It was a case of east meets west for TNA and their latest One Night Only pay per view as they joined forces with Japan’s Wrestle-1 promotion for Global Impact Japan, shown this past Wednesday night on Challenge here in Britain.
The show began with tag team action as the Bad Influence team of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian took on the Junior Stars, Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka.
As far as show openers go this was pretty enjoyable. It was also an example of how the powers that be screwed up big time by letting Daniels and Kazarian slip though their fingers.
Both teams put in good performances, and although Bad Influence seemed to miss a step or two early on it wasn’t long before they were into their stride and using Kanemoto for target practice.
Kanemoto came back with some sound offence before he got the hot tag to Tanaka, signalling the all hell breaking loose segment. Tanaka would have surely got the pin on Daniels after a 450 splash from the top rope had Kazarian not pulled the referee out of the ring. I’m guessing that doesn’t happen much in Japan, judging by the crowd’s reaction.
Some fast back and forth exchanges followed until Kanemoto was taken out of the equation and Tanaka was taken down by the high-low to give Daniels and Kazarian the win.
The Knockouts were up next as Gail Kim faced Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne in a non-title match.
Short and sweet would probably be the best way to describe this encounter. These two definitely put on a show in the short amount of time they were given. Both women looked in top form, and although there was one slightly dodgy moment overall it was a pretty enjoyable encounter.
Both came close to getting the win on numerous occasions until Kim took Rayne down with her eat defeat finisher for the winning pin.
Read the rest of Julian’s review here!