TNA Impact Wrestling opened with the vice president of the Aces and 8s chewing out the Director of Chaos, or Doc for short. As an unmasked prospect, he had to prove himself worthy of membership.
So Luke Gallows’ new ring name is the Director of Chaos? That’s kind of an odd name. Fitting for the storyline, but doesn’t do much for him after the Aces and 8s eventually finishes. I guess he’ll just be Doc when it’s all done with.
AJ Styles vs. Bobby Roode
After James Storm inadvertently distracted AJ Styles, Bobby Roode picked up the victory after knocking Styles off the ropes.
This was a very good match right here. Styles and Roode are two of TNA’s best wrestlers and they were able to showcase their talents in this almost 20-minute opening contest. With great back-and-forth action throughout, these two TNA originals gave fans a very even and enjoyable match.
I liked Storm’s involvement here as it creates some tension between him and Styles, and Roode’s victory will make him very cocky heading into the match at Turning Point.
The triple threat match at the pay-per-view is going to be an interesting one. I would love to see either guy become No. 1 contender, but I would hate to see one of them taken out of the main-event scene for almost an entire year.
Worst case scenario for me is Styles taking the fall since he’s already been out of the main-event scene for a year. If I had my way, it would be Roode taking the fall. He’s a strong enough heel that he doesn’t need the main event right now.
Look at Bully Ray; he thrived in TNA without being in the main event. I think Roode can do the same.
Backstage, Hulk Hogan questioned Austin Aries’ stealing of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He declared that if he didn’t give the belt back, he’d lose his title shot at Turning Point.
Well that just made it obvious that Aries will give the belt back. Being the guy Aries is, though, he’s not going to make it easy for Jeff Hardy. That segment should be an interesting one when it occurs.
The cameraman then managed to teleport to another section backstage where Kurt Angle was talking with Wes Brisco. Sting interrupted them and pumped Angle up for their match later. As much as Brisco is hanging around, he’s got to be a member of the Aces and 8s. I have a feeling that he’ll turn his back on Angle at Turning Point.
Joseph Park then appeared in the ring. He talked about what happened last week and asked Hogan for a match with the Aces and 8s. The Hulkster came out and was about to say “no” when Bully Ray stuck up for Park. Hogan agreed to the match, and it was later revealed that his opponent would be Doc.
I liked this segment. Park was strong on the mic and delivered a good promo. Abyss is really embracing the character. Hogan was Hogan, while the Bully is transitioning well into the face role.
I like him much better as a heel, but being a face is working for him right now. I have a feeling, though, that Bully Ray will end up as a member of the Aces and 8s.
As for the Park/Doc match, I think fans will get a glimpse of Abyss, and the seeds will get planted for the Monster’s return.
Backstage, Jesse is bragging about defeating ODB last week. That brought in ODB who proclaimed that she and Eric Young are TNA’s real power couple. She challenged them to a match, and that led to Tara and Jesse reaching for the sanitizer.
With Eric Young’s name being dropped so much during this storyline, he has got to be returning soon. I understand that filming his Animal Planet show is taking up his time, but it would be nice to see him take a day off from shooting to do TNA.
Tara and Jesse’s “power couple” characters are coming along nicely. They work really well together and are entertaining in doing so. I feel that it’ll get old fast, though, so hopefully TNA can keep the storyline fresh.
The teleporting cameraman then appeared with AJ Styles, who was angry with James Storm for getting involved, and that brought in Storm, who vented some frustration about Styles being the face of TNA despite both of them being around since the beginning.
This was a nice little segment that hyped up the triple threat match quite well. The tension between Styles and Storm should create a great story in the match.
ODB vs. Tara and Jesse
ODB would pick up the victory, but get attacked by Tara afterwards. This was an entertaining match. It showed a bit of wrestling from ODB and Tara while Jesse once again got beat up by a woman during parts of it.
It wasn’t good in terms of wrestling, but it was good in the storyline department. ODB just got another pinfall victory over the Knockouts champion, which should lead to a shot at the Knockouts Championship. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening at Turning Point.
Since it’s not booked for Sunday, I would assume that it’ll be going down at Final Resolution next month.
Moments later, ODB would yell at Eric Young over the phone. She told him that he’d better be at the PPV. Later on in the show, a mixed tag team match would be announced for Turning Point.
All of this has resulted in a tag team match instead of a title match, but with the involvement of Jesse, I can see why. Like I said, the title match between ODB and Tara will most likely be occurring next month because of this.
Backstage, the Gut Check judges discuss Christian York’s performance from last week. Much like all of the conferences between Taz, Al Snow and Bruce Pritchard, neither of them outright said how they were voting, but implied which way they could be leaning.
I think Gut Check could do without these little meetings. I think that each judge explaining his decision in the ring is good enough.
Sting and Kurt Angle vs. Devon and Doc
Sting and Kurt Angle would get the win by disqualification when Devon attacked them with Sting’s bat. The match was one-sided most of the time as it saw Sting get beat down by the Aces and 8s members.
Devon and Doc proved to be quite the team, though. They presented quick tags in and out while also showing some overall good teamwork. Angle is just a machine. When he walks down the ramp you can tell that he’s limping pretty bad, but as soon as he steps foot inside of the ring, the man flips a switch and becoming an unstoppable wrestling machine.
