Date: 17th May 2012
Venue: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Hey everyone and apologies for my blog being neglected for the past six days or so as everything has gotten busy over the last week. Still, I’m back for my first TNA review with the recent IMPACT tapings this past week. We are just past the recent pay per view of Sacrifice, with…. not that much changing through the match results except for new tag team champions in Daniels and Kaz. I have no idea what to expect in this episode so let’s do this!
We start with a video about Joseph Parks searching for Abyss and being intimidated by Bully Ray along the way. Any interesting developments on this soon?
Feels weird to see TV-14 these days in wrestling.
We start in the Impact Zone with Roode walking out with his title. Damn he looks weird with his hair shaved! He talks about overcoming the odds everytime as the fans chant for Sting! He talks about besting RVD in a ladder match last Sunday, which I give him credit for. He wants the fans to chant his name: ROOOODE! They shout BOOOO which is slightly amusing. He is going to throw a party in the Impact Zone, called the “IT Factors Celebration of Domination”. Just call it a party for short jeeeez! So he introduces Hogan…. appropriate when he has dominated wrestling for so long.
Why does Hogan still use the NWO theme? Roode lists off some demands for his dressing room next week for his party, including some M&M’s and five bottles of champagnes! Hogan then praise Roode for giving the company direction as champion (makes sense!) but says he hasn’t broken records yet! Oh there goes the list by the way. Bad news for Roode: He will defend the World title next week! Good news: there are a whole host of challengers, so four elimination matches are made for later. Oh one of those matches is a battle royal. Actually this sounds good so excuse if my writing sounds uninspired.
AJ Styles to speak on the findings revealed last week on IMPACT.
Recap on last week, Abyss tells his brother to back off.
Bully Ray v Rob Van Dam
First of four Open Fight Night (OFN) Qualifying Matches. Van Dam has a bandaged arm and leg from Sacrifice. Ray is smart here as he goes for the injured elbow of RVD, which is good psychology early on. Van Dam comes back and the Rolling Thunder hits for two. Misses a kick and Bully now targets the injured leg of RVD, resulting in a rest hold.
Basic offence by Bully here before RVD hits a series of clotheslines. Damn this small crowd can be loud. RVD misses a dropkick off the top rope, before Bully hits his version of an RKO (?) I believe for the pin victory at 3:32.
Rating: D Meh an ok match that never really got going. Bully winning here off the injuries makes sense and he goes onto next week for the possible No 1 contendership. Match could have been longer, but its something everyone is used to here in TNA.
Samoa Joe v Kurt Angle tonight! Oh that should be good am I right?
Bully Ray is pissed… at the Kardashians! Ok then. Then he bumps into Joseph Park who apologises for getting involved with Bully at Sacrifice. Threats ensue and that’s it. Again,.. anything new with this story?
Tenay announces a signing of a former fighter and footballer: “King Mo” Lawal! Splitting his time between fighting and wrestling is a huge deal in the sports and sports entertainment worlds, as this has never happened before!
Gail Kim moans to Madison Rayne about having a triple threat match for her title tonight, but Madison isn’t listening. She then bumps into Velvet and Brooke who enjoy tormenting her on her match tonight. Oh joy.
Battle Royal OFN Qualifier
Even ODB is in this match. This is going to break down quick, so I’m not going to describe everything in this match. Crimson, ODB and Eric Young are eliminated at the same time which is slightly surprising. Eight guys left… make that seven with Magnus gone. Madison turns up on the stage smitten about someone who we probably won’t care about. Oh wow Robbie E eliminated Robbie T, his own bouncer, before Devon tosses E anyway.
Back from the break and five guys remain: Austin Aries, Devon, Gunner, Garrett Bischoff and AJ Styles. Oh for god’s sake Devon is eliminated by Bischoff. Someone eliminate him already I don’t want him winning!! Oh damn sick head shot to Bischoff by Styles and he’s thrown out! Thank you AJ, you are awesome!
Oh here we go, Styles v Aries: that’s one match I want to see. Back and forth and the Styles Clash and the Brain buster are blocked by both guys. Styles goes over but jumps straight back in, as Gunner quickly eliminates Aries quickly. Gutted at that, but Styles quickly eliminates Gunner over the top at 6:57 shown.
Rating: B And that’s for the Aries v Styles clash which wasn’t very long but that’s understandable. This match was boring before the break but picked up at the end. Bischoff still receiving a slight push continues to annoy me and everyone else not named Eric Bischoff and Hogan.
Recap of Daniels threatening Styles with the proof of his wrongdoing, which turned out to be AJ and Dixie Carter kissing. Big deal, not the worst thing ever to happen!
