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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/2/17: Night Of Open Fight

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By 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 2/2/17)

Night Of Open Fight 

– Welcome to the one night in TNA Wrestling where various employees can challenge (or “call out”) others for intense quarrels or whatnot. “Open Fight Night” still remains a cheesy take on “Open Mic Night” and whenever it’s uttered, it’s hard to not automatically think of 2012. Hulk Hogan, Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan much? Anyways, they combined OFN with the former “Feast Or Fired” in that the briefcase holders had the right to challenge for any belt of their choosing. Or most of them. We’ll get to that shortly. To start things off, we got some kooky close-ups of the case holders – Jeff Hardy, Trevor Lee, Eli Drake/Tyrus and The DCC. Talk about close-ups. This just looked plain bad.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/26/17: Genesis 2017

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By 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 1/26/17)

Genesis 2017 

– The TNA World Tag Team Championship Three-Way match between Champions The Broken Hardys, Crazzy Steve/Abyss and Bram/Kingston was about as formulaic as you can get in terms of putting a multi-team match together. With the Hardys on this “mission” to become the best team in space/time, it was hard to believe that they’d ever lose this, albeit it was a good attempt to establish other threats in the division. DCC will always be cheating pushovers and Decay are just crazy mofos. Not much of a story to tell, but they’re all here and want to wrestle and it’s Genesis (or Genesis-themed, they’d have you believe) so why not? There was also a good amount of hype towards the next week’s “Open Fight Night” episode, though with little structure introduced besides those goofy briefcases and the idea that anybody can be called out at any time. Isn’t that every wrestling show? Matt Hardy’s “pree-muh-nee-shun” that we’d see them “start a tag team revolution” was intriguing, but alas, it only opened the door for James Storm to drop a reference about that time he led a group of disgruntled midcarders in 2015. Not that 2017 is any different. Shaking our heads. Decay’s only vocal trophy was that they “eradicated Beer Money from TNA.” True as that could’ve been, that wasn’t much of a line. DCC held a briefcase, though we don’t remember what color or that it’ll actually matter. Same for “Nefarious Brother Nero.” On with the match, we suppose. With the silly tag-in scenario for a multi-man underway, the crowd was obviously into the Champs the most. DCC broke rules when they could and Decay was just crazy mofos again. That’s their thing. What don’t you get, child? Matt did break out this cool bulldog/clothesline combo on Kingston (not Kofi)/Steve. The finish was unfortunate for the decayed ones as Steve’s green mist went into Kingston and with not-Kofi out of the equation, Steve took a crazy Twist Of Fate from Matt, while Nero took care of everyone else. Don’t you love that?

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/19/17: Race For The Case

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By 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 1/19/17)

Race For The Case 

– The opening video chronicled Lashley’s World Title contention resurgence as he defeated (barely) Ethan Carter III in a Last Man Standing match to earn a future shot. Some focus was also paid to it being another heartbreaking loss for the “Ass-Kicking Machine.”

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/8/16: A Twisted Fate

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 12/8/16)

A Twisted Fate 

– The opening video recapped when Ethan Carter III defeated Eli Drake to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender (and silenced Drake for the rest of 2016), which blended into a sleek “promo clash” as they dipped in separate soundbites from TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards and EC3 that pushed the big Title match. Edwards showed confidence aplenty as he claimed to be “the man” that EC3 used to be and needed to be beat, while EC3 put the belt over more than anything and that after the bell rang, friendship aside, he’d “choke his ass out.”

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TNA Bound For Glory 2016 Reaction

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

2016 has a been an odd year for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

While things have been financially bleak where even this event’s occurrence was questionable three days prior, TNA has been rechristened with its most vivacious creative direction yet.

There was a lot to flaunt about – the payoff to many feuds like The Miracle-Moose and TNA Knockouts Champion Maria-Gail Kim to name a few.

The show was undoubtedly headlined by the biggest match they could offer for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship between unstoppable heel Champion Lashley and his biggest threat, Ethan Carter III, who looked to become an “EC3-time Champion.”

