Archive | January 2014

TNA iMPACT review 1/30/13: Who is the investor?

The show kicks off with Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe being separated from Magnus, Rockstar Spud, and Ethan Carter the Third in the back. Magnus, Spud, and EC3 all head to the ring after security got Joe and Angle off of them. Magnus is hardly able to with the crowd giving him and the trio in general so much heat. He brags about beating Sting last week, and kicking him out of TNA. He says that Sting was just the next in a long line of victims while he and Dixie Carter start clearing out the dead weight in TNA: AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Sting and any other “dinosaurs”. They are doing this to clear the way for the new generation of TNA superstars: The BroMans, Rockstar Spud, and himself. He did purposefully snub EC3 from that list which causes EC3 to try and interrupt, but Angle and Joe hit the ring and make the trio scatter back to the stage. Angle says that he and Joe made the trip to the UK for one reason, and that is to seek vengeance for AJ and Sting. Angle says that they both were screwed out of their title shots, and if Magnus keeps having to win the way he has been, he really is nothing more than a paper champion. Magnus takes offense to this and says if those two are looking for a fight why don’t they team up to face him and EC3 in the main event. They agree, but Magnus decides to push it even further getting both Angle and Joe to put up their contracts. They agree on the condition that if they win the winner of the fall becomes the new number one contender. Magnus initially agrees, but Dixie comes out to put a stop on it. After some conversation between her and Magnus, eventually Magnus gets her to concede and the match is on for tonight.

A black van pulls up to the arena and The Wolves are seen getting out, they say that everybody’s questions will be answered tonight

The Beautiful People (Velvet Skye & Madison Rayne) vs. Lai’D Tapa and Gail Kim

Kim and Tapa are already in the ring as The Beautiful People make their entrance. As they get to the ring and Kim and Tapa attack getting the match started. Kim and Rayne eventually end up as the two legal knockouts, while Kim has the clear advantage. This doesn’t last long as after Rayne dodges an attack in the corner from Kim. Rayne gets the tag into Velvet who takes control of the match right away. She attempts the In Yo’ Face but Tapa breaks it up. Rayne comes in to take Tapa out as they brawl to the outside. Skye is the first one up and this time hits her move and gets the pinfall for the win.

Winners: The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne)

A short match but the ladies all looked good in the parts that they played. It was nice seeing the Beautiful People back together even if it was only a one night thing, it was even better to see Skye back in the ring after months of just being at ringside with Sabin.

After the match Sabin comes flying down to the ring demanding answers from Skye. He asks why she has been avoiding him all week. He tells her that she should be beside him and behind him in everything and not costing him matches and championships. He says that he will forgive her however, as long as she apologizes for her actions. She takes the mic and says she only has one thing to tell him. “We’re Done” and she storms off, while Sabin goes nuts in the ring.

Angle and Joe are going through the back, they say they aren’t going to be screwed out of their contracts like Sting was last week as they barge into Bobby Roode’s locker room. Joe grabs him as he and Angle both tell Roode that he better think twice before interfering the the main event tonight. Roode says he is flattered that he is such a huge threat to them, and while he could take on either one of them one on one, he isn’t stupid or crazy enough to try and take them both on at the same time.

Back in the arena James Storm makes his way to the ring. He says that he and Gunner go way back, to even before Gunner made his debut in TNA. That they once were really good friends but lately something has changed and tonight is the night that is is all going to come to and end, and he calls out Gunner. Gunner comes down to the ring and says that they both have the same goal in TNA and that is to become champion and to be one of the greats. Gunner continues and talks about his time in the Marines and fighting not for the government, but for his brothers in arms, and the men right beside him. He gives such a truthful speech about his time as a Marine that even though the show is in Scotland, there is a pretty strong USA chant going. He ends the speech says that at one point he felt that he fought along side Storm in the same way through the tag team division, then he took his shot and got the briefcase in the feast or fired match and ever sense then Storm has been petty and jealous. Storm says that Gunner is right and that he has been acting jealous. Bad Influence interrupt before it gets too sappy, and try to drive the wedge back in between Storm and Gunner, by challenging them to a tag team match where the winner of the fall gets possession of the briefcase and the title shot. Gunner and Strom agree by starting a brawl between the four and the match is underway.

Bad Influence(Kaz & Daniels) vs. Gunner&Storm: the winner of the fall gets possession of the briefcase

Eventually Storm and Kaz become the two legal men to start the match.  Storm has the advantage and gets in a quick tag to Gunner. Gunner can’t maintain the offense and Kaz tags in Daniels right away. Bad Influence then use double team tactics and a lot of quick tags to keep the offensive momentum on their side.  Gunner starts to mount a little bit of offense, but when he goes to tag Storm, he isn’t there because Daniels has him distracted outside the ring, allowing Kaz to build up the offense yet again. Gunner hits a reverse elbow and goes for the pin. but this time the ref is distracted by Storm and doesn’t even have a chance to count. Finally, Gunner does it a tag into Storm who quickly starts taking out both members of Bad Influence. Storm attempts an Eye of the Storm, but it gets reversed and Kaz dropkicks Storm into the corner where Gunner tags himself in. Gunner lays out Kaz then hits the diving headbutt for the pin and the win.

Winners: Storm&Gunner; Gunner maintains possession of the briefcase

It seems that TNA is finally done with the high school drama, jealousy angle between Gunner and Storm, who even though they had hiccups at the beginning, by the end, they were working like a well oiled machine once again, giving TNA another tag team to build back up that division.

