Making An Impact: TNA Impact Wrestling Review for 08-16-12

Making An Impact

With Billy James

Welcome to “Making An Impact” review for TNA Impact Wrestling. I’m Simply Sensational Billy James with the fallout from Impact Wrestling. Coming off of the Hardcore Justice PPV, what three men left the PPV with 20 points in the Bound for Glory Series matches at Hardcore Justice? Austin Aires lived up to his promise as he left Hardcore Justice still the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. What will Bobby Roode have to say now that he can’t challenge Aires anymore for the TNA title? At Hardcore Justice, Madison Rayne with the help of a bias referee and cheating, defeated Brooke Tessmacher and becoming the new TNA Knockouts Champion for the fourth time. What will Madison have to say about her win at Hardcore Justice? Tonight the Bound for Glory Series continues as Bully Ray faces Jeff Hardy plus Samoa Joe takes on his former tag team partner; Magnus.  So let’s get started by asking yourself this one question? “Are you ready to feel the Impact?”

Matches

Samoa Joe pins Magnus in a Bound for Glory Series match

AJ Styles pins Christopher Daniels in a Bound for Glory Series match

Brooke Tessmacher pins Madison Rayne to regain The TNA Knockouts title

Jeff Hardy pins “Bully Ray in a Bound for Glory Series match

No Impact

Believe it or not but there really wasn’t anything major that was real bad with tonight’s Impact Wrestling. Of course Devon didn’t wrestle or defend the TV title but I think that we’re all used to this by now and have given up all hope of the TV title being taken serious by TNA management. The same thing can be said about the TNA Knockouts Tag Team titles which I think that the Knockouts Tag Team titles should be retired as there is not enough tag teams to support the titles. I won’t waste anymore time on this as I’ve ranted on this before.

High Impact

Austin Aries was great on the mic tonight backing up why he’s the new face of TNA which I agree with. Aires was able to convey his emotions through out the promo and got the fans behind him. I loved it when Aries said “Drop the “E” from “Fluke” and those who didn’t believe in him can  “Go Fluk Themselves!” I did find it a little weird that Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray got involved in the segment but I’m cool with it as makes Aries more important as the Champ because everyone is after the title. Plus with the “Aces of Eights” storyline, having these three interact with each other also makes sense.

The Bound for Glory Series matches were great with Samoa Joe vs. Magnus being the hidden gem of the night as these two had one hell of a match. The match has solid good action with some nice counter moves against each other. I love how Joe kept going for submission moves reaffirming the idea how important these Bound for Glory Series are. It was also nice to see Joe change things up by faking Magnus out and pinning Magnus instead of going for a submission win. The Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy was good but I thought that having James Storm out there took away from the match. It seems like the Bound for Glory Series match just keep getting better as we get closer to the end of the series. This year’s Bound for Glory Series is ten times better than last year’s.

The AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels match was different from other Bound for Glory Series as their match went over 16 minutes. The time limits for the Bound for Glory Series match were set ten minutes so whatever reason, TNA decided to forgo the time limit. I assume because of the stipulation that if AJ lost the match then AJ would admit that he’s the father of “Clair’s” baby. However if AJ won the match then he get to have a paternally test done. Man the match itself was fantastic despite that we have seen AJ and Daniels wrestle each other thousand times. Because each man knows other very well, it was like watching a chess game in motion. I think because of the stipulations that most people knew that AJ was going to win but I love it when AJ hit the Styles Clash on Daniels after the match was over.

I thought that the Bobby Roode segment was interesting as Roode was able to display a combination of shock and disbelief over the outcome at Hardcore Justice. Having Roode be in denial was brilliant as it makes you wonder what TNA is going to do with Roode next. Many of us assume that Roode will finally face Storm at Bound for Glory but that’s not set in stone yet. Also with Roode out of the TNA title picture, it makes us wonder who will challenge Aries for the TNA title at No Surrender.

Most of the time I can’t stand to see Brooke Hogan on my TV but I made an expectation tonight as Brooke Hogan informed Madison that due her cheating at Hardcore Justice and Earl Hebner being a bias referee that Brooke Tessmacher would be getting her rematch for the Knockouts title tonight. Brooke Hogan also told Hebner that he would no longer be refereeing any Knockouts matches. I’m all for this as I find Hebner to be creepy when he’s refereeing Knockouts matches anyway. I guess that someone in TNA management read my PIPE BOMBS! because this is what I was talking about in my last PIPE BOMB!

Well, the match itself was good but I think that the big surprise was the special referee was Taryn Terrell. If the name sounds familiar it’s because Terrell is a former WWE Diva who wrestled under the name “Tiffany”. I was a fan of Tiffany when she was in the WWE and thought that she was improving in the ring similar to Brooke Tessmacher. However after Terrell’s release in 2010, Terrell disappeared from the wrestling scene. I’m surprise to see her in TNA and I’m wondering if this is a limited deal or a long term deal. Anyway, Terrell called the match right down the middle and was a better referee than some of TNA’s regular referees. Brooke Tessmacher proved that she’s improved and hit the Tess-Shocker on Madison to regain the Knockouts title. I’m happy that TNA wised up and quickly put the Knockouts title back on Brooke but TNA should have never took the belt off of Brooke in the first place.

“Aces of Eights” actually showed up this week as they tried to attack Brooke Hogan only for TNA roster lead by Sting, chased “Aces of Eights” out of the Impact Zone. After weeks of “The Cowboy” James Storm being behind the “Aces of Eights”, Storm was attacked by the group after Storm super kicked Jeff Hardy by mistake after Hardy’s match with Bully Ray. I knew that Storm wasn’t behind “Aces of Eights” and I still say that Jeff Jarrett is the mastermind behind “Aces of Eights”. I look for “Aces of Eights” to face members of the TNA roster led by Sting at Bound for Glory.

Show Rating: 9 out of 10

Final Thoughts

Well, this was a great Impact Wrestling that had a great balance of matches and promos. I’m interested to see who’s going to face Austin Aries at No Surrender and who will go on to the Bound for Glory Series finials at No Surrender. I’m also interested to see what TNA is going to do with Bobby Roode as he can’t challenge Aries for the title. Plus I watch to see if TNA is going to do a feud between Samoa Joe and Magnus as Magnus hit Joe with a steel chair after their match. Finally, I want to see what Taryn Terrell will be doing in TNA and who will challenge Brooke Tessmacher for the Knockouts title. Hopefully we’ll find out next week as its Open Fight Night on Impact Wrestling.

Star of the Night: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels

 

Bound for Glory Series Scoreboard

“The Cowboy” James Storm: 66 Points

Samoa Joe: 61 Points

Rob Van Dam: 55 Points

Kurt Angle: 48 Points

Bully Ray: 48 Points

AJ Styles: 43 Points

Jeff Hardy: 42 Points

Mr. Anderson: 40 Points

Christopher Daniels: 33 Points

Magnus: 21 Points

D’Angelo Dinero: 7 Points

Robbie E.: 5 Points

 

Well, that’s it for this week’s Making An Impact. Don’t forget to check the weekly PIPE BOMB! And Wrestling Debate Podcast with myself and John Mayer. Also you can email me with questions or comments at wrestlingdebate@hotmail.com. And check me out at http://www.facebook.com/wrestlingdebate.

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