The match wasn’t much for quality outside of Devon and Doc’s teamwork, but like the previous match, it was good for storyline development.
Post-match, Bully Ray would finally get at Devon. After trying to get him through a table, though, Devon ran off and Sting ended up through the table instead. Doc then beat Sting with a hammer until help finally arrived.
When someone is being attacked by the Aces and 8s, Sting immediately comes to the rescue, but when Sting is getting beaten with a hammer, it takes the cavalry forever to rescue him!
Anyway, the beating looked sick. I think it came across really well. The situation takes Sting out of the picture for at least a few weeks, which I think is good. The Icon was kind of a general in the TNA army, so it’ll be good to see how the roster does without his direction.
If it’s anything like their response time to help Sting, TNA could be in some big trouble in their war with the Aces and 8s.
The Gut Check judges then appeared in the ring. For the first time since its creation, a contestant received a unanimous “yes” from Taz, Bruce Pritchard and Al Snow. Snow didn’t get to speak, though, since Christian York had already gotten two of the three votes he needed.
I am very glad to see York get a contract with TNA Wrestling. He’s a very talented wrestler that deserves a chance. His time in the big leagues was a short one, so it’s great to see him get another shot.
With 16 years of experience under his belt, I hope he’ll actually make it right to the main roster instead of being sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Backstage, fans were given an odd segment. Austin Aries was on the phone looking for a loophole while Bully Ray was talking with Brooke Hogan. Once Aries left the screen, the Bully seemed to follow him while Brooke started to text someone.
So I’m guessing Aries was looking for a loophole that would see him keeping the world title, but what was with Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan? Bully following Aries led to nothing, and Brooke was just kind of there. This was interesting to say the least.
The cameraman with teleporting abilities then appeared outside Hogan’s office. He wanted constant updates on Sting and then looked surprised with Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan appeared in his office. I guess Hogan wasn’t paying too much attention when he walked in there.
I am intrigued by the Morgan/Hogan storyline. Hogan can’t wrestle anymore, so it’s not leading to any kind of match. The Hulkster’s smirk as Morgan left leads me to believe that something good for Morgan will be coming out of this.
Hogan sees something in the Blueprint, and with every insult and threat, he seems to like him even more. Perhaps this will see Hogan impressed with Morgan’s new attitude and ultimately resulting in a title shot for him.
Magnus, Daniels and Kazarian vs. Samoa Joe, Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero
The heels would pick up the win after an impressive High Low/flying elbow drop combination on Samoa Joe. I thought this was a very good match. With a quickened pace, all six wrestlers delivered a solid back-and-forth match with a lot of great action.
All six men did their own thing here, and the meshing of their respective styles really added to the contest.
I liked Magnus pinning Samoa Joe. The Samoan Submission Machine has been going over Magnus quite a bit. The British wrestler’s only real momentum has come from hitting Joe with a wrench on Open Fight Night. This pinfall victory really adds to the feud and to Magnus’ character.
I absolutely love Daniels and Kazarian as a team. They are extremely entertaining, whether that be on the mic or in the ring. Win or lose at Turning Point, TNA needs to keep them all over the television every Thursday.
Hernandez was impressive like he always is for a man his size while Chavo delivered as well. They make good tag team champions, but they aren’t as entertaining as the self-proclaimed World Tag Team Champions of the World.
This was an odd choice for the main event seeing as the Tag Team and Television Championship feuds are not main storylines, but it was the overall right choice with the action it provided.
Backstage, Bobby Roode bragged about his victory and how Styles and Storm were at each other’s throats. Roode delivered a nice little heel promo here. I am very excited for the triple threat match at Turning Point, but as I’ve said before, quite scared over the outcome.
Impact Wrestling came to a close with Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy. After Aries gave a solid heel promo, the two would brawl for a bit before Aries ran off. Hardy hung both belts on the hook and celebrated on the ladder, but he would be pushed off by Aries. After what looked like a nasty fall, the show went off the air with Aries posing on top of the ladder.
I liked the ending of the show. Aries gave some solid mic work and Hardy didn’t even touch a microphone. I’m not a big fan of Hardy on the mic, so I’m glad all of the talking was done by the former champion.
The ladder spot looked bad for Hardy. It looked like he landed pretty hard, with part of him smacking into the ladder on the way down. Hardy knows how to land, so he’s probably fine. It looked bad, though, which adds to the storyline.
Aries is at a disadvantage in a ladder match against someone who’s a master of them. With the champion possibly going into the match injured, it’ll be a more even playing field.
Overall, I thought this was a good episode of TNA Impact Wrestling. There were a few good matches while storylines were built up very well.
The number of matches was a little disappointing, but the overall quality of them was much better than last week. Turning Point is looking great right now. The matches have been built up nicely.
Only one of them was hyped in passing this week, which is a change of pace for TNA. Usually two or three just get mentioned briefly days before a PPV, so I’m glad it was just one. That one was the X-Division Championship match between Rob Van Dam and Joey Ryan. Since the feud just started, I’m fine with it just getting a quick mention.
The overall card got some good build, though, so I’m quite excited for Turning Point on Sunday.
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