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. It’s the final five in the Bound for Glory series as tonight, we find out who will join “The Cowboy” James Storm and Samoa Joe at No Surrender as Bully Ray faces Rob Van Dam. Also can Samoa Joe take the lead on the scoreboard for the Bound for Glory series as Joe takes on Jeff Hardy? After being attack again from behind by “Aces & Eights”, how will the TNA World Heavyweight Champion; Austin Aries address the situation? After Hulk Hogan informing Christopher Daniels and Kazarian last week that they would be defending the TNA Tag Team titles against a tag team of Hogan’s choice this week. Who will challenge Daniels and Kazarian for the TNA Tag Team titles? So let’s get started by asking yourself this one question? “Are you ready to feel the Impact?”
Jeff Hardy defeats Samoa Joe by submission in a Bound for Glory Series match.
Tara pins Gail Kim
Bully Ray pins Rob Van Dam in a Bound for Glory Series match.
Christopher Daniels & Kazarian defeat Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
As I predicted last week, no Bobby Roode. I just don’t understand why TNA wouldn’t have some kind of a follow up after that great promo that Roode cut after his loss to Aries at Hardcore Justice. Bobby Roode is the top heel in TNA and it just doesn’t make any sense to take him off TV with no explanation what so ever. Maybe TNA will address this after No Surrender but I’m not holding my breath.
I don’t think anyone is surprise that I’m giving “No Impact” to the TNA TV title again not being defended on TV. At this point, I just wish that TNA retire the TNA TV title as they have clearly shown that they don’t care about the TV title. Also it doesn’t help that Devon who is the current TNA TV Champion isn’t even with TNA anymore. You would think that TNA would have had Devon drop the TV title to someone before he left TNA but looks like Devon is taking the TV title with him.
Speaking of titles, How the hell does Sonjay Dutt get a X Division title match against Xema Ion at No Surrender? You would think that Kenny King would get the title shot but for some strange reason, TNA decided to go with Ion vs. Dutt. I don’t like the fact that there was no built up for this match. TNA has given us no reason to even care about this match.
The main event was good but I wasn’t too impressed with the tag team of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. I just think that there is no real chemistry between the two. There was lot of mistiming on Hernandez’s part that was very noticeable on air. Also I don’t think that Chavo should be getting a title shot so soon considering that he and Hernandez just started as a tag team. I did think that the hurricanrana combination that Hernandez and Chavo did from the top rope was cool. With that said, I’m glad that Daniels and Kaz retain the Tag Team titles.
Now we know who is going to the Bound for Glory series finals at No Surrender as Jeff Hardy scored 10 points when he defeated Samoa Joe by submission which took me by surprise. There were several wicked spots during the match that had me going “Holy Shit!” I did like the fact that they played up Joe’s arm injury from his match with Magnus from a few weeks ago. This is what for me made it believable that Hardy was able to make Joe submission. Also I think that this was the first time that Hardy had even won a match be submission so his submission win over Joe was made this even more interesting. The one thing that I thought was that TNA should have had this match as the main instead of the opening match but it was still a damn good match.
While the Bully Ray vs. Rob Van Dam didn’t have the same feel as the Joe vs. Hardy match, this still was a fun match to watch. I think that everyone pretty much knew that Bully Ray was going to win because Bully Ray is the only heel left in the Bound for Glory series. The match is itself was good that had one great spot that you have to see. RVD went for the Five Star Frog Splash only for Bully Ray to hit the Bully Cutter on RVD in mid air. After this match, TNA setup things up by having Magnus attack RVD during RVD’s interview with Christy Hemme. So at No Surrender, it’s going to be RVD vs. Magnus.
With “The Cowboy” James Storm having the highest score in the Bound for Glory series; Storm gets to choose who he faces in the semi finals of the Bound for Glory series at No Surrender. Storm wasted no time in picking Bully Ray explaining that Bully Ray cost him winning the Bound for Glory series last year and for Bully Ray accusing Storm of being behind “Aces & Eights.” With Storm now going to face Bully Ray in the semi finals, we’ll see a rematch at No Surrender between Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy which should be a damn good match if not better than tonight’s match.
I thought Austin Aries did a great job in the backstage segments and in the ring confronting the big man from “Aces & Eights” Aries just rock interrogating the member from “Aces & Eights” who attacked him from behind last week. I like how Aries doesn’t back down from a fight and is selling the wrist injury very well. I thought having Aries brawling with the big guy from “Aces & Eights” was a great way to end Impact Wrestling. I’m interested in seeing if we’ll find who the big guy from “Aces & Eights” is as he will go one on one with Aries. I’m sure that this match will not be for the TNA title.
The Knockouts match this week was much better than last week’s joke of a match. I thought that Tara and Gail did a great job putting a damn good match especially with that awesome standing vertical suplex that Tara hit on Gail. Gail and Tara were both very physical during this match and this win helps in making Tara look like a real threat to ending Brooke Tessmacher’s Knockouts title reign. Gail was vicious with several arm drags and drop kick on Tara. Tara also hit another good spot with a hard power slam on Gail as Gail was coming out of the ring corner. I can’t wait to see Tara vs. Brooke Tessmacher for the TNA Knockouts title at No Surrender.
I like the confrontation between Al Snow and Joey Ryan after months of Ryan taunting Snow. I don’t know what to think of Ryan as he does have a bit of charisma to him but he looks to me like he could be the love child of Ron Jeremy and Ron Burgundy. I’m pretty sure we’ll see a match between Ryan and Snow most likely at Bound for Glory. Al Snow is the right guy to face Ryan as Taz can’t wrestle due to injuries. It will be interesting match to see when it happens.
Show Rating: 5.5 out of 10
This was an ok Impact Wrestling as parts of the show just seem to drag. I think the reason for this is due to TNA running a live house show in Dalton, GA at the same time. This was due to the fact that TNA had originally plan to tape Impact Wrestling starting in September but decided to stay live for another month due to the success of the live shows during the summer. The final Bound for Glory series matches on Impact Wrestling were good along with the Knockouts match. I guess my biggest bitch with TNA is that they waited to the last minute to announce all the matches for No Surrender.
Star of the Night: Tara
Bound for Glory Series Scoreboard (Final Scores)
“The Cowboy” James Storm: 73 Points
Samoa Joe: 68 Points
Bully Ray: 62 Points
Jeff Hardy: 59 Points
Rob Van Dam: 55 Points (Finished)
AJ Styles: 50 Points (Finished)
Kurt Angle: 48 Points (Finished)
Mr. Anderson: 47 Points (Finished)
Christopher Daniels: 33 Points (Finished)
Magnus: 28 Points (Finished)
Robbie E.: 12 Points (Finished)
D’Angelo Dinero: 7 Points (Finished: Injury)
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