Impact Wrestling – October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014
Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Mike Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
the go home show for Bound For Glory, meaning we’re going to be told
the same things we’ve been told for three months now: it’s in Tokyo
and they’ve never been there before. As for your regular TV show,
it’s Team 3D vs. the Hardys vs. the Wolves for the Tag Team Titles in
a Full Metal Mayhem match. That has the potential to be one of the
more entertaining matches we’ve seen in a long time on this show and
probably better than all of Sunday’s show put together. Let’s get to

open with a recap of the Tag Team Title series and Roode vs. Lashley.
comes out early and says he wanted to get out here fast to get this
off his chest. He knows he can beat Lashley if he gets one more
match and he didn’t hear Lashley say no. Roode calls out Lashley for
the challenge but gets MVP and King instead. MVP talks about how
everyone that has gotten their shot at Lashley has gone down. That
list would include Roode so he gets no shot. They’re about to leave
but Roode asks them how the drive to the arena went tonight.
wants to know which one drove Lashley’s car and which one fed him
grapes in the back seat. He goes on about how the two of them are
just lackeys and he won’t be one of those ever again. Roode will do
anything else to get that shot and he means anything. MVP has an
idea: if Roode can beat the two of them in one match, he’ll get his
title shot. If he loses though, he never gets a shot again. That’s
cool with Roode and the match is on.
recap Havok taking the Knockouts Title from Gail Kim last week.
actually get four matches announced for Bound For Glory: Team 3D vs.
Abyss/Tommy Dreamer, Havok vs. Velvet Sky for the Knockouts Title,
Samoa Joe vs. Kaz Hayashi vs. Low Ki for the X-Division Title and
Sanada/James Storm vs. Tajiri/Great Muta. I don’t think we’re going
to hear anything else later on.
Love vs. Madison Rayne vs. Taryn Terrell
gets a title shot at some point in the future. It’s a brawl to start
with all three going at it until Angelina gets double teamed. Taryn
and Madison trade rollups for two each as the fans don’t seem all
that interested in the near falls. Angelina throws Madison to the
floor and hits a jawbreaker for two on Terrell. Love goes shoulder
first into the post and gets caught by a neckbreaker for two. A
middle rope clothesline drops Madison before Taryn goes up for a high
cross body to take down both other girls. Back up and Madison grabs
a quick rollup and a handful of tights for the pin on Taryn at 4:10.
D+. This was every
multi-Knockouts match you’ve ever seen and the formula is getting
old. All you get is some heel champion and then a three or four way
match for the title shot. There’s no personal issue between the
girls and no reason to see them fight each other besides winning a
match here or there. Mix it up a bit already.
comes out post match and destroys Terrell as Madison runs.
doesn’t sound thrilled with the deal MVP made with Roode.
recap Sanada turning to James Storm and attacking Muta back in New
Ki/Tigre Uno vs. Great Sanada/James Storm
your Bound For Glory build. Sanada takes Ki down to start but gets
kicked in the chest for two. Off to Tigre who kicks Sanada down as
well and grabs a rollup for two of his own. Storm
gets in a cheap shot and comes in without a tag to work on Tigre’s
back. Sanada comes back in for a chinlock until Tigre pops up and
nails a dropkick.
double tag brings in Low Ki to face Storm and it’s kicking a go-go.
Ki double stomps him for two but Manik offers a distraction, allowing
Storm to hit a Backstabber for two. Uno
makes a blind tag and gets launched into a hurricanrana on Storm for
two. Everything breaks down and Sanada mists Tigre, setting up the
Last Call for the pin at 6:20.
