Wow what a crappy fucking show this was. It's a good thing Raw was on in the same slot or this might have been one of the biggest wastes of time durning my wasteful week of being sick.
- The Dudleys are really going to bring Bobby from the 'Sopranos' in for backup? Was AJ booked or something? Bobby barely has any credibility with Tony, why would he have any near a ring? TNA has deep pockets spend a little extra coin and bring in Paulie he's pretty legit, and seems like a guy who wouldn't mind fighting LAX.
- I don't watch the show enough to know what Kevin Nash is up to. I guess he is just spoofing shows, but he was funnier with the hair.
- What is Miss Jackie vs Gail Kim in an arm wrestling match doing for anybody? Is there really a Miss Jackie market out there that hasn't been tapped already?
- TNA having and entire PPV in a cage seems like a bad idea? Didn't they do that once already?
- The Guantlet wasn't very good. It looks even worse following so closely to the Rumble. The ring kind of sucks for these matches and so did all the old guys that kept filling up the ring.
Kurt Angle sure looks a lot healthier these days, but how can he not standing right up against Steiner. Holycrap. Has this guy's body finally started to give in on him or what and what the hell was on his chest.
Samoa Joe Muscle Busting Tyson Tomko was a nice spot and one I wouldn't be thrilled to take if I were Tomko. Christian should just get totally squashed Honky Tonk Man style when he faces Joe.
It will be interesting to see the head to head numbers.
Edit: I totally forgot about Bob Backlund coming back to yell at Sabin that they are his FRIENDS. I can't believe I had forgotten how much I miss this guy.
Yes, they've had an all cage match ppv before. It's a yearly ppv gimmick like Royal Rumble or Survivor Series. I didn't see last year's but the first year they did it the ppv was actually damn good and the fact that every match was a cage match didn't make the cage concept look meaningless at all.
If you're talking about the weird indention in Steiner's chest well he's been like that for a while but he seems just fine. In fact his last TNA stint was probably the best thing he's done since his pre-Poppa Pump days.
And no I don't have any actual comments on the show itself. I'd rather forget all of it except for Lethal's Macho Man impersonation.
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I didn't think it was that bad a show -- not great, but it had like three times the amount of in-ring that the shows have had lately.
Elevation X looks scary. Like, I-think-someone-might-die scary.
LAX vs. Shark Boy & Norman Smiley: Konnan's wheelchair was being pushed by, I'm 99% certain, Machete -- well, someone has to do it. LAX wins with a powerbomb/senton combo in under a minute -- fine, but LAX should have MURDERED SB&NS. Homicide choking Smiley out with a coat hanger JUST BECAUSE HE CAN would have been awesome.
Next week, LAX and 3D will have a BELTING POT MATCH!!! (oh, COME ON, Russo.)
Pride of Tennessee Miss Jacqueline Moore vs. Gail Kim: I wasn't bothered by this anymore than I'm normally bothered by stupid arm wrestling matches on shows that fritter away too much precious time as it is.
I am in total agreement with B.D. Loco about the presence of Jacqueline -- I don't think her name recognition is worth even a single penny, I'm sorry to say, and I think they could have spent less money than Jacqueline probably commands (I am guessing) to bring in a woman (say, almost anyone from the Shimmer roster) who they could build the assumably-future division around, who would have a chance of putting on a good match with Gail Kim, and who could wear a hat with the same panache as Jacqueline (and I do like the way she wears her hat). Personally, I'd like to see a Gail Kim/Amazing Kong match. I would!
Sabin is a dick. Are they building up to a Backlund/Sabin match? Because I kinda want to see that. Next week is a 5-man ladder match to determine the #1 contender to the X Div title.
Jeez, not only are half the matches on every PPV gimmicks, but half the matches in between are, too! I mean, come on -- a ladder match with Starr, Shelley, Senshi, Dutt and Lethal would be a GREAT PPV match -- keep Sabin busy with Lynn or, hell, Backlund for that PPV, and then have the title match next month!
Nash managing a tag team of Dutt & Lethal is a better direction that Nash mocking the entire X Division. I dunno if they're actually going in that direction, but yeah.
Killings ffwd whateva
14-Man, #1 Contender Gauntlet Match: Cornette was on commentary and was great. When Joe Yakuza-kicked Abyss over the top, Cornette said, "the fans in the Impact Zone are standin' -- they're throwin' babies in the air over that one!" Man, I wish Cornette would announce full-time.
Yeah, they could have made it a 10-man match and dumped VKM and Roode Inc. (Actually, a feud between those two teams might not be a bad way to go.)
Originally posted by BigDaddyLocoTNA having and entire PPV in a cage seems like a bad idea? Didn't they do that once already?
They've done it twice already -- every Lockdown is all-cage. I think it works surprisingly well, and at the absolute least differentiates Lockdown from other PPVs, which is a problem TNA struggles with. I look forward to it, but I'm an idiot fanboy who doesn't understand "real" psychology, so apply salt as necessary.
Originally posted by BigDaddyLocoChristian should just get totally squashed Honky Tonk Man style when he faces Joe.
Wow, I dunno about that. I mean, it won't happen that way 'cause there will be hundreds of run-ins and even more ref bumps, but even aside from that, Christian's a strong heel, which, again, is something TNA struggles with, so it'd be a shame to flush him away like that.
***EDIT! Oh dude! I forgot the best part of the show (other than, yes, Lethal's Savage impression) -- Joe wins his first (I think!) title shot!
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Yeah, Lethal's Mach impression was scary good, like he had the voice and mannerisms down good.
Unfortunately, it was the best part of the show. The Gauntlet was just boring, and it's worse that guys have to slow down at the ramp and run around the ring post to slide in, couldn't they make it where the ramps were both facing perpendicular to the ring posts? I know it's minor, but I think it would have helped the visual aid of it.
No wonder they dropped over 50% of their audience to a Raw that was bumped and out of place.
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