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Impact Wrestling - May 22, 2014

Impact Wrestling
Date: May 22, 2014
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Last week's major development made me feel like I'm experiencing deja vu. Yet again there's a group teaming together, seemingly to take over TNA. This time it's MVP, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King hooking up with reasons left to be explained tonight. The main idea tonight is Dixie Carter coming to confront MVP and see where all this is going. I'm sure this is going to be thrilling. Let's get to it.

The opening recap shows MVP turning a few weeks ago and then being joined by Lashley and King.

The three villains arrive and run into Kazarian. He's on the phone and doesn't seem impressed so King beats Kaz down. MVP: “Was that necessary?” King: “No.”

MVP, Lashley and King hit the ring with MVP offering to give the people a history lesson. He's a brilliant individual and it was because of his brilliance that he was able to bring in his friends and take power. Sometimes when you take power, blood must be spilled. Never again was he going to ask for permission to do anything because this is a business. At the end of the day, it's all about power, money and respect. MVP is now in control and everyone just has to accept it. Yes he has sold out arenas and he's done it again tonight.

King says he couldn't believe it when MVP asked him to do this and takes credit for the exhibition match from a few weeks ago. Everyone was shocked and the same thing happened when he fought Lashley. Then MVP brought Lashley in at Lockdown because Lashley knew politics were a waste of time. MVP calls himself a god but here are the Wolves to interrupt.

Davey quotes the money, power and respect line and says they don't have any respect for MVP anymore. MVP told them it was about heart and that's why they followed him at Lockdown. MVP gets them confused (King: “It don't matter!”) before saying he gave them this chance to get out of taking 15 hour bus rides in Japan to eat Ramen Noodles.

They may have heart but to be where MVP is today, you have to be heartless. MVP threatens to send them back to the indies and the brawl is on. The Wolves are outnumbered and Lashley hits a big spear on Edwards. Davey is dragged up to the stage and speared off and through a table. King cackles like a witch.

A ticked off Eric Young arrives.

The Carters arrive.

Davey has been taken to a hospital.

Here's Eric Young to vent a bit. MVP cuts him off almost immediately and brings out Lashley and King. Young says the shame should be on him and then asks Lashley how he'll be able to explain this to his son. MVP holds Bobby back and says Lashley's son will be behind the wheel of a very expensive car then and won't care what Lashley did. The trio gets into the ring and Eric is ready to fight. It goes as badly as you would expect until Austin Aries runs out and helps Young fight them off.

Aries grabs the mic and says he's one of the few that saw MVP for what he really was: a liar in cheap suits. Austin calls MVP out for a match and MVP accepts for later tonight. That's not all from MVP though as he's going to give Eric Young a match tonight. No opponent given but MVP says it's coming.

Bram has gotten Magnus a falls count anywhere match with Willow tonight. Magnus says he's getting sick of this and punches Bram in the jaw. Bram laughs and says that's what they want. Magnus says he's crazy.

Angelina is issuing an open challenge for a title shot. Gail Kim comes up to accept it but she's not allowed. Kim lays Angelina out and beats her up a bit.

Here are the Beautiful People with Angelina saying all former Knockouts Champions are excluded from accepting.

Knockouts Title: Angelina Love vs. Brittany

Love jumps Brittany during her posing and takes over quickly. Brittany gets knocked down again but shoves Love out of the corner. A handspring elbow runs into Angelina's elbow but Brittany comes back with an O'Connor Roll, only to be distracted by Velvet. The distraction lets Angelina hit the Botox Injection for the pin at 3:28.

Rating: D. Points for having someone new in there like Brittany, but the match was nothing to see at all. The Beautiful People are getting less and less interesting every week, especially with them getting what they wanted so easily. This whole division is just worthless to me anymore and it's not getting any more interesting at all.

Gail Kim comes out to prevent the makeover.

Dixie is going to address MVP tonight. We knew that already.

James Storm comes to see Mr. Anderson at a bar and a drinking contest begins.

MVP vs. Austin Aries

Aries jumps him from the apron but MVP sends him into the barricade to take over. They get inside with Aries in control and hitting a running elbow in the corner followed by raining down some right hands. MVP shoves him over the top and out to the floor before slapping Aries down. Back in and MVP misses a running kick in the corner and Aries goes for the leg. MVP blocks the brainbuster but gets caught by the running dropkick in the corner. Aries nails a second but Lashley runs in to break up the 450 for the DQ at 3:48.

