Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/7/15: Destination Impact
– The opening video was good in introducing most of the talent in a hotel setting, as James Storm deemed it “the year of the Revolution” and Bobby Roode gave a tour bus pep talk. Once Roode and Lashley stood toe-to-toe outside the Manhattan Hotel, a brawl ensued. Chaotic as usual, though the crowd ate it up, as the action was all over and it set up the Kurt Angle-MVP match well. Robbie E was also shown on camera before his “return” segment, for those who didn’t catch it.
– The Angle-MVP confrontation came across well on TV, but the loud crowd’s obscene chants had to be edited out and some of what MVP said got chopped up in the process. It was the perfect way to bring Angle back to the roster, though it wasn’t announced who would be new Director of Operations. The street fight more or less kept the energy from the opening brawl and put Angle over. They edited the “M-V-Pussy” chant, but not the “M-V-Penis” one. Sounds about right.
– The MVP-King backstage segment focused on MVP’s anger as he looked for Lashley.
– It’s still crazy that Josh Matthews is now announcing with the company. Him and Taz aren’t strangers to commentary either, going back to their WWE days. Taking over Mike Tenay’s place might be hard, but it helps bring a “new” feeling to the show.
– Ethan Carter III just oozed charisma as we saw in his backstage promo and he can definitely help get Tyrus, or the former Brodus Clay, over.
– Tenay’s interview with James Storm portrayed him as a brainwashing bearded-man – well, TNA’s version of it. Storm said the Revolution was “out for blood,” but not for Titles? How can the Titles be important if even The Revolution doesn’t want them?
– The Revolution-Wolves Tag Team Championship match had its moments, particularly the four consecutive suicide dives by the Wolves. The Hardys were also ringside, to make us remember they exist. They weren’t a distraction here though, though the crowd loved them when they first came out, though they played into the finish. The camerawork was somewhat sloppy as it missed a few kicks at one point. The Revolution retained.
– The hype videos from the previous Lashley-Roode matches throughout the night provided good hype.
– The backstage segment with MVP, King and Lashley maybe planted some seeds of a possible face turn for Lashley down the road as MVP lashed out at him.
– The segment with Jeremy Borash, EC III, Tyrus and Rockstar Spud made EC III look like a star and Borash looked tough for putting up a fight, though the camera missed his slap to Carter. Spud also looked sympathetic here, which was good. It will take some time for Tyrus to ditch the image WWE set him with, as the crowd chanted, “Somebody call my momma,” but TNA is smart to use him as a henchman. Borash was a trooper for taking the beating and having his head shaved.
– The backstage segment with King-MVP continued to play up that MVP might work against Lashley in the future, all the more setting up the big “shocking” heel turns.
– The Austin Aries-Low Ki X-Division Championship match was purely physical, with lots of inventive spots and chops and high-flying maneuvers. Kudos to the X-Division hype video as well. The crowd was evenly divided and Aries came out victorious with a brutal-looking kick that may had knocked out one of Low-Ki’s teeth. Low Ki’s eventual heel turn would overshadow this match by the end, but in the moment, it was great.
– The Knockouts Championship Battle Royal had a lot of action, surely Gail Kim and Havok had a good showing, though Taryn Terrell retained, but it seemed she slipped in at the end out of the background, not exactly “fighting champion” ways. The return of Robbie E was also somewhat newsworthy as we saw before the match. Obviously, the match was overshadowed with the return of Awesome Kong. The feud with Havok should be interesting, but any true TNA fan is looking for another Kim-Kong match. The Knockouts could become must-watch again.
– The Bobby Roode-Bobby Lashley match was built up well throughout the night and went the way of their previous two bouts, initially. The shot of King, MVP and Co. midway through the match took attention away from it and as we saw with the reveal, the focus was never really on the match. The turns themselves of Low Ki, Samoa Joe and Eric Young were executed well in terms of shock value, but it remains to be seen just how it will work long-term. Given that, TNA has found a way to make people want to tune in next week, whether it was the three big heel turns, the return of Kong, or just what EC III will do next.
– Street Fight – Kurt Angle def. MVP via pinfall
– Tag Team Championships – The Revolution def. The Wolves via pinball to retain
– X-Division Championship – Austin Aries def. Low-Ki via pinfall to regain
– Knockouts Championship Battle Royal – Taryn Terrell def. Velvet Sky, Angelina Love, Havok, Madison Rayne, and Rebel
– TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Bobby Lashley def. Bobby Roode to regain
Posted on January 8, 2015, in TNA/Impact Wrestling and tagged Angelina Love, Austin Aries, Awesome Kong, Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Ethan Carter III, Havok, James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews, Kenny King, Kurt Angle, Low-Ki, Madison Rayne, Matt Hardy, Mike Tenay, MVP, Rebel, Robbie e, Rockstar Spud, Samoa Joe, Taryn Terrell, Taz, The Revolution, The Wolves, Tyrus, Velvet Sky. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.