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411's TNA Impact Wrestling Report 4.11.13
Posted by Jonathan Sullivan on 04.11.2013



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"PREVIOUSLY ON IMPACT WRESTLING...": AJ Styles returns and both TNA and The Aces & Eights want him on their side, The Tag Team Title match becomes 2/3 Falls with the future of the Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez's team in the balance, Taryn Terrell goes from referee to Knockout, Bully Ray uses the Hogans to become TNA World Champion but Jeff Hardy earns a rematch and challenges Ray to Full Metal Mayhem.

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Hulk Hogan catches up with Jeff Hardy backstage. Hardy says he's ready and Hogan says he's going to take the belt back tonight.

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A new IMPACT Wrestling intro video plays.

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We go live to the American Bank Arena in Corpus Christi, TX as Todd Keneley welcomes the home audience. Mike Tenay hypes the main event while Keneley hypes Terrell/Kim and Taz hypes AJ Styles' "decision".

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Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez make their way out for the opening contest, boxing great Jesse James Leija waving a Texas flag behind them. Guerrero and Hernandez bring Leija to his seat and out come Austin Aries and Bobby Roode to attack them from behind. Roode throws Hernandez into the ring steps while Aries throws Guerrero into the ring to start the match.

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Match #1: Austin Aries & Bobby Roode (c) Vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez in a 2/3 Falls Match for the TNA World Tag Team Titles

Aries and Roode double-team Guerrero right at the outset, and Roode hits a spinebuster following a corner dropkick by Aries for the 1...2...3. Aries and Roode Take Fall #1.

The bell rings to start the second fall and Aries heads to the top rope. Aries mocks Guerrero but misses the Frog Splash and Guerrero rolls him up for the 1...2...3!. Guerrero & Hernandez Take Fall #2.

The bell rings for the third fall and Roode stomps Guerrero in the corner before bringing him to the heel corner. Roode chokes Guerrero with his boot then distracts the ref to allow Aries to choke him some more on the bottom rope. Roode hits a move and covers for a 2-count. Aries tags in and hits a slingshot senton from the apron. Aries drops the fist and covers for the 1...2...kickout. Aries sends Guerrero face-first into the corner and tags out to Roode. Guerrerp gets an elbow up during a corner splash attempt and follows up with a dropkick after Roode blocks the Tornado DDT. Guerrero looks for a tag as Hernandez makes his way back to the apron for the first time in the match.

Hernandez gets the hot tag and hits the slingshot shoulderblock on Roode. Hernandez takes it to the TNA Tag Team Champions, bodyblocking Roode and tossing Aries into the air and onto the mat face-first. Hernandez heads to the apron, revs up, and hits Air Mexico on Aries and Roode as the crowd cheers. Hernandez is in control as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

Aries clobbers Hernandez on the floor with a top-rope forearm as we come back from break. Roode makes his way out and rolls Hernandez back into the ring. Roode runs in and covers for a 2-count. Snapmare from Roode puts Hernandez in a seated position and Roode follows up with a necksnap. Aries tags in and hits the second-rope elbow to the back of Hernandez for the 1...2...kickout. Aries grabs Hernandez's leg and tags Roode in. Hernandez starts battling back but Roode stops the momentum with a forearm. Roode knocks Guerrero off the apron then puts the thumbs to Hernandez's eyes.

The champs phantom tag, making Aries the legal man. They go for a double clothesline but Hernandez breaks the line and knocks them down with a clothesline of his own. Guerrero, who is back on the apron, gets the hot tag. He sends Aries to the outside and takes Roode down with a headscissors takedown. The tag champs try to regroup on the outside but Guerrero hits them both a slingshot crossbody. Guerrero rolls Roode in and covers for the 1...2...Aries breaks the count. Aries goes for a suplex but Guerrero blocks it and hits 2 of the 3 Amigos before Roode breaks it up. Roode goes for a suplex and Guerrero escapes, hitting all 3 Amigos this time around. Guerrero goes for the Frog Splash but Aries pushes him off. Roode rolls Guerrero up and grabs the tights for the 1...2...kickout.

