TNA Review: Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy Final Deletion Match LIVE REACTION

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here with the Armbar Express, giving you a rare TNA post. This TNA post is actually rather justified in the fact that we’re talking about the match that is on everybody’s lips as of me writing this…

The highly-anticipated Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy ‘Final Deletion’ match took place on this week’s edition of Impact Wrestling. The match took place in a backyard arena designed by Matt, which is actually a callback to the start of the Hardy Boyz’ careers. The two of them started out as backyard wrestlers and in a way, they still wrestle with that same mentality. The match could only be won by pin fall or if a submission was “recorded” by the referee! This was for the ownership of the Hardy name.

Let me just state that I thought this match was incredibly entertaining, which is the whole point of professional wrestling as a whole. As a wrestling fan, it can sometimes be really frustrating to watch Monday Night RAW. The reason for this is because a lot of their content is repetitive and a lot of their content is incredibly micro-managed. When I watched TNA this week, I just sat back and relaxed. When I saw RAW’s line-up for the July 4th show, there was nothing there that stood out as must-see television. For TNA, I just knew that this match was going to be nutty and unpredictable. As expected, I was right. The Final Deletion match was nutty and unpredictable. That makes for HUGELY must-see television.

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Only a match like this involving the Hardyz could feature a spot, where Matt is shooting fireworks and Jeff is shielding himself with a trash can lid! It was like a superhero movie, like if Ironman was shooting laser beams at Captain America!

As a technical wrestling match, there was nothing really to it. It wasn’t like they spent the first few minutes chain wrestling or anything. However, they did a tremendous job at telling a story. Both men were having fun as they did all they could to end this blood feud once and for all. There was an amazing amount of suspense to this match as they delivered false finish after false finish. The music, while seemingly cheesy, added to the suspense and the direction of the match. It was a wrestling match that was put together like it was a movie.

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I encourage anyone reading this, whether you’re a wrestling fan or not, to watch this match on YouTube. There are a lot of times, as a wrestling fan, where I’m praying that a family member or a friend doesn’t walk in as I’m watching a goofy segment. With this match with Matt and Jeff, I would encourage those family members and friends to grab some popcorn and watch it with me. These are two kids that let their imagination run wild, with the assistance of a production crew from one of the top wrestling companies in the world!

I had such high expectation for this match that I just felt the need to record my own reaction upon watching it for the first time. The earlier segments of the show, where Matt unleashed his drone holograms, were not recorded but they were pretty incredible stuff. However, down below is the recording of my reaction to the match. I’ve not done a lot of these reactions in the past, so this is rare territory. Please comment with your opinions on the recording of the audio and things like that. Who knows? Maybe this could lead to more live reactions in the future!

Have fun in watching and/or re-watching this unforgettable match between two brothers, which included fireworks, trees, tasers and fire!

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Wrestling Flashback – The Aces And Eights

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“When you ride with Aces and Eights, you never walk alone!”

Many groups have came and gone in TNA but none of them were as consistently utilised and pushed for than the group of motorcyclists known as the Aces And Eights.

The group first made their way to TNA when they attacked Sting on Impact following his match with Bobby Roode at Slammiversary 2012. This was their way of asserting themselves in TNA by taking out the biggest dog in the yard and putting the rest of TNA on notice.

These attacks would continue on TNA talent as the TNA World Champion Austin Aries and General Manager Hulk Hogan were also targeted in these attacks. The big question was who was behind the attacks from these thugs and the first suspect that was mentioned was James Storm. The Aces and Eights started a pattern of attacking every member of the TNA locker room with one notable exception. Storm denied his involvement with the group and the group basically confirmed Storm’s innocence by attacking him on Impact.

Aries’ arm was attacked by the group and Aries wanted revenge. After taking an Aces and Eights member hostage (Yeah, this actually happened) Aries and Hogan tortured the poor fella for answers about who was running the deal. A deal was eventually made with TNA and Aces And Eights agreeing to a fight at No Surrender between Austin Aries and the “Arm Breaker” of Aces and Eights. Aries won the fight but the group made their mark that night by taking out Jeff Hardy. This led to Hogan locking out the Aces and Eights to prevent these attacks once and for all.

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However, this didn’t stop the group of bikers. They captured Joseph Park and eventually Hogan and Sting too, bringing them to their clubhouse. The leader of the group then began negotiations with Hogan and Sting for Joseph Park. The leader proposed a two on two match at Bound For Glory with two Aces and Eights members going up against Sting and a partner of his choosing. If the Aces and Eights won, they earned access to the Impact Zone. If they lost, they’d be gone for good. After the match, Park would be let go. Hogan agreed to the stipulation and the match was set.

What’s funny about this segment is that the leader’s voice was messed with by an audio mixer to prevent his identity from being revealed to the viewers. However, someone on YouTube actually messed with the audio of the segment to work out who was actually playing the leader in that segment. In this audio clip, it appeared that Eric Bischoff was actually playing the leader in this segment. However, a segment just a few months later would “reveal” Devon as the one that was taking to Hogan and Sting. It’s funny. Were TNA considering revealing Bischoff as the leader? I believe he was still signed to the company at the plan and it would have made sense because Hulk Hogan and Sting were the reasons why Bischoff was away from TNA in the storyline. I guess we’ll never know.

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Bully Ray volunteered himself to be Sting’s partner at Bound for Glory but Hogan was very sceptical. He didn’t trust Bully but Sting was all for Bully taking part. Hogan agreed to have Bully team with Sting, telling him that he was fighting for TNA. The tag team match saw Park break free and fight the Aces and Eights alongside Bully and Sting. Another member of the group put Bully through a table, giving the group the important win. An angry Hogan helped Sting and Bully take down and unmask the member that took out Bully. However, it was quite the shocker. The man was revealed to be Bully’s long time former tag team partner Devon.

