Date: November 5, 2014
Location: Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We might be getting close to the end of Impact's run as there are only a handful of episodes left before their TV show runs out. We keep hearing about various other networks that want to pick TNA up but there's never anything definitive about them. As for the show tonight, we're likely setting up Roode vs. Lashley III and finishing the tag team tournament. Let's get to it.
We open with a recap of Lashley vs. Roode from last week with Roode winning the title.
Angle is in the ring to start the show and says there's a new World Champion in the house. Roode comes out and talks about how this is all he ever wanted to do since he was a kid. Now he gets to be the best because he's the World Champion. He's proud to be here in the ring with the best ever in Kurt Angle and is proud to be our champion.
Cue Lashley with MVP and King for the big showdown. MVP calls Lashley the most dominant champion in TNA history but Roode is just a guy that needed help from Angle to win the title. He keeps talking though and says Lashley only became champion because MVP hurt his knee. MVP wants a shot and Kurt agrees, seeing where this could be going. Roode agrees and Lashley doesn't look pleased.
Quick video on the tournament final.
Joe and Low Ki say they'll prove everyone wrong when they work together to win the tournament.
Tag Team Tournament Finals: Samoa Joe/Low Ki vs. Hardys
Winner get a title shot at some point in the future. Jeff and Ki get things going with Hardy taking a kick to the knee. They both start slowly until Ko grabs the arm, only to get nailed in the back. Off to Matt for an arm wringer of his own before Joe comes in for some right hands to pound Matt down in the corner. The non-brothers take over with their strikes until it's back to Jeff for a front facelock.
Matt comes right back in with the middle rope elbow to the back for two. A double belly to back suplex gets two with Joe making a quick save. Jeff headscissors Ki out of the corner but charges into some boots in the corner. A Shining Wizard misses but Ki kicks Jeff in the back of the head to take over. Back to Joe for the knee drop for two as we take a break.
Back with Jeff nailing the Whisper in the Wind to drop Joe next to him. A double tag brings in Matt and Ki with the Side Effect connecting for two. Another Side Effect gets the same result and a bulldog/clothesline combination takes down both X-Division guys. Ki crotches Matt on the top to break up a moonsault, setting up the top rope Warrior's Way for two.
Back up and a Twist gets two on Ki as everything breaks down. Joe breaks up Jeff's Twist and kicks him in the head. The Twist from Matt is countered with the Clutch but Jeff Swantons Matt to break it up. Most people would have just kicked Joe but that's not how Jeff rolls. Things settle back down and Ki can't hit the Ki Crusher on Jeff. Back to Matt for Poetry in Motion followed by the Swanton and a moonsault from Matt for the pin at 14:38.
Rating: B-. Good match but it doesn't hold up that well after the tag team series rocked the house for so many weeks. Also I'm not all that wild on seeing the Hardys again but they're still good enough in the ring and over with the crowd so it's not the worst idea in the world. At least we don't have the potential of champions that hate each other again.
James Storm is with Davey Richards in the back and says he wants an answer in a week.
Roode says MVP suspended him months ago but now he can take care of MVP once and for all. He won't hide as champion and he'll prove why he's TNA's MVP.
We recap Gunner and Samuel Shaw's long running story with Brittany catching Shaw's eye and breaking the team up.
Here are Shaw and Brittany to rip on Gunner and Christy Hemme, who never appreciated Shaw's artistic genius. Neither of them can ever do the things that she can do, which include licking Shaw's face. Cue Gunner to say Shaw turned on him for a girl. Crazy attracts crazy though and that's another problem for Shaw. His biggest problem though is that Shaw wanted to be Gunner instead of just being like him. Gunner calls them creepy again and the fight is on. Brittany saves her new man by jumping on Gunner's back, allowing Shaw to hit him low. Shaw puts on gloves and chokes Gunner out.
An Indian wrestler named Mahabali Shera is coming to TNA. We get a nice package on his international accomplishments and how sure he is that he belongs on the roster.
We recap the opening segment.
MVP tells Angle that this is all about him (MVP) despite what Angle thinks.
D-Von/Tommy Dreamer vs. Bram/Magnus
Time for the ECW tribute match of the week. The old guys jump the Brits from behind to start and take over early on. They get back to ringside for a baseball slide from Dreamer and a beer shot to Magnus' head. Back in and Magnus hits D-Von in the knee with his metal rod as the weapons are brought in. Dreamer gets a flashback with a drop toehold onto the chair. A trashcan shot puts Dreamer down again and Bram adds a chair to the back.
