Date: April 27, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
This is one of TNA’s
rare PPVs and it’s actually coming on the heels of another. That
being said, there’s not a ton of interesting stuff happening in TNA
at the moment. The big stories are Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode in a
tables match and Eric Young vs. Magnus II for the World Title, which
isn’t doing much for me as a main event feud. Let’s get to it.
The opening video is
narrated by Eric Young and talks about how Eric isn’t the typical
champion and how he’s doing all of this for the people. Magnus says
he’s above Eric and the people and was born to be a champion. TNA
actually claiming this isn’t taken from Daniel Bryan makes me
Tag Team Titles: Bro
Mans/Zema Ion vs. Wolves
It’s three on two with
the Bro Mans/Zema defending. They’ve cheated time after time to keep
the titles using help from whichever member wasn’t in the match at
the time so tonight everyone is in the match at the same time.
Before the match Eddie gets on the mic and asks Christy to read
something. It’s a note from MVP saying this is now No DQ.
The Wolves clean house
to start and low bridge the champions to the floor before LAUNCHING
Ion over the top to the floor. Stereo dives take the Bro Mans out
again before the Wolves take turns mauling Zema with whatever painful
looking strikes they can think of. Ion finally gets in a shot with
his laptop to put Eddie down and the champions take over. Davey is
dropped throat first onto the barricade as we finally get down to one
Jesse gets two on
Edwards off a powerslam before Robbie comes in to choke with some
tape. Off to Ion who gets slapped in the face but comes back with a
hard elbow to keep Eddie in trouble. Back to Robbie for a chinlock
before the champions start double teaming Edwards. A nice dropkick
from Jesse gets two but he gets caught in a belly to back suplex.
The numbers game keeps the champions in control though as Ion pulls
Richards off the apron and prevents a tag.
Back in and Eddie takes
both Bro Mans down with a double hurricanrana before the hot tag
brings in Richards. Davey cleans house and throws Robbie into Zema
for a front facelock (as in Ion has Robbie in the hold) before
dropkicking Ion down, forcing him to DDT Robbie at the same time.
That was so contrived looking I can’t begin to comprehend it. The
Wolves dominate the champions and hit the double double stomp on
Jesse for the pin and the titles at 10:15. Tenay’s reaction is as
unemotional as I have ever heard for a title change.
Very stupid DDT spot aside, this was a nice choice for an opener.
The fans love the Wolves and reacted well enough to the title change,
but the impact is kind of lost due to this being the second time
they’ve won the belts. The No DQ stipulation wasn’t needed at all
here and was only used for the laptop spot, which could have easily
been a knee to the back.
Shaw says he’s a perfectly normal man and will send Anderson to the
mental institution tonight.
recap Samuel Shaw vs. Mr. Anderson. Basically Shaw is nuts and
stalked Christy Hemme so Anderson is fighting for her. Shaw’s mom is
named Christy and is straight out of a horror movie, offering
everyone pie and acting like her son is perfectly normal.
Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
Match, meaning you have to take your opponent outside and put him in
a van to win and the loser goes to a mental institution. Shaw runs
away from Anderson to start and Christy is at ringside. After hiding
behind Christy, Shaw is sent into the post, apron and barricade to
give Anderson the early advantage. They
head inside with Shaw nailing Anderson in the ribs with a shoulder
but missing a charge and falling back to the floor.
grabs the standing choke on the floor and puts him out in a few
moments but now has to drag him to the back. Instead
he drags Christy inside and says she’s coming with him whether she
likes it or not. Christy slaps him in the face but Shaw seems to
like it. The distraction lets Anderson get back up and nail a
clothesline and neckbreaker to send Shaw crawling up the aisle.
Anderson says no no no and sends him into the barricade before
kicking Samuel in the face.
Mic Check off the stage is
countered with some elbows but Anderson hits the rolling fireman’s
carry instead. He says Shaw is going for a little ride but first
it’s a chair to Shaw’s ribs and back. Anderson
whips him into the barricade again and they head into the interview
find JB and Anderson makes him interview Shaw while holding him in a
headlock. Shaw is put on a cart and wheeled into some metal boxes as
they find the van. The distraction of opening the doors lets Samuel
get in a few cheap shots as Christy comes in. She distracts him
before hitting Shaw low and there’s a Mic Check to send Shaw into the
van for the win at 10:30.
Well that….happened. I doubt this is the end of the feud because
it’s TNA and things don’t end after a few gimmick matches, but
there’s no reason for them to keep going. At least Christy didn’t
turn on Anderson to side with Shaw like I was expecting, but there’s
still time for her to do something stupid like that.
