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Kevin Nash is in the ring. He's advocating for Samoa Joe. Did I miss the part where Nash apologized or explained why he abandoned Samoa Joe in their tag match? Matt Morgan comes out and insults Nash, they tussle, Joe runs in and chases Morgan off.

Robert Roode and James Storm vs. Eric Young and Sonjay Dutt: Miss Banks and Jacqueline are here too. Banks has dark hair and black-framed glasses; Mike Tenay and Don West suggest that she's trying to become more like Miss Brooks. I was thinking that Roode told her to dress like that because Roode knows what he likes.

Dutt does his flippy-flips but James Storm superkicks him into Roode's Payoff. Not bad.

They announce the 2007 TNA AWARD X-Division winner -- it's Jay Lethal! He takes off his glasses and doo rag and speaks -- in his own voice. He's mad at Johnny Devine and he's not gonna take it anymore!

Crystal is in back with Black Reign, but Joe shows up almost immediately and KILLS REIGN DEAD. Kaz shows up afterward and is all like "well all right" and he swipes Reign's spike-stick and wig.

Elix Skipper vs. Sharkboy: Shark Boy has a new Steve Austinesque theme song and an Austin-style black vest. He has entirely adopted Austin's moveset except that where Austin would give the finger, Sharkboy makes the "I have a fin!" motion. He takes down Skipper with relative ease and pins him after the stunner. He then cuts a promo -- "that's the fishin' line because Shark Boy said so!"

This is amusing, sure, but are they actually going to job people to Shark Boy? And what do they hope to gain from that?

They announce the 2007 TNA AWARD Knockout winner -- it's Gail Kim! She wants the title back, but she has a concussion right now -- Awesome Kong (with her mysterious valet, Sayeed [I am guessing here, spelling-wise])comes out and -- headbutt! Spinning back fist! ODB comes out for the save, to the RABID approval of the crowd.

The Angle Alliance tries to get Tomko to join them. There are so many perks! Like Karen Angle! Tomko wants to know what that means. Kurt says that she's there for "inspiration." (AJ: "Like, 'Go Tomko!'") Tomko says he has a wife and child and he gets his inspiration from them. Kurt counters that strippers picked up from the strip club don't count. Tomko rebuts by socking Kurt in the face.

Johnny Devine vs. Black Machismo: This Street Fight is actually for the X-Division title, not just possession of the belt -- Jay Lethal is more serious than usual, but is still wearing the pants and stuff. I was thinking his speech at the beginning of the show was a shedding of the gimmick, what with Sharky doing the same thing, but the more the merrier. I guess.

Anyway, Lethal crushes Devine's head to a soft pulpy mass, with a DDT on a chair and repeated garbage can shots...Devine is bleeding, obviously. Team 3D is out, but Lethal takes them both out with a crossbody from the top to the floor! Chairshot to Devine's head and 1...2...the ref is pulled out. Devon occupies the ref while Ray lays out Lethal with a kendo stick -- puts Devine on top -- ref is back in -- and we have a new X Division champion. Man, TNA is all about giving away title changes these days.

After the match, Joe comes out and puts Devine to sleep with the Coquina Clutch while Ray and Devon select the better part of valor.

They announce the 2007 TNA AWARD moment of the year -- Booker T comes to TNA! Booker is out and talks about Sharmell. Robert Roode shows up on the Impact-o-tron and runs down Booker for putting his own untrained wife in a position like that. Roode has a point and deep down Booker knows it.

BG and his daddy Bullet Bob are training for Against All Odds and honestly I just don't know.

Tiger Mask and Curry Man vs. The Rock and Rave Infection: I of course adore Curry Man but I am totally unsure if yet another wacky zany character like this is what TNA needs right now. R'nRI have new outfits -- black wifebeaters and torn jeans. And GUITAR HERO GUITARS -- WTF. I mean, I know it's just Rave and Hoyt, but does EVERYONE have to look like as big an idiot as possible? Um, this is a fine little match, I guess. Tiger Mask wins with a diving headbutt.

