Friday, September 14, 2012

9/13/12 Impact

Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt: **

AJ Styles vs. Kazarian: **1/2

Chavo Guerrero vs. Christopher Daniels: *1/2

Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray: ***1/2

Aries starts the show, happy he got a piece of Aces & Eights. He shifts talk to BFG and asks his opponent (Jeff Hardy) to come out. Bully Ray comes out and basically makes excuses on why he lost to Hardy. We'll get Hardy and Bully part II tonight.

Another return match first, though. It's Zema and Sonjay again for the X-Division Title. Sonjay a house of fire for the first few minutes of the match. Lots of headscissors takedowns. Sonjay hits the moonsault double foot stomp, but Ion gets his foot on the ropes. Zema catches Sonjay trying to do the move again, then escapes with a rollup for three. Short post-match attack to attack Sonjay's shoulder.

Singles matches for the tag champs tonight. Two other worthy tag teams involved. Daniels takes on Chavo or Hernandez, while Kaz takes on Styles or Angle. Daniels and Kaz both win, no tag title rematch. Either lose, there's a rematch happening.

Roode promo to explain his actions on James Storm. Nothing we haven't already heard from RR; since RR can't get another title shot against Aries, Roode doesn't want Storm to get the title shot, either. Riding coattails for four years. Storm comes out and beats down on RR all the way to the back.

Styles tells Angle he's got this one and will face Kaz. Predictable because Angle has the legit hamstring injury. Yet another variation of the leapfrog-hurdle-dropkick sequence from Styles. Gotta love that. Nasty spot on the apron, looked like AJ's DDT sent Kaz's head into the side of the ring apron. Kaz tried to cheat, didn't work. Styles Clash nets three. Styles and Angle get their tag title rematch!

Joseph Park waiting on one key piece of evidence in his Aces & Eights investigation. It'll arrive for next week's show. Hulk tells Joseph to be a bodyguard for Brooke Hogan.

****Theory here that people may have already figured out: wouldn't be surprised if Joseph Park ended up with A&E. Maybe even Abyss. More credibility for the faction. Joseph Park has very good mic skills to be the mouthpiece of a group that likes to attack in packs -- and he'd be able give reasons in "justifying" those actions. It's really the same reasons I think Bully Ray would also be a great pick.

Hulk promo to mention BFG, but A&E interrupts with their video promo. Still thinking a guy like Abyss (including the Joseph Park character) would be a great next addition to the group. Promo meant for Hulk to feel uneasy. Mission accomplished.

Chavo's facing Daniels tonight. Daniels tries to nail Chavo with the title belt and fails miserably. Three Amigos and Frog Splash get three. Chavo and Hernandez also get a tag title shot. So I guess we're now having a Triple Threat Tag Title match at BFG? Might as well make that happen, Hulk.

Next Gut Check contestant (for next week) is Evan Markopoulos, 18 years old. Trains at Kiler Kowalski's school. Looks good in the ring, humble guy. Hoping he actually gets a good opponent to work with.

Video shown of Gail Kim becoming the first Knockouts champ at BFG 2005.

Goes right into Tara promo. Congratulates Tessmacher, puts the belt on her, then Tara heel turn! YES! Well, figured one of them had to go heel, right? I thought Tessmacher as a heel would have been interesting, but at the end of the day, Tara's the more natural heel of the two. I like that Tessmacher will keep working with a (real life) great friend and in-ring veteran.

Hulk and the brain trust, a.k.a. road agents and executives. Protect the women and children. Trust breaking down. It's a great, effective way to put A&E over without having the group be on camera a lot. Guess Hulk will open the arena up?

Bully and Hardy, winner gets the title shot against Aries. Very good pace throughout. Bully eventually attacks Hardy's "injured" shoulder. Really enjoyed the back-and-forth action. Very exciting moments at the end, several near falls. Double Twist of Fate and Swanton nets three. Not a super long match, but doesn't need to be. Very little wasted motion, all the spots made sense, crowd loved it.

Not much wrestling on the show. Focus was mainly on A&E angle and progressing BFG storylines.

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