Impact, Indies, and Insanity: September 13, 2018

Impact Wrestling is on tonight at 8 as always.  Advertised matches are the Lucha Bros against Lee and Conley as well as Brian Cage against Kongo Kong.

The NFL Game of the Week of the Night is Ravens/Bengals, while the NCAA Early Special is… on right now, actually (Boston College/Wake Forest).

After the jump, your indie wrestling roundup:

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Wednesday Night Tidbits

All the news that fits, we print!

  • TMZ reports that Mr. Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne, is getting the itch to enter the grappling game. If Ronda goes heel he could be the world’s best version of K-Fed!
  • NXT’s Instagram published a photo of Dallas Page teaching DDP Yoga to the Performance Centre trainees and presumably continuing to be an all-around great guy.
  • Impact Wrestling announced on Twitter that their Slammiversary PPV has sold out, with tickets only available for TV tapings the next two nights. Since retooling as a glorified Canadian indie with a potentially lucrative tape library, the former “TNA Wrestling” has been steadily building a new audience.
  • In another blow to Progress Wrestling, Zach Sabre Jr. has had to drop out of the upcoming Progress Wembley show on Sept. 30Th, citing New Japan commitments. At this rate, he may end up doing spot shows for Rev Pro and others in the UK between his primary commitments.

And as always, discuss!

Impact Wrestling – July 1, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
July 1, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This
is a big special show called Bell to Bell, headlined by Ethan Carter
III challenging Kurt Angle for the World Title. We’re also coming
off a pretty lackluster Slammiversary with the main story being Jeff
Jarrett winning King of the Mountain and taking the newly created
title to Global Force Wrestling. We also have a thirty minute Iron
Man match for the Tag Team Titles so this is a packed show. Let’s
get to it.

The
opening video looks at Angle’s TNA career but tonight he’s up against
someone who has never lost. It’s a simple video but it hits every
point it needed to touch.
The
Rising vs. Beat Down Clan
The
losing team must disband, thank goodness. It’s also a 4-3
elimination match with Hernandez/MVP/Kenny King/Low Ki vs. Drew
Galloway/Mica/Eli Drake. MVP and Drew get things going with Galloway
kicking him in the face and hammering away in the corner. Low Ki
comes in and loses some skin off Galloway’s chops. It’s off to King
vs. Mica with the former taking Mica down with ease for a bunch of
right hands to the head. That’s more aggression than you usually see
from him.
The
BDC starts taking over but Hernandez isn’t pleased that he didn’t get
a tag. Ki gets a nice running start into the corner and kicks Mica
in the head for the elimination. Back with Ki suplexing Galloway for
two as this is very one sided so far. Drew quickly rolls over to the
corner for the hot tag to Drake for some house cleaning, including a
dive to take MVP down on the floor. Drake comes up favoring his knee
though and it’s time for the trainers. That’s officially an
elimination so it’s Galloway vs. the entire BDC.
Hernandez
gets things going for his team as the Pope talks about pork chops.
They chop it out in the corner (dang maybe Pope is on to something)
but it’s quickly off to Ki, who accidentally kicks King in the head,
allowing Drew to roll up Low Ki for the elimination, followed by a
quick cover on King to get it down to 2-1. See, now that’s logical
thinking and doesn’t make the whole match seem fake.
Drew
gives Ki a shoulder breaker onto the steps, likely to write Ki off
the show, only to walk into a Border Toss. MVP’s Playmaker (or
whatever he’s calling that stupid move these days) drops Galloway
again but he tells MVP to bring it, earning him a Drive By to the
head for the pin at 16:45.
Rating:
C. Well, at least it’s finally
done. The Rising was one of the most worthless stables I’ve ever
seen as they just had no reason to exist. The BDC is nothing special
either but at least they seem to have a purpose. Galloway was
clearly several steps ahead of his partners so getting rid of Drake
and Mica is a good thing for him.
Post
break, MVP is told that Low Ki is heading to the hospital for his
shoulder. Oh yeah that’s his way off TV.
Here’s
Magnus with something to say. He
doesn’t think much of James Storm and doesn’t care that Storm’s
parents didn’t give him enough hugs and kisses. That’s an image I
didn’t expect to think of today. Storm played some mind games but
what he forgot was the power of a man when his family is threatened.
Magnus brings out Mickie James, who is totally fine after that near
death thing. Mickie thanks
Magnus for always being there for him because he’s the man for her.
Cue
Storm and Khoya, with the Cowboy saying he’s here to talk to Mickie.
He thinks Mickie should be
be thanking him for not pushing her a little bit harder. Storm
didn’t want her in the Revolution, but rather to prove how easy it is
to manipulate a woman. He could have any woman he wanted but Mickie
doesn’t seem to take too kindly to this line of thinking.
Mickie
would love to take the bet that Storm can’t find one woman to be on
his side, because she and Magnus will fight the two of them anytime.
This was a pretty awkward exchange but at least it gets Mickie back
in the ring and maybe some fresh blood in the Knockouts division.
One other thing: it’s always amusing to hear the commentary reference
a match happening but not being able to say who actually won.
Tag
Team Titles: Wolves vs. Dirty Heels
The
belts are vacant coming in and this is a thirty minute Iron Man match
for the fifth match in a best of five series. I’m so glad this is it
for these teams as I’m long past over caring about watching them
fight. Oddly enough they say that Aries won but couldn’t say who won
between Storm and Magnus.
Davey
and Aries fight into the corner to start before it’s off to the
partners with the Wolves taking over on Roode’s arm. Back to Aries
who takes Eddie down as they’re clearly taking their time to start.
An elbow to the back gets two on Eddie but he easily drives Aries
into the corner for the tag. Things speed up a bit with some Wolves
double teaming before Eddie suplexes Austin for no cover. Instead
it’s off to Davey vs. Roode with Richards putting on a kind of
reverse Figure Four.
Ever
the smart heel, Aries pushes the bottom rope towards his partner for
the save. The Heels (stupid meta name) take over in the corner and
start working on Eddie’s leg to really slow things down. We hit the
ten minute mark as the leg work continues. The Heels make a wish on
Eddie’s legs but he finally snaps off a hurricanrana to make the tag
off to Richards. Davey takes over and everything breaks down with
Bobby getting tied up in the Tree of Woe, setting up a swan dive into
the corner (cool spot) for two.
We
take a break and come back with just under twelve minutes to go and
no score. Richards is in trouble and Aries’ top rope ax handle to
the floor makes it even worse. Edwards breaks up a cover with ten
minutes to go. Davey breaks up a catapult into a forearm and stomps
Roode down, finally allowing the tag off to Eddie. Edwards kicks
Roode off the top and hits a backpack Stunner for a very close two.
A jackknife cover gets another near fall on Roode and Eddie is
stunned.
Now
the catapult works with Aries adding a slingshot elbow drop for two
of his own. The Last Chancery nearly gets a submission but Davey
makes the save. It’s not like that move EVER WORKS ANYWAY so I
didn’t get the drama. The double top rope double stomp gets a VERY
close two on Aries and we hit five minutes to go. Roode plants
Edwards with a spinebuster and Aries nails the 450 for the first fall
with four minutes left.
The
Heels get smart by throwing the Wolves to the floor to kill some time
and Aries keeps up the intelligence with a suicide dive to take them
both out. Eddie starts fighting back at the two minute mark and the
powerbomb/Backstabber combo ties things up with about seventy five
seconds left. Roode sneaks in with a belt shot to the head for two
but Eddie counters the Roode Bomb into a rollup for the pin. The
last ten seconds quickly run out and the Wolves get the titles back
at 30:00.
Rating:
B+. I’m really not wild on the
feud as a whole but the last two matches were far more entertaining
than the first three. This match was a really good example of a
match taking its time and the wrestlers thinking instead of just
throwing everything in at the same time. Really well done match here
and I never once questioned the Wolves’ ability to get two straight
falls near the end. That’s a very good sign and the match worked
really well.
Knockouts
Title: Awesome Kong vs. Brooke vs. Taryn Terrell
Taryn
is defending and this is one
fall to a finish. Brooke
and Taryn get in a brawl to start as Kong stomps around the ring.
The champ gets double teamed
with Kong hitting a corner splash, sending Taryn running to the floor
for a breather. Simple heel
strategy at least. It’s
fine with Kong who chinlocks Brooke down and then swings her around
by the throat. Taryn comes back in with
a dropkick to Kong but she turns around and
eats a dropkick from Brooke.
There’s
a chokeslam from Kong on the champ but the Dollhouse pulls her to the
floor for a quick beating. Brooke hits a pretty lame spear on Taryn
as Josh wants the Dollhouse gone forever. Yes because the last thing
we need are three good looking women on the show. Jade
hits a quick Stunner over the top rope to daze Kong, setting up the
Taryn Cutter for the pin at 4:44.
Rating:
D. This felt like something out
of the Divas division, as the match was more about the heel champion
escaping than anything about the match itself. It’s not the worst
I’ve ever seen, but the Knockouts work better when there’s a bit more
time for them to work with. Taryn retaining is good though because
whoever takes it from her is going to look like a giant killer.
Post
match the PLAYTIME IS OVER video comes on again…..and it’s Gail
Kim. Well of course it is, as it’s been at least six weeks since
she’s been out there reminding us how SERIOUS this is and how she’s a
real wrestler. I know Kim is one of the best Knockouts ever (and
probably the best ever) but she’s basically the female Dean Malenko:
incredibly talented, but the charisma of a frozen turkey dinner.
It’s
time for the big sitdown interview with the Jarretts. Here’s the
whole thing: the last eight days were shocking, there’s a future
between TNA and Global Force, and Jeff is excited about it. This
wasn’t even two minutes long.
TNA
World Title: Ethan Carter III vs. Kurt Angle
Angle
is defending and Carter is undefeated. After
some Big Match Intros we’re ready to go with the fans sounding pretty
much behind the champ. Thankfully
the bell rings after a break so we don’t have to miss a bunch of time
after a few opening seconds. I wish WWE would figure out that
mentality. The fans start
the dueling chants as we have a very basic standoff to get things
going.
Angle
takes him down into a wristlock but is all like SCREW
YOU NECK TUMOR and starts
busting out the suplexes. Carter
is sent to the floor and gets suplexed out there as well with Kurt in
all fired up mode. Back in
and Carter scores with a clothesline for one and it’s off to a
chinlock. There’s the
Stinger Splash, followed by a TKO of all things (always loved that
move) for two. Angle misses
a charge into the post and gets DDT’d (DDP’d according to Josh) on
the apron.
Back
from a break with Carter
holding a full nelson but Kurt easily powers out because neck
surgeries mean nothing to him. Both
guys are down off a clothesline but it’s Kurt quickly up and busting
out the suplexes. The Angle Slam is countered so it’s time to roll
some more Germans. Now the
Slam gets two but Carter breaks up the ankle lock and sends Kurt to
the floor. Tyrus finally gets involved with a clothesline but the
1%er is countered into another ankle lock.
That
goes nowhere so it’s back to the Germans because Kurt is really,
really repetitive at times. Another
Slam gets another two (remember that repetitive thing?) and
it’s back to the ankle lock, only to have the referee get bumped on
the counter. Tyrus takes Angle out and the 1%er gets two more. Well
at least they didn’t go with the obvious ending. The
monster tries to bring in a chair (because monsters need chairs) and
gets ejected as Josh becomes a face announcer again by saying it’s
the right call.
Another
1%er is countered into the ankle lock with the grapevine but Carter
actually makes the rope. I can’t imagine there are more than five
people that have gotten out of the grapevine version so well done
there. Another Angle Slam is countered into a rollup to give Carter
the title at 20:16.
Rating:
B-. Well
it was good, but I’m not really sure how I like Carter winning with a
rollup. On one hand, I like the idea of having Carter win on a
fluke, but this is going to set up another period of Angle chasing
the title, which really isn’t something TNA needs to do at this
point. Angle is still good, but I really do not want to see him near
the World Title ever again in all of history. Still though, good
match and Carter winning was the only right answer, but this really
didn’t make Carter feel like anything bigger than he was before.
Overall
Rating:
B. Good show for the
most part here but there were some major issues. The Knockouts Title
match and the elimination tag were bad and boring respectfully and
the Jarrett interview was more insulting than anything else. The
rest was good though and it felt like a major night, but it certainly
didn’t light anything new on fire.
Results
Beat
Down Clan b. The Rising – Drive By to Galloway
Wolves
b. Dirty Heels – Rollup to Roode
Taryn
Terrell b. Awesome Kong and Brooke – Taryn Cutter to Kong
Ethan
Carter III b. Kurt Angle – Rollup
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Impact Wrestling – June 24, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 24, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Tonight
is the go home show for Slammiversary, but it’s also a special
live(ish) episode which has been built up as a big deal. However,
there’s also the major show next week with the World Title showdown
between champion Kurt Angle and the undefeated Ethan Carter III.
It’s not really clear which of these are the biggest or which is
going to take a backseat to the others. Let’s get to it.

