Good morning everyone! TNA had a major episode of Impact last night, with Kurt Angle challenging Bobby Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Title. It’s the first time they’re squaring off, in the main event! We’ve also got an Ultimate X match for the Tag Team Championships, and the Knockouts Title is on the line too!
I want to apologize in advance if you’re looking for play-by play for tonight’s coverage. After a very long week of work, I’m looking forward to sitting down and relaxing a bit while watching some wrestling. For the most part, TNA allows me to do that, because they don’t typically make me want to jump into oncoming traffic. Well, the night is young.
Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley did a decent job setting the stage for the main event. Kurt showed great fire and laid it out straight – he’s not going to help Lashley. When the BDC came out, they made it pretty clear that Lashley was on his own, and they were going to work together. My money is on serious shenanigans later tonight.
Rockstar Spud and Ken Anderson have solid chemistry together. Spud has great comedic timing – better than most. It’s easy to overlook it when he’s playing the small guy getting beat, but he’s really something special in the wrestling industry. I didn’t see it at first, but I’m seeing it more and more.
By the way, Tyrus looks just fine totally bald.
I absolutely love that TNA takes the time to show video packages of past matches to help further storylines. While TNA can occasionally get a little silly with stories, it shows they’re paying attention to their past. It goes a long way, especially when a title or major feud is coming to a head. Showing Lashley’s history with MVP is a pretty big deal considering the match.
With all the attention the #GiveDivasAChance movement had earlier this week, it’s quite staggering to see TNA’s treatment of the knockouts. A legit promo segment in the ring? A title that is defended? It’s amazing. Plus, the way Gail Kim put over Awesome Kong was just simply jaw dropping. Terrell came off as a fighting (yet foolish) champ.
Another nice production technique – when the hidden cameraman stumbles upon a conversation we’re not supposed to hear, the other parties act accordingly when said camera man is discovered.
What the hell is DJ Z wearing? They’ve done a great job of being completely obnoxious. While I stand by what I said earlier about the Knockouts, I can’t help but feel like Brooke and Angelina Love’s entrances are more like stripper dances and not wrestling entrances.
Kudos to Taz for taking the time to explain the difference between a Mixed Tag Match vs. a Intergender Tag Match. Too bad the booking didn’t abide by it.
I’m pretty much done with the “Hair vs. Hair” feud.
Austin Aries and Samoa Joe had a fine exchange on the mic. Joe has knocked it out of the park tonight with his promos. Their match was fine, but Kenny King’s involvement was completely unnecessary.
MVP’s interaction with Eric Young was… bizarre, to say the least. I’m not entirely sure where they’re going with that pairing. It doesn’t quite work for me.
The British Bootcamp highlight got cut short, and that’s a bit disappointing. It is what it is. Bram’s assault could’ve been handled differently, in my opinion. Bram calling out Magnus was just fine, but having Grado walk out to answer him? I will say he’s got a presence about him.
It was nice to finally see a referee eject a member of the BDC from ringside. Low Ki being removed helped even the playing field, but the ref should’ve sent them all packing immediately.
Another match ruined by run-ins. A title-match, nonetheless. Enough is enough.
The Drew Galloway run-in, again, happened so fast it barely registered. Felt like a wasted opportunity.
TNA gave us a solid show, but too often there are too many moving parts. I would like to see things scaled down just a bit, in a lot of ways. Too many stories, with too much intertwined.
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