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The Recap for TNA Impact 6.11.09 from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.

*Random Note: Some TNA episode titles are really nice, and some are really hokey. Last week was nice, this week is hokey. Wonder who comes up with these things?*

- We open the show with Don West (the best heel commentator on TV today, since WWE is now more sports-oriented with their one PBP, one Color approach to commentary than the face/heel dynamic) and Mike Tenay hyping the upcoming show. This is something TNA has gotten a lot better at recently.

- We start with the Hardcore Leopard making his way to the ring, complete with a Jarrett shirt, accompanied by his new security detail, still in their MEM shirts. Foley says he knows there will come a day when he will no longer have the TNA title, but he never thought he would no longer have his smile (which JJ has taken away, it seems). Apparently it's 1997 all over again. He calls out JJ for a hard decision. JJ is decked out in a star-filled shirt. He says he wears Jarrett's shirt as a sign of respect for the man. God, Foley really needs to decide if he hates Jarrett or not. He can't go back and forth each week. Foley fines and suspends JJ without pay for the punch on Hebner. "He got off easy!" - West. Jarrett calls him a joke and starts to leave, but Foley brings him back to get serious about assaulting Hebner. Foley says he's going to remove Jarrett from TNA, easy way or hard way. Jarrett prefers the hard way, so he tries to attack Foley, but his security wail away on him, allowing FOley to retreat up the ramp. Jarrett makes his own save with chairshots. Foley promises to throw him out "single-handedly." Might be tough to do that, Mickie Boy. Jarrett sets the chair in the ring and tells him to come get some. Interesting segment. This kind of tension is good. The downer, of course, is that it will never lead to even a decent match down the road. And that does kind of kill it; but it makes for some interesting TV.

- Lauren is backstage with Team 3D. They issue a warning to the British Invasion. Devon gets a nice line : "If you draw first blood with 3D, you'll drown in your own blood!" Ray acknowledges Raven off-camera, who's just randomly sitting there. Ray says that Lauren needs to watch out for Raven, because he's dangerous. No shit, Sherlock! After 3D are done, Lauren runs away in fear. Smart girl. Raven's just sitting there. Wtf, mate?

- JJ is backstage with Borash, as there is still no match in sight. JJ says he's apologized endlessly to Hebner about losing his cool last week. He's human and thus made a mistake. JJ says he was going to go on his accord until Foley decided to challenge him. He taunts Foley: "I'm right here...let's see you do it, Big Boy."

Match 1: Non-title: Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal over Team 3D when Doug Williams hit Devon with the briefcase and Shelley pinned him in 8 minutes. Tons of interference ruined the ending, but at least it is consistent with the going storylines. Decent action, going about ** on the PES.

Cool Line by West: "I don't care who it [Suicide] is as long as it doesn't turn out to be Glen Gilbertti!"

- Backstage, Foley is with a rather large security detail. He warns them that Jarrett might be armed and dangerous. "Armed" with a chair? A guitar?

- Foley and his security track down Jarrett, who is informed by Borash. JJ tells him he was supposed to do it "single-handedly" and obviously that is not happening. Foley tells jokes in response. Ugh. Foley calls him a "rat in a cage" and tells him to walk away before he gets hurt. Jarrett being a smart guy, decides to walk off, saying he's going leave before he does something he'll regret. He tells Foley to know his role and shut his mouth, but not in those words. Foley says his role is World Heavyweight Champ. Why the hell does Foley have to be cute? It kills his effectiveness as a heel, and by actions he's a clear heel.

- Borash is backstage with Booker T (complete with a new accent, I think) and Scott Steiner, talking about their Nation of Violence First Blood Match. Steiner, still not done butchering the English language, calls Joe "the Samoan War Pig" and promises to break his leg and make him bleed.

NoVFBM, Part 1: Samoa Joe over Scott Steiner via repeated pipe shots in about 5 minutes. Those shots were sick and looked like they could legit bust someone open. The ref's white towel is a unique and quite logical idea. Over-the-top maybe, but unique nonetheless. Part 2: Samoa Joe over Booker T (with Sharmelle) via pipe shot to the gut, causing internal bleeding, and then through the mouth in 12 minutes total. Whatever happened to Morasca and Sharmelle being gone from the Mafia? Man, nobody listens to poor Sting. This finish was weak. Matches were basically plodding hardcore matches, so all together let's call it *3/4 and move on.

