10 Thoughts on TNA IMPACT WRESTLING 03.08.12 – Bully Ray, Crimson, Joseph Park(Abyss), Austin Aries, Zema Ion
by M.C. Brown on March 11, 2012

Reviewing the 3/8/12 episode of IMPACT WRESTLING…

1. Nice segue from the debut of Joseph Park aka Abyss playing his brother to Bully Ray talking about “Memory Loss is one side effect of a concussion.” I think they just explained what’s going to be revealed as what happened to Abyss. It certainly also explains why they mentioned that Abyss’s “Family” was looking for him. I still stand by assessment that Abyss as Joseph looks like a very large Brendan Fraser. Strange, I would say that Park never got to Bully Ray since he would be the first one he should be questioning about the whereabouts of his “brother” as somebody in the company you would think watched the PPV and knows that that was the person he was seen with, but I suppose they will save that for much later.

2. While giving away the Zema Ion vs. Austin Aries championship match for free on TV may have seemed silly at first, TNA used it to build up a bit more interest for the match with the DQ ending. Austin Aries now being one of the longest reigning champions in TNA history is well deserved. The man is a character and backs it up in the ring as well. Truly one of TNA’s greatest assets at this point.

3. While I could have seen Eric Young(EY) and ODB winning the tag titles from a mile away, it was done about as best they could do, still keeping the match entertaining and using the title victory to play into the friction between Knockouts Champion Gail Kim and Madison Rayne. While I think Austin Aries is probably going to be too entertaining to boo, there is no clear cut stand out for Gail and Madison right now. Gail would have the edge for her lack of strong mic skills and superiority in the ring. That usually makes someone a babyface who does their talking in the ring. That means TNA needs an equal on the talent side, but someone who can talk. That might be difficult in Mickie if she doesn’t want to go the heel route, but then I would say a turn for Velvet might be in order and a reunion of the Beautiful People with Velvet as the main pushed character and Angelina as her sidekick/equal this time instead of the other way around. While Velvet is not Mickie James in the wrestling department, a top heel act is needed in the Knockouts division.

4. I have to question why a seldom used stale Jersey Shore impersonator gimmick character like Robbie E. is still the TNA TV champion. That really devalues the title to keep it on such an unimportant character at this point. It makes not only the character, but the title/belt seem pointless.

5. Why would Taz or anyone be surprised that Jeff Hardy would team with Garett Bischoff when Gunner’s partner was named as Kurt Angle? I mean it’s not really hard to figure out and nobody should be surprised since Angle and Hardy are in a feud right now. I don’t think the selling point of it being risky to team with Garett since by association you would also be a target means anything when Hardy is out for revenge against Angle and a chance to get his hands on him in the ring.

6. Move of the Night:

Eric Young’s- “accidental pin” on Gail Kim after Madison hit him with the belt from behind.

A heterosexual man’s dream(see Thought #7 as well)

7. Lines of the Night:

a. When Kurt Angle came out to volunteer his services as Gunner’s partner against Garrett Bischoff and a partner

Kurt Angle – “…And besides everyone hates anyone with the last name Bischoff. No disrespect to you Eric.”

That was pretty funny as was Eric’s facial expression.

a. On calling the finish of the Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match and how the Interference backfired

Taz – “Backfired for Madison and Gail and a pin cover that I think you want to do if you’re Eric Young on Gail.”

Yes indeed.

8. Notable Matches of the Night

X-Division Title Match

X-Division Champion Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion 

Pretty short, but it was a free PPV caliber match up and it ended in a DQ finish, so it left one wanting more for the PPV.

Non-Title Match

World Champion Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray 

Actually this match surprised me as it was pretty good for a heel vs. heel match up. Bully Ray’s chops on Roode were pretty damn vicious, too. James Storm’s interference stopped Bully from using his chain and then he superkicked Roode to officially end the match at what I would presume would be a no-contest.

Main Event Tag Team Match

Kurt Angle and Gunner vs. Jeff Hardy and Garett Bischoff 

Strange that Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff weren’t out there with Gunner and Angle for the actual match since they are a big part of the angle with Bischoff’s son. Speaking of which Garett is still pretty green as there was a lot of light on the flying clotheslines. The match was formulated to play to the strengths of the combatants, though. Hardy sold most of the match until the hot tag to Bischoff who had his spurt and then Hardy blindtagged back in and got the pin via a Swanton on Kurt Angle to further their feud. Textbook tag team match with the babyfaces coming out on top and no attack this week to end the show providing a nice alternative ending especially with next week providing the opportunity for the proverbial beatdown of the face leading to the PPV.

