What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 6/13/13. How did the show turn out? Let's find out and begin.
Seriously thinking about a 'Brother' Counter…
We open up the show brother! Brother, brother, brother!!! Let's see how many 'brothers' I can get in one episode, brother! Brother-Man sent daughter-woman home this week after her actions in trying to protect Bully Ray. I would've fired her since her presence is most likely gonna bite you in the ass, but let wrestling logic have its moment. Hogan announces Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy are automatically in the BFG Series since they've won in previous years. After some tough guy talk from both competitors, Hogan says the fans will get to determine who gets the first decision to call out somebody in Open Fight Night. The fans will choose between Hardy and Roode to see who gets the first choice. Gee, I wonder who's gonna win the poll? Then again, it is no WWE App….
Bully and some goons complain about no Aces & Eights representation in the BFG Series. Hogan says only one member will get a shot, but they will all have to fight for it in an Aces & Eights Battle Royal. I love how Bully Ray sends Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco to fight Hardy and Roode. That's like fighting Godzilla with a water gun. Yeah, so the opening scene was pretty ridiculous to say the least, but it does set up the rest of the evening.
BFG Series Qualifications #1
The first qualifier match is Bad Influence vs Drunken Garbage. The match was okay to sit through. Due to some shenanigans, Kaz and Daniels are now in the BFG Series. Considering Storm and Garbage Man just became tag champs, it makes sense to not have them in the BFG Series. Although, I have to wonder who in the blue-hell challenges for the tag belts now? Crimson made his return after a year off and lost his BFG Series qualifier against Joseph Park. Wow, you go undefeated for 470 days, return after a year off and lose to the bumbling lawyer. Crimson is straight to the unemployment line after the show. Joking aside, I actually thought it was a good thing for Crimson to lose this match. If you really think about it, only 4-6 people truly matter in the BFG Series. The rest are just throwaway entries. By taking him out of the BFG Series, it gives him a chance to continue his repackage. Crimson came in with a new look and I thought it wasn't half bad. In fact, I liked the promo he cut tonight. I think this character can do a whole lot more for him than the stupid undefeated streak. While you can argue he could've continued to rebuild his persona in the BFG Series, Crimson wasn't gonna win it the BFG Series so is it really that big of a deal? I personally think this is a better move.
Why am I talking about this?
In the Knockout division, Velvet Sky continues to be a moron while Mickie James adds to her bitchiness. That's pretty much the best way to describe the KO scene of the evening. Why did I even bring it up? In fact, I apologize for even talking about this. Hmmm....Oh look, a monkey...
BFG Series Qualifications #2
Matt Morgan talks about being the best guy in the BFG Series, so he shows himself off by losing to Magnus in a Fatal 4-way BFG qualifier. While I could make the same argument for Morgan that I made for Crimson earlier in this review, it seems Morgan has been at this stage of his career for the last five years. It looks like they're gonna try something with him, but he ultimately goes nowhere and gets pushed back and disappears until it's time to repeat the process. I've always thought of Morgan as a decent talent. He's got the size, skill, and isn't a bad talker. What's holding him back? I want to be optimistic, but his history is really against him. I actually feel bad for the guy. He's trying to do something, but somebody on that staff just doesn't seem to care. Eric Young comes out and is still together with ODB. Why? Because somebody in TNA still thinks this is funny. Can you even consider EY a full-time wrestler anymore? You see him more on Animal Planet than TNA these days. While the match was entertaining, it was pretty short. Austin Aries defeats EY with the Brainbuster. Thanks for the appearance, Eric, your check is in the mail.
It's time for the Aces & Eights battle royal, but not before we witness Card Games belching in the back. Thanks, TNA, that's really what people wanted to see tonight. What you get is a series of joke-style eliminations. While people are gonna complain about this, I thought it was pretty funny. The only bad spot was the finger poke. What is Hogan fetish with the finger poke? It's pretty funny how Doc went out of the way to actually put up a fight, but only to lose in less than 20 seconds. Even when you try to escape jobber status, you get reduced to jobber status. You know you got it bad when that happens. Seriously, it really makes you feel for the guy. I guess this could lead to a storyline where Doc leaves Aces & Eights to side with TNA, but why should I care? Outside of Bully and occasionally Anderson, there's no other members of this stable that really stand out. Hell, D'Lo Brown got kicked to the curb and not a single f*** was given. While I have more interest in Doc than D'Lo, will that small edge be enough to make him important? I honestly don't think so.
