thought this show was better than last week's show. Not that much better, but a slight improvement nonetheless.
Opening promo was very solid. Hogan was good, Sting was good, Morgan was good. No complaints there.
I didn't watch all of the X-division match; just a bit of it to see how Sabin looked in there. Like I said last week, I give him credit for coming back after the ACL injuries and basically losing 2 years of his career.
the squash tour is not going to do it for Terry. He's not going to get anything out of it. The Robbie E/Jesse backstage segment that set this up was more entertaining.
The tag team promo was absolute gold until Chavo came out and sucked the air out of it. It's sad, really. Not sure why James Storm is the special guest ref for the #1 contender's match next week. I thought he was busy with AJ. AJ makes Storm tap, and it's oh well, drink a beer and become a referee.
The Angle/D'Lo match was my match of the evening. Perfectly Acceptable Wrestling. D'Lo quitting while the rest of his gang watched got a chuckle out of me, mainly because of how sad and disappointed they looked. It was an I Quit match--no DQ's, guys. Could've jumped in at any time.....no? Just gonna stand there? Alright then. Angle's promo with AJ afterward was solid as well.
The KO tag match wasn't that bad, but there wasn't much here that I haven't seen before. Gail and Tara saved a little face with the post-match beatdowns, but ultimately, Taryn is the one who was supposed to look good here, and she did.
The six-man tag for next week is made, and of course, it features the 3 guys from Aces and Eights who truly matter (Anderson, Bully, and Devon) vs. Sting, Angle, and a 3rd guy who might be AJ, but might not.
The Morgan/Sting main event was OK, but that's about it; it felt like it went too long. I suppose Morgan passing out to the deathlock instead of tapping out serves as protecting him, but I'm left wondering where the hell does he go now. It's pretty much a lock that Bully's keeping the belt until at least BFG, so I need a reason to buy Slammiversary at this point.
There was minor storyline progress here, with Bully Ray sounding very disappointed in D'Lo over him quitting in the match with Angle. Whether that leads to him being relieved of his VP spot in the gang remains to be seen. Other than that, not much else changed. AJ is still on the fence, Storm is still finding random stuff to keep himself busy, and Aces & Eights still look awfully wimpy. The promos were solid (minus Chavo) and the Angle/D'Lo match was decent. Angle's backstage and in-ring promos were both good. I'll give this week's Impact a C. It was OK; nothing spectacular, but watchable.
I will give Morgan props for pointing out the obvious of Hogan handing a title match to Sting. The KO tag match was ok. Kurt/D-Low match would be good if anyone not named D-Low was in that match. IF they had any smarts, Anderson would be Jax to Bully's Clay and find a way to take over. Yet, I doubt these idiots watched more than a just a commercial for Sons of Anarchy to do this storyline.
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Angle winning clean against D-Lo to seemingly blow off that feud should be a sign that Angle's next in line after Bully Ray polishes off Sting. And really, anything that gets the focus off Hogan and Sting can only be a good thing, at this point.
The Torch also notes that this is the lowest rated Impact since October 4, when they were competing against the NFL. Call me crazy, but I don't think doubling down on Hulk Hogan is the answer.
Nobody in their right mind would wanna live though another Mr Anderson push would they? Sorry lol jk your idea might be interesting if it involved guys with talent not Anderson. Pretty clear Hogan will face Bully at BFG the whole show is about that feud. Nice to see Sabin back, but I laughed when he talked about being a world champ and then being thrown in a spot fest X division match. The only guy under 40 being pushed in TNA is Rob Terry for fucks sakes.
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