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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 6/24/15: Surprise, Surprise

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 6/24/15)

Surprise, Surprise

– Only TNA would push harder for a free television show next week than it’s Pay-Per-View (first in the year) four days from the air date, right? For all the stories of financial shortcomings and backlash, this is actually a chance for good money to be made and when the company finds itself in these situations, you have to wonder why they didn’t push Slammiversary harder. Yeah, sure – you had the nostalgia factor with all these past names coming back with surprise appearances, but it was still not enough to salvage the lackluster build of things thus far. One of TNA’s bright spots has been Ethan Carter III and starting the live show off with him and Tyrus was the right way to go. EC3 did have all the power, walking with a “Miz”-like swagger and he did a good job of teasing TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle’s opponent as someone who had “legacy” in the business.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 6/17/15: Long Live The Streak

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 6/17/15)

Long Live The Streak

– There was definitely a good amount of focus on the incoming Ethan Carter III-TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle match on this show, and it started right from the opening video, where Angle’s two successful title defenses against Rockstar Spud and Austin Aries were highlighted, as was EC3’s post-match attack at the end of the show.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 6/3/15: There’s Always An Option C

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

(Aired 6/3/15)

There’s Always An Option C

– There was certainly a lot of Ethan Carter III on this episode, as he was all over the opening video and segment. The over-the-top celebrations fit his gimmick, though we’re not quite sure where the barbershop quintet factor into things, but it was sort of epic hilarity to hear his theme song sung in that fashion. Continuity was also followed here since we saw EC3 finally reach his goal of being number one in the Top 5 rankings system, meaning a World Title shot was imminent. Love that TNA is basically throwing out all they can to logically postpone that from happening, as World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle came out to do, reminding us all that X-Divison Champion Rockstar Spud had “option C” of giving up his title for a chance at the World Title come Destination X, which would obviously postpone EC3’s shot. This had a great hook that EC3 would tempt Spud with an offer later on in the show, while Angle took out one of the quintet members.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/15/15: Hardcore War

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 5/15/15)

Hardcore War

– The opening video hyped the 10-man Hardcore War gauntlet match between Team Kurt Angle and Team Eric Young, promising elevated violence, or something like that. This sort of felt randomly strung together, huh?

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/8/15: Live From Orlando, It’s Friday Night

TNA Impact Wrestling“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

(Aired 5/8/15)

Live From Orlando, It’s Friday Night 

– Much to TNA’s credit, they managed to stir some buzz concerning the show’s opening five minutes and for the most part, delivered on that front. Eight months isn’t exactly a quick vacation and is close to a year, so it made sense to hype the return of Bully Ray as something big. Better yet to have it happen at the demand of Eric Young, who was great with his “everybody owes me everything” schtick. Bully’s short promo was delivered with good timing and established his role as Special Guest Referee for the main event. Of course, this left us to wonder if he was back for the long run or a one-off appearance, but given his high status in the company, if he was going to appear, some sort of deal was likely struck.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/27/15: C.R.E.A.M.E.D.

TNA Impact Wrestling“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 2/27/15)

C.R.E.A.M.E.D. 

– The opening video showcased Kurt Angle’s almost-too-melodramatic attempt to win the Battle Royale for the World Heavyweight Championship number one contender match go all for naught. The video made the match and moment look better than it actually was. Angle was definitely the focus here.

– The first segment with Angle, Bobby Lashley and the Beat Down Clan was good in that it continued the established tension between Angle and Lashley, with neither vowing to save each other and BDC had a bone to pick with both guys. Samoa Joe had a memorable night on the mic and it was interesting to hear him lead off the BDC side of the segment, albeit strange that MVP wouldn’t get the mic right away, but it all hyped the main event decently. You have to wonder how Joe will be written off with the now common knowledge of his TNA departure. Nights like this let us see just what intensity he brings (or brought) to the BDC.

– The Ethan Carter III/Tyrus-Mr. Anderson/Rockstar Spud match was good while it lasted, as Anderson hit a low blow on Tyrus and the mic check. This carried their program, but why did they need to cheat to beat the dirty heels? It maybe fits Anderson’s “rebel” character per se, but Spud doesn’t seem like someone who would side with winning in that fashion.

– It was smart to see the little highlight moments chronicling the history between MVP and Lashley throughout the night. Attention to detail can do wonders for hyping a match.

– EC3 screamed backstage and he promised to shave Spud’s hair. Still on this hair thing. Why?

– The segment with Taryn Terrell, Gail Kim and Awesome Kong was probably set up to give Kong a reason to lay out Terrell, who looked tough in her own way, but maybe deserved what she asked for. Kim looked good as the voice of reason and was a credible witness to Kong’s destruction in the past. Getting to the real picture: everybody wants Kim-Kong. It doesn’t matter how we get there, TNA. Just get there. Josh Matthews also made a great point of Terrell still having yet to get Kong off her feet.

– The MVP backstage segment talking to his BDC counterparts was the usual until they acknowledged the cameras bring there and threw them out. Something you wouldn’t see in WWE, who seemingly don’t realize cameras are backstage. It’s the little things.

– The Austin Aries backstage promo was interesting in providing intrigue for the main event.

– The Robbie E/Angelina Love (w/Jesse, DJZ)-Brooke/Chris Melendez was okay, nothing special, though the highlight was the finish where Robbie E pinned Brooke after flipping her off the top rope. The broadcast team also first explaining the rules with much knowledge and then being confused by them was pathetic. How can the viewer trust a broadcast team that’s unsure of what they’re talking about?

– The segment where Anderson made the save on EC3 trying to scalp Spud before Tyrus took EC3 continued their program more, though it changed little. Did we need this?

– The Gunner-Angle backstage segment had Gunner be the motivator, providing an ounce of irony with it.

– The Aries-Joe interaction was good, as Joe continued to be a good mouthpiece. Aries suicide diving on Joe was also good. The match that followed was also very good as Aries outsmarted King at the end and pinned Joe clean. The BDC did their thing after on Aries which gave them heat into the main event and the briefcase to prevent a cash-in.

– The Lashley backstage promo had him sound confident about MVP and Angle, as per his character.

– The MVP-Eric Young backstage interaction had MVP brainwash Young into wanting to take out Lashley. Intriguing.

– The Noam Dar-Rampage Brown match couldn’t have occurred at a more random time. What about some video hype explanation? Bram came out of nowhere and took out the younglings. Him calling out Magnus was good, but out came Grado and he got beat down as well. Bram looked good at least, but poor British Bootcamp peeps didn’t.

– The announcement of The Wolves vs James Storm/Abyss for the Tag Team Championships was made. That should be a decent match at best.

– The World Heavyweight Championship match between Lashley and MVP (w/Samoa Joe, Low-Ki, Kenny King) was entertaining and had a little of everything. Young attacking Lashley and Bobby Roode making the save was all good. Gunner also saved at one point too, followed by Drew Galloway and helped Lashley retain. The only problem here though is that Lashley is a Champion that claims he needs no help beating the BDC, yet when he has three guys coming out to help him, he has no problem with it. WTF-ness?

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Mr. Anderson/Rockstar Spud def. Ethan Carter III/Tyrus via pinfall

– Robbie E/Angelina Love (w/Jesse Godderz, DJZ) def. Brooke/Chris Melendez via pinfall

– Austin Aries def. Samoa Joe via pinfall

– Noam Dar and Rampage Brown to a No-Contest

– World Heavyweight Championship – Bobby Lashley def. MVP (w/Samoa Joe, Low-Ki, Kenny King) via pinfall to retain