TNA Impact Wrestling Review for the 24th May episode
Show opens with Hulk Hogan in his office, alongside Bully Ray, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles. Hogan openly talks about a show format and the script for the show. Hogan mentions Bobby Roode potentially becoming the longest TNA World Champ, which causes a disagreement between Bully, Angle and Styles. Hogan asks why they should face Roode tonight. Angle says because he’s won the more titles than the others (Bully quips “You must mean singles titles?”, AJ says “you can’t mean TNA ones only”), Bully reckons he’s the only legit guy there, AJ says for selfish reasons to stop Roode taking his record. Bully says Hardy’s plan is working well, let the others argue while he sits there. Hardy suggests letting the fans vote, but Angle says Jeff only wants this, as the fans love him. Hogan thinks all 4 guys could beat Roode, but because Bully hasn’t won the big one yet in singles competition, Bully Ray is eliminated. Bully questions this, and when Hogan says it’s the right decision, Bully says “Eric was right about you” and leaves.
Gail Kim and Madison Rayne come down. Gail says it’s great to be her, and she’s the most dominant Knockout Champion in TNA’s history. She also mentions how the division revolves around her, but she has one blemish on her record: Losing the Tag Titles to Eric Young and ODB. She calls them out to face her and Madison Rayne.
Gail Kim and Madison Rayne vs Eric Young and ODB
Eric plays about with Gail until ODB yells at him for picking her up, and tags herself in. ODB has control, until EY acts the fool, allowing Madison in to double team ODB. They keep ODB in, and keep her down, often tagging in and out to kept themselves fresh. This works up to a point, when Gail and Madison disagree, allowing ODB chance to spear Gail, and tag out. Eric comes in, and Madison hits him a few times, until Eric “hulks up”…and drops pants. He drops Gail and Madison a few times, till ODB spots he is without shorts. She yells at him again, and tags in. ODB uses her strength to take ODB down, but as she goes for a fallaway slam, EY gets on the top rope. This allows Rayne to trip ODB and hold onto her feet as Gail wins the match.
Winners: Gail Kim and Madison Rayne
After the match, Eric Young and ODB chase Gail Kim and Madison Rayne to the back.
Bobby Roode is shown entering the Impact Zone, before we see Hulk Hogan is on the phone. Hulk asks someone if they’re still coming, and says it’s been too long.
Rob Van Dam makes his way down. RVD states he’s been too focused on winning the title since he returned, and has let some unfinished business slide. He calls out Gunner, who put RVD on the sidelines for over 3 months.
Rob Van Dam vs Gunner
RVD attacks with a dropkick before Gunner can even get in the ring. They brawl outside, Gunner throws RVD in, then throws a chair too. They trade blows, before RVD hits a step over enzugiri and Rolling Thunder. RVD misses a kick and Gunner drops him, before working over him. Gunner tries to bring the chair into play, but as he turns to RVD, RVD hits a Van Daminator, before striking with the 5 Star Frog Splash.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Devon comes down, and mentions how despite being given the opportunity to defend his TV Title each week, last week he was in the Open Fight Night Battle Royal. He gives Garrett Bischoff credit for eliminating him, and offers a TV Title shot tonight.
TNA TV Title Match – Devon (c) vs Garrett Bischoff
Garrett with a hammerlock, then into a headlock, before Devon switches it, does the same to Garrett then slams him. Devon misses a headbutt, and Garrett hits a snapmare. Robbie E and Robbie T run down, attacking both men.
Match is ruled a no contest.
Devon and Garrett fight back, do a double splash to the Robbies before clotheslining them to the outside.
Backstage to Hulk Hogan’s office again, with Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. He says the first elimination was tough, but this will be tougher. Hogan says AJ knows Roode better than anyone else, Hardy has been professional since his return, and he’s worried over Kurt’s injuries. Roode’s reign needs to be stopped, and considering Hardy’s wins being “shaky”, he eliminates Jeff. Angle says Hulk can’t take too long to decide, and Hogan says he’ll decide soon.
The Abyss/Joseph Park video is played again. Bully Ray comes down and says he’s pissed off to be eliminated first tonight. He’s also sick of people telling him Joseph Park is in the crowd, sees him, and calls Joseph to the ring. Joseph makes his way from the crowd, and says he feels intimidated. All he ever wanted, was answers about Abyss, and everything points to Bully Ray. Joseph offers a “fair trial” in front of the fans, who chant that Bully is guilty. Bully punches Joseph, before whipping him with his chain, saying “I’m not guilty” and leaving.
