TNA Impact Wrestling Special: Hardcore Justice 2013 Part 2
Welcome everyone to the review of TNA's Hardcore Justice 2013 Part 2. After reading through the comment section of my debut review, I noticed a trend. Some of you said I needed to put more of my personal opinion into the reviews while others liked the generic move by move play by play. I decided to mix things up and mesh both together. Also, someone suggested posting a little blurb about why I gave the match a certain review. I will be adding that as well. Keep the comments coming as it helps me get better as a writer and helps you as the reader get a better review!
Oh, and those that got offended by me saying that I don't watch WWE. Maybe I should clarify. I don't watch WWE “in full”. I skim through episodes of RAW and watch matches with talent that I enjoy like John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Christian, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, The Shield, CM Punk, Antonio Cesaro, Wade Barrett, and some others. I watched a bit of Summerslam and LOVED Lesnar vs. Punk. I had it at ****3/4. It was slightly worse than Cena vs. Lesnar, which I gave the full ***** to. If this was back in the 80's, a Punk bladejob would have been a given. Bryan vs. Cena was a great match, too. I had that pegged at ****1/2. Cena really is one of the best workers in the world and pulling out a near five star match with one arm proves it. That match plus post-match scenario made Bryan a huge star. Well, time for the review.
Storylines heading into Hardcore Justice Part 2:
-Bully Ray regained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Sabin last week inside of a steel cage with the help of Tito Ortiz and Mr. Anderson.
-Tito Ortiz turned on “friend” Rampage Jackson by striking him with the dreaded rubber hammer.
-The Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization (EGO) members Bobby Roode and Frankie Kazarian picked up 20 points in the Bound For Glory Series with the help of their fourth member, appletini.
-Hardcore Justice continues tonight with a streetfight with the remaining BFG Series competitors plus the main event of Aces and Eights vs. Main Event Mafia with the loser of the fall gone from TNA.
-The BFG Series Leaderboard heading into tonight looks like this:
* Magnus (39 points)
* Bobby Roode (34 points)
* Christopher Daniels (30 points)
* Austin Aries (28 points)
* Samoa Joe (26 points)
* Jeff Hardy (24 points)
* Mr. Anderson (24 points)
* AJ Styles (22 points)
* Kazarian (22 points)
* Hernandez (7 points)
* Jay Bradley (0 points)
* Jay Bradley (0 points)
*Joseph Park (-3 points)
Back to Norfolk, VA we go!
A nice little recap video is shown airing footage of last week's BFG Series matches. Also, Main Event Mafia and there hunt for a fifth partner for tonight. Highlights from the World Title cage match are also shown.
World Champion Bully Ray arrives with Tito Ortiz. They run into Mr. Anderson who whines like a Stage 5 clinger complaining that Bully hasn't answered his calls or texts. Bully informs him that Ortiz is with him and with the Aces and Eights. Bully wants Anderson to be concerned with “earning his stripes”.
EGO is in the ring with Roode on the stick. They enforce that they have a distinct advantage in winning the BFG Series because they make up 25% of the field. They want Austin Aries to join them. The World Tag Team Champions James Storm and Gunner appear on stage to argue about trusting Bobby Roode. Storm knows best. Storm tells Roode he is going to punch him in the mouth then he does it. We've got ourselves an impromptu tag match playa.
Non-title: James Storm and Gunner vs. Bobby Roode and Frankie Kazarian
A match with all four in jeans. Earl Hebner calls for the bell and we are underway. The four brawl to begin. Daniels runs to the floor. Gunner clotheslines Kazarian to the floor. Gunner beats up Daniels in the ring and throws him onto the ramp. Storm punches Roode on the floor. Hebner sends Daniels to the back. Storm and Kazarian go at it in the ring. Storm works the arm and tags in Gunner as we head to break.
As we come back from break, Roode and Kazarian are on the offense. Chops in the corner from Roode. Gunner isn't having any of it. Fights back with a back elbow that gets him a one count. Roode throws Gunner face first into Kazarian's boot. Kazarian is back in the ring with Gunner. Spin kick pin attempt is broken up by Storm. Kazarian poses for the crowd. Roode tags back in. Double team action in the corner. Roode snaps the neck ala Mr. Perfect of Gunner. The crowd is trying to get Gunner back to his feet. Suplex by Roode followed up by a knee drop that gets him two again. Kazarian tags in with more double team stomping. Leg drop by Kazarian. Kazarian slaps Gunner in his face. Gunner rallies back with elbows but gets eye raked. Gunner catches him with a backbreaker. Gunner is fired up. Tag into Storm. Storm slugs with Roode. Forearm and atomic drop from Storm. Storm is working over them both. Kick to the back of Kazarian's head. Storm hits an elbow drop from the top rope for two. Kazarian tossed back to the floor. Roode gets caught with a lung blower to the front. Last Call Superkick could be coming. Roode slides Hebner in front. Storm kicks Kazarian. Low blow from Roode to Storm! That gets three!
Winners: Bobby Roode and Frankie Kazarian
Match Rating: **3/4. Just a basic tag match. All four worked well though. Good stuff to start off the show.
