By TheCannon 4 Comments
What’s up guys? I’m TheCannon, brining you another review, this one for the January 23 edition of Impact Wrestling. After last week’s show got me interested in this week’s, how would it turn out? Let’s find out.
We open the show with them going over the rules to Feast or Fired. And the lighting is still
horrible focused in this show, you can barely see past the first row. I know they had some low attendance for this night of tapings, but I heard next week’s show was a sell-out, so let’s hope they brighten the place up next week.
Match #1 - Feast or Fired: Austin Aries vs. Bram vs. Crazzy Steve vs. Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Gunner vs. Jesse Godderz vs. Magnus vs. Robbie E vs. Rockstar Spud vs. Samuel Shaw vs. Zema Ion
Several guys are already in the ring, so we know how important they are. Gunner, The Wolves, Bram, Magnus, & Austin Aries all get entrances while The Bro-Mans, Samuel Shaw, Crazzy Steve, Rockstar Spud.
Bram & Magnus come out together, and to Bram’s music. Why is Magnus just Bram’s sidekick anymore? Looks like Bram didn’t bring his x-ray glasses I suggested last week. Velvet grabs a case for Robbie E,so maybe Velvet gets the case? I don’t know. Spud can’t even reach the case, which I thought was funny. Spud ends up stepping on Samuel Shaw’s back to reach a case. Austin Aries teases a big suicide dive through the ropes on everyone, only to jump up and grab a case. He then gets down from the ropes and does the dive on all of them, which was pretty cool. Bram & Gunner are fighting on the rope over the final case, and Magnus powerbombs both of them, getting the case! You have no idea how happy I am about that. Bram looks furious over what just happened.
Winners: Robbie E/Velvet Sky, Rockstar Spud, Austin Aries, & Magnus
Backstage Lashley says that he’s getting his title back tonight.
Also backstage, Magnus is bragging about getting case, until Bram comes in yelling that he screwed him. They ended up getting into an argument with each other, and security has to separate them. Looks like Bram & Magnus are splitting up, which honestly upsets me. As much as I want Magnus main eventing, I do love those two together.
We see some clips of last week with the BDC from last week, and for some reason keep showing Eric Young. Lashley is in the ring and just says “Bring me my title, now.” I do like that they know Lashley has no business on the mic, so they keep it short. Kenny King comes out, and starts insulting him. Kenny King brings up that Lashley couldn’t win the title on his own and he needed help from the family, and everyone in the BDC is a potential world champ. He even says that everyone in the building knows that King would make a better world champ than Lashley.
Kenny King challenges him to a fight, and after Lashley accepts, Kenny King wants the BDC out to stand outside with him. No Eric Young here. Can they make up their mind if he’s in the BDC or not!?!
Match #2 - Kenny King vs. Lashley
Is this a title match or not? I assume it isn't, but it wasn't made clear whether it was or wasn't.
Starts off pretty evenly surprisingly, until Lashley throws him on all the BDC members outside the ring. He gets out and throws King back in the ring; why doesn’t Lashley grab his belt while he’s out there? Anyway, this was an alright but short match, but it did make Kenny King look strong, which was great to see. Finish comes when Lashley tries to pin King, but the BDC comes in and starts beating him up, leading to a DQ. MVP says that Lashley didn’t earn the title, and if he wants it, he has to take it from him; but if he wants it, he can meet him on the street. Not much to say here really.
Winner via DQ: Lashley
We see a video package of what just happened, because we might forget during one commercial break?
Video package hyping up Awesome Kong is shown.
Match #3 - Havok vs. Gail Kim
Only a half hour in and we’re getting our third match, that’s cool. Probably means all the promos are getting saved for the 2nd hour. Is it just me, or does Havok’s mask remind anyone else of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises? Anyway, Havok attacks Gail on the entrance ramp during her entrance, and they fight to the ring before her match begins. Taz & Matthews talk about Knockouts merchandise, and Taz talks about his multiple banners and calendars. What does he need multiple calendars for? Anyway, this match wasn’t anything special. Finish comes when Havok pushes the ref outside the ring, which causes a DQ. So, two real matches so far, and DQ finishes in both of them? Anyway, Havok attacks Gail some more, until the lights go out. And obviously, Kong appears in the ring again. This time they actually have a little brief physical confrontation, which leads to Havok getting knocked out to the floor and she walks up the entrance ramp, staring down Kong as she walks back. Taz (or Matthews, I don’t remember) talks about how dominate Havok was until she was introduced to Kong... even though they’ve already been introduced as they were a former tag team in Japan (and possibly the indies, I’m not sure). This is why we need Tenay, he wouldn’t say stupid stuff like that; he knows his wrestling history.
Winner via DQ: Gail Kim
Video from last week, showing EC3‘s challenge to Borash. They show an awesome little pic for EC3 vs Borash, and EC3 is on his back, and it just looks hilarious.
