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Karen Angle tries to introduce her husband but Sting shows up instead. He feels that Karen lost them the Tag belts. Kurt Angle ambushes Sting with a chair, handcuffs him to the ring (jeez -- EVERYONE in TNA carries handcuffs with them these days), and invites his wife to slap Sting -- Karen steps up and slaps the white right off him.

Black Reign vs. Shark Boy is a squash which Reign wins with a twisting suplex. TNA needs to get some jobbers who aren't labeled "X Division."

Black Machismo Jay Lethal vs. Christopher Daniels: Daniels has XXX with him, and Lethal has Sonjay Dutt (who hits his tambourine whenever Lethal lands a punch -- heh). This is non-title, and is pretty good -- Daniels gets the win by blocking the Lethal Combination and hitting the Last Rites.

Jim Cornette announces some other matches at BfG -- a Reverse Battle Royal (OH BOY) for a title shot, XXX vs. LAX in Ultimate X (totally random, but yay!), Joe vs. Cage again -- there must be a winner! -- Angle vs. Sting, and a Women's Gauntlet -- 10 women: "5 you know, 5 you've never seen" -- so Gail Kim, Miss Brooks, Roxxi, Jack Moore, and...Christy Hemme, I guess (or Sirelda). And the other 5 -- well, if they bring in MsChif, I'll forgive a lot of other things.

Christian Cage and the Coalition are in the ring -- they call out Matt Morgan -- Cage is peeved because he feels that Morgan took too long to rescue Cage from Samoa Joe at No Surrender. They threaten to kick Morgan's ass -- Joe is out and SPEARS Cage. The coalition is tossed out, and Morgan announces himself as the special enforcer at Cage vs. Joe at BfG.

Cornette is here to verify this -- also (wait! I forgot to tell you -- earlier, Cage issued a challenge to the biggest, meanest Samoan that they could find for him) -- Cornette announces Christian Cage's Samoan opponent for next week -- it's JUNIOR FATU (formerly known as RIKISHI). He's wearing his vinyl hip hop outfit and looks pretty much the same as he always has.

So ecch foo yuck. I'm thankful and all that they shitcanned Test, but I'm not sure that Rikishi's any better. Hopefully this will just be a one-off -- Cage can crush Rikishi and humiliate him and give him a conchairto and send him packing to demonstrate his superiority over the Samoan race before Joe kills him at BfG. This being TNA, they'll probably have Cage get a stinkface and then Brian Lawler will show up and dance.

Kurt Angle vs. Abyss: SIX SIDES OF STEEL, and Abyss quits if he loses. Oh, AND it's submission only. Fun enough, but why ALL THESE STIPS in a match where, ultimately, none of them matter? Highlights include Angle doing a run-up moonsault on a standing Abyss, and also getting a nice reversal out of Shock Treatment into the Angle Lock. Also, there's a chair in the ring -- I have no idea how it got there.

Oh! But a big knife cuts through the mat and Judas Mesias comes out of the hole. He's a big dude with all-white eyes, spitting blood, wearing little purple trunks (if it was me, I would've put him in something other than traditional wrestling gear). He snags Abyss with a barbed wire garrote -- Kurt Angle bails out. Mesias dumps broken glass out of Abyss' bag, selects a piece, and slices both of Abyss' arms with it -- MAN I really wish they would stop doing that. And Mesias stands tall and that's the show.

Another kind of random, fractured episode tonight, and I think someone was frustrated by No Surrender's straightforward, no-run-ins card because wacky stips are starting to absolutely squirm out of the woodwork.

--K



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No Surrender took one step forward. This show took about five steps back.

One of my favorite parts of No Surrender was the way they put over Jay Lethal and made him look like a star. So naturally, they job him out on the very next show. I realize that they want to plug Daniels in as his next program, but couldn't they have had him get the title shot another way? A clean win over Kaz would have accomplished the same purpose without making Lethal look like a loser again.

The Black Reign gimmick needs a mercy killing in the worst way. He nearly sucked the life out of the crowd during the PPV and didn't do anyone any favors tonight, either. That's without even mentioning how over-the-hill Dustin Rhodes is. The "rat in the face" is about as stupid as the Stinkface.

Which segues into the debut of the former Rikishi. First of all, couldn't anyone come up with a better name than "Junior Fatu", which sounds like the ring name for a midget? I don't think his appearance is a one-off, as I'm sure they'll find something for him to do after his match with Christian. There are worse WWE castoffs, just as long as they resist the urge to resurrect the aforementioned Stinkface spot.

