Loc: Hill Valley
- This afternoon that the Federal Government has arrested Yonjo Quiroa, 28, on one count of criminal infringement of a copyright and is attempting to seize 16 websites that Quiroa ran, streaming copyrighted material owned by a number of entities, including WWE, TNA, UFC as well as number of major sports franchises, including the NBA, NHL and NFL.
My Top Ten: Allison Mack, Mickie James, Katy Perry, Salma Hayek, Jessica Simpson, Jeri Ryan, Shawn Johnson, Kari Byron, Kat Dennings, and Pink
wow Impact playin in a huge venue with a really loud crowd is way more exciting.
TNA should move to London like Ring Ka King in India. I know they can't but it's the only way they will ever look like a major company.
Fuck Me! TNA's never looked better than it looked last night. They didn't even have that good of a entrance set up, but it looks like one of those old WWF PPVs from the 80s where its just a screen, a entrance way and a shitload of fans. Wrestling arenas always look better when it looks like the fans are surrounding the wrestlers. Shame it cant always look like that
Tremendous show-opening video that not only put over that they were in England, but that it was going to be an exciting show with all the fast-cutting of venues and then match clips. Loved Bully-Roode's promo, and man did Sting ever have a lot of energy. I love Sting announcing everyone in main events as "YOU!". EY starred in a new, amazing Valentine's Day ad with ODB, although his trunks were a tad too small.
Magnus got the pop of a lifetime coming out with Joe. Tenay and Taz had a great exchange regarding Magnus's hometown, and then the crowd booed the tag champs. Tag champs versus Joe/Magnus in a Buckingham Brawl that gave the winners of a coin toss the chance to just double-team at will. The commentary was hard to hear here with the noisy ticket graphics playing over it. Tenay actually got to be the professor here with some of his knowledge on Magnus. Morgan got a ton of boos for doing anything. Kudos to TNA for not editing the audio there, because it's something they can use in the future to break up the team. Hopefully soon. Morgan missed the Carbon Footprint by several miles since Magnus moved long before Morgan even headed towards the corner, but this began the finishing sequence that saw the crowd get beyond hot. They really should've changed the titles here because the crowd would've gone crazy - they already cheered loudly and counted along with the pin when Magnus won.
EB came out to cut a promo on Garett, leading to him coming out to close-ups of loud cheers from other parts in the show while they edited in cheers since no one visibly cheered for him. Halfway through the Eric-Garett exchange the audio quality changed a bit, I guess due to the sweetening. Garett said his trainer was HERE AND WE'D SEE HIM...later. What a tease. They ran through tonight's card, which includes Roode-Storm in their first singles match in months which I forgot about, and Aries-Haskins which they just brought up here. Lots of HOGAN chants and more hints that Hogan would be coming back on this show. Very odd to basically give things away but not quite do it. Clearly they wanted to hype that he'd be here for ratings, but not give away the finish of the trainer deal, but doing things this way still seems odd. Another TNA figure ad aired. Kaz's is available - presumably in the hair care aisle.
Tremendous Mark Haskins video aired that made him seem like THE next big deal in TNA. Then Taz knocked him for putting over his home country in the video...and the crowd mainly cheered Aries a ton, with loud chants throughout the match. And then Haskins Brock'd an SSP. Not his night. Landing sure looked like it hurt like hell, and that really should've been it. Not sure why Aries hit the punt, the brainbuster, and then put on the Last Chancery given that the kid might've seriously damaged his neck right before them. Sure, you've got to get a finishing sequence over, but could you perhaps do it on a guy who didn't just brain himself on a move?
They announced Storm-Roode in the first main event of the night...wow. So much for boosting Lockdown's buyrate with that match. New Direct ad with Morgan being a goofball and bully aired. Not nearly as entertaining as the first two or the one with him and Crimson just happening to pay their insurance at the same time, I guess while in Orlando for a taping and figuring "hey, lemme pay my car insurance now!". Also, instead of watching the Super Bowl on a big screen, you can also watch it ON YOUR PHONE. Somehow, I doubt that'll be as fun. Brooke video aired of her in a bikini.
