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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.46
Impact started off with a Bully Ray-Jeff Hardy brawl and they brawled and brawled and Storm and Roode got involved and we had more brawling which TNA just overdoes and tonight was another example of overdoing the brawling. The segment with Roode, Storm, Hardy, and Ray in the ring with Sting had even more brawling and for some reason security never ran in to break it up leaving Sting to try futility to break it up. I do dislike how at times guys in an intense feud can stand in the ring and calmly stand in the ring and cut promos on each other and I understand what TNA was trying to do by showing how intense the feud is between these four guys but it was overkill. It was a different start than the usual opening talkie segment, but I didn’t feel it.


Tara Vs Velvet Vs Mickie James for the number one contendership in the knockouts division was an okay match because Velvet mostly stayed out of the way. The match got nine minutes but most of the match was cut by the commercial break. I was surprised that Tara went over Mickie clean as a whistle. TNA really has done nothing with Tara since she and Tessmacher lost the knockouts title so the result of the match was surprising. Tara Vs Gail should be a really good match, but the problem is that Tara doesn’t mean much and Gail beat her relatively easily a few months ago. I will say both women cut relatively effective promos after the match. TNA really has done nothing with Velvet since she dropped the title. I wish TNA would reunite her with Angelina.


Alex Shelley cut a good mini promo before his match with Zema Ion. Shelley Vs Ion was a solid match 4-5 minute match that got a good reaction. Shelley was over like rover. The match really was ground based as Shelley pulled out some swank ground based moves. That is part of his move set that we don’t see that much in TNA. I had hoped that Aries would have cut a post match promo or joined the broadcast team for the match as he has in the past. I also wish the Shelley-Ion match would have gotten a few more minutes, but that would only happen if they cut Young’s comedy match or segment and that’s not happening. I wish the X division would have gotten the type of spotlight they got last week, but hey at least we had an X division competitor two weeks in a row which is very rare.


The best thing I can say about the Bischoff’s segment is that it was short. I’m not sure why Eric wouldn’t want the camera man to take a shot of the mystery trainer and I guess the camera man didn’t see the guy and couldn’t tell anyone? I can’t wait til the reveal of Hogan as the trainer.


Eric Young and ODB Vs Angelina Love and Winter got a whopping seven minutes and the first half of the match was Eric Young’s tired comedy act where he takes of his pants and keeps locking up with the referee while Taz and Tenay laugh like idiots. My goodness how awful. Young segments have lost viewers at times so he his match was thrown in the top of the hour which usually get the highest ratings. It’s good to have friends in high places like Russo looking out for Young. The match was tolerable when ODB was in there but even then Young was acting like a fool. Young has added a new wrinkle as he has the fans count whenever someones not in the ring and they annoyingly started counting the rest of the show. The crowd was going nuts for Young so there’s TNA’S rationalization all this airtime. You know because the 500 mooks in the Impact Zone speak for us all.


The Daniels-Styles-Kaz segment was effective it’s too bad the crowd was all about amusing themselves. Styles who is hit or miss on the mic wasn’t very good, but Daniels was great on the mic playing the dickhead heel. He was right on about all Styles’ whining when things don’t go his way and Kaz was very good in playing a conflicted character. I’m glad we’re getting a Kaz-Styles match over yet another Styles-Daniels match which I’ve grown tired of. I’m interested on what they payoff will be and what the reveal is f there is one because the Dreamer angle didn’t have one.


I liked that TNA recapped Morgan and Crimson’s feud with Magnus and Joe, it’s too bad the feud has been so one sided. The feud stayed that way as Morgan went over Joe with a discus clothesline which is a transition move. The match was actually really good and the crowd as usual was into Joe. Magnus and Joe put the beat down on Morgan and Crimson again, but they still look very undeserving of a tag title shot and that’s unfortunate cause they’re a fun team.


The Main Event tables match between Roode and Ray Vs Hardy and Storm was pretty good for a tables match and got a good amount of time. I would have liked to see Ray and Roode go over in the match as it would make them look stronger and it’s not like Hardy or Storm would look weak. The post match beat down was fine and did put heat on the heels and Hardy being taken out is a storyline explanation for why he won’t be on the next few Impacts in the UK. I don’t believe he’s allowed to leave the country so that’s why he won’t be at the Impact tapings. Bully Ray continues to be a great heel and a highlight of the show and is being booked well. I wish they would be booking Roode better than they are as they’ve lost their way with him.


All in all, today’s show was a step down from last weeks excellent show. The most memorable part of the two hours might have been the countless commercials for Liam Neeson’s newest movie. There were so many commercials for the movie that it annoyed me almost as much as Eric Young does. The show wasn’t really bad just a step down from last week. I’m not all that excited about next weeks show with Hogan returning next week as the show has improved by leaps and bounds without him on it. I'm not surprised that Hogan snaked his way onto a tour that will draw some of the biggest crowds in TNA history. I will say I don't understand why TNA didn't advertise anything for the big shows in the UK.

















