It’s Bound for Glory week, if I miss Impact for even a day it’s then all on top of me again.
Impact saw a slight, minimal increase in the Ratings this week, no doubt due to the Full Metal Mayhem match, but it really is a shame that TNA have put on these awesome matches, and they just don’t draw in the attention they should.
Personally it makes little sense to have this on a Televised show of Impact, rather than say Bound for Glory.
I know they had other plans, but moving this Full Metal Mayhem match to a PPV would have made it all that more special.
I’ve said it the last few weeks running, but the Crowds just don’t seem great, and that can really suck the energy out of a show, especially viewing it edited and obviously taped back to back.
But hey, that’s the current situation, least Impact is putting on History worth matches!
Okay so Impact didn’t kick off with this match, it kicked off with Bobby Roode, MVP and Kenny King, but there’s little point getting into that build up when I have to write down the match later on, so I’ll get to that a little later.
This match as it is, is more confusing.
The Winner of this match will face the Winner of the Bound for Glory match between Havok and Velvet.
It’s a little odd to throw Velvet into a match against Havok as it is, clearly because if Gail got dominated, then Velvet isn’t going to stand much of a chance.
Shame ODB is no longer with TNA because that would have been a better pairing. Even better still would be Lei’D Tapa, and hey, it might happen once she’s had a little more training.
It’s all a bit jumbled up, but obviously TNA only had so much time to fit in as many TV Tapings as possible before they are off Spike TV. So they’ve taped beyond Bound for Glory, hence why BFG can’t have any title matches etc, so it’s more of a One Off Special on a grand scale.
My gripe with Wrestling not being consistent with following the rules when it comes to Faces and Heels always seems to involve Angelina. Of course you could make a good argument for me being as biased as I am.
However should Angelina and Velvet have double teamed anyone in this match (though Velvet did interfere a little) Tenay would have been all over the place for such shenanigans.
Yet as it is, Taryn and Madison double teamed Angelina, and that’s just put down to “putting aside their differences).
The very phrase putting aside their differences also makes it sound like Madison is a heel, which I’m sure she is building to, given she cheated by pulling the Trunks of Taryn to get the win.
It just makes it sound like it’s more defined than it currently is. I like Madison as a face, but she probably is a better heel…. but then, aren’t most?
I don’t see anyone being a Threat to Havok anytime soon, which makes me think someone else might hiding away, like the aforementioned Lei’D Tapa.
So one of my absolute favourites – Tigre Uno shined as always in this match. But, what I wanted above all was for Storm to take Uno and bring him into his Revolution.
That didn’t happen… yet.
I’m still hoping, mainly just to give Uno some Air-Time.
I much prefer Sanada in his current role and look, not so much the “Muta” inspired, just a bit more toned down and edgier than he previously was.
Still have no idea why James Storm is creating brightly coloured shiny plastic wearing High Flyers. He doesn’t really “fit” with that style. But I do like his leadership, I’m still hoping for Storm to have a proper World Title run, hopefully next year sometime, and this faction could be his “rise”. Unless of course Muta and Tajiri put a stop to that at BFG. Which given the Japanese crowd, they might play it safe.
Low Ki and Uno both very impressive, it was actually nice to see Storm tangle with the High Flyers for a change, Sanada sprayed the mist at Uno leaving him open for the Last Call Superkick and the Win.
How many times have I used this now?… seriously?
I don’t remember if they billed this match as a Street Fight or not? Doesn’t matter, many different names, all the same thing.
I actually don’t know why this match took place. I enjoyed it.
TNA is now claiming Shaw has been and Tattooed his Arms because of his connection / obsession with Gunner.
OF course anyone who remembers, will know Shaw had these Tattoo’s before. But it’s a somewhat clever way to get him out of his Dexter clothes and develop the story…. if not a little weird.
Bram who is still on the rise took quite a beating in this match, which is odd. I actually don’t know who the heel is, or if they are both heels. Are we supposed to like Bram more because he’s successful, or are we supposed to route for Shaw given his redemption and connections to Gunner?
Or are we supposed to dislike them both, but enjoy the match.
I like both Bram and Shaw, and enjoyed the match. Option D…. or C. I didn’t check.
I didn’t know Bram was married to WWE’s NXT Women’s Champion, I know Bram was released from the WWE. But it’s a cool connection. Not to mention that Charlotte – NXT Women’s Champ is also the Daughter of Ric Flair. So Bram is the Son in Law of the Nature Boy.
Kind of cool.
Bram then hit Shaw in the head with the Turnbuckle and won. Brittany wondered down to the ring and cradles Shaw’s fuzzy chop face.
