TNA Impact! Wrestling: A Surprising Opener, James Storm Behind Aces and Eights?

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IIAugust 3, 2012

Credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling
Credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling

Impact! Wrestling opens immediately with a brawl featuring: Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Kenny King and Zema Ion. Roode and Ion take control in the early going, but Aries and King fight back. The bell rings, and the match is underway to open Impact!

Austin Aries and Kenny King vs. Zema Ion and Bobby Roode

Your winners via pin fall, King and Aries.

Match Rating: 4/5

(My quick take: What a terrific way to open Impact! Wrestling. The show began with a brawl to the ring, and that turned into a match. I really liked how Impact! opened with a very solid match rather than a usual talking segment.)

A video package airs recapping last week's show, focusing on Aces and Eights.

After a commercial break, Sting arrives to the ring. Sting calls out James Storm. Sting says he has exclusive footage to show to Storm. After showing the footage of what happened last week, Sting wants Storm to convince everyone he is not with Aces and Eights. Storm talked about his past history in TNA and that he did not need help to achieve his success.

Kurt Angle interrupts and comes out to the ring. Angle says he does not understand Storm's motives. Angle tells Storm he will make him tap out and leaves the ring.

Another video package airs recapping Claire Lynch showing pictures to AJ Styles two weeks ago.


Bully Ray vs. Robbie E in a Bound For Glory Series Match

Your winner via pin fall, Bully Ray.

Match Rating: 1.5/5

(This match had all the makings for a quick one. Bully Ray was in need of points, and picking Robbie E to face him is almost a guaranteed victory.)

Tara vs. Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim vs. Mickie James 

Your winner and new No. 1 contender, Madison Rayne.

Match Rating: 3.5/5

(Some pretty solid Knockouts division action. It appeared Tara truly won this match with an impressive pin fall, but referee Earl Hebner made a bad call and declared Rayne the winner. It appears their story line is coming into play with the matches Rayne is in.)

Sting and Brooke Hogan are backstage discussing Hulk Hogan's current condition. While talking with Sting, Brooke received a letter with aces and eights cards printed out.


Kid Kash vs. Chavo Guerrero

Your winner via pin fall, Chavo Guerrero.

Match Rating: 3/5

(Guerrero looked good for his first match in TNA. This was a pretty good match to watch with the live crowd fully behind Guerrero.)

Kazarian and Christopher Daniels are in the ring to throw Claire a baby shower. Kazarian invites Claire to the ring. Daniels and Kazarian give gifts to Claire. Claire shouts into the camera, asking AJ to do the right thing for their baby.

(Not too much to say about this segment.)

James Storm vs. Kurt Angle in a Bound For Glory Series Match

Your winner via pin fall, James Storm. After the match, Storm calls out Aces and Eights. However, Aces and Eights do not come out. Roode takes the microphone and says James is the man behind the attacks. Bully Ray and Storm begin brawling in the ring as Impact! Wrestling closes.

Match Rating: 3.5/5

Overall Impact! Wrestling Show Rating: 3.5/5

This was another solid edition of Impact! Wrestling. I really enjoyed both the beginning of the show and the ending for many reasons. Most of the matches were very good, and the focus on the Aces and Eights group was well done.


Normally, viewers can expect the opening of a show to be some sort of a talking segment to set up the rest of the night. TNA pulled a twist on it and opened Impact! with a solid tag team match. The ending was also good, as Aces and Eights not showing up put more added pressure to Storm as the team leader. 

Impact! did have moments like the baby shower Daniels and Kazarian threw for Claire, but other than that, this show was on point. TNA needs to keep this rolling into Bound For Glory in October. They have built my trust once again in the product they present. Overall, a solid edition of Impact!