TNA IMPACT Wrestling
Date: 16th August 2012
Venue: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Only one more pay per view to go before we hit Bound for Glory in Pheonix, Arizona, so we are starting to come to the end of the Bound for Glory Series and the whole Aces & Eights angle continues with Storm accused of working with them. Interesting times in this company, but can they pull it off better than WWE and Nexus? Let’s begin.
Three Bound for Glory Series matches tonight. Read on to find out who it involves.
Segment 1: Austin Aries, Hardy and Storm talk about Aces & Eights Gang
Seriously, these show opening promos are becoming the same now since A&E Gang arrived on the scene. Aries talked about how he’s the best after beating Roode, Bully Ray accused Storm of being involved with A&E…. is this starting to sound familiar to everyone? Something new here would be appreciated! Rating: D+
Segment 2: BFGS match: Samoa Joe defeats Magnus
Both of these guys were former tag team champions together earlier this year, so this will have been interesting. With Joe being his usual self, he went for the submission win, but got a rollup instead for the seven points. Nice little twist there, as I don’t think Magnus expected that. Short match, but it was fine for what it was. Rating: C
After the match, Magnus smacks Joe with a chair. What happened to sportsmanship in wrestling today?
Segment 3: Madison Rayne is owned by Brooke Hogan
Madison won the Knockouts title from Miss Tessmacher last Sunday at Hardcore Justice after using the ropes with Hebner seeing. Suspicious, surely? So, the point of this segment was for Brooke to announce that Hebner will no longer referee a Knockouts match (Finally!) and Madison will defend her title tonight in a rematch against Miss Tessmacher. Couldn’t they do this backstage instead? Rating: C-
Segment 4: A&E Gang go for Brooke Hogan and are called out
Ok this continued on from the last segment. Sting and co call out Aces & Eights Gang after they go for Brooke Hogan but get chased away. Just so happens next week is Open Fight Night on IMPACT isn’t it?
AJ is sick of the accusations by Daniels and Kazarian, so he makes a stipulation for tonight’s match: If AJ wins he take a paternity test for Claire’s baby. If he loses, he will accept responsibility for Claire’s baby as a dad. Will it end tonight finally?
Segment 5: BFGS match: AJ Styles defeats Christopher Daniels
Ok, so it hasn’t officially ended, but it’s getting there, which is all I can ask for. These two have been feuding forever, but the crowd was into this match. Daniels did get the win originally, but the match was continued after Kazarian was found out holding AJ’s legs to stop him kicking out from the pin. Kick to the head got the pin for AJ Styles to seal a great back and forth match. But again, they have feuded forever and Daniels has had his ass handed to him each time. Is there a point to this feud anymore? Rating: B-
Hogan returns next week on IMPACT to fight A&E Gang.
Segment 6: Bobby Roode is lost without the World Title
My heart bleeds for him. What does Bobby do next? Easy, he goes back down the ladder and starts again. Instead he blames everyone but himself for his losses. Was there a point to this promo? Rating: C-
Actually, as he can’t have more rematches against Aries, what does Roode do next?
Gut check returns next week, but this video was on the money. Check next week on the man who will run this gut check. Amazing story his journey was though.
Segment 7: Knockouts Championship: Miss Tessmacher defeats Madison Rayne (c)
The special guest referee for this match was…. Tarryn Terrell? I think that’s how you spell her name. Apparently she’s an actress or wrestler. I could care less at this moment. As for the winner, why have Madison do a four day title reign for a storyline that barely got out of the blocks? Or is there a twist to this story? I’ll wait and see. Rating: C
Segment 8: BFGS match Jeff Hardy defeats Bully Ray
James Storm was at ringside to keep an eye out for A&E Gang, who said they had unfinished business tonight. Here’s looking at you Bully Ray. Typical IMPACT main event here, with A&E running in then getting chased out before they did anything (Storm got knocked out by Hardy accidentally by this point). Twist of Fate and rollup by Hardy got the win over Ray, but it was more about the story here, which was fine by me. Rating: CB
After the match, Storm accidentally hits Hardy with the Last Call superkick, which was aimed for Bully Ray for his accusations. A&E came back out… and levelled him with punches! Now everyone may start to believe Storm! It’s taken long enough, but we finally have a twist in the story.
Overall: C Another average episode, but we are getting to the business end of the Bound for Glory Series, as well as the Aces & Eights Gang story. We got another twist in the story there with Storm getting attacked at the end of the show, so next week will be interesting when they are called out on Open Fight Night. It’s also going to be interesting where Bobby Roode is going to go after his defeat to Austin Aries last Sunday, but again, that’s what keeps us fans watching right? Average episode, with nothing spectacular occurring.
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