Roode vs. Douglas was a fine basic lil match up. Basic to the point of cliché with the early backdrops the SNME heel bails out of ring, face chases the heel around ring-heel transition to offense spot, etc. Almost disappointed that they didn’t do a spot where DÁmore and Roode conked heads. Slick Johnson still has a job reffing, which he is completely useless at. And he’s also still wearing shorts. They mis-time Douglas’ high knee spot and there is a shitty punch exchange that really was WWE RAW level bad. Post-match Rhino challenges Roode and Dámore to a handicap match. Dámore acts scared although I’ll be surprised if DÁmore is booked weak in the match. Wouldn’t be surprised if DÁmore hits the Canadian Destroyer on Rhino.
So I shat on the idea of qualifying matches last week but the main event match puts another big bumper in the reverse ladder match. And since I assume Sting is gonna be in it, I’d want as many bump machines in it as possible. This was plenty fun, every time Killings took too much time to dance Brown would pop him and Brown’s punches looked fine here. Most of Brown’s offense was built around throwing Killings into the rails and Killings is good at taking a rail ride. Brown hits a powerbomb and announces “powerbomb”… look I hit a powerbomb. Killings looked sharp here too. I regularly criticize when the transition to offense takes place over commercial break but this one was really really jarring. Before the commercial break Brown hits Killings sending him to the floor, after commercial break Brown is on floor and Killings dives onto him. How did Brown get to floor, how did Killings get back into ring? I would’ve liked Killings to have won with something other than a roll up…but the right guy went over and really little to complain about here.
This week Raven looked less like Sally Struthers and more like a really strung out Professor Irwin Corey which kind of is Raven’s gimmick at this point. Maybe it was 45 year old Kevin Nash in his Akademiks shirt and Hilfigger jeans, but 45 year old Raven working his grunge rock fan gimmick didn't seem as absurd to me this week as it normally does.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK
That was a shitty X-Division match. Really could’ve used Mama Lethal and Julius Smokes. The scramble tag tower spot was as awkward as those things are. Often when TNA does X division matches as 4 ways they work it as tag with basic tag psyche...Here it was just 4 guys doing there stuff…and didn’t have a feeling of flow. I don’t understand the point of re-gimmicking Low-Ki when Tenay is going to say “This guy used to be known as Low-Ki”and well I guess I prefer Puerto Rican thug Low-Ki to shorts wearing karate Low-Ki. Speaking of Puerto Ricans, LAX are still protesting by not working. Tenay explains that if you want to listen to show in Spanish you need to turn your TV to SAP and then says “No you’re not having audio difficulties”; the announcers are refusing to work….Huh?? If I turn to SAP how would I hear Tenay telling me not to worry about the technical difficulties? West says “We’ve got to get this whole political situation solved so we can get these guys back to work”…to which Mike Tenay replies “That’s the key to the whole thing. It’s political and topical at the same time. It’s the whole immigration reform issue.” Ignoring Puerto Ricans not being immigrants I want to point out that “It’s political and topical at the same time.” is the stupidest thing anyone said on the show. This was a show where Sting, Steiner, and Ron Killings all gave nonsensical interviews and yet somehow Mike Tenay comes across dumber than all of them.
Honestly that match smoked Diamonds in the Rough vs. Styles, Daniels. Aj and David Young feuded for ever in NCw/Wildside. Skipper and Daniels were tag partners. No reason for this match up to be this bad. I'm going to guess just a bad day as Daniels/Styles blew everything. AJ blew his inverted DDT thing off ropes, Daniels blew his tornado DDT while kicking second opponent thing. Just a mess. The Diamonds in the Rough celebration at the end also made them look like bigger jobbers then their win/loss record would indicate. Shitty.
This week Raven looked less like Sally Struthers and more like a really strung out Professor Irwin Corey which kind of is Raven’s gimmick at this point. I don’t get why he’s allowed to say ECW and 3D can’t. Oh yeah speaking of 3D, if you’re going to do blackface at least put on the white lipstick. You got to whiten the lips otherwise it just doesn’t work. This whole comedy shooting on opponents stuff is shit. It works when you're Shane Douglas and you're mocking guys who aren't in the same fed with you. It works when you're Steve Austin in ECW mocking Hogan. the whole gimmick is you're elevating yourself by lowering your competition. That doesn't make sense when you're actually trying to sell a PPV or a feud against the people you're targeting with your comedy shoot. BG James is right, Bubba is fat and the Duddleys are guys who really only wrestled nobodies, and Kip James is right: Devon only has one tired catchphrase. Yep thanks for pointing out the flaws of those guys. Too bad you're trying to sell a PPV match against them. Like last weeek there were moments were you got a sense of the intensity that BG can deliver, but for the most part burried under all the comedy shootiness. Tenay and West as Waldorf and Statler kibbitzing about the quality of the shoot only made it worse: "Ooh that was below the belt" "ooh that was STIFF" ""SNAP!".
