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

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 7/8/15)

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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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/1/15: EC3 Goes For The Gold

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 7/1/15)

EC3 Goes For The Gold 

– The opening video hyped the Kurt Angle-Ethan Carter III World Heavyweight Championship match. If only this was Slammiversary material. Actually, a lot of this show was what should’ve been Slammiversary. This was undoubtedly the best Impact of the Destination America era in terms of consistent top-to-bottom enjoyment.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 6/24/15: Surprise, Surprise

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 6/24/15)

Surprise, Surprise

– Only TNA would push harder for a free television show next week than it’s Pay-Per-View (first in the year) four days from the air date, right? For all the stories of financial shortcomings and backlash, this is actually a chance for good money to be made and when the company finds itself in these situations, you have to wonder why they didn’t push Slammiversary harder. Yeah, sure – you had the nostalgia factor with all these past names coming back with surprise appearances, but it was still not enough to salvage the lackluster build of things thus far. One of TNA’s bright spots has been Ethan Carter III and starting the live show off with him and Tyrus was the right way to go. EC3 did have all the power, walking with a “Miz”-like swagger and he did a good job of teasing TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle’s opponent as someone who had “legacy” in the business.

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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 5/15/15: Hardcore War

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(Aired 5/15/15)

Hardcore War

– The opening video hyped the 10-man Hardcore War gauntlet match between Team Kurt Angle and Team Eric Young, promising elevated violence, or something like that. This sort of felt randomly strung together, huh?

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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 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