In Dixie’s office both her and Spud are freaking out about the investor being there and trying to figure out who it is. Dixie sends Spud to go get answers from The Wolves. She then calls up her lawyer trying to figure if there is anything he can do to help them out, or tell her anything. She gets annoyed when he can’t help, and Roode enters into her office. Roode says he was promised a title shot for helping Magnus beat AJ Styles and then again for helping him beat Sting, and he wants it at Lockdown.  Dixie tries telling him she doesn’t have time for this right now, but Roode demands he get an answer. She begins to pull out her checkbook, but Roode stops her saying that money isn’t what he wants, he wants an answer about his title shoot, and until he gets it, he isn’t helping her out anymore.

ODB and Eric Young are in the back talking about his match tonight. She is questioning how smart it is to be teaming with Abyss. Young tries telling he that everything will be alright and that this is all part of the plan. She reclunctly says ok, as Abyss walks up with his bag of tacks.

Rockstar Spud makes his way to the ring. He says the Dixie has sent him out to get answers from The Wolves about who the new investor is. The Wolves come to the ring and Spud starts playing tuff talking about how he beat Samoa Joe within an inch of his life last week, and that he is the one that took out Jeff Hardy so Magnus could win the title. He works himself up so much that when The Wolves refuse to answer he slaps Davey Richards. The Wolves then attack and take out Spud with ease. Eddie Edwards takes the mic, and once again says that the investor will revel himself tonight, and also that the investor has said that if anybody interferes in the main event tonight, they will be fired on the spot.

Abyss & Eric Young vs. The BroMans w/ DJ Zema Ion(C): Tag Team Championships

Robbie E and Young start the match off. Robbie gets in the first few movies but Young makes the quick comeback. Young sends Robbie into the corner where Abyss is and Abyss starts choking him making the ref and Young get Abyss off of Robbie. Young tries to talk Abyss down after he lets go of Robbie. The distraction allows Robbie to tag in Jesse and get the sneak attack on EY. It doesn’t last long however, as EY goes back on the offense quickly, but once again as soon as Jesse is within arms reach of Abyss he grabs him by the throat. EY once again convinces Abyss to let him go before they get disqualified. Once again, this gives the BroMans the advantage. This happens a few more times before Abyss finally tags himself into the match and easily disposes of the BroMans. DJ Zema Ion climbs the turnbuckle and looks as if he is going to interfere but Abyss grabs him by the throat. The ref gets Abyss to finally let go of Ion, and for his trouble Abyss picks up the ref and sets him up for the Shock Treatment. EY pleads with Abyss to let the ref go, but to no avail as Abyss hits the move on the ref getting his team disqualified.

Winners: The BroMans.

After the match EY tries confronting Abyss, and tries to get answers from him. Abyss chokeslams EY and begins to walk away. EY grabs a mic and says that, of Abyss wants to get crazy, then there is one last experiment  for them to run. Monster’s Ball. Abyss seems to accept the match, saying he is going to hurt EY.

Not really much of a match at all. The BroMans looked good and flowed well together as a team, while EY couldn’t even really get the monster under control. Really seems that the Monster’s Ball match between the two could finally be a payoff to the Joe Park/Abyss angle.

Outside the arena the wolves are seen getting back in the van to talk to the investor.

Bully Ray is pushing a coffin towards the ring.

A video clip from a date between Samuel Shaw and Christie Hemme is shown. They are having drinks, and Shaw seems to be holding his hand really close to the candle on the table which freaks Christie out a little bit, but Shaw plays it off well. They then go on a tour of Shaw’s place. It is very sparsely filled with just a mattress on the floor in the bedroom. Christie seems to be enjoying herself however. At one point Shaw takes her hair down and steals a piece of it, as she walks away he is seen sniffing the strand of hair. They come upon a darkened room that Shaw pushes Christie away from. He then walks in and turns on the light to reveal a huge shrine to her with a mannequin dressed to look like her. He smells the hair again before adding it to the wig of the mannequin and kissing it before returning to Christie.

Bully Ray is in the ring with the coffin beside the ring. He talks about how Anderson has taken everything away from him: his championship, his family, his club, and his entire life. Bully says that the only way to get back at Anderson now is putting him to rest in a coffin, and challenges Anderson to a casket match. Anderson comes down and stands beside the coffin, while Bully gets out of the ring and stands on the other side of it. Anderson asks what Bully’s plan is. Bully responds to put Anderson in the coffin then to pile drive Anderson’s wife and kids. Anderson’s accepts and the opens the coffin lid hitting Bully int he face with it. They start to fight and Anderson has the advantage the entire way. Eventually, Bully scurries away.

In the back, EC3 and Magnus are getting ready for the main event. There is obvious tension between Magnus and EC3, with Magnus calling EC3 “green” and saying the only reason that he is in TNA is because he has the right last name. Dixie enters into the locker room, and Magnus becomes all smiles and even says a few good things about EC3. He and Dixie walk off, with Dixie only saying good luck to EC3 as an after thought as she walks out.

