Not going to do a full review just e quick and dirty review: Show started off with Magnus accusing Hardy of being in cohorts with Dixie and mentioning Hardy's heel turn on 10-10-10. Booby Roode defeated Kurt Angle yet again this time in a two out of three falls match by rolling Angle up and grabbing the ropes to win the third fall. Angle after the match in a good follow up said Roode was not out wrestling him, but just out smarting him. The match was fine, but the two clearly held back as to not overshadow the main event. In the feast or fired opening Gunner got a world title shot, Ec3a tag title shot, Ion got a X division title shot and Chavo was fired. Sting showed up to continue his feud with EC3 and Chavo rambled on about being a legend who worked for everything he'd every gotten unlike Ec3. I hope this is the last we see of Chavo. Dixie cut a brutal promo telling Hardy to do the right thing and Hardy denied being in the cahoots with her and learning from his mistakes. Magnus to no ones surprise won the TNA title after RockStar Spud tipped over the ladder leading to Hardy taking a insane bump. The match was very good with the story being that Dixie wanting Hardy to be her corporate champ. Hardy took another sick bump and hitting a whisper in the wind off the top of the cage. EC3 got involved trying to get involved by trying to stop Magnus from getting out of the cage and not long after eating a twist of fate from Hardy. Magnus' climbing the ladder was treated as his heel turn and he posed with the Carters after the match. All in all, a pretty solid show with two good matches. The follow up should be interesting cause if Magnus says he was in cahoots with the Carter's all along it'll make no sense.
Kudos to Hardy and Magnus for putting on a really good show in a convoluted match and Hardy is credifable for taking some of those bumps. Roode beating Angle like he did was a call back to their match at BFg a few years ago. Nice to see Madison Rayne back, she looks hotter than ever. Good show and I am interested in seeing where they go from here with Magnus. Meh to Gunner winning a world title shot. i dont get what they see in him.
This was the eighth Impact in a row that I loved. I'm excited that they're on such a roll again.
It's interesting to note how powerful the 10/10/10 legacy still is. TNA certainly knew how to build up to a major moment and pay it off properly back then. I wonder what got them out of the habit of doing that. Not that Magnus has much to be mad about from that era. He mostly was on the outskirts of plotlines since he had kept waiting for his London Brawling team to start. His involvement with the Immortal saga was limited to helping out Douglas Williams from time to time.
Speaking of Doug, I see that he's no longer listed on the TNA roster. Wikipedia reports that he was released in June or earlier. That's a shame. King Mo and Rob Terry are still listed on the roster.
In regards to Hardy referencing the his March '11 collapse; Did anyone here order Victory Road 2011? If so, how disappointed did you feel by the "main event"? Has your opinions on the value of having ordered that show changed now that the events of that night have become such a key component of TNA storylines for such a long time?
Samuel Shaw wasn't on the show this week, but since we haven't had a TNA thread in a while, I'd like to mention that it looks like I was wrong about how they were running with his character. Based upon his last appearance they were going for jealous boyfriend rather than the humble lover character that I thought they were doing. I'm disappointed by that, and will go back to being apathetic about Samuel Shaw. Also, I've gone the past few months thinking he was the same guy as Jay Bradley from the BFG series. Oops.
Brutus Magnus's quest was made more interesting due to Robert Roode's 2011 BFG failure. It made for there being a recent precedent for the honorable babyface challenger to come up short. Magnus winning in the way he did wasn't particularly heelish. I guess he'll start being a heel soon, but so far he just comes across as a good guy who likes winning, so will take an advantage if he stumbles into one, but won't go searching for one. (Except for how he was texting with Dixie(?) last week. It came across as if both Hardy and Magnus were considering taking up Dixie's offer last week, but neither wanted to go all of the way with it. She needs to level up her persuasion ability.)
I was sad that the Dixieland cage wasn't on fire. In the video package for it, they implied fire.
Dixie's character is interesting. She is sympathetic in many ways. She's right about Styles and Hardy not being sufficiently grateful to her. Styles was emo all year for little justification as to why it was Dixie's fault. (Hogan or Storm's fault sure, but Dixie wasn't the one who made the "no titleshots for a year" match.) Hardy really was given a chance to come back from rock bottom thanks to Dixie. Carter's sin is that while she's right, she takes her entitlement just a tad too far.
It was interesting how Carter didn't rig Feast or Fired. That match was absent during the Bischoff/Sting/Hogan administrations from 2010-2012, so it coming back this year makes Dixie's talk of the match being one of her innovations ring true. Speaking of her innovations, I hope they keep the Wheel of Dixie around as a recurring thing. We still haven't gotten to see two of the options on the wheel. (Tuxedo Match and the traditional Coalminer's Glove Match. Or, come to think of it, the Bullrope Match due to James Storm's legal team intervening.)
My predictions for Feast or Fired were X-Zema, Fired-Chavo, Tag-Gunner, and with ECIII winning and either cashing it in on Hardy after Dixieland, or cashing it on on AJ at some indyshow. The chemistry between ECIII and Sting continues to be fantastic. I look forward to their eventual match. The contract talks with Sting make each segment with him feel like it will be his last. I was sure ECIII was going to give Sting the Fired briefcase in exchange for letting Sting fight him. I wonder if ECIII had a way of knowing what was in the briefcase, or if he really was brave enough to face the uncertainty of a 50/50 chance of being fired. Ethan's facials at the end of the show were good. You could sense his bitterness over Magnus getting the title rather than him.
Interesting how Hernandez wasn't in the F&F room with his tag partner, yet Storm was. A sign of Hernandez and Chavo being distant, or another sign of Storm's new petulant gimmick. I choose to read it the latter way.
When Dixie demanded a new title belt be made, I was hoping for a return of the pre-2010 belt that Eric Young wound up with, or for it to be foreshadowing for the use of Nero's Immortal belt.
Now that Bad Influence/Eric Young are getting us to the closure of the Where Is Abyss storyline, I hope that Sting pops up one more time in it. Sting always did seem to be the smartest guy in the room when it came to recognizing who Joseph Park is. (#Kayfabe.)
I'm not thrilled to see the return of Janice. If it is coming back then it needs to be used. The only two people it got to killafy were RVD and ironically Abyss himself.
Regardless of crowd response, Punk's character turn is absolutely in keeping with his established persona. It's the natural endgame of the last year's worth of his booking. And they easily could have booked this as face versus face.