Welcome to this week’s edition of the Insight into Impact review for Wrestling Rambles, where I will be giving you the rundown on what happened on the 6th December 2012 episode of TNA’s Impact Wrestling, as well as giving you my insight on it.
Bobby Roode makes his way out with Kazarian and Daniels, and Kazarian says this is “Throwback Thursday”, with 3 guys from TNA’s best faction in the ring, before Roode and Daniels hype they’ll win their respective matches at Final Resolution. Daniels calls down AJ Styles just to talk, and when the Phenomenal 1 answers, he reckons Daniels can’t beat him. Daniels calls AJ a loser, so AJ attacks. 3 on 1 beatdown on AJ takes place before Jeff Hardy and James Storm make the save.
Video shown of Austin Aries making fun of Brooke Hogan last week, before we hear from A-Double. He says he pushed Hulk Hogan’s buttons to try to get what he wanted, but Bully Ray cost him, so he now wants Bully Ray at Final Resolution.
Match 1: TNA TV Title – Samoa Joe (c) vs Devon
Samoa Joe’s hard hitting style was working as he took this match to Devon, with the Aces and Eights’s Sgt in Arms only getting any offence in by dirty methods. Joe ran through his key moves, but when he went for the Coquina Clutch, a blonde woman who was stood by the barrier managed to leap over and get on the apron, allowing a distraction on Earl Hebner, and D.O.C. to knock Joe out with a hammer.
Devon wins by pinfall in 3:57, Devon is the NEW TV Champion
Brooke Hogan is backstage on her phone, says she is excited the contract is done, and can’t wait to see the person soon.
We see D’Lo Brown with Al Snow, and D’Lo asks what happened to Al last week. Snow says he went out Wednesday night for food, and next thing he knows, he woke up Friday in hospital. Hmmm…strange.
Mickie James makes her way to the ring, and thanks the fans for their support during her recent time off, before stating she’ll be the new Knockouts Champion this weekend. Jesse and Tara interrupt, with the Knockouts Champ gloating how great her year has been. Tara doesn’t say much, because Velvet Sky returns to let the pigeons loose! Velvet thanks Brooke Hogan for re-signing her, and wishes these two ladies good luck for the weekend, before stating “2013 will be the year of Velvet Sky”.
Bit of a lame backstage segment showing Robbie E failing to work a touchscreen computer, so he can’t pay his car insurance. Robbie T has to come in and show him how to do it. All done just to get their sponsor in.
There’s a promo video hyping for either a return or debut, which says “A reckoning is at hand, their road to hell will be paved in their own blood. 1.3.13”. This is just going to be Sting, isn’t it??
Match 2: Robbie E and Robbie T vs Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
The Robbies spend most the match working over Chavo, until he hits a release Northern Lights Suplex to Robbie E. Hernandez comes in, takes on both Robbies, Chavo helps knock Robbie T out the ring, before Hernandez does his pounce-style shoulderblock and Chavo hits the frog splash.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez win by pinfall in 3:58
Joey Ryan comes out on the ramp, but it’s just to distract the Tag Champs, allowing Matt Morgan to attack them from behind. Ryan then refers to him and Morgan as “the Big Morgan and the Big Organ”, and says when you deal with them, size matters.
Back to the Aces and Eights hideout, we see Devon and D.O.C. celebrating Devon’s title win with the hussies who helped earlier. Devon suggests throwing a dart to find their next target, but the leader says no need, someone has paid them for their next attack.
We re-visit GutCheck last week with Wes Brisco, before seeing him backstage with Kurt Angle and Garrett Bischoff. Wes thanks Kurt for all the help he’s given, and Kurt replies he’s proud of how well both guys are progressing. Wes and Garrett say they have Kurt’s back tonight.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez have words for Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan. Morgan and Ryan have got their attention now, and the Champs will attack face to face this weekend, rather than from behind.
Match 3: Kurt Angle vs D.O.C.
Good back and forth match between these two, Angle trying to work over D.O.C.’s leg throughout, as well as hitting more than the usual 3 German Suplexes. D.O.C. replies with a stiff clothesline, and chokeslam for a 2 count. Angle starts getting the upperhand, but as he locks in the Ankle Lock, the Aces come in to attack.
