[TV Review] IMPACT Wrestling – 9/6/2012 (‘No Surrender 2012’ Go-Home Show)

The Bound for Glory Series concludes on this edition of IMPACT Wrestling, plus Austin Aries tortures an Aces and 8’s member and an unlikely tag team gets a title shot on the first ever edition of “Championship Thursday”. How was the show? Read on to find out!

Quick Results:

  1. [BFG Series Match] Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe by submission in 12:02 (B)
  2. Tara pinned Gail Kim in 3:37 (C+)
  3. [BFG Series Match] Bully Ray pinned Rob Van Dam in 8:55 (B)
  4. Main Event: Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez to retain the TNA World Tag Team Titles in 14:47 (B)

Major Developments:

  • The Aces and 8’s member who attacked Austin Aries last week, “Mike” from New York, was found and brought to the TNA Champion in handcuffs. Aries proceeded to beat him up as he yelled at him for information. Eventually a deal was struck: “Mike” would be returned and in exchange Aries would get a match with the man who broke his arm a few weeks back at No Surrender. Aries brought “Mike” to the ring and before he ratted out his brothers, The ArmBreaker (that’s the big guy’s nickname for now) came out and hit him with a hammer. Aries and ArmBreaker then fought as the show went off the air.
  • Al Snow invited Joey Ryan to the ring and challenged him to a match with Ryan’s potential TNA contract at stake. Ryan balked at having to prove himself again, and Snow slapped him across the face. Ryan left the ring and arena in a huff, threatening to sue Snow and TNA.
  • After his loss to Jeff HardySamoa Joe was attacked from behind by his former partner Magnus while conducting an interview on the entrance stage. Later that night, Magnus would also interrupt Rob Van Dam and the two would brawl backstage leading to a match at No Surrender.
  • The Bound For Glory Series concluded, with Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, and Samoa Joe all advancing to the semis (Rob Van Dam was eliminated). BFG Series points leader James Storm came out and picked Ray as his semi-final opponent for Bound For Glory, citing the desire to get revenge on Ray for his attempts to slander Storm’s name by associating him with the Aces and 8’s.
  • The first edition of “Championship Thursday” pitted four times vying for a shot at Christopher Daniels/Frankie Kazarian and their tag team titles. The team of Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez was chosen by Hulk Hogan but came up short. After the match, Hogan came out and announced Daniels/Kazarian would defend their belts at No Surrender against AJ Styles and Kurt Angle in a rematch of their Slammiversary encounter.

Overall Show Grade: B

  • Favorite Match: RVD/Bully Ray
  • Least Favorite Match: None
  • Favorite Segment: Al Snow/Joey Ryan confrontation
  • Least Favorite Segments: Aries torturing “Mike”, the brawl at the end of the show

Overall Show Thoughts:

  • The “go-home” edition of IMPACT Wrestling was a strong show after a string of less than stellar outings. It moved along briskly, the in-ring action was great, and we actually got some story progression here and there. The backstage segments were iffy (watching Aries torture a dude was awkward), but the Snow/Ryan confrontation was great and made me want to see those two square off for the final payoff to the long-running storyline. Hulk Hogan was all over the place tonight, being crazy one minute and goofy the next, but I can’t deny that he wasn’t fun to watch. The BFG Series concluded with two really good matches and Storm cut a great promo after about his career over the past year and why he wanted Bully Ray as his semi-final opponent. But for all the goodwill, and the joy of seeing No Surrender actually get some matches signed, the show had a buzzkill ending with Aries/ArmBreaker brawling. There was no reveal or anything, ending the show on yet another Aces and 8’s related brawl. Here’s hoping a reveal comes at the PPV. Also the lack of the X-Division again was disheartening; it seems as if they’ve been forgotten about (at least until the Knockouts run out of storylines) and apparently Sting just randomly took a week off. But despite some qualms, this was a highly entertaining 2-hours of wrestling and one of the best episodes of IMPACT Wrestling I have ever seen. They’re truly coming into their own and it’s great to see.

 

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