IMPACT Wrestling Review 01/17/2013
Show starts with Jeff Hardy coming to the ring, and thanking the fans for willing him to a victory at the Genesis PPV to retain his title. Chris Daniels and Kazarian interrupt him, and talk about all the things Daniels has done lately, that are clearly better. Daniels says he is going to defeat Hardy, and his creatures next week, to win the world title. Hardy questions why they have to wait, and attacks them both. The numbers game quickly dominates, before Storm is able to equal the sides. This sets up a tag match.
JEFF HARDY & JAMES STORM vs. CHRIS DANIELS AND KAZARIAN: This was a decent tag match to kick the show off with. The finish came with Hardy getting Kazarian alone in the ring, pinning him with a Twist of Fate. Afterwards, Daniels jumps Hardy, nailing him with Angels Wings, on top of the custom belt. He mock pins Hardy for the 1-2-3.
The Gut Check segment is next, as the judges immediately eliminate Brian Cage from the fold. Jay Bradley has the opportunity to cut a 30 second promo, and did well on the mic. He played the heel, but still came off as an underdog that you want to root for. The judges end up voting him in, as he now has a shiny new TNA contract in his possession.
KENNY KING vs. CHRISTIAN YORK: This is an X-Division match, and it was pretty fast paced, and exciting. King goes the dirty win, with a roll-up, using tights.
Segments are shown with the Impact set dressed up with wedding cake and decorations, Aries and Roode planning to crash the ceremony. Bully getting ready with Taz, Spike Dudley, and Tommy Dreamer, and Hulk Hogan arriving to the arena disgruntled.
Sting comes down to the ring, and talks about Bully Ray’s wedding. He says he stands by Bully as a friend, and he wants Hulk to support him too. Hulk comes to the ring, and rails off reason after reason why he shouldn’t trust Bully. Sting tries to convince him, but Hulk leaves, declaring he will always do the right thing in the end.
GAIL KIM vs. VELVET SKY [#1 Contender]: Gail carries Velvet most of this match. There was a side angle of Gail accussing ref Taryn of screwing her at the PPV. Taryn promised to call it down the middle, and did. The finish came when Gail got tired of Taryn, allowing herself to become distracted. Velvet takes advantage with her In Yo Face buster for the pin.
Time for the wedding segment, which took up a whole quarter of the show. Roode and Aries kick off the festivities demanding a celebration for being the faces of the company in the past year. They accuse TNA of taking huge steps backwards, naming off all the champions, and why they shouldn’t be. They get to Chavo and Hernandez, and their music hits. They chase Aries and Roode from the chapel.
The actual ceremony is set to take place, as Bully and his ECW homies come down with TNA knockouts in arm. Next is Brooke, who looks back for her daddy. Out from the side, comes Hulk in tuxedo. He takes her arm, and walks her down the aisle. The reverend does his thing, and then Brooke and Bully both say their vows. Right before Bully says “I do.”, Taz cuts in. He asks Bully if he really wants to do this, Bully says yes. He then asks “Is it me, or it hot in here?”, as he takes off his tux jacket. He turns around, to reveal an Aces & Eights vest, as he leaves the ring. A&E storm the wedding, taking everyone out. Show ends as they grab Brooke and force her to watch her dad and lover get beat up.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This show went fine. I was a bit worried about the wedding segment, and how well they were going to execute it. The turn of Taz actually got me excited, as this opens a whole lot of doors. It would be really fun, if they had Taz at the commentating booth still, acting as the definitive villain role of the group. Bobby Heenan/Michael Cole style. I wonder if they are going to scrap the wedding idea now, or will they actually wed them properly again? There were only 3 matches tonight, and they weren’t bad. The talking and backstage segments weren’t too redundant, and served storyline purpose. I don’t mind saying this, I was A-OK with there being less wrestling on the show tonight. I am really looking forward to Hardy and Daniels for the belt next week, though. The long road to Lockdown has begun, but will TNA keep up their pace?