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Karlos the Jackal
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Hey, everyone! Today I went down to Seattle to see the Muppets exhibit at the EMP, and then I went on a flume ride and a rollercoaster, and then I had some awesome Afghan food at Kabul, and then I came back home. And then I watched Impact! I am pretty tired, so this might be a little abrupt. And I will probably do a lousy job of proofreading!

Let's mention a quick bit of news first: last week, I mentioned my surprise that the British Invasion won the IWGP tag team belts. I am not the only one surprised: New Japan was as well, apparently, and released a statement that they consider the match null and void, and consider 3D to still be champions. Interesting!

The Main Event Mafia are out; Kurt Angle complains about last week's match, and announces that Kevin Nash will have a shot at regaining his Legends title from Mick Foley at Hard Justice (August 16th on PPV!). I have a real tough time imagining how that match is not going to be horrible.

Kurt Angle announces that the MEM is teaming up with...The World Elite. (We actually got a quick shot of Eric Young and Angle coming out a limo at the top of the show, so this is expected.) There are now FIFTEEN people in the ring, holy cow -- Angle, Nash, Booker, and Steiner -- Joe and Taz -- Sharmell, Traci Brooks, and Jenna Morasca -- the British Invasion, Kiyoshi, Bashir, and Young.

Eric has a shaven head and new ring gear -- short, olive green trunks with "EY" on the front and the World Elite logo on the back, and matching knee pads. He looks a little like late-period Val Venis. He complains about America.

Backstage, Daniels cuts a promo about how Young is a traitor to the TNA cause. He's facing him tonight. The Motor City Machine Guns wander into frame and act all confused by the TV camera -- it's been so long since they've seen one, see. Daniels tells them that if they cared about being on TV they should come out and back him up tonight, since Bashir and Kiyoshi will be in Eric's corner. MCMG are all, "eh, we might as well."

Daniels vs Eric Young: Fine little match with Young being all "serious." Kiyoshi and Bashir interfere freely, as Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin stand around ignoring them while perusing video game manuals. (Mike Tenay thinks they're "magazines" -- "get with the 21st century, Mike," says Don West.)

Eric Young hits a neckbreaker, then holds on, floating over to turn it into a Crippler Crossface. Daniels fights that off and puts Young on the turnbuckle -- Venus Palm! Iconoclasm! -- shades of CIMA! Daniels gets the Best Moonsault Ever and is going for the Angel's Wings when Bashir distracts the ref and Kiyoshi MISTS Daniels in the face! Eric Young grabs a piledriver and that's it.

Tenay again puts over the piledriver as something you just don't do. Kiyoshi and Bashir sneak attack the MCMGs after the match, which seems like a tactical error.

Robert Roode cuts an anti-Eric promo, followed by Team 3D doing the same.

Beer Money & Team 3D vs. the British Invasion & Booker T & Scott Steiner: The Brits are Doug Williams and Rob Terry, because Brutus Magnus has a match with Sting tonight. This goes like normal for a minute or two; Beer Money hit their double suplex and Terry gets tagged in while Beer Money play to the crowd. Double clothesline by Terry; scoop slam; basic stuff, it's fine. Robert Roode fights back with kicks and a Blockbuster; the pin attempt brings in the heels, which brings in the faces, and this breaks down.

The World Elite are out -- and so is Daniels -- and the MCMG! There's that tactical error coming back to bite you. This brings out Kevin Nash, which brings out Mick Foley, which brings out Kurt Angle, which brings out Sting, followed closely by Samoa Joe. Bobby Lashley appears and goes right after Joe. This brings out Mike Davis and his MegaSecurity. EVERYONE is brawling. At this point, Don West says, "You know what? Fire this referee. He lost control of this whole thing!" Ah ha ha!

"Slick" Mark Johnson might keep his job after all, though -- back in the ring, Traci has shoved Roode off the top rope, which allows Terry to KILL him with a big one-armed Spinebuster for the three count. I am wildly amused that after all that, that it still comes down to the legal men. Kudos.

The brawl continues into the back as well as in the ring, going until the commercial break, and then a whole 'nother segment until the commercial break after that. Tons of plunder involved here as well as some nice way-overhead "security camera" shots, and finally the cops show up to break it up! Pretty fun.

