Quick hits on TNA Global Impact 2
• If you are a wrestling fan and not necessarily a sports entertainment fan, I hope you caught Thursday night’s Global Impact 2, which aired after TNA Impact. Three matches from last January’s New Japan/TNA show at the Tokyo Dome were shown, featuring Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Team 3D and The Motor City Machine Guns. There were no backstage comedy sketches or in-ring promos. As with the first Global Impact, which aired last year, TNA really came off looking like a major league company due to the atmosphere and the size of the crowd (40,000).
• The pre- and post-match press conferences made the event seem more like a legitimate sport than a worked exhibition, which made for a nice change of pace.
• The show-stealer was the IWGP junior tag team title match that saw The Motor City Machine Guns defeat No Limit to win the championship. Alex Shelley, who wrestled a good portion of the match bleeding heavily from his nose, and Chris Sabin were definitely in their element performing in front of a crowd that holds strong workers in high esteem. The Guns’ finisher – a Sliced Bread No. 2/powerbomb combination – looked great.
• Shelley might be the most underrated guy in the business. In addition to his in-ring ability, he also is strong on the stick, as he again proved on this show.
• After Shelley took a nasty-looking bump on the back of his head and neck but was able to continue wrestling, Don West, who called the action with Mike Tenay, said that “it just goes to show that it’s not as painful as it looks.” That’s the wrong thing to say, especially because I’m sure it did hurt. It would have been better if West had just put over how resilient Shelley is.
• In an eight-man tag, Angle and Nash teamed with Masahiro Chono and Riki Choshu. Acknowledging that Chono was at one time a member of the nWo along with Nash was a nice touch.
• Angle, Nash, Chono and Choshu defeated a team that included a familiar face to American wrestling fans in Giant Bernard, formerly known as A-Train and Albert in WWE. It looked as if he has gained a few pounds since his WWE days. He did finally shaved his back, though.
• The hardcore match for the IWPG tag team titles that saw Team 3D win the belts from Togi Makabe and Toru Yano was OK, but it really paled in comparison to the MCMG-No Limit match.