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Impact Wrestling - January 23, 2015

Impact Wrestling
Date: January 23, 2015
Location: Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Tazz, Josh Matthews

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

The big story tonight is Feast or Fired, TNA's big Money in the Bank style match with three potential title shots up for grabs, plus a lone pink slip. This is usually a huge mess but the fallout can change a lot of things going forward. The other situation is the Beat Down Clan walking off with Lashley's World Title. Let's get to it.

Feast or Fired

Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Samuel Shaw, Magnus, Bram, Rockstar Spud, Austin Aries, Robbie E., Jesse Godderz, DJZ, Gunner, Crazzy Steve

It's a ladder match with briefcases hanging over every corner. Only four people win and everyone else walks away with nothing, which isn't the worst outcome. The lights are very low again, likely covering up the low attendance. Again, this is in New York City. There really shouldn't be an excuse to not draw a thousand people to a wrestling show, assuming the tickets aren't outrageous.

The match is a huge brawl to start and Steve goes for an early briefcase, only to have Velvet Sky offer a distraction to break it up. She winds up going up and getting a case for Robbie, meaning he gets to leave early. Steve chases Robbie and the Beautiful People off to clear out the ring a bit. Spud goes up but isn't tall enough to grab the case. Everyone but Shaw and Spud fight to the floor but Gunner pops back in to crotch Shaw. Aries dropkicks Gunner in the back of the head, only to be sent to the floor by Spud. Using Gunner as a platform, Spud climbs up and pulls down a case.

Robbie E. knocks Aries down again but stops to get a kiss from Angelina, allowing the Wolves to kick him down. The Wolves load up a dive but stop due to an Angelina distraction. Aries has the ring to himself and takes down the third briefcase, THEN hits the dive to take everyone out. Bram and Gunner get back in for a brawl on the pole but it's Magnus powerbombing both guys down, leaving Magnus to take down the last case at 7:41. Bram isn't pleased with Magnus taking the case.

Rating: D+. I'm sorry for all the play by play in this but there's almost nothing else to do in one of these things. It's almost all about the aftermath and if you're lucky enough to get something fun in the middle like Spud climbing up onto Shaw's back then so be it. There just wasn't much to see here but there rarely is in Feast or Fired.

Lashley is coming to the ring.

Magnus says the pressure is on with the case when Bram comes up and says that was his. Magnus isn't impressed and says calm down because he got Bram his job here. Security has to break them up. You knew this split was coming eventually and it makes perfect sense.

We look back at the BDC beating Lashley down and leaving with the title last week.

A bandaged Lashley calls out the Beat Down Clan to bring him his title. He gets Kenny King minus the belt, who says Lashley is too ungrateful to make it in the BDC. Lashley couldn't beat Roode without the BDC, where everyone is a potential World Champion. Without blinking, Lashley still wants his title. King says get a referee out here but doesn't want to wrestle in front of a bunch of people who won't appreciate him. Cue the BDC to surround the ring for the match.

Kenny King vs. Lashley

Non-title and Lashley is wrestling in an American Top Team (his MMA team) shirt. King hammers away in the corner to start but Lashley throws him down with a delayed vertical suplex and takes off the shirt. Kenny misses a springboard and gets speared down, drawing in the BDC for the DQ at 2:37.

MVP says if Lashley wants his title, come get it in the streets.

Havok vs. Gail Kim

Gail jumps her in the aisle to start and hits a nice cross body off the apron. They head inside for the bell with Havok taking her down in the corner and driving forearms in the corner. Some kicks don't get Kim anywhere and a bearhug spinebuster gets two for Havok. A hard running knee to the face knocks Gail silly and she's holding her eye. The announcers say this is a message to Awesome Kong, which would be better than Havok's current resume. The referee calls Havok off but gets shoved down, drawing the DQ at 4:06. Total destruction otherwise.

Rating: C-. Well they accomplished the goal of making Havok look like a monster, but I'm still not interested in seeing her vs. Kong. At the end of the day, Havok has only been around a few months and probably lost almost as many matches as she has won. It just doesn't add up to the year plus of dominance for Kong.

Post match Havok grabs Kim by the throat but here's Kong for the showdown. Havok's forearm has no effect and Kong clotheslines her to the floor.

We recap Ethan Carter III challenging Jeremy Borash to fight him last week.

Tigre Uno vs. Khoya

This is Khoya's debut as part of the Revolution. Tigre kicks at the legs to start, drawing Storm up to the apron to slap him in the face. It fires Khoya up to hit a bad looking fall away slam, followed by a Sky High for the pin at 1:04.

Storm says he'll be facing Matt Hardy tonight and he's stronger than any demon Jeff has ever faced. He's stronger than any pill Jeff has taken and any bottle he's ever drank. There's always room for one more in the Revolution. That's quite the promo.

Roode comes in to see Angle and says he doesn't care about their tag match tonight because he wants Eric Young one on one. Angle says Roode has to focus to win the title back, because if he goes in alone, he's going to lose. I'm having a hard time getting behind the idea of Roode vs. Young again when Young beat him in the big showdown last week. But hey, why build to a match when you can have it with no build, right TNA?

