In 5 photos or less, we show the most relevant screenshots from each week’s episode of IMPACT.
This week, we’ve chosen Beer Money vs. LAX vs. Team 3D vs. Abyss & Matt Morgan in a Monster’s Ball Tag Team match from Bound for Glory 2008, with Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael as the special guest referee. Basically, it’s 28 minutes of madness. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.
This is only the FIFTH time a Monster’s Ball had happened, guys. First out is the man, the legend, Steve “Mongo” McM…LOOK AT HIS HAIR. LOOK AT IT. The half jersey/ref shirt looks hideous. But also, look at Mongo’s hair. We get the contestants’ entrances. Just look at Mongo’s hair though.
LAX and Beer Money are the two of the best tag teams in TNA history. Team 3D/The Dudleyz are arguably the most successful tag team in wrestling history. Matt Morgan…………… has had the most failed tag teams in wrestling history. Abyss is wearing white one month after Labor Day. Mongo McMichael has a grandma haircut and a creepy looking half football jersey/half referee shirt. Plus there’s weapons. You just KNOW this is gonna be something special.
As Mongo makes his way down to the ring, Don West asks ‘could this be any more perfect?’ and you know what? I’m not sure it could be. Mongo looks like a middle-aged mother of three, and not the sexy Adam Cole kind. His haircut is amazing. The way he coyly strips out of his top is even better. The glasses come off too, and brother, he’s READY.
Also, with Monster’s Ball, isn’t the deal meant to be that they were kept deprived of sleep and food in a dungeon for a few days before the match? I remember in the early ones, everyone would come down to the ring looking all disorientated and unhappy and that was kinda fun/stupid, but they all look normal(ish) here. Continue reading
Quite frankly, our rational for match selecting is “the weirder, the better” as showcased with our first selection. With it being TNA day, we had to choose a classic TNA match to be our first. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the greatness.
I like that Shark Boy isn’t a racist but just hopes Curry Man is ready to “whoop some ass.” Then we have Devon being weighed and for some reason he has to yell his catchphrase beforehand. Does he do this at home too? I hope not. Well… actually, I kind of hope he does.
Brother Bully Bubba Ray then Twinkie shames Devon. The Dudley family is Roseanne levels of dysfunctional. The match begins and it’s pretty fun. Don West seemed to really enjoy saying “gingerly.” Curry Man was great. I hope he comes back one day.
Not much to say here. A few things did manage to catch my attention. No way Devon could have passed a wellness test at that time. Daniels is a fantastic dancer. I miss Shark Boy. I really miss Don West. I don’t miss fat Bully/Bubba Ray.
One time on the ROH Forum, someone gave fake live results that Johnny Devine invaded ROH starting a TNA vs. ROH war and it was one of the greatest forum topics I’ve ever read. Also, what happened to Johnny Devine?
JESUS CHRIST, look at the size of Devon. You can tell he’s pretty pleased with how big he is because he does the reverse Kurt Angle (i.e. he comes out topless and only pulls his singlet up once the match starts). I was disappointed there weren’t more shenanigans with the clearly enormous Team 3D manipulating the weigh-in results (e.g. Bubba tying helium balloons to his belt).
Don West seems genuinely annoyed that they make weight and the match has to go on as scheduled, though the alternative of the PPV grinding to a halt while the Dudleys are escorted out the building and the ring crew take all the unused fish market props to the back would have been an all-time great TNA moment. Continue reading