Spoiler How did you feel about TNA's DA Debut?

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  1. So now that TNA is back officially on a new channel, Destination America, how did you feel about the debut?

    Below in the spoiler you can find a full synopsis of the show if you have the time, if not I suggest watching it and making your decision based off seeing it for yourself.

    Full Synopsis (open)
    [Q1] At a hotel, a wrestler (his face wasn't shown) picked up a card that told him his limo would pick him up out side and that tonight Destination America would become Destination Impact...

    There was a slick video that focussed on the wrestlers in various hotel settings and getting onto their limo bus. It also included a great shot on New York City. James Storm was shown talking on the bus about it being a year of revolution. Bobby Roode told the wrestlers that it's a new day, a new beginning, and a fresh start. MVP gave his own pep talk.

    The wrestlers were shown getting off separate tour busses. Roode and Lashley came face to face. They threw punches and then all the wrestlers started brawling. Josh Mathews and Taz checked in on commentary as the wrestlers all brawled into the Manhattan Center. The fans chanted "this is awesome" as the brawl continued and cameras cut to the various brawls that were occurring.

    Eventually, Kurt Angle came out saying, "Whoa, whoa, whoa." He called for security and asked, "what are you doing?" He said this is New York City, the Manhattan Center, and Impact Wrestling. He asked the fans if they wanted the fight to continue. The brawling continued.

    Angle entered the ring and said Low Ki will defend the X Division Championship, Taryn Terrell will defend her Knockouts Title, and James Storm and Abyss will defend their tag titles. Angle said all the titles will be defended.

    MVP entered the ring and asked Angle when he was going to announce that he's no longer the director. The fans chanted "Shut the f--- up" loudly and had to be edited. MVP turned his back to Angle and dared him to hit him. "Nothing?" MVP asked. He recalled Angle nearly being fired because he put his hands on him once before. MVP said Angle isn't the man he once was.

    MVP said 1996 Angle was a gold medalist. He said 2015 Angle has no balls. Angle said he did step down as executive director and he's done. However, he's been activated as a wrestler again. Angle booked himself in a street fight with MVP. Mathews said the match would start after the break...

    [Q2] [C] 1. Kurt Angle vs. MVP in a street fight. The men fought in their street clothes. The bell rang to officially start the match. MVP went after Angle's arm. Angle hit a few German supelxes. MVP came back and targeted Angle's leg. Angle countered into the ankle lock briefly, but MVP escaped. Angle applied the hold again and the fans chanted "tap." MVP missed a charging kick in the corner. Angle performed the Angle Slam and got the three count. MVP kicked out near three and protested the count with the referee briefly. The fans chanted "you've still got it" at Angle...

    Kurt Angle defeated MVP in a street fight in 5:50.

    A shot aired of the various champions backstage as the broadcast team hyped that all the titles would be on the line tonight...

    Backstage, MVP asked Kenny King where he was when he needed his help. An upset MVP told King that he was going to remind Lashley why he became champion in the first place...

    The broadcast team were shown for the first time. Mathews introduced himself and Taz, then spoke about how Dixie Carter stated that cameras will be everywhere. They cut to various backstage shots, including one of John Gabrurick, Al Snow, and other backstage workers.

    EC3 and Tyrus (Brodus Clay) cut in front of horn honking Crazy Steve. EC3 complained about all the cameras and yet none of them had shown him yet. EC3 spoke about taking apart Rockstar Spud piece by piece, as Tryus held up a bag containing some hair. "Tonight, I'm coming for the whole thing," he said. He told Tyrus to secure the target...

    [Q3] The broadcast team checked in again. Mathews spoke about how thankful he is to sit next to Taz and "accepting the reigns from longtime voice of TNA" Mike Tenay. Josh said Tenay isn't going anywhere, and introduced Tenay, who hyped Grandpa Mike's TNA Playhouse, er, TNA Unlocked for Saturday mornings. He set up footage of him interviewing James Storm about The Revolution...

