Break It Down: TNA Impact Wrestling for Sept. 27, 2012

Greg DeMarcoAnalyst IIISeptember 28, 2012

Break It Down: TNA Impact Wrestling for Sept. 27, 2012

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    The Thursday, Sept. 27 edition of Impact Wrestling emanated from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Fla.  More matches for Bound For Glory were confirmed, a new champion was crowned, and we got our first glimpse of the leader of Aces and Eights.

    Read on for the results, numbers, angle advancement, reactions and future outlook for this edition of Impact Wrestling!

Results and Summary

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    TNA Impact Wrestling: Sept. 27, 2012

    Transition 1: Last week on Impact Wrestling, Austin Aries wanted to prove he could do anything Jeff Hardy could, Aces and Eights took out Joseph Parks and destroyed his computer, and Hulk Hogan agreed to go to their clubhouse.

    Promo 1: Hulk Hogan said tonight is a pivotal Impact Wrestling, four men will go after the Television Championship on Championship Thursday, and Bobby Roode will fight James Storm in a Street Fight at Bound For Glory with special guest referee King Mo. Sting joined Hogan, and said he’s got Hogan’s back.

    Transition 2: Mr. Anderson’s Bound For Glory moments.

    Match 1: World Tag Team Champion (of the World) Christopher Daniels beat Kurt Angle and Chavo Guerrero Jr. in a Triple Threat Match in 8:28 by pinning Chavo following an STO.

    Backstage 1: Hulk Hogan grills Garett Bischoff, Magnus, Samoa Joe and Mr. Anderson to see which two will challenge for the vacant Television Championship. Hogan eliminated Magnus from consideration.

    Backstage 2: Tara spoke with her “Hollywood” boyfriend when she was confronted by Brooke Hogan. Brooke said she had to earn her title shot tonight, but did not name her opponent. Brooke did steal her cell phone, however.

    Match 2: Tara pinned ODB to be named the No. 1 Contender to the Knockouts Championship and earn a title shot at Bound For Glory. Tara feigned an injury and won with a small package in 4:40.

    Transition 3: Highlights of Evan Markopoulos’ Gut Check loss to Douglas Williams from last week.

    Backstage 3: Bruce Prichard scolded Al Snow for getting physically involved with a non-roster member (Joey Ryan) and reminded him that he is not a wrestler. Taz showed up and they discussed Markopoulos’ Gut Check tryout match.

    Backstage 4: Bully Ray was interrogated by Jason Hervey regarding his partner for tonight’s main event, but didn’t provide any answers. He merely instructed the camera man to shoot his calves.

    Backstage 5: Hulk Hogan addressed the three remaining Championship Thursday contenders. He eliminated Garett Bischoff, putting two former world champions in the match for the vacant Television Championship.

    Backstage 6: Bobby Roode caught up with Austin Aries, informing the World Champion that he was going to be Bully Ray’s partner in the main event.

    Match 3: Samoa Joe forced Mr. Anderson to pass out to the Rear Naked Choke in 5:00 to become the new Television Champion. They did not use the red strap belt, but the old gold world championship belt (last seen around the waist of Eric Young).

    Transition 4: A video detailing the history between Hulk Hogan and Aces and Eights was shown.

    Backstage 7: Hulk Hogan and Sting were chatting when a stage hand asked Hogan to sign some documents. The stage hand sprayed Hogan and Sting with mace, allowing Aces and Eights to attack both men.

    Transition 5: “Moments Ago” video revealing that Aces and Eights kidnapped Hulk Hogan and Sting, and we finally have confirmation that they have their own video camera.

    Promo 2: Evan Markopoulos’ Gut Check decision with Jeremy Borash as the host. Bruce Prichard, Al Snow and Taz served as the judges. Taz voted yes, Prichard voted no, Markopoulos cut his “Kick Out” promo, and Al Snow voted no.

    Transition 6: VP from Aces and Eights was shown with Hulk Hogan and Sting, informing them that “the boss” is on his way.

    Transition 7: Magnus’ Bound For Glory moment, winning the World Tag Team Championships at age 22.

    Vignette 1: “The Boss” of Aces and Eights spoke with his back to Hulk Hogan and Sting. He made a proposition to Hogan for a tag team match at Bound For Glory. Hogan accepted.

