Impact Wrestling – October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014
Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

after nothing of importance happened this week, we’re ready to get
back to some actual wrestling business. The main story is Bobby
Roode earning a shot at Lashley’s world title at some point in the
future. Other than that we’re a mere five months from the next
scheduled PPV, but at the moment we only have twelve weeks of TV to
go as there’s still no new deal announced. Let’s get to it.

Angle to open things up. The roster is great right now but last week
the playing field got manipulated and that’s not cool. He asks
Lashley to come out for a chat and
asks him why he turned down Roode’s challenge. Lashley gives the
obvious answer: Roode had his shot and lost. He gets in Kurt’s face
and asks if the boss wants a shot. Angle
says they’ll fight one day, but not tonight. Instead, tonight
there’s a #1 contenders match between Eric Young, Jeff Hardy, Austin
Aries and Bobby Roode. Angle
knows Bobby has beaten all of them, but the winner gets another shot.
3D Hall of Fame package.
cuts off Matt Hardy talking about his brother. They introduce
themselves and a match is made for later. It’s as basic as it
Title: Madison Rayne vs. Havok
the match, Madison says she doesn’t care what Taryn Terrell thinks of
her running last week. We
actually get stills from Bound For Glory of Havok beating Velvet.
I’m surprised they actually referenced the
show. Havok
shoves her around to start and easily catches a cross body into a
slam. She hooks a lifting full nelson followed by a backbreaker for
good measure. The dominance
continues with another backbreaker and then a third backbreaker just
to mix things up.
finally mix things up with Havok loading up that arm crusher that
hurt Gail but Hebner won’t let it happen. Madison nails a baseball
slide to the back and avoids a charge into the post. Back
in and Havok blocks a suplex and we get an evil laugh. Madison
blocks some charges in the corner and gets two off a middle rope
dropkick. Havok will have none of this side roll stuff from Rayne
and a chokeslam (Harlot Slayer) retains the title at 6:18.
This wasn’t a bad match but it felt WAY longer than it actually was.
Havok is a pretty awesome monster and can actually move unlike
Awesome Kong. Above all else though, she’s actually different than
all the other girls. That’s been one of the biggest issues for the
Knockouts for years and Havok is finally a breath of air.
congratulates D-Von and they suck up to each other a bit.
Young likes his odds of winning tonight.
Hardy vs. Magnus
comes out to the song starting with Jeff’s voice. Magnus
takes him into the corner to start and rudely smacks his jaw. Matt
responds by getting run over with a shoulder but he comes back with a
swinging neckbreaker. An
early Twist of Fate attempt sends Magnus running out to the floor and
we get a breather. Hardy
follows him out and is lifted up into a powerbomb, sending him back
first into the post and then the apron.
in and Magnus gets two off a suplex and starts working on the spine.
We hit the chinlock for a bit
before Matt avoids a middle rope elbow. Hardy
nails some clotheslines and a bulldog gets two. There’s
the Side Effect and a moonsault is good for two more.
Another Twist is countered
and a victory roll gets the same treatment, giving Magnus two.
Magnus goes up but dives into
an RKO (called the Twist of Fate here even though it was missing a
twist) for the pin at 5:54.
This was just a match here and nothing all that interesting. Matt
didn’t look bad though and it’s kind of nice to have a wrestling
match instead of doing the same brawling and weapons stuff that the
Hardys have been using for all these weeks. Magnus’ downward spiral
continues but Bram will be around to pick him back up soon enough.
get Ethan’s promo from Sunday, saying his new bodyguard will be here
Love vs. Menagerie
DJZ/Jesse and Steve/Knux/Rebel here. DJZ
gets in a quick smack to Rebel’s trunks before nailing knux to take
over. Knux cartwheels away and nails DJZ with some right hands and a
splash in the corner. He
slams Steve onto DJZ for two but the heels take over with Jesse
coming in to hammer away. DJZ
hits a pair of running knees in the corner for two. Jesse
misses a charge into the post and it’s off to the girls.
starts cleaning house but hits a horrible looking dropkick. DJZ
spanks her again, earning him a big boot from Knux. A double
clothesline puts both girls down until it’s off to Steve for an
attempted kiss on Angelina. Jesse makes the save with a gorilla
press but Steve slides down and hooks a tornado DDT for the pin at
This show is starting to drag. It doesn’t feel like there was any
thought put into this episode and that they just picked a bunch of
guys that haven’t been on the show recently and threw them into a
card. Knux is a guy I like more each time I see him but Steve is
just a warm body at this point.
and Aries are all serious about who wins tonight. Respect is out the
window when they fight.