 

Samoa Joe & Kurt Angle vs. Magnus & Ethan Carter the Third

Angle and EC3 start the match off. Angle gets the early advantage and tags in Joe. Joe goes to work with his fast passed high power offense with a lot of quick kicks and jabs that keep EC3 on the ropes. Joe tags Kurt back in who slows the pass down a little with his more methodical style, but its just as effective. Kurt attempts a shoulder block in the corner, but EC3 moves out of the way and Angle runs into the corner. EC3 tags Magnus who is immediately on top of Angle.  Behind the arena The Wolves get out of the van with a third person but it is unclear who it is. Back to the ring, Magnus is still in control beating on Angle in the corner. Magnus tags in EC3 who goes straight for a pin attempt, but Angle kicks out. EC3 puts the sleeper hold on Angle who fights out of it, only to get hit by a clothesline from EC3. EC3 throws Kurt into the corner, but he misses with the double knees giving Angle the chance to tag Joe back into the match just as EC3 tags in Magnus. Joe comes out on fire hitting a bunch of his big moves in a row and taking over the match. Joe locks in the cross arm breaker on Magnus only to have it broken up by EC3. Angle comes in to take care of EC3, and Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch and gets the submission win.

Winners: Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle; and by virtue of winning the fall Joe is now the number one contender

Dixie comes storming out of the back saying she knew this was going to happen and starts to berate Magnus and EC3. She gets cut off by Samoa Joe however, who gloats about the victory, saying that when push came to hove Magnus just couldn’t cut it. Angle takes over and says that after beating Roode last week, and with the win tonight, he is back and is ready to accept his Hall of Fame induction, he tells Dixie to be sure to invite her new investor to the party. This sends Dixie over the edge as she demands the investor to reveal himself. The lights go dark and a new music hits. The lights come back out and The Wolves enter onto the stage followed by M.V.P. as iMPACT goes off the air.

Really good entertaining episode. Probably the best all around episode in a while. Finally there was a solid main event without it being an overbooked mess. The knockouts looked good, the worst storyline is seemingly over as Storm and Gunner are a tag team again. Then the investor angel got a little bit of a payoff with the MVP reveal. While, there is certainly going to be a little bit of a backlash of the investor being MVP, the fact that it was only a two week build till the reveal gives TNA a lot of leeway with how big the name had to be. They didn’t really build up the mystery all that long, so the reveal while big news wasn’t ever going to be huge. Much better to reveal MVP right away than after a month or two of build and speculation. Overall, after the worst week WWE has had in a while, TNA put on their best show in a while which is what they needed. Did they win any converts tonight, probably not, but there were a lot of scorned WWE fans that might have been watching and looking for something different, and TNA certainly put their best foot forward tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

iMPACT Review: TNA Genesis Part 1

The Show starts with Rockstar Spud in the ring, the crowd already booing him. He praises Dixie Carter for doing what she said she was going to do and that is bring the World Heavyweight Championship back home to TNA. She comes down to the ring and talks about what happened to AJ is what happens when you cross the boss, and if anyone else is wanting to play the same thing will happen to them. She then talks about tonight being the beginning of a new era in TNA, and how the role model of that new era is her champion Magnus. Magnus cuts a promo about the start of the reign of Magnus. Dixie then says none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the help of Team Dixie and invites them down to the ring. The Bro Mans with DJ Zema Ion, EGO, Gail Kim and Lai’d Tapa all head to the ring. Dixie gives them all a huge thank you and says that they will be well rewarded in their next paychecks. She goes on to talk about the with a house all on the same page that TNA will finally be able to begin a new era, and after tonight the last man standing in the way will be delt with by her nephew Ethan Carter the Third. EC3 makes his entrance, but before he can say anything Sting’s music hits and he is in the audience. Sting cuts a really good promo about how TNA is actually a house more divided than ever. Starts calling out Magnus as still being a paper champ and that he has sold out. He then says that we want revenge for last week. This brings out Samoa Joe, Joseph Park, Eric Young, Gunner, Storm, and ODB and a huge brawl begins. Sting eventually corners EC3 in the ring and starts beating him with a bat before team dixie starts to retreat. Rockstar Spud comes back out with a ref and says that if they want to fight they are going to have a 12-man tag right now

Team Dixie(Bad Influence, The Bro Mans, DJ Zema Ion, and Lai’D Tapa) vs. Team Sting(Samoa Joe, Gunner, James Storm, Eric Young, Joesph Park, and ODB)

This isn’t much of a tag team match as it is just a series of random encounters throughout the brawl that never really stopped. Joe and Ion are the first two in the ring and Joe has no problems taking care of Ion. The next two are ODB and Tapa who battle for a short while before they both go tumbling to the outside, letting Daniels and Storm take center stage, that Storm gets the better of before they continue the fight outside the ring. Gunner and kaz are in the ring for a split second, before Robbie E and EY start a good back and forth in the ring, while everybody goes to their corners finally. EY starts to get eh offence going which brings Jesse in to try and make the save, but Park negates that for a little bit. Eventually, however, the Bro Mans do start double teaming EY, after Ion gets involved. Ion start celebrating only to get cut off by a fallaway slam by ODB. Tapa takes her out with an NFL-like shoulder tackle, bringing in EY and Daniels to slow down the action, with a chin lock on EY. EY fights back and gets the tag into Joe, who goes off on Daniels, before diving through the ropes to take out the Bro Mans. Kaz and Park are now in the ring and Kaz takes down Park with a kick to the face. The kick busts open Park’s lip and the Abyss personality appears and takes out everybody on Team Dixie, and even Gunner and Storm who happened to get in his way. Eventually the only two left in the ring are Joe and Daniels. Joe locks in his Coquina Clutch for the win.

Winners: Team Sting(Samoa Joe, Gunner, James Storm, Eric Young, Joesph Park, and ODB)

This match was at the very best controlled chaos. It was a good segway from last week, into this week however with the good guys getting retribution for the hits that were taken out on them last week. It also shows where the battle lines are starting to be drawn for the near future.

