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It's funny what word of mouth and glowing recommendations will convince me to do. I haven't been a full TNA fan since the dark days of the Russo era, but with those days apparently long gone, let's see what the distant #2 can do with an abbreviated recap.

Opening video package looks at James Storm. We see footage of him taking his hiatus, horseback riding with his daughter, and making his triumphant return at Slammiversary. Will James Storm be able to ride back to championship glory? THIS is Impact Wrestling!

Opening pyro! We immediately go to ringside to see Ultimate X being set up. Tonight, the Bound For Glory series begins! Plus, Mr. Anderson earned his shot at the world title. Tonight, he faces Bobby Roode in our main event!

ZEMA ION v. CHRIS SABIN v. AUSTIN ARIES: ULTIMATE X CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Sabin and Ion don't get entrances, so I don't like their chances here. Mike Tenay notes that Aries managed to beat Samoa Joe at the PPV, despite it being a last-minute add-on match.

We start with Ion spraying Rick Martel's "Arrogance" around, much to the chagrin of Sabin and Aries. Ion actually uses the distraction to try and get to the belt, so we get a double wishbone spot before the other two guys tee off on Ion. That leads to an Aries/Sabin wrestling sequence. Aries hits a SWEET atomic gutbuster/reverse Russian legsweep/corkscrew elbow combo! Ion takes Aries down and tries for the belt again before Sabin pulls him down. Sabin takes Ion down with a tornado DDT to start the "TNA" chants! Tenay notes that it's Sabin's 15th Ultimate X match, with him winning 6 prior matches! Sabin brushes off Aries and tries for the belt, but Aries pulls him down into a fireman's carry and rams him into the corners before dizzying him up with an airplane spin! Aries hits a slingshot sentron on Sabin before disposing of Ion. Sabin charges in, but gets backdropped onto Ion. Aries then takes them both out with a suicide dive! Replays show Sabin favoring his knee. That doesn't look good. With both men out, Sabin tries to get to the belt before Ion pulls him down. Aries tries for the brainbuster, but can't hit it. Corner charge eats boot and Ion tries to climb up again. Sabin comes back in, noticeably limping, and takes down Aries before rolling out again. Ion can't climb up, so he gets caught and shoved into the steel support! Aries tries to move towards the belt, but gets caught on the corner. Aries catches Ion and hits a top-rope 'rana! Running corner dropkick and brainbuster will put an end to Ion, as Aries grabs the cable (wrapping his legs around the cable to make sure no one grabs him this time) and grabs the belt to retain the title.

WINNER: Austin Aries - If the purpose of tonight's show is to welcome new viewers, this was a great start! Nice match!

Post-match, Aries grabs the mic. He talks about walking into Impact Wrestling a year ago, making claims and backing them up. He's the Greatest Man That Ever Lived, you know! He's Mr. Money's Worth, but he's not satisfied with the X Division title. He wants MORE! Cue the "Not the nWo" porno music to bring out HULK HOGAN! Hogan stares down Aries from the top of the ramp to take us to our first...

Ad break - TNA Shop promo

We return to Hogan grabbing the mic. Hogan says he hears the receptions that Aries gets, but points out that claiming to be the main event is a tall order. Hogan reels off his resume before lavishing praise on Aries. "Forget this pound-for-pound crap, YOU are the greatest thing I've ever seen in this ring!"

Aries says he wants to be the main event, so Hogan says he'll make it happen at Destination X! But in exchange, Aries must give up the X Division title. Hmm...that's an odd request, given how many double champions we've had in wrestling. So the deal is, Aries can either stay the X champion or gamble it and potentially walk away with nothing. Those are some pretty compelling stakes.

Aries notes that he busted his ass for the X Division title and doesn't want to just drop it, but Hogan says Aries has the potential for greatness. Hogan's giving Aries a week to decide. Hit the "Not the nWo" porno music!

We go back to last Sunday at Slammiversary for some quick highlights. Later tonight, we hear from Sting! We then see a quick shot of Abyss destroying Bully Ray at Slammiversary to help Joseph Park win his first match.

We naturally segue to the backstage area, where Joseph Park is telling his story. It felt like just a courtroom out there, he says! But everyone clears out, as Bully Ray enters the picture. Ray demands Abyss and SPITS IN PARK'S FOOD! Ray turns over the table and acts menacingly! He promises bad things for Abyss.

