Impact started off with a awful Hogan promo where he yet again talked how TNA had been on the rise, but had gone off the rails, but he was gonna get them back on the road to success then started with insider talk saying he meant with creative and had the segments rearranged and blah blah blah. Hogan and Roode’s face off was meh and lead to Hogan setting up a Anderson-Roode main event match. Hogan also set up a Hardy-Angle match and a confrontation with Bischoff later in the show. I’m amazed that they put a badly injured Angle in the ring instead of giving him time off. This whole segment was pretty bad thanks to Hogan.
Angle Vs Hardy was a very strong twelve minute match with a cheap finish. I gotta say it’s incredibly irresponsible putting a guy with a past pain pill addiction in a match a week or two after he tore his hammy. This is worse than the WWE throwing a badly injured Mark Henry to be jobbed out for a month or so. Whether it’s as bad as the WWE allowing Angle to wrestle at WM19 VS Brock days away from neck surgery and Angle taking release german suplexes in said match is debatable, I guess. Anyway if they felt the need to throw him out there well the match should have been super quick like the Angle-Storm match after BFG. TNA went with a cheap finish with Angle walking off after a long match. Hogan then booked Angle against Hardy in the cage at Lockdown. You know if Angle was healthy or as healthy as he can be then the booking with him running off and then being forced into a match with Hardy would be okay, but Angle should not be wrestling, and God knows what kind of crazy moves he’ll try in a cage match. If TNA was run by people with brains Angle wold be sent home for the next six months and told whenever he comes back he’ll be on an extremely limited schedule. That is not happening though.
The Bully Ray promo really didn’t do much for me. I usually love Ray’s promos, but tonight’s generic I’m big and your small promo to Aries was not very good. Aries showed nice fire going after Ray, but ended up getting beat down. I really would have liked to have seen Aries get the advantage on Ray and run him off. I hope in the end Aries gets the best of Ray, but I’m not betting on it.
The six way Knockout match for the #1 contendership was a pretty solid 6-7 minute match mostly because Velvet was barely in the ring. Good work by Angelina in the match. She really is underutilized these days. It was the first time in like a month that either Mickie or Tara were on Impact and they both are far more deserving to be in a title match than Velvet. It is amazing that of all the talent TNA has in the knockouts division that they keep pushing Velvet. I say it every week, but Velvet is best off as a bitch heel that barely wrestles. I’m a big Gail Kim fan, but I doubt she can carry Velvet to a good match.
The Anderson-Roode backstage segment was pretty bad because Anderson was more annoying than ever which say a whole lot.
The Styles-Storm backstage segment setting up the Styles-Storm match was fine, but I don’t love putting Storm in there with another babyface where he has to compete with for fan support and really the crowd is split. I also wish they’d do more with Styles then just a guy Storm tests himself out against. The Storm-Styles match was a really good back and forth match with Storm hitting the last call super kick out of nowhere. TNA continues to do a good job pushing Storm’s finisher as a deadly move that comes out of nowhere. I wish TNA would have stuck with Storm’s post match celebration instead of going backstage to a pointless Hogan-Sting segment.
It was really great to see the MCMG back in action and they looked really good in an enhancement match with Mexican America, but TNA really did a terrible job hyping the MCMG’s return. They should have had a video package and had Sabin talk about his long and winding road and all the work he put in to come back. TNA just had Sabin cut a short post match promo talking about wanting the tag titles back.
The Bischoff-Flair segment was awful with Bischoff mentioning that Flair is a two time hall of famer, why mention that? If you’re gonna put him over just mention that he’s a 16 time champion not that another promotion put him in the hall of fame. Geez. The Hogan-Bischoff segment was at least fairly short with Hogan setting up a Lethal Lockdown match with the Bischoffs being team captains and with stips that the losing Bischoff had to leave TNA. I love the fact that with all the talent in TNA has it’s Garrett that gets to be a captain of a lockdown team. I’d love for Garrett to be on the losing end, but there is no chance of that.
The video package hyping Roode Vs Storm at Lockdown was again very good. The Main Event match between Anderson and Roode only got four minutes and wasn’t very good. You also had a ref bump in this one. I didn’t like the fact that a stiff like Anderson had Roode beat with the ref down. Roode once again looked weak. Roode winning in a cheap way and Hogan reversing the decision was what is was. Hey at least we got a Roode-Storm stare down to finish the show. I wish Hogan wouldn’t have come down as he was on the show enough.
All in all, this was a mixed bag show with too much Hogan, but some really good wrestling, but also frustratingly bad hype for The MCMG return. I will give TNA credit for doing a good job making Storm look super strong, if only they wouldn’t make Roode look so weak.
Despite being tired of acts like Hogan, the Bischoffs, Anderson & EY, I thought that was a good show. There were 2 good matches, 1 fine match and the Storm build continues to be well done.
Hogan's GM-returning promo was unexciting and felt a lot like his 2010 promos which doesn't make it seem like TNA is moving forward. The stuff with Hogan the last few weeks has felt like quite the ego stroking--the follow up to a 5th of the roster, including all the top babyfaces, being Hogan cheerleaders is them and the rest of the regular roster sitting there, applauding Hogan and watching him cut a promo.
Angle/Hardy was good. I question doing that this week when Angle is injured, it weakens stips, and didn't need to be done tonight with no hype. At least the finish built to a cage match.
The Aries/Bully segment was decent, but Aries losing a 20-second-long fair fight he initiated and having his punches no sold did him no favors.
Storm/AJ was another good match. The one bad thing I have to say about it is I believe the KO match got more time. Then again, the KO match felt like it went on for a very long time. I hope they come up with a good direction for AJ after Lockdown. He's running in place.
MCMG vs. Mexican America was fun though MCMG returning after a year and facing the team who were wrestling Sabin when he got hurt should have been presented as a bigger deal than it was. They should have held off on them wrestling until the PPV or next Thursday to give it at least 1 week of hype. Failing that, they should have hyped it more tonight instead of just in the proceeding segment. The announcers hyped the bachelor party more. But I expected their return would play out this way. I wanting to see them cut a big return promo tonight but I guess they're saving that for next week which seems backwards. Regardless, the Guns looked good, I'm glad they're back and them vs. Joe/Magnus should be fun.
The Bischoff/Bischoff feud being the focus of the #2 match on TNA’s #2 show of the year is ridiculous. I'm sick of that storyline and either guy being on TV so much. I think I'm going to get tired of Hogan appearing on screen at least a half a dozen times a week real fast.
I'm not excited about Anderson finding his way back into main events.
It amazes me how bad Hogan has been on promos since coming to TNA. It's like a totally different guy than the one whose promos were his strong suit in WWE. I don't know if it's the material or what, but he's just been awful for most of his TNA run.
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Originally posted by geemoneyIt amazes me how bad Hogan has been on promos since coming to TNA. It's like a totally different guy than the one whose promos were his strong suit in WWE. I don't know if it's the material or what, but he's just been awful for most of his TNA run.
Hogan's promos have always sucked when he's done anything outside of the Hogan formula (24 inch python brother, whatcha gonna do?)
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