- Backstage, Lauren is with Sting and Angle, where Booker and Steiner are being treated. She promises updates, Raven is still sitting there in the background, and we move to...

Match 3: Non-title: AJ Styles over Shane Douglas via Flying Armbar in 5 minutes. A nothing match, and Douglas is either completely out of shape or completely unmotivated, because he put nothing into this match. Call it *1/2 on the PES. Douglas attacks Styles postmatch, but Daniels makes the save. Douglas wipes him out with a towel that is hiding handcuffs, and then cuffs him to get some free shots before Joe runs him off. Well, TNA should've better assessed what kind of shape Douglas was in, because he didn't look like he had any business being in the ring tonight.

- Backstage, Lauren is running in fear, with a phone in hand. She takes refuge in the women's room while Raven takes a seat outside. Unfortunately, it's all a trap, and apparently Daffney is waiting inside the room, and she wipes the floor with Lauren. Raven nonchalantly looking at his hand is awesome.

- Taylor Wilde is searching for Lauren when Daffney attacks her with a pipe in hand. She tosses her into what looks like a fence, but Dr. Stevie pops by the control Daffney, apologizing to Taylor that "that's all the time we have this week." Raven's still admiring that awesome manicure he got prior to the show.

- Backstage, JB is with the Beautiful People. Angelina is less than happy about the lack of a set, and Velvet Sky has a problem with JB using "the noun lovely" to describe Vicki Tara, and says that she can use "the noun idiothole" to describe JB. Rayne promises to tear the skin off Tara's body. That was unusually violent. Madison Rayne does nothing for me.

- We check for another update from Middle of Nowhere, TN, to see Cody Deaner's training, which includes chasing a duck. He gets tossed into a lake for smoking a cigarette, however.

Match 4: Tara over Madison Rayne via Widow's Peak in 4 minutes. The music sounds a lot like the old TATU music. Tara gets in all her trademark offense in, but this was essentially an extended squash. Not sure if they've renamed the Widow's Peak. *1/4 on the PES.

- JB is with EY backstage. Young says he's sick of people taking advantage of him, but JB chastises him for feeling sorry about himself. That doesn't go too well for him, as Young slaps the taste out of his mouth. That was short and to the point. Excellent.

- SoCal Val is our backup interviewer. Oh, joy. Daniels rightly (thankfully) cuts her off and screams for Douglas. Yeah, I'd be pretty pissed too. Daniels challenges him to a match at Slammiversary where if Daniels loses, Douglas gets his spot on the roster; but if Douglas loses, he must get " his ratty ass" out of the company.

- You know what's sad? There hasn't been *one single* segment to hype what is possibly the biggest main event on Impact this year! And it's next...

King of the Mountain Qualifier: Kurt Angle over Sting via Angle Slam after some Matt Morgan interference in about 17 minutes. They gave a long main event with the necessary big-match feel, and there you can't go wrong with Angle. Unlike the other veterans in TNA, Sting is still carry-able and so they delivered a decent match. However, the interference really weakens the finish and could've been done without. Why doesn't TNA give me a clean main event finish at least once in two weeks? It would be a nice change of pace. The match itself is ***+ but the interference drags it for me, so let's go **1/2 on the PES.
Postmatch, Angle doesn't like that he won due to Morgan's interference and gets in a shoving match with him, which has to be controlled by officials.

- End Show.

Wrestling Counter: 46 minutes.

--> Well, the show was more focussed and featured FAR more action than the last few weeks. BUT, none of the action was anything to write home about. I wished that Samoa Joe had done something truly brutal to really drive home the point that he'd "taken out" Steiner and Booker. At least the pipe shots to Steiner looked sick, but am I expected to believe that Booker T is "OUT!" due to a bit of internal bleeding? I had the same problem with the "taking out" of Nash last week. But still, it's going towards the correct way of re-building Joe as a legit badass. I still want Foley to turn heel full-fledged, and a lot of the heels to stop joking around. Seems to me that of all the heels on display today, only Matt Morgan and Eric Young (there's that guy again, Karlos!) are the ones driving toward something. I thought the EY-JB interview was one of the highlights of the night. Logical/Booking flaws aside, tonight's Impact made for solid TV entertainment, and at the end of the day, that's really all I ask for. Let's go **3/4 on the PES.



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    Originally posted by used2bcool
    JJ is decked out in a star-filled shirt. He says he wears Jarrett's shirt as a sign of respect for the man. God, Foley really needs to decide if he hates Jarrett or not. He can't go back and forth each week.
Seven stars for seven years! I think Foley going back and forth is maybe part mind games but mostly craziness. He can be quite pleasant and reasonable when things are going his way, but when he's under stress or feeling threatened, he loses focus and flips into another personality mode.

