TNA returned tonight for their final show on Friday nights. All three titles were defended, one in a cage. Al Snow is back for another go of the revolving door of Josh Matthew's announce partner. (Maybe they all get tired of him talking about his money.) Could TNA deliver a good show before their move to Wednesdays? Let's find out.
The show opens with Eric Young driving to the studio to find Kurt Angle waiting for him. Angle opens EY's car door and attacks him. The brawl is soon separated
Because of that, both men were locked in separated in rooms with security guarding both. Eric Young was so crazy he head butt the window on the door of his room!
Both men are accompanied to the ring for their Championship I Quit match with security. They start fighting before Jeremy Borash can finish the introductions.
The match is a mix of Kurt Angle doing suplexes and then men exchanging submissions holds. At one point, Angle has Young in the Ankle Lock and EY taps out, but does not say I Quit. Instinctively Angle lets go and is rewarded with a low blow from Young. After taking a pile driver and not quitting, Angle is able to get another Ankle Lock hooked in and Eric Young quits.
It feels like we've seen this match before. And that's because we have. Not necessarily an I Quit match, but the stretcher match, and the Title match that Bully Ray refereed, and the triple threat with Bobby Lashley, and the triple threat with Bobby Roode. No matter how good a match is, when you've seen two guys feuding for so long with little change to their story, it will tire on you.
Not that this match was that good. They psychology behind Angle releasing his hold after Young tapped was good, but asides from that, there's nothing that stuck out from this match that makes it any more memorable than all the rest of their matches.
The opening segment with the parking lot brawl was weird because attacking a guy in his car isn't a face move. One would assume it was because Angle was angry over what Young did to Chris Melendez last Impact, but oddly enough, that was never mentioned tonight. Not once. They made such a big deal of Young ripping off Melendez's prosthetic leg and choking Angle with it when it happened. And then they don't mention it again? That could have maybe given tonight's match some extra fire to help it through.
This feud should have ended a month ago after their live show. But instead it limped on a month longer. Fortunately, it looks like it is finally over and Angle can turn to his next challenger. And if that challenger isn't Ethan Carter III, you should write your congressperson to complain.
Taryn Terrell defeats Gail Kim in a cage match to retain the the Knock Outs title. At points, the other two members of the Doll House interfered through the camera hole in the cage and prevented once Gail from escaping the cage by scaling it themselves.
After the match, Taryn lays out Earl Hebner with a clothesline and all three members of the Doll House lock themselves in the cage with Gail to beat her up. Awesome Kong comes down to try to help but remains locked out of the cage. Taryn removes Gail's wedding ring, licks it, and then stomps on Gail's hand, breaking her finger.
Well that was disappointing. I actually said those words after the match was over. These two women had classic matches back when the ring was four sided. But then they only got about 5 minutes to work a title match tonight. Then again, this was never about the Knockouts title match. This was about furthering the story of Taryn Terrell trying to break up Gail's marriage or whatever the hell it is she's trying to do.
Should it be? No, it should be about the title first and foremost. But instead it's Taryn's weird erotic head games and her stable of school girls. And it sucks.
On a note that I don't fully hold against TNA: When I heard Mia Yim was coming to TNA, I had not heard of her. So Sean supplied a link of an excellent match of her's at the Girls Night Out show against Athena. I was blown away by how well she could go in the ring. And now she's in TNA not showing off that she can wrestle at all.
Earl Hebner has taken more bumps than Jade recently. And that bump terrible, just like this entire Doll House program.
Mickie James comes out to talk about how it's tough on her to balance the issues between her good friend James Storm and her love/father of her child Magnus. James Storm interrupts. Storm accuses Magnus of being jealous of the friendship between Storm and Mickie but Mickie says Magnus is just trying to protect her and their family. James Storm says that he has hook ups with music talent that want to help further Mickie's music career. He says it's Mickie's choice to make to which Mickie says she'll take the meetings\
OK, it's time for this story to do something. It feels like it's been the same thing for a couple of months now. I could have watched the episode where Magnus smashed the guitar over Storm's head and then nothing from then on out and I wouldn't have missed anything.
I'm losing all confidence this story will develop into something of substance. With the length of this story, it feels as if they should have something big planned. But I'm starting to fear they just want Storm vs Magnus at Slammiversary and are going to tread a bunch of water until they get there.
Angelina Love comes out while Velvet Skye is at ringside. Angelina introduces her own personal security team. After she shouts in the face of Skye long enough, when Love turns her back, Velvet jumps the rail and attacks her. She neutralizes some of the security before she is handcuffed and removed.
This segment was pretty much the same as the last time these two interacted. It wasn't bad. Angelina does annoying heel very well and silent Velvet Skye is very intriguing. Good on TNA for still talking up the fact Velvet is not an employee instead of forgetting she was "fired" in the Feast or Fired stipulation. How they get from her being fired to her in a ring remains to be seen.
Pros of the Show:
- The Wolves vs the Dirty Heels Part II
- EC3 looking strong after his match with Anderson
- Eric Young and Angle's feud is finally over. (maybe)
Cons of the Show:
- The Doll House
- This James Storm story feels like it's going no where
- Poor choice of match to show off the X-Division
Arbitrary Grade: D+
Let's hope they have a better showing for their big Wednesday move.