With less than 72 hours remaining until TNA’s biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory, TNA presented a special 3 hour addition of IMPACT. This was the go home show for the big pay per view, and TNA needed to put on a show that really hyped the big event. If 2 hours of IMPACT is unbearable at times, imagine 3! I like to think of myself as a students of the game, so I decided to give this show a chance.
First, we open with the Main Event Mafia in the ring. They talk about how they are prepared to go into combat at Bound For Glory, and will remain the most dominant force in TNA. All of the MEM’s opponents for BFG come out and charge at them. They brawl and are eventually separated by security. In my opinion, this was a decent segment, to get things even more heated for Sunday night.
A notable backstage segment, early in the show, was an interview with Bobby Lashley. During the cource of the interview, Rhyno charges toward him and gives him a gore. He then screams insults over the fallen body of “The Boss”. I think that TNA made a very smart decision, which it uncharacteristic of TNA, when the turned Rhyno heal. Rhyno is obviously not the best in ring performer, but he defiantly has a great personality as a heal.
Following, a video package hyping the Ultimate X match is shown, which makes me even more ecstatic for the match at BFG!
The next match up, is Suicide vs. Amazing Red (c) for the TNA X-Division Championship. Don West came out with Amazing Red as his manager. Is West going to be his manager full time now? I thought we were threw with him when he was was replaced by Taz at the commentating booth! This was a pretty good match, but very short. “The Pope”, D’Angelo Dinero, comes out and attacks Suicide, which results in the ref calling for the bell. Dinero goes for his finisher on Suicide, but Red cuts him off with a drop kick. I think this did a fairly good job of creating more of a story behind the Ultimate X match at BFG. Again, I can hardly wait for their match Sunday!
Backstage, we are treated with the repulsive voice of Don West, cutting a promo to put over Amazing Red. Apparently, Red is now going to be apart of the Ultimate X match at BFG, and the match is now going to be for the X-Division Championship. This match just keeps on getting better and better!
Following, we are set to see Hernandez vs. The British Invasion in a Gauntlet, as Eric Young joins us for color comentary. Hernandez comes out and grabs Young by the collar of his shirt, and claims that he will break every bone in his body come BFG. TNA really needs to keep Hernandez off the mic. He it horrible at cutting promos! He needs to stop getting on the mic, and just let his wrestling speak for him. He is a great wrestler, and needs to amplify his strengths, and cover up his weaknesses, by keeping quiet.
As they always say, actions speak louder than words, and in the case of Hernandez, he needs to live by that motto. First, in the Gauntlet, we have Hernandez and Doug Williams. This was a fun squash, as Hernandez matches always seem to be, and he pinned Williams with his patented super shoulder block. Next out, is Brutus Magnus. Hernandez ends up squashing him as well, and pins him with a Border Toss. Finally, Rob Terry comes out. Hernandez defeats him almost right away, with a power bomb out of the corner. Hernandez wins the whole Gauntlet in about 5 minutes. This did a great job of putting Hernandez over as the dominant force that he is, but I have a problem with how he was put over, at the expense of the British Invasion, especially Williams and Magnus. If we, the TNA fan base, are suppose to take The British Invasion serious, as competitors for the tag titles at BFG, than why would TNA have them all squashed by one man in under 5 minutes? This seems productive for the sake of Hernandez, but at the same time, counter productive for The British Invasion. After Hernandez wins the match, Eric Young comes out and beats him down with a Kendo Stick. This was a good move, because it really heats things up for Sunday night, when Young will be in the ring with Hernandez. Hernandez is going to be extra aggressive at BFG, and looking for vengeance.
Mike Teney is now conducting an interview, shot earlier that day, with one Representative from each team in the Full Metal Mayhem match for the tag titles at BFG. The men end up in a huge argument over which team will leave BFG as the champs, and then we go backstage where the other four men, their partners, and brawling in the back. The other men join them, and they end up brawling with all different weapons, tables, ladders, chairs, etc, all in which will be utilized come Full Metal Mayhem at BFG. This does a decent job of setting up the match on Sunday, and makes me very excited to see these great teams all in the ring at the same time.
The next match, was one that I was really looking forward to, “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero vs. Daniels. This match was very entertaining, with lots of great wrestling and cool spots. Daniels wins clean in about 7 minutes after hitting Angels Wings. Wait, a TNA match actually ended cleanly? That’s a surprise! These two were given a fair amount of time, and really put on a good little match. After Daniels got the pin (cleanly!!!!!), Suicide came out to the ring and ended up attacking Daniels, and then hitting a Gringo Killer on him. Suicide takes off his mask, and it’s not Suicide after all, but Homicide. In my opinion, this really make the match at BFG interesting, and now it has a great story to go along with it. Homicide how has heat with Daniels and Suicide, while Dinero has heat with Suicide and Red. This match had logic to it and great talent involved. I give props to TNA, wait, did I actually just say that?
Next, Mick Foley hits the ring and taks about how Abyss is a cheap imitation of himself. Abyss comes out and takes Foley down, only to stop, we see Lauren being held hostage by Dr. Stevie somewhere backstage. Abyss runs to the back to find them. I still don’t understand why the Abyss/Foley feud isn’t staying between Abyss and Foley. Why TNA is involving Dr. Stevie in this, i’ll never know. Later on, Abyss finds Lauren, but it is really Dafney is disguise. Dr. Stevie beats Abyss down.
The next match, is Hamada vs. Alissa Flash in a Falls Count Anywhere match. I don’t think it was a smart to put these two in the ring tonight, being that they aren’t even involved in BFG, but this was a very entertaining match nevertheless. The two battled around for about 5 minutes, and Hamada eventually got the victory, by hitting a moonsault from the top rope, onto Alissa, through a table on the outside. That last table spot was awesome, and I can’t wait until these two get involved in the Knockout Championship contention.
After a commercial brake, Rhyno is already in the ring, awaiting the entrance of Bobby Lashley. Lashley comes out with taped up ribs, after sustaining a gore from Rhyno earlier that night. Lashley’s ribs are now injuried. Just great! This will certainly add to his match with Joe at BFG, which was already going to suck anyway! I hope Joe and Lashley prove me wrong, but I don’t have much hope for them. So, let’s get back to the match tonight. We’ve got Bobby Lashley vs. Rhyno in a Stretcher match. TNA really needs to stop with the illogical gimmick matches on IMPACT! This match went about 5 minutes, and was slightly better than their match at No Surrender, which was pure crap. This match was watchable at best, Lashley got the win by giving Rhyno a full nelson slam on a guardrail, and then preceded to put him onto the stretcher and push him into the ambulance.
Backstage, Lashley is being interviewed, and asks if Joe is ready to tap out on Sunday. Joes attacks Lashley and japs a steal chair into his injured ribs. Then, Joe chocks him out. Although this adds more intrigue to their match at BFG, I am still not really looking forward to it.
The final hour or so of the show, we basically were shown a special preview for BFG. I would have preferred for the show to have gone 3 hours of real time, but I guess this wasn’t a bad idea for hyping Sunday’s big event.
Overall, this weeks addition of IMPACT was pretty good, with the exception of the final hour being a BFG preview. This did a pretty good job promoting this Sundays pay per view, and I myself, am really looking forward to it!
Todd Frizzell is from Columbus Ohio, and has been a huge professional wrestling fanatic for the last ten years. Todd is very interested in all aspects of pro wrestling, including what goes on when the cameras aren’t rolling. Todd is very excited to write about his passion, and will try his best to entertain and provoke the wrestling fans.
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