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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 8/4/16: Ass-Kicking Destiny

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 8/4/16)

Ass-Kicking Destiny 

– Bound For Glory was all the rage, as the opening video showed us how the BFG Playoffs (a tournament to determine who’d fight for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at BFG) Finals came to be, as Ethan Carter III defeated “Broken” Matt Hardy after it was set up by Jeff Hardy, while The Miracle inched closer to Championship gold by any means necessary as he beat Drew Galloway, with accidental help from EC3. This set up the inevitable EC3-Miracle rematch and the stakes couldn’t be bigger. Certainly had a “big fight feel” to it.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/28/16: Game Changer

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/28/16)

Game Changer 

– Bound For Glory always features some sort of convoluted tournament and this year’s installment wasn’t bad by any means since it featured the right people. It cleverly meshed the Hardy saga with the Ethan Carter III-Drew Galloway feud and The Miracle thrown in there with Moose, his insurance policy, to add to the fun. The opening video highlighted how each competitor made it to the Semifinals of the BFG Playoffs and hyped the bouts of Matt Hardy-EC3 and Galloway-Miracle.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 7/21/16: Bound For Destruction

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 7/21/16)

Bound For Destruction

– The Hardy saga continued in the opening video as we saw Jeff Hardy atop a valley mountain, the same one where he infamously injured himself on the motorcycle to cost him and Matt the TNA World Tag Team Championships, but this time he was next to Matt, who dared him to try it again and rooted for him to fail. This was everything great about the Hardy story to this point, that Matt has continually bragged about how he now owns Jeff and this was a nice tie-in to one of Matt’s biggest personal gripes to cost him success as he looked to make him pay now. Jeff complied and the camera cut away before he landed, to raise the suspense. Smart for TNA to continue to showcase the best thing they have going now, while the rest of the show catches up, though they’re not far.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 6/28/16: Tonight, Tonight

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 6/28/16)

Tonight, Tonight

– As of this show, TNA’s biggest storylines were Ethan Carter III/Drew Galloway earning respective World Title shots (which would happen on this night), the continuation of the Hardy brother saga as Jeff outlasted Matt in Six Sides Of Steel with a definitive dive off the top of the cage and with Dixie Carter absent thanks to Billy Corgan, The Miracle was granted a shot at the TNA X-Division Championship (a plan to get to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship via “Option C”) and used cheating tactics to win the Title. This episode would advance all those storylines and more as we saw in the opening video.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/31/16: Trouble In Charge

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/31/16)

Trouble In Charge 

– Dixie Carter’s an interesting lady. While we applaud the idea that the show’s “chaos” behind the feud between TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway and Lashley prompted her to give the show to someone else for the night, it didn’t make sense. That said, who ended up in charge was okay. We also saw highlights of how Jeff Hardy earned the right to face his brother Matt at Slammiversary, with the storyline focused on Matt’s darker character after Jeff took him out. The last of the highlights focused on the Ethan Carter III-Miracle feud.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/24/16: May Mayhem

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/24/16)

May Mayhem 

– In a world of goofy episode name decisions, TNA were beside themselves. Who thought up “May Mayhem”? Good lord. On the surface, there was potential. Ethan Carter III was on the last stop on the “Road To Redemption” as he’d battle “dark” Matt Hardy to get the chance to take on The Miracle at Slammiverary. Also previewed in the opening video were an Ultimate X match (for the X-Division Championship we assume) and an Al Snow-Grado match. The latter actually received good storyline support, so not a bad night on deck here.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 5/17/16: Lumberjack Adventures

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 5/17/16)

Lumberjack Adventures 

– Something that TNA has done brilliantly in the “Pop TV era” has been their main event buildups. They pound it into your head that this is something you need to see. We hear from both competitors in separate interviews. Sometimes, there’s a video package. Maybe they’ll even brawl. Such is the example with the current main event program in TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway and Lashley. The opening video showed us how we were at the stage where they were set for an ultimate showdown. They amplified it further as they showed upon a brawl in the production area when they found each other backstage, as they needed half the locker room to separate them. Way to sell it, guys. Yes.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/26/16: Sacrifice 2016

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/26/16)

Sacrifice 2016

– With this Sacrifice-themed edition, there was plenty to go down. Firstly, smart to open with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Champion Galloway and Tyrus. This had more flexibility as a first match and allowed the full story to be told. Tyrus was on point as far as taunting Galloway to come out and defend his big word, all the while targeting Galloway’s injured ribs whenever possible, even unraveling the tape to expose them. Galloway sold the hell out of the injuries and it helped cement his comeback as the match went on. Rockstar Spud on Tyrus’ side also proved to be another obstacle for Galloway to overcome. All in all, this was a good way to get Tyrus’ Title shot he won at Bound For Glory out of the way while giving Galloway someone credible to his list of defeated names. Tyrus didn’t lose much either because he was portrayed as on Galloway’s level and also got to kick out of the Claymore Kick before eventually falling to the Future Shock DDT. Another week, another hearty defense for Galloway, as he presumably sets the stage for Lashley.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/19/16: Hale And Hardy

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/19/16)

Hale And Hardy 

– Only in TNA would you have a ladder match where the winner controls the division also include Champion of said division. Anyways, the match involved Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Velvet Sky, Marti Bell, Rebel, Maria and Knockouts Champion Jade. If Jade won this, couldn’t she simply book herself not to defend the belt ever? We did like the fact that commentary addressed this logic hole later in the match by having The Pope say that every Champion had to defend their belt every 30 days, no exceptions. It was also cool to see Rosemary play a factor by attacking Kim and having her Decay buddies escort her out, an apparent kidnapping. Of course, Maria loved this. The powerbomb by Marti Bell was pretty, but not replay worthy. Maria and a kendo stick reigned supreme and before long, she assumed control of the Knockouts. Are we back to the “glory days” of a Knockouts authority figure a la Brooke Hogan? Good god, we hope not.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 4/12/16: Hardy Family Tradition

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 4/12/16)

Hardy Family Tradition

– The Hardy brothers continue to lead the show along with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway and with Tyrus creeping along in the background with a Title shot anytime of his choosing that he has to declare. It’s all building to a point. In a time where TNA is running on borrowed time with guys like Bobby Roode and TNA King Of The Mountain Champion Eric Young, they’re making the most of it by focusing on other talent. The opening video highlighted last week’s Galloway-Matt Hardy match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, showing how Jeff “evened the score” so his brother couldn’t cheat his way back to the gold.

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