Austin Aries is backstage talking about everyone wanting him to join their group. By the end of the night, we will get Aries' answer.
More recap of last week's World Title match and Tito's “shocker”. Update on Sabin tonight.
Non-title: Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt
So we're back to singles matches allowed. Thanks for listening TNA. Manik is surprisingly over. Match starts fast with a hip toss from Manik. Headscissors into a submission that rolls into a pinfall for two. Manik works over the arm. Headscissors from Dutt gets two. Seems to be a common theme. Dutt moonsaults onto Manik for two. This stuff is fast. A strange stretch from Dutt on Manik as the crowd cheers for Manik. Elbow to the noggin' by Dutt. Dutt goes back for a submission. Manik wills his way back to his feet. Manik springboards off the ropes and kicks Dutt in the face on the floor. Another springboard dropkick this time to the back of Dutt gets a nearfall. Sit out powerbomb from Manik gains him a close two count. Dutt kicks Manik right in his face. Running knee. Springboard splash from Dutt garners him two. Taz sings. Dutt goes to the top rope and misses the moonsault double stomp. Samoan drop into a kick to the face by Manik. Manik hits the underhook knees to the sternum to win the match.
Winner: Manik via pinfall
Match Rating: **. Basic X-Division match. Crowd was into it though.
The Aces and Eights are backstage with Anderson telling the troops to focus on the job tonight. Devon looks pumped. The Aces are ready for the big fight tonight. They are ready. Testify!
Street Fight for 20 Points in the Bound For Glory Series: Christopher Daniels vs. Joseph Park vs. Jay Bradley vs. Hernandez
The last of the three hardcore bouts for BFG Series points. The four men pair off to start the match. Hernandez splashes Daniels in the corner then tosses him over. Bradley gets punches in the face by Park. Elbow by Bradley. Punches with elbows from Bradley to Hernandez is countered with a clothesline. Roll up by Daniels gets a nearfall on Hernandez. Backbreaker by Hernandez on Daniels. Two count. Bradley hits Hernandez with a steel chair. Bradley sends Hernandez into the corner with a chair wrapped around his neck. Ouch. More chair work from Bradley. Elbow to the head from Park. Get off me by Hernandez to Bradley. Hip toss to Daniels from Park. Looks like a tag match going on almost. Hernandez and Park both splash the heels in the corner. Break time.
Chaos is still ongoing. Hernandez is with Daniels fighting on the ramp. Kendo stick shots from Hernandez. Daniels back body drops him onto the steel ramp. Park knocks down Bradley twice. Bradley gets a chair again, but Park puts him into the Boston crab. Roode and Kazarian are out beating up Park. Eric Young helps him. All four brawl on the floor. Bradley big boots Daniels right in the forehead. Low blow to Daniels' privates. SMACK! Chair shot from Bradley. Back drops Daniels right onto the chair. Kazarian and Roode turn their attention onto Bradley. Air Mexico down the ramp by Hernandez onto Daniels. Get off me again. Daniels falls off the Border Toss. Aries rolls into the ring. What?! Aries high-tens the EGO members then hits the Brainbuster on Daniels! He swerved them. Aries fights the EGO group off. Brass knuckles from Bradley to the mouth of Park. Park is bleeding. Ruh roh Scooby. He turns into “Abyss”. Park is going bananas. Black Hole Slam on Bradley winst eh bout for Park.
Winner: and receives 20 Points in the Bound For Glory Series, Joseph Park
Match Rating: ***. Fun match. Aries' swerve was awesome. Bradley shined here.
Park and Young hug it out in the ring.
The Mafia will step up tonight. They don't need anyone to step up with them.
Video package of Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan's “marriage” airs. Ugh. World Champion Bully Ray and Cheeto Ortiz are in the ring to celebrate. Bully is a happy man. Ortiz tells Rampage that he should've known better. They promote the Bellator fight again. Crowd chants “you sold out!” at Tito. No one does surprise like Bully Ray. He will expose the secret of him and his girl. The whole world should know about them. He tells Brooke to come down here right now. Brooke Hogan's music plays. She's canned though? Campbell's soup. Out come BROOKE TESSMACHER! Crowd is dead. They must be shocked or asking themselves “who?” Man. I wish I was that middle rope. Brooke's butt is looking extra firm tonight. Bully and Brooke lock lips. Tongue involved as well. Bully has the best job in wrestling. Bully has the “hot Brooke” with him now. Taz waives. Ha ha. There's only one thing left to do. Brooke takes off Bully's wedding ring with her tongue! Five stars!
Gail Kim vs. ODB is next.
