’t add much.
Results
Hardys/Davey Richards
b. Revolution – Swanton Bomb to Abyss
Kenny King b. Rockstar
Spud, Tigre Uno and Mandrews – King pulled down the title
Taryn Terrell b. Brooke
– Cutter
Drew Galloway b. Low Ki
– Future Shock on a chair
Eric Young b. Kurt
Angle – Young strapped Angle to a chair
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