TNA Open Fight Night Coverage: A Party We’d Like to Soon Forget
Hulk Hogan’s promo to start this episode was a goddamn joke. Samoa Joe and Magnus the greatest tag team of all time? That alone was enough to change the channel permanently.
This was supposed to be a night with less yammerin’ and more action. Instead, it was pretty much a bore. Aside from Jeremy Borash’s shoot on Eric Bischoff, Impact’s first Open Fight Night was a predictable mess. Even the “Gut Check” segment was too melodramatic and horribly executed. The match too was a joke. TNA continues to drop the ball every chance they get.
Lets not even get started with Eric Bischoff’s going away party. Ric Flair’s public opinion of Bischoff is one thing and to see him kiss his ass was a true shame. That’s 15 minutes TNA will never get back. Even though the show is a work of fiction, it had to hurt the legend to have to waste his words like that.
Aside from seeing Bischoff covered in feces, this was ultimately an episode of Impact worth skipping.
TNA TV Champion Devon vs. Bully Ray: Boring match. No action. Just punches and kicks- like they were training with Johnny Rodz. Towards the end, things picked up a bit, with Bully hitting the Cutter, but after the kick out, Devon hit his front Spinebuster for the win.
Anarquia and Hernandez vs. Kurt Angle: Wow. German suplex, Angle slam, Angle lock. Game over. We know Anarquia is a joke, but what happened to Hernandez? This guy was supposed to be a star.
Gut Check: Alex Silva vs. Robbie E w/ Rob Terry: A waste of time, Silva performed a powerslam and some punches. What can you say about him from that? Why not have the guy on Gut Check actually show what they can do instead of jobbing out?
Brooke Tessmacher vs. Knockouts Champion Gail Kim [Non-Title]: Tessmacher beat the champ again with a nice belly to back front suplex. The match itself wasn’t pretty, but it was better than any Divas match on RAW. Tessmacher still needs work, but her finisher is solid.
TNA Tag Team Champions Samoa Joe and Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy: Best match of the night. The champs are smooth, but still need some higher impact offense, no pun intended. Hardy took over the match after a Twist of Fate on Joe and a clothesline on the outside on Magnus. But with Hardy then busy with Magnus on the outside, Joe locked up Anderson in the Rear Naked Choke for the submission win.
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