Title This: Impact Wrestling Reaction 7-19-12

Josh Isenberg

Bully RayBully Ray def. Magnus

What I Liked:

This is a pairing that interests me for a few reasons. Magnus has not really faced a great heel like Ray recently, and has been a guy who has been bottled down by other faces. Magnus is a really good worker, and showed it off here with a bigger and stronger opponent. It was nice to see a Texas Cloverleaf in the match from Ray to Magnus, and felt that Magnus controlled enough of the match to show off his abilities. He continuously striked Ray and seemed to find ways to reverse out of his moves. I knew Ray would win here, because he needs the points more and needs to really focus on the series over Park. That feud will stay there, but they need to separate him onto more complex feuds. Also, Ray moving out of the way and hitting a Bubba Cutter was a good way to pick up a victory. I felt like it showed you that he is the veteran and Magnus was "that close" of beating the favorite. There was good psychology throughout the match.

What I Disliked:

Do people really care to cheer Magnus over boo Bully Ray? I feel like Magnus is one of the outcasts in this whole Bound For Glory Series. He is talented, do not get me wrong, but there is still so much more that he needs to accomplish. Yes, he will be in matches with some of the most established guys, but will continued losses help him?

Grade: B-

Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode Ends in No Contest

What I Liked:

Once again, Roode and Aries put on an excellent match from beginning to end. Let's talk about the ring action first, as both men were able to garner enough time to execute their respected offensive moves. Roode catches Aries with a beautiful Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, and gets a two count from that. Furthermore, the intensity of a great spinebuster gave Roode the ability to filter the cocky attitude he possesses. The match was at a great pace through, never rushed or forced. Aries would hit a missle dropkick, but get locked in with a crossface. I absolutely love watchin Aries connect with a Suicide Dive, which Roode took like a pro. This ended a great paced match and really physical, with Aces and Eights attacking Aries. I liked how they also attacked Roode, so you're not sure how to take this.

What I Disliked:

Is this TNA's version of Nexus? I like what they are trying to do, but they are forcing it on us. They are dressed in garbage clothing, stupid masks, and really limits what they can do. This is way too early to attack the top two stars in the company. They are nowhere near that relevant yet.

Grade: B+

Impact Wrestling Grade: C+

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