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GALLOWAY RESCUES TNA! – Wednesday Night Impact Recap, Sept 16/2015

From the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida, the fate of TNA is decided in Lethal Lockdown.

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Jeff Jarrett and his evil wife Karen have made their intentions clear and they are out to take over Dixie’s company. The fate of TNA is on the line in the main event, as teams representing both brands go to war inside a steel cage. Also on tonight’s episode, the Knockouts Championship up for grabs in a Fatal Four-way, and Abyss faces off with former Revolution member Mahabali Shera.

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Global Force Invades TNA! – Wednesday Night Impact, August 12th, 2015

Jeff Jarrett is left in charge of TNA while Bully Ray recovers from a mysterious attack, and he brings his GFW wrestlers to the Impact Zone for a night of friendly competition!

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The King of the Mountain Championship is put up for grabs in tonight’s main event, as five TNA/GFW stars battle for the coveted prize. But who will compete? And who will take home the gold? Also, in the spirit of competition, it’s Global Force Wrestling vs Total Non-stop Action: Awesome Kong goes one on one with Lei’d Tapa; Tag Team Champions The Wolves take on Trevor Lee and Ryan Myers; X-Division action sees Champion Tigre Uno tangle with Sunjay Dutt. EC3, Matt Hardy, Eric Young, Lashley, Jesse Godderz, Drew Galloway, Bobby Roode, Rockstar Spud and more familiar faces all join in this ground-breaking attempt at cross-promotional warfare.

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TNA Wednesday Night Impact – July 29th, 2015

Live, prerecorded from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida its Wednesday Night Impact on Destination America!

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Jeff Jarrett is honoured with an induction into the TNA Hall of Fame, which takes centre stage in Impact’s main event. Leading in, the big match of the night sees Magnus teaming for the first time with partner Mickie James in what will be her return to the ring and farewell performance, versus arch rivals and former friends James Storm and his newest Revolution recruit Serena. Also: Matt Hardy reveals his stipulation of choice for his World Heavyweight Championship match with Ethan Carter III, Brooke defends the Knockout Championship against Marti Bell; Chris Melendez takes on Eric Young; and promos, promos, promos!

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Who is winning the Wednesday Night Wars? Part Two: ROH

Since its inception, Ring of Honor has been relegated to specialty channels, the internet, and individually packaged video releases. If you wanted to see it, you had to look for it.

As of June 3rd of 2015, the indie promotion entered into a new age of exposure. Destination America has added the promotion’s weekly programming to its schedule, slotting it to follow TNA Impact.

Although only a recent addition to the array of pro wrestling television available to the public, they are so well established in the industry that they deserve a closer look in The Daily Jobber’s evaluation of the Wednesday Night Wars.

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Who is winning the Wednesday Night Wars? Part One: TNA

Since Destination: America moved TNA Impact Wrestling from Friday night to Wednesday, that formerly forgotten middle child of the week has become sports entertainment Grand Central. Four programs from separate and distinctly unique promotions air their weekly offerings on the same night.

But who is doing it best? Is there a clear headliner, or do they each satisfy a different need from the pro wrestling fans? Can they offer lessons to one another? Who is doing what right and wrong?

The Daily Jobber decided to break these shows down and compare how they perform, in hope to shed some light on these questions.

Let’s begin with WWE’s longtime rival TNA.

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TNA Impact – Friday, April 10th, 2015

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This week’s episode was a special live Tweet-streaming edition from Orlando, Florida, the recent tour of Europe having come to an end. The focus remains the continuing battle for the world title between new champ Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley.

Also prominent this week is the emergence of the new hero faction The Rising, headed by Drew Galloway, in his crusade to end the tyranny of MVP’s Beat Down Clan.

And after The Wolves surrender the tag team championships last week due to injury, teams form up and the heat builds toward a massive tag title tournament for the vacant belts.

THE RUN-DOWN

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  • Kurt Angle opens the show and calls out Lashley so they can talk about the controversial victory in the main event last week. Eric Young interrupts and declares himself number one contender. Lashley goes for a spear on Young but hits Angle instead, and a three-way match is set for the main event.
  • Awesome Kong defeats Gail Kim in a match to determine the number one contender spot for the KnockOut Championship, hitting a sit-out power-bomb.
  • Mickie James and James Storm chat backstage.
  • The Revolution is in the ring. Storm berates his men’s recent performance, and orders them to fight one another for the privilege of teaming with him in the tag tournament. Khoya wins after pinning Manik.
  • RevolutionTagPartnerDrew Galloway introduces his Rising faction: Mica, son of Haku, and Eli Drake. The BDC come down and after a brief scuffle a six-man tag match is set. The match ends by DQ when Homicide gets involved, returning to action and revealing himself as the newest member of the BDC.
  • Eric Young attacks Kurt Angle backstage. The doctor checks Angle and hints at a concussion, but Angle insists on fighting anyway.
  • X Division match: Davey Richards, without his injured tag partner, defeats DJZ with a spinning roundhouse kick to the head.
  • The Hardys set their sights on the tag team championship tournament, setting in motion a series of interruptions: Bram accepts Ethan Carter III’s offer to team; Mr. Anderson and X-Division Champion Rockstar Spud; Bobby Roode and Austin Aries. All teams will get it on next week.
  • Eric Young v Lashley v Kurt Angle: Young puts a chair in the corner and Lashley goes into it head-first. Angle hits an angle-slam on Young, then on Lashley, then hits a moon-sault on the former champ for the pin and the victory. After the match, Young attacks Lashley’s leg with a chair and punishes him with a figure-four leglock.

ANALYSIS

  • The opening segment lacked electricity. You’re in trouble when you realize Kurt Angle is the best talker in the ring. Thankfully, it was quick and to the point. Kind of surprised that the terrible officiating is not called into question at all.

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  • Gail Kim does a great job looking good with Awesome Kong. Kong is huge and intimidating with her faces and presence, but she is slow and limited as a performer. This match would have dragged if it had been any longer.
  • The James Storm/Mickie James/Magnus triangle storyline has a weird side to it because of Storm’s bipolar character. When Mickie’s around he’s a kind-hearted hick, when he’s with the Revolution he’s a diabolical cult leader.
  • Storm’s repeated abuse of Khoya hints at dissension during the tag tournament.

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  • Drew Galloway is the most over star in TNA these days, and his lack of real motivation is overshadowed by his conviction and crowd connection. Now that the BDC is a four-man group, it will be interesting to see if Rising adds another member to even the odds.
  • Nice match between DJ Z and Richards, lots of fancy spots and fast action. Richards is very over with the crowd and will keep The Wolves relevant while Eddie Edwards recovers from injury.
  • The tag team championships are getting such a push of prestige now that the titles are vacant. Everybody is forming teams and seems hungry for the belts. It’s making this tournament a huge draw brimming with talent.
  • The three-way main event was all right, if you ignore the fact that they teased a possible Angle concussion and a potentially corrupt referee, and neither angle came into play at all. I hope they move on from Lashley and Angle after this. It was a good pairing, it worked for a legitimate big fight feel, but they’ve proved they can only do so much together. Will Young take the belt from Angle? We shall see.

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