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. Tonight, Impact Wrestling comes from Glasgow, Scotland as part of the TNA’s UK Maximum Impact tour. Last week, Magnus with the help of Bobby Roode and others was to defeat Sting and ended Sting’s career in TNA. Who will step up to challenge Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight title? Last week, the American Wolves revealed that the “Mystery Investor” make his indentify known tonight. Who will be the “Mystery Investor” and what does he have planned for TNA? Tonight, the Bro Mans defend the TNA Tag Team titles against the team of “Showtime” Eric Young and “The Monster” Abyss. Can Young and Abyss be able to work together to defeat the Bro Mans for the TNA Tag Team titles or will the Bro Mans leave Glasgow with TNA Tag Team title So let’s get started by asking yourself this one question? “Are you ready to feel the Impact?”
Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky defeated Gail Kim and Lei’d Tapa
Gunner and James Storm beat Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) with Gunner retaining the TNA title shot briefcase
The Bro-Mans (Robbie E & Jessie) defeated Abyss and Eric Young by disqualification to retain the TNA Tag Team titles
Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle defeated Magnus and Ethan Carter III with Samoa Joe earning a TNA World Heavyweight title shot against Magnus
Tonight we got a reunion of the Beautiful People as the Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky team together to face the team of Gail Kim and Lei’d Tapa which was for the most part a squash match as Gail got in very little offense in and Tapa never even tagged in. While the match itself was short, Velvet and Madison worked well together as a tag team as they haven’t tagged together in four years. I think what was interesting is that after the match, Chris Sabin came down to the ring insulting Velvet for not helping him to retain the X Division title with Velvet telling with anger that they done leaving a stun Sabin in the ring. It’s going to be interesting to see what direction TNA is going to go with Velvet Sky\Chris Sabin split as it’s possible that TNA might bring in a new Knockout to be on Sabin’s side and feud with Velvet. Will have to wait and see what’s going to happen.
Rockstar Spud came down to the ring and calls out the American Wolves who come to the ring where Spud demand to know who the “Mystery Investor” is which the Wolves give no answer to Spud’s dismay. Spud acts likes he’s a total bad ass telling the Wolves that he’s loin and that he’s fierce and demands that they tell him who the “Mystery Investor” is now and then slaps Davey Richards. The Wolves then take their jackets off and hit the Alarm Clock on Spud. The Wolves tell Spud that he will find out who the “Mystery Investor” with everyone else but the “Mystery Investor” will be watching the big tag team match which Wolves informs everyone that if anyone in the back interferes in the match then they will be fired. I can’t stand Rockstar Spud because he’s sucks. The best part of this segment was the American Wolves knocking the shit out of Spud. And that’s what’s good for business.
Magnus came out to the ring with EC3 and Spud after a brawl they had with Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. Magnus went on to cut a sweet promo ripping the crowd in Glasgow and bragging about he was responsible for getting rid of AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and Sting which EC3 reminds Magnus that he had help. Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle come out to confront Magnus calling Magnus nothing but a paper champion and that can’t stand to see him with the TNA belt. Magnus makes a challenge to Angle and Joe for a tag team between them against him but only if Joe and Angle agree that if they loose the match then they are gone from TNA for good. Joe agree but if he or Angle scores the pinfall on either he or EC3 then that person gets a TNA title shot against Magnus. Magnus agrees to the dismay of Dixie Carter who doesn’t want the match to happen. I thought Magnus did a great cutting this “Heel” promo during this segment and I like the heat between Magnus and EC3.
“The Cowboy” James Storm comes to the ring and calls out Gunner to confront him about the recent event concerning them and the TNA title shot briefcase. Storm calls Gunner to settle the matter once and for all. Gunner comes down telling Storm that he didn’t do anything that Storm wouldn’t have done. Gunner tells Storm that he did what he to win the briefcase for himself and his family. Gunner then tells Storm that he’s being selfish which Storm admits that he has been and tells Gunner that he has Gunner’s back. That’s when Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) come out trying to stir things up by telling Gunner that everything Storm told you was a lie and that Storm is jealous of Gunner and wants the briefcase so he can have the chance to become the TNA Champion. So Daniels and Kazarian challenge Gunner and Storm to a tag team match with Gunner’s briefcase on the line. The match was good with the action going back and forth all four men got in some good spots. It was interesting that the match ended with Gunner using a flying head butt to win the match instead of his finishing move. It will be interesting to see when Gunner will cash in the briefcase for a title shot for TNA title and who the champion is when Gunner goes. Also I think that it was smart on TNA’s part not to turn Storm “Heel” which TNA could have done during this segment because Storm is currently one of the top “Faces” in TNA and always gets huge pops at live house shows.
