TNA Impact Wrestling Coverage: Aries Gets the Dead Man’s Hand
Although it was a bit over the top, it was an episode of Impact that kept you on the edge of your seat.
Our apologies for the cliché, bit this is professional wrestling, a world that lately thrives on it. This is especially the case with TNA, a company that has decided to jump on the Sons of Anarchy bandwagon and use it in as the inspiration behind their new stable.
Before that all went down, Impact had a different feel. 9:00pm Impact time was like an episode of the Maury Povich show. First, Jeremy Borash called out AJ Styles to find out if he indeed was the father of Claire Lynch’s unborn child. After about ten minutes of terrible promo from Christopher Daniels and Frank Kazarian and an appearance from Lynch’s lawyer, we found out that Styles was indeed not the father.
It was all a ploy by Daniels and Kazarian.
Like we didn’t see this coming weeks ago? Now that this disaster of an angle is over, perhaps Styles can get back in World Title picture and Daniels and Kazarian can build up an up and coming tag team.
Regardless of this mess, the show was entertaining. It was easily one of the most emotional starts to an Impact show, ever. It was a thing of beauty when Sting noticed two Aces & Eights’ “members” and invited them into the ring. The stiff beating that took place after and the realization that they weren’t members of the gang yet- the ass whooping they received got them their “patch,” was also well-done.
At the same time, the build up of this Sons of Anarchy clone needs a big pay off. The gang warfare ending to the show should be a small sample of what these guys can do. With all the attention they’ve been given and the damage they’ve caused thus far, this angle will be a huge failure unless they take over TNA completely at some point.
Hulk Hogan’s return sets up another confrontation between the gang and TNA. If the Aces and Eights’ can take him out again, this time, in an even bigger way, then they may just cement their role in the company for the short-term.
Knockouts Champion Brooke Tessmacher vs. Tara: It’s obvious Tara is the better performer. She pulled more than her weight during this match. Tessmacher was slow and far from smooth. Tara won with a float-over superplex.
Bound for Glory Series: Triple Threat: Robbie E. vs. Rob Van Dam vs. AJ Styles: Robbie E. caught a beating in this match. Early on, every time he got in the ring, he was victim of a move, before getting thrown out of the ring. Later on, he seemingly had the upper-hand against Styles, but that lasted only a minute or so. However, ever the opportunist, E. ended up covering RVD after he delivered the Five-Star Frog Splash on Styles.
Rob Terry vs. Jeff Hardy: Terry put up a fight, but delivered almost no offense. Hardy won with the Twist of Fate/Swanton Bomb combo.
Gut Check: Kris Lewie vs. Gunner: This guy was terrible. Every move was bad. Gunner won with a Wasteland-type maneuver.
Bound for Glory: Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray: Both of these guys needed a win to get into the top four in the BFG series. Bunch of near-falls and a ton of punches throughout. This was definitely an old-school WWF Superstars main event type of match. Ray caught Anderson with the Bully Bomb, but Anderson kicked out. Even though Ray kicked out of a Swanton from Anderson, the Mic-Check was too much for the hardcore icon.
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