    Originally posted by u2bc
    Tons of interference ruined the ending, but at least it is consistent with the going storylines. Decent action, going about ** on the PES.

    Cool Line by West: "I don't care who it [Suicide] is as long as it doesn't turn out to be Glen Gilbertti!"
Yeah, I can't get mad over the interference since it moves the 3D/BI feud forward, which is a good thing.

That was a good line from West, whose improvement over the last few weeks has been immense.

    Originally posted by u2bc
    NoVFBM, Part 1: Samoa Joe over Scott Steiner via repeated pipe shots in about 5 minutes. Those shots were sick and looked like they could legit bust someone open.
Joe put a garbage can over Steiner's head and bashed it to hell with Steiner's own steel pipe. Normally that spot is kinda goofy, but Joe just CAVED IN the garbage can; it was actually a little scary. And then Steiner was actively dribbling blood onto the floor. The white towel is a nice touch (as are the ref's white rubber gloves); they used that the last time they had a first blood match but I don't remember seeing it before then.

    Originally posted by u2bc
    Part 2: Samoa Joe over Booker T (with Sharmelle) via pipe shot to the gut, causing internal bleeding, and then through the mouth in 12 minutes total. This finish was weak.
Really? 'Cause Joe just WHACKED Booker in the stomach with that pipe. And the shot of Booker T after the finish, supine, staring bug-eyed with blood bubbling out of his mouth like Rubin Pritchard -- that was something.

    Originally posted by u2bc
    Match 3: Non-title: AJ Styles over Shane Douglas via Flying Armbar in 5 minutes. A nothing match, and Douglas is either completely out of shape or completely unmotivated, because he put nothing into this match.
Aw, it wasn't that bad, but, okay, it wasn't too good either. The best thing about Douglas is the stark tan line where his t-shirt sleeves would normally be.

I'm not sure how this match was supposed to make Douglas seem like a threat to Daniels, post-match activities notwithstanding; Douglas was clearly outclassed here. He got a few shots in, granted, but he was never able to get any sustained offense going, and didn't get beat with, say, a cheap roll-up; he got caught in an armbar (by a non-submission expert) and tapped immediately.

I predict that Daniels beats Douglas easily at Slammiversary, leading to Douglas switching back to managing, feuding with Daniels by proxy for a while.

    Originally posted by u2bc
    Backstage, Lauren is running in fear, with a phone in hand. She takes refuge in the women's room while Raven takes a seat outside. Unfortunately, it's all a trap, and apparently Daffney is waiting inside the room, and she wipes the floor with Lauren. Raven nonchalantly looking at his hand is awesome.
Just wanted to note for the record that Lauren was calling Abyss ("Chris") on the phone for help, although the image of Abyss talking on the phone is somehow amusing to me. We're getting Abyss/Raven at Slammiversary, right?

    Originally posted by u2bc
    Match 4: Tara over Madison Rayne via Widow's Peak in 4 minutes. The music sounds a lot like the old TATU music. Tara gets in all her trademark offense in, but this was essentially an extended squash. Not sure if they've renamed the Widow's Peak.
Nah, Tenay called it that. Match was adequate. I concur with your feelings on Rayne, but she's handy as the Beautiful People's personal jobber for stuff like this.

    Originally posted by u2bc
    JB is with EY backstage. Young says he's sick of people taking advantage of him, but JB chastises him for feeling sorry about himself. That doesn't go too well for him, as Young slaps the taste out of his mouth. That was short and to the point. Excellent.
Oh, man, JB got DROPPED. The boom mic guy even came into frame to check on him! Hey, boom mic guy, where were you when Lauren was getting assaulted? Some defender of interviewers you are.

    Originally posted by u2bc
    King of the Mountain Qualifier: Kurt Angle over Sting via Angle Slam after some Matt Morgan interference in about 17 minutes. [...] However, the interference really weakens the finish and could've been done without.
Well, I assume that it sets up Sting/Morgan for the PPV. I don't mind the interference on free TV as long as it's there for a reason.

All-around good show.

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I was on the fence about going to the TNA house show or the Metric concert tonight, but this show makes me feel a little better about seeing TNA. (Though, to be honest, if I'd realized both shows were on the same night, I never would have bought the TNA tickets to begin with and it would be a non-issue.)

