Title This: Impact Wrestling Reaction August 8th, 2013

Josh Isenberg


Impact WrestlingThe Undercard

Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe to earn points in the Bound For Glory Series. This was a classic match of speed beating strength. I enjoyed the quick attacks in the early going, having Hardy hit dropkicks and send the big man to the outside. Joe would finally get back with some strikes of his own before hitting a beautiful powerbomb. Hardy can sell a move to perfection and it showed with that powerbomb. The end of the match had Anderson distract Joe so Hardy rolled up him for the victory. I am not looking too far into it, but Jeff Hardy as a heel would be refreshing for TNA. He has seemed to have lost some luster to his character due to the sporadic changes the company goes from in terms of roster development.

Grade: B

Ken Anderson defeated Magnus in a Bound For Glory match. Anderson continues to be the scrappy and heel-ish character in the ring by trying to out think his opponents. Magnus continues to get more comfortable in the ring versus various sizes and speeds. Anderson is a good fit for Magnus because Anderson's strengths are the weaknesses of Magnus. Magnus has the look, has the size and speed, but is still young and lacks experience. We know Anderson has plenty of that. Magnus hits a few suplexes and tries to get the upper hand, but to no avail. Anderson heads up top for a superplex but Magnus reverses it. Magnus misses an elbow drop and Anderson is about to strike until Bobby Roode hits him with a chair. He causes a DQ and Anderson gets the points.

Grade: B-

Christopher Daniels vs. Kazarian ends in a Double Countout. Neither guy really wanted to fight the other and shows teamwork by both taking the loss. I thought this was a very intelligent way to keep them together. The idea of them fighting does nothing in the grand scheme of things and only makes the fans want them to split. They need one another more than any other tag team. I am not the biggest Bad Influence fan, but their talent is without question better as a team. Roode comes out and talks about how people are forgetting about him and Bad Influence. He says that he is basically aligning himself with them and one of them are going to be World Heavyweight Champion.  WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER STABLE IN TNA. PERIOD.

Grade: C

James Storm, Gunner, and ODB defeated Bro Mans and Mickie James. There was not much to really discuss in the importance of this match because it seems like they are stuck trying to find competitors for the tag champs. ODB seems to be getting another look at chasing the Knockouts Championship. I love how Storm and Gunner continue to improve as a tag team. After Storm hits a Last Call, they connect with a Powerbomb/Neckbreaker finisher that is very old school. I want to see tag teams have even flow with one another, be able to adapt their styles, and be able to complete the other one. Well done, even though the match wasn't the prettiest.

Grade: C+

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