Making An Impact: TNA Impact Wrestling Review for 01-17-13

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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 big night as it’s the wedding of Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray. Will the wedding go off any problems? Will Hulk Hogan walk his daughter Brooke down the aisle? Also we’re coming off of the Genesis PPV which saw Jeff Hardy retain the TNA World Heavyweight title pinning both Bobby Roode and Austin Aries. What will Roode and Aries have to say about their loss at Genesis? Christopher Daniels is now the Number #1 Contender for the TNA title when Daniels defeated “The Cowboy” James Storm at Genesis. What will Daniels have to say about now being the Number #1? And tonight we will find get a TNA contract as we will find out the fate of the Gut Check contestants; Brian Cage and Jay Bradley. Who will get the the TNA contract? So let’s get started by asking yourself this one question? “Are you ready to feel the Impact?”



Jeff Hardy & “The Cowboy” James Storm defeat Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian)

Kenny King pins Christian York

Jay Bradley win a TNA contract

Velvet Sky pins Gail Kim to become the Number #1 Contender for the TNA Knockouts title


NOTE: This week’s review is going be different as I won’t be doing “No Impact” and “High Impact” became this week’s Impact Wrestling was mostly about the Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray’s wedding. So I’m going to first talk about the wrestling part and then give my thoughts on the wedding.


Wrestling Part

I was surprised when I heard Daniels beat Storm at Genesis specially after it was announced that the winner of the match would become the Number #1 Contender for the TNA title. So when Hardy came out to talk about his big win at Genesis, so it was perfect for Daniels to come out with Kazarian and confront Hardy. Of course Storm came down to the ring to help out Hardy when Bad Influence attacked Hardy lead to a tag team match between the four men. The match was damn good with high pace action with Storm being the one to take most of the beat down during the match. I thought that the drop kick Hardy hit on Kazarian as Kazarian was coming into the ring. Toward the end of the match, the action really picked up with Hardy hitting a wicked Twist of Fate on Kazarian to get the win. I like the fact that Daniels sent a message to Hardy when Daniels hit Angel’s Wings on Hardy on top of Hardy’s custom championship belt. I think that this was a smart move on TNA’s part as it makes you want to see Daniels vs. Hardy next week of the TNA title. I have to say that this was the best match of night even with there only being three matches on the show.

The Kenny King vs. Christian York match was interesting as York showed lot of aggressive which was good to see. York kept countering King’s moves and had that crowd behind him. I like it when York slipped out of King’s attempt at the “Royal Flush” The match itself was short with King getting the cheap win by raking York’s eyes and pulling York’s tights. I’m expecting for King to beat Rob Van Dam for the X Division and then feud with York over the title.

Gut Check was interesting as TNA had Bruce Prichard eliminate one of the contestants without Taz or Al snow having a say. I thought TNA made the right choice with Jay Bradley as I think that Bradley is a better fit for TNA. Bradley’s promo was good and got his point across without being too “Heelish” I thought that it was weird that Taz said “No” without giving a reason but later in the show it made sense.

I’m glad that TNA gave a logical reason as to why we were seeing Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky for Number #1 Contendership for the TNA Knockouts title. The match was good but not great as the action seemed to slow down in certain parts of the match. I thought Gail was excellent during this match trying to pick up the action. I thought that the arguing between Gail and the referee; Taryn Terrell was good and leads me to believe that TNA might be setting up a feud between the two. Velvet had some good spots during the match including a variation of In Yo’ Face! Followed by In Yo’ Face! for the win. Now Velvet faces Tara next week for the Knockouts title.

I’m really starting to like the pairing of Bobby Roode and Austin Aries as a possible team. This segment tonight pretty much confirm that TNA is putting Roode and Aries together as a tag team. I thought that Aries made a good point during the segment when he said that TNA has went back 10 years with its current champions which Aries makes a great point that lot of TNA Haters on the internet complain about. When Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez came down to the ring to confront Roode and Aries I pretty much knew that TNA is setting a feud between Roode\Aries and Guerrero\Hernandez involving the TNA Tag Team. I expect to see the payoff match between these four in March at Lockdown.


The Wedding

Ok, let me start off with negative parts of the wedding starting with the two Hulk Hogan\Sting segments. TNA wasted two segments getting Hogan to say whether he would walk his daughter down the aisle. This could have been done in one five minute segment and the rest of the time could have been given to a match. The Brooke Hogan\Dixie Carter segment was so boring that those two almost make Hulk Hogan and Sting look like Shakespearean actors. Way too much time was given for the wedding and backstage segments which could have given us one more match.

Now what I did like about the wedding was seeing Brother Runt AKA Spike Dudley and Tommy Dreamer which I know my good buddy; John Mayer was really marking out. I was surprised that TNA got Tommy Dreamer since Dreamer in the WWE about a month ago. I have to say that those were three of the hottest bride maids that I have ever seen in a wrestling wedding that being Brooke Tessmacher, Mickie James and Christy Hemme. But the best part of the whole wedding was the fact that it wasn’t Hulk Hogan who objected to the wedding but Taz. And on top of that Taz revealed that he’s now a member of “Aces & Eights” and “Aces & Eights” attacking Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray while Mike Knoxx and Doc forcing Brooke Hogan to watch.

Show Rating: 6 ½


Final Thoughts

Ok, this Impact Wrestling could have been a lot worst then what it was considering who was involved in this wedding. I will say that it was disappointing that we only got three matches but at least the matches were good. I liked the fact that TNA used logical setting these matches up tonight which was refreshing to see. They gave a logical reason for having Velvet Sky face Gail Kim and also for the Kenny King vs. Christian York. Now I’ve have read on the Internet already about people bitching about Taz being the leader of “Aces & Eights” which I don’t get their logical because I don’t remember Taz being revealed as the leader of “Aces & Eights” Besides that by having Taz being revealed as a member of “Aces & Eights” it makes you wonder why Taz turned on TNA. All in all, it wasn’t bad show. Hopefully TNA will follow up on the Taz angle and the other angles that was setup in tonight’s show.


Stars of the Night: Jeff Hardy, “The Cowboy” James Storm, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian


Well, that’s it for this week’s Making An Impact. Don’t forget to check the weekly Wrestling Debate Podcast with myself and John Mayer. Also you can email me with questions or comments at And check me out at

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