Welcome to this week’s TNA Impact review, known as Insight into Impact. Here I’ll be bringing you the results and segments from the 5th Semptember 2013 episode of TNA’s flagship programme!
After the opening video, we hear the guys in the BFG Series give their thoughts on the Last Chance Gauntlet, and how they’re going to win the 20pts.
Bully Ray leads out the Aces and Eights, and praises how they’re a great band to have, as they all “bang together”. Bully hugs them all, until he gets to Mr Anderson and says Anderson is the best VP and he has more love for Anderson than he did for Devon. Bully says his guys will win their matches tonight, and he’ll beat Sting too. He sends the gang backstage, and goes ringside with Brooke Tessmacher to sit with Taz, and watch Knux.
Match 1: Knux defeats Chris Sabin by disqualification in a time of 6:00
Sabin brings Knux down to his level with a dropkick to the knees, but once Sabin tries to go on the attack, Knux catches him with a crossbody splash. Knux wears down Sabin, until missing a boot on the middle rope. Sabin hits a missile dropkick off the top rope, and before he can do anything, Bully passes the hammer in to Knux, as Tessmacher distracts the ref. Before Knux can use it, Sabin grabs it and smashes Knux in the head, causing a disqualification!
Impact Insta-Fact mentioned….why did they bring this back? Don’t think anyone takes notice when “the other company” do their facts after ads, so don’t think people will take notice of these ones!
Chris Sabin is going crazy backstage with Velvet Sky trying to calm him down. He’s stating how he didn’t bring the hammer in, and that hammer is constantly causing issues. He apologises for ranting, and walks off, as Velvet is unsure on what just happened….
Mickie James is in the hiz-ouse! Mickie goes on about some music awards show, then mentions she wasn’t up for the VMAs, but won an “MJA”, which is basically an award with her face on! While going on about Miley Cyrus, ODB interrupts, and says Mickie should be worried about losing the Knocked-Up title. Mickie says she isn’t worried, as she’s a star and ODB isn’t, goes to leave, then attacks ODB from behind. ODB fights back and lays Mickie out, before holding the title up. Mickie is back up and snatches the title back, yelling at ODB….until ODB pulls the top off Mickie!! Mickie covers up and runs off, as ODB takes in the cheers of the crowd.
Ahead of the BFG Series Gauntlet, Jeremy Borash speaks to the 2 men starting it, Jay Bradley and Hernandez. Bradley says he’s been made an offer from an Organization, and is happy to be business partners with SuperMex tonight…
Knux is asked about his win, but is too busy eating a sandwich, and holding ice against his head. I can only hope that segment leads to Knux becoming the next Bastion Booger!
Match 2: AJ Styles wins the Bound for Glory Series Gauntlet in a time of 28:36 to win 20pts for the BFG Series
Bradley puts forward the offer to SuperMex once again, that if they help an Organization get rid of 1 particular guy, him and Hernandez will be rich. Hernandez refuses, and they begin the match. Doesn’t take long till Joseph Park joins, he and Bradley fight, Bradley tries to eliminate Park, but gives up once Hernandez is back on his feet, and Hernandez shoulderbarges Bradley. Mr Anderson, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles join either side of commercials, AJ straight in and clotheslines Park to the outside, taking himself too and only just hanging on. Kazarian joins, as all 6 continue brawl and trying to eliminate each other. Joe puts Anderson on the top rope, Anderson headbutts Joe, and Joe retaliates with a jumping kick to eliminate Anderson. Daniels slowly makes his way in, and begins to help Kazarian double team AJ, before laying a boot to everyone else. Bad Influence double team Joe, until he clotheslines both, and tries, but fails to eliminate Joe. Bad Influence do manage to get rid of Hernandez, just as Jeff Hardy enters, followed by Bobby Roode entering after ANOTHER break. Bradley throws AJ to the outside, AJ holds on, Bradley tries for the BoomStick, which AJ ducks, and pulls Bradley over and to the floor. The action continues as Austin Aries joins in style, rushing to the ring and diving over the top, hitting a double clothesline while still wearing the cape! Magnus is out next, he goes on the offense at Roode, Daniels and Kazarian. Joe tries to help Magnus out, rushes at Daniels, Daniels ducks and Joe tries to hold on, but Kazarian nudges him to the floor! Hardy throws Kazarian over, but Kazarian holds onto the bottom rope. As Hardy kicks at him, Roode rushes up and eliminates Hardy. Kazarian is back in, and lays boots into AJ, but as Kazarian leans down to abuse AJ, AJ kicks Kazarian over onto the ramp. Magnus tries to throw Roode out, Daniels grabs Roode to save him, then lifts Magnus out! Aries rushes at Roode in the corner, Roode lifts Aries over onto the apron, and Roode rushes to knock Aries to the floor, before Roode rushes at AJ too, and AJ lifts Roode out of the match too. Daniels and AJ trade blows, AJ hits the flying forearm smash, spin kick and fireman’s carry into neckbreaker. Daniels blocks the Styles Clash, but can’t block the Pele Kick, which allows Styles to clothesline a dazed Daniels to the outside!