Ethan
Carter III and Tyrus arrive and have a great idea in mind for Kurt
Angle’s surprise opponent.
We
recap last week with Full Metal Mayhem being announced for tonight.
Here’s
World Champion Kurt Angle with something to say. Carter’s road to
the title stops next week, so why doesn’t he just bring out the
mystery opponent right now. This brings out Carter and Tyrus with
the former saying Angle looks like it’s going to take an army of
10,000 men to drag him off his mountain. However, it’s going to take
one and guess who that one is going to be. Angle cuts him off and
says two things are going to happen: Carter is going to tap next week
and the mystery opponent is going to tap tonight.
Carter:
“Tap-a-roo Kurt!” Ethan lists off all the people he’s defeated
and knows he can beat anyone. “Bring forth your heroes and I will
sacrifice them on my altar of perfection.” Angle says no one can
help Carter next week because he’s tapping out next week. Carter
teases coming to the ring but instead introduces the mystery
opponent: MATT HARDY! Yeah that Matt Hardy. It really doesn’t make
it any bigger of a deal when you think about it extra.
X-Division
Title: Tigre Uno vs. Low Ki vs. Grado
Tournament
final so the title is vacant coming in. Low Ki slaps Grado in the
face to start but Grado comes back with some snap jabs, only to get
chopped back down. Tigre gets back in and is knocked down just as
fast but Grado takes too much time going up top, allowing Low Ki to
shove him down and hit Warrior’s Way for….an elimination at 2:24.
That’s the first mention of this not being one fall to a finish.
Tigre gets a quick two off a rollup but Ki kicks him down. Ki gets
crotched on top though and a Phoenix Splash gives Tigre the title at
5:11 total.
Rating:
C-. I feel sorry for the
X-Division guys because they’re stuck with these five minute matches
and no time to ever develop anything but it’s supposed to be this big
deal. Tigre Uno is just another guy holding the title for a
meaningless reign before the main eventers take over around
Destination X time next year.
Bram
takes over an interview and again
calls out any former members
of the roster. He leaves
and someone with a big glove grabs JB’s shoulder. JB: “It’s time!”
Taryn
Terrell yells at Marti and Jade for not taking care of Kong and
Brooke last week. This Sunday, it’s a 3-2 handicap match, because
why have a title match when you can have a match that belongs on any
given episode of TV?
We
run down the Slammiversary card: James Storm vs. Magnus, Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E., Lashley/Mr. Anderson vs. Tyrus/Ethan Carter
III. That’s all we have so far, plus the aforementioned handicap
match.
Velvet
Sky vs. Angelina Love
If
Velvet wins, she’s back on the roster full time. Sky takes her down
to start and throws Love to the floor for a whip into the post. Back
in and Angelina pulls her off the middle rope and hits Lights Out for
two, setting off a lot of screaming at the referee. A Stunner plants
Love for the pin out of nowhere at 5:24.
Rating:
D. Yay. I mean that with full
sincerity. I’m so glad that a Knockout who was nothing above average
on her best day in the ring is back to take a spot and some of the
spotlight away from the awesome Dollhouse act. Sky and Love stopped
being interesting a few years ago when it was clear that nearly every
story they were ever involved with was about the Beautiful People.
Boring match here and the ending does nothing to me.
The
Dirty Heels don’t remember learning about tables, ladders and chairs
in wrestling camp, but think the dirtier things get, the better their
chances.
Another
playtime is over vignette.
MVP
is back and rips on internet journalists. The war with the Rising is
still on. It should be noted that these backstage segments are being
shot with a really bad camera, which makes everything look like it’s
about half a second slower than it should be.
Dirty
Heels vs. Wolves
Full
Metal Mayhem, meaning TLC but with pins. If the Wolves win they’re
champions, but if the Heels win then there’s one more match. The
Heels (Austin Aries/Bobby Roode) throw the weapons out before the
Wolves (Eddie Edwards/Davey Richards) come to the ring. It’s a brawl
to start and all four get chairs, with the Wolves knocking the Heels’
chairs out of their hands to send them back to the floor. Aries and
Roode take a breather on the floor but are smart enough to raise a
ladder to stop a double suicide dive.
We
take a break and come back with the Heels in control and taking in
seat in some chairs for stereo chinlocks. The Wolves fight up and
bring in some weapons to clean house. They knock the Heels to the
floor for three straight suicide dives before a trashcan lid
shot/falcon’s arrow gets two on Roode. Davey wraps a chain around
his boot but gets caught in the Last Chancery, only to have Edwards
make a save.
Back
up and a missile dropkick/powerbomb combination puts Edwards through
a table for two. The Wolves toss into a kick (with the chain over
the boot) gets a very close two but Aries gets caught inside a
trashcan for chair shots and a double dropkick from the top. The
Wolves load up Aries, still in the trashcan, for a powerbomb but
Roode low blows Eddie to put Aries on top for the pin at 18:13.
Rating:
B. I don’t care. That’s the
problem with this series: it feels like they’re trying to copy the
awesome three way tag team series last year but the matches really
aren’t all that great. They’re just going through the motions and
having decent matches, but there’s nothing that makes me want to
watch them fight five times.
Matt
Hardy doesn’t think much of Ethan Carter III and doesn’t explain why
he agreed to fight for him tonight. Carter comes up and says if
Hardy wants a title shot, he needs to kiss the ring. Hardy asks what
happens if Carter loses next week.
And
now, here are Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett of Global Force
Wrestling. Jeff says he’s shocked that he’s here too. A week ago,
he got a message from TNA management, who asked him to come back for
a match. He almost hung up there because he doesn’t even wrestle for
his own promotion. However, they said it was his own match: the King
of the Mountain match at
Slammiversary.
It
brought back a lot of memories for him, such as Kurt Angle jumping to
TNA and Samoa Joe headbutting Angle and busting him open and a punk
kid from north Georgia named AJ Styles becoming the greatest wrestler
this company ever had. Or a team called Beer Money becoming the best
team this company ever produced and Eric Young having more TV shows
than Ryan Seacrest.
Over
the last fourteen months, Jarrett has spent all his time building up
Global Force Wrestling, but he started thinking about what his wife
would think about all this. Karen talks about all the time and
effort they’ve put into Global Force Wrestling, which is now their
life. But then Jeff started talking about all his memories and she
understood what this meant to him.
She’s
still not sure why they’re here, but she knows this is what they need
to be doing. This morning
she was on the phone with Sonjay Dutt, and it became clear to her
that her husband didn’t leave on his terms. This Sunday, Jarrett is
finishing this on his terms one last time. So
yeah, after all the hype for the hours before this show, it seems
that it’s Jarrett coming in for one match on
a nothing show and that’s it
for now. Some game changer.
Bram
vs. Vader
Yes,
that Vader, who wrestled one match for TNA back in 2003. Vader
is in workout gear and runs
Bram over to start before hitting his big clothesline. More
power offense sets up the Vader Bomb for two and Bram hits him in the
ribs with a pipe for the DQ at 3:40.
Rating:
F. Considering Vader is about
58 years old, this wasn’t bad. What is bad is the fact that they
actually had Bram hit him with a metal pipe instead of pinning him
like he should have done to a veteran like Vader. This dumb, dumb
booking is so old at this point, but at least Vader looked fine.
Post
match Matt Morgan comes out for the save and knocks Bram to the
floor.
Sgt.
Chris Melendez vs. Eric Young
This
was set up a few weeks back when Young choked Melendez with his
prosthetic leg. Young takes
over to start as the announcers act like this is the biggest show in
the history of ever. Young plants him with a DDT for two and gets
the same off a neckbreaker. We
hit a chinlock for a bit before Young tries to rip the leg off again.
Melendez fights back, ducks
his head and gets piledriven for the pin at 3:47. This was a squash.
Rating:
D. The match sucked for the
most part and I don’t like Young, but this was the only way this
booking should have gone. Young is a former World Champion and spent
the last month fighting Kurt Angle. Melendez is a rookie with a
handicap and no important wins to his name. There was no reason for
this to be a competitive match and it wasn’t in the slightest.
Back
from a break with the Rising fighting the Beat Down Clan because
THESE TWO TEAMS HAVE TO FIGHT FOREVER BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING ELSE
THEY CAN POSSIBLY EVER DO. Hernandez
returns and helps the BDC clean house.
Match
#5 in the Tag Team Title series is next week. Also next week: Taryn
defends the Knockouts Title against Brooke and Awesome Kong.
Matt
Hardy vs. Kurt Angle
Non-title.
Hardy takes over to start
as Josh (incorrectly) calls this a first time ever match. Angle
slams Matt down and grabs a chinlock. A
quick slugout sets up rolling Germans from Angle followed by an Angle
Slam for two. With both guys down, Josh announces Aries vs. Richards
for Slammiversary with the winner getting to pick the stipulations
for the fifth match next week. Matt misses the moonsault and gets
Germaned some more, only to come back with a Side Effect. The
Twist of Fate gets two but Angle countered a second attempt into the
ankle lock for the tap at 6:58.
Rating:
C. This was fine. Matt was a
weird choice for an opponent when Carter has his own personal
bodyguard walking around but almost never having a match of his own.
Still though, good enough here, even though it was just trading
finishers for a few minutes until they got to the ending.
Ethan
Carter III and Tyrus come out but Angle fights them off and makes
Carter tap to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D. This was like TNA’s
Greatest Hits in one night. Let’s see: gimmick match that didn’t
need to be a gimmick match, a bunch of returns that don’t mean much,
a table war that no one wants to see, a legend beating a young up and
comer for no logical reason and a meaningless title change.
When
the big news broke about the Jarretts being back, I had hope. I
wanted to believe that something was actually going to change around
here because I want it to change. I want TNA to be fun again, but
instead it’s the same stuff we’ve seen forever: short term thinking
with stuff like Slammiversary being treated like the least important
show since…..well since their last pay per view actually.
It’s
so frustrating watching a company that has so many good pieces
consistently screw things up. There
was so much potential over the years in TNA but they’ve spent so much
time messing up everything over the years that I can’t bring myself
to buy into them again. Now it seems like their time is measured in
months and then….they’re probably going to hang around because
Dixie can talk people into letting her get on TV and then screw up
another deal, all the while wasting all the talent and potential they
have. The show tried, but as usual they were going in the wrong
direction most of the night.
Results
Tigre
Uno b. Grado and Low Ki – Phoenix splash to Low Ki
Velvet
Sky b. Angelina Love – Stunner
Dirty
Heels b. Wolves – Low blow to Edwards
Vader
b. Bram via DQ when Bram used a pipe
Eric
Young b. Chris Melendez – Piledriver
Kurt
Angle b. Matt Hardy – Ankle lock
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Impact Wrestling – June 17, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 17, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’ve
got two weeks to go before Slammiversary and it’s time to start
building towards the main event of the TV show two weeks from
tonight. Yeah the Carter vs. Angle World Title match is going to be
held on Impact instead of at the pay per view due to some scheduling
issues. That is of course TOTALLY different than TNA being a poorly
run company who couldn’t figure out that having a pay per view the
day after a TV taping was really, really stupid. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a tribute to Dusty Rhodes, who used to be the authority
figure here back in the early days.
It’s
time for Angle and Carter to sign the contract. In an interesting
case, this is coming just after a contract signing closed Ring of
Honor. Carter gets to talk first by talking about Angle beating
Heartbreak Kids, Texas Rattlesnakes, Dead Men, Immortals,
Electrifying Men, Rated R Superstars and some people you can’t even
see. He’s also beaten submission machines, phenomenal ones, icons
and charismatic enigmas (the first person mentioned actually still
with this company. And shouldn’t those all be singular since Angle
only beat one each?) but the World Title reigns ends with Carter.
Angle
praises Carter, but thinks he’s a disrespectful punk. This time
around, Kurt is healthy and ready because he’s been here before.
Once Carter loses, it’s going to haunt him for the rest of his life.
Both guys sign, but they also get to pick an opponent for each other.
Angle gets to go first, and he picks Lashley to face Carter. Not a
bad choice. Carter gets to pick next week on a live show.
The
X-Division Title will be decided next week. Man just scrap
Slammiversary and put on a Barney Miller marathon.
We
recap the Tag Team Title series to this point, with the Wolves
currently up 2-1.
Here
are the Wolves with Davey talking about how they’ve fought around the
world to be the best tag team in the world, and that’s what those
belts mean. They’ve beaten the BroMans, the Hardys and Team 3D
already and now it’s time for the Dirty Heels. Last time the Heels
cheated to win, but the Wolves won’t get fooled again. Good line but
points off for a WOLVES NATION shirt. Stop just putting a word in
front of nation and thinking it sounds good.
Edwards
wants to do match four right now, so here’s Roode sans Aries. Austin
isn’t here tonight because he’s healing up after last week, so
there’s no match. Eddie thinks a singles match is in order and Roode
doesn’t think so, but he’ll do it if the winner gets to pick the
stipulation for next week. The Wolves are fine and it’s time to go.
Bobby
Roode vs. Eddie Edwards
Roode
hammers away to start but Eddie kicks him outside for a big suicide
dive. Back in and a clothesline gets two for Eddie but he runs into
an elbow to the jaw. A Hennig necksnap puts Eddie down again as
Roode is a heel this week. It’s good to know as it varies so often.
Roode’s chinlock doesn’t go anywhere as Edwards comes back with a leg
lariat.
The
announcers call last week’s Aries vs. Angle match five stars. At
least this time they’re waiting until after the match happened to
praise it. There’s a backpack Stunner for two on Roode but he comes
back with a spinebuster for the same. Roode tries to bring in a
chair but Richards gets on the apron for some reason, earning him a
swing from Bobby. The distraction lets Eddie get a rollup pin at
8:22.
Rating:
C. This brings up the problem
with the entire series: the matches are just ok. They’re not bad or
anything, but I barely remember them a few minutes after they
happened because they’re just coming and going as we wait for the big
match to come for the titles to exist again. The ending made no
sense either as the Wolves wound up cheating instead of the Dirty
Heel. This story hasn’t been great since it started and it’s losing
steam every week.
Davey
makes match #4 Full Metal Mayhem. So what’s #5 going to be? Another
regular match?
Joseph
Park is back, minus his law firm, money or teeth. He’ll face Bram
tonight and get to be the guy on top for the first time. So we’re
just forgetting that he knows he’s Abyss I guess? Does that mean
we’re done with the Revolution too?
We
get a ten second video of Drew Galloway talking about how much he
loves wrestling.
Bram
vs. Joseph Park
Park
tries to lecture Bram before the match and gets punched in the face.
Bram slugs away but misses a chair shot, allowing Park to get in some
shots of his own. Now it’s table and kendo stick time as I guess
this is a hardcore match. It was never announced as one but sure why
not. Park comes back with some kendo stick shots and a chokeslam for
two. Back up and Park misses a spear through the table, allowing
Bram to get the pin at 3:53.
Rating:
F. A guy as talented as Bram is
stuck in the hardcore story because there’s nothing else for him to
do right now because they’ve killed off the singles titles other than
the World Title and now we’re sitting here watching him against
Joseph Park. Bad match here and Bram doesn’t even get to hit his
finisher to win? Horrible stuff.
Taryn
has a deal for Brooke
and Awesome Kong: if they beat the Dolls tonight, they both get a
title shot. If they lose, neither can ever have a shot again.
The
world is ready to burn and playtime is over. No idea what that is
for.
Marti
Bell/Jade vs. Brooke/Awesome Kong
Brooke
gets jumped in the aisle but here’s Kong for the save. The bell
rings and Kong runs Jade over before it’s off to Brooke, who doesn’t
have the same luck. Brooke
fights off some double teaming but gets thrown right back into the
corner as the announcers debate their taste in women. Brooke
avoids a charge and spears Jade down, allowing for the tag to Kong.
A chokeslam plants Marti and Brooke climbs onto her shoulders for a
big elbow and the pin at 6:24.
Rating:
D. This wasn’t the worst in the
world but good grief Josh is getting on my nerves. Between talking
about the number of days the champions have held their titles and
calling Dinero the heel commentator, he becomes more of a combination
of Cole and Striker every week. Nothing match here as the finish was
obvious, though the story wasn’t bad.
We
recap the hardcore war which ended with Eric Young choking out Chris
Melendez with Chris’ prosthetic leg.
Chris
Melendez wants to fight Eric Young right now. This brings Young out
to praise Melendez for being an American hero, but Young just doesn’t
care. He cares about no one but himself because there’s no reason
for Melendez to be in the same ring as Eric Young. Does Chris really
want to be here all alone next week? Chris says he’s ready. Young
was just a jerk here and not crazy, making him FAR more effective as
a heel. Melendez is nothing though.
DJZ
vs. Jesse Godderz
Godderz
laid DJZ out last week so DJZ charges right at him to start and nails
a jawbreaker and middle rope back elbow (love that move). Back up
and Jesse slams him down by the arm, setting up a Boston crab for the
submission at 1:43.
Post
match Godderz cuts a really, REALLY good promo about how he was the
BroMans because he was the only one training while Robbie was on a
reality TV show and DJZ was in some bar making funny noises. He
rants about how Robbie was nothing until he joined the team and now
DJZ is nothing either. Jesse gorilla presses him up but Robbie makes
his big return and shows more fire than ever before. I’m actually
digging this.
We
look back at James Storm possibly murdering Mickie James a few weeks
back.
Here’s
a livid Magnus, two weeks after Mickie was attacked. He isn’t
letting this show continue until he gets James Storm out here one on
one. Here’s Storm to call Magnus the crazy jealous one for having
Mickie followed by cameras. “What do you think was happening when
those cameras weren’t there?” Magnus is held back by security but
Storm brings out a baby stroller, presumably carrying Mickie and
Magnus’ son.
James
calls it his insurance policy but walks down the aisle without it.
He says Mickie is a sorry excuse for a woman and Magnus is a sorry
excuse for a man, which is finally enough to get Magnus past
security. Storm kicks the baby stroller off the stage and of course
it’s just a doll.
Video
on Ethan Carter III.
Ethan
Carter III vs. Bobby Lashley
Lashley
throws him down to start and nails a hard clothesline before just
running Carter over. Tyrus finally grabs Lashley’s boot to stop his
boss’ pain but Lashley easily suplexes Carter over. Another Tyrus
distraction lets Carter get in a dropkick off the apron to take over.
The match isn’t bad so far but I can’t take much more of Josh
talking about the number of days Carter has been undefeated. Carter
slows him down with a chinlock for a bit before having to escape a
torture rack.
Lashley
scores with a powerslam for two but Tyrus puts a chair in the corner.
The spear hits the chair (Earl Hebner has zero issue with this) and
Carter gets two off a DDT. The 1%er is countered and the referee
goes down (like it matters), right before the spear connects. Cue
another referee but Tyrus takes him out and gives Lashley a Big
Ending, setting up the third referee to count two, earning him a shot
from Tyrus. Lashley spears Tyrus but gets speared down, only to get
nailed in the back with a chair, setting up the 1%er to give Carter
the pin at 9:26.
Rating:
D+. This was straight out of
the Russo playbook with two chairs, three ref bumps and interference
in less than ten minutes. Angle was nowhere in sight to help even
the odds because the script didn’t say he was supposed to and the
whole thing was just way too much. It didn’t help that Josh was
driving me up the wall with his counting the days of Carter being
undefeated. We get it: you’re Michael Cole and Carter is Miz. Pick
a better role model.
Overall
Rating:
D+. This show is on the
verge of flying off the rails and you can see a lot of it coming from
here. The problem right now is they’re building to three different
shows instead of any one in particular. You have next week’s live
show with Full Metal Mayhem and the X-Division Title match,
Slammiversary (which I don’t think has anything official yet) and
then the bell to bell show in two weeks with the World Title match.
It doesn’t help that a lot of the midcard just feels like a big waste
of time when they could be doing anything else. The show wasn’t
horrible but they need to focus on something quick.
Results
Eddie
Edwards b. Bobby Roode – Rollup
Bram
b. Joseph Park – Pin after a missed spear through a table
Brooke/Awesome
Kong b. Jade/Marti Bell – Elbow drop to Bell
Jesse
Godderz b. DJZ – Boston crab
Ethan
Carter III b. Bobby Lashley – 1%er
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Impact Wrestling – June 10, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 10, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
D’Angelo Dinero, Josh Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
closing in on Slammiversary and the big story is the announcement of
the World Title match between champion Kurt Angle and new #1
contender Ethan Carter III. However, tonight is Destination X,
meaning Rockstar Spud is getting the World Title shot against Angle.
Other than that, we have the continuation of the best of five series
for the Tag Team Titles between the Dirty Heels (who are finally
acting like heels) and the Wolves. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a video on the X-Division as a whole before focusing on
Spud cashing in. However, Austin Aries is cashing in his Feast or
Fired briefcase on the winner. There will also be three triple
threats with the winners fighting in another triple threat for the
title at a future date.
It’s
time for the World Title match but Ethan Carter III and Tyrus cut
Christy off. Ethan is livid that he isn’t getting the shot tonight
so he’s staging an old fashioned sit-in. He dares anyone to come get
him out of here so Kurt Angle comes to the ring. Angle gets all
serious and threatens ankle pain to get Carter out of the ring.
TNA
World Title: Rockstar Spud vs. Kurt Angle
Kurt
is defending and takes Spud down to the mat with ease for a headlock.
Back up and Spud is able to send Angle outside, only to eat a belly
to belly on the floor for a huge crash. Angle takes it back inside
and nails another suplex to set up a chinlock. An Angle Slam attempt
is countered and Spud scores with an enziguri.
Spud
slugs away and tosses Kurt to the floor, setting up a huge flip dive
off the top. A superplex plants Spud back inside but he’s still able
to escape the Angle Slam. There’s a running forearm to Kurt but he
grabs an ankle lock, only to have Spud roll away into an Underdog
attempt. Kurt charges into the post and eats the Underdog for a VERY
close two, which shocks Spud. There’s the ankle lock with the
grapevine and Spud taps at 8:35.
Rating:
C+. Fun match but not enough to
be anything really great. They did about as much as they could do in
under nine minutes, but at the end of the day this was just a few
steps above a workout for Angle. The Underdog was a nice near fall
but this really was too short to work as well as they were hoping.
Here’s
the Dollhouse to call out Awesome Kong. Taryn is willing to bare all
to see who the toughest Knockout is, meaning Kong has to compete for
the title in a lingerie pillow fight. They have the lingerie ready
for her and it’s the only way she gets a shot.
Manik
vs. Low Ki vs. Crazzy Steve
Winner
advances to the X-Division Title match at a later date. Manik goes
after Steve to start but Ki breaks up Manik’s suicide dive. Back in
and Manik uppercuts both guys until Steve jumps into his arms, only
to have Ki hit a springboard spinning kick to the face. Something
like a Codebreaker gets two on Ki with Steve making the save. Steve
misses a high cross body and gets kicked into Manik in the corner,
setting up the Warrior’s Way to Manik to give Ki the pin at 3:28.
Rating:
C-. It’s going to be a long
night. Much like the other multi-man X-Division matches of late,
this was just a few guys doing moves to each other and one of them
getting a pin. What is there to say here? Ki makes sense as the
winner but Manik would have been fine as well. The time hurt this,
and I have a feeling that’s going to be the case with all three of
them.
Grado
is warming up for his triple threat later but he needs to lose weight
to become X-Division. He teases some Parkour but doesn’t quite make
it work. This is the guy that was supposed to be the most awesome
thing ever? Not bad but really?
Recap
of James Storm possibly murdering Mickie James last week. Apparently
she wasn’t physically hurt.
Tigre
Uno vs. DJZ vs. Mandrews
We
start with the triple headlock with Tigre speeding things up to take
over. DJZ dropkicks him down though, only to have Mandrews slingshot
in for a hurricanrana. A standing moonsault gets two on DJZ but
Tigre comes in with a missile dropkick. Tigre slams DJZ down for two
but Mandrews comes back in with a tornado DDT to put everyone down.
DJZ is up first for a running flip dive to the floor to take out both
guys again. Back in and Tigre shoves DJZ off the top and hits a
Phoenix Splash (read as a spinning knee to the face) to pin Mandrews
at 5:27.
Rating:
C. Total spot fest here with no
story or flow to the thing. That’s probably the best idea for these
guys but there’s nothing that makes any of these triple threats stand
out because there’s no reason to care about any of these guys.
They’re just thrown out there to do these matches and that’s the last
we see of them until it’s time for another big X-Division mess.
Post
match Jesse Godderz comes down to destroy DJZ.
Grado
continues to try to lose weight. He
asks Tigre for some tips but there’s a language barrier. Grado
leaves and Tigre calls him a jackass.
Knockouts
Title: Taryn Terrell vs. Awesome Kong
Taryn
is defending and this is a lingerie pillow fight. There’s
a bed in the ring for the Dollhouse and Taryn laughs at the idea of
Kong having to wear the lingerie. Kong
comes out in her regular gear, much to Taryn’s annoyance. Marti
and Jade are pulled to the floor for a beating so Taryn says the fans
don’t get to see her in lingerie. “What a tease I am!”
Cue
Brooke to say Taryn promised a title defense tonight and she’s ready
anytime. Brooke shoves her
down and the catfight is on as Kong is off making Jade and Marti into
toothpicks. Taryn is disrobed and runs off. No match of course.
The
Dirty Heels are ready for their tag match later, but Roode wants the
first World Title shot.
Grado
weighs in but strips off his singlet first. JB tells him there’s no
weight limit so he’s good to go. I’ve seen worse.
Grado
vs. Kenny King vs. Cruz
It’s
a big brawl to start with Cruz being thrown to the floor and Grado
getting kicked in the face. Cruz eats two running boots in the
corner but Grado pounds on King’s back. We hit a chinlock on Grado
for a bit before Cruz fails at lifting him up for a suplex. King
kicks Grado in the face, leaving Cruz to cross body Kenny for two.
There’s a Royal Flush to Cruz but Grado slugs away on Kenny, only to
eat a chop to the chest. The Royal Flush doesn’t work on Grado, who
sends Kenny outside and nails a Cannonball on Cruz for the pin at
5:18. Josh: “What a win and what a company!”
Rating:
C. Another fun enough match
with Grado having a ton of charisma, which I can finally see instead
of constantly being told about how awesome he is. King not being in
the title match is a nice change of pace, even though it’s pretty
clear Low Ki is the major favorite to get the belt. Again.
Bram
takes over a camera and says he’s going to the ring to make history.
After
a break, here’s Bram to run down the X-Division and issue an open
challenge to anyone who wants to fight in a six sided ring.
Bram
vs. Crimson
Uh….sure.
Crimson not being around for the better part of a few years is
treated like getting a free coffee from a Shell station. Bram slugs
him to the floor but Crimson takes over back inside. That sends Bram
outside for a stroll, where he sends Crimson into the barricade.
Back in and Bram scores with a kind of t-bone suplex, followed by a
Rings of Saturn with a neck crank. Bram makes the ropes and hits the
Brighter Side of Suffering for the pin at 4:38.
Rating:
D. Well that happened. I’m
glad Bram won but there isn’t much else to say here. Crimson coming
back got zero reaction so it was nice to see him lose this quickly.
I have no idea what this has to do with the X-Division, but then
again TNA stopped caring about that thing like six years ago so I
shouldn’t be surprised.
Kurt
Angle says he’ll win.
Ethan
Carter III says when he throws the first punch, Angle isn’t getting
up.
TNA
World Title: Austin Aries vs. Kurt Angle
Aries
is cashing in his Feast or Fired briefcase to get the title shot.
Feeling out process to start
until Aries clotheslines him down for two and nails a right hand in
the corner. Aries flips out
of a German and nails a low dropkick as we take a break. Back
with Angle rolling Germans but
the Angle Slam is countered into a DDT for two. There’s the Last
Chancery but Angle escapes
and grabs an ankle lock, only to have Aries make the ropes.
The
discus elbow is countered into an Angle Slam for two. Angle
misses the moonsault and gets caught in another Last Chancery, which
really doesn’t look as good as they’re hoping for. The 450 is broken
up by Angle running the ropes but Aries shoves him off for the 450
and a very near fall. Another
Angle Slam is countered with two discus forearms but the brainbuster
only gets two with Kurt putting a foot on the ropes.
There’s
an ankle lock on the champion but he counters into one of his own.
Aries rolls Kurt to the floor for a suicide dive, which goes right
into the barricade. Austin is out cold and it’s another Angle Slam,
only to have Aries counter into a rollup for two. Now the ankle lock
with the grapevine makes Austin tap at 18:00.
Rating:
B. Good main event match here
but Angle is long past the point where you can call his spots in the
big matches. How many times has someone put Kurt in the ankle lock,
only to get countered into the same hold? Aries is his usual awesome
self, but he needs something more than just being in a tag team that
he’s already been in.
Ethan
Carter III comes in and lays Angle out to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. It gets really
tiring seeing TNA pay lip service to the X-Division and then abandon
it for the next ten and a half months every single year. Notice that
the Feast or Fired cash-in, which could happen at any show of the
year, got WAY more attention than the X-Division cash-in, which was
treated as an afterthought. This show is a waste of time on a
division that stopped meaning anything years ago.
The
show itself was really nothing to see other than a few spot fests and
the usual good main event. Other than that though, this could have
been any regular episode of Impact and no one would have noticed the
X-Division as really standing out. I’d be fine if they just dropped
the thing already because it’s clear that it doesn’t mean anything.
Decent enough show but it never once felt special.
Results
Kurt
Angle b. Rockstar Spud – Ankle lock
Low
Ki b. Manik and Crazzy Steve – Warrior’s Way to Manik
Tigre
Uno b. DJZ and Mandrews – Phoenix Splash to Mandrews
Grado
b. Kenny King and Cruz – Cannonball to Cruz
Bram
b. Crimson – Brighter Side of Suffering
Kurt
Angle b. Austin Aries – Ankle lock
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Impact Wrestling – June 3, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
June 3, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
finally getting to the build to Slammiversary, which is less than a
month away. Impact is now on Wednesdays as the company’s issues with
Destination America continues. There is no reason that this show
shouldn’t start getting us towards Ethan Carter III vs. Kurt Angle
for the World Title. Let’s get to it.

The
opening video is about Carter’s rise to the top of TNA.
A
barbershop quintet sings Carter’s theme song because he is FINALLY #1
in the Impact rankings. Quintet: “For he’s the #1 contender, for
he’s the #1 contender, for he’s the #1 contender, which nobody can
deny!” We even get balloons falling to make this feel special.
After denying us a Tyrus dance, Carter says there is only one thing
left for him and that is to become World Champion.
This
brings out Angle, who says Lou Thesz and Verne Gagne would be rolling
over in their graves if they saw this. However, there’s someone else
in line before Carter can get his shot and that’s X-Division Champion
Rockstar Spud, who can cash in his title for a shot at the World
Title next week. Carter isn’t cool with that and says he’s got an
offer for Spud. Tyrus and Carter leave and Angle Slams one of the
singers. Carter was awesome here and I can’t wait to see him finally
get the title, assuming TNA doesn’t screw that up too.
Lashley
vs. Eric Young
Lashley
runs him over to start and hits a nice delayed vertical suplex to
knock some of the sanity back into Young. Eric is able to send him
to the apron though for a middle rope kick to the back of the head to
get a breather. Back in and Eric starts working on the neck and we
hit the chinlock. Pope’s great insight on commentary here: if Young
wins he’ll move up in the rankings but if Lashley wins, he’ll move up
in the rankings. Eric goes up top but dives into a backdrop followed
by some elbows to the jaw. A spinebuster gets two for Lashley and
after easily fighting off the piledriver, the spear pins Young at
5:29.
Rating:
C. It’s amazing how much more
tolerable that CRAZY man is when he isn’t in the World Title picture
anymore. I’m fine with Young if he’s in the right spot on the card
and this is a much better fit for him. I still don’t like the
character because it’s not what they say he is, but at least they’re
getting the booking a bit better.
Chris
Melendez comes after Young post match but Eric escapes. This
is even more like it for Young, though Melendez isn’t anything
interesting.
The
Dollhouse giggles about keeping Taryn’s title last week and Taryn
offers Kong a shot next week.
Melendez
wants to fight Young. I was thinking he wanted him over for
afternoon tea so thanks for the clarification.
Austin
Aries suggests that Spud doesn’t cash in the title for Option C.
Jade
vs. Brooke
Jade
goes right after her before the bell but gets rolled up for two. A
Marti Bell distraction lets Jade take over and Brooke gets kicked in
the face for two. Jade powerslams her down but misses a moonsault,
allowing Brooke to hit a facebuster for two. Marti tries to come in
and eats Jade’s boot by mistake, setting up the Tesshocker for the
pin at 3:38.
Rating:
C-. Not bad here as it’s nice
to see the Knockouts having a bench to go with the title scene. I’m
not sure why you have Brooke win here but it’s hardly a horrible
idea. You don’t want the Dollhouse looking inept though as they
looked more like weak heels instead of the sinister group they’ve
been so far.
Carter
is about to talk about Spud but gets a phone call.
Rebel
and Brooke celebrate the win. Brooke
leaves and the Dollhouse beats Rebel down.
Rising
vs. BDC
Drake
and MVP get things going with a slugout as Josh recaps the feud. It
helps a bit but I still don’t get why this feud needs to exist. MVP
wins a slugout and takes Drake down so King can come in with a quick
chinlock. Off to Low Ki for a dropkick to the back of the head and
the fast tags continue with all three members getting their shots in.
Drew finally comes in off
the hot tag and nails a running boot to Ki’s face as everything
breaks down. Galloway gets
caught in the Tree of Woe but is able to sit up and counter the
Warrior’s Way with a belly to belly superplex. A Doomsday Device of
all things is enough to pin Ki at 5:42.
Rating:
C. The match was fine but this
feud just keeps going. I get the idea they’re shooting for here but
it’s so uninteresting that it’s hard to care. The Rising doesn’t
need to exist because the BDC is a midcard stable who isn’t taking
anything over. Hopefully both teams split soon enough.
Mickie
James is in Nashville for her meetings but only James Storm is there.
This story continues to be one of the best things going on in TNA.
Rockstar
Spud can’t make his decision yet but there’s no more time. With no
decision coming, here’s Kurt Angle to coax him a bit. This is his
thirteenth World Title and he trained harder for this one than the
other twelve combined so there is no way he’s losing it. Cue Carter
and Tyrus to say Spud should stay right where he is.
Ethan
just got off the pone with Dixie Carter, who is willing to offer Spud
a lifetime contract as Chief of Staff if he doesn’t cash in Option C.
Spud talks about the Carters taking him in when he had nowhere to
go. They were like brothers, but then Ethan slapped him in the face
and shaved his head. This is always about Ethan, because he’s had
everything handed to him. Spud has given everything to get here and
he wants no part of the offer. He cashes in for next week
(SHOCKING!) and gets decked in the face. Angle wants a tag match
tonight.
Aries
gives Bobby Roode a shirt for their match.
Back
to Nashville where Mickie wants to know what’s going on. Storm says
the big stars are just fashionably late and says he can give her so
much more. The music will always be there, but he wants to talk
about something even bigger: joining him on his journey. He wants
Mickie and her son Donovan to join the Revolution. Mickie
appreciates the offer but turns him down. Storm laughs it off and
Mickie hugs him before they leave. Storm: “There’s a lot of
crazies out there.”
Dirty
Heels vs. Wolves
Match
#3 in a best of five series for the Tag Team Titles with the Wolves
up 2-0. Aries takes Davey down with a Last Chancery early on but
it’s quickly off to Roode to crank on the arm. The Wolves get in
some double teaming to take over on Roode and then backdrop the legal
Aries into their corner. Roode breaks up a double dive and Aries
takes out the Wolves’ knees as we go to a break.
Back
with Davey breaking up a catapult into Aries and diving over for the
tag, only to have Aries pull Eddie to the floor. The hot tag works a
few seconds later and it’s Edwards coming in to clean house. Some
rapid fire chops have Roode in trouble and the heels (who aren’t
heels) are backdropped to the floor for a double suicide dive into
the barricade. An enziguri into the German suplex into the jackknife
cover gets two on Roode.
Aries
pulls Davey to the floor, leaving Edwards to take the catapult into
the forearm, followed by the slingshot elbow from Roode for a very
close two. Something like Chasing the Dragon (Michinoku Driver
instead of a brainbuster) gets two on Roode but Aries comes back in
with a 450 to Edwards for two more. Aries dives onto Edwards and
it’s time for a chair. Roode doesn’t want to use it but he’ll hit
Eddie low behind the referee’s back. A chair shot on top of that is
enough to pin Edwards at 13:13.
Rating:
B-. Well at least they’re heels
now. I’m not a fan of the matches where it’s all a huge mess after
about five minutes in and the tagging is completely forgotten. It’s
fine for a bit but having the majority of the match be a wild brawl
gets annoying after a bit. At least the match was fun though and the
ending gave us some heels in the feud.
Storm
and Mickie walk along the side of a train until James knocks her down
what looked to be a flight of stairs.
Here’s
Madison Rayne to complain about not getting any attention around here
because she isn’t putting candy in someone’s mouth or isn’t Gail Kim.
She calls Velvet Sky to the ring because people who don’t work here
can come through the crowd and get in the ring. Madison slaps her in
the face and eats a Stunner, so here’s Angelina with security to take
Velvet out. Angelina slaps Velvet before the security takes her
away…..and here are more security guards to arrest Love for
slapping a fan. Well played actually.
Taryn
lays on her bed and promises to take care of Kong next week.
Ethan
Carter III/Tyrus vs. Kurt Angle/Rockstar Spud
Spud
stomps Carter down at the bell and chops away in the corner. A kick
to the head drops Ethan but Spud would rather hit some running
forearms instead of tagging, which allows Tyrus to grab Spud by the
face. Some backbreakers have Spud in trouble and Carter makes it
worse with a belly to belly. He opts to pose instead of cover though
and the hot tag brings in Angle. Tyrus breaks up the ankle lock and
eats the Angle Slam, allowing Spud to dive in for the pin at 6:48.
Rating:
C-. Just a quick match to set
up the showdown next week. Angle vs. Carter is clearly the big prize
here but we need to get Option C out of the way because where would
we be without that? There wasn’t much here but they didn’t have the
time to get anything done. The fact that it’s for a short term title
shot didn’t help things either.
Aries
comes out and says he’s cashing in next week to
face the winner of Angle vs. Spud.
Overall
Rating:
C+. This was one of
their better shows in a decent while but there are still some issues.
For one thing, there are way too many cash ins going on at the same
time when it’s clear they’re just killing time until we get to
Carter. Well either that or they’re going to do the dumbest thing
they could and go with anything other than Carter getting the belt at
Destination America. Good show, but too much being packed into too
little time.
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Impact Wrestling – May 29, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 29, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh
Matthews, Al Snow
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
After all the insanity
that’s been going on behind the scenes in this company, they’re
really in need for a good show to calk things down a bit. This show
is being billed as May Mayhem, which is their version of a pay per
view this month. The main event is Eric Young challenging Kurt Angle
in an I Quit match. Let’s get to it.

