TNA Impact returned to Spike TV last night (June 13, 2013) from Atlanta, Georgia, featuring its latest effort that showcased the Bound for Glory Series Selection Show. There were plenty of other big goings on as well, including a major return that wasn't so major, some great wrestling, and another pending return that no one is looking forward to.
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- Why was this called a "Selection Show" when no one was really "selected"? I suppose Jeff Hardy and Bobby Roode qualify, but they weren't really "selected," so to speak, seeing as they're past victories in the BFG Series gained them entry. It's a dumb thing to complain about, but it bugged me.
- Hulk Hogan on what stopped him from hitting Bully Ray with a hammer last week: "It was an act of god." I think this means he thinks his daughter Brooke is a god, which makes sense, actually. Still, I am so not looking forward to Hogan vs. Ray later on this year, probably at BFG. It could very well be the worst recorded match in history, even worse than Hogan vs. Undertaker from Judgement Day 2002 or Al Snow vs. Big Boss Man from Unforgiven 1999.
- Someone explain to me why Hogan booked one of the Aces and 8s members into a spot in the BFG Series. Tell me how it makes sense in any way at all. Go ahead, I'll wait.
- Christopher Daniels playing a piano is probably more entertaining than 70-percent of the rest of the roster. Both he and Kazarian absolutely should be in the BFG Series but why the hell did James Storm and Gunner have to be the two to do the job to get them there? That's WWE booking 101: Give a (relatively) hot returning act a title and then immediately job them out. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez should have done the job here.
- Crimson is back and no one cares. He's always going to be that guy who has a really good look and who may actually become a good worker -- he looked seriously improved after a year away last night -- but will simply never connect with the audience. Remember when we used to talk about that certain "it" that all the big superstars have? He doesn't have that. Not even a little bit.
- Same for Matt Morgan, who mysteriously lost out on his push. Big guy, can work enough to get by, but just doesn't have that "it" to be a big time star in the business.
- Back to Crimson: I did like the booking having him kill Joseph Park for the entire match before losing to a roll up. He's too cocky and confident in his new skills and lost because of it. I'm good with a loss like this, even though he just returned. He still looks strong because Park is a bumbling buffoon who should win matches like this against guys like Crimson.
- Mickie James is the best heel in pro wrestling right now. Dispute that if you can (you can't).
- Magnus, Kenny King, Rob Terry, and Matt Morgan in a match together and Magnus is the most over? I don't even know what to say to this, other than this match showcased three guys with the typical pro wrestling look that suffer from a severe lack of charisma. Also, whose idea was it to put King in this match?
- Sting getting pissed about no one helping him against Aces and 8s is nice bit of storytelling. His bringing back the Main Event Mafia (MEM) could be the beginning of the end for the invading heel group, and I don't write in kayfabe so this must mean they decided to have a strong group knock another group off instead of a building a single guy to take them all down. AJ Styles isn't really clicking, so I suppose it works, but whose in the new MEM? Kurt Angle is an easy choice and based on the angle last night, maybe Rampage Jackson gets a spot too. That would be a good way to showcase him while protecting him early in his run but how much can they count on him with his other commitments? It seems uneasy.
- Chris Sabin doesn't know if he wants to give up the X-Division title for a shot at the world title? Are we supposed to care about that belt? Why on Earth would it make any sense for someone to think like that?
- Of all the Aces and 8s members, Doc is a natural choice as the first to turn on his own volition, considering he's probably the guy with the most upside of all those underneath the more established guys like Anderson, Devon, and Ray. He's also been around for long enough that it actually mattered when he went against the crew. It still sucks because, come on, it's Luke fucking Gallows.
- AJ Styles and Kurt Angle could sleepwalk through a better match than most of talent currently working in pro wrestling. It's just too bad the finish was booked the way it was. We're not buying into Styles as the rogue man out on his own who will eventually save the day and we're also not buying into his joining Aces and 8s. If he did, though, and Sting puts together enough members for MEM, TNA could once again turn into a show with two factions and a bunch of jobbers underneath them.
- Oh god ...
This actually wasn't a bad show. The wrestling on it was good, and while the booking was disappointing in many ways, they set up the BFG Series that will get them rolling all the way through October.
That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off with all your thoughts on the show in the comments section below.