It was a genuine shocker as Devon “revealed” on Twitter that he had left the company and he even vacated the TNA Television title. To see Devon was quite a stunner but it was a interesting plot twist considering Bully’s involvement in the fight against the group.

With full access, the group fought with the Impact roster more frequently and more members would soon be unmasked. D.O.C. (a.k.a. Luke Gallows) was the second man unmasked from Aces and Eights and took out Sting with a hammer to save his position within the club. Knux (a.k.a. Knux) was also revealed when Sting returned following the attack from D.O.C. Mr Anderson was also recruited to the club after they pointed out TNA’s negligence towards Anderson when the group took him out. Tazz was revealed as a member of the group during Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan’s wedding. Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff, two men that had been mentored by Kurt Angle, were also revealed to be associated with the group when they took out Kurt in a steel cage. The vice president of the Aces and Eights was revealed to be D-Lo Brown after he kicked Kurt Angle in the nuts. This left one member of the Aces and Eights still unmasked and one question left unanswered… just who was the leader? At Lockdown 2013, we got an answer.

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During Bully Ray’s TNA World title match against the champion Jeff Hardy, Aces and Eights found their way into the steel cage. Devon was armed with a hammer which he simply tossed to Bully. When Jeff’s back was turned, Bully smacked Jeff in the head with it. Bully pinned Jeff to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and he revealed himself as the president of Aces and Eights.

This was the culmination of a nine-month plan by Bully to become the TNA World Champion and it was actually one of the rare instances where TNA followed through with their long term planning. The reveals of each member was clearly well thought of by the writers with the big end game being Bully Ray winning the TNA World title. They had a plan and they stuck with it. A lot of the Aces and Eights stuff leading up to Lockdown was hard to deal with, I must admit. However, there weren’t a lot of plot holes with the story. Bully Ray addressed a lot of the plot holes fans might have pointed out over the course of the storyline in a great segment on Impact a few weeks later, when Bully revealed the whole plan.

One of the biggest plot holes I can remember up until Lockdown was Kurt unmasking the vice president in a backstage segment (in a camera angle where the viewers couldn’t see who Kurt unmasked) and not saying a word about it until the next week when he did his segment with D-Lo. Right, because Kurt just kept this important information to himself for a week? It could have possibly been covered up with Kurt giving D-Lo a chance to reveal himself but this was never mentioned by any of the commentators.

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The Aces and Eights were riding high with Bully being the TNA World champion, Devon being the TV champion again and the rest of the group working their way through the roster. Bully ended up retaining against Jeff in a Full Metal Mayhem match and a No Holds Barred match with Sting, with the latter never getting another TNA title shot if he lost. D-Lo was also kicked out of the group during this time for losing a I Quit match to Kurt and a number of other botches which cost the group as well.

There was more dissension within the group as D.O.C. and Mr Anderson argued over who should replace D-Lo as the Vice President. This led to an all Aces and Eights battle royal which saw D.O.C. refuse to go over the top rope and let Mr Anderson win. Anderson was also elected Vice President but the storyline was never really followed up on, as D.O.C. was eventually released from the company.

Bully feuded with Chris Sabin, who had cashed in his X-Division title for a shot at the TNA World title. Sabin beat Bully for the TNA World title at Destination X but would drop the belt back to Bully in a cage match due to interference from the newest member of the group… Tito Ortiz.

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Yes, the MMA legend Tito Ortiz became a member of the group as part of TNA’s working relationship with Bellator MMA. It was really a cheap version of Mike Tyson joining DX which really put a sour taste in a lot of TNA fans’ mouths. Miss Tessmacher also became a member of the group as Bully’s new squeeze. These two new additions to the group was questioned by Anderson, but Bully just told Anderson off for doing so. In order to cause further dissension in the group, Hulk Hogan claimed that one of the members of Aces and Eights would get the title shot. Anderson was revealed as the number one contender and effectively left the group by costing Bully a match with Sting. However, Anderson was unable to capture the gold and Bully rolled onto Bound For Glory and a title defence against AJ Styles.

In case you were wondering, the whole Tito Ortiz/Aces and Eights deal came to close in just a few weeks when Bellator told TNA that they didn’t want MMA fighters appearing in TNA segments any more. Wes was also kicked out of the group by Bully Ray for losing a match and Devon was exiled from TNA after getting pinned in a five on five tag team match against the Main Event Mafia. It seemed that with a lot of the members leaving, the group was going to be finished real soon.

After Bully lost the title, Anderson returned for revenge on Bully for taking him out. Anderson also tried to cause further dissension from within the group but the group stayed united. In the end, Anderson beat Bully on November 21st 2013 to officially put an end to the group and this storyline.

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Overall, the Aces and Eights storyline was not a bad storyline. It was at least a storyline that the TNA writers stuck with and some of the long term planning paid off after Bully Ray was revealed as the president of the club. It seemed that it all the months of planning and swerves eventually came together. Like a lot of past stables in wrestling history, the biggest issue was the last few months for the group. It just seemed that there wasn’t any particular long term plans for the finish of the program, which really hurt it in the end. The suggestion that this was one of the worst stables in wrestling history is just absurd. There were far worse stables like the Corre and the New Blood that were treat far worse than these group of bikers. In the end it made Bully Ray a main event star, featured as much of the TNA roster as possible and did put TNA on the right track in terms of its storylines after the whole deal with Immortal. Here’s to you Aces and Eights. May you ride your mopeds to the shores of Valhalla…

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 9 – JOKER’S WILD

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Previously on TNA EWR…

The series returned in a big way, presenting Bound For Glory. In the main event, Christopher Daniels got one last chance at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. However, the champion AJ retained and it seemed AJ was going to be champion for a long time. That is until a new challenger emerged… AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!

