TNA Xplosion, broadcast Wednesday night on Challenge TV in the UK. Announcing by Jeremy Borash and Todd Kennely.
AJ Styles def. Robbie T (w Robbie E):
This week’s exclusive TNA Xplosion match is big Robbie T, taking on the Phenomenal AJ Styles. Rob has recently been working down in TNA’s new developmental territory OVW to brush up on his skills. There’s no doubt that he has an impressive physique, a freak of nature of which TNA tends not to be able to acquire. There’s certainly a place for “big men” in a company more known for its smaller X-Division stars, but is Rob worth the time it’s taking to get him where he needs to be?
Rob got the upper-hand early on, overpowering Styles and lauchng him all over the ring, but he proved no match for the veteran, who got the win in 7 minutes with the Pele Kick.
Bound For Glory Recap:
One thing TNA is perhaps better than WWE at are its post-produced interviews and recaps. There’s something very real and MMA about them. We get a recap of the Bound for Glory PPV. First it’s TV champ Samoa Joe defeating Magnus. The Brit has boat-loads of potential. He’s good looking, he has an impressive yet athletic body and he can talk! Joe on the other hand is yesterday’s news. He’ll always perform in the ring, but he’s been booked in to Oblivion and is just not believable anymore. It’s not really his fault but he’s now just an over-dramatic fat guy. Magnus deserves the belt in my opinion.
In the moment the big reveal that Devon was a member of Aces & 8s was a little goofy looking, but Bully Ray is selling it like a boss! His post-PPV promo really played on their history and helps to gloss over the half an hour of jaw dropping silliness that took place in the ring.
The Austin Aries vs Jeff Hardy feud has become a lot more interesting, in that Aries appears to be playing to the fans that feel he was screwed. He’s pissed off and he should be, because he WAS screwed. Hardy only got the belt because the company don’t want him to jump back to WWE. What’s most infuriating about this mentality is that TNA are stifling their potential at making new main eventers like Aries look strong. Guess what? If Hardy went back to WWE, Impact would STILL draw the same ratings, so the focus should be on creating a new spark that might give them a boost, not anxiously clinging to the old sparks that have produced absolutely nothing for the company in terms of actual quantifiable progress.
Classic Match: Team 3D vs Motor City Machine Guns:
Tonight’s classic match looked to Turning Point for Team 3D’s last match together on TNA programming.
This one was funny! Zema Ion’s mother was a mail order bride? He once accidentally wound up performing as a male stripper called Sergio Butterscotch?
Joey Ryan boinked Hilary Duff when he had a small role in one of her movies?
Was it racist when Magnus said he had Junglefever?
Impact Wrestling Rewind:
The show closed with some recap segments from last week’s Impact Wrestling. Jeff Hardy wants Aries in a Ladder match, but is the straight-laced wrestler too serious to stoop to such a level?
Aces & 8s brawl….again….oh look its Luke Gallows.
If we try and delete his time as Festus out of our brains, Gallows can definitely pull off a mean Biker gimmick. However what’s with the company trying to sell the fact that he was CM Punk‘s “enforcer”?. TNA don’t seem to realize that every time they plug the other company, they admit to the audience that they’re a second rate show. Nobody needs to know Gallows was with WWE, he’s now with Aces & 8s, that’s all that matters! Who is he now? Why do we care? Show me tha-moneyyyyy!