I really didnt enjoy this show at all unlike the previous few weeks. My thoughts: I was enjoying the opening segment until Hardy came out. The main event was better than I expected it’d be. It seems Sting’s 1st match since being put in charge after BFG is something that should have been announced at least a week in advance.
AJ/Kazarian vs. Daniels/RVD was OK but it wasn’t as good as I expected. RVD seems to have no redeeming value--he’s quite sloppy & lethargic, is still an awful promo, clearly no longer cares, is becoming pear shaped, and doesn’t have any effect on ratings & business.
Nese/Ion II was entertaining though a little too Indyriffic. Their promos were poor. The finishes in these matches aren’t doing Nese any favors. It’s a shame that for the 2nd week in a row there was no Aries. Had to make room for a bunch of Eric Young "comedy" and two bad Madison Rayne promos, apparently.
That KO match was awful and felt 20 minutes long. That was the Hour 1 main event? Despite (re)adding ex-divas who’re supposedly good workers (Mickie, Tara, Gail, Winter), the KO matches are still bad and have been bad for a long time now. Their promos are bad too. To make matters worse, they haven’t been a draw in months despite TNA 2x down on them and booking them in a way to try to pop ratings. If only they spent 1/2 the resources that have gone into "bolstering" that division on actually bolstering and fleshing out the X and tag divisions.
I disliked Young/ODB vs. Moore/Anarquia. Why is Anarquia still on Impact if he’s so crappy he needs to go back to OVW? I’m so over the stale Eric Young comedy match formula I feel I’ve seen play out 300 times now. I’m over Eric Young in general. Advancing Young/ODB seems like a wasted opportunity to push two guys who could maybe be a new team or have a good match next round against Joe/Magnus or AJ/Kazarian.
I was disappointed the Angle/Storm storyline went into wacky comedy territory. Storm’s short promo was good at least.
Man this show was a terrible follow up to last weeks show which was fantastic. The Young-Odb stuff and the Knockouts Match as well as he Angle beating people up in Storm's hometown was just brutal. The announcing continues to get worse and worse as Tenay adds nothing and calls all the matches the same and Taz is alot like Booker T these days in that he praises the heels for attacking faces from behind and praising them for cheating. The Zema Ion-Nese match was good, but too short. Ion looks like a dope for pulling Nese up when he has him beat and Nese looks weak when he's pretty much beat but only wins due to Ion's arrogance. The Main Event was better than expected but Sting was in the ring too soon and I didn't like him pretty much pulling a SuperCena and getting the best of both heels and Hardy pretty much picking up the scraps. I though they really made the heels look weak and that's not helpful to Roode who needs to be booked strongly.
Yeah, that could scaffold HHH's character for a while and let everything simmer and build up quite nicely. This is the way I see it happening, though. RAW will start with HHH coming "back" to RAW (like he ever really left)