Title This: Impact Wrestling Reaction “I Never Thought I Would Praise Him”

Josh Isenberg

The Main Events

impact wrestling reactionBully Ray comes out and says that he is the guy that made sure Dixie Carter was gone from TNA. Ray focuses his attention to Bobby Roode and says that he is going to put him through multiple tables. Out comes Bobby Roode, who says Bully Ray screwed over many people and has spit in their faces. Roode and Ray go back and forth, teasing tables being broken. They exchange finishing move attempts and Roode finally side steps Ray, who is crashed through a table.

Reaction: This was a really good interaction between two of the better personalities in TNA. I thought it dragged on a bit too much, since this was not even a match. I find it crazy how over Bully Ray is as a face. He was such a good heel who garnered natural heat from the crowd. Either way, this was a good interaction and I wish they give this feud months of build before their final encounter. These guys deserve a big Pay-Per-View match with some sort of stipulation. Maybe a contender's match?

Score: 6/10

Samoa Joe defeated Eric Young

From the very beginning, I really enjoyed the physical interaction between two completely different wrestlers. Samoa Joe hits a few kicks onto Young and a massive knee to his chest. As Young is beaten down, Joe misses a counter and both men are knocked down by clotheslines. Young gets going and hits a suplex onto Joe. He heads to the top and gets caught with a side slam. Joe locks in the submission hold and Young passes out. Samoa Joe's shoulders were on the mat and that is the saving grace of Eric Young.

-I never thought I would say this, but Eric Young really impressed me tonight. From the promo in the beginning of the night to the power and speed he showed against Joe, Eric Young proved to me that I have been wrong in criticizing him on a week to week basis. Would I love to see him taken more seriously? Absolutely. Would I like to see Young in a bigger profiled feud? Sure, but there needs to be some consistent booking of his character. What is his identity? I am praising Eric Young for the first time because he deserves it.

Score: 6.5/10

Gunner defeated James Storm

Anything goes in this brawl that is extremely personal. Gunner slams Storm's head into the mat and the toys come out. Gunner uses a chair into the stomach of Storm. Storm hit a beautiful tornado DDT from the ropes. Storm, in his excellent heel gear and new attitude, continues the assault. We get back from break with both men hitting the other with trash can lids. James Storm hits an elbow drop off the top rope and gets a two count. Gunner gets up and spears Storm through the table, impressively so. After a huge suplex from the top rope through chairs, both men are down. James Storm hits a Last Call and grabs a beer bottle in hand. Gunner grabs one too and smashes it in his face. Gunner hits his finisher for the win.

Reaction: Excellent match that stole the show. Gunner and James Storm are so similar in their attacks on offense. This can be dangerous at times, but this was a great match. There was never a period where I thought the intensity and physicality slowed down. Gunner had to win this match and had to be the shining star. Both men deserve huge praise and I hope he gets pushed to the top sooner than later.

Score: 8/10

Impact Wrestling Reaction: 6.5/10

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