TNA Impact Wrestling Review - March 13th, 2014
The show started with MVP in the ring discussing how he would be running things since he is now in charge. He is soon interrupted by the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus who introduces everyone to his new friend, Abyss. MVP then brings out Samoa Joe who has a bone to pick with both men. MVP announces that next week Joe will get his rematch against Magnus for the World Title.
1) Samoa Joe vs. Abyss
This impromptu match begins as Joe spears down Abyss during the opening segment. Joe did a great job of selling the beating he took at Lockdown. Even though he was selling the injury, he put in an enjoyable performance. He hit many of his signature moves although Abyss dominated the most part of the match. Abyss went otuside and picked up Janice. Before he could use Janice, Eric Young runs down and hits a flying dropkick on Abyss which causes a DQ. Decent match, but was mainly used to further storylines.
2) Gail Kim vs. Brittany
This was the debut of Brittany in TNA. The match didn't last long so I wasn't able to see what she is really capable of in the ring. Just like the previous match, this was mainly about furthering a storyline. In this case, it was the split of Gail Kim and Lei'd Tapa. Tapa and Kim get into it after the match and begin fighting because Tapa cost Kim the match. So, Kim and Tapa are now at odds and Brittany wins her debut match!
3) TNA Tag Team Champions The Bro Mans vs. TNA X Divsion Champion Senada & Tigre Uno
Finally we got a match that's about wrestling. It wasn't a long match, but Senada & Tigre put in a hell of a performance. I'm so glad that TNA decided to sign them and I look forward to their future in TNA. They used alot of fast paced offense and many innovative double team moves. Very fun to watch.
EC3 and Rockstar Spud came to the ring to pay tribute to Dixie Carter. They run their mouth for a bit and show a tribute video. Soon they are interrupted by MVP who tells them that the celebration is over. MVP convices Spud to compete tonight against Willow and then announces that EC3 will face the returning Bobby Lashley next week. Decent segment, cool seeing Lashley back.
4) Samuel Shaw vs. Mr. Anderson - Street Fight
First off, I'd like to say that Shaw is doing a great job with his current gimmick. It's quite intriguing as Shaw's obsession with Christy Hemme has been taken to another level. Shaw has now begun carrying a manican that looks like Hemme. He kissed it before the match and repeatedly stared at it. It kind of reminds me of Al Snow's "Head" gimmick as Shaw talks to the manican. As far as this match goes, it was a dud. Shouldn't have been billed as a street fight as nothing outside of the ordinary happened. Shaw's gimmick is interesting and Anderson is very entertaining, but they just weren't hitting on much of anything here.
5) Willow (Jeff Hardy) vs. Rockstar Spud
I was interested to see how this Willow gimmick would play out and I enjoyed it for the most part. Many people just write it off as Jeff Hardy being crazy, but I've learned over the years not to make pre-conceived judgments about something stop me from possibly enjoying it. Hardy ends up getting himself disqualified by using an umbrella and a chair on Spud. Willow then climbs to the top of a ladder and hits one of the stiffest frog splashes that I've ever seen! It's like Willow is a more vicious version of Hardy which I can't complain about. Looks pretty sick.
Throughout the night, Bully Ray has been singlehandedly taking out every member of Team Dixie for what they did to him when he first arrived. The last person he had to get his hands on was Bobby Roode so Bully made his way to the ring near the end of the show to call him out. Bully is already hugely over with the crowd and he cut a great promo. Roode hits the ring and they brawl for awhile before Bully powerbombs Roode through a table! Great way to end the show.
Overall thoughts: Decent episode of Impact Wrestling tonight. They did a good job of furthering storylines, but as far as quality wrestling - it was lacking. The best parts of tonight's show was the Senada/Tigre Uno tag match and the ending with Bully Ray and Bobby Roode. Senada and Uno are so talented and fun to watch. I'm very excited about their future with TNA. Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode is a feud destined to be awesome so I'm really looking forward to that. I've also been impressed by the intriguing gimmicks that TNA has been producing as of late. In particular, the Samuel Shaw creepy bastard gimmick and the Willow gimmick. Once again, the only thing I didn't like was that there was no quality wrestling on the show besides the quick tag match featuring Senada and Tigre Uno. TNA could have easily placed Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, Chris Sabin, or Austin Aries in a match and created a great bout, but for some reason all four of them were left off the show. None the less, it was a decent show that featured some good stories and gimmicks, just need more wrestling!