Ad break

HERNANDEZ v. DEVON: TNA TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
We take a look at Slammiversary, where Devon and Garrett Bischoff won their tag match. Bad dancing ensued.

Before Devon can even make it to the ring, Hernandez wipes him out with a NO HANDS TOPE! Sweet! That gets 2! Corner charge misses, but Devon can't hit the armdrag, getting taken down with a clothesline. Devon tries to mount a comeback, but a back elbow puts him down for 2. Time to hit the bear hug! Devon comes back with a spear and makes the babyface comeback. Devon hits a corner charge, but Hernandez puts him down with a big shoulderblock. Devon hits a corner clothesline, but Hernandez fights him off. Hernandez shifts to the top turnbuckle, but can't seem to find his footing. Taz covers for this by noting that the competitor sweat made the turnbuckles slippery. Wh-wh-what's this I'm hearing? Is this...COMPETENT ANNOUNCING? I've almost forgotten what this is like! I love it! Hernandez hits a weak top-rope shoulderblock for 2. Devon suddenly finishes out of nowhere with the spinebuster to retain the title in a two-minute special.

WINNER: Devon - These two didn't really click, but at least the crowd was into it.

We quickly shift to last Thursday with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian grilling Dixie Carter. AJ Styles makes the save, but Dixie's husband knocks Styles down with an alleged right hand that missed by a mile. Jeez, AJ sold that like a champ.

That takes us to Earlier Today, with AJ and Dixie noting that they can't keep this secret anymore. My God, Dixie Carter REALLY can't act.

The Bound For Glory series begins with a Gauntlet match, next!

Ad break - Shop TNA promo

Earlier today, Bobby Roode arrived in full suit.

BOUND FOR GLORY GAUNTLET MATCH
This is Royal Rumble rules. "THE PHENOMENAL" AJ STYLES enters first, followed by "THE CHARISMATIC ENIGMA" JEFF HARDY. Wrestling sequence kicks this off, as the crowd backs Jeff. Tenay notes that they're introducing viewers to the BFG series, but really this is a nice introduction to the roster at large. ROB VAN DAM joins us at #3. RVD cleans house on both guys and nails Jeff with Rolling Thunder to take us to our next ad break.

We come back with BULLY RAY coming in at #5. MAGNUS entered during the break. No eliminations just yet. KURT ANGLE arrives at #6 and it's Germans for everyone! Angle and Ray exchange blows with Kurt winning that exchange. Eliminations are teased, but still nothing. It's time for #7 and it's POPE D'ANGELO DINERO! Announcers note that it's a return for Dinero, who was off shooting The Dark Knight Rises. Holy shit, really? That's pretty cool! Jeff Hardy gets tossed on the apron and Bully Ray completes the elimination. (ELIMINATED: JEFF HARDY) Suddenly, ABYSS comes out from under the ring. Everyone immediately STOPS, as Bully doesn't see him coming. Ray turns around and Abyss chucks him over the top rope! Um...is that legal? I guess it is. (ELIMINATED: Bully Ray) Everyone starts up again and we move to our next ad break.

We come back with ROBBIE E having joined us at #8. RVD and Magnus fight in the corner, as Pope tosses RVD! (ELIMINATED: Rob Van Dam) At #9, we have CHRISTOPHER DANIELS and Styles naturally goes after him. Jesus, I can't believe these two are STILL feuding! They've been feuding since the LAST TIME I was watching TNA! They're giving the Cena/Orton feud a run for its money, in terms of longetivity, that's for sure. Face miscommunication leads to Daniels eliminating BOTH AJ Styles (ELIMINATED: AJ Styles) and Kurt Angle! (ELIMINATED: Kurt Angle) At #10, we get SAMOA JOE! Joe runs over everyone! Robbie E gets cocky and tries his luck, but Joe gives him a "What the fuck are YOU thinking?" stare! HA! Joe sends Robbie E back to Jersey. (ELIMINATED: Robbie E) Former partners, Magnus and Joe, start going at it! Magnus takes Joe down with a running boot, but Joe lowbridges the charging Magnus to eliminate him. (ELIMINATED: Magnus) We get JAMES STORM at #11 to a big pop! Goodbye, Pope! (ELIMINATED: Pope D'Angelo Dinero) Storm goes nuts on Daniels! Last Call is caught, so Storm simply clotheslines Daniels out! (ELIMINATED: Christopher Daniels) We're down to Joe and Storm, who start exchanging blows! Joe nails a running boot, but Storm pops up and hits a clothesline. Joe tries to dump Storm, but he skins the cat! Storm tries to toss Joe, who lands on the apron. Joe tries for the Kokina Clutch, but Storm hangs him and takes Joe out with the Last Call for the win!

