Originally posted by DionysusThe TNA World Title (and TNA as a whole) really hasn't been the same since Jeff Hardy was disappeared. By all means, I support their decision to pull Jeff from TV, but his absence left a void that they have seemed uninterested in filling.
From October last year through March, TNA had been telling a compelling story about an evil super-faction running the company. They had their evil veteran mentors, a bunch of underlings, and the Antichrist of Professional Wrestling as the group's lynchpin. It worked, there was drama there.
Immortal's champion falling should (thematically) have ended their saga. If they wanted to keep the story going, they needed to have quickly established a new premier villain as champion or #1 contender.
Instead, Immortal went from being an unstoppable supergroup into being a few guys who lose all of their key matches. There has been no Immortal Champion since March (other than that week Anderson was vaguely a heel; or Mexican-exile, Jeff Jarrett). Immortal hasn't even been in the PPV title matches.
The program seems to have shifted from being a dramatic saga into being a farce. It seems as if Immortal is positioned as a bunch of "lovable losers", and Hogan/Bischoff are the protagonists who each week try to recruit someone to fight their heroic-antagonists (the Network, Foley, Joker-Sting).
All in all, the title is hurt because the main protagonists (Hogan/Bischoff) haven't been directly challenging the antagonists (Joker-Sting) for the title in months. I think the title will be fine as soon as they start positioning wrestlers as both the antagonists and the protagonists again.
I'd never seen CM Punk until last night, but I was impressed with the chain wrestling at the beginning of the match. I found myself getting really, really into the match, and I was applauding Vals and CM's efforts at the end of it.