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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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TNA One Night Only: Live! Reaction

Photo courtesy of YouTube.

Photo courtesy of YouTube.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Known for their filler-esque themed cards and subtle-to-mild hype, it takes a lot for one to look at a “One Night Only” show with excitement.

However, TNA in 2016 actually took time to dedicate reasons to hype a live version of “ONO,” including Kurt Angle being in action, “The Miracle” Mike Bennett’s in-ring debut and the marquee factor – a sudden, but enjoyable Beer Money reunion, thrusting James Storm into a storyline from his big return after a brief swim in NXT waters.

Despite a few highlights, this show reminded us why TNA cannot handle live capabilities, making silly mistakes in production and on commentary.

TNA has tried to make some good news, but like always, it always ends up bad.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 1/8/16)

The Breakdown

– The opening video hyped the night’s matches and occurrences, particularly focusing on the Beer Money-Bram/Eric Young, three-way tag, Lashley-Tyrus and #1 Contender Knockouts Gauntlet matches.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/16/15: Final Destination

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 12/16/15)

Final Destination

– With this likely being the last episode of the “Destination America Era,” TNA took the next two hours to put focus on the final four competitors of the TNA World Title Series – Matt Hardy, Ethan Carter III, Eric Young and Bobby Lashley. It’s fitting given that these four were arguably the biggest stars of the year for the company where others left or fell short. Also in this filler-ific edition were two matches – an Eight-Man Tag between Group Future Four (Jessie Godderz, Eli Drake, Micah, Crimson) and Group X-Division (Manik, X-Division Champion Tigre Uno, Mandrews, DJZ) as well as a Four-Way Elimination match involving Bobby Roode, Rockstar Spud, Mr. Anderson and Eddie Edwards.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 11/11/15: To The Victor Go No Spoils

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 11/11/15)

To The Victor Go No Spoils 

– The opening video highlighted last week’s TNA World Title Series happenings – Madison Rayne showing some actual personality en route to defeating Brooke to get on the board of Group Knockouts to make it a four-way tie at three points, both members of The Wolves went to a sizzling draw and Eric Young Piledrove his way to make Group Champions a four-way tie. Hyped for later on was Gail Kim-Rayne (Group Knockouts), Matt Hardy-Eddie Edwards (Group Tag Team Specialists) and Ethan Carter III-Mr. Anderson (Group Champions) as the Round of 16 was beginning to take shape, Hardy already in.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 10/21/15: Night Of The One Percenter

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 10/21/15)

Night Of The One Percenter

– The opening video again highlighted the background story of how the World Title Series came to be, when Matt Hardy was forced to relinquish the TNA World Heavyweight Championship he won at Bound For Glory, beating then-Champion Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway in a three-way dance. Also in the video, we ran through all of last week’s winners/leaderboard first-place guys. Hyped for the show also were four matches from respective groups: Group X-Division (Mandrews Vs. X-Division Champion Tigre Uno, Manik Vs. DJZ) and Group Champions (Mr. Anderson Vs. Austin Aries, EC3 Vs. Lashley) and at least we knew with these set of shows, wrestling was going to be the biggest focus, along with more recent promo work from all parties involved. That said, now that it’s a few weeks in, we really dig the “sports show” vibe the show has given us, especially how in-depth Josh Matthews and The Pope go when they bring up the leaderboards and running through all scenarios and individual situations for everyone involved.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 10/14/15: Beer Money Meets Again

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 10/14/15)

Beer Money Meets Again

– The opening video highlighted how Matt Hardy won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound For Glory by pinning Drew Galloway, only to relinquish it to throw out an injunction filed against him by former Champ Ethan Carter III. Doing so created the idea for the World Title Series, with eight different groups of four competing round-robin style. It hyped the tournament’s continuation. Given the situation where TNA needed to make matches taped in July feel relevant by October, it has been handled quite well, mixing these matches with more recent footage of promo segments.

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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 6/10/15: Destination X-Lax

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 6/10/15)

Destination X-Lax

– The opening video dramatically put over the “innovation” of the X-Division and hyped all the qualifying matches that would lead to a three-way with the winner to crown a new Champion. Also hyped was Rockstar Spud-Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, where the winner would defend against Austin Aries.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/29/15: Last Friday Night

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 5/29/15)

Last Friday Night

– The cold tension between Eric Young and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle was captured excellently on this episode form start to finish. Starting things with a random cameraman in the passenger seat of Young’s car made us wonder just what was going on in the first place, but was used as a set-up to the apparent parking lot brawl that ensued seconds later since Angle was already waiting for him.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/1/15: Extremely Basic

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 5/1/15)

Extremely Basic

– The Hardys/Davey Richards-Abyss/Khoya/Manik Tag Team Hardcore match was a decent opener for the weapons-friendly two-hour Hardcore Justice show, but if you’ve seen one of these matches, then you’ve seen them all. Despite the entertainment, there was nothing innovative here, as the Hardys got their 67,900th revenge on The Revolution. Read the rest of this entry