Jeff Hardy closed the book on his rivalry with Sting as part of the huge event but now we must look ahead to Turning Point. I decided to put together a TNA iMPACT special before that as we would determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. It’s actually similar to what TNA has done before as we held the Joker’s Wild competition.

Twenty of the best and most over stars on the Impact roster were put into a randomiser online. Using that randomiser, these men were paired together as tag teams with partners. There would be five tag team matches and the winning tag teams will go onto a ten men battle royal at the end of the show. Winner of that battle royal will earn a title shot at Turning Point against the champion AJ Styles.

For the record, all the champions were not in this competition. The X-Division Champion TAKA Michinoku, the Global Champion Bobby Lashley and the tag team champions Raven and Rhino are all not in but there’s a lot of big names so let’s get to it!

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Match 1 – Matt Morgan and Chris Sabin def. Abyss and Homicide

One half of the “Motor City Machine Guns” Chris Sabin teams with Matt Morgan to go up against “Reckless Ambition” member Homicide and his partner Abyss. Morgan’s a face and Sabin’s a heel, giving us a good dysfunctional team dynamic. Abyss and Homicide are both heels. The finish was Morgan hitting the Blue Print on Homicide and Sabin stealing the pin. A great opener to the show with the 87%. I like how this match went.

 

Angle 1 – Reckless Ambition attacks Kazarian

Kaz approached Reckless Ambition members L.A. Par-K., Homicide and Texano Jr. Kaz had been feuding with Reckless Ambition member Hernandez for a while.  He mocked Homicide for being eliminated from the Joker’s Wild and said that Hernandez would be eliminated as well. The three responded by beating up Kaz. Not a strong rating but Texano Jr got over which I’m all for. I recently signed Texano along with El Mesias to be a part of the stable and I have a few more signings lined up. Texano and Mesias need a bit of work in the overness department so it’s cool that Texano got over from the segment.

 

Match 2 – Mr Anderson and Samoa Joe def. Hernandez and Brother Devon

Mr Anderson teamed with Samoa Joe to take on Hernandez and Brother Devon. Anderson and Joe were heels while Hernandez and Devon were the dysfunctional team with Devon being a face. The finish was Kaz coming back out to cost Hernandez the match. Joe locked on the rear-naked choke on Hernandez for the win. 81% is fine as Anderson and Joe were the ones that advanced.

 

Angle 2 – Abyss attacks Brother Devon after the match

Abyss attacked Brother Devon after the match. This is part of a new tag team feud with Jeff Hardy and Devon taking on Abyss and Lashley. It got the same rating as the last tag team match so at least this segment wasn’t as bad as the ambush on Kaz.

 

Match 3 – Jeff Hardy and Jay Lethal def. James Storm and Jerry Lynn

J & J vs J& J for this tag team match as Jeff Hardy and Jay Lethal took on James Storm and Jerry Lynn. Everybody in this match was a face so I just let them go out and have a good match. Nobody needed to be screwed over 0r anything. Jay and Jeff got the win. They’re both more over than Storm and Lynn and they got onto the battle royal. 85% overall.

 

Angle 3 – The British Invasion attacks James Storm

The British Invasion came out to attack Storm after the match. I’ll explain this particular storyline which I think will work. Desmond Wolfe is the current leader of the British Invasion. I started a storyline where Wolfe started having problems with Beer Money for holding guys like him down. He therefore decided to go on this crusade against the tag team and this was a part of it.

 

Match 4 – Kurt Angle and Christopher Daniels def. Bobby Roode and Desmond Wolfe

This was the match that really caught my intention coming from the randomiser. Kurt Angle and Daniels sounds like a very interesting tag team. Of course, Beer Money and the British Invasion are feuding so it’s interesting to see Roode and Wolfe teamed together! There was miscommunication between Roode and Wolfe and Daniels got the pin. Kurt Angle and Christopher Daniels advance to the battle royal. Second best tag team match so far with a 86% rating.

 

Angle 4 – Bobby Roode found unconscious

Roode was then found unconscious backstage after the match. Sadly, this was the second worst rated segment of the show. I will reveal who the culprit/culprits were on part ten of the series which is Turning Point.

 

Match 5 – John Cena and Jeff Jarrett def. Alex Shelley and Monty Brown

More J & J action as John Cena and Jeff Jarrett defeated Alex Shelley and Monty Brown. This was the highest rated match in the show and it was just a regular faces vs heels deal. Cena and Jarrett won to get the final two spots in the battle royal.

 

Angle 5 – AJ Styles signs Hulk Hogan’s Contract for Turning Point

Hulk Hogan forces AJ Styles to sign the contract for his title defence at Turning Point.

 

Match 6 – John Cena wins 10 man battle royal to become the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Entrants: Chris Sabin, Matt Morgan, Samoa Joe, Mr Anderson, Jeff Hardy, Jay Lethal, Kurt Angle, Christopher Daniels, John Cena and Jeff Jarrett.

Solid battle royal to end the show. Maybe I shouldn’t have put Cena into the title picture this early but he’s still the joint most over person on this show. Cena vs AJ sounded too appealing to hold off and I didn’t want to leave this too late. It’s John Cena vs AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Turning Point! Will a new champion be crowned?

