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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 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 5/29/15: 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 5/8/15: Live From Orlando, It’s Friday Night

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(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 5/1/15: Extremely Basic

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(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

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/24/15: Night Of Knockouts

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(Aired 4/24/15)

Night Of Knockouts

– The opening video highlighted the advertised “TKO – Night of Knockouts” themed show, with a 4-way #1 Contender’s Match between Brooke, Angelina Love, Gail Kim and Madison Rayne, Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell defending against Awesome Kong and Eric Young facing Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/10/15: The One With The Live Tweets

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(Aired 4/10/15)

The One With The Live Tweets

– The opening video put over the Beat Down Clan and introduced Drew Galloway and The Rising, hyping a confrontation; the latest installment of lame TNA overbooked fashion warfare.

– Providing live tweets all night long was a cool little incentive to get viewers invested in the product, but none of the tweets really “stole” the show and were just like: “@GenericWrestlingFanName: OMG TNA WOW! #BoringHashtag” over and over. It was all kind of slightly distracting actually. Either way, the first segment with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley and Eric Young did a good job of setting up the main event, while addressing last week’s controversial ending, which Lashley was quick to point out, while using Angle’s character to convince him for another rematch. This seemed like another repeat until Young thankfully came in and made this a truly fresh matchup.

– The video package that hyped Awesome Kong was good, with voiceovers by Gail Kim “selling” her brutality, hyping their upcoming match well, a dream come true since January 7 when Kong made her return. This is always the best Knockouts match you could book, as we got a healthy sample of what intensity these two ladies bring in the ring, evidenced by their past work, but Kong going over was good here, especially putting Kim down after she tried several times to win. They made the message clear that Kong was going straight for the Knockouts Title.

– The interaction between Mickie James and James Storm was interesting, as Storm almost went back to his old, natural self and returned back to the cult leader once he saw Manik, shoving a muffin in his mouth, bossing him around.

– The Revolution in-ring segment had Storm basically berate Manik, Khoya and Abyss, telling them they’d fight each other to see who would team with him, which had some decent action. Manik emerged as the fan favorite, but with Storm “coaching” Khoya to be ruthless, he took on the other competitors and won the match. Okay turnout, but nothing special.

– The segment with Drew Galloway and The Rising was mainly nonsensical crowd-pandering as Galloway cuts the same damn promo every time. At the least, we got to meet Mika – Haku’s son, who cut a decent promo on BDC and Eli Drake – who probably has the best promo skills of the group. The BDC coming out had a good response promo from MVP and the physicality was only a matter of time, leading to a six-man tag, which was standard as The Rising won by DQ. The obvious newsworthy event to come of this was Homicide as the BDC’s newest member. This was good as he fits the group’s image.

– Angle’s promo put over his competitors just as Young viciously attacked him and stole his belt. Angle vowing to compete was good. This was all good basically. More EY viciousness = win.

– The DJZ-Davey Richards match set the scene for a Davey Richards singles push for the X-Division Championship, while DJZ – looking past the horrid gimmick, has had success in the past as the Champion. This was your basic, high-spots match where Richards came out victorious.

– The BDC backstage segment had them acknowledge the “snooping” camera with Homicide getting “the call” to join in. Good promo. Oh, look they even have a cute little catchphrase.

– The Jade/Maribell Doll House production hype video was interesting. Are they sisters or lesbians? Ether way, they don’t like dolls apparently or have some kind of heel fetish. That’s something to build off of.

– The Hardys segment with the sad “Hardy’s Revenge” chant brought back bad memories, but rebounded for their clear goal of wanting to be Tag Champions. The interruption by Ethan Carter III/Tyrus was good, but why wouldn’t EC3 pick Tyrus as his partner? Bram fits EC3 we guess, but it’s all still glaring. Mr. Anderson/Rockstar Spud entering the mix was expected, but damn, Spud looks like a little boy now. Austin Aries coming out followed by Bobby Roode saw the reunion of The Dirty Heels.

– The TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Angle, Lashley and Young was entertaining. Lashley looked very tough and Young brought the crazed aggression. Angle took both guys out and finished it off with a win. Young got some good heat by attacking Lashley with the chair afterwards and locking in the Figure Four.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Awesome Kong def. Gail Kim via pinfall

– Winner Becomes James Storm’s Tag Partner – Khoya def. Manik and Abyss via pinfall

– Six-Man Tag – The Rising def. The Beat Down Clan via DQ

– Davey Richards def. DJZ via pinfall

– TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Kurt Angle (Champion) def. Bobby Lashley and Eric Young via pinfall to retain 

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/3/15: Bell-To-Bell

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(Aired 4/3/15)

Bell-To-Bell

– This sounded like a loaded show from the get-go with Eric Young-Bobby Roode in a Submission match, Magnus-Bram in Falls Count Anywhere, Gail Kim-Angelina Love and Kurt Angle-Bobby Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The show – for this reason – was solidly paced and moved quickly. Some Impact shows have the tendency to feel like they will never end. Not the case here.