Carter says he didn’t do anything wrong by beating Kurt Angle because
it was all about making a name for himself. Angle has been in the
ring with a bunch of legends and won a bunch of titles, but there’s
one man that Angle will never ever (repeat about 15 times) and that’s
Ethan Carter. Spud doesn’t like Willow either.
Spud/Ethan Carter III vs. Willow/Kurt Angle
hides in the ropes to avoid Kurt to start before quickly tagging in
Spud. Angle just stares as Spud tries to get fired up before
threatening to knock Spud all the way back to England. Back to
Carter as we’re over a minute and a half in with no contact. Ethan
bails to the floor as the stalling continues. Back in and Angle
tries an ankle lock but Carter dives over to tag Spud in. The
Englishman goes outside too as we’ve had about 15 seconds of action
in three minutes.
gets the tag and dives onto both guys who fail to catch him, allowing
Willow to crash onto the floor. He was holding the umbrella at the
time so the fans chant Mary Poppins. Angle misses a charge into the
steps and Willow has to take both heels down with a Whisper in the
Wind back inside. Carter
gets in a cheap shot though and Spud hammers away to take over. A
snap suplex gets two on Willow as Angle is still down on the floor.
I’d guess he’s still hurt given how much he’s been laying around.
double teaming continues until Angle sneaks in for some rolling
Germans on Carter. There’s the ankle lock but Spud tries to make the
save with a sleeper. That goes about as well as you would expect and
it’s an ankle lock on Spud until Carter chop blocks Kurt down.
Willow breaks up a leg lock
and cleans house until Spud is left alone in the ring against both
good guys. Twist of Fate into the Angle Slam into the Swanton is
good for the pin at 9:05.
This could have closed the first hour of any episode of Impact.
Angle isn’t ready to come back full time yet after that knee injury
and in that case, he needs to sit down again for awhile. It’s
obvious that they’re hiding his condition and that’s fine, but it
doesn’t make for interesting matches. I’m assuming Carter doesn’t
lose until BFG.
Young loves when the fans cheer for him and he’s not losing the title
because it makes him feel too good.
and his girlfriend are coming back to TNA. She says he’ll get all
the rebel he can handle, which I think is her name. Knux says there
will be two other people joining them: Crazy Steve and the Freak.
Rebel isn’t pleased.
on Sanada winning the X Title and how important it is in Japan.
Title: Sanada vs. Tigre Uno
is the third match in a best of three series for the title. Feeling
out process to start and they trade some near falls until it’s a
standoff. A hurricanrana puts Tigre down to the floor for a breather
before Sanada catches him in a rolling cradle for two. Tigre
comes back with a rollup of his own and a kick gets the same. A
freaky looking neck lock (think a headscissors on the mat with Tigre
cranking on the arm) has Sanada in trouble but he quickly counters
into a dragon sleeper.
escapes again and tries a springboard but gets dropkicked out of the
air in a nice counter. Back up and a Jericho springboard dropkick
sends Sanada out to the floor. A sloppy flip dive takes out Sanada
again but he’s able to get his knees up to block a moonsault back
hits a pair of springboard chops to the head drops Tigre but he comes
back with a release suplex to send Sanada into the ropes. The
challenger goes up top but gets pulled down with a top rope
hurricanrana. Sanada misses his top rope moonsault and Tigre escapes
the dragon suplex. A cradle DDT puts Sanada down again but he avoids
a Phoenix Splash, setting up the moonsault to retain the title at
Take two guys and let them fly around for a few minutes. They didn’t
mean anything at all and it was pretty much every single
cruiserweight match ever in WCW that didn’t have Mysterio, Kidman or
Guerrera. I also have no idea why this was a best of three series as
it meant nothing at all.
James Storm promises to
cut Gunner down to size.
We recap the I Quit
match. Storm and Gunner randomly teamed up just under a year ago
before turning on each other after losing the titles to the Bro Mans.
This is I believe their fourth gimmick match of the feud.
James Storm vs.
I quit match. They
slug it out to start with Storm getting the better of it and knocking
Gunner out to the floor. Storm whips him into the barricade hard
enough to knock it over on top of Gunner. They fight over the steps
with Gunner taking over with a hard clothesline. Gunner throws him
back inside and finds a trashcan filled with toys. Storm kicks the
ropes low into Gunner as they come back inside before an Elevated
Stunner (think Orton) but Gunner won’t quit.