Rating: C. This was fun while it lasted but you knew there was no way it was getting a clean finish this early in the feud. Aries is a good choice to have in this spot but he and Young need a third guy to make this a better fight. The match wasn't much wrestling but they fought the entire time which is always a nice touch.

Aries gets beaten down until Young comes out as well. The champion gets beaten down until MVP announces Lashley as Young's opponent for later. Dixie comes out for the showdown because this story hasn't gotten enough TV time tonight. After a break Dixie yells at MVP for ignoring her and says she's never hurt anyone. “Except shoving Bully Ray through two tables....and breaking two of his ribs.”

MVP says she's been banned from the Impact Zone but here's Bully to chase Dixie and Ethan off. MVP says Bully was banned from the building too but Ray gets in his face and says MVP is here because of Ray. Bully wants to know why they're picking on Eric Young, who has been here since day one and worked his way to the top to become World Champion.

MVP asks when Bully started caring but King jumps Ray for the three on one beatdown. The trio leaves and the Carters come back. Dixie: “Ethan, get the tables.” Ethan: “Ok.” Ray tries to fight back but gets planted through the wood. Dixie gets to say she fears no one again. I really hope this is just a one off confrontation between MVP and Dixie, because the last thing I (and I think most TNA fans) want is another power struggle.

Post break Ray limps after the Carters but they escape in a limo.

Magnus vs. Willow

Falls count anywhere. We get a quick video about Bram trying to unleash the beast inside Magnus, just in case this wasn't enough like Cena and Bray Wyatt already. Magnus misses a charge to the floor but blocks a dive with his knees. They fight in the aisle with Magnus still turning down the use of something metal. Back inside and Willow takes over with some legdrops but misses the Swanton.

The Whisper in the Wind connects for two and a clothesline puts Magnus on the floor. Willow's slingshot splash lands for two more but Magnus clotheslines him down onto the ramp. Bram offers him the metal again and this time a shot to the ribs has Willow in trouble. Magnus can't bring himself to hit Willow in the back of the head though, allowing Willow to hit a Twist of Fate on the ramp for the pin at 4:58.

Rating: C. Not a bad brawl here but Willow was up WAY too fast after that shot to the ribs. He might have been down fifteen seconds and then is able to hit his finisher and pin a World Champion? That's a bit too much of a stretch for my taste but with as little time as they had they couldn't do much else.

Gunner tells Samuel Shaw he's been in an asylum before too.

Eddie Edwards is back.

After a break, Gunner is still in the asylum with Shaw. Gunner tells him a story about a friend of his who went through basic training with him. The friend went through something that sounds like PTSD and Gunner was the one there to help him get into a place just like this. That's why he understands what it's like for Shaw to be in here. In the end the guy got better and found himself. Gunner believes there's good inside Shaw and that he can get better. Shaw asks why he should trust Gunner. That's a good question, and Gunner says he'll prove his trustworthiness by trying to get Shaw out of the straitjacket.

Here's Edwards to call out any member of the trio for a fight right now. King comes out and the brawl is on immediately. Edwards chokes him with a shirt and hammers away before they get in the ring. Kenny gets in a few shots with the mic to take over but Edwards avoids a moonsault. Edwards hits a suicide dive and rips at Kenny's face but gets sent into the steps. A high collar suplex puts Edwards down on the ramp and Kenny walks away. Eddie is holding his shoulder.

The drinking contest is continuing and it appears that Anderson is cheating by drinking something without alcohol. Storm is on about his 12th beer.

MVP comes up to Brian Hebner. He apologizes for King attacking Hebner recently and Brian accepts. MVP gives Hebner the main event match tonight and implies that Brian needs to help him. Hebner doesn't say anything.

Back to the bar where Storm can barely talk and Anderson says he's totally sober. He's been drinking Near Beer and proceeds to beat Storm up. Anderson takes Storm outside and throws him into a trash can before putting the $100 bet in Storm's mouth.

Eric Young says he's banged up but he learns from his mistakes. Tonight Lashley will learn that his biggest mistake was letting Young get up.

Eric Young vs. Bobby Lashley

Non-title. Eric starts fast but gets taken down and thrown to the floor, into the barricade. Back in and Lashley hammers away before bending Young's back over the ropes. A hard palm strike to the chest drops Young again and we take a break. Back with Lashley hitting a delayed vertical suplex for two before putting on a bearhug.