In the back, Velvet Skye and Austin Aries are talking, but get interrupted by a clearly jealous Chris Sabin, when Velvet won’t say what they were talking about he says they will talk about in the ring.

Kurt Angle is shown arriving and is on the hunt for Dixie Carter and/or Al Snow.

In the ring, Sabin is berating Velvet. It doesn’t take long for Aries to come to the ring in defense of Velvet. Sabin asks Aries if he is trying to steal Velvet away from him. Aries says that isn’t the case and he is just telling her to stick up for herself, and her man actually be a man. This turns into a challenge for the X division belt, but with the stipulation that Velvet be in a cage at ringside, to make sure Sabin can get the job done himself. Sabin doesn’t want to agree, but Velvet cuts him off saying she never wanted to be put in the middle of his matches in the first place and accepts for him. 

In the back once again and Kurt is still on the hunt for Dixie. Also, Bruce Prichard is seen walking up and talking to Samuel Shaw. Prichard says he really liked Shaw’s performance in the ring, but needs to get over his creepy obsession with Christie Hemmee. As soon as Shaw hears Prichard says Christie’s name he goes from respectful of the praise to full on crazy and beats the hell out of Prichard, screaming to never say her name again.

Magnus walks into the locker room of EC3 and gives him a pep talk about Sting, and how EC3 needs to take Sting very seriously. There is a little bit of tension between them as they both feel like they should be Dixie’s go to guy, but it’s really down played. 

Back to the ring and Bully Ray is headed out for his match against Ken Anderson. Anderson attacks Bully from behind and the match is underway. 

Bully Ray vs. Ken Anderson No Disqualification match

Anderson has the early advantage after the sneak attack as the brawl outside the ring. Eventually they both get in the ring and bell sounds to get the match officially started. Anderson continues to have the advantage and goes for the Mic Check to end this one early but Bully reverses it and gets his first offense of the night. Bully almost immediately goes outside to get a chair, on the other side of the ring however anderson is doing the same. When they both get back in the ring they play dueling chairs that Anderson gets the advantage of quickly. He gets a little over zealous however allowing Bully to hit a spear and take get the offense going. Bully places a chair on top of Anderson and grabs his chain and wails away. He then wraps the chain around his arm and hits an elbow drop on Anderson, but only gets the two. Bully gets in the face of the ref allowing Anderson to take out Bully. Anderson goes under the ring and finds a section of guardrail. They both take turns trying to hit splashes on the guardrail and both hit nothing but guardrail. Anderson, recovers and hits a Mic Check on the guardrail, and goes for the pin, but only gets a two count. Undeterred Anderson grabs a table from under the ring and hits a Green Bay Plunge through the table, but once again can only manage a two count on Bully. Anderson now getting frustrated grabs a second table, but is cut off as he gets back into the ring. Bully sets up the table and then goes and grabs the lighter fluid from under the ring. He taunts Anderson with it which just gets Bully Mic Checked. Anderson sprays the fluid all over the table but before he can light it Bully hits a low blow, and a jumping piledriver for the win.

Winner: Bully Ray

This was a really physical bout. Lots of weapons and strong moves. Both men looked like they wanted to kill each other. Bully gets the win in the end, but it feels like he still hasn’t gotten the revenge he seeks for the death of the Ace’s & 8’s. 

Kurt Angle is still searching for Dixie when he finds Al Snow, he grabs him and starts looking for answers, but when Snow won’t talk, Angle throws him down and is on his way to the ring. In the ring, Dixie says involving his family  last week was across the line and calls Dixie out to the ring. Dixie comes to the ring and tells Angle that things are changing in TNA and he just needs to look at the big picture. She says she did what she did to protect him. She did want Kurt getting himself hurt, because then he wouldn’t be able to make any money for her or his family. She tells Kurt to trust he because she doesn’t want him making the same mistakes as AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy. Angle tells her thanks, but no thanks and that after his match, he will be in Sting’s corner tonight. Dixie at this point says Kurt is clearly not in a mental state to be able to wrestle and says the match will happen next week, and then asks security to escort Kurt from the building. When Kurt won’t leave, Roode comes down hits his version of the Attitude Adjust, now being called the Roode Bomb, on Angle. 

Jermey Borash is in the back, with Madison Rayne. Before Rayne gets a chance to talk Tapa gets in her face and Kim attacks her from behind leaving Rayne is bad shape for their match.

Dixie is in the back with Earl Hebner, she tells him that due to his actions in the AJ Styles match last week he won’t be the official for the Sting vs. EC3 match tonight, and she says she has the perfect ref in mind. 

Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim(C) Knockout’s Championship match

Rayne is clearly the worse for wear as the match gets underway, giving Kim the early momentum. But a reversal shows Rayne still has signs of life, before Kim gets the offense rolling once again. KIm starts to get a little cocky and starts trash talking Rayne who fires up and eventually knocks Kim out of the ring in an offensive flurry. Rayne chases after Kim but is cut of by Tapa who picks Rayne up in a choke. The ref steps in and sends Tapa to the back for the interference. The damage has already been done however as this gives Kim the opportunity to lock on the figure four around the ring post. Rayne rolls out of the ring and as Kim lets the ref count Rayne barely makes it back in in time. Kim tries splashing Rayne in the corner, but Rayne uses kims momentum against her to throw her down and get the pin and become new Knockout’s champ.

