This show was pretty good. There was nothing that overly offended me, but there also wasn't anything that blew my mind, either.
GOOD: -Monty Brown/Elix Skipper: I'm impressed with Monty Brown and I'm surprised he doesn't have a WWE contract right now. I honestly thought they'd try and build up to his shot at the title, since there are no other face challengers on the horizon, but I guess that's why I'm not booking.
-The Opening Match: If there's one thing TNA has above WWE, it's that they always blow the crowd away with the opening match. These awesome six-man matches were sorely missed, as I always enjoyed cruiserweight six-mans in WCW. If this sort of action keeps up, maybe they can consider a six-man tag title. You've already got the SATs and the Elvises. It's something they should at least consider.
BAD: -The Dupps: I believe I have already made my stance on the Dupps known.
-The Main Event ending: The old double pin spot. Ugh! And now the tag titles are held up...only a couple of weeks after being created. I've got to question this move, as there are hardly any credible tag teams out there right now. Maybe they could give the Spanish Announce Team a run.
Again, nothing horrible, but nothing really that good either. I'll give this the patented Scaia "Thumbs in the middle" and look forward to next week. Styles and Lynn will blow the roof off the place next week! It's got all the tools to be MOTY!
"That's right! You suckas better FIND somewhere to run! 'cause it's me - Booker T - not only am I the Scorpion King, but I'm the five-time WCW Champion - and I got a sword, too! Now can U dig THAT - SUCKAAAAAS" -Booker T, Hollywood's next big superstar!
And that's the bottom line, because it's false! It's DAMN false!
The things I was looking forward to this week disappointed me, and the other stuff was worse than I thought it could be. The Dupps need their camera time cut in half, and Disco needs his cut by 90%.
Starts with a promo by Ron "The Truth" Killings -- it was cool when he would make a point, and the crowd would chant, "That's the Truth! That's the Truth!"
Spanish Announce Team & The Amazing Red vs. Kid Kash, Shark Boy and Slim J was sloppy. Some spots were nice, but overall it was a mess. Slim J looks like a 14-year-old Eminem wanna be; he keeps grabbing his crotch and he oversells in this goofy way that makes it look like he's mocking the idea of selling. He ends up taking the Spanish Fly and the Infrared, and gets pinned.
Second match was Bruce (Kwee Wee) defending his "Miss TNA" tiara against a "random" woman from the crowd. Bleargh.
Third match featured Malice (The Wall) losing a Last Man Standing match to Head of Security Don Harris, which seems to me kind of silly, like if Slaughter had beaten Test. ALSO -- Don Harris was wearing a shirt featuring a Nazi SS symbol in a circle. I dunno, maybe it's a logo for something else (some biker thing, maybe), but STILL -- it's CLEARLY an SS symbol, and I can't figure out why they let him wear it. I note that he seems to have an SS tattoo on his right arm, as well. I find this disturbing.
Ah, the Dupp Cupp. I'm sick of the Dupps. They were in THREE backstage skits, and the Dupp Cupp match, which was ENDLESS. I'm glad that TEO won rather than Puppet; I like TEO better. His Vaderbomb / Headbutt to the Groin move is BEGGING to be swiped by someone in WWE.
The Alpha Male Monte Brown / Prime Time Elix Skipper match is the THIRD garbage match in a row. IN A ROW! Monte Brown debuts (I think) the "AlphaLution," a (IIRC) Fireman's Carry spun into a Rock Bottom. Then he hits the Alpha Bomb onto a garbage can for the pin.
Lo Ki succesfully defends his title match against all three of the Flying Elvii. Not bad, but not nearly as good as I had hoped. Estrada and Yang are wearing black armbands for the 25th anniversary of Elvis' passing. Estrada debuts the "Trip to Graceland," a Fireman's Carry into a forward roll, but instead of running into it Fit Finley-style, he jumps into it with both feet. Nicely done.
Oh, god, another Disco "Jive Talkin'" segment, this time with "another" "Baldwin" brother, Dean Baldwin. This, too, was ENDLESS -- you may wonder how there is time for two ENDLESS segments in one show. I, too, wondered. Wondered -- and wept. Brian Lawler came back out and beat up the Baldwin. Thanks, Russo!
Finally, the Tag Team Championship match (Ron Killings & Jeff Jarrett vs. Jerry Lynn and AJ Styles) ended with the belts being "held up" because of a screwy finish involving the two legal men pinning the two illegal men simultaneously, being counted by two different refs. Pretty good match up 'til the fairly non-sensical ending.
Even with a reduction due to the Emmy's, the Soprano's still are the #1 program on cable. As for RAW, it was encouraging to see the ratings rise, however, it was also the night after a PPV, which generally sees a bump in the ratings.