AJ Styles is still in the ring talking about how he will win the world title next week. Ah right he and Carter are married separately, so that’s the big deal. He says they have been business partners for years, before Kaz and Daniels arrive. Kaz looks either conflicted or ashamed to know Styles. They accuse Styles of leaving them behind by getting to the top in TNA through Carter. Daniels admits they may have mis-construed one photo so they have a video of Styles and Carter together as well. At a hotel. Yeah the evidence looks clear to me. AJ walks off as Daniel’s taunts him out of the arena. Oh wow this just got more personal, despite the fact AJ and Daniels have faced each other on and off for seven years.
Recap of Joe v Angle in 2006, where Angle ended Joe’s unbeaten record. Awesome stuff, seriously. They talk in the back and its all business… until they start beating the crap out of each other.
Ten years of TNA: Moment #7 – AJ v Samoa Joe v Daniels for the X Division title in 2005.
OFN Qualifying match: Mr Anderson v Jeff Hardy
Rematch from Sunday, with no clear winner (“sigh” TNA be original with your pay per view finishes please). Countering process early on as both men know each other well. Jeff takes over as he sends Anderson outside. Back in and Anderson takes out the legs of Jeff to take out the high risk offense. I like the slight and basic psychology of certain wrestlers tonight, as it makes all the difference to the match. Swinging neckbreaker by Anderson for a near fall, with neither guy getting a clear advantage here.
Ok scrap that, as Jeff makes the hot comeback until an inside cradle attempt by Anderson. Usual pop for Jeff taking his top. Twist of fate countered into the follow through but Jeff counters into a roll up for the three at 6:10.
Rating: C A decent match here with both guys knowing each other well early on. Could have had a longer match but this is IMPACT so what the hell! I still see this rematch as a slap in the face to anyone who bought the pay per view on Sunday. What was the point of watching it then when they could have waited four days to see it for free?
Recap of Lockdown 2008 – Joe beats Angle for the TNA world title. I will get to this rivalry one day!
TNA Knockouts Championship: Gail Kim (c) v Brooke Tessmacher v Velvet Sky
Damn the knockouts look good tonight. Gail cheated to beat Brooke at Sacrifice so this is her rematch along with Velvet. Double teaming by Brooke and Velvet to start as Gail is taken to town. Ok there goes Gail, now its every woman for themselves, as Brooke-Velvet go at it.
Gail back in at the expense of Velvet and works over Brooke. Boston Crab broken…. oh wait a front headlock by Velvet for a double submission but its broken. Gail goes for an octopus style submission (Tenay’s words) before an inside cradle pin by Velvet for a near fall. Counters galore before a missile dropkick by Gail puts everyone down. Double underhook by Tessmacher… but Gail gets the pin on Velvet after throwing Brooke out of the ring at 4:38.
Rating: C More for the ladies looked good and Gail Kim was the best out there. Good effort by all three so I’ll go with average here.
Here. We. Go!
After the recap of tonight’s earlier qualifying matches….
OFN Qualifying match: Samoa Joe v Kurt Angle
Final qualifying match for next week’s OFN. Angle’s music is still awesome to me! Joe goes with the punches to start with before Angle bails to the outside. Damn those bumps to the mat by Angle echoes around that arena. Jeeez a belly to belly suplex by Angle on Joe looks sick as Roode is out at the announce table now.
Back from the break and Roode talks about his impending celebration of domination next week after next week’s defence. It would be interesting if Angle advanced and won the whole thing, considering their Bound for Glory match last October, where Roode lost. Damn a backward splash by Joe looks painful for the near fall. German suplexes by Angle who gets ready for the Angle Slam.
Countered by Joe who is countered by Angle into the Ankle Lock but Joes gets out of it. Angle slam connects but Joe kicks out. These two are beating each other senseless before another ankle lock goes on Joe. Another kick and Joe is charged in the corn… forget that as Angle is slammed back onto the canvas. Angle put up on the turnbuckle but Angle counters into an overhead roll up for the three count at 9:01 shown.
Rating: B I enjoyed this, with this match making me want to see the rivalry between these two. I admit I haven’t seen the original rivalry between these two, as I first saw TNA just after Lockdown 2008. Not much time for these two but a good match and main event for IMPACT.
All four qualifiers surround Roode, who is hugging the belt, to end the show.
Overall: C+ I enjoyed this show tonight. Not much in terms of wrestling or match quality (Joe v Angle aside) but certainly the running theme of the Open Fight Night qualifiers was watchable. A shame Slammiversary X has not been started in terms of the build-up yet but they have a few weeks to go so we’ll see what happens. My first Open Fight Night viewing next week so we’ll see how that goes too. A solid effort tonight from the IMPACT zone this week.