Roode applies the Crossface but Hernandez breaks it up. The tag team champs send Hernandez to the ramp and sidestep an attempted Air Mexico, sending Hernandez into Guerrero. They cover Guerrero for the 1...2...KICKOUT. Aries hits the corner dropkick and Roode goes for the follow-up spinebuster but Guerrero counters into a DDT for the 1...2...Aries breaks the count. Aries sits Guerrero on the top turnbuckle and goes for a superplex but Hernandez grabs him off in a Border Toss position. Roode stops it and they go for a double suplex but Hernandez hits a double suplex of his own. Guerrero regroups and hits the Frog Splash for the 1...2...3! New champs.

Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions [via Pinfall]: Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez (15:08)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: The first two falls going so quick essentially made this a one-fall contest, so that stipulation ultimately didn't matter too much. That aside this was a really good match and a fun way to kick off the show. I'm not thrilled about Guerrero/Hernandez winning and getting the belts back but with with such a shallow Tag Team division I guess I should've known better. Also how awesome is Hernandez's Air Mexico from the elevated ramp? The set design has done his moveset wonders.


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Brooke Hogan is stopped backstage by Joey Ryan. Ryan says he's here in his referee clothes and he's available to ref the Knockouts match. Brooke says she's already hired someone for that and says Ryan embarrassed her last week with his actions. Brooke says Ryan has a match tonight and tonight we will see who the "bigger" man is.

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-Commercial Break-

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We see a video of The Aces & Eights meeting up outside of the arena, the motorcycles revving.

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A suited up Joseph Park makes his way out to the ring to say something. The music dies down and Park says he's here to discuss a couple of issues. Park gets right to the point and brings up The Aces & Eights, Bully Ray in particular. Park says he's sick of their antics and it stops right now. Park says the word that comes to mind when it comes to them is "justice" and tonight justice will be served when Jeff Hardy brings the World Title back to TNA. Park pulls out a document and says it's an annulment to end the marriage between Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan.

TV Champion Devon comes out to interrupt. Devon grabs the annulment papers and rips them up before taking the mic. Devon says if Park has a problem with Bully then he has a problem with him. Devon says Park should go back to whatever rock he crawled out from and to stay out of family business. Devon calls Park a "miserable jackass" and tells him he's been warned. Devon drops the mic and motions to leave, but attacks Park from behind with a chain as he's picking up the papers. The Aces & Eights theme hits as Devon exits the ring.

  • THOUGHTS: Maybe it was just my TV but the Corpus Christi crowd didn't exactly seem pro-Joseph Park which was surprising given the good reactions he has been getting over the past few months. Alright segment otherwise, helped advance Park into an actual physical feud with The Aces & Eights. Maybe he'll get a TV Title shot/run? It's not like it's doing anything around Devon's waist.


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STORYLINE/FEUD RECAP: Taryn Terrell/Gail Kim.

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We see shots of Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim getting ready in advance of their matchup tonight.

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-Commercial Break-

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Gail Kim makes her way out for the second match of the night as Tenay calls Christy Hemme "Corpus" Cristy. Her opponent, Taryn Terrell, makes her way out second. Hemme then introduces the ref for this match...the returning ODB. Kim bails to the outside and ODB throws her onto the apron. Terrell brings her into the ring as the bell rings

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Match #2: Taryn Terrell Vs. Gail Kim [ODB: Special Guest Knockouts Ref]

Terrell goes right on the offense with a suplex and a monkey flip out of the corner. Kim side steps a spear attempt and trips Terrell up when she tries a second-rope move. Kim throws Terrell face-first into the top turnbuckle then strikes her down to the mat. ODB forces her off and they jaw for a minute, giving Terrell the chance to regroup. Her comeback, however, is halted by a back elbow that sends her flying to the mat. Kim picks Terrell up in a Fireman's Carry position and drops her face-first on the mat.

Kim stands on the back of Terrell, choking her on the middle rope. ODB counts her off and Kim once again gets in her face. Terrell reverses a corner Irish whip but Kim floats over and rolls her up for the 1...2...ODB stops counting as Kim is holding the trunks. Kim protests and Terrell rolls her up for the 1...2...3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Taryn Terrell (2:28)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: After all the back and forth, the backstage attacks, the physical altercations, and this match barely lasts 2 and a half minutes (rounding up). That's disappointing, especially since Terrell is pretty good in the ring and they were having a good match up until the roll-up finish. Nice seeing ODB though, maybe she and Kim will wrestle on next week's show.


POST-MATCH: Gail Kim argues with ODB about the finish. ODB chases her to the back, leaving Terrell to celebrate. Christy Hemme stops her on the ramp for a post-match interview and asks how she feels winning the match. Terrell says she wanted to get physical to Kim and now she wonders who wants to get physical with her to the cheers of the men in the audience.

