For a live re-debut, that was underwhelming if not poor.
I'm not fond of lumberjack matches. I would have preferred they opened the show hotter. The match got better after the commercial, but I thought it dragged. It didn't make me want to see Roode/Sting again. It also hurt Roode cred as they built him up strong for six weeks and then have him job to a 53 year old clean as a whistle.
Sabin getting an X Title shot came out of no where. That match was fun though a tad disappointing--it had some awkward moments, it only got four minutes and was treated as filler, and given the lack of depth in the division, Sabin shouldn't be marginalized as much as he was in that match (unless they know he's leaving soon too). I would have preferred they did a tag match or had Sabin win a contenders match and held off on Aries/Sabin until Slammiversary. Joe/Aries should be good even if the set up tonight was dumb (are Joe/Magnus done now? They haven't done anything since losing the belts) but I would've preferred Aries/Sabin for the title at Slammiversary. I'm glad Sabin changed his look slightly from his recent MCMG look. He could still use new trunks (I think those are still old MCMG trunks) and a new theme fast. I think he should quickly move past the MCMG gimmick and look now that Shelley is gone.
There's a good idea somewhere in the Gutcheck concept, but it hasn't materialized yet. They're spending too much TV time on bad, uninteresting vignettes once a month, especially when you consider they're going to guys who aren't (going to be) under contract or are new low level guys who won't be seen for at least a month afterwards. So getting squashed by Robbie E in 2 minutes = contract. Going 2x as long w/ Aries = no contract. Uh...
Of course Brooke's debut gets the Q5 treatment. I wonder if TNA realizes the WWE has a hall of fame because Vince makes a lot of money off it. A TNA hall of fame doesn't remotely sound like a money maker. It sounds like a weird joke someone made in a meeting at 4 AM that Dixie ran with.
Devon/Hardy was a nothing match. I don't know why the Devon/Robbies storyline keeps going. Shouldn't the heels, who outnumber the face, get one up on him once? I don't see the point. Is there anyone who doesn't work for TNA who thinks Devon/Garett vs. The Robbies is a 10th anniversary PPV caliber match?
The Storm segment was really good.
AJ/Daniels was very good. I'd still rather see AJ do something else than feud with Daniels for the umpteenth time, and this Dixie storyline still doesn't intrigue me. Tonight's ending was very goofy. Oh well, the PPV match should be great at least.
If they hadn't rebranded the Legends title into the TV title, a hall of fame would lead to natural feuds for that belt. They wouldn't bring that belt back, right? They wouldn't add ANOTHER title, right?
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Coming off of four straight good Impacts and a very good Sacrifice PPV, I found this show to be disappointing. Having Sting beat Roode clean as shit in the middle of the ring after being out for a few months stunk. TNA had done a excellent job rebuilding Roode and making him a strong champ the past six weeks by putting him over Styles, RVD and Anderson clean and last night he looked like a chump and lost his cred by losing to a 53 year old. It sends a bad message that hey nothing has changed the old ex WCW guy goes over the homegrown guy as usual. I have no interest in Sting Vs Roode why not have a Kotm match? You have so many guys like Hardy, Anderson, RVd and others with nothing to do at the PPv so why not? You can throw Sting in that match, as he's looking for revenge on Roode. The gutcheck stuff sucked. For twenty minutes you talk about how everything is fake and then you end the show as dramatically as you do and the whole pulling back the curtain stuff hurts the other parts of the show. No clue why Silva got the contract and Ryan didn't. That show down with Taz intense and Ryan went off on twitter making me wonder if he didn't know in advance that he was out. Sabin Vs Aries was good while it lasted, but needed more time. I'd love to see them feud, but it looks like Aries is moving on to Joe while Sabin might be going back home. Hardy Vs Devon was dull. And going with a non finish spits in the fans eye that voted for Hardy. Daniels Vs Styles was as usual really good. I am tired of the match and wished we got Daniels Vs Angle instead maybe next week.The post match stuff was fine except for Daniels and Kaz not being able to tie Angle to the ropes.I'm sure in the end we'll find out Daniels doctored the tapes and pics. All in all, the show was a step down from the previous few weeks. Some good matches and a great Park-_Ray segment saved the show from being bad. Bully Ray continues to be the best heel in wrestling.
It was a fairly average Impact. Yet, they did nothing to make me want to buy the PPV. I have no desire to see Sting/Roode part II. The AJ/Dixie phone conversation sounded like they were planning a surprise party even with the bizarre Dixie telling them to turn things off and firing people scene. Aries/Sabin needs another 3 minutes and a reason. I loved how Taz and Tenay tried to side step the reason, Sabin was having a singles match. The James Storm segment was so bad John Wayne, it was embarrassing.
I don't mind them either discussing the gut check challenge or just having the guy come down and telling him their reasons why he is or is not fired. It shouldn't be both. They also need to decide how kayfabe they don't want to make it. Talking about characters and such is one step away from saying Its all fake, don't invest your time in it. Granted, we all know its fake, but the less we say it out loud the better. I actually liked the guy's Porn Star look and I thought his promo was pretty good.
