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. We’re live in Jonesboro, AK as its Open Fight night and Jeff Hardy plans to challenge a member of “Aces & Eights” to a match tonight. Who will Hardy challenge? Last week, things heated up between Hulk Hogan and Sting as Hogan blames Sting for the “Bully Ray” situation. Will Sting show up and confront Hogan? Also AJ Styles still hasn’t broken his silence since returning to Impact Wrestling and attacking “The Cowboy” James Storm. Will Styles finally speak to tonight? So let’s get started by asking yourself this one question? “Are you ready to feel the Impact?”
Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez defends Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) to become the Number #1 Contenders to the TNA Tag Team titles
“Aces & Eights” (Doc, Garett Bischoff & Wes Brisco) beat Kurt Angle, “The Cowboy” James Storm & “Showtime) Eric Young
Mr. Anderson (Aces & Eights) defends Jeff Hardy by disqualification
TNA, what the hell are you doing? It was suppose to be Open Fight Night but we got only three matches tonight. I mean we had Taryn Terrell challenge Gail Kim to a match and the match doesn’t even happen. What happen to the concept that challenges have to answer? It just seems to me that TNA could have done much better job with Open Fight Night by having one or two more matches instead of wasting time with promos.
What is TNA doing with “The Cowboy” James Storm\AJ Styles angle? I can understand not having Styles speaking but why is “Aces & Eights” involve in this segment. Why not have a brawl between Styles and Storm ending with Styles bailing out of the ring. I think that Kurt Angle, Eric Young and say Samoa Joe should have came out by themselves and challenge “Aces & Eights” to a match. I hope that TNA does a better job with the Storm\Styles angle next week.
Ok, while the segment involving Hulk Hogan and Sting was good, I just don’t like the fact that TNA is doing another Hulk Hogan\Sting feud. Hulk Hogan is way past his prime and can’t put on good matches anymore. I don’t even think someone like Austin Aries or CM Punk could carry Hogan in a match. Sting is getting past his prime also and has to have someone carry him in a match so having Sting vs. Hogan is a bad idea. Now there was some hint of Hogan turning “Heel” with Matt Morgan possibly becoming Hogan’s muscle man but I don’t think that Morgan could carry Sting in a match.
I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see Taryn Terrell in a match as I was interested in seeing what Taryn can do in the ring. While the segment itself was ok, it didn’t make any sense to have Tara to come down and attack Taryn. Tara doesn’t need to be in this feud along with Velvet Sky who came out to help out Taryn. This feud should be about Taryn and Gail Kim alone. I expect next week we’ll see Velvet Sky and Taryn Terrell vs. Tara and Gail Kim.
The tag team match with Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) was good match plus the fact that Chavo and Hernandez actually had a reason that made sense in challenging Daniels and Kazarian. It was a good standard tag team match with Daniels and Kazarian trying to use the ropes to get the win only to be caught by the referee. Chavo and Hernandez both hit a double Air Mexico on Daniels which was pretty impressive. I did like the power bomb that Hernandez hit on Daniels which allows Chavo to get the win with the Frog Splash.
We got another tag team match this time a six man tag team match as Angle, Storm and Young took on “Aces & Eights” members; Doc, Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco with the team of Angle, Storm and Young having control of the match in the beginning with “Aces & Eights” finally gaining control of the match in the middle of the match. Angle toward the end of the match gets the “Hot Tag” and hits multiple suplexes on all three members of “Aces & Eights” before hitting the Angle Slam on Brisco. However D-Lo Brown distracts Angle allowing Brisco to roll up Angle to get the win for “Aces & Eights.”
Hardy vs. Anderson was very good concerning that they have faced each other many times in the past. It was a good 20 minute with the action going back and forth between the two men. The action was fast pace with both scoring multiple pin falls through out the match. One point during the match, Anderson a corkscrew from the top rope on Hardy. I’m surprised that TNA with a disqualification ending instead of having Hardy win the match. I big thing to come out of this match is the fact that Hardy announce the stipulation for his title match against Bully Ray in two weeks in Corpus Christi for the TNA title will be “ Full Metal Mayhem.” This will be a very interesting match considering that both men have lot of experience in “TLC” matches.
Show Rating: 4 ¾
This was not a great Impact Wrestling considering that it was live. It felt like to me that TNA creative just phoned in the booking for the show and didn’t bother to put any effort in the booking. We only got three matches which were good and were ten plus minute matches but they were interrupted by commercial breaks at points in the matches were the action in the matches were good. Also TNA wasted too much time on promo segments which a few were only promoting things for next week’s show. I really hope that the tape show next week will be much better because this week’s show overall was a let down in my opinion. If you missed this week’s Impact Wrestling, I suggest that you skip it.
Star of the Night: None (Nobody really stood out this week but I’ll give an honorable mention to Taryn Terrell for her ring gear because she looked damn hot in that ring gear.)
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