Impact Wrestling – April 26, 2016

Impact Wrestling
Date: April 26, 2016
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero

It’s another one of those big TV specials (Sacrifice in this case) for TNA with a main event of Tyrus challenging Drew Galloway for the TNA World Title. Other than that we have Ethan Carter III vs. Mike Bennett in a No DQ match and Beer Money defending the Tag Team Titles against Decay in a Valley of Shadows match. Let’s get to it.

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Sacrifice 2014

Sacrifice
2014
Date: April 27, 2014
Location: Impact Zone,
Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Taz
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
chuckle.
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
on 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.
Rating: C.
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.
Samuel
Shaw says he’s a perfectly normal man and will send Anderson to the
mental institution tonight.
We
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.
Mr.
Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
Commitment
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.
Shaw
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.
A
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
area.
They
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.
Rating: D+.
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.
Ethan
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.
Rockstar
Spud/Ethan Carter III vs. Willow/Kurt Angle
Carter
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.
Willow
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.
The
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.
Rating: D+.
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.
Eric
Young loves when the fans cheer for him and he’s not losing the title
because it makes him feel too good.
Knux
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.
Video
on Sanada winning the X Title and how important it is in Japan.
X-Division
Title: Sanada vs. Tigre Uno
This
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.
Tigre
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
inside.
Sanada
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
9:40.
Rating: C.
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.
Gunner
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.
Rating: B-.
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
Knockout Title.
Knockouts Title:
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.
Rating: C-.
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.
Bully
Ray starts a tables chant and promises to put Bobby Roode through the
wood.
We
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.
Bully
Ray vs. Bobby Roode
Tables
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.
Back
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.
Roode
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.

Ray
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.
Rating: C-.
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.
Magnus
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.”
We
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.
TNA
World Title: Magnus vs. Eric Young
We
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.
The
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.
Eric
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.
A
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.
Rating: B-.
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
was involved.
It’s
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?
Results
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 –
Moonsault
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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TNA Sacrifice Thread

Matches on the card tonight include:

Magnus vs. Eric Young for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Willow & Kurt Angle vs. ECIII & Rockstar Spud
Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray in a Tables Match
American Wolves vs. The BroMans in a Handicapped Match for the TNA Tag Team Titles
Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockouts Championship
Tigre Uno vs. Sanada for the X Division Championship
James Storm vs. Gunner in a “I Quit Match”
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw in a “Committed Match”

Sacrifice 2012

Sacrifice 2012
Date: May 13, 2012
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Time for another filler PPV from the boys in Orlando. The card here
is better than the Victory Road show but it’s definitely a B show at
best. The main event is Roode vs. RVD for the title and we’ll likely get
more developments in the return of Abyss story as well. To be fair
though, that’s one of the most interesting stories they’ve had in
awihle. Let’s get to it.

The opening video is about how Roode is angry about recent events.

Tag Titles: Samoa Joe/Magnus vs. Kazarian/Christopher Daniels

The announcers talk about how awesome Magnus is. He and Daniels start
with the British guy in control. Daniels gets in an elbow in the corner
but a cross body is countered into a suplex in a cool power display.
Off to Joe and Daniels runs away, bringing in Kaz. A big elbow puts Kaz
down and it’s off to Magnus. The champions use some good teamwork to
beat on Kaz but Daniels trips up Magnus to shift control.

Magnus plays Ricky Morton with a British accent. Both challengers
work on him a little bit at a time until it’s chinlock time from
Daniels. Joseph Park is in the audience. Kaz hooks a double chickenwing
but Magnus fights up and hits a shoulder block to escape. There’s the
tag to Joe who cleans house and creates heel miscommunication. Release
Rock Bottom puts Daniels down out of the corner.

Daniels breaks up the champions’ finishing move with a boot to Joe’s
face. A DDT gets two on Joe as does the STO. Magnus gets in a shot to
allow the champions to hit the finishing sequence on Daniels but Kaz
pulls Magnus to the floor. Joe goes for the save and Magnus goes back
in, but the challengers hit a Total Elimination on Magnus for the
surprise pin and the titles at 10:54.

Rating: C. Pretty good opening but the ending was
pretty surprising. I guess there’s a reason to give the titles to
Daniels/Kaz, but the division is still pretty weak given the roster of
tag teams at this point. Joe and Magnus were getting good together and
I’m sure they’ll get a title shot again but odds are on AJ finding a
partner and going after them.