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We see a shot of Adam Pearce and Magno hanging out backstage. They face the Gut Check judges next!

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-Commercial Break-

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GUT CHECK DELIBERATION: LAST WEEK

A video plays showing the Gut Check judges discussing last weeks Adam Pearce/Magno match. They focus on Pearce's tainted victory, and Bruce Prichard is the only one who appreciates it. Danny Davis was happy with Pearce's in-ring work as he's old school and they discuss if Pearce "can talk". They all say it's going to be a tough decision.

  • THOUGHTS: Did they seriously question Pearce's ability on the mic? Come on storyline judges, storyline watch some damn tapes!


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Gut Check Deliberation: First Elimination

The Gut Check judges are with Adam Pearce and Magno backstage. After some brief comments Bruce Prichard eliminates Pearce from the competition. Pearce calls him a "damn fool" and walks off.

  • THOUGHTS: You guys have no idea how hard it is to not just change the channel and just say "screw it" on this recap. What a joke. I know it's probably something they already discussed and yadda yadda but it doesn't make me any happier about this. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Boo-urns.


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STORYLINE RECAP: AJ Styles' Downward Spiral

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The mysterious interviewer catches up with Hulk Hogan backstage. Hogan says tonight is an important night with the TNA World Title on the line, but right now he's got business to attend to with AJ Styles. The interviewer asks Hogan about Sting, but he shrugs him off.

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We go outside where AJ Styles is asked by the mysterious interviewer about his decision. Styles shoves the camera out of his face and goes to leave but out comes Mr. Anderson. Anderson hands him another cut and tells him to consider it.

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-Commercial Break-

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MAIN EVENT HYPE VIDEO: Jeff Hardy is on a mission to take the World Title back and return it to TNA.

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AJ Styles Makes His Decision...Or Does He?

"Not Quite the nWo Theme" kicks up, bringing out GM Hulk Hogan to a loud reaction from the Corpus Christi crowd. Hogan gets into the ring and the music fades out to a "Hogan!" chant. Hogan says the TNA Impact Zone is on fire in Corpus Christi then makes a weird awkward laughing sound (HYEAH HEYAH HEYAH). Hogan cuts to the chase and calls out AJ Styles.

AJ Styles makes his way out in his jeans and leather jacket, carrying The Aces & Eights cut with him in his right hand. Styles gets into the ring and gets right into Hogan's face. Hogan gives Styles an ultimatum: he's either with TNA or he's with The Aces & Eights. Styles snatches the mic and says he doesn't respond well to ultimatums...

"SORRY! ABOUT YO' DAMN LUCK!"

James Storm makes his way out, mic already in hand. Storm says he's not out here to give Styles an ultimatum, see what side he's on, or even drink beer; what Storm is out here for is to fight Styles. Storm gets right in his face, but they are quickly interrupted by the music of Bad Influence. Christopher Daniels, appletini in hand, and Frankie Kazarian make their way out. Kazarian tells "Toby Keith" to step aside because this doesn't concern him. Kazarian says they aren't out here to throw fisticuffs; they are here to mend fences and because they see through all the "poop" going on in the ring. Kazarian says he and Daniels know the game that's being played; Hogan wants Styles to join TNA because his army is running out of soldiers and Aces & Eights want Styles because he used to be TNA's top soldier. Daniels takes the mic and tells Styles that the choice is lose-lose, but they've got a better proposition for them: they want Styles on their side.

Styles is in total disbelief at the suggestion as Daniels continues. Daniels says he knows the whole Claire Lynch thing was bad but it was worse when Dixie, Hulk, and the fans stopped believing in him. Daniels asks Styles to stand with his "brothers" instead of those strangers. Daniels says it would be great if it was Bad Influence and Styles against the world. Before he can respond, Storm grabs him and Styles shakes him off. Storm yells at Styles inaudibly as a "Hogan!" chant breaks out. Styles exits the ring, stops to stare at Bad Influence, then starts walking. Hogan stops him and says he's going to fight Storm on next week's show. Styles walks off in a huff as "Not Quite the nWo Theme" kicks back up.

