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Impact Spoilers for Thursday


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I arrived a few minutes late, so we'll go with what I saw after walking in:

 

*Ink, Inc. defeated Gunner and Murphy.

 

*Scott Steiner, Crimson and Kurt Angle go over their game-plan to reveal They to the World.

 

*Jeremy Buck defeated Jay Lethal and Douglas Williams to enter the Against All Odds Four Way for the X-Division championship. Max Buck was doing commentary and came to the ring to help his brother.

 

*In his office, Eric Bischoff is freaking out that Ric Flair isn't there. AJ Styles and Robert Roode, among others, calm him down. Bischoff makes AJ promise that Jeff Hardy will get the belt back tonight for Immortal and Styles does.

 

*TNA champion Mr. Anderson comes down to the ring and asks Jeff Hardy to come down and grace us with his presence. Hardy comes down to the ring. Anderson then cuts a promo on both his and Hardy's time in WWE and how Vince McMahon was always in control of everything. He goes on to hype tonight's title match and both agree that there will be no outside interference tonight and this match is dedicated to both of Hardy and Anderson fan groups, so may the best man win. They shake to end the segment.

 

*Mickie James defeated Sarita in a bout where you had to knock out your opponent to win. Madison Rayne attacked James after.

 

*Jeff Hardy went to Eric Bischoff's office and made him promise Immortal would not interfere. Bischoff initially refused but finally agreed.

 

Bully Ray vs. The Pope turned into an angle. Before the match, Ray was treating SoCal Val really bad to the point she started crying. He then cut a promo on Devon, saying the Pope is better than Devon ever was. The Pope then cut a promo on Samoa Joe, announcing it's Joe vs. Pope at Against All Odds. Pope announces he and Ray are now a team. Joe and Devon come out and they have a tag match instead. Joe chases Pope to the back. Ray and Devon are left alone. Devon nails him with a chair and is dominating when referees and security hold them apart. As Ray is leaving, he spit a beer on two fans that were Devon's sons.

 

*Mr. Anderson comes out first and does the mic bit but gets attacked from behind by Jeff Hardy. They brawl down the ramp and around ringside. Security breaks them up and they finally get in the ring for the start of their match.

 

During the match, a ref is bumped and Immortal hits the ring and starts beating down Anderson, but then The Fortune members stop and attack Hardy and the rest of Immortal. So, "They" are AJ Styles, Kazarian and Beer Money. Matt Hardy, Rob Terry, Jeff Hardy, Gunner and Murphy look on in shock. Styles starts cutting a promo but Bischoff comes out and calls AJ an ungrateful son of a b**ch. Styles says that Bischoff ran another company into the ground but they aren't letting Bischoff do it to TNA. There's a mention that a ruling will be made in March over the power struggle between Hulk Hogan and Dixie Carter as well. So, it's Fortune vs. Immortal.

 

I asked around and there was no Hulk Hogan appearance. Bischoff noted in a segment that took place before I arrived that Hogan wouldn't be there due to the court issues.

 

Bit of a let down, eh?

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I'm doing my best to be a TNA mark, but my efforts are continually undermined by stuff like this. I get the whole "They" parallel of those who formed Immortal being there all along, and therefore the other "They" had to have been there all along, but this is clearly damage control because they couldn't get Nash and Sting back.

 

AJ can work face, as can Beer Money, so it's not 100% awful, I suppose, but Kazarian NEEDS to be a heel - he's just too boring as a face, and fits the sleazy, Tully Blanchard-style heel mould perfectly.

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I'm doing my best to be a TNA mark, but my efforts are continually undermined by stuff like this. I get the whole "They" parallel of those who formed Immortal being there all along, and therefore the other "They" had to have been there all along, but this is clearly damage control because they couldn't get Nash and Sting back.

 

AJ can work face, as can Beer Money, so it's not 100% awful, I suppose, but Kazarian NEEDS to be a heel - he's just too boring as a face, and fits the sleazy, Tully Blanchard-style heel mould perfectly.

 

Come on now, this is TNA.

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I'm doing my best to be a TNA mark, but my efforts are continually undermined by stuff like this. I get the whole "They" parallel of those who formed Immortal being there all along, and therefore the other "They" had to have been there all along, but this is clearly damage control because they couldn't get Nash and Sting back.

 

AJ can work face, as can Beer Money, so it's not 100% awful, I suppose, but Kazarian NEEDS to be a heel - he's just too boring as a face, and fits the sleazy, Tully Blanchard-style heel mould perfectly.

 

Come on now, this is TNA.

 

Alright, maybe not perfectly, but you can see the Horsemen parallels, even if Fortune don't really compare: Styles is clearly the "Flair", Kazarian the "Blanchard", Roode the "Arn" and Storm the "Ole" or the "Barry", or maybe even the "Gene".

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So They are Fourtune? FFS, why not have a faction with Angle Crimson and Steiner? Or will the two factions go together? I always thought it should have been Immortal vs Fourtune from the start, they got a huge pop when they teased it. Is Flair turning too?

Also just so I have this.

Its

AJ Styles

Kaz

Beer Money

Kurt Angle

Crimson

Steiner

Mr Anderson

vs

The Hardys

Jarrett

Abyss

Gunner and Murphy

Rob Terry.

Thats no f**king contest.

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To be fair they didn't really have much choice in terms of how to run this angle.

How? You always have a choice. Just dont run a fucking angle if your haven't got the members for the original angle signed up in time. Its not like there back was against the wall. They promised a "They" coming to help Angle and it turned out "They" were the blokes that gave him a good kicking last week. This angle makes no sense at all.

 

Also, AJ Styles and Kaz are so shit as faces, I dont think I can sit through them again. Beer Money are good, but Kaz and Styles? Fuck me.

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Hogan can't even be arsed to put on his Mega-trainers and go to the show these days. Sad.

To fucking right. He's just had 10 hour back surgury which had him wheelchair bound for weeks. The last thing he needs is going to the Impact Zone to participate in angles which dont even need him. Hogan's worked episodes of Impact and PPV's which he shouldn't have the last year. The bloke's been in agony. Still, they shouldn't keep advertising him. Thats the second time they've done the "Hulk will be here" and then he ... wasn't.

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