Impact Wrestling – August 27, 2014

Date: August 27, 2014
Location: Manhattan
Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re still in New York
for about the sixth straight week and there are some big deals to get
through tonight. First of all we’ve got the first match in the tag
team series between the Wolves, Hardys and Team 3D with the winners
getting to pick the next stipulation. There’s also the fallout from
Roode and Young escaping the cage last week at the same time, meaning
there’s no #1 contender. Let’s get to it.

The opening video talks
about the tag team series and the six man cage match from last week.
Angle is in the crowd
and makes EC3 vs. Rhino tonight and hypes up the three way tag. We
don’t have a #1 contender yet but he’s going to be working with both
of them to figure out who is the best choice.
Here’s the Trio with
something to say. MVP rants against Angle for thinking that he knows
how to book a show and then makes fun of New York for thinking it’s a
tough town. He goes on and on about police choking people (reference
to an incident in New York when this was taped) and says everyone
would be flatter than Miley Cyrus. MVP calls Lashley the King of New
York and here’s Tommy Dreamer to interrupt.
Dreamer praises each
member of the Trio and says they’re all better than this. He tells
Lashley that he’s finally reached his potential, earning him a right
hand from King. Dreamer pulls him to the floor and chases him off
with a Singapore cane but Angle cuts them off. Kurt makes Dreamer
vs. Lashley in a New York City street and the bell rings right now.
vs. Tommy Dreamer
And we take a break
right after the bell. Back with Dreamer nailing Lashley in the face
with a trashcan lid and hitting him in the legs with a Singapore
cane. Lashley blocks one of them and suplexes Dreamer down on the
ramp. Dreamer is sent into the barricade as Tenay hypes up Bellator.

They head inside with
Lashley suplexing Dreamer down. MVP offers a distraction for no
apparent reason but Lashley spears King by mistake. Some trashcan
shots to the head have Lashley in trouble and a Downward Spiral into
the can has the champion reeling. There’s the DDT for two but
Dreamer dives into a clothesline. The spear ends Dreamer at 9:39.
D+. I hope that’s it for the
ECW tribute portion of our show. This was the now regular hardcore
brawl of the week and it really isn’t interesting me. The fans
chanting ECW for Dreamer’s comeback told you everything you needed to
know about this: they wanted to see ECW guys instead of whatever TNA
is doing and TNA is fine with feeding that mindset.
Rayne is ready for Taryn Terrell.
HAVOK is coming next
Samuel Shaw is at
Gunner’s apartment and drawing the New York skyline. Gunner heads
downstairs and Shaw keeps drawing. Shaw looks at the door after
Gunner leaves and gets up. He examines Gunner’s military shirt and
that’s that.
Rayne vs. Taryn Terrell
#1 contenders match.
They trade rollups to start until Madison grabs a headlock. A monkey
flip puts Madison down as Tenay shills the Knockouts swimsuit
calendar. Terrell sends her to the floor but misses a dive off the
apron. Back in and Madison sends her into the buckle. Taz talks
about where he’s going to pin the pictures from the calendar because
that’s what TNA commentary is like.
A dropkick gets two for
Madison and a side roll gets the same. Rayne gets two more off a
northern lights suplex but Taryn reverses into a snap suplex of her
own. More suplxes and a running neckbreaker get two for Taryn and
she nails a high cross body for the same. Madison scoops the legs
and puts her feet on the ropes for two. The referee catches her,
allowing Terrell to hit an RKO for the pin at 6:00.
D+. This wasn’t the Knockouts’
best offering but Taryn is a good choice for the next title shot.
Rayne acting heelish is kind of interesting but it’s not like it’s
going to matter given how this division goes. Not much to see here,
though I’m very glad to see something besides a four way for the
Roode goes into a dressing room and finds Eric Young eating fruit.