Winner and New Knockout’s Champion: Madison Rayne

Nothing to special about this match unfortunately as typically the knockout’s have really good matches. The ending was also somewhat sudden as it wasn’t a typical finisher to end the match.

Sting is with JB in the back and says that he knows he has a lot of friends in the back, but he doesn’t want them to help him out tonight, because all tonight is about is getting his hands on EC3. 

Dixie is in her office talking to The American Wolves. She says that she can’t wait to see their tryout match, and hopes that she is impressed enough to grant them a contract. The Wolves inform her they actual already have signed TNA contracts, and hand her a legal envelope. She reads it as it says TNA has a new investor.

 The introductions are made for both EC3 and Sting, as they wait on there special ref. Rockstar Spud

Ethan Carter the Third vs. Sting w/ Rockstar Spud as the guest Referee

This match is all Sting. The only time EC3 ever gets anything going is when Spud interferes. Initially Spud kept Sting from doing anything in the corners always insisting on a clean break. Sting got feed up and to the match to the outside and ran EC3 into the steps and suplexes him on the ramp. Once they get back in the ring however Spud tries to stop Sting from hitting a Stinger splash which leads to EC3’s biggest offensive flurry of the match. Sting cuts it off and finally hits the splash in the corner and locks in the Scorpion death lock. Spud attacks Sting to break up the hold. This doesn’t stop sting at all however as he fights off both Spud and EC3. Sting hits the death drop, and  SPud refuses to count. Sting literally grabs Spud’s hand and forces him to count, but Magnus pulls Spud out of the ring. Magnus takes his shirt off to reveal a striped shirt on, while Sting is distracted EC3 goes for the roll up, and Magnus quick counts Sting giving EC3 the win.  

Winner: Ethan Carter the Third

This was really more a of a squash making Sting look super strong more than anything. The only times when EC3 showed any life at all where when Spud was getting in the way. The quick count keeps the undefeated streak alive, and now EC3 can say he beat Sting.

After the match Sting grabs a mic and tells Magnus he will do anything, to get him in the ring and a shot at the title. Magnus declines telling him that he lost the opportunity to ever fight for the belt again back at Slammiversary. Sting continues to talk and get under Magnus’ skin, eventually Magnus says that he will give Sting a shot but only if its title vs. career. Sting accepts and the match is set for next week.

TNA clearly had two weeks worth of Genesis in mind. They spent most of the first hour just with the backlash from Dixie’s actions last week. The matches all night were really nothing special. It does look like TNA is going all out with the in ring action next week with a full slate of matches that should be really good. There was a lot of story elements this week that was nice to see, hopefully next week TNA can deliver with the in ring action next week as well. 

 

 

1/9/14 iMPACT Review: Goodbye AJ Styles

The show opens with Dixie headed to the ring with AJ Style’s one night only contract in hand as she asks him to come to the ring. She tells AJ everything he asked for is in there and he will have his match and it will be winner take all. She then goes on to add that she did make one change and that is that the match will be no disqualification, because she wants everybody’s last memories of AJ to be of him being stretchered out of the building. AJ reminds her what winner take all means, that after he wins tonight, there will be no more tournaments and no more paper champions, when he wins he will be the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and that’s it. He continues saying that Dixie’s no disqualification stipulation doesn’t scare him, because he knows he has friends in the back that will have his back tonight should team Dixie try to interfere. Dixie reminds him that she owns all the boys in the back so they won’t be around to help him out. They go back and forth a little bit more and eventually Magnus comes out to the ring, and says AJ doesn’t have any friends in the back anymore, because he walked out on them. Magnus also says that the only reason AJ came back was because he wanted to take the spotlight back from Magnus. AJ signs the contract and the match is official.

In the back Dixie is talking to Gail Kim and Lai’d Tapa and asks them if they are sure they can get the job done.

Eric Young and Joesph Park make their way to the ring for the opening contest.

Dixie cuts off the Bro Mans as they are headed to the ring and asks them the same question she asked Kim, if they are sure tehy can get the job done. They say yes and make their way out to the ring.

Eric Young and Joesph Park vs. The Bro Mans w/ DJ Zema Ion: Non-title match

Eric Young starts out the match trying to grapple with the ref. this gives Robbie an opening. but Young takes the opening advantage. Young his some nice high passed offense and quickly tags in Park. As park starts to get some offense in the giant screen over the entrance shows ODB getting beat down by Gail Kim and Tapa. This sends Young sprinting to the back to help out his wife. With park out numbered the Bro Mans get the win after hitting the Bro Down.

Winners: The Bro Mans

After the match they grab a piece of the guardrail and throw it into the ring and hit the Bro Down on the guardrail taking Park out.

An ok match. It was more there to add to the story of the episode than anything, and it set the tone well. Mass Chaos. First you have the attack on ODB leaving Park in a 2-on-1 situation that he can’t defend against. Then after the match  the Bro Mans take it that extra step by hitting their finisher on the guardrail. Good set-up for the rest of the night.

In Dixie’s office Samoa Joe walks in to tell her he is on the side of AJ tonight. She tells him simply not to worry about AJ but to worry about his opponent her nephew Ethan Carter the Third

The doctor’s are checking out Park, the doctor says he thinks Park has a concussion and needs to be evaluated at the hospital.