Add to that the absurdly brilliant “Great War” between TNA World Tag Team Champions Decay and The Broken Hardys, BFG almost made us forget last year’s show.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 9/29/16: The Road To Glory

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 9/29/16)

The Road To Glory 

– Total Nonstop Action Wrestling has held a tight ship en route to its biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory. With it just three days away, we were left to wonder how the hype machine would finish things off. Were we ever in for a surprise. On top of it, we already had a decently hyped show with the announcement last week of a Lethal Lockdown main event where TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley and Ethan Carter III would each captain teams and whomever won would decide the stipulation of their World Title match to take place at BFG. The opening in-ring segment with Jeremy Borash, EC3 and Lashley had the simple goal to hype the main event as we also found out the Captain’s picks. Predictable, but we liked it since it clashed all the BFG feuds together under one umbrella. Lashey’s team consisted of himself, Drew Galloway, TNA Knockouts Champion Maria and The Miracle. EC3’s team consisted of himself, Aron Rex, Gail Kim and Moose. Afterwards, we had a great promo exchange between EC3 and Lashley. EC3 expressed his need to beat Lashley at BFG because nothing else mattered besides the belt while the bully Champ put over that he was different from the past guys EC3 beat because he could kick his ass. The twist out of this was Lashley’s acceptance of EC3’s challenge to meet him out alone in the cage to be the first two in the main event.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 9/22/16: Feeling Grand

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 9/22/16)

Feeling Grand 

– Total Nonstop Action has been more than just the company name. It has been a fair way to describe the slow, yet steady build to Bound For Glory, the biggest show of the year to come on Oct. 2 on Pay-Per-View. The opening video focused on the “Great War” between The Broken Hardys and TNA World Tag Team Champions Decay, the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley-Ethan Carter III feud and the Miracle-Moose feud. With 10 days left until BFG, the possibilities were endless.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 9/8/16: Delete Or Decay

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 9/8/16)

Delete Or Decay 

– While TNA still occasionally hands itself to its shortcomings like its portrayal of their slimmer-than-ever X-Division and Knockouts Division, this year has been about the brilliance of the “Broken” Matt Hardy gimmick. Over time, consistent, outlandish-yet-logical storytelling has gotten to include Jeff Hardy (“Brother Nero”), Reby Sky (“Rebecca”) and Maxel Hardy (“King Maxel”) in its own excellent way. The climax of it all seemed to be “The Final Deletion” that only ended up being the beginning to the Broken Hardys’ rise to the TNA World Tag Team Championships against the Champions Decay, as we were know ready for the second installment, appropriately titled “Delete Or Decay.” Just like TFD, we started with a Spanish-led disclaimer from Señor Benjamin about what we’d see unfold. We also were brought back into footage from last week that ended with Rebecca telling Benjamin to “prepare the battlefield for massacre.”

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 9/1/16: An Untamed Wild Animal

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 9/1/16)

An Untamed Wild Animal 

– No better way to open the show than with “Broken” Matt Hardy, Brother Nero, Reby at a piano and King Maxel on his own keyboard busting out the “Obsolete” theme song with Señor Benjamin in the background at the Hardy household in Cameron, North Carolina. This was epic in its own way and set up things for later, as Matt had a “premonition” that he saw a member of TNA World Tag Team Champions Decay trespass their household and abduct Maxel and that he and Nero needed to head to the “zone of impact” immediately. Funny.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 8/25/16: Turning Point 2016

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 8/25/16)

Turning Point 2016

– It was time for another “Pay-Per-View Themed” edition of Impact, this one labeled “Turning Point.” The opening video highlighted the biggest story headed in – a battle between Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway where EC3 put his TNA World Heavyweight Championship Title shot at Bound For Glory on the line to settle this recent score with Galloway on this show. Another twist was Aron Rex, as he announced himself as Special Guest Referee to keep things fair. Also hyped was a “Summit” segment between Galloway/EC3 where they shared a whiskey bottle by a pool and shot the breeze about their recent quarrels. That was still to come, but we liked that they opened with the main event stuff.

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