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#1 Posted on 20.3.05 0214.23
Reposted on: 20.3.12 0217.29

TNA 3-18-05

Due to FSN’s scheduling issues, I was able to catch only the last half of Impact! During the replay Saturday night. Nevertheless, I will do as I’ve planned and give a review of what I saw.

Dusty Rhodes announces that there will be two cage matches at Lock Down. Also, Team Tracy, the Disciples of Destruction, won at Destination X, but both teams have been signed and both girls will be Dusty’s secretaries.

Match #?
David Young vs. Shocker
Shocker is from Mexico. Many Americans know him from the McDonald’s commercial. Very smart of TNA to get a hold of this man. The crowd loves Shocker. This match is short but exciting. They get a “TNA” chant early on.
Shockwave to pin.

IMHO: Successful.

Match #?
DDP & Sean Waltman vs. Lex Lovett & Quatermain
With Kevin Nash as guest announcer. He needs to enunciate more clearly. Match is off to a mediocre start. You know, Nash has never done anything for me, but he sounds like he’s having fun. That’s the only thing about him that gets my attention: ever since arriving at TNA he has looked like he was having the time of his life.

Getting back to the match, Sean Waltman is launching ultra crisp kicks at Quartermain. Waltman is getting a lot of heat. The thing with the ref not seeing tags was a bit confusing, but whatever. Diamond Cutter to Quartermain for pin.

IMHO: Very Nice

After the match Nash joins his buddies in the ring. He calls out Dusty Rhodes, and requests the one of the cage matches be Waltman, DDP, and himself vs. Jarrett, Monty Brown, and the Outlaw. Dusty will tell us next week.

All the new talent they are bringing in worries me. More talent and less time means somebody has to go. Already they’ve dropped Red and Sonjay. Sure, names are important, but they didn’t get where they are through big names; they got there through quality wrestling. Also troublesome is the sheer mass of the newcomers. One of the reasons I paid for weekly TNA PPV’s is that I value talent a lot more than size.
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#2 Posted on 20.3.05 0300.33
Reposted on: 20.3.12 0301.15
    Originally posted by LotusMegami
    Also, Team Tracy, the Disciples of Destruction, won at Destination X, but both teams have been signed and both girls will be Dusty’s secretaries.

So we sat through that angle and match and it resolved nothing? Stupid.

DDP might not be in the best shape of his life but it's refreshing to see a well executed Diamond Cutter again.
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#3 Posted on 20.3.05 0406.36
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Sheesh, yeah. I don't mind the angle so much as the result: Trinity and Traci both being wasted fighting over the affections of Dusty, and the return of the Harris Boyz. Bleah.

(Phi Beta Slam I reserve judgement on for now -- at least they have matching outfits and a tag team name, which are big plusses to me. I wouldn't mind seeing them feud with AMW [with AMW winning, duh].)

Lotus, as far as what you missed: Christopher Daniels beat Jerelle Clark with the Angels Wings and Kid Kash beat Mikey Batts with the Money Maker -- both matches about what you'd expect: fast, short, pretty fun.

Daniels and Skipper "had words," so I guess we'll see them face off at Lockdown.

Also, AMW & Dustin Rhodes beat the Naturals & Candido with a Death Sentence on (IIRC) Dounglas. Alright. I still don't like Dustin but the AMW-double-team-feed-to-Dustin's-powerbomb was nice.

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#4 Posted on 20.3.05 0944.30
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I watched last night for the first time in a while (we don't get FSN on Comcast, but Comcast Sports Net runs it at midnight Saturdays, with the CSN logo awkwardly superimposed on the FSN one) and found myself enjoying it -- although my attention wandered during the last match. I think it was Waltman going for the missed-broncobuster-crotching spot, as seen in just about every X-Pac match ever, and selling it despite TNA's ring design making it clear that his groin was never anywhere near the post.

Still, it's always nice to see guys like Daniels, AMW, and Kash work, and this is the first chance I've gotten to see Shocker.

I can see they're really going for the HBK-and-Diesel vibe with Kash and Hoyt, but I'm not buying it just yet, at least not until I see Hoyt actually wrestle.

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#5 Posted on 21.3.05 1904.02
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    Originally posted by LotusMegami

    TNA 3-18-05

    After the match Nash joins his buddies in the ring. He calls out Dusty Rhodes, and requests the one of the cage matches be Waltman, DDP, and himself vs. Jarrett, Monty Brown, and the Outlaw. Dusty will tell us next week.

*sigh*. And Jeff Jarrett holds the title for *another* month. Yuck.

I'm down with your point about too many new faces, and too many big lugs. A few familiar faces can be a big asset, helping to get the product over with casual fans (and it can be fun for us smarks, too), but it's got to be in balance and mostly it's got to help get over their homegrown talent. Which means: put the belt on someone like Monty Brown, AJ Styles, or Abyss, and use the WWE alums to build them up.

It was, on the other hand, exciting to see Shocker. No lucha on my cable system, so up to this point I've only read about him. I found myself really pumped for his match. Hopefully they'll use him well.
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#6 Posted on 22.3.05 0810.43
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Well, guess nothing's going to help change the minds of these TNA people if they're going to go through another month of Jarrett being their centerpiece. Just a few more months and he can hit that one year anniversary mark. But I guess it won't matter if nobody's watching by then.

I worry about these 'new faces' too, for different reasons. One is they shouldn't be signing so many people especially for a promotion that isn't making lots of money. Two is that they need to develop the 'new guys' they've already got. But that is nearly impossible if those new guys don't get past the X/Tag division midcard. This goes back to the main eventers who will not be drawing much on their own and need to start making stars of the younger, talented bunch that are just sitting around.

At this rate, I dunno how anyone's going to aspire to be a professional wrestler in the future if they know they can't go any further.
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