WINNER: James Storm - Decent enough. Good intro to a chunk of TNA's roster for Slammiversary newcomers.

Post-match, Storm celebrates with a cold one and grabs the mic. Storm says he went home for the last two months before his daughter asked him if he'd go back to wrestling. Storm realized what his wrestling meant to his daughter and takes a moment to thank the fans. Storm says he's back to be the World Heavyweight Champion. He finishes by telling Bobby Roode that he hopes he's still the champion after the BFG series. Sorry about your damn catchphrase!

Let's go backstage to Bobby Roode. He's not afraid of James Storm, but tonight, he'll be worrying about an asshole.

Ad break - Impact Wrestling World Tour promo

Backstage, Kurt Angle berates AJ Styles for tonight and the last few weeks. Angle tells AJ that he needs to clear his head or they'll lose the tag team titles. Styles says he'll get his head on straight.

We take a look at Slammiversary, where Miss Tessmacher won the Knockouts title from Gail Kim.

MADISON RAYNE v. MISS TESSMACHER: NON-TITLE MATCH
Tenay notes that Rayne is dedicating her match to a "secret Twitter crush."

Wrestling sequence starts us off. And the interest factor drops off quickly, as Rayne stalls a lot. Tessmacher makes the babyface comeback to a lukewarm reaction. Corner facebuster gets 2. Rayne grabs the eyes, but Tessmacher quickly finishes with the Final Cut in a two-minute special.

WINNER: Miss Tessmacher - Short and ugly.

We go backstage to Gail Kim with Brooke Hogan and........yeah...FFWD!

We look back at Slammiversary where Mr. Anderson won the right to face Bobby Roode tonight. Anderson says he hasn't forgotten about Roode bashing a bottle over his head. Payback comes tonight.

Roode and Anderson are walking backstage. Our main event is next!

Ad break

We look back at Slammmiversary and Roode beating Sting with the Greco-Roman Beer Bottle.

MR. ANDERSON v. BOBBY ROODE: TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Jeremy Borash gives us the championship intros to start.

Lock-up sequence starts us off with Anderson winning that exchange. Roode suckers Anderson in and pulls him to the outside, but the pescado misses. Anderson chucks Roode into the steel steps. That takes us to our next ad break.

We come back with Roode hitting a long chinlock. Anderson tries for some quick pins, but gets nowhere. Roode comes back with a back elbow and neckbreaker for 2. Back to the chinlock. Anderson tries another comeback, hitting a swinging neckbreaker. Anderson hits an enziguiri, but the Mic Check is countered into the crossface! Anderson rolls out of it and hits the rolling fireman's carry for 2! Anderson tries to give chase, but Roode hangs the arm. Roode chucks Anderson's shoulder into the steel post and clamps on the crossface again! Anderson can't hold on this time and Roode will retain the title at about 15 minutes.

WINNER: Bobby Roode - Meh. Another case where these two didn't gel.

Backstage, AJ airs his grievances to Dixie Carter. Dixie says they'll air things out next week. Dixie Carter REALLY can't act.

We take a look at Sting getting inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.

Sting is on his way to the ring. We hear from him next.

Ad break

Next week on Impact Wrestling: Open Fight Night for the Bound For Glory series! Plus, Gut Check returns!

Here's a video package for Sting.

That brings out STING for our closing promo. Sting says Slammiversary was one of his best nights in pro wrestling. Sting takes victory in taking a chunk out of Bobby Roode's hide, but also loves being a part of TNA's Hall of Fame. Sting gives a shout out to the Jarretts for starting TNA, thanks Dixie Carter, and...gets jumped by a masked man! Suddenly, there are THREE masked men all jumping Sting! Oof! Is anyone else getting Black Scorpion flashbacks? (If one of these guys ends up being Ric Flair, don't say I didn't warn you.) Announcers don't know who they are, but the beatdown is on! Crowd chants "Hogan" for some reason. Closing credits are up and we're out!