C+. This was a pretty solid
little match but man alive I can’t wait to get done with Bound For
Glory so TNA can stop acting like going to Japan is the most amazing
thing in the history of wrestling. The
show is just a huge step away from everything they’ve been doing for
the last few months and feels far more like a Wrestle-1 show instead
of TNA’s biggest event of the year.
asks Shaw if he’s ready for his match with Bram tonight. Shaw takes
his shirt off and shows Gunner the tattoos he got to look like
Gunner. Gunner asks why Shaw can’t just be himself and Shaw asks why
Gunner won’t be more supportive.
vs. Samuel Shaw
DQ. Shaw nails him with a trashcan lid to start and dropkicks a
trashcan into his face to take over. A chair is wedged between the
top and middle rope but Bram avoids being whipped into the steel.
They head back outside with Shaw still in control by nailing Bram
with a chair over and over.
in and Bram gets in a Singapore cane shot to the head but Shaw
counters a superplex attempt onto steel chairs into a sunset bomb
onto the steel instead. Shaw loads up the choke but gets elbowed in
the face and sent into the chair wedged in the corner. A shot to the
head with the steel rod is enough to give Bram the pin at 5:17.
D+. This is one of those
stories that isn’t going anywhere and isn’t doing anything for Gunner
or Shaw. They’re trying something with being obsessed with various
people but Shaw just isn’t an interesting character no matter what
they do with him. Bram has something to him but he needs to do stuff
besides hardcore.
comes out to check on Shaw post match.
is ready for his handicap match.
Wolves and Team 3D yell at each other about who is greater.
Roode vs. MVP/Kenny King
and MVP don’t get entrances, which is a common problem tonight.
Roode has to beat both guys to get the win. MVP
gives Roode one more chance to leave but Roode punches King in the
face instead. The double
teaming starts early and King gets two off a spinwheel kick. We
actually hear about three interpromotional matches featuring MVP,
Manik and EC3 facing three Wrestle-1 guys whose names are sped by
very quickly.
gets sent to the floor and MVP steps on Roode’s lower back. They
head back in where King hits MVP by mistake to give Roode an opening.
He backdrops King to the floor but gets kicked in the face by MVP.
A fisherman’s suplex gets two but MVP misses the Drive By and gets
rolled up for the pin at 5:24. So it’s Roode vs. King now but MVP
offers a cheap shot so King can hit a quick suplex for two. Roode
nails a few clotheslines to come back though and the Blockbuster puts
King down again. King sends
him face first into the buckle but springboards into the Roode Bomb
for….nothing as Lashley comes in for the DQ at 7:40.
D+. This was ok at best as the
ending wasn’t really a big surprise. They weren’t about to get rid
of Roode as a World Title contender, as I’m sure TNA would never go
back on its word for a stipulation. The
match wasn’t bad as soon as MVP was gone, the ending wasn’t really in
makes a point to say that Roode had to pin or submit both guys to
win. That at least makes Lashley look a bit less stupid. Lashley
spears Roode down after the match.
says Spud has one more chance to apologize.
Ethan Carter to talk about being undefeated for a year in TNA and
says he has victory after victory after victory (x15). History is
written by the winners and this novel is written by Ethan Carter III.
He demands Spud get out here right now for his apology. Spud says
they’re best friends and that he knows Ethan better than everyone
else. She knows Ethan’s favorite color is green because he likes
money, that he likes his hotel rooms at 71 degrees and that the fans
chanting YOU CAN’T WRESTLE gets on his nerves.
does Ethan’s responses to the chants for him but Ethan cuts him off.
He brings up Spud fainting when it was time to protect Dixie and
calls Spud a loser just like everyone else in this audience. Spud
finally mans up and says he’s a Rockstar and not a loser. Carter
shoves him down and slaps Spud a few times until Spud finally fights
back with a slap of his own. Carter smiles at him and says Spud has
heart, which is what makes this so much sweeter. He fires Spud and
let’s get away from this as fast as we can. The jumping from one
segment to another is WAY too fast tonight.
video on the Tag Team Title Series.
run down the PPV card again.
Trio is pleased when Angle comes in to yell at them. Roode is going
to get another #1 contenders match next week and MVP is banned from
Team Titles: Hardys vs. Team 3D vs. Wolves
Wolves are defending and this is Full Metal Mayhem, meaning TLC.