9.  Final Show Thoughts:

Strangely not much of a mention of Jesse Sorensen this week. Maybe since word got out that he won’t be back until 2013 they might space out the updates. Eric Young proposed to ODB, who turned it around and proposed to him, put the ring on his finger and EY danced around like a little girl afterwards. Okay, I can accept the KO tag victory for comedy relief, but this was a bit much or too soon, rather. Nice exchange between AJ Styles and his former friends Christopher Daniels and Kazarian talking about who is to blame for the dissolution of their friendship. AJ then introduced his new ally, a real Asshole, Mr. Anderson. Definitely missed Chelsea out there with Ric Flair and what’s left of the Immortal crew this week. Not so much X-Division or Knockout heavy which is disappointing considering my enjoyment of it last week. Damn shame. Magnus and Samoa Joe conspicuous by their absence as it would have been nice to at least have them on commentary or show them watching the #1 contenders match between the Robbies and Crimson/Matt Morgan. Redwhite and Blueprint look to be officially splitting up as Crimson continued the blame game followed by the let’s work together rant again this week almost trying to hide his real thoughts on his partner. It was funny to see the seeds sowed further when Crimson stole the pinfall after Morgan’s Carbon Footprint. Morgan sold it all the way up the ramp and most assuredly there should be a turn at the PPV. The weird thing during the match, though, was the announcers played it up like Crimson has been supposedly still winning singles and tag matches when until this tag victory, the last two times I seen him he has lost, albeit with Morgan, still the streak isn’t as impressive if the guy isn’t winning and has nothing to brag about. The good thing, like the guy or not, is that he’ll be able to use that to his advantage if he turns heel blaming these losses on Morgan. Undefeated is a bit of a stretch now. But a heel is supposed to stretch the truth.

10. IMPACT PLAYERs of the WEEK: 

Bully Ray, Crimson, Joseph Park(Abyss), Austin Aries, Zema Ion

Bully is a consistent entertainer, Crimson’s heel turn is well played, Abyss as Park was interesting enough and as short as it was Aries vs. Ion was the best of the bunch, at least to me.

That is all.

M.C. Brown

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  • Joseph Hargrove

    @M.C.: Decent show but no sign of the tag champs Joe/Magnus which is not really a bad thing. The funny thing about the Knockout tag titles is that Taylor Wilde and Sarita were the inaugural holders of the belt and were semi-featured on Impact during their reign. Now, the belts don’t mean much of anything and random teams win it now. That’s my take on EY/ODB as champs.

    Now as you know, I attended the latest NCW Femmes Fatales tapings in Montreal which to be honest definitely has to be in contention for Show of the Year. It was so awesome especially the triple main event and the meet and greet before the show. The best interactions I had were of course with Portia, Jessie McKay, Hailey, Kalamity, the real “Queen of Wrestling” Cheerleader Melissa and the boss herself, Lufisto. They were all very nice to me which is no surprise.

    As for the matches, they were excellent with Mercedes vs. Kalamity being the match of the night. Hated the ending to the match though with the inside cradle. Queen Melissa vs. Hailey Hatred was also a very
    good match but wasn’t too happy with the draw outcome. Lufisto/Jazz was an insane match especially with weapons involved. Jessie McKay and Kellie Skater were impressive in their debuts. Awesome show!

    Now I’m off to Chi-Town for my favorite show of the year, SHIMMER as Volumes 45-48 will take place on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Ray, Leon and Shazza McKenzie will be debuting at this set of tapings and when you add the golden trio of Ayako Hamada, Ayumi Kurihara and Melissa Anderson, it’s going to be an epic holiday weekend for me. Spring Break will begin that weekend so I’m very excited.

    Cheers, M.C. What do you think?

  • Joseph Hargrove

    @M.C.: Decent show but no sign of the tag champs Joe/Magnus which is not really a bad thing. The funny thing about the Knockout tag titles is that Taylor Wilde and Sarita were the inaugural holders of the belt and were semi-featured on Impact during their reign. Now, the belts don’t mean much of anything and random teams win it now. That’s my take on EY/ODB as champs.

    Now as you know, I attended the latest NCW Femmes Fatales tapings in Montreal which to be honest definitely has to be in contention for Show of the Year. It was so awesome especially the triple main event and the meet and greet before the show. The best interactions I had were of course with Portia, Jessie McKay, Hailey, Kalamity, the real “Queen of Wrestling” Cheerleader Melissa and the boss herself, Lufisto. They were all very nice to me which is no surprise.

    As for the matches, they were excellent with Mercedes vs. Kalamity being the match of the night. Hated the ending to the match though with the inside cradle. Queen Melissa vs. Hailey Hatred was also a very
    good match but wasn’t too happy with the draw outcome. Lufisto/Jazz was an insane match especially with weapons involved. Jessie McKay and Kellie Skater were impressive in their debuts. Awesome show!

    Now I’m off to Chi-Town for my favorite show of the year, SHIMMER as Volumes 45-48 will take place on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Ray, Leon and Shazza McKenzie will be debuting at this set of tapings and when you add the golden trio of Ayako Hamada, Ayumi Kurihara and Melissa Anderson, it’s going to be an epic holiday weekend for me. Spring Break will begin that weekend so I’m very excited.

    Cheers, M.C. What do you think?

  • CB40

    This Joseph Park(s) thing is interesting but also f***ing insane.

  • M.C. Brown

    Yeah. Will they go full throttle and say it was Abyss all along or play it off like he really was another character. I mean after Joseph Park is off the air, he’d grow his hair back out and resume the Abyss gimmick even if they acknowledge they were the same person, the Abyss character has a long history of psychiatric problems so it’s well within reason to believe it. Although part of me thinks they could have done a sick bump then blame that as the reason rather than an off camera brawl with Bully Ray to cause a concussion/memory loss/schizophrenia angle.

  • M.C. Brown

    Have fun in Chi-town brother! My place of birth and always home to where my heart is.

  • CB40

    Solution: Get New Jack involved!

  • James A

    Memory loss doesn’t explain the fact that Joseph Park has his own ID Card.

  • M.C. Brown

    How much of his memory did he lose, tho? His whole identity or just large gaps? How much is schizophrenia involved? Or who could be helping/manipulating him? Still unanswered questions. Not saying they will lead/handle this story 100% right, but there is untapped potential if they pick the right path.

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