Thursday, February 27, 2014

TNA Impact Review - February 27th, 2014

TNA Impact Wrestling Review - February 27th, 2014

Although most people were watching WWE's NXT Arrival tonight, I don't have the WWE Network, so I stuck with what I usually watch on Thursday nights, TNA Impact.

The show starts off with a great confrontation/contract signing between Samoa Joe and Magnus. MVP held this contract signing and kept control of it for the most part. This was a really good segment with exceptional mic work from both Joe and Magnus. Good way to start the show.

1) The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. Bad Influence (Kazarian & Chris Daniels) vs. The Bro Mans

Well, here we have a triple threat tag team match with two awesome teams (Bad Influence & Wolves) and those Bro Mans guys. The Wolves & Bad Influence did most of the work here and it was very fun to watch. It went about 10 minutes or so and was filled with good action. The Bro Mans get the cheap victory. Meh. Enjoyable match, but I would have preferred to have Bad Influence win and get on Roode's team. The Bro Mans just don't do much for me.

Match rating - 6/10

2) Ethan Carter III vs. Doug Williams

I was super excited to see Doug Williams returning, but was bummed with the fact that he came back just for a squash match. This one honestly doesn't even deserve a rating. It was made to make EC3 look strong I guess, but I feel if it would've went longer and been more competitive, it would have done a better job of making him look strong.

James Storm and Gunner had a strong segment here. Probably my favorite of the night. I love the way this story is shaping up. It did its job of making me want to see the two in the Steel Cage battling it out at Lockdown.

3) Samoa Joe vs. Bad Bones

I don't understand why Joe got put into this random match. He had a great opening segment, why have him in this random squash match? They could have easily gave the time for this match to EC3/Williams or the Triple Threat Tag match and made those matches even better. Once again, this is a squash match, thus it doesn't deserve a rating.

After this, Kurt Angle had his Hall of Fame induction. Really good segment with Angle giving a nice speech. Before he could leave, EC3 interrupts him and they have a nice exchange on the mic which ends with Kurt punching him. A match is announced between the two at Lockdown. EC3 continues to grow on me. Looking forward to his match with Kurt.

4) Lei'D Tapa & Alpha Female vs. Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky

Nothing special here, just a basic little tag match that only went around five minutes, if that. ODB came out afterwards and kicked everyone's ass which was pretty fun.

Match rating - 4/10

Sam Shaw came out to patch things up with Christy Hemme, but was interrupted by Ken Anderson who calls him a creepy bastard and gets the crowd chanting it at him. They have a little scuffle in which Shaw stands tall.

Storm & Gunner are shown brawling in the parking lot which was once again another nice segment between these two. Loving this program.

5) Bobby Roode vs. MVP

Pretty solid match between the two captains of their respective teams at Lockdown. It was the best encounter of the night and although it ended with Aries hitting MVP with a forearm to the head allowing Roode to get the win, it was still a solid match and that ending didn't affect the match in a negative way.

Match rating - 6.5/10

Final thoughts: Well, TNA has been hit or miss over the past few weeks and this week was just another example of that. There weren't any outstanding matches on tonight's show. If you missed it, I'd recommend checking out the triple threat tag if you want to see some good work between Bad Influence and The Wolves. Besides that, there's nothing worth going out of your way to see. Roode/MVP was decent but nothing special. A solid first encounter between the two with a nice twist at the end. The segments were very strong tonight. From the opening one with Joe and Magnus to the Storm/Gunner one to Kurt Angle's Hall of Fame induction. They did advance storylines well, but there wasn't any high quality matches on the show. Decent episode of Impact.

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