It saddens me that I'm glad that Foley apparently doesn't do house shows. I used to be a huge Foley mark, I even read Have A Nice Day in a single sitting, but now I can't stand him. All I can say is that I'm really glad that Raven's ability to entertain on the mic hasn't degraded like Foley's or I'd probably cry. (It remains to be seen if Raven is any better than Foley as far as performing in ring at this point in time. Last I heard, he was so banged up he wasn't even trying to wrestle, but maybe the time off did wonders.)

I'm still not convinced Eric Young is a heel. I mean, so far he's only attacked the owner of the company and a backstage interviewer who openly associates with heels. Maybe EY is the face and the rest of TNA turned on *him*.
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    Originally posted by InVerse
    I was on the fence about going to the TNA house show or the Metric concert tonight, but this show makes me feel a little better about seeing TNA. (Though, to be honest, if I'd realized both shows were on the same night, I never would have bought the TNA tickets to begin with and it would be a non-issue.)


Wow. You and I have vastly different views on either Metric or professional wrestling. I'm not sure an episode of RAW would trump that concert. A WWE PPV for sure. But a TNA house show? Even after buying both tickets by mistake, the house show isn't even an option for me.

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    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal

      Originally posted by u2bc
      Match 3: Non-title: AJ Styles over Shane Douglas via Flying Armbar in 5 minutes. A nothing match, and Douglas is either completely out of shape or completely unmotivated, because he put nothing into this match.
    Aw, it wasn't that bad, but, okay, it wasn't too good either. The best thing about Douglas is the stark tan line where his t-shirt sleeves would normally be.

    I'm not sure how this match was supposed to make Douglas seem like a threat to Daniels, post-match activities notwithstanding; Douglas was clearly outclassed here. He got a few shots in, granted, but he was never able to get any sustained offense going, and didn't get beat with, say, a cheap roll-up; he got caught in an armbar (by a non-submission expert) and tapped immediately.



See Styles beat Douglas this week. Last week Styles beat Daniels. Douglas and Daniels both lost to AJ so clearly the fact that they are both AJ losers makes them complete equals! Plus both their names start with "D", end with "S" and have five letters in between.

Oh well, Slammiversary is looking good enough to let this match slide. KOTM, 3D/Beer Money, Five Man X Division, Tara/Angelina, something with Raven/Stevie/Abyss/Daffney/Taylor and Sting/Morgan is pretty strong. Would be nice if BI or LAX was on there too, but not against each other yet, and I don't know who else there is.



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Did anyone actually bother to LOOK at Shane before they hired him?? How did they not notice that beer gut and farmers tan?? He can be great as a manager again, but keep him out of the ring until he at least hits the tanning bed. I don’t need a guy on TV that looks like me.

Otherwise, that was a pretty good show!




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As an unabashed fan of the Franchise, he should not be back in the ring. Outside it managing and talking, sure thing. Maybe take EY under his wing, teach him a few things about "making people take notice". But wrestling? No.

    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
      Originally posted by u2bc
      Part 2: Samoa Joe over Booker T (with Sharmelle) via pipe shot to the gut, causing internal bleeding, and then through the mouth in 12 minutes total. This finish was weak.
    Really? 'Cause Joe just WHACKED Booker in the stomach with that pipe. And the shot of Booker T after the finish, supine, staring bug-eyed with blood bubbling out of his mouth like Rubin Pritchard -- that was something.



See, I'm with both of you guys on this. The actual shot from Joe to Booker looked weak, like any regular old kendo stick shot or end-of-the-chair shot into the gut, but Booker's selling of it made it look devastating. And that pipe shot would be my only complaint from that match, as Joe's decimation of Steiner in the garbage can was intense. I've said many times I don't get the Samoa Joe hype at all, but the first blood stuff last night really clicked for me.

    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
      Originally posted by InVerse
      I was on the fence about going to the TNA house show or the Metric concert tonight, but this show makes me feel a little better about seeing TNA. (Though, to be honest, if I'd realized both shows were on the same night, I never would have bought the TNA tickets to begin with and it would be a non-issue.)


    Wow. You and I have vastly different views on either Metric or professional wrestling. I'm not sure an episode of RAW would trump that concert. A WWE PPV for sure. But a TNA house show? Even after buying both tickets by mistake, the house show isn't even an option for me.


.....what in the hell is Metric??!?!?!




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    Originally posted by BoromirMark

    .....what in the hell is Metric??!?!?!