Be sure to vote on the Straw Poll and give us your thoughts on who will win the big showdown between AJ Styles and John Cena… http://strawpoll.me/6061310

TNA Announces New TV Deal With Pop.TV

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A bit of news regarding TNA and the future of the company. TNA’s social media accounts as well as TNA President Dixie Carter’s all went dark as a timer started on their website counting down to a big announcement of some sort. For TNA fans, it’s the announcement that they’ve been hoping for. It was announced today that TNA have managed to seal a new television deal with Pop.TV which will begin on January 5th 2016.

Down below is the full press release from TNA with more details of the news…

“POP AND IMPACT WRESTLING PARTNER TO BRING FANS RINGSIDE FOR WEEKLY EVENT BROADCAST PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Nov. 19, 2015 – Get ready for #ImpactOnPop. Pop, a network that celebrates the excitement of being a fan, will soon become the exclusive U.S. television home of IMPACT WRESTLING, the hard-hitting, high-flying global sports sensation enjoyed by millions of fans around the world.

Pop will premiere IMPACT WRESTLING with a live two-hour, action-packed broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, and the show will continue to air every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM, ET/PT. The show features some of the biggest stars in professional wrestling, including Jeff and Matt Hardy, EC3, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley, The Wolves, Eric Young, Tigre Uno and Gail Kim.

“Wrestling has been a fan-fueled staple since the ‘50s, and continues to be some of the most-watched appointment television today. The die-hard fandom and extraordinary passion surrounding IMPACT WRESTLING captures the spirit of Pop as a network that celebrates fan-driven entertainment and excitement,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “We’re committed to this new partnership and psyched to bring the show’s loyal fans a dedicated night to watch their favorite show on Pop every week.”

IMPACT WRESTLING is a strong global brand seen on networks in more than 120 countries around the world and broadcast in 17 languages. Its fans are some of the most devoted and socially active in sports, with more than 15 million aggregated social media followers and nearly 700 million video views on YouTube, making it the seventh-most-viewed sports channel, ahead of MLB®, NHL®, MLS® and FIFATV®.

“Pop’s enthusiasm for our partnership and the network’s fan focus is a perfect fit for our company,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “Wresting has always been at the forefront of pop culture with the most passionate, loyal fan base. We’re thrilled to be in business with Pop and to bring IMPACT WRESTLING to more than 80 million homes.”

To find IMPACT WRESTLING on Pop, go to http://poptv.com.”

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This is obviously such a huge boost for TNA as they’ve managed to secure a new deal with their time at Destination America coming to an end. It was wondered whether TNA could survive without the TV deal but as it turns out, they were able to get a deal together.

The new day for TNA is Tuesday which I actually think works out for the best as there’s no other wrestling on TV that day I think. On Wednesday, they had competition from ROH and NXT. At least here, they don’t have to worry about needing to counter-program. I do question the decision for TNA to be two hours long as I’m more of a fan of one hour wrestling shows than two. Three hours of RAW is an even greater struggle!

It’s good news for the wrestling industry in general as it gives wrestlers more of an incentive to stay in TNA and for more sponsors and partners to get involved. I would never wish for a wrestling company to go out of business at all and I am all for this deal going down.

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A lot of people will say that it’s just prolonging the inevitable but this does give TNA a lot of opportunities to seriously go through the roster and having a serious revamp to make sure that they’re at least more prepared if a similar deal of losing a TV contract happens again. It may keep them going for a while but Dixie and the rest of those running the company cannot rest easy. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine just yet.

It’s funny that TNA’s deal was spoiled an hour before the countdown hit zero as the video was suddenly changed from “private” to “unlisted” which meant that a YouTuber was able to save the video before TNA changed it in time! Bit of a blunder but at least the deal is out there now!

I do have a problem with a lot of the criticism given to Dave Meltzer over his reporting of the whole deal as he was the first to initially report that Destination America was not renewing Impact. Eric Young came out and tweeted on previous reports about Impact not being renewed by Destination America.

I really don’t think this was the right route for Eric to take. As a former Multimedia Journalism student in my own right, I don’t think there was anything fishy about the report Dave wrote about TNA. Dave was actually the first to report about TNA getting the deal with Destination America and he’s an esteemed reporter with many years of experience and knowledge on wrestling.

Eric going out on Twitter, trying to rub it all in and taking shots at reporters is just not going to make the company look good in the eyes of the public. A lot of the wrestlers are taking the high road and just talking about how great the deal is and how big a breakthrough it is for TNA. Rockstar Spud actually came out in defence of Dave on Twitter.

So big news for TNA and this I think would at least keep the company going for a bit longer and give them time to come back stronger than ever. I’m all for this and I wish that they use this new deal wisely.

TNA Bound For Glory 2015 Review – New Champion Crowned In Charlotte

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Prologue

In the prologue, I talked about the history of TNA and my connection to the company. However, this PPV was really just a sad occasion in general. With the issues TNA have been dealing with, I might have just watched my last TNA PPV. But the event itself just seemed sad. It was not that the PPV itself was bad. It just seemed that a lot of the wrestlers had given up. A lot of the matches just weren’t that exciting. The Ultimate X match was great but it was just hard to care when watching this. It was also hard to care about the outcome of the main event when just a few days later… the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was vacated.

Matt Hardy won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. For those of you that don’t consider the ECW Championship to be a world championship, this would have been Matt’s first World title. Even if you do count the ECW title reign he had in 2008 as an actual world title reign, this is the first time where Matt was “the man” in a company. He became the leader of the locker room. The TNA superstars started tweeting about what a great leader Matt Hardy was in the locker room. What a moment. But then, on Monday it was announced that Ethan Carter III filed an injunction. Since TNA’s hands were apparently tied, Matt Hardy gave up the belt.