We recap Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode with Josh saying they've been best friends for twelve years. That's some creative history to put it mildly.

Very quick recap of Feast or Fired.

Spud says he used to be a gopher and now he feels like he's moved forward in his career. Even if he's fired, he's going to punch Ethan Carter right in the face, but it's worth the gamble.

Eric Young/Low Ki vs. Kurt Angle/Bobby Roode

Angle and Low Ki get things going in a match that might never have taken place before. Ki gets taken down to the match and it's off to Roode vs. Young. Josh tries to figure out the relationship between Young and the BDC, asking the same question I've had: if he has the same enemies and associates and teams with the BDC, why don't they just add him to the team? Low Ki comes back in and hammers away in the corner for two but gets caught in a superplex, allowing for the hot tag to Angle.

Everything breaks down and the Angle Slam plants Low Ki, setting up the ankle lock but Eric makes the save. Roode puts Low Ki in the crossface but Angle brings in a chair. Joe and MVP come out on the stage for a staredown, allowing Roode to break up the hold with another chair, giving Low Ki the pin at 5:11. Our heroes ladies and gentlemen.

Rating: D. This didn't have time to go anywhere because we have to get 194 other things in on every episode. However, the faces lose again because that's what happens in TNA. It's the same story we've gone through time after time now, leading up to what is probably going to be a long, drawn out story of the faces being downtrodden until someone rises up to win a single big match, leading to the heel stable implode over several months. How do I know this? Well seeing it a dozen or so times with almost nothing changes gives you a good idea.

MVP is outside the arena on the street, telling Lashley to come and get his title.

We recap Rockstar Spud splitting from Ethan Carter III and Jeremy Borash being dragged into it by saying he supports Spud.

Ethan Carter III vs. Jeremy Borash

Carter introduces himself because he's fighting the announcer. JB comes out with Spud and shakes hands with Mark Andrews, the winner of British Boot Camp 2. Carter still has the mic in his hand and does commentary for the match. Borash finally shoves him away and takes the mic. The fans like to tell Carter that he can't wrestle, but he can't announce either.

Borash actually nails Carter in the jaw and knocks him into the corner, only to get taken down with a tackle. The beating is on but Carter yells at Spud, drawing in both Spud and Tyrus with the big man dropping him with a heart punch. Andrews comes in with a springboard dropkick as the match is thrown out at about 2:00.

A double dropkick puts Tyrus on the floor and Andrews hits a nice shooting star to take everyone out.

Matt Hardy vs. James Storm

Matt hits a quick running clothesline in the corner to start and they're quickly on the ramp. Hardy stays on offense by sending Storm into the steps over and over, followed by an elbow from the apron to the back. Back in and Storm puts him on the middle rope for a Backstabber (now called the Lung Blower) to take over. A quick Side Effect gets two for Hardy as the darkness over the crowd is even more noticeable than before. The people there are making noise but the visual is horrible. Closing Time sets up the Last Call but Matt ducks and counters the Eye of the Storm into a small package for the pin at 5:17.

Rating: D+. This really didn't do anything for me and felt like they were just doing moves to each other until one of them won. I'm really not caring to see Hardys vs. Revolution, but then again I'm not wild on Storm as a Tag Team Champion again. At least it's better than some of the stupid teams they could have had.

Post match Hardy turns down a handshake offer, drawing in Abyss to help Storm hit a Last Call. Abyss gets out Janice but Jeff Hardy makes the save with a chair. Jeff challenges Abyss for Monster's Ball next week. Again?

A preview for next week shows Lashley with the title in a pretty big spoiler.

Samoa Joe comes up to MVP on the street but MVP says he has this.

It's time for the reveal of the briefcases. There's a World, Tag Team and X-Division Title match and a pink slip. Robbie E. has a camera on a stick to record himself and Velvet Sky's every move. Rockstar Spud goes first and X-Division Title shot. Magnus' case contains.....a Tag Team Title shot. So it's Robbie E. or Austin Aries with the pink slip or World Title shot.

Back from a break with Aries getting in a Stuart Scott reference by saying he feels as cool as the other side of the pillow. Robbie points out that Velvet Sky grabbed the case and has the footage to prove it. In other words, the case belongs to her. As luck would have it, Velvet is the one getting fired, meaning Aries gets the World Title shot. Robbie gets on the table and dances, shouting that he still has a job, leaving Velvet in tears.

Lashley goes outside and beats up MVP on the street. MVP punches him back and they head inside, likely to avoid getting arrested. The rest of the BDC jumps Lashley and beat him back outside until Roode and Angle make the save with a pipe. Roode picks up the belt and stares at it to end the show.

Overall Rating: C-. This show goes by so fast that it's hard to tell if it's good or not. They keep it moving so fast that it's almost impossible to remember everything that happens, but as usual they're flying through almost everything they have in a week or two. It's not a bad show, but they really need to slow down instead of just burning through everything they have. For instance, Lockdown is in two weeks and while you can see most of the card coming from here, the show hasn't even been mentioned yet because we have to get everything else in. Decent enough show this week but it's typical TNA.