Sting is entering the arena and passes EY as he is caring ODB to the car to take her to the emergency room. Sting wonders what is going on…

James Storm heads out to the ring and calls out Gunner. Storm says he has been part of some of the greatest tag teams of all time, but both of them had bitter ends because of one thing: The World Heavyweight Championship. He says that this is exactly what has been happening between him and Gunner over the past month since Feast or Fired. Gunner says he absolutely agrees, and that it has been Storm’s ego and wanting to be champ that has torn them apart. Storm says that Gunner got the championship title shot from running him over in feast or fired ans suggest they fight one last time for the briefcase to see who exactly deserves the title shot. Gunner agrees and the match is set for next week

EC3 attacks Joe in the back of the arena. The two fight back and forth and eventually make their way to the stage and then down to the ring. The bell sounds and the match is officially underway.

Ethan Carter the Third vs. Samoa Joe

EC3 has the early advantage, but it doesn’t last long. Joe starts hitting a lot of his fast passed signatures right away and is in full control. Having so much dominance makes Joe cocky and EC3 takes out Joe’s knee to get a bit of momentum his way. EC3 works on the knee a while before climbing the ropes. Joe gets up and knocks EC3 off balance, however, and starts to set him up for the Muscle Buster.Rockstar Spud comes flying down to the ring and grabs Joe’s leg to distract him. It works as Joe puts down Carter and gives chase to Spud up the ramp. Carter gets a wrench from somewhere and attacks Joe’s knee again. They work over Joe’s knee some more with the wrench. When Joe tries to get up and give chase his knee gives out and he falls back to the ground.

winner: No Contest

Once again not much too this match. It was a brawl from the onset. It ended in a no contest so EC3 still can claim to be un beaten, and it took out another of AJ’s friends, giving him less and less numbers on his side.

Jeremy Borash is in the back with Kurt Angle asking about his Open challenge cage match tonight. Kurt says he is getting ready for the match of his life, and it doesn’t matter who answers the open challenge tonight, because all he is going to see is Bobby Roode.

The doctor is in the back looking over Joe’s knee and says that Joe needs to go to the hospital and get an MRI done.

Quick cut to another location backstage where EMT’s are working on both James Storm and Gunner. There is broken beer bottles on the ground next them.Sting sees this and goes to confront Dixie. Sting asks if this is what Dixie really wants around here now, mass chaos and people orchestrating random hits in the locker room.  Dixie initially plays dumb, but Sting keeps pressing. Eventually Dixie says that this will all end when she sees AJ being carted out and off to the hospital and out of her building. She then reminds him tat it is not his place to worry about what’s going on because he is only a wrestler, and one with a match tonight. Sting says a match won’t get in the way of Sting making sure he gets done what needs to be done.

Kurt Angle heads to the ring to await the arrival of his opponent

Bobby Roode’s music hits and he walks out in full ring gear. He cuts a promo about how he has beaten Kurt already and will again next. He continues to tease as if he is going to accept the open challenge, but backs away and says he found a perfect opponent for Kurt. The team of Bad Influence.

Kurt Angle vs. Bad Influence: Steel Cage Open Challenge

Bad Influence get the early advantage with Daniels entering through the door while Kaz climbed up and over the cage to enter on the opposite side. They continue to keep the advantage using double team tactics, and the cage. Kurt reverses an attempted double back body drop. He goes for a quick pin on Daniels but Kaz distracts the ref and Bad Influence gets the advantage again. Kurt once again survives and gets a reversal to gain the advantage.  He starts with the German Suplexes on Daniels, then moves onto Kaz. Angle returns his focus to Daniels and goes for the Olympic Slam. Kaz makes the save and tries to escape the cage. Angle catches him and hits a German Suplex off of the top turnbuckle.  Kaz takes out Daniels on the landing. Angle hits the Olympic slam on Kaz and gets the pin.

Winner: Kurt Angle

Match of the night by far. It was fun and had some amazing spots. Kurt gets the win and looks ready to take on Roode next week, and finally get that monkey off of his back and move on in his quest to prove himself worthy of the Hall of Fame.

Dixie is on the phone telling them to keep the cage up. Roode enters into her office and Dixie asks if Roode is ready for his match tonight. Roode looks shocked as he didn’t expect to wrestle. She tells him he has a cage match with Sting. Roode flips out but Dixie calms him down and tells him not to worry because she has his back. He calms down and reluctantly agrees to the match.

Kurt is in the parking lot taking photos with fans. Al Snow pulls up and says there is an emergency and he will explain on the way. Kurt jumps in and they speed off.

Bobby Roode vs. Sting: Steel Cage Match

They lock up and it is an even back and forth. Sting gets a little bit of an edge and goes for a Stinger Splash, but Roode counters it and gets the advantage. Roode is all over him, and goes for the pin early. When that doesn’t work he tries going through the door, but Sting cuts him off. Roode starts in on the offense once again, and this time hits a Double R Spine Buster, but Sting kicks out once again. Roode tries going over the top this time but Sting grabs him and throws him off of the turnbuckle. This gives Sting his first really offense of the match and hits the big moves quick, with multiple Stinger Splashes and an attempt at the Scorpion Death Lock. Roode rakes the eyes however, but Sting gets hits a Death Drop and locks in the Death Lock. This brings out EC3 and Spud. EC3 tries to climb the cage, this gets Sting to release the hold and wait to cut him off. On the other side of the ring Spud throws in a police batton to Roode who uses it to attack Sting and knock him out long enough for Roode to walk out the door for the win.

Winner: Bobby Roode.

Good match. Nice to see Roode really carry the match and hold the advantage. While he didn’t come out looking as strong as Angle after his match, but still Roode beat a legend in the cage and that’s what matters.

