TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 10.18.12
By Neil Borenstein
Each week here at 1wrestling.com, I will select three of the top wrestlers from TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling and present them to you in inverse order as the show’s Wrestlers of the Week. In choosing the show’s top three superstars, performances from that week’s IMPACT Wrestling and any relevant preceding programming – such as Pay-Per-Views – will be taken into consideration.
TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week for October 18, 2012
3. Samoa Joe – for making quick work of Robbie E. in another successful defense of the TNA Television Championship:
Once he choked out Mr. Anderson to take the vacant TNA Television Championship, it was obvious Samoa Joe would be a dominant champion. He already owned a victory over Rob Van Dam in his first week as champion and headed into Bound For Glory on Sunday for another title defense against his former tag team partner, Magnus.
Magnus is a good talent and put up a hell of a fight. But Joe was a little better on this night and when Magnus looked to go for a figure four, Joe was able to counter with the choke and forced his opponent into submission.
Joe continued to be a fighting champion in the opening action of this week’s IMPACT Wrestling. This time, however, he faced a bit of downgrade in competition. He stepped into the ring with Robbie E., who is a former-Television Champion in his own right.
Joe was fiercely aggressively right after the opening bell and limited Robbie E. to virtually little offense in this bout. Even when Robbie got in a shot, it had little effect on Joe and he was back to being beaten down in no time. Joe didn’t drag this out too long and finished off his opponent with the Muscle Buster and The Clutch for the submission victory.
Robbie T., who stood by at ringside and caught a dive through the ropes from Joe during the match, tried to attack the champion after the bell. Joe was prepared for this, though, and choked out Robbie T. right next to his downed partner.
Joe is getting work done right now with some impressive wins in his short Television Title reign thus far. The Robbies were just his latest victims.
2. ODB – for defeating new TNA Knockouts Champion Tara in non-title competition:
Although Tara’s focus has come into question as of late as it pertains to her “Hollywood” boyfriend, she is still a dangerous in-ring competitor and took her talents into Bound For Glory for another TNA Knockouts Championship encounter against her protégé, Miss Tessmacher. Unlike their bout at No Surrender, Tara was able to come out victorious this go around, capitalizing on a missed elbow drop with the Widow’s Peak to pick up the pinfall and the title. Then Tara introduced the boyfriend she has been gushing about all this time, and it turned out to be some dude that I – and I’m hoping most of society – have never heard of.
It’s safe to say that this series of events put Tara on cloud nine. As Knockouts Champion, however, she needs to be more prepared now than ever before to compete on a consistent basis and be focused on what’s going on inside the ring. Just four nights after winning the title, Tara would head into IMPACT Wrestling with a non-title match against ODB hanging over her head.
ODB is in a much different spot in regard to her love life. Her husband, Eric Young, is seemingly never around and she communicates with him over the phone most of the time. So, while Tara would be accompanied by this Jesse person for their matchup, ODB would be going solo.
In a way, that would work out pretty well in her favor. ODB managed to not only stand toe-to-toe with Tara, but she even got at her boyfriend a couple of times. One of those instances came when Jesse hopped onto the ring apron and had his faced jammed into the bosom of ODB.
Then, in the concluding moments of the match, ODB took advantage of Tara taking her attention away from the action to make out with her boyfriend. As they did that, ODB took a swig from her flask and ran right into the back of Tara. She then lifted Tara up onto her shoulders and spit right in the face of Jesse before dropping Tara with the Bam. ODB covered up and collected a three-count against the TNA Knockouts Champion.
ODB is not completely thrilled with her marital situation considering Young is barely around, but she still did a better job of putting that behind her to compete than Tara did with her relationship. By picking up that win, it’s safe to assume that, perhaps after only Miss Tessmacher, she is going to be in consideration for a shot at the Knockouts Title.
1. Kurt Angle – for getting past AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in three-way action to move into consideration for next week’s TNA World Heavyweight Championship main event:
At Bound For Glory, Jeff Hardy did what Austin Aries was so adamant that he would not do against him and that was become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. It’s the peak to his comeback and something he’s been working very hard for since returning to TNA. This just means, however, that he is now the man with the largest bullseye on his back in that locker room. And his first defense of the title will come on Championship Thursday next week.
Hulk Hogan will pick from a group of four competitors to determine Hardy’s opponent in the main event. James Storm earned one of those spots with his gutsy victory over Bobby Roode at Bound For Glory. Mr. Anderson was granted another of the spots, as was Bully Ray for his role as Sting’s partner in their match vs. Aces and Eights. The final position would be determined in three-way action on this week’s IMPACT Wrestling.
The three participants were Kurt Angle, AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels. Daniels would be without his partner, Kazarian, on this night – just four after they lost the TNA World Tag Team Championships in a three-way match to Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. But the fact that friction still exists between Angle and Styles, who both would love nothing more than to become World Heavyweight Champion, would help him ensure this was a truly every-man-for-himself type of match.
Each man had an opportunity to try and put this match away in their favor. But it was Angle who capitalized at the end just when it appeared that his tag team partner might have been inching closer to the victory himself.
Just when Angle was looking to really take over and had Daniels on the mat from a t-bone suplex, the Olympic Gold Medalist missed a closeline on Styles and caught a Pele Kick to the head. Styles rolled to the apron and caught Daniels charging at him with a back body drop all the way to the floor. Styles then had to make the decision on whether to finish Angle off in the ring or take a shot at Daniels on the outside. He stupidly chose the latter.
Styles leaped off with a springboard inverted DDT, which hurt his knee when he landed. Styles still got up and moved Daniels back into the ring. But when he went to reach for him from the apron, Angle kicked Daniels right into him, which knocked him back down to the floor. Angle then snapped Daniels up for an Angle Slam and covered up for the three-count to move into the final four for consideration as the challenger in next week’s World Heavyweight Title Match.
The friction still exists between Angle and Styles, as a postmatch handshake attempt by Angle was ignored by Styles. But Angle did what he had to do for his personal success and stands a very strong shot at being Hogan’s selected to face Hardy in the main event next week.