8/27 TNA Impact on Spike: The Hardys vs. Team 3D vs. The Wolves, Knockouts determine a number one contender, Bobby Lashley makes an appearance, and more...
By Jake Barnett
TNA Impact on Spike TV
Taped in New York CIty
[Q1] A recap video went over the Tag Team Championship situation, as well as the confusion that surrounded the number one contendership for the TNA Championship. In the arena, Tenay went over the same information we just saw in the video. Kurt Angle's music hit and he was on the balcony. He said it was his responsibility to put on the best show he can. He announced a grudge match between EC3 and Rhino, and then announced the main event between the Hardys, Team 3D, and The Wolves. Angle then said he would sit down and hash out the number one contender for the TNA Championship with Bobby Roode and Eric Young. He said he would give us an update later, just as MVP, Lashley, and Kenny King interrupted and made their entrance.
MVP told Angle that he's lost a lot of respect for him since he started pandering to these slobs in New York. He put down fans on twitter trying to book the show, and said it's not as easy at it looks. MVP put down New Yorkers and New York for acting hard and being fake, and called the crowd a bunch of sissies. He then said if the NYPD showed up, they'd all get flatter than Miley Cyrus's ass. MVP then did a fake New York accent and said the real king of New York is Lashley.
Tommy Dreamer made his entrance and put over MVP, but said he had a problem with his mouth. He called Kenny King a sellout, because he was from queens and not Las Vegas. He started to tell Lashley that he was better than getting cheap heat with these clowns, when Kenny King levelled him. MVP started talkign trash again, but Dreamer grabbed King and pulled him out of the ring. Dreamer entered the ring with a Kendo Stick, and MVP begged off. Angle then booked a match between Lashley and Dreamer in a Street Fight, and started the match right then and there...[c]
My Take: MVP is very good at talking trash, but everything else about that segment was boring. Dreamer and Lashley fighting to be the King of New York might do ok in front of that crowd, but it's meaningless to a large percentage of the audience.
[Q2] 1. Tommy Dreamer vs. Bobby Lashley: Dreamer hit Lashley the lid of a stock pot, and then hit him with a Kendo stick a few times. Lashley caught the Kendo Stick and hit a nasty belly to belly on the outside. He then snapped the stick in half, and went to work on Dreamer on the outside. In the ring, Lashley hit several shoulder charges, and then picked up Dreamer into a bear hug. He followed up with a clothesline and a vertical suplex.
Kenny King jumped on the apron and held Dreamer for a spear. Lashley charged, and Dreamer got out of the way. King spilled to the floor, and Dreamer grabbed a trashcan and blasted Lashley with it. He then hit a DDT, but barely got a two count. Dreamer then climbed up top with a Kendo Stick, but Lashley swatted him out of the air. Lashley followed up with a big spear for the win.
Lashley defeated Tommy Dreamer at 9:36.
Tenay plugged the tag team main event. Madison was asked backstage about her number one contenders match for later. She said she's looking forward to the match, but she was tired of hearing about Taryn's comeback story. She said it was time people heard her story, and why she's the queen of the division, and headed towards the ring...[c]
My Take: Dreamer was passable, but he doesn't have much to offer these days outside of weapons brawls with a lot of shortcuts. Rayne was very good backstage. I hope she can be that articulate out in the ring.
Gunner talked to Sam Shaw in their hotel room, and Shaw was in the middle of a drawing. Gunner asked him if he wanted to go get food, and he said he'd stay behind and draw. After Gunner left, Shaw walked up and touched a military uniform on the wall, and just stared at it for a bit. Taryn and Madison were already in the ring for their match.
[Q3] 2. Taryn Terrell vs. Madison Rayne: They traded offense early, until Taryn avoided a charging Madison and took a bad spill to the floor. Taryn tried to dive onto her, but Madison moved and Taryn took a spill. Madison pressed on offense and got a few near falls after some strikes and clotheslines. Taryn blocked a suplex attempt, and hit a snap suplex of her own. Madison then ducked a clothesline and hit a kick to the face for a near fall.
Taryn climbed up top, and hit a diving clothesline, and followed up with two more. She then hit a neckbreaker for another near fall. Taryn then climbed up top and hit a top rope cross body, but again got a near fall. After a bit of back and forth, Taryn avoided a kick and hit a cutter for the win.
