Date: June 3, 2015
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D'Angelo Dinero
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We're finally getting to the build to Slammiversary, which is less than a month away. Impact is now on Wednesdays as the company's issues with Destination America continues. There is no reason that this show shouldn't start getting us towards Ethan Carter III vs. Kurt Angle for the World Title. Let's get to it.
The opening video is about Carter's rise to the top of TNA.
A barbershop quintet sings Carter's theme song because he is FINALLY #1 in the Impact rankings. Quintet: “For he's the #1 contender, for he's the #1 contender, for he's the #1 contender, which nobody can deny!” We even get balloons falling to make this feel special. After denying us a Tyrus dance, Carter says there is only one thing left for him and that is to become World Champion.
This brings out Angle, who says Lou Thesz and Verne Gagne would be rolling over in their graves if they saw this. However, there's someone else in line before Carter can get his shot and that's X-Division Champion Rockstar Spud, who can cash in his title for a shot at the World Title next week. Carter isn't cool with that and says he's got an offer for Spud. Tyrus and Carter leave and Angle Slams one of the singers. Carter was awesome here and I can't wait to see him finally get the title, assuming TNA doesn't screw that up too.
Lashley vs. Eric Young
Lashley runs him over to start and hits a nice delayed vertical suplex to knock some of the sanity back into Young. Eric is able to send him to the apron though for a middle rope kick to the back of the head to get a breather. Back in and Eric starts working on the neck and we hit the chinlock. Pope's great insight on commentary here: if Young wins he'll move up in the rankings but if Lashley wins, he'll move up in the rankings. Eric goes up top but dives into a backdrop followed by some elbows to the jaw. A spinebuster gets two for Lashley and after easily fighting off the piledriver, the spear pins Young at 5:29.
Rating: C. It's amazing how much more tolerable that CRAZY man is when he isn't in the World Title picture anymore. I'm fine with Young if he's in the right spot on the card and this is a much better fit for him. I still don't like the character because it's not what they say he is, but at least they're getting the booking a bit better.
Chris Melendez comes after Young post match but Eric escapes. This is even more like it for Young, though Melendez isn't anything interesting.
The Dollhouse giggles about keeping Taryn's title last week and Taryn offers Kong a shot next week.
Melendez wants to fight Young. I was thinking he wanted him over for afternoon tea so thanks for the clarification.
Austin Aries suggests that Spud doesn't cash in the title for Option C.
Jade vs. Brooke
Jade goes right after her before the bell but gets rolled up for two. A Marti Bell distraction lets Jade take over and Brooke gets kicked in the face for two. Jade powerslams her down but misses a moonsault, allowing Brooke to hit a facebuster for two. Marti tries to come in and eats Jade's boot by mistake, setting up the Tesshocker for the pin at 3:38.
Rating: C-. Not bad here as it's nice to see the Knockouts having a bench to go with the title scene. I'm not sure why you have Brooke win here but it's hardly a horrible idea. You don't want the Dollhouse looking inept though as they looked more like weak heels instead of the sinister group they've been so far.
Carter is about to talk about Spud but gets a phone call.
Rebel and Brooke celebrate the win. Brooke leaves and the Dollhouse beats Rebel down.
Rising vs. BDC
Drake and MVP get things going with a slugout as Josh recaps the feud. It helps a bit but I still don't get why this feud needs to exist. MVP wins a slugout and takes Drake down so King can come in with a quick chinlock. Off to Low Ki for a dropkick to the back of the head and the fast tags continue with all three members getting their shots in. Drew finally comes in off the hot tag and nails a running boot to Ki's face as everything breaks down. Galloway gets caught in the Tree of Woe but is able to sit up and counter the Warrior's Way with a belly to belly superplex. A Doomsday Device of all things is enough to pin Ki at 5:42.
Rating: C. The match was fine but this feud just keeps going. I get the idea they're shooting for here but it's so uninteresting that it's hard to care. The Rising doesn't need to exist because the BDC is a midcard stable who isn't taking anything over. Hopefully both teams split soon enough.
Mickie James is in Nashville for her meetings but only James Storm is there. This story continues to be one of the best things going on in TNA.
Rockstar Spud can't make his decision yet but there's no more time. With no decision coming, here's Kurt Angle to coax him a bit. This is his thirteenth World Title and he trained harder for this one than the other twelve combined so there is no way he's losing it. Cue Carter and Tyrus to say Spud should stay right where he is.
