Booking IMPACT! – The Wolves Bringing Prestige Back

Booking Impact

IMPACT WRESTLING – 5/8/2014

EVENING GOWN MATCH: THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE VS. MADISON RAYNE & BRITTANY
TNA Booking Sheet: The Beautiful People def. Madison Rayne & Brittany.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Madison Rayne & Brittany def. The Beautiful People.
Analysis: I will not rest until Madison Rayne is given the fair booking she deserves. She is continually booked under and it is a shame. Getting Angelina Love and Velvet Sky over is one thing and a respectable thing, but it’s wrong how Madison Rayne is essentially made to look like a fluke champion. Ric’s Booking Sheet has Madison and Brittany over, getting much deserved revenge on The Beautiful People. This would set up a one on one match where Brittany would face Velvet, another tag team bout and then the championship rematch between Angelina Love and Madison Rayne on IMPACT! or at Slammiversary. It’s still frustrating though how Madison Rayne is made to look so weak. It’s a shame really.

ETHAN CARTER III VS. KURT ANGLE
TNA Booking Sheet: EC3 def. Kurt Angle.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Kurt Angle def. EC3.
Analysis: Slightly off with this booking as far as the outcome. With the hype surrounding the Lockdown matchup, and the hype surrounding tonight’s bout, there should have been a bit more excitement and a Kurt Angle victory. The story being that Angle was hurt and came back roaring adds to a Kurt Angle expected victory. Getting hurt in the match and battling through an EC3 barrage would have been a great way to end the feud or atleast bring it much closer to finality. I do see how TNA can push this towards the payoff at Slammiversary, and that’s respectable, but this could have been much more performance-wise on tonight’s show. It could have also been a helluva main event with the right direction and booking on TNA’s end.

TNA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH: THE BROMANS VS. THE WOLVES(C)
TNA Booking Sheet: The Wolves def. The BroMans.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: The Wolves def. The BroMans.
Analysis: A Wolves victory makes the most sense. Their first title reign left much to be desired, so this reign should place them comfortably in a position of tag team power. The BroMans are legit and will see the gold again, but The Wolves should be champions for an extended period of time in order to bring a bit more prestige to the TNA tag titles. The BroMans contributed greatly in having teams chase after them, making the titles recognized again, but The Wolves can contribute by holding on to them and elevating them further as titles just as important as the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. TNA just needs to keep The Wolves on television and bring out more of the anti-hero attitude they came in with as opposed to the clean cut babyface persona they’ve adopted.

KAZARIAN VS. KNUX W/ THE MENAGERIE
TNA Booking Sheet: Knux def. Kazarian.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Knux def. Kazarian.
Analysis: Classic case of a debuting faction picking up the win to get the buzz going. There’s not much really to discuss here and for more on my thoughts, I’ll be posting the TNA Blog Zone for WrestlingNewsWorld.com later tonight.

WILLOW VS. MAGNUS W/ BRAM
TNA Booking Sheet: Willow def. Magnus via DQ.
Ric’s Booking Sheet: Willow def. Magnus via pinfall.
Analysis: Either the TNA Booking Sheet or Ric’s Booking Sheet works for this scenario. However, with last week’s interaction between Magnus and Bram, it would have been interesting to see Magnus take a clean pinfall loss infront of Bram. This would upset Bram and enter the ring to confront Magnus, possibly becoming a bit physical with Magnus having to deal with it and listen to Bram verbally tear him up. Tonight’s DQ loss would have been better for a follow up match up with Bram’s beatdown on Magnus’ would-be opponent making even more sense while adding fuel to the fire betweem the two.

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  • Adam Eaton

    I understand what u are saying about Angle winning but given the circumstances outside of the story the only thing to do is have EC3 win. It makes no sense for Angle to win just to be done.

  • Efren McKissick

    Ric I think that you’re not seeing how Madison get beat. She is not getting beat clean. They are cheat to beat her. In my opinion it’s TNA of keeping her character safe. I also could see it leading to a more vicious Madison who is tired of getting cheated.