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WHAT WORKED:

-Ending with about 8 minutes of Jim Cornette on the mic. In the last couple years, I’ve seen him make me an audience care about old man Heenan. I’ve seen him make a 2005 Thunderfeet turn seem compelling. I’ve seen him make Percy Pringle seem compelling. He’s just fun to listen to. I don’t get giving him the title of “public face of TNA management”. He’s being booked as a guy who is actually making decisions, and explaining decisions…he’s being booked as an authority, not just the spokesperson for the authority, calling him “good will ambassador” doesn’t jibe with the actual role he’s playing. He’s a guy who knows how to pull off strong authority figure without making wrestlers look weak. Cornette is obviously not on the booking committee but still his speech here felt very Cornette-ish. As Cornette is all about explaining the decisions…why it is that he can’t outright fire Zbysco, etc. I really liked the chemistry between Cornette and Zbysco. Have they ever worked a program opposite each other before? I mean the two just played off each other so well. Their chemistry was so great that when Cornette complained about “belts given to promoter’s son-in-laws” for a moment I thought he was still taking a shot at Zbysco.

-Monte Brown’s spit take for Norman Smiley’s European uppercut was tremendous. I mean it look like a solid pint of saliva. TNA is all about presenting wrestling for crowd interaction. The Eigen spot is a really great crowd interaction spot.

WHAT DIDN’T WORK:

-Mike Tenay doing commentary on the Cornette speech was painfully bad. “WOW”, “WOW!!”, “I smell another BLOCKBUSTER coming”…let the mic work and the crowd’s reactions carry the segment…no need for the play by play on the mic work.

-The actual blockbuster announcements, despite Cornette making them come accross sensible arent'really good. The tag titles will be up for grabs in a mixed six man? Also the whole match up four guys in qualifying match means that Jarrett has no opponent on next PPV? Why these four? What happened to the other guys who were in the King of the Mountain match, what happened to the other contenders who were in the KOTM qualifiers? WWE isn’t much better at coming up for ways to come up with new top contenders. Surprised anyone cares about the Royal Rumble at this point as every three weeks they do another battle royale to get a title match contender restart. While it kills the Rumble’s sense of unique specialness and always comes across as a “writers panic” restart, the constant battle royale at least is consistant. I don’t know, maybe I’m asking for too much but would like a promotion to figure out a better way to have title contenders ready. And while I enjoyed Cornette's chemistry with Zbysco, he had none with Jarrett. Jarrett is a guy who I usually enjoy on the mic but the came across like he was tripping over his words in this weeks backstage segment and his interactions with everyone were kind of muddled in the end segment. Also TNA is a place that has two separate entrances…always assumed one heel and one face entrance, having heels and faces standing together on both entrance ramps kind of kills the whole thing. In many ways a badly put together segment carried by Cornette. Despite that carry job, still need to point out its flaws.

-Norman Smiley is really the wrong jobber to use against Brown. Smiley is a guy who isn’t thought of as being tall and yet is obviously taller than Brown and Smiley isn’t a really big bumping jobber, so not the guy to really get over the Pounce or really any of Brown's power stuff.

-Shane Douglas has the Naturals run a 40-yard dash and then says “4.3. Not bad!!!!” Up to now my favorite pro-wrestling absurd bullshit athletic claim was the time Paul Boesch described a strong wrestler as having once gone up a ladder carrying a horse on his back. The 4.3 is almost as absurd. “4.3 not bad”

-This weeks wrestling was pretty stinky too. I really can’t decide which was the worst match of the week.

On the one hand there was Eric Young, Petey Williams vs. Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal. GAWd how many times are they going to run this Petey Williams vs. Chris Sabin touring match. Essentially this match was worked as Williams vs. Sabin with occasional guest appearances by other two. Young’s angle of guy preventing any cheating from happening was amusing, and he’s really great at eating Lethal’s offense, but for it to work at all he needed to do a section of really Tony Zane v Mike Jackson “we are working completely technical exchanges”, or at least a Rey Bucanero vs. Heavy section. Plus if you thought Sabin vs. Petey Williams was a completely formless collection of spots, before…wait till you see what happens when you take away the cliché cheating spots. This may have been the shittiest match up between the two. Williams also was really bad at eating Jay Lethal’s offense.

On the other hand there was America’s Most Wanted vs. Team 3D. The first half of this before the commercial break was worked as a really listless southern brawl. After commercial break we come back and it’s the worst hardcore match as comedy match type match. I mean I laughed at Spike’s misogynistic golf spot but still nothing in this either violent or funny enough to make you forget that you were watching a 24/7 belt match. Those were worked around one slapstack bit, you just line up endless slapstick bits like this and really 3D aren't Mack Sennett. James Storm looked concussed as he was working at quarter speed and just throwing bad missed stuff and unable to eat anything. Meanwhile everyone else looked to be working at half speed telegraphing every “hey now I’m standing here waiting for you to do something” spots. And well the whole thing leads to....

-Maaan for the longest time I thought that Roaddogg was the shittiest Armstrong relative. Apparently I was wrong and Abyss is an Armstrong too. I was actually excited at the prospect of Bullet vs. Spike. Brad vs. Spike and Scott vs. Spike could have been really awesome too. And just like that they once again kill any interest I might have in the 3D vs. James Gang feud. If they needed a big guy to toss around Spike, Robert Fuller is available. He's been in some great concession stand brawls.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.91
    Originally posted by tomk
    Shane Douglas has the Naturals run a 40-yard dash and then says “4.3. Not bad!!!!” Up to now my favorite pro-wrestling absurd bullshit athletic claim was the time Paul Boesch described a strong wrestler as having once gone up a ladder carrying a horse on his back. The 4.3 is almost as absurd. “4.3 not bad”


The story that I have seen at a few sites (most recently PWInsider.com) is that TNA management wanted the Naturals to cut their hair to go along with their new push & Andy Douglas threw a bitch fit about it. So now their program with Shane Douglas as their mentor may be in jeopardy because Douglas supposedly pissed off TNA management.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.10
    Originally posted by tomk
    WHAT DIDN’T WORK:

    -Mike Tenay doing commentary on the Cornette speech was painfully bad. “WOW”, “WOW!!”, “I smell another BLOCKBUSTER coming”…let the mic work and the crowd’s reactions carry the segment…no need for the play by play on the mic work.


I only catch the show occasionally but three different times in the past couple months I heard him say "That was stiff!" over someone's promo. I don't know why everyone loves this guy. I could care less about his fact quoting.

This may sound silly but a new announce team would go a long way in making people take TNA more seriously. Hell, make Corny commentate while you got him.





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