Clay comes out as EC3’s new body guard. The reveal is really weak
due to Clay’s debut actually taking place on last week’s show but
being edited out for some reason. Ethan says trouble follows him
around and names Clay as Tyrus, which
he says about five times. That
brings Carter to current issues, like Bully Ray going into the Hall
of Fame. After what Ray did to his aunt, Ethan thinks Ray should be
thrown out of the Hall of Fame immediately.
beaten every member of the Hall of Fame but we have to stop for the
dueling chants with the fans. This brings out D-Von for an
interruption. I’m the only Hall of Famer you haven’t beaten, I’m not
scared of your bodyguard, you’re going through a table, etc. Bram
jumps D-Von with a trashcan lid as D-Von is coming to the ring and
the beating is on.
a break, Carter and Tyrus are still in the ring with Ethan being
thankful of Bram. Ethan thinks that counts as a win, so he’s now
beaten all four members of the Hall of Fame. They
don’t feel like leaving yet so why not give Tyrus a match of his own
right now so he can be undefeated too.
vs. Shark Boy
there’s no Shark Boy. We go to the back and find Shark Boy eating
doughnuts on a couch. I guess this is a joke about him being fat a
few weeks ago. Shark Boy
hammers away but starts feeling tired. He drinks some water and gets
nailed by a headbutt to the chest. There’s
the overhead suplex and a Tongan Death Grip slam is enough for the
pin at 1:50.
from the bigger matches from
Hardy says it’s time to get the title back.
tells the interviewer to keep his nose out of what he did.
of the Tag Team Title series, leading to a video on the Wolves being
a team for a long time. They mention facing the winners of a
tournament we haven’t heard about yet.
Young vs. Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy
winner gets a title shot at some point. Young
cleans house to start but gets caught by Hardy in a lockup. Roode
shoves Aries into Hardy for a collision before missing a dive onto
Young. Aries telegraphs a
suicide dive and gets nailed by Young, allowing Hardy to hit Poetry
In Motion onto the Canadians. Aries
is the only man standing and he wants a three way count but Young
slides back in. Hardy kicks
Aries down but misses a slingshot dropkick in the corner as we take a
with Roode chopping Young and planting him with a spinebuster. We
get the first reference I’ve heard that this is an elimination match,
though TNA making this up as they go wouldn’t surprise me. Aries
nails Young with a discus forearm for two as Hardy gets back in.
Young plants Aries with a DDT
and goes up but Roode breaks up the elbow drop. Aries
and Roode load up a double superplex on Young but Hardy makes it the
required Tower of Doom spot.
covers all three guys for two each and takes his shirt off, only to
have Aries break up the Swanton. Young
knocks Roode off the top but misses a moonsault and Hardy does the
same with a Swanton attempt. A
Roode Bomb to Young and a brainbuster to Hardy give us a double
elimination at 15:15, leaving us with Aries vs. Roode for the title
slug it out with forearms in the middle of the ring and Aries gets
the better of it. Roode kicks him in the ribs and both guys counter
finisher attempts. Aries is
sent to the apron but he nails some more forearms. He goes up top
but the Roode Bomb is countered into a rollup which is countered into
a Crossface. Aries is in trouble but he rolls back into the Last
Chancery, only to have Roode make the ropes. A
neckbreaker snaps Roode’s neck off the top rope and a missile
dropkick sends him down again. The
brainbuster is countered with a knee to the head, setting up the
Roode Bomb for the pin at 19:50.
It’s a good match but I can’t count how many times I’ve seen TNA do
this same kind of match with the same batch of spots. You knew there
was going to be a Tower of Doom and you knew there was going to be an
exchange of finishers spot at the end. Roode was clearly going to
win given how the stories have gone, but you can say that about a lot
of matches.
and Young come back out to pose with the other two.
TNA has given up. They gave their biggest show of the year to
Wrestle-1 and now they give us this follow-up show which felt like
they threw it together in about five minutes. They basically took
everything they had left over and said “go make a show” while
tacking on a main event. The big match was good, but Roode might as
well have been cutting promos on Lashley already given how obvious it
was that he was winning. The show itself wasn’t bad on paper, but
it’s clear that TNA has
stopped putting in effort. Maybe that changes next week, but this
show felt like they’ve given up.
b. Madison Rayne – Harlot Slayer
Hardy b. Magnus – Twist of Fate
b. BroMans/Angelina Love – Tornado DDT to Jesse
b. Shark Boy – Tongan Death Grip slam
Roode b. Austin Aries, Jeff Hardy and Eric Young – Roode Bomb
to Aries
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