TNA GutCheck time, and next up is Joey Ryan. I’ve seen this guy before, and I find him highly entertaining. He says this is his time to shine, and he’s never had the national spotlight. He’s always had a passion for wrestling (didn’t mention a passion for sleaze!).
From that video, Jeremy Borash is in the ring with Al Snow and Joey Ryan. JB runs through what GutCheck is, then asks Joey if he’s ready. Joey says to bring him on….may regret asking, as his opponent is The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, Austin Aries!!
Austin Aries vs Joey Ryan
Despite Ryan taking Aries down with an armdrag, Aries them dropped Ryan a few times to embarass him. Aries also uses Ryan’s chest hair to help him get to his feet. Both guys used clever counters to reverse a move into an attack. We first saw Ryan dodge Aries elbow, go for a sunset flip, only for Aries to roll through and hit a dropkick to the face. Then Ryan countered a irish whip by sliding under Aries, coming up behind and hitting a pumphandle suplex. Ryan leapt off the top rope, Aries dodged his attack, armdragged him to the turnbuckle, before hitting a dropkick and brainbuster for the win.
Winner: Austin Aries
Slammiversary lookback is a recent memory, as we see Hulk Hogan vs Sting at Bound for Glory 2011.
Bobby Roode makes his way to the ring, followed by AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. Hulk Hogan comes out, to way too much pyro. He says this is the toughest decision, but it doesn’t matter who he picks, as he knows either guy can beat Roode. But, he goes with his (large, flabby, orange) gut, and picks AJ Styles, seeing as AJ knows Roode better.
TNA World Title Match – Bobby Roode (c) vs AJ Styles
AJ fails with an early pin attempt, but strikes with a dropkick and flying forearm. He tries the flying forearm again, Roode blocks it, before throwing AJ shoulder first into the ring post. Roode starts to work over the injured arm, and everytime AJ tried to fight back, Roode stopped him. AJ did get the advantage outside the ring, but took his eye off Roode for no reason, and Roode hiptossed him onto the stairs. We go split screen, and see a backstage worker tell Hulk Hogan “your guest has arrived”. After a break, Roode continues to dominate, but as he charges at AJ, AJ headbutts him, then leaps off the ropes with a flying forearm. Both guys try to end the match with a submission, first Roode with the Crossface, before AJ tries an Indian Deathlock, but neither can make their opponent tap. AJ goes for the Styles Clash, Roode lifts him over his back, then hits a spinebuster, and the PayOff for a 2 count. He tries again, but AJ blocks it, and hits the Pele kick. AJ goes outside, but looks up the ramp, before trying for the 450 splash. As AJ flies, Roode gets his knees up, then hits a 2nd PayOff for the 3 count.
Winner and still TNA World Champion: Bobby Roode
After the match, Kazarian and Daniels appear on the ramp, and mock AJ Styles, while Bobby Roode celebrates. Roode takes the mic, and says history has been made, as he’s now the longest reigning TNA World Champion. He takes a bottle of champagne, and calls down Hulk Hogan to celebrate with him.
A short break ends, and Hogan hasn’t come down, so Roode begins the “celebration of domination” on his own. As Roode drinks champagne, and confetti drops from the ceiling, Hogan finally comes down. Hogan congratulates Roode, and says he did it with hard work. Hogan says someone else has come to celebrate with Roode, and welcomes the guest down. The lights go out, and when they come back on, Sting is in the ring! Roode and Sting brawl, Sting pushes him into the corner before hitting a Stinger Splash, and clotheslining him out the ring. Hogan tells Roode, that when Impact starts at a new time of 8pm next week, it will open with a lumberjack match, and Bobby Roode will be facing Sting. Roode is not happy with this, as Hogan shouts “It’s Showtime!”.
I’ve got to say, while I think Open Fight Night and TNA GutCheck is a great idea, one or two things bother me. First off, I’m not so keen on the backstage segments in Hogan’s office, especially the first one on this episode. Talking about scripts, what creative want them to do, and making the segment feel like a reality show, I just felt like it made the segment come off looking strange. As for GutCheck, what bothers me, is the videos of the wrestler before his match. Joey Ryan is a sleazy bastard, but the video has him talking about how he was at Disney World when he got the call. For me, we should be seeing them cut a promo in gimmick, so we can see how well they can talk, and how there gimmick comes off.