Tenay and Taz plug their social media stuff.

We recap Brooke vs. Gail. In short: Gail is a wrestler, Brooke is a
model who looks good in a bikini but she wants to prove she can fight.
Brooke has three wins in a row over Gail coming into this.

Knockouts Title: Brooke Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim

Gail jumps Brooke to start but Tessmacher tries Eat Defeat twice to
send Gail running to the floor. Gail gets in a kick to the ribs to take
over and follows with a shoulder block to the ribs. The champion hits a
backbreaker and bends Brooke over the knee in a submission hold out of
the same position.

It’s about 99% Kim until Brooke gets a flying forearm to get herself a
breather. A facejam out of the corner puts Gail down and a top rope
elbow gets two. The champion tries a quick Eat Defeat but Brooke hits
one of her own which knocks Gail to the floor. Back inside that gets
two. And then Gail rolls her up with feet on the ropes to retain at
6:50.

Rating: C-. Not bad here but Tessmacher continues to
be just barely better than your normal terrible women’s wrestler.
Anyone that believes she’s out there because of anything other than how
she looks in her wrestling outfits is delusional. Still though, I’d have
switched the title due to how long Gail has had the title and how stale
her title reign has gotten.

Kaz and Daniels say that AJ got where he is by whistling Dixie. Kaz
and Daniels are where they are because they beat people up. Daniels says
his championship is proof. This is just beginning with AJ and you may
now worship them.

TV Title: D-Von vs. Robbie E vs. Robbie T

Officially it’s a triple threat. D-Von punches T to the floor and
then punches E down. A Rock Bottom gets two on E but T pulls the
champion to the floor. E gets back up and tells T to stand down because
he’s got this. Powerslam gets two for E. D-Von comes back and knocks E
to the floor but T catches him with a shot to the back. Powerslam gets
two as E makes the save. Extra and Terrestrial get in a shoving match,
allowing D-Von to roll up T to retain at 5:40.

Rating: D+. This feud MUST be over now right? It’s
been going on for like four months now and for the life of me I don’t
get why it’s continued this long. Are there really no other people that
can get in on the TV Title hunt? Nothing to see here but hopefully it
ends this feud once and for all.

T teases attacking E post match but they’re ok.

We recap Anderson vs. Hardy. Basically they both wanted to be #1
contender but got in a fight instead. RVD got the shot so these two need
something to do.

Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy

Feeling out process to start resulting in some armdrags by Hardy into
an armbar. They head to the floor with Jeff in control and Anderson
going into various metal objects. Jeff tries a running attack off the
steps but Anderson moves. Jeff blocks the contact into the railing
though and therefore doesn’t lose control. Back in Anderson kicks him
down but gets caught by a jawbreaker from Jeff.

Jeff tries the slingshot dropkick in the corner but Anderson gets his
own feet up to block it. Clothesline gets two as does a flying armbar.
Hardy rolls to the apron and tries to fight back but gets caught by a
neckbreaker through the ropes for two. Anderson hooks the arm again but
Jeff fights to his feet. Another neckbreaker is countered and Jeff hits a
Mic Check to put both guys down.

Anderson is up first but Jeff meets him with right hands. Hardy loads
up Whisper in the Wind but Anderson moves forward to send Hardy
crashing down. Twist of Fate from Anderson gets two but the Kenton Bomb
misses. The Swanton connects but only for two. In a really strange
ending, Hardy tries his legdrop between Anderson’s legs but Anderson
shoves Hardy’s legs back and rolls him up for the pin, but I was almost
sure Hardy kicked out. Either way it gets the pin at 11:40.

Rating: C-. This was supposed to be a big main event
style match but it didn’t work at all for me. Anderson is just so
uninteresting in the ring and for the life of me I don’t get why he went
over Hardy here. I guess the ending is going to be a selling point
later on as Hardy pretty clearly kicked out and he protested after the
match, but we’ll have to wait for Impact for that.

Aries says he isn’t worried about Ray tonight. He thinks better is better than bigger, and that the bullying stops tonight.

We get a video from the end of Impact where Abyss returned.

Joseph Park is in the crowd and is having a great time. He says he
didn’t see Abyss return on Thursday because he was recovering from Ray
attacking him. Abyss might appear tonight too.
Crimson comes out to brag about beating Morgan on Thursday. He issues an open challenge and here’s who he gets.

