Impact Wrestling – April 3, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
 
Date:
April 3, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh
Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We’re
still in Orlando and the big story tonight is who gets to be the #1
contender. A large group of people want the shot at Angle but
tonight
Lashley gets the World Title shot at Kurt Angle.
As far as other
in ring action goes, tonight we have Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young in
what is being billed as their final showdown. Let’s get to it.

This
show is also billed as bell to bell, but it’s not yet clear what that
means.
On
tap for tonight, Lashley vs. Angle for the title, Gail Kim vs.
Angelina
Love,
Magnus vs. Bram in a falls count anywhere match and Young vs. Roode
in a submission match.
Eric
Young vs. Bobby Roode
Before
the match, Young says all good things must come to an end. Tonight,
he says he’s ending Roode’s career and tonight it’s the final chapter
for Roode. Matthews says
this feud has become like Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. No, no it hasn’t.
Roode says he’s already won two matches against Young but now Young
wants to be the #1 contender. Tonight, Roode is making sure that
this story ends forever. Young
promises to make Roode tap, so Roode accepts this as a submission
match, even though that was announced earlier in the show.
The
fight starts on the floor with Roode getting the better of it but
coming back inside to get
stomped down. Josh
talks about an interview with the referee earlier in the week where
he talked about this kind of a match, making the pre-match promo
sound even more out of place. They
head back outside with Young in control and raking the eyes.
Roode
can’t get the Crossface as Young makes it to the ropes, which the
announcers cover by saying the referee wasn’t going to call
submissions in the ropes despite a lack of disqualifications. Not
the best explanation but it’s better than nothing. Back
in again and Roode gets kicked in the leg but still catches Eric in
the spinebuster. We come
back from a break with Roode getting thrown out of the corner and
jarring his knee again.
Young
throws on a leg bar but Bobby is next to the ropes, which gets a
count from the referee. It’s
time for Young to get psycho again and bend the knee around the post
with something like Bret Hart’s Hartbreaker. The
referee breaks it up again and Roode gets back up for a quick
Crossface. Young has a bad
arm coming in but is able to get to the ropes for the break.
Instead
Roode puts on a Boston crab but
gets kicked to the floor on the escape.
Young sends the knee into
the steps again and we hit
the figure four inside. Bobby
turns it over and the referee is bumped, just as Roode puts on the
Crossface to make Young tap. No referee though so Young hits a leg
lariat and turns his leg brace around to make the Figure Four hurt
even worse, forcing Roode to
tap at 16:58. So we’re back
to Garvin vs. Valentine from 1990 now?
Rating:
B-. Gah of course Young wins
because WE MUST PRAISE HIS NAME for being all intense and looking
like he’s trying to scare small children. See, he’s really crazy and
we have to watch him hurt people, likely because he’s one of the only
people they know won’t leave. I’m sick of seeing Young pushed and
having him trade wins with Bobby Roode isn’t going to make me care
about him.
Here’s
Davey Richards with both tag belts. Eddie Edwards follows him out on
crutches and it looks like the titles are going to be vacated. Eddie
says he’s broken his heel in half and the titles are going to have to
be held up as the Wolves can’t defend them. JB
asks Davey about a replacement partner but Davey says the Wolves
aren’t the Wolves without Eddie so no deal. They’ll
be coming for the titles when his foot heals.
Lashley
promises to get his title back.
Angelina
Love vs. Gail Kim
Love
says she flaunts what she has but she’s also a great wrestler. She
promises to prove it tonight and blasts Gail in the face at the
opening bell. A side slam
gets two on Gail as the announcers argue over whether being a
champion means you’re the best. Josh says holding the belt means
you’re the best, which is what the belt used to mean a long time ago
before someone decided they were just props you pass around for fun.
They head outside with Gail
being sent into the apron but coming back with a Russian legsweep to
send Love into them as well.
Both
girls beat the count back in and slug it out with Gail taking over
and scoring with a missile dropkick for two. Eat
Defeat is countered so Gail goes up for a hurricanrana, only to have
Love just stand there as Gail crashes. It was supposed to be a
powerbomb counter I think but Love didn’t actually use her arms. The
Botox Injection gets two as Gail gets her foot on the ropes. Another
attempt hits the ropes though and Eat Defeat gives Kim the pin at
6:49.
Rating:
D+. I’m not a fan of either of
these girls and this didn’t make me care much more. Gail in the
title scene has been done so many times that it’s really hard to
care, but I have a feeling they’re setting up another Kong vs. Kim
match because this company LOVES to recap stuff that was cool ten
years ago.
The
cast of a ghost hunting show goes to the Revolution’s ranch. Storm
