August 19, 2013 by DiVineDiablo
Well doesn’t this suck, it’s a Monday evening, I am writing this because I just didn’t have the time over the weekend. Sure I watched Impact on Friday, big Whoop, I worked the weekend, and I’m going to get all defensive and complain! And no… I barely worked on Saturday, but does that really make me a complainer? I like to look at it as minimal complaining. After all I am getting this done a day after Impact aired in the UK, so all my UK fans, “Shout out to Linda” Woo! I have a fan! Are up to date and craving… my … random…. wisdom?
So I was talking to my Boss at work, and he questioned the logic behind typing out a Blog for a TV Show, because obviously, you can just watch the show. I don’t want this to be an “Informative Breakdown” of Impact, this isn’t a substitute. Sure I want you to know what happened, but I want to talk about it from my perspective as a Wrestling nut. Not in a literal sense… like:
More of, I’m crazy about Wrestling, just not Brooke Hogan levels of crazy
never gets old
Praise the lord, she’s been released. Unless this is one of TNA’s “Releases” and she’s going to turn up in a Suicide Costume and become World Champion for a Month. Urghh! I hate being right! Correct that, I love being right! And no, I wasn’t serious about Brooke’s return, but I am entirely serious of her being released.. and indeed praising the lord. So what the hell was I on about. Wrestling.. Blog, my opinions… and you might think to yourself, well Dan, Jobber Blogger, arse face (common nick name for me) “why should we read your opinions?”…. BECAUSE, THAT’S WHY!! NOW SHUT UP AND READ!
TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – Hardcore Justice -15/8/13
I wonder if anyone took my “shut up and read” as offensive, specially with timely use of the words being entirely in Capitols. I don’t know….. I feel this might very well be a proverbial “Good One!”
What is it with my Arm pits just dripping whilst I’m typing, I’ve noticed this to be a new trend. Perhaps after a year of Writing these at least once a week, my typing speed level has increased so much so that the sweat runs from my finger tips and up my arms to then just fall down my side. Also one whole freakin’ year! Where’s my god damn hat! Balloons, party strings? Nothing, even my number one fan who I forced to read “some” of these didn’t even remember the occasion. Hell I only just remembered myself after looking to make sure. 12th August 2012 was the Debut, and what a year it’s been… that about sums it up. I am joking, it’s been awesome and I love writing these, and I’ve finally gained a loyal reader. Yep, just the one. I will however spam this to my Boss, because he’ll get a kick out of it, or something, or deep regret, only time will tell but if I were a betting man, then I’d certainly vote for the latter. And to be honest, I should be a betting man because I would love to make my entire mission for these to fill every reader with “Deep Regret” that’s a Writing talent University’s don’t already run courses for.
So yeah, Impact Wrestling. Jeff Hardy kicked it off by blabbing to the Camera man about how he’s going to win his match and gain some points, sure he did his usual “SCREAM TO GET MY POINT ACROSS” but hey, it’s Wrestling.. it nearly works. Austin Aries then interrupted moaning about how he is sick of Ladder matches. And so it was match time, from that amazingly important and seemingly relevant piece of footage. I wonder who wrote that, and how long it took them,… and for how much. I am only joking, least mostly with a hint of paprika.
Well it was a great match, but one would expect that regardless, after all its TNA and they put on the best Wrestling out there. Not to mention that all of them involved in this match are at the top of the industry standard, if anything Jeff Hardy looks the weakest amongst them all (aside from Star Power) and that’s saying a lot. But with a match of this magnitude, is it any surprise, that I, being myself, would make the first note of Jeff rubbing his face paint off before the match.
It’s more funny because he only put it on mere minutes before he took it back off again. Sure, he was probably going for a “Jesus Towel” type of deal when he lobbed his scruffy rag into the crowd. And yes, Jesus Towel is indeed a thing… and with a quick search to Google to prove my point, I bring you!
No idea what I found, it’s half the fun of doing it.
I never understand why I don’t become a Colour Commentator for professional Wrestling, picking up on the little details like Jeff rubbing his face paint off and the fact AJ actually took his shirt off to compete. Is it weird that I notice things like this. Is it more weird that I note them down and proceed to Write about it? Either way, it is somewhat relevant as AJ has Wrestled in his “NO ONE” Shirt since his new character gimmick, and it marks the first time he hasn’t worn it. Also on a fun play with words idea, AJ’s newest shirt shows his immediate distaste for Homosexuals:
A bit on the nose isn’t it?
Still it could be worse… it could be this monstrosity of an idea:
The match packed in some awesome highlights, one of them being Kaz full-on throwing a Ladder at Austin Aries. AJ pulls Aries off of the Ladder and muscles him into the “Styles Clash” only to be caught by Kaz dropping AJ face first also.
But as I expected, Christopher Daniels and Bobby Roode got involved, and it was Daniels’ Apple-Tini to the face of Jeff whilst on the Ladder which led to Kaz picking up the Win and the 20Points in the Series.