Crimson vs. Eric Young

I didn’t hear a bell and it’s time for COMEDY! Eric locks up with the
referee and does Ultimo Dragon’s handstand in the corner. A clothesline
puts Crimson on the floor, although I never heard a bell. Crimson
throws him to the floor to take over and a suplex gets two. There’s the
cravate and Eric gets shoved down. ODB gets in and gets shoved down
which ticks Eric off. And there go his pants. He slams Crimson down and
drops a top rope elbow for no cover. Eric goes to check on ODB but
Crimson shoves him into the wife and Red Sky gets the pin at 4:00.

Rating: D. What does anyone see in either of these
guys? Eric IS NOT FUNNY. He does the same stuff every single week and it
just isn’t funny. Hey look: he can take his pants off and lock up with a
referree. COMEDY! Crimson is the most uninteresting undefeated name
this side of Tatanka as it’s clear they have no idea what they’re doing
with him.

Ray says that he doesn’t do Twitter and plugs his MySpace page. He’s too big for Aries to beat too.
We recap Aries vs. Ray, which is victim vs. Bully with the victim fighting back.

Bully Ray vs. Austin Aries

Ray goes into a nearly Memphis level of stalling until Aries jumps
him. Taz uses the time to actually offer some veteran analysis, talking
about how it’s possible for a smaller guy to use leverage moves against
bigger guys like Ray. Aries pounds away on him but gets shoved down. Ray
tries to stomp him but Aries bites the calf to escape. Aries goes up
but a big boot knocks him into the barricade in a cool looking bump.

Oh man Aries has some bad looking bruises on his back which Tazz
calls busted blood vessels. Ray slams him down and puts on a bearhug
before hitting a HARD chop to the chest. Aries pops up and says hit me
again which Ray does. Aries tries to come back but gets chopped down
again. Ray says stay down but Aries comes back with chops. A running
elbow in the corner hits Ray but he comes back with a modified powerbomb
for two. Ray sends him into the ropes and hits a wicked one man 3D but
it only gets two.

Here comes Joseph Park to the front row and Ray comes out to get in
his face. He pulls Park over the railing and into ringside but Aries
takes Ray down with a suicide dive. Back in the ring a missile dropkick
sends Ray into the corner and Aries somehow pulls off the brainbuster
for two. Ray tries a superbomb out of the corner but falls on his face,
allowing Aries to throw on the Last Chancery for the tap at 13:17.

Rating: B. Good match here and it’s good that they
gave Aries the win. There was no need to have Ray get a win here and for
awhile I was thinking they were going to go with him. On a side note,
that one man 3D is a great finisher for Ray as it looks devastating.
Anyway, good win for Aries here but he needs to get rid of that belt
soon. It’s not helping him anymore and it kills the division a little
more every day he has it.

We recap the pictures being revealed on Monday.

AJ says he isn’t here to talk about pictures.

We recap Angle vs. Styles. Angle beat Styles because AJ was
distracted by Daniels and the photos he had and Angle didn’t want to win
that way. This is his rematch.

AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle

Angle is pretty much a tweener now as he doesn’t really have an
allegiance to either side of the spectrum. AJ takes it to the mat which
goes to a standoff. Now Angle takes it to the mat and AJ bails. Angle
has lowered his kneepad and tells AJ to shoot for the leg. AJ outsmarts
him though and kicks Angle in the face as Angle drops down into defense.
Angle hooks a bearhug and tries a suplex but Styles counters into a
Styles Clash attempt which is countered into an ankle lock attempt which
doesn’t work.

Angle takes over with a headlock which lasts for awhile. Styles comes
out of it and drops a knee. Styles Clash is broken up again and they
head to the floor. AJ counters a suplex by landing on his feet and takes
Angle down with a clothesline. In the ring AJ misses a jumping attack
in the corner and Kurt suplexes him down. AJ fights out of a body vice
but runs into a backbreaker for two.

Off to a chinlock as this match slows way down. AJ gets up and both
guys try cross bodies. Styles speeds things up and hits an AA into a
backbreaker for two. Springboard forearm gets two. Angle blocks the
Clash but gets sent to the floor. AJ hits the springboard forearm to the
floor and both guys are down. Kurt suplexes him from the apron into the
ring for two.