Therefore, this potential last TNA PPV finish just seemed so meaningless. Reports suggest that they’ve been planning this since they found out that Impact Wrestling was being cancelled. All I kept thinking was “You’ve been planning this for so many months and you couldn’t think of a legitimate a finish that could have lead to the title being held up?” You couldn’t have Matt and Drew pin each other while EC3 was out on the floor? I understand that TNA might have wanted to give Matt Hardy his moment in front of the Charlotte crowd. However, it was just such a miserable way for the match to finish.

Ethan Carter III’s title reign couldn’t even with, I don’t know, THE CHAMPION BEING BEATEN? Surely, this would have been the best time for the “undefeated streak” to end? No, of course not. Matt Hardy had to pin Drew McIntyre. Another thing to point out is that if you were still planning on vacating the belt after the show, then what was the point in the Bound For Gold gauntlet? The winner of the match now can’t possibly get his title shot unless they waited until after the TNA World Title tournament concludes. Just amazing…

Anyway, let’s get onto the show.

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We started off with the Ultimate X match for the TNA X-Division Championship. The competitors in this match were the champion Tigre Uno, DJ Z, Manik and Andrew Everett. This was nothing more than a spot-fest which I was totally fine with. If this ends up being the final TNA PPV, then it’s pretty symbolic to have a Ultimate X match on the card. The match itself was actually a good opener. I’ve seen better Ultimate X matches over the years but this was by no means bad. Tigre Uno looked like he hurt his arm during the match. As it turns out, Dixie Carter confirmed that he actually separated his shoulder. I thought he did it earlier but it seems he might have done it when he hit the 450 on the outside onto DJ Z. Whenever he did it, credit to him for continuing the match. Takes a lot of courage, especially in a high risk match like this.

Speaking of high risk, Andrew Everett really took a lot of nasty bumps in this match. DJ Z did a cool dive, in which he jumped over the turnbuckle and onto the men outside. Tigre kicked Andrew off the top of the structure, which looked nasty, in order to retain the title. Gregory Helms came out in order to congratulate Tigre and shake his hands. It seemed a bit random as you’d expect a former X-Division Champion to come out, not just a former cruiserweight. I think he was working as an agent for TNA but it was still strange. Gregory didn’t look like a cruiserweight though, as he TOWERED over Tigre. He looked massive. Anyway, good opener to the show. I don’t have a lot of issue with this.

Ethan Carter III cut a decent promo where he hyped up the main event. He did the most unimpressive woo of all time before his departure. Maybe this was to waste a bit of time, I dunno.

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Then we had the… urrghh. The Bound For Gold gauntlet match. I really tried my hardest to care but there wasn’t a great deal to this match. Considering this match was also the longest match of the night, it was hardly worth all the time it was given. It’s not like this was a hugely stacked match in terms of the wrestlers. A few of these were just there to fill the numbers. That’s not a great thing, considering this match was for a shot at a championship!

Initially it was promoted as a match for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Then it was revealed that the winner could fight for any title they wanted. I guess that made sense with the post-match angle they did but it was still annoying that they just changed up the stipulation on the fly. This wouldn’t be the only time they’d do this either…

Mr Anderson was #1 and the microphone wouldn’t come down at the top of the ramp for Anderson’s entrance. Even before the match started, there was already a botch!

#2 was Jessie. #3 came out, who was Eli Drake! I never heard of this dude, but apparently he was in Drew McIntyre’s group “the rising.” Anyway, he was in for a while until Al Snow came out as #4. Despite being 52 years old, Al Snow looked in way better shape then nearly everyone in this match! He was probably one of the better wrestlers in this match in terms of his in-ring work. Al eliminated Eli when he smacked him in the head with… head. Eli did this huge oversell where he tumbled back and then jumped over the top rope. This almost topped Carlito’s oversell of his eliminated by Rob Van Dam in the 2006 Royal Rumble! That was something else!

#5 was Aiden O’Shea. I never realised this until afterwards, but Aiden O’Shea was actually the former Gut Check winner Jay Bradley! I thought it was just some random independent dude. I find it funny that this Chicago fella was supposed to be playing this Irish hard-man character. It’s also funny because of what happens later on in the match.

#6 was Robbie E. No mention of Robbie’s rivalry with Jessie from earlier on in the year. That was disappointing. Then came out #7, Mahabali Shera. Now, I had heard of the Shera Shuffle before but I had never actually seen the dance move before. When I saw him to this cross-armed shuffle, I never got. I don’t watch TNA regularly so I initially gave it the benefit of the doubt. Maybe regular TNA viewers “got it” but I just couldn’t see what was so great about it. So I gave it the benefit of the doubt when I saw him use it. However, I was left aghast after I watched him seemingly hypnotize everyone else in the ring with this dance. Then suddenly six men in the ring, including the “hard-man” Aiden O’Shea, were doing this damn shuffle in a gauntlet…. for a shot at a championship! These men were all stood there slowly dancing! The winner had an opportunity at the TNA World title if they won and they’re all there DANCING! I just… why?

Shera then eliminated O’Shea until Tyrus came out at #8. Josh Matthews then quickly stated that no one is going to make Tyrus dance! Good one Josh. Tyrus came in and cleared house. He eliminated Al Snow, #9 entry Chris Melendez and Shera. He was dominant. I guess now is as good a time as any to mention this but I got so sick at the constant mentions of tweets from Dixie Carter. Actually, they weren’t even mentioning her tweets. They just told fans that you could follow her @TNADixie. What on earth does Dixie Carter have to do with this match? I know that’s a small thing to be mad at but it drove me up the wall.

