Pretty good stuff from this week's TNA, even though the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. We'll get to that soon enough.
The sudden breakup of AJ Styles and D'Lo Brown had me marking out. SERIOUSLY! Think about it! They realized that they wouldn't get anywhere by being TNA's "Unlikely Duo" and decided to break up and pursue what they REALLY want: the NWA title. This was BRILLIANT satire! Substiture the names "Styles and D'Lo" with "RVD and Kane" and the name "Jeff Jarrett" with "Triple H" and you'll see why I like this segment so much. RVD and Kane WISH they could do what Styles and D'Lo did, but they know they'd be depushed further if they spoke up. This was not only a great storyline twist, but it was also a clever bit of satire from TNA. I liked this! And judging from those "Triple J" chants that broke out, obviously SOME of the fans know what's going on.
Uh oh! Surprise #1. It's he, it's he, it's the Artist Formerly Known As the D-O-Double G. I could have sworn he would have been the next one coming back for Vince's Nostalgia Tour. I guess there will be no New Age Outlaws reunion. And I've got to wonder if Mike Tenay was SUPPOSED to bring up the lack of continuity (BG James was last seen as a member of SEX, but is suddenly against them again).
Man, I love New Jack, but it's so hard to get into his hardcore schtick without the necessary additions. That's why I blare "Natural Born Killers" on my stereo whenever a New Jack match breaks out. (Hehehe) Needless to say, the highlight of this match was Mike Sanders' commentary.
Nice match with XXX and the SAT's!!! Haven't seen the Maximos in weeks and it's great to see them back! And notice how Raven waited until AFTER the match to attack! That's something WWE needs to learn.
Disappointing payoff to the Masked Luchadore storyline with Trinity being the woman behind the mask. Trinity is majorly over with the crowd and if she wasn't locked into a long-term deal, Vince would snatch her up in a second. Saw the payoff coming, but the match made up for it. It wasn't spectacular, but it was good for what it was. And Kid Kash is my NEW favorite wrestler for resurrecting the IRON CLAW!!! Man, I haven't seen that move in ages! OBVIOUSLY, the dickish Kid Kash won and promised more pain for Trinity. This storyline's going to make a star out of this guy! Either that or it'll turn him into Marc Mero. Or worse yet, Essa Rios.
The main event was going ok, but man did it get crowded fast. Siaki, Sandman, Jarrett...you THINK maybe this is a little overbooked? And AW FUCK!!! VINCE RUSSO'S BACK!!! I guess MAYBE this is one step up from the Disco Inferno leading SEX, but I seriously thought Russo would stay away this time! The show was doing just fine without him.
Pretty good show, but this show's about to go downhill if Vince Russo starts focusing the show on himself again.
(edited by It's False on 28.5.03 2019)
Ok, so maybe all the other guys haven't worked, but will THIS be the man to save WWE???
Great! Two of the reasons why early NWA sucked so much are back! Hooray!
Over 1250 posts and still never a Wiener of the Day!
In the issues of December 16th, 2000 to November 10th, 2001, we may have given the impression that George W. Bush had been legally and duly elected president of the United States. We now understand that this may have been incorrect, and that the election result is still too close to call. The Economist apologizes for any inconvenience. --- The Economist, 11/17/01
I was very not happy to see the BG James on my screen again -- especially his catchphrases, which I had managed to forget. What's with all the "baby" imagery? What's a "Baby Train?" "Welcome to the Baby Boy's Playpen?"
Last time Russo was on, I was seriously considering throwing in the towel on TNA, so I'm not happy to see him back, either. His re-appearance left me feeling deflated about the whole show.
I guess maybe I should have seen it coming, what with the word "politics" being used over and over again in every interview.
I though the Kash / Trinity match was horrible. I was really wondering if that outfit Trinity had on was throwing her off, 'cause she was all over the place.
I liked the Punk & Cross vs. AJ & D-Lo match; wish it had been longer. I especially liked that flipping Unprettier Cross pulled out.
And I'm happy to see the SATs back again, but that match felt kinda clumsy. Also, dammit, they've been off TV for months -- I wanna see the Spanish Fly!
Thanks again to my bro for helping me out first of all. Second, I'd rather hear Raven talk for two hours about the negatives of the wrestling industry than sit through more Vinnie Ru. That guy has a way with words. Uh, to be honest, it wasn't a particularly enjoyable show. Vinnie Ru returning, BG James returning, Erik Watts kissing a girl. What a rough night. All of which could've been avoided if Raven got his rematch, like the FANS wanted. Okay, maybe Watts would still be kissing girls, but... Off night no doubt, and what the hell is Jeff's problem all of a sudden?
LOL, Tod! Maybe I was a bit harsh in my last post. I did enjoy the Hard Ten match. Well, I'm really enjoying Raven of course. But that last match with Gilberti and Raven (before the interference) was better than I thought. I was still thinking about Disqo, but then I'm seeing Gilberti like I never saw him before. I have to admit I was getting into it, then Russo had to ruin the flow (with a bunch of other people). It wasn't as bad as I thought, but could've been better.
So we've got the early/mid 90's on RAW, the 80's on Smackdown, and now the late 90's on NWATNA.
Jeff Jarrett is a solid performer but I just can't get into a promotion based around him. It didn't work when Russo tried it in WCW and it's not working now. He's not a captivating enough personality to carry a show or promotion. Now Raven, on the other hand, is the perfect heel champion to build around because he's a guy people love to hate and they could create a new star with him. And by new star, I don't mean Disco Inferno.
Raven's captivating, and he's the sort of guy who, when he speaks, you really NEED to listen. With what he's been saying lately, it's pretty hard not to love to LOVE this guy. He was a great champion in ECW, and he could definitely add to TNA's image as the top guy. As far as being champ, heel or not, Raven feels so right, and anyone else comes up short.
Yeah, I agree. I'm HOPING that after Disco blows his shot next week (because, come on!) that Raven will get his rematch and beat JJ. Then Raven can feud with both AJ and D-Lo for the title. And, hey, he can feud with Red, too!
Oh, and I hope that New Jack and Shark Boy start tagging on a regular basis. The crowd would eat that up -- Shark Boy's easy to wuv.
And while I'm at it, I hope Jody Fleisch shows up soon.
This is according to TVTome.com, which I visited due to a referal from TheCubsFan: -Smackdown's aired 259 episodes since the first show on August 26th, 1999. And yes, that number does include the Smackdown pilot on April 26th of that year.