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Impact Wrestling - July 24, 2014

Impact Wrestling
Date: July 24, 2014
Location: Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz 

Reviewed by Tommy Hall 

It's the second show in New York and the main story is whether or not Austin Aries is going to cash in the X-Division Title for a shot at the World Title next week. Does TNA think that the fans believe he might keep the midcard title instead of going after the big one using an idea he created? Other than that I'm sure Bully will be chasing Dixie around the arena with a table in hand again. Let's get to it.


Austin Aries arrives.

We look back at the end of last week's show where Ray almost put Dixie through a table.

MVP vs. Bobby Roode

Falls count anywhere. There's no MVP so we go to the back where Angle orders MVP, still on crutches, to the ring. Roode runs to the back and goes after MVP before ramming him into various hard objects. They head back to the arena and fight in the crowd. There hasn't been a bell yet. MVP throws a beer at Roode and hits him in the ribs with chair but misses a running kick to the face.

They get back to ringside and MVP knocks him down for some two counts. I didn't hear a bell but I guess that doesn't matter in a brawl like this. Roode suplexes him on the ramp for two as Kenny King makes a save. Eric Young jumps King from behind and chases him off as Roode is sent into the steps. Back in and MVP nails Roode in the back with a chair over and over. He tries a running boot to drive Roode's head into the chair but Bobby moves and kicks out the bad knee. Now it's Roode with the chair and hammers away at the knee before putting on a bad looking Sharpshooter for the submission at approximately 8:00.

Rating: C. This was nothing too great but at least Roode comes out looking strong. It really would have hurt him if he had lost to a one legged boss, and TNA is NEVER known for having their top face get treated like a loser. Good enough match here though and it's nice to see a match open the show for a change.

Video on Hardy vs. Lashley last week.

Video on Team 3D attacking Spud and Ethan last week.

Dixie is here to support Ethan in his match tonight. Bully will NOT put her through a table and she'll stand over Ray's dead body.

Here's a limping Jeff Hardy with something to say. Jeff says we'll see Willow again someday and he does everything to entertain the people. He says he's got someone special for us here and the fans chant for Matt. That's exactly what they get too and Matt looks better than he has in awhile.

Matt thanks Jeff and the fans for letting him come back because he needed to go away and get healthy. He thinks he's let the fans down but they tell him thank you. Matt thinks it's time for the Hardy Boys to be back on top of the roster, and what better way than to win the Tag Team Titles at Destination X? He invites the Wolves down to see them and here come the champions. There isn't much said here, but the Wolves respect the Hardys very much and would love to give them a title shot.

Aries has made his decision.

All three BroMans are in the ring with Jesse bragging about Robbie E. being on a reality show. He won't say what it is but says it's a big deal (it's Amazing Race). DJZ brags about being the best in the X-Division. Now it's time for his match.

Low Ki vs. DJZ

DJZ actually takes over to start and gets two off a running knee to the face. Ki comes back with kicks to the face and right hands in the corner and a quick Ki Crusher (sitout fisherman's buster) gets the pin at 2:30.

Gunner is in the back with Samuel Shaw and talking about some girl when Anderson comes in. Shaw knows Anderson doesn't like him, but maybe one day he'll have to.

Ethan Carter III is with Rhino and Spud and talks about being from the streets of Boca Raton. Dixie comes in with King Mo and tells her men to take out the extreme guys in their hometown.

Magnus/Bram vs. Gunner/Mr. Anderson

Gunner elbows Magnus in the face to start but it's quickly off to Bram with a big slam. More slams have him in trouble and Gunner hammers away with right hands. It's back to Magnus who gets elbowed down by Anderson, followed by the rolling fireman's carry. Everything breaks down and Bram posts Anderson before sending him back in for a Spine Shanker (German suplex into a sitout Rock Bottom) for the pin at 2:48.

The Brits keep up the beating post match but Shaw runs in to take the shot with the piece of metal for Anderson. Abyss runs in and beats up Bram for the save.