As I mentioned at the get-go, Impact kicked off with Roode again going on about wanting “One More Match” with Lashley. Least he didn’t keep repeating it to get the Crowd chanting this week. Nothing looks more pathetic than a Guy trying to get a match after losing fair and square by “trying” to get the Crowd chanting for the same goal.
I do miss Heel Roode. I’m sure should Roode get the World Championship again, I will miss Heel Roode all the more.
It will also mean he won’t have the belt for very long – good guy champions are rather boring…
MVP still speaking for Lashley turned down Roode’s attempts for a Re-match once more. But instead from the aid of Kenny King added this stipulation and match – should Roode beat them both, he gets a Title Shot, if not, he can never Wrestle for the World Championship again. Which Roode agreed to… sounds smart.
Clearly Roode wasn’t going to lose this match, and I’m glad Lashley came out and DQ’d King by beating up Roode. Makes it much better, and much more interesting.
What was far funnier was Kurt Angle’s little backstage segment with MVP stating that MVP doesn’t run the show anymore. Given that this was toward the end of Impact, I question the logic of if Kurt Angle was even running the show!
Given that he wasn’t there at the start, or even during the match, he clearly wasn’t paying too much attention.
Roode technically took the win by a DQ, but none of the stated Stipulations took place as Angle set a Number #1 Contenders Match for next week.
Spud himself as stated that he was so happy TNA gave him the chance to re-invent himself with this Chief of Staff role for Dixie Carter. I was sure Spud was going to get fired sooner or later, we barely saw him on TV, I think he maybe had two, three matches tops and really didn’t seem like a good fit. He said the same thing about himself, which I admire.
But thank god he had the chance to be the Chief of Staff, because Spud has been a highlight in TNA ever since.
As I said last week, I don’t know the longevity of a Spud face turn, I’m not sure it would be the same should he not be a heel character. But I can totally get behind him against EC3, in terms of being bullied and Spud’s little defiance turn.
Spud eventually Slapped EC3, but then EC3 fired Spud from his services. I just thought, should EC3 and Spud face one another, I think EC3 should beat him down, badly, but in a “good effort” kind of way.
Was this series better than Beer Money vs. Motor City?
Honestly I don’t remember that Series amazingly well, but I would say yes. Only given the heights of the series and the participants.
I didn’t make any notes, only as to who won.
The Wolves retained their Championships, which I think is fitting. I’d have liked to see The Hardyz with the belts, and I hope that actually happens. But really, Team 3D should have won if the titles were going to change hands.
But putting over The Wolves was the right move.
The only thing that taints this match was the fact we know it was Taped and that the Crowd just wasn’t electric enough as you’d like.
The match itself – phenomenal.
The very first Full Wrestling PPV I watched as a regular Wrestling fan was SummerSlam 2000 – the very first TLC Match, and that PPV will always be special to me. The Hardyz have been my favourites since I got into Wrestling, to have them and 3D to do this again, 14 years later, is crazy.
It might have been 14 years, but the level of the match, the intensity of the match, was right up there with the best.
Which is also depressing, this Match is worthy of being Remembered in Wrestling History, so many of TNA’s matches are. But will they ever be?
It’s hard to say, I really hope so. If TNA ever go under, I really hope the WWE buy out their tapes just to have it on Record.
Can I sit back and say that this match, was THE match of the year. No.
But it’s definitely the front runner, and I can’t wait to go back and re-watch it!
This is the Wrestling I grew up Loving, with 80% the exact Same guys, and I love that.
Which is a shame, it really is.
Bound for Glory is this Sunday, I will do my best to get it Written up for Wednesday!
I’d like to do the “Predictions” segment for the PPV’s, and I shall, but obviously it’s not really a Storyline driven PPV, and it features 40 – 50% of talent I don’t know.
The Great Muta & Tajiri vs. James Storm & The Great Sanada
– James Storm and Sanada win – (least I hope, probably wrong)
Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi – X-Division Championship
– Samoa Joe retains.
Ethan Carter III vs. Ryota Hama
– EC3 win
Team 3D vs. Abyss & Tommy Dreamer
– Team 3D Win
MVP vs. Kazma Sakamoto
– Kazma Sakamoto win
Manik vs. Minoru Tanaka
– Manik win
Havok vs. Velvet Sky – Knockouts Championship
– Havok retains
Andy Wu & El Hijo del Pantera vs. Jiro Kuroshio & Yusuke Kodama
– Jiro and Yusuke win (no idea?)
Looking forward to Bound For Glory!