Eric Young pulls up to
the arena where Kurt Angle is waiting on him. They slug it out in
the parking lot until security breaks it up.
Knockouts Title:
Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
Inside
a cage with Taryn defending. Gail goes right after her in the aisle
and takes over before the bell. They finally get inside with Kim
still dominating until Marti Belle reaches through the cage to pull
Gail down, allowing Taryn to ram the ring finger into the cage to
take over. Gail fights back again with ease until she tries to climb
out, allowing the Dollhouse to interfere again, allowing Taryn to hit
a quick Cutter for the pin at 5:20.
Rating:
D.
Well aside from how great Taryn looked, this was borderline
worthless. At the end of the day, you need more than five minutes
for a cage match. This is supposed to be some big blowoff to the
feud and instead the whole thing can’t even make it to six minutes?
The Dollhouse is awesome, but they played it pretty straight here,
which defeats the purpose.
Post match the
Dollhouse goes after Gail until Awesome Kong comes out. They manage
to lock the door though, setting up the big beatdown. Taryn takes
Gail’s ring off and stomps on Gail’s ring finger, apparently breaking
it so the ring can’t go back on. Josh: “I know Taryn has issues
we’re not supposed to talk about on air but this is going too far.”
So, unless they’re
actually going to say what happened in Taryn’s marriage, this is
going to be another big tease that never goes anywhere. Also, this
would be more effective if they didn’t keep name dropping Gail’s
celebrity chef husband, who is so famous that I’ve already forgotten
his name.
Quick recap of James
Storm being creepy and getting Mickie James to come back for one more
match. Her husband Magnus isn’t pleased with this but that’s exactly
what Storm wanted. Josh: “This isn’t PG.”
Here’s Mickie (in a
very, very revealing dress) to talk about things. She can’t wait for
the one more match but tonight she needs to talk about family and the
heart. Magnus is her fiance, but James Storm has been a friend for
years now. This brings out Storm, prompting Mickie to apologize for
Magnus bashing him in the head with a guitar. James doesn’t need to
hear that but Mickie insists on apologizing, even though Magnus is
just trying to protect his family.
Storm
insists he’s not a bad guy (has any good guy ever had to say that?)
because if holding a door open for a woman or keeping her from
getting attacked by Bram makes you a bad man, then yeah he’s a bad
man. We hear about all the gifts James bought the family but Mickie
didn’t think some of them were that funny.
James redeems himself
by surprising Mickie by saying he’s set up some meetings with big
names (like Billy Corgan) who want to meet Mickie and advance her
career. Whatever Mickie picks, he’ll have her back. Storm leaves
and Mickie tells the Cowboy (her word) she’ll see them in Nashville.
There was a very subtle addition here as Storm kept inching closer to
Mickie, making her back up a half step every little bit.
Kenny King isn’t worred
about defending the X-Division Title in a gauntlet match.
Eric Young shows us a
Tweet that we can’t see and headbutts through a window.
X-Division Title:
Gauntlet Match
Why
do we always need a gauntlet match or an elimination match or
something other than a scheduled one on one match? There are seven
people in this and another enters every 90 seconds. The first five
will be eliminated over the top but when there are only two left,
it’s a regular match for the win. Manik is in first and Rockstar
Spud is in second and Champion Kenny King will be in seventh. Both
guys go for eliminations until Manik sends him into the corner and
DJZ, now with a blue/purple mohawk, is in third.
Manik gets double
teamed until Mandrews is in fourth after a low less than ninety
seconds. Spud and Mandrews team up on Manik but Spud can’t quite get
him out, even as he bites Manik’s fingers. No one is eliminated yet
and Argos is in fifth to speed things up for all of five seconds.
Mandrews misses a shooting star and gets sent to the apron, setting
up a kick to the face and a ram into the post for the first
elimination. Crazzy Steve is in sixth as we take a break.
Back
with Tigre Uno, who entered sixth during the break, being eliminated.
Kenny King comes in seventh and the final group is everyone other
than Tigre Uno. A big kick to the head drops Manik and another kick
does the same to Young. Steve gets in a few shots and chokes over
the ropes, only to get superkicked out to put us at five. Argos gets
kicked to the floor for an elimination, followed by Spud jumping on
King’s back. He manages to avoid elimination but eats the Royal
Flush.
DJZ gets back up with a
belly to back suplex into a facebuster on King, only to get
backdropped out by Manik a few seconds later. Down to Manik, Spud
and King with Manik offering an alliance with the champ. Spud is
tossed to the apron but Manik jumps King from behind, only to be
thrown out with an assist from Spud to get us down to the singles
match. King chops Spud down and rips at his face but the Royal Flush
is countered into a small package to give Spud the title at 16:48.
Rating:
D+.
So here’s one of TNA’s major troubles explained in one match. This
was a major title match and had no build, no hype, and nothing
interesting. There was no drama to anything here as the people came
in and were eliminated before we got down to the final two for a very
quick match with Spud winning. There was no reason to care about
this and it a lot of that is due to how the match was booked instead
of the action. The wrestlers didn’t have time to do anything and it
caught up with them quickly.
Dirty Heels vs.
Wolves
This
is match #2 in a best of five series with the Wolves up 1-0. Roode
throws Aries through the ropes for a suicide dive to start but Davey
runs inside for a dive of his own on Aries. The Wolves double team
Roode inside until Austin gets back in and things settle down a bit.
Edwards chops away at Aries but Austin punches him in the face,
setting up a tag to Roode for chops of his own.
The
Heels (who aren’t heels) load up what looked like a Sharpshooter but
Aries gets kicked into his partner, allowing the Wolves to double
team even more. Davey puts Rode into a reverse figure four (with
Roode facing the mat and Davey facing up) for a unique looking
submission. The German suplex into the jackknife rollup gets two as
the announcers are overhyping the heck out of this. Eddie puts Roode
in a chinlock for a bit until Bobby fights up and makes the hot tag
to Aries.
Austin
speeds things up and snaps both Wolves’ throats across the top,
setting up a missile dropkick to Edwards. There’s the Last Chancery
on Davey and a Crossface to Eddie but both Wolves make the ropes.
Something like Chasing the Dragon but with a Michinoku Driver instead
of a brainbuster gets two on Aries but he pops right back up for the
running dropkick in the corner, followed by the 450 to Eddie with
Davey making the save. Another Last Chancery has Edwards in trouble
but Richards comes in off the top with a double stomp for the save,
setting up the powerbomb into a Backstabber to pin Austin at 11:09.
Rating:
B.
This was straight out of the indy playbook with the entire match
being action from bell to bell. That sounds cool on paper, but
between everything going all over the place and Josh telling us about
two minutes in that this was a classic and something we were going to
remember forever, the match kind of dulled on me very quickly. It’s
definitely fun, but I prefer building up to the insane finish instead
of just having it run the entire match.
Kenny King can’t get
hold of MVP and wants him to call back.
Here’s
Angelina Love to deal with Velvet Sky, who is sitting in the
audience. Love brings out her own personal security to deal with
Velvet if she tries anything. She screams at Velvet (with a voice
that Vickie Guerrero would find annoying) and tells her to try
something, of course drawing Velvet over the barricade for a quick
beating until security pulls her off. Sky beats up security and goes
after Love again until she’s handcuffed and taken away.
Mr. Anderson is very
happy to not have Tyrus around for his match with Ethan Carter III
tonight.
Ethan Carter III vs.
Mr. Anderson
Anderson
has a one man cage to lock Tyrus inside, guaranteeing that it’s one
on one. Amazingly enough, Tyrus doesn’t want to go in so Anderson
goes after him, allowing Carter to ram him face first into the cage.
Back in and a quick suplex gets two for Carter as Snow challenges
Dixie Carter to a street fight. A running clothesline gets two more
on Anderson but he throws Carter through the ropes and into Tyrus,
who still isn’t in the cage. Anderson nails Tyrus with a chair a few
times to FINALLY get him in the stupid cage.
They slug it out back
inside with Anderson taking over with the usual. A powerslam and
backdrop get two each but Mr. gets crotched on top, setting up a TKO
for two. Carter hits a Stinger Splash (complete with shout) but the
1%er is countered into a Regal Roll and Swanton for the same. The
Mic Check connects for two and Anderson is stunned. He loads up
another but Carter counters into a 1%er for the clean pin at 8:00.
Rating:
C-.
That’s a pretty clear ending to the feud, but my goodness TNA needs
to slow down. This match started with a flurry with the Tyrus stuff
then was just trading big moves for a few minutes until Carter won.
They have to speed through everything on every show because they need
to get so much stuff in. Calm down a bit and spread some stuff out
so that stuff like this can have time to breathe.
Anderson offers a
handshake but Carter shoves the hand away. Tyrus is left in the
cage.
Rockstar
Spud is very, very happy to be a two time champion. He hasn’t even
had time to think about Destination X and Option C yet but maybe he
needs a new goal.
TNA World Title:
Eric Young vs. Kurt Angle
Angle
is defending and this is an I Quit match. Both guys come out with
security after being separated all night in another idea that didn’t
go anywhere. Angle goes right at him to start and they’re slugging
it out a minute in. Eric tries to jump over him in the corner but
gets caught in rolling Germans to knock him even sillier. He won’t
quit though so Kurt rolls even more Germans, only to be sent to the
floor as we take a break. Back with Young slapping on a Figure Four
for a bit until Angle turns it over, sending Young to the ropes.
Eric can’t get an Angle
Slam so he puts Kurt in an ankle lock with a grapevine, only to have
Kurt reverse into something resembling a Figure Four. More ropes are
grabbed so Young goes up, only to dive into the real ankle lock.
Young taps so Angle lets go, but Young never said I Quit. The
distraction lets Young hit a low blow and piledriver. Still no
quitting so Young loads up another piledriver, only to be countered
into the ankle lock with the grapevine to retain Angle’s title at
13:10.
Rating:
C-.
Raise your hand if you expected ANYTHING but that as the ending.
That’s where this match and feud died with me: no one in their right
mind thought Young was winning the title at any point in this feud
and that makes for some very dull matches. The match was watchable,
but my goodness don’t let this feud keep going any longer and get
Young down the card where he belongs.
Overall
Rating:
D+.
This one didn’t do it for me. They were flying through every
possible thing they could get through tonight and it made the show a
lot weaker than it should have been. The matches were good while
they lasted, but none of them had time to set up any kind of story or
psychology, which really kills the show.
We’ve got a few weeks
before Slammiversary and then just a few weeks before Destination X
and then a few months before the show is probably getting kicked off
the air because not enough people watch it. Could it be because they
rush through hastily announced gimmick matches like these and don’t
let anything have a proper build because they have to get through
everything they can when they have two pay per views a year and
seemingly could do things at whatever pace they want? This was an
action heavy show but the lack of a foundation takes away anything
good they had set up.
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Impact Wrestling – May 15, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 15, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh
Matthews, Mike Tenay
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re coming off the
big live show last week and rolling towards Slammiversary at the end
of June. The big story at the end of last week’s show was Angle
making Eric Young tap to retain the title, presumably to end their
feud. Other than that we have the continuing story of the Rising vs.
the BDC as Drew Galloway was beaten down by a pipe last week. Let’s
get to it.

We open with a recap of
Angle vs. Young, who tonight will lead two teams in a hardcore war.
Good grief just get to Carter vs. Angle already.
Here are Angle and
Chris Melendez to start things off. Angle talks about going to war
with Young last week, but Eric sided with the BDC. Well now Kurt has
backup of his own, including Chris Melendez. He needs a bit more
though, so Angle would like the Rising to come out here right now.
Kurt calls them a breath of fresh air in this company as they try to
eliminate a cancer calling itself the BDC.
Galloway praises Angle
a bit but likes the look of that World Title. Angle likes the idea
but here’s Eric Young to say he got ripped off last week. Kind of
like we’re getting ripped off from having a good World Title
challenger. Young was ripped off by the guest referee so he’s owed
another title shot. He goes on and on until Angle tells him to shut
up because the stupidity caught him last week.
Angle tells him to shut
up again and offers Young a title shot in an I Quit match. That’s
for the future though because tonight is about hardcore. Cue the BDC
to go after everyone in the ring. Young comes in to help with the
beat down but Lashley comes out to complete Angle’s team and make the
save. So it’s going to be a twelve man hardcore war later tonight?
That’s a bit excessive no?
Brooke/Rebel
vs. Dollhouse
Marti/Jade here. Rebel
is described as a former member of the Menagerie. The Dollhouse
cleans house to start with Marti hammering on Rebel in the ring.
It’s quickly off to Jade for some knees to the head. The double
teaming continues as Matthews confirms that the Menagerie is no more.
Dang it I always like that act. Brooke comes in off the hot tag and
fires off some forearms as everything breaks down. Rebel misses
Christy’s old Flying Firecrotch Guillotine (yep) and a double slam
(think a chokeslam but lifting under the arms instead of by the
throat) is enough to give the Dollhouse the pin at 3:57.
Rating:
C-. The wrestling wasn’t much
but I’m digging the Dollhouse more and more every single week. Taryn
is perfect as the borderline psycho leader, but the supporting cast
is cool too as they can both go in the ring. Rebel and Brooke are
fine as the good looking jobbers for them and the match was fine for
what it was.
Post
match Taryn says she has play time scheduled with Gail Kim’s family.
The BDC and Eric Young
are texting Homicide but he won’t be here tonight. MVP has a
replacement but Young has someone better. King doesn’t trust him but
MVP wants the crazy man on his side instead of against him.
Here are Ethan Carter
III and Tyrus with the former wondering how he isn’t #1 contender
after the former #1 contender lost to the champion last week. He
wants answers but gets Mr. Anderson with a chair instead. Anderson
is disappointed when they leave because he wants to fight someone
tonight. They start to walk but Anderson suggests a match with
Tyrus. If he wins, he gets Carter in the future. After some
swearing insults at Tyrus, the big man says get a referee out there.
Mr.
Anderson vs. Tyrus
Anderson hammers away
to start but gets run over for two. A Big Ending gets two and Tyrus
slams him down again for the same. Carter tries to bring in the
chair but gets ejected, allowing Anderson to play possum and counter
the spike into the Mic Check for the pin at 4:36.
Rating:
D. Really, really dull match
here and yet another instance of stretching out a feud before we get
to the beyond obvious Angle vs. Carter feud for the title. This one
is far more interesting than the Young version but it’s clearly just
filling time because having more than a month build to what is likely
the Slammiversary main event doesn’t work.
We take a quick look
back at Magnus blasting Storm with the guitar last week.
Magnus wants Storm out
here right now but gets Abyss instead. The monster says there are
consequences for what you do and this week, Magnus’ consequences are
Abyss. It’s a brawl at ringside instead of a match with Abyss taking
over only to stop to throw in some barbecue equipment (cross
promotion with a Destination America show about barbecuing). Abyss
loads up the chokeslam but takes some tongs to the crotch, only to
have Manik try to come in. That earns him something like a
brainbuster but Khoya comes in with a walking stick to lay Magnus
out. Magnus eats a chokeslam for good measure.
Quick recap of the Tag
Team Title situation with the Wolves and Hardys having to vacate the
belts, setting up a best of five series between the Wolves and Dirty
Heels (I’m really not sure how to feel about that name) for the
belts.
Wolves
vs. Dirty Heels
That’s their official
name now and this is match #1 in the best of five series. It’s also
Edwards’ first match back from injury. Roode and Richards get things
going and for some reason the camera is zoomed in on Roode as they
get started. That goes nowhere so it’s off to Richards vs. Aries
with the Wolves taking over on Austin’s arm. Aries is driven into
Davey’s knee but sends him into the corner, allowing for the tag off
to Bobby.
A catapult sends Eddie
into a forearm from Aries, followed by the slingshot elbow for two.
The running dropkick in the corner is countered and Edwards hits a
dropkick of his own to put Roode down. There’s the hot tag to
Richards for the “make your opponent DDT his partner” spot (one
of the dumbest spots I’ve ever seen) before the powerbomb/Backstabber
is countered with a hurricanrana. Aries takes out the Wolves with a
suicide dive, followed by the corner dropkick to Richards. Davey is
still in it though and counters Roode’s spinebuster into a sunset
flip for the pin and the first match at 8:26.
Rating:
B. Good match here but they’re
still waiting to crank it up in the later matches. These are two of
the better teams in wrestling a the moment and seeing them fight five
times (perhaps with some gimmicks later on) is going to be really
entertaining and likely blown off at Slammiversary.
Galloway picks Micah
over Eli for the hardcore war tonight.
Taryn talks about going
to see Gail Kim’s stepdaughters earlier today. She’s also going to
show us what she’s wearing for Kim’s husband Robert.
Storm yells at the
Revolution for going after Magnus without permission. This is
between him and Mickie James and no one else.
Here’s the Dollhouse
again with Taryn in a robe. Taryn makes fun of Gail for being so
serious of a wrestler because the Dollhouse is making something
special. She has pictures of her with Gail’s stepdaughters who look
borderline terrified. But now, here’s what she’s wearing for Gail’s
husband. It’s some very revealing lingerie so here’s Gail, but Marti
asks why she’s so serious. Gail wants a match with Taryn but Taryn
brings up the husband again, meaning the fight is on with the
Dollhouse running.
Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E.
Robbie has straightened
his hair a bit. This is fallout from their brawl a few weeks ago and
they bump fists to start. That’s the highest impact of the match
though as Robbie grabs a rollup for the pin at 24 seconds.
Godderz wants to
restart the match so here we go again.
Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E.
Jesse throws him down
with authority but a majistral cradle is good enough to make Robbie
2-0 at 31 seconds.
Godderz wasn’t ready so
let’s do it one more time.
Jesse
Godderz vs. Robbie E.
The fans count the
seconds this time and Jesse celebrates a headlock. A dropkick gets
two with Jesse driving his forearm into Robbie’s face. Robbie comes
right back with a crucifix for the pin at 1:10.
Godderz is livid so he
hits Robbie in the head with the mic. He throws Robbie to the floor
and puts a chair around Robbie’s neck before driving it into the
post.
Angle fires up his team
for tonight. Eli Drake still doesn’t look happy.
Eric Young has a fifth
guy.
Mr. Anderson is having
something built to help deal with Tyrus.
Team
Angle vs. Team Young
Hardcore war, which
apparently means a gauntlet match, which seems to be Lethal Lockdown
minus the cage but with weapons. Low Ki with his pipe and Drew
Galloway with a pipe of his own start things up. First fall wins
with 90 second intervals and Team Young won the coin toss (duh) to
have the advantage. Low Ki loses his pipe early and Drew takes him
to the floor for some hard chops instead of laying pipe into him.
Kenny King is in next
with a weapon that is knocked out of his hands too quickly to notice.
Galloway eats some chops against the barricade as King pulls out a
cane to nail him in the back. Micah and a nightstick even things up
and the Rising takes over with the usual brawling. Eric Young is in
next with a trashcan lid (that is one CRAZY trashcan lid. Like, you
know your crazy Uncle Stu who thinks he’s Catherine Zeta-Jones? It’s
crazier than him) and he quickly sets up a Tower of Doom, but
Galloway sits up out of the Tree of Woe into a German suplex to take
everyone down.
Kurt Angle comes in
with what looks like another pipe but throws it down for a bunch of
Germans. We take a break and come back with MVP (kendo stick) and
Chris Melendez (another pipe) involved. Eric’s mystery partner, with
another kendo stick, is Bram. Team Young cleans house for a bit
until Lashley completes the field, meaning it’s now first fall wins.
Lashley avoids all of King’s kicks and plants him with a powerslam.
MVP’s Playmaker is
countered but Bram cracks Lashley in the head with a kendo stick,
setting up the Brighter Side of Suffering. Micah hits a Big Ending
(just like Tyrus earlier) but King springboards in to take him down.
That’s fine with Galloway who takes most of Team Young down with a
big flip dive over the ropes. Angle dives on everyone not named
Young or Melendez, leaving Eric to hit a quick piledriver for the pin
on Chris at 17:21.
Rating:
D+.
Basically this existed so it could exist. There was no real need for
this to be a gauntlet match or a hardcore match as a ten man tag
would have accomplished exactly the same thing. That’s the bad sign
for a gimmick: you can do the exact same thing without the gimmick
being in place. The match was nothing special though and really
could have done with being cut down to eight people.
Post
match Young rips off Melendez’s leg and chokes Angle out with it to
end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C. This show felt
really rushed and packed full of stuff. It felt like they were
cramming in as much stuff as they could and it brought down the good
stuff they were doing. You can see most of Slammiversary from here,
but some of it really isn’t that interesting. I mean, the Rising vs.
the BDC just keeps going with no real reason to exist. The
tag team series is good, but it’s not something that’s going to blow
the doors off the place until it gets closer to the end. The show
should be good, but the build isn’t great so far.
As
for tonight…..meh. The hardcore war didn’t do anything for me as
you have ten guys with weapons in a gauntlet format. Clearly that
just needs 100 minutes of build. The
battle of the BroMans could be good and they got through the whole
thing in like eight minutes so points for that. The
Anderson vs. Carter and Angle vs. Young feuds feel like they’re just
going for the sake of going, but Angle vs. Young seems to be moving
towards wrapping up. It’s a
decent enough show, but they’ve cooled way off in recent weeks.
Results
Dollhouse b.
Brooke/Rebel – Double lifting slam to Rebel
Mr. Anderson b. Tyrus –
Mic Check
Wolves b. Dirty Heels –
Sunset flip to Roode
Robbie E. b. Jesse
Godderz – Rollup
Robbie E. b. Jesse
Godderz – Majistral cradle
Robbie E. b. Jesse
Godderz – Crucifix
Team Young b. Team
Angle – Piledriver to Melendez
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Impact Wrestling – May 8, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 8, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentator: Josh
Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
For the first time in
weeks, we actually have a special episode. This is airing live from
Orlando with the promise of a former World Champion returning in the
first five minutes. Other than that we have Kurt Angle defending the
World Title against Eric Young to probably blow off their feud.
Let’s get to it.

Eric Young is in the
ring to start and promises to win the title back tonight. This
brings out the returning World Champion and it’s Bully Ray, who will
referee Angle vs. Young. Eh cool but it’s nothing earth shattering.
It doesn’t help that it’s for Angle vs. Young which is just a
placeholder until Cater challenges Kurt.
We get the opening
recap video. They’re treating this like a huge show.
Here’s Ethan Carter to
talk about the democratic process which has lead us to a gentlemen’s
contest: arm wrestling. This brings out Mr. Anderson to show us the
results: falls count anywhere wins with 85% of the vote. Shocking
indeed.
Mr. Anderson vs.
Ethan Carter III
This is billed as falls
count anywhere but the rules make it sound hardcore. Anderson
quickly sends Carter and Tyrus to the floor but the big man gets in
some cheap shots. That’s fine with Anderson who sends Tyrus into the
post and chases after Carter as he tries to get away. We get the
first weapons brought in as Anderson pulls out a bunch of chairs to
pile up on the floor.
A Mic Check onto the
chairs doesn’t work so Carter backdrops Anderson onto the ramp for
two. Carter makes the mistake of spitting in Anderson’s face,
earning him a Regal Roll onto the chairs for two. Back in and
Anderson hammers away before planting Carter with a swinging
neckbreaker. Tyrus comes back in to earn his check with a t-bone
suplex and a corner splash. The spike to the throat puts Anderson
down for the pin at 5:39.
Rating: C-.
Well that was quick but they were smart to keep this quick given how
obvious the booking seems to be. Young is a guy who could bounce
right back after all these losses so why not feed him to Carter to
get us on the fast track to Angle vs. Carter? Everyone knows that’s
where it’s going so why not just keep this quick?
Bully
Ray likes the look of Angle’s World Title.
Gail
Kim goes up to Awesome Kong and asks if they’re on the same side
tonight. Kong walks away.
Quick
recap of BDC vs. the Rising.
Here’s
the BDC, wearing masks during their entrance, with something to say.
MVP holds up his mask and
says it belongs to Homicide, but he can’t be here tonight because
someone blindsided him on his way back here, sending him to the
hospital for surgery shoulder. Now he’s not saying the Rising did
it, but they must know something about it. MVP
goes on a rant about the American government taking foreign oil
fields and being cheered, but when the BDC tries to take something,
they’re called thugs. That’s a new word for something censored,
which was
probably a racial term given how MVP was going.
Cue
the Rising, who says they
fight in a ring instead of the streets. Think
about it though: a man called Homicide isn’t the most endearing
person in the world. The
Rising had nothing to do with the injury, but maybe it was someone
closer to home. Where was Kenny King last night for example? MVP
says he doesn’t care about wrestling. It’s all about the money and
power that comes with the job. Drew cares about workrate but MVP
cares about interest rate. Wasn’t
MVP the one who came to TNA to make things better for wrestling? MVP
wants a match right now so let’s do it live. The brawl is on and we
take a break.
MVP vs. Drew
Galloway
Joined in progress
after a break with MVP choking on the ropes and bending the arm
around the ropes. A slam off the middle rope gets two and they trade
big boots with Drew’s knocking MVP outside. Drew follows him and
gets slammed head first into the barricade for a loud thud. Back in
and the Playmaker is countered into the Futureshock to give Drew the
pin at 4:45.
Rating: D+.
The match was watchable but this is one of the least interesting
feuds I can remember in a long time. They’re doing the right things,
but there’s just nothing to make me care. The (maybe) racist part
could be interesting and feels like Corgan’s first story addition.
It’s not likely to make me care about the feud, but the wrestling and
promos have been fine. I just don’t care.
Post match Eric Young
(in CRAZY pink) comes in and helps the BDC beat down the Rising with
a chair. Despite Young being an associate of the team when it
formed, this is treated as a surprising turn of events.
James Storm is here
with a present for a special friend. They should just call him
Christmas because he’s always giving.
The preview for next
week is all about Kurt Angle and asks who’s next. I know that’s a
Destination America ad but it’s almost guaranteeing that Angle
retains tonight.
Here’s James Storm with
his present. He can talk about being tough and drinking beer, but
it’s time to give someone else the spotlight. This brings out Mickie
James to a very nice ovation, but Storm wants to talk about her being
a mother. Everyone should love their mother, but Storm quickly
switches over to Mickie’s music career. She’s an amazing mother,
wrestler and singer, but she’s also a great friend. He holds up the
box and it’s a new guitar. Storm tries to sing a bit but Mickie
politely shakes her head no.
They take a picture
together (not a selfie Storm) and here’s Magnus with a forced smile.
Storm has a gift for him too: the spiked helmet from the Brutus
Magnus days. Magnus and Mickie leave but Storm pulls out a blanket
for their son Donovan. That’s too much for Magnus, who comes back in
and breaks the guitar over Storm’s head. Like a truly creepy man,
Storm starts smiling. They are NAILING this story and Storm is
making it awesome. How can he be the same guy that led the worthless
Revolution?
Eric Young wants the
BDC to have his back to deal with Bully Ray tonight.
We go backstage at
Robert Irvine Live (Gail Kim’s real life husband and a celebrity
chef) where Taryn Terrell shows up. Gail gets in her face and that’s
about it.
Gail Kim/Awesome
Kong vs. Dollhouse
Jade jumps Gail to
start but gets thrown down by a hurricanrana, so it’s off to Marti
vs. Kong. Everyone but Taryn comes in and the Doll House is thrown
into the same corner and splashed by the monster. We settle down to
Marti hitting a running faceplant on Gail, setting up a cannonball
from Jade for two.
Marti slams her down
for two but it’s off to Jade, who is very slowly slammed down onto
Gail’s knees. Kim’s Black Widow is broken up by Taryn but Gail dives
over for the hot tag. The Dollhouse has to save their boss from an
Implant Buster and everything breaks down. Jade takes an Implant
Buster but Taryn counters the Eat Defeat on Marti with a rollup for
the pin at 5:32.
Rating: C.
This was fine and the right ending as I’m still loving Taryn and the
Dollhouse as a whole. They’re setting up the big blowoff with Gail
vs. Taryn, but I’m hoping we don’t get another Gail title reign.
We’ve been there time after time and I don’t see what else she can do
with the title.
We
look at Jeff Hardy breaking his leg and see Matt holding both Tag
Team Titles.
Magnus asks Mickie to
have nothing to do with James Storm anymore. Mickie isn’t thrilled
and leaves.
Here’s Matt Hardy to
address the Tag Team Title situation. Jeff is going to be healing
for a long time, so as of right now, the titles are vacant. That
means it’s time for Matt to go home and figure out what’s next for
him.
As he leaves, here are
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries with something to say. Aries hasn’t
forgotten Young putting him on a stretcher to send him out of the
Impact Zone on a stretcher. That brings Aries to another piece of
gold: the World Tag Team Titles, which seem to have a curse on them.
Yeah they’re constantly being vacated, but that sounds like an
opportunity. He and Roode have held the Tag Team Titles and didn’t
get hurt, so Roode thinks the titles should be defended by two of the
best wrestlers in the world today.
This brings out Davey
Richards, who says no one has fought more battles for those belts
than the Wolves. Aries likes the idea, but there’s no team in front
of him. Not quite says Davey, because Eddie Edwards is back. Eddie
has been cleared to wrestle and who better to start against than
Roode and Aries? That’s fine with them, but Eddie wants to one up
it: a best of five series. Hands are shaken and the series is on.
After a break, Matt
Hardy goes to leave but Drew Galloway stops him to offer him some
food for thought: things are changing a lot and he could use a good
man.
Angelina Love is in the
ring to talk about being asked everything going on lately. However,
she just wants to talk about herself because she’s the only Beautiful
Person around and the best Knockout ever. Cue Velvet Sky because
these two are cursed to be around each other for all eternity.
Velvet looks…..sleepy. Anyway, Angelina sucks up to her but
Velvet, now with pink/purple highlights and a left arm tattoo sleeve
doesn’t say anything. Instead it’s a spear to start a catfight as
the fans are going mild. Security breaks it up.
Recap of Young beating
Angle in a stretcher match last week.
Young asks Ray if he’s
going to be the next one to stab him in the back. Ray says he’s just
here to referee.
TNA World Title:
Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
Bully Ray is refereeing
and Angle is defending. Josh on Angle: “If anything ever happened
to Captain America, Kurt Angle could easily be an Avenger.” A
quick belly to belly puts Young down but he fires off some elbows in
the corner to take over. Eric is sent to the apron so he runs to the
top, only to have Kurt run the ropes and superplex him down. The BDC
is watching from the stage as we take a break.
Back with Young getting
two off a neckbreaker and choking in the corner. The chinlock slows
Angle down for a bit before Angle fights up and wins a slugout. Now
we hit the rolling Germans before the ankle lock sends Eric to the
ropes. Kurt won’t let go so Eric rolls Angle out to the floor. A
CRAZY low blow puts Ray down and the BDC starts triple teaming Angle.
This brings out Chris
Melendez and the Rising to help Angle before fighting to the back.
Young loads up a piledriver on Ray but gets backdropped down, setting
up the Angle Slam for two on Eric. Why there hasn’t been a DQ called
yet isn’t clear. Eric hits a quick piledriver for two but goes up
for a cross body, only to have Angle roll through into the ankle lock
to retain at 14:33.
Rating: C.
The match was ok but the most obvious ending ever and an unnecessary
brawl in the middle didn’t do it any favors. Now hopefully we can
get away from the Young vs. Angle story and get on to Carter taking
the title at Slammiversary because I never want to see Eric get
another title shot.
Angle
poses on the stage for a long time and no one attacks him to end the
show.
Overall Rating: C.
Good enough show this week but it’s really nothing memorable. Ray
coming back is cool, but they would have been better off by not
announcing it as a former World Champion as Dixie’s clues made it a
pretty obvious reveal. The Sky return was the same obvious swerve,
which doesn’t leave a lot going on here. This was basically a
preview for what they have coming, which is fine as it’s the start of
a new cycle, but there wasn’t much to see here.
Results
Ethan Carter III b. Mr.
Anderson – Pin after a spike to the throat from Tyrus
Drew Galloway b. MVP –
Futureshock
Dollhouse b. Gail
Kim/Awesome Kong – Rollup to Kim
Kurt Angle b. Eric
Young – Ankle lock
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Impact Wrestling – May 1, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: May 1, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh
Matthews, Al Snow
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This is another special
episode with Hardcore Justice, which was a One Night Only special in
early April. Hopefully this is a bit of a better card as that show
was just a step above a nightmare. Kurt Angle is scheduled to defend
the World Title against Eric Young, but that was the case last week
as well. Let’s get to it.

