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The Jobber Blogger #98 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 27/3/14
For the second week running it seems things have been slowing down. Which shows what I know, because actually thinking about it, last week I was bang on time! The week before I was rather late. And this week… slightly better, less excuses. Well, aside from the general business of one’s life, and finding the time to write up a Wrestling blog in ones spare time and motivation and the lark. I really should try and kick these off with a bit more “spunk”. I actually find it rather handy to send these out to the many jobs I apply for wanting to promote myself as a Writer, and then I write about how much of a lack of motivation I have to write to these things on a Weekly basis.
I’m joking you cynical people! Sometimes it just takes longer to find the perfect gap to slip ones written work into. I should have got this started when I was bubbling over with energy from watching the show, because this week’s Impact was Fantastic!
And for me, the best Impact of recent memory, though the last Three shows since Lockdown have been on top form. But as we sail into WrestleMania weekend (which I will not be watching, for the record, though I am open to finding certain video clips should anything interesting happen), TNA is my chosen entertainment, and I can’t wait to see what they do to compete with the Big Boys.
TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 27/3/14
Yes, we’re officially in April… what happened to the last 4 Months? It’s nearly my Birthday!
Christmas came and went, then New Year, and Birthdays and other special occasions and now we’re in April and this is even a Day later then it was when I started it last night.
Impact started with Promo’s but then, I do like that at times, least when they have something relevant to say, or something exciting that could happen. And given Magnus’ victory last week over Joe thanks to Abyss’ help, things started to paint a clear picture of where they might end up.
MVP kicked off Impact, talking about Talent on equal footing, but with the ending of last week and Abyss’ interference, it put him in a position to make an “executive decision”.
Magnus and Abyss wasted no time in getting in MVP’s business, which is when Magnus laid out the paper work of Abyss’ deal. Apparently he is just contracted to Magnus, and not to TNA.
I didn’t know you could contract things like to yourselves, regardless, you could see where this was heading, and it’s end result was glorious!
If Abyss can only be in the ring or near the ring when Magnus was in the ring, then MVP would test that loyalty, and see if Abyss would keep to his Contract ruling as being the “Worlds Ugliest Valet” or take an opportunity to become World Heavyweight Champion.
Joe was thrown in the mix too, which would look like a Handicap match on Paper, which is when Eric Young offered a helping hand.
Now, I fully expect Magnus to retain, though I actually really want a Title change, it will shake things up. Not to mention it’s WrestleMania to compete with on Sunday. Plus anyone else notice similarities between Daniel Bryan and Eric Young? Not to mention Eric Young is a pretty big deal, his own show “Off the Hook” has a lot of viewers, and in a good number of circles, he is more known from that, than he is from Wrestling. When AJ Styles did his shoot interview, he was talking a lot about why TNA never pushed EY, he’s not only funny, he’s immensely talented in the ring, and with Character work, and not to mention his popularity. Plus could EY end up winning the Gold thanks to Joseph Park? Think about it!
Who knows, either way this was awesome, and a good Four-Way World Heavyweight Championship match has me excited. It’s been a long time, and once again reminds me of the build up to Wrestling Main Events I used to love! I hope something out of the ordinary happens, I doubt Abyss will take the belt, and I even doubt Joe will, I think EY has a shot, and Magnus is the safe bet. But TNA Sacrifice isn’t till the end of the Month, so they either need to put something in place to build, or do something radical for Magnus to pursue.
The Wolves vs. Magnus and Abyss
The Wolves asked MVP for a chance to prove themselves against the top dogs in TNA currently.
Have I mentioned how awesome The Wolves are, their entrance music has been enhanced, in true TNA fashion, start with a good theme, tweak it, and then add lyrics. It’s pretty damn awesome!
The Wolves work together in a perfect unison, it’s really something to witness, and it’s the best example of a Tag-Team for a long time. I’ve love Tag-Team Wrestling, and when you have a Team like The Wolves who pull off moves like a Simple Sunset Flip, and the other one jumps over that and turns it into a Pin with Bridge, it’s pinning moves, but so damn impressive when used together with such fluidity.
Though like everything, there is a Storyline working through-out this match, Eddie rolls up Magnus and turns it into a Single-Leg Boston Crab, to which Magnus taps out instantly and escapes without any damage. On one hand that’s awesome, it gives a lot of momentum and credibility to Eddie Edwards when Davey had a string of it. But this also caused friction between Magnus and Abyss, with Abyss none too happy with losing, and losing because Magnus wanted to keep himself healthy for next week. Abyss takes the World Title with him, rather than handing it back to Magnus.
Bully Ray is now in full blown Baby Face mode, which is weird. He’s good at it, but he’s better at being a Heel where people like him. Having him getting the fans to cheer, and talk about his past mistakes, it seems a little odd for Bully. He is much better being a Bully, and fans get behind him anyway. Regardless, Bully called some “fans” down to the ring-side all of which brought with them Tables. Now I think these “fans” are try-out Wrestlers and behind the scenes people, but that’s neither here nor there.
Anywho! Bully calls out Bobby Roode after Roode suckered Bully to Dixie’s “office” last week and beat him up. Roode wanted no part in this fight, but Bully brought the fight to Roode.
It was a weird segment, they just brawled, surrounded by tables, and no security came to stop them, which they always do, so I imagine they were distracted by Coffee and Snacks or something of a similar nature.
Bully however ended up putting himself through the Tables, first a Big Boot, then attempted Spear, Roode left with Bully mangled in the corner.
Though this was a rather neat segment, and the idea of having a crazy Tables match is on the horizon. I miss crazy Tables matches, I’m rather bored of just having One Table being the deciding factor. Think back to Survivor Series’ 2002 when it’s all out Tables craziness, even if Jeff Hardy was a little…. out of it.
