TNA Impact returned to Spike TV last night (June 20, 2013) from Peoria, Illinois, featuring Open Fight Night serving as the official kickoff to the Bound for Glory Series that will dominate the promotion's programming over the next couple months leading into the biggest show of the year.
So get used to this.
Click here to get full results and the running live blog. Now let's get right to reactions:
- Not much to this show outside of the BFG Series matches that were mostly dull and somehow managed to feel relatively pointless despite the fact that they hold a great deal of meaning in major storylines going forward. Hardy vs. Roode and Styles vs. Joe stood out as entertaining bouts, though the former suffered for the fact that it became too obvious that they were working towards a draw when Christy Hemme told us how much time was remaining in the match.
- I will say this for Austin Aries: Despite comparisons to CM Punk during his heel run as champion last year, he's probably the closest to Daniel Bryan when he gets going, at least in terms of what he's able to do in the ring no matter his opponent. He made Jay Bradley look good for the couple minutes he was in there with him, didn't he?
- Mr. Anderson and Doc arguing over who will get to be Vice President of Aces and 8s has to be the absolute worst storyline in the history of organized wrestling.
- Kurt Angle as the first member of the new Main Event Mafia makes a great deal of sense on the one hand because he's the only member from the original group, outside of Sting, of course, who is still under contract with TNA. But if he was just going to join up this week, why didn't he help Sting at the Slammiversary event? If he cares enough to join up now, why didn't he care enough then, especially when the central purpose of bringing the MEM back is to feud with Aces and 8s?
- Speaking of which, MEM is a heel group based simply on the concept of it. I have no idea how they expect to make this work with all the parts they currently have moving around. Perhaps the hope is fans will get behind them if for no other reason than the fact that no one wants to get behind Aces and 8s.
- Brooke Hogan making a ladder match between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell is great and all but, uh, what the hell is going to be suspended above the ring for them to be grabbing at? A contract for a title shot? So it's kind of a Contract on a Pole match? I won't complain too much, especially if Kim and Terrell can replicate the magic they created at Slammiversary.
- Also, where was the explanation for Brooke not showing up for the main event segment?
With almost the entire show centering around pushing the BFG Series, and most of the matches only getting a couple minutes, this felt like a fast-moving two hours with not a lot of interesting storyline advancement. We're still getting Hogan vs. Ray at some point and Angle is back in the MEM with Sting. That's all.
Nothing worth going back for, Cagesiders.
But that's it from me. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's show.