Little Rock, AR played host to Impact Wrestling in a solid night of action and drama. Tonight, storylines were furthered and created with Bound for Glory on the horizon. As always here on Booking Impact!, let’s take a look at the in-ring action and agree or disagree with the match outcomes and why. Booking Impact! starts now!
SIX PERSON TAG TEAM MATCH: THE BRO MANS (JESSIE GODDERZ AND ROBBIE E) & GAIL KIM VS. JOSEPH PARK, ERIC YOUNG & TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION ODB
TNA Booking Sheet: Park, Young & ODB def. The Bro Mans & Kim
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Park, Young & ODB def. The Bro Mans & Kim
Analysis: The opening contest of the night was the vehicle to further the Joseph Park and Eric Young comedy story. ODB, being Eric Young’s onscreen wife, was along for the ride as Bro Mans were used to, well, be used on TV. Gail Kim being involved rounds up the heel team and the face team pick up the win to an average outing from all involved.
ODB, Eric Young and Joseph Park pick up the win only to remain as the fun aspect of the show that the fans can lighten up to. There aren’t tag teams available and, hopefully, this leads us to the long awaited return of Abyss and the end of the Joseph Park character. This story is not deep enough and there really isn’t too much analysis to give other than the Abyss situation. The interesting story from this match tonight is Gail Kim. If you noticed, the camera did not show a close up of her face, but remained in a far shot or cutting to the camera behind her during her in-ring time. From the entrance before commercial and throughout, one could tell that Gail Kim has gotten cosmetic surgery done on her nose and possibly elsewhere on her face. She may have gone heavy with makeup to cover some healing if it was only a nose job, but the fact is Gail Kim did not look like the Gail Kim we all know. In discussing this tonight with others watching Impact Wrestling, it almost seemed like a different woman with the Gail Kim name was out there. Stay tuned to TNANews.com and WrestlingNewsWorld.com for more information as it becomes available.
AUSTIN ARIES VS. KENNY KING
TNA Booking Sheet: Austin Aries def. Kenny King
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Austin Aries def. Kenny King
Analysis: With the BFG Series now over, Austin Aries needs to find a way to stay on TNA television with high profile matches outside of the title picture for now. What better competitor to battle “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” than Kenny King? If anyone can hang and produce quality in-ring competition, it’s Kenny King. Throw in someone the caliber of Austin Aries and you have what should have been the opening contest to get the crowd hot.
Aries picks up the win off of a returning Kenny King to assert his dominance is the ring. A loss for Kenny doesn’t hurt him as he can use this to advance in the X-Division and build a program based on showing the TNA fan base just how good he is and that he cannot lose. For Austin Aries, as stated, this asserts his dominance. As we saw later in the evening with Chris Sabin, Aries is looking to possibly start a feud with the former TNA World Champion so it is important to keep Austin Aries hot going into this possible matchup. The two should confront each other in the coming weeks and have a match at Bound for Glory in a high flying and technical showcase.
X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: CHRIS SABIN W/ VELVET SKY VS. TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPION MANIK
TNA Booking Sheet: Manik def. Chris Sabin (pinfall)
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Manik def. Chris Sabin (DQ)
Analysis: After last week’s attack by Chris Sabin, Manik puts the gold on the line and successfully defends against Chris Sabin, despite shenanigans throughout the match by Sabin. Manik is attacked after the bout which calls on Austin Aries to make the save and begin a possible feud going into Bound for Glory.
The point of this bout was to progress the Chris Sabin heel turn. It was never intended for Manik to lose the X-Division title, so a win was very much evident. However, where TNA booked a pinfall victory, Ric’s Booking Sheet had a DQ victory for Manik. Throughout the contest, Sabin used Velvet Sky as a shield, faked a knee injury and even pulled Velvet Sky in from outside while in a submission maneuver. If that weren’t enough to warrant a DQ, then the DQ should have occurred with Sabin on Manik continually outside of a referee five count. The bell sounds as Sabin does not stop his assault on Manik after the ref calls for a break which then prompts the arrival of Austin Aries. A pinfall does further the frustration of Chris Sabin, but this could have also been addressed in the DQ scenario if Sabin were unable to put down Manik for the title victory. Pinfall loses, if not used properly to properly further a story, can be a hindrance to a talent and his connection with the audience.
SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH – IF A MEMBER OF THE ACES & 8′S LOSES, HE IS OUT OF THE CLUB: KNUX, WES BRISCO & GARRETT BISCHOFF VS. STING, SAMOA JOE & MAGNUS
TNA Booking Sheet: Main Event Mafia def. Aces & 8′s (Brisco taps)
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Aces & 8′s def. Main Event Mafia
Analysis: In progressing the internal conflict within the Aces & 8′s, Samoa Joe makes Wes Brisco tap and is the man who is ejected from the Aces camp after a Bully Ray attack after the match. During the match itself, Magnus is injured and taken to the back.
The supposed turmoil within the Aces is clear, but we have yet to see cracks form within The Main Event Mafia. This could have been the perfect opportunity to have Magnus lose yet again and truly begin to break away from The Mafia. In this scenario, EGO (Bobby Roode, Kazarian & Christopher Daniels) make their way to distract The Mafia. Sting is making sure EGO is at bay while Joe is outside of the ring taking care of one of the Aces members. Alone in the ring, Magnus is trying to get Sting’s attention back into the match but is then blindsided by the Aces and is pinned. Realizing they have just lost, Sting and Joe enter the ring to help Magnus. He is angry and pushes Sting away while yelling at the two because of the loss. Magnus storms away as Joe and Sting look on. In the back, the Aces celebrate but Bully attacks Knux violently and proclaims that even though they won the match, they lost apart of the club in themselves. He orders Bischoff and Brisco to remove Knux’s cut in which they do so reluctantly.
Brisco is young and has a bright in-ring future. It would have made a bit more sense to have Knux removed as he has truly been the voice in this back and forth issue with Bully Ray. The head of the trio is cut off and Bischoff & Brisco can fall back in line. Or would they?
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