TNA: Aries and Angle go head-to-head on an eventful Impact!

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Thanks for checking out The Real Mid Card, and we hope you enjoy this look at the latest episode of TNA Impact Wrestling.

Tonight’s show starts by recapping last weeks underwhelming Full Metal Mayhem match between Jeff Hardy and Chris Sabin, and showing us Sabin’s brutal welts on his legs. They also hype up Kurt Angle vs Austin Aries in a submission match in the World Title Tournament.

Aces & 8’s head to the ring, which feels pretty meaningless now Bully Ray isn’t World Champion, they don’t have anything going for them anymore. Best part of this segment was Bully calling Mikey Tenay an ‘oooold bahstard’ and doing a huge fake laugh. Bully speaks about fooling Mr. Anderson last week with their fake Aces breakup, until he is interrupted by Anderson himself. The two men plan out their match next week, if Bully loses, Aces disband, if Anderson loses, he retires. Anderson used the imminent birth of twin children as his reason to quit, saying he can go be a proper dad. Bully retorted with ‘I’d love to pile-drive your pregnant wife’ which is so ridiculous I burst out laughing. Anderson attacked upon hearing that, eventually getting the upper hand, chasing them off and challenging one of the members to a match.


This was a decent pretty quick match, with Anderson fighting in his street clothes. Always annoys me in WWE when people come to the ring in their gear but don’t expect to fight…you’re in your underpants mate. Anderson won with a Mic Check, then announced his own victory. He sold the beating by sounding like his batteries were running out.

Backstage – Joseph Park challenges Christopher Daniels to a match, and Daniels agrees in his own segment. They mention Abyss being the TV Champ, which I thought TNA were ignoring as it hasn’t been mentioned since it last changed hands.


Park uses his size advantage at first, but Daniels experience takes over. Daniels eventually won with a low blow, in a surprisingly long match. Storyline is completely stagnant by this point.


I initially laughed when the two jobbers came out, but after a few minutes I realised the two of them have had more TV time than the likes of Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, etc. I understand they’re building EC3, but the matches aren’t even quick/dominating. Taz spent most of this match laughing, insulting the jobbers and wondering what’s on their attire. EC3 wins after hitting the Headlock Driver (that’s its name apparently) on both men and pinning both.

AJ Styles mates get him a video package again, showing his TNA title defence in AAA Mexico. Good package actually, I’m impressed that TNA have taken it so far, it’ll make AJ’s return a huge deal. This is followed by Dixie Carter kicking off backstage about it, completely logical, I’m impressed.

Backstage – Jeff Hardy shows the cameraman his facial injuries from a chair assisted dropkick to the face last week. He talks about doing it for the fans, which I thought was cool, because he definitely takes a lot of risks.

Dixie heads to the ring and runs down AJ to loud boos. She goes on to say Spike TV will be showing Turning Point live and for free, which the fans still boo. She then invites Bobby Roode, James Storm, Samoa Joe and Magnus to the ring, as they will be fighting on said event. Storm-Roode will be a bull-rope match, Joe-Magnus a falls count anywhere. Storm screamed about beer, Joe called out Dixie for not handling AJ correctly, and Magnus looked directly at the camera and said he’ll win. He never actually looks at his opponent, kind of lacks emotion.

Backstage – Anderson beats up poor old Garett and handcuffs him to a metal frame thing.


I should have really seen this coming, she’s been in OVW since competing in TNA’s show British Boot Camp. She got signed along with her twin sister, and now would be the perfect time to bring them onto the main roster. Hannah basically gets jobbed out, but does her part perfectly well. Gail looked absolutely ruthless, and honestly more dominating than EC3.

Joseph Park comes to the ring, and challenges…his brother, Abyss. Well that’s not happening!

Backstage – Mr. Anderson uncuffs Garett and carries him away, bit sinister.


