Journal Entry: Wed Sep 17, 2014, 9:30 PM
Three great iMPACTs in a row? WTF?!?
This iMPACT was labeled as No Surrender, so it had a PPV like feel to it. BUT the way TNA has been going since going to NYC, nearly ever show has been close to a PPV quality, some backstage segments excluded of course. There was only 2 missteps of the show, and one is just personal tastes. All around a great show, and makes me wish that TNA moves from Flordia and rent out that NYC ball-room every night. Since they've been there, the performers have been giving it their all, and the staff behind the scenes have been cutting the Bullshit with their writing. Booking sometimes is odd, but overall it's been great. Contrast this with fucking RAW the last 3 weeks and it's no contest.
After a video package advertising the Tag Team Title Series, the waste no time into starting the show with a match. (Take notes WWE, not every show needs to start with a 15 talking promo.) The first match is:
Knockouts Battle Royale Qualifying Match for the Knockout's Title.
You know me. I hate it when TNA tips their hand and shows you who's going to win by only showing one's contestant's interview or entrance, but this time, all the Knockouts got to come out on screen. (Maybe so Teney and Taz could push the Knockout calendar) Another good thing is I FINALLY got to see the name of the mystery girl who's been checking out Shaw backstage. They had no choice but to say her name as she entered the ring. Her name is Brittany. Still don't know her, but hey, it only took 3 shows to get around to saying her name. ANYWAY, the match is a typical Battle Royale - pretty much chaos until a few ladies are left. As expected Havok is clearing the ring. There was this one spot where the Knockouts in te middle of everything team up to try to take her out, then after she breaks free from them, they forget all about this good strategy they had. I don't know why. It came down to Velvet Sky vs Havok, and instead of Havok rightly crushing her, they have a small match together for a little bit. I guess they are pushing Velvet now, and need her to look strong. Regardless, this is leading up to a Gail vs Havok match so Havok steamrolls Velvet for the win. (BTW, I hate the Beautiful People)
Coming from the commercial break we have a big Knockouts Calendar commercial as well as a Bellator one. I would complain, but this means Tenay will talk about matches more during commentary.... which he does. So I'm fine with it. I hope they keep doing stuff like this.
After the commercials, we have a Gram and Shaw segment again. I hate this storyline, but at least it's making since now, after a month of this going on... Gram wants Shaw to return to therapy or at least consider going out with Brittany to calm down. Shaw says he's fixated on someone else. >.< If they don't make out soon, I'm going to be pissed.
MVP and Kenny King go to the ring and call Chris Melendez out to suck him off. (When will this be over?) They want him to join Blackolution, but Melendez declines. King takes offense to this which leads into a match. Kenny King vs Zach Gowen. Bascall kicks his ass the whole time, but Peg-leg gets a lucky roll up victory. King continues to be beat him up afterwards getting on mic to further insult him. Anderson comes out for the save. Yawn. This was one of the missteps I was talking about, but this is ALSO the missteps that was against my personal tastes. Technically there isn't anything wrong with this, it's just I don't like this angle at all, I find it boring. Let's just say I find it more believable that Undertaker is a zombie than I do a one-legged guy surviving in a real wrestling match.
Another video package. This time it's of the Lashley/Roode feud. Directly after this they have another Knockout's Calendar commercial. (3 so far). These girls better be hot in that calendar if they are pushing this thing so hard. If I get it, knowing my luck its filled mostly of the Knockouts I don't like. (Speaking of which, does anyone else think Havok looks like Chyna and Xena had a daughter?) After this, we get a Anderson and Melendez backstage segment, basically featuring drunk Anderson trying to remember his lines about "Those guys are assholes, just keep your head up" sort of deal. But Anderson irl must have been hammered. Lol
Homicide vs Samoa Joe for the X-Division Title is next. It's a good match, but really there is next to no build up other than Homicide winning a chance to face Joe. it's hard to get into it, story wise. The in-ring stuff is good, and I definitely think Homicide looks more believable beating Joe than Low Ki. BUT it's not to be. Joe wins cleanly, even shaking the dude's hand. Then James Storm comes out with The Great Sanada and Manik in new ring gear (which actually looks better than his Rorschach/Spider-Man outfit). The beat up Homicide then pose for the cameras. Joe was politely toss out of the ring and for some reason didn't just come back in and steam roll them over, lol. Whatever.
