What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 9/20/12. What happens in TNA land this week? Let's find out and start the review.
Match #1: Kurt Angle and AJ Styles vs Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
We open up the show with Hulk Hogan and Shaquille O'Neal. Why is Shaq on TNA? Is retirement really that boring? In all seriousness, this is actually a pretty smart move for TNA. Some of Shaq's appearances in WWE has made it on Sports Center, and TNA could use more mainstream attention….at least, that's what I would be saying if Shaq was actually involved with the show. Seriously, what was the point of this? Shaq just seriously got the easiest paycheck in TNA history and he practically had to do nothing. In my book, this was a missed opportunity by TNA. He didn't even go to the ring. I'm guessing TNA couldn't cough up enough dough for Shaq to be involved, but if you aren't gonna utilize him, why even bother? Shaq was using TNA to film Kazaam 2. As for the match, it was fair to watch. The finish comes when Kaz and Christopher Daniels attack both teams, thus resulting in a no contest. Hogan comes out and spits a rhyme. Geeze, being around Shaq has really changed Hulk. Hogan is green eggs and hammin'…..ugh!!! Anyway, because of the DQ, both teams will be getting a tag title match at Bound for Glory. If you missed last week's review, then you would've known that I called that s***. This really shouldn't be much of a surprise at this point.
Match #2: Evan Markoblahblahblah vs Douglas Williams; Gut Check
The League of Idiocy continues to discuss card games. In the meantime, we are dealing with GUUUT CHAAAAAAK!!!…..at least, that's what Bruce Prichard likes to say. The story about this guy is…..whatever. I'm sorry, but it's just another generic story for working hard to get here. You know how you make Gut Check worthwhile? Have one of these guys actually WIN the damn match. Seriously, if they would do this once in a while, I think it would make it more exciting and fun. Apparently, that isn't what they were going for. This guy has the most impossible last name to pronounce, but do you really give a s***? Douglas wins with a submission move. The kid's wrestling skills didn't look that bad, but I'm sick of Gut Check. Its the same thing every month. Wake me up when Joey Ryan agrees to a rematch, okay?
Winner via submission: Douglas Williams
Match #3: James Storm vs Bobby Roode
Roode claims he isn't ready for OFN, but Hogan makes an offer. If Roode doesn't accept, he's fired. Oh no, that means I should stall for another five minutes. This is where Bobby debates what he will have for dinner….oh, and he accepts the match or something. This was mostly a fight around the ringside area. You can make the argument as to why TNA is giving away this match on free television, but Storm/Roode is more than capable enough of being a gimmick match on PPV. This match also featured fan interaction. Needless to say, some of these people need to know what they do before they make themselves look like a fool on live TV. Seriously, what the hell was with that guy who kept looking into the camera during this match? I got four words for you, "Go see a dentist". I love how Bobby shoves the ref and the ref doesn't give a crap, but Storm does it and NOW s*** just got real. The match gets ruled a no contest. So, two no contest and a Gut Check match? Tune in for more TNA!!! I will add that the match was intriguing to watch, but something about the audience getting involved bothered me. I'm not really sure why, but it did.
You really find out how important the TNA World Championship is when you have the BFG title match being built in a backstage scene. Is TNA taking a page out of the WWE playbook? Before you know it, Austin Aries is gonna demand respect and feud with Superman. Tara explains why she attacked Tessmacher. Because she's evil and we need conflict? Tara called out Christy Hemme. Tar proceeds to slap her around until Tessmacher arrives for the save. Yeah, Christy didn't even try to defend herself. I know she's retired due to injury, but what the hell was that? There was a point that Christy competed in BOTH WWE and TNA. It would've been fine if they had someone without prior knowledge of in-ring ability for this scene, but that's not the case with Christy. This is wrestling wanting you to buy whatever they are throwing at you and ignoring anything that happened in the past. Stop living in the past, man!!! It's wrestling logic, but….whatever. Then again, its the KO division so should you really care?
TNA guarantees the TV Championship will be defended every week….possibly….maybe….once a month….whenever we feel like it. Yeah, I'll go with that one. Hogan is now in the ring and….Damn, has this show been Hogan-heavy. Hogan talks about Joseph Parks being captured. Wait, how does that work when TNA is under "lockdown"? Shouldn't the security staff been all over this? I know, it's a wrestling show with wrestling logic. Apparently, the deal is Hogan visits Aces and Eights for cookies and Joseph is free. Yeah, that lockdown stuff is now a thing of the past. Remember, you can't live in the past. Even if the established kayfabe was only brought about two weeks ago. Aces and Eights get on the titantron and destroy Joseph's computer, which apparently carried all the information on Card Games. To make the scene "better", they knock Joseph out with a hammer, but the camera obviously shifted……
My God, this is overly hammy. I honestly don't even know what to make of this. I know it's a wrestling storyline. A wrestling storyline that's gonna be over the top, but this…..this….THIS!? I don't even know what to think anymore. Actually, I'll say this. I'm laughing at this scene because of how stupid it is. So, that has to be worth something, right? I guess this could be TNA's way of killing off the Joseph Parks character. At the end of the day, this was a pretty poor idea that was handled poorly. Amazing combination, isn't it? Then again, this can also support the theory that Joseph Parks/Abyss is with As & 8s. If that's the idea, it would make me very sad. By the way, what the hell happened to Sting during this whole thing?
Match #4: Austin Aries vs Bully Ray
Do you know who I-FLYING MAN!!! This match was pretty good, but it was also pretty hilarious. Seriously, the interaction between Bully and Earl Hebner is funny. The finish comes when A Double locks in the Last Chancery, but the ref is down due to a ref bump. Bully takes this opportunity to hit Aries with a chained-up fist. Bully ends up stealing this match. I can see the argument of making the champ look weak, but think of it like this. This can be Bully's argument to getting in the world title match, thus making it a triple threat. Maybe the plan was for BOTH Bully and Jeff Hardy to challenge Aries for the title, but they probably didn't want to do a tie scenario that happened two years ago at No Surrender. If that's the plan, at least they are thinking of another option for it. After the match, Hardy arrived for the save, but decides to pose with the championship since genericness has no bounds.
Winner via pinfall: Bully Ray
Outside of the Storm/Roode and Aries/Bully matches, there really wasn't much to report. It's amazing how you make Aces and Eights great one week, and then you do this. I honestly think they aren't sure what else to do with this stable until BFG, so they are just trying to put anything out there to pass the time. Wrestling logic is all over the place with this scene and I honestly don't know what to take from it. I guess Hogan will go visit As & 8s next week, but why? Is Hogan really stupid enough to go alone and fight 5-8 guys? Fighting a battle you can't win is what old school is all about. The tag match was standard, the KO buildup was meh, and Gut Check just bores the hell out of me. How much longer until TNA decides to get rid of Open Fight Night? For creating a gimmick around it, it really isn't doing a whole lot to add to the whole show. Yeah, they did use it to hint the possibility of a triple threat match for the TNA World title, but I just don't think this idea's working. Plus, there really seems no point to it since they introduced Championship Thursdays, which is just the title defense portion of OFN and slapping it onto a different day. How "innovative". Yeah, so I could care less about the TV Championship match next week. I wasn't that big on tonight's show, but I wouldn't call it terrible. I've seen worse from the wrestling world and most can regard this as average, but it takes more than just quality wrestling to make a successful show….Despite what smarks would like to tell you. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time.