This match started with your standard technical moves, Angle attempting his Greco-Roman stuff, whereas Aries sticks to strikes. Logically either man attacks the area that their respective submission targets. Continuing the theme of his last two matches, Kurt couldn’t quite get to grips with Aries, especially when Roode came out to watch from the stage. After being held in the Ankle Lock a few times, Aries attempted a 450 Splash from the top. After his beautiful selling of the leg made him miss, Kurt jumped on him and got a Crossface victory to send a message to Roode.

As Kurt celebrates, we see Mr. Anderson drag out Garett, and pile-drive him, Terry Funk style on the stage. We see Roode and Angle just looking confused, surely they should either look happy since they’ve both dealt with Aces? Pretty good show tonight, with Anderson and Bully’s storyline running nicely through the whole thing

As always you can contact me with any thoughts, or even if you just want to chat about wrestling at @jrholberry on twitter.

Thanks for reading,

Joseph Holberry

UFC: Georges St-Pierre beats Johny Hendricks and hints at retirement!

stpierrehendricksA friendly handshake – Source: Stephen R. Sylvanie (USA TODAY)

Thanks for checking out The Real Mid Card. We hope you enjoy this blow-by-blow account of UFC 167: St-Pierre v Hendricks. Let’s see how our MMA man found the show, as it happened.

Decisions, lots of decisions. The first fight of the night ended by TKO, but we have had a steady diet of decisions recently. The most surprising of the decisions so far is in the Ebersole v Story fight. Story won but I felt that he was going to have problems with Ebersole’s unorthodox striking. Ebersole decided to be rather unimaginative. He didn’t even start with his crazy roll kick. He seemed flat and slow. Maybe fatherhood and 60 plus fights is catching up with him.

Cerrone v Dunham: This is bound to be a decision but I see Dunham getting the nod. Cerrone is on fire right now. I was saying to a friend the other day that sometimes Cerrone looks like a world beater, and other times he looks shit. Right now he looks great. Cerrone took Round One by 10-9, and is playing target practice in Round Two. Dunham is bleeding from the eyebrow now. Cerrone gets a sweet takedown and assumes the position. Cerrone gets the triangle choke – nice. It looks like he might get the sub of the night. I love Cerrone but is he really back? Time will tell.

The main card is starting next. I love hearing Rogan and White try to out-shout each other. White clearly has a man-crush on Lawler. Bagautinov v Elliot: The latter comes out looking like a mad bum. Bagautinov seemed to be getting the better of the exchanges. It was 10 to 9 Bagautinov in the first. There are some cool scrambles in Round Two, with Elliot on top with constant patter. There are strikes beingĀ  thrown but none connecting significantly. Id score the round 10 even. In Round Three, Bagutinov appears to land more strikes and gets the decision.

Woodley v Koscheck are both guys throwing big punches. Woodley is huge and clearly has the most power. It’s sweet dreams for Koscheck. Lawler v MacDonald: I’m excite for this fight, and I won’t be blinking! In Round One, Lawler was the more aggressive, attacking with leg kicks, it went 10-9 in his favour. The second round was basically a non-event. MacDonald got it by virtue of a take down. I make that one round even. In Round Three, aside from a late takedown by MacDonald, the round was all Lawler. Lawler very nearly got the finish, but did get the win by split decision. God knows what fight the other judge watched. Next up is Sonnen v Evans: Evans makes his money with an easy TKO stoppage over Sonnen.

Its time for the Main Event of the evening. Hendricks arguably got Round One, St-Pierre won the second and third. Hendricks picked up Round Four to even it up for me. It’s all to play for! I believe GSP won the fifth and should win the fight. He does, by split decision. The great man now seems to have retired. I’m not surprised about that, and I think I mentioned this in a previous post. His legacy is undeniable. If he retires and that was the last time we see him in the Octagon, he leaves at the top of his game. I wish him all the best for the future and thank him for all his fights. I enjoyed them all.