    Transition 8: “Moments Ago” we saw “The Boss” make the proposition to Hulk Hogan.

    Transition 9: Taz and Mike Tenay run down the Bound For Glory card.

    Backstage 8: James Storm then makes some comments about his match against Bobby Roode and the addition of King Mo as the special referee.

    Match 4: Jeff Hardy and World Champion Austin Aries beat Bobby Roode and Bully Ray when Hardy pinned Ray with the Swanton Bomb in 13:56.

    Backstage 9: Hulk Hogan and Sting were safely returned to the Impact Zone by Aces and Eights, who threatened to burn Joseph Park if they don’t “behave.”

The Numbers Game

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    Matches: 4, totaling 32 minutes and 4 seconds

    • Average Match Time: 8:02
    • Longest Match: Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray and Bobby Roode
    • Shortest Match: Tara vs. ODB

    Backstage Segments: 9

    In-Ring/On-Stage Promos: 2

    Pre-Taped Vignettes: 1

    Transitional Moments/Videos: 9

    Total Elements: 25 (12.5 per hour, 3.125 per quarter hour)

Major Angle Advancement

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    TNA Bound For Glory Additions:

    • Bobby Roode vs. James Storm will now be a Street Fight, with King Mo as the referee
    • Tara is officially challenging Miss Tessmacher for the Knockouts Championship
    • A team of TNA wrestlers will face a team of Aces and Eights wrestlers

    We saw the leader of Aces and Eights for the first time, from behind. His mannerisms and the way he spoke sure did remind me a lot of Eric Bischoff.

    Austin Aries continued to try to prove himself opposite Jeff Hardy, but it was Hardy who picked up the win in the main event. TNA continues to tell their story as Aries trying to be the star that Hardy is, while Hardy is focused on being a competitor.

Knee-Jerk Reactions

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    This was a strong edition of Impact Wrestling with a lot of storytelling elements. I give it a “B.” Hulk Hogan played a huge role once again—likely too huge.

    Hogan first cut the show-opening promo, was involved in several backstage segments determining the Television Championship contenders, and appeared in nearly all of the Aces and Eights videos.

    I would prefer that Hogan assign someone else to handle Impact Wrestling business when he’s spending so much time dealing with Aces and Eights.

    Some of the wrestling was a little sloppy, as Chavo Guerrero and Kurt Angle had a rough exchange during the opening Triple Threat Match. The finish of Tara vs. ODB looked like it developed in slow motion, despite happening in real time.

    The average match length was great for television, clocking in at just over eight minutes. But we still only had four matches. In comparison, Monday’s Raw featured seven matches totaling 29 minutes. Impact Wrestling actually out-wrestled Raw by three minutes.

    I am glad TNA crowned a Television Champion, and Samoa Joe is a great person to elevate that championship. Now the company just needs to have him defend every other week, and use the opposite weeks to determine a challenger.

    Samoa Joe is officially being termed as a Grand Slam Champion in TNA. Joe has held the World, Tag Team, X-Division and Television Championships. He shares that distinction with AJ Styles.

    Hopefully you noticed that Joe was holding the old TNA World Championship. He did a great job of concealing its main plate while in the ring, but was far more obvious when heading up the ramp.

    It was very exciting to see Leva Bates get on television. Leva is a Florida-based independent wrestler who trained at the 3D Academy. She also works at Universal Studios portraying multiple characters throughout the park. She was the stage hand that sprayed mace in the eyes of Hulk Hogan and Sting.

    Her similarities to the actress that played Claire Lynch are uncanny—in fact, I’ve argued in the past that TNA missed the boat by not using Leva for that character.

Moving Forward

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    Next week’s show needs to focus completely on Bound For Glory. It’s easy to assume that we’re going to see AJ Styles vs. Kazarian vs. Hernandez as the World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat continues its build. I also hope we find out the members of Hogan’s team for Bound For Glory.

    Most expect that Samoa Joe will defend his Television Championship against Magnus at the pay-per-view, so that should be built next week. I also want to see TNA establish an X-Division Championship Match for the event as well.

    You Decide: What do you want to see on Impact Wrestling next week?