July 29, 2015
Spud was very good standing up for himself. I don't know where the recent hate comes from but he is good as both a comedy heel and an underdog babyface. He is very much like Spike Dudley where size doesn't matter. He is also much better on the mic than Spike was too.
Aries putting his career on the line as he doesn't think there is any chance that he loses to Spud makes sense. Unfortunately, you would think he would want something more than Spud's name. "Rockstar" Austin Aries is no Austin Starr. Spud vs Aries takes place next week on No Surrender.
* Chris Melendez keeps going after Eric Young despite constantly coming up short. I like his never say die attitude but Melendez doesn't interest me. TNA keeps building him up though. He lost again via the Piledriver to Eric tonight. Kudos to Eric for including props in his entrance. This week he brought the chain that he beat Spud with last week. He also likes to hang the shirts of his victims from his trunks. He's been so good this year.
* Brooke vs Marti Bell was an okay match. More storyline advancement for an eventual Taryn Terrell vs Gail Kim showdown.
* Tigre Uno's interview was a tale of two cities. On one hand, the Spanish portion was pretty good. The English portion where he had to cut a promo was uncomfortable. He isn't that fluid in English so I question why TNA would have him cut a promo on Donald Trump.
* The Hardy/EC3 confrontation was fun. EC3 is such an entertaining character that he could cut 20 minute promos and I would keep following along. His shots at Hardy got a chuckle out of me. It was apparent by this segment that Matt Hardy is the detour to Jeff Hardy's destination opponent. Jeff Hardy vs EC3 at BFG, book it.
It will be Matt Hardy vs EC3 at No Surrender in a Full Metal Mayhem Match. At least that should be a fun show.
* The mixed tag team match was okay. With this being Magnus' final TNA match, I think it should have felt more significant. TNA protected James Storm by having Serena eat the pin from Mickie. With Khoya's misfire in this match, it looks like Storm will move to him from here.
* So next week is No Surrender. Among other things advertised is Full Metal Mayhem, Drew Galloway vs Eli Drake, Spud vs Aries and Bram vs Mr. Anderson. While the card looks to provide a strong wrestling show, TNA still has trouble making their specials feel special.
Last night I watched Ultima Lucha: Part 1 and it felt like a PPV on TV. LU promoted the show for months, announced a bunch of matches well in advance and made the show look important with banners. TNA on the other hand likes to announce things a week in advance while the show looks just like every other episode of IMPACT.
By the way, No Surrender will be going head to head with part 2 of Ultima Lucha next week. I am seriously conflicted about what I am watching from 9PM-10PM est since Ultima Lucha feels like a show I shouldn't miss live.
* It was classy of TNA to devote the final quarter of IMPACT to Jeff Jarrett's Hall of Fame ceremony. To me, Jeff Jarrett being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the one most impactful on me. I got into TNA when Jeff Jarrett was running the show. I would argue that Jeff should have been the first one who should have been inducted.
Its hard to review a non-scripted segment like Jeff's speech. He thanked so many people from his time in TNA including: Bob and Janice Carter, Live Events Team, Andy Barton, people at TNA HQ, the wrestlers, the fans etc. He even thanked Dixie Carter for inducting him into the TNA Hall of Fame (she did more than that). Not much more can be said about this segment other than the fact that I am happy it took place. Thank you Jeff for everything you have done!