Alissa Flash & Traci Brooks vs. Taylor Wilde & Sarita: I really liked this match -- three of my favorite Knockouts plus Traci, who's usually willing to bump like a loon. Highspot early on with the heels on the outside and Sarita (assisted by Wilde) hops up to the top and hits a HUGE crossbody to the floor! Flash DESTROYS Wilde with the curbstomp. Traci comes and so does Sarita; Sarita goes for a bridge pin on Traci but kind of rolls through and goes after Flash, who has blind-tagged in -- arm drag and the Rings of Saturn with her leg also crooked around Flash's head. Nice sequence.

Brooks and Wilde fight to the outside while Flash tries to catch Sarita in -- something, but Sarita flips out and goes for a crucifix -- no, sorry, she keeps spinning into a small package instead, and Sarita pins Flash again. After the match, Brooks (gutwrench suplex!) and Flash (Michinoku Driver!) lay out the faces.

Hernandez FINALLY arrives in the Impact Zone (Russo: "He was having a siesta, see?" -- I'm guessing) to find Kip James cleaning up the aftermath of the brawl (ha! Kip James is a janitor!).

Sit-down interview with Hernandez, followed by a backstage interview with Homicide. They're not feuding, but they seem to be separated for now -- Hernandez says they're "on different roads," but that they'll be tag champs again someday. Homicide talks about Samoa Joe and Taz, pointing out that "a 187 is much stronger than a 13" -- hilariously, you can see Lauren working out the math in her head here.

AJ Styles vs. Matt Morgan: Second match in the 2-out-of-3 series. Another pretty good match. Morgan's been doing this thing I like where he picks the other guy up for a Sidewalk Slam, but then he stops and looks at his "watch" for a few seconds before shrugging and simply dropping the guy. I dunno what it means but it amuses me. Anyway, Morgan wins with the Hellevator to tie up the series, 1-1.

We get a quick text-only promo heralding the arrival of "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero at Hard Justice. This is almost certainly Elijah Burke.

JB finds Angle in back, taking off -- the Mafia are family men, they can't be mixed up with stuff that causes the cops to show up! -- and Angle leaves. Abyss pops up -- he's worried about the $50,000 bounty on his head, which leads to this awesome exchange:

Abyss: "JB, you're not gonna try and collect the bounty, are ya?"

JB: "$50,000 is a lot of money, man, but I would never do that in a million years."

Abyss: "So what's that behind your back?"

JB: "A h-hammer -- just a regular hammer -- you never know when you're going to need a hammer!"

Lethal Consequences attacks Abyss, but he shrugs them off, throwing them into the walls (Jay Lethal: "Andre, no!").

Sting vs. Brutus Magnus: Terry and Williams are sent to the back by "Slick" Johnson, who apparently got his fill of shenanigans earlier tonight. Not much of a match, with Magnus submitting to the Scorpion Deathlock in short order. Not sure why this match existed.

Afterward, the World Elite attack -- this brings out Lashley and Foley, which brings out the MEM (who -- swerve! -- didn't leave after all!) and THIS brings out Hernandez, who is swinging a BIG CHAIN around and walking kind of awkwardly down the ramp because he's concentrating on not hitting himself in the face with the chain, and he chases off ALL TEN OR SO HEELS by himself!

Pretty strong show overall with one glaring plot hole: After the "huge brawl" -- the "biggest in TNA history" -- no one suffered any ill effects. They all ran in again at the end, just like nothing had happened. In the brawl -- which has been hyped by TNA for the last week, getting commercial airplay and all -- people were clobbering each other with tables and chairs and it was all very "brutal" -- but now, not even a band-aid or a limp in sight; no casualties were suffered whatsoever. TNA just doesn't have the patience to deal with the aftermath of anything, they just need to leap from plot point to plot point without considering anything in between. Disappointing, especially considering the otherwise good presentation tonight, but it's par for the course for TNA.

--K



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.61
How is the Kabul? I keep meaning to try it since it is close to the parents, but I get sidetracked by Dick's, Thai and sushi every time I'm up there.
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Since: 6.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
I like all the brawling and most of the other out of ring stuff but the most important thing is that all of the wrestling was good, which has been rare for TNA lately.

- Nash and Foley in a match together is great just because last month they wasted both AJ AND Angle on them.

