11/19 Powell's TNA Impact live coverage review: New X Division Champion crowned via four-way for the vacant title, Havok vs. Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell for the TNA Knockouts Title, final first-run show on Spike TV
By Jason Powell
TNA Impact Wrestling Live Coverage
Taped in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
[Q1] A video package recapped recent events involving Bobby Roode and Lashley... Mike Tenay and Taz were on commentary... Bobby Roode headed to the ring. Tenay noted that Roode was away doing promotional work when Lashley attacked Eric Young and roughed up Austin Aries.
Roode spoke about his friendship with Eric Young, and how Aries is one of the best wrestlers in the world. He said that after what Lashley did to them last week, he wants to fight Lashley "right now." Lashley made his entrance and was met on the ramp by Roode. They brawled to the side of the stage until security stepped in...
Powell's POV: Roode's mic work was pretty flat and he didn't seem to have the live crowd with him. Granted, this was late in the taping, but this was not Roode's finest promo. He hasn't found his groove as a babyface on the mic.
Backstage, EC3 cut a promo while Tyrus (a/k/a Brodus Clay) stood behind him. He said injury has befallen Eric Young, so he was giving Rockstar Spud a chance to meet him face-to-face in the ring...
Tenay announced that Impact Wrestling returns to Spike TV on December 3 "and begins a special look at the top moments of 2014"...
A video package on Havok was shown... [C]
[Q2] Tenay hyped that viewers could become TNA-Listers and receive email updates and special offers... Ring introductions for the Knockouts Title match took place...
1. Havok vs. Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell for the TNA Knockouts Title. Tenay and Taz mentioned that it would be interesting to see if Kim and Terrell worked together because of how dominant Havok had been. Tenay also noted that the first pin or submission would decide the match.
At 2:20, Kim applied an upper-body submission hold on Havok and then Terrell joined in with a lower-body submission on Havok. After Havok escaped, she rolled to ringside and caught a diving Terrell, but then Kim knocked her down with a nice flying forearm off the ring apron. [C]
After the break, Havok had Terrell on her shoulders at ringside and dropped her onto the guardrail. She tired to do the same to Kim, but Kim slipped away. Havok grabbed and drove her down with a front slam at ringside. Havok grabbed Kim and Havok by the hair and threw them back inside the ring.
[Q3] Kim and Terrell teamed up a bit when Terrell tied up Havok in the corner ropes and then Kim stomped her. Terrell went after Kim, who fought back. Terrell ended up going for a superplex, but Kim blocked it. Havok got under Terrell for the tower of doom spot that drove both challengers to the mat.
Havok missed a splash off the second rope. She went for a double chokeslam, but Kim and Terrell slipped out of it and fought her off. Kim performed a DDT on Havok and then a cross body block off off the top for two. Terrell followed up with the same move for a two count. Kim hit Eat Defeat, then Terrell hit an ace cutter. Kim went for a pin on Terrell, who countered into her own pin for the win. Kim hugged Terrell afterward...
Taryn Terrell defeated Gail Kim and Havok in 14:00 to win the TNA Knockouts Title.
Powell's POV: I hate the idea of taking the title off Havok so soon, but at least they didn't have her actually lose the match. I just don't understand what purpose this served. If they didn't want to keep the title on Havok then they shouldn't have put it on her in the first place. That said, the match was entertaining and all three women worked really hard. The crowd wasn't all that hot, but they perked up for the surprise title change.
Backstage, MVP told Kenny King that he doesn't like being referred to as "the mouth" or a manager. He said it's time to remind everyone who MVP is. King got excited and said, "That's what I'm talking about, baby"... [C] Video footage aired from last week of Samoa Joe forfeiting the X Division Title due to injury... Tenay hyped the four-way for the vacant X Division Title... A recap aired of the Roode and Lashley brawl from earlier in the show...
Backstage, a fired up Roode said he wasn't going to be intimidated by Lashley. He said people usually challenge the champion, but he was challenging Lashley. "The fight has just begun"...
Powell's POV: Much better. Roode is guilty of yelling for the sake of yelling at times, but this time it fit the mood and worked perfectly.
