If that doesn’t sound like much, it wasn’t. Away from the drama between TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray’s drama with Brooke Hogan and Styles, this episode of Impact was all about the wrestling.
As usual, the in-ring action didn’t disappoint. But it’s not enough to make the show watchable.
Suicide vs. Joey Ryan vs. Petey Williams: Suicide was the fastest of the three, but Ryan and Williams hit their share of moves. After Ryan saved Suicide from the Canadian Destroyed, the returning masked superstar countered Ryan into a Tiger Suplex/Gut Buster combo for the win.
Sam Shaw vs. Alex Silva: Before the match, Wes Brisco, Doc and Garrett Bischoff took out Silva and then beat up Shaw. Magnus made the save and challenged Brisco.
Wes Brisco w/Garrett Bischoff and Doc vs. Magnus: Brisco had his hands full in the beginning after several strikes and suplexes from Magnus. Brisco soon fought back with strikes and submissions, but spent too much time showboating. After his modified Fall Away Slam/Suplex, Magnus went for his Elbow Drop finisher, but Doc and Bischoff interfered to get the match thrown out. After the match, Samoa Joe came to help Magnus.
Mr. Anderson vs. Kurt Angle: Anderson has definitely found his niche in the Aces and Eights and has always been a solid worker. Angle is arguably the most dependable performer in TNA, so this match was obviously a solid one. Evenly matched most of the way, Anderson made the most of his strikes, but Angle was resilient. A rare Missile Dropkick from Angle added some extra flavor to the encounter. The two traded signature offense, including German Suplexes and a MIc Check, but neither could get the win. A top-rope Belly-to-Belly Suplex from Angle seemed to change the tide, but after AJ Styles joined Tazz ringside, Angle was victim to an Anderson Low-Blow, which led to a win for “The Asshole.”
Mickie James vs. TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky: James was the aggressor with a Full Nelson Bomb variation in the early going. She seemed desperate to get the title back at times and reverted to a heel move when she used the leg trip on an already injured Sky. After a DDT James won the Knockouts title.