- I like the shaved head for EY but not the tights. His match with Daniels was fun and MCMG reading video game manuals was a nice touch.

- Women's division is pretty awesome right now. Taylor is feuding with Traci, Alissa is feuding with Sarita, the Beautiful People are feuding with ODB/Deaner and Tara and Kong are feuding. Has TNA ever had more than two women's stories going at once? The matches have been good too and I'm loving Sarita despite all the horrible Mexican colored tights.

- I think as good as the matches with Morgan has been, it confirms AJ is the best wrestler in the company, if we didn't already know that. What if AJ loses though? Then what does he do at the PPV? And who is Joe wrestling at the PPV? He's had beefs with Homicide, Hernandez, AJ and Lashley. I'm afraid he'll be wasted on Lashley.

- I'm still intrigued with who is going to collect the Abyss bounty. There aren't many people not tied up in the main story.

- The way Hernandez came to the ring swinging the chain reminded me of how slowly Funk would go to the ring with the chainsaw in WWE.



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InVerse
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.44
If nothing else, TNA is really good at remembering which characters treat their women like shit. Traci going after Roode reminded me of Alexis Laree being pissed off about having to team up with Kid Kash several months after the storyline of him abusing her had ended.

One would have to assume that Joe will take a shot at Abyss at some point. After all, it's been established that he's only interested in money.

Nash vs Foley could easily be good. All we need is for Nash to launch Foley off a balcony, tearing his own quad in the process and then have Foley break a leg or something so they're both out of the ring for several months.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.20
The first brawl was a pretty neat idea. Have mass mayhem all over the building, that the company can't even control, bring in the cops. Yeah, that's a little different I can go along with that, but then to no sell the whole thing with a cheesey second brawl makes you wonder what the point even was. Booker T got murdered in the first brawl, but was out there like nothing happened in the second. Tape up some ribs, do something otherwise you are just wasting time.

Even though I'm behind the idea of the meltdown brawl, I still don't like where they're headed with everyone on one side against everyone on another. Those 50/50 company feuds worked for a little while with the nWo, not so much with The Invasion, it's just kind of played out.
Karlos the Jackal
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by InVerse
    If nothing else, TNA is really good at remembering which characters treat their women like shit. Traci going after Roode reminded me of Alexis Laree being pissed off about having to team up with Kid Kash several months after the storyline of him abusing her had ended.
Holy cow, great catch! That hadn't even occurred to me.

    Originally posted by Quezzy
    And who is Joe wrestling at the PPV?
Someone (Angle? Tenay?) said that he'd have another shot at Homicide's X title at Hard Justice.

    Originally posted by Quezzy
    The matches have been good too and I'm loving Sarita despite all the horrible Mexican colored tights.
Oh, man, I love the tights, too. So cheerful!

    Originally posted by Lise
    How is the Kabul? I keep meaning to try it since it is close to the parents, but I get sidetracked by Dick's, Thai and sushi every time I'm up there.
Ha, it's tough to ignore the lure of the giant spinning Dick's sign, isn't it? But OMG Kabul is pretty great. I recommend getting bolani -- a stuffed flatbread -- for the appetizer -- you could make a meal just out of those. The entrees are straightforward but soooo good -- you can get meat kabobs or vegetarian stuff, too. It's a tiny place and can be crowded, so get a reservation. Let me know if you try it!

--K



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.24
Alissa Flash? Sure, "Alissa" is derivative of "Melissa", but that name sounds like an Alternate Earth version of "Alundra Blayze".



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.25
    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    TNA just doesn't have the patience to deal with the aftermath of anything, they just need to leap from plot point to plot point without considering anything in between.


This is Vince Russo's signature style. Fortunately, if the dirtsheets are to be believed, this problem will hopefully soon be resolved.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.48
    Originally posted by Lise
    ...I get sidetracked by Dick's...

    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    Ha, it's tough to ignore the lure of the giant spinning Dick's...


Are you two fighting for 'Out of Context Quote of The Year'?

(edited by Cerebus on 9.8.09 0720)


Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.74
    Originally posted by Alex
      Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
      TNA just doesn't have the patience to deal with the aftermath of anything, they just need to leap from plot point to plot point without considering anything in between.


    This is Vince Russo's signature style. Fortunately, if the dirtsheets are to be believed, this problem will hopefully soon be resolved.






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