TNA Impact Wrestling Coverage: The Bully Ray Show
It would have been crazy to break up Beer Money, especially considering how weak TNA’s tag team division was.
Now, 52 weeks later, Roode is the longest running TNA World Champion- ever.
TNA juggles in number one contenders to wrestle Roode, making it almost impossible for him to get over as a heel.
Even with Rob Van Dam in a feud with Roode, there’s little excitement. RVD has never been amazing on the mic and with Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson jockeying for their place in the heavyweight division, a RVD and Roode feud hasn’t developed creatively. Sure, their match at Sacrifice will be a good 20-minute encounter, but it won’t be “special.”
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In a pure example of their wackiness, it appears AJ Styles has had a “relationship” with TNA President Dixie Carter. Leave it to TNA to let their best worker waste away for months in a stale angle and have him be involved with an owner that has been AWOL for months too.
Wait, it gets worse. Penn Jillette, cough, Abyss, cough, his “brother,” finally got in the ring to cut a promo. Talk about a weird way to change a guy’s persona. What a waste. Just let the guy wrestle. The fact that Abyss came out and told his brother to “back off” reeks of typical horrific TNA writing. This show is just a debacle.
Most of this show felt like the “Bully Ray” show. The guy had a ton of time on the mic and was in the middle of three different angles. Looks like Ray may be the one takin’ pictures of Styles with Dixie. That’s the only way his uber-heavy participation in the program can be explained.
Brooke Tessmacher vs. Velvet Sky: Two of the best-looking women in the business. Gotta love the tush shakes Tessmacher did during the match as well. The pace was solid, but both girls looked gassed after a few minutes. After she countered Sky’s finisher, Tessmacher hit her Belly to Back Facebuster for the win. After the bell, Gail Kim hit the ring and nailed her finisher on Tessmacher.
Matt Morgan vs. Crimson: A no-contest after Bully Ray hit Morgan with a chair before the match started. Nice way to get into Austin Aries’ head by taking out the biggest guy on Impact.
TNA X-Division Champion Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion: The challenger had a few tricks up his sleeves, but Aries battled back with a Roaring Elbow and a dive through the ring ropes to the outside. His booming Missile Drop was followed up by a drop kick I the corner and his signature Brainbuster for the win.
Robbie E. w/ Rob Terry vs. TNA TV Champion Devon: The Champ got the win fast, but Terry got the last laugh with a Powerslam after the bell.
Fatal Four Way: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson vs. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Robert Roode: A good fatal four-way due to the fast-pace and ton of near-falls. Felt like Roode was in the match the entire time. He basically was. After Roode caught a Twist of Fate and a Mic Check, Anderson ironically chose to take Hardy out of the match, than go for the cover. This allowed RVD to hit his Five-Star Frog Splash for the win.
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