I was channel surfing last night after the wife went to bed early, and came across Impact. So, I figured wtf, I'll stop. In the entire time TNA has been together, I have NEVER made a point to make sure I have caught an episode, so you can guess my mind frame here.
Turned it on in time to see Bobby Roode win his match, get attacked and then saved by JAMES STORM! OMG I DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING, especially after Storm was trying to distract people with his tweets yesterday that he was at a gym elsewhere. Anywho, Storm went on for a while, and, thankfully, he didn't go full Bischoff and slam his time at NXT/WWE. It actually was a decent story in why he returned, and we got a Beer Money reunion.
Next, the Knockouts match, complete with Christy Hemme in the crowd announcing the upcoming match.
Ok, speaking of the crowd, this was AWA/ESPN2, (back when it WAS the OCHO), level of crowd out there. What was there, maybe 300 people? Seeing this, I do remember in '88 watching the AWA dying days ans still getting into it, what with the crappy casino crowds. At least this crowd was blacked out.
Anywho, The Dollhouse come out, and I'm sorry, who exactly are these three gals? I read spoilers all the time, and don't remember hearing about any one of them.
So, The Beautiful People come out, and their surprise partner is GAIL KIM, who comes out to exactly NO FAN FARE. Fuck you people. Switch channels.
I go back to Netflix and finish watching the 30 on 30: The Day The Game Stopped. This finishes just in time for me to switch back to the tv at 9:56, and holy hell, Matt Hardy looks like me, and that is not good. I at least cut my hair short so the grey doesn't show.
I keep this trainwreck on until the very end in time to see EC3, (drink every time they say his name!) yell in Hardy's ear: "NOW!", fall of the top ropes, (whatever his maneuver is called), 1-2-3, new champ!
Originally posted by Tenken347 Who did Roode actually wrestle?
Bram, which didn't last all that long.
I watched most of this while killing time for something else and very little of it connected with me. It felt no different than the TNA shows they had been doing on their previous network, yet they were clearly expecting a large new audience by the way they were over explaining every character - yet one of the key points of the show was the reunion of a tag team from the Spike TV days.
The show needed some sort of exciting new direction. Mike Bennett was not bad but wasn't really it. EC3 winning the championship back on his own wasn't really a problem on it's alone, but ending the show without a next challenger was a real problem. That's the spot where someone people have been desperate to see go to the top shows up, but I'm not even sure who that'd be in this promotion.
Like a lot of people, I gave it a shot because LOLTNA. They didn't really do many LOLTNA things, but they also didn't do much that would make me care all that much about coming back for another week.
The show was boring instead of outright bad. EC3 vs Lashley was mediocre and Lashley wearing a headband was distracting an ridiculous. You know as good as a character as EC3 is his in ring work isn't particularly good. Hardy vs EC3 was okay and I don't have an issue with EC3 regaining the title but why bother going with a three month tourney just to put the title back on him? What next for EC3 please don't say Tyrus, who won a battle royal to get a title shot.
The worst part of the show was Jesse From big brother making faces like a 12 year old during Drake's promo and I have no idea why he's being pushed. Nice of Angle to really put over Styles and Joe and others on the mic. Galloway really lays it on thick as a babyface.
Dixie starting off the show and still being a character is ridiculous really.
I thought the Beer Money reunion was underwhelming though I'm glad they are back together and should have awesome matches vs The Wolves.
The Bennett and Maria debuts was well done and Maria looks as hot as ever.
I will probably give the show another look see in the next few weeks.
The Beer Money reunion might have been more of a surprise if they didn't accidentally play the start of the Beer Money music as soon as the Bobby Roode match was over
Yeah that was certainly awkward. Even the announcers seemed ticked.
Overall the show came across as much better than the 2015 debut. Villainous Protagonist ECIII is the heart of the roster, so keeping him as their centerpiece makes sense. Having him win cleanly is perfect for what he is.
Him and Hardy being the finalists was both expected, and fitting. The World Title Series tournament added a ton of value to both the world title and both of them. Hardy's success over 16 men makes his brief October title reign retroactively look deserving. Ethan's triumph over all 32 establishes that he is the rightful, undisputed world champion.
We've also now spent three months talking about the events of Bound For Glory. That's a very good investment in the BFG brand that could pay off nicely this October.
Good continuity when the announcers brought up how Terell formed the Dollhouse because she couldn't beat Kong. As of late, Kong's had the same problem with Gail. Makes sense for Kong to join the Dollhouse to help her get the title back.
The Michael Bennett segment was lame. Is he a WWE guy? RoH? Indies? A former champion? Tag, heavyweight, X division? And is his sidekick a Knockout or a manager? Neither he nor the announcers revealed just why we should care about the duo.
The lack of X Division people on the show was excusable. It is difficult to find time to feature both them and the Mountain Division on the same show. Hope they get time next week.
Bram and Roode are perfect examples of why the KOTM Title is useful. It makes them look relevant without needing to pursue the world title right now. Hope the Mountain Division gets enough guys pursuing the belt to be relevant.
I was pleased to see them hype a live PPV for January (this Friday).
One Night Only: Live features the blockbuster card of Tag Titles: Wolves (c) v. Godderz/Drake v. Angle/Drew Tyrus v. Lashley Knockouts #1 Contender Gauntlet: Kong v. Jade v. Marti Bell v. Rebel v. Madison Rayne v. Velvet Sky Mahabali Shera v. Aiden O'Shea Plus: Beer Money reunion match; and appearances by ECIII, Gail Kim, and the Hardyz.
My picks are Wolves, Lashley, Kong, Shera, and Beer Money.
Originally posted by BigDaddyLocoDidn't Bram declare 2006 to be the year of Bram?
"Mr. 2006" Bram is the best concept I've heard since Drew "The Detective" Galloway.
I have reason to believe they're going to call the Orton Cutter the "Sudden Impact"; that's the stupid phrase JR blurted out after Orton won the match with it, and usually when something gets named it's through JR trying to be subtle.