Whew, I'm glad I'm not the only one that doesn't know what that is.

I do disagree with Bucs priority of wrestling shows though. No way is Raw a higher priority than a TNA house show for me. Raw has almost nobody interesting and little wrestling. A TNA house show is even better than Impact because the old guys aren't there and the matches are longer. I'd maybe even take a TNA house show over a WWE PPV depending on what the card was. I'm also guessing TNA house show tickets are cheaper.



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    Originally posted by BoromirMark
    I've said many times I don't get the Samoa Joe hype at all, but the first blood stuff last night really clicked for me.


This makes three consecutive wins Joe has scored with a weapon, going back to last week's match with Nash.

I'm not a regular TNA viewer, but I'm saddened that Joe is no longer a wrestling machine. If Taz is his Higher Power, it seems like a contradictory direction. He should be suplexeing people into Bolivion.

If the Nation of Violence is simply TNA's new effort to recreate ECW (which explains the return of Raven and Douglas), I don't see how that elevates grappling and acrobatics anymore. Those are the elements that made TNA distinct from WWE at a time when half (most?) of the roster are WWE veterans.



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    Originally posted by Quezzy
      Originally posted by BoromirMark

      .....what in the hell is Metric??!?!?!


    Whew, I'm glad I'm not the only one that doesn't know what that is.


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Lately I catch some of the rerun of Impact on Saturday mornings and I use this thread to see if I've missed Daffney's appearance or not. I guess it's also sad that I really don't care if I see Foley, one of my all-time favorites...maybe I just don't want to BE saddened by what he's doing nowadays...



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I almost started a new thread for this, but since last week's Impact thread featured Karlos's thoughts on a house show, I figure I might as well post my experience here.

The crowd size was a bit disappointing, I'd estimate around 2,000 people compared to the 5000 or so sellout crowd at the WWE Smackdown/ECW show last year. But the crowd was hot for just about everything throughout the night, so it wasn't bad. Even the security guards were over.

Jeremy Borash may be the best hype man I've ever seen. I'm really not a fan of him on Impact though I enjoy following him on Twitter. But he did an awesome job of hyping up the crowd, especially with bribes of backstage passes. At one point, he even took a shot at Impact's lack of wrestling, referring to how "You've seen the show, but we do things differently here." in reference to the quick turn-around between matches at the house show.

First match out was Sheik Abdul Bashir vs Consequences Creed. Bashir is quite a bit larger than he looks on TV. My sister and I are fans of Bashir's younger brother, Arya Daivari, from his work in local indy feds, so we were probably the only people in the crowd who didn't hate Bashir's guts. Good back and forth action with lots of classic heeling from Bashir, including yelling at the crowd in Farsi and attempting to leave the arena in the middle of the match. Creed wins with the TKO. Afterwards, Creed does his dance (complete with splits) and then talks Earl Hebner into doing it as well. Hebner... does something that might pass for dancing.. and ends by dropping down to one knee in what was either the worst splits ever or else he was going to do the Spinaroonie but then realized it was the wrong black guy in the ring.

I was surprised at how many people in the crowd were talking about being excited about seeing Awesome Kong. (She was one of the people I was most interested in, as well, but my opinions rarely coincide with the majority of a crowd.) I was also a bit nervous because earlier in the day, Kong had tweeted that her flight was delayed and she might miss the show. But apparently it was all sorted out and she was out next to face ODB. Nothing spectacular match wise (I have a lot of respect for ODB, but I would never go in expecting her to work a 5 star classic) but still a decent brawl. Kong kills ODB with the Implant Buster. Afterwards, the security staff try to explain to Rudy Charles that he needs to grab ODB's boobs in order to resuscitate her, but he instead opts to bring her the flask.

Eric Young is the next one through the curtain, to a mixture of boos and cheers. His opponent is Jay Lethal. Before the match, EY gets on the mic and states that he knows he has a lot of stuff going on "on the show" but that he doesn't have any problem with Lethal, so he'd like this to just be a normal match between to competitors. They shake hands but as soon as Black Machismo turns his back, EY jumps him from behind. At one point, Young does a Flair Flip that would make Ric Flair in his prime jealous. He also pulled out a basic, old school piledriver for which I was probably the only person in the arena popping. EY wins clean, with some sort of wheelbarrow slam (that I don't believe was either of the ones listed as his finishers on Wikipedia, but I could be wrong.)