So tonight we saw the return of Abyss who I have been begging for TNA to bring back and get rid of the Joseph Parks character which TNA appears to have finally heard me as Abyss teamed with “Showtime” Eric Young to challenge the Bro Mans for the TNA Tag Team titles. Young was in for most of the time for his time getting some good offense like a nice flying forearm and a belly to belly suplex on Jessie. The Bro Mans for the most part dominated this match keeping Young from tagging in Abyss. Young finally gets the hot tag to Abyss who clears house taking both Robbie and Jessie down hard clothslines. Xema Ion tries to interfere but Abyss grabs Ion by the throat and prepares to choke slam Ion but the referee stops Abyss. Abyss grabs the referee and despite Young begging Abyss not to do it, hits the Shock Treatment on the referee causing a disqualification. Abyss then out of nowhere chokeslams Young to the shock of the fans leaving Young lying in the ring. Young grabs a mic and tells Abyss that it’s time for the final experiment; him and Abyss next week in Monsters Ball. I’m all for it but I just hope that Abyss being isn’t a one time thing.
The segment with Bully Ray and Mr. Anderson was straight and to the point which was good because it kept the fans interested. Bully’s character has been getting darker lately and when Bully brought the coffin to the ring, it was really creepy. Bully went through the recent history between himself and Anderson before challenging Anderson to a coffin match. Anderson comes to the ring and accepts the challenge where after a few insults, Bully and Anderson start brawling. I think a casket\coffin match is the best way to end the Bully Ray\Anderson feud which I think would happen most likely at Lockdown in March.
The main event tag team was great as all four men put on one hell of a show. EC3 took a lot of punishment during the early part of the match taking an enzughiri from Joe and hard snap suplex from Angle. EC3 gets the tag to Magnus after Angle misses a shoulder block and goes into the ring corner. Magnus and EC3 take turns tagging in as they work over Angle with EC3 hitting a big flying clothsline on Angle while Magnus hits a hard European uppercut on Angle. Angle gets the hot tag to Joe after EC3 misses a knee lift and Angle hits a German suplex. Joe comes in as EC3 tags in Magnus who go at it with Joe getting the better of Magnus with a few clotheslines, an inverted atomic drop and then a senton, a chop and a snap powerslam. EC3 tries to interfere when Joe gets Magnus into a cross arm breaker but Angle pulls EC3 out of the ring and hits a belly to belly suplex on EC3 on the outside of the ring which allows Joe to lock in the Coquina Clutch forcing Magnus to tap out and getting Joe a TNA title shot. Now this is where thing get very interesting because Dixie came down screaming at Magnus for loosing and demands the “Mystery Investor” who turns out to by MVP. Yes, the same MVP who was previously in the WWE four years ago. Question now is when does Samoa Joe get his title shot against Magnus for the TNA title. I would say most likely at Lockdown which I think will be a very interesting match when it happens.
Wow, this was a really good Impact Wrestling as there was a huge crowd for the Glasgow, Scotland with the arena being full. All the matches for the most part were good and we also got some storyline advancement in a few storylines too. MVP in TNA is going to be very interesting as US wrestling fans haven’t seen MVP in the ring live for the past four years. It was priceless to see the American Wolves beat the shit out of Rockstar Spud who sucks. It was great to see the “Monster” Abyss back in the ring and I’m actually looking forward to the Monster’s Balls match next week. Samoa Joe was the man tonight as he kicked ass and made Magnus tap out to earn himself a TNA title shot. I met Joe two weeks ago at a TNA house show in Dothan, AL where he told me that good thing were coming his way in 2014 which it looks like it is. Again this was a very good Impact Wrestling and hopefully TNA can keep things going in this direction.
Stars of the Night: Samoa Joe
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