Bully Ray says he's losing sleep over not being able to put Dixie through a table. Tonight he's teaming with Dreamer and D-Von in a New York City street fight.

Video on Austin Aries and the history of Option C.

Kurt Angle comes out and explains Option C to the fans before asking Aries to come out. Austin says this sounds like a no brainer. This brings out MVP and Bobby Lashley with the former boss talking about how Lashley is bigger, stronger and faster than Austin Aries. MVP says Aries has built up the X-Division and should stick to what he knows.

Aries cuts them off and says he knows how to touch things and make the great. He knows what it takes to be the World Heavyweight Champion. Aries knows that MVP held him down and says he can do things in this ring that MVP couldn't do with four legs. Lashley may be bigger and stronger than Aries, but there's no way he's tougher. Austin cashes in the belt for a shot next week.

Video on Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell's rivalry.

Knockouts Title: Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell

Gail is defending and starts fast with a takedown followed by a superplex. The running cross body in the corner gets two but both girls try cross bodies at the same time. Taryn makes her comeback with a snap suplex and goes up to but the Beautiful People come in for the DQ at 4:04.

Rating: D+. Nothing to see here other than Taryn in her very revealing outfits. These two had a great rivalry but it was over a year ago and I don't think a lot of the fans remember it all that well. The ending likely sets up a tag and then a fourway because that's almost all this division knows how to do.

Jeremy Borash brings out Great Muta but Robbie E. interrupts. He wants a match right now and it's on.

Great Muta vs. Robbie E.

Kicks, power drive elbows, Shining Wizard, pin in 57 seconds.

James Storm comes out post match and yells at Muta about earning your spot. He spits beer in Muta's face and beats him down but Sanada comes in with the save. Sanada turns on Muta with the mist and lays him out before nailing a moonsault. He bows to Storm and leaves with him.

Dixie and King Mo talk about regretting allowing Tommy Dreamer to come in here a few years ago. They want those chants to stop and will be sitting in the balcony to watch the show.

Tommy Dreamer/Team 3D vs. Ethan Carter III/Spud/Rhino

Street fight. It's a brawl to start of course and Ethan is coming in with bad ribs from the attack last week. The extreme ones take over to start and Bully throws Spud over the top and down onto Carter. Rhino is dropped as well and we take an early break. Back with Ray using the cheese grater on Ethan's chest but Rhino makes the save.

Dreamer takes Rhino down and Spud goes after D-Von in the corner, only to get caught in a Doomsday Device. Dreamer does the baseball slide into the chair in the Tree of Woe and it's table time. A fan in a black hoodie tries to jump the barricade but Ray is right on him. Dreamer hits Carter with a Singapore cane and loads up the piledriver but Ezekiel Jackson from WWE runs in and lays Dreamer out, allowing Ethan to hit the 1%er onto a chair for the pin on Dreamer at 11:43.

Rating: D+. It's another ECW match and another WWE reject being brought in. Jackson is all look and little more, but I'm assuming this is part of the “REAL ECW” being brought in to take out the extreme guys. It's a nice idea but at the end of the day, it means we have to watch Ezekiel Jackson.

Post match a gloating Dixie comes out and tells security to let the other guy up, revealing Snitsky. The beating is on and Team Dixie stands tall to end the show. Rhino holding up the unconscious Spud made me chuckle.

Overall Rating: C. The wrestling wasn't as good but it's incredible how energetic these New York shows have been. I can't imagine Aries takes the title next week but it's always fun to see a challenger being built up, even if it's just for a week. Dixie has to be going through a table before they're out of this set of tapings or TNA is somehow more inept than I thought they were.