    Storm, Abyss, and the rest of the crew made their entrance. The Wolves made their entrance and were going to challenge for the tag titles. Just as the match was about to start, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy made their entrance... [C]

    2. James Storm and Abyss (w/Sanada, Manik) vs. The Wolves for the TNA Tag Titles. The Hardys watched from ringside. The Wolves had matching makeup claw marks on their chest, and red, white, and blue tights that are sure to please the network. The Wolves performed crowd pleasing suicide dives early on.

    [Q4] Sanada and Manik ran in, but The Hardys were there to hit them with a side effect and a Twist of Fate. Jeff and Abyss had a brief tug-o-war over the bullrope that Storm brought to the ring. Hardy ended up accidentally bumping into Eddie Edwards, who then ate a Last Call superkick from Storm, who pinned him to win the match...

    James Storm and Abyss defeated The Wolves to retain the TNA Tag Titles in 6:00.

    Mathews hyped the main event, then footage aired of Lashley beating Roode to win the first of their two matches... Backstage, EC3 said he has unfinished business and invited the cameraman to follow him... [C]

    The broadcast team narrated footage of the opening brawl, and Angle beating MVP in the street fight, then hyped the main event again...

    Backstage, MVP told Lashley that "there is no Lashley without me." MVP said he calls the shots. Lashley shoved MVP against the wall. Kenny King started to talk, but Lashley shot him a look that shut him up. Lashley said this is about him getting his title back. MVP wasn't happy about Lashley putthing his hands on him. He wished him luck getting his belt back and left the room...

    Jeremy Borash stood in the ring and mentioned that it's their first show on Destination America. He started an introduction, but he was interrupted by EC3's entrance music. EC3 delivered some "facts" as he walked to the ring. He did the "you can't wrestle/I'm very good" routine. EC3 entered the ring and said, "You're a rowdy bunch, eh?"

    EC3 said he's happy Borash was out there. There were dueling "you can't wrestle" and "yes, he can" chants in the crowd. Rockstar Spud was shoved into the entrance area. Tyrus walked out behind him and picked him up and carried him by the back of his pants to ringside. Spud fought back, but Tyrus no-sold everything he did and body slammed him.

    EC3 said he took a little of Spud's hair last year, and was going to finsh the job. "Let the scalping begin," EC3 said. He led a one-man "scalp" chant. "Don't you think you've done enough," Borash said. EC3 told him to stand down. Borash apparently took a shot at EC3, but the camera was focused on the clippers for God knows what reason.

    [Q5] Tyrus grabbed Borash and threw him into the corner and then splashed him. Spud stood over Borash and pleaded with Tyrus to stop. Tryus quickly subdued Spud. "Change of plans, Tyrus," EC3 said. Tyrus forced Spud to watch while EC3 shaved two strips down the middle of Borash's head...

    Backstage, Kenny King and MVP vented about how Lashley treated them when they made him. The audio was a little rough and even the closed captioning didn't pick up what they said at the end... [C]

    The broadcast team recapped the head shaving and hyped the main event... A video package aired on the X Division...

    3. Low Ki vs. Austin Aries for the X Division Title. Mathews mentioned that Low Ki was the first ROH Champion. He also promoted Taz's podcast and mentioned that "WWE Hall of Famer Edge" is his first guest. There were dueling chants for the wrestlers. A few minutes into the match, Aries sent Low Ki to ringside and went for a suicide dive, but Low Ki caught him with a kick. Mathews said this is the type of match that he signed up for when he agreed to call Impact Wrestling.

    [Q6] Aries hit a missile dropkick at 5:00, then followed up with a running dropkick in the corner. Aries set up for the brainbuster, but Low Ki caught him with submission hold that Aries broke by reaching the ropes. They fought on the ropes and Ki knocked Aries down with a kick. Aries got right up and caught Ki with a dropkick, and followed up moments later with a brainbuster for the clean win... [C]

    Austin Aries defeated Low Ki to win the X Division Title in 6:50.

