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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 8/5/15: No Surrender 2015

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 8/5/15)

No Surrender 2015

– With all the struggles TNA has encountered this year, we can give them credit where credit is due. When they need to put together a card for a “PPV”-themed Impact episode, they always pull out something decent. That was all evident in the opening video, which hyped all of the No Surrender-themed matches: Eli Drake vs. Drew Galloway, Bram vs. Mr. Anderson, Gail Kim vs. The Dollhouse, Austin Aries vs. Rockstar Spud “Career vs. Name” match and Matt Hardy vs. Ethan Carter III in Full Metal Mayhem for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/29/15: Jarrett Struts Into Fame

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 7/29/15)

Jarrett Struts Into Fame 

– To the night’s credit: there was a fair amount of hype for the episode, as we got the big payoff match with Mickie James/Magnus against James Storm/Serena, what stipulation Matt Hardy would pick for his TNA World Heavyweight Championship match against Champion Ethan Carter III and of course, the biggie – Jeff Jarrett’s induction into the Hall Of Fame this year.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/22/15: Always Room For One More

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 7/22/15)

Always Room For One More 

– Dixie Carter started the show by announcing the latest 2015 TNA Hall Of Fame Inductee was Jeff Jarrett, of course pushing his actual acceptance of it to next week. Odd way to start things out, since it paid homage to a guy who is running a different company, though he’ll probably be a prominent part of storylines in due time. We called it first.

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WWE In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks Reaction

WWE In Your House 2 - The LumberjacksBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Those of you who may remember this show best for the “World Premiere” of “Double J” Jeff Jarrett’s “Alone With My Baby Tonight” and surely enough, who could forget that lovely moment in history?

When it comes down to it, there was plenty of Double J on this show to go around. Pretty much dominated the show’s first half.

The best match on the show also involved Jarrett, so it’s a give-and-take situation. The rest of the night was characteristic of what was problematic with WWE in the mid-90’s. We’ll get into it below.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/8/15: The Reign Of Carter

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 7/8/15)

The Reign Of Carter

– The opening video highlighted Ethan Carter III becoming new World Heavyweight Champion by beating Kurt Angle, still TNA’s brightest moment of hope to date. If you’re an EC3 fan, then you probably dug this episode a lot based on all of his offset humor throughout the night. It’s not a good thing though since it’s a bad way to showcase your top heel as Champion. Compare this to Jay Lethal in Ring Of Honor. He was brash and overconfident sure, but he has handled the gold perfectly by taking on all comers. EC3 spent the night here joking around and being a scared heel. It’s not the route you want to go when you need as many eyes on TNA as possible.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/1/15: EC3 Goes For The Gold

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 7/1/15)

EC3 Goes For The Gold 

– The opening video hyped the Kurt Angle-Ethan Carter III World Heavyweight Championship match. If only this was Slammiversary material. Actually, a lot of this show was what should’ve been Slammiversary. This was undoubtedly the best Impact of the Destination America era in terms of consistent top-to-bottom enjoyment.

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TNA Slammiversary 2015 Reaction

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

TNA Slammiversary 2015This year’s Slammiversary came off hype-wise as a last scramble effort to come up with something with a nostalgic flavor added with a dash of seasoning provided with what is the current TNA roster.

However, what happens when you don’t provide enough seasoning?

The TNA roster is dwindling down to its main players and a lot of notable names are going away – Magnus, James Storm, Gunner, Awesome Kong, Taryn Terrell and Austin Aries so far.

TNA has never given that “sinking ship” vibe, but this felt like a throwaway show in every aspect. People were expected to shell out $40 for a show that didn’t even feature the World Heavyweight Championship or its holder (guy on the poster for pete’s sake), instead resorting to a new, recycled King Of The Mountain Championship – which its “powers” weren’t even explained in detail.

This show was saved by a couple of matches – Austin Aries and Davey Richards and the non-sanctioned match between Magnus and James Storm. It only makes sense that three of the four men in these matches are no longer with the company past Slammiversary, despite the fact that some will appear on the next two taped episodes of Impact. Not to mention the awkwardness of having to be in a live crowd that is watching a show “prior to” something that already technically happened.

For a company struggling financially, this was a half-hearted attempt to gain buys and the majority of this show could’ve been saved for a throwaway Impact. Anyways, let’s run through the card.

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TNA Slammiversary 2015 Preview/Predictions

TNA Slammiversary 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

It’s rather ironic that TNA is celebrating their 13th year in existence, in a time where their future seems more and more in doubt on a professional, ethical and financial level.

Things looked to be full of potential as early as January 7 on their first live Impact at the Manhattan Center, when we got a couple big returns and a heel turn that led to the birth of what looked like a dominant faction.

However, over time, things have dwindled down to false hope and desperation on TNA’s part. They’re losing momentum in every way fathomable – Destination America has lost faith in them – dropped a good amount of programming. Several talents have made it clear they’re done with the company – Gunner, Low-Ki, Magnus, Austin Aries (presumably) and now James Storm.

Of all the bright spots on the company, it rests in a few things – the never-say-die demeanor of the tag team division, the introduction of the weirdly entertaining Dollhouse faction in the Knockouts, World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle’s dominant title reign, sparks of underdog brilliance by Rockstar Spud and what has been the main gleaming beam of hope – Ethan Carter III. From his look to mic skills and well-built streak, it’s almost TNA’s mission to make sure he is the top star of the company for the foreseeable future.

It also only makes more sense that TNA pushes their free “Bell To Bell” program on TV rather than their Pay-Per-View, but it’s none of our business. We’ll run it all down though.

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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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The RSN Podcast – The Rise And Fall Of WCW

RSN PodcastCheck out the latest episode of The RSN Podcast, as Rich, Sal and Nick – PWO Resident Head-Honcho – each discuss their picks for the reasons behind both WCW’s rise and fall.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed are not those of PWO. Just three guys shooting the real breeze about a fake sport.)

 

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