TNA Impact returned to Spike TV last night (Aug. 1, 2013) from Wichita Falls, Texas, featuring the big reveal of who was behind the #August1Warning hype videos, three Bound for Glory Series matches, and Chris Sabin vs. Manik in a champion vs. champion showdown.
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- Oh boy. TNA. You had to go all TNA and do like TNA would do and TNA the place up, didn't you? You're so TNA, TNA. You found the most TNA thing you could do and out TNA'ed it. What a TNA move.
- Now that that's out of the way, let it be said right away that I couldn't care less about Tito Ortiz. He hasn't been interesting, in any capacity, for a little less than a decade now. This is a guy who has gone 1-7-1 in his last 9 mixed martial arts (MMA) contests and may have lost a fight to Jenna Jameson at one point, though that's not confirmed. There wasn't anything that made him must see in MMA, and there isn't anything that's going to make him must see in pro wrestling. With that being said, the possibilities are endless here and if Viacom and Spike TV are dead set on pairing TNA and Bellator up the way they have so far, it seems entirely possible -- downright likely, even -- that we'll be getting a co-promoted PPV at some point. That means we could see pro wrestling matches mixed with actual fights on the same card. That's just not something we ever get in the United States and you know what? At the very least, I'm intrigued by the idea.
- I loved Mr. Anderson acting like Tito was Godzilla or something and shaking his head while appearing as though a surprise bowel movement was moments away from happening. He hasn't been good for anything in a long time either, so I'll count this as a plus.
- The main event segment as a whole, however, was a complete piece of shit. It was tacky, poorly timed, and generally boring. Basically, everything you don't want from a pro wrestling show. The Main Event Mafia will eventually rid us of Aces and 8's, though, so I'll try to count that as a plus too.
- Austin Aries vs. AJ Styles was an outstanding match between two great wrestlers who worked their ass off to get the match over. Then they booked that goofy finish, presumably to keep Styles from having to take a clean pinfall. Or they wanted to get across how epic the battle was and Aries was only a split second raise of the shoulder better. I like that idea in theory but it didn't come across well on TV and felt bad after such a good match.
- The list of talent who make TV on Impact that I don't care about in the slightest is far too long. Jay Bradley? Hernandez? Brooke Hogan? Everyone in Aces and 8s not named Bully Ray?
- Why does ODB grab her tits so much? That's an honest question for all you scholars out there. Her match with Gail Kim suffered the same fate as Styles vs. Aries. It started a bit slow then got really good and ultimately disappointed with a finish that left a sour taste.
- Chris Sabin vs. Manik was fine but I prefer my wrestling not to look too terribly choreographed. I know, I know, silly me, but I would rather not see two guys very clearly working together to achieve a specific look to a match when the idea behind the match is to prove yourself better. Sure, pro wrestling is performance art in a sense, but not so much as to welcome broader appeal to the intricacies of a particular match. There is a happy medium but I didn't feel like these two found it.
Considering the hype for the #August1Warning gimmick, it was almost sure to disappoint, no matter who walked down that ramp. But when Tito Ortiz reared his gigantic head, it was an entirely new level of sadness.
Not much to like about this one.
But that's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off with all your thoughts in the comments section below. How did you feel about last night's show?