Saturday, 01 February 2014 15:13
Episode 1 - to air February 20
Opened with a contract signing for the Lockdown main event with mvp. Joe vs Magnus - can only be won by submission or? Segment ended with Joe going after Magnus as refs and agents pulled them apart.
Bro mans beat bad influence and the Wolves in a three way when Robbie E stole the pin on Kazarian after a top rope double stomp by Davey Richards.
EC3 beat a returning Douglas Williams with the headlock driver. Short match that Williams dominated. EC3 applied a leglock to Williams post match.
Promo with James Storm (newly heel) and gunner...
Samoa Joe squashed Bad Bones (introduced as Magnus' hired muscle). Jobber match.
Kurt Angle Hall of Fame induction ceremony - went off as planned. Ec3 interrupted at the end with a wrestlecrap worthy segment spoofing wrestling websites. Ended with Angle laying out Ec3 and announcing the two of them in a cage match at Lockdown. Dear God. Angle was obviously limping throughout.
Jeremy Borash plugged the new TV deal with challenge. Took a cheap shot at the wwe/Sky deal "all our PPVs are free"
Bobby Roode beat MVP in a match with Austin Aries as special referee. No reason was given, but Aries played into the finish, hitting mvp with the roaring elbow before a Roode bomb got the win.
I guess these are for the February 27 episode... No definite break in the tapings to indicate this... But given the 6 woman tag later, this next match could be on either show.
Alpha Female (w/ Chris Sabin) & Lei'd Tapa (w/ Gail Kim) beat Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne. Missed the finish because of stupid kids standing on their seats - ODB ran in post match to save Rayne and Sky from a heel beat down.
Samuel Shaw out for a promo... Ken Anderson interrupted, Shaw threatened Christy, and shoved her into Anderson as he ran in for the save. Huge chants of "creepy bastard" after Shaw chokes out Anderson with the standing arm choke. A forgettable segment...
Match taped for Xplosion - Christopher Daniels (w/ Kazarian - dressed as the British Bulldogs) beat Bad Bones after a running powerslam and the bme.
Promo with Bobby Roode, and the Bro Mans - seems that lethal Lockdown is for a ten per cent stake in TNA. Austin Aries comes out... Says he wants some of that ten per cent. I guess the Roode vs mvp match was with Aries "making his mind up" over what team to join. Out comes mvp and the Wolves. Mvp was about to name his fourth team member but is interrupted by Dixie Carter. Mvp eventually names Jeff Hardy as the fourth man. Shame about not being able to come to the UK - he was the most over person in this segment!
This somehow turned into an unannounced elimination six man tag - mvp and the Wolves vs Roode, Aries and Robbie E. Crowd was confused and tiring at this point, with no reaction when MVP eliminated Robbie E. Aries eliminated Edwards with a brain buster, before helping Roode eliminate MVP. Richards had Roode in a single crab when Aries ran in with a chair to eliminate himself by dq, as Edwards ran back out to save his partner. No final decision was announced after a really confusing mess of a match made the live crowd.
Ec3 promo to build up the Lockdown match - Kurt Angle limped out to the ring as Carter bailed. As Angle went to the back, Carter returned, attacked Angle, then threw him into the ring and applied the leg lock. Little heat for this.
They then played the Fratelli's Chelsea Dagger for the live crowd (sounds a lot like Antonio Cesaro's first theme) to wake up the crowd...
Ken Anderson came out introduce Sam Shaw's opponent for the next match - Eric Young. Lots of "creepy bastard" chants for Shaw, who seemed to pattern his offence on Nailz. Couldn't tell the finish but Shaw attacked Anderson after the match.
Six woman tag - Gail Kim, Lei'd Tapa and the Alpha Female vs Madison Rayne, Velvet Sky and ODB. Kim and Tapa went to the back as Sky and Sabin had another confrontation. Sky slapped Sabin, who then charged at (and missed) Sky. Alpha Female came in to attack Sky, but it backfired as Sky won with the pedigree.
Gunner promo - it was what it was. James Storm came out and low blowed him.
