Over at a buddy's house tonight, and, much to my surprise, he had his cable fired up to NWA-TNA. This was my first time seeing the show, and I must say I was really impressed. The Shane/Sabin match was terrific, and the Clockwork Orange match was a good ol' brawl. Kinda disappointed that I didn't get to see the much-vaunted America's Most Wanted wrestle, but I may have to check it out next week.
All right, I'm enjoying Rhyno's "man-beast" gimmick: He keeps his hair long, wears full-body wrestling tights with a big "R" on the back and uses the "Rhino Gore" as his finishing move. Can't you imagine him watching the Discovery Channel one day while tossing around possible gimmicks and having one of those "Hey, wait a second!" epiphanies during a rhino segment?
To spruce things up, the WWF should give Undertaker and Kane last names -- like Undertaker and Kane O'Brien, the O'Brien Brothers -- just for comedy's sake. Hopefully the door's still open.
RVD is approaching the always-exciting "The crowd loves him, but he's not getting a major push yet" phase which helps makes wrestling so much fun. It only happens once every few years -- Stone Cold in '96, The Rock in '98, Shawn Michaels in '93 and so on. -- ESPN's Bill Simmons back in 2001
I was also surprised that AMW wasn't in action, but the rest of the card was chock full of AWESOMENESS!
Last week people were damn near close to dreading Michael Shane's debut. I saw his match with Chris Sabin tonight and I wondered why, because Shane and Sabin both brought the house down! Keep your eye on Michael Shane, because we'll be seeing lots more of him. The day Uncle HBK decides to step out of the spotlight for good (and the day WILL come eventually), Shane's almost a lock for the WWE roster.
Skipper and Lynn was good, but what was the deal with jobbing Prime Time in 30 seconds and then making it into a 2 out of 3 falls match? Me no understand. And Skipper just ended up losing anyway. It doesn't make any sense.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Norman Smiley return once again, and alongside Shark Boy, no less! Am I the only one who REALLY wants to see some sort of interaction between Smiley and New Jack? New Jack's reaction to the Big Wiggle could be COMEDY GOLD!
Say what you will about the state of professional wrestling, but if there's one thing both TNA and WWE have going for them, it's their AWESOME video packages and vignettes! Mad Mikey's vignette was so over-the-top and cheesy that I couldn't help but fall off my couch laughing. Poor Crash has cemented himself as a comedy wrestler for life...and we're all better for it. The man does his job like no other. And what can I say about the Chris Daniels video package? Major props to TNA for making Daniels look like something special.
Edward Chastain jobs unceremoniously to the Sandman and gets fired by Don Callis. Looks like TNA has taken the hint with this guy.
The Clockwork Orange House of Fun match was good stuff. Alexis Laree's presence didn't take away from it at all and she took some good bumps. When CM Punk does return, the heel turn is all but expected by the fans...and again, we'll all be better for it. I've heard good things about the Raven/Punk matches from RoH.
Jarrett/Legend was nothing special...until CHRIS DANIELS~! returned afterwards. Great to see TNA already mixing Daniels in with the main eventers.
Next week looks like fun. AMW/Simon & Swinger in a strap match could rule if they keep Disco the hell away from the match. If the cage match is anything like the teaser we got about a month ago, we may have another MOTYC on our hands. I am SO there!
The crowd was really weird last night. They were dead for some of it, then alive for Raven and Sandman, and then back to dead for Jarrett/Legend. Half the time it was a heel crowd, and then it would switch back to the face.
Once again I picked the wrong week as everything is heading toward next week. Oh well, it was still a good show and seeing 15 people in Shark Boy masks is something I won't soon forget (of course they weren't really cheering for SB, but that's the TN crowd for ya).
The only problem was that almost all the heels won. And the faces that did win, nobody cared about (Lynn, Jarrett). NWA-TNA needs to get out of the Asylum and start touring around the states if they want to keep growing.
Oh, and a quick message to Ricky Morton: I love ya, but it's over. Your match with Kash was awful, and you should leave the wrestling to the young tykes (like Eric Watts).
Molly, Stacy and Daffney all in WWE? I suddenly lost all my will to complain about anything regarding the WWE. Hope I don't lose my street cred for this.
TS, the greatest Wiener rated 6.1554 ever to live!! Oops, I mean 5.5...4.5?? Oh, dammit! I guess Notorious FAB was right.
Now that the Heel Section is gone this crowd is like the old Memphis days. The only problem is that there is no Lawler and Andy so they don't know what he fuck to cheer for. Besides, with Russo you can never keep track of the faces and heels anyway.
Special mention for the sit down Shield interview they've been running on Wrestlemania Today. One of the best they've done since JR set down with Foley in 1997. It's in three parts, final part coming Saturday.