Gail Kim vs. ODB
These two have been going at it for weeks now. Singles Knockouts action tonight. I don't like the newer version of Gail's theme. Bell sounds, here we go. The two circle each other before locking it up. ODB tosses Gail aside. Again. ODB's butt knocks Gail over. Gail eats the turnbuckle pad. ODB sizes her up. Splash in the corner with cleavage. Bronco buster in the corner. Two count for ODB. ODB knocks down Gail again while Taz argues that ODB should wrestle with men. Gail Kim rolls to the floor to recover. ODB chases her. Arm bar from Kim. Gail focuses on the arm of her opponent. The left arm is getting destroyed. ODB kicks Gail in the stomach. Shoulder breaker from Gail Kim. That looked nasty for two. Back to the shoulder work with a hammer lock. ODB elbows out, well almost. ODB low blows Gail Kim? Taz is baffled as to how that would hurt. ODB is battling back with clotheslines. Gail Kim eats the turnbuckle pad ten times. Thesz press gets two for the drunk woman. Gail goes to the top ropes. ODB knocks her down. Superplex from ODB. Wow. Both are down. They both felt it. ODB rolls over and gets two. Gail Kim crucifix's ODB and wins out of nowhere.
Winner: Gail Kim
Match Raing: **1/4. Okay match. Superplex was cool.
The Mafia and Aces are coming to the ring for their fight.
Jeff Hardy BFG Series highlights from last year is shown. He wants to do it again.
Austin Aries can play mind games. He was smarter than EGO. Aries doesn't need anyone's help. He doesn't need to politic.
Chris Sabin is very upset with what happened last week. The belt meant everything to him. He will be back. Yeah, okay Chris.
Loser of the Fall is Gone from TNA: Aces and Eights (Mr. Anderson, Garrett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Knux, Devon) vs. Main Event Mafia (Sting, Magnus, Samoa Joe, Rampage Jackson) and AJ Styles
Bully is on the ramp with Brooke and Tito. AJ comes down the ramp after the Mafia then explodes into OLD AJ STYLES! Music and all! New pants! He is back! I'm glad they dropped that useless loner gimmick. Back to what brought you to the dance. Why would AJ risk his career though? Let's all hope Bischoff or Brisco takes the fall. Please. The crowd has exploded! The fight begins. Brawls all over the place. AJ beats up Anderson. Magnus and Devon swing. Wow. AJ punches Anderson. Crowd is loving this. Styles poses for the crowd. Sting and Rampage send Knux into the steps. Dropkick from AJ to Anderson. Magnus slams Brisco. Pin him! The teams finally get on the apron. Magnus tags Joe in to destroy Brisco with punches. Piston like. On paper, this is the biggest mismatch in wrestling history. Kick to Brisco's head. Brisco fights his way out. In comes Bischoff. Pin him, too. Styles tags back in. Bischoff tries to fight back. Backbreaker across the knee from Styles. Break time.
Magnus and Bischoff are going at in the ring when we get back from break. The heels take over. Knux slugs Magnus. Magnus isn't having any of it. Magnus gets caught with a Knux spear. Two count from Knux. Back drop from Knux. Knux tags in Devon. Devon slams a forearm into Magnus' jaw. Choke on the rope from Devon. Devon tags in Bischoff. Bischoff rakes Magnus' face across the top rope. “Devon sucks!” chant. Yeah, okay. Bischoff in the ring and they think Devon sucks? Brisco gets two on Magnus, but Joe breaks it up. Anderson tags himself in. Giant “Yes!” chant. Anderson pokes Magnus in the eye. Devon tags back in. Snapmare to Magnus. Leg drop from Devon. Devon goes after the neck of Magnus. Sting and Rampage both haven't been in yet. Magnus tries to fight back, but a spinning elbow from Devon puts him back onto the mat. Knux comes in with a rib shot. Bodyslam from Kunx. Knux connects with a middle rope leg drop for a nearfall. Suplex attempt blocked. DDT from Magnus! Both men are down. Crowd cheering and clapping. Magnus tags in Sting. Stinger Splash in the corner on Knux. Another! All ten men are in. Fights everywhere again. Most of them end up on the floor. Rampage is in the ring fighting off the Aces. Bodyslam by Rampage on Brisco. Scorpion Deathlock on Knux. Devon breaks it up. That was close. Knux covers Sting for two. Back to the aprons the teams go. Devon works over Sting Bodyslam from Devon. Devon goes to the middle rope but misses a headbutt. Both are down in the ring. Sting tags in AJ. Crowd explodes again. Springboard forearm Styles knocks the Aces off the apron. Kick to the head of Devon. Devon kicks out, barely. Anderson in with shots to AJ. All ten men are going at it for the third time. Styles hits the Pele onto Bischoff. SPEAR KILLS AJ from Devon! Inside out. Styles battles back Styles Clash connects on Devon! 1..2..3! Devon is gone from TNA!
Winners: Main Event Mafia. Devon is gone from TNA
Rating: ***3/4. I really liked this match. It was chaotic, but great.
Bully is shocked on the ramp. He is very angry. The Mafia poses in the ring celebrating their triumphant victory as the show closes. Me thinks we are headed to a Styles vs. Bully BFG main event.
Show Rating: 7.0. It had nothing bad at all on the show. Some stuff was just “there”, but everything clicked together with a stellar main event.
For the love of god, page break.ReplyDelete
Trading Brooke Hogan for Brooke Tessmacher is a win in my book.ReplyDelete
You know, for a badass outlaw biker gang with no respect for TNA management's rules, stips or regulations, the Aces 'n' Eights sure follow a lot of TNA management's rules, stips and regulations.ReplyDelete