FINAL THOUGHT

Whoever recommended TNA to me (including some people on this board), you are now on my Christmas list. I can't emphasize enough how much this product has improved since the last time I watched a full episode. The matches weren't the greatest, but there's an actual emphasis on competition, the storylines are coherent, and...I know, this is a weird concept...they actually DON'T make 90% of their roster look like inept losers! Crazy, right?

I'm especially intrigued by the title situation. You clearly have a juggernaut of a champion in Bobby Roode and SOMEONE'S going to take him down...but you have perfect cases for both James Storm and Austin Aries to be the guy that does it! I really can't wait to see what happens.

Well-done, TNA! The Russo Era is dead! Long live...whatever this era is called!

I'll definitely be back next week! Until then!

(edited by It's False on 15.6.12 0202)


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
That was a flat out tremendous show. The ultimate X Match was looking to be pretty good until poor Sabin hurt his knee yet again. We can only hope it's a minor injury. The talking segment with Aries and Hogan was really strong. Hogan really put Aries over strong and Aries cut a excellent promo. I don't understand why Aries has to dump the X division title to go after the world title though. Gail Kim has held two titles at once as has other TNA wrestlers. I think once Aries drops the title the X division will go back to being irrelevant. I am very much looking forward to Aries Vs Roode though. Devon Vs Hernandez was pretty sloppy with a clunky finish. Hernandez is so awful. The gauntlet match was really good match that got twenty minutes to tell a story and Storm cut a fantastic promo. I like that the BFG series is back but I don't get why Robbie E is in it over Gunnar or Crimson. Roode Vs Anderson was a good match and it was great to see Roode go over clean as a whistle. I hope they bookers continue putting him over wrestlers clean heading into BFG. I liked how thery rcapped the show and previewed next weeks show. The attack on Sting wasn't all that impressive and it's too bad the fans chanted for Hogan over other top faces. I guess we're getting a AAA invasion lead by Jarrett. All in all, fantastic show as TNA for once is on the right track and I hope the ratings patterns start to turn.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.24
As much as I like the idea of the BFG tournament, they are pretty much telegraphing its going to be Roode and Storm. I do hope they at least give Aries or someone a small run with the belt prior to that. BFG is in October, so I am not sure if we need to start doing this now. Anderson did not look great out there and I was a little surprised to see him lose clean. Brooke even as a face has already pissed me off as KO commissioner or whatever title Daddy gave her. Gail has rematch clause give her a one on one, don't send your best wrestler on vacation without building another heel. I hope this is storyline and not a way to get Gail out for a few months while Miss freaking Tessmacher owns the division.

Sting's attack was interesting. Now if these guys show up and do a number on AJ and Dixie, it would peek my interest. If it is Jarrett's AAA squad is Steiner not too far behind?



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.02
Very solid show, right on the heels of what everyone seems to be saying was a solid PPV. I hope they keep it up, as I have not thought any wrestling show was must see TV in a long time, which is sad.

I hope whoever were under the masks aren't the actual guys they will be using, because they were big and clumsy.




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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.28
    Originally posted by graves9
    I guess we're getting a AAA invasion lead by Jarrett.


This is still very unlikely.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.40
    Originally posted by thecubsfan
      Originally posted by graves9
      I guess we're getting a AAA invasion lead by Jarrett.


    This is still very unlikely.


It's just the ninjas that kidnapped Samoa Joe a couple of years ago.

They've moved on to a bigger things.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
Dixie Carter just tweeted that Sabin tore his ACL last night. That really sucks and has to be incredibly frustrating for Sabin who missed nearly a year with a torn Acl.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00

I usually only read about TNA & on a rare occasion, will flip over to watch ... I give them credit for promoting the Ultimate X match as the opener, as it got me to tune it ... it was a solid opener indeed & would've likely been even better had Sabin not gotten injured ...

Speaking of Sabin ... poor guy, you've really gotta feel for him, especially since his contract is supposedly expiring this summer & he could have maybe gotten a nice raise from TNA or offered a WWE contract.

