Wrestling Flashback – January 4th 1999: RAW IS WAR vs Nitro

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To say that this was the day that the wrestling world turned upside down would be an understatement. The Monday Night Wars, that had been going back and forth for years, had its winner seemingly decided on this day as both the WWF and WCW put on two huge shows together in an effort to win the ratings battle.

In one corner, we had the WWF. Mankind had been feuding with the “Corporate Champion” The Rock and this lead to a no disqualification title match taking place in the main event of Monday Night RAW after Mankind threatened to break Vince’s son Shane’s arm. This was a taped show but the anticipation was building.

In the other corner, we had WCW. Kevin Nash shocked the world at Starrcade by ending the undefeated streak of Goldberg and winning the WCW World title. Eight days later, the Wolfpack leader would defend the title against Goldberg in a rematch at Goldberg’s hometown in Atlanta. These two would collide LIVE on WCW Monday Nitro. Indeed, history would be made tonight.

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January 4th 1999 would see RAW and Nitro go head to head once again as WCW looked to regain the lead as the top dogs of professional wrestling. Eric Bischoff pulled out all of the big guns. Nitro was live and up against a pre-taped RAW. He knew the results and he knew he had to counter-book. He had to bring it tonight and he thought he had the perfect main event with a huge development in the long storyline between the two nWos and Goldberg. With what he was about to put on, there was no way he could lose to something like Mick Foley fighting for the championship right?

Mick Foley actually was a former WCW wrestler but was never really the top man in the company. Why would he? He made his name as a sucker for pain. He took risks that no man should ever take, including getting launched off the top of the “Hell in a Cell.” There was no chance in hell of this guy being a ratings draw right?

He went over the plan for the night with everyone. A number of top stars were notorious for backstage politicking, and the finish to this match showed the type of pull one Hollywood Hogan had as WCW’s top star.

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Bischoff let WCW announcer Tony Schiavone know what happened on Monday Night RAW. It’d become a new feature on Nitro for Tony to reveal the results of these pre-tapings for RAW which would theoretically make sure that the viewers wouldn’t change the channel to find out what happened on RAW.

Bischoff thought this would turn the tide. He thought that this whole night could get Nitro back on form as they went back to basics and to the one force that made wrestling fans tune in…

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On Nitro, Goldberg’s title rematch was in jeopardy as he was arrested by the Atlanta police. This was a rematch from Starrcade of all events and it looks like those plans were changing. Kevin Nash suspected that nWo Hollywood leader Hollywood Hogan was responsible.

This lead to the main event of the WCW World Title match being changed to Kevin Nash defending the WCW Title againsy Hollywood Hogan. Meanwhile on RAW, they are setting up the Mankind/Rock main event.

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Before the main events happened, Tony Schiavone was ready to reveal the results for that night’s edition for RAW IS WAR and who walked out of that WWF title match as the champion. Tony said:

“Fans, if you’re even thinking about changing the channel to our competition, fans, do not. We understand that Mick Foley, who wrestled here one time as Cactus Jack, is going to win their world title. Ha! That’s gonna put some butts in the seats.”

Don’t worry folks. We got you covered. You don’t need to watch that old taped show now. You don’t need to watch Mick Foley win the WWF title. Stick around for WCW Monday Nitro as we’ve got a WCW title match later tonight LIVE.

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Bischoff truly believed that this was HIS night. Then all of a sudden, Bischoff got very quiet on commentary. After Tony revealed what was going to happen on the other show, 600,000+ people changed the channels from the live edition of Nitro to this pre-taped edition of RAW.

The WCW fans couldn’t believe what they had heard. Is this true? Did Mick Foley really win the WWF title? I have to go watch RAW to see.

Rather than stick around for Kevin Nash’s WCW title defense, these fans tuned into RAW as the stage was set for Mankind vs The Rock.