The X Division Title is on the line next in a 3 way battle between Suicide, Homicide & Christopher Daniels. (I would have loved to see Daniels come to the ring dressed as Hitler just so Sabu could show up and destroy everybody.) As has been noted in previous threads, Suicide is insanely over with children. Daniels was surprisingly over with the kids in the crowd as well. Homicide was clearly the third most popular guy tonight but he was receiving love as well. I was pretty surprised at how very little 1-on-1 action took place in this match. There was a lot of 2 on 1 with the 2 guys taking turns trying to upstage one another but never actually turning on each other. Based on the bumps he was taking, I'm convinced that Homicide is actually part pinball. At one point, he ate a dropkick from Suicide and somehow flew backward across the ring, doubled up in such a manner that it looked all the world like a character in a video game that just got nailed. Awesome spot I'd never seen where Daniels rolled Suicide into a Boston Crab on top of Homicide, then reached down and hooked Homicide in a Camel Clutch at the same time. The finish comes when Suicide hits the Suicide Solution on Homicide while Daniels is on the floor. Handshakes of Honor all around afterwards.

After a brief intermission, it's time for Matt Morgan vs Abyss in a No DQ Match. Abyss was insanely over with the crowd and Morgan did an excellent job of drawing heat on himself as well. Pretty tame for a No DQ match, but the state of Missouri actually requires each use of a weapon to be cleared with the state Athletics Department, so I'm sure that played a big part in it. (As far as I can tell, the laws regarding professional wrestling were written in the 50s, when it was believed to be completely real. I mean, they actually have a law stating how soon before the show the referee is required to be in the building and you have to have a license to ring the bell.) Morgan plastered Abyss with a nice looking Carbon Footprint at one point but only got 2. Finish came when Abyss threw Morgan headfirst into a chair that was setup between the top and middle ropes. This was probably the first No DQ match in history where nobody landed a single chairshot.

The main event was Kurt Angle & Scott Steiner vs Beer Money. Scott Steiner actually cut a promo on a live mic without using a single curse word. Not even "ass". James Storm got the crowd hyped up by assigning one side of the arena to chant BEER and the other side to chant MONEY when pointed to. I was surprised at how much the crowd was into Beer Money. (Again, not because they don't deserve it, but because I'm surprised the crowd has anything resembling good taste.) I think Steiner actually had more heat than Angle. (Granted, Steiner has legit heat from me, but I seriously doubt anybody else in the crowd remembered that the last time he was booked to wrestle in St. Joe, we were forced to witness Bill Kazmaier wrestle instead, due to Scott being injured. I contemplated demanding an apology for that but then remembered that Steiner was not only entirely capable of ripping off my head with his bare hands but was also quite likely to do so if given reason.) Apparently, several people were surprised at how small Angle is. One of the guys behind me surmised that he could kick Angle's ass. I almost offered him $100 to do so. Hell, it would probably be worth $100 to see Angle and Steiner shoot whipping the shit out of someone. After a decent match, Beer Money caught Angle in the DWI for the 1,2,3. (And I just realized that TNA did an entire show without a single non-clean ending.)

After the match, Kurt Angle got on the mic and thanked the fans for coming out and making TNA a success. He also said "I got injured in the match." which appears to be legit because he was in obvious pain during the post-show photo op. (For $20, you could get in the ring with Kurt and get your picture taken.) It appeared that he hurt the ribs on his left side, as he grabbed them several times after putting his arm around a fan and grimaced in pain any time he lifted up a little kid. He stayed for the entire autograph signing, however, and seemed happy to talk to people for the 3 seconds or so that they were allowed to stay in the ring. While the pictures were being taken, Daniels, Abyss and Creed all came out and signed autographs as well.

All in all, it was a great show. It was the exact opposite of Impact in just about every way imaginable. They also clearly put on a much higher tech and better organized house show than the WWE. If TNA comes back around, I won't think twice about picking up tickets. (On the other hand, if the WWE comes back, it would seriously depend on who was likely to be on the card, not that I'm bitter about witnessing a live Batista vs Khali main event, I swear.)

    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    Wow. You and I have vastly different views on either Metric or professional wrestling. I'm not sure an episode of RAW would trump that concert. A WWE PPV for sure. But a TNA house show? Even after buying both tickets by mistake, the house show isn't even an option for me.



There was also the matter of an extra 2 1/2 hour drive for the concert and family attending TNA. In retrospect, I regret not seeing Metric but I don't regret going to the TNA show one bit.
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