The opening video talks
about making things hardcore tonight.
Davey
Richards/Hardys vs. Revolution
Street fight with
Khoya/Manik/Abyss here and the fight starts in the aisle before we
have time for entrances. Davey hits a nice delayed vertical suplex
on Manik but Khoya is laying waste to Jeff on the floor with a
trashcan lid. Poetry in Motion hits Manik and Abyss takes one as
well but with a chair as a bonus. A Twist of Fate looks to set up
the Swanton on Abyss but Manik makes a save. Khoya muscles Jeff off
the top for a slam and pounds away as this is still all over the
place. Matt cleans house with a chair and some trashcan shots until
Manik takes him down with another trashcan.
Back in and a big Tower
of Doom leaves only Abyss standing but Davey flips out of a chokeslam
attempt and nails Creeping Death to send Abyss outside. Khoya joins
his partner and gets taken down by Davey’s suicide dive. Jeff dives
as well, leaving Matt to hit the Side Effect on Manik. Davey hits a
top rope double stomp for two but Abyss makes the save with a
chokeslam. We get Abyss’ old crotching himself on a chair spot,
setting up the Twist and Swanton for the pin for Jeff at 9:43.
Rating:
C+. Well that was fun. There’s
no sarcasm there as these guys kept it moving for nearly ten minutes
and just beat each other up. The built in story of the Revolution
destroying Eddie Edwards and Jeff gave the match a purpose and the
brawling held up. Good opener here.
James
Storm comes out and tells Abyss that he’s failed once too often.
Mr.
Anderson liked interrupting EC3 last week and has a campaign sign of
his own for tonight.
Package
on Billy Corgan coming to TNA. This could be good, but it could also
be a disaster.
Here’s Mr. Anderson
wearing a tie and behind a podium. He doesn’t care about campaign
promises, but he does want to see Ethan Carter III getting a
whipping. This brings out Carter with Tyrus holding a campaign sign.
Fans: “YOU CAN’T WRESTLE!” Anderson: “They think you can’t
wrestle.”
Anderson says that if
Carter wants the title, then he needs to come take it. Carter
mentions being undefeated and that gets Anderson to his point. He
unveils his own sign, which says Mr. Anderson to beat the streak.
That sounds like a step beneath conquering but close enough.
Anderson wants a match on the live show May 8 (first mention of the
match being live) but thinks we should let the fans vote. The match
is on without any voting but Carter warns Anderson to tread lightly.
This election gimmick is money.
X-Division
Title: Kenny King vs. Mandrews vs. Tigre Uno vs. Rockstar Spud
Spud, who has injured
ribs coming in, is defending in this ladder match. Everyone busts
out the dives to start with Mandrews topping them all with a huge
shooting star press to take out King and Uno. King makes a quick
save as Spud is still down on the floor. Tigre catapults the ladder
into Mandrews and King, only to have Spud shove the ladder over for
the save. King nails Spud in the bad ribs but walks into a tornado
DDT off the ladder. Tigre plants Mandrews with a kind of reverse
Samoan drop, only to have Spud shoves him off the top.
King goes back to the
bad ribs with a hard ladder shot to the bandages until Mandrews
knocks Kenny to the floor. It’s Uno with the save this time as he
takes Mandrews down with a C4 off the ladder. Spud wins a slugout
with King but Kenny kicks him in the bad ribs. Tigre springs onto
the ladder but get slammed down. The distraction lets Spud get back
up, remove the bowtie, and bite King’s face. A big right hand knocks
King down but Homicide breaks it up, sending the bad ribs down onto
another ladder. King gets up and wins the title at 7:54.
Rating:
C. What happened to this
division? It used to be one of the highlights of the company but I
can’t remember the last time there was a story that didn’t involve
Option C and Destination X. It’s a title match, a few random
matches, then a big multi-man mess with four to seven guys fighting
for the belt and maybe one personality between them. Yeah the spots
are cool, but I’d love to see someone actually make the division mean
something again, even for a little bit.
Quick
recap of Angle vs. Young.
We
get to the voting for Carter vs. Anderson
next week: you can vote for arm wrestling or a falls count anywhere
match. The voting idea is cool, but does TNA have an app? You’re
not a real wrestling company if you don’t have an app. And if TNA
does have one, HOW MANY TIMES HAS IT BEEN DOWNLOADED??? THIS IS
VITAL INFORMATION TO MY ABILITY TO BE A WRESTLING FAN!
Here’s Eric Young with
a stretcher. Angle has wanted to see the real Eric Young, but the
real version of him has been the one that has put everyone on a
stretcher just like this. Tonight he has Kurt Angle in a non-title
match, but that’s what Young wants. That means he can hurt Angle all
he wants and put him out forever. See, Young is crazy because he has
big eyes. You know who else has big eyes and is basically the exact
same character as Young, but with a lot more energy and presence.
The Beat Down Clan is
ready to take Drew Galloway down in the pipe on a pole match.
Rockstar Spud feels
like he’s been robbed because his name was on a list with Jerry Lynn
and AJ Styles. He’ll get his title back. Spud showed good emotion
here and he’s growing on me more every time I see him.
Dollhouse promo with
Taryn acting all psycho. She’s not worried about Brooke because it’s
playtime. This is their house. The Dollhouse.
Knockouts
Title: Brooke vs. Taryn Terrell
Taryn is defending but
Brooke knocks her into the corner and out to the floor to start.
Back in and some neckbreakers get two for Brooke but Jade trips her
up, allowing Taryn to take over. She rubs Brooke’s face into the
mat, starting a discussion of what the mat feels like. It’s not
really funny, but at least it’s not Tazz and Tenay chattering.
A standing Curb Stomp
looks to set up a high cross body from the champ but Brooke half
dodges half falls out of the way. She nails a middle rope X-Factor
but the Dollhouse pulls Taryn outside. That’s fine with Brooke who
dives on all of them with a nice plancha. Back in and Marti offers a
distraction, allowing Jade to shove Brooke off the top. Taryn’s
cutter retains the title at 7:18.
Rating:
C. Not bad here but there was
no doubt about who was going to win here. They’re setting up a cool
idea here with the Dollhouse being unbeatable and saying no one can
beat her. That sounds like the calling card for one more match from
Mickie James, who might just win the title and have one more run to
further the wedge between her and Magnus?
The
Dollhouse celebrates but Gail Kim comes out. Taryn points out that
it’s three on one but Kong comes out to help even things up. The
Dollhouse isn’t so sure now.
Slammiversary
will be on pay per view on June 28.
Video
on the Rising.
Low
Ki vs. Drew Galloway
Pipe
on a pole match, the second one I’ve seen Drew in in three days.
Galloway has bad ribs coming
in. They quickly head
outside with the fans holding Low Ki for chops from Drew. Chair
shots are exchanged with
Drew getting the better of it but not being able to get the pipe.
Drew can’t hit a powerbomb onto the chair so
Ki fires off kicks to the ribs. It’s not enough to get the pipe
down, but Ki kicks Drew onto
the chair and hits a Warrior’s Way to drive the ribs into the steel.
That’s
only good for two of course, but suddenly Ki remembers the pipe.
Drew pops up to his feet and
slugs it out on the top with
the pipe falling to the floor. Ki knocks him into the Tree of Woe
but misses another Warrior’s Way, allowing Drew to get the pipe. A
shot to the ribs gets two on Galloway but he hits a quick Future
Shock onto the chair (which doesn’t hurt his ribs whatsoever) for the
pin at 7:25.
Rating:
D+. Other than the story, there
was zero need for this to be a pipe match and the pipe didn’t even
play into the finish. It’s basically the same problem that killed
the other pipe on a pole match, but at least they used the pipe here.
I’m still not seeing the point of this feud, but this match didn’t
help things.
The BDC and the Rising
come out for a big brawl.
We recap Storm talking
Mickie James out of her retirement last week.
Mickie James was filmed
earlier today when James Storm came up to her at the market.
Thankfully they were both mic’d up when Storm asked to hold Mickie
and Magnus’ son.
Magnus is in the ring
but Storm cuts him off before he can say anything. Storm says he
wasn’t the one that said Mickie should have one more match but Magnus
is getting annoyed. Mickie isn’t one of the Revolution lost souls
and Storm can’t manipulate her. Storm smiles and says it was Magnus
who hired a camera crew. He implies that he and Mickie used to be a
thing and wonders why Mickie didn’t tell him about running into Storm
in the parking lot. Good night how much better is Storm as the
devil’s advocate instead of leading the horrible Revolution?
Angle says tonight is
about violence and Young is leaving on a stretcher.
Eric
Young vs. Kurt Angle
Non-title stretcher
match but you win by strapping your opponent to a stretcher, meaning
no line to cross. Angle has a bruised knee and chest coming in.
They trade stomps to start with Young throwing Kurt to the floor.
Both guys are rammed into the steps with Angle getting the better of
it, only to get sent hard into the post as we take a break. Back
with Angle reversing a whip but getting punched in the jaw. A
release belly to belly puts Young down but Eric sends him outside.
Young stomps him onto the steps to put Angle down, allowing him to
finally get the stretcher.
Angle can’t hit the
German off the apron but he can roll the Germans back inside. The
third one causes a turnbuckle pad to be ripped off but they fall to
the floor with Kurt still holding the grip. A low blow with Young’s
shin guard slows Kurt down but the piledriver is countered into a
catapult into the post. Angle hits the Slam on the floor but can’t
strap Young onto the stretcher. The piledriver is countered into the
ankle lock but Eric rolls him into the buckle. Now a pair of
piledrivers connect and Young straps him to the stretcher for the win
at 15:21.
Rating:
C. And my eyes roll again.
There’s no crazy, there’s no reason to believe Young is winning the
title in the likely title match next week, there’s no reason for
Young to have this spot over his English counterpart and there’s no
reason to believe we’re not getting Carter vs. Angle in the actually
interesting feud. I can’t
stand this story as it’s just killing time until we get to the feud
people actually want to see. Again, if Young actually acted crazy, I
might care a little bit, but his matches are just standard heel
matches with a piledriver as a finisher. It
gets old hearing HE’S CRAZY when there’s no actual evidence of him
being crazy.
Overall
Rating:
C-. This didn’t do it
for me as the hardcore stuff didn’t change much. I like a lot of the
places they’re going and next week has potential to be interesting,
but they MUST get past this Young main event run as he’s just not in
Angle’s league. Storm vs.
Magnus, Gail/Kong vs. the Dollhouse and Galloway vs. the BDC are all
good though and I could go for Spud fighting to get his title back as
well. It’s a passable show, but the hardcore stuff didn’t add much.
Results
Hardys/Davey Richards
b. Revolution – Swanton Bomb to Abyss
Kenny King b. Rockstar
Spud, Tigre Uno and Mandrews – King pulled down the title
Taryn Terrell b. Brooke
– Cutter
Drew Galloway b. Low Ki
– Future Shock on a chair
Eric Young b. Kurt
Angle – Young strapped Angle to a chair
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Impact Wrestling – April 24, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: April 24, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentator: Josh
Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This is a special
episode, focusing on the Knockouts. We’ll be seeing new Knockouts
debut, a Knockouts Title match with Taryn Terrell defending against
Awesome Kong, a four way for the #1 contendership and an announcement
on Mickie James’ in ring future. In non-Knockouts news, we have
another announcement from Ethan Carter III and Kurt Angle defending
the World Title against Eric Young. Let’s get to it.

The opening video hypes
this up as TKO: A Night of Knockouts.
Here’s Angle to call
out Eric Young for a talk. Eric comes out in his crazy attire
instead of the old version that Kurt wanted to see. Before they
fight tonight, Angle wants to know which version he’s getting. Young
talks about being called crazy all his life but one day last year,
that turned into a World Title. The crazy kept going but last week
it stopped when Angle turned his back on him to offer Eric a free
shot. Eric says he’ll fight Angle tonight, but it’s going to be the
best version of him.
They shake hands but
here’s Austin Aries, who says he’s cashing in tonight so Eric can
find something else to do. He tells Angle to go get ready because
it’s going to be one of the biggest fights of his life. Young
doesn’t look pleased and will likely be back around for later in the
night. Sidebar: what exactly is crazy about Eric Young? He’s
certainly angry and aggressive, but not crazy.
Taryn Terrell says
she’s keeping the title.
Gail
Kim vs. Angelina Love vs. Brooke vs. Madison Rayne
Madison jumps Brooke in
the aisle and it’s a big brawl before the bell. We take a very early
break and come back with Brooke and Madison fighting over a suplex
until Brooke gets sent to the apron, only to snap both Madison and
Angelina across the top rope. Gail gets back in it with a double
dropkick and a splash to Madison, only to eat Angelina’s spinwheel
kick to put her down again. Brooke gets knocked to the floor,
leaving Madison to get two off a northern lights suplex.
Gail sidesteps a
missile dropkick but Brooke intercepts her charge and hammers on
Madison in the corner. A middle rope X Factor gets two on Madison
and Love gets dropped by a flapjack. We get the big multi-submission
spot which has never gotten a fall ever, followed by Brooke dropping
a top rope elbow on Rayne. Gail dropkicks Love down before both good
girls cross body each other down. It’s time for the parade of
finishers and Brooke hits the Tesshocker on Madison for the pin at
10:40.
Rating:
C. If the Divas got time like
this, I might be able to care about them a lot more. I also like
that there aren’t many perky, happy Knockouts. It helps to have some
shades of gray in there and girls with slightly more developed
characters. Queen Bee, perky model and serious wrestler aren’t in
depth characters, but they’re miles more defined than Alicia Fox,
Layla and Natalya.
The
Rising wants a fight with the BDC tonight, one on one. I’m
still waiting on an explanation for why the Rising needs to exist.
Eric Young isn’t happy.
Micah
vs. Kenny King
Rising vs. BDC. MVP
says it’s going to be one on one but King jumps Micah in a surprise
to get things going. The Rising is quickly ejected as Micah fights
back and stomps King in the corner. King sends him to the floor for
a beating from the BDC and puts on a chinlock, only to miss a
spinning kick to the head. A Big Ending puts King down but MVP
distracts the referee, allowing Low Ki to grab Micah’s foot. King
kicks Micah in the head for two but springboards into a Samoan drop
to give Micah the pin at 5:00.
Rating:
C-. The match was fine but I
have no idea why this feud needs to exist. Both teams are pretty
generic and they would have been better off just doing MVP vs.
Galloway. Not a bad match here but it’s a story I don’t care about
because I haven’t been given a reason to care.
The
Rising runs in but gets beaten down, including some shots with a
pipe.
Post break, Galloway
wants Low Ki next week in a steel pipe on a pole.
Jade
vs. Laura Dennis
Dennis is better known
as indy wrestler Cherry Bomb while Jade is Mia Yim as one half of the
Dollhouse. She and Marti Belle skip to the ring to piano music and
dance with each other in the ring. Laura kicks her in the side of
the head to start as a Cherry Bomb chant starts up. Jade gets more
fired up and pounds Laura in the head for two. Marti hands Jade
something that looked like a jawbreaker, which seems to fire Jade up
even more as she hits Laura in the head. Marti trips Laura up and
gets ejected so she nails the referee and helps with a double team on
Laura for the DQ at 4:03.
Rating:
D+. Well
that was creepy. Dollhouse is definitely something interesting and
WAY different than the rest of the Knockouts. It’s the kind of
different we haven’t seen since Winter, but hopefully this doesn’t
turn into something really stupid. Really effective debut though and
I want to see more from this team.
Dollhouse isn’t cool
with how Christy announces the decision so they beat her up and stick
the jawbreaker in her mouth and dropkick her into the steps.
Angle tells Young that
he didn’t know Aries was going to do that. Young says history keeps
repeating itself but Angle offers him the next shot. That’s not cool
with Young, who threatens to leave. Amazingly enough, Angle doesn’t
try to stop him. Smart man that Kurt.
Magnus introduces
Mickie James for her big announcement. Mickie talks about her
history in the ring and how amazing it feels to be in action, but now
she has something more important: their son Donovan. She’s very
grateful for the fans, but as of tonight, she’s going home to be a
mom. This brings out James Storm, who says people know he loves hot
women, fast cars and cold beer. He sees a female version of himself
in Mickie and knows she loves to hear those chants.
No one wants to see her
go, but Magnus says this was too hard of a decision. James keeps
going but Mickie asks him to stop because her decision is made.
Storm understands the love she has for her son but these people love
Mickie James. He’s asking for one more match and actually talks
Mickie into it. This was more Cowboy James Storm than Revolution
James Storm, which is rather interesting indeed. Magnus looks
annoyed at the decision but forces a smile.
During the break,
Magnus says he supports the decision but still doesn’t look thrilled.
Davey Richards comes up and warns Magnus to stay away from Storm
because he’s evil. Magnus appreciates the advice.
Davey
Richards vs. Manik
In a case of bad
editing, Davey is in the ring three seconds after he was shown
walking to the ring and Manik gets an entrance. Feeling out process
to start with Davey nailing a dropkick but charging into a
hurricanrana with Manik going into a cross armbreaker. A snap suplex
into a belly to back puts Richards down for two and we hit the
chinlock. Manik puts on another armbreaker over the ropes but dives
into a kick to the chest. The double stomp misses so Davey throws
him into the air for a kick to the chest, setting up Creeping Death
for the pin at 5:40.
Rating:
C. Well, that was in fact a
wrestling match and I’m kind of struggling to come up with anything
else to say about it. The X-Division is just filler at the moment
and I actually had to think for a second to figure out who has the
title right now. Nothing to
see here but the match was fine.
Post
match the Revolution comes out to beat on Davey but the Hardys make
the save, likely setting up
a six man.
Ethan
Carter says he debuts a new campaign tonight.
Here
are Ethan and Tyrus (in a suit and hat, holding balloons) for the
announcement. Josh says we’ve been wondering about this for weeks.
I’ve been wondering about it for maybe an hour and a half as I hadn’t
heard about it until the beginning of this show. Carter
declares himself the next World Champion and brags about beating
every member of the Hall of Fame. This
brings out Mr. Anderson for some easy political jokes but Tyrus gets
in his face. Anderson gives
a good speech about the work it takes to win championships but Ethan
wants to fight. They start
brawling but Carter bails before it gets too bad.
Video
on Taryn Terrell wanting to fight Awesome Kong.
Knockouts
Title: Awesome Kong vs. Taryn Terrell
Terrell is defending.
Before the match, Taryn asks to make this No DQ and Kong has no
issue. Kong easily knocks her to the floor and giant swings the
champ into the barricade. It’s kendo stick time, because those were
just laying under the ring in case a No DQ match broke out. Taryn
escapes a powerbomb into the steps and avoids a splash back inside.
An ax handle puts Kong
down and it’s table time, as per the fans’ request. As she’s setting
it up though, here’s the Dollhouse. They stand at ringside as Kong
puts Taryn on the table for a splash before getting on the apron for
some very weak kendo stick shots. Taryn gets up and a triple
powerbomb puts Kong through the table for the pin at 5:12.
Rating:
D+. Angle instead of a match
here but I’m digging the idea of Taryn leading the Dollhouse. It’s
certainly an interesting idea that they haven’t tried before, and the
Knockouts division has needed some fresh blood for way too long now.
Good idea here and an interesting turn.
Taryn grabs a mic and
says everyone told her she couldn’t do it. Well now no one can beat
her because her friends don’t play nice. This is their house: the
Dollhouse. Jade and Marti dance around her before giving Kong the
jawbreaker.
Aries is coming to the
ring and runs into Young as he leaves. Austin apologizes and offers
Eric the first shot.
Magnus comes up to the
production staff and asks them to follow Mickie while he’s working.
TNA
World Title: Austin Aries vs. Kurt Angle
Angle is defending but
it’s 10:56 and Angle’s music hasn’t even started playing yet. As you
probably expect, Eric Young sneaks in and attacks Aries with the
briefcase before Kurt appears and piledrives him on the floor. A
second piledriver on the steps FINALLY brings Angle out for some
shouting. Young sends Angle into the steps to bust him open and goes
after the knee, setting up the Figure Four.
The show ends with a
preview for next week’s Hardcore Justice, which was April’s One Night
Only and includes at least one match from the show. That’s a new
idea and based on the old One Night Only shows, one of the worst
possible things they could do.
Overall
Rating:
B. Other than the Eric
Young stuff (more on that later), I really liked this show. The
Dollhouse is an interesting idea and a fresh direction for the
division and the focus on the Knockouts held up WAY better than I was
expecting. As I said earlier, just adding some character to their
matches helps it so much and gives you something to cheer for. I
also dug the idea of Storm going after the family unit for whatever
reason. Him not having the Revolution around him makes him so much
more enjoyable too.
As for Young, this was
another example of why I don’t like him in this spot. In addition to
not liking the CRAZY thing (because he isn’t acting crazy), there are
so many other people who could be in this spot. Storm, Carter, Bram,
Aries, even MVP or Galloway would be more interesting opponents for
Angle. Young comes off as a guy who is in over his head and is just
there to get beaten in the end. Why have average when you could have
really good? Anyway, really solid show tonight and a very big
surprise.
Results
Brooke b. Gail Kim,
Angelina Love and Madison Rayne – Tesshocker to Rayne
Micah b. Kenny King –
Samoan drop
Laura Dennis b. Jade
via DQ when Marti Belle interfered
Davey Richards b. Manik
– Creeping Death
Taryn Terrell b.
Awesome Kong – Powerbomb through a table
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Impact Wrestling – April 17, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: April 17, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentator: Josh
Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Tonight is a one idea
show as there will be a full Tag Team Title tournament with four
first round matches and the winners advancing to an Ultimate X match
for the championships. There may also be some more about Kurt
Angle’s World Title, with Eric Young as the next potential challenger
due to Angle not pinning him last week. Let’s get to it.

