03/01/13 Impact Wrestling Review/Reactions – Bully Ray Gets Suspended, Sting Returns and Aces And Eights Member Unmasked

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January 4, 2013 by Thomas Robinson

Opening Segment – The Crowning Of The 2012 TNA Wrestler Of The Year

Right, we start off TNA with Jeremy Borash in the ring with a lovely-looking trophy with the results of the 2012 TNA Wrestler Of The Year award as voted by the TNA fans. And the nominations are….

  • Bully Ray
  • James Storm
  • Austin Aries
  • Bobby Roode
  • Jeff Hardy

Austin Aries and Bobby Roode went up to the ring expecting to win the award, arguing on the way. Predictably though, Jeff Hardy won. So Jeff went to the ring, collected his award, but was interrupted by Bobby Roode. He though he should have been the winner considering he was the longest reigning TNA World Champion of all time. Austin Aries also thought he should have won the award, because this year has been “Total Nonstop Aries”. Roode and Aries began a tug-of-war for the title, but Jeff ended it by declaring that he’ll take on both of them at Genesis for the World Title, and said that 2012 was the year of the enigma. Aries and Roode attacked Hardy, but Super Hardy was able to fight them both off. Pretty good opening segment. I like seeing Roode and Aries bickering through-out the segment. I thought that was funny.

Up NEXT….. We are kicking things off with singles competition as James Storm (pissed off at Christopher Daniels and Kazarian for taking the piss out of him) challenged either one of the pair for a match. Kazarian was picked and did a sneak attack to kick this one off. This seemed like a glorified squash match to me. Kazarian had hardly any offense on James Storm, and the match was way too short for these two. However, I did like the ending with Kazarian flying off the ropes and getting hit with the Super Kick by Storm. That looked really cool. However, I think if these two face each other again, it should be much longer.

Mr Anderson apparently joined the Aces And Eights too. I’m not sure what to make of this to be quite honest. On the one hand, Mr Anderson has really been going nowhere for a while now, so the move could give him a new shift in direction, which I always like to see. But then again, I’m not a big fan of seeing Mr Anderson heel, especially if he’s part of a group. I think Anderson’s best run in TNA was when he was the face chasing the TNA World Title, wanting his rematch from Hulk Hogan. We’ll see how well it works in the weeks to come.

DOC came out with his hammer and called out Sting, who was supposed to return tonight. The response he got was Sting’s baseball bat falling to the ground, getting DOC really pissed and pacing around the ring asking Sting to come out. Alright segment.

Christian York defeated Kid Kash in a very quick match to qualify for the number one contender-ship match for the X Division Title next week. To be honest, if they want to show-off the best of the best in the X Division, I don’t think showcasing two veterans in a short-ass match is not a great idea. Kid Kash is slowly becoming an X-Division jobber. Christian York, however, should be utilized a lot better. I mean this guy can go, as his match with Jeff Hardy a month or two ago will prove.

Hernandez defeated Joey Ryan via DQ, when Matt Morgan laid him out with a spinning clothesline and hit Chavo with the big boot. How is Matt Morgan gonna benefit AT ALL from doing this each and every week?

Now, here comes the soaps! Hulk Hogan returned to TNA after missing last week’s show. Hogan’s first act is to call out Bully Ray and her daughter Brooke, who he caught making out in the parking lot. He says that Bully “broke the code” and suspended Bully Ray indefinitely and told Brooke to get the hell out of his ring. Hopefully Bully Ray isn’t away from TV for too long. Bully’s actually got a lot of momentum for him at the moment.

Great Knockouts Tag Team match next, with Miss Tessmacher and Mickie James defeating Tara and Gail Kim. Great spot with Tessmacher diving off the top rope onto Jesse and Tara on the outside. And the crowd were certainty into it to. TNA is definitely the show to watch for great women’s wrestling. I’d like to see these 4 mix it up in a fatal four way. But my only problem with this match is the amount of times they mentioned Bellator on Spike. They must have mentioned it about 3 or 4 times through-out that match. I mean I like MMA and that, but stick to wrestling. Mike Tenay talking MMA doesn’t seem right.

THE MAIN EVENT! Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe vs Devon and A Masked Member Of Aces And Eights. Pretty cool at the start. Before Kurt Angle entered the cage, DOC attacked him, and locked him out of it, leaving Samoa Joe trapped with Devon and the Masked man. Kurt would eventually find a way in, and Kurt and Samoe Joe would dominate (although Kurt got busted open in the proccess) and got the win. ANOTHER ACES AND EIGHTS DEFEAT! How is Aces And Eights gonna be taken seriously with all these defeats. The rest of Aces And Eights came in and kicked the crap out the Angle and Joe, before STING CAME IN! Sting returned, and despite beating 53 years old, he was seemingly able to defeat 7 men by himself. WOW. All the members of Aces And Eights managed to escape the cage, well except one. And making good on his promise to unmask someone, Kurt Angle unmasked a member of the group. And it was…. MIKE KNOX!

Mike Knox from the WWE, who Mike Tenay managed to recognize about 5 seconds after the unmasking. I remember Mike Knox joined WWE, and went ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE. Not exactly a big-time reveal, but the Aces And Eights seriously need to get some momentum back. They are looking really weak as a faction, and all these unmaskings aren’t exactly helping.

To be honest, I think it’s been one of the worse episodes of Impact Wrestling in the last several months. The matches seemed to be too short, and the main event was pretty boring. Hopefully, things improve next week. I wasn’t that impressed with TNA this week.

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