The Brits backdrop Dreamer down but D-Von comes back with some chair shots of his own. We get the Tower of Doom out of the corner with Dreamer taking the worst of it but D-Von taking almost nothing at all. Magnus comes back with some kendo stick shots to Dreamer's back. Tommy fights up and sends Magnus into a trashcan in the corner, setting up a DDT for the pin at 9:40.
Rating: D. GO AWAY TOMMY DREAMER! If you want to go to your “it's not ECW!” ECW tribute promotion then fine, but stop bringing him around and having him beat World Champions. Dreamer stopped mattering years ago and has been doing a legends tour for what feels like forever. I used to like the guy but man alive how many times can he do the same thing?
Gail Kim wants her title back.
Here's Spud for a chat. He doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for him, even though he's had to do some things that he isn't proud of. When he won British Boot Camp, he had no friends and nothing to do in TNA. Then he became Dixie Carter's Chief of Staff and he loved every bit of it.
He would have done anything for the Carters but then his best friend Ethan turned into a complete and utter wanker. Ethan said Spud's suits make him sick but he isn't changing for anyone, especially Ethan Carter III. Carter calls himself a 1%er, so Spud is Mr. 99% and has these people behind him. JB talks about Spud growing up on British Boot Camp and says he's with Spud.
This brings out Ethan and Tyrus with Carter calling everyone in the crowd a loser. The villains get in the ring and Ethan demands an apology from Spud but the Rockstar says no. Tyrus grabs him from behind and Spud apologizes....for Ethan being so worthless. Ethan goes after JB for some reason and slaps him, only to have Spud get in some shots from behind. Eric Young runs in to save Spud from the double teaming.
Knockouts Title: Havok vs. Gail Kim
Gail is defending and has a bad shoulder. The brawl starts in the aisle with Gail getting in some shots, only to have Havok try to ram her shoulder first into the post. Gail comes back with some kicks but Havok just runs her over. The bell hasn't rung yet as Gail is sent face first into the post. Havok drags her up the ramp and throws Gail off the stage. We get a maniacal laugh as medics check on Gail. No match.
Post break Gail says let's fight.
Knockouts Title: Havok vs. Gail Kim
Havok sends her shoulder first into the buckle to start and slams Gail down on the arm. Gail's rollup is blocked but she dropkicks Havok into the corner. They head outside with Havok missing a dive off the apron and landing on the steps. Havok comes right back by sending Kim face first into the steps but the champ breaks up the count at nine.
Back in and Gail hooks on something like the Black Widow, only to be countered into a kind of Samoan drop. Gail gets slammed down but pops back up for a top rope cross body and two more. Eat Defeat is countered into a spinebuster on the arm for another two. The chokeslam is countered into Eat Defeat for two but Gail jumps into the chokeslam to retain the title at 6:35.
Rating: C. The match wasn't bad but I'm just not interested in Gail Kim anymore. There's almost nothing left for her to do and it's not interesting anymore. It didn't help that the story was almost identical to what they did the first time. Havok is a good monster and whoever gets to slay her is going to be a big star.
Shera is at TNA when Manik comes up to him. Manik is very nice and asks to hear some more about Sheva. I'm not sure where this is going.
Lashley leaves as MVP asks if Lashley is really mad.
TNA World Title: Bobby Roode vs. MVP
Roode is defending of course. A quick suplex gets two on Roode and a clothesline sends him outside. Back in and the crowd is completely behind Roode, only to have MVP take him down with a facebuster. Ballin Elbow and a fisherman's suplex get two and we hit a crossface chicken wing on the champion.
Bobby fights up and avoids the running boot in the corner, setting up a Roode Bomb attempt. MVP flips out though and avoids a Blockbuster before kicking Bobby in the face for two. The Drive By misses and Bobby gets two off a rollup. Now the running boot connects but the Playmaker is countered into the Roode Bomb for the pin at 6:55.
Rating: D+. Well that happened. This felt like a post show dark match instead of the TV main event with Roode beating him in a hurry and barely being in any real trouble. It's clear that we're going to get Lashley vs. Roode III eventually so this was little more than a pit stop for the champ.
Post match Lashley comes in and spears Roode down. He walks past MVP to end the show.
Overall Rating: C-. If TNA is about to wrap up, this is the perfect way to start going out: potential to be interesting but tripping up too many times on the way there. The wrestling wasn't bad tonight, save for the stupid ECW match. That's another thing TNA has done to death over the years: try to imitate some other company in hopes of generating nostalgia. It works for awhile, but then TNA just can't let it go and be its own company. The show was good enough tonight but as usual lately, TNA seems to be content sticking with basics instead of trying to do anything special.
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