Bischoff bitched about getting a cab before Sting lured him away - Eric was an awesome complainer here. Storm-Roode didn't even get the big JB intro here. This match just felt rushed and awkward. They JUST got back into things together on a tertiary level a few weeks ago, and now BOOM one-on-one match, no big intro, and Storm for some reason wrestling Roode's kind of match. More technical, and not nearly enough brawling to start in their first real singles match since Roode brained him with the beer bottle. Instead of just punching the shit out of him, he just wanted to win the hammerlock exchange. I get the whole "working a world title match style" deal, but this wasn't the time for it. They sacrificed this, the one feud they've had that really clicked so Garett Bischoff could main event the show instead of just keeping him to his own segment where it would've made sense to reveal the trainer.
Next week, it's the STAR WARS EDITION OF IMPACT! Oh I cannot wait for the Sarlac Pit match. Loser gets chained to Jabba the Hut. Knockouts Match where the loser wears a slave outfit. No wait - they're just going to use ILM to try and edit out Velvet's botches.
FINALLY a punch exchange broke out, and a great one, with a dueling U-K! chant during it. One upside to doing this match here is Roode and Storm get to have a match in front of the biggest crowd in Impact history (not counting the New Japan shows), but man does it just rush things along too much. The massive crowd heat helped too - they lost it during a near-fall with the flying elbow off the top from Storm, and an earlier super-rana that I don't remember him ever doing before. I liked Storm escaping from the crossface, attempting the Eye of the Storm, and then kickout of the Payoff. Finishing sequence of the belt shot tease>Codebreaker/Closing Time, and then Bully Ray's interference leading to a spear. Storm shouldn't be doing clean jobs. Liked Bully doing the uranage on the belt and actually hitting though. Sting made the save and then Tenay reminded everyone that this is just the first of 2 matches for Storm, which I'd completely forgotten. After hearing that, my thought went from "well, they're idiots" to "this'll just wind up like Bret at WM X - lose the first, win the second). And having Bully get involved nicely set up their match later, while the uranage set up more of a come-from-behind aspect for Storm's win.
Tenay repeated that February is the BIGGEST MONTH IN IMPACT HISTORY! for the billionth time without citing a reason for it. I loved Taz saying that Tara-Gail didn't need to happen here after just calling what should've been a PPV main event in Storm-Roode. Loved Gail getting an edge via kick to the ass. The stupid ticket graphic first covered up Tara's ass, then her whole body. Gail used a stretch muffler on Tara, which I'm guessing will be renamed the stretched muffler by Russo. This was one of the better knockouts matches in a while - it actually felt like a match as opposed to just a bunch of stuff happening. Tara won after the Widow's Peak - good for her. Wouldn't mind her winning the KO's belt again. The Soul Calibur V ad has dubstep...wow...
Part 2 of tonight's epic Garett-Eric saga continued with shots of crowds not giving a shit about him. They tried to edit all the boos, but some slipped through during his promo. Hogan came out not in red and yellow, but beat up Gunner with Garett. Hogan's punches looked a billion times better than Garett's. Bischoff and Gunner ran off, while Hogan mugged for the camera for a while. Oh yeah, and Garett was out with him too. This felt underwhelming not just as a payoff to what they set up earlier in this show, but also as a payoff to a months-long angle. Hogan cut an awesome promo about whooping the ass of Bischoff and TNA being ON THE VERGE, THE CUTTING EDGE, OF ROLLING RIGHT OFF THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN ONTO WHAT WE CALL THE GREATEST COMPANY OF ALL-TIME. THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT! IF I GOTTA BE THE GUIDE, I CAN SMELL THE GREATNESS, AND IF THEY CAN'T, I'LL TAKE THEIR HEADS AND STUFF THEIR HEADS IN IT! This made little sense for a million different reasons, but was memorable. Kinda like his coked-up '80s stuff. I love that in a promo putting over TNA on a show with their biggest TV taping crowd ever, he still basically said another company was better.
