With another episode of Impact Wrestling out of the way and the road to TNA’s next pay-per-view, Final Resolution, already started, this Thanksgiving edition of the show will be a great finale to a long day of eating and watching football.
TNA has blown this episode up for the fans watching at home by boasting both Open Fight Night and Gut Check on the same program.
With so much action on Thanksgiving, it won’t just be the tryptophan making you tired.
This show was recorded, and full spoilers can be found here (Wrestling Inc.).
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Austin Aries and Open Fight Night
While Open Fight Night is the perfect way to begin secondary feuds and further storylines, TNA has not used the segment to its fullest potential. The hope is that Thursday’s edition will feature Austin Aries calling out a deserving foe and starting the next leg of his run back towards the top of the card.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who’s Next for Aries?
TNA made such a huge deal about A-Double utilizing Open Fight Night that anything less than a presently surprising main event will be unsatisfying for the fans. With so much hype surrounding who will be on Aries's wish list, something tells me the fans are getting swerved.
Hype Meter: 4 Out of 5 Five-Star Matches on TV
With amazing talent on the roster like Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Kazarain, Christopher Daniels and more, the options and possibilities for the one-night war are endless. Knowing TNA, though, Aries will call out Mr. Pec-tacular.
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Eric Young’s Turkey Suit Challenge
As much as this will sound dumb, there is a TNA tradition I have come to love; Eric Young’s Turkey Suit Challenge. With questions surround how much time is left on Young’s expiring contract, this could be the last time we ever get to see the star on TNA TV.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why Would TNA Let One of Its Few Bright Spots Walk?
With Young likely leaving TNA soon if a contract extension wasn’t reached recently, Thursday’s Impact could be the last time we see what has become the funniest part of the show over the last two years. What a shame!
Hype Meter: 4 Out of 5 Eric Young Contracts
Not only was Young a solid worked who put on entertaining matches every time he stepped in the ring, the fact that he also hosted a show on another channel was great publicity for the company. With a serious lack of mainstream attention, the fact that TNA didn’t mention Young’s show by name or push it all shows how the company thinks business-wise.
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Suck Check Returns
While most fans have wondered where all the young Gut Check stars had gone once they had won the competition, each previous winner will return to TNA on Thanksgiving to show their talents in an Open Fight Night challenge.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is This All Going to Be Filler?
The hope is that there is a young star amongst these young wrestlers, and the time in Ohio Valley Wrestling was enough to bring the talent to the surface. As much as the fans hope that all of these stars returning won’t make drag the show, this is going to be tough to watch.
Hype Meter: 1 Out of 5 Unneeded Matches
Unlike the WWE, TNA only has two hours per week to fill, and eight hours per month plus pay-per-views. Instead of wasting time chronicling the life of young stars trying to make it in the business, they should be providing and entertaining product and building a strong midcard to support a stellar main-event scene.
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