Impact was (not so) LIVE, from Manchester, England, but it was still a thriller. Unlike uncle Vince’s company, TNA has done a great job in growing and maintaining their British fan base. It may not be live, but the two weeks of shows in England are almost always some if Impact’s best.
Magnus vs. Devon: The hometown boy kicks off Open Fight Night by calling out Devon. A quick, hard hitting match ensues, but the rest of Aces & 8s interferes, though Magnus over powers the entire group. Well, it’s a home field advantage for Magnus, right?
WInner: Magnus by DQ
Joseph Park vs. Robbie E: After a little dissension between the Robs, the match gets under way. Robbie controls most of the fight, with Park pulling out a surprise arm drag early, and finishing it off with a big belly-to-back suplex and a top-rope splash.
Austin Aries vs. Chavo Guerrero: Dueling chants of “Austin Aries/Let’s Go Chavo” were obvious during this match. Aries was a frequent guest in the UK during his time in ROH, and the fans still love him. Aries speed was at its best, as he had an opponent that could keep up with him, in Guerrero. Aries finished the match with a brain buster.
Velvet Sky and James Storm vs. Tara and Jesse Godderz: Why? Because. Jesse certainly has the look and some inherent ability, but the greenhorn looked out of place with Storm. This mixed tag seemed thrown together, not helping Velvet and Tara’s feud, and just points out Storm’s lack of direction.
Winners: Velvet and Storm
Kurt Angle vs. Ken Anderson: Steel Cage Match: Does anyone remember why these two hate each other? Anyway, it’s a good-ole’-fashion beat the hell out of each other cage match as these two brawlers have at it. A normal Kurt Angle match, each man hits at least two finishers, as well as knocking the other silly against the cage. Angle finally locks in an Ankle Lock, and Kennedy taps.
Post match: In a move that was months too late, Garret Bischoff and Wes Brisco turn on Angle, aligning with the Aces & 8s.