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Mankind had in fact won the title in what will forever go down as one of the most important title changes in WWF/E history. Vince McMahon looked devasted in this segment. He watched on as Mankind had beaten his handpicked champion in this angle that was taped a few days before. Wherever Vince was watching this on the day it aired, there’s no doubt that he was watching the ratings come in with a huge smile on his face.

The same can’t be said for Eric Bischoff. He must have been dejected as he heard about what happened. However, the show must go on as the fans would no doubt come back for the WCW World title match.

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For those that did, they watched on as this Atlanta crowd was ready for a fight. It didn’t feature Goldberg but it did feature Nash and Hogan. This confrontation had been building for months. Nash pushed Hogan to hype up the Hulkster. Hogan was ready to go. He was about to throw a punch when suddenly, he stopped. The clenched fist turned into a pointing motion. He fingerpoked Kevin Nash who fell down in a comical fashion. Hogan made the cover and a new champion was crowned.

It was all a ruse! The Wolfpack and nWo Hollywood were working together! What a shocker! Goldberg got screwed! The fans were irate. The nWo, the stable which had led WCW to the top of the wrestling world, was back in full swing.

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Sadly, the ratings didn’t result in the return to status quo for WCW. Up until Tony’s announcement, WCW had managed to take the lead in that week’s battle with RAW. At the end of the night though, RAW won by 5.7 to 5.0.

Never again would Nitro beat RAW in the ratings. It was not the end of the Monday Night Wars but WCW should have prayed that it was. Not only were they only able to crack a 5.0 rating just a few times afterwards, RAW’s audience began to DOUBLE Nitro’s during the year 2000.

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When I think of WCW, I think of a company that had the potential to blitz the WWF with the backing of Ted Turner. Sadly, this night only proved the theory that the key to WCW’s failures came from within.

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21/03/2013 TNA Impact Wrestling Review – Bully Ray Tells The Tale Of Aces And Eights

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Hey there, TNA fans. I’m Tom Robinson. And it’s time to talk… TNA.

On Thursday, a taping of Impact Wrestling was aired. And to be honest, I’m not that much of a fan of tapings. But, this one was a very unique show, with about a 1/4 of it or so given to Bully Ray to give us a story about his plan to become the TNA World Champion with Aces And Eights. Bully Ray is a very good story-teller, and TNA did a really good job tying up some loose ends, like how Aces And Eights D’Lo Brown stepped into the voting of Gut-Check to vote in fellow Aces And Eights member, Wes Brisco. Also, the way Bully Ray justified getting his ass kicked by fellow members of Aces And Eights by simply stating, “He was taking one for the team” was really well done. it makes it clear that this group does not run as dictatorship, like the Nexus did. Also, this story made it clear that TNA actually had a long-term plan for this storyline which is always good to see. Unlike WWE, which hardly ever has long-term plans nowadays, TNA sat down and said, “Right this is what’s going to happen in the next year with this story”, and they did it without worrying about whether online fans worked out what was going to happen. It was really well done. It makes the stable unique. Although it was a shame the group were not actually part of the taping itself (other than Bully Ray confronting his wife Brooke), they are still probably the best thing going in wrestling right now. With a live Open Fight Night next week, the next developments in the storyline should be interesting.

On the show, AJ Styles was set to be interviewed by Mike Tenay, who wanted to know why AJ attacked James Storm last week. But, as Mike was asking a question, Tazz interrupted and offered a spot in Aces And Eights for AJ (which was a really ballsy move from Tazz, who dissed AJ’s motorbike and told him he had to work his way up). I thought the interruption was kinda funny. Then James Storm confronted AJ and wanted to know why. However, AJ was still speechless and left the ring. I really do like this new attitude AJ’s got about him, and his storyline will no doubt be a phenomenal one… hehehe.

Also, Taryn Terrell was added to the Knockouts Division. Bobby Roode and Austin Aires retained the tag team titles in a fair match against Chavo and Hernandez but were beaten down by Daniels and Kazarian. Kenny King defeated Sonjay Dutt and Zema Ion in a triple threat to retain the X-Division Championship in a short match, which wasn’t really helped by Sonjay’s botches. But it’s always nice to see the X-Division in action. Matt Morgan defeated Joseph Park. And Hulk Hogan and Sting had another heated argument. Hogan told Sting to “hang out in the rafters and go disappear for a couple of years” which I thought was kind of funny.