A pair of chair shots
still won’t make Gunner quit and a cookie sheet still doesn’t do the
trick. Storm chokes away in the corner until Guner FINALLY comes
back with a running knee to the face to take over. It’s time for the
first weapon from Gunner as he grabs a trashcan lid and blasts Storm
in the head over and over. Storm finally gets one of his own for a
duel but Gunner keeps control.
Gunner nails a swan
dive but this time it’s Storm that won’t quit. Instead Gunner tries
a charge but goes hard into the post to change control again. Storm
sends him into the post one more time and plants Gunner with an
Elevated DDT on the floor. Naturally Gunner isn’t ready to quit yet
and Storm is getting frustrated.
Storm finds the beer
bottle and blasts Gunner in the head to cut him open but of course
Gunner won’t quit. Off to a Boston crab of all things but Gunner is
quickly in the ropes. Some belt shots to the back have Gunner in
trouble and there’s the Last Call to put him down again. He still
won’t quit though so Storm just rips at the cut to draw more blood.
Gunner rams his own head into the buckle and screams NEVER before
hitting three straight F5s.
With nothing else to
do, Gunner sets up the two chairs in the ring and bridges the
barricade across it. A HUGE superplex puts Storm through the steel
and both guys are almost done. Gunner picks up a piece of the beer
bottle and drives it into Storm’s head to make him quit at 19:04.
Now NEVER LET THEM FIGHT AGAIN. Yeah the match wasn’t bad but I just
don’t need to see this match ever again. We get it: Gunner can beat
James Storm. Now let us find out what he can do against someone
else. Gunner getting the spot instead of Young makes more sense, but
I guess Young’s goofiness is just better for business. Or something.
Angelina Love says
Madison Rayne is a charity case and tonight she’ll win her sixth
Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne
Madison is defending
and quickly knocks Angelina out to the floor with a shoulder.
Angelina has a meeting with Velvet Sky and comes back in for a
headlock and shoulder of her own. Madison takes her down with a nice
trip but can’t use the headscissors face slam into the mat. Instead
it’s a baseball slide to send Love back to the floor but she sends a
following Rayne face first into the apron.
Back inside and the
Beautiful People take turns choking on the ropes and in the corner to
little avail. Madison gets a quick sunset flip for two but gets sent
to the floor where she beats on Velvet a bit. Back in and the
challenger puts on a figure four with her legs in a nice touch. An
enziguri puts Love down again though and now the face slam works.
Velvet tries to help
her friend but the champ dives on both of them in an awesome visual.
They head inside again and it’s the Rayne Drop for two. Angelina’s
Botox Injection (Brogue Kick) gets the same and the fit is thrown.
Madison comes back with a spear but Velvet sprays her in the eyes
with hairspray, allowing Love to roll Rayne up with a handful of
tights for the pin and the title at 8:15.
It’s a Knockouts match so you’ve seen the whole thing before at least
a few times. Angelina winning the title again makes sense in
storyline terms but it’s still nothing new. I don’t really care
about the Beautiful People reunion as it feels like we’ve traveled
back in time instead of doing something that might get people to
care. That almost never works in wrestling, at least when the past
act is the focus.
Ray starts a tables chant and promises to put Bobby Roode through the
recap Ray vs. Roode, which is fallout from Lockdown where Ray turned
on Roode and cost his team the main event. They’ve put each other
through tables ever since, setting up this tables match.
Ray vs. Bobby Roode
match. They slug it out to start with the Bully getting the
advantage and nailing a nice backdrop. A side slam has Roode in
trouble and Bobby is bleeding from the lip. The Flip Flop and Fly
has Roode down again and it’s already table time. Ray takes too much
time though and Roode gets in a shot to take over. Bobby knocks him
off the apron but can’t drive Ray through a table.
in and Ray hits a dropkick of all things but takes too much time
getting a table, allowing Roode to come back with a nice neckbreaker.
Bobby sets up a table in the corner and they fight over a suplex
with neither guy being able to pull it off. With
that not working, Bobby shoves him into the corner and yells a lot
before kicking Ray in the chest. He loads up Ray’s powerbomb but
gets backdropped down for his efforts.
snaps Ray’s throat across the top rope but Bully chops the skin off
Bobby’s chest back inside. Neither guy can hit a powerbomb through
the tables and there goes the referee. Of course now Ray is able to
powerbomb Roode through the table with no one seeing it but the fans.
goes to get another table but takes too long, allowing Roode to hit a
spinebuster. The Roode Bomb through the table doesn’t work so Bobby
goes up, only to dive into the cutter. Ray puts Roode on two tables
at ringside before going up top, only to have Dixie Carter in a beard
(seriously) appear and shove him through the tables to give Roode the
win at 13:55.
