TNA Impact Wrestling Coverage: Open Fight Night and a Billion Rollups
Can it be cool?
Quite possibly, but there’s way too many things that can go wrong. To have a flood of independent wrestlers performing on the show, TNA can have some much-needed fresh matchups, but to eliminate storylines for any given amount of time will ruin the small amount of creative continuity the show has.
The only good news to come from Hogan’s announcement was that the Television Title will be defended every week. Too bad Devon is the champion and not an up and coming star worth watching.
At any rate, TNA still has a ton of work to do.
Between the predictable finishes and the absurdly long promos, TNA continues to prove they need a lot more help than a new segment can provide.
Crimson and Bully Ray vs. Austin Aries and Matt Morgan: The heel team looked damn good. Quick tags, good ring psychology and plenty of high-octane offense and submission holds. Sadly, Morgan was in for most of the match for the faces. Once Aries got the hot tag, he lit up the crowd with his signature offense and let Crimson take out Bully Ray with the spear. After he nailed Crimson with a suicide dive, Aries appeared ready to end the match with a Brainbuster. Ray countered by rolling up Aries and pulling on his trunks.
AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle: Christopher Daniels and Kaz came ringside after a few minutes of this routine encounter and threw an envelope that apparently holds very private information about Styles into the ring. When Styles went to grab it, Angle rolled him up for the cheap win. Like the outcome of the match, no one cares at this point.
Velvet Sky, Mickie James, Tara and Tessmacher vs. Sarita, Rosita, Gail Kim and Madison Rayne: Best Knockouts match on TV in a while. All eight competitors had opportunities to show the crowd something. After about eight minutes of in-ring action, the bout got messy, but Tessmacher ended up with the win, with you guessed it, a variation of the rollup on Kim.
Television Champion Devon vs. Gunner: A year ago, Gunner was blue chip prospect. Now he’s just wasting away. Although he had his moments in this match, Devon was made to look more aggressive, faster and obviously, the victor. After his front Spinebuster, Devon got the win.
Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam: Number One Contender’s Match: Good matchup. All three went through their routines, with a few nice twists and turns. At the same time it’s kind of scary that TNA would rather push these three than the host of guys they have in the back. But hey, all three can go and promise a solid match with Roode. After Hardy missed the Twist of Fate on RVD, the former ECW Tv Champ hooked in the backslide for the win.
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