CM Punk defends the WWE Championship against John Cena and Big Show at SummerSlam: July 30, 2012
Punk laid out John Cena and the Big Show and then called both of them “losers” before walking off. Punk didn’t make it far before AJ the GM announced that Punk would defend the title in a three-way at SummerSlam. But with Triple H and Brock Lesnar on the crowd, will Punk get what he wants and be in the main event?
Aces & Eights attack Kurt Angle on Impact Wrestling: July 26, 2012
Mystery angles in wrestling are good, but there has to be a payoff. If Jeff Jarrett is revealed to be the leader of Aces & Eights, it’ll make sense but be a letdown. Double J hasn’t been on TNA television for a long while, but he still feels overplayed. I’d like to see someone else get elevated out of the angle. But I’m guessing TNA sticks with Jarrett.
The tease of James Storm as the leader is a nice swerve — a good allusion to Sting supposedly being in the NWO. Thursday night, Sting should reference this and explain that he’s giving Storm the benefit of the doubt.
TNA has done a good job with the attacks, but starting this week, I’d like to see the angle move to the next stage. Even if it’s a taped interview with the voices distorted, Aces & Eights should give us a clue as to their motivation.
The Wrestling Observer reported that Wes Brisco, Luke Gallows and Chris Masters are in the running for Aces & Eights, although TNA hasn’t finalized the group’s members. Also in the running: Jay Bradley (the former Ryan Braddock), Mike Knox and Jeff Jarrett. Double J in the group would be a big let down. A group of outsider unknowns would have a fresher feel than another retread.
The latest Observer says Brisco, Gallows and Knox are supposedly locks. I’d be disappointed if Cliff Compton didn’t make the cut.
Kenny King loses to Zema Ion in a X-Division Title match: July 26, 2012
Let me get this straight: Sting asks Austin Aries to make cuts in the X-Division. Aries narrows it down to Kenny King and Sonjay Dutt, cutting Rashad Cameron and Dakota Darsow. Sam Shaw shows absolutely nothing in his match with Doug Williams or his Gut Check interview, and he gets a TNA contract? I don’t get why TNA is letting everyone (except Joey Ryan) in (and yes, I know Joey Ryan is in). There has to be failures. Also, when is a contestant going to win a match? Or do something to prove they deserve a job? Not one contestant has done anything to stand out, especially Shaw tonight. If you’re going to give someone a contract (even in storyline), at least put the guy or gal over strong.
A fun look back at the best shirts — some of which are in my dresser right now. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s “Austin 3:16” shirt is No. 1. There’s also Chris Jericho’s “WCW Monday Night Jericho,” the DX logo shirt, King Kong Bundy’s tee and “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s signature shirt. Really cool stuff that’s tempting me to hit eBay.
Adam Pearce wins the NWA World Title from Colt Cabana: July 21, 2012
Now five-time NWA World Champion Adam Pearce has posted the highlights of his title victory on YouTube. It’s Pearce’s first victory in the “Seven Levels of Hate” series with Colt Cabana, who leads 3-1.
Pearce and Cabana’s next match in the series — a dog collar match — is scheduled for August 18 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Velvet Sky officially released from TNA Wrestling: July 26, 2012
The former member of the Beautiful People had been rumored to be leaving TNA, and now it’s official. She announced her departure on Twitter:
"I have been granted my release by TNA at this time. It’s what’s best for me right now and I wanted to thank TNA and all the fans for their constant support in me. Stay tuned though…"
I’d be surprised to see her in WWE. She may not be the only one on the way out. Matt Morgan has been teasing that he’s jumping to WWE. And the Wrestling Observer reported this week that the contracts for Bully Ray and Devon are coming due.