The match wasn’t bad but the ending made my head hurts. As I said
earlier, we’ve seen these two put each other through tables for weeks
now and seeing it happen again at a bearded Dixie Carter’s hands (I
can’t get over that) doesn’t make it any more interesting. It’s just
something else that happened and it’s not much to see.
says that he’ll show Eric Young what a wrestling champion is tonight.
He has no backup so he can prove his biggest criticism wrong.
Magnus: “You can call me Wreck-It Ralph because there’s no one I’d
rather be than me.”
recap Magnus vs. Eric Young. Eric won a gauntlet match for a shot at
the title later in the night where he won the belt in a shocker.
Tonight is Magnus’ rematch which is basically people’s champion vs.
man destined to be a champion. This gets a music video treatment
which is basically a career retrospective for Young.
World Title: Magnus vs. Eric Young
get the big match intros and Eric is defending. The fans of course
chant USA for the Canadian champion. Magnus
gets in Young’s face to start and shoves him into the corner as we
get a SUPER ERIC chant. Young
comes back and takes the Brit down before walking over his spine.
Back up and they trade headlocks until Magnus cranks on both of
Eric’s arms with a knee in the back. Eric
rolls out with ease and Magnus heads outside to think about it.
champ hits a nice plancha to take Magnus down and the fans chant EY.
It’s so nice that we look at it again and the background is missing,
so instead of a graphic in the back it’s the same video that is on
the mini screen in the replay. Eric dives off the apron into a belly
to belly (replay again and this one works) to give Magnus control.
Back in and we hit the
chinlock on Young followed by a knee that might have been low.
tries to fight back but gets caught in a drop toehold into a camel
clutch. We get a light dueling “Let’s Go EY/EY Sucks” chant as
Eric fights up and they both hit cross bodies. That
works so well that they do it again with clotheslines and both guys
are down. Eric wins a
slugout and scores with a flying forearm followed by a clothesline.
Magnus escapes the piledriver but gets caught in a nice belly to
belly. The champion misses a moonsault and gets slammed down,
setting up Magnus’ top rope elbow for two.
wheelbarrow suplex into a neckbreaker puts Magnus down and it’s
Eric’s elbow connecting for a near fall. Young still can’t get the
piledriver as Magnus counters into a Kingsland Cloverleaf. A rope is
quickly grabbed though and it’s Eric putting on a horrible looking
Scorpion until Magnus makes the ropes even faster than Eric did.
Magnus nails him with a right hand on top and a slam down gets two
more. The referee stops
Magnus from bringing in a hammer, allowing Eric to connect with the
piledriver for an even closer near fall. There’s a second piledriver
and the elbow to retain the title at 15:44.
So I guess Eric is the long term plan because…..well because
they’ve tried EVERYTHING else and it hasn’t worked. This was
actually far better than I was expecting as they told a decent story,
though the ending didn’t really work too well. It’s the match of the
night for sure though and a good way to close a show.
Overall Rating: C.
This just didn’t do it for me. I see no reason for this to be a PPV
and it feels like their old Russo shows: gimmicks added for no reason
at all (No DQ in the opener and the van stuff with Anderson vs.
Shaw), stories that just keep going (Storm vs. Gunner) and a main
event that tried but just didn’t feel like a big match because of who
not that the show was terrible because it did have its moments, but
it’s a reflection on how unappealing TNA really is at the moment.
It’s a watchable show and
the main event isn’t bad, but it’s nothing worth going out of your
way to see. Also, where was Abyss? As in the guy that Impact was
built around last week. I’d assume he didn’t make the show because
they didn’t have time to figure him in because this show had SO much
thought put into it right?
Wolves b. Bro Mans/Zema
Ion – Double stomp to Godderz
Mr. Anderson b. Samuel
Shaw – Anderson threw Shaw into the van
Willow/Kurt Angle b.
Ethan Carter III/Rockstar Spud –
Sanada b. Tigre Uno –
Gunner b. James Storm –
Storm quit after being cut with a beer bottle
Angelina Love b.
Madison Rayne – Rollup with a handful of tights
Bobby Roode b. Bully
Ray – Dixie Carter shoved Ray through two tables
Eric Young b. Magnus –
Top rope elbow
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