Booking IMPACT! – Team EC3 Victorious

Booking Impact

IMPACT WRESTLING – 12/26/13

“THE COWBOY” JAMES STORM VS. GUNNER FOR THE FEAST OR FIRED TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH BRIEFCASE
TNA Booking Sheet: Double Countout.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: No contest due to ignoring the ref to break/ continuous uncontrolled fighting.
Analysis: The match itself was intended to progress the story between Storm and Gunner, so if you expected a pretty contest, you were looking at the wrong match. The match served its purpose well and that was enough to move the story along with a frustrated James Storm after the double countout. A more effective outcome would have been a no contest. If the two are tired of one another, then let them have a go and have the referee have a very hard time returning order. Once he realizes the two can’t be controlled, call off the match as the two battle up the ramp to the back. The same goal of not having a clear cut winner is achieved, but the level of intensity is raised to help progress the story even further.

MONSTER’S BALL MATCH: JOSEPH PARK VS. BAD INFLUENCE
TNA Booking Sheet: Joseph Park def. Bad Influence.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Joseph Park def. Bad Influence.
Analysis: The build to the eminent return of Abyss is set well after a program that has teased the return for far too long. Park gets the win over Bad Influence after Kazarian strikes Park with a Kendo Stick and is busted open. A Blackhole Slam on Daniels and we have a winner. A loss for Park is too obvious and it appears that we’re getting to the finality of this Joseph Park story. Bad Influence cannot be hurt by this loss, so a win to get the crowd behind Joseph Park/ Abyss was the right call.

LEI’D TAPA w/ TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION GAIL KIM VS. ODB
TNA Booking Sheet: Lei’D Tapa def. ODB.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: ODB def. Lei’D Tapa via DQ.
Analysis: ODB has a beef with Lei’D Tapa and tonight was her shot to get a little bit of her to progress a possible feud between the two and also to progress the feud between Gail Kim and Madison Rayne. Ric’s Booking Sheet has a variant outcome for this matchup: Firstly, instead of having Madison Rayne work the Second Screen Experience for TNA, she should have been at ringside with ODB. If we need to get the Kim/ Rayne feud the respect it deserves, let’s get all parties involved on the same show at the same time. The match goes as it should until Kim gets the better of Rayne on the outside, knocking her out with the TNA Knockouts Championship belt. With the ref focused on ODB about to get the win, Kim jumps in and attacks ODB, causing the DQ. Tapa and Kim give ODB a good beat down before Madison makes her way and clears the ring. Kim and Tapa make their way to the back while laughing at Rayne and ODB in the ring as Gail screams “Let this be a lesson!” This scenario, like the James Storm and Gunner program, gives a good amount of intensity towards the eminent one on one and possible title shot for Madison.

HANDICAP TAG TEAM MATCH: JEFF HARDY & STING VS. EC3, ROCKSTAR SPUD & THE TNA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BROMANS
TNA Booking Sheet: Team EC3 def. Jeff Hardy & Sting.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Team EC3 def. Jeff Hardy & Sting.
Analysis: With Magnus picking up the TNA World Heavyweight Championship last week, it’s a no brainer to have the Carter Camp continue their winning ways the week after. They have momentum without a doubt, so a loss for the Carter Camp would not have been a smart move if that were the route taken tonight. Magnus looked strong last week, so now we have to make the Carter Camp look like a well oiled machine themselves. The interaction between Rockstar Spud and EC3 was exactly as it should be, giving EC3 points in the “Jerk Heel” department. If there was a group of men deserving of a main event spotlight, it’s The BroMans for sure. The booking of this contest was definitely on point as far as in-ring and outcome, allowing the heel faction to have the upperhand yet again. Hardy’s in-ring promo was a great progression and that will be discussed over at WrestlingNewsWorld.com for the TNA Blog Zone.

Tonight’s IMPACT Wrestling was not the best we’ve seen but it did a good job in the story department and giving us a reason to have our interests peaked at the characters we see. As mentioned above, full thoughts will be provided on WrestlingNewsWorld.com for TNA Blog Zone, so don’t miss that in the AM, eastern time U.S. For now, give us your thoughts on the winners on tonight’s broadcast. Would you have booked the in-ring differently? Sound off!

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  • steidman

    I really enjoyed the show and thought TNA did a good job with building several different story lines. I was a little disappointed in the ODB / LT match and agree that LT looked weak by having Gail help her win. They should have had the DQ so Madison could have made the save like you said.

    On a side note, I have really enjoyed the development of EC3. I might be in the minority but really think that TNA has done an A+ job bringing his character along. He has finally moved on to bigger things and the feud with Sting should help his character even more.