TNA Impact Wrestling Coverage: More ODB and Eric Young Please
Caveman speak, boring promo and squash matches highlighted another weak episode of TNA Impact. Aside from the Eric Young and ODB segment, the show offered no smiles, nothing to chuckle about. Sadly, ODB’s use of the TKO in her match with Winter was the best wrestling move all night as well.
Essentially every angle is stale. There’s nothing interesting between Frank Kazarian and AJ Styles. TNA is wasting away Robbie E in a tag team role, in spite of the fact that he’s the TV Champion. The Bischoff family circus is boring. James Storm and Kurt Angle need to do more unique wrestling [their matches are good, but too routine] and less talking. The same goes for Robert Roode and Jeff Hardy. The DQ at the last pay per view didn’t help the angle. Fans deserve a clean finish at a PPV or at least something worthwhile that can build the program. That didn’t happen this past weekend. Because of that, the show continues to barely swim in the little pond it’s created for itself.
The fans of this company and the talent, that have proved before that they are capable of so much more, deserve better than this.
World Television Champion Robbie E and Rob Terry vs. TNA Tag Team Champions Crimson and Matt Morgan: Joke of an encounter as Morgan and Crimson double Chokeslamed Robbie E for the win. After the match, Samoa Joe and Magnus beat down the champs.
Winter w/ Angelina Love vs. ODB w/ Eric Young: This match was all ODB. Several clotheslines, an avalanche, fallaway slam and a TKO put Winter to sleep. The comedic stylings of Young made the match even more entertaining.
Number One Contenders Match: James Storm vs. Kurt Angle: Best match of the night, but still nothing special. Both competitors had their moments, hitting all of their routine offense, but in the end it was exactly that, routine. At one point, Storm put on a horrible version of the Ankle Lock on Angle. It looked as if RAW announcer Michael Cole taught him the hold. Nevertheless, Storm was able to bounce back and hit his Last Call Super Kick for the win.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Robert Roode vs. Jeff Hardy: The two battled on the outside for a few minutes before the match officially started. While they have good chemistry, there was nothing out of the world in this match until the last few minutes when Hardy got rolling. Aside from the spot where he missed a jumping calf kick and landed against the guard rail, there wasn’t much out of the ordinary. Roode was solid in his sniveling, dirty heel role and sold well in addition to hitting his signature offense. But rather than get a clean finish or anything worth waiting two hours for, Hardy was a split second away from recapturing the TNA title when Bully Ray pulled the referee out of the ring. There was no decision, no DQ, nothing. It made this good match a waste of time.
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