The latest live episode of TNA Impact Wrestling aired last night (Sept. 6, 2012) on Spike TV. It was the go-home show to Sunday's No Surrender pay-per-view (PPV) event. The Bound for Glory (BFG) Series started to wrap up tonight, as well as more dealings with the dastardly Aces and Eights.
If you want to read how Impact Wrestling went down live, check our running live blog. On to reactions!
- The end of the show revolved around Austin Aries and Aces and Eights. Nothing happened and we are all left sitting on our fingers wondering what will be happening next. Show me some sign of a payoff. Please. Just a hint, for crying out loud. There's nothing wrong with this storyline, considering the state that pro wrestling is in these days, there just needs to appear to be an end in sight.
- The big point of all this was for the TNA collective to "trade" one of the unmasked members for the big man who broke Aries' arm, so that Aries can fight him at No Surrender. I suppose that isn't a bad idea as long as you plan on revealing some big information on the group during the PPV -- enticing people to buy it in order to find out. We'll see how that works out for them.
More thoughts after the jump.
- The show kicked off with Samoa Joe taking on Jeff Hardy in what was a great BFG Series match. It had an interesting style clash with a surprise ending, as Hardy tapped Joe with a neck crank/armbar combo; definitely worth your time.
- Next, Aries and Hulk Hogan had a segment about Aces and Eights. Something tells me Hogan knows a little too much about this group... and that scares me.
- Magnus interrupted Samoa Joe's post-match interview, basically crapping on him for being selfish when they were a tag team. Personally, I like Magnus, so I thought this was a pretty good chance to throw him a bone... he did alright.
- Hogan then started his "Championship Thursday" segments, where he eliminated AJ Styles and his mystery partner. The interaction between Styles, the two Robbies, Gunner and Kash, and Chavo and Hernandez was pretty fun to watch. They went at each other, with Robbie E obviously dropping the most gems. The next two segments went pretty much the same way. In the end, Hogan picked Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez.
- Brooke Hogan had a little segment where she set up Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher at No Surrender. Gail Kim interrupted this, making her presence felt; which lead to a match between the two. It was a pretty solid Knockouts match between two gorgeous ladies. Nothing to complain about at all. In fact, it gets a thumbs up from me this week. Well done, ladies.
- Joey Ryan and Al Snow had their confrontation tonight, where Snow said he would give Ryan a second chance at earning a TNA contract. The kicker was Ryan had to beat him. Ryan got sassy and Snow smacked him. Since Ryan is not an employee, he plans to sue. I really like this feud, Ryan is money and Snow is doing pretty well at playing the crotchety authority figure.
- Bully Ray and Rob Van Dam had a BFG Series match. Once again, perfectly fine attraction. You know these men and their limitations, so what they delivered was pretty solid.
- James Storm ended up picking Bully Ray as his No Surrender opponent, while Hardy will rematch Joe. I like both of these. Storm and Bully have had something brewing for a while and the immediate Hardy vs. Joe rematch should be just as fun as last night's match.
- Kazarian and Christopher Daniels ended up retaining the tag team titles against Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. It wasn't a horrid match, just nothing that could pique my interest. The end game to all this was Hogan setting up an AJ Styles and Kurt Angle versus Kaz and Daniels rematch on the PPV. Their first match was unbelievable, so I am fully behind this idea.
Last night's show is definitely worth a look, even if it's in fast forward on your DVR. It didn't really sell me on the pay-per-view with any groundbreaking hype, but the matches I see on the card will deliver. I guess that means I'm sold.
Anywho, I'd give the show a "C+" -- garden variety TNA with some goodness mixed in.
What did you Cagesiders think of last night's episode of Impact Wrestling?