Borash announced that they would finish off the Six man from earlier - looks like they'll be doing a backstage segment to say that Richards had to finish the match. (Borash also gave UK air dates for these two shows)
Roode returned and asked referee Brian Hebner to count Richards out. Winner of this gets the Lockdown advantage. At 8, the Wolves music started and the count stopped (they would have been at 30 by the time Richards entered the ring...). Roode spent most of the match targeting the left shoulder in front of a beyond exhausted crowd, some of which left during this match (bottom line - have an intermission between the two tapings!)
Roode picked up the win with a Roode bomb and cross face after Richards missed a shoulder charge into the corner. The heels have the advantage for War Games - so we know that Vince Russo isn't booking this! Edwards and MVP helped Richards to the back.
Final segment - Joe and Magnus out to talk to build up the Lockdown main event. I left midway, after Joe threatened to "eat (Magnus') pain and shit (his) blood". The Lockdown main event can only end by submission or knockout - so ufc rules?
These shows should be half decent on TV, but without the segments to build up matches (and knowing prior results) these tapings were extremely confusing to sit through at times!
Ian Hamilton - @theianhamilton
The taping had more segments then matches and the bouts that did take place were far too short. There was no intermission which didn’t affect the crowd much. They were typically boisterous throughout. I personally, was disappointed by the show.
27th Feb Impact
The taping kicked off with a contract signing between Joe and Magnus, hosted by MVP. Crowd was entirely for Joe. Magnus was booed thoroughly. So much for Magnus coming home as “conquering hero”, although he did sought the jeers, Magnus referred to London as "a cessepool." It was announced that the match at Lockdown will be a Steel Cage match under "Joe's Rules." The match can only end by submission or knockout. Segment ended with a Joe/Magnus brawl.
Bro-Mans def. Bad Influence and The Wolves – A good but far-too-short match, the exchanges between BI and Wolves was sublime. The bout was entirely Wolves vs. Bad Influence except for the last few moments when an opportunistic Robbie E tagged in to pin a vulnerable Kazarian.
EC3 def. Doug Williams - EC3 took the mic and announced that his next opponent is "One of yours." Out came Doug Williams to a booming reaction which was quickly extinguished when EC3 pinned Williams cleanly in two minutes with the One Percenter.
James Storm and Gunner have a face-off. Crowd was 50/50 on both men. Gunnar droned on about his time in the army. James Storm argued that the government never did anything for him but Storm did. Gunnar attacked Storm after one too many jibes at the government, Storm high-tailed it into the crowd.
Samoa Joe def. Bad Bones (with Magnus) - Magnus said he couldn’t find a British wrestler to wrestle Joe so he sought the services of the German Bad Bones. Bones was beaten quickly via the Coquina Clutch.
Alpha Female (w/ Chris Sabin) and Lei'd Tapa (w/ Gail Kim) def. Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky - Alpha Female came out with Chris Sabin on her shoulders. HUGE reaction for Sky. Another quick match, it ended when Kim attacked Rayne from behind leading to Tapa getting the pin. The heel ladies put a beat down on Sky and Rayne before ODB came out for the save
Kurt Angle Hall of Fame ceremony was next. Jeremy Borash inducted Angle with a rousing speech followed by an equally brilliant video package. Angle came out hobbling, selling the effects of EC3's attack in Glasgow. Angle was given a Rolex watch. He thanked his family, friends and most importantly of all, the fans. Just as Angle finished, out came EC3. Carter said he read some major news from "an unnamed source" on a "wrestling website." Sporadic "Please Don't Go" chants started in the arena, many in the crowd thought EC3 was referring to the persistent “Angle to WWE” rumours. Angle invited EC3 in the ring to break the news. EC3 then announced that Angle had torn his ACL and MCL and must retire. Angle chuckled and said his ACL and MCL have no tears. He then levelled EC3 with a punch. Angle announced that MVP gave him a "Hall of Fame present": A steel-cage match with EC3 at Lockdown.
Booby Roode def. MVP (Special Guest Referee: Austin Aries) - No explanation was given as to why Aries was guest official. No backstage segments aired on the big screen which lead to a lot of confusion for the rest of the night. A bland match. Aries turned heel when he hit MVP with a roaring-elbow which allowed Roode to connect with the Pay Off.