Also, Jeff Hardy became the number one contender for the TNA World Champion, by defeating Samoa Joe, Magnus and Kurt Angle in a fatal four way. This match was made at the start of the show by Hulk Hogan in order to thank the leaders of the fight against Aces And Eights. But if Hulk Hogan wanted to win the war against Aces And Eights so badly, why put the 4 leaders of TNA against each other? Why have them beat the hell out of each other so Aces And Eights can pick up the scraps? Doesn’t really make sense in my eyes. But anyway, the match was not bad actually. Especially at the beginning of the match. It was really fast-paced, really entertaining and a really good display of talent by the 4 individuals. However, there were some sloppy parts of the match, especially the ending. It just looked really rushed, and the match ended so abruptly. Jeff hit the Swanton Bomb on Samoa Joe after knocking Magnus into Kurt Angle. He went for the cover on Joe, and got the win – EVEN THOUGH Angle broke it up before the ref made the 3 count. What the hell? It just looked so sloppy. At least, Bully Ray will defeat Jeff to retain the title, and Jeff can hopefully got RIGHT down the card.

To be honest, it wasn’t that great of a show in my opinion. I really enjoyed Bully Ray’s story of how he rose to the top of TNA. I loved his story-telling. But other than that, this episode was kind of a disappointment. BUT, we’ve got open fight night next week, which should be very a good show!

TNA Genesis 2013 Review – Super Hardy Wins Again! Christopher Daniels Becomes The Number One Contender!

BULLY RAY: A little strange that the man on the poster for Genesis doesn't even have a match on the card. Did show up for 2 segments though.

BULLY RAY: A little strange that the man on the poster for Genesis doesn’t even have a match on the card. Did show up for 2 segments though.

 

“Greetings and salutations, all you ham sandwiches!” Christopher Daniels

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TNA Genesis review for you guys!

SUPER HARDY! SUPER HARDY!

Yes, TNA have their very own John Cena, in the Charismatic Enigma Jeff Hardy, who successfully retained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat elimination match against Bobby Roode and Austin Aries at Genesis. I think it was a decent triple threat match and they were some brilliant spots in the match which included the traditional Doomsday Device modified with Jeff Hardy hitting the Whisper In The Wind. However, I’ve got 3 problems with the match:

1. 75% of the match was effectively a handicap match. OK, I get that that Bobby Roode and Austin Aires gonna team up up to take out Jeff Hardy, but considering the egos these guy supposedly had, surely they had to turn on each other sooner than later. The whole point of a triple threat is that all 3 guys fight one another. Roode and Aries fought each other for about 1 minute. Roode or Austin should’ve turned on the other a lot sooner.

2. The eliminations were way too close to each other in time. After Bobby Roode got eliminated, Aries didn’t last before being eliminated himself. I really wanted to see him and Hardy scrap for a little bit longer.

3. Why do TNA feel the need to make Jeff Hardy out to be their very own John Cena. Overcoming the odds of the greatest heels in TNA like Cena would? Really? Jeff Hardy gets his ass-kicked for about 90% of the match and at the end of the match somehow defeats them both? BULLSHIT.

I’m not surprised that Hardy won the fight, but this was totally the wrong way to end the match. Decent match, but seemed like a glorified handicap match than a triple threat.

Christopher Daniels Becomes The Number One Contender For The TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Yes! I am so happy with this result! Daniels defeat James Storm, and became the number one contender for the World title. Get In! Daniels is no doubt worthy of being the world champion, and I’m surprised he hasn’t been up until this point. Daniels defeated James Storm in a solid match between the two after a distraction from Kazarian, and he gets a TNA World Title shot on the 24th of January Episode of Impact, and I REALLY do hope that he wins the gold. YES! Happy with the match and happy with the result.