The final standings show that those 20pts for AJ Styles have catapulted him to the top of the standings. The final 4 are now: 1) AJ Styles – 49pts, 2) Magnus – 39pts, 3) Austin Aries – 35pts and 4) Bobby Roode – 34pts. Jeff Hardy misses out by 3pts….awwww….
Bully Ray berates Mr Anderson for disappointing him in the BFG Series. Knux won, Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco will most likely win theirs, and Bully asks what he’s done for the Club. Anderson reckons he’s busted his ass for the Aces. Bully reminds Anderson what he did to Devon, and suggests he could easily remove Anderson, if he doesn’t fall in line.
Small backstage promo from AJ Styles saying how he was out of the top 4, and 20pts later, is now leading. He’ll win the series, and go on to become World Champion.
We go to Sting and Rampage Jackson, where Rampage mentions how Sting can’t fight for the title anymore (reminder to Hulk, huh?). Sting says he needs to give Bully Ray a bit of a receipt for it, and is confident with his family behind him.
Match 3: Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff defeat James Storm and Gunner by pinfall in a time of 6:00
Brisco and Bischoff attack from behind on the ramp, and a brawl occurs round the ring. Storm and Gunner gain the upperhand, and double team Bischoff. Storm tries a suplex, Brisco comes in to taunt Gunner, before attacking Storm when Gunner is blocked by the ref from getting in. Brisco and Bischoff keep Storm in their corner, Brisco with an armbar while hanging over the ropes. Storm drops out of a slam attempt, and drops Brisco with a BackCracker, before finally tagging Gunner in. Hot tag for Gunner, he takes care of Bischoff, splash in the corner, and a backbreaker before Brisco breaks the count. Storm comes in and takes care of Brisco, before a double team catapult into DDT for Bischoff. As Storm and Gunner go for their finisher, Brisco pulls Storm outside and rams him head first into the ringpost, before Brisco tries a schoolboy pin. Brisco tries to use a Tag Title, the ref stops him, allowing Bischoff to use a chain to knock Gunner out, and pick up a win….oh, hell.
Jeremy Borash introduces the top 4 for the BFG Series, ending by bringing AJ Styles out. AJ gets first choice of the Semi Finals, and stares down Bobby Roode and Austin Aries, before saying Aries is the 1 blemish on his BFG Series, so he wants to go through Aries first. Aries promises there will be a winner when they face off, and that’s the fans. That means it’s Roode vs Magnus in the other semi final. Roode says he aligned himself with Bad Influence, and it was to get him here in the final 4, and he’s got the weakest link. Magnus says he didn’t need Muppets to help him win points, and that the playing field will be even next week. He will go through everyone to become the World Champion for the 1st time. They stare down as JB reminds us of the 2 semi finals, before the segment ends…
Bully Ray leads down Brooke Tessmacher, Tito Ortiz and Mr Anderson, before Sting comes down too. After the introductions, Bully says how it’s non title, and Sting will never get another chance again. Screw Sting, and his best friend, Hulk Hogan. That brings out the Hulkster, who reminds Bully he runs the show. Hulk bans Ortiz from ringside, and has security remove him out of the arena. Hulk then changes the ruling of the match, setting it as a No DQ.