Mr. Anderson is seen entering the funeral home where the funeral of the Aces & Eight’s took place. He walks into the chapel and sees Bully Ray setting in the back. Anderson says let’s finish this. Bully says if he wanted to finish it he would last week, by setting Anderson of fire, but that would be to lenient for everything that Anderson has done. Bully talks about forgiveness and hoe he wants to make Anderson feel what he feels now. He then tells Anderson to look in the coffin, where he pulls out baby blankets and when he turns around Bully is gone.

Sting bashes into Dixie’s office and says a baton is nowhere near enough to stop him from being on AJ’s side tonight. Dixie tries using Sing’s contract and her money to sway him, but it doesn’t work. She then asks him if he honestly believes that AJ would do the same for him. She leaves him to think about it.

AJ Styles vs. Magnus :Winner-Take-All Champion vs. Champion Match

Magnus immediately heads to the floor twice, then before anything happens EC3 and Spud attack. Styles has little trouble defending them off and as Magnus tries to attack from behind he doesn’t get anything has AJ takes the advantage, but the numbers are just too much. Sting comes down to find off EC3 and Spud and its back down to AJ and Magnus in the ring, but once again before anymore physicality happens between the two the Bro Mans are out. They hit the Bro Down on AJ and reluctantly Hebner makes a count, but AJ kicks out. Sting makes it back into the ring to fend off the Bro Mans with  AJ. Magnus once again goes for the sneak attack, but once again fails. AJ hits the Styles Clash, and Bad Influence now hit the ring. They hit the high low on AJ and Magnus makes the pin, but Hebner feed up with everything going on doesn’t make the count, and walks out of the match. Dixie comes out dragging Brian Hebner to the ring and force him to count the fall. AJ kicks out again. Him and Sting get enough of an advantage for AJ to go for the Calf Killer but Bad Influence take out the ref. Another Styles Clash and Earl Hebner sprints back out to the ring to count the fall, but once again Bad Influence pull the ref out and stop the count. AJ flies over the top and takes out bad Influence. Styles is back in the ring and waiting for Magnus to get up. Roode comes out and hits his version of the AA three times on AJ. This brings out Dixie with a third ref who makes the count and finally AJ stays down giving Magnus the win.

Winner and Undisputed TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Magnus

This match was the entire night. With all the faces getting taken out throughout the night, it left AJ with only Sting as backup. Every heel in the company came out and it made AJ look strong. This match was booked with the idea of AJ coming back and being a savior for TNA from Dixie. The biggest problem with the match was, there was almost no AJ vs. Magnus interaction. Which, once again, from the standpoint of TNA at the time thinking AJ was coming back, would of been played with in the storyline. It was an overbooked mess was the problem. Magnus who was booked strong all the way up to and including his win in the title tournament. This made him look like a coward, and whenever he tried to attack AJ, AJ took the advantage in a heartbeat. It builds a hate toward Magnus is the fanbase, and makes them want to see AJ come back and save them from Magnus, which was obviously the plan when it was taped.

The show was the one that had the biggest problem with being taped. Because the plans at the taping and how the main event was booked would have obviously been completely different had they known AJ wouldn’t resign and he would jump ship to Ring of Honor. On a positive note Dixie did easily her best work as an on screen character heel or face that she has ever had. With the good shows TNA have been putting on lately have been really good, the main event was a huge misstep.

No More iMPACT Zone?

Over the Weekend it came to light that the TNA couldn’t come to a deal and keep iMPACT at Universal Studios for the rest of the year. This couldn’t have come at a seemingly worse time for TNA. Over the past 6  months or so TNA have been cutting costs at every corner, and going back to Orlando was supposed to be one of the big things that helped them turn things back around, and with that corner stone gone, it could be just a matter of time for TNA. Yet, TNA does have time to make something happen. If losing their home had to come, then losing it now was better timing than it could have been.

With TNA already having homes for iMPACT through at least the end of February and at most Lockdown, they have 2 months to find a home. The next taping for iMPACT is for the live Genesis show in Huntsville, AL. TNA not only plans to have the live episode there, but also tape shows to fill time between then and the begining of the UK tour. Where they have scheduled two different arenas to tape the show, which is enough for up to four weeks of TV. Then Lockdown is set for early March, but no venue has been announced. That gives TNA plans for 6 taped weeks of iMPACT, and a PPV. 

What does all this mean? It means TNA still has time. Not a lot of time, but some time nonetheless. They need to find a new home because the road was one of the biggest blows to the TNA budget. They have cut a number of big a small names over the past few months and with the move back to Orlando, TNA had seemingly found a new focus, and the product was better for it. 

TNA behind the camera though has been getting worse and worse. From losing AJ when it seemed they had finally come to terms, and then losing Jeff Jarrett, and with the rumored sale falling through, and now losing the iMPACT Zone, nothing has gone right. These are dark times for TNA as a company, even as it seems the TV product is at it’s best in years. As an apologist, the biggest problems seem to be coming from the top, and the rumored sale may have been a good thing in the long run. For now though the first thing TNA needs to find is a new home. Then, they can find agents and Panda Energy still has funds. TNA has time just not much and they need some good news and need it quick. 