Brooke Hogan. What can you say? Wrestling is nepotism.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Personally, I thought last night's show was pretty okay. There wasn't anything particularly memorable or spectacular about the show, but I thought that TNA generally put on an altogether decent show. All in all, I thought TNA did what they needed to do last night in terms of overall content. They didn't try to shove a hundred different things down everyone's throat at a hundred miles an hour, no silly hijinks, Hogan wasn't all over the place and the focus was kept on the guys doing the actual wrestling. Sting vs. Roode was ok but, as I said, I'm not at all interested in their feud. It's a placeholder feud and while I know the ending set up their match at Slammiversary for the title, this was a good chance at making Roode look like a stronger champion on the first live broadcast of Impact going forward and they didn't do it. Aries vs. Sabin was a very fun match while it lasted, but ultimately came off as inconsequential. Sabin looks like just another guy for Aries to beat. The TV title match was ok, nothing particularly special or memorable. The Styles vs. Daniels match was also fun, not their best effort, but still good. The thing dogging this match is that we've seen these two wrestle sooooooo many times that it seems to have lost it's flavor. Overall, however, solid wrestling action on the show. Bully Ray & Joseph Park felt like a rehash that was saved only by Ray's mic work. Brooke Hogan's debut was flat and uninteresting. Despite the fact that she got so many boos, she actually said "wow, what a welcome" as if she'd gotten a standing ovation at WrestleMania. The Gut Check segments are something of a turn off for me. TNA is going overboard with breaking the fourth wall, the fact that the judges all but came out and said that wrestling is "fake" was a huge turn off. Joey Ryan did a good job in my eyes and the idea that Alex Silva, a guy with FAR less ability than what we've seen from Ryan, got a contract and Ryan didn't only further dampens the Gut Check concept. The Styles/Daniels/Dixie angle is something I just want to see go away. Maybe I'm just so uninterested in seeing this thing dragged out even more or maybe it's the lousy soap opera style segments I see coming in the future. At any rate, it's still the angle that won't end. Not a great show by any stretch and, all in all, I thought it was the wrestling action that kept the show from being a total flop because there are just so many different angles & storylines going on that just simply don't interest me.
Originally posted by TripleG The Styles/Daniels/Dixie angle is something I just want to see go away. Maybe I'm just so uninterested in seeing this thing dragged out even more or maybe it's the lousy soap opera style segments I see coming in the future. At any rate, it's still the angle that won't end. Not a great show by any stretch and, all in all, I thought it was the wrestling action that kept the show from being a total flop because there are just so many different angles & storylines going on that just simply don't interest me.
Normally I would agree, and while I am sick of Styles and Daniels feuding, I do find Daniels' work in this whole angle really compelling. He has reinvented himself and is showing the most personality he's ever shown and cutting great promos late in his career. The feud has drawn strong ratings the last month and it should be interesting to see what they drew in the main event slot. On a sidenote: Shannon Moore has left TNA. Anyone care? Anyone every entertained by him? Just wondering.
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffNot even as a member of 3 Count? Or when he briefly re-teamed w/ Hurricane a couple times on Velocity back in 2006 (I think)?
I liked 3 Count a lot, and I liked Ink Inc alright as well, mostly because bothering to have a team name and a team look go a long way with me these days. Other than that, no, I can take him or leave him.
Originally posted by Brian Sabin getting an X Title shot came out of no where. That match was fun though a tad disappointing--it had some awkward moments, it only got four minutes and was treated as filler, and given the lack of depth in the division, Sabin shouldn't be marginalized as much as he was in that match (unless they know he's leaving soon too).
Velvet Sky (Sabin's GF) already tweeted that her and Sabin are not going anywhere for a long while
The advertisement for TNA Basebrawl makes me wish in vain for a Sid Justice appearance.
Bully Ray "left Abyss for dead". Geez. I wonder if he did the same to Steiner. Rick better investigate. Maybe Rick Steiner can debut as a Doctor from Boston.
Crimson seemed so cool to me last year when he "Janiced" Abyss and was running with the Main Event Mafia. I wish he would do something relevant like that again.
I like the idea of Los Robbies continuing to pester TV champions. It does send the message that Robbie E cares a lot about getting his title back. (Although, Robbie T seems too nonchalant about getting -his- former title back. I wonder how Robbie T feels about the title getting renamed anyway.) Jeff should have won here though.
Edit: I also liked how a significant portion of Storm's promo was about how he felt bad for losing after getting such a sweet music video. It really was a sweet music video.
What was up with Roode's UK promo? Was the camera guy the only member of the press there?
I like Roode's King of the World pose he does after entering the ring. I am very much fine with him keeping the title until Bound For Glory: The Storm of Revenge. The only downside is that Bully Ray doesn't get to be world champ until Genesis or Lockdown of next year.
I am not liking the Gut Check segments. They are making me retroactively imagine them for past TNA hirees. It was nice to hear Taz promoted as an ex-world champion though.
Brooke Hogan's segment was fun in a this is so bad its good kind of way.
Dixie getting freaked out at the end saved the closing segment. The match was great, but the match-up has a stale feeling to it when Daniels always loses to AJ.
I should have mentioned the Vince/Teddy segment. I'm convinced Vince was trying to crack up Teddy, but Long played it straight and gave Vince a great improv line. "Have you ever been lucky?" "I work for you." "Good answer."