Date: September 3, 2014
Location: Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We're still in New York and things are actually going well for TNA, at least on screen. Last week we saw a really good tag team match and the World Title scene is starting to take shape. That being said, Bound For Glory is getting closer and closer and there really isn't much taking shape for the biggest show of the year. Other than penciling in the finals of the tag team series, there isn't a major challenger on the horizon for Lashley. Let's get to it.
We open with a recap of last week's main event. Team 3D gets to pick the stipulation for the next match.
Here's the Trio with something to say. MVP says Lashley is about to become the Bellator World Champion and says no one can stop him. This brings out Samoa Joe to praise MVP for his skills as a hype man. Joe says Lashley isn't the toughest man in the world, the city, or even in this ring. He wants to drop these belts and have a fight right now. King gets in Joe's face and the brawl is on. Referees break them up and MVP makes Joe vs. Lashley later.
Video on Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim. They make this sound WAY bigger than it really is.
Knockouts Title: Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell
Gail is defending and quickly takes her down to start. A rollup gets two for Terrell and a middle rope clothesline gets the same. Gail comes right back with a top rope hurricanrana, followed by a DDT on the arm. She misses the charge in the corner though and falls out to the floor. Taryn loads up the steps but gets caught in a neckbreaker onto the steel which knocks both girls silly. Back in and Eat Defeat gets two, followed by an RKO for the same for Taryn. Gail is staggered so Terrell goes up for a high cross body, only to have Gail roll through to retain at 6:00.
Rating: C+. The match was decent but the fans chanting THIS IS AWESOME shows how lame womens' wrestling has been lately. It was entertaining but awesome is a stretch to put it mildly. This was miles beneath the stuff they did a year or so ago but it still wasn't bad. The division is pretty horrible anymore though as there's barely a division to speak of.
We might get a solution to that here though as Havok debuts and destroys Taryn with White Noise and Gail with a one arm chokeslam.
MVP tells Eric Young to watch out for Roode tonight.
The BroMans try to get a phone signal to find out who they've been matched up with on their dating game.
Here's EC3 to rip on the fans cheering for Dixie being powerbombed through a table. The Carter charity is ending and Rhino will be the first victim. Carter has a list of demands: the firing of Bully Ray, the banning of the words violence and extreme, and the ending of YOU CAN'T WRESTLE chants due to him proving his skills. The fans start a CM Punk chant and Ethan says he'd love to beat him too. Rhino jumps the barricade and beats Carter up, only to have SPud pull Ethan to the floor. Rhino wants a fight right now and Carter says it's on....against Spud.
Some chick is admiring Samuel Shaw when Gunner comes up to ask about Shaw putting on Gunner's uniform. Shaw says he wanted to look like a hero and Gunner says it's cool.
Samuel Shaw/Gunner vs. Bram/Magnus
Shaw nails a nice dropkick on Magnus to start before it's quickly off to Gunner for a double back elbow. Bram comes in and rams Gunner face first into the buckle for no effect, so Gunner does the exact same thing to the Brit. A finger to the eye stops Gunner so Shaw tags himself in, much to Gunner's annoyance. Shaw and Magnus clothesline each other and a double tag brings in Gunner to run over Bram. A slingshot suplex gets two on Bram but Gunner has to nail Magnus. Gunner hurts his knee coming off the middle rope, allowing Bram to clip him for a pin at 4:02.
Rating: D+. I'm still not sure where they're going with Gunner and Shaw and I really don't care for the most part. Shaw is a character instead of a wrestler and that's ok for the most part, but this story really doesn't make very interesting television. This story has been going on for months now and it really hasn't gone anywhere yet. The characters aren't the best in the first place, making the whole thing really tiring.
MVP reminds Roode of his past issues with Young.
The BroMans aregue some more until the Beautiful People come up as their dates. DJZ is told to get them on the guest list for every club.
Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode
These two got out of a cage at the same time so this is a singles match for the next World Title shot. Tenay tries to explain MVP's comments by saying Roode was a bigger deal in Team Canada but that Young was never subservient to Bobby. That's true, but there's no mention made of the time where Roode owned Young's TNA contract and treated him like a slave. Feeling out process to start until Young takes him down with a headlock.
An early piledriver attempt is countered with a backdrop and Roode kicks him in the face to take over. Young backflips over the corner and goes up top for a missile dropkick and two. Roode comes right back with a Blockbuster and the spinebuster for two each. A wheelbarrow suplex gets the same for Eric, even though he missed the accompanying neckrbeaker.
