I thought that felt like a nothing show. There wasn't much in the way of bad stuff (though I did skip some segments), but the Storm promo was about the only thing I'd say was above average and I found most of the show easily forgettable. There isn't one storyline going on right now that has me excited. Aries/Bully comes close, but that's only because both guys are good, not because of any sort of storyline development.
Roode was solid, but overall, I thought the opening segment was just there. I don't want to see Anderson in the main event again nor do I want see more segments that present Hogan as the top act in the company.
The tag match was better than I expected given half the participants, but Morgan as the face in peril is still not good. At least it built to a good Aries hot tag.
I continue to have no interest in anything involving Garett. Every time he cuts a promo, I just think of all the guys in the company who are actually good talkers who get less mic time than him.
Between the weird cut and the overbooking, Angle vs. AJ was disappointing. I still don't care about the stupid secret. It now being AJ's secret makes Kazarian's turn make less sense.
Open fight night could be an interesting concept, but given TNA's track record on such things, I'm not getting my hopes up on them delivering in a satisfying way.
I like the idea of the TV Title being defended weekly. I just wish it was on someone more entertaining than Devon. Him vs. Gunner was nothing special.
The Storm promo was really good, but given how great he has been the last month, removing him from TV for any length of time seems unwise.
The main event was nothing special. Actually, "nothing special" may be generous. RVD main eventing another PPV doesn't excite me.
I'm very disappointed that there was nothing involving the Machine Guns on the show. They just returned from a year-long absence two weeks ago. They shouldn't be missing shows already. It's not like there wasn't stuff on this nothing of a show that could have been cut to make room for them to do a promo or something.
So, let me get this straight, they are going to have open auditions for new talent, yet they have not found the time to put their own stars like MCMG on TV? Thats genius. Storm's I am a loser speech pretty much spelled out the booking problems with Roode going over. There is nothing for Storm to do and there is no point in him being there. Its also sad to once again see a bunch of ex-WWE guys get a chance for the title and the one that was almost out the door this winter, get the win. I like Rob, but holy shit, that is a slap in the face to the home grown talent.
Miss Tessmacher is your only other viable KO champ is just stupid. Another repercussion of the bad booking of Lockdown. Angelina, Wynter, Gail and Madison verses Velvet are better options. And now Garrett is back on TV wasting everyone's time. This company is just full of fail right now. They can not even do the simplest wrestling storyline of building a face up for months to win the title on a big PPV. Instead they want to try to make Roode the 2012 version of HHH 2000 without the talent around him or the credible storyline outs. If anything, its nice to see TNA steal something from the WWE this century instead of going with the 90s WCW playbook.
(edited by lotjx on 20.4.12 0847) The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Not a bad show at all. I was pretty annoyed over the fact that four out of the five matches had a finish with either a roll up or a back slide. I swear the TNA agents are the least creative people in the world with their finishes. I really liked Aries and Morgan Vs Ray and Crimson. I was surprised that Morgan played the face in peril and Aries got the hot tag. Aries showed good baby face fire. I much prefer him to be a heel, but he is really over as a face right now. Taz really killed Bully Ray's heat by praising Ray for grabbing Aries' to get the win. Taz is so freaking awful. The hell happened to the Styles_Angle match? Spike abruptly cut out early in the match and we saw maybe a minute and a half of the match. The Daniels-Kaz-Styles storyline is terrible as they've reversed course and the secret is now about Styles. Poor AJ will never get out of this feud. I don't mind the tv title being defended on a weekly basis, but I wish a great wrestler like Daniels or Styles or Douglas Williams was the champ instead of Devon who I. View strictly a tag wrestler imo. Storm's promo was absolutely fantastic as he talked about tucking his daughter into bed and she asked him where's his title. The issue is this seems to be leading to retirement storyline and nobody buys that he's retiring and keeping Storm off tv hurts the product. I really like Roode's opening promo where he talked about Storm beating himself at Lockdown. I don't like Roode's haircut as it doesn't suit him. RVD as the number one contender doesn't sit well with me. He likely is the least deserving wrestler of a title shot this side of Hogan and Garrett. RVD is stale, old and unmotivated and really has completely tanked his entire TNA run. Roode Vs RVD is a match that holds no interest for anyone. I have read that tptb wanna hold off on another Storm-Roode match until BFG well if so why not give a guy like Aries a title shot rather than a guy like RVD. It is not like that match will tank the buys as nobody buys the ppvs anyway so why not try to elevate a guy like Aries instead of pushing a undeserving RVd? The Styles promo where he kissed Garrett's tuchis was annoying. No matter how many baby faces put over Garrett the fans will never buy in or embrace him. No clue why Tessmacher is back let alone why she is pinning the Knockouts champ. Tessmacher is an even worse worker than Velvet is. The OFN sounds interesting, but I wouldn't be surprised if they botch it. I suspect the gutcheck guys will all be OVW guys.
That Storm promo is the best delivery of an abbsolutely terrible, awful, dumb-as-a-box-of-Dixie Carters storyline I've ever seen. You job your mega-over, ass-kicking, homegrown babyface, in his HOMETOWN, then bring him out the next night to whine about self-doubt and giving up the dream. Can you IMAGINE how badly this lot wold've fucked up Stone Cold Steve Austin?
As @ScottSteiner said on twitter-Hogan and Bischoff have been in TNA for 2.5 years and they aren't all of a sudden gonna get smart. I thought Impact had been mostly good for a six month stretch but the last six weeks has brought more bad shows than good. Yesterdays show was somewhere in the middle. I like the Open fight night concept and it's a good way to intro new talent, but is there anyone good in the OVW? Will TNA use Mickey Nichols and Shane Haste? I hope they don't use Jesse Goddard. Highlight of the show was Storm's fantastically delivered promo and I got a kick out of the faces Samoa Joe was making while Hogan rambled on during the champions conference. I wish the x division title was defended weekly instead of the little red toy belt.
Originally posted by TripleG Will TNA use Mickey Nichols and Shane Haste? (edited by TripleG on 20.4.12 1158)
Not sure. Last I read was that Nichols and Haste were due to go on a three month tour with Pro Wrestling Noah soon. Nichols and Haste did have a tryout match with TNA a month ago and I'm not sure what came out of it. They were used on TV one as a lawyer for Roode and they were always used as Roode's bodyguards. Nichols and Haste have done shows with NWA Hollywood and ROH the last few months. I hope TNA does sign them after they return from their tour because they're a great tag team and TNA badly needs tag teams.
Another dumb sideplot of the open challenges --- anyone can just come in and challenge for a championship, thus essentially devaluing all of your belts. It makes Anderson, Hardy and Van Dam look goofy for killing themselves in a qualifying match when any non-TNA wrestler can apparently just show up and call out Roode for a title shot.
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Originally posted by Big BadAnother dumb sideplot of the open challenges --- anyone can just come in and challenge for a championship, thus essentially devaluing all of your belts. It makes Anderson, Hardy and Van Dam look goofy for killing themselves in a qualifying match when any non-TNA wrestler can apparently just show up and call out Roode for a title shot.
I could be wrong, and it's confusing, but I believe it's roster members that can make challenges in the open fight night and it's non roster guys that are in the gut check getting tryout matches and after the match the judges and Hogan decide whether the wrestler gets a job. On the James Storm front: Apparently he's pretty beat up and TNA will be giving him some time off http://www.prowrestling.net/artman/publish/TNA/article10024705.shtml
I just watched the "Lipstick & Dynamite" documentary a couple weeks ago. Mae & Moolah actually addressed that complaint at the end and they defended themselves with pretty much the same points you made above.