Impact Wrestling Wrap-Up – 5/31/2012

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Brooke Hogan takes over the Knockouts Division and Sting takes on Bobby Roode in a Lumberjack Match on Impact Wrestling!

I have to start this by saying that there will be a new format to this going forward. Instead of recapping everything, I’m going to post my feedback on everything because that will be a lot more interesting than reading what you probably already saw.

Starting the show, we had Sting and Bobby Roode in a Lumberjack Match. What a match to start off a show! I mean really, you’re giving away what people want to see right away with nothing huge announced for the rest of the show. I didn’t see the ratings but, that had to hurt them. I just can’t get over the fact that Sting comes back and is such an unstoppable force, it happens all the time in wrestling but, he does it every time he returns to TNA. It’s been done, it’s old. Have him get beat down and get him in a gritty feud for pride. Do something different. Long story short, Sting wins and now he’s suddenly in the main event for Slammiversary against Bobby Roode for the TNA World Title. One match and you’re the number one contender…I’m going to Orlando, maybe I’ll get that spot next week. I love Sting but, it gets to be a little much to just donate the title shot like that.

We also found out that Joseph Park and Bully Ray will battle at the ppv. This whole thing has been interesting and I’m very anxious to see exactly where they go with this. It’s a make it or break it angle and TNA really has the chance to have a game-changing storyline here.

Next up we have Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries for the X-Division Championship. It was great while it lasted but, it was way too short and ended in a roll-up win for Aries. Speaking of Aries, he’s been great and really deserves the chance to grab the brass ring. Put him with Roode and you’d have some amazing matches. Sabin looks to be turning heel judging by the look he gave at the end of the match, or maybe he’s just sad that Alex Shelly is leaving for greener pastures and the Motor City Machine Guns are no more.

Quick promo between TV Title challengers, nothing extravagant here.

Dixie announces that TNA will induct a the first member into their Hall of Fame. Please tell me it’s not Hogan..Please. Brooke’s out next and she’s genuinely excited to be in TNA..at least that’s what she wants us to believe. Just because your father was a wrestler doesn’t mean you know anything about it and Brooke to me seriously looked like a deer in the headlights talking in front of the live audience. We’ll see what happens.

The Television Title is on the line and it’s Jeff Hardy getting the shot. Well, I knew it wouldn’t be clean once Jeff was announced and sure enough it was a no-contest after the Robbies decided to interfere but, Hardy and Devon fought them off then hugged it off. I miss the old TLC matches between the Hardys, Dudleys and Edge and Christian and that brought the memories back seeing those two in the ring together again.

James Storm cuts a very serious interview riding horses and apparently doesn’t want us to know if he’s coming back to wrestling because he cuts the interview off before he can answer. Just get Storm back, he’s one of the best there is in TNA.

The Gut Check performer, Joey Ryan faces his evaluation next. Al Snow, Taz, and Bruce Prichard decide his fate. It’s a no by the way, and why wouldn’t it be. The guy was all show and no technicality. He had a character no one understood and a personality no one liked, including the judges. Taz got right in his face when he talked down to him and told him how much he DIDN’t know about the industry. I respect Taz because he’s willing to be real with whoever he sees fit. Joey doesn’t receive a contract.

Styles vs. Daniels was everything you’d expect and this partnership with Kurt will lead to a great match at Slammiversary but, I’m more interested in this AJ/Dixie storyline. Again, TNA has a game-changing storyline. Turn Dixie heel, greatness could come out of that. She’s been a face ever since first appearing on TV, making her heel would open a ton of new possibilities.

Impact has some great things going and some not so great things (where were the Knockouts?). It’s going to be very crucial to see what they do in the coming months as to whether they’re turning a page or are just the same old company who can’t deliver on compelling storylines.

Time will tell.

 

 

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