BROCK LESNAR IS HERE in a hype video for UFC. Kurt Angle gives his thoughts -- contrary to what I was expecting, Angle gives Brock big props and talks about how dangerous he is.

They announce the 2007 TNA AWARD MVP of the year -- Samoa Joe! He complains that he doesn't get a title shot! Jeremy Borash points out that he got one a few months ago and didn't win. Joe clotheslines Borash down!

Jim Cornette comes out, as does Kevin Nash. Cornette admits that last week's DQ of Joe (from the #1 contender match) was a bad call -- how about if he makes Samoa Joe the SPECIAL ENFORCER in the Cage vs. Angle match at Against All Odds? Joe and Nash sneer. Okay, if Joe accepts, then he'll get his title shot at the next PPV -- how about that? Nash whispers in Joe's ear. Joe turns down THAT as well -- what he wants, he says, is a five-year deal wherein he always gets paid 50% more than Kurt Angle is. Cornette hems and haws but finally accepts.

Wow, Joe turned down a title match in favor of filthy lucre. I can't figure out if they're trying to do a subtle heel turn here, or what.

The Motorcity Machine Guns vs. Team 3D vs. Tomko and Styles: This is for the Tag Team Titles. You're not allowed to tag your own partner, and you're not allowed to fight your own partner. Styles abandons Tomko halfway through to take a hurt Karen Angle backstage, but Tomko is able to pull out a win with a clothesline to Devon. I was AMAZED that after all the brawls and guys flying in and out of the ring that the ending involved the two legal guys. Pretty good.

AJ is back after the match and hugs Tomko -- Tomko piefaces AJ to the floor. Christian Cage is on the ramp and is proud of Tomko.

And that's it. Wrestling was fine. The goofiness is draining me. End result: mostly ambivalence.

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I'm glad Tomko and Cage are getting back together ... but I also missed something because I do not get why Nash and Joe are back to being buddy buddy again.
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Nope. You didn't miss anything apart from Joe suddenly deciding that Nash can save his career. Not to be too conspiratorial, but it seems like Nash was handed Joe as a project after the latter went too far with his "shoot".

If this is their way of preparing Joe for the title, as rumoured a while back...yikes. The only guy seems to have momentum, crowd support and the "it" factor in his corner right now is Tomko - they'd be better off putting him over Angle then building Joe as a heel opponent for him.



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With the track record of this company lately, it wouldn't shock me one iota if Tomko turns on Christian in a couple of weeks and it turns out he was with Kurt all along. Never mind that it wouldn't make any sense, but these idiots just can't resist the swerve. Ever.




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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
    Originally posted by It's False
    With the track record of this company lately, it wouldn't shock me one iota if Tomko turns on Christian in a couple of weeks and it turns out he was with Kurt all along. Never mind that it wouldn't make any sense, but these idiots just can't resist the swerve. Ever.


I think they're gonna save that for Kevin Nash turning on Samoa Joe. I guess it would give him more odds to overcome when or if he gets the belt.

I'll admit that I never paid much attention from Shark Boy before, but they've got me hooked now, just to see if WWE will do something to try to stop his impression. Pouring the clam juice was funny, but that won't last into upcoming weeks.
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    I'll admit that I never paid much attention from Shark Boy before, but they've got me hooked now, just to see if WWE will do something to try to stop his impression.

"Stone Cold" Shark Boy = Parody = WWE can't do a damn thing about it. Simple as that. Same story with ECW and the Blue World Order back in the day.



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Or The Huckster and Nacho Man.

How long until Shark Boy drives a water tank down to ringside to douse whomever he's fighting at the time? Or someone breaks into his house weilding a harpoon gun? Or someone raises the tackle box just before he reaches the top on the ladder?

The possiblilities are endless. Seriously, Russo thinks this is original?
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Was that a quick clip of Lesnar doing a powerbomb inside of a WWE ring ?



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The Shark Boy thing will get old to me very fast. It just looks like they are doing the same thing they did with Lethal/Machismo.

If Nash turns on Joe, it will make Joe look like the most gullible idiot since Sting.