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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.08
You can't have four men brawl through out the show and not be bored at some point in time. There needed to be one brawl and then Sting gives them the match. While I do like Bully Ray and Roode in their weird alliance, Storm and Hardy look so out of place together. Its time for them to move on to Storm/Roode, but I think they are going to wait til Lockdown which is three months down the line. I can see a returning Mr. Kennedy being another guy Roode faces while James deals Bully Ray. Jeff, well Jeff can fuck off.

I liked the ending to the KO match, but it was rather sloppy at times. Velvet wasn't the problem with the match, its Earl Hebner and his retarded way of being in the way of things. He needs to be put out to pasture already or at least moved away from the KO division. Tara is looking her age in those backstage promos. EY and ODB. Man, I understand the ImpactZone likes it, but god damn is it embarrassing to watch. Again, its what I said last week, you either have to decide if you want the KO division to be a joke or serious. I also didn't realize there that many Curry Man fans on this site. Its still doesn't change my opinion on him in the X-Division. If anything Shelly looked great. Austin vs. Shelly should continue to be awesome.

(edited by lotjx on 27.1.12 0746)


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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.03
    Originally posted by graves9



    I’m not all that excited about next weeks show with Hogan returning next week as the show has improved by leaps and bounds without him on it. I'm not surprised that Hogan snaked his way onto a tour that will draw some of the biggest crowds in TNA history. I will say I don't understand why TNA didn't advertise anything for the big shows in the UK.













    (edited by graves9 on 27.1.12 0029)
Not only that but Hogan wrestled an unadvertised match on the TNA house show yesterday in a 6 man match with Sting and Storm vs Roode, Angle and Bully. I fear he'll wrestle at the Impact tapings tomorrow too.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.03
That brawl was a decent idea to start the show, but I thought it dragged in spots. The table stip for the tag match felt random. Regardless, the main event was entertaining and the post match stuff was good.

I was surprised to see a match in the 1st segment. Their choice for an opener was underwhelming (it had a lot of awkward spots), but it was nice to see a match in that spot for once.

I wonder if they crammed a month's worth of Young segments onto the last 3 Impacts because he's not on the UK taping. Granted 3 minutes of him a show is too much for me, but it seems he was on these shows more than was warranted. How'd that match get 5th quarter placement and like 6-7 minutes, which was more than the matches that set up/built 2 PPV title matches got?

Shelley returning to the ring was welcomed. Him vs. Ion was a fun 4 minutes. It's too bad it didn't get more time. It was better than some stuff that went longer. Aries not getting a promo was also a shame. They could have easily found time for either if not both of those things. Those quibbles aside, I look forward to Shelley vs. Aries. I'm a bit bummed to see that TNA's website announced a #1 contender match at the PPV. That may mean this may be a one month program before they go back to the lackluster Aries/Sorensen feud or water it down and make it another 3 or 4-way X Title program. Plus neither guy in the 2nd match are on the UK taping so it'll be a PPV contender match where in the month going in, one guy didn't appear on TV and the other's only appearance was losing a 4 minute match. That hardly helps the division.

Joe vs. Morgan isn't a match they need to do this often. Joe isn't as good or motivated as he used to be, but I feel bad for him having to continuously put over Morgan & Crimson. Joe & Magnus need to win a match at the London taping. They currently don't look too credible and have no claim to a title shot.

The AJ/Daniels/Kazarian feud still isn't doing it for me (I disliked that segment), but AJ vs. Kazarian should be a good PPV match.

I'm surprised at how little they set up and announced for their big show next week. Did they even announce anything on TV?


(edited by Brian on 27.1.12 0849)
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.20
I have always been a fan of Shelley, but he needs to stop whatever it is he is doing with his hair. It looks so bush league, it is hard to take him serious as a legit star, IMO.

Bully looked like he had been in a legit fight, even if it was a tad boring.

Hardy seems like he could not give a shit less.




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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.46
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    Originally posted by kentish
    I have always been a fan of Shelley, but he needs to stop whatever it is he is doing with his hair. It looks so bush league, it is hard to take him serious as a legit star, IMO.

    Bully looked like he had been in a legit fight, even if it was a tad boring.

    Hardy seems like he could not give a shit less.
I actually think Shelley's hair is pretty cool and gives him a unique look at least in wrestling. He looks different from pretty much every wrestler and that makes him stand out in a way. Eric Young now he looks bush league with that beard. As far as Hardy I just think he's pretty banged up as his back is giving him issues. Going through a table I'm sure didn't help him. I think he's actually worked pretty hard since he returned.

(edited by graves9 on 27.1.12 0921)
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.63
TNA: Brawling Matters.

