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One last watch before clearing up room on the 'ol Sky+ box.
Austin Aries, James Storm vs. Bully Ray, Bobby Roode - 03/29/12
Yeah, this was great. Fucking great storytelling going on between Aries/Ray and Roode/Storm. Best part of the entire match was Aries' elbows on Bully proceeded by Bully annihilating Aries with a single boot. However, the rest of the time, Bully runs from Aries pretty much. Roode? He's scared shitless of Storm and does anything within his power to avoid him. Aries FIP is bossy and Storm's hot-tag gets a super-duper reaction. Tenay and Taz did a good job here actually, putting over just how hot Storm and how hated Roode is to the extent that even Bully doesn't wanna tag with him. Too bad this didn't close the show, Hogan just HAD to accept the GM role in place of a ME.
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy - 04/05/12
Jeff dominates the early going as Angle nasty a couple of sore looking bumps to the head, Angle actually gets busted open from the top of the head, the hard way. Ouch. There's a little continuation before the break of Angle cutting off Hardy every time he gets some momentum going. All of Hardy's offence is focused on the bloody head of Angle, who gets more fired up as time goes on. Angle goes into RAGE MODE and tosses Hardy about like a rag doll for a while and uses nice heel tactics to prevent a Swanton occuring. Hardy gets some great heat as the match goes on and just as it reaches it's maximum, Angle ditches the match. Great way to get Angle some heel heat, as this leads to their cage match with the idea that Kurt won't be able to just get fed up and walk out. I love goofy heel Angle. Great stuff, the match was missing a decent middle portion but as far as TV preview matches goes, this was top stuff.
AJ Styles vs. James Storm - 04/05/12
This was good, real good. Right from the outset, they already put over how dangerous the Superkick is. Both guys show their familiarity by dodging eachothers moves. Neat stuff, really. I love little things like this, where familiarity plays such a factor that we don't end up seeing a routine match. It's like both guys have to bust out that little something extra to bag a win. Neither guy gets a clear distinctive lead at any point, which gives this a nice competitive feel. The whole match is pretty much revolving around whether or not Styles can avoid the Superkick, Styles tries to be smart by working the leg at certain points and busting out kicks of his own, but it's all useless as the unpredictability of the Superkick strikes AJ right in the mouth. A real pretty finish to an excellent match. 8 minute matches rarely get better than this. Definitely essential watching for Impact in 2012.
Austin Aries vs. Daniels - 04/12/12
Wow, this reminded me so much of a better era in the X-Division. A Daniels/Aries feud would rock the world. There's an undeniable chemistry between these two guys and a PPV match could potentially steal the show. There's a super-fast pace like you'd expect and things are a little more 50/50 than most Aries matches during his X-Title reign. Aries actually busts out some stuff that I hadn't seen him do in TNA by this point and only a couple of times since. Daniels was Daniels, quality like you'd expect. Really good stuff, but there's only so much I can say about such a short match.
AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray - 04/12/12
This was another case where time wasn't on their side, but what was there was quality. Again, there's some sweet chemistry here. Bully dominates like you'd expect and is a right prick, AJ provides some nice fire to his hope spots. Unfortunately, the ending was terribly predictable with Bischoff throwing a chain in to Bully Ray. It's too bad that happened because it really brought down the match a few notches, had it not occurred and gotten a few extra minutes without any Garrett Bischoff bullshit, this might be remembered a whole lot better. Either way, it's not essential viewing, far from it really. I doubt they'll ever top their LMS anyway so any future matches they have are always gonna look inferior.
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