Friday, June 24, 2011

6/23/11 Impact

Bully Ray vs. Scott Steiner: *1/2

ODB & Jackie vs. Velvet Sky & Miss Tessmacher (No Holds Barred): *1/4

Matt Morgan & Crimson vs. James Storm & Robert Roode: **

Zema Ion vs. Federico Palacios vs. Dakota Darsow: **1/2

Winter vs. Mickie James (Street Fight): *1/4

Sting vs. Abyss: *1/2

Starting with the parking lot brawl between Jarrett and Angle that ended last week's show. Jarrett moving to Mexico for the storyline.Adios, JJ.

Bischoff is pissed and wants Sting in the ring. Sting has gone nuts and I like it. Sting and Bischoffmaybe attempting to pull an Austin/McMahon spot.

Bound for Glory series continues at house shows too. Interesting.

Bully Ray and Steiner in a BFG series match. Crowd was alive for this one. Ref bump leads to typical heel finish. Steiner is pissed.

X-Division showcase was nice last week. This week, three guys who have never appeared on Impact before. Video packages of the three guys are shown throughout the show.

No holds barred Knockouts match was somewhat entertaining.

Madison Rayne and Tara feud shown with a backstage skit.

Beer Money talk...Storm concerned that Roode will hurt himself again.

Steiner is wielding a chain and wants Bully Ray.

Crimson/Morgan and Beer Money in a BFG series match. Not sure if Roode is totally 100 percent. Nice Fujiwara armbar from Roode on Morgan. Looks like Roode hasn't lost a step. Decent match here.

Weird EricYoung skit again.

AJ Styles gets a huge pop as he comes to the ring. Oh yes! AJ will compete in the X-Division at Destination X! I love it! Yeah! Bring back the six-sided ring for a night! AJ brought up names from the past, like Lo Ki, Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn, etc. Samoa Joe comes out! Daniels comes out. Oh please, make it AJ/Joe/Daniels one more time!

Frankly, they should have never gotten rid of the six-sided ring. It made them stand out as a product. With the four-sided ring, it's just another wrestling company.

X-Division time. FYI, Dakota Darsow is the son of Barry Darsow (Smash/Repo Man in WWE). Don't blink again...another fast-paced match. Unfortunately, Zema Ion undershot his corkscrew so the two guys had to move to take it (and protect Zema). Nice 450 to win it for Zema. Very entertaining match, but last week was better (more botches this week). Spot monkey matches are fun, but the moves have to be dead-on without a storyline.

Knockouts street fight between Mickie and Winter. Winter with a leather belt on Mickie. Angelina didn't even to interfere behind the ref's back in this one, but whatever. Angelina's backbreaker finisher is simple and effective...I like that.

Sting/Abyss time. Main event intros...really? Abyss at 358 pounds, to be exact. Welp, Sting with the fast start on Abyss. Good crowd reaction, but the match was just meh.

Next week's Impact will air with limited commercials. That's nice and all, but I just want to see more good matches. Preferably stuff like the X-Division matches so this product can stand out once again.

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