The brawl did last a while, but my God, the Eric Young "match" felt like it took up half the show. I think Young is funny most of the time, but that just dragged on way too long.

And say what you will about the WWE Divas and how their in-ring work compares to the Knockouts, but you rarely see the Divas screw up timing so bad in matches, and as often as the Knockouts seem to do.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.18
Not to get into a Divas vs KOs feud, but kinda hard for most of the Divas to blow spots when they get 30 seconds and most of it is watching Kelly Kelly get beat on then her miraculously roll up the agressor. Though I've seen her botch that too.



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#9 Posted on
    Originally posted by blackdragon
    Not to get into a Divas vs KOs feud, but kinda hard for most of the Divas to blow spots when they get 30 seconds and most of it is watching Kelly Kelly get beat on then her miraculously roll up the agressor. Though I've seen her botch that too.
Kelly also can't run the ropes properly and I saw one of the Bella twins botch a roll up a few weeks ago.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
I missed the first hour and the second hour started with a ''comedy'' match that was not funny. Morgan-Joe was okay, but I weep for the state of the tag division. That pointless KAZ, Daniels, Styles segment is continuing a feud I have no interest in. And then we got a pretty solid main event so the second hour was middle of the road. Did I miss anything good in the first hour?
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.63
    Originally posted by blackdragon
    Not to get into a Divas vs KOs feud, but kinda hard for most of the Divas to blow spots when they get 30 seconds and most of it is watching Kelly Kelly get beat on then her miraculously roll up the agressor. Though I've seen her botch that too.


I guess I'm looking at a difference between "botched spots" and "poor timing." When Velvet couldn't get into the ring in time to break up a roll-up pin and Earl had to stop his count at two while Mickie half-heartedly kicked out, that to me is a timing issue and different than someone who botches a move because they can't do it properly. My point is, given how much training and experience most of the Knockouts have, I'd expect better.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.03
Velvet can't go we know that. The majority of knockouts match ups are pretty good . On another matter: It still boggles the mind that they didn't set up anything for the big Impact in London except hey we're on the road! Given how many previous on the road shows have faired in the ratings, just saying it's not in the Impact Zone isn't a big enough incentive for the average viewer to tune in. Since I figure they expect and are counting on Hogan's return popping a rating, it would have been a good idea to have said he was making his return on TV instead of just on their website and various social networking websites that far less people see. Going off history, hyping up his return has a better chance of popping a number than doing it as a surprise, especially as a surprise that'll likely be a part of the Bischoff/Bischoff feud which is far from a hot storyline. Setting up and announcing a decent upper mid-card match tonight would have been smart too. It'll be by far their most attended televised show, yet tonight they didn't make it feel like a big deal that fans don’t want to miss. I found that surprising given the hype they've done for previous on the road Impacts that happened in front of much smaller crowds. If you're going to do some big stuff on an episode of Impact to try to pop a rating and hopefully get yourself more on the road shows which they would benefit from, do it on the London ones where they have a great chance of looking major league, and hype it up on TV leading into the shows. Waiting until the actual show that just going off TV has little buzz and making it a series of surprises like they did with most of their Monday Impacts feels like a misstep.

(edited by Brian on 27.1.12 1400)
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.47
    Originally posted by Brian
    . Waiting until the actual show that just going off TV has little buzz and making it a series of surprises like they did with most of their Monday Impacts feels like a misstep.

    (edited by Brian on 27.1.12 1400)
I remember one of the few times they did advertise a match on one of Monday night Impacts was after a hot main event of Beer Money Vs RVD and Hardy you had Eric Young coming into the ring to announce a Young-Hardy-RVD Vs The Band main event the next week. That sure drew. I do agree that they totally should have advertised Hogan on next weeks Impact. BTW Hogan is all over TV in the UK and has put over Roode, Hardy and Styles so far. That doesn't mean he won't bury Roode or Styles in his next interview. Poor Roode has had to sell big time for Hogan in the six man matches at the house shows this week.

(edited by graves9 on 27.1.12 2245)
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.96
I really loved Impact this week.

The Styles/Kazarian/Daniels triangle continues to pull me in. I look forward to Kazarian eventually revealing his motivations.

I was pleasantly surprised that Tara won the Knockouts match. I was sure that Mickie James would win that.

Eric Young's comedy segments work for me, but I wish he would stop doing the "lock up with the referee" spot so much.

I don't think Immortal was mentioned once. That pleases me immensely.

Keep up the good work, TNA!
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.03
    Originally posted by Dionysus
    I really loved Impact this week.


    I was pleasantly surprised that Tara won the Knockouts match. I was sure that Mickie James would win that.

    Eric Young's comedy segments work for me, but I wish he would stop doing the "lock up with the referee" spot so much.

Isn't that all he does though? Lock up and then pull his pants down. He is so bad. I disagree on the Daniels stuff it isn't grabbing me.
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