What is stupid though is the fact that sure Jeff had liquid in his eyes, but he lay on the floor motionless. He didn’t even sell the fact he couldn’t see. It was like a chair shot to the eyes apparently. I don’t even know if that makes sense.
Kevin Nash had a good rant on Twitter about the ending, but put it this way, the Ending of that match was better than 90% of the entirety of his Wrestling Ability. He does know how to draw in some cash though, but he better be careful about pocketing anymore, case the weight tears his quad again.
Dixie Carter and the Main Event Mafia, of course minus Kurt Angle, and Rampage has finally got a suit, came out to talk to the Impact Audience. They wanted to address the fact that Kurt has entered himself into Rehab after yet again being arrested for drinking under the influence. See, this is the kind of thing I respect TNA for, when they actually come out and say what has happened and address it head on. It gives them respect, everyone knows what happened to Kurt, and obviously everyone wants him to get himself sorted. So it begs the question, when Jeff couldn’t fly abroad because of all of his legal issues, which they themselves documented when Jeff returned, why did they make up some stupid injury angle, when they could have just explained it.
I do wonder if Kurt needs to come back and “work his way back up the ranks and gain respect” like Jeff did. If not, then that’s kind of playing favouritism.
The Aces and Eights crashed the segment with Anderson just talking about the current man-advantage and who MEM are going to recruit for next week’s Tag-Team Match where the loser gets fired. Like any type of promo, they all ended up fighting each other. But with Anderson in a leadership position within the faction, it’s a perfect platform to allow him to be himself, and he Shines at it.
Despite the fact that Mickie is actually trying to play a Heel, and doing it more “creatively” she actually gained 99% of the Audience behind her. That’s the difference with Wrestlers trying to be a good Heel, rather than just doing the “bad guy routine”. As an example, Gail Kim has been doing the bad guy routine since she came back to TNA, always talking about how good she is in this one dimensional mono tone. And of course Gail is awesome, but people don’t care about her current position. I suppose actually, thinking about it, this makes her a better heel,…. because if anything people don’t like it. Or warm to it, like the best Heels, who become fan favourites. I’ve said it before, Bully Ray = best Heel in the business.
Is it bad that the only notes I made about this match was the above paragraph, the fact that No Surrender is back next Month as a part of a Special Impact PPV TV broadcast, and that Hulk Hogan is off in more meetings again this week. Or at least so they announced. We expect to see Hogan back on TV soon, but no-one really knows where he has been, or what he’s been up to.
So ODB decides to do something a little different and wears two “Undergarments” and proceeds to Ripping one off… with… some kind of result. But what’s more drastic is her “hanging” Gail over the Ropes with it. Of course we’ve seen Wrestlers getting “hung” before, but this looked rather painful:
Either way, ODB “the new Taryn Terrell” dropped Gail Kim with the “BAM!” on a Chair and Won. This might have something to do with using Gail to put over ODB and have her take the Championship from Mickie at Bound for Glory. Apparently Taryn was going to get that push, but she is currently out from being Pregnant, and Mickie’s contract is coming up again for negotiations. I certainly hope they keep Mickie signed on, I would hate to see her leave, but seems like they are planning for the “worst case scenario”.
Bully Ray is seen backstage on the phone to who we believe to be “Brooke Hogan”, saying such things as “next week we will tell the world” and mentions their “relationship” and “Love”. So no idea what that means. Obviously next week’s show was Taped right after this one went off the Air. So Brooke wasn’t “released” at that point, but it could be this was used as a way to give her an exit. No idea quite how they are going to handle it, but it was certainly a rather odd thing to include, or at least random.
Sting went to see Austin Aries about joining the Main Event Mafia and trying to eliminate one of The Aces and Eights members next week by replacing Kurt Angle. Aries said no, which is awesome, because it would have really ruined his Character to be buddy buddy with anyone, certainly in a situation where he would risk his Career for someone else’s gain.
This led to Rampage Jackson and Samoa Joe hitting the ring.
If I can say one good thing about Rampage, it would be that I quite like his music.
It was rather obvious from the get-go where this was going. However I didn’t expect him to get the mic and just plead for people to like him “hey, give me a chance here, I’m new”. Should have just gone out there and begged to be loved. It’s a Wrestling crowd, totally different, even to the MMA crowd, despite their similarities. And the biggest thing they have in common is the stubborn nature, so unfortunately people are going to hate an MMA fighter joining TNA as much as the MMA fans would hate Wrestlers going into their world.
So of course Rampage calls out Tito Ortiz, who just looks so dumb dressing the way he does at the age he is at. Either way, Tito and Rampage suck on the mic, and the fact that they spent the entire segment talking about their up and coming “MMA” fight rather than the topic at hand in TNA, says it all. It was all “we’re partners, trained together, MMA this and MMA that” no one cares. I don’t care!
