Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Impact Wrestling came waltzing back into our lives last night (Thurs., Sept. 13, 2012) from the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida, for yet another live show on Spike TV, featuring all the fallout from last Sunday's No Surrender pay-per-view (PPV).
Our main event was a Bound for Glory Finals rematch between Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy. Kazarian and Daniels were also in singles action to determine some contenders for their belt.
That's quite enough of that, so let's get to the reactions:
- Our main event tonight was Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy... again. Jeff Hardy won... again. The was all prefaced by the two coming out when Austin Aries was cutting a promo at the beginning of the show. Hardy put his Bound for Glory championship bout spot on the line, but he ended up coming out victorious. Nothing really wrong with this bit, but I just would have liked to see something different. I guess you gotta start somewhere on building this title match, right?
- Fortunately enough, despite a few Aces and Eights moments, we weren't beat over the head with it like usual. The only real appearance they made was when Hulk Hogan put the Impact Wrestling Zone on permanent lockdown. Fire hazards aside, it was refreshing for the show to not be all about them. Perhaps it will recharge my TNA battery.
After the jump, come see more thoughts about last night's offering of TNA Impact Wrestling.
- The show kicked off with a promo from TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries. It was basically a setup for the night's main event. He congratulated Hardy and was interrupted by Bully Ray, who taunted Hardy into a fight. Not bad, although it seems like Aries opens every week. Then again, he is Austin Aries, so I can't complain too much.
- Sonjay Dutt wrestled Zema Ion for the TNA X Division Championship once again. I think TNA needs some more X Division talent. These guys put on fun matches that have some incredible spots, but it gets tiresome to see Zema Ion stuck in this vicious cycle.
- Daniels and Kazarian were featured sitting in Hulk Hogan's office. They were attempting to suck up to Hogan, as Daniels had an extra appletini on hand and Kaz was rocking a Hulkamania shirt. You like good workers with great personalities? These guys are for you, then. Kaz was set up against AJ Styles (or Kurt Angle, but the former was chosen) and Daniels was set up against Chavo Guerrero (or Hernandez, but the former was chosen). If either man lost, their opponent's team would get a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championships once again.
- Bobby Roode had a showdown with James Storm. Storm beat the snot out of Roode, while saying he will call Roode out for Open Fight Night next week. I love Bobby Roode and I think Storm is okay, so hopefully this provides the beginning of an epic conclusion to this feud. Roode is one of the best heels in the game, so let him work his magic.
- AJ Styles defeated Kazarian, cementing himself and Kurt Angle another title shot. While we are at it, Daniels lost to Chavo. I am not sure if this will be a triple-threat tag team situation or whether they will be separate shots. Either way, these were good matches.
- Joseph Park says he has something that will break the Aces and Eights case wide open next week. In other news, Joseph Park is pretty awesome.
- Tara and Miss Tessmacher had a little hug-it-out moment...well, until Tara leveled Miss Tessmacher with a clothesline in the midst of celebrating. The crowd was cheering for Tara as she gave Tessmacher the Widow's Peak. Good for the Knockouts setting up something I actually kind of care about.
TNA is starting to stagnate just a bit with me, although they are still one of the better shows on TV and present a pretty palatable alternative to the up-and-down nature of WWE's Monday Night Raw.
Tonight's episode gets a "C." Nothing wrong, but nothing great.
What did you Cagesiders think of last night's episode of TNA Impact Wrestling?