[Q4] 2. Chris Melendez vs. Kenny King. Tenay recapped Melendez's story before the match and said he was a feel good story. The announcers continued to put over Melendez fighting on one leg throughout the match. Late in the match, Melendez had King on his shoulders when MVP ran in and attacked Melendez with a chair for the DQ. MVP slammed the chair over Melendez's good leg until Ken Anderson ran out for the save...
Chris Melendez beat Kenny King by DQ.
Backstage, Rockstar Spud told the cameraman that "what Mr. Carter wants, Mr. Carter will get" in reference to EC3's challenge from earlier in the show... [C]
Powell's POV: The broadcast team did a nice job of building up Melendez consistently throughout the match. It was easy heat for MVP, but I was actually hoping he would go after someone a little higher on the food chain. By the way, why is Spud still wearing the Jonny Fairplay suits now that he's a babyface?
After a recap of the Melendez angle aired, they showed him being treated backstage. Kurt Angle entered the room and an angry Anderson wanted revenge. Angle said they went too far and he was going to take care of it...
[Q5] EC3 and Tyrus headed to the ring. EC3 referred to Rockstar Spud as a feel good story who has endeared himself to the masses. He said Spud has made friends along the way like Eric Young, who is hospitalized, and Jeremy Borash, who was slapped so hard that his entire family died. Huh?
Spud made his entrance. EC3 ordered Tyrus to go to ringside and stay there no matter what happened. EC3 told Spud this was his chance to fight him. EC3 challenged Spud to hit him. Spud said he wasn't going to hit him in the face, he was going to kick him in the balls. Spud kicked him and then threw repeated punches at EC3, who then gained control and threw repeated punches at Spud and threw him to the ground.
Spud showed fight by trying to get back to his feet. Tyrus entered the ring from behind and picked up Spud with one arm and clotheslined him with the other. EC3, who was bleeding from the forehead, said he was going to tear Spud apart piece by piece until he decides to end his career. He said he was staring with his hair, and then used scissors to cut off a clump of Spud's hair...
Powell's POV: A really poor choice of closeup camera during that segment. They got Tyrus in the shot and the way it was positioned made EC3 look much smaller than he is. It was also bad timing to label Spud a feel good story after they just had Melendez in the ring. That said, I liked the segment and the way EC3 bullies Spud in a believable way by tossing him around and holding him down by the face. Spud takes a great beating and his size let Clay look even more badass with that clothesline spot. Did EC3 serve as the inspiration for Dandy on "American Horror Story: Freak Show"?
Backstage, Angle yelled at King that he went too far and asked him where MVP was. MVP struck Angle from behind and then threw repeated punches at him. Tenay said Angle is the executive director. King put it over by showing concern and asking MVP what he just did. MVP said it was something that should have been done a long time ago and left Angle lying... [C]
Powell's POV: Hey, that's more like it for MVP.
A recap of the MVP attack of Angle was shown... Bram made his entrance, and then a video package showcased his recent hardcore exploits...
[Q6] 3. Tommy Dreamer vs. Bram in a hardcore match. They fought in the aisle as Dreamer made his entrance. Dreamer bladed early and then whipped Bram into the ring post, suplexed him on the floor, and slammed a replica title belt on his head heading into the break. [C]
The weapons in the ring included a chair, kendo sticks, and a trashcan. Dreamer put Bram in a tree of woe and slammed a trashcan into him. Dreamer put the can in front of Bram's face, yelled TNA (no one really yelled with him), and the dropkicked the can into Bram. Dreamer went for a DDT on the chair, but Bram escaped and leg-swept Dreamer onto the chair instead. Dreamer regained control. Magnus ran out and gave Dreamer a uranage, which was legal in a hardcore match.
Al Snow ran out in his ring gear and cleared Bram and Magnus from the ring. Snow they fought Magnus to the back. The fans were responsive with some "head" and "ECW" chants. Dreamer used a cheese grater on Bram. Dreamer went for the DVD.