Young fights back with a missile dropkick and the piledriver. No cover though as Young goes up, only to have to fight off King and MVP. It's not a DQ yet as Young gets crotched on the top. Lashley gets up and a spear sets up the powerslam for the pin at 10:33. Well at least it wasn't clean.

Rating: D+. Nothing to see here again, other than about the 857th time that the trio has been on screen tonight. It's the same old problem that TNA has always had: if they've got a top story, it's going to DOMINATE a show until you're either hooked on it or totally sick of it. Heaven forbid anything else get anytime.

Aries tries to make a save with a kendo stick but gets triple teamed as well. The trio stands tall to end the show.

Overall Rating: D-. Why can't TNA learn anything? Why do they insist on going back to the EXACT SAME THING over and over and over and over and over again? Tonight was ALL about this new trio and if you don't like them, WELL SCREW YOU BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GETTING LALALALALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU! That's what it's like to be a TNA fan. If you don't like what you're getting, deal with it because they're going to use the same story over and over again.

Other than the trio stuff, the Dixie angle continues and unfortunately we're probably not going to get her being put through a table. That's the ONLY payoff to the whole thing but if it never happens, or happens anywhere other than Slammiversary or the New York tapings, it's yet another waste of a story and our time by TNA.

The rest of the show wasn't anything to remember. The beer drinking contest was fine but they made it clear where it was going halfway through. Gunner and Shaw is somewhat interesting, but it's a BIG step down for Gunner after months of beating Storm time after time. The Beautiful People are still the same act we've seen for years from them now, making this show feel like it's stuck on replay.

Angelina Love b. Brittany – Botox Injection
Austin Aries b. MVP via DQ when Bobby Lashley interfered
Willow b. Magnus – Twist of Fate on the ramp
Bobby Lashley b. Eric Young – Powerslam

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  1. I thought it was an enjoyable show.

  2. Tonight was ALL about this new trio and if you don't like them, WELL SCREW YOU BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GETTING LALALALALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

  3. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    For me it's the same evil authority figure happening again. I'm completely sick of it and I wouldn't care what they presented if that's what we're getting.

  4. Definitely better than shows he's given a full letter grade (or MORE) better to. Yeah, they definitely burned MVP/Lashley/King out a bit, but this storyline feels like a short-term thing.

    I'd think MVP's beating EY at Slammiversary... but I could see EY retaining as Bully FINALLY puts Dixie through a table. Both heel groups leave Slammiversary hurting, but unlike Dixie, MVP's still got cards to play after.

  5. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I'd prefer that over what I think we'll be getting. As long as Dixie isn't turned face I won't be that upset.

  6. Oh no, nothing in TNA is just a short term thing when it comes to heel groups.

  7. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I can understand why a lot of fans would. For me it's the idea of the story and ANOTHER corrupt leader running TNA and building an army to take it over. I'd like something fresh.

  8. I'll give TNA credit: I chuckled twice while reading Hall's recap of the random lines. Endorphins are never a bad thing to have.

    I will revoke that credit, however, with the continued push of Eric Young.

  9. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I won't say Young is growing on me but I'm getting used to him. Thank goodness they've played him seriously.

  10. WWE introduces bad ass trios and lo and behold in TNA...

  11. Magoonie NOT Teddy BelmontMay 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I actually am kinda into the MVP, Lashley and KIng trio.

  12. Glad that the new heel faction (does it have a name?) is put over strong, although I'm not sure I would have had parts of the rest of the roster working together and still losing/being beaten down this soon.

    I understand e-book $'s frustration with yet another corrupt army taking over TNA, but it is being executed fairly well in these early stages (although I'm not sure beating EY helps Lashley when the goal should just be to weaken EY before MVP's title match).

  13. You know whats so TNA about this? They could've run the Bryan parody storyline with Austin Aries, and chose not to for similar reasons as to why Bryan didn't get the push in the first place. That is truly worthy of a Cornette Face there.

  14. So let me get this straight. Now TNA has TWO heel authority figures??? Holy shit this company blows.

  15. Pretty hard to argue

  16. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Don't get me wrong: there have been FAR worse versions of this and it's not the worst TV in the world. I'm just burnt out on this idea.

  17. I want NO authority figures. At MOST a Jack Tuney. I want NO fights for control of a company. I want NO taking over a company. And I want the KO, X, and Tag Divisions to contain more than one contender at a time.

  18. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    I look at NXT for how it's done. JBL shows up like once every month or two and makes a big announcement but other than that, it's just the announcers saying "NXT General Manager JBL has done this!"

    That's all it needs to be.

