Well, my regularly scheduled gaming night couldn't have picked a better Wednesday to fall through. I've really missed TNA, especially after the absolute garbage the WWE's been producing lately. I honestly have no idea why Raw and Smackdown consistently do so much better than Impact when TNA is simply the superior product right now. It helps that TNA only needs to program 2 hours a week instead of 5, of course.
We started out with a pretty good Knockouts match, and the first time I've seen Havok in the ring. She's a pretty impressive monster heel, and pretty summarily demolished 6 other Knockouts, even after they all tried to gang up on her. I'm not sure but I don't think anyone else got a single elimination, it was all Havok, all the time. Havok wins of course, and goes on to face Gail Kim for the Knockouts title.
Kenny King did go way overboard with the one-legged Army guy. Like, I'm surprised nobody stabbed him tonight overboard. Hopefully he ran everything past the guy beforehand and had it approved, because that was just low even for a heel wanting cheap heat.
Homicide and Joe was pretty good, but it would really help the feel of these non-PPV 'special events' if a title actually changed hands once in awhile. Unfortunately this isn't one of those nights. Homicide had a pretty impressive cannonball onto Joe and even managed to roll onto his feet afterwards, but Joe managed to catch him in a choke hold and Homicide tapped.
The Ladder match between the Dudleys, the Hardys and the Wolves was fucking amazing. The Wolves stand in quite well for Edge and Christian in reigniting the famous 3-way feuds the Hardys and Dudleys had. I was rooting for the Hardys to take the belts, but I have to admit the Wolves put on a hell of a show and I can't really begrudge them the titles. Especially since this is a fake sport where the belts really don't matter, and this feud is going to continue. Concentrating on the tag division and reuniting the Hardys is one of the best decisions TNA Creative has ever had.
Bram and Gunner ... meh.
Lashley/Roode was another awesome match and would have been Match of the Week in any show that didn't feature a 3-way TLC match. Both guys took each other's finishers and got back up for more. Lashley took a SICK bump to the outside when Roode did an F-U ... I mean an AA ... I mean a Roode Bomb while on the edge of the ring. Lashley took the match with a second spear after an exciting match that left me marking out, even though I knew it was unlikely Lashley was going to drop the belt. Honestly I can't remember the last time WWE made me give a crap about a match on live TV. Probably Wrestlemania.
EDIT: Thanks to whoever changed the logo to the one for No Surrender, I didn't see it listed so I just went with Impact.
Pretty terrific show. The second hour was pretty much as good as an hour of television as TNA has ever presented. Joe VS Homicide was good, but too short. Looks like a Joe will be feuding with Sanada next, which should lead to some top notch matches. The triple threat tag match was just a spectacle and the three team series had really elevated the a Wolves, IMO. Roode vs Lashley was a fantastic match with really good psychology as Roode hurting his knee played into the finish. Story was great with Roode giving Lashley his toughest fight ever and Lashley preserving g. Lashley has really picked up his game, as he's having g the best matches of his career. Hoping this isn't the end of the Lashley-Roode feud. All in all, a really good straight forward wrestling show.
The knockouts' battle royal told a fun story. Frankenkong is clicking nicely.
I have no idea where the Samuel Shaw storyline is going. Just keep it coming, please.
Joe v. Homicide felt too short.
James Storm's revolution. I don't even know. They are so I don't know that I think they should feud with Shaw. I hope that the loss of Manic 1.0's outfit will lead to Bad Influence returning as Suicide. Since Manic 2.0 is blue, he needs to feud with Blue Loki.
Accoding to TNA's website next week we will have five matches, with the winners fighting in one match to determine who gets a shot at any TNA title.
Austin Aries vs Knux Mr. Anderson vs Magnus Abyss vs Samuel Shaw MVP vs Low Ki Tajiri vs Robbie E
I will be rooting for Knux (the carnival!), Magnus (I miss the Magnus era), SAMUEL SHAW~!, Low Ki (I wouldn't want to end the MVP/Lashley bromance yet), and Robbie E (who absolutely deserves to be three matches away from being the world champion, and thus completing the TNA Grand Slam).