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Last night was a big moment for Grado, Kay Lee Ray and Noam Dar as they wrestled in the SSE Hydro, Glasgow for Impact Wrestling. A lot of things are said about TNA but they are still the number two wrestling company in North America and competing on their programme isn’t something to be sniffed at.
I wasn’t in attendance at the event but will be looking forward to watching the show on Challenge when it airs. Kay Lee Ray and Noam Dar defeated Gail Kim and Rampage Brown in a match taped for Xplosion. A match that will surely be an absolute peach with all four individuals being some of the very best in the world.
The big match advertised was Al Snow vs Grado. A match that was due to happen for Discovery Wrestling back in October at their debuting No Fear No Mercy event. Al Snow was pulled from the event due to commitments for TNA Bound for Glory in Japan with Grado being pulled not long after due to commitments for Insane Fight Club 2. A match that people were looking forward to when announced for Discovery Wrestling looked all but lost.
Then TNA British Bootcamp 2 rolled around. A show that kicked off the Grado-Al Snow feud, the cheeky Grado turning up late for the second round of the Glasgow auditions due to stopping for food saw Snow turn red and kicking him out of the competition. Grado would then appear in Manchester and London begging to get a second chance before Gail Kim sweet talked Al Snow into agreeing for him to come back and reach the second round of the London auditions. He would then make it to the final 6, being put through hazing by Dave Mastiff, Rampage Brown, Sha Samuels and Ethan Carter III during the competition. After being cut by Snow at the final 6 stage Grado challenged Al to a match at the SSE Hydro as part of the Impact Wrestling Tour. A match he accepted.
Last night was Grado’s night as he was in the main event at the SSE Hydro, defeating Al Snow and earning his respect. There was still one more surprise in store. From video footage from Wrestling UK News, after Grado had defeated Al Snow the BDC arrived to attack the two competitors. As Low Ki, Kenny King and Samoa Joe wailed on Grado and Snow a hooded person arrived with a lead pipe. He revealed himself to be…Drew Galloway.
Nothing has been confirmed (as of writing) as to whether Drew has signed anything long term with TNA but BCW have already announced that Galloway will be honouring his dates with the promotion in April. It is unsure how this will affect his goals in getting ICW on TV. The dream scenario would be a takeover storyline between ICW and TNA over the Maximum Impact Tour which would give ICW more publicity. Following reports of Jeremy Borash encouraging ICW chants, it might not sound so crazy.
TNA’s Maximum Impact Tour are usually big affairs with them catering to their biggest market but this year was different. They are heavily relying on UK talent to get people to buy tickets. The venue didn’t sell out but I’d be sure a good majority weren’t there to see MVP or Tyrus but to see their hometown heroes in action. The heavy reliance on UK talent would be supported by the reports that TNA were handing out flyers at an ICW event in Glasgow a week before the Hydro show. Drumming up publicity outside one of the biggest UK companies shows without consulting said company is disrespectful unless there was some further plan.
Maybe this should be seen as a compliment that TNA needed the UK talent to draw people to their shows. I’d be interested to see how this appears on TV and how it’s edited.
I will come back to this subject after the Glasgow show airs on TV and will look to review the show.
What were your thoughts on TNA at the SSE Hydro? Can you write a show report if you were there live? Contact us at VoiceOfOSW@gmail.com
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