“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
First Stop On the Farewell Tour
– The opening video provided fair hype on recent storylines – TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III getting his groove back by defeating Lashley and Matt Hardy in one night to end the TNA World Title Series on top. Another big focus was the first match of Kurt Angle’s esteemed “farewell tour,” as he’d battle Drew Galloway.
More Than Your Cheap Pop
– The opening video discussed the primed athletes being determined to be TNA World Heavyweight Champion, hyping the TNA World Title Series’ final four – Lashley, Matt Hardy, Ethan Carter III and Eric Young.
A Glorious Countdown
– The opening video highlighted Drew Galloway beating The Wolves, Bobby Lashley and Bram in an elimination style match to earn a Title shot at Bound For Glory against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III. Set up as Galloway’s biggest career moment to date, it came off well.
The Momentum Swings
– The opening video highlighted the recent Global Force Wrestling “hostile takeover” of the place Jeff Jarrett once called home, and how the Team TNA-Team GFW match materialized for ultimate control of the company. Also featured was TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III retaining his Title, making Jeff Hardy his new personal assistant.
BDC (Beat Dumb Clan)
– The opening video that highlighted the chaos, The Revolution, Austin Aries winning the X Division Title, Awesome Kong’s return and the big turns at the end was solid in wrapping up the debut episode in about two minutes.
– The segment where Josh Matthews led things and talked about “intimacy” through cameras or something like that was made to sound like the company was “breaking new ground.” Sure. The new theme song is catchy though.
– The Bobby Roode promo about Eric Young should have had him be irate about being screwed, and he was. He should have been out for blood wanting Eric Young. Perfect.
– The Entourage of MVP, Samoa Joe, Kenny King and Low-Ki makes a good ring presence. MVP is perfect at the bragging heel promo, but it still seems like a random group for what you call a “family.” Are they really on top of the world in TNA? The Beat Down Clan is such a sucky name. The Entourage makes a better name instead. It was also odd to see them not accept Young in the group, being he turned along with Low-Ki and Joe. Young explanation seemed kind of weak, all over not getting a title shot or hospital visits. He sounded like an angry Grandpa. Despite the heel reaction from the crowd, he’s not a convincing heel on the mic. Lashley not coming out upon his music hitting and Angle coming out instead is something TNA does too often. Nevertheless, it told us Lashley wasn’t still fully on board with the BDC. The Angle-BDC confrontation was okay, as Joe marched up to him, got in his face and Angle punched him. Also, why no explanations from Joe or Low-Ki?
– The Joe-Angle match wasn’t like their warrior battles of 2006/2007, but they worked together well as it had its share of technical and physical combat. The Ref bump and Joe playing dirty wasn’t original, but at least it got the BDC already on the win board. And sure enough, the group lived up to their name. Young also joined in, though not with the group. Why not just say he’s in there? Roode making the save was expected and made him look strong.
– Roode’s sit-in-ring promo was angry, passionate and believable, just what Young couldn’t pull off. You could believe he wanted Young’s head on a plate.
– Mike Tenay’s interview with Magnus as a newfound “family man” was heart lifting. Well, not really.
– The backstage segment between Jeremy Borash and Rockstar Spud was pretty good. They have surprisingly good chemistry.
– The Revolution stands like a Ministry of Darkness of sorts. Their roster grows slowly, with a new member, Khoya. Having them out for the Hardys-Wolves match was good to get them on TV. As for that match, it was good in terms of matching the intensity from their past bouts with inventive spots like Jeff Hardy running across the ropes and jumping onto The Wolves on the floor, but the 67 camera cuts to The Revolution was somewhat distracting from the match. Good finish though, as the Hardys won.
– The backstage promo of Bram on “Feast or Fired” was somewhat believable, but what good does staying out of his way do when he has a 1/4 chance of getting fired?
– The backstage segment with Lashley, King and Young was the BDC talking about how great things were and making fun of Young saying he was crazy.
– EC III and Tyrus breaking into the production room and wanting to control the cameras to talk to Borash and challenge him to a match was something different, but the nWo kind of did it before.
– The NO DQ match between Roode and Young was an all-out brawl and the cut away to Lashley’s “silence” was interesting too. This episode seemed to revolve around settling differences and the first hour went by fast. Hasn’t been a case of TNA trying to do too much in two hours. The match was shorter than maybe it should have been, but the finish was believable as Young piledrived Roode onto a steel chair. The postmatch promo with MVP and King had MVP bragging about Lashley and MVP feeding into Young’s anger some more.
– The Austin Aries’ X-Division Championship rematch promo put it over well in terms of the match itself and what it meant for him.
– The promo with Brooke was drama about her relationship with Robbie E. Meh.
– The Beautiful People (w/The Bro-Mans, DJ Z)-Brooke/Taryn Terrell match wasn’t anything memorable besides the ridiculous Bro-Mans entrance. Velvet Sky pinned Brooke pulling on tights. Postmatch, the Awesome Kong beat down on the Beautiful People and DJ Z was more of her dominance, which was good. When Havok came down to the ring and confronted Kong, security tried to separate them. They will go at it in due time. The feud has been good so far.
– EC III’s charisma shined in the backstage segment where he bullied Borash into accepting his challenge for next week’s show.
– The backstage segment with Manik leading producers to James Storm talking to the Revolution introducing his newest disciple, Khoya from India was decent. Gosh, he’s like Bray Wyatt with logic. He said he would show off his power and destruction would be unleashed next week.
– The hype video for Feast or Fired was what you’d expect it to look like. Feast or Fired is just one of those gimmicky matches that just can’t be taken too seriously. The main question here is who will get fired?
– The X-Division Championship match between Low-Ki (w/BDC) and Aries was decent in terms of in-ring action but it was more shenanigans with the BDC on the outside as they cost Aries the title and brought it back to Low-Ki. Why even the title change last week? Granted, the BDC has gold now and is undefeated, but still. The postmatch promo from MVP bringing out Lashley and having the BDC turn on Lashley once he made it known he didn’t want to be with them was good for getting the BDC over and made Lashley a somewhat buyable face. Lashley feuding with any BDC member would be good at the moment. Nevertheless, it might had been good if TNA avoided relying once again on a dominant heel stable a la The Main Event Mafia and Aces and Eights. Not to mention, their “rival” doing it just makes them look like copycats, but thus, this is what we have and it could be worse.
– Samoa Joe (w/BDC) def. Kurt Angle via pinfall
– Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match – The Hardys def. The Wolves via pinfall
– No DQ – Eric Young def. Bobby Roode via pinfall
– The Beautiful People (w/Bro-Mans, DJ Z) def. Karyn Terrell/Brooke via pinfall
– X-Division Championship – Low-Ki def. Austin Aries (Champion) to regain Title