Storm-Ray was really great. I loved Ray constantly yelling about the ribs of Storm being injured after the first match. Loved the rib tape all but evaporating when Bully tore it off - that must've been some shitty stuff. Loved Sting trading in his black bat for a black cricket bat. They plugged this being the biggest month ever, plugged the Star Wars deal again and it hit me - WRESTLING STAR WARS returns next week eons after the death of WCCW. Loved Sting smacking the cricket bat on the apron to encourage Storm to soldier on. Loved Tenay acting shocked that Bully was going up top for the senton which, like Angle's moonsault, missed for the trillionth time. I think Sting might have better luck with tag partners than those guys have with those moves. Loved Sting preventing Roode from interfering leading to the superkick, which Bully sold by falling like a tree. I loved this match - enjoyed it more than Storm-Roode. This was a home run as far as TNA seeming major league - it showed that they could run in a major venue, and perhaps one day, they'll be able to do that regularly.
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Tenay - THE IMPACT INVASION BEGINS! Bully - How many of you people came to see Jeff Hardy tonight!? (big pop) WELL, I GOT SOME BAD NEWS FOR YA - YOU AIN’T GONNA SEE JEFF HARDY TONIGHT! YA KNOW WHY? CUZ ME AND THE WORLD CHAMP MADE SURE YOU WOULDN’T SEE JEFF HARDY TONIGHT! WE PICKED HIM UP AND PUT HIM THROUGH A TABLE! HE’S FINISHED! YOU’LL NEVER SEE HIM A-GAIN! Roode - OH OH IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK IN THE GREAT COUNTRY OF IRELAND! Ireland, England - what the Hell’s the difference? First of all, we do not suck! YA SEE THIS MAN HERE!? THIS MAN NANANANANO THIS MAN WITH THE LARGEST CALVES IN THE WORLD, THE BIGGEST, BADDEST, MEANEST AND TOUGHEST IS BIG BAD BULLY RAY! AND I AM THE IT FACTOR! THE LEADER OF THE SELFISH GENERATION AND YOUR WORLD CHAMPION! AND YES, WE’RE HAPPY WE DID WHAT WE DID TO THAT GOOD FOR NOTHING JEFF HARDY, BUT WE DIDN’T GET THE JOB COMPLETELY DONE! So tonight, we…(crowd says we want Devon) RIGHT NOW, JAMES STORM GET YOUR ASS OUT HERE! ‘CMON STORM, COME ON COWGIRL! Ray - Stay right where ya are, do not even think of coming close to the champion! Tenay - Sting actually won a world title here in Wembley in ‘93 when he beat Big Van Vader. Sting - LONDON! IT’S SHOWTIME! What a perfect opportunity for me to give an update on Jeff Hardy… Bully - THERE IS NO JEFF HARDY! Sting - Shut up I’m talking - he told me that he’s feeling good and the creature’s coming back and he’ll be ready by AAO, which is perfect since I made a 4-way for the world title. You, you, and you AND JEFF HARDY! As far as tonight goes, no handicap matches… Storm - I WANT THESE TWO, TO-NIGHT! Sting - I’m running the show - Cowboy has spoken and he’ll get both of you - starting with and ending with YOU! IT’S SHOWTIME - TATA FOR NOW! Tenay - Homecoming for Magnus, from Norfolk. England, not Virginia. Taz - Where’s Joe from? Richmond, Samoa? Taz - You say potato, I say potahto. Speaking of potatoes, nice shot from Crimson. Tenay - Before coming to TNA Wrestling, Magnus starred in UK Gladiators - England’s version of American Gladiators. Taz - That young man’s not a big Bischoff fan. Tenay - He’s telling him he’s number 1. Taz - Kinda. Bischoff - And I thought they said you brits were civilized. For weeks, we’ve followed along as my son lives out his fantasy of being a pro wrestler and achieve his goal of becoming half the man I am. I’m gonna burst his bubble with a harsh shot of reality. Young Garett, bplease comet ot he ring. I’M NOT GONNA ASK TWICE YA SNOT NOSED LITTLE PUNK, GET YER ASS OUT TO THE IRNG NOW! Garett, you had a dream, but there’s a difference between a goal and a fantasy. A goal can be achieved with hard work, but dreams are just fantasies. But if you think a trainer like HIM can help you become even half the man I am, you’re wrong. HE’S A COWARD, HE’S NEVER GONNA DO ANYTHING FOR YOU! IT WAS A BAD CHOICE AND I’M DISAPPOINTED