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 second taping from London, England as tonight Tara will defend the TNA Knockouts title against Brooke Tessmacher, Gail Kim and Velvet Sky in a Four Way Elimination match. Last week Hulk Hogan was going to name TNA World Heavyweight Champion; Jeff Hardy’s opponent at Lockdown when Hogan was interrupted by “Aces & Eights.” Will Hogan name Hardy’s Lockdown opponent tonight? What will “Aces & Eights” have in store for the TNA Roster tonight? Also Rob Van Dam will defend the TNA X Division title against Kenny King tonight. So let’s get started by asking yourself this one question? “Are you ready to feel the Impact?”
“The Cowboy” James Storm, Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez & Joseph Park defeat Austin Aries, Bobby Roode & Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian)
Rockstar Spud pins Robbie E
Velvet Sky wins the Four Way Knockouts Elimination match against Tara, Brooke Tessmacher & Gail Kim to become the new TNA Knockouts Champion
Samoa Joe beats Garett Bischoff via disqualification
Rob Van Dam pins Kenny King to retain the TNA X Division title
“Aces & Eights” (Devon, Doc & Mr. Anderson) defeated Sting, Bully Ray & Hulk Hogan
God, please get Bully Ray out of this shitty storyline with Bully Ray married to Brooke Hogan. Watching the opening segment with Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray was a train wreck with everything being so predictable. While I do think that Bully Ray should get a title run with the TNA title, I don’t think this is the right way to do it. I feel bad for the fans in London who expected Hogan to wrestle. I understand that TNA wanted to advance the “Aces & Eights” storyline by having Hogan attacked before the main event match but I such that some in the arena were disappointed that Hogan didn’t wrestle. The match itself was just average 8 to 10 minute match with the “Heels” working over the “Face” in the ring. To be honest, it was a boring main event match which was not a good way to close out Impact Wrestling.
I keep wondering who the hell Robbie E pissed off as this is the third time during the UK tapings. First Robbie had to job to Joseph Park then gets slapped around by Rockstar Spud and now Robbie is jobbing to Spud. I wasn’t impressed with Spud as he didn’t do any moves that stood out in my mind. I think that this match was more about the buildup to the breakup of the team of Robbie E and Robbie T.
I can understand why TNA would do a Samoa Joe vs. Garett Bischoff in order to buildup the feud between Joe and Kurt Angle and “Aces & Eights” (Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff) but I think TNA should have had Brisco wrestle Joe as it would have been a better match. I think that in a couple of years, Bischoff will be a good Mid-Card wrestler but not right now.
Something that has been bugging me is the fact that TNA has not had Devon defend the TNA TV title in awhile. What’s the point of having the TV title if it’s not going to be defended? Put the belt on someone who needs it like Gunner, Robbie E or Xema Ion.
The eight man tag team was good for the action and the interaction between Aries and Roode with their tag team partners; Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian). I love Daniels and Kazarian’s characters as these two are very entertaining and put them together with Aries and Roode and you have great TV. Storm was really over with the crowd in England which is great because Storm has been building a big following in the US. I could have done without Joseph Park in this match as I’m not a fan of his character but for some reason beyond my understanding, UK crowd loves the Joseph Park character. I expect to see a triple threat match for the TNA Tag Team title with Roode and Aries defending against Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez and Bad Influence at Lockdown.
It was great to see the X Division title defended again during the UK as it one of the major titles in TNA’s history. This is the second time that Kenny King has wrestle RVD for the X Division title on the UK tour. The action in this match was good with King attacking RVD before the bell rings and during the match, mocking RVD by putting his butt in RVD’s face and points to it saying, “RVD.” King was also impressive when RVD hit the Monkey Flip on king out of the ring corner only for King to land on his feet. RVD won the match in the end with Rolling Thunder and Five Star Frog Splash on King for the win. I expect to see King to get another title shot soon, most likely at Lockdown.
Best match of the night by far was the Four Way Knockouts Elimination match for the Knockouts title. All four women were very impressive with lot of great action in the ring. Tara hit a damn good moonsault from the top rope onto Brooke Tessmacher and later Tara hit the Spider’s Web on Brooke. I have to say that I was surprised that Tara was the first eliminated but it get’s you more excited because you knew that new Champion was going to be crowned. Speaking of Brooke Tessmacher, Brooke hit a wicked Bulldog on Gail Kim on the outside of the ring. I think one of the most impressive spots during this match was the Tower of Doom which took out all three women left in the match. Velvet finally got revenge on Gail from 2011 when Velvet hit the In Yo’ Face on Gail and pinned Gail to become the new TNA Knockouts Champion. Hopefully Velvet’s second title reign will last longer than the first one. I’ve read on several site people saying that Velvet Sky is TNA’s version of Kelly Kelly which is an insult as Velvet can wrestle, Kelly Kelly can’t.
Show Rating: 6 ¾
Well it was pretty decent Impact Wrestling being that this was the second TV taping from London, England. We got three good matches with great action especially the Knockouts match. Daniels, Kazarian, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries were great arguing with each other and the four had a damn good backstage segment. While three of the six matches were ok, they did advance storylines which was a good thing as we now know that Kurt Angle will face Wes Brisco inside the steel cage at Lockdown. I think what helped tonight’s show was the crowd being really into the show. Overall I think that the four past Impact Wrestling shows have been a success and I can’t wait for the first on the road Impact Wrestling from Chicago on March 14th which will be live
Star of the Night: Velvet Sky
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