  • THOUGHTS: I didn't expect Bad Influence to throw themselves in the "AJ Styles' New Best Friends" hat but it was a welcome surprise and honestly they made a better case than TNA and Aces & Eights have. This segment went the way I expected otherwise, right down to James Storm getting involved before Styles even gets a chance to make a point, and even the announcement of Styles/Storm next week didn't shock me. But do you think they'll actually wrestle or will Styles just walk out because that's his schtick nowadays?


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Joey Ryan is on his way to the ring. He faces a mystery opponent next!

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-Commercial Break-

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Kurt Angle cuts a promo backstage about Jeff Hardy changing the balance of power tonight by winning back the World Title, then hypes his handicap match next week against Wes Brisco and Garett Bischoff which he asked for.

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Joey Ryan makes his way out for the next match of the evening as we see video of his "hands-on" approach to refereeing last week. His mystery opponent turns out to be Rob Terry and Ryan is shocked out of his mind as he makes his way to the ring.

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Match #3: Rob Terry Vs. Joey Ryan

Ryan tries to take Terry down with a running shoulderblock but he's the one that goes down instead. Terry follows up with a running bodyblock then launches him out of the corner and onto the mat. Terry chops Ryan around the ring then whips him into the corner with authority. Terry slams Ryan to the mat, and Ryan's futile attempts to counter a corner splash is blocked. Terry picks Ryan up and connects with a powerslam. Ryan picks himself up but Terry picks him up and hits the standing spinebuster for the 1...2...3.

Winner [via Pinfall]: Rob Terry (2:30)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: Well that was...hey the main event is coming up soon, right?


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Magno is shown backstage mulling things over. He faces the final Gut Check deliberation next!

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-Commercial Break-

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Hulk Hogan is backstage with Brooke Hogan. Hogan says he's going to watch the World Title match in a suite upstairs and he wants her to come with. Brooke says she has to be ringside to look "Mark" in the eyes. Hogan makes sure she has security and tells her to be safe. Brooke walks off and Hogan is immediately stopped by Matt Morgan. Morgan admonishes Hogan for not making him #1 Contender and for screwing TNA in a classic "Hogan Mistake". Morgan tells Hogan to keep the mistakes coming because one day they're all going to come crashing down. Morgan grins and walks off. Hogan sighs and walks away in the opposite direction.

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Gut Check Deliberation: Magno

Jeremy Borash is in the ring and introduces the Gut Check judges (Danny Davis, Bruce Prichard, & Al Snow). Borash then introduces Magno out to the ring. Davis is up first with his decision and the crowd rains down a "No!" chant. Davis says he'd make him a star in OVW but they're on national TV so whatever. Davis agrees with the crowd and picks "No". Borash gives Magno 30 seconds to "Kick Out" via promo. Magno speaks a mix of English and Spanish and says he wants people to know him as Magno on Impact. Prichard gets the mic second; Prichard says Magno is out here because he's got a marketable look and physical attributes but his inexperience could cost him as much as Pearce's loads of experience has. Prichard says he just doesn't know who Magno is and he needs more seasoning, and gives Magno a resounding...wait for it...NO. Borash wishes Magno the best of luck in his future endeavors.

  • THOUGHTS: Wait so they brought Magno out just to tell him no as well? Seems like something they could have done backstage to save time and energy. Oh well. However, anger over "Scrap Iron" not getting a contract aside, I admire the fact that neither man was picked; it's not like someone has to get a contract each time. It's a "chance" not a guarantee. Whoa I just channeled my inner-McMahon.


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We catch up with The Aces & Eights backstage, who are hyping up for the main event. Mr. Anderson asks Bully Ray if he's ready and that the Aces & Eights never ride alone. Ray says he has to do this on his own and makes everyone promise they let him do it on his own. Ray says he's not doing it for himself, he's doing it for The Aces & Eights. Ray gives Anderson his wedding ring to hold and Ray makes his way inside as the rest of The Aces & Eights rev their engines.

  • THOUGHTS: ...That was awesome. I love Aces & Eights pow-wows. Man these guys are growing on me now that they actually matter to the show.


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-Commercial Break-

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After some hype for next week's show, Jeff Hardy makes his way out for the main event. Brooke Hogan is sitting ringside. TNA World Champion Bully Ray makes his way out next and he stops to embrace Taz and talk trash to his wife. The Aces & Eights theme almost begins all over again until the bell rings and it stops.