Samuel Shaw came out and called Christy Hemme to the ring, he spouted some gibberish which was halted by the arrival of Mr. Anderson. Anderson referred to Shaw as a "Creepy Bastard," a line which the crowd loved. “Creepy Bastard” chants filed the arena. Shaw threw Hemme into Anderson which caused Anderson to tumble, Shaw locked on a Standing Arm-Triangle Choke which rendered Anderson unconscious.
Daniels def. Bad Bones - Daniels & Kazarian were dressed in The British Bulldogs tights. They were 'Daniels Boy Smith' and 'The Dynamite Kaz: The West-Coast Bulldogs. Kaz was also carrying a little Bulldog plushie. Daniels won this quick match via the BME.
6th March Impact
Team Dixie (Roode, Bro-Man's and Austin Aries) marched out to the ring. Aries asked for 5% of Roode's expected 10% share of TNA, Bro-Man's said they wanted a cut as well. MVP and The Wolves interrupted. Dixie Carter soon followed. MVP announced that the forth member of Team MVP would be Jeff Hardy. Dixie was furious. This lead to brawl and ostensibly, a match.
Elimination tag to determine who gets the man advantage at Lockdown - Robert Roode, Austin Aries and Robbie E vs. MVP & The Wolves: MVP eliminated Robbie E, lots of confusion as the match was never announced as an elimination tag (nor was the match itself announced). Aries eliminated Edwards with a Brainbuster. Roode pinned MVP with his foot on the ropes. This left Roode and Aries against Davey Richards. Crowd were really behind Richards. Aries got himself DQ'd when he attacked Richards with a chair to break-up a pin attempt. Officials and Eddie Edwards came out whilst Richards was writhing in the corner. Match was postponed. At the same time as Edwards and the officials were tending to Richards, a fight broke out in the crowd. Security escorted the men backstage; a large fan with a beard was then given a rousing ovation from the crowd, applause so loud that even the wrestlers and officials in the ring turned their attention to the man.
EC3 cut a promo promoting his match against Angle. Kurt followed suit. Angle and EC3 brawled at ringside. EC3 attacked Angle’s injured knee. EC3 then threw Angle into the ring and applied a leglock onto the knee. Angle was assisted out of the ring.
Eric Young vs. Samuel Shaw went to a No Contest - Anderson came out for the ring introductions. He introduced Shaw as "Creepy Bastard." Crowd loved Young. More "Creepy Bastard chants, I spotted a dad covering his kid's ears. Shaw shoved Young into Anderson, Shaw then locked on the Standing Arm-Triangle Choke to render Anderson unconscious again.
Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne and ODB def. Gail Kim, Lei’d Tapa and Alpha Female (w/ Chris Sabin) – Finish came when Sabin entered the ring and started poking Sky in the chest, she slapped Sabin who charged at Sky. She pulled the top rope down causing Sabin to fly out of the ring. Sky pinned Alpha Female with the In Yo’ Face.
Gunner came out for a promo. Boring chants rung out of the arena. Storm came out for some more listless rambling. Segment ended when Storm kneed Gunner in the balls. Storm then hit Gunner with a superkick which got cheers from the crowd.
Boarsh announced that Roode and Richards will collide in a continuation of the previous six-man.
Bobby Roode def. Davey Richards – Roode instructs Brian Hebner to start a 10 count on the absent Richards. When Hebner reaches “9”, out came Richards clutching his right arm. Best match of the show, albeit far too short. Roode got the win via Crossface to get the man advantage for his team at Lockdown.
Magnus and Joe came out for the final segment. A great face-off. Magnus detailed the two men’s history, noting that they have been tag champs, stablemates, enemies and friends. Joe then vowed to beat the holy hell out of Magnus whom proceeded to clock Joe with a headbutt. Joe got the advantage and locked on the Coquina Clutch. Magnus tapped out and ran out of the ring.
In what was presumably an off-air segment, Bully Ray ran into the ring and low blowed Joe. Ray proped up a table, he grabed the mic and asked the crowd; “Do you know who I am?!” Before he could answer, Joe drove Ray threw that table to a raucous applause to end the night.