Friday, April 10, 2015

4/10 IMPACT Wrestling Coverage

April 10, 2015
Orlando, Florida

Kurt Angle and Lashley addressed the controversy from their World Title match where Lashley had his shoulder up during the pin. Eric Young interrupted and declared that he's the #1 contender after he beat Bobby Roode. All three got into a scuffle that ended with Lashley spearing Angle. Solid opening that furthered the Angle/Lashley situation and added EY to the title picture. I don't care much for the Twitter thing, but I hope they don't overdo it tonight during matches.

Awesome Kong defeated Gail Kim to become the #1 contender to the Knockouts Title. Fun match. That was a cool MMA style finish with Kong doing a powerbomb on Gail while she was trapped in a headscissors. I liked that this was more competitive than their previous bouts. They're doing a good job building the one-on-one title match between Taryn and Kong.

Backstage, James Storm was being friendly with Mickie James. Manik questioned Storm's actions after Mickie left, but Storm grabbed him by the throat and told him to gather the Revolution.

James Storm cut a promo about the Revolution's failures and claimed Sanada is gone. Storm said he is entering the tag tournament next week and set up a three-way to determine his partner.

Khoya defeated Manik and Abyss in a No DQ three-way to become James Storm's partner in the tag tournament. That was a hell of a Sky High on Manik by Khoya. This was a pretty standard brawl, nothing more. Storm and Manik would have been a fun combo in my opinion, but I guess TNA is dead set on pushing Khoya as Storm's protege.

The Rising cut a promo about standing up for wrestling, as Micah and Eli Drake introduced themselves to the fans. The BDC interrupted and got into a brawl as the show went to break. I have to say, I really like this three-on-three turf war between the Rising and the BDC. You got a clear cut distinction between both groups, from their attitudes to their colors. Drake and Micah made a good first impression as well.

The Rising beat the BDC via disqualification in a six-man tag match. Homicide interfered and helped the BDC take out the Rising. This was a good first battle while it lasted. It's nice to see Homicide back as the newest member of the BDC; he was their original choice, after all. Just when the Rising were starting to gain some momentum with the official TNA debuts of Drake and Micah, the BDC shut them down with an unexpected twist. Good stuff.

Davey Richards defeated DJ Z with the Creeping Death (spin kick). Good singles outing for Davey in the X-Division. You gotta love his intensity here following his promo from last week. Funny how this sort of mirrors that of his real-life girlfriend Angelina Love.

There was a promo to introduce the participants in the tag tournament. Among the teams are the Hardys, EC3 and Bram, Mr. Anderson and Rockstar Spud, and Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. 8 teams will compete in qualifying matches, with the winners advancing to an Ultimate X match for the titles. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for these top contender segments so I enjoyed the interactions with all of the participants, especially EC3 and Anderson. The Hardys are the obvious choice to win the titles, but at least TNA is loading up the opposition to make it seem like an uphill battle.

Kurt Angle defeated Lashley and Eric Young in a three-way to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Eric Young attacked Lashley's knee with the steel chair to close the show. Wow, I never thought I’d see the day that Kurt Angle beat someone with the moonsault—and it was Lashley of all people! All three guys went at it hard and put on a great performance. EY continues to intrigue me with his sadistic heel run.

Overall, another strong show. The Orlando crowd seemed hotter than usual this time, so that was a plus. Congrats to the people who got their live tweets on TV, but I hope they tone this down if they ever try it again. Some of those tweets were pointless and got a bit distracting during the matches, especially the ones that had nothing to do with what was going on at the time. Still, the matches were fun and the promos were entertaining. That's what really matters at the end of the day.