Friday, February 27, 2015

2/27 IMPACT Wrestling Coverage

February 27, 2015
Manchester, England

Kurt Angle called out Lashley and wished him luck in his match tonight. The BDC then came out and hyped the World Title between MVP and Lashley. Short segment that set up the main event and its (potential) aftermath. Lashley/MVP should be good; Lashley/Angle should be great.

Mr. Anderson and Rockstar Spud defeated EC3 and Tyrus when Spud pinned Tyrus after a Mic Check from Anderson. How cool is it to see Spud gaining some confidence in this feud — in front of his countrymen, no less. I'm looking forward to his performance against EC3 by the end of the tour.

Taryn Terrell called out Awesome Kong for a fight, but Gail Kim warned Taryn about the dangers of facing Kong. The lights went out, Kong appeared in the ring and laid out Taryn with the Implant Buster. Brilliant segment that put over Taryn as a fighting champion, Gail as the wise veteran and Kong as the dominant force. Taryn's mic skills leave a lot to be desired, but I like that she's getting more comfortable in her role as the Knockouts Champion. Bring on Taryn vs. Kong (and Gail).

Robbie E and Angelina Love defeated Brooke and Chris Melendez when Robbie pinned Brooke after shoving her off the top rope. Eh, this was more of a vehicle to progress the Brooke/Robbie feud than an actual match. Brooke looked fantastic for the short time she was in the ring, that's about it.

EC3 walked into Spud’s dressing room and tried to shave his head, but Anderson made the save and they cut off a locket of EC3’s hair before Tyrus pulled him out. TNA is going all-out to push this hair angle pretty hard. Somebody is getting scalped, scalped, scalped... in London.

Austin Aries cut a promo about having the power to cash in his Feast or Fired briefcase for a World Title shot while everybody else is jockeying for position in the Top 5 rankings. Samoa Joe interrupted and went back and forth with Aries on the mic. Aries did a suicide dive to start an impromptu match. Oh, boy, so much irony with these comments given the recent departure of Samoa Joe.

Austin Aries defeated Samoa Joe with a 450 Splash. The BDC attacked Aries after the match, put him through a table and stole his briefcase. Good match; the crowd was really into it as well. Also, the announcers were really on point here, that (1) the BDC wanted to prevent Aries from cashing in his briefcase during the main event and (2) that the table not breaking the first time hurt Aries' ribs more. The BDC looked ruthless in their assault on Aries and theft of his briefcase.

Noam Dar and Rampage Brown were supposed to have a match, but Bram attacked them both and challenged Magnus to a fight. Grado came out but Bram laid him out, too. I can't say I'm happy about the British Boot Camp guys being used as fodder in this segment, but they did what they needed to do to put over Bram, so I'm okay with it. I have to say, Noam Dar and Grado sold the Impaler DDT better than anyone in TNA so far.

Lashley defeated MVP with the Spear in a No DQ match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. There was a ref bump and a ton of outside interference from the BDC, Eric Young, Bobby Roode, Gunner and Drew Galloway. The match was too chaotic for my taste, but not bad. They kind of gave it away when they changed it to a No DQ match earlier in the show. On the bright side, at least now they can segue into Lashley/Angle and Galloway/MVP.

Overall, I enjoyed this week's show. Some parts were good, and some parts were iffy. We still have one more show in Manchester next week, but it looks like that might be more of a go-home show to the big matches at Wembley the week after.