It’s Kurt Angle.
Talk about a surprise.
For the first time in a long time, TNA made a decision that makes more sense.
Things can surely change from here.
Eric Young’s rematch for the TNA World heavyweight title is proof of that.
Add in the developing drama between Samuel Shaw and Gunner, as well as more Tommy Dreamer and Ethan Carter III and this week’s episode of Impact Wrestling had a decent pace and plenty of drama, in spite of a lack of in-ring action.
While the names aren’t the same as the WWE, it’s obvious now that TNA is trying to develop their stars by putting them in the ring with whatever established and even older WWE stars they can.
Knockouts Champion Angelina Love and Velvet Sky vs. Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim: Terrell and Kim make a formidable team, as the returning Knockout hit the Top Rope Splash on both competitors, which allowed Kim to nail Love with the Eat Defeat for the win.
X-Division Sanada vs. Crazy Steve vs. Zema Ion vs. Manik: Sanada earned the victory with his Tiger Suplex, continuing an impressive run as champion, but one that has garnered little buzz.
James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson: Storm won with the Last Call in an otherwise straight-ahead match.
Monster’s Ball: Willow and Abyss vs. Bram and Magnus: After a few minutes of standard wrestling fare, things quickly went hardcore. Although Willow split open Bram’s forehead, Magnus and Bram rebounded and handcuffed Abyss to the guard rail and went to work on Willow with a kendo strike and strikes. Just when it appeared Bram and Magnus were going to use Janice (Abyss’ nailed slab of wood) on Willow, Abyss and Willow fought back. Willow quickly hit the Twist of Fate on both enemies, but Magnus threw a chair at him, sending him through a barbed wire table. Abyss then dropped his tacks in the middle of the ring and Chokeslammed Magnus through them. With his back turned, Bram nailed Abyss with Janice in the gut and was able to get the win.