Title This: Impact Wrestling Reaction May 16th, 2013

Josh Isenberg

Bully RayThe Main Events

Joseph Park defeated D'Lo Brown in a boring match. This is stemming from the interaction with Park and Hogan earlier in the night. I want Abyss, not Park. The well has run dry for this lawyer character. I really dislike the way they try to think the fans are stupid.

Grade: D

-Angle and Styles continued their feud. With Anderson coming out and bashing Angle, Angle gets to a point where he punches Anderson in the mouth. Anderson says it's all but done with Styles in Aces and Eights. Styles ends up kicking Angle in the head. This lays out Angle.

-I love the new Styles character. He is being booked very intelligently right now. If he joins the Aces and Eights, it will be a massive mistake. Styles continues to adapt to his new character and will continue to take some time. Like I have said before, less is more with Styles. He has never been incredible at cutting a promo, but his facial expressions and looks are really solid. He is believable, and that is hard to do in a fake sport.

Grade: B

Bully Ray and Sting's Contract Signing

- I want to start by complaining about this ridiculous thing called a contract signing. It is a fake sport. Fans know that every second of the way. Why are only a few matches spotlighted by a contract signing? Why isn't every main event match suspect to a contract signing? It is so illogical and uninteresting to me.

Sting says that this match is going to be a "No Holds Barred" match. Bully Ray agrees, only if when Sting loses that he cannot fight for a World Heavyweight Championship again. Sting signs the papers and then beats down the champion.

There are two positives that were highlighted here. First off, Bully Ray is good. He is really good at his character and finds the fountain of youth. His ability to take a step back and cut promos like an old school heel are refreshing. It sounds real, sounds interesting, and sounds like he is not reading from a script. I love listening to Bully Ray speak and cut promos. He is unique in the sense that he takes the fake out of what he says.

Second, Sting is very solid in what TNA is asking him to do. These guys are two veterans and need no help from anybody. Sting has continued to be interesting in the company, even though he has only seen minimal changes. I do not love the idea of Sting vs. Bully Ray, but these guys can certainly sell a match. This is going to be fun to listen to and watch because the plethora of knowledge each guy has is uncanny. The outcome may be predictable, but the story itself is interesting enough.

Grade: B+

Impact Wrestling Grade: C+

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