Making An Impact! – Two Segments To Analyze

Today’s edition of Making An Impact! will be different than previous editions. There was no TNA star that took advantage of the opportunities provided to them on last night’s Impact Wrestling broadcast. On this edition, we’ll look at two highlights of the show that warrant the most discussion.

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AJ STYLES’ “PIPE BOMB”
The AJ Styles promo from last night’s Impact Wrestling received high marks from many in the Twitterverse and others in the IWC. Realistically, it was just an okay promo. Even the crowd had no deep interest in the promo as it kept going, only showing slight reactions here and there for some of the statements made. It was almost a little hard to watch. The reason why many are going gaga over the promo was the “I’m better than the best in the world” comment, clearly directed at CM Punk.

Aside from those comments, was there anything said that resonated strongly within Impact Wrestling? Were there new revelations revealed to the masses concerning the inner workings of AJ’s mind? Did the promo state what fans already knew and feel about AJ Styles in TNA Wrestling? There was no “pipe bomb” delivered by AJ Styles. What the promo did was reiterate that Styles is the workhorse of TNA and the face of the company. He does deserve better and the BFG Series is his ticket back to the main event scene. AJ Lee over at the WWE actually takes the trophy for Pipe Bomb of the Week with her comments made towards the Divas on Monday Night Raw.

HULK HOGAN AND BULLY RAY TITLE MATCH SETUP
The member of the TNA Wrestling family that was closest to being the main feature of Making An Impact! has to be Hulk Hogan; however, his end segment was a bit illogical in its presentation.

As the storyline goes, Hulk Hogan was away from Impact Wrestling in order to take care of TNA business. Lawyers were involved in these meetings as well. Upon his return, Hogan placed Bully Ray in a world title match at No Surrender against a member of the Aces & 8′s. He also stated, and is quoted as saying so at the end of Impact Wrestling, that Bully would be defending the title next week against Sting.

We all know that Sting lost at Slammiversary and could not compete for the world title again. Has TNA forgotten this or, in storyline, did Hogan play Bully and have the ban on Sting lifted? The assumption would be that Hulk Hogan will clarify this and ultimately reveal that he indeed had the ban on Sting lifted. However, watching it play out on Impact Wrestling, it seemed to be very inconsistent. A better approach would have been to announce that he spoke with lawyers and took care of a certain stipulation for the betterment of the company. He would announce that Sting is no longer barred from competing for the world title, which would then prompt Hogan to call out Sting and have the in-ring confrontation to close the show.

Unless Hogan botched his lines and didn’t mean to announce that Sting would be going for the gold, this scenario makes the least sense (for now, anyway). We hope to receive more details on Hogan’s meetings on the next Impact Wrestling broadcast.

Impact Wrestling was a fun and solid show on Thursday with strong in-ring action and continued build. The fact that no one outdid the rest is not a statement that the performers did anything wrong. It was just a solid night of action where all on the roster played their roles and moved the program along. Sometimes it is best to just play your role and keep the journey going.

What are your thoughts on today’s edition of Making An Impact!? Did no one truly step up to take the spotlight for themselves? Do you agree with the analysis and thoughts presented? Sound off below!

NOTE: Though comments and discussion are encouraged, we ask that spoilers for next week’s Impact Wrestling broadcast are NOT provided in the comments area in consideration of your fellow readers who do not wish to be spoiled. Thank you.

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  • Brad Drysdale

    Hogan botches his lines, which I've noticed he does all the time- "Aces of eights."
    Seriously, this guy is the GM, and has probably the most promos on Impact over the year…but he can't string a sentence together anymore.
    At impactwrestling.com they're announcing the match as non-title.

  • TNA Chris

    AJ’s promo was great. I think somebody is jelleh. We heard rumor of AJ not being happy, but that doesn’t make it true.

  • Kazuya

    Spoke the truth