So, WWE fans - did you flip to TNA more than you expected, less than you expected or about as much as you expected?
This may come as a surprise, especially since I bashed TNA unequivocally 2 weeks ago, but my answer is A LOT more.
I think TNA got extremely lucky kicking off the show with their money match (as much as I hated the participants) when the WWE kicked off with a 5 minute Undertaker ringwalk followed by a 10 minute promo. As a WWE fan, I spent the first 15 minutes on TNA which I never thought would happen.
This was one of the most forgettable RAWs in a very long time. I don't think TNA was great, but it was enough to grab my attention at some of the key points when RAW was in my opinion awful (the opening promo, the women's match, the HHH/Sheamus promo, and the McMahon/Cena debacle which saw Cena bury half the roster). Reestablishing the X Division was a big deal as well.
(Note: This thread is not meant to supplant the actual iMPACT thread, nor is it meant to serve as a general TNA discussion. I just want to see the WWE Fans reaction to the TNA product and how much it captured their attention.)
I got home from a volleyball match at about 10:40pm, and flipped back and forth a few times. I caught the end of Raw and the end of Impact, since they were staggered.
I was disappointed that TNA pulled the old WCW trick of cutting out in the middle of some action. I know WWE does that occasionally, but WCW raised it to an art form. Contrast that with the general WWE practice of a capital-I Image to close most shows with.
If TNA keeps cutting out in the middle of something at the end, it's going to frustrate me and I imagine others.
Watched all of Impact, and am currently watching Raw off of DVR.
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Originally posted by TorchslasherWatched all of Impact, and am currently watching Raw off of DVR.
Ditto. I was gonna change the channel if Beer Money jobbed to Jarrett though. The couple of times I switched over to USA during commercials Raw was either in commercial too or had the Guest host on and the other time was an HHH promo and I quickly switched back.
I pretty much watched Impact, and checked out Raw a couple times
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I flipped back and forth with a majority of it being on TNA. I understand that Raw will have a good rating, but TNA brought at least their B game while Raw brought their F game. F as in Fuck it, we can take a night off. I am curious to see what the ratings are, but TNA was a clear winner since it at least kept my interest and I didn't fall asleep like I did when I tuned in for the Raw main event.
I have hated TNA lately, but last night you can chalk one point up for them. I think it was a bad move for WWE to announce earlier in the day that Undertaker would be opening the show. If I hadn't known about it, I would have been intrigued. Instead, it was almost like an advance notice that "our first ten minutes will be all music and lights." TNA, on the other hand, came out firing on all cylinders. Putting the main event in the #1 spot, even just to delay it until later, was an old Nitro trick that in this case really worked. And once Sting came in, it was just wayyy more interesting than hearing Undertaker and HBK talk in circles.
To me, the only time that TNA dropped their momentum and made me want to watch Raw as an alternative was during the Jarrett/Beer Money/Foley segment. And I like Beer Money. It was just such a ssslllooowww segment that I couldn't care less about. I don't think they have any clue what they're doing with Foley at this point.
For how much TNA likes to bash WWE, their new opening theme/credits sure seem familiar...
The overall presentation of TNA's product was a lot less bush league this week. The graphics, lighting, sound, and camera work seemed like a whole different crew was brought in and gave them instant credibility in an area that they had none in previous weeks.
My question is, do you think Hogan & Bischoff listened to the fans after the first live head-to-head and adjusted the product accordingly? Or do you think this is where they wanted to go all along and they just needed to do a massive amount of convincing to get there? I tend to lean toward the former, even if they would never admit they were wrong. But even Hardy's run-in tonight seemed like a reset, and a good one altogether. This is the show they should have had when Hogan first came in. I know not all the story pieces were in place yet, but it felt for the first time like they mostly know what they're doing and where they're going. We'll know by the end of Destination X.
Flipped over to the Grizz/Nets game on YES during breaks on Raw. When that game ended, I flipped on Impact during commercials of Raw. But I taped Impact, so I always went back to Raw when the commercial was over.
Watched House with Mrs. Shem. Have Raw on the DVR, and may or may not watch it depending on whether I can find the time. Have not watched Impact since the Kong-Bubba incident, and saw no reason to change that.
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Well, in terms of CURRENT characters I have to go with Orton. Cena has a hot gimmick but I do not really see any extended shelf life for it. And whether or not he has it in him to completely change gimmicks remains to be seen.