Sting Gets Revenge

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

In what was a pretty boring match, Sting defeated DOC and got revenge for the hammer attack a couple of a months ago. Seriously, the had Sting win with such ease, it made DOC look SO goddamn bad. Aces And Eights tried to jump Sting afterwards, but Bully Ray made the save. DOC seriously should have won here. And the match absolutely sucked.

 

Rob Van Dam Retains The X-Division Title

Kenny King and Christian York faced off in what I thought was a pretty decent match. Kenny King showed off some amazing abilities and York did pretty well and there were a couple of spots in that match that were pulled off really well. I thought the finish was good to with the cradle pin being reversed into another pin by York to get the win. Kenny King then laid out York with a beast finisher, which I don’t know the name of. :/ And York was out… which wasn’t a good thing considering he had his title match with RVD next, which RVD easily won. I’m not surprised by the results of both matches, but all I want to say is… Kenny King needs the X-Division Title. Come on, TNA. Put the belt on him already.

 

DO NOT BOOK SAMOA JOE VS MR ANDERSON AGAIN TNA

These guys do not click AT ALL. This match was beyond boring. It started of pretty feisty and aggressive by Samoa Joe, but then the match just slowed right down. It was slowly becoming boring as hell. That’s not to take anything anything away from Mr Anderson or Samoa Joe. I think they are both capable wrestlers. But its hard to get interested in a match with wrestlers these sizes, and it limits the work these two can do together. Samoa Joe is athletic and can move, but is still very big and Mr Anderson isn’t as quick with his game as Joe. So I wasn’t expecting much from this match, and I didn’t get much. TNA, Anderson and Joe just don’t seem to click. By the way, Mike Knox distracted Joe, allowing Anderson to get the win.

 

GAIL KIM DOMINATES THE KNOCKOUTS GAUNTLET, BUT GETS SCREWED

Gail Kim basically dominated this gauntlet, eliminating Miss Tessmacher, ODB and Mickie James in quick succession, not allowing any of the pairings to put together a good showing. I get they were trying to keep energy up through-out the match, but these matches should have been at least a little bit longer. It was then down to Gail Kim and Velvet Sky, and Sky won despite Kim’s foot being on the rope. Now it seems that the knockouts referee Taryn Terrell is about to start a feud with Gail Kim, considering they were arguing through-out the gauntlet, and Kim got screwed at the end. And if this feud results in a match between the two, I do hope Taryn’s training in OVW will help perform in the ring. I don’t know how well this girl works in the ring, but hopefully she and Gail can put together a good match. I’m not surprised that Velvet Sky won. You could tell she was gonna win, because she just returned and now she is gonna feud with Tara over the Knockouts title. Hopefully this is a good feud for the gold.

 

Send Joey Ryan To OVW

Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeated Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan to retain the tag team titles. Worst Tag Team Match I’ve seen in a while. This match was just a total mess, and it’s bad enough they put together two big guys in a tag match… but Joey Ryan needs to stay the hell away from the ring. Seriously, he f**ked up a lot of moves in that match, and nearly broke his own neck taking a powerbomb from Hernandez. Ryan has a great gimmick, no doubt. But his ring-work is absolutely terrible. He’s sloppy and was all over the place in that match, and what’s worse is that he was tagged in a lot in that match, so TNA showcased his shitness a lot, and his front-facelock on Hernandez looked plain ridiculous. And he’s just bringing down Matt Morgan, who came back to TNA, big-booting everyone and looking like this total bad-ass, and he’s stuck with this tool, acting like his trainer. Matt Morgan looked like he was about to snap Ryan in half after the match, and I do hope he turns on Ryan starts going into singles competition.