[Q7] Bram slipped out and low-blowed him, then ran him into a barbwire chair that was set up in the corner. Bram performed a DDT for the win...
Bram defeated Tommy Dreamer in a hardcore match in 15:05.
Powell's POV: Maybe I'm in the minority, but these hardcore matches just don't do anything for me. It's hard to get excited about Bram being the King of Hardcore in 2014, especially when it seemed like he needed Magnus to save him. Here's hoping the goal is to establish Bram as a badass and then move him away from the tired hardcore matches.
Backstage, Angle recalled saying that if anyone put their hands on them they would face consequences. He said MVP dug his own grave and now he intends to take care of MVP for good... Tenay hyped the X Division Title match... [C] Footage aired from last week of James Storm and Abyss beating The Wolves to win the TNA Tag Titles...
Footage aired from earlier in the day of Manik talking with Mahabali Shera, who asked why Storm doesn't like him and what he can do to change that. Manik said Storm needs Shera to awaken... Ring entrances for the X Division Title match took place...
4. DJ Z vs. Tigre Uno vs. Manik vs. Low Ki for the vacant X Division Title. Manik entered to Storm's music. Tenay pimped Robbie E and Brooke on Amazing Race at one point during the match. Uno performed a big corkscrew dive onto all three opponents on the floor, which didn't get much of a reaction despite looking great.
[Q8] There was a spot where Manik had Z pinned. The referee counted slow, then Manik turned and watched Uno, who was late diving onto him to break up the pin. A short time later, Low Ki hit the Ki Crusher for the win...
Low Ki defeated DJ Z, Tigre Uno, and Manik in a four-way in 6:00 to win the X Division Title.
Powell's POV: One of these things is not like the other... Low Ki was the logical choice and as much as they tried to make it seem like the other wrestlers had chances to win, none seemed like realistic candidates. Is there a reason T.J. Perkins is still stuck in the indy-riffic Manik gear now that he's with Storm? He's done a nice job of talking in the segments with Shera, he's good in the ring, and he has a passable look without the hood.
Backstage, MVP called Lashley on the phone while King stood by. MVP said Lashley hasn't returned his calls in a few weeks. He said that if Angle does the "punk move" that he expected, then it's bad news for all of them. "It's our money," MVP said. "And if that happens, we have to burn this place to the ground"... Angle was shown backstage... [C]
Powell's POV: Hey, maybe MVP burning the place to the ground was the fallback plan if TNA didn't find a new television deal. By the way, there's been no mention of it tonight.
Kurt Angle headed to the ring and said he would speak to the board about punishment for MVP's actions. MVP came out and said he's sick of the company, the board of directors, and Angle "and your snitching ass." MVP said that Angle could call the board of directors and tell on him.
Angle said the new year is right around the corner. He said he's going to get in trouble, but he's going to start the new year off right. Angle punched MVP and knocked him down. Angle threw more punches until Kenny King ran out and attacked Angle. MVP roughed up Angle. Mr. Anderson ran out and attacked King. Lashley ran out to help King by attacking Anderson.
Bobby Roode came out and pulled King from the ring and roughed him up. Lashley and Roode fought in the ring. Tenay said Roode vs. Lashley 3 is inevitable... The preview for next week's show hyped Impact returning on December 3 for the first of the "best of" shows that will close out the company's run on Spike TV...
Powell's POV: Angle started the new year in November? Well, this is the same company that used to hold their Final Resolution pay-per-view in January. Anyway, the brawl at the end was solid and the overall show was good. The flat crowd didn't do them any favors, though. Here's hoping that their new taping schedule doesn't lead to as many marathon tapings or return trips to the same venue on a regular basis.
It's too bad TNA wasn't allowed to promote the move to Destination America or at least direct people to their website for huge news. I understand from Spike's perspective since they still have four more weeks of Impact "best of" shows to run. Maybe Spike will still let TNA hype their new network home, but the question is how many people will actually watch those "best of" broadcasts? I have no intention of doing so. In other words, this is the end of our TNA live coverage until the first-run material debuts on Destination America in January. Until then, thanks for watching along with me.
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