Taryn Terrell defeated Madison Rayne at 5:34.
Backstage, Eric Young and Bobby Roode met in an office backstage. They began to talk, and Kurt Angle walked up. He dismissed the camera men, and said they needed privacy.
My Take: Madison and Taryn don't have the chemistry that Taryn and Kim have. The match felt clumsy and a awkward, with quite a few spots that exposed the match in a bad way.
Gunner walked back into the hotel room, and Shaw was wearing his Marine fatigues. He told them to take them off, or he will. They cut directly to another match.
3. Homicide, DJ Z and Manik vs. Low Ki, Tigre Uno, and Crazy Steve: This match was impossible to try and follow. Tigre Uno hit some flashy offense on Manik and DJ Z, but Homicide got tagged in and shut him down. Homicide hit a nice jumping back elbow and a near fall. Low Ki tagged in for his team, and hit a double foot stomp on Manik's head. He setup for the Ki Crusher, but Homicide prevented it.
[Q4] Crazy Steve cleared Homicide from the ring and splashed him on the otuside. DJ Z got dumped to the floor by Tigre Uno. Manik avoided a splash, and Tigre Uno got sent to the floor. Low Ki hit a springboard kick and a Ki Crusher for the win.
Low Ki, Tigre Uno and Crazy Steve defeated Manik, Homicide and DJ Z.
Angle said they reached an agreement on the number one contendership backstage. He then said it would be announced publicly next...[c]
My Take: I'm really not sure what the point of that match was. I mean, where is the rest of the menagerie these days? Is Crazy Steve really going to be the only act that survives that whole debacle?
Footage was shown of EC3's beat down of Rhino from last week. Backstage, Rhino cut an angry promo about cutting EC3 in half with a gore. In the ring, Bobby Roode spoke about his match last week to become number one contender for the TNA World Championship. He said it was determined by Kurt Angle that the only fair way to determine who would challenge Bobby Lashley is one more match. He then said it would be next week on Impact between himself and his best friend Showtime Eric Young.
Young walked down to the ring, and Roode told him he was crazy. Roode ran down their history together, from Team Canada all the way to last week. He then said last week could have gone either way, and as a result they have to battle again next week, but for the right reasons. Roode then said he got into the business to get a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, and he knows Young did too. He spoke about how much respect he has for Roode, and how he has to bring his A game.
Young took his turn on the mic and spoke about how no one thought he'd ever be a world champion. He said fate intended for them to have this match next week, and he's looking forward to it. Young then said that he's asked all the time in interviews who the best in the world is, and his answer every time is Bobby Roode. He said that would be his answer until Roode leaves the business. Young then said that he knows he's just as good as Roode is, and next week he'll just have to be better.
Roode said next week, they'll give it all they've got, and tear the roof off this SOB. Backstage, Bro Mans and DJ Z were all staring at their phones when Borash walked up. They were comparing their tinder matches for the club later, and realized they both had TNA Knockouts for matches. They both said they'd take their knockout home later.
[Q5] EC3 made his ring entrance...[c]
My Take: My brain wanted to explode after that Bro Mans segment. I think they were trying to be current by using Tinder, but it still came across as dated due to their played out characters. Roode and EY had a good promo if you enjoy two guys verbally fellating one another.
Rhino made his ring entrance, and immediately started brawling with EC3.
4. Rhino vs. EC3: They went outside early and brawled around the ringside area. EC3 took control once they got back in the ring, and played to the crowd for heat after he stomped on and choked Rhino using the ropes. EC3 continued to used strikes and holds, and then hit a corner clothesline for a two count. Rhino got a bit of a comeback with some clotheslines and a Samoan Drop. Spud shut it down with some interference that allowed EC3 to hit a low blow and cover for a near fall.
Rhino hit another big clothesline out of a corner, followed by a side belly to belly suplex. The crowd fired up for a Gore, but Spud prevented it. EC3 grabbed a chair, and wrapped it around Rhino's back. The ref called for a DQ.
Rhino won by disqualification at 5:01.
Spud screamed at EC3 to calm down, and he finally stopped blasting Rhino with the chair. EC3 kept an icy look on his face as he headed up the ramp. Tenay then said The Great Sanada would be revealed next...[c]
My Take: Nice to see EC3's balls finally drop. He had been such a milquetoast heel for so long that a dark side is pretty much exactly what he needed. He might be the most interesting person in TNA right now character wise.