We open with a preview
of the tournament.
Here are the first
round matches:
James Storm/Khoya
Hardys
Low Ki/Kenny King
Mr. Anderson/Rockstar
Spud
Ethan Carter III/Bram
Tigre Uno/Jay Rios
BroMans
Austin Aries/Bobby
Roode
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: Khoya/James Storm vs. Hardys
The Hardys attack at
the bell and it’s a brawl to start. The Revolution gets the better
of it with Khoya throwing Jeff around to take over and the fans
cheering for Matt. James and Khoya take turns beating on Matt until
Storm puts on a chinlock. Khoya gets two off a clothesline but Matt
sweeps Storm’s leg and makes the tag off to Jeff. Things speed way
up with the legdrop between the legs and basement dropkick to Storm’s
face but Jeff has to deal with an interfering Khoya. That goes badly
for the Revolution as Storm Last Calls Khoya by mistake, setting up
the Swanton for the pin at 5:40.
Rating:
C-. This was fine but I’m not
wild on either team. The Revolution stopped being interesting months
ago and the fact that the Tag Team Titles is the best they can do at
this point tells you everything you need to do know about them. They
just don’t have anything to do and they haven’t since day one. With
no direction, there’s no point to the team being around.
Storm
beats up Khoya, hopefully signaling the ending of the group.
The
Hardys say it’s time to fulfill their destiny. To be associated with
better teams and be considered great by proxy instead of doing
anything by yourselves?
Eric
Young says he should be #1 contender. We get a CRAZY closeup of his
CRAZY face to make sure that his CRAZY voice is clearly heard. He’s
CRAZY you see.
Here’s Eric Young in a
Kurt Angle shirt. He’s not happy because Angle is ducking him for a
World Title shot. Young doesn’t care how many people he has to hurt
because he wants his shot as #1 contender. This brings out Kurt, who
says if Young wants to say something to him, say it to his face.
Young sees him as
someone that can be hurt because the title belongs to him. Kurt says
the title match is next week but he wants to know why Eric is doing
all these things. Young talks about a hole in his spirit after he
lost the title. That’s fine with Angle, but he wants the old Eric
Young next week. Kurt turns his back and dares Eric to hit him, but
Young says he’ll see him next week. This has been another chapter in
“Eric Young sucks and has no business in this spot” theater.
The BDC threatens Spud
in the back but Anderson comes in for the save.
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: Rockstar Spud/Mr. Anderson vs.
Kenny King/Low Ki
Spud charges in a bit
too fast and gets double teamed to start with Low Ki chopping him
down. After both BDC members get in some right hands, King stomps
Spud in the back to keep him from lunging for a tag. King ducks an
enziguri and kicks Spud in the ribs to keep him in trouble but the
fans are entirely behind Spud. Ki puts on an abdominal stretch to
stay on the bad ribs for some psychology.
The BDC breaks up
another hot tag attempt so Anderson comes in with a double
clothesline and drags Spud to the corner before getting back on the
apron. That makes the hot tag a lot easier and Anderson comes in to
clean house. Anderson throws Spud into a hurricanrana to send Ki to
the floor and the Underdog plants King, only to have Ki come off the
top with the Warrior’s Way to Spud, giving King the pin at 6:50.
Rating:
C. Standard tag match here
which means it was fine for the most part. They even threw in some
basic psychology with the rib work, which is more than you get most
of the time. The BDC going in makes more sense as they have the
experience together, which is more than enough to take down a
makeshift team comprised of an overrated guy in Anderson and a plucky
underdog.
Carter
says he and Bram will win the titles tonight as a preview for his
World Title run. Bram: “I’m going to rip Tigre Uno’s mask off and
shove it down his throat!” Carter: “Good! Just make sure we win
first.”
MVP
and Homicide congratulate Ki and King on the win. Homicide is given
the special assignment (RUN! That’s what they told Taz!) of beating
up Kurt Angle.
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: Jay Rios/Tigre Uno vs. Bram/Ethan
Carter III
Rios
is a masked man who appeared as a jobber in TNA back in the Jeff
Jarrett MMA days. He’s
certainly no Essa. Carter
and Rios trade wristlocks to start before Tigre comes in for a double
dropkick. Carter bails to
the floor and Tigre makes the mistake of diving at Tyrus like a
schmuck, earning him a World’s Strongest Slam on the floor.
Bram
gets in some stomps before Carter throws on a chinlock. A
leg dive keeps Tigre from making the hot tag but Bram misses an
elbow, allowing for the lukewarm tag to Rios. Jay
flips out of a backdrop and hits a springboard into a cutter but
Carter uses the arm brace to knock Rios silly, setting up the
Brighter Side of Suffering, but Carter tags himself in for the pin at
3:50.
Rating:
D. I’m really not a fan of
matches like these as they make the show feel even longer than it
already does. It helps that they kept it so short but this show
really hasn’t done much to make me care about the main event so far.
The fact that Bram and Carter are already having issues doesn’t help
either.
Kurt
Angle says Young has gone from genius to crazy but he wants the old
Young back. As for Homicide, he better have good insurance.
Christy
Hemme brings out the Knockouts (or at least five of them)
to announcer that next week is a night of all Knockouts. Love thinks
the night should be all about her because she has the most Knockout
Titles of all time. The fans chant for Brooke as Gail goes on her
usual rant about how awesome the Knockouts are. Madison cuts her off
before the entire building falls asleep and says none of them are the
Queen Bee.
Christy
tries to calm them down with the offer of a fourway between Brooke,
Gail, Madison and Angelina for the #1 contendership. Brooke
is WAY too excited about this announcement.
There will also be new Knockouts and Taryn defending against Kong.
Taryn talks about her passion and how she’ll prove herself next
week. Kong comes out and
cleans house but Taryn dives onto everyone.
The BroMans seem to
have issues with each other but Aries and Roode come in to say
they’ll focus on Robbie, who is clearly the better BroMan. Methinks
shenanigans are afoot. Robbie leaves and Roode thinks he bought it.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries had to cause friction to beat the
BroMans? Really?
Tag
Team Title Tournament First Round: BroMans vs. Austin Aries/Bobby
Roode
For the fourth match of
the night, the good guys attack to start with Robbie getting beaten
down by both former World Champions early on. Aries sidesteps an
invading Jesse to send him into his partner, setting up the Hennig
neck snap for two on Robbie. The BroMans finally get in some offense
but get in an argument over who gets to work on Roode. Robbie hooks
a chinlock before a clothesline gets two.
Jesse demands a tag and
Robbie isn’t too keen on doing as he asks. Roode comes back with a
neckbreaker to drop both guys and the hot tag brings in Austin. He’s
quickly stopped by Godderz, but Jesse gets a bit too bossy, allowing
Roode to break up the BroDown. Aries knocks Jesse outside for a
suicide dive, setting up the spinebuster into the 450 from Aries for
the pin on Jesse at 5:20.
Rating:
C. This was fine for the most
part as Roode and Aries work really well together, but again, they
needed to put a wedge between the BroMans? Aries continues to be the
most polished guy in the company and pretty easily the best guy
around, which hopefully leads him back to the World Title scene soon.
The
BroMans fight post match with DJZ coming out to try and break it up.
Homicide is beating up
Angle in the back. The fight heads into the arena after a break with
Angle getting back into it but eating a cutter in the ring. Angle
ducks a boot shot and grabs the ankle lock, drawing in the BDC for
the group attack. They bring in a chair but the Rising comes out to
get rid of everyone but MVP. Eric Young comes out to stop MVP from
bashing Angle with the chair but picks it up himself, only to drop it
and leave (in a CRAAAAZY manner of course. Because he’s crazy you
see).
Video on Ultimate X.
Dollhouse is coming.
Preview for next week’s
Knockouts show.
Tag
Team Titles: Hardys vs. Kenny King/Low Ki vs. Ethan Carter III/Bram
vs. Austin Aries/Bobby Roode
Ultimate X. Huge brawl
to start with the Hardys and Roode/Aries throwing the other four
outside. Roode and Aries start taking over with Matthews continuing
to call them by their old name of the Dirty Heels. The Hardys are
tossed outside as well and we take a break. Back with the BDC and
Bram/Carter clearing the ring for a change with Bram and Carter
throwing the BDC to the floor. They decide to bring in a ladder but
that’s the Hardys game, allowing them to come back in and take over.
The BDC and the Hardys
go for the ropes but Tyrus shakes the structure to break it up.
Tyrus puts Carter on his shoulders but Aries dropkicks them down
before Roode hits the Blockbuster on Bram. Roode gets on Aries’
shoulders but Homicide comes in for the save. Now it’s King and Matt
on the ladder and Hardy hooking a Twist of Fate to put everyone down.
Matt climbs up again but Ki springboards onto the ladder for the
save. As they fight, Jeff climbs up above the X, kicks Ki away and
pulls down the belts, while standing on a ladder of course, to win at
12:06.
Rating:
B-. So we sat through an hour
and a half of qualifying matches to see eight and a half minutes of a
ladder match that TNA calls Ultimate X? Eh at least it’s not more
Eric Young so I can live with it. This was good enough but the
Hardys winning doesn’t do much for me. I know it’s setting up a big
match with the Wolves when they get back but this doesn’t do much to
change the opinion that the Hardys don’t do much outside of gimmick
matches.
Overall
Rating:
C. This felt like an
Impact sized version of One Night Only and if you’ve ever seen one of
those, you know how bad that is. The problem here is the title match
wasn’t good enough to validate the not very good buildup. Other than
that we had Eric Young and the BDC tormenting Angle all night, which
is about as dull of a one two punch as I’ve seen in years. It
doesn’t help that this show felt like it hit the brakes at 9:45 and
crawled all the way to the ending, making this far more dull than
bad.  One final note: Matthews was actually really good on commentary in a nice surprise.
Results
Hardys b. James
Storm/Khoya – Swanton Bomb to Khoya
Kenny King/Low Ki b.
Mr. Anderson/Rockstar Spud – King pinned Spud after a Warrior’s Way
from Ki
Ethan Carter III/Bram
b. Tigre Uno/Jay Rios – Brighter Side of Suffering to Rios
Austin Aries/Bobby
Roode b. BroMans – 450 to Godderz
Hardys b. Austin
Aries/Bobby Roode, Low Ki/Kenny King and Bram/Ethan Carter III –
Hardys pulled down the belts
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Impact Wrestling – April 10, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date: April 10, 2015
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Taz, Josh
Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This is an interesting
time for TNA as they have a bunch of potential challengers for Kurt
Angle’s World Title but it seems that Lashley has the most valid
claim to a shot. Last week Angle pinned Lashley but the replay
showed that Lashley’s shoulder was up. Other than that we have Drew
Galloway’s Rising ready to deal with MVP’s Beat Down Clan. Let’s get
to it.

We open with a recap of
Galloway debuting a few weeks back to try and take back wrestling
from the Beat Down Clan. He now has his friends in the Rising to
help in his battle.
Tonight, fan Tweets
will be airing on screen. This is apparently interesting for reasons
that I don’t really understand but WWE does it so it’s a good idea
right?
Here’s Kurt Angle to
address the end of last week’s show. There’s been a lot of buzz over
the match with Lashley so he’d like Lashley out here right now. We
look at the tape of Lashley’s shoulder being up and the fans want a
rematch. Angle says he won’t back down from a title defense because
he knows he can beat Lashley again. They’re ready to fight tonight
but Eric Young comes out to crank up the suck.
Eric says he’s #1
contender and the rankings say so. He’s a main event champion and
Angle is holding his belt. The fans don’t seem to agree but Young
grabs Lashley’s face. Angle goes for Young but Lashley spears the
champ down by mistake. Oh the drama. Maybe we can see Eric Young
get in a match way over his head again but get to see him survive
because he’s Eric Young and has been around forever and for some
reason that makes him interesting. I mean, he’s not tall like Big
Show but he has been around a long time.
Post break, Angle is
still in the ring and says he’ll fight Lashley and Young tonight at
the same time.
Video on the history of
Awesome Kong vs. Gail Kim.
Gail
Kim vs. Awesome Kong
#1 contenders match.
They go nose to nose until Gail gets launched across the ring by the
hair. Back up and Kin gets in a few unsold shots before being tossed
right back down. As the match goes on, I get THRILLING Tweets of
fans saying they like the match and that they’re watching the show.
You can’t buy journalism like this people. Gail fights up from a
camel clutch but runs into a hard clothesline. King rips the
turnbuckle pad off and sends Gail outside, only to get dropkicked
into the barricade.
Back in and Gail fires
off forearms to the chest before getting two off a spinning cross
body. Kong misses a charge into the exposed buckle to give Gail two
as we get a Tweet from Jim Ross about how good Gail is. See, that’s
the kind of thing we need live commentary to point out. Eat Defeat
gets another near fall but Kong just grabs her by the throat and sets
Kim on the top rope. Gail dives again and goes right into the
Awesome Bomb for the pin at 7:18.
Rating:
C. This is one of those old,
storied feuds in TNA that was indeed cool ten years ago or however
long it was, but now it’s more like “hey, I remember when they had
matches back then.” Thankfully they didn’t play that up too strong
here and it was really just a step above a Kong squash. Taryn vs.
Kong could be good if they book it right.
We
immediately cut to James Storm and Mickie James. Mickie thanks him
for the save last week but that’s just how southerners are raised.
This is more like the old Storm. She goes to leave but he asks for a
hug. Manik comes up and asks what was up with that but Storm goes
back into Revolution mode and tells Manik to never question his
motives. He orders Manik to round up the team for a fight. That
transition from Kong to Storm was way too fast and something TNA
needs to work on. It’s ok to stay on the winner more than two
seconds before you get to your next thing.
Back
from a break with the Revolution in the ring and Storm sitting in a
chair. He’s brought them out here to make things very clear: this is
about a revolution, not for him to take care of them. Each and every
one of the men in this ring failed him, which is why Sanada is gone.
Storm yells at Khoya, saying
he brought him out of that horrible country but now Khoya has failed
him.
There’s
always room for one more, but now there can always be room for one
less. He’s going to win this Tag Team Title tournament and one of
them is going to be his partner. The fans chant for Manik, but Storm
makes a three way to determine who gets the spot. A referee comes
out and Storm insists that there must be a winner.
Abyss
vs. Khoya vs. Manik
Abyss
cleans house but Manik hits him with a chair, which seems to be
legal. Khoya picks up a
stick that Storm left in the ring but Abyss knocks him into the
corner. Apparently the
title match is next week in Ultimate X. That’s rather sudden but
that’s life in TNA. Manik counters a chokeslam into a standing cross
armbreaker (Six Second Magic for you No Mercy fans out there) but
Khoya comes in for the save. A Sky High to Manik is enough to get
Khoya the spot in the tournament at 2:50.
We
go back to James Storm’s barn with the ghost hunters from last week.
The results are
inconclusive.
Here’s the Rising for a
chat. Drew really does fit in this role. He’s so awesome that he
can cut a promo and have his LIVE Tweet show up on screen at the same
time. Drew says he’d give us the shirt off his back and that’s
exactly what he does. He started the Stand Up campaign to bring
wrestling back where it belongs and the fans are part of the Rising
with them. Drew hands the microphone off for the official
introductions.
First up we have Micah,
formerly known as Camacho. The BDC is a bunch of bullies and it’s
time to punch them right in the mouth. The other member is Eli Drake
(you might know him as Shaun Ricker) and he talks about how they’re
definitely not Superstars, but professional wrestlers. Drew throws
down the gauntlet and here’s the BDC to answer. King thinks they’re
rising like a yeast infection and MVP accepts the challenge. Drew
counts down from three to one and the brawl is on in the aisle as we
go to a break. Drake and Micah are just warm bodies but they were
fine here.
Rising
vs. Beat Down Clan
This would be the
second match made by the wrestlers in the first hour. King grabs a
headlock on Drake to start but gets caught in a powerslam. It’s
quickly off to Micah vs. MVP with the BDC taking over and stomping
away in the corner. MVP comes back in and puts on a chinlock before
kicking Micah in the face for two. Micah scores with a Samoan drop
and Drew gets the hot tag to clean house. Everything breaks down
with the Rising clearing the ring, leaving Micah to dive onto all
three of them. Drew and Drake pose but a masked man in BDC gear
sneaks in with what looked like a pipe for the DQ at 6:52.
Rating:
D+.
This match was watchable but I’m
really not seeing why I should care. Rising is a bunch of newcomers
and Drew stands out, but I’m not really sure why these teams need to
fight. The BDC hasn’t actually won anything other than the X Title
once or twice. Do we really need a stable to fight against them?
The
masked man is Homicide. Oh…..great.
Angle
says he’s ready to prove himself again when Eric Young jumps him.
After a break, Angle insists
he’s fighting tonight.
DJZ
vs. Davey Richards
Feeling
out process to start with both guys flying around a bit until Davey
dropkicks him out to the floor. Davey kicks him in the face from the
apron but DJZ comes back with some shots of his own back inside.
That’s fine with Davey as he wins a slugout and sends DJZ to the
floor for a suicide dive. Back
in again and a running kick gets two for Davey but he misses the top
rope stomp. Instead he
throws DJZ up in the air for the kick to the chest, setting up a
spinning kick to the head (Creeping Death) for the pin at 5:32.
Rating:
C. Well that happened. I guess
they’re setting up the tag tournament next week but it was announced
as the X-Division match of the night. The match was entertaining
enough but having matches for the sake of having a match isn’t the
best way to get my interest up. Still though, watchable.
Homicide
says the BDC is familia. MVP
says they’re the Beat Down Clan and they do what they do because they
can. I’ve heard worse catchphrases.
We see some girls
playing with dolls. The Dollhouse is coming soon. The girls
appeared to be Marti Belle and Mia Yim.
Here are the Hardys to
celebrate beating James Storm last week. Next on their list is
winning the Tag Team Champions for the first time in TNA. This
brings out Ethan Carter III and Tyrus to remind us that Ethan is
undefeated for nineteen months, but somehow he hasn’t gotten his
title shot. He’s entering the tournament to get a Tag Team Title,
but he needs a partner. He wants someone who can hurt people and
that man is…..Bram. Now that’s interesting. Bram comes out and
says he hates everyone, but he’ll team up with Carter because he
hates him the least.
This brings out
Anderson, who asks if Carter just said he and Bram are the odds on
favorites. Carter: “Yup.” Anderson: “Huh?” “Yeah.”
“Huh?” “I do.” “Huh?” “Indeed.” This goes on for
about ten more seconds because Carter is rather entertaining on the
mic. Anderson’s partner is Spud and they have a quick argument over
Spud grabbing Anderson’s microphone. The two of them head to the
ring but Austin Aries comes out, talks about loving gold, and
announces Roode as his partner.
A preview for next week
shows that we have four qualifying matches and the winners going to
an Ultimate X match for the Tag Team Titles. It also shows the four
teams in the Ultimate X match because these previews aren’t thought
out in advance.
TNA
World Title: Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young vs. Lashley
Angle is defending and
this is one fall to a finish. Young hides on the floor to start and
lets the suplex machines fight, but they quickly get together and
beat Young back and forth. Lashley plays Bret on a Hart Attack and
Young gets beaten up on the floor as we take a break. Back with
Angle busting out the suplexes on both guys and clotheslining Lashley
to the floor. Kurt ducks his head and eats a piledriver but Lashley
makes the save and throws Eric outside.
The running powerslam
gets two on the champ and a big spear gets the same with Young making
the save. Lashley tweaks his ankle on a leapfrog but is still able
to low bridge Eric to the floor due to Eric sucking so much. Both
challengers get rolling Germans but Young breaks up the ankle lock
(it lasts about 20 seconds, which Josh timed as three minutes) and
puts Lashley in the Figure Four. Lashley makes the rope so Eric
wedges a chair in the corner, only to get caught in the delayed
vertical. The spear hits the chair though and Angle Slams both guys,
setting up the moonsault onto Lashley’s bad leg for the pin at 13:43.
Rating:
B-. So now we get Angle vs.
Young because Young will be CRAZY while saying he never got beat
right? You know, because we
absolutely, totally and completely need Eric Young in our lives and
main events. He’s been around for years you know. The match was
decent enough, as long as Young was kept reined in.
Post
match Angle leaves so Young goes after Bobby’s leg with the chair and
puts on another figure four.
Overall
Rating:
C+. Decent enough show
that set up the tournament next week, but the wrestling outside of
the main event was only so good. The stories don’t have the same
heat they did a few weeks back, but at least we’ve still got enough
good stuff to keep things going. I
would however appreciate a top heel instead of a bunch of mid level
ones running around. Angle
seems to be a transitional champion and that’s the right kind of
reign for him at the moment, hopefully with Carter rising up to the
top spot soon enough.
Results
Awesome Kong b. Gail
Kim – Awesome Bomb
Khoya b. Abyss and
Manik – Sky High to Manik
Rising b. Beat Down
Clan via DQ when Homicide interfered
Davey Richards b. DJZ –
Creeping Death
Kurt Angle b. Lashley
and Eric Young – Moonsault to Lashley
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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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Impact Wrestling – March 27, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
March 27, 2015
Location:
Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
finally back in America after a pretty awesome UK tour and the main
story is Kurt Angle defeating Lashley to win the World Title. As for
tonight, the big story is the return of Jeff Hardy from his annual “I
can’t go to Europe” leave for a showdown inside a cage against
James Storm. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of Storm shoving Hardy off the cage a few weeks ago
to put him out of action.
Here
are Storm and Khoya for a chat to get things going. Storm says
tonight is supposed to be about Hardy’s revenge but Hardy isn’t here.
A few weeks back, Storm did exactly what he said he was going to do
when he put out Jeff and then last week he did the same to Matt.
Jeff Hardy is known for diving off cages so Storm just tried to help
him. The fans chant for Hardy so Storm pulls out a watermelon and
says this is Hardy before throwing it over the cage and out to the
floor.
This
brings out Jeff who says Storm did what no one else could do and put
him out for a bit, but Jeff is still standing. He wants to start
now, but here’s Manik to get in a cheap shot and lay Hardy out.
Storm orders Manik to break his arm but Jeff hits a twisting Stunner
to put Manik down. This brings out Abyss to send Jeff into the cage
but Hardy takes the chair away from Abyss and lays him out. Jeff
asks someone to lower the roof of the cage, which happens to be full
of weapons. The match is later tonight.
We
look at Austin Aries getting his Feast or Fired briefcase back,
allowing Spud to win the X-Division Title.
The
BDC says they can’t replace someone (meaning Joe) but MVP says it’s
time for Low Ki to get the X-Division Title back tonight.
Ad
for the Sting DVD set. How long has it been since they had a DVD
release?
Storm
sends Khoya to get rid of Jeff Hardy.
X-Division
Title: Low Ki vs. Rockstar Spud
Rematch
from last week’s “match”. I’m not the biggest Low Ki fan so
hopefully this doesn’t end Spud’s hot streak. It’s a slow start
until Ki takes him down to the mat for a hard kick to the ribs.
Spud’s chops have no effect but some right hands do. That’s the
extent of his offense though as Spud gets dropped again and keeps
shaking his head. A double stomp knocks Spud silly and he has to
beat a ten count back up.
Back
up and Spud snaps off some left hands followed by a dropkick as he
tries to speed things up. He plants Ki with a running DDT and takes
off the bowtie. Cue MVP and King for distractions to break up the
Underdog, but Drew Galloway distracts them, allowing Spud to small
Low Ki for the pin at 5:11.
Rating:
D. Spud got beaten up for most
of the match here before a fluke ending. I’ve never been a fan of
booking that makes the champion look weak and that’s exactly how Spud
came off. He doesn’t have the highest stature in the first place and
this isn’t the best way for him to look stronger. Drew vs. the BDC
isn’t the most interesting feud in the world either.
Post
break the BDC is still in the ring (oh joy) to rant about Galloway
and threaten to send him to the hospital. MVP wants Drew out here
right now and that’s exactly what he gets. Drew admits that he’s
both dumb and crazy because he’s still here after King hit him with a
pipe. He wants to know who will stand up with him tonight and asks
the fans if they’re tired of the BDC.
Drew
says they have a rising going on right now but King turns it into a
Braveheart analogy. Ki wants Low Ki right now and it’s on, with two
guys (the recently released Camacho and indy wrestler Shaun Ricker)
jumping in from the crowd for a three on three brawl. The newly
named Rising clear the ring. Great. ANOTHER faction.
Video
on Kong wanting to take Taryn Terrell’s Knockout Title.
The
BDC is ready to call someone to replace Joe.
Brooke
vs. Awesome Kong
Let
the squashing begin. Brooke fires off kicks to the leg but gets run
over by a standing clothesline. A front slam drops Brooke again
before King stands on her hair. Brooke even tries to fight back from
the mat but her forearms have no effect. Kong shrugs off some
clotheslines but the Awesome Bomb is countered (Kidman!) into a
faceplant. A top rope elbow gets two on Kong but she comes back with
a chokeslam and the Implant Buster for the pin at 4:15.
Rating:
D+.
I’m glad that they’re back to having Brooke just be eye candy instead
of having her do WACKY COMEDY with Robbie E. At least this match
made Kong look dominant instead of having her lose in a triple
threat, even though that’s the calling card of the Knockouts
division.
Kong
hits another Implant Buster and gets a table from under the ring.
Taryn comes in to hammer on
Kong, eventually putting her down with a missile dropkick and low
bridging her to the floor. Kong
shrugs all that off though and powerbombs Terrell through the table.
Video
on Lashley vs. Angle from last week.
Aries
implies he’s cashing in tonight.
Jeff
Hardy is talking about the match tonight when Khoya comes in. Hardy
fights him off and finds a conveniently placed ladder to get in even
more damage. Khoya tries to get up so Jeff breaks bottles over his
face. That’s a bit excessive.
Here’s
Kurt Angle for his championship celebration. He says this is title
#14 (it’s still a huge stretch Kurt) but this one is different. Kurt
talks about having to work this much harder to get here and it’s his
proudest moment thus far. Cue Ethan Carter III (FINALLY) to talk
about how Angle has inspired everyone in the back, even him.
Angle
did the impossible last week when he beat Lashley, but it seems
impossible to go 18 months undefeated and beat every TNA Hall of
Famer (minus D-Von but who cares about him anyway). Angle doesn’t
buy it but here’s Roode to interrupt as well. He wants his rematch
for the title and Angle doesn’t seem opposed to the idea. Angle
deserves this moment but it’s just a moment.
This
brings out Eric Young (of freaking course) to say he took the title
from Bobby Roode because he’s always been better than Bobby. Young
says the title goes through him but Austin Aries comes out carrying
the briefcase. After pointing out that Carter hasn’t won the title,
he opens the briefcase and reveals a bottle of champagne. The
question is who the toast is for. Angle says he’ll fight anyone
anywhere anytime. As he goes to leave, Lashley comes out to say it’s
his rematch time. That’s fine with Angle but a huge brawl breaks out
with all the people in the ring. We’re still not done because Mr.
Anderson comes out to join in.
Austin
Aries/Mr. Anderson/Bobby Roode vs. Ethan Carter III/Eric Young/Tyrus
Joined
in progress after a break with Carter in trouble. Roode catapults
Carter into a forearm from Aries for two before it’s off to Anderson
to stay on the arm. Off to Tyrus vs. Roode with the big man
suplexing Bobby down. Off to Carter to choke on the ropes before
putting on a chinlock. Young can’t get the piledriver as Roode
counters with a backdrop and makes the hot tag to Aries.
Everything
breaks down with Tyrus nailing Aries with a clothesline but Anderson
takes out the big man. Aries forearms Carter to the floor and hits
the suicide dive but Young posts Anderson. Back in and Roode
spinebusters Young down, setting up the 450 but Aries only hits mat.
He also bangs up his knee, allowing Young to slap on a Figure Four
for the submission at 7:26.
Rating:
C-. This match was a good
example of a lot of TNA’s problems in a single match: too many people
involved in a story and stuff happening WAY too fast. Set this up
for next week’s main event instead of just throwing everything
together at once. I like the idea of everyone wanting the belt as
it’s what wrestling is built on, but let things breathe a bit and
build the anticipation.
Here’s
Bram to call Magnus a coward over and over. Magnus has been sending
his old lady out here to fight his battles, but it makes sense as
she’s more of a man than he’ll ever be. A mention of Magnus’ son is
enough to bring Magnus himself out to say this is about to become
more than anyone can handle. Bram promises to make Mickie cry, but
she says they’ll be tears of joy when Bram is beaten all around the
Impact Zone.
That’s
what Bram wanted to hear, because he thinks Mickie will have to go
back to an empty house. Don’t worry though because his door is
always open. It’s on now but a low blow puts Magnus down. Bram
grabs Mickie and tries to make her kiss his boot before just trying
to kiss her instead.
Magnus
gets back up and suplexes him down before beating Bram with that
wrench Bram carries. They go to leave but Mickie has to get in some
shots of her own. This is still an awesome story and the promos are
on fire. It also helps that it’s something relatable. Instead of a
cult leader messing with a psychedelic daredevil, it’s a man
defending his family.
Angle
says he beat Lashley once but beating him again will be tough. He
won’t be intimidated though.
James
Storm vs. Jeff Hardy
Inside
the cage with weapons and Storm blasts him with a trashcan before the
bell. Hardy quickly fights back and sends him into some buckles.
Poetry in Motion with a chair connects once but misses the second
time to give Storm control again. Back with Matthews telling us
which guy is which and recapping the events that set this up in about
ten seconds. I miss basic announcing like that and it’s so
refreshing to hear it again. Storm tells the fans to shut up and
gets taken down by a running clothesline. The Swanton hits knees
though and the Eye of the Storm gets two.
Closing
Time into a Backstabber sets up the Last Call but Storm wants the
cowbell. Hardy takes it away and hits Storm with it, setting up the
Swanton for two. Back up and Storm goes up top so Jeff grabs the top
of the cage for some dropkicks into a hurricanrana for another near
fall. They’re just going spot to spot at this point. Some trashcan
lid shots to the head and a cowbell shot look to set up the Swanton
but Jeff monkey bars across the top into a swinging Vader Bomb (minus
the pumping) for the pin at 14:55.
Rating:
C+. Fun match but there are
some issues here, starting with the weapons. A single moment a few
weeks ago really doesn’t warrant a gimmick cage match in the first
match back for Jeff. Where is this feud supposed to go? That’s one
of TNA’s long running issues: knowing how to end a feud. This is
probably going to continue for weeks after the big match happened
early on. Still though, it was a fun match, assuming you can ignore
the parts that didn’t need to be there.
After
a preview for next week, we get a nice In Memory Of graphic for Perro
Aguayo Jr. WWE didn’t do that.
Overall
Rating:
C. This show was a
great example of one of TNA’s major problems flaring up again: they
don’t know how to calm down and let things breathe. Look at earlier:
we have three stables, a gimmick cage match, a falls count anywhere
match next week, and a World Title match next week. That kind of
stuff should fill up six weeks, not two shows. Let the show take its
time instead of firing off everything at once and see how much better
the builds are. It’s a good show this week with Magnus and Bram as
the highlights, but these shows wear me out more often than not and
that’s more like Raw than anything else.
Results
Rockstar
Spud b. Low Ki – Small package
Awesome
Kong b. Brooke – Implant Buster
Eric
Young/Ethan Carter III/Tyrus vs. Bobby Roode/Austin Aries/Mr.
Anderson – Figure four to Aries
Jeff
Hardy b. James Storm – Swinging splash from the roof of the cage
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Impact Wrestling – March 20, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
March 20, 2015
Location:
Wembley Arena, London, England
Attendance:
4,500
Commentators:
Taz, Josh Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This
is the last show of the European tour and they have a big main event
to cap things off: Lashley defending the World Title against Kurt
Angle. This is a match they’ve built up very well in the last few
weeks and it feels like a match worthy of closing things out.
There’s also a triple threat Ultimate X match for the Tag Team
Titles, but that’s not important enough to advertise on TV. Let’s
get to it.

