I have been working really hard at becoming a fan of TNA wrestling but I am struggling. I tune in each week and time and time again I find myself frustrated. There is too much talent and too much potential in that locker room for this company to continue to struggle like it does. I have to admit up front that I am a WWE guy so I know that I have a certain level of bias. That doesn’t mean that I am blind. When the NWO showed up Nitro became my priority show, so I am open to good stories and good wrestling. TNA is really hit and miss and I think what turns me off the most is the inconstancy. Let’s look at last night.
THE BAD- If TNA is going to say that wrestling is what matters then they need to get rid of the weird camera shots of the back stage drama. Watching Sting talk to Magnus before his match last night was painful. If you follow my wrestling blogs you will see that believability is huge. It has to seem real and there needs to be some chemistry. You can’t just read lines and call it good. The exchange Sting had with Magnus prior to his match was dry and didn’t do a good job of getting people pumped for the match.
THE UGLY- Roode vs Magnus match it self was pretty good it was my second favorite match of the night. Like all matches it wasn’t all pretty and it had two spots that I thought were just plain ugly. Magnus is too tall to be putting on the Cloverleaf, it just looked awkward. It was hard to watch and I loved how the announcers talked about Roode not bending his legs. They knew it looked bad and did a good job of coving it up. The roll up for the pin at the end was the kicker. You have two superstars in a good match and it ends on roll up. Your best heavyweights don’t win or lose on roll ups. Just plain UGLY!
THE GOOD- Mr. Anderson is one of the most entertaining superstars in the company. I loved him as Mr. Kennedy in WWE. He is good in his promos and his character seems to fit him. He is a little over dramatic in the ring but he does good work and I loved watching him take it through the table last night. I think it could be a really good angle moving forward with him opposing Bully Ray. We need more Anderson on TV.
THE BAD- I am going to continue to harp on the mic work in that company because I think it is killing them. All of the non-ring segments are awkward. Bully Ray’s rant to the Ace’s and Eights didn’t make any sense at all. He started off by telling them that he knew that deep down they wanted Anderson to win and then seconds later he told them that he knew that deep down they wanted Bully to win. It was all very confusing. It was not as bad as the Warrior back in the day but it was hard to follow and again damaged that segment.
THE UGLY- AJ’s promo on Dixie at the end really took the show down a bit. I don’t think it was scripted but for someone who is picking a fight with the head of the company he didn’t have too much to say. The only real pop was after he said St. Louis, other than that the crowd didn’t seem into it. I am probably being a little harsh on this segment but you don’t want you fans to go home with a bad promo from the face of the company to lead into the next show.
THE GOOD- We are finally going to get to see AJ Styles near or at the top again. With Anderson as a wild card this story line is getting interesting moving forward. For the first time in a while I think the Ace’s and Eights should stick around. I am excited to see what TNA does with the rest of the BFG card.
THE BAD- For all of the hype I think the Styles/Aries match was underwhelming. The match was slow, the reversals seemed sloppy and they didn’t do a great job of selling. There were lots of points where the match totally stopped while they waited for each other to get into position for high spot whether it was off the top rope or out to the floor. It just didn’t seem to have a flow. Guys have bad matches all the time so, I am not hating on these guys. When you put two of your best guys in the ring together you need them to perform. The finish was pretty impressive but this was not a very good match and I think it hurt the show. Watch it again, the crowd is silent. Oh, and Aries cape is too small and it looks weird on him.
There is so much more I took away from the show but I am writing a blog not a book, maybe a book would be a good idea. If wrestling is what matters then get rid of the backstage vignettes. Focus on better in ring story telling and creative ideas like the BFG series. If the vignettes are important then maybe film them a head of time so they don’t look so rough on live TV. This is just one mans opinion, I would love to hear your thoughts as well. We seven days until my next’s installment of TNA: The good, the bad, and the ugly.
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