Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TNA Impact Wrestling Review - August 27th, 2014

TNA Impact Wrestling Review - August 27th, 2014 - The Wolves vs. The Hardys vs. Team 3D

The show kicks off with Kurt Angle who is soon interrupted by MVP, Kenny King, and Bobby Lashley. MVP cuts a good promo here as usual, but he is interrupted by Tommy Dreamer. A match ends up getting set up between Dreamer and Lashley. Solid opening segment.

1) Bobby Lashley vs. Tommy Dreamer - NYC Street Fight
This was a fun little brawl to start the show. Some highlights include Lashley hitting a belly to belly suplex on Dreamer onto the entrance ramp and Dreamer nailing Lashley with a trashcan multiple times. Good way to get the show going!

2) Taryn Terrell vs. Madison Rayne - #1 Contender's Match for the Knockout's Title
The Knockouts stole the show last week as Gail Kim & Angelina Love tore the house down so I think everyone had high expectations for this one. While it wasn't anywhere near as good as last week's Last Knockout Standing Match, it was still a decent showing for both women. Terrell wins and we will finally get to see the rematch between her and Gail Kim next week.

3) Low Ki, Tigre Uno, & Crazy Steve vs. Homicide, Manik, and Zema Ion
Good showcase for the X Division here. Some nice spots and the action never slowed down so it was very entertaining. I like the fact that the X Divsion has been getting showcased more each week, but the only thing I don't like is that these multi-man matches don't ever really get enough time. They have no story, it's just spots and the first person to hit a big move gets the win. I wish they'd give them a bit more time to work with. Throw some near falls in there and have a better pace that tells a story and a match like this could end up being a MOTY candidate because the talent is certainly there. None the less, this was a very enjoyable match. Great for what it was.

Kurt Angle's Decision about the TNA World Championship
Angle came to the decision that Roode and Eric Young would face off next week with the winner being the #1 Contender to Lashley's World Title. Roode and Young both gave fantastic promos here and got me extremely hyped for their match next week. They tore the house down earlier this year on Impact and I fully expect them to do it again, especially since Roode said himself "Let's tear the damn roof of this place next week!" Man, I'm pumped for that one! Roode knows how to sell a match! Great segment here!

4) EC3 vs. Rhino
This was a pretty basic match until the end when EC3 got DQ'd and showed a different, more vicious side of him as he assaulted Rhino after the bell rang. I like how they are beginning to add more depth to his character. I've said all along that EC3 is the next big star in TNA, I'm looking forward to seeing how he's booked in the coming months.

5) Austin Aries vs. Sanada
These two have faced off numerous times in the past few months and it's always an enjoyable watch so it was no surprise that we got a good showing from both men here. It wasn't anything outstanding though as this bout was mainly for storyline purposes as Sanada's new gimmick under James Storm is "The Great Sanada". Sanada used mist to get the victory over Aries. Good work here with adding more depth to Sanada's character, but also allowing he and Aries time to create a solid match.

Team 3D, Mr. Anderson, and Kurt Angle introduced war veteran Chris Melendez to the roster at this point in the show. It was a very touching and heartful segment. I'm excited to see what he accomplishes in TNA!

6) The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. The Hardys (Matt & Jeff Hardy) vs. Team 3D (Bully Ray & Devon) - Tag Team Title Series
I expected this to be good and thankfully they exceeded my expectations and tore the damn house down! The Hardys and Wolves put on an awesome match a few weeks ago and I'm inclined to say this was just as good. These three teams haven't worked together alot, but you wouldn't know it. I have high expectations for the rest of this three way series, I'm expecting these guys to create some classics in the future. Awesome match!

Overall thoughts: Great show from TNA tonight. They continue to improve each week which is awesome to see. You can't ask for much more from a show than what we got tonight. You got an awesome main event, a great in-ring segment, solid action throughout the night, AND they belt very well towards next week. I may be overrating this show a bit, but compared to how terrible the first half of this year was for TNA, these past few weeks have been fantastic. Definitely recommend checking this show out if you missed it, especially the main event.

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