Overall, I thought that was an unexciting, if not fairly poor episode that served as a bad go home show.
The opening promo had a weird dynamic and made no sense. Hardy & Anderson lost a #1 contender match for the World Title clean. That somehow led to them getting a tag title shot the next week despite not being a team or even liking one another. They lost clean. The next week, they lost singles matches to the World Champion and #1 contender. That all led to them being put in a 4-way where if either won, they got a PPV title match and the guy who beat both of them once and one of them twice this month was SOL even if he or the champ weren't pinned. Between that, the Silva stuff, and Daniels & Kazarian getting a title shot despite losing all their matches the past 2 months, it seems like the main storylines this month have been being one of Hogan's boys has its benefits, and TNA's merit system is based in part on failing upwards.
That better be the actual last Morgan/Crimson "match." I still don't see Crimson as someone worth pushing.
Aries/Ion was fun for the time it got. It's too bad they can't find room for regular TV X matches and some sort of X Division storyline.
AJ's secret was stupid. I can’t wait for this feud to be over. I don't understand why they spent Q5 and a post commercial replay on that tonight yet did nothing to build Joe/Magnus vs. Daniels/Kazarian and only did the bare minimum to build AJ/Angle, which are actually on the PPV, unlike AJ vs. Daniels or Kazarian. I don't think the tag champs even made the show, which makes no sense.
They can't come up with a better use of TV time, the TV Title and a PPV slot than Devon vs. The Robbies?
The Storm segment was good, which comes as no surprise, and he continues to come across as a big deal.
I didn't care for the Joe Park/Bully segment. I'm glad this Joe Park thing may be wrapping up after months of watching what felt like the same segment a dozen times, but I'm not excited about Abyss returning.
The main event was nothing special. RVD has become completely unlikeable. Ending this show on someone who isn't even on the PPV was ridiculous.
I know I'm a broken record on this, but them still doing nothing with the Guns is disappointing. Why'd they have MCMG come back for Lockdown if they had no plans for them this month? They completely wasted what should have been a big return.
1.As far as TNA selling their "Sacrifice" I would give this show a failure grade. The PPV this Sunday was pretty much put on the back-burner to set up storyline developments in the future. Which you could look at it in two ways, you could say it was stupid not to sell the ppv. Or you could concede Sacrifice is going to do a low number anyways, and try and build future business. Personally I feel the wrestling industry is a chess game, and too many critics look at it like checkers. Sometimes you have to "Sacrifice" a buyrate that is going to be low anyways, to try and build one that has more worth.
The only thing that I did find puzzling is on the go home show, having the Impact main event match(fatal4 way) set up what the PPV match would be. I don't see how you think you can promote something that is to be determined. It ultimately just leaves the audience confused, and apathetic towards your PPV.
2. The two main side angles was the "Where is Abyss" stuff and the "AJ Styles relationship with Dixie" revelation. You have to wait and see with this type of stuff, but honestly I don't see many people really being intrigued in these angles.
Having Abyss returning at the end of the show was weird, and definitely took the audiences mind off of the PPV TNA was supposedly trying to sell to them. Unless people decide to buy En masse to see Abyss have a discussion with
Caught some of the show and it was better than the usual fare. It also got the best rating in two months for whatever reason. I guess maybe the King Mo news? I do wonder how many wrestling fans knew who he was before yesterday. I had never heard of him. RVD as usual came off as the biggest idiot in the world by agreeing to put up his title shot just so he could add a stip to his world title match if he won a four way match. Really enjoyed the Aries-Ion match and wish they would have gotten more time and I wish we saw weekly X division matches instead of weekly TV title matches. The TV title match and the Knockouts title matches were horrid. TNA has so many talented wrestlers yet the Robbies , Devon and Miss Tessmacher are on TV and getting PPV matches for some reason. Tessmacher has a worse chin line than Stephanie McMahon.I love Bully Ray but he was on too much yesterday. He is feuding with Aries and after last night seems to suggest he'll be feuding with Morgan and also he had a in ring segment with Joseph Park and now Abyss is back. It is just too much. BTW great job by Mike Tenay continue to mention how small Aries is. My God is he terrible. Has he ever enhanced anyones act? Why is he still employed? I haven't found him tolerable since 1996 when he did a good job announcing the cruserweight matches. I recall back in '05 when they were putting on five star matches saying I will never get sick of seeing Daniels and Styles feud, well I was sick of this feud a year ago. I mean enough already! The whole Styles is having an affair with Dixie storyline is dumb, and they did the same thing with Styles and Karen Angle four years ago. The four way was good and RVD picking a ladder match is just a way to give Roode a cheap win and not have RVD get pinned. I didn't miss Abyss and unless James Mitchell comes back to manage him I won't care about this storyline.
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