I really like that they're making a point to show that Roode, Storm & Aries are "their guys" ... I just hope that the BFG main event doesn't end up as a Triple Threat.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.02
    Originally posted by graves9
    Dixie Carter just tweeted that Sabin tore his ACL last night. That really sucks and has to be incredibly frustrating for Sabin who missed nearly a year with a torn Acl.

That really sucks. Sabin is a guy who doesn't get enough recognition when people talk about TNA Originals. Sadly, we may no see him again if they do not offer him a new contract while he is (back) on the shelf.




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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.56
Impact pulled in a 1.02 rating last night, which is pretty consistent with the number I usually see. However, Scherer notes it's a new high for their time slot. Maybe Slammiversary did get them some new viewers?




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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by It's False
    Impact pulled in a 1.02 rating last night, which is pretty consistent with the number I usually see. However, Scherer notes it's a new high for their time slot. Maybe Slammiversary did get them some new viewers?
Keep in mind they've only had this time slot (one hour earlier) for three shows, so it's within the normal variance, or maybe it's regular viewers figuring out the new schedule.

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
    Originally posted by It's False
    Impact pulled in a 1.02 rating last night, which is pretty consistent with the number I usually see. However, Scherer notes it's a new high for their time slot. Maybe Slammiversary did get them some new viewers?
Impact has been drawing around 1.3-1.4 viewers since March before that they were averaging 1.5 viewers in January and February and they averaged 1.6 million viewers in 2011. It is pretty sad they drew more viewers with Russo's shit booking over the much improved booking the last six months. The good news is that the rating went up ten percent from last week going against the NBA final which has done monster rating. Next week they'll unfortunately being going up against the NBA finals again. I hope they stay the course even if the ratings stay down because they are headed in the right direction for once.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.92
Ratings take a long time to actually show change though. Russo's nonsense did a lot of damage to the company, and the only way to fix it is quality writing over the course of months, maybe a year.

Going up against the NBA finals, in a new timeslot where fans are still figuring out to tune in earlier, and still slowly growing is a good thing. There are abnormalities from truly crappy segments that seem designed to push people away, but at the end of the day, ratings are more about momentum than anything.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.36
Overall, I thought that was a strong show.

The opener was entertaining, but underwhelming and the gimmick was unnecessary. I hope Sabin's apparent injury is nothing serious. It'd suck if he picked up another major knee injury, especially this soon after returning from surgery.

I don't get why Aries has to give up the X Title to get a World Title shot. There have been loads of guys in TNA over the years who've gotten World Title shots or were placed in a position to earn a World Title shot while holding a lower level title. Moving a guy who they've fed a division to for a year out of said division w/o putting anyone over and doing so right after 2 of the 3-4 guys left in the division were made to look like scrubs puts the division in a bad spot. If Aries moves on next week and Sabin is hurt, then the X Division is down to like 3 guys, none of whom are over, credible or capable of carrying a division that's fairly stronger than the current one. At least when AJ, Joe & Daniels left, the X Division still had Sabin, Shelley, Lethal, Low Ki and others. Now it has Ion, Haskins, Kash & maybe Sabin, and that's it. The division is screwed. Well, it's been screwed for a long time, but now it's completely screwed. I'm, however, glad Aries is getting a chance at wrestling further up the card and I'm glad I was wrong about them not doing Roode/Aries.

The gauntlet match was much better than I expected, had a good closing stretch, and looks to have set up some stuff. Storm's promo was great. I'm glad he's back on TV. Pope returning after being gone ~5 months and getting a spot in the BFGS was odd. Robbie E making it in the BFGS after losing what feels like a dozen straight matches to Devon was odder. I'd rather someone else made it in over him. He better be in it just to be the guy who eats a ton of losses. I'm glad Magnus made it in, though.

Roode vs. Anderson was fine.

The Sting hero worship the last two shows has been a bit much. I hope the masked guys were stand ins or end up being non-wrestlers someone hired rather than actual wrestlers TNA is going to use because that beatdown was awkward and tame looking.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.40
    Originally posted by Brian

    The opener was entertaining, but underwhelming and the gimmick was unnecessary. I hope Sabin's apparent injury is nothing serious. It'd suck if he picked up another major knee injury, especially this soon after returning from surgery.