[Q6] James Storm's music hit and he headed out on the ramp. Storm introduced himself and called himself the leader of a revolution for men who need a rebirth. He said the next man would be the first of many, and Sanda made his entrance. He had face paint almost identical to The Great Muta's paint when he first arrived in America. Austin Aries then made his entrance.
5. The Great Sanada vs. Austin Aries: Both men chain wrestled early and Aries applied the Last Chancery. Sanada quickly reached the ropes for a break, and Sanada bowed to James Storm to show shame or subjugation or something. Sanada hit some nice chops and applied a choke until the ref got to a four count. Aries broke up Sanada's offensive streak with an irish whip that sent Sanada out to the apron. He then hit a suicide dive.
Aries continued on offense in the ring, and hit a full speed dropkick. He then went for a Brainbuster, but Sanada bit him to get out. Sanada then placed Aries on the top rope, but Aries knocked him down. Aries then set up for his 450, but Storm shook the ropes. Sanada then hit Aries with green mist, and followed up with a head kick for the win.
Great Sanada defeated Austin Aries at 5:14.
A commercial aired for the main event...[c]
My Take: A fun match that felt kind of repetitive if you saw their previous encounters. On top of that, the Storm act feels so derivative of Bray Wyatt that it's hard to take it seriously.
[Q7] A video package aired that described the background of Chris Melendez, the wounded American soldier turned wrestler who recently joined the TNA roster. Kurt Angle was in the ring with Mr. Anderson and Team 3D. Angle started to ask "Sarge" a question when a USA Chant broke out. Angle said everything he did in his life representing his country pales in comparison to what Chris did. Anderson then grabbed the mic and went through the story of Chris's journey through the Wounded Warrior Project to the Team 3D wrestling school to TNA.
Bully Ray talked about meeting Chris at Coney Island, and how he listened to him talk about his dreams to first be a soldier and now become a professional wrestler. Bully then said he offered to train Chris for free, and how it was the least they could do for him. He then said this was one of Team 3D's proudest moments, and Devon asked the crowd to welcome Chris to the TNA roster. Tenay plugged Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim, and Roode vs. Young for next week. Team 3D were already in the ring. The Hardys made their entrance for the main event.
[Q8] The Wolves made their ring entrance...[c]
My Take: A very heartwarming moment for Melendez. His life is a genuine human interest story, and I'm glad they were able to bring him on board. I hope he doesn't get saddled with being a guy that spends his entire wrestling career wrapped in an American Flag, because it limits him no matter how true it is.
6. Team 3D vs. The Wolves vs. The Hardys: Team 3D went for whazzup early on Davey, but Eddie cut it off and both members of Team 3D took a powder. The Hardys then entered and got in some quick offense on The Wolves, but it didn't last as Team 3D re-entered and sent them to the outside. Devon and Davey ended up in the ring as the ref restored order, and Matt Hardy tagged himself in and forced Devon out.
Matt hit some strikes on Davey and made quick tags with his brother to isolate Davey in their corner. Matt hit a side effect, but Devon made the save for Davey. Chaos returned as all three teams battled. This ended with Davey and Eddie hitting suicide dives on Team 3D, Jeff Hardy hitting Poetry in Motion on The Wolves at ringside, and Matt splashing everyone from the top rope.
The Wolves hit their signature double team kick into a German Suplex followed by a pin on Matt Hardy, but Jeff broke it up. They then hit double stops from the top rope on Devon, but Bully broke it up. Davey missed another double stomp, and walked into a Twist of Fate. Finisher flew around as Jeff hit a Swanton, and then walked right into a super kick. Eventually, Eddie got caught with a 3D for the victory.
Team 3D defeated The Wolves and The Hardys at 10:01.
My Take: A very good match that ended in a flurry. I liked a lot of the fast paced offense down the stretch, but they could have trimmed some of the talking segments or cut out a match to give these guys some more time. They had to cram a lot into ten minutes, and they did an admirable job of it. Overall, this was a middle of the road episode of impact. There were a few solid matches, but nothing stood out as being must see aside from the main event. There wasn't a lot of bad on this show, but there wasn't a lot of good either. The product feels a bit aimless at this point, just due to the fact that the World Champion doesn't have a lot to say, and they don't really have a challenger for him yet. Hopefully things are better next week.
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