 

Devon Defeats Joseph Park

The fans were into this one a lot. The fans were split, with “Let’s go Devon” and Let’s go Joseph” chants colliding. They started off the match with Devon toying with Joseph and out-wrestling him and slapping him in the hand, being the traditional heel giant Goliath facing David. Park would then assemble a comeback, demonstrating actual wrestling from his “OVW training” which got the fans popping, and got Devon really peeved. This match was similar to the DOC one, except Park actually showed some wrestling in this one, and the match actually wasn’t that bad. As you’d expect, Park was busted open, saw blood, morphed into Abyss, kicked the crap out of Devon, and delivered a Black-Hole Slam. I’m actually suprised Devon kicked out. It made him look good when he did it. Park was about to chokeslam Devon, but then he got stunned, and like his match with DOC, he got beat. Very similar to his match with DOC, but it was actually made a lot better with Park showing wrestling abilities and the crowd were really into it, making me really into it. And the crowd does make the match sometimes. Pretty good.

 

Overall, I think Genesis was a good PPV, but I think it was just predictable as hell. All my predictions were right (expect with the Daniels vs Storm match. I thought Storm would win to be honest) and I just feel that they should have had some moments that none of those would suspect would happen. The show should be flat out unpredictable, but it wasn’t, and it made the show seem flat.

10/01/13 Impact Wrestling Review/Reactions – The Prelude To Genesis

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Yes, Genesis is this Sunday, so one last stop has to be made before that event takes place. And this stop was certainty an eventful one.

Aces And Eights

Aces And Eights were certainly busy tonight, and this storyline is starting to get some momentum with someone being unmasked (Mike Knox), Mr Anderson apparently joining the crew and Sting’s return. So we started off the show with Sting, Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle in the ring talking trash about Aces And Eights. Kurt Angle calls out Mr Anderson to ask who’s side he’s on. Anderson came out and had a dig at them all for not helping him when Aces And Eights kicked his ass a couple of months ago, and had a go at Sting for choosing Bully Ray over Ken to team up with him at Bound For Glory. It was an alright promo, but considering how great Anderson is on the mic – for god’s sake, he sounded so dull. Anderson’s gold on the mic, and if he is a full-time member of Aces And Eights, make him a little more charismatic and enthusiastic please. Anyway that set up Mr Anderson vs Kurt Angle later on that night. Also, the VP of Aces And Eights put Mike Knox on notice. He told him to earn his place in the group, just like DOC did a couple of months ago by attacking Sting. So, the match was about to take place, when Knox decks Angle with the hammer, and bails with the group when Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco tried to make the save. Angle is stretchered to the back, and then Sting challenges Knox to a match, which ends with Sting getting the win. Not that bad of a match, which afterwards saw Brooke Hogan become a Danzel in Distress and being captured by the Aces And Eights. Of the course the “suspended” knight in shining armor Bully Ray makes the save, which sets up the next segment, which we’ll get to later on.

Austin Aries And Bobby Roode

These two were funny as hell on this episode of Impact. Them two bickering over their¬† ring attire before their match with Jeff Hardy and James Storm. I love it, seeing these two heels trying to out-do one another. I also loved them arguing through-out the tag match. Austin Aries slapping Roode really hard on the back to make the tag was funny as hell. You’ll have to watch it yourself either on Challenge at 9pm in the UK on Sunday or on YouTube to comprehend the awesomeness of these segments. These two should do this stuff a lot more often. The tag match itself was actually a really good tag match. Daniels and Kazarian tried to take out James Storm, who faces Daniels at Genesis, continuing that feud. But Jeff Hardy’s Twist Of Fate at the end looked a lot more like a stunner if you asked me. The Stunner Of Fate? Anyway, I’m looking forward to the triple threat elimination match for the TNA World title, between Roode, Aries and Hardy at Genesis. Should be a great encounter. As well as the Daniels/Storm match at Genesis. They could deliver a great match given enough time.

