I didn't get around to watching last week's show until tonight (I've been playing Bully instead), and then I watched this week's show, too, so I am a little punchy and this will be brief.
Sonjay Dutt vs. Abdul Bashir vs. Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley: This is for the X belt. MCMG mostly work together, as do Bashir and Dutt. Fun match that gets some time, which is good to see. I'd still like to see some bigger guys going for the X belt, especially since Shelley can stand up to them well enough. Anyway, Shelley pins Dutt with a really cool cradle thing while Bashir and Sabin are outside the ring.
Sharmell T has come out to fetch Shane Sewell -- back to reffing this week (and last) -- I guess Cornette figured the issues with Shane were settled but Sewell seems to have a knack for getting in disagreements with wrestlers.
Booker T tells Sewell that, in the elimination match tonight with Booker and Scott Steiner vs. Eric Young and Petey Williams, they want Williams to themselves, so Sewell had better make sure that Young is eliminated first.
Kurt Angle and Sting are in the ring -- they have a disagreement about their upcoming PPV matches with Devon and Ray -- Sting doesn't want Kurt speaking for him, basically. Jim Cornette comes out and changes the two singles matches to one 4-way match, first pinfall wins the title! (Okay, my prediction for the PPV is that Angle wins the title from Sting.)
They air a clip of Team 3D from Japan, where they have "just" won the IWGP tag titles.
Sojourner Bolt vs. ODB: Or "Sojo," for short. Standard stuff here, quickly ended by Awesome Kong coming down and attacking ODB.
Lauren is backstage with "Sarah Palin," who is laughing about how awesome it was to -- OH the Beautiful People come and BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF HER. That was the right way for this angle to end but the wrong year. Kip -- in a little pink knit skull cap -- says "that's enough" and pulls the BP off of "Palin." Good to see he's out of the MEM, but I don't want to see a face turn for him either.
Eric Young & Petey Williams vs. Booker T and Scott Steiner: I am astounded that Williams is STILL doing the "Little Poppa Pump" thing -- what's the deal there? That's totally goofy.
Anyway, Eric Young is indeed eliminated first, although Sewell called it down the middle -- T and Steiner wrestled smart and Booker put Young away with an axe kick. The numbers prove to be too much for brave Petey, who fights valiantly but finally gets pined after another axe kick.
Beer Money vs. Abyss & Matt Morgan: Morgan and Abyss made up before this match -- which is a First Blood match. Standard First Blood shenanigans lead up the the inevitable Morgan heel turn as he smashes Abyss in the head with a steel chair, busting him open.
Kurt Angle vs. AJ Styles: And here is a tables match. I enjoyed it! A couple of nice table spots here and some good spots -- Styles coming off the apron with a HUGE Superman Forearm to Angle on the floor was nice, and there was a good table-tease sequence leading up to the ending, which was Angle Olympic Slamming Styles through the table.
After the match, Angle destroys Styles' ankle with a steel chair and an Anglelock, and then announces that this is the "beginning of the end" for TNA -- the MEM is going to take everyone else out "one by one."
Is the next PPV not going to have Styles or Samoa Joe? Because that would suck.
Last 5 movies seen: Appaloosa *** - Pineapple Express ***1/2 - Ghost Town ***1/2 - The Leech Woman ** - Hamlet 2 ***
I was almost afraid the show was afraid to recycle more Russo-isms, but there's nothing that's more vintage Russo than that SHOCKING SWERVE with Morgan and Abyss. Would have been slightly more effective if they didn't have Morgan make amends beforehand (a.k.a. tell Abyss, "Hey, I'm turning on you tonight").
The Beautiful People kinda beat the holy bejeezus out of the fake governor, didn't they? I don't get why Kip had to beat up security to separate them, though. That's...kind of security's job...
With Angle and Sting in the same match for the title, the over/under on mentions of "dissension within the MEM" leading up to the PPV is at 25. Place your bets! I also do slots and video poker!
Well, I guess combining the Sting and Kurt matches will be better but now they have one less match on the card and if there is no AJ or Joe then what exactly are they going to do? There's an X Division match, a women's match, Steiner vs. Petey maybe, Abyss vs. Morgan? This does not look good.
I think Karlos is right about Kurt winning the title from Sting and since Team 3D is in the match too I wouldn't put it past Russo to have all three gang up on Sting and say this was their plan all along or something. Although with Nash out of the picture and Steiner being Steiner the MEM could probably use Team 3D.
Then I could easily see Sting rallying the TNA troops. Joe comes back, AJ comes back and Daniels comes back. Unfortunately Sting will probably get all the glory in the end.
I'm bothered by Angle's promise to destroy TNA. The Frontline -- that pack of disrespectful whippersnappers, sure -- but TNA? That's a distinction that sinks my interest. I hope it was a slip of the tongue. The man did just wrestle a tables match.
I don't want another NWO vs WCW angle that so closely parallels the original. MEM can't become its own promotion.
Speaking of the MEM, is anyone targeting Booker's Legends belt anymore?
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Does true markdom really still exist? I mean, even folks who aren't at all online know it's staged, right? Is there any small audience left who still thinks it's real? 'tis a shame. Oh well - onward and upward.