Previewing the Dec. 27, 2012 episode of TNA "Impact Wrestling"; featuring OPEN FIGHT NIGHT, the continuing love affair between Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan, and the ongoing shenanigans of Aces & 8s!
Hardy! Aries! Roode! Aces & 8s! Run Ins! Spoiled Finishes! TNA World Heavyweight Championship!
This angle is starting to spiral out of control, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Last week (Dec. 20) Jeff Hardy defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Austin Aries. "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived" seemed to have the match won, but a poorly timed ref bump kept the match going on. Another ref hurried out to get the count, but there was someone standing in his way.
One Bobby Roode.
Yes, it was Mr. Roode who kept the second ref from counting the pinfall. And it was the same Roode who flipped Aries the bird and delivered a nasty spinebuster. It was his interference that allowed Hardy to retain the title.
It's like what Momma Bradford always told me, "When you have so many great main eventers, just expand the main event."
The Hardy vs. Aries feud is going to be TNA's Steve Austin vs. The Rock moving forward. But there are only so many times the two can go head-to-head. So some extra flavor has to be added to the proceedings.
And there is no better flavoring than "The IT Factor."
With Genesis three weeks away, there is enough room for TNA to maneuver its key pieces. Aries and Roode can settle their differences while Hardy defends the title elsewhere. Or perhaps one of them can emerge and challenge "The Charismatic Enigma" at the Pay-Per-View (PPV).
Or TNA can just say "Screw it" and throw them all in a Triple Threat Match.
The point being, is that there is plenty here to keep all parties entertained. Hardy is there for the Impact Zone marks. Aries is there to put on a great match with whomever he is against. Roode is there for the excellent mic work and evil schemes. These three can play off of each other until they find what works best.
It also looks like -- for now at least -- that Aces & 8s has moved away from the championship picture. Which is really for the best. The masked group continues to be a heat sink for the Orlando based promotion. The thing will not go away and die, so the least fans can hope for, is they stay as far away from the main event as possible.
This is TNA, though, so it is entirely possible they come roaring back soon.
As mentioned before, we still have three more Impacts before Genesis goes down. That leaves plenty of time for TNA to figure out how it wants to play things and lay the groundwork to fill out the card. It's nice to not have to rush things, nor be stuck in a holding pattern. Impact Wrestling has found a nice pace.
I look forward to how this plays out.
Bully! Brooke! Hulk! Lies! Deceit!
Bully Ray told Hulk Hogan two weeks ago (Dec. 13) that it was not him who was making the moves on Brooke Hogan, but it was in fact the younger Hulk was was putting the moves on him. He also demanded Hulk's respect, stating that he had literally bled to protect the promotion against Aces & 8s. Then, last week, it was Bully who made the save for Hulk against an Aces & 8s run-in. Hulk turned his back on Bully, once again refusing to acknowledge Bully's help.
Perhaps a better name would be "Bully Dangerfield."
So what does Bully do after not getting what he deserves? Why, he does what everyone is accusing him of doing; hooking up with Brooke Hogan. Impact closed last week with Bully and Brooke playing tonsil hockey while father Hulk looked on, none too pleased.
I know this sounds really dumb on the computer screen, but for whatever reason I love this entire angle.
It is a story of a man trying to earn respect from his boss. A tale of forbidden love. Each of the major actors have played their respective roles extremely well. Everyone who has written this angle off has done so because they just assumed Hulk and Brooke would eat up screen time and chew up the scenery.
However, I dare anyone who has actually watched the show to point to a segment that has fallen on its face so far.
I'll admit that last week's ending was kind of weird and off-putting, it did build up interest into what will happen tonight, though. I, for one, want to see how Hogan responds. His daughter is with a man whom he explicitly prohibited her from seeing. He does not want these two together, yet their attraction cannot be denied.
I don't know about you, but I'm rooting for these two kids. If a man with an unhealthy obsession with tables and a talentless woman who has only gotten jobs because of her last name cannot find love, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Everything Else! Bullet Points!
- Jesse and Robbie E will engage in a "BRO-OFF" tonight. If you know anything about C.J., dear Cagesiders, you know that this will be my favorite segment of the entire year.
- Tonight is OPEN FIGHT NIGHT, which is probably one of the better gimmicks in pro wrestling right now. Anyone can be called out at a moments notice. What great matches will we see tonight? You have to tune in to find out!
Hopefully, this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment below about what you are looking forward to, and please join Geno, myself, and the entire CSS Thursday night gang in the live blog right here.