Results
Bobby Roode b. MVP – Sharpshooter
Low Ki b. DJZ – Ki Crusher
Bram/Magnus b. Gunner/Mr. Anderson – Spine Shanker to Anderson
Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell went to a no contest when the Beautiful People interfered
Great Muta b. Robbie E. – Shining Wizard
Ethan Carter III/Rhino/Spud b. Team 3D/Tommy Dreamer – 1%er onto a chair to Dreamer

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Comments

  1. Yeah, the New York fans seem to be the truest of the fan bases.

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  3. Big Zeke & Snitsky?


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  6. Another good show from TNA tonight.

    It helps that Russo's reduced to only telling the announcers what to say since getting advice on writing wrestling from Russo is like getting filmmaking advice from Friedberg and Seltzer.

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  7. There's a reason for it (ECW 2.0), they get beat, they get fired. It's not like they were brought in to be main eventers or anything.

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  9. Don't mind the ECW stuff so much because they were in New York, trying to do anything (Dreamer, D-Von, Rhino, Muta, Hardy, Low-Ki) to get a buzz going over a set of tapings, and they basically blow all the ECW-related stuff off in the next week or two anyway having hopefully done enough to convince people in New York to go back for the next set of tapings.

    I know the internet has been whining about ECW retreads for close to a decade because whining is the cool thing to do, but I don't blame for trying to play to the local audience like they did with the Von Erichs in Texas, or using Doug Williams and the British Bootcamp crew in the UK.

    Of course, if Sandman, Raven and Stevie Richards show up at the next taping cycle then yeah, fuck TNA part 4,350.

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  10. It's just such a lazy plot device now. But if it's not a long term thing then I guess it's fine.

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  11. Adam "Colorado" CurryJuly 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Eat a pallet of dicks.

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  12. Adam "Colorado" CurryJuly 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Whores get paid in cash. And I have a lot more respect for hookers, they at least provide a service.

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  13. TM CooltrainerBretJuly 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    The whole pallet? Thats a little harsh. One or two would convey the point, no?

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  14. That's not harsh enough.
    Ol' Spammy should eat at least 3 pallets of dicks.

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  16. It's baffling that ECW has gotten so many tributes and rehashes yet WCW, a company that had far more success and a far bigger audience, hasn't even gotten one single tribute show from anybody.

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  17. Man...saying he respects Matt Hardy must have KILLED Davey Richards

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  18. No. He gets the whole pallet DAMN IT

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  19. Snitsky makes sense when you think about it. He kills babies, and ECW is like Tommy Dreamer's baby, and since Dixie wants ECW dead, she brings in the only man capable of getting the job done.

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  20. Raw 2003 was a WCW tribute show.

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  21. How many dicks are in a pallet?

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  22. ECW was way more cooler. :-) ECW was hardcore and was much more different, while WCW was the same as WWF only with older guys. ;-)

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  23. TNa has been a lot better as of late. Changing topic interested to see what Global Force can do.

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  24. TheOriginalDonaldJuly 25, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    A lot!-Mr. Pink

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  25. So Tenay is accusing MVP of taking cheap shots during a match in which everything is legal, meanwhile Roode -- who attacked an injured and distracted man before the match started -- is the good guy in all of this. OK.

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  26. I was wondering if TNA can legally call Ezekiel and Snitsky by their WWE character names, so I looked it up and it turns out Snitsky's real name is Eugene Snisky. And Zeke's real name is Rycklon Stephens; according to Wikipedia he's going to go by his first name in TNA.

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  27. Matt ate all the beef and left none for Davey.

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  28. I'm watching the 3rd ever TNA weekly PPV, having not watched any of this era before.


    Do they have women dancing in 'cages' near the entrance way, or am I imagining it? Legit question.

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  29. They did. Think it lasted until they realised how much money they actually were taking in and then cut back on everything but Jeff Jarrett.

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  30. I think they whine because ECW doesn't do anything for business, and every chance TNA has to restart/rebrand they just end up bringing back old WCW people, or old WWE people, or blather on about ECW. Make yourself the NEW ECW. Forge your own identity instead of leeching off others.

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