Date: October 15, 2014
Location: Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
So after nothing of importance happened this week, we're ready to get back to some actual wrestling business. The main story is Bobby Roode earning a shot at Lashley's world title at some point in the future. Other than that we're a mere five months from the next scheduled PPV, but at the moment we only have twelve weeks of TV to go as there's still no new deal announced. Let's get to it.
Here's Angle to open things up. The roster is great right now but last week the playing field got manipulated and that's not cool. He asks Lashley to come out for a chat and asks him why he turned down Roode's challenge. Lashley gives the obvious answer: Roode had his shot and lost. He gets in Kurt's face and asks if the boss wants a shot. Angle says they'll fight one day, but not tonight. Instead, tonight there's a #1 contenders match between Eric Young, Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. Angle knows Bobby has beaten all of them, but the winner gets another shot.
Team 3D Hall of Fame package.
Magnus cuts off Matt Hardy talking about his brother. They introduce themselves and a match is made for later. It's as basic as it sounds.
Knockouts Title: Madison Rayne vs. Havok
Before the match, Madison says she doesn't care what Taryn Terrell thinks of her running last week. We actually get stills from Bound For Glory of Havok beating Velvet. I'm surprised they actually referenced the show. Havok shoves her around to start and easily catches a cross body into a slam. She hooks a lifting full nelson followed by a backbreaker for good measure. The dominance continues with another backbreaker and then a third backbreaker just to mix things up.
They finally mix things up with Havok loading up that arm crusher that hurt Gail but Hebner won't let it happen. Madison nails a baseball slide to the back and avoids a charge into the post. Back in and Havok blocks a suplex and we get an evil laugh. Madison blocks some charges in the corner and gets two off a middle rope dropkick. Havok will have none of this side roll stuff from Rayne and a chokeslam (Harlot Slayer) retains the title at 6:18.
Rating: D+. This wasn't a bad match but it felt WAY longer than it actually was. Havok is a pretty awesome monster and can actually move unlike Awesome Kong. Above all else though, she's actually different than all the other girls. That's been one of the biggest issues for the Knockouts for years and Havok is finally a breath of air.
Angle congratulates D-Von and they suck up to each other a bit.
Eric Young likes his odds of winning tonight.
Matt Hardy vs. Magnus
Matt comes out to the song starting with Jeff's voice. Magnus takes him into the corner to start and rudely smacks his jaw. Matt responds by getting run over with a shoulder but he comes back with a swinging neckbreaker. An early Twist of Fate attempt sends Magnus running out to the floor and we get a breather. Hardy follows him out and is lifted up into a powerbomb, sending him back first into the post and then the apron.
Back in and Magnus gets two off a suplex and starts working on the spine. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Matt avoids a middle rope elbow. Hardy nails some clotheslines and a bulldog gets two. There's the Side Effect and a moonsault is good for two more. Another Twist is countered and a victory roll gets the same treatment, giving Magnus two. Magnus goes up but dives into an RKO (called the Twist of Fate here even though it was missing a twist) for the pin at 5:54.
Rating: C. This was just a match here and nothing all that interesting. Matt didn't look bad though and it's kind of nice to have a wrestling match instead of doing the same brawling and weapons stuff that the Hardys have been using for all these weeks. Magnus' downward spiral continues but Bram will be around to pick him back up soon enough.
We get Ethan's promo from Sunday, saying his new bodyguard will be here tonight.
BroMans/Angelina Love vs. Menagerie
It's DJZ/Jesse and Steve/Knux/Rebel here. DJZ gets in a quick smack to Rebel's trunks before nailing knux to take over. Knux cartwheels away and nails DJZ with some right hands and a splash in the corner. He slams Steve onto DJZ for two but the heels take over with Jesse coming in to hammer away. DJZ hits a pair of running knees in the corner for two. Jesse misses a charge into the post and it's off to the girls.
Rebel starts cleaning house but hits a horrible looking dropkick. DJZ spanks her again, earning him a big boot from Knux. A double clothesline puts both girls down until it's off to Steve for an attempted kiss on Angelina. Jesse makes the save with a gorilla press but Steve slides down and hooks a tornado DDT for the pin at 5:14.
Rating: D. This show is starting to drag. It doesn't feel like there was any thought put into this episode and that they just picked a bunch of guys that haven't been on the show recently and threw them into a card. Knux is a guy I like more each time I see him but Steve is just a warm body at this point.
Roode and Aries are all serious about who wins tonight. Respect is out the window when they fight.