On the plus side, we got some good matches, especially Ryan vs Aries, and Roode vs Styles. I’ve seen some people say Ryan didn’t do much, or enough to earn a contract with TNA, but for me, he did, and also put in a better performance than Alex Silva. For me, I’d sign him up, with a few X-Division guys leaving, bring him in, give him a go! The main event was given a good amount of time, and it was pretty enjoyable. Roode and Styles work well together, and are two of the top talents in TNA right now. Hope this match happens again some day soon.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and look forward to seeing your thoughts on the show, or this review.
@GoofyVillain of @TheTopRope
I just noticed Bully Ray is in much better shape now. Good for him.
Bully’s in the best shape of his career, really glad to see how well he’s done with losing weight, keeping it off, and getting in the shape he has. He’s really growing on me too.
It seems this Gut Check is more for the X-Division guys since most of them are leaving. They can use this a way to build up the X-Division again.
Maybe somewhere down the road they’ll move on to Tag Teams since that’s also lacking in TNA.
Exactly, use this to built on two parts that are starting to suffer, especially with the likes of Shelley, Moore and a few others leaving.
Ironically, I didn’t actually mind the segments in the office, I just wish they had their own originally personalty. Or GM.
In full agreement about Joey Ryan. I know a little about him and I was told his heartfelt story which took his character out of proportion.
Bobby Roode is TNA’s most interest wrestler.
Overall, it was a good show.
Hmm, I like the idea of a GM for that, would work well. Bobby Roode certainly stands out for TNA, for me, him and Austin Aries are the 2 best guys on their roster, and the 2 main reasons I watch TNA.
Very good assessment of Thursdays Impact. Only one dispute, and its MAJOR! I couldn’t disagree more on the opening segment. Without a script, I thought it came off as very honest and real. Total improv, and it worked for me! Burn that damn script!
Roode vs. Styles: I thought it was the best televised match of the year, so far.
The problem with that is the time Hogan has, it’s too much. We’ve seen Hogan, we want to see new guys entertain us, we want new stars and original ones at that. I’m sick of seeing Hogan on TV.
I was sick of HH the first time he popped up on my TV. Watching him take a backseat to 3 out of 4 of the other participants. was entertaining to me. Jeff Hardy took a back seat to everyone. If Ray hadn’t dragged him into the conversation, he never would have been involved at all.
Burning the script is a good idea, and what I was getting at, at the end of my review. That was the main part I didn’t like of the segment, why bring it up, why mention creative? Add the way the camera angles were shot, it had a “reality TV” feel to it.
BUT, I will admit, like you, the improv of the guys, and how they came across when they spoke, that worked really well. I’d like to see it happen more often.
And that’s the problem: it should’ve been saved for Slammiversary imo. AJ/Roode title match. Two of the longest serving guys TNA have. It would’ve been a perfect story to have. For a show of that magnitude to have a main event for the title contested between two of their own guys, it would have done a lot to dispel the perception that TNA is merely a place for old WWE guys to go and get one last pay day before riding off into the sunset.
The segments with Hogan deciding who gets title shots during the show ought to be cut. Just reeks of Hogan trying to maintain the spotlight feebly attempting to fight the fading of the light on his career. Got news for you BROTHER, that fight has been long since lost.
Bischoff is a joke. Why he was allowed to persevere in the battle royal last week and then get a TV title the following week is an absolute disgrace. He should’ve been first one out of the ring which should have been the end of Garrett in TNA. Politely buried as a failed experiment.
He might well be a nice guy on a personal level, but how many talented wrestlers never get a shot on national TV, let alone a title shot? Yet Garrett wanders in, gets put in a feud given time weekly for months then gets a title shot? Ok TNA, right enough. Whatever.
And Brooke Hogan is getting a job to be on TV. TNA wonder why people have such a negative view of the company? You couldn’t make this up.
PS: I’m just watching Impact now, I’ll keep an eye out for this Ryan guy. He’s in a match with Aries so has to be better than the last Gut Check with Robbie T. Ric Flair: “You can’t turn chicken shit into chicken salad” or whatever his quote was last month. Now Kurt is having to put Brooke over? Seriously? Urgh!! “A great thing for wrestling.” No comment.
