Welcome to another edition of Booking Impact! here on TNANews.com, where we’ll look at the in-ring competition on tonight’s Impact Wrestlng broadcast. Do you agree with the match outcomes as presented by TNA Wrestling? Will you agree with my booking of the matches? Tonight’s show was a ride so let’s get started!
IMPACT WRESTLING – TAMPA, FL – 5/23/2013
Joey Ryan Vs. Petey Williams Vs. Suicide
Broadcast Outcome: Suicide def. Joey Ryan and Petey Williams
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Suicide def. Joey Ryan and Petey Williams
Analysis: Suicide has somewhat of a cult following as evident in the tweets and positive reactions he’s garnered since TNA announced his return. He has always been an interesting character and to have the Impact fans take him seriously as a viable contender for the X-Division championship, he needed to win this contest.
The man under the mask this time displayed great in-ring skill and showcased a newer Suicide than we’re accustomed to, which is a good thing. He stole the spotlight from the other two competitors and the match played out as it should have.
Magnus Vs. Wes Brisco
Broadcast Outcome: Magnus wins by DQ due to interference from the Aces & 8′s
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Magnus def. Wes Brisco via pinfall followed by an attack from the Aces & 8′s and save from Samoa Joe
Analysis: Magnus needs to step up and be the future TNA talent that will help carry this promotion in the future and tonight was a great night for him to do so. Despite some shaky mic work, Magnus took the lead in Team TNA and put everyone on notice that he is not one to be taken lightly.
The only difference from the broadcast and my booking sheet would be the outcome of the match. Magnus should have gone over Wes Brisco cleanly. The goal is to have the Impact audience get behind Magnus and, again, show them that he is the future talent that will help carry the promotion. We’ve seen hints of this via backstage segments in the past in Hogan’s office and run-ins with the Aces, but tonight should have pushed Magnus further than what the broadcast presented. Keep the post match beating with the save by Samoa Joe and we have a more unified Team TNA with a great looking Magnus.
Kurt Angle Vs. Mr. Anderson
Broadcast Outcome: Mr. Anderson def. Kurt Angle with low blow after a distraction from AJ Styles on the outside
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Mr. Anderson def. Kurt Angle via distraction from AJ Styles
Analysis: As mentioned in my Brace For Impact! article, these two have faced off many times with both men looking great. Tonight’s contest was another great showing by these two with deep near falls and high stakes in regards to the power struggle between TNA and the Aces & 8′s.
The match outcome played out as it should, since AJ Styles was the focus of the evening. Styles has had an itch called Angle lately so scratching the itch was in the cards, even if it was part of AJ’s secret plan towards the closing moments of the show. A loss to Anderson doesn’t hurt Angle and gives the Aces & 8′s something else to smile about walking into the “patching” of AJ Styles. As we all know, the “patching” turned out terribly for the Aces & 8′s at the end of the night, with AJ Styles swerving the Aces and proving he is a man on his own mission.
Mickie James Vs. Velvet Sky (TNA Knockouts Champion) for the TNA Knockouts Championship
Broadcast Outcome: Mickie James def. Velvet Sky to become the new TNA Knockouts Champion.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Velvey Sky def. Mickie James to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship
Analysis: Overall, this match left much to be desired. Mickie James has not had a very good match in some time and Velvet Sky is still overacting during certain spots. Also, the finale of the match up was terrible with no excitement and a sudden pinfall victory for James. These two should have had a good title match, but their styles and recent portrayal of their characters did not do the match up justice.
My booking sheet has Velvet Sky over James because Velvet should have been portrayed as the hurt but resilient champion, taking on all comers. It still feels as though she just won the title, so a longer reign should have been in order. Gail Kim has more issues with Sky than James so it would make more sense to eventually have Gail Kim challenge Velvet Sky for the gold. Gail Kim would take advantage of the wounded knee and ultimately take out Velvet Sky at a later Impact broadcast or even pay-per-view and become the TNA Knockouts Champion.
What did you think of Impact Wrestling tonight? How do you feel about the match outcomes as compared to TNA and my booking sheet? Sound off below and until the next time, have a great night!
Follow me on Twitter: @RealRicSantos #RicRules