Man, the Impact Zone is LOVING Rhino as he cuts a promo hyping his match against Monty Brown and Samoa Joe this Sunday -- wait, here's Monty now, with a rejoinder! And here's Joe! And here's security!
Kevin Nash, Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine vs. Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt: Barely-adequate X match with some light comedy. Nash seems reluctant to face Sabin man-to-man. Sabin wins with the Cradle Shock -- I predict that he won't hit that move on Sunday.
Zybyzsko announces that Cornette has added Jay Lethal to the Senshi/Petey match on Monday. Why? Because of Jay's "outstanding performance" on last week's show. Oh! You mean his performance in that #1 contender's match where Jay not only LOST, but was the guy who got PINNED? THAT performance?
I'm SO GLAD that Slick Johnson is on the show to point out the jokes that otherwise I am sure I would have missed.
Homicide vs. Christopher Daniels: This is a much better X-style match than the previous match, and it's not even described or announced as such. I'm really excited about LAX -- Homicide looks like he may live up to the considerable hype, and Hernandez has some crazy power moves -- hey, speak of the devil! Hernandez "sneaks" in and hits Daniels with the Crackerjack (overhead choke toss) and there's the pin. How could the ref miss that interference? Doesn't matter -- according to Tenay, even the refs are afraid of LAX! Sometimes it's better to pretend you didn't notice!
Abyss vs. Sharkboy: 30 seconds and there's the Black Hole Slam. Brother Runt taunts Abyss from the ramp -- scratch that, he's on the ledge OVER the ramp -- Abyss takes the bait -- and Runt BEAUTIFULLY hits a GIGANTIC crossbody from off the ledge! WOW that was -- well, it was pretty scary, actually. Runt actually hits the Acid Drop (called as such) and runs Abyss off!
Eric Young tries to bribe his way into keeping his job, giving Jim Cornette Wendy's take out, some whiskey, and a tennis racket in a black-with-red-fringe cover and with Jim's initials in diamonds! Cornette says that the racket looks like a toilet seat in a New Orleans cathouse, besides which he never wants to see another tennis racket as long as he lives. Say, Eric, you've got a match against Johnny Devine on Sunday -- you better win it if you expect to have a job on Monday!
Christian Cage vs. Scott Steiner: You know, Steiner is my #1 example for giving guys another chance. I was pretty sure I didn't care if I never saw Steiner again, but he's been booked great in TNA and he's really been performing well. He also adds a dynamic and presence that is unique in TNA, so there's that on top of that. Anyway -- this is a pretty good match for free TV with no actual finish. JJ runs in. Sting runs in. Yep.
So: Two good matches, one disappointment, one squash. Lots of Eric Young, not too much JJ. That's a pretty good balance, I say. You?
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I hated this show. TNA has the hokiest backstage vignettes. I'd say just as bad as dying day WCW (and I watched WCW till the end, so I'm not being hyperbolic.) This promotion with tons of top talent who wrestle a style completely aliean to the vast public opened it's show with a bad skit with Borash and Eric Young. That stuff is Hee-Haw. Open up with LAX coming to the ring threatening white boys. That'll get some buzz. The stuf with Johnson and Zbysko might be funny to 12 year olds in the audience, but they're cringe inducing. This company is booking itself for family friendly audiences. Where's the gritty realism?
The booking of this company is meaningless. No one ever moves up. Talk about a glass ceiling, people exchange wins and losses. They need to cut half the roster and start PUSHING people. Rhyno might be the most over guy in the company, yet he's mid-tier.
The number 1 contender stips never mean a thing either.
I don't get pay per views, so the blow away matches there don't really mean much to me. The TV show annoys the holy hell out of me week in and week out, though.
I liked what they did with the Rumble last year. They had one or two big names in the middle, but then they put out the biggest names towards the end. When was the last time someone the stature of Booker T was the last man in the Royal Rumble?