TNA Impact results and reactions from last night (Feb. 28): Old friends, older foes

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Complete results and reactions to last night's (Feb. 28, 2013) episode of TNA "Impact Wrestling", featuring a tag team match between TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy & #1 Contender Bully Ray vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, an X Division Championship Match between Rob Van Dam and Kenny King, the ongoing sage of Aces & 8s, and more! We got the reactions right here!

TNA Impact Wrestling returned to Spike TV last night (Feb. 21, 2013) with a taped show; featuring the promotion's return to the Impact Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida after a month log series of episodes from the United Kingdom.

It was pretty much what we've come to expect from TNA.

Click here to get full results and the running live blog. But now, let's get to the reactions!

  • I'm going to say this at the top. Aces & 8s are horrible. The whole thing is painful. I even intentionally left the angle out of last week's reaction post. Although, I feel like it was a joke only I got. Sometimes making myself laugh is enough, you know? Anyways. Aces & 8s. They have their crew that will battle Team TNA -- Sting, Samoa Joe, James Storm, Magnus, and Eric Young (!!!) -- at Lockdown (March 10). They may win, they may lose, they will most certainly stick around for another few months. It sucks, it's bad, and I'm only going to give them bare minimum attention in the reactions because I don't like repeating myself.

  • Okay fine, one last point. Kurt Angle went charging into Aces & 8s' super secret clubhouse with a pipe and cleaned house. He then took off the leader's mask. Except the camera didn't show his face. Because, of course it didn't. This would have been dumb had it happened months ago. Now though, it's just something beyond stupid.

  • The rest of the show was actually perfectly average! So let's get to the good not as bad parts!

  • Bully Ray started off the show by telling Jeff Hardy that he felt his #1 Contendership was not earned. Which it wasn't. Hardy then recalled all the fond memories they've had together with tables, ladders, and chairs, and said that it was time to add a cage to the mix. Which is not the worst way to set up the pay-per-view (PPV)! This is going to be a nostalgia match between two Attitude Era darlings. It's not the best way to shake the notion that TNA is just WWE-rejects, but screw it! Sometimes being rejects are fine. Just ask those All American fellows.

  • Christopher Daniels & Kazarian would come out to ruin the good time. Which of course set up the main event tag team match. It wasn't really a bad match, but felt really flat. Not well paced, ended up feeling rushed, and Bully & Hardy never really clicked as a team. Having to finish early, so Angle could go on a duck hunt probably hurt things. A shame that these four couldn't have the time to light it up.

  • Austin Aries was running around backstage all night being his awesome self. We found out while he was on the phone with Bobby Roode -- TNA sure does love revealing information via overheard cell phone conversations, huh? Read: Product Placement Spots -- that the Tag Team Championships will be on the line against Christopher Daniels & Kazarian and Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez at Lockdown. Aries was challenged to a match by Hernandez, which he won win via steel chain to the dome. He would then wish both Hardy and Bully the best of luck in their championship match. I'm not really sure what Aries' plan is here, but I am intrigued.

  • What the freaking hell is going on with AJ Styles? TNA did some Behind the Music crap by talking to his wife and best friend on camera, only for a disheveled AJ to show up mid-interview. He then proceeded to jump on his Bat-cycle and ride off, leaving everyone behind. I don't get it. At all. If AJ is just using the time to heal up, that's perfectly fine. But why throw this into the mix? Because, he's a man on the edge? There's got to be a better way to do it.

  • Rob Van Dam finally lost the X Division Championship to Kenny King. This should have happened about two to three months ago. An ugly match, a clean loss, and hopefully we can keep RVD from the X Division forever.

  • Velvet Sky successfully defended her Knockouts Championship against Tara in a match that was far too short for my liking. These women can actually go, so let them go. I'm upset that Tara and Jessie Godderz are forced out of the championship picture, and I'm hoping TNA recognizes their brilliance and makes sure they receive plenty of screen time. Moving forward, though, it will be Sky and Gail Kim fighting over the strap; that's a feud I can see myself enjoying.

  • Gut Check went down with Ivelisse Vélez going over Lei'd Tapa. Vélez appeared on WWE's Tough Enough and wrestled in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) as Sofia Cortez. Tapa uncle is Sione "The Barbarian" Vailahi. These two put on an atrocious match that ended with Vélez choking out Tapa with some sweet MMA moves. Not sure if either one will receive a TNA contract, but I wouldn't cry if they both were sent home.

  • Robbie E and Rob Terry continue their lover's quarrel, with Little Rob popping Big Rob with a picture of himself. This feud will extend a few weeks, and then Terry will be able to meander in the midcard alone. Not sure if that's a step up or step down.

  • Sting telling Joseph Park to "kayfabe the ribs" was the line of the night. I'm not even going to give you context. Just enjoy the glory.

All told, a very predictable and bland offering from TNA. And that's taking out the Aces & 8s garbage. With only one episode left before Lockdown, the promotion is really needs to step up its game.

Grade: C+

What say you, Cagesiders? How did you like the return to the Impact Zone. Tell the good C. J. how right -- or how wrong -- I am in the comments.

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