Eric says no matter what happens with the #1 contendership….and he
can’t finish that thought as Angle interrupts and asks the cameras to
Shaw puts on Gunner’s
military shirt when Gunner comes back in. He sees Shawn in the shirt
and gets a salute. A ticked off Gunner tells Shaw to take it off or
he’ll take it off for him.
vs. Low Ki/Tigre Uno/Crazzy Steve
It’s a brawl to start
and we quickly hit the high spots. Tigre bounces into a huricanrana
to put DJZ on the floor, drawing in Manik. A faceplant puts Manik
down as well but DJZ shoves Manik off the top. Off to Homicide to
work on Tigre’s arm and DJZ gets in a shot of his own. Tigre
headscissors DJZ into Homicide and the hot tag brings in Low Ki.
Manik gets caught in the corner but grabs a Black Widow on Ki.
In a SCARY counter, Low
Ki counters the fireman’s carry gutbuster by driving his feet into
Manik’s face with some incredibly momentum. That looked SICK. Steve
comes in and hits a big plancha to take Homicide down. Tigre monkey
flips DJZ out to the floor and dives onto the pile. Manik loads up a
dive but is nice enough to stop and let Low Ki kick him in the head.
The Ki Crusher pins Manik at 6:55.
C. This was exactly what you
would expect it to be with all six guys going insane with their
spots. It’s not a great match or anything but this was in the same
vein of the old WCW lucha six man matches. Good stuff here as
sometimes it’s nice to just turn off your brain and watch people jump
a lot.
has a solution for the Young/Roode issue.
talks about EC3 saying money can’t buy happiness. Tonight it’s
bought Carter a lot of pain because he isn’t going to forget what
Carter did to him. There will be a GORE GORE GORE.
Roode is in the ring and announces that he’ll be facing Eric Young
next week for the #1 contendership. He
invites Young to come down to the ring and Bobby goes through their
history together, ranging from Team Canada to their battles. Roode
doesn’t bring up the time where he basically owned Young in exchange
for sex with Traci Brooks but maybe it’s implied. He
respects Eric more than anyone (the required line in TNA) and it’s
going to be an honor to face him. Young can’t wait to face Roode
here in New York City and they’ll tear the roof off the building next
The BroMans play some
wrestling match game on their phones.
vs. Ethan Carter III
Rhino charges to the
ring and hammers away to start, just as you would expect him to do.
They head outside with Carter being sent into the barricade and
getting hammered. The carpet is an odd thing to see at a wrestling
event. Back in and Carter takes over with some stomps in the corner.
An elbow drop gets two and Ethan slowly hammers away. Ethan gets
two more off a corner splash and we hit the chinlock.
Rhino fights up and
hits some hard shoulders followed by something resembling a TKO. He
loads up the Gore but Spid grabs his leg, allowing Ethan to hit a low
blow for two. There’s a belly to belly suplex but Spud breaks up
another Gore attempt. This one allows Ethan to bring in a chair for
the DQ at 6:20.
C-. This was just your basic
match here as Ethan continues to not get pinned. They’re giving him
a nice push here and one day he could be the guy that carries the
company. Granted he might be carrying it into the grave but at this
point that won’t be put on whoever is the next big guy. Decent match
here but nothing special.
match Carter loads up a chair but Spud asks him not to do it. Ethan
nails Rhino anyway and Spud looks concerned.
Storm comes out to introduce the new version of Sanada. He says he’s
the leader of a new revolution of people that need a rebirth. Sanada
will be the first of many.
Sanada vs. Austin Aries
Sanada comes out in
blue and yellow with shiny gear and yellow face paint ala Great Muta.
Aries grabs a wristlock but Sanada spins his way out of it in a nice
counter. A crucifix gets two for Aries and there’s the Last
Chancery, sending Sanada crawling to the ropes. Back up and Sanada
chops away in the corner before choking away on the mat. A pair of
backbreakers get two for Sanada and we hit the chinlock. Back up and
Aries sends him into the corner and rams Sanada back and forth
between two buckles.