Tommy Dreamer came out at #10 in polka dots, to pay tribute to Dusty Rhodes. He got a big pop when he came out. Jessie then delivered a high, and I mean HIGH, dropkick onto Tommy. It looked incredible! Abyss came out as #11 and this lead into a big staredown with Tyrus. As they stared down, Pope declared from the announce table that he was in this match. So he was the #12 entrant apparently. I don’t know how Pope had the power to put himself in this match. You could say that him and Dixie had agreed to put him in this match before hand but this was never mentioned or implied! So it just came off like Pope had just declared himself in the match! He got a big pop though but then eliminated himself rather than fight Tyrus and Abyss.

There were two Towers of Dooms at the same time. I hate how overused the Tower of Doom spots are in wrestling. It’s almost like WWE or TNA always do this because they know it’ll get a cheap pop. Here, it got a pop but it wasn’t that great. They also never looked good either. Tyrus eliminated Abyss, Jessie eliminated Robbie with a nice elimination actually. Very cool to see Jessie do the head-scissors to tip Robbie over the top. Anderson eliminated Tommy Dreamer and Jessie to set up the singles match between him and Tyrus at the end of the match. Mr Anderson did an impressive rolling fireman’s carry onto Tyrus which was quite a feat of strength. This got a near fall. Tyrus eventually won… WITH A CLOTHESLINE! So after all of this, it ended with Tyrus clotheslining Mr Anderson and pinning him.

Bryan Alvarez said that this match was worse than Los Villanos vs Los Psycho Clowns from Triplemania this year. For the record, Dave Meltzer gave the Villanos match a minus five star rating. I disagree with Bryan. In the ring, that Triplemania match was a total train-wreck. This Bound For Gold match was not a train-wreck. Nobody really messed anything up. It was just a very boring 24 minute bus journey which just felt like eight hours. It was very uneventful, it had a horrible segment in the middle with the Shera Shuffle and nobody cared. I’d still put this in the minus range in terms of ratings but it was not as bad as the Villanos match!

Tyrus declared that he would be challenging for the “heavyweight world championship of the world.” I’m not joking, that was what Tyrus called it! This actually would have been an awesome way to build up to EC3 vs Tyrus for the title, if the main event had not completely undone those plans. We’ll get onto to that later.

Next was a good promo from Drew Galloway. However, he claimed that he was willing to KILL HIMSELF to win the TNA World title. That’s… dark.

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I have no idea why I haven’t got any notes for the Wolves vs Trevor Lee and Brian Myers match. I remember it being an OK match. Nothing special but it was fine.I can’t remember why, but I’ve got Tesco written on my notes here for this show! I can’t for the life of me remember why! Anyway, next up was Bobby Roode vs Lashley for the TNA King Of The Mountain title match. I was kinda distracted a bit while I was watching this but this was a good match. I liked it. I also found it odd that Lashley is bald but was still wearing a headband. Am I the only one that found that weird?

Next up was Awesome Kong challening Gail Kim for the TNA Knockouts title. God this was bad but to be fair, this was by no means Gail Kim’s fault. She was a true trooper in this match and was just killing herself to try and get a good match out of Awesome Kong. Kong was great at… being Kong. However, this did not help her and Kim pull off a good match. Awesome Kong wasn’t even trying to sell things from time to time. I was very disappointed with her performance in this match. While Gail was just going all out to get a good match, Kong looked like she just didn’t care. When the referee was distracted with Gail Kim’s husband at ringside, Awesome Kong hit the Implant Buster on multiple chairs on the outside. Gail hit the Eat Defeat off the top rope and then rolled up Awesome Kong for the win. I didn’t like the finish much and I thought it looked kind of weak. That sort of finish looked like it hurt Gail more than it hurt Kong, as Gail landed on her back. This was a very disappointing match considering Kong and Gail are capable of having great matches together. This was just not their day.

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Kurt Angle vs Eric Young. Eric and Angle did their entrances and Eric got on the mic saying that he knew that Kurt was hurt. Eric proclaimed himself as god during his pre-match promo. Kurt responded by saying that Dixie Carter and him made this match NO DISQUALIFICATION. Kurt said that he wanted a fight. Despite saying that, Kurt then proceeded to start the match by German suplexing Eric Young! Pope kept calling Kurt’s suplexes “Souffles!” He was desperate to get this phrase over!

Eric then hit Kurt with the piledriver, which brought the match to a halt. Kurt’s obviously got a history with neck issues and the doctor at ringside effectively waved off the match. Eric Young won the match. However, the referee never rang the bell. Brian Hebner just stood there arguing with the doctors at ringside! Keep this in mind. Eric Young then attacked the referees and doctors and ringside and continued the match. As Eric was choking Kurt on the ropes, Kurt kept telling him “”it’s off” and “it’s over.” So now, Kurt has VERBALLY submitted several times! Eric’s win count over Kurt was growing but the ref AGAIN never called for the bell! WHAT? Why was this match still going on if both Kurt and the doctor called the match off? Josh later said that if Kurt Angle had his doctor at ringside, he would have thrown in the towel. Ermm, hello? KURT DID HAVE A DOCTOR AT RINGSIDE! This was infuriating!

