Did YOU remember that Impact was on a special night this week?
Joe confirms my thoughts in this thread about where Joe, at least, feels this storyline is going. He tells Kurt that he's made himself the "unofficial enforcer" for the Angle/Cage title match at Against All Odds -- he wants to make sure that Tomko doesn't interfere -- that way, Kurt will win, and the NEXT time that Joe and Angle fight, it'll be for the title (and Joe will win!). This also makes Angle's win over Joe at Final Rez make perfect sense. Now, if they can just have the patience to follow through...
Rhino vs. Raven didn't really happen; Raven turned out to be AJ Styales in the suit and mask. He SHATTERS a kendo stick across Rhino's back and KILLS him with a chairshot to the face.
The Papparazzi cameras film Borash and Eric Young buying condoms together. James Storm (along with Miss Tennessee and Slick Mark Johnson [?]) walks into the convenience store and makes the obvious connection. Giggle!
Chris Sabin vs. Senshi vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Austin Starr is a non-title match; Senshi and Starr concentrate on each other while Lynn reverses Sabin's Cradle Shock into a roll up. You know something? I'm REALLY TIRED of these X Division matches all ending with rollups. Come on! you're all suppossed to have CRAZY DEATH-DEFYING finishers! USE 'em!
Sting reveals that Abyss SHOT HIS FATHER THREE TIMES IN THE BACK (but he survived!)!!! Abyss storms out and starts beating on Sting! They go outside the Impact Zone -- Sting isn't really fighting back -- I dunno if he's just too stunned to do so or if he's turning the other cheek. Mitchell shows up and THROWS A FIREBALL into Sting's face!!!
You know would be AWESOME? If this angle ends with Sting finally gaining Abyss' trust -- and then Abyss shoots STING three times in the back! Ah ha ha!
Cage talks about his "consultant" -- Tomko put on some sunglasses. HMMMMMM
Christian Cage vs. Christopher Daniels is also non title -- mostly it's here to advance the Angle/Cage/Joe stuff but Daniels gets his licks in and it turns out to be not a bad match for Impact. Joe is out to hassle Cage, but this ends up making Angle think again that Joe is the "consultant." This is, really, set up pretty cleverly -- Cage is manipulating Joe into being the biggest red herring in North America, and Angle is (believably) buying it. Meanwhile, the actual clues are right there in Tomko's subtle fashion choices. Maybe next week Tomko will don, you know, that head thing. (Unless I've been fooled, too.)
Cage also gets the line of the night: he tells the guys in the truck to put more cameras on him -- he doesn't have a good side or bad side or anything, but his "right eye sparkles a little bit more."
Not a bad show. Not much wrestling-wise, I guess, but some good moments.
***EDIT! I forgot to mention that even with a walker (!) and on black-and-white video from his home, Konnan still cuts a pretty good promo. It ALMOST makes LAX seem like a threat to 3D. Now if ONLY 3D would friggin' SELL -- just a tiny bit! that's all I ask! -- for LAX, we might HAVE something.
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I hated this show. The Abyss angle is stupid, and overcomplicates the "Sting trying to save his soul" thing. We know Abyss is fucked up, we don't need goofy soap opera revelations about him shooting his father to emphasise it. And the Prison Yard match or whatever the Hell it is has bad idea written all over it.
Joe and Angle brawling for the millionth time is a waste of airspace, and only underscored how they've burnt this feud out in record time. Even if they ARE aiming for Joe/Angle IV for the belt, I don't think there are many left who would shell out out money for it. The match has been done three times in rapid succession, with varying degrees of quality. A month's break-and with Joe and Angle continually sniping at each other on TV-isn't enough to refresh it.
And the Borash/Eric Young stuff and VKM sit-down were just bad.
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Hmmm ... So are we to believe that Big Poppa Pump is "consultant", thus leading to an Angle/Steiner feud? In the past, I would have thrown up at this idea, but after seeing Steiner's feud with Joe, I'm interested. Thus leaving Joe to take the strap from Christian Cage.
I know everybody was mad about Angle/AJ being a free TV that lasted a few minutes but at this point I actually like Christian better than Angle and Daniels better than AJ so I felt they wasted another good ppv match tonight.
Also, I love heel Christian, I love heel AJ, but I HATE face Rhino. He should be a badass heel. Actually I think Rhino/Christian/Tomko/AJ would make a pretty kickass heel stable.
(edited by Quezzy on 25.1.07 0833) Lance's Response:
At least the main event was 7-8 minutes this week, not that I wouldn't prefer a little bit longer. Man, this show needs two hours! And is it in the contract with Spike that they do the retarded Adrenaline Rush video recap at the end of the show??? Nice way to guarantee the main event ends 1-2 minutes early. Why do we need a recap of a show we just watched???
Christian just gets better and better on the mic.
As a big fan of Memphis wrestling back in the day, I marked out for the return of the fireball! Didn't Mitchell burn himself doing the same thing in ECW?
Dean! Have you been shooting dope into your scrotum? You can tell me! I'm hip!
To be completely honest, I watched the show a week ago, and can't remember a time when they mentioned it. Maybe it shows the amount of attention I actually pay to Impact when I have it on during Tivo. Oops.
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I didn't see the match or the PPV but I find it hard to believe Abyss had a good match with Christian. I've been thinking about it though and I suppose it could be good if the psychology was done right.