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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 10/13/16: Fate’s A Funny Thing

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 10/13/16)

Fate’s A Funny Thing 

– The opening video showed us some quick flashes from Bound For Glory, before we saw last week, how Lashley confidently talked himself into a Title defense, as TNA President Billy Corgan allowed him to choose between three opponents. Lashley chose Eddie Edwards (someone he once beat twice) and it backfired when Edwards cleanly defeated him. While we liked the idea that Edwards was the one to beat Lashley and it surely was an accolade, Lashley had built up so much momentum that when he lost, Edwards didn’t get the rub that he should’ve. Anyways, you can’t go back in time, so we were curious to see how they followed that up.

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TNA Bound For Glory 2016 Reaction

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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 9/8/16: 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 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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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/3/16: A Decaying Evolution

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 5/3/16)

A Decaying Evolution 

– The opening cutscene with Lashley going to a gym where TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway was training and conducting an interview let us know right away that Lashley was out to make a statement that the belt was his and was his reaction to Galloway calling him out all these weeks. In essence, it was booked perfectly. Okay, the fact that camera crews happened to be there for both men separately was reaching, but the message was still there. Did they really need to conveniently land in an MMA ring? Not really, but it helped establish Lashley’s “dominance” in that area.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 3/15/16: Prepare To Be Future Shocked

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 3/15/16)

Prepare To Be Future Shocked

– Ever since Slammiversary 2015, TNA hasn’t had the best track record for “live” shows (we put that in quotations since the show’s taped a few hours in advance), but with a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match booked as well as Jeff Hardy’s return, there was at least something to look forward to. Even though this was the second year in a row where an injury angle “took out” Hardy before an overseas tour to the United Kingdom before he returns on the first show back, we’d let it slide.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 3/8/16: An Olympic Farewell

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 3/8/16)

An Olympic Farewell 

– Even after his most accomplished WWE years, Kurt Angle went on to garner success in TNA, easily becoming the company’s top acquisition to this day, one of the few times they truly shocked the wrestling world. Whether you want to admit it or not, you paid attention to the Angle-Samoa Joe feud and other classic moments. Angle personified everything good with TNA during his 10-year stint there and like all great things, it had to conclude. The stage was set and the final match was booked, it was only a matter of seeing it play out. The opening video did a respectable job of chronicling Angle’s key TNA moments – head-butting Joe, beating Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, his moonsault off the top of the cage, etc.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/23/16: Lockdown 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 2/23/16)

Lockdown 2016

– Greetings, readers… if you’ve stumbled upon this charming piece of literature, then allow us to tell you all about TNA’s annual “every match in a steel cage” event called Lockdown, a former Pay-Per-View now forever destined for straight-to-TV goodness. Normally, TNA’s the butt of wrestling jokes (at times still is) but ever since the TNA World Title Series transitioned into the show’s move to Pop TV, the show has picked up in quality, led by TNA World Heavyweight Champion “Big Money” Matt Hardy and his “brand” of his wife Reby, his baby son Maxel and Tyrus. This year’s show heavily focused on the main event for the World Title that’d pit Hardy against Ethan Carter III, as we saw dominate the opening video.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 2/16/16: Uncaged Redemption

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 2/16/16)

Uncaged Redemption

– The opening video did a decent recap on some of the bigger storylines, like Ethan Carter III stemming back renegade-style to gain revenge on the Matt Hardy Brand, also hyping the TNA World Tag Team Championships match between the Champions, The Wolves and Decay, happening in Monster’s Ball.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 1/26/16: Brother Vs. Brother

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 1/26/16)

Brother Vs. Brother

– “Big Money” Matt Hardy possibly had his career moment with his latest heel turn and following promo to close out last week’s show upon winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As always, follow-up’s key. They addressed Jeff Hardy’s thoughts on it, who was purposely recommended to go to the hospital by Matt and his wife Reby before the match so he wouldn’t intervene in their plans. We liked how the show started with Jeff being approached backstage by cameras and addressing how Matt wouldn’t return his calls or texts and needed answers. Of course it was a little silly that in the midst of a serious search for explanations, he felt the urge to go paint his face first. This was a slick lead-in to the opening video which showcased Matt’s turn by resorting to low-blows, extreme Twists Of Fates and a hammer to finally become new Champion, turning Ethan Carter III babyface in the process, also gaining EC3’s former bodyguard, Tyrus.

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