I get why they did it - ratings - but putting a ten minute (ish) Ultimate X in the opening spot of the show and not advertising it is just terrible. It's one of your signature matches, why turn it into just another 7 minute Impact-special?

AND you probably lost Sabin again because of it when the division is already hurting.

    Originally posted by Brian
    I don't get why Aries has to give up the X Title to get a World Title shot.


TNA logiclol.

    Originally posted by Brian
    The gauntlet match was much better than I expected, had a good closing stretch, and looks to have set up some stuff. Storm's promo was great. I'm glad he's back on TV. Pope returning after being gone ~5 months and getting a spot in the BFGS was odd. Robbie E making it in the BFGS after losing what feels like a dozen straight matches to Devon was odder. I'd rather someone else made it in over him. He better be in it just to be the guy who eats a ton of losses. I'm glad Magnus made it in, though.


Instead of Robbie E why did they not put in Douglas Williams? If they're going to have Pope show up and get a chance to go for the title inexplicably, then why can't Douglas Williams (who is arguably the better of the two)?

    Originally posted by Brian
    Roode vs. Anderson was fine.


Is it just me or does anyone else not want to see Anderson anywhere near Impact Wrestling? He does nothing for me - it seems like his entire schtick is to show up and curse for the sake of cursing. How is that entertaining?
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
Sabin got hurt getting back dropped over the top rope that could happen in any match. It is not like he got hurt taking an insane bump or something. I do agree that the shouldn't have a Ultimate X Match without advertising it a week or so before hand. I also didn't like Ion and Sabin not getting entrances. Those are not major issues and on a whole I really enjoyed the show. As far as Anderson well I can't stand him. He is the most annoying and obnoxious wrestler this side of Buff Bagwell. I could never stand him no matter what promotion he was in.

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.89
    Originally posted by wannaberockstar


    It's just the ninjas that kidnapped Samoa Joe a couple of years ago.

    They've moved on to a bigger things.


Yes! Storyline closure! Considering how Jarrett and Bischoff each seemed to have mysterious purposes for Joe the year he got kidnapped, I can buy that.

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Episode #737: "Hogan's Bargain"

The show was excellent this week. Aside from the non-title Knockouts match, and the World title match with a stale Anderson, I was glued to all of the bouts.

I thought it was awesome how Hogan played Aries. Remember, Hogan's big problem with Roode was how Roode was controlling the pace of title changes. Aries has been X Champ since September, so Hogan may have been having the same problem with Aries' reign going on longer than Hogan liked. Similiarly, we can imagine the Hogan regime being pissed off at Gail Kim for having a record setting title reign that ended this week. Hence, Kim gets screwed out of her rematch by Brooke H.

I loved the Bully Ray v. Joseph Parks/Catering segment. Nice camera work. Now, Ray is asking Parks where Abyss is. I liked that evolution of the tale.

I finally got my dream AnarchiaHernandez v. Devon TV title match. I was surprised to see Devon go over in such a dominant manner, but if they want to go that direction with his reign, that's fine with me. I was sad that Hernandez didn't have Sarita/Rosita with him.

I was rolling my eyes about the return of the Bound For Glory Forgone Conclusion Series, but at least this year its a forgone conclusion that I'm looking forward to. (I preferred the top ten rankings that they did back in 2010.)

The BFG Participants:
James Storm (20 Points)
AJ Styles
Jeff Hardy
Rob Van Dam
Bully Ray
Sir Brutus Magnus (yay)
Kurt Angle
THE POPE!?!?!?
Robbie E?
Christopher Daniels
Samoa Joe
And Mr. Anderson as a late entry.

I was overjoyed and shocked when The Pope's music hit. Could this mean that Pope is finally out of the doghouse? I hope so! Pope got to eliminate RVD, which is a good sign.

Daniels eliminated AJ and Angle! Good, his character needed that. Robbie E is fun, but I don't understand why Kazarian isn't in the series instead. Or Williams. I miss Williams.

Good cliffhanger with the random dudes attacking Sting. I appreciated the shoutout to the Jarretts as well.

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Cautiously optimistic about the Bischoff free show. Even if it was only this once we can at least rest in the knowledge that Garrett isn't in the BFG series.

Speaking of, other than the useless Robbie E, everyone deserves to be there, unlike last year where you had turds like Crimson, Gunner, and Devon not only in it, but dominating.
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