IN YOU! Garett - Dad, I’m sorry you’re so upset about the one I chose to be my trainer, but if you’ve got such a problem with it, take it up with him? Bischoff - YOU WANNA CON THESE PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM THINK HE’LL COME HERE TO BACK YOU UP! HE’S NOT COMING HERE TONIGHT TO HELP YOU OR ANYONE ELSE! (Hogan chant) Garett - It’s off the chain bro! Dad, when you’re right, you’re right, BUT YOU’RE DEAD WRONG! HE’S HERE IN THE BUILDING AND HE WANTS TO SEE YOU RIGHT HERE IN THE RING TONIGHT! Taz - Did Haskins in his promo package basically say that when you want to learn to really go, you come to England? Now there have been some great wrestlers out of England, but I disagree. I think that place is the good ol’ US of A. Taz - Listen to that crowd - there’s a massive Aries chant and he’s from America! Bischoff - Get me a cab…NO NOT A MEAL! A VEHICLE WITH FOUR WHEELS! YOU PAY FOR IT! FINE, A TAXI! Sting - Why ya leaving? He’s not coming…and besides, the stage is this way… Tenay - Next week, it’s the SPECIAL STAR WARS EDITION VERSION OF IMPACT! (after a 2 from the Payoff)Roode - WWWWHHHHATTT!? Tenay - STORM CALLS THAT CLOSING TIME! Garett - First of all, I’d like to say thank you to all of you for having my back and supporting me through all this. But without further ado, the man that’s been training me, that I look up to…(Bischoff comes out) Bischoff - We’ve got spies with eyes in the back of their, HE’S NOT COMING! SO GIVE THIS UP BEFORE YOU GET HURT! (Hogan comes out) Hogan - ERIC KNOWS HE’S PLAYING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE FENCE! YOU CAN RUN, BUT YA CAN’T HIDE! IF HE RUNS, I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF THE LONDON HULKAMANIACS DIDN’T GRAB HIM BY THE SEAT OF HIS PANTS AND THROW HIM AT OUR FEET! EIGHTEEN YEARS SINCE I BEEN IN FRONT OF MY UK-MANIACS! TNA IS ON THE CUSP, ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF ROLLNG OFF THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN WE CALL THE GREATEST COMPANY OF ALL-TIME! THEY’RE DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT! IF I GOTTA BE THE HOOD ORNAMENT, IF I GOTTA BE THE GUIDE, I CAN SMELL THE GREATNESS, AND IF THEY CAN’T, I’LL TAKE THEIR HEADS AND SHOVE THEIR FACES IN IT! Ray - HOW ARE THE RIBS!? Ray - I’M GONNA BREAK YA RIBS! Taz - Bully Ray’s like Darth Vader. Crowd - WE WANT DEVON! WE WANT DEVON! Ray - I’M DONE WITH DEVON! Crowd - LET’S GO COWBOY!
I think it's really cool for Undertaker to do that since he's always seemed to try and keep kayfabe during years when he's the Deadman. Knock the WWE for a lot and, some of the time, rightfully so, but to do that for those kids is very classy.
Sheamus was the last man standing at Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, earning himself a title shot against a champion of his choosing at WrestleMania 28. While Sheamus winning the Rumble sets up a series of interesting scenarios for the next several months of WWE television, it was actually Chris Jericho who was originally scheduled to win the event.
Triple H, who has gained even more influence behind the scenes in recent months, made the call for Sheamus to win the Rumble just days before the event took place. The two have been close friends (and workout partners) since the Irish grappler’s promotion to the main roster in the summer of 2009.
In an interview with Power Slam magazine, Triple H singled out the Celtic Warrior as a wrestler with big potential:
“The closest to me is probably Sheamus, because we always train together on the road. But I try to watch all the young guys’ matches and give them advice, if they want to hear it. If they take advice to heart and really want to improve, then I’m wanting to help. As for seeing some of myself in someone? That’s tough. Sheamus just the other day showed up at a show he didn’t have to be at. He does whatever he’s asked to do without complaining, he goes to every show and is always wanting to work: he does it all, goes above and beyond. That’s what I was like.”