Richards has a somewhat bad leg coming into this but he seems to be
fine. It’s a big brawl to start of course with Matt hitting what
looked like the Side Effect to Eddie on the apron. Bully hammers on
Jeff on the floor as weapons are being sets up on the floor. Matt
goes for a climb but Ray comes in for a save with a Rock Bottom.
breaks up Ray’s attempt and DDTs him, only to have D-Von nail
Richards a second later. Matt gets enziguried into a German suplex
onto a pair of open chairs. Eddie throws Jeff into the air and Ray
catches him in a Cutter for a 3D. They chop it out but Matt is back
up to take both guys down. We get the Tower of Doom with Ray
electric chairing Matt who superplexes Edwards. D-Von bridges a piece
of barricade between the apron and some overturned steps but Davey
headbutts him onto the barricade.
saves his partner from a dive and powerbombs Richards down, only to
miss a middle rope backsplash. He comes right back with another
powerbomb to send Richards onto the barricade, giving Richards one of
the most shocked looks I’ve ever seen. Back with Jeff taking a
ladder to the face and D-Von cleans house with a chair.
comes back with a chair of his own but this time it’s Jeff popping up
to take over. The Whisper in the Wind and Swanton have Ray in
trouble but he pops right back up for a brawl with Jeff on the floor.
The Twisting Stunner has Ray in trouble and Jeff brings out another
table. He bridges it between the turned over steps and the apron
with the legs up. Jeff misses the legdrop though and crashes through
the table, leaving him in a huge heap on the floor.
in and Ray goes up, only to have Edwards set up a ladder of his own
next to it. Bully kicks him down but Matt comes in with a ladder of
his own. All three go up and slug it out with Edwards getting
slammed off the top. Mat and Ray grab for the belts but send them
swinging around before knocking each other off with Matt flying into
a ladder.
and Matt slug it out with Hardy getting the better of it and bringing
in another table. Everyone heads outside again with Matt climbing
about halfway up a huge ladder to legdrop Davey through a table.
Richards has taken one heck of a beating here. D-Von cleans house
with the ladder and brings in the big ladder to make thing even more
fun. Team 3D loads up What’s Up but Edwards shoves D-Von to the
goes up the big ladder but gets shoved onto the floor and head first
into the barricade. The Hardys make another save with chairs and put
Ray on two tables. Jeff goes up top of the big ladder but Davey
shoves it over, sending Hardy into a HUGE splash onto Ray for a
horrible looking crash. Davey and Matt slug it out on top of the
ladder but Edwards makes a save and powerbombs Matt through a table,
allowing Davey to take down the belts for the win at 23:52.
A. I came into this show
thinking this match wasn’t going to be able to live up to its hype
and they got me. This was an AWESOME match with a ton of high spots
and some insane looking bumps. The fact that they didn’t save this
for Bound For Glory shows you just how much they don’t care about
that show this year. Excellent match and one of the best things TNA
has done in years.
The main event helped this show a lot but it felt like we’re being
dragged onto some side trip to Tokyo. The fact that none of the
matches were mentioned until four days before the show should tell
you all you need to know about Bound For Glory this year. Lashley,
Hardy, Aries
and Roode aren’t on the show but we’re supposed to pay full price for
the show?
one of the more annoying things about TNA at the moment: their main
stories aren’t bad but we have to pull off to the side for a
meaningless pay per view. The Full Metal Mayhem match was really
entertaining in a car crash way, but that’s exactly what it was
supposed to be. That being said, where is the tag division supposed
to go now other than making more makeshift tag teams? Decent show,
but we can’t really get anywhere until we’re back from Japan.
Rayne b. Taryn Terrell and Angelina Love – Rollup with a handful of
Storm/Great Sanada b. Tigre Uno/Low Ki – Last Call to Uno
b. Samuel Shaw – Steel rod to the head
Roode b. MVP/Kenny King via DQ when Bobby Lashley interfered
b. Hardys and Team 3D – Richards pulled down the belts
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