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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 8/26/15: Decisions, Decisions

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 8/26/15)

Decisions, Decisions

– The opening video talked about Jeff Jarrett offering to run Impact when “The Law” Bully Ray was attacked (bet TNA feels stupid mentioning his likeness now), also looking at the attack on Drew Galloway backstage and PJ Black winning the King Of The Mountain Championship. Hyped were three random Championship matches – a three-way for the X-Division Championship with DJZ, Sonjay Dutt and Tigre Uno, Velvet Sky vs. Brooke for the Knockouts Championship (how did she earn that?) and Abyss/Manik vs. The Wolves for the TNA Tag Team Championships (same goes for them too).

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 8/19/15: Turning Point 2015

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/19/15)

Turning Point 2015

– The opening video looked back at last week’s TNA/Global Force Wrestling “supershow,” with TNA getting two out of three victories, with GFW’s PJ Black winning the King Of The Mountain Championship, earning the right to face TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III later on. Also hyped for this “Turning Point”-themed episode was Mr. Anderson vs. Bram in an “Open Mic” match and Gail Kim vs. Marti Bell/Jade in Six Sides Of Steel.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 8/12/15: TNA Vs. GFW

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/12/15)

TNA Vs. GFW

– This was supposed to be seen as something ground-breaking as it was TNA vs. Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling, as the opening video showcased all the different matches – Tigre Uno (TNA) vs. Sonjay Dutt (GFW), The Wolves (TNA) vs. Brian Myers/Trevor Lee (GFW), Awesome Kong (TNA) vs. Lei’D Tapa (GFW) and five mystery athletes would compete in a King Of The Mountain match (oh joy) for the KOTM Title.

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

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(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 7/15/15: Can’t Fight The Law

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/15/15)

Can’t Fight The Law 

– The opening video highlighted Ethan Carter III’s “reign of supreme” last week and how he got himself out of a Title defense against Kurt Angle, culminating in a verbal showdown with Dixie Carter where she said she knew who’d be in charge and EC3 wasn’t it, hyping the reveal of a new power. Tiny little bit of intrigue there.

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

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(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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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 5/29/15: Last Friday Night

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(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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