asks them to see if an old friend of his is still haunting a barn so
the cast investigates. They
think there might have been a murder. More on this later.
We
recap Bram vs. Magnus, with Magnus wanting to be a family man and
Bram wanting him to be back like his old self again. Bram has gone
insane over it and attacked Magnus over and over, eventually bringing
Magnus’ girlfriend Mickie James into it.
Magnus
vs. Bram
Falls
count anywhere. Magnus
takes it right to the floor to start and sends Bram into the
barricade. They head up to
the stage where Bram tries a powerbomb like Magnus did last week but
Magnus quickly counters out. He can’t piledrive Bram on the stage
either and gets dropped by a low blow. Back
to ringside with Bram sending him into the apron but getting caught
by a missile dropkick back inside. Magnus
can’t keep control though and they head outside with Bram sending him
into the steps. With an
evil smile on his face, Bram comes back in with some right hands but
walks into a clothesline as we take a break.
Back
with Magnus punching from the middle rope as the announcers hype a
live Twitter on next week’s show. Both
guys are down so here’s Mickie James to cheer for Magnus but
he wants her to leave. The distraction lets Bram get a chair to
blast Magnus in the back. He
sends Magnus into the post as well before laying him on the steps.
Now Mickie gets in to
distract Bram but James Storm of all people comes out to say you
don’t hit a woman.
Magnus
gets back up and stomps a charging Bram with a boot, setting up
something like a Rock Bottom for two. Magnus
can’t follow up though and gets chaired in the head for another near
fall. The Brighter Side of
Suffering onto the chair gets two more and Bram is stunned. Back
up and Magnus hits a powerbomb, followed by a second powerbomb and
the belly to back into a Rock Bottom (the
Spineshaker according to Wikipedia)
for the pin at 18:55.
Rating:
B.
I liked this more than I thought I would and I was very relieved that
Storm just stopped a single thing and then left. This continues to
be one of the best stories TNA has done in a very long time and I
didn’t want the Revolution to screw that up. Good brawl here, but
the ending kind of came out of nowhere.
Angle
says Lashley has never fought anyone like him.
Magnus
goes up to ask Storm what that was about. Storm says he was looking
out for an old friend. Magnus isn’t sure what to think of that and
we can’t see Mickie’s reaction.
We
look at Angle vs. Lashley with Kurt winning the title.
TNA
World Title: Kurt Angle vs. Lashley
Lashley
is challenging and wearing orange tonight. Angle’s
entrance takes place during the break. Feeling
out process to start with Lashley knocking him to the mat off a
shoulder. Lashley slows
things down with a headlock and Kurt heads outside for a breather.
Back in and Lashley wrestles
him to the mat but the champ fights up and nails a clothesline to
send Lashley outside. Back
in again and
Lashley drives a shoulder into the ribs and puts on a bearhug. He
switches over to a waistlock but
the fans get Kurt to fight up.
We
come back from a break with Lashley
still stomping away but getting backdropped to the floor. Lashley
gets back in but Angle can’t roll the Germans on him. A spinebuster
gets two on the champion and Lashley is getting annoyed. He
misses a big swing though and now some Germans connect but Lashley
grabs the ropes to counter the third. Kurt gets caught in a running
powerslam for two but the third attempt at rolling Germans works
better. The Angle Slam gets two and
it’s off to the ankle lock but
Lashley rolls him to the floor. A
limping Lashley follows him outside and sends Kurt into the steps.
They
get back in with Lashley smiling, then
no selling the ankle lock with a one armed delayed vertical suplex.
A good looking spear gets
two and Angle is bleeding from the back of his head. With
nothing left to do, Lashley goes up top but gets caught in a super
Angle Slam for a close two. Angle
completely misses the moonsault and now it’s Lashley putting Kurt in
the ankle lock. The champ
almost taps but rolls Lashley into the buckle for a rollup to retain
at 21:19. Lashley’s shoulder was clearly off the mat.
Rating:
B+. I
liked the match but it didn’t quite hit the mark the previous one
did. This felt like they were going for the huge match feel and it
worked to a degree, but it felt more like they were just trying
instead of achieving. Still though, really good stuff here and more
than worthy of a TV main event.
Lashley
shakes hands but the replay shows that his shoulder was indeed up.
Overall
Rating:
B.
Really solid show for the pay per view caliber show of the month.
The Knockouts weren’t great but Angelina hasn’t been a top shelf
worker for a good while now. The main event was good and Bram vs.
Magnus continues to be awesome. If they can find some way to maim
Eric Young and launch him to Mars, everything will be great in TNA
all over again. I’m still not sure what Bell to Bell meant but at
least it was still entertaining.
Results
Eric
Young b. Bobby Roode – Figure Four
Gail
Kim b. Angelina Love – Eat Defeat
Magnus
b. Bram – Spineshaker
Kurt
Angle b. Lashley – Rollup

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