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iMPACT 1/2/14 Review

The show opens with Kurt Angle headed to the ring to make a “major announcement”. He says 2013  was not his year and dissapointed the his fans inside the ring and out. He says he wasn’t the cyborg in 2013, and before he can finish Bobby Roode interrupts him as he comes to the ring. Roode gets in Angle’s face and says that he wants Kurt to admit that it was him that finally got him to walk away from TNA, but Kurt responds that he was actually saying that 2014 was going to be the year that Kurt Angle becomes the cyborg once again and he wants to start the year off by beating Roode in one last match. Roode says he accepts only if it means that Angle is gone form TNA for good and will never accept his Hall of Fame nomination. Kurt agrees for the match and adds a steel cage stipulation, Roode accepts and they begin to fight. They get separated and Rockstar Spud comes out and says if they want to fight, go find a partner and they will have a tag team match later. 

In the back Dixie is shown getting a letter that says “see you tonight”. She looks stressed and nervous about the letter and gets Spud to try and find out who sent the letter. 

Back in the Ring Gail Kim  is talking about her open challenge and how there has been no one even close to being a challenge for her yet. She invites her oppenett out and it is Madison Rayne.

Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne

Rayne gets the match started right at the bell, but Kim starts making a comeback. She gets in a lot of offense over the rest of the match. She attempts the eat defeat but Rayne reverses it and gets an offensive flurry of her own before Kim reverses a top rope attempt., but Rayne reverses the eat defeat a second time and get s the pin for the win. 

winner: Madison Rayne

In the back Kurt Angle recruits Gunner as his tag team partner for his match tonight. James Storm walks in and seems to be upset that Gunner would accept being a partner with someone else.

In the locker room of Sabin and Skye , Sabin tells Skye that he just needs her to do as she is told tonight and he will leave with his X division belt, but if she finds a way to cost him his title again he will be leaving the arena by himself. 

X Division Championship: Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries (C)

Aries controls the match all the way through. He quickly goes for the last chancery and as Sabin tries to break the hold he motions towards Skye, who is at ringside, ti interfere, but she refuses. Throughout the entire match it seems like whenever he gets in trouble his immediate tactic is to turn to her for help. eventually Aries looks like he has the match won, but Skye reluctantly gets on the apron causing a distraction giving Sabin the opportunity to hit a low blow and get a quick roll up for the pin. 

Winner and New X Division Champion: Chris Sabin

Samuel Shaw vs. Norv Fernum

A squash match making Shaw look really strong, and introducing his new style in the ring to go along with his American Psycho/Dexter persona. He was very slow and methodical the entire match, cold  and calculated. He also never took his eyes of Christy Hemme, and more to that part of the character as well. His new finisher , a variation on a sleeper/choke hold, was also a great touch. 

Winner: Samuel Shaw

In the back Roode is talking to somebody about his match tonight.says he has people in mind as his partner and  initially declines saying there is noway he can trust him. The camera revels it is Storm, who says he doesn’t trust or like Roode, but he needs to be to prove a point and send a message. Bobby still says no, Storm says one way or the other he his making his point either as Roode’s partner or by kicking everyone’s ass. Roode thinks about it. 

Kurt Angle and Gunner vs. Bobby Roode and James Storm 

The match starts with Angle and Storm in the ring. Angle gets the early advantage and gets a quick tag into Gunner. Storm starts to get the momentum as he and his former teammate go ate before Roode tags himself in. Beer Money starts to settle in and work as team. They Keep Gunner in the match for the duration as they distract the ref whenever Gunner tries to tag in Angle. eventually Angle comes in and tries to get momentum on the side of his team,but a Last Call Superkick gives the win to Beer Money.

Winners: Beer Money

In the back Spud confronts Sting as the one who sent the letter, Sting has no idea what he is talking about , but tells spud that if he sees Dixie’s lap dog he is looking for him.

Ethan Carter the Third is in the ring. and cuts a promo about how in just three months of 2013 he changed the face of TNA and now in 2014 he will dominated 2014. He talks about how some of his critics have said maybe he isn’t facing stiff enough competition , so tonight he is going to call Jeff Hardy as his hand picked opponent. Sting comes out instead and starts berating EC3 and calling him nothing more than Dixie Carter’s lap dog because EC3 won’t fight Sting. Eventually Sting gets under EC3’s skin enough for him to accept that math at Genisis. 

In the back Eric Young in giving Joesph Park a pep talk and telling him this is the two year anniversary of when Abyss went missing. So tonight they are going back to where it all started in a match between park and Bully Ray. Ray comes up afterwards and tells Park not goout there because he will make Park burn for Mr. Anderson’s sins. 

Bully Ray vs. Joesph Park

The math lasts long enough for Park to walk across the ring and get low blowed but Bully. Then after the match as Park in on the ground Bully begins to soak Park in lighter fluid. Right before Bully puts the flames to Park, however, Ar. Anderson makes the save only to get covered in lighter fluid himself, as Bully walks away from the ring and Anderson. 

The ring is set up for the coronation of Magnus as Dixie’s TNA World Champion. We get speeches from Spud, EC3, and Dixie all before Magnus comes out. Nothing much to say from any of them, just general heel stuff, patting themselves, and mainly Dixie on the back. Magnus comes out and cuts his first heel promo since joining Team Dixie, and has more charisma than he has had ever. The heel turn maybe just what he needed to get over on the mic. Gunner eventually cuts the circle jerk off by trying to cash in his briefcase. He is beat down by the three men and never gets a chance to, however. Then AJ  Styles makes his return tending everyone scattering. He cuts a promo about being the real champ and how Magnus will never be able to call himself a champion until the two face off. Magnus accepts and next week it s a champion vs. champion winner take all match.