  19. And the whole idea is ridiculous. How in the hell would MVP, a micarder in WWE, have the money to buy a wrestling company??

  20. JBL is the GM of NXT?? Then why wouldn't he be proud of Paige winning the Diva's title?

  21. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Actually that makes a bit of sense. When MVP debuted, Teddy Long gave him the highest contract ever in Smackdown history. It wasn't mentioned much after he got started, but it was there.

  22. Hey, hopefully they'll destroy each other.

  23. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I think he's mentioned it once or twice but it's WWE so he probably has been told not to bring it up because it'll cause stock to drop or something.

  24. This is amazing.

  25. I totally get it and rolled my eyes when I heard about MVP's turn; the execution so far is enough for me to just give it a chance.

  26. From what it looks like that won't be the case though. Dixie will feud with Bully and MVP with EY.

  27. Saw this on reddit, but it is too inside for me. No clue.

  28. I believe they've retconned it a bit so that he is the face of an investment group; I think he said that in a promo in the last week or two but am not sure.

  29. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    That's the other thing: I have zero confidence in TNA to be able to make something work.

  30. It is just someone making up a backstory for that gif.

  31. That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

    And yet you are probably right.

  32. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  33. Yeah, but the Shield has been around for a year and a half while the Wyatts are nearing a year. That's a fairly large gap compared to some of its other incredibly concurrent "unique" ideas.

  34. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM


  35. Yeah but the trios in WWE taking center stage is a little more new.

  36. Jef Vinson (Homewreckers Inc™)May 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    That was pretty good.

  37. Totally sweet power-trio though.....MVP, Lashley and King. For real, I think it's a kick ass trio. Obviously there's a theme going here, and so I wouldn't mind seeing Shelton Benjamine arrive and join. Or.......
    Kook B Ware, Saba Simba, Ice-Train, Norman Smiley, George Wells, Monty Brown, Z-Gangsta, Pez Whatley, Papa Shango, Stevie Ray, Ahmed Johnson, The Pope, New Jack, Devon Dudley, Elix Skipper OR AKEEM THE AFRICAN DERAM BABY!!!!

    Tell me......who'd I miss?

  38. Only the greatest wrestler (black or white) of all time...the man who ended Ted Dibiase's reign of tyranny by beating him for the Million Dollar belt...the man simly known as Virgil!

  39. If it does work, it'll be mainly because of MVP's talents getting himself over in spite of TNA booking.

  40. kbwrestlingreviewsMay 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    MVP is growing on me. I was never a huge fan of his in WWE.

  41. Yeah, in WWE I just saw a guy with a lot of potential that wasn't really realized and I think the reason MVP didn't really grow was because WWE cut him off at the knees, whereas in TNA he has a little more freedom and he seems smart to the business and knows how to get over.

  42. Amen. Like almost everyone else, I am so sick of authority figures an matches for the control of a company.

  43. Ahhhhhhhhhh yes Virgil!!!!! Good call. And The Cat. And D'Lo. And I guess half of Roddy Piper one time.
    And I guess, The Pope, Monty Brown, Devon, and even Ezekial Jackson would all be kinda cool fits

  44. Oh lord, I remember that now.

  45. TNA: We remember obscure storylines that happened in the WWE 10 years ago, but fuck if we can remember our own storylines from a week ago.

  46. You mean, because Aries is a complete douche?

  47. AverageJoeEverymanMay 23, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    yeah if the explanation/GIF had been first I would have enjoyed it more

  48. AverageJoeEverymanMay 23, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    seriously if Pope and Monty Brown join this group I will be in love.

  49. How could you forget THIS guy???

  50. They could go for the tag titles.

  51. Ok, that was funny.

  52. Yeah, I believe that was it.

  53. AverageJoeEverymanMay 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    and dance

  54. Please, this is TNA. Black guys don't dance in TNA.

  55. AverageJoeEverymanMay 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Also Godzilla really does keep up with your anti-Asian beliefs.

  56. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Never.......EVER.....saw that. Holy shit. Ya know, I kinda thought about the Ugandan Giant, but last I remember he wasn't doing so hot health-wise, so I didn't wanna bust his chops and put him in my TNA All Time Universal N.O.D. faction.

  57. I think (I hope) the Dixie-MVP segment was just to clarify for us that there's NOT going to be a power struggle, because at the end it seemed Dixie was OK with MVP's group because they beat up Bully for her. Ideally this can lead to Dixie going away for a while and EC3 (after feuding with Bully) moving on to other stuff.


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