Match #4 - Tigre Uno vs. Koya w/The Revolution
I know I’ve said this before, but The Revolution has one of the coolest themes in wrestling today. Early in the match Storm slaps Koya. Shouldn’t that be a DQ? Anyway, this was just a basic squash, and Koya wins after a “Skyhigh” as Taz puts it, which looked pretty good actually. After the match, Storm gets on the mic, and tells Matt Hardy that he’s took care of his personal demons, but when he gets in the ring with him tonight, he will be a demon too strong for him. Storm says that this is the Revolution, and there’s always room for one more. I love that Storm brought up Hardy’s drug problems, that was just great. Match wasn’t much, but it served it’s purpose to make Koya look good, and Storm’s promo was awesome.
Winner via pinfall: Koya
Backstage, Kurt Angle & Bobby Roode are seen together and Roode says he doesn’t want to talk about the tag match, he wants Eric Young 1 on 1, even though he got it last week. Roode says generic stuff about how he worked on getting the title back for years, and in a split moment he was screwed by his best friend. Angle says that he knows Roode wants to get his hands on EY, but he says that if he does it alone, he’ll fail but if they do it together, they can do it, so it’s up to Roode. He also said something about how he stepped down as Director because he wanted the world title and thought he’d be more useful in the trenches, and how MVP & the BDC is messing things up. Roode needs to be passionate about this tag match, then everything’ll be okay.
Josh Matthews is in a production room, and basically gives us a recap on what led to the upcoming Eric Young & Low Ki vs Angle & Roode tag match. Because they couldn’t be bothered to put a video together?
Backstage Spud is shown with a case, and says that he’s just wanted to be a champ since coming to TNA, and says that after everything EC3 did to him & Borash, that regardless of being fired or getting a title shot, he’s gonna punch EC3 in the face. Spud’s more entertaining as a heel is all I took away from this.
Match #5 - Eric Young & Low Ki vs. Bobby Roode & Kurt Angle
Why do Young & Low Ki come out together, yet Angle & Roode come out separately? I’m calling it right now: Young & Ki win after Angle & Roode have some sort of mis-communication. Taz & Matthews actually begin debating whether or not Young is a full member of the BDC. This is basically what every fan is doing, since they made it clear that EY isn’t a member of the BDC last week, yet he kept showing up with them and was in their video package earlier. I like that they’re at least acknowledging how this doesn’t make much sense, but I’d prefer that this made sense to begin with. Finish was a bit overbooked: Roode had Low Ki in the crossface, and EY came in with a chair. Angle grabbed the chair from him and after Joe & MVP came out, Angle went out to keep them from interfering. The ref follows him, and EY hits Roode with a chair when the ref can’t see. Roode is then pinned, the ref runs back, and EY & Low Ki get the win. Match was alright, though the overbooked ending brought it down a lot.
Winners via shenanigans: Eric Young & Low Ki
We see MVP on the streets of NYC, talking to Lashley. I’m not gonna recap, but it sounded very ghetto.
A video package is shown with the history of the EC3/Rockstar Spud feud.
Match #6 - Ethan Carter III vs. Jeremy Borash
I really like EC3‘s ring gear tonight. I love pink, and he pulls it off well, still looking like a bad@ss. EC3 takes the mic and says that since he’s facing an announcer, there’s no one to make the announcement, so he does it. I’m not gonna give details, but it was awesome. Borash comes out in a hood & t-shirt, and Spud accompanies him. I’m predicting Spud Shenanigans, or Spudnanigans, in this match.
After the bell rings, EC3 gets on the mic and decides to do commentary for the match too, until Borash grabs it and says he can’t announce worth a damn, and punches him. Borash is really wrong there, he’s much better than Taz or Matthews. Borash actually gets a few shots on him in the corner, but EC3 push him off, gets him on the ground, and just begins beating him and spitting in his face. Spud gets in the ring and starts attacking EC3, until Tyrus pulls him off. Shouldn’t that have been a DQ? Anyway, the British Bootcamp 2 winner Mark Andrews comes in and saves Spud. Andrews is about the same height as Spud, but isn’t built as well to me. It seemed a bit unbelievable that those two could take down Tyrus, but that’s just me. EC3 is outside the ring, and we then go to the back. It’s never quite explained what the result was, so I’m just going to assume a no contest. Anyway, I think it’s worth watching the entrances and EC3‘s announcing here, it was awesome. That’s all I really have to say here.