So Eric still continued to beat up Kurt at ringside. Josh described this as assault and criminal. I hate it when wrestling commentators calls beatdowns “assaults.” Other than the fact that it’s a wrestling match, this was not assault. Having studied quite a bit of law at both college and university, I’m confident in saying that this would have been more like battery than assault! Anyway Kurt got back into it, by having no difficulty in pulling off multiple German suplexes! Kurt got a near fall for the Angle Slam but he eventually countered a top rope piledriver into an ankle lock. After a while, Eric tapped out and Angle won.

Here’s the thing… what Kurt and Eric did in there was fine. But the match itself and how it was booked was simply mind-boggling. There were so many things that happened that didn’t make sense. The match was called off twice but the ref never stopped it. Pope and Josh Matthews was unable to bring any justice to it either. Kurt continued to work the match fine after supposedly breaking his neck! It was just so illogical of the match but it had nothing to do with Eric and Angle. Whoever put this together clearly threw logic out of the window with the story of this match.

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Ethan Carter III defended the TNA World Title against Matt Hardy and Drew Galloway. I know the finish didn’t mean a thing anyway, but let’s just got through the match. The match itself was shockingly not that bad. It was a bit slow paced but it was fine. There were a few cool moments. There were two things I want to point out first. Firstly, Tyrus was thrown out of the match by special referee Jeff Hardy. Now I know Jeff had the power in the match but this match was NO DISQUALIFICATION! What was the point in Tyrus being thrown out when he could have just came back out if he wanted to? Now I know that the storyline going in was that Tyrus didn’t bother to help out EC3 because he was after the title himself. However, there was nothing that Tyrus did wrong that warranted him being thrown out!

The second thing I wanted to point out was the ref bump that Jeff Hardy took. I love it when special referees that are actually wrestlers take ref bumps. The reason I love it is because those wrestlers usually sell these bumps like referees sell the bumps. They lay on the ground forever! Jeff was down for a while, but at least he was down for long. Just enough so he couldn’t count Matt’s pin.

There were a few nasty bumps. EC3 got the table. As he did this, the fans immediately started chanting “Save The Tables!” That made me laugh! Drew did the Irish Curse on EC3 onto the steel steps. That look painful considering Ethan caught the edge of the steps. In probably the spot of the night, EC3 suplexed Matt Hardy from the apron onto Drew Galloway who was laying on the table. I was thinking when I saw it that this spot would have been cool and they did it anyway. I thought it looked cool but EC3 seemed to take the brunt of it. He landed on the floor when suplexing Hardy and was screaming out loud. They did another good spot when they did a variation of the Tower of Doom where Drew did the spider German suplex which catapulted both men. I was about to be upset that they did ANOTHER Tower of Doom on the PPV, but at least they changed it up a bit. Matt, Drew and EC3 did a chop-fest in front of the Charlotte crowd. I hated how much the Pope was referring to Drew as the Leonidas of TNA. This put Michael Cole to shame in terms of repeating nicknames over and over again.

The match finished with Jeff Hardy teasing a turn on Matt but instead hitting EC3 and hitting the Twist of Fate. Matt then hit the Twist of Fate on Drew for the win and to become the champion. Despite it seeming like a sad and irrelevant win in the end, this meant a lot to Matt Hardy. That’s kind of cool that this win went so much to Matt, despite the circumstances. He was a World Champion and this was his moment. Whether I agreed with it or not is really irrelevant. To Matt, this was special.

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So that was that for TNA Bound For Glory. At the end, it was NOT a bad PPV overall. There were a few bright spots with a few bad matches as well. I’ve certainly seen worse PPVs this year and I did like the Ultimate X match. Now we just wait and see what happens in the future of Impact Wrestling….

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 2 – LOCKDOWN

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Previously on TNA EWR…

We kicked off the TNA EWR 2010 mod with a bang. It was Destination X. I bought a lot of guys, fired a lot of guys and I was all ready for my first show.

The show featured AJ Styles retaining the TNA World Title against Kurt Angle by getting himself DQ’d, Beer Money retaining their newly won TNA Tag titles against Raven and Rhino and Mr Anderson turned heel, followed up by him beating Sting at Destination X. This, of course, led us to Lockdown.

Even though the whole gimmick was supposed to be about every match being a cage match, I didn’t want every match to actually be a cage match! There were a lot of feuds that had just gotten started and there was no need for them to be in a cage. I needed at least one though, and I decided that it might as well be the main event! So a really cool cage match to close off the show! We’ve got a stacked line-up for this show! Tag titles on the line in a triple threat tag! A first blood match! Hardcore matches! A lot to look forward to.

So…

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Pre-Show – La Parka def. Jerry Lynn in a falls count anywhere match

I finally got to debut these guys recently on TV as they both REALLY wanted to face each other. Jerry Lynn won the first match, which hurt Parka’s overness for some reason. So I gave La Parka the win! Rarely do you see a falls count anywhere match on the pre-show. So if you’re tuning into the TNA YouTube pre-show… you’re in for a treat!

 

Match 1 – Raven and Rhino def. Bobby Roode (c) and James Storm (c), and Christopher Daniels and Kaz in a triple threat tag team match to win the TNA Tag Team Championship

NEW CHAMPS! Yes, Raven and Rhino are the new tag team champs. By the way, I gave them the name Deadly Sin after this match. Deadly Sin, who are apart of the Extreme Coalition, won the three way also involving Beer Money and Bad Influence with Raven beating Storm to do it. I’m not sure that Raven and Rhino will be champions for long. If anything, I thought it was a great idea to have Deadly Sin win the titles now and then perhaps have Roode and Storm win them back to end the feud. Either way, Storm and Roode didn’t lose much overness from this and Deadly Sin are both very over right now!

