TNA Impact Wrestling: Complete Preview, News and More for April 18
This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling has not been built around the company’s world champion, Bully Ray, but instead on the decision of A.J. Styles and which side he will pick in the battle between the Aces & Eights and TNA.
Add in the fact that Kurt Angle finally gets a chance at redemption against Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff, and the war between these two sides has taken over the company and almost all of the main storylines.
With Bully Ray not scheduled for a match and the Aces & Eights on the prowl, Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling will get wild.
Where: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
When: Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET (pre-recorded)
Watch: Spike TV
A.J. Styles’ Allegiance
A.J. Styles has remained on the fence about whether he will join the Aces & Eights gang, join Bad Influence or defend his former TNA brethren, but Hulk Hogan has gotten tired of waiting for a decision. With James Storm interrupting every week anyway, making a match between Storm and Styles was Hulk Hogan’s best option.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will There Be a Clean Finish?
There is little doubt that TNA will try to drag out the Styles decision as long as possible—just look at the length of the Aces & Eights angle in general—so there is no way this match should end in a clean finish. This could easily be a case of Aces & Eights hitting the ring and beating down Storm while leaving Styles alone.
Hype Meter: Four out of five Sting-esque Storylines
While there have been many fans that have openly complained about the similarities between Styles' current storyline and Sting’s interactions with the nWo, these are common themes used in many wrestling stables over the years. This is called telling a story and building drama.
Styles has done surprisingly well thus far in his role, and when he eventually does make his decision, it will result in a great culminating match that helps bring the Aces & Eights angle full circle.
Impact Ratings for Last Week’s Episode (Wrestling Inc.)
The Cyborg Gets Revenge
After months of betrayal and backstabbing, "The Cyborg" Kurt Angle finally gets a chance at redemption against Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff in a 2-on-1 handicap match. Those odds may be against most men, but this is Angle, and we know that this is the hero who almost singlehandedly took down the gang’s hideout in the Impact Zone.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What Is This Match Building Toward?
As great as Angle is as a pro wrestler, the key to anyone’s success is a good storyline. Whether the former gold medalist wins or loses on Thursday, where does this angle go next? If Angle wins, he makes two younger talents look weak; if he loses, it makes Brisco and Bischoff look weak for having to fight him at the same time.
Hype Meter: One out of Five Poor Booking Decisions
While this makes sense because of how these two men betrayed him, the fact that they will be in the ring with Angle isn’t a big enough rub to warrant making them look weak at the end of the match. The only way to make Brisco and Bischoff look strong is by letting them destroy Angle and win the match easily.
Official Breakdown for this Week’s Impact (ImpactWrestling.com)
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