A belly to belly superplex is countered but Angle runs the ropes and
hits the superplex for two. Angle Slam is countered with the Pele and
the Styles Clash gets two. Kurt reverses a German into a release one of
his own to put both guys down. Styles gets a spinning rollup for two but
Kurt pulls off an Angle Slam. That gets two and Kurt is frustrated.
Kurt pushes A+B at the same time and gets two off a Styles Clash. The
moonsault misses and AJ hits his springboard 450 for two. AJ sets for
something else and here are Kaz and Daniels for the interference,
allowing Angle to hit another Slam for two. Ankle and grapvine end this
at 20:45.

Rating: B. First and foremost, AJ and Angle had a
good match. No one paying attention should be surprised at this at all.
That being said, I do not want to ever see Christoper Daniels vs. AJ
Styles again. I don’t care what the angle is, I don’t care what new
twist they put on it, I don’t care how it turns out. I’m tired of seeing
it and there’s no reason to put them together anymore. They’ve feuded
on and off for over seven years now and I’m not interested in seeing it
anymore.

Angle saves Styles from the double beatdown. There’s Slammiversary I’d assume.

Angle’s moonsault at Lockdown against Anderson is the #8 moment in TNA history.

Roode doesn’t feel right because he doesn’t have his belt with him. It’s above the ring and he doesn’t like it.

We recap Roode vs. RVD. RVD won a match to get the title match then won another one to make it a ladder match. That’s about it.

TNA World Title: Rob Van Dam vs. Bobby Roode

Ladder match. The belt looks higher up than it usually is. Van Dam
knocks him to the floor to start and goes for the ladder, but Roode
breaks it up. Van Dam comes back and hits the spinning kick to the back
of Roode on the barricade. Van Dam goes for the ladder again but gets
caught in a DDT for Roode to take over. Rob comes back with a flip dive
to the floor to put Roode down. This is pretty slow paced to start but
it’s not bad.

The ladder gets set up in the corner and Roode goes face first into
it. Now it gets placed on the middle rope and Roode slingshots RVD’s
face into it. Roode’s suplex onto the ladder is blocked and Van Dam
suplexes Roode onto the ladder instead. A Lionsault onto Roode onto the
ladder puts both guys down. Van Dam sends him back first into the ladder
and puts him in Van Terminator position.

Instead he surfboards the chair into the ladder into Roode which puts
Van Dam down as well for some reason. Van Dam gets another ladder and
goes up but Roode knocks him off. Rob bumps into the ladder to knock
Roode off and the ladder hits Roode in the head. I think he’s ok though
as he clotheslines Van Dam down and hits the spinebuster onto the
ladder. Van Dam comes out of nowhere with a monkey flip to send Roode
into the ladder in the corner, followed by Rolling Thunder.

The challenger has a nasty cut and lump on his elbow. Bad elbow and
all he kicks Roode onto a ladder but the Five Star misses Roode and hits
the ladder. Roode goes up and Van Dam tries to pull a Shelton Benjamin
and jump onto the ladder but he misses and ties his leg up in it.
Somehow he manages to climb up to chase Roode, only to get shoved off
and hit his head on the chair from earlier. Roode retains at 15:28.

Rating: C+. This was fine but it was nothing great
at all. I don’t think most people expected RVD to take the title here,
as he was the veteran in this kind of match coming into his own match so
of course he had no chance. The match was entertaining enough for a
B-Show main event, but Van Dam was nothing but a placeholder to be
another guy for Roode to beat.

Overall Rating: B-. This was pretty much what I was
expecting: a decent show where nothing significant happens at all (on
paper at least). That’s what plagued Lockdown (among other things):
nothing changed. TNA has been in the same place for awhile now and
that’s not a good thing. They need to shake things up a little bit, and I
think that’ll happen at Slammiversary. It was an entertaining show but
it’s nothing I’ll remember three days from now.

Results

Kazarian/Christopher Daniels b. Samoa Joe/Magnus – Total Elimination to Magnus
Gail Kim b. Brooke Tessmacher – Rollup with feet on the ropes
D-Von b. Robbie E and Robbie T – Rollup to Robbie T
Mr. Anderson b. Jeff Hardy – Rollup
Crimson b. Eric Young – Red Sky
Austin Aries b. Bully Ray – Last Chancery
Kurt Angle b. AJ Styles – Ankle Lock
Bobby Roode b. Rob Van Dam – Roode pulled down the title

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