Shane Douglas is back. Tery Taylor is still employed. There are Communications School drop outs all over Orlando. Why are they still using Jeremy Borash? How has his riding companion not caused backstage friction? What the fuck? I mean I've talked shit about Borash for as long as I've been doing these things...but honestly I can't remember him ever looking as creepy as he did this episode. Steiner tells him "Nobody eyeballs the Big Bad Booty Daddy" and yet Jeremy just can't keep his eyes off him...staring longfully out of the corners. Plus is he now wearing a promise ring? I mean I have to assume that was a promise ring....nobody can be that pencil thin. But promise ring? thats just pathetic. Oh so you've chosen abstinence. You want us to believe that that was a choice? Has he not told his parents? "No no the reason you don't see any girls in my room is because I made a promise. See the ring?" Just creepy and pathetic.
I'm again impressed by Brown, but I acknowledge that Killings ate some power moves to make him look good. The Gunslinger into the powerbomb was nasty stuff. While Killings makes a good contender as a former two-time champ, that happened during the wild young days of TNA -- back when they had hardcore midgets, dancing cage girls, and the Dupp Cupp. It may as well taken place in the WXO. And I wish he's drop the dancing stuff. It seems beneath him now, the remnants of a gimmick he no longer needs. Christian shouldn't work against Steiner as he's already beaten two power guys (Brown, Abyss), and a Sting title match doesn't really help either guy. For the good of the organization, Christian needs to job to Joe so TNA can now have a main-event face who didn't come from WCW or WWE. And an X Division tourney for his vacant belt would elevate a new guy, like Shelly or Lethal.
AJ took a brutal dive to the floor on Skipper, and I thought he hurt himself. I like the Styles-Daniel tag team and look forward to their title feud with Team 3D. The James Gang promo was silly and should have gotten to its point much sooner. When BG simply said "we'll kick your ass," that had much more credibility than anything else they either guy has done in months. Still, we're stuck with two former WWE teams fighting for bragging rights while the top TNA tandems scramble for the belts. Will we finally see AJ or Daniels smack Gail? I'm not sure I want to see this. She should collide with one of AMW to become a non-factor. Either way, there's no woman for her to wrestle, and it's a shame.
I just don't like the Northern Lariat. In fact, I don't see all that much to compete with ECW. When that show begins its weekly schedule, I'll switch to it and stop TiFauxing TNA.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by tomk This whole comedy shooting on opponents stuff is shit. It works when you're Shane Douglas and you're mocking guys who aren't in the same fed with you. It works when you're Steve Austin in ECW mocking Hogan. the whole gimmick is you're elevating yourself by lowering your competition. That doesn't make sense when you're actually trying to sell a PPV or a feud against the people you're targeting with your comedy shoot. BG James is right, Bubba is fat and the Duddleys are guys who really only wrestled nobodies, and Kip James is right: Devon only has one tired catchphrase. Yep thanks for pointing out the flaws of those guys. Too bad you're trying to sell a PPV match against them. Like last weeek there were moments were you got a sense of the intensity that BG can deliver, but for the most part burried under all the comedy shootiness.
I think you're giving the average wrestling fan too much credit. They don't take every segment and break it down into great detail. They don't care if Bubba is fat or Devon only has one catchphrase (which by the way, who has more than one catchphrase?). All they care is was it funny? Now whether it was funny is debatable, but I don't think the average fan thinks they are burying the company by pointing out the Dudleys faults.
Originally posted by tomkI don’t understand the point of re-gimmicking Low-Ki when Tenay is going to say “This guy used to be known as Low-Ki”and well I guess I prefer Puerto Rican thug Low-Ki to shorts wearing karate Low-Ki.
I think it's Low Ki's choice; he didn't want to give rights to the "Low Ki" name to TNA. That's what I've read on the internet, so apply salt as necessary.
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Speaking of Low-Ki, which I forgot to do above, that leaping stomp finisher was sick. SICK. I rewound the tape a few times to see how he could do it wihtout killing the opponent (extend the legs, don't lock the knees, crumple up as you make contact), but that's a dangerous move given the height he reaches. He didn't do much to wow me in this, his big free-TV return, but that finisher salvaged the match.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
I love Joe, but he is definitely not WWE material. His charisma comes from the fact that he basically beats the crap out of people in vaguely strong-style matches that would bore the average WWE audience to sleep.