Here we go for another week. I was skeptical after seeing Russo come back, but I'm giving TNA another go this week. How did they do? Read on and find out.
Good opening six-man, once again reminding me of the old WCW cruiserweight days. I like this CM Punk guy and I wonder how long he's been on the Indy circuit? Heard a lot about Frankie "The Future" Kazarian and he made a pretty good showing in his first time on PPV. I like Swinger and everything, but Swinger without Simon is like Sigfried without Roy. There aren't enough fun spotfests anymore, so I obviously enjoyed this one.
As much as I hate the Hard 10 concept, I haven't completely loathed it for one reason: Mike Sanders on commentary! And WHOA! Here's a surprise! Haven't seen the Vampire Warrior (a.k.a Gangrel) in a LONG time! That's a mark out moment for me, as Vampire Warrior has been a favorite of mine for a while. And OOPS! Someone forgot to tell Vampire Warrior that there are no pins in a shitty Hard 10 match. Better luck next time, Vampire Warrior. Mike Tenay loses A MILLION POINTS for saying "that kendo stick has no cork in it" during Sandman's run-in! That's truly hitting below the belt.
Raven continues to amaze me as the master of the promo. I kinda like how he danced around the whole subject of his time in WWE.
Ron Killings & Don Harris vs. David Young & Tracey had the potential to be one of the worst matches of the year. Luckily, Don Harris ditched, thus automatically making the match more watchable. Amazing how that works, huh? This was what it was.
Man, Nashville must be some kind of Bizarro world when they're actually chanting for ERIK WATTS! Then again, if TNA can get Erik Watts over, maybe there's hope for David Flair.
I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE that Triple X theme music! That's some addictive shit!
I sure hope this ends the whole "AMW splits" storyline. Chris Harris said it best. They put "tag team" back in this business. Ok match, but ARGH! Harris Brothers are on my TV! AAAAAAHHHH!! GET THEM OFF!! A screwjob finish to protect BG James and Konnan annoys the hell out of me!
Man, Kid Kash continues to amaze me with his HEELISH DICKNESS~!! This guy has come a long way from the old ECW days. Kid Kash tries to start his own Kiss My Ass Club and then lays into Goldylocks after she tries to stop it. And GODDAMN did he slap the hell out of Goldylocks!! This must be the storyline Paul Heyman WISHES he could get away with. Good stuff, but are you telling me this is leading to a Kid Kash/Erik Watts feud??? Um...great. :/
Styles and D'Lo could have ruled the universe, but I could have done without the run-in. D'Lo gets screwed once again, but if this builds up to a title chase for him, no complaints here.
You know, I'll whine a lot about TNA trying to push the FREAKIN' DISCO INFERNO as a SERIOUS main event player, but I'll give them credit where credit's due. They've built him up very well. And with that, comes the title match.
The main event was good stuff, but once again overbooked. Good psychology displayed by Gilberti before the booking absolutely took over. The world's longest ref bump and Vince Russo do not make me happy. And what the hell was the point of Vince Russo coming to Jarrett's aid after they've been feuding for so long? Makes no sense to me, but then again, a lot of Vince Russo's booking doesn't make sense to me.
Pretty good outing from TNA this week. With the main event of a Jarrett/Raven/Styles three-way, next week's show has me excited. Looks like despite Russo's presence, I'll still be back for more.
(edited by It's False on 4.6.03 1903)
What is Mattitude? Utilizing the belief system and work ethic (Mattributes) of THE Matt Hardy to create a better life for yourself by fulfilling your goals and dreams. Mattitude is a quality that can help anyone -- regardless of background or past -- to achieve success. You just have to make it a lifestyle, a mindset, a religion. Mattitude, is something that can not be taught or learned. Mattitude is something that burns within. In the ring, Mattitude is the intangible, the x-factor, that gives me an advantage over everyone else.
I really liked the AJ / D-Lo match -- did I imagine D-Lo hitting a top-rope lionsault? That was nutty, but not nearly as nutty as his frog splash from the top turnbuckle to the RAMP. I thought they were both DEAD. On AJ's side, that backwards-flip soccer kick to D-Lo's head and the springboard 450 were CRAZY.
I didn't mind the Raven run-in -- in fact, it would have been weird if Raven hadn't run in, given the circumstances. Plus, his actions didn't directly lead to a pinfall (unless you count his leaving his chair in the ring), so that always makes me feel better.
Unlike the Russo run-in -- bleargh. Seeing him just pops my balloon every time.
Fun six-man opener, but not enough crazy spots for me. I like CM Punk. I've seen Swinger a couple of times before, and Stryker on some HWA tapes...I've never even heard of Damian before (no, he's not the lucha guy). I dunno, I always appreciate a good X division trainwreck spot, but this one didn't do it for me.
It's False -- I'm not sure how saying "Oh, you mean they SHIT on me?" is "dancing around the issue," but okay.
I do agree with you about the XXX theme -- easily my favorite wrestling theme right now, by far.
What is with that nurse, anyway? That was pretty stupid.
Kid Kash is a good heel, but MAN, he looks like a CHILD next to Erik Watts. WATTS WATTS WATTS
Overall, I liked the show. It sagged in the middle but picked up a lot with the two last matches.
>I really liked the AJ / D-Lo match -- did I imagine D-Lo hitting a top-rope lionsault?
Back In The Day (tm pending), when D'Lo moved from "NOD manager/Ahmed Johnson's frequent victim" to "NOD wrestler/everyone's victim", they had about 10 different NOD tag team matches on Shotgun and elsewhere. And every single week, it'd seem, the tide would turn when D'Lo went for a top rope moonsault and missed. A perfect failure rate wouldn't stop him from trying again and again and...
Here is a reprint of my highly acclaimed third slash opinion piece, hopefully in the correct forum this time (it was a draw between here and guest column feedback, so I chose here. Yay). Enjoy! /////// ... TIL IT'S RAW Hi.