    The Beautiful People made their entrance with DJ Z and Jessie for the Knockouts battle royal. Z took the mic and introduced reality television "megastar" Robbie E. Robbie made his entrance and said "I'm back." He said he didn't win a million dollars, but he still looks like a million dollars. He said it wasn't his fault they lost, it was his ex-girlfriend "The Amazing Loser Brooke" who was to blame for them losing. Taryn Terrell made her entrance..

    4. A Battle Royal for the TNA Knocouts Title. The participants included Taryn Terrell, Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne, Gail Kim, Havok, and Rebel. Rebel was eliminated first, but she didn't appear to break anything this time so there's that. Rayne was out next.

    [Q7] Velvet took Eat Defeat from Kim clumsily and stayed down while Love was eliminated. Kim and Terrell teamed up on Havok, who got the better of both women as Sky continued to lie on the mat. The babyfaces came back with a double missile dropkick on Havok. Velvet got up and hit both women with a clothesline.

    Brooke ran out and attacked Robbie E at ringside. No one seemed to care. Velvet was out next and was still holding her face. The match came down to Terrell, Kim, and Havok. Terrell eliminated both women back to back to retain the title...

    Taryn Terrell won a battle royal to retain the Knockouts Title in 5:15.

    After the match, Havok attacked Terrell from behind and eventually slammed her down. The lights went out in the building. When they lights came on again, Awesome Kong was standing nose-to-nose with Havok. "No frickin' way, Awesome Kong," Mathews said. "It's a fantasy booker's dream come true." Two referees stepped between the women. Kong smiled at Havok, who backed away and left the ring. The bald referee jawed at Kong until she chokeslammed him... [C]

    Ring entrances for the main event took place...

    5. Bobby Roode vs. Lashley for the TNA Title. Roode entered the ring and traded punches with Lashley to start the match. The crowd was pro-Roode with a few counter chants for the challenger. Lashley performed a delayed vertical suplex at 1:15. Roode came back with a hip toss and followed up with a crossface.

    [Q8] Lashley reached the ropes to break the hold. Roode took the fight to ringside by pulling himself over the ropes and performing a cross body on Lashley. A bad pop-box appeared in the lower left corner and showed Kenny King and MVP walking with two men in dead president masks. A security guard said he didn't know who they were so he couldn't let them in. The masked men attacked the security guard. Lashley was in control of the offense heading into the break. [C]

    Lashley was still in control coming out of the break. Lashley was bleeding from the mouth. Roode came back and performed a neckbreaker off the second rope for a two count at 14:05. Roode followed up with a spinebuster. At 17:00, MVP, King, and the masked men walked to ringside as Roode locked Lashley in the cross face.

    Lashley powered out of the crossface, but Roode caught him with the Roode Bomb for a two count. Roode went back to the crossface. The fans chanted "tap." The referee was punched out by Kenny King. Kurt Angle ran out and was quickly outnumbered. The masked men stood on the apron and removed their masks to reveal Low Ki and Samoa Joe.

    [Overrun] Eric Young ran out with a chair to back the heels down. Suddenly, Young jabbed Roode in the gut with a chair. Lashley speared Roode. Magically, the referee recovered just in time to count the pin. Lashley didn't look like he was in on "The Family" plan...

    Lashley defeated Bobby Roode to win the TNA Title in 20:00.

    Personally I thought it was an okay debut, Austin Aries is X-Division champ again, what else is new? I think the guy deserves a World Championship shot myself but they keep giving him the X-Division.. to me the X-Division belt would be more suited to have stayed on Low Ki or to have gone to someone like Robbie, Manik, Sanada, etc...
  2. That ending was Russo all over imo.
  3. I'll wait until Challenge air it on Sunday night, but sounds like a good show to me. Aries being new X-Division Champion is interesting, but he has the chance to really get the spotlight on him now. Awesome Kong vs Havok sounds badass. To quote Wade Keller, "JB showed more balls than John Cena and the entire WWE babyface team," and really garnered sympathy from me. Was Angle's return to in-ring action his big announcement? And who will be the new authority figure? EY, Low Ki and Joe turning was just weird, but surprising AF so they can build on this next week. The Wolves have a reason to be pissed off with The Hardys and their next match vs The Revolution will have to wait. Lashley is new champ, but I suspect he'll turn face soon so he can get the Roode-Lashley match we all deserved. Roode vs EY next week, probably, and I hope Magnus is there next week.