Robbie T Gets With Miss Tessmacher

Right so Robbie E goes up to Miss Tessmacher and asks her to team up with him to take on Jesse and Tara tonight. Tessmacher agrees to face them, but with Robbie T. The match itself was essentially a squash match. Tessmacher squashed Tara, while Robbie T squashed Jesse. So Tessmacher and Robbie T win… BUT Robbie T does a little of his dance routine from a couple weeks ago in the bro-off, but with the assistance of the lovely Tessmacher. While I was a little freaked out by the segment, Robbie T turning face may be very good, and the crowd seems to get really into him. Also, this segment saw Tessmacher shaking that ass, which is ALWAYS a good thing. Tessmacher and Robbie T also made out. Robbie T is getting some ASS! LOL This face turn storyline could be rather good if done correctly. Robbie T’s got a lot of potential.

Joseph Park

He’s back! And he’s willing to put his law-business aside as he is set to ask Hulk Hogan for one more match with Aces And Eights. And then he walks into a door! XD Oh man, that had me in tears! Back to the matter at hand, Hulk Hogan gives Park a match with Aces And Eights, which is later confirmed to be at Genesis, and against Devon. Meh. Not exactly fussed on Devon vs Park at Genesis, but then again, I wasn’t that fussed when Park took on DOC, and I actually enjoyed that match. So this could actually be not bad.

Kenny King vs Zema Ion

A pretty slick match from the X-Divsion once again. Kenny King won and advanced to the finals of the X-Divison tournament against Christian York, with the winner facing RVD later that night. I would have liked to see them go a little longer, but that match was pretty awesome for the short amount of time it was showcased. The X-Divsion is such a great feature on TNA. They just need to promote it a lot better – and I don’t mean giving them their own PPV and signing some talent to short-term contracts. Do you remember back when TNA just started, they had like 30 different guys competing for that title? Now they’ve only got like 6. Come on TNA.

Brian Cage vs Jay Bradley

Meh. Alright match. Some good wrestling abilities on show. Not exactly big on the idea of Gut-Check. I just think the whole thing is pretty boring. By the way, I thought it was cool when Bradley referenced CM Punk during his video package before the match. That was a cool shout-out.

Bully Ray Pops The Question

Yes, this storyline has gotten the point where Bully Ray has proposed on TV to Brooke Hogan, and the wedding is all set for next week. Really not into this storyline. But, why do I get the feeling that both Bully Ray and Brooke are gonna turn heel on Hulk soon. I don’t know. I just see it happening. But yeah, expect a broken up wedding next week. Cool. -.-

Good show, I think. And good build to Genesis. That’ll be a good PPV to watch I think.

LATER!

@TomRobinson5199

03/01/13 Impact Wrestling Review/Reactions – Bully Ray Gets Suspended, Sting Returns and Aces And Eights Member Unmasked

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Opening Segment – The Crowning Of The 2012 TNA Wrestler Of The Year

Right, we start off TNA with Jeremy Borash in the ring with a lovely-looking trophy with the results of the 2012 TNA Wrestler Of The Year award as voted by the TNA fans. And the nominations are….

  • Bully Ray
  • James Storm
  • Austin Aries
  • Bobby Roode
  • Jeff Hardy

Austin Aries and Bobby Roode went up to the ring expecting to win the award, arguing on the way. Predictably though, Jeff Hardy won. So Jeff went to the ring, collected his award, but was interrupted by Bobby Roode. He though he should have been the winner considering he was the longest reigning TNA World Champion of all time. Austin Aries also thought he should have won the award, because this year has been “Total Nonstop Aries”. Roode and Aries began a tug-of-war for the title, but Jeff ended it by declaring that he’ll take on both of them at Genesis for the World Title, and said that 2012 was the year of the enigma. Aries and Roode attacked Hardy, but Super Hardy was able to fight them both off.¬†Pretty good opening segment. I like seeing Roode and Aries bickering through-out the segment. I thought that was funny.

Up NEXT….. We are kicking things off with singles competition as James Storm (pissed off at Christopher Daniels and Kazarian for taking the piss out of him) challenged either one of the pair for a match. Kazarian was picked and did a sneak attack to kick this one off. This seemed like a glorified squash match to me. Kazarian had hardly any offense on James Storm, and the match was way too short for these two. However, I did like the ending with Kazarian flying off the ropes and getting hit with the Super Kick by Storm. That looked really cool. However, I think if these two face each other again, it should be much longer.