Thanks for reading,

Arun Paul Smith

UFC: Dana White slams Tito Ortiz, and much more


Dana and Tito – Source: MMA Weekly

So UFC withdrawal symptoms are reaching maximum levels. I had the realisation that the next event is on the 9th. I’m not going to start talking about Bellator, so today I’m going to talk about some of the major news pieces. The most major news with the biggest impact on it’s weight class is the news that Britain’s own Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping is out of his fight with Munoz. The fight was being touted as a title eliminator. Truth be told, I feel this was Bisping’s easiest route to the title. Sadly his dreams of a title shot will forever be just that, especially now that Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida will be the new challenger.

Machida will be faster than the majority of the middleweights. Plus he is without a doubt the best striker in the division. He’s tough to take down and has the jits to get back to his feet or threaten with submissions. I love Bisping and I’ve seen nearly all of his Brit fights live. This is an infinitely better fight though. Moving on now to middleweight Tim Kennedy, who is now without an opponent with the before said Machida replacing Bisping. Kennedy took to Twitter to comically pick a fight with everyone from Cung Le to Alistair Overeem. Top marks for self promotion and giggles. Kennedy got his fight. He gets to potentially play human pretzel with Rafael Natal. That’s a much more winnable fight for the war hero, but a fight with little upside for the victor and a whole lot of downside for the vanquished.

Now for the most shocking, but the “Do I really give a fuck?” piece of news. ‘The Thunder’ Yushin Okami has been ousted out of UFC. At the time of being cut, Okami was still in the top ten. Personally he became a stalwart. He’s not the most talented and definitely not entertaining. Dana summed that up. He is a prospect killing gatekeeper that can never quite make it to the top. Middleweight is a weak division that is starting to have some life breathed into it. The addition of Machida and Souza means that the top ten is starting to look interesting. The top five was always a murderers row, but the other five always felt like a random afterthought.

Finally, Dana White (no surprise here) thinks Tito Ortiz is a dummy. I don’t really know the specifics for this assertion but these two have always had a love/hate relationship and really should just get a room and have a big hug. Tito Ortiz was the original poster boy and MMA’s first mega star. He was the longest reigning 205 Champ until Jon Jones, and a man you either loved or hated, but boy you’re a liar if you say you didn’t want to see his fights. One thing that made me a fan more was his coaching on TUF. He genuinely cared for everyone he worked with, and had some almost tender moments with his teams. Trash talking aside, without each other I very much doubt they would be the men they are today. I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it right here. Next time I will be reviewing this morning’s Ultimate Fighter, so stay tuned for that.

Keep reading, and buy for now.

Arun Paul Smith

UFC: An overview of this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter

tufep3Action from this week’s fight – Source: Getty Images

I just finished watching this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, and here are my thoughts on it.

We found out that Rousey has a bat shit crazy coach. Rousey attempted flirting with Tate’s man. Awkward. Pena sunbathed and looked incredibly hot. Okay, let’s talk about the fight. The fight was to be the classic rivalry of the striker from team Rousey and the grappler team Tate. The first thing I noticed was the size disparity. Rousey’s guy was tiny. However I was convinced that he was going to have a go-for-broke style. It was revealed that he hurt his hand and it became clear early in the fight that the hand was a bigger issue than first thought.

He was hesitating to throw. He also suffers from T-Rex arm syndrome and the team Tate stud was able to keep control of distance and was even getting the best of the striking game, so much so that he was able to knock down the team Rousey half pint and finish on the ground with a guillotine choke.

Next week its appears that Rousey’s coach may really lose the plot and the females get to scrap. We got the nerd from team Tate getting to play human pretzel with a woman that may have more issues than everyone that’s ever been in TUF put together. I think Team Tate will retain control. I’m very excited and I think the episode as a whole will be entertaining.

Finally, a quick news flash. Carlos Condit v Matt Brown. They get to batter seven shades of shit out of each other on the penultimate show of the year. There will be blood…..

Arun Paul Smith