Title This: Impact Wrestling Reaction 8-16-12

Josh Isenberg

Bobby RoodeIn Ring Segment

What I Liked:

Bobby Roode comes out and talks about beating Austin Aries, but the match would be restarted. He begins to talk about the World Heavyweight Championship being the only thing he cares about. He then said he went home and looked in a mirror and said it was Aries and the fans' fault. He says what is next, and he cannot answer it. He drops the microphone and leaves. This was really good for the next step in the career of Bobby Roode. He is a guy who thrived with the title, but now needs to find a feud to establish himself as a great in TNA. He needs to find something new to set his sights on for a while and really focus his attention on being more than a champion. Some of the best wrestlers can do more than hold gold, and I feel like that is why Roode dropped the title. The writers are very comfortable with him not with the title and creating new stars. He is ready to take that next step. I like the character crisis to keep us intrigued to what will happen next.

Grade: B+

Brooke Tessmacher def. Madison Rayne to win the Knockouts Championship

What I Liked:

The special referee was Taryn Terrell, formerly known in ECW/WWE as Tiffany. She looked stunning, and different than the usual Knockouts. This is a good thing for the Knockouts Divison to give new blood in. The match was simply okay, with another title switch. I feel Brooke is better overall as a character than Madison right now. She should never have dropped the title on Sunday, but she gets it back and immediately becomes the face of the divison once again.

What I Disliked:

I was expecting MUCH more from Taryn because she was made "an important" referee. I wanted to see her have some sort of involvement with one of the other Knockouts, so she can immediately thrown into something meaningful. I fear that she may fall on the wayside in a month of two. That happens more often than not. Also, the overall action of the match was slow, weak, and had zero drama.

Grade: C

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