Tag
Team Titles: Wolves vs. BroMans vs. Manik/Great Sanada
Ultimate
X, meaning the titles are hung above the ring where they’re suspended
from two ropes in the shape of an X. You have to climb up the
structures at the corners of the ring and crawl along the ropes to
retrieve the titles. The Wolves are defending and it’s DJZ and Jesse
Godderz this time due to Robbie being shaken up by losing to Brooke
last week. The champs get quadruple teamed to start but they easily
fight off the schmucks and lackeys to clean house.
Jesse
gets beaten down by the champs but Angelina offers a distraction to
break up a double dive. That’s fine with the Wolves as they throw
DJZ over the top onto the Revolution. Nice way to get the best of
both worlds, if you consider Angelina the best that is. The
challengers finally get things together and beat Edwards and Richards
down until Jesse holds Richards long enough to nearly allow Manik to
get the belts. Instead he dropkicks Manik down, followed by a double
backbreaker for good measure.
The
BroMans try to get the belts without climbing and actually get their
fingers on them, but the Revolution comes in to turn it into a game
of chicken. That brings the Wolves back in for stereo dropkicks and
all six guys are down. Richards powerbombs Manik into a Backstabber
for a save and DJZ gets shoved into the truss. Jesse gets some mist
to the face but Edwards crotches Sanada. A hurricanrana into the
double stomp from Edwards has Sanada out of it, leaving the Wolves to
take down the belts to retain at 9:23.
Rating:
B-. This felt like a really
good house show match: they didn’t do much besides the big stuff and
the titles were never in any real danger, but it’s entertaining stuff
and the crowd got into it. They weren’t going for some masterpiece
here and it would have been a stretch for the Wolves to have a major
problem dispatching either team. Good stuff here and exactly what it
was supposed to be.
The
announcers preview the main event.
Here’s
Austin Aries with something to say. He hasn’t been around the last
few weeks and it’s because of the Beat Down Clan. They beat him up
and stole his briefcase, so get out here right now and give it back.
Cue Samoa Joe and Low Ki with the briefcase with Low Ki saying
possession is 9/10 of the law, so Aries can’t play his games right
now.
Aries
has two points: Low Ki isn’t Austin Aries because he doesn’t cash in
that briefcase. Second, Low Ki isn’t Austin Aries because that
briefcase doesn’t have his name on it. Aries wants his X-Division
Title back too and is willing to put his briefcase up for a shot at
it. Ki agrees, but only if Aries can get through Joe. Joe nails
Aries and we go to a break.
Samoa
Joe vs. Austin Aries
Joined
in progress after a break with Aries in big trouble. His comeback is
easily broken up as Joe gets in a shot to the shoulder and throws
Aries to the floor. The arm gets sent into the steps before an
overhead belly to belly gets two back inside. We hit the chinlock
followed by a nerve hold as things slow way down. The backsplash
misses though and Aries fires off some left hands in the corner. Joe
is too big for the brainbuster though and he takes Aries down for a
Fujiwara armbar on the bad arm. Aries makes the rope and sends Joe
outside, setting up a big suicide dive, only to have Low Ki nail
Aries for the DQ at 6:55.
Rating:
C. This was just a match to set
up the angle but it still worked well enough. Aries is able to have
a good match with almost anyone in the company and I like that Low Ki
seemed scared to go after the briefcase but trusted in his numbers
advantage to take Aries down. Nice stuff here.
The
BDC goes after Aries but Low Ki nails Joe in the head with the
briefcase (great shot too) to knock him cold. Aries forearms the
briefcase into Ki’s head and leaves with the belt. Cue Rockstar Spud
with his X-Division Feast or Fired case and it’s time for a cash in!
X-Division
Title: Rockstar Spud vs. Low Ki
Underdog
gives Spud the title in seven seconds. Spud deserves something for
all the work he’s done lately.
Magnus
is beating Bram up in the back and throws him onto a cart. They come
into the arena with Bram being knocked down the aisle. Magnus erupts
on him with a chair but referees pulls him off.
Mickie James comes out and kicks Bram in the ribs. That’s
enough of an opening for Magnus to take Bram up to the stage for a
powerbomb to leave Bram laying.
The
roster is looking forward to the main event. MVP
says they’re fighting for his title.
Knockouts
Title: Awesome Kong vs. Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim
Terrell
is defending. The early
double teaming of Kong gets her down but she sends Gail into Taryn to
take over. Kong lifts Taryn
up for a slam but Gail dropkicks Terrell in the back. That doesn’t
phase Kong and she drops Taryn on Gail in a cool spot. Taryn
gets clotheslined out of the air but Gail counters the Implant
Buster.
More
double teaming fails and Gail is knocked to the floor. A
middle rope dropkick staggers Kong but she shoves off the Taryn
Cutter. There go the gloves but
she misses the splash, allowing Taryn to hit the second attempt at
the cutter for two. Instead
a dropkick sends Kong to the floor where Gail nails her with a huge
dive. Back in and Gail
sunset bombs Taryn for two but
gets rolled up for the pin to retain Taryn’s title at 6:16.
Rating:
B-. I’d love to see the Divas
get a chance to do something like this. Seeing the Knockouts and NXT
Girls having matches like this one make me wonder why the Divas
aren’t given the chance to pull off something similar. The time
helped here but the whole thing wasn’t even seven minutes long,
meaning it doesn’t even take a long time to put together a classic.
James
Storm flips a coin to determine what happens to Matt Hardy. The
decision is to cause him severe pain.
Video
on Angle vs. Lashley with a theme of surviving changes in life.
Angle
says he’s ready.
James
Storm vs. Matt Hardy
No
DQ. The brawl starts in the aisle again with Matt getting the better
of it and throwing a bunch of chairs into the ring. Storm comes back
by wedging a chair in the corner before they trade trashcan shots to
the head. Matt gets crotched on the top and kicked in the head,
setting up a superplex onto two open chairs for two. Abyss throws in
some tacks but Matt knocks James’ back first onto them, followed by a
top rope elbow for two.
The
Twist of Fate connects but Abyss pulls the referee out at two. The
rest of the Revolution gets involved but are easily dispatched, only
to have Storm send him into the chair in the corner for a close two.
Another Twist of Fate drops Storm but Matt can’t cover. Instead
Abyss hands Storm the bell as Sanada mists Matt. A cowbell to the
back of the head and two Last Calls are good for the pin at 6:48.
Rating:
D+. I wasn’t feeling this one
as it felt like they were cramming way too much stuff into this. I’m
not even sure why the Revolution is going after the Hardys but it’s
better than them having nothing to do and just wasting time while
adding more people to their ranks. This one missed though and it was
due to just not letting the match build and going too hard with it.
James
says he put Jeff out of wrestling and has the Revolution hold Matt.
TNA
World Title: Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Lashley
Lashley
is defending. We get the old school long walks through the back to
the ring to really make this feel like a big deal. After the big
match intros we’re ready to go with nearly twenty five minutes for
this match. The fans are behind Angle but Lashley throws him into
the corner with ease. A big clothesline puts Angle down again as
it’s all champ so far. Kurt goes back to basics with rolling Germans
and sends Lashley to the floor, but the champ takes over again with
pure power.
Back
in and Lashley pounds him down in the corner before starting in on
the arm and shoulder. Kurt fights up and escapes, setting up a
middle rope shoulder to drop Lashley. It’s time to roll some Germans
and Lashley is in trouble. Kurt lets go but snaps off five more
Germans before taking down the straps. The ankle lock is countered
and Lashley nails the powerslam for two as we take a break.
Back
with Lashley going shoulder first into the post and getting caught in
the ankle lock again. Lashley rolls through but charges into a boot,
setting up the Angle Slam for two. Now the spear connects for two
but Lashley takes way too much time going up, allowing Angle to avoid
a splash. This time it’s Kurt going up for a high cross body but
Lashley rolls through into an ankle lock of his own. Kurt grabs the
rope and hits another Angle Slam only to get caught in a cross
armbreaker. That gets turned over into another ankle lock with the
grapevine and Lashley taps at 20:18.
Rating:
B+. It’s really good but it’s
clear that Angle just doesn’t have the same reserves he used to. I’m
ok with the title win as it feels more like one last reign for Angle
instead of making him the long term top guy again. Angle more than
deserves a reign like that and if he puts over a young star (which he
likely will), this is fine. Lashley
looks good in a loss, but the match didn’t hit the levels of epic
they were hoping for. Still though, really good stuff.
Overall
Rating:
A-. Really solid show
this week in TNA’s form of a pay per view. It’s a great way to blow
off the UK tour and it felt like a major show. The big deal next
week is the return of Jeff Hardy, and it’s going to be interesting to
see if they can keep this momentum back in Orlando. History suggests
otherwise, but this has been their best run in years. Really good
show though and it’s nice to see TNA deliver when they were supposed
to.
Results
Wolves
b. BroMans and Manik/Great Sanada – Edwards pulled down the belts
Austin
Aries b. Samoa Joe via DQ when Low Ki interfered
Rockstar
Spud b. Low Ki – Underdog
James
Storm b. Matt Hardy – Twist of Fate
Kurt
Angle b. Bobby Lashley – Ankle lock

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Impact Wrestling – March 13, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
March 13, 2015
Location:
Wembley Arena, London, England
Attendance:
4,500
Commentators:
Taz, Josh Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Tonight’s
show is about violence between rivals. There are three showdowns
tonight and blood is a real possibility in all three. We have Bobby
Roode vs. Eric Young in a last man standing match, Magnus vs. Bram
and Ethan Carter III vs. Rockstar Spud in an old fashioned hair vs.
hair match. Let’s get to it.

Eric
Young vs. Bobby Roode
Last
man standing. It’s a big brawl to start with Roode getting the
better of it and knocking Young out to the floor for three. The fans
want tables but stop to tell Young that he sold out. He also sucks
but they don’t tell him that for some reason. Young punches Bobby in
the mouth a few times, only to be backdropped on the aisle. Roode
charges up the ramp for a clothesline and the announcers keep
mentioning Roode turning his back on Young. It’s table time
(hopefully it shuts them up for a bit) but we take a break before
anyone goes through it.
Back
with Young putting Roode down with a running neckbreaker and dropping
knees to the chest. Another neckbreaker on the floor gets seven so
Young whips Bobby into the steps to put him down again. Roode
backdrops out of a piledriver on the steps and uses a cameraman to
get to his feet. Both guys get chairs and it’s time for a duel,
followed by a double clothesline to put them both on the floor.
They
make it up and back in at nine with Roode getting all fired up first.
Right hands don’t get Roode very far though as Young catches him
with a piledriver for another nine. Some chairs to the ribs have
Roode reeling but Young picks him up, only to get piledriven onto the
chair. That’s still not enough so Roode loads up the Roode Bomb,
only to have Young escape and both guys head to the apron. A Roode
Bomb through the table is enough to put Young away at 19:38.
Rating:
B. It was violent, it was
intense, and I have no idea why they’re fighting. I thought about it
for a bit and remembered it, only to realize I don’t care at this
point. TNA knows how to set up a first brawl, but it takes them
forever to get to the blowoff and by that point, the interest isn’t
there anymore. Good brawl, but this really needs to end things
between them.
JB
tries to talk Spud out of the match tonight but Spud is going through
with it because someone has to stand up to Carter. In Spud’s world,
the good guys win.
Here’s
Drew Galloway for a chat. He gets in the ring but decides that he
feels better out in the fans where he belongs. Drew came here to
give wrestling back to the fans, which means getting it away from
people like MVP. MVP thinks he can come here and take over the
company but that’s going to happen.
What
is going to happen tonight is a match between MVP and Galloway, so
here’s the BDC. MVP says he is god as far as Drew is concerned
because he holds Drew’s life in his hands. Drew doesn’t get what
he’s done but tonight he’s been chosen again. The fans don’t care
for MVP but he asks the BDC to head to the back to make this one on
one.
Drew
Galloway vs. MVP
It’s
a brawl to start with MVP getting the better of it and hammering away
with right hands to the head. Drew gets choked on the ropes as we
continue to see MVP’s offensive shortcomings. Both guys miss boots
but Drew comes back with Future Shock, only to have the BDC run in
for the DQ at 3:09.
Rating:
C-. Better match for Drew this
week but he still didn’t get to look very good. He certainly has a
presence though and the standing up for wrestling idea is a good
move. I’m not wild on the BDC though and MVP as the leader is only
going to get them so far. Not bad here but it was barely rateable.
The
beating is on post match and Joe hands Low Ki a pipe. Ki
blasts him right in the forehead with it and the announcers barely
react. Galloway is busted open.
Magnus
tells Mickie James that he’s ready. He wants her to stay away from
Bram though.
We
recap Spud vs. Carter. They used to be friends but Carter blamed
Spud for all of his problems and beat Spud up. This led to Spud
growing a backbone and fighting against Carter. Both guys have tried
to shave the other’s head tonight.
Recap
of Bram vs. Magnus, which is a personal feud with Bram not liking the
family man Magnus has become. This is the best thing Magnus has done
yet, including his World Title win.
Bram
vs. Magnus
It’s
another brawl in the aisle to start with Bram taking over by sending
Bram into the barricade. They get inside for the opening bell but
Magnus clotheslines him right back to the floor. Bram is whipped
hard into the steps but Magnus misses a charge, allowing Bram to send
him into the post. A neckbreaker stays on the banged up neck and an
Edge-O-Matic gets two. Magnus scores with a dropkick to put both
guys down but here’s Mickie to ringside. Back up and Magnus hammers
away with dropkicks and clotheslines, followed by the top rope elbow.
Not that it matters as Bram kicks him low for the DQ at 5:23.
Rating:
C. This felt like a preview for
a bigger match down the road. Bram and Magnus have both gotten a lot
better throughout this feud and they both have more places to go
after this. Mickie didn’t really mean anything here but I don’t see
her as being around long term anyway. Bram going after the neck made
sense and it’s good to see that he can wrestle a regular match
instead of just brawling.
Post
match Bram finds the cue ball he used to hurt Magnus in the first
place. He ties Magnus to the ropes but Mickie covers Magnus up.
Thankfully Mickie remembers that she’s one of the best female
wrestlers of all time and nails Bram but he grabs her by the neck.
Bram tells Magnus to kiss his boot if Magnus wants him to let her go.
She tells him don’t do it but Magnus kisses the boot anyway.
Brooke
is walking through the back for her match with Robbie E. Nothing to
this other than her walking, but this is an old Russo bit that I
can’t stand. Big
emotional moment in a well done segment…..and
oh well it’s been ten
seconds. Here’s a hot chick with a big grin on her face walking
through the back for her comedy match. At least let the commercial
break go through so we can let it sink in a bit more.
The
BDC says that’s just the beginning for Drew.
Robbie
E. vs. Brooke
DJZ
gives Robbie a full boxing style entrance and Robbie comes out with
Jesse and Angelina like he’s ready for a big fight. Robbie has a
stool in the corner and shadowboxes to start. Brooke chases him into
the corner so Robbie sits on the stool. Back up and Robbie shoves
her down and cartwheels onto the stool again.
Brooke
almost wins a test of strength and they run the ropes until she
hammers away with forearms. Now she sits on the stool but gets
distracted by Angelina, allowing Robbie to sit on the stool again.
Robbie scores with a suplex but misses a middle rope splash. Brooke
goes after Angelina though, only to duck Jesse’s dropkick and roll
Robbie up for the pin at 4:27.
Rating:
D+. If the worst thing I have
to do is look at Brooke in her outfits, I have little issue with this
show. This was a decent comedy match and there’s nothing wrong with
Brooke pinning a schnook like Robbie. Good stuff, but it felt way
out of place on a show built around violence like this.
Video
on Angle returning to the ring for one last run at the title.
Video
on Lashley’s training.
Rockstar
Spud vs. Ethan Carter III
Hair
vs. hair. Spud hammers in the corner to start and they head outside
with Spud nailing a running dropkick up against the barricade. Back
in and Carter just levels him with a clothesline to take over and we
take a break. We come back with Carter crotching himself on the
middle rope and getting dropkicked to the floor again. Spud nails
him with a big flip dive off the top and both guys are down.
Cue
Tyrus to powerbomb Spud on the floor but he somehow kicks out at two.
Anderson comes out to hammer on Tyrus and Mic Checks him in the
aisle. Carter makes the save and nails Spud in the head with the
metal brace to bust him open. Back in and Ethan goes right after the
cut to really bust Spud open, causing the blood to pour over Carter’s
chest. Carter throws him out to JB’s feet so JB hits Carter low,
allowing Spud to hit a Stunner for two.
We
get the WWE black and white editing to prevent us from seeing blood,
because if you turn blood black and white, no one knows what it is.
Carter rams him face first into the mat but Spud Hulks Up and pounds
Ethan down, setting up a running enziguri. A regular enziguri has
Carter down again but the Underdog is countered, setting up another
brace shot to the face for two. There is blood EVERYWHERE and Spud
is a mess. The 1%er finally ends Spud at 16:48.
Rating:
B. Great blade job by Spud here
and the fans got into the comeback which is all that mattered. I
don’t think people thought Spud was going to win here, but they did a
great job of making you forget that Spud had next to no chance, and
that’s all it needed to be. Good stuff here and they nailed the
whole thing as well as they could.
Carter
praises Spud post match and says maybe Spud could be a World Champion
some day. He isn’t going to shave Spud’s head after that performance
because Spud proved he was a
man. Carter offers a
handshake and holds the ropes open for Spud, but of course it’s a
ruse and the beating is on. Carter: “NOT!!!!!” Spud
gets tied in the Tree of Woe and we get the upside down haircut.
Carter says this world is
his to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
A-. That was the best
show TNA has put on in years. All of the brawls felt violent and
intense and I can live with a five minute comedy match to fill in the
time. That being said, TNA needs to find somewhere else to go after
next week because MVP as the top heel is only going to carry them so
far. The midcard is awesome right now, but they need to transition
at least some of those guys up to the top of the company instead of
getting into their old habits of letting the same guys do their same
stuff over and over again. Still though, great show this week and
worth checking out.
Results
Bobby
Roode b. Eric Young – Roode Bomb through a table
Drew
Galloway b. MVP via DQ when the BDC interfered
Magnus
b. Bram via DQ when Bram kicked him low
Brooke
b. Robbie E. – Rollup
Ethan
Carter III b. Rockstar Spud – 1%er