 

Match 2 – Jeff Hardy def. Eric Young

I really wanted to put Eric over, but I knew that Jeff would just complain about putting over Eric. Plus, I didn’t want to hurt one of our biggest merch sellers in Jeff. Jeff won after Mick Foley helped him win over Eric.

 

Segment 1 (3) – Motor City Machine Guns cut a promo on Team 3D

I really haven’t built the Team 3D/Guns feud as much as I should have. This was to help give it some points before they square off in their rematch from Destination X.

 

Match 3 (4) – Team 3D def. Motor City Machine Guns

This second win for 3D is getting the Guns really mad. The Guns are pissed that they can’t beat Team 3D and they attack them post-match out of frustration. They’ll be looking to try and claw a win back in this feud which Team 3D have dominated so far.

 

Match 4 (5) – Jay Lethal def. Kevin Nash via DQ

Kevin Nash was looking to gain some redemption after the NEW X-Division Champion Jay Lethal beat him at Destination X. Kevin pounds on Lethal throughout the match, but the X-Division star refuses to stay down. Nash eventually gets pissed and smacks Lethal with a crowbar for the DQ. Nash pounds Lethal with the crowbar, leaving him a bloody mess. Not great match-wise, but a great way to get Lethal over… pretty much the sole purpose for this feud!

 

Match 5 (6) – Jeff Jarrett def. Monty Brown in a No Disqualification match (No such option for a No-DQ in the game so I just went with a hardcore match!)

Jeff won the match after Stevie Richards from the Extreme Coalition tried to interfere on Brown’s behalf. However, the interference backfired and Jarrett took advantage. He was able to land the Stroke on Monty Brown ONTO the chair for the victory. Needless to say, the Extreme Coalition do have reasons for trying to getting involved in Monty Brown’s business…

 

Match 6 (7) – Sting def. Mr Anderson in a first blood match

Brutal match which got high ratings on the game. I think this was the second highest ranked match on the show. This would basically be a slaughter! After Anderson got Sting mad by beating him at Destination X, Sting went all out here with weapon and stuff. A VERY clean win for the Stinger. However, Anderson gained overness from the match which shows people are into both guys and this is definitely one of the better feuds on the game right now!

 

Match 7 (8) – AJ Styles (c) def. Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle in a triple threat steel cage match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

So with AJ and Angle feuding and Joe earning a title shot at the last PPV, a three way cage match was the ultimate solution. I really should down the line just shot these three in just a standard triple threat. I’d imagine the cage would limit what they’d be able to do in and out the ring. However, you’d probably see a lot of high spots. AJ or possibly Kurt would probably jump off the cage. My idea for the ending is that Angle locks in the Ankle lock to AJ for a really long time. AJ is about to tap but Joe breaks it up. Angle lays out Joe with the Angle slam, while AJ unties his boot and then tries to get over the cage. As he’s laid on top, Angle locks onto the injured ankle for the ankle lock. Yeah, this would be hard to explain I know! AJ would be on top with his legs dangling down, and Angle would just grab on. AJ taps on top of the cage, but the ref doesn’t see it as he’s attending to Joe who’s out. The ref turns and then AJ is able to kick Angle off and off his boot goes as well. It’s like the Eddie/Angle spot from Wrestlemania 20! After kicking Angle off, AJ slides down the cage for the win.

 

Either way, this would have been a great match I think, which is why I booked it. It got the top marks on the show and the Angle/AJ feud is money right now! I can’t wait to write the next installment. I may have to end it on TV as it’s a long time before my next PPV on the game, but you will hear all about it on PART 3 of this playthrough which I think I’ll do some time this weekend. If not, then Monday I’m guessing.

 

 

 

So Destination X and Lockdown are both in the books! Up next… Sacrifice! What are these wrestlers willing to sacrifice to achieve glory here in TNA?

27/3/14 Impact Wrestling Reactions – Eric Young: TNA World Champion?

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Hey guys, Armbar Express heading your way. I’m Tom Robinson.

This week’s edition of TNA Impact Wrestling saw interesting developments in the world title picture. It was announced by MVP that there would be a TNA World Championship would be defended by Magnus against not one wrestler, not two… but THREE! We got Magnus defending against The Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe, The Monster Abyss and last but not least… “Showtime” Eric Young!

Now one would question whether Eric Young’s character can allow him to elevate up the ranks and into the World Title picture. I think this promo can answer that question clearly. It’s time….

Now we all know Eric Young is a very entertaining guy, but this is one of the rare times where Eric is cutting a dead serious promo and he can deliver. He’s as serious as he’s entertaining and that’s saying an awful lot! But is he seriously ready to step it into the big leagues? In my opinion with his storyline with Abyss, he’s a lot more of a deal now and I like how this has lifted him up the ranks, especially considering Abyss’ affiliation with Magnus. Now there’s no guarantee that Eric will capture the title, but keep in mind Chris Sabin’s World Title reign. Out of the blue Sabin went from X-Division Champion to World Champion. It was great to see at the time, but he went absolutely nowhere after he lost. He found himself right back where he began and I don’t want that to happen to Eric. I think Eric should capture the belt, don’t get me wrong, but not right now. I think Eric needs a proper program with the champion now before he finally captures the belt at like Slammiversary or something.

By the way, in the segment why did MVP stand around for 30 seconds and THEN ask for security? Did he just have slow reflexes? XD

What do you guys think? Who should win the World Title match next week? Should the reign of Magnus continue? Should Samoa Joe recapture the title he once had? Should the monster reclaim the holy grail? Or is time for Showtime?