I DON'T RESPECT YOUR CODE!It ain't gonna make him heel but nice knees and Joe gets to talk.
Terry Taylor backstage interviewer. I donít know how good he actually is in this role but wowza thatís a huge step up from Douglas in this role. They really need to have Taylor be the guy that Jarrett drags into the ring too cause Mike Tenayís fake Ted Koppel expressions really make him look like Yoda choking on a cat.
Four way dance. Well this may be the first time a four way dance makes top side here. Instead of working this as a four way dance with everyone simultaneously putting everyone else in holdsÖthey work this tag rules. Has there been a back stage road agent change? And well essentially worked tag with Aries and Shelly working the bulk of it. Williams and Sabin are kept to working quick spots and then getting out of the ring which is smart. I really liked the double tope with Aries going through bottom ropes. Up till now Shelley has come to ring in jacket and glared. I kind of assumed he was using his old H2 Alex the Alienist Shelley gimmick. One of my favorite H2 gimmicks. So Iíll miss that and donít know what they can do with this beatnik moviemaker gimmick. I could see digging Shelley and Aries as the Indie-Hollywood Brunettes. You could package Lacey as their Chloe Sevigny second.
BULLET BOB~! God this 4LK angle delivers everything but the matches. I was kind of hoping that Bullet would play more cautious elder, ďyou need to earn my respect and my family blessingĒ instead of Iím so happy that you guys are trying to make this work. Amusing as Rhino does his shitty shoot stuff and I donít care. While Bullet than goes and shows this is how you work sincere baby face. Weird last week watching how natural BG was in that role too. As BG is guy who came out of the whole DX,Nash, HBK weíre too cool for wrestling mic work. BG, Konnan and Killings all seem to be able to do the sincerity thing nicely. Normally Iíd be bothered by Bullet calling the black wrestler ďnatural athleteĒ but both him and Killings really seemed to be actually playing off their earlier angle and well the best thing about that whole segment was Bullet as guy who wasnít going to over praise anyone. I mean this wasnít Flair calling everyone in Evolution the greatestÖthis was Bullet giving actual fair analysis: Killings is really athleticÖBilly Gunn has a body that anyone who was an actual athlete would wantÖ.BG had three older better brothers who heís in the shadow of and Konan is the fourth member. No exaggerations. Sincere.
Girlfriend???? Ok I donít know how long Iíve been watching this shitty Raven angle and never noticed the Raven gets upset when Larry mentions Ravenís ďgirlfriendĒ. But Tenay goes into oversell pushing the girlfriend part of the angle. Theyíre doing an angle with Raven having a girlfriend? Doesnít Borash have enough backstage responsibilities? I mean if Russo was still involved the girlfriend would be played by ChastityÖthankfully Russo found the Bible ďWow this book is greatÖthere is incest every other pageÖI think Iíve found a calling. Honey get our daughter I think she needs to be savedĒ. But Jackie Gayda is perfect in this role. As you could see her easily fucking Jarrett in exchange for her boyfriend getting a title shot. You can see Jarrett fucking her and ignoring his promise. And you can actually see Raven in a relationship with her. You look into Gaydaís face and it wouldnít be hard to pretend sheís Saturn. Two actually well worked angles on the same show. Both still involve people who I donít care about (well I care about the Georgia Jawjacker)Öbut still two well laid out angles.
WHAT DIDN'T WORK:
You know I give TNA a lot of shit for their copycat angles. No matter how many times Siaki raises his eyebrow heíll never be the Rock. No matter how convoluted Abyssí backstory (am I supposed to believe that he was abandoned as a child and raised by cows) heíll never be Kane. That said as the Monkees showed us sometimes the rip off is better than the original model. So I kind of like the Diamonds in the Rough. Simon Diamond takes better bumps and is better on the mic than Teddy Long. For a stocky junior David Young smokes Joey Maggs. And for a black guy who walks the ropes Elix Skipper also smokes Hardwork Bobby Walker. I imagine they could actually run a fun midcard MX v. Original MX angle with those guys. I mean they canít get Teddy Long but you could replace him with Rocky King. King/Walker/Maggs v Diamond/Young/Skipper could be a good six-man. Most of the potential tags and singles have potential to be on the what worked side. Unfortunately Raven isnít as talented as Bobby Walker. I mean there is no way the Diamonds in the Rough vs. Bobby Walker with garbage and an ex-hot shot would be this bad. Fuck you replace Raven with Lance Hoyt and this might have been a better match. Yeah watching this match Raven looked worse than Hoyt. It was incredible. Raven pussies out of the opponents split face legs around ring post spot. I think Raven was trying to throw clotheslines in the corner but really looked like poor manís version of pit stop as he wandered over to corner hugged his opponent and then wiped his pit in their directionÖyet without making any contact. I didnít think it was possible for anyone to be worse than Hoyt but Raven sucks.
I grew up in house show territory. Saw a million of 'em with my dad and brother. Haven't seen one since the early ninties. Living in Toronto, one of the biggest wrestling markets there is, you don't get house shows like you used to get.