The Final Impact
October 18, 2013
By: Josh Boutwell of

I really felt like TNA needed to have a knockout show just a few days before Bound for Glory, but last night really wasn’t much of a knockout. Don’t get me wrong it was fun at times and there was some good build towards certain programs, but others got glossed over and not really much done about it.

The opening segment with Magnus, Bully, and Dixie was just flat out boring. Magnus at this point has to turn heel because he has become so whiny that the character is getting harder to like.

The four way was short but had some pretty good action throughout and made for a decent lead in to the Gauntlet Match this Sunday.

Gunner and Storm helping AJ out was kind of random and that could have at least acknowledged Storm and AJ’s past rather than just have AJ and Storm nod to each other. I know some people like subtle things like that but they should have been clearer.

Joe and Sabin had a good, but way too short match. Joe was beastly and Sabin actually was pretty physical throughout the match as well. I really liked everyone else in the UX getting involved at the end too but breaking out the ladder was kind of weird unless they plan on doing a ladder spot during UX. I’m really looking forward to Ultimate X.

I can’t really comment on the quality of Magnus-Bully because of my loyal cable company crapping out early into the match and coming back almost at the end.

Roode and Angle had a great verbal exchange; I mean that was really good. Those are the types of promos we should have been seeing all month, and yes I understand Angle hasn’t been with TNA during that time. I mean in any of the feuds. Roode and Angle might just steal the show. Angle seems motivated and Roode looks to be fired up too.

AJ and Bully had a great verbal exchange as well and again this is what we should have been seeing. TNA has shot themselves in the foot with the Bully-AJ program by involving way too many people over the last month. Hulk Hogan, Sting, Dixie Carter, Garett Bischoff, Magnus, Knux, Samoa Joe are all people that have been interjected into this feud over the past month unnecessarily. Bully’s “history lesson” was great and AJ showed some really good intensity as well. I think sometimes TNA (and WWE does this as well) over thinks things and thinks “we have to do way more” to get people interested rather than just letting these guys and girls go out there sometimes and just plain cut promos and wrestle.

Promo/Segment of the Night: Angle/Roode
Match of the Night: Joe vs. Sabin (***)
Overall Grade: B

Until next week… PEACE!

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