While I'm on that segment, Christian had no one but himself to blame for the beatdown he got at the PPV. After all, he's the one that decided to give Tomko and Styles the night off. Morgan acting as enforcer for his PPV match with Samoa Joe has "SHOCKING SWERVE" written all over it.

There are so many things fundamentally wrong with the main event that it boggles the mind. Having a Six Sides of Steel match with as many stips as this one, particularly the one about Abyss's career being on the line, BEGS for some (or, in this case, ANY) buildup! Why give away what was essentially your No Surrender main event for free on the very next show? They tape two shows on one night? Would it have killed them to tape this match at the end of the night and save it for next week so that they could actually promote it for a week? This is Crash TV at its worst. And that's without even getting into the disastrous Judas Mesias debut. I was so psyched about his debut, but the crowd was just DEAD for his appearance. And seriously, after all that hype, could someone get this guy some cooler threads?

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm not feeling very confident about this show going to two hours. I sincerely hope they can get their shit together, because No Surrender showed that this promotion IS capable of blowing everyone away.

(edited by It's False on 14.9.07 0225)


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So how many gimmick matches do they have for Bound For Glory now? geez?

1) Women's Gauntlet
2) Tag Team Ultimate X Match
3) Fight for Your Right Match
4) Match with Special Enforcer
5) Tables Match

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.33
    Originally posted by Mayhem

    So how many gimmick matches do they have for Bound For Glory now? geez?

    1) Women's Gauntlet
    2) Tag Team Ultimate X Match
    3) Fight for Your Right Match
    4) Match with Special Enforcer
    5) Tables Match




While I do agree that they use too many gimmick matches, the Special Enforcer matches aren't really that gimmicky are they? There is just an extra ref at ringside.

Even so, many people complain that TNA doesn't do anything to distinguish themselves from WWE, but when they do (gimmick matches) people still complain. While I am not sure what the answer is, I wish they would go for a more RoH approach emphasizing in ring action, as it appears WWE is unwilling to do that. I remember WWE was supposedly going to do that a few years ago, but I think guys who were to spearhead that movement were Eddie, Benoit, and Angle. I guess that didn't exactly work out. Instead we get 2 "sports entertainment" companies.

If Angle is the best wrestler in the world as he claims, he should be marketed as such, to be as different from Cena as possible. Not having his wife included in all of his story lines. Was that a demand she made when they reconciled? That she gets to be on TV and muck up his career?





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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.94

    Originally posted by kentish
    Even so, many people complain that TNA doesn't do anything to distinguish themselves from WWE, but when they do (gimmick matches) people still complain.
I think the people who complain that TNA is too similar to WWE are complaining BECAUSE of TNA's attempts to out-SpOrtZ EnTeRtIaNmEnT the E. Even if you're not a workrate lover, you ("you" in general, not *YOU*) have to agree that MORE SportZ Entertainment is not the answer. It certainly didnt work for WCW and it's not gonna work for TNA, especially with only 1 hour of TV per week.

Once they expand their show to 2 hours, it should be interesting to see if they just give us more of the same (35 segments per hour, etc) or if they use the extra hour to go in a different direction.

When is the 1st two hour show again? I might have to DVR that one to see how it goes.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    When is the 1st two hour show again? I might have to DVR that one to see how it goes.
Hello Forsty! The 1st 2-hour show is October 4th, 9-11pm on Spike TV.

Also, I agree with your assessments. It will be interesting to see if the first 2-hour show will be wall-to-wall awesome wrestling, or if it'll be all wacky skits, swerves, and Crash TV. I'd be tempted to take that show as a definite sign of where the company wants to go, but they change their minds on that seemingly every other week.

--K



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.25
    Originally posted by It's False
    One of my favorite parts of No Surrender was the way they put over Jay Lethal and made him look like a star. So naturally, they job him out on the very next show.


Not only that but Triple X's big reformation came to a halt when they jobbed to the sometimes thrown together tag team of Lethal/Sonjay. Then Christopher Daniels' return to the X Division was halted when he jobbed to Lethal (who at that point had not really been established, especially since he jobbed to Samoa Joe one day after winning the X Division). It's just an endless cycle of ruining every positive thing they do the very next show.





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