Result via Spudnanigans: No Contest
Match #7 - James Storm vs. Matt Hardy
Storm still brings that rope thing to the ring, and no Revolution accompanying him. This match wasn’t anything special, but wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Finish comes when they keep reversing finishers, and Matt gets a roll-up win. WHY!?!! What the hell does Matt get by the win? He’s not that talented and he isn’t gonna get pushed majorly or anything, it makes Storm look bad & the Revolution look weak, etc. TNA, what is your obsession with the Hardys!?! Anyway, after Storm offers a handshake and Hardy refuses, so Abyss runs down and attacks him. They beat up Matt for a little bit, and Abyss grabs Janice from underneath the ring. Didn’t Bram have it back in August? When did Abyss get it back, and why was it under the ring? Jeff Hardy runs out, and challenges Abyss to a Monster’s Ball match next week. Why? Because TNA assumes that what worked 10 years ago will work just as well now.
Winner via stupid booking: Matt Hardy
MVP is in the NYC streets and Joe wants to bring the other BDC members in, but MVP tells him to keep his boys out of it. Shouldn’t he have said “the boys?” They’re MVP’s boys, not Joe.
We then see Aries, Spud, Magnus, & Robbie backstage to open the Feast or Fired cases. After Robbie says some of the generic Robbie E-type stuff, Aries just shakes his head, which I found funny.
Spud opens his case first, and gets an X-Division title shot. Spud throws an I’m with Spud sticker on it, which I thought was great. Magnus gets a Tag Team title case, which with what happened earlier with Bram, should be interesting. Robbie E begins complaining that he won’t be getting fired, and then they cut away from the whole thing for commercial & showing MVP & Lashley gearing up. WHY ARE YOU CUTTING AWAY FROM THIS!?!
When we come back, Christy Hemme recaps stuff we already know. Robbie talks about how stupid he is for getting the case, until saying that Velvet is who grabbed it, and forces her to open the case since she grabbed it and it should be her’s. Velvet got the Fired Case! :D You have no idea how thrilled I am about this, I really hate Velvet. And Robbie is celebrating this whole thing, which I found fun to see. Aries then goes to open his case, I wonder what it’s gonna be... it’s the world title shot!
Okay, now my thoughts on each result:
Rockstar Spud getting X-Division case - I’ll have to see where they go with this. I’ve got nothing against Spud and do like him, but I have no desire to see him fight for the X-Division title. Personally, what I hope happens and how I’d book it is that Spud losses the case to EC3 at some point in their feud. EC3 then holds it for months, until the final episode of Impact before Destination X, where he cashes in and wins the X-Division title. He then uses Option C to fight for the World title at Destination X. This sets up a feud with whoever the X-Division Champ is (probably Aries since he always gets the belt in July), gets EC3 into the world title scene, and is just an overall decent story to me. Not sure how they’ll do it, but this is how I hope it goes.
Magnus getting Tag Team case - I was hoping he’d get the world title shot, but I’m fine with this. This I actually think is one of the most interesting, since that scene with Bram earlier seemed to be setting up a breakup for them. So, will they put their differences aside to fight for the tag titles, or will Bram still have a problem with Magnus getting it? I’m really interested to see where this goes.
Velvet Sky getting Fired - YAY! :D I really don’t like Velvet, she’s annoying on the mic (face or heel), and despite being there for over 7 years, has never improved in-ring and is still just atrocious. I know a lot of people find her attractive and think that makes up for it, but I’ve never found her attractive, and even if I did, that wouldn’t make up for her taking TV time, money, & title reigns away from far more deserving women. Let’s hope she’s gone for good and we never see or hear from her again.
Austin Aries getting World Heavyweight case - I was hoping for Magnus, but I’ve got no problem with Aries. He’s probably the most talented guy on the roster, and after his first lackluster title reign, he deserves a good second reign. Hopefully he ends up successfully cashing in the case. But TNA loves Lashley for some reason, so he probably won’t.
MVP & Lashley meet each other on the streets, and start brawling. I really hat the way that they’re filing this, because they’re doing that Zack Snyder thing where they randomly zoom in and out for no real reason. It becomes distracting. They then fight their way back into the building and continue brawling. Low Ki, Samoa Joe, Kenny King, & Eric Young then call interfere and start beating up Lashley. Joe’s still wearing that really stupid hat. They fight back outside, until Angle & Roode come in and run them off. Roode picks up the world title belt, and the show ends with the two staring at each other on the sidewalk.
I actually really enjoyed tonight’s show. A lot of the finishes might have been screwy, but I never found myself getting bored, I was always entertained, and the show kept my interest the whole time. Part of it may have been Feast or Fired, as that’s always interesting, but even outside of that I enjoyed tonight’s show. EC3 was great, seeing Kenny King look good against Lashley was great (hopefully a sign of good things to come), and as much as I don’t like the Hardys, I’m always interested in whatever the Revolution is doing, especially after Storm’s great promo tonight. So yeah, despite my complaints & jokes, I thought this was an enjoyable show and the best on Destination America so far. I hope they’re able to keep this going next week, and I look forward to it.
That’s it for the review and I hope you enjoyed. I’m TheCannon, and I will see you guys later.