Impact Wrestling – February 20, 2014

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
February 20, 2014
Location:
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
still in Manchester and the big story is the announcement of Lethal
Lockdown between Team MVP and Team Dixie for control of the company
in two and a half weeks. Last week’s show saw a huge emphasis on the
MVP vs. Dixie story with very little else getting extended TV time so
hopefully things are given more room to breathe tonight. The main
event is Gunner cashing in his Feast or Fired case on Magnus for a
World Title shot. Let’s get to it.

We
open with an In Memory graphic for Nelson Frazier Jr.
The
opening recap shows us Gunner’s road to the world title shot tonight
which has been his dream since he was a kid. All he’s wanted to be
is a champion and tonight is his chance.
Dixie
ensures Magnus that something is a done deal and tells him to go to
the ring and break some bad news. Magnus says if Dixie goes down,
he’s not going down with her. The champ also tells Ethan that they
need to get along, personal feelings aside. Ethan shakes the champ’s
hand and they all head to the ring.
Magnus
calls MVP out to the ring to make an announcement, as long as the
fans sit down and be quiet while he does it. The champ says he isn’t
impressed by people who glorify criminal conduct or people like MVP
who have spent nine years in jail. Magnus warns MVP to never think
about getting in the ring with him, because nine years in jail will
be nothing like nine minutes in the ring with the world champ. MVP
goes on a rant about how Magnus is always calling himself the
champion and a real champion shouldn’t have to do that.
Enough
of that though as MVP cuts to the chase: is the Lethal Lockdown match
on or not? Magnus accepts on Dixie’s behalf but he won’t be in the
match at team captain. He has bigger fish to fry than dealing with
some 50 Cena wannabe. If MVP tries to mess with Magnus, he’ll make
MVP his…..MVP: “Don’t say it.” Magnus says it anyway and the
fight is on. Cue Ethan for the double team and we see Spud telling
security to hold the Wolves back. Gunner finally comes out for the
save and the heels run, only to have the Wolves show up behind them.
Magnus shoves Ethan to them and a kick to the ribs drops Carter.
We
recap Bobby Roode helping Magnus over and over again for a promised
title shot, only to have Dixie back out of the deal. Roode had to
beat Joe last week to get the shot but lost, sending him over the
edge. Bobby responds tonight.
Back
from a break and Ethan shouts at Magnus that he literally just threw
him to the Wolves. Magnus says that it was in the best interest of
the Carters and Ethan is ticked.
Samoa
Joe is in the ring and says he gets the winner of tonight’s title
match at Lockdown. That leaves him without a match tonight and
that’s not cool. He’s here in Manchester to get into a fight so any
member of Dixieland that wants a fight, come get it. This brings out
Zema and the BroMans who surround the ring. Joe asks which it’ll be
before saying he’ll fight all three.
BroMans/Zema
Ion vs. Samoa Joe
Joe
cleans house to start and sidesteps Zema’s middle rope cross body.
The tag champions break up the MuscleBuster and Jesse hits a nice
dropkick. Robbie drops a middle rope elbow and Zema gets two off a
middle rope moonsault. All three of them hit charges in the corner
but Joe pulls the BroMans into the way of a Zema missile dropkick. A
DDT/Russian legsweep combo takes the champions down to the floor and
there’s the suicide elbow. Back inside and Zema charges into the
corner Rock Bottom, setting up the MuscleBuster and Koquina Clutch
for the win at 3:38.
Rating:
C+. This
was the right way to use a comedy tag team and their goofy manager.
Thankfully the Bro Mans didn’t lose the fall here, even though they
got beaten up pretty badly. It’s a good way to make Joe look strong
heading into Lockdown and that’s the right idea given the odds he’s
up against.
Christy
Hemme gets a new battery pack from a production hand.  After she
leaves, Samuel Shaw comes up and destroys the guy before taking
Christy’s old pack.
Bobby
Roode goes in to see James Storm and says James is one of the guys
that he’s been able to trust in wrestling. Roode apologizes for
everything he’s done to Storm over the years and calls the Beer Money
times special. Storm isn’t sure what to think and asks if Roode has
been in his beer. He thinks Roode is retiring and tries to talk him
out of it, saying Roode needs to slap the business back in the face
and move on to the next day. They hug and seem to be on good terms.
Austin
Aries comes in to see MVP and is offered a spot on the team at
Lockdown. MVP calls it the anchor spot but Aries says he puts things
over the top instead of dragging them down. Aries asks what’s in it
for him and MVP makes some vague promises. Austin says he’s heard
that before and MVP just says things will be positive. That’s not
enough for Aries but he says he’ll think about it.
Video
on the Maximum Impact tour.
Madison
Rayne and I believe Gail Kim get in a fight in the back. The camera
looked to be a regular handheld one instead of a professional one.
Gail
Kim vs. Madison Rayne
This
is a street fight and the title is not on the line. Madison comes
out first and jumps Gail with a cookie sheet. Gail comes back with
some choking with a kendo stick but misses a charge into the corner.
Madison kicks her to the floor but Tapa dares her to come outside.
The champ is happy to oblige and catches Tapa in a guillotine choke,
kicking Gail in the process.
Tapa
stays on her feet and drives Madison spine first into the apron.
Gail puts on the Figure Four around the post but can’t hold onto it
that long. Madison comes back with a shot to the face and a
clothesline to the ribs which is called a spear. Tapa comes in but
takes a cookie sheet to the ribs. The distraction lets Gail hit
Madison with the belt for the pin at 4:40.
Rating:
C. This was a nice fight but it
needed a bit more time. Tapa continues to be a waste of a spot as
there’s nothing to her other than she’s big and screams a lot. It
doesn’t help that Gail, while very talented, has done almost
everything she can do in TNA and there’s not much interesting she can