Match 4: Sting defeats Bully Ray by submission in a time of 10:16
Sting strikes with a Stinger Splash as Bully is looking down at Mr Anderson, before throwing him to the outside, and we’re straight to a break. Back from a break, Sting is attacking with a chair, until Bully low blows Sting, and splashes him. Bully goes outside and gets a tool off Taz, allowing Bully to cut the ring apron up, and rip the apron up in the ring, as well as the padding. Sting trips Bully and goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, which is broken by the Aces rushing down to beatdown Sting. Main Event Mafia rush down for the save, clearing the ring. Sting misses a Stinger Splash, Bully tries a piledriver on the exposed part of ring, Sting blocks it and lifts Bully over, but fails with a Scorpion Deathdrop as Bully holds the top rope. Bully attempts a big boot, Sting ducks it and drops Bully, locking in the Scorpion Deathlock again. Mr Anderson goes to pass the hammer in, and holds it too far from Bully’s reach, before throwing it away, as Bully Ray taps out!
Sting lets go of the hold, and Brooke Tessmacher is in to check on her man. Mr Anderson enters with the title and a mic. He berates how Bully couldn’t win on his own, and says he’s Bully’s next nightmare, and the guy who will beat Bully next week for the World Title. Anderson lifts the title and throws it at Bully before leaving, and we go off air as Tessmacher tries to help Bully out.
Let’s get straight to it…..Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff won a match. Brisco and Bischoff defeated the Tag Team Champions. Alright, there was a bit of cheating involved, but bloody hell man, this is the sign of the apocalypse for TNA!!!!! OK, maybe a bit over the top, but still, it’s crap letting them beat anybody in the company! I just hope this doesn’t lead to a tag title match, and REALLY hope it doesn’t mean they’ll be Champions at some point. Speaking of Tag Champions, it’s nice to see James Storm and Gunner found the titles, seeing as they haven’t had them when they’ve appeared on TV recently. Chris Sabin’s match and backstage promo, I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seemed like they’re leaning towards him possibly going heel? All these hammer attacks, causing him to lose his mind and just flip out at some point. Not sure how it would work IF it did happen. I did enjoy the Knockouts segment, Mickie James has really excelled in her current role, and I’ve enjoyed it more than any other gimmick she’s done in the past (HUGE fan of Mickie before anyone says anything, just think the way she’s playing this role is great!). Could be quite an enjoyable feud against another Knockout I’m quite high on, ODB who to me is entertaining and can wrestle! The Gauntlet match was good but I did wonder a few things after it ended. Why do TNA refer to these matches as Gauntlets, when we all know it’s a battle royal? Why did Jay Bradley talk about an “organization” asking for help to eliminate 1 particular guy, yet nothing properly came of it? (I honestly thought “organization” was aimed at it being Bobby Roode/Kazarian/Daniels wanting help to eliminate say Magnus due to him being the top of the leaderboard). Did they mess up the scoring for this series, ending up with the potential winner of the whole series not making the top 4, hence why they had to go with an extra week to try and fit AJ Styles in? Either way, I liked the battle royal, think the top 4 looks quality (especially no Nero Hardly!), and look forward to the battle for Bound for Glory (if Aries can go on to the PPV, AND beat Bully Ray, I’d be happy!). Finally, with the issues between Mr Anderson and Bully Ray, and how thing the Aces and Eights are, this faction is all but done, isn’t it? If so, it looks like the storyline will end with a whimper. From what looked a decent idea, seems to have fizzled out, and I wouldn’t be bothered if the group ends soon. At least it helped Bully Ray get the World Title, even if it was a bit too late from the hot streak he went through last year!
Thanks for taking the time to read this rambling review, muchos appreciated!
James of @TheTopRope