Winner: C'mon.... do I even need to say? Samoa Joe
(This is why you don't put a Heavyweighter in your Cruiserweight division!)
TNA couldn't help themselves. They had to have an interview with The Wolves and NO ONE ELSE. Fuck me. I thought we learned from this, guys! After showing their cards, we are treated to another Roode segment. This time he's talking with Eric Young about how he's waited so long ... blah blah. Moving on.
A Ladder Match in the Tag Team Title Series is next featuring: The Wolves, Team 3D, and The Hardys. As ordained by JBL, the wrestling god, this was the best match of the night... and the series (so far). Matt Hardy was wearing an OMEGA t-shirt, which annoyed me, and the crowds kept chanting stupid shit like "ECW" and "We Want Tables", BUT those are the only downsides to this. There was high spots everywhere and it took me back to late 90s Dudleyz vs Hardyz matches with the Wolves acting like Edge and Christian. Well... not as chicken shit heels like they were, but you get what I mean. Most of the cool stuff came from the veterans. D-von did a sick "What's up from the ladder. Bully and D-von did a Doomsday as an homage to the LOD. Bully also did a Flair flop. There was this cool Superplex off the top of the ladder, Bully to Jeff. It was just crazy with spots. These old guys really gave it their all, as if they were at Wrestlemania. But all good things must in, and as predicted by TNA, the Wolves scrapped a victory. So we'll have a Rubber match later on with the Wolves giving the stipulation.
Winner: The Wolves retain titles
I felt sad for whoever had to follow that. Unfortunately it was Bram vs Gunner, to continue this quasi-feud they have, but really pushes a Gunner/Shaw story. Bram plays the heel (you wouldn't know it as Tenay and Taz are talking about how great both men are... *sigh*) and attacks Gunner's leg injury. Shaw comes out and gets mad, charges in the ring to attack Bram. But Bram moves out of the way, and Shaw accidentally blasts Gunner. No DQ. Referee Earl Hebner was looking straight at the situation and did nothing. Why? Because this is TNA were rules only exist when you want them too. Regardless, Bram rolls back in and pins Gunner to get the win. Gunner is pissed at Shaw for ruining another match, and I'm shaking my head. This was the second misstep of the night.
Gail Kim does an interview after the commercial break basically saying to Havok "Bring it on." Then we get our main event.
Bobby Roode vs Bobby Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Title is on. (I really hate Bobby Roode's 1998 sleeveless pleather trench coat, for the record). I was wondering how they were going to do this match. Roode is coming in with a strong story, but they've made Lashley this unstoppable monster. Ultimately they decided to make Roode look like Lashley's first REAL challenge (which I thought they'd do). MVP and King did their usual distracting, but they were always dealt with. MVP got thrown out of the arena by the ref (who remarkably decided to follow the rules), and Eric Young dragged King away from ringside after one too many distractions. AND for the first time ever, Lashley attempted to cheat by attempting to use his belt to blast Roode. It didn't work, but this is a big deal. Lashley, while part of a heel group, hasn't done anything heel like in the ring yet. So this sets up that Roode is actually challenging the sweat-waterfall. In the end of this really great PPV quality match, Lashley just had enough to spear Roode for the win. A clean win still - which I liked. I also liked that my guy retained!
No Surrender lives up to it's name: no title changes. BUT that doesn't matter. The show was excellent. If you're not watching TNA by now, what are you waiting for? The shit RAW has been cranking out has actually gotten me to question why I still watch it. Last monday I didn't even want to, but forced myself because of the review. I was in a great mood that day, and RAW actually ruined it. Not with iMPACT. I looked forward to watching the show, and wondered if my predictions would come true. There were some little annoyances, but overall iMPACT is giving me a better show than what RAW has been. If John Cena wins at Night of Champions I might be done with WWE for a while. I'm just so sick and tired of it. I really hope TNA continues this momentum into the Pennsylvania tapings. I don't want to lose both shows at once. </b></b>
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Watching: So You Think You Can Dance
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