TNA Impact Wrestling: Complete Preview, Rumors, News and More for July 26
While TNA Impact Wrestling has gotten much better over the last few months, there are still some serious questions to be answered and some serious flaws that need to be corrected.
Depending on how much you like the Aces and Eights storyline, last week’s episode may have been ruined for you if you can't enjoy the stable angle Impact Wrestling is going for.
TNA must be careful not to over-saturate the fans with Aces and Eights, unless the payoff will be a huge return or a huge debut. The fans in the Impact Zone are hoping that it is a huge debut of a great wrestler.
Will Impact be better this week?
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, FL.
When: Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: SPIKE TV
Aces and Eights
While many fans have complained over the last week about the Aces and Eights stable, there is always a place in wrestling for a group of bad guys. Just look at groups like the nWo and the Four Horsemen who thrived on being bad.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Are they adding or taking away from the show?
We still don’t know the ultimate payoff, but if this is setting up for the return of a star like Jeff Jarrett or the possible introduction of a new star into the company, this is a perfect way to get people to care.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 playing cards
If you don’t want to know who these men are, please do not read any further. As the top-notch wrestling sleuth I am, the evidence points to Aces and Eights being Chris Masters, Luke Gallows, Harry Smith, Nicholas Dinsmore and Trevor Murdoch. There may be others, but the basis of this is from TNA’s Ring Ka King promotion where all of these men were stars.
Rumor Mill: New TNA video game in the works? (WrestleZone)
Great BFG Series Matches Scheduled
No matter what your feelings on the actual Bound for Glory series, the amazing matches it has been producing makes it worthy of the time it eats up. Whatever the payoff, seeing AJ Styles vs. James Storm and Kurt Angle vs. Bully Ray is a great Thursday night.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is TNA putting on great shows?
Besides some poor effort in the AJ Styles storyline, TNA has been so much better over the last year than it was for a long time. With PPV worthy matches on their television show, people will have to watch.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 real wrestling matches
Even the most jaded WWE fan will see the matches between AJ Styles vs. James Storm and Kurt Angle vs. Bully Ray and realize that TNA has something special going on. While the hope is that Styles’ storyline doesn’t ruin that match, we have the idea of a great Angle vs. Bully Ray match to make the show amazing.
Rumor Mill: Bully Ray and Devon’s Contracts Expiring (PWinsider.com)
As much as I know that fans will clamor that this is TNA recycling old WWE superstars, this may be a great addition to the roster if he still can go at the level he did with Ring Ka King earlier this year.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Does Chavo have enough left in the tank?
From what we saw at the end of Guerrero’s WWE run and in TNA’s Indian version, the 41-year-old can still go with the best of them and his abilities in the ring will be a great learning tool for the younger guys at the company.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 frog splashes
While I don’t believe that he should be heavily featured as a main-event star, there is plenty of room on the card for a wrestler of Guerrero’s pedigree and talent. I could see the former ECW champion becoming the X-division gatekeeper; putting over stars when they were ready to hold the strap.
Rumor Mill: Velvet Sky Leaving TNA? (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
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