Magnus, Rockstar Spud, Austin Aries and Robbie E. won Feast or Fired
Lashley b. Kenny King via DQ when the BDC interfered
Gail Kim b. Havok via DQ when Havok shoved the referee
Khoya b. Tigre Uno – Sky High
Eric Young/Low Ki b. Kurt Angle/Bobby Roode – Ki pinned Roode after a chair shot from Young
Ethan Carter III vs. Jeremy Borash went to a no contest
Matt Hardy b. James Storm – Small package

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  1. Crikey Mate Down Under AussieJanuary 23, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Is Aries a legitimately built contender? Haven't been following for a long time but I was always impressed by his workrate.

  2. Anyone watch the Saturday morning Mike Tenay version yet?

  3. Yeah he's a main eventer and a former World Champion. It more than fits.

  4. I did like the fact Robin Hood was the dude who played Will Scarlett O'Harra in Robin Hood: Men in tights.

  5. I shall never fear my father's sword.

  6. I think I've said it before but please - hook me up with your dealer

  7. This was the first good sized crowd for Nitro as I recall too and started their whole trend of doing stadiums for Nitro. The next week in Chicago would basically smash all of their records in company history to that point too. Crazy that this company was drawing like a few thousand fans max just a few years before.

  8. How are there even 'new' adventures anyway? Robin got his wrists cut, Marian got killed by a tree branch. Everybody is dead. There are no adventures to be had.

  9. I like where you're headed. I think if you take the plot of The Walking Dead and work it into Sherwood Forest, we're going places.

  10. And one of the few legitimately charismatic dudes on that roster. WWE missed the boat on him. He's short, but he has a great physique, can talk and can work; having all three of those overcomes a lack of size. Could've been a big star.

  11. He's not even that short. I got to meet him at a house show in 2013 and he was at my eye level. I stand about 6'0 even.

  12. Super Calo was a trailblazer. But later in 1997, Simon Adebisi would take the imperturbable hat to levels that have still not been surpassed.

  13. Huh. I thought he was like 5'8" for some reason.

  14. Weren't Roode and Young in Team Canada 12 years ago?

  15. For all the much-deserved criticism WCW gets around this time, DDP's 1997 run was the epitome of great booking.

  16. I still remember my amazement when Lex Luger was able to Rack Big Rick Fuller. Such a feat of strength!

  17. Rick Fuller was one of my favorite jobbers from this era. I thought he should have teamed with Roadblock to form some sort of jobber super team.

  18. I like how Nash goes over the top and through a table that was just set up by the ring for no reason and Bischoff openly saying "who put that there?"

  19. I remember kind of blowing him off at the time, and watching old matches and being like "holy SHIT- that guy is ENORMOUS!" WCW is the only company I've ever seen use monsters like him & Ron Reis as pure Jobbers. Even WWF's Oddities were basically just a Comedy Act, not faceless nobodies.

  20. Great review of a crazy Nitro. I HATED DDP when I was younger, but the brilliance of that moment cannot be denied. There can be debate about whether or not he'd get that rocket push without being Bischoff's pal, but THAT is how to properly book a midcarder you want to see a huge name- just have him be the ONE FREAKING GUY to shove the nWo's attitude back in their face and look good against them.

    DDP may in fact be one of the only guys to actually get one OVER on the nWo without being immediately pummelled and humiliated by WCW's reigning Cool Heels- this left him relatively immune to their popularity-destroying ways.

  21. Yeah, they took basically an unover, nothing midcard heel on a Honky Tonk Man-level and took him to the heights of being one of the most popular guys in the company. Funny how all it took was booking him ridiculously strong in matches, treating his finisher like it hurt, and having him get one over on the heels once in a while.

  22. Exactly! DDP's cigar-chompin', Booty Man-feudin', lower mid-card act never gave me any reason to believe he would be anything other than a perennial 'WCW Saturday Night'er for life ( or is than an nWo "4 Life"?).

    Though I am sure DDP's friendships with Bischoff and Scott Hall likely helped open doors that would otherwise have remained shut inasmuch as ascending to the upper echelon of main event talent, one would be hard-pressed to argue against DDP's tireless work ethic and commitment to get over that really paved the way for his success.

    Unfortunately, given today's climate and culture, I think it would be virtually impossible for a rookie to enter the business in their mid-30's, start out as a color commentator, transition to being a manager and segueing into eventually becoming a main event wrestler.

  23. I've never understood why people insist on bringing up his friendship with Bischoff as though that's illegitimate or something. Ok, so maybe that got him an opportunity he wouldn't have otherwise got? And? It's not like he kept getting pushed even though no one gave a shit about him. He was the definition of red hot with the crowd after this show, had a GREAT feud with Savage, and put on a bunch of 4* matches. Bischoff didn't hand him any of that.

  24. That bump Nash took was probably the biggest of his career. Although he did end up smacking the crap out of some guys legs when he pulled the table along with him and the metal legs go through the guardrail.
    I always thought DDP was smarter than Luger and Sting by not ever being nWo. Both of them were super over, but eventually just became the usual "face in a crowd" by hooking up with the Wolfpac. DDP always stood alone and stood out at the time because of it.


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