This week's TNA episode wasn't as enjoyable as the ones in the past couple of weeks. There were multiple things I wish they did differently for me to give this a higher rating. The show structure wasn’t as good as their recent episodes, segments and matches were put in the right order, but I felt they could’ve built to the main event better, they referenced it multiple times, but I would’ve liked to have seen a short backstage segment with both teams cutting a short promo which promoted the match. Then production had the same problem, it’s a shame though as I know the problems with the production isn’t something TNA can control because they can only work with what they have. But once again good storytelling and they’ve built up a few storylines that make you want to see what happens next week, as well as setting up two matches for No Surrender. The start of the show was great with Nemeth continuing his momentum in TNA against Trey Miguel. Frankie Kazarian’s promo did well to explain his actions and his future plans. I also really liked the focus on the Knockouts Tag Team division throughout the show. The highlight of the episode has to be the main event though, a fantastic battle between two awesome tag teams and it has got me extremely excited for their next match.
We are back with another TNA IMPACT review, with this week’s show looking to be pretty interesting. We will finally hear what Frankie Kazarian has to say for himself after turning heel, Josh Alexander goes on Alan Angels’ newest talk show, Sound Check and we get the first match in the best 2 out of 3 series between ABC and GYV for the TNA Tag Team Championships.
GREAT Nic Nemeth vs Trey Miguel
Superb way to kick things off this week. Following last week’s win over Zachary Wentz, Nic Nemeth faced off against his Rascal’s tag team partner, Trey Miguel. As you would expect, this was very fun to watch, Nemeth does a great job of getting the best out of his opponent and Miguel once again showed what an outstanding talent he is. It was a good idea to give Nemeth the win, so he continues his momentum. After the match Steve Maclin and Rascals beat up Nic, so this will no doubt lead to a match at No Surrender.
Result: Nic Nemeth by Pinfall via Superkick
Archie Carter WR Star Rating: 3.5 Stars
Next up, we had a vignette including Deaner and Kon. As Deaner was speaking, Kon interrupted him and told him that The Design is dead and it’s time to remind everyone who the baddest man in TNA is.
We saw Maclin and Rascals walking backstage, as Maclin said he was going to expose Nemeth as a phoney. The trio then ran into Speedball in a tense encounter with Wentz reminding Bailey what happened the last time they faced each other. If this is setting up for Speedball and Trent Seven to even the odds for Nemeth against Maclin, then I’m all for it.
SQUASH Decay vs Mila Moore and Savannah Thorne
This match was another decent showcase of the Knockouts Tag Team division. Decay got the easy win as expected, but both Moore and Throne did very well on the chance they were given, the fear they showed of Decay was quite amusing and it just made Rosemary and Havok look even more dominant.
MK Ultra watched the match from backstage and after Decay’s win, they announced they want their rematch at No Surrender. MK Ultra’s interview was interrupted by Dani Luna and Jody Threat though, who both weren’t happy with how their match ended last week. This led to Dani stating she will be in Threat’s corner when she faces Masha Slamovich later on in the show. I’m happy TNA seem to be continuing with this team of Luna and Threat, they worked well together last week so I’m interested to see them as a team more often.
Result: Decay by Pinfall via Sit Out Powerbomb and Neckbreaker
Archie Carter WR Star Rating: Too short to rate
Next, we had the first episode of Alan Angel’s newest talk show, Sound Check, with none other than TNA’s Walking Weapon, Josh Alexander. The interview started light-hearted but quickly became very awkward when Angels suggested Josh stepped on a few toes to get to the top and that he isn’t setting a very good example for his kid. This then prompted Josh to walk out of the interview. This was a nice segment that set up Josh’s next story in TNA, it was obvious that Angels booked the cheapest camera crew he could find with the terrible camera shots and one of the cameramen accidentally putting their hand over the lens while they were filming, so that made the segment quite funny. But a nice way to set up what is next for the Walking Weapon in TNA.
GOOD Brian Meyers vs Kevin Knight
Representing The System, Brian Meyers took on Kevin Knight in a very fun match. Even though Meyers picked up the win, Knight looked good in defeat as he got in lots of offence but just came up short after Meyers hit the Roster Cut. Kushida came out after the match to back up his tag team partner when it looked like The System were getting ready to take Knight out.
Result: Brian Meyers by Pinfall via Roster Cut
Archie Carter WR Star Rating: 3 Stars
Chris Sabin had a backstage interview next where he was asked about Mustafa Ali, and as he started to answer the question, Ali showed up on the TV behind him to say to Sabin that change can be scary, but it is necessary. Then the Good Hands interrupted Sabin again and stated that it’s obvious Ali is going to beat Chris, then Sabin mentioned if it’s so easy to beat him, then John Skyler should go one on one with him next week. The biggest takeaway from this segment is that it seems like Chris Sabin vs Mustafa Ali is happening soon. All I can say to that is… let’s go!