Kurt Angle wins by disqualification in 5:32
The Aces stand outside and just as they’re about to attack, Samoa Joe rushes down, with Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff jogging. Angle suggests the 3 guys in the ring join him for a 4 vs 4 match against the Aces at Final Resolution.
We cut to Hulk Hogan’s office, where the Hulkster is on the phone to Joseph Park, and telling Park to go to OVW if he really wants to learn wrestling. Bully Ray comes in and says he’s demanding Hogan gives him Austin Aries. Hogan says no, so Bully says he’ll make sure he gets the yes he wants by the end of the night…
James Storm speaks with Jeff Hardy, saying he has Hardy’s back, but also warns how Bobby Roode will do whatever he needs to win the World Title this weekend. Storm walks off, and we have another crappy Hardy inner monologue.
Match 4: X-Division #1 Contenders Match – Kenny King vs Zema Ion vs Kid Kash
Match of the night for me, fast paced and high spots throughout. Felt this had some good action, and all 3 guys put on quite an enjoyable match. Loved the T-Bone suplex pin from King, also nice huricanrana from Kash after he leapt over the top to the outside. Spot of the match had to be the Sliced Bread/Powerbomb tower of doom combo. King hit the Royal Flush (fireman’s carry into a sideslam) to pick up the win in a really good match.
Kenny King wins by pinfall in 5:56
Bully Ray walks through backstage, and is on his phone saying how Hulk Hogan is stubborn, and he’s off to the ring to take over the show and get what he wants.
True to his word, Bully Ray heads to the ring. He says he’s going to hold up the show until he gets what he wants, and sits on a chair. Austin Aries appears saying Bully doesn’t want to fight him, but look good in front of “his woman”. Bully suggests they fight now, but Aries refuses. Hulk Hogan walks down, and says no match, and if Bully doesn’t leave, he’ll either kick his ass or fire him. Bully gets in his face, and Brooke Hogan comes out. Brooke says “Mark” was right, Hulkster is making it too personal. Hulk isn’t happy Brooke used Bully’s real name, and books the match, saying all 3 have made it real personal.
Video hyping Bobby Roode vs Jeff Hardy and their match at the Final Resolution PPV, before it’s main event time.
Match 5: Bobby Roode, Kazarian and Daniels vs Jeff Hardy, James Storm and AJ Styles
Kazarian and Daniels continued “Throwback Thursday”, wearing pink Zubaz and fanny packs to the ring. Anyways, Hardy is kept in for most of this match, but finally breaks out by hitting a Twist of Fate to Roode. Storm and Styles turn the match their way, but just as AJ is getting the better of Daniels and Kazarian, Storm throws Daniels out the ring. AJ isn’t happy and argues with Storm, Hardy tags himself in, and hits the on-rushing Kazarian with a Twist of Fate to win.
Jeff Hardy, James Storm and AJ Styles win by pinfall in 11:36
AJ Styles and James Storm leave arguing, as Jeff Hardy raises the two World Titles to celebrate. His celebration is cut short because the Aces run in and beat him down. James Storm rushes back down with a chair to clear the ring. Bobby Roode re-appears, and applauds, the Aces give him a thumbs up, showing he was the guy who paid them for an assault. Roode says “it pays to be Roode” as the show goes off…
I have mixed feelings about this episode, some parts were good, but there were other parts I just felt were bad. I wasn’t interested in the Chavo/Hernandez vs Robbies match, and even felt the Robbies Direct Insurance segment before was stupid. Also a bit unsure on Devon regaining the TV Title, personally I didn’t feel the title should go back to him. I felt the Aces storyline would have been fine without it (and maybe even Devon getting DQ’d?). Hardy’s inner monologues just get dumber by the week, and I wish they’d stop with them! On the flip side, really enjoyed the interaction between Bully Ray and Austin Aries, two guys who have really improved and impressed this year, looking forward to their PPV match. As mentioned, I loved the X-Division 3 Way match, great spots, fast paced, and well worth watching. Velvet Sky is back! Damn she was looking good too. Look forward to seeing what Velvet does now she’s back. Finally, gotta say, loving Daniels and Kazarian lately. These two amuse me on the mic, and their antics in ring, plus their wrestling, just entertaining to watch. They’re a highlight of the show for me!
Thanks once again for taking the time to read this, I do appreciate it (and your comments!).
@GoofyVillain of @TheTopRope