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Impact Wrestling – March 6, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
March 6, 2015
Location:
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Attendance:
3,000
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Coming
out of last week, we seem to not have a #1 contender. Lashley
successfully defended the title against MVP, though the match
featured a lot of interference. Other than that we have the
continuing stories of Mr. Anderson/Spud/Mandrews vs. Tyrus/EC3, which
has gone from a comedy feud to one of the more entertaining feuds in
the company. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of last week’s main event with the Beat Down Clan
getting close to taking the World Title from Lashley but Gunner and
Drew Galloway made things even enough for Lashley to retain the belt.
Tonight
it’s Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young for the #1
contendership.
Here’s
the Beat Down Clan to get things going. Kenny King doesn’t want this
Drew Galloway situation to get any further out of control. Drew is
known as the Chosen One, but he choose to interfere in BDC business.
I thought he was known as rhythm guitarist for some band with three
guys. So now, it’s time for the BDC to choose what part of Drew
they’re going to hurt.
MVP
says this is Beat Down Clan business that was a year in the making.
He arrived just over a year ago to become the World Champion but Drew
got in the way. MVP is reasonable though and is willing to let Drew
come out here and apologize. Galloway shows up in the crowd and says
he’s at home right now. He came to the ring last week to stop MVP
from stealing the title. He’s surrounded by wrestling fans, not
sports entertainment fans.
Drew
is here to give the fans a voice and asks some fans their names.
Those are the people the BDC is screwing with and that isn’t going to
fly. King says they demand retribution and threatens Galloway’s
family if he doesn’t get in the ring tonight. Drew wants King one on
one so King agrees to send his brothers to the back.
Drew
Galloway vs. Kenny King
Both
guys are in street clothes. King enziguris him down and MVP comes in
for a few stomps. That’s not a DQ due to reasons not explained but
Galloway comes back with knees in the corner and a snap suplex. King
bails to the floor but Drew is fine with beating him up outside as
well. He drops King over the barricade but King gets in some shots
to the ribs to take over. A tilt-a-whirl slam onto the apron has
King in even more trouble as this has barely been a match so far.
Back
in and King drops him ribs first over the ropes and we hit the
chinlock. An overhead belly to belly gets two for Kenny but Drew
gets all fired up. He gets two off a top rope clothesline but King
breaks up the Future Shock (snap double arm DDT). They need to go
home already because this is getting bad. King hits a quick
springboard Blockbuster for two more and frustration is setting in.
He loads up a backslide of all things but gets countered into the
Future Shock to give Galloway the pin at 6:25.
Rating:
D. I really wasn’t feeling this
one as they were just trading spots for a few minutes with no flow or
structure to the match. Galloway is talented in the ring but having
a big guy as the hero is always kind of awkward, especially when he’s
in there against someone not very big. Not a good debut but at least
Galloway won.
The
BDC chases Drew off post
match.
Here’s
Roode to talk about the three way tonight. He promises to take out
Young and get the title shot in one match. No one can stand in his
way, but here’s Angle to disagree. He
comes down to the ring but Eric Young sneaks in to go after Roode.
Angle pulls him off and gets in a fight with Young, only to have
Roode clear the ring.
Video
on Awesome Kong vs. Taryn Terrell for the Knockouts Title later
tonight.
James
Storm talks to Bram about joining the Revolution and asks him to take
out Matt Hardy later tonight. Bram seems intrigued.
Before
we go to a break, we get a video on the winner of tonight’s triple
threat facing Lashley for the title in two weeks. They say his name
over and over, show his picture, and show him winning the triple
threat. I’ll avoid spoilers, but my goodness TNA, cut this nonsense
out.
Video
on Kurt Angle.
Matt
Hardy vs. Bram
The
bell never rings before they start fighting in the corner. Matt
avoids a charge and hits the clothesline and running bulldog,
followed by a second clothesline to send Bram outside. The brawling
favors Bram of course and he takes over by driving Matt into the
apron. Back in and some right hands set up a chinlock. Matt fights
up and scores with a Side Effect, followed by a moonsault to the legs
for two. Bram shoves the referee away though, setting up a low blow
and the Brighter Side of Suffering (inverted DDT) for the pin at
4:15.
Rating:
D+. Just a quick brawl here but
Bram joining the Revolution could be interesting. That being said,
they need to actually do something with the team before it gets stale
by just sitting there. This wasn’t much of a match though and I’m
not wild on another DDT finisher from someone out of the UK.
Bram
gets his wrench but Magnus runs down for the save. When
Bram left him laying in an alley, Magnus had two choices: go home and
hide, or be the kind of man that his son could be proud of. It’s
personal now, and Magnus is going to make Bram’s blood stain the holy
ground of England.
Spud
promises Anderson that he’ll finish things with Ethan Carter III
tonight.
Galloway
says he’s tired of the Beat Down Clan dominating the show and he
isn’t going to stand for it. He has an army in his corner and it
begins tonight.
Recap
of Spud vs. Carter.
Here’s
Spud in a Union Jack flag to thank the fans for getting him through
all these problems. Everything has to end though, so he’d like Ethan
Carter III to come out here right now, face to face. That’s exactly
what he gets with Carter in a suit of his own. Spud wants to end
this man against man but Carter goes into his usual speech about his
accomplishments.
That’s
not what Spud wants to hear though as he tells Carter to shut up. Of
course Spud knows everything about Ethan’s career because he was
there with Carter every step of the way. If that’s so important to
him, fight Spud one on one so he can end Carter’s streak. Carter
agrees, provided that Spud puts up his hair. Spud agrees, but thinks
Carter’s hair should be on the line too.
Ethan
bends down to look Spud in the eye and says challenge accepted, but
just remember one thing: in this world, the bad guys win. Carter
goes to leave but Spud brings up all the times Carter told him he was
a lion or a gazelle. Well he isn’t any of those things, because he’s
a man. As usual, this is the best feud TNA has had in months if not
years. I can’t believe I’m saying it but my goodness it’s awesome.
Eric
Young video.
Knockouts
Title: Awesome Kong vs. Taryn Terrell
Taryn
is defending and goes right at Kong, only to bounce off the monster
and hit the mat. Kong keeps pounding away and slams the champ down,
only to miss a charge in the corner. Some right hands stun Kong for
a few moments but the Taryn Cutter is shrugged off. The second
attempt goes just as well but Kong shoves the referee away for the DQ
at 4:15.
Rating:
D. This was angle advancement
instead of a match and that’s fine. They were clearly setting up the
big showdown later on, but this protected Kong at the same time. The
problem with someone like Kong is you have to either give her the
title or beat her and end her credibility. It’s hard to grade this
as a match though as it was basically a squash until the storyline
ending.
Taryn
gets beaten up post match but Gail Kim runs out for the save.
Video
on Davey Richards turning down the Revolution’s offer to join,
setting up a rivalry between the teams.
Bobby
Roode video.
Tag
Team Titles: Wolves vs. Abyss/James Storm
The
Wolves are challenging but get jumped by the rest of the Revolution
during their entrance. We get the opening bell and everyone brawls
in the ring with the Wolves sending Storm into Abyss and making the
monster DDT his leader. I really, really hate that spot. Things
settle down to Abyss hammering Richards down but missing a splash.
Manik pulls Edwards down to the floor to break up the hot tag though
and it’s off to Storm.
The
Revolution tries to double team but Richards crawls between Storm’s
legs for the hot tag to Edwards. Eddie starts cleaning house but
eats a Backstabber and the Eye of the Storm for two. Cue Matt Hardy
to stare at the rest of the Revolution, allowing Eddie to grab an
O’Connor Roll for two. Storm grabs a jumping neckbreaker and tags in
Abyss, only to have him get sent to the floor.
The
Wolves hit three straight double dives to take out everyone not named
Storm but Edwards kicks him down. Manik and Sanada sneak in but
Sanada mists Manik by mistakes. Abyss tries to bring in the cowbell
but Matt comes in with a Twist of Fate, setting up the top rope
stomps from the Wolves (dubbed the Hammer of the Gods) for the pin at
8:15.
Rating:
C-. Good night this was a mess
and I was losing track of everything by the end. TNA
really needs to cut down on the mass carnage and interference in
their matches because this isn’t making things any better. The
Wolves winning is fine, but three things: who do they defend against,
what is the point of the Revolution at this point, and HOW BLIND IS
THE REFEREE??? You had all that interference, a cowbell and MIST but
he never calls a DQ? Really?
Post
break, Matt endorses the new champs.
Spud
vs. Carter in the hair vs. hair match is next week in London. Magnus
vs. Bram as well.
Eric
Young vs. Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode
One
fall to a finish and the
winner gets a title shot in
two weeks. More on that later. For
the third of five matches tonight, we have a brawl before the bell
with Roode and Young beating each other up on the floor. Roode sends
Young into the aisle before coming back in for a suplex from Angle.
Eric gets back in and tries
to German suplex Roode but Bobby grabs the referee. Instead it’s a
neckbreaker to put Roode down as Angle is sent to the floor.
Young
stays in control but gets small packaged for two, only to take
Roode’s head off with a clothesline. A
superplex on Roode is turned into a Tower of Doom with Angle
powerbombing both guys down. Angle rolls a
ridiculous ten Germans on
Young but Roode counters the
Angle Slam into the crossforehead. That’s
countered into the ankle lock (probably because it wasn’t pulling
back on Angle) but Roode rolls through into a crosseyes.
Young
makes the save but takes the spinebuster from Roode, who gets Angle
Slammed for two. There go
the straps and Angle puts Young in the ankle lock but Eric makes the
ropes. Angle rolls through the Roode Bomb into another ankle lock,
only to have Roode roll through and bump the referee. Young hits
Roode in the head with a chair, only
to have Angle kick him down and hit the Slam on Roode for the title
shot at 8:41.
Rating:
C-. There were some major
issues with this match. First and foremost was Eric Young, because
he sucks. He makes things
that shouldn’t possibly suck suck. Like an air pump that blows air
into things. Eric Young could make it suck. You put Eric Young’s face
on the New England Patriots’
jerseys?
They suck.
Eric
Young is appearing at a frat house and giving away free beer? The
frat boys would go to church and drink orange juice instead because
Eric Young sucks. Eric Young sucks. He sucks on trains, he sucks on
cars, he probably sucks on orange flavored popsicles. Why would he do
that? Because orange flavored popsicles suck, just like Eric Young.
So
yeah, Eric Young sucks. Other than that though, this match needed to
go longer to live up to the hype this match had been given in the
show. It’s another short match that didn’t have the time to get
anywhere because TNA has to pack everything they can into a single
show and fit in all their promos that don’t advance anything.
There’s
one last thing that held this match back though: TNA spoiled the
ending. Yeah, earlier in the night there was a preview for the March
20 show. Here’s a paraphrased version of the audio. “KURT ANGLE
has battled back to the top of TNA (with a clip of Angle pinning
Roode) and is now the top contender to the World Title. On March 20,
Angle will challenge TNA World Champion Bobby Lashley. Don’t miss
this huge clash.”
So
all that drama that they could squeeze in to the less than nine
minutes they could give this match? Totally worthless, as they had
given away the ending already. They did this a few weeks back when
Lashley was in Lethal Lockdown. This is something they REALLY need
to work on. You could easily have switched the audio to “WHO
WON???” and the problem is solved. But it’s TNA, where the most
basic things are difficult but having an entertaining show is
becoming more common.
Lashley
comes out for a staredown to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. This show was the
end of the run of really good shows but it was still good. Here’s
the thing TNA still has over Raw at the moment: they set stuff up,
give it a good build, then mostly deliver on it (after spoiling it
half the time). WWE is the opposite as they have a bad build but the
payoff is usually good. They
need to slow things down though and let some of the matches stretch
out. That’s making the shows feel like Attitude Era episodes: they
go by so fast that I can’t tell if it was good or not.
The
other major issue here is the lack of a focus. So Galloway is now
feuding with the entire BDC, the Revolution is….I think feuding
with the Hardys and Wolves, Bram might be joining the Revolution and
is feuding with Magnus, and we’re getting Roode vs. Young again
because they’ve been feuding so now they keep feuding? There’s good
stuff in TNA right now, but they feel like they’re holding things
together with some strong duct tape. That’s only going to last so
long and this episode showed some cracks.
Results
Drew
Galloway b. Kenny King – Future Shock
Bram
b. Matt Hardy – Brighter Side of Suffering
Taryn
Terrell b. Awesome Kong via DQ when Kong shoved the referee
Wolves
b. Abyss/James Storm – Hammer of the Gods to Abyss
Kurt
Angle b. Bobby Roode and Eric Young – Angle Slam to Roode
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Impact Wrestling – February 27, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
February 27, 2015
Location:
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Attendance:
3,300
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
off to England now after two pretty solid shows in Scotland. The
main story coming out of last week is MVP earning a World Title shot
by winning the gauntlet match, even though it was more of a group
effort from the Beat Down Clan. Other than that we have the
continuing story of Bram vs. Magnus, which should pick up again here
in England. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of the gauntlet match with Kurt Angle almost
surviving the entire BDC but finally getting caught at the end.
Here’s
Kurt Angle who doesn’t waste any time in calling out Lashley. Kurt
says Lashley doesn’t have to respect him, but he needs to respect the
title. Last week Lashley didn’t do anything to help him in the
gauntlet match, but Lashley rightly says that wasn’t his fight.
Therefore tonight, it’s MVP vs. Lashley and Angle won’t be there to
help him. Lashley doesn’t want his help because it’s his own fight.
Angle says he won’t help him and leaves.
Lashley
is about to do the same but the Beat Down Clan interrupts. Joe says
the BDC doesn’t need luck because tonight, the Clan’s MVP will win
the title by any means available. MVP says no one has Lashley’s
back, so tonight the Clan gets its belt back. This wasn’t bad but
the Lashley vs. Kurt exchange was kind of lame. Lashley didn’t want
help so Angle emphasizes that he’s not getting help? That came off
kind of odd.
The
announcers talk about what happened. I really like that they
emphasize that Taz used to be a World Champion. A lot of younger
fans might not have seen him in the ring (he retired about thirteen
years ago) so just throw in that he used to be a big deal. It gives
him some credibility instead of just letting him seem like some old
guy.
Mr.
Anderson/Rockstar Spud vs. Tyrus/Ethan Carter III
Anderson
does his intro and Spud gets in a quick intro of his own. Tyrus
reluctantly reveals his shaved head and no sells a right hand to the
face from Anderson. Mr. hammers away in the corner before it’s off
to Spud for more of the same. A bite to the head only makes Tyrus
mad though and he plants Spud with a World’s Strongest Slam. Does
that make him a mashed potato? Spud misses an elbow from Carter and
makes the hot tag to Anderson, who hits a pretty bad looking
neckbreaker for two on the big man.
The
fans chant for Spud as Tyrus hits Anderson low and slows things down.
Back to Carter for some right hands in the corner. I’m so glad his
arm injury hasn’t kept him out of the ring for too long. Carter is
way too good to be on the sideline that long. Tyrus slams Anderson
down but COMPLETELY misses a Vader Bomb (his feet might have hit
Anderson’s chest if Anderson hadn’t moved but that’s it), allowing
for the tag to Spud. An Underdog (Dudley Dog) drops Tyrus and
Anderson adds a low blow and the Mic Check, allowing Spud to get the
pin at 7:00.
Rating:
C-. This is as entertaining of
a feud as there is in wrestling right now. Spud
is nailing his underdog roll and Carter has mastered the idea of
being an evil heel that you want to see lose. Hopefully that leads
to the World Title for Carter, as he’s probably the best heel not
named Bully Ray in years for TNA.
We
recap the formation of the Trio, which led to the Beat Down Clan and
helped Lashley beat Eric Young for the World Title. I always enjoy
seeing Eric Young in pain.
After
a break, Ethan promises to shave Spud’s hair tonight.
Here’s
Taryn Terrell to address Awesome Kong. Kong may have made her
intentions clear, so get out here so Taryn can do the same thing.
Instead here’s Gail Kim to tell Taryn how tough Kong is. If Taryn
thinks Havok was tough, think about what Kong did to her. Taryn
knows what she wants and is ready for Kong anytime. Kim leaves and
the lights go out. Kong is in the ring and shrugs off everything
Taryn throws at her before planting her with the Implant Buster.
That could be deadly for Terrell.
The
BDC throws the camerman out of their meeting.
We
look at the BDC helping Lashley win the World Title back in January
and then attacking Lashley just two weeks later.
Austin
Aries might have a surprise for us tonight and holds up the
briefcase.
Chris
Melendez/Brooke vs. Robbie E./Angelina Love
I
still don’t get the appeal of Melendez. Yeah it’s impressive that he
can get around on one leg, but once you see that it’s pretty much the
end of his usefulness. He’s not bad, but he’s a pretty generic power
guy other than the leg. Robbie gets in a cheap shot on Chris but
gets hammered down and suplexed for two. Off to Brooke vs. Robbie
with E. mocking her with Karate Kid crane poses, allowing Love to
sneak in with some shots to the back. Some dropkicks send Love over
to tag E. but eats a flapjack first. DJZ offers a distraction
though, allowing E. to shove Brooke off the top for the pin at 3:26.
Rating:
D. Eh it’s a comedy feud so
it’s kind of hard to really complain about this match. If nothing
else we get to stare at Brooke and E. is so over the top and insane
that it’s a lot easier to sit through. As I said though, where was
Melendez at the end? He can’t handle someone like the BroMans?
Carter
tries to go into Spud’s locker room to shave his head but Anderson
makes the save after a break. Tyrus ran in to help out his boss.
Didn’t we cover this
already?
Gunner
wants to know why Angle is leaving but Kurt says Lashley doesn’t want
him around. That’s not enough for Gunner who wants the old Angle
back. He slaps Kurt in the face but nothing comes of it.
Here’s
Austin Aries with something to say. He’s
thinking about cashing in this Feast or Fired briefcase tonight, but
here’s Samoa Joe to interrupt. Joe
isn’t going to allow Aries to cash in the case tonight because he can
have trained assassins on him at any given moment. Would those be
the ninjas in the panel vans? Aries wants to know where the old Joe
has gone and a challenge is thrown out. Joe says bring it so Aries
dives through the ropes to take him down.
Austin
Aries vs. Samoa Joe
Joined
in progress after a break with Aries hammering away in the corner.
Joe is too big to have his brain busted though and sends Aries out to
the floor. Back in and Joe stomps away before driving a knee into
Aries’ ribs. This isn’t the
most interesting stuff so far. They slug it out with Aries getting
the better of it, only to eat a running boot to the face and the
backsplash for no cover.
We
hit the bearhug on Aries for a bit before Aries low bridges him to
the floor. A big top rope ax handle nails Joe but the brainbuster
still doesn’t work. Aries escapes the Muscle Buster and hits some
discus forearms to set up the Last Chancery. I’d buy that hold as
more of a threat if it ever won anything. Cue Kenny King with the
briefcase for a distraction, allowing Joe to put on the Clutch.
Aries sends him face first into the case (not a DQ because of course
not) and hits a 450 for the pin at 7:55.
Rating:
C+. These kind of matches feel
like they’re just going through the motions more often than not.
There’s almost no reason for these two to be fighting other than they
need something to fill in the card. It’s not a bad match or
anything, but it just comes and goes and is another match on the show
that I won’t remember later.
The
BDC comes in post match and puts Aries on the table. Low Ki hits the
double stomp to Aries’ ribs but the table doesn’t break all the way.
Instead, Joe adds a running backsplash to really send Aries through
the wood.
Lashley
says MVP has to go through him to win the title.  He doesn’t
need Angle’s help either. WWE,
take note on how to keep your monsters short and to the point like
this.
MVP
praises Eric Young for injuring Roode last week. Young thinks
there’s a hole in his heart and he has to fill it in with revenge.
MVP suggests getting some of
that revenge on Lashley for taking his World Title last year.
The
BDC has stolen Aries’ Feast or Fired briefcase.
Noam
Dar vs. Rampage Brown
Both
guys are from British Boot Camp but before they can get very far,
Bram comes in to beat up both guys with Impaler DDTs at 0:54.
Bram
wants Magnus out here right now but he gets Grado instead. Grado
dances down and gets in Bram’s face, only to get run over with ease.
The third implant DDT puts Grado down again but there’s no Magnus.
TNA
World Title: MVP vs. Bobby Lashley
Lashley
is defending and runs him over to start before hitting a running
clothesline in the corner. Some more clotheslines set up a delayed
vertical suplex as it’s all Lashley so far. Again, this is what
Reigns should be doing. MVP bails to the floor but the rest of the
BDC tries to interfere, earning then ejections as we take a break.
Back with MVP sending him into the steps for two and kicking the
champ in the back.
More
stomping ensues as we get to the core problem with MVP: he isn’t the
most interesting guy in the ring. Kenny King and Samoa Joe are still
at ringside for a stomping as I guess only half of the team was
ejected. Back inside and MVP stomps away even more but both guys
collide to put them down again. Lashley charges into the corner and
plants MVP with a spinebuster for two. MVP tosses him with a suplex
but misses the Black Out.
A
spear drops MVP but the referee is bumped as well, as per the
contractually obligated ref bump in title matches. Cue Eric Young
with a chair to Lashley’s back but Bobby Roode comes out to break up
a piledriver attempt. Young is gone so Lashley hits a powerslam on
MVP, but the BDC breaks up the pin again. Cue Gunner to take out
Joe, allowing MVP to hit the Play of the Day on Lashley for two. MVP
grabs a chair but Drew Galloway takes him down, allowing the spear to
retain Lashley’s title at 15:45.
Rating:
C. The wrestling wasn’t great
but this was about Lashley fighting off all odds to keep his title.
It’s a basic story but TNA is pulling it off well enough. They
telegraphed the ending with Angle vs. Lashley earlier in the night
and I’m sure MVP will get the title one day, but the BDC is starting
to look weak without being able to get the big belt. There was too
much insanity here for my tastes but I’ve seen far worse.
Overall
Rating:
C+. TNA
continues its nice roll with another good, although not great show
this week. Lashley vs. Angle vs. MVP is an interesting feud but
hopefully it doesn’t add up to another triple threat match for the
title. The rest of the show is actually more entertaining that I was
expecting and the midcard is pretty easily more entertaining than
WWE’s. However, is there a reason these guys are all fighting? A
midcard title wouldn’t be the worst thing for TNA, but for now it’s
surviving well enough.
Results
Rockstar
Spud/Mr. Anderson b. Tyrus/Ethan Carter III – Spud pinned Tyrus
after a Mic Check from Anderson
Robbie
E./Angelina Love b. Brooke/Chris Melendez – Shove off the top
Austin
Aries b. Samoa Joe – 450 Splash
Noam
Dar vs. Rampage Brown went to a no contest when Bram interfered
Lashley
b. MVP – Spear
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Impact Wrestling – February 20, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
February 20, 2015
Location:
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
another UK show this week with a double main event. This week we’re
seeing Al Snow face British Boot Camp cast off Grado, as well as a
twenty man gauntlet match for the #1 contendership to the World
Title. As expected, it looked like the Beat Down Clan will be
working together to take over the match. Let’s get to it.