PPS: Why are they making the title match seem secondary to Sting’s return as well? Sting coming back is NOT more important than a title match. Or have him appear during the celebration. Do not have cutaways to Hogan being informed his guest has arrived during a title match. It makes the title and the guys in the match seem second rate to a man approaching his mid fifties who wasn’t a world class wrestler 16 years ago at the height of his fame and popularity (who again was buried by Hogan and WCW.
That Ryan guy was pretty good. Knowing TNA he won’t get a deal though.
Well the idea is that Sting will ‘take’ the title from Roode at the next PPV. This could actually be good but ONLY if Roode beats Sting.
I seriously doubt that there’ll be a Roode/Sting match headlining a PPV that is this historic. I’m sticking with Roode/Storm. Your idea just doesn’t make sense.
Now, let me save you some time and post your reply for you: “How can you talk about making sense in a TNA discussion. ” Then I’d have to reply : “okay, you got me!”
lol but you’re not seeing the bigger picture. If it was booked well, it would put Roode over more. I think fans would love to see him try and regain the title back. It could go wrong too though, haha.
Sorry, just can’t concur. I’m going to Slammiversary X. Until they announced Daniels & Kazarian vs. Angle & Styles, I was very apathetic about the event. Now I’m pretty excited. This is my guess about the regular live debut : Regardless of who wins, Sting will be severely beaten down at the hands of Roode. It will go on and on. Sting will finally be saved by James Storm. There’ll be another Roode/Storm faceoff. That’ll set up the PPV main event. If that turns out to be the case, I’ll suddenly be VERY excited about attending. Two TNA veterans. Can you live with that?
a fan. The backstage vignettes were the FIRST TIME EVER that I’ve enjoyed him. You claim that (as he usually does) he was hogging the limelight. I saw it as the first time he’s MORE than shared it. Outside of thefact
Well I would LOVE to see a continuation of Roode/Storm.
yeah i know he’s shared it but that’s not the point, I don’t see why TNA can’t create their own ‘corporate’ guy or whatever, Like look at WWE, Vince is now gone (probably back on screen someday) and Lauanitis has stepped in. Why couldn’t TNA do that?
I’ve been WWE-free since 2002. I’m not sure what you’re talking about, so I can’t comment.
I’m not being rude but how can you watch TNA over WWE?
I don’t consider that to be a rude question, but, I’ll give you a Roode answer. I find their product to be overly-produced and robotic. Their promos all sound like they’ve been rehearsed over and over, all day long until SHE decides that they’re to HER liking. Do I miss anything about WWE? Yes,exactly 5 things. In order they are: 1. Randy Orton 2. Randy Orton 3. Randy Orton 4. Randy Orton. 5. Ran…ah, never mind, I’ve made my point.
Sorry about that screwup!
I wanted to say that in vignettes, outside of Jeff Hardy, Hogan was the least vocal
RE : “the future of this business ” Garrett Bischoff. You really insulted me when you referred to him as a “joke”. Garrett Bischoff would have to improve threefold to work his way up to “joke” status!
Ha! Fair point about Bischoff. I can go with a Storm/Roode match, but I think having a week build to Storm facing off against Roode is far from ideal. It’s not how you build a PPV show and not how you make people want to buy it in my humble opinion.
Might be petty, but I really think AJ should’ve been in the main event match at Slammiversary. He’s the face of TNA, he’s the longest serving member on the roster and ARGUABLY the most talented member of the roster. It really would have made sense on so many levels to have him main eventing. As opposed to continuing his never ending feud with Daniels.
But that match is next week on impact!! Unless it’s non title.
I just hope, if as you said is the plan, that Roode wins dominantly…and clean. The problem I’m having with Roode is that I can’t imagine him chasing the title if that makes sense. If he loses it I mean. His whole character and persona is about keeping the title above all else, and if he loses that then there’s the danger his character is going to become exceptionally weak.
I’ve more faith in Roode himself than TNA creative though, put it that way! Fingers crossed he’ll make it work.
Yeah you’re right I meant the next show with the lumberjacks.
Sometimes it’s good for a champion to chase the title. Like imagine what it would of been like for Punk to chase the title to let’s say…Jericho? It would be a new role for him. Regarding Roode, he can’t lose it to Sting, maybe to someone like Storm or Angle. I don’t think he’s ready to do that yet though.
My guess is that Roode holds the belt at least until BFG, hopefully beyond.
I’ve gotta agree that I don’t see Roode dropping it at the next PPV, and see him holding it till Bound for Glory. Personally, I don’t have a problem with him holding it till then either!