What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 12/27/12. After the Christmas holidays and skipping wrestling-themed holiday shows that I will NOT review, does getting back in the realm of things make this show watchable? Let's find out and start the review.
We open up the show with Tonsil Ray. Bully claims that he's gonna prove to Hulk Hogan that he can trust him. Brooke Hogan comes out and claims Hogan knows about this relationship. Apparently, none of the TNA employees try to boost up their own ratings by watching their own product. How else would they not know about the last image from last week? In other words, we open up the show with wrestling logic since the talent/characters aren't supposed to know about the cameras. Brooke wants to prove to Hulk that Bully is a trustworthy guy, while Bully claims there's nothing to prove. Bully is taking the John Cena method to all of this. He hits it, denies the claims, and now proceeds to quit it. Apparently, there's just too much craziness going on in the Hogan house for Bully to deal with. This is getting confusing. It's bad enough the storyline is hard to digest, but now it's starting to look like a labyrinth. Once the newlyweds leave, Austin Aries challenges Bobby Roode to a match. So, we have two openings? To be honest, I don't mind the last opening. After what happened last week, Aries/Bobby is the best way to go since this will most likely lead to a triple threat. Aries continues to take shots at Jeff Hardy, but manages to get a couple of minor shots on Bobby. After all, this is the man who screwed him over for the title last week. I think this will be an interesting main event.
Match #1: Samoa Joe vs Unimportant Guy #84
Since Joe has nothing going for him, time to challenge a man at a children's card ga---wait, wrong show. This match was boring and short. At least the pain wasn't long. After the match, Joe is about to unmask the member, but Unimportant Guy #84 holds more power than Doc since Aces and Eights save him from the embarrassment of being a public member of this stable. I really wish they would just reveal another member of Aces and Eights already. I understand TNA's waiting until 1/3/13 to do anything, but another way to add hype is to add to the storyline from a different perspective. Revealing another member isn't much, but it's a start. Nothing new has happened with this stable for months. The Shield hasn't been around very long, but has way more going for it than Aces and Eights. Come on!!! Do something!!! Anything!!! I'll take anything at this point!!! DO IT NOW!!!
Winner via submission: Samoa Joe
What in the holy mother of blue flippin' back-tracking, sunny-side, fan-blowing, son of a bitchin', slap my ass and call me silly, hell is a bro off? I feel dirty for having to witness this….bro off? Nobody wants to see a bro off in public. Just keep it in your pants and let's move on. So, what we get here is a dance-off between Robbie E and Jesse. Is Jesse doing a pose-down with a variation of the Terminator theme? Am I the only one that thought that while listening to that song? So, when does James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger sue TNA? Eh, they probably don't even know what a 'TNA's is. Robbie T joins in on the party and ends up dancing the night away. You know what this reminded me of? When Vladimir Kozlov did that dance out of nowhere a few years back. It was hilarious back but, but now it's…..still funny. I was actually satisfied with this segment. If you didn't enjoy this….
Match #2: RVD vs Christian York
Instead of challenging Kenny King, he challenges York. I can see what TNA's trying to do here. By denying Kenny, it will add to his character as he continues to build his cockiness. York gives him a match, but RVD ends up winning cleanly. I really don't mind York losing this match. I don't really see all the hype with York. He's okay, but he isn't what I would call future of the business. He could be a fair mid-card talent, but I still need to see more before I can make that claim. We'll see how Kenny reacts to being passed over next week.
Winner via pinfall: RVD
So, Aces and Eights method to recruiting the newest member is to give them STDs? Okay, just checking. It's the NCAA specialty. As Joseph Park continues to train, Sting claims to make Doc his first target for next week's show. Oh…..does it even matter at this point? I know I should be excited for this, but I'm not. Sting has returned more times than a boomerang. Well, maybe there's still so hope for this date. After all, we could be in store for something awesome come next week. Well, I can at least hope.