I can't believe I am buying Tomko as a main eventer, but I am.

To clarify, Curry Man is still Daniels, right?





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    Originally posted by kentishT
    o clarify, Curry Man is still Daniels, right?



Yep. It's a good way to have him in TNA without having "him" in TNA to advance the story that he was fired. Eventually he'll be unmasked and yadda yadda...



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    Originally posted by kentish
    The Shark Boy thing will get old to me very fast. It just looks like they are doing the same thing they did with Lethal/Machismo.


It also cements their status as desperately nipping at the WWE's heels. How can they ever hope to stand on their own when now even their few, popular non-WWE people are becoming linked to the WWE?

It's funny, but it's not wise. At least go the Big Show route and have him imitate a new gimmick each week.





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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      Originally posted by kentish
      The Shark Boy thing will get old to me very fast. It just looks like they are doing the same thing they did with Lethal/Machismo.


    It also cements their status as desperately nipping at the WWE's heels. How can they ever hope to stand on their own when now even their few, popular non-WWE people are becoming linked to the WWE?

    It's funny, but it's not wise. At least go the Big Show route and have him imitate a new gimmick each week.




What I'm hoping for is to have a tag team now pretend to be the Hart Foundation and they all make up a stable called the Wacky Wrestling Friends. Pure gold!

Chris Daniels is Curry Man? I didn't know this. I just thought him and Tigermask were brought over because of the Global Impact show, like trading wrestlers with another company. Curry Mans enterance is ten kinds of awesome!

Tomko continues to get better week after week. I'm assuming he got himself an acting coach because his reaction to Kurt calling his wife a stripper was fantastic. Back in the WWE, they would have NEVER allowed Tomko to look like he could and probable will hand Kurt his ass on a silver platter.




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    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    Was that a quick clip of Lesnar doing a powerbomb inside of a WWE ring ?
Yeah, apparently WWE agreed to let UFC use some clips. I dunno if they knew that it would end up on an actual TNA show.

I agree with others that Poject Tomko is going very well.

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The two highlights: Tomko and Curry Man! The WWE dropped the ball with him by not giving him the mic.

Curry Man....he's AWESOME! I'd never seen him before, but last night is inspiring me to look up more of his stuff. IS that seriously Christopher Daniels under all of that?



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I had the same thoughts as Karlos about Sharkie. I think the Stone Cold impression is pretty funny but who are they going to job after Elix? I wouldn't mind jobbing Hoyt or Kip but I doubt they would. Maybe they'll pair the two wacky characters (Sharkboy and Curry Man) together as a tag team to A. limit the wackiness to one segment and B. give Sharkboy a little bit of credibility by having Daniels as a partner.

Tomko is definitely going well. I'm actually still liking Christian/Tomko/Styles/Angle as a whole. It's nice how Christian and Tomko are starting to get back together because they're great together. I also like the inevitable Styles/Tomko breakup. Instead of fighting with each other they just happen to be on different sides of another feud, it's a different twist. If this still ends up with AJ turning face and actually being a serious World Title contender then what they've done for AJ and Tomko could be one of the best things TNA has ever done.

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    Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
      Originally posted by It's False
      With the track record of this company lately, it wouldn't shock me one iota if Tomko turns on Christian in a couple of weeks and it turns out he was with Kurt all along. Never mind that it wouldn't make any sense, but these idiots just can't resist the swerve. Ever.


    I think they're gonna save that for Kevin Nash turning on Samoa Joe. I guess it would give him more odds to overcome when or if he gets the belt.

    I'll admit that I never paid much attention from Shark Boy before, but they've got me hooked now, just to see if WWE will do something to try to stop his impression. Pouring the clam juice was funny, but that won't last into upcoming weeks.






You think Russo only has a 1 shocking swerve at a time limit? Shocking swerves for everyone.
As for the impression: Gillberg.
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A few things in there that I'd like to add, some to pad Jericho, others to lower Christian. Jericho was the WCW TV Champion at least once, and the WCW/World Champion at least twice. So, now we've got:
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