Title This: Impact Wrestling Reaction 1-12-12

Josh Isenberg

ODB def. Winter:

What I Liked:

A different pairing of Knockouts here, as ODB has not had much in the recent past. The match was less to be desired for, but Winter is a good talent in the ring, sound and effective. ODB gets the victory, which could potentially wake her up from her long nap of irrelavency.

What I Disliked:

Hate the fact that Eric Young is with ODB, because it does not make sense to me. Their characters do not mesh, and ODB is more of a man's woman. I do not see little Eric Young as a man here, especially since he never has been built up much to be a bad ass type character. The match was boring, slow, and did nothing angle wise to build something else.

Grade: D

AJ Styles calls Kazarian out, wanting answers why he turned his back on him. Kaz comes out, but Daniels interrupts and says Styles is a lost cause and a loser. Kaz interrupts Daniels and says stop. He leaves, and Daniels smiles. Styles attacks Daniels but Kaz comes to save him and leaves the ring.

Not bad here from Styles, but I did not like how Kaz said nothing. The intrigue is there, but I really do not see Styles benefitting from this. He goes from Roode and a world title match( which was great) to back in a mid card feud. I just do not get why they rotate from one start to another to another each month. Grade: C

Bully Ray says he is trending on Twitter after his match, and says he has Roode's back tonight against Hardy. He wants a title shot after, Roode rolls his eyes and sarcastically says Ray will get his shot.

In Ring Segment:

James Storm calls out Kurt Angle. Storm yells to shut him up and slaps the microphone out of Angle's hand. He says he beat Kurt for the title, and wants to basically beat his ass again. Angle says he is moving on to bigger and better things. Sting comes out and says Roode will lose the title tonight if he gets DQ'ed. Sting says there needs to be one more Angle/Storm match and the winner gets the next title shot. He books this match for after the commercial break.

Nice way of transitioning two feuds into one. I like how Sting is completely taking control of the show, a much better "figure" than Dixie or Hogan. Storm shined here as well, feeling like he is carrying the feud with Angle, and not the other way around. We know Angle can carry a feud in every way, but this is an opportunity for him to take a little back seat and let someone who needs the crowd to take over. Well done for Storm. Grade: A

James Storm def. Kurt Angle:

What I Liked:

Finally, we get a great match with a lot of time to sell it. Storm and Angle did a great job of creating some innovative and unique offensive moves. Even the small moves matter, such as Angle stomping on Storms' hands. When they both went for a crossbody in mid air, it looked great and literally painful. It was great, and I enjoyed the chemistry in the ring. Storm needed most of the offense here, and he got a lot of it. Storm hitting a codebreaker into the Last Call was a solid transition for him to get the victory. Angle and Storm put on a great match, had enough time for a climax, and finished on a strong note. It did not make either man look weak, and I appreciated NO outside interference.

What I Disliked:

Nothing, well done by everyone involved.

Grade: A+

Have a news tip? Attended an event and want to send a live report? Submit it now!
monitoring_string = "851cc24eadecaa7a82287c82808f23d0"