Impact Wrestling Review: Sting And Bully Ray Concoct A Pivotal Contract
Hogan starting out the show, booking Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles at Slammiversary, was a good move. That match has all the potential to be the match of the night, and it is definitely worth looking forward to. The part where Hogan calls out Abyss, just for Joseph Park to come out was funny, and it showed that Park's TNA tenure is not over. It was pretty evident that when D-Lo volunteered to fight Park, it would be another humiliating night for him.
I don't know what to take from James Storm's interference in the Chavo Guerrero vs. Bobby Roode match. He spat in Roode's face, but it seemed as if he was giving Roode a wake-up call. It should be interesting how this pans out.
The segment where Kurt Angle calls out AJ Styles, but Anderson comes out instead, appears to be a prelude to reveal AJ Styles's true colors. Yes, he did come out from the crowd and applied an enziguri on Angle, but I still don't believe that he will officially be a member of Aces and Eights.
Jay Bradley vs. Christian York was a bit lackluster, but not terrible. From all the exposure that York has had since he won the contract, he was the favorite to win. However, Bradley's CM Punk-logoed "Boom Stick" appears to be a better sell than York's gimmick for the time being.
Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim was a decent match, but not anything special. The Knockouts division is in dire need of a resurgence. Lei'D Tapa should be called up as soon as possible.
The X Division Title match between Kenny King vs. Petey Williams vs. Chris Sabin was a bit slow-paced compared to usual. It was not a bad match in the slightest, but didn't live up to its potential either. Again I say, the division desperately needs more storyline development. If not, it will continue to be a disappointment.
Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels was decent. The announcement that James Storm made postmatch was the most intriguing. Makes us wonder who James Storms's partner will be. Possibly a Beer Money reunion, with Roode leaving Aries to side with Storm? Even further, possibly a America's Most Wanted reunion? We shall see.
Joseph Park vs. D-Lo was quite predictable. Another D-Lo loss, putting him further in the Aces and Eights doghouse. Hopefully, the Abyss return was not one-off, because Abyss is needed to create a balance in the TNA vs. Aces and Eights feud right now.
The Sting and Bully Ray contract signing was interesting. The stipulation for Sting definitely made the match more intriguing. If Sting loses, he will no longer be eligible to wrestle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the rest of this career. While many believe Sting should have already retired by now, he deserves a proper send-off. We shall see if he captures the title one more time.
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