The Meca Colosseum hosted at taping of Impact Wrestling this past Tuesday in Meca, Georgia. The taping aired the following Thursday night on SpikeTV, and this is typically the case every week. Commentating tonight’s show was Tazz, and Mike Tenay as per usual. The matches for this Impact are pushed right from the beginning and with all the hype lets hope tonight doesn’t disappoint.
Opens with Bobby Roode entering as the new TNA world champion, as he gets mixed emotions for the crowd. James Storm enters to confront his former team mate, as Bobby makes is way to the exit. Sting comes out and declares James rematch for the main event.
The Pope vs. Crimson
Winner: Crimson (Pin)
What I liked: It was very fluid as the agility of The Pope took on the brute strength of Crimson. Even though The Pope didn’t procure the victory, he was far from a jobber in the match. The Pope is making a name for himself even in if his shoulders down for the three count.
What I disliked: As talented as Crimson is he picks up the victory after one power move, which does not make for bad wrestling. However it doesn’t allow him to develop his craft, or even evolve his character. His short win comes with a sharp loss.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Segment with Gunner provoking Garret Bischoff
Gunner vs. Garret Bischoff
Winner: Garret Bischoff (DQ)
What I liked: Garret obviously has some training that was almost unexpected. For the short time this match lasted, he played the underdog quite well.
What I disliked: There is too much focus on what was going on outside the ring with Eric Bischoff, and seems really the slow the pace of not just the match, but the show entirely. The same old Ric Flair picking up the DQ for Gunner. Just goes to show, you can’t show old dogs new tricks. It was obvious this wasn’t suppose to be a match, just a segment to build the storyline.
Rating: 4 out of 10
Segment with the two Robbie’s harass Young to cancel their match.
James Storm is shown as he was attacked in Segment right after a commercial break.
Zema Ion vs. Jesse Sorensen
Winner: Jesse Sorensen(Pin)
What I liked: These two men offer each other not only amazing completion, but a great all around show. There wasn’t a part of this match I didn’t enjoy.
What I disliked: I don’t get Jesse’s character, a high school/collage jock? And how do they expect that to go over with the fans? Sorensen reminds me a lot of Cody Rhodes as a baby face character, well sorta. It’s noticeable that TNA wants him to go over with the crowd, but just doesn’t.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Kid Kash comes out immediately after the last match with a clip board in hand and offers Jesse a match for the X-Division title at Turning Point.
Gail Kim and Rayne segment with Karen Jarrett.
Micky James/Velvet Sky vs. Rayne/Gail Kim (Knock out Tag Team Championships)
Winners: Rayne/Gail Kim(Pin)
What I liked: Micky James is so impressive inside the ring and really amps up the match when she gets in. Karen getting involved may have been poorly executed, but has great timing. Really allowing nothing to be taken from what is going on inside the ring.
What I disliked: Raynes character really starts to bother me quickly after the match begins. I feel she just isn’t trying hard here enough. Velvet Sky really is a good athlete, however her prestige as Knock Out champion is not shown tonight. Any match that Earl Habner referee’s is always taken down an octave just for his involvement. He over sells, and just tries way too hard.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Segment with James, and Sting.
Robbie E./Robbie T. vs. Ronnie/ Eric Young
Winners: Ronnie/Eric Young(Pin)
What I like: Eric Young is most of a saving grace in this match. Not only is he an underdog, but a much needed comical relief. He gives both Robbie’s a great match, and can truly hold his own.
What I disliked: It’s apparent tha TNA hasn’t gotten the memo that the Jersey Shore is little but surely slipping out of pop-culture relevance. Having a match like this in during a PPV to generate more interest, and/or to broaden the demographic is one thing. Here you have a not so known reality star during a weekly show. He isn’t promoting anything, his show was canceled last I heard. Seeing Ronnie in the ring is just ridiculous, and is hard to watch. Honestly, Ronnies involvement just feels so out of place.
Rating: 3.5 of 10
Jeff Jarrett and Bully Ray segment, follows by Jarrett going to the rest room. Really?!
Segment with Mexican American
Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles
Winner: AJ Styles(Pin)
What I liked: AJ has this charisma when he comes out, much like tonight. Always expecting to ejoy myself watching him in side the squared circle. Daniels may not fines as AJ, but he is equally as entertaining to watch.
What I disliked: Having Bjorn Rebney as a guest commentator really seems to take away from this match. I know he is there to promote himself, and his company. I don’t blame him, though I do have to question TNA about this. RVD’s interference only takes away from Daniel’s at no fault of his own, Christopher just doesn’t sell the ending enough.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Jeff Jarrett/Scott Steiner/Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson/Jeff Hardy/Abyss
Winners: Mr. Anderson/Jeff Hardy/Abyss(Pin)
What I liked: Anderson seems to have earned his fan favoritism on his own, and it is quickly is shown as to why. Hardy, Jarrett, and Anderson are the only interesting part of this entire match. They have the experience to really get it done, which surprises me about Steiner.
What I disliked: This match feels like it should have been booked as the main event, not the opener for it. Mr. Anderson really has gotten over with the crowd, however TNA does not seem to notice/utilize this to their advantage. The match has an extremely slow start, and most in this it seemed to be out of character. When Jarrett runs from Hardy, I can’t help but wonder why. Steiner is really disappointing tonight, and is overselling himself. I just don’t get Bully Ray, and what his angle is. Ray has definitely come a long way from his ECW days, but I can’t figure out why he is sharing the ring with some of the best TNA has to offer.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Jmes Storm vs. Bobby Roode(TNA World Championship)
Winner: Bobby Roode(Pin)
What I liked: Roode is really getting over as a heel, and plays his part way better then I thought he would. I have to admit that TNA had it right, and this seems to be a large step forward for his development.
What I disliked: The “blood” on Storm is way over done, and is the ruse is lost before it began. TNA is notorious for these kinds of main event endings. They just haven’t learned from their mistakes by ruining a main event like this. AJ Styles getting the title match schedule for Turning Point comes out of nowhere, and doesn’t seem to have a real reason as to why.
Rating: 3 out of 10
Overall, Impact Wresting this week has some great matches, and the talent to back it up. Though, they are not utilizing the talent as they should and the TV rating are definitely reflecting this.