Mr Anderson apparently joined the Aces And Eights too. I’m not sure what to make of this to be quite honest. On the one hand, Mr Anderson has really been going nowhere for a while now, so the move could give him a new shift in direction, which I always like to see. But then again, I’m not a big fan of seeing Mr Anderson heel, especially if he’s part of a group. I think Anderson’s best run in TNA was when he was the face chasing the TNA World Title, wanting his rematch from Hulk Hogan. We’ll see how well it works in the weeks to come.

DOC came out with his hammer and called out Sting, who was supposed to return tonight. The response he got was Sting’s baseball bat falling to the ground, getting DOC really pissed and pacing around the ring asking Sting to come out. Alright segment.

Christian York defeated Kid Kash in a very quick match to qualify for the number one contender-ship match for the X Division Title next week. To be honest, if they want to show-off the best of the best in the X Division, I don’t think showcasing two veterans in a short-ass match is not a great idea. Kid Kash is slowly becoming an X-Division jobber. Christian York, however, should be utilized a lot better. I mean this guy can go, as his match with Jeff Hardy a month or two ago will prove.

Hernandez defeated Joey Ryan via DQ, when Matt Morgan laid him out with a spinning clothesline and hit Chavo with the big boot. How is Matt Morgan gonna benefit AT ALL from doing this each and every week?

Now, here comes the soaps! Hulk Hogan returned to TNA after missing last week’s show. Hogan’s first act is to call out Bully Ray and her daughter Brooke, who he caught making out in the parking lot. He says that Bully “broke the code” and suspended Bully Ray indefinitely and told Brooke to get the hell out of his ring. Hopefully Bully Ray isn’t away from TV for too long. Bully’s actually got a lot of momentum for him at the moment.

Great Knockouts Tag Team match next, with Miss Tessmacher and Mickie James defeating Tara and Gail Kim. Great spot with Tessmacher diving off the top rope onto Jesse and Tara on the outside. And the crowd were certainty into it to. TNA is definitely the show to watch for great women’s wrestling. I’d like to see these 4 mix it up in a fatal four way. But my only problem with this match is the amount of times they mentioned Bellator on Spike. They must have mentioned it about 3 or 4 times through-out that match. I mean I like MMA and that, but stick to wrestling. Mike Tenay talking MMA doesn’t seem right.

THE MAIN EVENT! Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe vs Devon and A Masked Member Of Aces And Eights. Pretty cool at the start. Before Kurt Angle entered the cage, DOC attacked him, and locked him out of it, leaving Samoa Joe trapped with Devon and the Masked man. Kurt would eventually find a way in, and Kurt and Samoe Joe would dominate (although Kurt got busted open in the proccess) and got the win. ANOTHER ACES AND EIGHTS DEFEAT! How is Aces And Eights gonna be taken seriously with all these defeats. The rest of Aces And Eights came in and kicked the crap out the Angle and Joe, before STING CAME IN! Sting returned, and despite beating 53 years old, he was seemingly able to defeat 7 men by himself. WOW. All the members of Aces And Eights managed to escape the cage, well except one. And making good on his promise to unmask someone, Kurt Angle unmasked a member of the group. And it was…. MIKE KNOX!

Mike Knox from the WWE, who Mike Tenay managed to recognize about 5 seconds after the unmasking. I remember Mike Knox joined WWE, and went ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE. Not exactly a big-time reveal, but the Aces And Eights seriously need to get some momentum back. They are looking really weak as a faction, and all these unmaskings aren’t exactly helping.

To be honest, I think it’s been one of the worse episodes of Impact Wrestling in the last several months. The matches seemed to be too short, and the main event was pretty boring. Hopefully, things improve next week. I wasn’t that impressed with TNA this week.