    Also, what is up with them not putting lights on the audience? I would've liked more lights on the fans on the floor level and also, that opening sounds hilarious AF.
  4. Just done watching it, it was decent. Nothing mind-blowing or anything. The stage setup and all that jazz wasn't drastically changed, everything looked pretty much the same. The product is all that matters, at the end of the day.

    - Dayumn, I liked the intro to the episode... As well as the brawl all the way through the openning segment.

    - Angle vs MVP was short, but kinda okay for what it was. Angle is back to in-ring action? Good!

    - James Storm & Abyss vs The Wolves for the TNA Tag Team titles was a bit short, but still a pretty damn decent match.

    - Decent EC3/Tyrus/Spud/JB segment.

    - Aries vs Low Ki for the X-Division title was another short, but a good match.

    - The Battle Royal for the Knockouts Championship was garbage. Awesome Kong is back? Yeah, don't care.

    - Roode vs Lashley for the TNA-WHC was a good match. I was definitely surprised Low Ki, EY and Joe joined MVP's squad.

    This should be interesting from this point on.
  5. It was a decent episode, man.

    Yeah, Angle's return to in-ring action was the big announcement.

    The new authority figure? Aunt D, I suppose.
  6. I'm wondering what will happen to Kenny King after the EY, Low Ki and Samoa Joe turned... and also what the Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown will be; Roode, Angle, 2 others vs MVP, EY, Samoa Joe, Low Ki could be possible but it all seems to be a bit of a mess right now; I guess next week they'll have to establish who the top faces and heels are after what happened.

    New authority figure being Dixie would just kill it all for me, unless she was more behind the scenes and not a heel... but I'd rather them get someone badass in a non-wrestling role just to set up matches; perhaps someone like Brad Maddox, who could take bumps but also just made matches.
  7. I enjoyed the Low Ki, EY & Samoa Joe action at the end of the episode, although anything with Low Ki and TNA has been pretty solid since he became a decent part of the roster.
  8. Now that they've turned heel, my guess is Kenny will be on the sidelines a little bit, and maybe he'll turn face later on due to being aggravated for not being relevant after 'the new guys' stepped in. But we'll see what happens.

    The Lethal Lockdown match could be: Roode, Angle, Jeff Hardy (maybe), babyface Magnus (maybe) or Aries. Just speculating.

    Nobody else comes to mind as a new authority figure, but Dixie, as much as annoying that'd be to see all over again... Or maybe JB could be the new authority figure, he could complain to Board of Directors for what EC3/Tyrus did to him and they'd put him in that role. Not sure if this would be a good idea, just throwing it out there.
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  9. Hmm yeah, that could work. Kenny King could be a good face or heel, and he should totally use his old theme when he turns face. It sounds like the perfect face theme...

    As for Lethal Lockdown, I think Jeff Hardy won't be there 'cuz he'll be in the Tag Team titles match most likely. I'd think Magnus could join, and they can use that to fully turn him 100% babyface in England. Aries will probably be there too. That'll be a great match!

    I doubt they will resolve the new authority figure until the England taping, especially if they get a big new signing as the general manager to surprise everyone.
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  10. Honestly a great fucking debut tbh. Knockouts were garbage, but holy hell Awesome Kong returns and I jizzed my pants!

    Aries/Ki and Lashley/Roode were dope, it was good to see Kurt can still deliver against MVP, and the tag match was decent too.

