TNA Impact Wrestling came to us live on Spike TV last night (Oct. 11) from the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando. Of course, we were building to Sunday night's Bound for Glory pay-per-view. The show featured Austin Aries taking on James Storm, while Jeff Hardy fought Bobby Roode in main event action. Sting and Bully Ray also teamed up in a test run before the two square off with the dastardly Aces and Eights.
Let's get right into reactions.
- The main event featured Jeff Hardy and Bobby Roode squaring off. Roode lost when he low-blowed Hardy on a second Twist of Fate attempt. The match proceeding this DQ was excellent, displaying why Roode is a really undervalued talent. Aries came out after Hardy, rid of Roode, and cut a "shoot" on Hardy, saying he wasn't jealous of Hardy's rap sheet. He then told Hardy to get his cheers and get out, only to pull him back in and land the Brainbuster. I am glad Aries is back in a role where he can show his true talent on the mic and TNA did it just in time for the pay-per-view. Alas, it might have been a bit late, having blown their built-up credibility they earned with a few good months of programming.
- Hulk Hogan and Sting bickered over whether it would be advisable to let Sting tag up with Bully Ray, questioning his loyalty. Bully and Sting tagged up against Kaz and Daniels, which ended with Bully powerbombing Daniels through a table. It was fun to see Sting ask Bully to get the tables, but I am sure there will be some convoluted plot at BFG that ends with Bully being the leader of Aces and Eights or something equally ridiculous.
- James Storm and Bobby Roode got into it a bit more tonight. Roode interfered in Storm's match with Aries, slamming Storm into the ring post while the ref was admonishing Aries. A Brainbuster later and Roode had cost Storm a victory. Storm and Roode got into it in the locker room, where King Mo broke them up. There is some serious talent in both of these men, but I feel it is being wasted in a mid-card feud in a fledgling company. Also, still don't like King Mo and see no need for him to even be here.
- Samoa Joe and Magnus built up their match at BFG. Should be a fun match, but does it really matter? Nope, it really doesn't.
- In that same file, RVD will wrestle Zema Ion for the X Division title Sunday. Cool...?
- Miss Tessmacher beat Gail Kim. Tara tried to attack afterwards, but got laid out. There's that, I suppose.
- Aces and Eights still have Joseph Park(s) hostage. They are also holding any faith I have in this company surviving another year or two hostage as well; it ain't looking good folks.
Simply put, TNA pulled the wool over my eyes for a time. They presented a great product that rivaled WWE. Like most things, they bungled that up and sunk to even lower depths.
I give this show a "D." It still passes, but I can't be entertained by TNA anymore. They don't necessarily do anything terribly wrong, but it is just bland and I have no faith left in this company.
Any of you Cagesiders feel the same way?