So yeah, let’s talk about that Elephant in the Room huh? Yes, it’s late, I am fully aware. I do apologise for the lateness of this week’s issue, and last week’s, but hey, I’m a little later this week. I’ve not been this late since I worked Part-Time – yup, do the math on that.
I don’t do math.
I could go on and on about why I didn’t get the time to Write this up till Wednesday night, but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is TNA: Impact Wrestling, so let’s get to that shall we?
TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – 1/10/14
Holy Cheese Nips – Bound for Glory is this Sunday. How crazy is that? It felt like it was ages away, hell it feels like nothing – at – all has been done for this PPV on Television. Aside from James Storm / Sanada / Muta there is nothing more. And that Story has been a B-Story at best running “here and there” in the background, now it’s the main event on the biggest show of the year. Awesome.
Still, I’m looking forward to Bound for Glory – if for nothing more than being up to date with TNA, I can’t explain how much I hate pre-taped Wrestling Television.
It’s all about the here and now, and that was a Month ago. Okay sure, that was an exaggeration, but you get the drift.
Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe – X-Division Championship
Aries kicked off the show to talk about what Championship he was going to Challenge for. That’s right, an Entire episode of Impact was to determine this position. Aries just rambling on is enough to bring out Samoa Joe who (now get this) Challenges Austin Aries.
Yeah that happened.
Aries battles through this tournament to get this great opportunity – to then be challenged himself by a Champion rather than the other way round and lose.
This just makes it feel more like a House Show.
The idea of Joe vs. Aries is exciting, because Joe vs. Aries #1 back in 2012 was the second best match that year. However this meeting of Joe and Aries – though good, not nearly as good.
I suppose I am a little biased when it comes to Aries, but really, you don’t need to be, because he backs it up himself. Aries, as per usual was on fire, on point and brilliant.
I guess I would have enjoyed the match a little more should Aries have taken the win. But I can’t argue. Least they’re letting Aries beat everyone to get shots lately, they seem to be putting him in the right places.
Both Aries and Joe struggled to get this promo off the ground for the two of them to do battle, but in the end, it didn’t really matter.
Which would have been much better if Joe came out to blab for no reason and Aries just walked out and discus elbowed him in the face – Bam – Match – Challenge set and accepted. As it was Aries went for the Last Chancery and was instead caught by Joe’s rear naked choke for the Win.
Though I can’t argue with a great solid match to kick off the show. Though I will whine, a lot.
Eric Young vs. Ethan Carter the Third
The main story here is EC3 and Spud. Last week it was built that there were “issues” between the two, and this week cemented it.
EC3 gave Spud a good heel speech of “in what world, would we be friend?” then ruined his jacket.
This is obviously to build Spud as a face. Here is the problem.
It’s been there done that territory again, I think it always will be with Wrestling. People really like Spud, and that’s because he’s great in the Role he’s in. Making him face changes that role, and people care less. It always happens. People love Heels, Spud isn’t trying to be a “heel” but making him a face would alter his response from the crowd.
However he was extremely good at getting the Sympathy vote. So it might work, least for a short amount of time. Like Joseph Park.
EY who was set to fight EC3 later in the match came out to stand up for Spud, and thus the match took place.
Spud (reluctantly) helped EC3 win.
EC3 works well as a Heel, Spud works well being a naive heel manager. I think he’s capable of doing a good run as a Face, I just don’t think it will be the same. Time will tell. But sooner rather than later, Spud will turn on EC3.
Though now I’ve said that, I will probably be wrong… I hope I am.
Do you know what Annoyed me the most about this week’s Impact. It was the unnecessary “conflict” placed into the Tag-Team Series.
The Wolves with their “Wolves Nation” (which is a horribly bad name), decided to blab on about being a Good Tag-Team. That people didn’t think they were up to much. Let’s be fair, they did lose two matches straight.
Plus they’ve barely defended the Tag-Belts.
Still, it was a speech I didn’t need to hear. Of course this only got worse with Team 3D being un-characteristically negative. Sure Bully and Devon have probably played Heels more than Faces, especially Bully. But right now, their position in the Company is not to be big headed egotistical bad-guys all of a sudden. “You’ll never be as good as us, that’s just fact” – no offense to the Wolves, but they are probably right.
It was just un-needed. This was only to become worse with The Hardyz getting involved. Who not only blabbed on at Team 3D with yet another “history talk”, but they too downgraded the Wolves by stating how less they are in comparison. Another un-characteristic speech. Plus Jeff screamed about something I could have done without.
In the end they all end up brawling and this brings out the weapons which makes for the Full Metal Mayhem announcement.
I think everyone was fairly sure where this was going, they did re-create the old TLC announcement, only with “Tables, Ladders, Chairs…. Full Metal Mayhem!” which, whatever, I don’t care anymore.
Either way, this will take place next week, and I guarantee it’s the Match of the Year. Least I’m hoping it will be, I can’t wait for it.
I just think there must be a much cleverer way to get these guys to have disagreements and fight, without it being cheap, meaningless and let’s be honest, silly.
Manik (w/James Storm) vs. Shark Boy
Good ol Filler Shark Boy is back this week. I do like Shark Boy, but he’ll always be the one you don’t take seriously. But I love the parody, I revel in it.
Manik looking like a sleek super-hero AJ Styles – and also much less menacing then he used to, squashed Shark Boy with ease.
I like the idea, I don’t get how rough and tough scruffy Cowboy – James Storm, beer bottle in hand and giant Beer, works with sleek looking shiny attired Luchardor styled Wrestlers. I don’t see that match, but I don’t hate it.
Come on Tigre-Uno.
MVP (w/Kenny King) vs. Mr. Anderson (w/Chris Melendez)
Anderson who gave a pep talk to Melendez about sticking up for yourself, fighting these guys back, proving your ground. Then went into battle for him instead.
So not only is Melendez weak, incapable, but he needs people to do things for him too. I’m sorry, wasn’t this guy a tough, mean, driven War Hero who wouldn’t back down. Rather than someone who needs so much help and support.
It makes me like him less and less. I’d only like him more at this point if Anderson punched him in the face. Is that bad?
Kenny got involved on the Apron, Melendez pulled him down, Anderson distracted, MVP roll up – Win.
Bobby Roode came out to do his yearly “I’ve been home and had time to re-think my career” speech. A Trend James Storm started which AJ Styles did, and Roode has done it twice if not Three Times now.
Roode decided he’s only as good as his last match and Challenges Lashley to one more match – because he knows he can beat him.
MVP answered for him by saying No. That’s pretty much it.
Gail Kim vs. Havok – Knockouts Championship
Gail Kim and Havok had a fight earlier in the night, you knew something was up because Gail didn’t get the second entrance, she was attacked by Havok, who then threw her into the Ring Post and slammed onto the Floor “injuring her shoulder”.
Gail then did a terrible promo of being injured and demanding to Wrestle whilst Kurt Angle did an equally terrible job of acting alongside her. It was awful, like some weird low-budget porn.
Gail still didn’t get the Champion entrance on the second time round, but I am extremely happy the Knockouts got to Main Event Impact.
I do like Havok, she is growing on me more and more, but I don’t yet see her as good as perhaps some others do.
Of course she pretty much destroys Gail and Chokeslams her for the Win and becomes the new Knockouts Champion.
So much for Taryn Terrell eh.
I have no issues with this.
A bit of a strange mash up of a Show, but certainly not a bad one.
TNA just doesn’t feel right currently. I’m expecting that to be different come next week’s Full Metal Mayhem, but how long will it last?
Bound for Glory I’m sure will be something special, I just hope TNA gets it all back on track for 2015.