The
opening sets up the gauntlet and shows us the top 5, which will
determine the order of the last five entrants. Angle is #1, despite
Roode being #1 last week and winning while Angle lost. Roode isn’t
even in the top 5, meaning this whole thing lasted two weeks before
it stopped making sense.
Angle
comes out and says he’s back to win the World Title.
Lashley
wants to talk to Angle.
Matt
Hardy/Eddie Edwards/Davey Richards vs. Revolution
It’s
Storm/Abyss/Manik here and the brawl starts in the aisle. Manik gets
triple teamed in the corner to start and we even get something like
Poetry in Motion. Khoya pulls Matt to the floor and Storm sends him
into the steps to take over. It’s off to Abyss for a running corner
splash, which is as athletic as I’ve seen him in years. Storm comes
in with a Hardy pose on the middle rope but Matt grabs a Side Effect
on Manik. They’re going with the fast forward version of the
standard formula here and it’s not bad so far.
Storm
can’t break up a tag to both Wolves at the same time and it’s time
for the kicks. Everything breaks down and Richards backflips into an
attempt at Shock Treatment but Edwards makes a save and sends Storm
into a DDT from Abyss. I still hate that spot. The Wolves hit
stereo dives to take out most of the Revolution. Manik is left alone
for a top rope double stomp from Edwards for the pin at 6:30.
Rating:
C. This is becoming TNA’s
standard operating procedure in recent weeks: basic, well done
matches that don’t go too far and just get the job done that they’re
supposed to accomplish. That’s a VERY nice change of pace over what
we usually get in TNA and even though I don’t believe they can keep
it up, it’s a nice start.
The
winners get destroyed post match and Abyss Black Hole Slams Manik.
Storm orders Abyss to carry Manik out.
Here
are Ethan Carter III and Tyrus to rant about Mr. Anderson stop the
hair cut party last week. Ethan even jumps up and down in anger for
a funny moment. Cue
Anderson to ask a very sweaty Carter why he’s obsessed with cutting
hair. Maybe Carter should
get his head shaved and Anderson has his own clippers. Anderson
comes to the ring but Tyrus gets right in his face. The
distraction allows Spud and Mandrews to sneak up on Carter and the
beating is on. Tyrus saves his boss from a haircut but Anderson
plants him with a Mic Check and tape him to the ropes, allowing Spud
to shave Tyrus’ hair. Spud
says Carter is next.
MVP
and the Beat Down Clan are going to be standing tall at the end of
the night.
Mickie
James comes into the arena and is here for some important business
involving Magnus. I’m glad
Josh mentioned that Mickie and Magnus are married, as it was coming
off like something TNA just expected us to know. That’s not
something you should ever do as you don’t want any potentially new
fans to be confused.
Al
Snow vs. Grado
We
get a few more details on Grado, who missed a meeting on British Boot
Camp and was eliminated, only to come back and get eliminated again.
It would be nice if TNA actually SHOWED us this stuff instead of just
telling us but at least it’s something. Snow
destroys him to start and hits the Snow Plow for two, followed by a
moonsault for the same. Grado is really over with the fans here and
you can see that cult following showing through. Grado
avoids a second moonsault
and hits a boot to face,
followed by a Cannonball in the corner and another big boot for the
pin at 4:33. It’s as abrupt
as it sounds.
Rating:
D. The match was nothing but it
gave the fans a feel good moment. I still have no reason to care
about Grado due to living in America and not being able to watch
British Boot Camp, but this was much more for the fans than nothing
else. I’m not sure how much Grado can get over outside of Scotland
but that natural charisma will get him a long way. Granted I would
have said the same thing about Joey Ryan the first time they did this
story.
Snow
shakes Grado’s hand as he promised to do if he lost but the BDC runs
in for the attack. Drew Galloway (McIntyre) runs in with a pipe for
the save and shows about 100x more energy and fire than he has in the
last three years plus. He’s a good hire if he’s around for more than
just this tour.
Angelina
Love and the BroMans are their usual selves but Kong is shown
watching with her usual scowl.
Knockouts
Title: Angelina Love vs. Taryn Terrell
Love
is challenging and jumps Taryn to start, knocking her out to the
floor. A fall away slam gets two but Angelina takes too much time
going up and gets slammed down. Taryn gets two of her own off a
middle rope clothesline but walks into the Botox Injection. Love
takes too much time going after her though and eats a Taryn Cutter
for the pin at 2:37.
Kong
comes out and Implant Busts Taryn but Gail Kim comes out for the
staredown.
We
get Royal Rumble style interviews on who is going to win the
gauntlet.
Robbie
is ready to win the Grand Slam.
Ethan
Carter can beat twenty men in his sleep.
MVP
has been fighting all his life (but is he trouble trouble trouble
trouble trouble?) so this is nothing.
Low
Ki says the BDC runs this place.
Samoa
Joe says 20 men will enter and a Clan will leave victorious.
Here’s
Tommy Dreamer for a chat. Dreamer
says he’s here to fight because Young dropped him on his head last
week. No Young though, so
Dreamer goes to the back and gets jumped. They
fight back into the arena and Tommy wants a referee out here for an
old school fight.
Eric
Young vs. Tommy Dreamer
Dreamer
spits a fan’s beer into Young’s face but gets crotched on the
barricade. Young apparently may be insane and violent but he’s not a
thief. He also bites Dreamer’s forehead and draws some VERY solid
blood before Tommy gets out a table and we get the opening bell.
They head inside but Tommy
is able to backdrop out of a piledriver attempt.
The
DDT onto the chair is countered with a leg sweep but Eric takes too
long setting up a table. Dreamer superplexes himself through the
table with Young barely grazing it. A
chair is wedged into the corner but Dreamer pops back up. Eric low
blows him to take over, sends him into the chair and plants him with
a good looking piledriver for the pin at 4:22.
Rating:
D. Two of my least favorite
wrestlers in the world right now in a needless gimmick match which
didn’t even get five minutes. That bite was SICK though and the
piledriver looked really good too so I can give it a pass, but my
goodness I never want to see these two on TV ever again. Well maybe
Young if he drops way down the card but Dreamer is as welcome as
something very unwelcome at a place you wouldn’t want that something
to be at.
We
recap Magnus vs. Bram, which is due to Magnus taking a Feast or Fired
briefcase from Bram.
Here’s
Mickie James to talk about her fiance’s feud with Bram. She’s had a
great year, including having a beautiful son and getting engaged
(fans: “BOO!” Also Josh was wrong when he said they were
married. Don’t get into Tenay territory Matthews), but she’s here to
call Bram nothing but a coward. Cue Bram with a cueball but Mickie
immediately rips into him for all the things Magnus has done for him
over the years. Magnus was beaten up so badly that he can’t even
hold his own son.
Bram
starts talking but it’s so quiet that I can’t understand him over the
WE WANT MAGNUS chants. The chants aren’t even that loud but the
microphone is so quiet. Bram says Magnus could have any girl in the
world but he’s stuck with her. Mickie is a needy redneck who ruined
his life. That’s why Bram battered him, but Mickie says it’s because
he knows he’s only half the man Magnus is. Bram gets all ticked off
so Mickie slaps him in the face. Referees come out to hold Bram back
and he leaves peacefully. This is already about a million times
better than any Magnus story.
Lashley
and Angle are in the back (with HARDCORE COUNTRY playing) and Lashley
reminds him that he’s the champ. Angle says Lashley is next, so
Lashley will be watching tonight.
Gauntlet
Match
Basically
a twenty man Royal Rumble for a title shot next week. Kenny King is
in at #1 and Austin Aries is in at #2 with King sending Austin to the
apron, only to have Aries run back in and hit the Pendulum Elbow.
King hammers him back down though and Craazy Steve is in at #3.
Steve and Aries team up but the clock gets a lot faster and it’s
Jesse Godderz in at #4. Jesse goes right after Steve but has to skin
the cat to avoid an elimination.
Bram
is in at #5 and people start pairing off for fights in the corners.
The clock gets even faster as Khoya is already in at #6. Steve rakes
Khoya in the eyes but is easily backdropped to the floor for an
elimination. Chris Melendez (where has he been?) is in at #7 and
goes after Bram until Mr. Anderson is in at #8. Anderson is back in
trunks and hammers away until we take a break.
Back
with Tyrus entering at an unlisted number. During the break, Samuel
Shaw, DJZ and Great Sanada all entered, putting Tyrus as #12. Also
during the break, Melendez was the only man eliminated. Everyone’s
attempts to get at Tyrus result in Godderz, DJZ and Shaw being
eliminated. Spud is in at #13 and goes after Tyrus, only to get sent
to the apron and spiked out to the floor. Robbie E. is in at #14 as
Tyrus puts out Khoya.
Sanada
mists Tyrus from the apron but Anderson knocks Sanada to the floor
and sends Tyrus to apron as well. Tyrus hangs on and tries to skin
the cat but Anderson bites his hand for the elimination. Gunner is
in at #15 and goes right after Bram. We have Gunner, Bram, Anderson,
Robbie E., King and Aries in there at the moment. Ethan Carter III
is in at #16 as Robbie is dumped out.
There
go Bram and EC3 as Samoa Joe is in at #17. That goes nowhere so
here’s Low Ki at #18. It’s already announced that MVP and Angle are
the final two, meaning Roode isn’t in it due to the attack by Young
last week. We’re running out of time so MVP is quickly in at #19.
Joe throws out Anderson and it’s all four members of the BDC, Aries
and Gunner at the moment. The BDC dumps Gunner and it’s Angle in at
#20 for a final grouping of Aries, MVP, Low Ki, Joe, King and Angle
as we take a break.
Back
with Aries being eliminated to get us down to five. Lashley comes
out to watch as the Clan takes their time beating Angle down. Kurt
gets in something like a hot shot on Low Ki but Joe Rock Bottoms him
out of the corner to stop Kurt cold. Kurt low bridges Joe to the
floor and the odds are a bit better.
Low
Ki gets backdropped to the floor and it’s down to three. King gets
the same treatment, leaving us with Angle vs. MVP. Kurt is still in
trouble though as he gets caught with the Ballin Elbow but MVP can’t
get him out. A baseball slide misses though and the Black Out does
the same, only to have King trips Angle, allowing MVP to kick him out
for the win at 32:25.
Rating:
C. Keeping this fast was a good
idea as it became a pretty boring battle royal once the BDC was in
full control. MVP winning makes the most sense as you have to give
him a title shot at some point. Angle can have his shot later but
the BDC is the big thing right now and giving its leader the win was
the right call.
Overall
Rating:
B-. The wrestling here
wasn’t the best but that’s not the point of this show. Tonight was a
good example of logically moving stories forward and not doing
anything incredibly stupid (save for putting Tommy Dreamer on TV in
2015 but that’s a different story entirely). This is a MAJOR step
forward for TNA as their product is getting better, even though their
business is pretty horrid at the moment. At
the end of the day though, getting some positive word of mouth is the
best thing they can have right now and shows like this will get them
a long way in doing so.
Results
Matt
Hardy/Wolves b. Revolution – Top rope double stomp to Manik
Grado
b. Al Snow – Al Snow – Big boot
Taryn
Terrell b. Angelina Love – Taryn Cutter
Eric
Young b. Tommy Dreamer – Piledriver
MVP
won a gauntlet match last eliminating Kurt Angle
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Impact Wrestling – February 13, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
February 13, 2015
Location:
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
Attendance:
1,500
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
back in the UK this week for the first of several taped shows. This
tour usually results in some very high energy shows with the crowd
eating up whatever TNA gives them. For once that seems more deserved
as these recent shows have been a lot more entertaining and well put
together than some of the last ones on Spike. Tonight is about the
fallout from Lockdown so let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of Lashley saying he wouldn’t team with Angle until
he changed his mind a week later and helped his team win Lethal
Lockdown.
The
BDC arrived earlier, now in matching gear. MVP tells them to forget
what happened last week because it’s time to show everyone what they
do. Eric Young is here and I’m just going to start calling him a
member of the team. The only reason he isn’t at this point is TNA
said he wasn’t, but it’s close enough so yeah he’s a member of the
team.
Here’s
Angle to open the show. He’s usually been on his own, but he has to
thank Gunner and Aries for helping him last week. The BDC wants to
say they control the World Title, but the best wrestler in the world
controls that title. Angle invites Lashley out here right now and
they shake hands. Lashley says he was there to get his hands on MVP,
not to help Angle. That’s fine with Angle, because he wants to be
World Champion again. It actually has been a very long time.
Before
the champ can say anything, here’s the BDC to interrupt. MVP says
last week’s pin in Lethal Lockdown is stripped from the record books
for some reason so now and it’s time for one of those two to get a
beat down. Lashley cuts MVP off and issues a challenge to either two
of them for a tag match against himself and Angle. This was a
totally acceptable opening segment, but more importantly it was done
in about ten minutes. Take notes WWE.
Austin
Aries stops Bobby Roode in the back and goes over their history
together. Roode of course respects Aries and agrees to give the fans
something special. Unlike the opening segment, I have no idea why
this was necessary.
We
look back at Jeremy Borash preventing EC3 from cutting Spud’s hair
last week.
Carter
says he’s wealthy so he gets whatever he wants, and that would be to
shave Spud’s head. Tonight it’s Carter/Tyrus vs.
Mandrews/Spud/Borash.
Austin
Aries vs. Bobby Roode
So
they’re actually trying to make this Top 5 concept mean something.
Next week there will be a 20 man gauntlet. The first fifteen
entrants will be at random but the last five will be determined by
the top five. Aries comes into this match at #3 and Roode is #1,
basically making this match for the last spot in the gauntlet. The
prize is of course a World Title shot the following week.
They
trade arm holds to start with Aries going to a headstand but getting
caught in an early Crossface. That goes nowhere but neither does
Aries’ early Last Chancery. Both of their other finishers miss as
well and Aries is sent to the apron but he shoulders Roode in the
ribs and hits the slingshot hilo for two. Fast start here. Aries
follows him to the floor with a huge top rope ax handle but gets
dropped with a gordbuster back inside.
The
spinebuster sets up the Blockbuster for two but Aries fights out of
the Roode Bomb. Maybe Bobby should have stuck to busting. Austin
knocks him off the top rope and hits the missile dropkick, followed
by a discus forearm to send him outside. The suicide dive hits the
barricade though and Roode takes over. Back in and Aries gets caught
in the Crossface for the tap out at 8:21.
Rating:
B-. The match was entertaining
but the ending was kind of surprising. It does fit the idea of Aries
hitting the barricade, but it’s rare to see someone with a top
ranking cleanly defending it like this. By saying “this is for the
#1 spot in something”, you’re almost guaranteeing that it’s going
to change. The surprise isn’t a bad thing though and it worked quite
well.
Roode
says this is pro wrestling. I’d call that a pretty big stretch.
Aries leaves and Roode says
it’s time to get his title back. Roode
vs. Lashley III never happened and he deserves a rematch. Cue
Eric Young to jump Roode from behind and plant him with a piledriver.
Of course he does, because where would we be without Eric freaking
Young to take the focus off a good match and a logical story
progression to keep up a feud where Roode won the big gimmick match?
Oh that would be because we can have a TRILOGY, and that’s the magic
word in wrestling for some reason, even when there was no desire to
see a second match.
After
a break, Roode is being helped out and Young piledrives him on the
stage. In case you didn’t
know, Eric Young is CRAZY.
Here’s
Al Snow, looking ancient. He’s been having issues with one of the
students on British Boot Camp, which I’d assume has been seen by
about 18 American fans. The fans in the arena certainly seem to know
it though as they start chanting for Grado, one of the contestants on
the most recent season. In
Grado, Snow found someone else who thought he could do what Snow does
but Grado was just another failure.
Snow
gives Grado one more chance to come out here and quit before he has
to give the student a beating next week. Grado
comes out and looks like a cleaned up Louis Spicolli. Snow rips into
him for a lack of respect and heart. He’s the heel here if that
wasn’t clear. Grado takes the mic away and says Snow doesn’t realize
where he is. They’re in Glasgow and the people here won’t take this
from Snow. Grado’s mom is
in the front row so Snow yells at her, causing Grado to nail him in
the face. The fight is made for next week.
After
the segment is over, I still have the same two questions I had before
it started: who is Grado and why am I supposed to care about this
feud? We first heard about Grado maybe two minutes before he
appeared and were given a very basic backstory about him. I get that
the fans live are going to like him, but if you don’t or can’t watch
British Boot Camp, there’s a good chance you don’t know who this guy
is. Show us some stuff from the show and give us a reason to care,
because otherwise it’s the same as bringing in the ECW guys for shows
in the northeast. If you didn’t care for ECW, you don’t care about
that.
I
don’t care about British Boot Camp, but it’s more because I haven’t
been exposed to it. I’m not a fan of just expecting the fans to know
what you’re talking about, especially when you can clear it up with a
quick package or by giving us some information more than two minutes
before the whole thing starts. It’s going to get some loud pops in
the arena, but there are a lot more fans on the other side of the
camera. I will give them
this though: Snow did a great job at riling up a crowd like an old
school talker can.
Craazy
Steve vs. Bram
Bram
pulls him out of the corner to start, sending Steve’s head into the
buckle. He grabs the mic and says he wants Magnus, stomping at
Steve’s head more every time. Steve’s comeback lasts as long as you
would expect and an impaler DDT gives Bram the pin at 2:20.
JB
says he can’t wrestle but Spud says they’re men and they’re going to
be fine.
Gunner
asks Angle if he’s sure about teaming with Lashley. Kurt knows he
and Lashley are fighting one day and he wants the champ at his best.
Ethan
Carter III/Tyrus vs. Rockstar Spud/Mandrews/Jeremy Borash
Carter,
sporting a huge brace on his arm due to a recent surgery, is thinking
this week and has cordless clippers to shave some hair. Spud gets
right in Carter’s face but Tyrus comes in instead. That goes badly
for Spud and Mandrews is thrown down as well so it’s time for JB vs.
Carter. Ethan easily pounds Jeremy into the corner and it’s off to
Mandrews to take the real beating. Tyrus plants him with the t-bone
and now Carter comes in to pick the bones.
The
announcers get off topic to talk about the main event tag as carter
sends Mandrews face first into the mat. Mandrews fights out of a
chinlock and hits an enziguri, allowing for the tag to Spud. Tyrus
breaks up the Spud offense with a claw hold but accidentally splashes
his boss. A Dudley Dog sends Tyrus to the floor and……Borash goes
up top for a dive onto Tyrus! Borash looks dead after landing but
still it looked good at the time. Back in and the 1%er is enough to
pin Spud at 6:06.
Rating:
C. Spud
is rapidly growing on me as he keeps getting better and better in the
ring and is nailing the Spike Dudley mold of fighting beyond his
size. The dive from Borash was more cool than anything else and gave
me a little smile. This story continues to live WAY beyond its means
and is far more entertaining than it has any right to be. I know
Spud is going to lose in the end, but man alive they’re making it fun
along the way.
Carter
and Tyrus go for the hair but the lights go out and Mr. Anderson
appears to take out the heels.
Gunner
says he’s ready for the gauntlet but gets beaten down by the BDC.
Here’s
Madison to talk about something. Before she can really get going,
she keeps getting interrupted by what sounds like a microphone being
dropped and stepped on. She says she’s one title reign away from the
all time record and no one can beat her. I think you know what’s
coming.
Awesome
Kong vs. Madison Rayne
Kong
splashes her in the corner but misses one in the middle of the ring.
That’s the extent of Madison’s luck as the Implant Buster ends her at
1:24.
Aries
is in Angle’s locker room and says he tapped out because he has his
eyes on the World Title. Angle doesn’t seem to care and again this
seemed a bit worthless.
We
look back at Jeff Hardy’s injury last week to keep him off the UK
tour.
Cue
Matt Hardy to give us an update on his brother’s condition. Jeff has
taken a lot of risks over the years and given us memories that will
last forever. Every time he’s been hurt before, Jeff has always been
able to give Matt a little sign that he’s ok and will be back. Last
week though, there was nothing from Jeff. This brings out the
Revolution so Storm can say that Matt is right.
Storm
did what Edge and Christian and Team 3D couldn’t do. Sting, Kurt
Angle, Roode, Aries, Lashley or even the Undertaker couldn’t do what
he did. He put Jeff Hardy down because heroes only exist because of
villains. Matt has two options: join the Revolution or join his
brother in the hospital. Matt says Jeff’s hospital bed is pretty
nice and the beating is on. Manik puts him in a cross armbreaker and
they go for the noose but the Wolves run out for the save.
Aries
won’t say when he’s cashing in and gets attacked by the BDC. They
even throw him out the door but are nice enough to throw him his
briefcase. We actually get a replay of it not thirty seconds later.
Apparently throwing him the briefcase is a way for the BDC to attack
Lashley as much as they want without worrying about Aries. If
they’re beating him down, wouldn’t they be able to see Aries coming?
Or they could just, keep the briefcase if its presence is required.
Kurt
Angle/Bobby Lashley vs. MVP/Samoa Joe
Ki
and King are of course at ringside. Angle and Joe get things going
after a break and they trade arm control to start. It’s quickly off
to Lashley for a running shoulder to Joe’s ample gut and a hard
clothesline. MVP bails from contact and Joe gets in some cheap shots
to take over. It’s off to MVP for a running basement dropkick and
that’s about it for the leader. Joe runs him over again and King
gets in some choking from the floor. We hit the chinlock for a bit
before Lashley throws Joe down, allowing for the tag off to Angle.
It’s Germans time but the Angle Slam only gets two on Joe.
Everything
breaks down and MVP sends Kurt shoulder first into the post for two.
We settle down to MVP working over Angle before it’s back to Joe for
a weak crossface chicken wing. Angle fights out and makes hot tag
the sequel to Lashley. The big delayed vertical suplex drops MVP and
a spinebuster gets two. Everything breaks down again and Lashley
loads up the spear to Joe but Angle grabs the ankle lock. The
distraction lets MVP roll up Lashley with a handful of trunks for the
pin at 10:08.
Rating:
B-. Nice main event style tag
here and it’s clear that MVP is the next major challenger to the
title before we get to Angle vs. Lashley in their big showdown. This
feels a lot like Reigns vs. Bryan and it’s being done a bit better.
It’s a nice three way feud,
but MVP really doesn’t need a stable behind him to do this. Just
have them all be guys instead of MVP running a group and let them
have a feud. Still though, good enough.
Overall
Rating:
B. TNA is rolling right
now and this was another
good wrestling show. They’re setting up stories and seem to be
paying them off. No it’s not perfect and there are some tweeks that
need to be made, but I’m very pleased with what I’m getting at the
moment. If nothing else,
they’re not cramming 19 segments on one story into a show and are
spreading things around a good bit. That
being said, I’ve thought this before and TNA has managed to screw it
up like no other. Hopefully
it lasts a good while though as this has been very entertaining
lately.
Results
Bobby
Roode b. Austin Aries – Crossface
Bram
b. Craazy Steve – Impaler DDT
Tyrus/Ethan
Carter III b. Rockstar Spud/Mandrews/Jeremy Borash – 1%er to Spud
Awesome
Kong b. Madison Rayne – Implant Buster
MVP/Samoa
Joe b. Lashley/Kurt Angle – Rollup with a handful of trunks

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Impact Wrestling – February 6, 2015

Impact
Wrestling
Date:
February 6, 2015
Location:
Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
As
is going to be the case all year it seems, pay per view is no longer
an option (save for One Night Only because who can forge that series)
so for the first time ever, Lockdown is being offered as a free TV
broadcast. The main event is Team Angle vs. the BDC with Angle’s
team being down a man as Lashley turned down his offer to join.
Let’s get to it.

The
opening video starts off by focusing on the cage itself before
shifting to Roode vs. Young and the Lethal Lockdown main event.
All
matches are inside a cage.
Tag
Team Titles: Hardys vs. James Storm/Abyss
Storm
and Abyss are defending and it’s tornado rules. Matthews says he and
Taz are ringside and then they’re shown in their studio in Nashville.
So Matthews is a liar. Good to know. The Hardys start fast with
Poetry in Motion to both guys but they have to stop to deal with the
interfering Manik. They just happen to have a pair of handcuffs to
tie him to the top rope but the distraction lets the champs take
over. Matt and Jeff are sent into the cage over and over with Matt
getting the worse of it as we take a break.
Back
with Storm hitting a top rope elbow for two on Matt as frustration is
starting to set in for the champions. The Hardys quickly fight back
for a double two count but Matt misses a moonsault to Storm. Matt
doesn’t seem to mind as he hits a top rope Twist of Fate to drop
Storm. Khoya ignores the cage as well and pulls Matt through the
camera hole to the floor, which doesn’t count as a win because it
wasn’t over the top. Back inside, Jeff hits a Twist on Abyss but
Sanada Mists him to break up the Swanton. Storm’s Last Call retains
the titles at 13:36.
Rating:
C. This was more of a spot fest
than a coherent match but that’s what you have to expect for a
tornado style match. It’s not that easy to get much of a story going
without the need for tags and all those other people interfering in
the match. Still though, it had enough big spots to open a show and
it’s always good to see the Revolution get a win.
Post
match the Revolution puts Matt
through a table outside and sets up another in the ring. They unhook
Mania, though where they got
the key isn’t really clear. Manik misses a top rope splash through
the table and Jeff fights
off most of the Revolution and climbs up, only to get crotched on the
cage door and knocked off onto the steps. This is Jeff’s annual “I
can’t go to England” injury angle.
MVP
has a special offer for Angle tonight. After a break, MVP, King and
Young are in the ring with MVP talking about how dangerous this cage
really is. They’re ready to
face anyone who stands in their way tonight and Young promises to
make Roode bleed tonight. Bobby
is offered a chance to walk away but
MVP switches to Angle. He wants Kurt to come out here and talk to
him face to face for a proposal.
Cue
Angle, Gunner and Aries as MVP talks about how all three can walk out
of here (they just walked in here though) without getting beaten up
again. MVP has talked to Angle’s doctor and that knee is being held
together by tape and gum. Has this doctor never heard of privacy
laws??? Angle and company
say they’re not walking away and the brawl is on. Joe
and Low Ki come out to give the BDC an advantage and they crush
Gunner’s arm in the cage door. The Clan runs away instead of taking
advantage of their numbers advantage.
Video
on Havok and Kong dominating the company. I still don’t buy Havok as
anywhere near Kong’s level after winning like five matches.
Gunner
is checked on in the back but he insists he’s starting the match
tonight.
Havok
vs. Awesome Kong
They
start fighting on the ramp with Kong getting the better of it but
being sent into the steps. The bell rings before they’re even in the
cage with Kong down on the floor. Kong fights out of the spinebuster
slam and sends Havok into the steps for her efforts. The fans think
this is better than the Divas, which really isn’t covering a lot of
ground.
They
finally get inside (the girls, not the fans, in case you’re really
thick in the head) and ram heads before Havok kicks her down. It
just seems to fire Kong up though and she no sells a chokeslam for
good measure. A chokeslam puts Havok down and sets up the Awesome
Splash for the pin at 5:48.
Rating:
C+. This was better than I was
expecting, even though the ending was exactly what I expected. There
was no reason to think Havok could go toe to toe with Kong,
especially given how short Havok’s run in TNA has been. She debuted
what, four months ago, which includes the month they were off TV?
Kong looked dominant though and that’s the right idea.
Video
on Roode vs. Young. They have to have someone bleed in this.
From
two weeks ago, Velvet told Angelina that she was fired and starts
crying. Love hugs her and smiles at the news.
Lashley
is told Angle is looking for him and the champ says he isn’t hard to
find.
Eric
Young vs. Bobby Roode
Pin
or submission only. Roode runs him over to start but eats an elbow
to the jaw. The fans already want blood as Eric sends Roode back
first into the cage a few times. A belly to belly sets up a
chinlock on Roode before a powerslam gets two. Cue MVP with a chair
but Roode ducks a big swing. The piledriver is countered into a
catapult to send Young into the cage and you can see Eric blade. I
really shouldn’t like seeing him in pain this much.
The
spinebuster gets two for Bobby and he puts Young on top. A super
Roode Bomb is countered with a cage shot and Young’s top rope elbow
gets two. Young loads up another elbow onto the chair but Roode gets
up and blasts him in the back. The Roode Bomb onto a chair is good
for the pin at 7:55.
Rating:
D. Well that happened and I
still don’t care. At the end of the day, Eric Young isn’t
interesting, intimidating, tough, worthy of being in a major story or
anything positive that I can think of. This “12 years thrown away”
story made my head hurt as these two barely associated for years and
the whole “Roode owns Young and makes his life miserable” period
is conveniently forgotten. Just get Young back to the comedy jobber
guy he’s been for years so I don’t have to put up with this any
longer.
Lashley
turns Angle down again so Kurt throws him against the wall and tells
him to wake up.
The
announcers debate the upcoming Top 5.
Mandrews/Rockstar
Spud vs. Tyrus
Tyrus
easily shrugs off a double teaming to start and shoves both guys into
corners. A double Tongan Death Grip has them in trouble but they
come back with a double dropkick to the face and then more to the
chest. An enziguri is good for one but Spud escapes a powerbomb and
climbs all the way to the top of the cage. With a middle finger to
Carter, Spud hits a HUGE flip dive to take Tyrus down and Ethan is
stunned.
Carter
gets up and spits at Mandrews, tricking him into coming out of the
cage. Carter trips him up on the way out, sending Mandrews’ head
into the steps to make this one on one. Spud is distracted from
covering and gets the cage door slammed on his head, setting up a
Tongan slam and Asiatic Spike to the neck for the pin on Spud at
5:44.
Rating:
C. That big flip and Carter’s
facials make this match work better, even though Mandrews really
didn’t need to be in the match. I’m digging this feud way more than
I was expecting to and I’m actually believing Spud could pull off the
upset and beat Carter, even though that wouldn’t make a ton of sense.
Carter
goes to shave Spud’s head but JB unplugs his clippers.
We
look at Hardy being hurt “moments ago” and say there’s no update.
Roode
talks about the fifteen years he’s known Eric and says he made Young
bleed, just like he promised. They were best friends but now it’s
all gone and it’s time to move on.
Earlier
tonight, Robbie E. challenged Brooke to a competition to determine
who lost the Amazing Race. They had a dizzy bat challenge before
climbing the cage and getting back out with the winner crossing a
finish line. Robbie almost won but spent too much time taking a
picture, allowing Brooke to hit him low and win. This was heavily
clipped instead of showing the full thing.
Team
Angle vs. Beat Down Clan
Kurt
Angle, Gunner, Austin Aries, ???
MVP,
Kenny King, Samoa Joe, Low Ki
Lethal
Lockdown, meaning two men start for two minutes and then a team
(determined by a coin toss) gets to send in its second man. After
two minutes the team that lost the coin toss gets to send in its
second man to tie things up for two minutes. The teams continue to
alternate until all participants are in when it’s first pinfall or
submission wins. There are weapons provided inside the cage for the
duration of the match this year, as opposed to them not coming down
until the last man enters in previous editions.
King
and Gunner get things going with Kenny going after the injured arm.
Gunner whips him into the cage and blasts him in the back of the head
with a trashcan lid to keep King in trouble. He chokes King with a
nightstick but Low Ki comes in to make it 2-1. They’re already going
quickly through this match.A big trashcan lid shot to Gunner’s head
gives the BDC control and King holds him for kicks to the chest. The
beating continues until Austin Aries comes in for the tie. Austin
immediately starts speeding things up and blasts King in the ribs
with the nightstick.
Gunner
opts for a tennis racket (cue the Jim Cornette reference from Taz)
but it’s Samoa Joe to give the BDC another advantage. More weapons
shots have Team Angle in trouble as this is getting very repetitive,
just like almost all Lethal Lockdown matches. Angle ties it up again
and takes a hockey stick to his ribs upon entry. Kurt doesn’t seem
to mind and German suplexes Joe before rolling Kenny up out of
instinct. Team Angle gets beaten down with more weapons shots until
MVP completes the BDC.
Pins
and submissions are allowed now as all the announced wrestlers are
in. Back from a break with the BDC destroying everyone in sight with
quadruple teaming. Angle finally gets back up and blasts them with
the trashcan lid. The comeback is short lived though as the BDC
destroys them again….and here’s Lashley. This would be more
exciting if TNA hadn’t shown him appearing four times now in their
previews for next week.
He
extends his hand to MVP but doesn’t let go, pulling the leader into a
clothesline. Lashley cleans house but gets taken down into the
corner and choked out by MVP. Angle counters Joe’s Muscle Buster
into the ankle lock as Gunner Gun Racks King and Aries puts Ki in the
Last Chancery. Lashley spears MVP down for the pin at 20:23.
Rating:
C+. Bobby Lashley is exactly
what Roman Reigns should be. He’s big, he’s strong, he runs through
people, and he barely ever speaks because his actions do all his
talking for him. I’ve had a lot of fun watching Lashley break people
in half over the last few months and he’s far more entertaining than
Reigns more often than not. Put Reigns on a roll like this and build
it as a clash of the titans against Lesnar and I’d want to see it.
Some guys just don’t need to have a really detailed character and
both Lashley and Reigns fit that mold.
The
rest of the match was just there and followed the format of almost
every single Lethal Lockdown match in history, minus the big spot on
top. You knew it wasn’t going to really crank up until the end of
the match which makes the first seventeen minutes or so pretty dull
stuff. I can only see a trashcan lid to the back of the head to
change momentum so many times.
Overall
Rating:
C+. It’s a decent
enough show but as usual, most of these matches don’t need to be
inside a cage. This is very similar to the Elimination Chamber or
Hell in a Cell PPV: the calendar alone said these matches had to be
in cages and there really wasn’t a reason for a lot of them to be
under these rules. Look at Kong vs. Havok and see that the cage
didn’t change a thing. The Hardy bump could have been done off the
top rope for the same ending and Spud could have hit the same move
off the top rope. Only the main event required a cage and it didn’t
really change much. Decent show but not necessary.
Results
James
Storm/Abyss b. Hardys – Last Call to Jeff
Awesome
Kong b. Havok – Awesome Splash
Bobby Roode b. Eric Young – Roode Bomb onto a chair
Tyrus
b. Mandrews/Rockstar Spud – Asiatic Spike to Spud
Team
Angle b. Beat Down Clan – Spear to MVP
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