TNA Impact Wrestling returned to Spike TV last night (Feb. 21, 2013) with a taped show featuring the promotion's latest show on its annual trip to the United Kingdom.
It was a fun show, but for some reason seemed oddly short...
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To the reactions!
We started the show off with a eight-man tag team match between Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Christopher Daniels, & Kazarian vs. Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, Joseph Park, & James Storm. That is a whole lot of awesomeness in one damn match, I tell ya. The heel dynamic alone was beautifully done. Aries & Roode were trying to one up each other while simultaneously trying to one up Daniels & Kazarian. The match itself almost become inconsequential to the infighting. Aries & Roode eventually jumped off the ring apron and walked away while Daniels & Kazarian were crawling for the hot tag. Again, just brilliant work.
The faces would go through their finishers and pick up the victory to send the crowd home happy. Chavo, Hernandez, and Storm were very average during the match, but the real star was Park. He's such a bloody buffoon that it's impossible not to love him. There's always the fear TNA will do something stupid with him in the future. For now, though, I'm thoroughly enjoying the gimmick.
What an great Knockouts Fatal Four Way Elimination Match. It was a little botch heavy -- looking at you, Miss Tessmacher-- but it was still great to see the women of TNA receive major time. Tara's beau Jessie was removed from ringside before the match even started, which made C.J. a very sad man. Tara would be the first one eliminated, which made C.J. an even sadder man. Velvet Sky eventually emerge victorious, pinning Gail Kim to become the NEW Knockouts Champion. A Sky vs. Tara feud will be fun moving forward, and I look forward to it.
British Boot Camp winner Rockstar Spud faced off against Robbie E. Sub par match with Robbie T holding onto The Bro List as Robbie E tried to use it as an international object. Mr. Spud took advantage of the distraction and got the rollup pinfall. Because fans want to see the hometown hero win on a bloody rollup. I just don't understand the booking sometimes.
Robbie E and Robbie T are officially over. I may be one of the few people who enjoyed the gimmick they were working, but I will admit that it's good Robbie T is going to go solo. I don't know how well he will do, mind you, but he should at least have a shot.
Samoa Joe defeated Garrett Bischoff via disqualification.
Rob Van Dam retained the X Division Championship against Kenny King.
Aces & 8s defeated Bully Ray, Sting, & Hulk Hogan via pinfall.
All told, it was a fun show. Great tag team match, fun Knockouts match, and we get a little advancement in a midcard character. It did seem very short, though, almost as if there were segments that I've completely blacked out...
Oh well. I'm assuming they weren't that important.
What say you, Cagesiders? Did you enjoy TNA's latest offering? And did it seem oddly short to you as well? Let me know what you think in the comments.