GREAT Frankie Kazarian Promo
Finally, we had Frankie Kazarian explain his actions on this week’s TNA IMPACT. Frankie said that he came back to TNA and saved the company, while mentioning he’s given so much to the wrestling industry so now it is time to start taking and that he plans to become the king of TNA Wrestling. This promo checked a lot of boxes, it gave a logical reason for the heel turn, it set up what Frankie’s plans are for the future in TNA while keeping the crowd engaged in the segment. The camera shot of Eric Young watching Kazarian behind the curtain was really cool and a nice touch from the production team in TNA.
Archie Carter WR Star Rating: 3.5 Stars
Backstage, Alex Shelley confronted Moose and told him that he’s getting his rematch for the TNA World Championship at No Surrender. We have our first match set for No Surrender and I’m extremely excited to see the rematch between these two.
We got yet another Ash By Elegance vignette this week, it followed the same theme as the other two that we’ve seen before. I’m excited for Ash’s debut so hopefully it is soon.
SQUASH Deaner vs PCO
Deaner came out to the ring to announce that The Design is over and once something is dead it’s never coming back. That of course prompted the appearance of PCO, who faced Deaner in a very quick match and beat him easily. After the match Kon laid out both PCO and Deaner.
Result: PCO by Pinfall via PCOsault
Archie Carter WR Star Rating: Too short to rate
Aj Francis made another appearance on TNA, once again attempting to form a partnership with Rich Swann. But once again, despite all of Francis’ arguments, Swann rejected his proposal. I like this layer of the story between Aj and Joe Hendry, TNA keep teasing a Swann character change and I think that could be incredibly fresh and interesting to see.
Before the next match, TNA showed a behind the scenes video about Jordynne Grace’s awesome WWE debut in the Royal Rumble. This was a really cool video package that they put together and they really emphasised how big of a moment that was for Jordynne and TNA. Then a match was announced for next week with Jordynne and Trinity taking on Gisele Shaw and Savannah Evans.
AVERAGE Masha Slamovich vs Jody Threat
This match only got about 5 minutes but both wrestlers made the most of their TV time. It was a quick and hard-hitting match with Masha picking up the win with the Snow Plow. If the match got given more time, then maybe I could’ve given it a better rating, but due to the amount of time they got given, I really wasn’t able to rate the match higher.
Result: Masha Slamovich by Pinfall via Snow Plow
Archie Carter WR Star Rating: 2.75 Stars
Before going to a commercial break, the camera cuts to backstage where The System have laid out Kushida. Shelley rushes to try and help but he’s too late as The System already did enough damage on Kushida.
AMAZING ABC vs Grizzled Young Vets
That is what you call tag team wrestling. Incredible match involving two exceptional tag teams. GYV continued to show WWE what they can do at their fullest potential, they’ve been involved in two great tag team matches in TNA before this, but this match has topped those two for me. ABC have really grown to become my personal favourite tag team in wrestling right now, each match they have is consistently great while making each one different from the rest, their TNA Tag Team Championship run has been outstanding so far. The right time won in GYV though, now the challengers are one win away from winning the tag team championships, there is a need to see what happens in the next match. Great from both teams and best of all they allowed room for improvement for their next match.
Result: Grizzled Young Vets by Pinfall via Grit Your Teeth
Archie Carter WR Star Rating: 4.25 Stars
This week’s TNA episode wasn’t as enjoyable as the ones in the past couple of weeks. There were multiple things I wish they did differently for me to give this a higher rating. The show structure wasn’t as good as their recent episodes, segments and matches were put in the right order, but I felt they could’ve built to the main event better, they referenced it multiple times, but I would’ve liked to have seen a short backstage segment with both teams cutting a short promo which promoted the match. Then production had the same problem, it’s a shame though as I know the problems with the production isn’t something TNA can control because they can only work with what they have. But once again good storytelling and they’ve built up a few storylines that make you want to see what happens next week, as well as setting up two matches for No Surrender. The start of the show was great with Nemeth continuing his momentum in TNA against Trey Miguel. Frankie Kazarian’s promo did well to explain his actions and his future plans. I also really liked the focus on the Knockouts Tag Team division throughout the show. The highlight of the episode has to be the main event though, a fantastic battle between two awesome tag teams and it has got me extremely excited for their next match.
Matches: 0.5/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.5/1 Stars
Atmosphere: 0.75/1 Stars
Storytelling: 0.5/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 0.5/1 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.75 Stars
Photo Credit: TNA Wrestling – February 1st 2024