– The Young-Roode match was preceded by a good Young promo where he was determined to write “the final chapter” of Roode’s sad story. This book must have about 37,000 chapters. Roode’s comeback statement was all well and good, as we know to be, but this feud felt like it had ended already, but we’re not going to complain seeing these guys go at it again. Also, come on Josh Matthews, we wouldn’t quite call it Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao-esque now. Also, why announce it as a submission match in the opening video before the segment takes place that makes it sound impromptu? Yet another week of TNA spoiling its own surprises again. The match itself was pretty good – though a notch below some of their past efforts. The faulty finish with the referee was questionable logic, but at least Young came out with the win and looks good from here on out. He needed it more than Roode.

– The Wolves segment was all about an update on Eddie Edwards’ fractured heel injury at a “One Night Stand” taping and this was a good way to get them on TV and announce that Edwards would be out indefinitely. Davey Richards set a good tone defending his partner and wanting to be fighting champions, the reason for relinquishing the belts. A tough time for The Wolves, who were assumedly set on topping the Tag division for a while. The “farewell” message was also solid and set the table for a return angle whenever they choose to pick it up.

– The Lashley backstage promo had him talk about being motivated to get what he once had and it was actually a good, short promo. This didn’t come off rehearsed a bit.

– The Kim-Love match started with a good promo from Love, where she complained about being overlooked. Taz taking responsibility for crediting Kim all the time as Love pointed out was strange at best. Are they trying to make Taz in love with Kim or something? The arguments between Matthews and Taz were stupid. Worst yet, the split screen took away from the action in the ring. The match was good though after that point. Kim winning probably sets her in line for a future Knockouts Title shot.

– Nothing like some Network cross-promotion, with The Revolution and James Storm speaking how there’s always room for more to the ghost show dudes. We don’t know nor care about them and the acting was Pacman Jones bad.

– The Magnus-Bram falls count anywhere match had some good action and went all over the ringside area, as both guys took it to each other. Mickie James’ involvement in the match was expected, but set up the incredibly random appearance of James Storm, who stopped Bram from attacking her with a chair (face turn?) and disappeared. The finish was okay and Magnus got his feel-good moment of victory. Will Storm and Bram feud next? Maybe they turned Storm to give some time to a Beat Down Clan-Revolution feud? Note: the BDC were not on the show or even mentioned. No mention of The Rising either. Good, necessary break from some of the nonsense was a pleasant change of pace.

– Kurt Angle’s backstage promo put Lashley over as a good competitor and the sharpness in their first match, thus setting up this next match well.

– The backstage interaction between Magnus and James Storm had Storm say he was “looking out for an old friend” as Magnus looked confused at that statement. Will he try to seek her out for The Revolution? James has been in a non-wrestling role, so it wouldn’t make much sense. Perhaps it’s a slow face turn for Storm. Either way, it’s a little intriguing.

– The TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Angle and Lashley was much like their first match – formulaic yet entertaining. We could actually say it was better than the first match by just a little bit. The closing minutes of the match were really good – having Angle tease tapping out and Lashley coming close to winning, both guys almost trying to finish each other off in desperation. Lashley’s look of shock sold the controversial finish and the replays seemed to back Lashley’s claims. Where will this lead? Probably a third match, but the only bad thing about it is that Lashley needs a pick-me-up victory and facing Angle won’t let that happen, because Angle is the new Champion and needs to look strong. That aside, their rivalry has been fun to watch and made for some great TV matches.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Submission Match – Eric Young def. Bobby Roode 

– Gail Kim def. Angelina Love via pinfall

– Falls Count Anywhere – Magnus def. Bram via pinfall

– TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Kurt Angle (Champion) def. Bobby Lashley via pinfall to retain

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 3/27/15: Back To The Danger Zone

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(Aired 3/27/15)

Back To The Danger Zone

– The opening video did a good job of reminding us how Jeff Hardy got “taken out” by James Storm and The Revolution. On a side note, the revamped Impact Zone set came off good on TV, but the praises stop there. Read further on.

– For a show called “Hardy’s Revenge,” it was hard to really believe the obstacles The Revolution stacked on Hardy, although Storm did a decent job with his promo work, having Revolution members ambush Hardy from behind. Hardy’s return promo was far from his best – that “Hardy’s Revenge” chant attempt was cringe-worthy. It set up their match later on in the show in an okay way – even though it looked as if it’d happen right then and there.

