I have been a WWF/WWE since Hogan slammed Andre which means I have a pretty strong bias when it comes to my sports entertainment. Last week I sat down to watch an episode of TNA Impact; a show I had not seen is over a year. I was pretty underwhelmed to be honest. Last week I wrote down some of my impressions in the 1st edition of “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” As I stated before I was not impressed with what I saw.
Good- I felt like tonight wrestling mattered. Not only did it matter but it was good. My only gripe was that the matches didn’t get enough time. I wrote something a while back, possibly on last weeks blog that TNA needed to focus on what they know and what makes them unique. I felt like tonight the focus was on the matches and not long drawn out dialog. I would watch a show like this each week. It is still not WWE caliber in production but it was fun to watch.
Bad- I am quickly losing interest in the MEM. I have always been a fan of Sting but things just seem out of sorts with the group in general. No real good feuds, the bottom sort of fell out of the Aces and Eights storyline. Looks like they are starting something with EGO but Magnus is really the only interesting one in the group. I didn’t get chance to see Angle in the group, maybe it’s a dynamic thing. It is boring and I don’t know what Samoa Joes shorts are all about. They are all good wrestlers, it’s them teaming up that isn’t working.
Ugly- ODB. I am not sure if I need to write anything else. 99% of the show is something my kid could probably watch but I get really tired of watching her pound her breast and scream. It is almost as bad as watching Del Rio slam his thigh a million times doing his “super kicks” during each match. I get that it is part of her gimmick but it difficult and really unattractive to watch.
Good- I am going to love the Manik vs. Sabin story. It has been done before, but when was the last time we saw a story that had never been done before. I just think the build is right. Young kid with tons of talent vs. bitter vet with tons of talent. I think that they will work well together and the matches will be great.
Bad-I am not sure what was on Jeff Hardy’s eyes but he just seemed off. I like Hardy a lot so the bad is not really him as much as how they are using him. I know his character is supposed to be weird or different but there is a limit. It seems like both companies struggle when there are too many people at the top, he just doesn’t fit and it shows.
Ugly- The way the show ended seemed to get a little out of control the last few minutes. AJ’s “Shove the microphone where the sun doesn’t shine” comment after Dixie’s promo almost sounded like he was a sore loser and their final exchanged made Dixie seem crazy screaming for the power to go off. It was a good segment that just went overboard at the end.
Good, Bad, and Ugly- I thought for the most part the final segment with AJ and Dixie was good. Real problems draw real money and they addressed real problems. Part of me wonders if some of that was a shoot because some the stuff AJ brought up is what people are saying. Either way it’s a good plan. When I heard AJ start talking about the MMA guys and Dixie not knowing wrestling I was a little nervous to see how Dixie would respond because so many of us think that it is true. Her promo delivery was pretty bad at times but she isn’t a wrestler so we should forgive that. The end her promo when she basically told AJ that she built TNA and he was lucky she let him play in the house she built was awesome. I am sure there will be all sorts of blogs tomorrow about that segment so I won’t put to much more into it.