Ethan just got off the pone with Dixie Carter, who is willing to offer Spud a lifetime contract as Chief of Staff if he doesn't cash in Option C. Spud talks about the Carters taking him in when he had nowhere to go. They were like brothers, but then Ethan slapped him in the face and shaved his head. This is always about Ethan, because he's had everything handed to him. Spud has given everything to get here and he wants no part of the offer. He cashes in for next week (SHOCKING!) and gets decked in the face. Angle wants a tag match tonight.
Aries gives Bobby Roode a shirt for their match.
Back to Nashville where Mickie wants to know what's going on. Storm says the big stars are just fashionably late and says he can give her so much more. The music will always be there, but he wants to talk about something even bigger: joining him on his journey. He wants Mickie and her son Donovan to join the Revolution. Mickie appreciates the offer but turns him down. Storm laughs it off and Mickie hugs him before they leave. Storm: “There's a lot of crazies out there.”
Dirty Heels vs. Wolves
Match #3 in a best of five series for the Tag Team Titles with the Wolves up 2-0. Aries takes Davey down with a Last Chancery early on but it's quickly off to Roode to crank on the arm. The Wolves get in some double teaming to take over on Roode and then backdrop the legal Aries into their corner. Roode breaks up a double dive and Aries takes out the Wolves' knees as we go to a break.
Back with Davey breaking up a catapult into Aries and diving over for the tag, only to have Aries pull Eddie to the floor. The hot tag works a few seconds later and it's Edwards coming in to clean house. Some rapid fire chops have Roode in trouble and the heels (who aren't heels) are backdropped to the floor for a double suicide dive into the barricade. An enziguri into the German suplex into the jackknife cover gets two on Roode.
Aries pulls Davey to the floor, leaving Edwards to take the catapult into the forearm, followed by the slingshot elbow from Roode for a very close two. Something like Chasing the Dragon (Michinoku Driver instead of a brainbuster) gets two on Roode but Aries comes back in with a 450 to Edwards for two more. Aries dives onto Edwards and it's time for a chair. Roode doesn't want to use it but he'll hit Eddie low behind the referee's back. A chair shot on top of that is enough to pin Edwards at 13:13.
Rating: B-. Well at least they're heels now. I'm not a fan of the matches where it's all a huge mess after about five minutes in and the tagging is completely forgotten. It's fine for a bit but having the majority of the match be a wild brawl gets annoying after a bit. At least the match was fun though and the ending gave us some heels in the feud.
Storm and Mickie walk along the side of a train until James knocks her down what looked to be a flight of stairs.
Here's Madison Rayne to complain about not getting any attention around here because she isn't putting candy in someone's mouth or isn't Gail Kim. She calls Velvet Sky to the ring because people who don't work here can come through the crowd and get in the ring. Madison slaps her in the face and eats a Stunner, so here's Angelina with security to take Velvet out. Angelina slaps Velvet before the security takes her away.....and here are more security guards to arrest Love for slapping a fan. Well played actually.
Taryn lays on her bed and promises to take care of Kong next week.
Ethan Carter III/Tyrus vs. Kurt Angle/Rockstar Spud
Spud stomps Carter down at the bell and chops away in the corner. A kick to the head drops Ethan but Spud would rather hit some running forearms instead of tagging, which allows Tyrus to grab Spud by the face. Some backbreakers have Spud in trouble and Carter makes it worse with a belly to belly. He opts to pose instead of cover though and the hot tag brings in Angle. Tyrus breaks up the ankle lock and eats the Angle Slam, allowing Spud to dive in for the pin at 6:48.
Rating: C-. Just a quick match to set up the showdown next week. Angle vs. Carter is clearly the big prize here but we need to get Option C out of the way because where would we be without that? There wasn't much here but they didn't have the time to get anything done. The fact that it's for a short term title shot didn't help things either.
Aries comes out and says he's cashing in next week to face the winner of Angle vs. Spud.
Overall Rating: C+. This was one of their better shows in a decent while but there are still some issues. For one thing, there are way too many cash ins going on at the same time when it's clear they're just killing time until we get to Carter. Well either that or they're going to do the dumbest thing they could and go with anything other than Carter getting the belt at Destination America. Good show, but too much being packed into too little time.
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