– The Beat Down Clan backstage segment had them talk about losing Samoa Joe (no storyline explanation offered), Low-Ki losing his belt and MVP and Kenny King eager to make a statement. That was good because they needed to pick up momentum. Also, good to see Rockstar Spud’s successful cash-in moment highlighted, as it was treated like a “blink and you missed it” moment last week.

– The Storm-Khoya segment had Storm demand Khoya to take out Hardy; basically do his dirty work for him. We have faith in Khoya, of course and Lethal Lockdown will obviously be canceled. They’re totally not building to that at all.

– The X-Division Championship match between Low-Ki and Spud had a decent story headed in. Low-Ki continues to show an impressive amount of intensity as a BDC member and it translates well to his ring work too. The match result was influenced by Drew Galloway stopping BDC stablemates to help Low Ki, and that was expected, though not as memorable as you’d think.

– The in-ring segment that followed with a pissed-off BDC, Drew Galloway and “The Rising” was just another way for two more generically named stables to go at it… Just another rehashed storyline of Front Line-Main Event Mafia, Fortune-Immortal, Aces and Eights-TNA and now The Rising-BDC. Still don’t think Galloway is the guy to lead this “Stand Up For Pro Wrestling Movement” and it all kind of feels more ridiculous in the Impact Zone – where all past TNA faction warfare has occurred. Also, the random introduction of Galloway’s Rising stablemates in helping him clear the ring from the BDC was a horrible way to introduce them. It was kind of like, “Oh okay, these guys are helping him, we guess. What’s going on again?” Beyond cheesy.

– The Awesome Kong hype video with her voiceover was actually unique and well-done.

– Oh, The BDC is angry again backstage because they don’t know the people with Galloway. Neither do we. MVP teased making a call and saying “He’s ready.” Thank goodness, a new member perhaps?

– The Brooke-Awesome Kong match was the pick-me-up win that Kong needed and while Brooke tried to pull off some offense, it just wasn’t anything convincing to get behind. Kong delivering two Implant Busters was a nice touch, setting up Taryn Terrell to make the save, the first time showing Terrell in a way that progressed her character. She put up a good fight, but having her go through the table was the right result. She sold it very well and Kong looked like a beast. Can’t help but mention that Gail Kim never came out and that seemed to be what everyone was waiting for. Perhaps they draw on this for next week.

– The Austin Aries backstage promo put over the Championship match and Angle winning the belt – as well as teasing a cash-in.

– Hardy’s promo was over-the-top, as usual. “TNA will never be the same again!” Really? This only set up Khoya’s attempted assault, which didn’t work out too well and telling by the commercial for this week’s show, the match would happen anyway. Gosh – this was bad. Khoya continuing to get back up, Hardy telling him to stay down and hitting him with glass bottles was supposed to look cool but came across more like a horrendous action movie scene. What’s going on? This show is so lackluster.

– The segment with Kurt Angle, Ethan Carter III, Tyrus, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Aries and Bobby Lashley had everybody talking about getting their chance at the World Title, with most of them being past Champions. Now, it did feel like everyone who was out there deserved a shot at the Title. Aries and Young shined in this segment. Who knew Young would end up being one of TNA’s top highlights as a heel in 2015? The segment looked to end without a whimper – no declaration of any match, but just the idea that Angle would fight anyone and everyone – which drew out Lashley. These two guys were seemingly on good terms last week. Why is it this week they are nearly coming to blows? Of course, all those guys in the ring couldn’t just stand, so we obviously needed a brawl with Mr. Anderson added in too. Sigh. TNA hurts our brain sometimes.

– The subsequent Anderson/Aries/Roode-EC3/Young/Tyrus match had some decent action while it lasted and the finish wasn’t overbooked, as Young won with the Figure Four lock. Young has been booked really great lately.

– Really, Young and Roode “finally face off”? They had a match three weeks ago. Not going to complain since they work well together, but their feud literally never ends. Ugh.

– The segment with Bram, Magnus and Mickie James hyped next week’s match well with a tease of physical action, but we’ve technically seen it all before. All of it.

– Angle’s promo concerning the Lashley rematch was straight-forward and what we’d usually expect.

– The “Lethal Lockdown-esque” main event match with Hardy-Storm was what you’d expect, with Hardy getting his revenge. Hardy har har. Your usual crowd-pleasing hardcore match; a two-man Lethal Lockdown. Does the match get any more credibility when the announce team doesn’t even know what to call it? The Frankensteiner spot off the cage was a cool spot – better than the finish, but it was what it was. You got the feeling The Revolution wasn’t done here.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– X-Division Championship – Rockstar Spud def. Low-Ki to retain

– Awesome Kong def. Brooke via pinfall

– Ethan Carter III/Tyrus/Eric Young def. Mr. Anderson/Austin Aries/Bobby Roode via pinfall

– Lethal Lockdown-Esque Match – Jeff Hardy def. James Storm via pinfall

Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 3/20/15: Lashley Vs. Angle

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(Aired 3/20/15)