Knux had another Video Promo, finding all these old Arcade Machines which no longer work as they got flooded, and he talking with some girl about his Dad and what not. It’s a little odd, I was hoping for some mention of him joining up with The Aces and Eights, that would have been rather good. But it’s all about chasing dreams, and how his family are annoyed that Knux didn’t live the dream of his family, rather than follow his own dreams. Some crap like that. I’m just waiting for when Knux brings his Family Circus to TNA and they are some sort of hillbilly, circus, dreaming chasing, clown… gang…
Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne
Angelina and Velvet had at it earlier on in the night, with Velvet being somewhat peeved that Angelina just attacked Madison last week. A few insults to Vanilla ice cream later, and Velvet was left with a conundrum.
Velvet made her way to ring side to cheer on…. both. Though her spikey studded black attire might give you a hint to if she’s good or bad.
But of course, if you didn’t know, now you know!
The crowd once again made this meaningful, and I love the fact that the Knockouts are actually respected by most TNA fans. In fact I was thinking, if there was anyone from TNA who would make such a recognisable jump to another Promotion, it’s The Beautiful People. Their entrance theme, attire, attitude, and indeed, entrance all together, is iconic.
Angelina got a bit stroppy with Velvet for not committing, but when Velvet was left to help Madison off the floor, she DDT’d her on the floor instead, and then rolled her in the ring, and Angelina took the win!
So what does this mean?
The Beautiful People are back! And they’re back the right way, you can’t have them Face, it sucks. You want them mean, you want them to be bitches, full of attitude, and DDT people on the floor. I hope they go all out crazy, maybe add some new members, and sort of become a Female – NWO. That would be neat.
Also on a side note, since Lei’D Tapa’s release from Impact a lot of news has cropped up about how she wasn’t quite ready for being in the ring at that level. Though no doubt she’s impressive, she has work that needed to be done. Probably why TNA never let her off the leash, as apparently they viewed her as a “ticking time bomb”. Or accident waiting to happen. Though the parting of ways was on good terms, so I expect we will see her back in TNA one day, when she has had a good bit of training first, of course.
Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young
In what is a Wrestling Heavy show this week, the greatness continued. Not to mention the build up for next week is awesome!
It seems some people aren’t fans of Eric Young, or that this week he “impressed” them. I know they’ve taken EY to be a bit more serious of late, but I do think he’s whackyness is what is most endearing about him. If they can marry that with him being a Credible Wrestler, then that’s the best for everyone.
Just let him be himself, basically.
Joe was annoyed that EY worked himself into Joe’s Title Picture, despite that EY purely wants Abyss, and that in turn leaves Joe to battle Magnus by himself.
EY stepped up at the start of the show in what I hope proved a lot of people wrong, or maybe got them thinking of EY in a different light. It’s been a long time coming to put him in a match where the Title is on the line.
To further prove EY’s credibility, and keep Joe’s fierceness running, they both battled in a high impact bout, which saw Joe get the upper hand, and lock on his Choke, though he had both Shoulders flat to the mat, it was EY who got choked out. Though EY didn’t Tap, and an after match altercation between Earl and Brian Hebner, showed that Joe won, but EY did manoeuvre Joe into a Pinning predicament. So clever booking goes to that one, and keeps both on top form for next week.
It seems Samuel Shaw has been suspended for a Week, as he burst into the Women’s locker-room and confronted Christy Hemme, and then went at her with Scissors and cut some of her Hair off. Now in any normal environment, I’m sure you would be fired, and sued for that. What’s more funny is the fact that the Camera Man just watched and didn’t try to help out.
I hope Shaw drops this whole Christy thing and just goes back to carrying around his Mannequin. Though I also think in the end Hemme might end up being on Shaw’s side. Who knows!
James Storm vs. Gunner – No DQ
It makes me so very happy that this went on in the Main Event, Storm and Gunner both very capable of performing at that level. On one hand it’s almost a shame that this is to put Gunner over, and not build Storm, but in a way, having Storm as one of the top heels can move him forward quicker. To be fair, I would love to see him in the Title Picture as a top Heel. And to win the belt.
It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how much bad blood there is, or jealousy, or smashing a Bottle over you’re fathers head, in the end, everyone can just Hug it out and get over it.
No, Gunner hit Storm with a Spear through the Ropes and they smashed through a Table, the start of things to come. Gunner superplexed Storm onto Two Chairs again, ala Lockdown. Storm hit Gunner with a surprise Last Call Superkick that sent him back into the Ropes, and when he bounced forward Storm dropped him with another to a Kickout. The crowd got into it, and that’s what makes any match relevant!
In the end both Storm and Gunner ended up with Beer Bottles in their hands, and Gunner managed to connect first, then dropped Storm with his Finisher, kind of like an F5, but sort of different. No idea what the name is, hope it’s not the Gunner Bomb. And that led to Gunner getting the Win.
Through-out the night EC3 and Rockstar Spud had been on “The Hunt for Willow” which is one of the best and funniest segments in recent memory. Sure the actual Willow stuff was a little lame, could have been slightly cooler / scarier. But Spud in his Army get up limping around was classic.
Spud however got caught by Willow and later found tied to an old bed frame next to some fake looking skeleton, and Willow then jumped EC3 and beat him down with his Umbrella.
All in all, this Impact was fantastic! Great Wrestling, awesome build up for next week, crazy backstage segments, and The Beautiful People! What more could you want?
And as for next week (or tonight in the US) we have –
Eric Young vs. Samoa Joe vs. Abyss vs. Magnus – Four Way – World Heavyweight Championship
Bully Ray and Willow vs. Bobby Roode and ECW – Tables Match