Brodus Clay comes out as EC3's new body guard. The reveal is really weak due to Clay's debut actually taking place on last week's show but being edited out for some reason. Ethan says trouble follows him around and names Clay as Tyrus, which he says about five times. That brings Carter to current issues, like Bully Ray going into the Hall of Fame. After what Ray did to his aunt, Ethan thinks Ray should be thrown out of the Hall of Fame immediately.
He's beaten every member of the Hall of Fame but we have to stop for the dueling chants with the fans. This brings out D-Von for an interruption. I'm the only Hall of Famer you haven't beaten, I'm not scared of your bodyguard, you're going through a table, etc. Bram jumps D-Von with a trashcan lid as D-Von is coming to the ring and the beating is on.
After a break, Carter and Tyrus are still in the ring with Ethan being thankful of Bram. Ethan thinks that counts as a win, so he's now beaten all four members of the Hall of Fame. They don't feel like leaving yet so why not give Tyrus a match of his own right now so he can be undefeated too.
Tyrus vs. Shark Boy
And there's no Shark Boy. We go to the back and find Shark Boy eating doughnuts on a couch. I guess this is a joke about him being fat a few weeks ago. Shark Boy hammers away but starts feeling tired. He drinks some water and gets nailed by a headbutt to the chest. There's the overhead suplex and a Tongan Death Grip slam is enough for the pin at 1:50.
Video from the bigger matches from Sunday.
Jeff Hardy says it's time to get the title back.
Bram tells the interviewer to keep his nose out of what he did.
Recap of the Tag Team Title series, leading to a video on the Wolves being a team for a long time. They mention facing the winners of a tournament we haven't heard about yet.
Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy
The winner gets a title shot at some point. Young cleans house to start but gets caught by Hardy in a lockup. Roode shoves Aries into Hardy for a collision before missing a dive onto Young. Aries telegraphs a suicide dive and gets nailed by Young, allowing Hardy to hit Poetry In Motion onto the Canadians. Aries is the only man standing and he wants a three way count but Young slides back in. Hardy kicks Aries down but misses a slingshot dropkick in the corner as we take a break.
Back with Roode chopping Young and planting him with a spinebuster. We get the first reference I've heard that this is an elimination match, though TNA making this up as they go wouldn't surprise me. Aries nails Young with a discus forearm for two as Hardy gets back in. Young plants Aries with a DDT and goes up but Roode breaks up the elbow drop. Aries and Roode load up a double superplex on Young but Hardy makes it the required Tower of Doom spot.
Jeff covers all three guys for two each and takes his shirt off, only to have Aries break up the Swanton. Young knocks Roode off the top but misses a moonsault and Hardy does the same with a Swanton attempt. A Roode Bomb to Young and a brainbuster to Hardy give us a double elimination at 15:15, leaving us with Aries vs. Roode for the title shot.
They slug it out with forearms in the middle of the ring and Aries gets the better of it. Roode kicks him in the ribs and both guys counter finisher attempts. Aries is sent to the apron but he nails some more forearms. He goes up top but the Roode Bomb is countered into a rollup which is countered into a Crossface. Aries is in trouble but he rolls back into the Last Chancery, only to have Roode make the ropes. A neckbreaker snaps Roode's neck off the top rope and a missile dropkick sends him down again. The brainbuster is countered with a knee to the head, setting up the Roode Bomb for the pin at 19:50.
Rating: B. It's a good match but I can't count how many times I've seen TNA do this same kind of match with the same batch of spots. You knew there was going to be a Tower of Doom and you knew there was going to be an exchange of finishers spot at the end. Roode was clearly going to win given how the stories have gone, but you can say that about a lot of matches.
Hardy and Young come back out to pose with the other two.
Overall Rating: D. TNA has given up. They gave their biggest show of the year to Wrestle-1 and now they give us this follow-up show which felt like they threw it together in about five minutes. They basically took everything they had left over and said “go make a show” while tacking on a main event. The big match was good, but Roode might as well have been cutting promos on Lashley already given how obvious it was that he was winning. The show itself wasn't bad on paper, but it's clear that TNA has stopped putting in effort. Maybe that changes next week, but this show felt like they've given up.
Havok b. Madison Rayne – Harlot Slayer
Matt Hardy b. Magnus – Twist of Fate
Menagerie b. BroMans/Angelina Love – Tornado DDT to Jesse
Tyrus b. Shark Boy – Tongan Death Grip slam
Bobby Roode b. Austin Aries, Jeff Hardy and Eric Young – Roode Bomb to Aries
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