Hernandez vs. Robert Roode: This injury/payback angle is a much better way of trying out Hernandez as a singles wrestler than splitting LAX would be. Hernandez does pretty well, too, taking a beating and fighting off interference while showing off a couple of new moves, including a face-first Samoan Drop for the pin.
Motorcity Machine Guns vs. Eric Young and BG James (???): This makes no sense. MMG are superawesome, but EY & BG win with Young's Wheelbarrow neckbreaker. BG tousles Chris Sabin's hair, causing Sabin to snap and attack him. Don West and Mike Tenay don't understand why Sabin would do this! (No mention of BG's condescension, of course.)
This reads more like a heel turn than a split for MMG, which is good news, especially if it leads to an LAX feud once Homicide returns. On the other hand, that means that there are currently no healthy face tag teams at all (discounting the ad hoc Cage & Rhino). My original reaction to the match was "MMG lost to who, now?" but who else is there for MMG to lose to?
Kurt Angle goes to Booker T (in his fur-lined, no-shoes dressing room) and asks for Booker to watch his back during his match against AJ Styles tonight. Booker agrees, as long as Angle does the same for Booker's match against Rhino (who Booker calls by his full name, "Rhinoceros" -- ah ha ha!).
Karen's Angle -- fast forward -- it looks like Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt brawl, and Lethal accidentally clocks SoCal Val in the process.
Matt Morgan vs. Frankie Capone: Squash. Tenay says that people who fall victim to Morgan's Hellevator are members of the "Mile High Club." Huh.
Team 3D comes out afterward and attacks Morgan; Abyss comes out for the save. I assume we're getting a tag match at No Surrender. Ah, so there's our new face tag team.
The Beautiful People talk dirt about Taylor Wilde; Kip James, their new BFF, shows up and the three of them go hassle Wilde. Honestly, I think using Kip James as the Beautiful People's valet is the best Kip James-related idea I've heard in the last, say, decade.
Rhino vs. Booker T: This is a qualifying match for the 4-way title match at No Surrender. By-the-numbers, with Booker picking up the win by axe-kicking Rhino after Rhino misses a splash (there's a reason they call it high-risk!).
Lauren asks Gail Kim about having to face Awesome Kong in a street fight -- Gail Kim says, "You think I'd just pack my bags and leave?" FORESHADOWING
Petey Williams vs. Consequences Creed: I think this is Creed's best match yet -- lots of neat stuff from him, including a press into a double-knee gutbuster and a nice jump off Petey's back into an elbow drop. Abdul Bashir runs in -- driven mad by Creed's red, white & blue attire, according to Don West -- and that's a DQ.
Petey Williams is angry at Bashir -- hmmm.
The Prince Justice Brotherhood serves the Rock n' Rave Infection a summons for being an insult to Rock and Roll. Curry Man wants to make beautiful music with Christy Hemme. Rock and Rave take out Curry and Shark Boy.
Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong: This is a nice little street fight -- Gail is plucky but Kong is too much and decimates her, pinning her after an Implant Buster. Katie Kim comes in to protect Gail from further damage, and Roxxi and ODB run out to protect her. I was under the impression that there would be a Kim vs. Kong match at No Surrender, but if this was Kim's last night, ODB & Roxxi vs. Kong & Saeed would be a nice replacement.
AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle: This is a ladder match with Kurt's Olympic Medals at stake. All right, I guess, but when I'm thinking, "oh, another ladder match...yawwwn," I kind of feel like it's time to lay off a little. Styles wins (again -- that's three times in a row!) with the help of Jeff Jarret's entrance music and guitar.
Some pretty good action tonight. My favorites were Creed vs. Williams and Kong vs. Kim. You?
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I actually really liked Hernandez as a singles wrestler, both last week and this week; his random power moves were pretty unique, though I think the one move he used is similar to Chuck Palumbo's finisher. It's cool to see him in singles matches, because when there's a team representative in a singles match it's usually Homicide.
I'm totally psyched about the Guns turning heel, because individually I find Sabin and Shelley to be very vanilla as faces but very fun as dick heels. I'm just not thrilled about them feuding with BG James; hopefully that's a short-lived thing.
The Lethal/Dutt thing is really old by now; they need to finish it and move both onto some new programs.
It's cool to see Abyss back, but it'd be better if he actually had a storyline and matches, as opposed to his current role as TNA's deus ex machina. Faces in trouble? Go get 'em, Abyss!
And I was quite disturbed by the "Mile High Club" thing. They should probably stop calling it that as soon as possible. I do like calling the move the "Hellevator," though.
Yeah, I do a little recap on 411mania (shameless plug) and joked that Don "keeps say that but I think he does not mean what he thinks it means."
Show was okay. A heel turn would be nice, but I'd rather they were facing actual teams so they can at least play the "we tried playing fair/got cocky cards"instead of the "we suck so now we have to cheat" because maybe it's just me but losing to BG James and Eric Young clean just makes them look bad.
It would be nice if Abyss got to do something other than save people. Unless that became part of his gimmick and even when he had tag matches or something he'd wander off to save someone. Just a thought. And why couldn't he have Morgan's squash this week? They keep talking about Morgan desiring shots at the World Title, but last time I checked a)Johnny Devine was not in the title hunt and b)you might need to beat someone on the roster. What is this, boxing?
Cena can't be beat because he's some unholy genetic recombinate of superstars past. I mean, you might as well call him John "Realest of the Real, Sargent Rock - Cold - A - Mania" Cena.
That's the Impact Zone, and as someone else posted, you don't always book to the live crowd. The live crowds will always cheer Hogan because he's a legend, but that doesn't mean they will pay to see him main event and wrestle.