TNA Impact Wrestling Just Had 3 Awesome Title Matches

Kurt Angle won TNA’s World Heavyweight Championship as TNA hopes what’s old, is new again …

Kurt Angle met Bobby Lashley for the first time in history, in a singles match, for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on Impact Wrestling. When the dust settled, Angle regained the World Title, making Lashley submit. Considering Lashley’s bulkiness, and Angle’s limitations today with all he has put his body through, this was a fantastic match. One of the best World Title matches in a while, at least on national television throughout the U.S.

Angle’s matches have become a bit formulaic at this point. Again, that’s due to his injuries. He can’t be the Kurt Angle of 2002. That’s not going to happen anymore. And that’s OK. Ric Flair’s matches had a certain formula to them as well. But guess what? Ric Flair was great at what he did, and it didn’t matter.

Angle isn’t Ric Flair. No one is. But he’s a damn good wrestler.

The Kurt Angle formula still works in 2015. It’s more old school. Angle is telling the story of his beat-up body. He’s struggling to get through some of his matches. Not in a bad way, though. The matches aren’t clunky or boring. At the end of the day, Angle is finding a way to win matches. You think he’s down and out, and then he finds a way to pull it off.

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That’s a good pro wrestling story.

Rockstar Spud wins the X-Division Title

Last week, we wrote about how Spud put in the performance of his life in a match against ECIII, and TNA did a great job legitimizing his character to the audience in a brutal, but incredible match. This week, he beat Low Ki for the TNA X-Division Title.

Sure, it was sort of a cheap win, but TNA has caught lightning in a bottle with Spud. At least it appears that way. It will be interesting to see how he’s treated once TNA brings its TV back stateside, but in the U.K. he’s a walking hero right now. A living legend.

Quick Strikes

1. Austin Aries had his briefcase stolen by the Beatdown Clan. Therefore, his contract is missing. That’s the story. Not to nitpick or poke holes in a story that doesn’t need holes poken through it, but no one in TNA has another copy? I mean, I would think a big organization like TNA would backup its hard drives. Or maybe use Carbonite or something. No one else has another copy of Aries’ contract? That’s it? The BDC stole it, so it’s gone? Umm, ok.

2. The three-way match for the Knockouts Title was a really solid match. The finish didn’t do anything for Gail Kim, who was rolled up, but it did help add some value to that belt. I wasn’t sure that Terrell’s addition to what the reigniting of the Kong-Kim feud was going to be something I liked, but she’s had solid showings. This may have been her best.

3. James Storms’ heel faction is dead. Kaput. It’s over. It’s a lot like TNA ripping off Daniel Bryan one year ago with Eric Young, only now it’s TNA ripping off WWE with James Storm playing the role of Bray Wyatt. I don’t see much difference whatsoever in what they’re doing. It’s like watching a flashback to Monday’s Raw.

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Match Results

1. The Wolves def. The Bromans and The Revolution to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles

2. Austin Aries def. Samoa Joe via disqualification

3. Rockstar Spud def. Low Ki to become the new TNA X-Division Champion

4. Taryn Terrell def. Awesome Kong & Gail Kim to retain the TNA Knockout’s Title

5. James Storm def. Matt Hardy in a No-DQ Match

The Finish

This show was solid from start to finish, maybe minus the Storm promo. The opening tag match was a fun start and really set the tone for an exciting show. Aries and Samoa Joe are great whenever they get into the ring together. Spud defeating Low Ki, even if it was a cheap win, popped the crowd. The Knockouts match was great and the World Title match was off the charts.

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Impact displayed last night what pro wrestling can be if it’s done really well. Give the audience good stories, but remain cognizant of the fact that the best stories can be told in the ring. So give the audience a good background, and let the wrestlers do the storytelling in a 20×20 ring.