Lashley Vs. Angle

– You can fault TNA for all their past wrongdoings and chalk their Creative lack of logic to carelessness or just plain stupidity, but there are times that when they get it right, they get it right. The hype for the first-ever meeting between Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley (for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, no less) was nothing short of brilliant. They made this truly feel like a match worth seeing, from the hype video clips for each man, to the camera shots of them in preparation and from input from the commentary team and other wrestling talent. You had the feeling that all eyes were on this match, as this had implications for the future and the very foundation of TNA as a company. Granted, last week’s Rockstar Spud-Ethan Carter III Hair Vs. Match was a tough act to follow and while this match didn’t match that magic, it excelled in its own little way.

– Despite the annoying Bro-Mans backstage promo that had Robbie E “depressed” over losing to Brooke (Shake it off Robbie, barely anyone watched), TNA did a decent job of toning down said annoyance by keeping the duo to DJ Z and Jesse Godderz, who actually had better chemistry than the Godderz-Robbie E team. Who knew? Angelina Love remains with them, but doesn’t really gain much from this situation either. Shouldn’t she be vying for the Knockouts Championship?

– The Ultimate X Tag Team Championship match between The Wolves, Jesse Godderz/DJ Z and The Great Sanada/Manik was the expected glorified spot fest that it sounded like on paper. While everyone had their moments to shine, The Wolves were the only team that looked like they had a real chance of winning and won the match before the action became stale.

– Austin Aries has always given a good promo and he had purpose being that he had his briefcase in the hands of the Beat Down Clan. Him calling them out was good for this reason. Low-Ki and Samoa Joe representing the BDC also worked here. That said, why on earth would Aries put up his earned World Title briefcase shot to get a shot at a lower Championship that he’d be due a rematch for anyway? The match between him and Joe had some time to turn into something decent, but had “BDC antics” written all over it, with Low-Ki attacking Aries to cause the DQ. Kudos to Taz for the technical hold pointers, which upped the ante in the action’s importance. Aries ended back up with the briefcase, but the moment was quickly and rightfully overshadowed by Spud’s surprise cash-in of his X-Division Title briefcase. That was great, because it gave Spud new direction and a new feud with the BDC. You can even throw Aries into things too.

– Magnus’ brawl-styled clobbering of Bram was a great follow up of last week’s segment. Even Mickie James looked good while beating on him. This raised their personal feud up a notch and felt necessary at this point in their blood rivalry. Only complaint possibly here was that this directly followed the Spud cash-in and we had no time to really digest anything, though this helped helped give the show an “unpredictable” feel, despite being taped a while back.

– The three-way Knockouts Championship match between Awesome Kong, Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell was okay, nothing too special. Why Terrell continues to get the nod over Kim/Kong is beyond us, because she still feels like a vague paper champion. She says she seeks to “validate her reign,” but we still don’t know much about her besides she always ends up winning. She is becoming the Knockouts John Cena. We hope TNA sees this and tries to fix it soon, because the longer she stays Champion, the more damage her character hurts from it this way.

– The James Storm promo put over the no DQ match and his “coin toss” talk was interesting in his own James Storm way. Who can deny the creepy whistle?

– Angle’s comments towards the upcoming match had him put over Lashley as a monster and that he was eager to show he was still one of the best in the business. Good promo.

– The Storm (w/The Revolution)-Matt Hardy No DQ match was a decent weapon fest, as the story was Hardy fighting off all of The Revolution, eventually falling victim to the match rules. Storm’s postmatch promo put over his desire to have Matt join Jeff in the hospital, as we assume happened, with all those brutal shots and camera cutaway. Being that Jeff “returns” next week, it was a good way to set that up.

– The TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Lashley-Angle was a great match given lots of time for both guys to wear each other down, with Angle’s German suplexes and Lashley’s sudden bursts of energy. That said, it took four Angle Locks to finish Lashley off and the win was a pleasant surprise, as it seemed Lashley had the momentum going with the belt again, but Angle on top of the mountain in TNA opens up some new possibilities.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– Tag Team Championships Destination X Match – The Wolves (Champion) def. Jesse Godderz/DJ Z (w/Angelina Love) and The Great Sanada/Manik to retain 

– Austin Aries def. Samoa Joe (w/Low-Ki) via DQ

– X-Division Championship Match – Rockstar Spud def. Low-Ki Champion) via pinfall to become new Champion; Briefcase Cash-In

– Knockouts Championship – Taryn Terrell def. Gail Kim, Awesome Kong via pinfall to retain 

– No Disqualification Match – James Storm (w/The Revolution) def. Matt Hardy via pinfall

– World Heavyweight Championship Match – Kurt Angle def. Bobby Lashley (Champion) via submission to become new Champion