do.
Anderson
shows Christy pictures of his kids and Shaw isn’t cool with it.
Another
Gunner video on wanting to be a wrestler since he was a kid and
becoming a Marine. We hear from his family who are so proud of him.
Well done video.
Kurt
Angle will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next week.
Ethan
says he can’t take anything away from Angle’s career and he’ll let
Kurt announce his news next week. He won’t say what that news is but
retirement seemed to be implied.
James
Storm tells Gunner that this is his time. Gunner says he’s wanted
this his whole life and gives Storm the Tag Title Feast or Fired
case.
Here’s
an emotional looking Roode for his announcement. He says he’s been
proud to call Impact Wrestling his home for the last eleven years.
As kids, a lot of us have a dream we want to achieve and he’s gotten
to do that for seventeen years. Roode isn’t proud of a lot of the
things he’s done in the past but he can’t change those things. The
only thing he can change is the future and that’s why he’s here
tonight. Tonight is his
last night as a pro wrestler but the fans say NO.
For
the last several months he’s looked in the mirror and only seen hate.
He’s had to put up with Dixie’s nonsense for months now and he has
to walk away. He thanks the fans but here’s Dixie to stop him from
leaving. Roode doesn’t get to make that call because he still has a
TNA contract. Dixie brings up Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and Sting as
people that just caused her problems.
She
needs him but Roode says he doesn’t want more lies. Dixie apologizes
but Bobby says it’s not his problem and he doesn’t want to be here
anymore. She offers him the captain’s spot on her team at Lockdown,
offering him 10% of TNA if he wins. He can even have his own lawyers
draw up the contract. Bobby reluctantly agrees but threatens Dixie’s
future if she screws him over.
A
German wrestler named Bad Bones won the international Gut Check
challenge. He says something in German but we see Shaw jumping
Anderson and taking Christy away.
After
a break Bad Influence offers their services for Lethal Lockdown but
Roode tells them to prove it tonight. Bad Influence isn’t pleased.
Wolves
vs. Bad Influence
Edwards
and Kaz get us going and they hit the match for a nice technical
sequence into a standoff. Daniels comes in with a cheap shot to
Eddie but Edwards brings in Richards for a double Japanese armdrag.
Kaz gets kicked in the head but Daniels sends Richards to the floor.
Kaz drives him back first into the apron and sends him back inside
for a two count off a clothesline.
A
spinwheel kick gets two more on Davey but he sends Bad Influence into
each other and makes the tag off to Edwards. An over the shoulder
Stunner gets two on Daniels before Eddie throws Daniels into the air
for a kick from Davey. A pair of top rope double stomps from the
Wolves is enough for the pin on Daniels at 6:10.
Rating:
C+. I like the Wolves far
better as a tag team instead of singles guys fighting over Dan
Severn. The match was good for the amount of time it had and I’d
like to see the long form version between these teams. Edwards still
comes off as the better of the two and I’d see him as having a better
future as a singles guy
Shaw
takes Christy to a room where she wakes up. He tells her everything
is ok and chases off a cameraman.
Willow
is coming.
Video
on Magnus wanting to be a wrestler.
Roode
vs. MVP next week.
TNA
World Title: Magnus vs. Gunner
This
is no countout and No DQ. After the Big Match Intros, Magnus bails
to the floor before any contact is made. Back in and Gunner works on
a wristlock but gets reversed into a headlock. The hold stays on for
about two and a half minutes before Gunner comes back with a back
elbow and a clothesline. Magnus comes right back with a knee to the
back to send Gunner outside. The champ calls for help from the back
but gets the Wolves and Storm instead as we take a break.
Back
with Magnus putting on a camel clutch as Tenay tells us this is No DQ
and No countout, which I don’t remember being announced at first.
Gunner fights up so Magnus changes to a sleeper, only to get caught
in a belly to back suplex. It’s Magnus up first and the top rope
elbow gets two. Magnus goes to the floor and gets the title belt but
Gunner lifts him into a fireman’s carry. The champ escapes and both
guys try cross bodies to give us another stalemate.
Ethan
and the Bro Mans come in but the Wolves and Storm immediately come in
to counter and they fight to the back. Gunner powerbombs Magnus down
and hits a top rope headbutt to the ribs. Spud runs out and puts
Magnus’ foot on the ropes and Gunner is TICKED. He goes after the
Rockstar but gets blasted in the head with the title for a close two.
Storm comes back out as Gunner starts Hulking Up. A Rock Bottom
lays out Magnus and Gunner goes up again, only to have Storm
superkick him out of the air, giving Magnus the pin at 16:38.
Rating:
C+. This was a good match but
the constant interference needs to calm down for a bit. I do like
Storm turning as it means we don’t have to deal with him being the
guy who used to be world champion a few years ago for two weeks. The
match was going for an epic showdown but that doesn’t really work
when we’ve been told about Gunner’s backstory over the span of two
hours instead of say two months. Still though, good stuff and an
actual match instead of the insanity with Sting and AJ’s shots at
Magnus.
Overall
Rating:
B-. SO much better than
last week. First and foremost, they kept Dixie to just a few
segments tonight instead of about 87 last week. The Shaw vs.
Anderson stuff helped as well as it sets up stuff for the future and
gave us something intriguing tonight. They also started setting the
stage for Lockdown which is getting closer and closer. The show
wasn’t great but it was such a jump up over last week that it was far
easier to sit through.
Results
Samoa
Joe b. Bro Mans/Zema Ion – Koquina Clutch to Ion
Gail
Kim b. Madison Rayne – Kim hit Rayne with the title belt
Wolves
b. Bad Influence – Top rope double stomp to Daniels
Magnus
b. Gunner – Pin after a Last Call from James Storm

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