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Main Event: Bully Ray (c) Vs. Jeff Hardy in a "Full Metal Mayhem" Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Title

Hardy takes it right to Ray at the bell with a corner splash. Hardy grabs a chair and smashes it across Ray's back. Hardy grabs a ladder standing at ringside and leans it against the corner. Hardy whips Ray into the ladder, and he almost flies out of the ring with it. Hardy sets up a chair and hits the Poetry in Motion against the ladder, and Ray falls face-first into the top of the chair. Hardy goes for the belt but Ray dumps the ladder. Hardy lands on his feet and takes him down with a one-foot mule kick. Hardy runs at Ray, but Ray counters with a backdrop and Hardy lands hard on the entrance ramp. Ray grabs his wallet chain and whips Hardy repeatedly with it on the ramp. Ray sets up the ladder and makes his way up. Hardy slides in and climbs up the other side. Ray gets the upper hand and takes Hardy down with a superplex off the top of the ladder. Both men are down as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

Ray looks to put Hardy through the table as we come back from break. Hardy jumps off the table and lays a chair into Ray who's seated on the top turnbuckle. Hardy stands the ladder upside down and goes for a superplex but Ray blocks it. Ray knocks him off the ropes but is caught with a kick on his way down, knocking the ladder over. Ray puts the ladder back up and front suplexes Hardy through it, the ladder closing on his body. Ray dumps the broken ladder out of the ring then grabs a chair. Ray smashes Hardy with it then sets up the table. Ray mocks Hulk Hogan's mannerisms before going back on the attack. Ray grabs the other ladder on the ramp and brings it into the ring.

Ray sets the ladder up in the corner and yells what he's about to do, culminating in slapping his wife in the face. Ray picks Hardy up, but Hardy starts fighting back with a series of rights. Ray reverses an Irish whip but gets caught with a flying forearm followed by the inverted atomic drop/legdrop/dropkick combo. Hardy and Ray both grab chairs and Hardy smashes his into Ray's, sending the chair flying into his skull. Ray moves out of the way and Hardy hits the rail during a high-risk attempt. Ray poses for the crowd then yells at Brooke. Brooke flips him off and after sending Hardy skull-first into the ring steps, goes back to Brooke. Ray asks for a kiss but gets a slap instead. Hardy regroups and sends Ray into the steps. He goes to place Ray on the table but the table caves under Ray's weight so he goes with a legdrop instead.

Hardy goes all the way to the entrance and grabs the table. He sets it up and hits Ray with a Twist of Fate. Ray very delicately lays himself on the table as Hardy takes his shirt off and goes to the top rope. Hardy connects with the SWANTON and the crowd instantly starts chanting "Holy Shit!" and "TNA!".

Hardy rolls inside and sets up another table for some reason. Hardy sets up the ladder as Taz hands Ray a hammer. Ray returns to the ring and both men fight at the top of the ladder. Hardy grabs the belt but Ray cracks him in the skull with the hammer and he goes flying through the table. Ray grabs the belt and raises it in triumph as the bell rings.

Winner and STILL World Champion: Bully Ray (17:10)

  • MATCH THOUGHTS: The finishing sequence was too choreographed and the first table botch was a bit awkward but outside of that I loved this match. Definitely would have been something I would have been satisfied in paying for on PPV (not that I'm complaining about it on being on free TV or anything). Hardy killed himself for the match and his three big bumps were all cringe-inducing (the ramp one especially). Really good and fun TV main event. I'm loving the Bully Ray Era.


POST-MATCH: The rest of The Aces & Eights make their way out to celebrate with their leader. We see a replay of Hardy's fall to end the match as Ray yells for them to shut the music off. The music almost starts up again but Ray talks over it to stop that from happening. Ray asks the crowd if they know who they are and Ray answers that they are The Aces & Eights, he is the World Heavyweight Champion, and when you ride with The Aces & Eights, you never walk alone. Ray raises the belt as the music kicks back up for real. Officials tend to Hardy as Ray stands over his fallen foe. After some more celebration, the show cuts out to World's Worst Tenants.

*****


QUICK THOUGHTS OVERALL: A good show overall that flew by fast and, outside of the Gut Check, didn't have much negative going for it. And best of all it did a great job of making sure this show mattered just as much as next week's show after a few weeks of the opposite being true. Well-played, TNA.

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When not covering TNA for 411 on (most) Thursdays, Jon can be found writing about wrestling on his own site Pro Wrestling Update as well as in 140 characters or less on Twitter.





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