    Swerves at the end I really never saw coming, they surprised the fuck outta me. Fatjoe turns? And so does Low Ki? AND Eric Young (who will be an aweosme fucking heel)? Color me surprised lol

    Keep it up TNA, your first show on a new TV was a win
  11. I haven't been wanting to watch TNA in a long time, however with Awesome Kong back, I'll watch her natches. I still have a solution ur taste in my mouth over the product the last 5 years. Awesome Kong was the only thing that could have gotten me to watch again.

    I think the sheer presence of Dixie Carter in the past ruined the show. Even when she is not there, all I can think is "Why am I watching this annoying lowlife's product? " Maybe that will change. Apart from that, it was an alright debut.
  12. It was an entertaining show.

    If you bought into the TNA product before, you loved it.

    If you hated TNA, there was really nothing that was going to bring you around. Of course, if you hated TNA, nothing they did short of announcing that HHH was now in charge of TNA was going to bring you around, so I don't know why you were watching it in the first place.

    If you were like me and wanted to enjoy TNA but were looking for a new sheen on the product, you got it. It was definitely good enough to get me to watch again next week and see if it continues to be positive. It also gave me a measure of confidence that my hopes for TNA's future success will prove fruitful.

    I worry who the new authority figure is, because there aren't a lot of people out there that it could be without it being a letdown (Bischoff, Dixie, Cornette, Jarrett.....and he's got his own company again anyway) or impossible (HHH...yeah I went there, Shane-O Mac.....went there too, Sting.....maybe I should just put that there's nobody out there that springs immediately to mind that's not under some form of deal with WWE). I'm choosing to be optimistic that it will be somebody who will at least make me go: "Hmmm...this could be good."

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  13. True, they didn't do much too different except for DAT OPENING (which for some reason i'm so pumped to see because Challenge airs Impact on Sundays...) but Dixie has promised that with the next few taped shows, they have the chance to do some cool things backstage with their promos and it looks as if they're going in the right direction. I'm excited to see how they do with the big UK crowd (and whether or not they turn Magnus face).

    For some reason, I really want to see Christian in TNA whether he's an authority figure or not. I like him, and him being on TV would be fun with Impact.
  14. Yeah, I think a good way to sum it up is it was another TNA show. Some people like it, some people don't.
  15. I think that TNA will try to establish their new feuds in the next few episodes and in the UK tour, debut someone big and surprising just like last year when we got MVP and The Wolves. Rodriguez walking out when the heels are beating everyone up and introducing Del Rio infront of the UK crowd would be siiiick!

    In fact, TNA's current situation saddens me; TNA in 2012 was going so well and then they decided to make Aries drop the title (despite being their most over guy) and do the A&8s stuff which wouldn't have killed TNA (along with Hogan and the touring non-stop) if they just put some young guys in there who had potential and gave guys like Chris Sabin proper title reigns instead of 2 weeks.
  16. Aries dropping to Hardy was what started my sadness regarding TNA
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  17. After the Awesome Kong comeback, this was the best on the show hands down

    fuck you JB, you fucking deserved it
  18. Same... I started watching TNA in 2012 when I was only watching WWE every week and after seeing Aries vs Joe at Slammiversay, I saw them both as top stars and Aries especially stood out as the highflying badass while Joe was just gonna kill everyone. After Aries won the title, he should've been pushed as the #1 guy vs Aces and Eights, with Sting, Magnus and Joe behind him.

    As for JB, that's pretty badass but the cameraman fucked up the shot of him hitting EC3... Spud in that last video left after like 3 seconds... hilarious :emoji_stuck_out_tongue:
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  19. Aries should be the #1 guy in TNA or at least one of the top 2 or 3.

    I've often said that if he were 6'2, 240, instead of 5'9, 210, he would be an upper midcard/main event guy in WWE right now.

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  20. I personally hated EY turning. He won the title, was screwed over and then joined the exact same crew that took and screwed him out of being champion. Low Ki and Samoa Joe are also the people who were fighting against him. This makes no sense but I guess I'll have to wait for the coming weeks to see why exactly this happened.
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