A neckbreaker across
the middle rope sends Sanada to the floor and Aries nails a very fast
suicide dive. Aries nails the discus forearm and the corner dropkick
but Sanada breaks the brainbuster by biting Austin’s finger. Sanada
takes him up top, only to get knocked off. Storm crotches Aries on
the top rope, allowing Sanada to mist Aries in the face. How the
referee didn’t see either of those things is beyond me. A low
superkick gives Sanada the pin at 6:15.
C+. This was your usual good
match between these two and I really like the idea of Storm heading a
stable as the evil veteran mentor. It’s better than having every
story built around drinking if nothing else. You can see Sanada vs.
Muta at Bound For Glory from here and that’s not the worst idea in
the world.
on war veteran Chris Melendez who lost a leg in Iraq. Melendez has a
prosthetic leg and is working to become a pro wrestler.
is in the ring with Mr. Anderson and Team 3D to introduce Melendez.
Kurt talks about working as
hard as he did to win an Olympic Gold Medal but it pales in
comparison to Melendez being willing to die for this country.
Melendez is now a member of the Impact Wrestling roster.
Anderson asks the members of the Wounded Warrior Project here
tonight to applaud for Melendez.
guy from the Wounded Warrior Project called Anderson about Melendez
and asked Anderson to train him. Anderson didn’t have a ring to
train them in, so he sent Melendez to the Team 3D Wrestling Academy.
Melendez met with Team 3D
and they offered to train him for free. D-Von
asks the fans to welcome him to the roster and Melendez gets a
standing ovation.
vs. Team 3D vs. Wolves
is the first match of a Tag Team Series where the first team to win
two matches wins the Tag Team Titles. Whoever wins each match gets
to pick the stipulation for the next match. This is just a usual
triple threat tag. Richards and Ray get things going after a break.
The champions (the Wolves) start on Ray’s arm but he comes back with
right hands to Davey’s head. A hard chop puts Richards down and
Davey says bring it on. That
earns him another chop but the fans aren’t interested in starting a
3D chant.
tag brings in D-Von but Eddie kicks him right back into a tag to Ray.
Matt tags himself in and things are already breaking down. Poetry
in Motion has Eddie in trouble but Davey comes out with a clothesline
to break it up. Team 3D lays out Davey for two as Ray leaves rather
than loading up their namesake. Now
it’s the Hardys working over Davey with Jeff kicking him in the back
for two.
works over the arm but everything breaks down again. The Wolves duck
a double clothesline from the Hardys and hit stereo suicide dives on
Team 3D, only to have Poetry In Motion take them down, followed by a
moonsault from Matt to take everyone down again. Back
in and Eddie enziguris Matt into a German suplex but Jeff makes a
last second save. Eddie breaks up the Twist of Fate and D-Von tags
himself in.
Wolves throw him into a kick to the chest and hit the double top rope
double stomps for two. Davey
escapes a Twist of Fate and kicks Matt in the head, only to miss a
top rope double stomp. Now the Twist connects on Richards, setting
up the Swanton from Jeff. Edwards kicks him down though and rolls up
D-Von for two. 3D out of
nowhere is enough to pin Edwards at 9:06.
B+. That might be a bit high
but I was really digging this match. It was exactly what it was
supposed to be and you can pretty much guarantee that each team will
get to win a match before the big showdown at the final. Odds are
we’ll be getting a tables match next and hopefully it’s as good as
I liked this show more than I thought I would have with some good
stuff making up for some of the weaker moments. TNA is starting to
get it together, though I’ll need to see a lot more good before I
give them the benefit of the doubt. There’s some good stuff for next
week, but there isn’t much set up for Bound For Glory. There are
seven more weeks, but you would think we would know some of the
matches already. Good show this week though.
Lashley b. Tommy
Dreamer – Spear
Taryn Terrell b.
Madison Rayne – RKO
Low Ki/Tigre Uno/Craazy
Steve b. Homicide/Manik/DJZ – Ki Crusher to Manik
Rhino b. Ethan Carter
III via DQ when Carter used a chair
Great Sanada b. Austin
Aries – Low superkick
Team 3D b. Hardys and
Wolves – 3D to Edwards
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