I get it, makes sense… I don’t care though. Anyway, the whole segment picked up when Tito’s music played once more and everyone did their best “Act Surprise” face when Bully Ray walked out.
You can see the Smile on Bully’s face as he tries not to laugh at the fact he walked out to the Wrong Music. Either way, Bully insulted them both, which was a clear sign that one of them is going to turn “Heel ” and be on Bully’s side…. interesting!
Also watch the segment here:
2Min 21second mark to Bully laughing
Magnus vs. Samoa Joe vs. Anderson vs. Bobby Roode – Four Way Tables Match – BFG Series 20Points
According to Taz a True Champion is made out of “poise”.
And I quote: “calm self-assured dignity, especially in dealing with social situations / a graceful controlled way of standing, moving, or performing an action / a state of hovering or being in suspension / to be balanced or suspended, or place or hold something in balance or suspension / the centimetre-gram-second unit of viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimetre” Take your pick.
Magnus and Joe play favourites as they help one another out during the match, surely that’s an unfair booking. But hey, when the good guys do it, it’s totally fine.
Joe also uses the Ring-Bell and places it over the groin of Bobby Roode and proceeds to ring it with a Hammer.
But in the end, it’s Kazarian who throws Daniels’ Apple-Tini in the face of Magnus and Roode Power-bombs him through a Table, picking up 20Points and becoming Second on the Leader Board.
Bully Ray vs. Chris Sabin – Steel Cage – World Heavyweight Championship
Before the match, Bully and Anderson had a heated promo backstage showing Friction between the President and VP of The Aces and Eights faction. It’s a strong promo, but what more would you expect from two of the best.
And on the flip side Sting was asked what he thought of Tito Ortiz joining the Main Event Mafia, to which he replied “Tito is going to be an asset wherever he goes, but will he be to the Main Event Mafia?”…. Well surely is he’s going to be an asset wherever he goes… then yes! Ughh! I’m not really that annoyed, I just like to make fun…
So Bully had the crowd on his side, again, not surprising, best Heel in the business. Despite the fact that what he did to Sting did actually get you to hate him… least during the match and slightly the week after. Then Sting went and formed a crap faction and now I don’t care anymore.
Bully felt like Bully again, yelling at the top of his lungs to Sabin “I’m going to Smash your Face in, and Take your Title!”
I love it when Bully is just allowed to be Bully, I don’t like it when he runs from fights, I want him to the be the bad guy that gets in your face and doesn’t back down. I want him to be that level of ruthlessness. Though this is rather funny:
Last week I said that I just wanted to see Bully completely man-handle Sabin, and sure Sabin can put up a fight, but I wanted to see Bully just beat him down and beat him up. And for the best part, that’s actually what happened. Bully was throwing Sabin into the cage repeatedly in all sorts of powerful, painful ways.
Sabin did have some impressive offense himself, after Bully challenged Sabin to hit him in the face, Sabin delivered a good few Forearm hits, and ripped off his Cut and even dropped him with an impressive Death Valley Driver. Sabin then proceeds to use Bully’s Cut as a Whip.
There was a slight “botch” it seemed when Sabin went for a Hurricanrana from the Top Rope, but Bully caught him, trying to Power him back up, but then both Fell awkwardly. This however was followed with Bully rolling on the floor, holding onto his shoulder and screaming.
Either way, the ending of the match came with Bully lifting Sabin onto his shoulder and “accidently” knocking the Ref down, this was then further enhanced when Bully “accidently” sandwiched the Ref against the Cage. Sabin dropped Bully and went for a pin count, but no Ref. So Sabin went to leave the Cage via the door when Anderson turned up and violently smashed the Door into Sabin.
Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz made their way to the Ring, Rampage through Anderson off the Ramp to the Floor. Which is when Tito hits Rampage in the head with a Hammer he had concealed, and Bully played off of the distraction dropping Sabin with a Power-Bomb and stacked him up for the Win.
So glad to see the World Title back on Bully, this seemingly was the plan all along, to have Bully retain the Belt to Bound for Glory. I strongly feel with the return of Sabin, and the chance to boost the ratings, they threw in the whole “Destination X” idea. I actually think that is what happened last year with Aries, and that Roode and Storm were meant to main event BFG. But it worked out fine in the end, and everything is back to normal now with Bully having his World Championship back.
This might also mean that I can perhaps go back to liking Sabin again…. perhaps. Time will tell.
All in all though, this was a solid Show from top to bottom. The ratings grew in America with it being another “Themed” TV “PPV” so it’s no surprise that No Surrender is coming up next month.
I always felt that Rampage was going to be the one to turn and join the Aces and Eights, but perhaps with Angle’s untimely trip to Rehab, they had to scratch that plan, maybe it’s why Rampage finally has a Suit too.
Be interesting to see where Tito fits in, though I don’t really “care” that he’s in TNA, I’m not sold it’s a good move yet. This might make some much needed steps in proving me wrong.
Stay tuned for next week!