TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 4.11.13
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 April 11, 2013
3. Taryn Terrell – for winning her singles debut in the match she’s been waiting for against Gail Kim:
Taryn Terrell has waited a long time to get her shands on Gail Kim in a one-on-one situation. That moment finally came for the newest member of the Knockouts division when they met up in singles action on this week’s IMPACT Wrestling.
There would be no titles or tag team partners to get in the middle of these two going at it. Unfortunately, the common theme of questionable officiating reared its ugly head in this match again and prevented these heated rivals from having the clean, straightforward battle many have been waiting for.
While Kim was able to use her flirtatious ways to actually get the referee, Joey Ryan, on her side last week and pick up a pinfall for her tag team as a result, she would not get to play as nice with this week’s officiating fill-in. ODB played that role in this match and Kim would not be able to as easily sway her.
Outside of a move or two at the beginning the match from Terrell, Kim was mostly in control of this relatively-short matchup. Her constant arguing with ODB, however, led to her eventual demise.
When she came out of the corner off an Irish Whip reversal and rolled Terrell up, Kim only received a two-count once ODB realized she was holding onto Terrell’s tights. Kim once again momentarily argued with ODB and got kicked head-first into the turnbuckles. Terrell quickly rolled her up and got a three-count to take the victory in her first singles match as an active member of the Knockouts roster.
While ODB chased Kim to the back, Terrell celebrated with a postmatch interview with Christy Hemme, wondering who wanted to get physical with her next.
I’m sure those who want to get physical with Terrell are not exclusive to the Knockouts locker room. Regardless, it’s possible this vendetta with Kim is now over with what transpired between the first-ever Knockouts titleholder and ODB. If that’s the case, we’ll just have to wait and see who’s next in line to get physical with Terrell.
2. Bully Ray – for retaining the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in Full Metal Mayhem against Jeff Hardy:
The main event for this week’s program was the TNA World Heavyweight Championship rematch from Lockdown. Bully Ray would make his first defense of the newly-won title against former-titleholder Jeff Hardy in a matchup decided upon by Hardy – Full Metal Mayhem.
Such a stipulation really benefits both competitors, who have a history surrounded by tables, ladders and chairs. Hardy knows this, of course, considering his long history with Ray. But he also felt it was more in his ballpark, especially with the crucial element of needing to climb a ladder in order to obtain the strap.
The one thing Hardy didn’t take into account, however, was the fact that Ray never goes into a match alone as the president of Aces and Eights. Ray told his brethren that he wanted to do this by himself with wife Brooke Hogan sitting ringside and he made them promise to stay out of it. But it was clear a long time ago that these guys were never going to play by the rules or stick to their word. So, it should have been more concerning for Hardy that Taz — the official voice of Aces and Eights, I guess we could call him — is never too far away from the action as a member of the broadcast team.
Ray and Hardy went at each other hard, which was no more noticeable than when Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb onto Ray through a table on the outside. Figuring Ray was done, Hardy moved back into the ring and set up the ladder so he could climb up and snatch the title. But he left just enough juice in Ray to get up, and the champion then retrieved a hammer from Taz. Ray entered the ring, met Hardy on the ladder and smacked him in the head with the hammer — sending Hardy crashing down through a table set up in the ring. Ray proceeded to climb the rungs and he grabbed the belt to keep the TNA World Heavyweight Title in Aces and Eights’ camp.
The rest of Aces and Eights came out to celebrate with Ray as they stood over the fallen body of Hardy in the closing moments of IMPACT Wrestling. That’s pretty symbolic of just how dominant Aces and Eights is right now under the reign of Ray. The group is at the top of its game right now and it will take somebody special (maybe AJ Styles?) to combat them.
1. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez – for winning the TNA World Tag Team Titles and the ability to remain as a tag team with their victory over Austin Aries and Bobby Roode:
The TNA World Heavyweight Championship main event was not the only big match on the IMPACT Wrestling card. Leading off the in-ring action was the two-out-of-three falls bout between Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Austin Aries and Bobby Roode for the TNA World Tag Team Championships. This match was not just about getting the most falls and claiming the tag team titles. A loss on the part of Guerrero and Hernandez would officially cease their ability to partner up in TNA going forward. To remain a tag team, they needed a win.
Aries and Roode wasted little time trying to make sure that couldn’t happen. Guerrero and Hernandez could barely get themselves settled as the first team introduced before the champions rushed out to attack them from behind.
This early offense, which left Hernandez laying outside the ring after being sent into the steel steps, enabled Aries and Roode to get Guerrero by himself in the ring. The champions capitalized by hitting Guerrero with the corner dropkick (Aries) and Double-R Spinebuster (Roode) to get an early pinfall and 1-0 lead in this best-of-three series.
The tag champions got a little too cocky after that minor victory thinking this one was is in the bag. So, Aries went up top and mocked Guerrero before going for a Frog Splash that Guerrero rolled out of the way of because of all the wasted time. Guerrero took advantage of the miss with a rollup on Aries that brought upon a three-count and locked this match up at one fall apiece.
The rest of the match was much more competitive. It was clear, though, that the more desperate duo was Guerrero and Hernandez, who pulled out all the stops to make sure their run as a tag team could live on longer.
Hernandez had one of the more impressive moves of the night when he hit the Air Mexico from the ramp into the ring on both Aries and Roode early on in the third fall. Hernandez attempted the move again later in the match, but the results were far different and he ended up crashing into Guerrero instead.
Aries then tossed Hernandez out to the floor, while Roode dragged Guerrero to the centesr of the ring for an unsuccessful cover. The champs tried for the series of moves that got them the first fall by going for the corner dropkick by Aries and then the spinebuster by Roode. The latter move failed when Guerrero countered with a DDT, but the ensuing cover was broken up at two by Aries.
Aries moved Guerrero to the corner and seated him on the top turnbuckle, where he wanted to go for a superplex. Hernandez came back into the ring to halt the move, however, and he instead grabbed Aries off for a Border Toss. Roode shot up and kicked Hernandez to prevent that move from going down and the champions combined for an attempted double team suplex. Hernandez countered with a double suplex to both men, though, and Guerrero immediately followed with a Frog Splash to Roode. Guerrero hooked the leg and collected a three-count to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships for his team.
This was actually a pretty great match to start out the show. It was exciting and hard-fought following the first two quick falls. Taking the titles off Aries and Roode is a little questionable, but keeping Guerrero and Hernandez together as a team is a good decision and now they can remain that way with the tag straps around their waists.