Sting comes out to call out the TNA roster for not backing him up at Slammiversary. Oh God, he's turning into another Ryback. Stop bitching and moaning! Actually, Sting decides that since nobody will help him, he's gonna bring back the Main Event Mafia to take the war towards Aces & Eights. Okay, so I might as well say this right now….I never liked the original Main Event Mafia….
I'm gonna get a lot of crap for this one, but that's honestly how I felt back when I saw this stable run around. I remember back when the MEM controlled everything on the show and I found myself completely non-invested in this storyline. You think with talent like Kurt Angle, Sting, Kevin Nash, and Booker T would be exciting, but I just never got into it. Admittedly, I was in a different stage of my life and perhaps I should look back at older stuff get a second chance, but I don't have enough time on my hands to do something like that. I guess I'm open to the idea, but it really depends on who's gonna be in the stable. I know there's a lot of websites already talking about who should be in the stable and whatnot, but I'm not gonna do it. I'm sorry if I'm disappointing you by not dropping a name, but I'm just not as excited about this idea as others. We already have one hammy stable in this organization, do we really need another one? Plus, do I have to remind people that it was only a few years ago when TNA had both Fortune AND Immortal running around in TNA and they teased this idea? Things can get really complicated when you have too many stables in one show. I pray this idea works for TNA, but don't be surprised if they become overwhelmed with another stable in the mix. For some reason, I can see this turning into that Robot Chicken skit where instead of getting the A-Team, you got the B-Team. The Semi-Main Event Mafia? Or how Bout the Mid-Card Event Mafia? And what about the We could possibly be main eveners, but most likely will not go anywhere Mafia? Or my personal favorite, the Stinger and Brother Mafia, Brother! Again, I apologize for not drinking the kool-aid as much as others, but everybody has their own preferences. For others, this stable meant more in their eyes than myself and there's nothing wrong with that.
BFG Series Qual---eh…
If you're still here and haven't got on a bitch-fest in the comments on how you hate me (Despite me not caring) let's continue with the rest of the show. Last week, you had Kurt and Rampage showing respect, but also brought intensity to their segment. This week, you have them talking as if they're best friends without that intensity. Something clearly got lost in the script. The Angle/Styles match was the final qualifying match of the evening. Like any Styles/Kurt match, it was good. What more can I say about this match that I haven't said in the past? The finish comes when Aces & Eights run interference. They were trying to screw Styles over, but Kurt ended up getting screwed over with a rollup lose. Styles is the final entry in the BFG Series. After the match, Card Games continues to attack Kurt because they have nothing better to do on a Thursday night until Rampage runs out to save Kurt…..Well, more like he's jogging as slowly as possible. This is why wearing a giant chain around your neck is stupid. The show ends with Kurt and Rampage standing tall. Like I said earlier, there was no tension between Kurt and Rampage. I don't have a problem with Rampage saving Kurt, but keep the tension you had while still showing off the respect. I just think it would've told a much better story. I guess it could've been worse.They could've gone with the this….
I take that back. That was funny.
If you think about it, this show didn't have a whole lot going for itself. Sure they put together the BFG Series and set up some things, but I just didn't feel this episode…if that makes any sense. You can argue that last week's show was worse, but it was a show that I managed to have fun with because of the silly segments. There was very little to have fun with this week. Part of me is a bit disappointed by tonight's show. To be fair, the show wasn't bad. In fact, I would mostly consider it average. I guess with the BFG Series set up, might as well pick somebody who should win it. Based on the storyline, AJ Styles has to be the most likely candidate, but now it seems like TNA is retconning themselves since Styles technically isn't supposed to get a championship match until November of 2013. I guess Hogan took a month away for good behavior? Sure, I'll buy it! It doesn't really matter at the end of the day. As long as you continue to build things correctly and tell a good story, you can retcon as much as you want. That does it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one.