Match #3: Bad Influence vs Team Taco Bueno
Christopher Daniels comes out to poke fun of AJ Styles, but what ends up happening is Kaz imitating Styles. Some of it was okay, but there was a mix of bad acting. I can live the rest of my life without having to witness that again. Chavo and Hernandez challenge these guys because…..the string on their paddleball broke? Seriously, why are they here? It's just a cheap excuse for a match. Geeze, Tazz. I understand you were trying to be sarcastic when Todd mentioned 'Hart Attack', but you can at least TRY to give a s***. I'm guessing TNA doesn't pay you enough for effort. Chavo's team wins this match with the Frog Splash. Did Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan completely give up on getting the tag titles? I'm just checking.
Winner via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
Tazz's keys to victory? Oh….that's hilarious. Back with Aces and Eights, the guy they bring in is Mr. Anderson. Wow. It's like they aren't even trying anymore. I thought it was gonna be somebody cool, but we get Anderson? You know, that guy who's done NOTHING for the last year. Well, at least he has something to do, but Anderson's stock is so low that you could've put anyone in that situation and it would've made more of a splash than Anderson. Seriously, Eric Young and ODB would've been better choices….okay, well maybe not THAT far. This is the part of the review where the smarks complain about Anderson being married since they have nothing else better to talk about than the realms of breaking kayfabe. Seriously, who the f*** cares? It's a storyline and nothing more. Get on with it.
Match #4: Tessmacher vs Gail Kim
In a surprise move, Gail wins with Eat Defeat. At the same time, I don't see the purpose of this match. I guess you can argue that it could mean another potential storyline with the KOs, but I really don't see the point. I'm guessing Velvet's pigeons were at a magic show this weekend, so you get this pointless match.
Winner via pinfall: Gail Kim
Match #5: Austin Aries vs Bobby Roode
Sting is coming to get you? When does he start eating worms and smash clocks over his skull? YIKES!!! What in the world was up with Hardy's brief promo about the creatures not wanting either of these men to be the world champion? I know TNA gave some foreshadowing towards this, but now they're forcing it. I love the moment where Bobby and Aries end up working together to take out Earl Hebner. Hardy ends up showing up from behind to take out both Aries and Bobby. So, you redemption is to copy what has happened the last two weeks? Hardy worked extra hard to think of that statement, don't you think? Joking aside, I kinda figured something like this was gonna happen. It pretty much guarantees a triple threat match for the upcoming PPV. The match was okay, so that's a positive.
To be honest, Impact really wasn't that bad. The show was tolerable, but it didn't add a ton of stuff into the development of their major storylines. You also have to keep in mind that TNA is compensating for people not watching this week due to the holidays. It was fair to roll out a decent amount of filler with a couple of moments to keep you entertained for these type of weeks. Another thing that helped this show was the lack of Hogan drama. After the intro, it was never brought up again. I know it will be back again next week, but at least we get a break from the whole thing. Still, the matches were forgettable and the best moment was the comedy segment. Yeah, they revealed Anderson as a possible candidate, but his name just doesn't strike that big on the list these days. When the character has gone this far down, it's hard to get excited about this spot. While the show didn't have a ton going for itself, I went into this thing expecting nothing. I got a laugh and I was satisfied. I know that doesn't seem like much, but I have to give them a pass because of the holiday week. After next week is when I'll get after this show again. They've been hyping up that date for over a month and they need to make that episode worth something. The episode is a fair distraction if you don't take your wrestling seriously (It's guys in tights creating soap opera angles. Yeah, like this needs to be taken seriously in any degree), you might get something out of this. If you take wrestling too seriously, than you're gonna hate this episode along with everything else you've gotten this week. Come on, folks. It's the holidays and the wrestling companies are trying to have some type of fun. Where's your holiday spirit? 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. If you want to take part of the Best and Worst of for WWE/TNA in 2012, please take part in the poll. There's some links at the bottom that will take you to the action. I will see you guys and girls in the next one.