Young busts out a moonsault for another near fall but he gets caught in the Crossface. He rolls out for two and nails a DDT on Roode for the same. There's the top rope elbow but Bobby kicks out again. Eric's piledriver is countered into a pinfall reversal sequence, capped off by Roode hitting the Roode Bomb for the pin and the title shot at 8:17.
Rating: C. The match was good but there wasn't much emotion to this for the most part. It also doesn't help that Young just does not feel like a main eventer and the ending wasn't really in doubt. I'm also not a fan of how far back TNA goes for its history. They're bringing up issues these guys had about ten years ago for the backstory and if you weren't around back then, none of what they're talking about makes sense.
They shake hands post match.
Lashley stares Roode down in the back.
To no one's surprise, Team 3D picks a tables match for the second match in the tag team series. Ray has lost track of how many Tag Team Titles they've won.
Homicide vs. DJZ vs. Craazy Steve vs. Low Ki vs. Manik vs. Tigre Uno
Winner gets an X-Division Title shot at some point in the future and this is one fall to a finish. Low Ki hammers on Tigre to start before hitting a kind of spinebuster for two. A fisherman's suplex gets the same with all four other guys making the save. Off to Manik vs.Homicide with the masked man being sent into the ropes for a tag to DJZ.
Steve comes in with a sunset flip for two on DJZ before everything breaks down. DJZ and Steve are sent to the floor with Low Ki and Tigre being backdropped after them. Manik and Homicide trade some suplex attempts until Manik jumps into a cutter. The Gringo Killa gives Homicide the title shot at 4:32.
Rating: D+. Well that happened. There's no story, there's no psychology, there's absolutely nothing we haven't seen before. This division is such a disaster at this point as it's back to the old habit of some big multiman match to set up a one off title shot and then do it all over again. That gets really old really fast and we reached that point a long time ago.
Sanada comes in and superkicks Manik while James Storm watches from ringside. They drag the unconscious Manik to the back.
Austin Aries is in the ring to talk about his skin being green from the mist attack last week. He calls out Sanada and Storm but James insists that this is the GREAT Sanada. He welcomed Sanada with open arms, just like he will with Manik. Storm instills a vision of greatness in these people, all led by the legend himself.
Sanada is going to be the greatest man that ever came out of Japan and the man people think of instead of the Great Muta. Aries doesn't like the word great being thrown around this much and says both guys have ticked off a lot of people. He didn't come here alone, so here's Tajiri to help in the fight. The good guys clean house and Storm slaps some sense into Sanada. Tajiri looks less intimidating without his goatee.
Spud isn't sure why he's facing Rhino but Ethan threatens to fire Spud if he doesn't go out there.
We recap Chris Melendez's debut last week. He debuts next Wednesday.
Rockstar Spud vs. Rhino
Rhino throws him into the corner to start and then gorilla presses him down. Spud gets in a few shots to the back and Rhino just gets mad. The Gore misses and Spud brings in a trashcan. He takes too long to pose though and the Gore ends Spud at 2:34.
Carter leaves Spud behind.
Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe
Non-title. The brawl starts on the floor with Joe sending Lashley flying off a suplex. Back in and Joe nails a few Facewashes followed by the running boot to the face. Joe puts on a guillotine choke but Lashley drives him into the corner and scores with a neckbreaker. We hit the chinlock on Joe for a bit before Lashley leapfrogs him into a clothesline. Back to the nerve hold for a few moments before Joe plants him for two. Lashley powerslams him off the top but misses the spear. Joe puts on the choke but has to deal with Kenny King. The distraction lets Lashley hit a full nelson slam and the spear for the pin at 6:43.
Rating: D+. Another watchable match but not much more than that. TNA really needs to work on its big showdowns as these matches that are supposed to be huge come off more like filler. This didn't do anything for me and just made the X-Division Champion look weaker than the World Champion.
Overall Rating: C-. The wrestling wasn't bad but this show felt like it went on forever. The problem for TNA right now is it feels like they're just spinning their wheels and waiting for Bound For Glory to get here, but the more shows like this, the less interesting it sounds. Other than the Aries vs. Storm feud, nothing on here feels like it matters or holds any interest. They're just people going out there and then moving on to next week. It isn't terrible, but there's no emotion to it and that makes for some very long shows.
Gail Kim b. Taryn Terrell – Kim rolled through a high cross body
Bram/Magnus b. Gunner/Samuel Shaw – Clip to Gunner
Bobby Roode b. Eric Young – Roode Bomb
Homicide b. Tigre Uno, Manik, DJZ, Craazy Steve and Low Ki – Gringo Killa to Manik
Rhino b. Rockstar Spud – Gore
Lashley b. Samoa Joe – Spear
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