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TNA IMPACT 1-21-10 Thoughts and Recap

TNA ImpactThis past Thursday night, TNA Wrestling presented their first IMPACT after the first PPV under the influence of the Hogan/Bischoff era, Genesis. How is the new direction looking for TNA? Who is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion? What was next for the Hogan, Bischoff, Jarrett, Foley, and Dixie Carter saga? Let’s get to the review and find out!

To open up the show, Ric Flair made his way down to the ring with several beautiful ladies, and introduced his new associate, the TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, who came out to meat him in the ring with several more beautiful ladies hanging on him as well. AJ preceded to cut a heel promo claiming that he had never been given the respect he deserved as a TNA original, which was a pretty intense promo to be quite honest. AJ’s mic skills really seem to be improving, especially as a heel now. Soon after, Kurt Angle came out to the ramp way with Hulk Hogan at his side, and Hogan announced that he changed his mind about Kurt not getting another title show in 2010 considering the questionable tactics AJ utilized at Genesis to retain his title. To both AJ and Flair’s dismay, Hogan announced that the rematch would take place tonight! This was a very well done segment to open up the show, and did a great job setting up the main event of the evening.

Hernandez And Matt Morgan Defeated The British Invasion To Retain Their TNA World Tag Team Championships

Nice basic little matchup here, being a return match from Genesis. Morgan and Hernandez dominated most of the match, showing off their powerful double team tactics working together as a cohesive unit. In the end, Rob Terry came out to the ring with his briefcase, and slid it into the ring for Brutus Magnus, who preceded in swinging it at Hernandez, but inadvertently missed, knockout out his partner Doug Williams for the three count. After the match, the Brits show distention among the ranks, until Mick Foley charges down to the ring, and takes them all out with a steel chair! He demands a meeting with Eric Bischoff before the night is over. Nice way to really capture the aggression and instability of Foley.

Orlando Jordan Defeated “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero

After the friction we witnessed between these two during the Monday Night War, it was finally time for these two to get their hands on one another. To be quite honest, I was fairly disappointed with this matchup. Although it was very good while it lasted, I feel that it wasn’t given enough time to get off the runway. After only a few short minutes, Jordan hit “The Pope” with a dragon screw leg whip on his injured knee, followed by a Flatline for the win. Finish seemed to come out of nowhere. I’m also not too thrilled with Jordan getting the win here. It’s not that I don’t honestly believe that he’s a great young talent, it’s just that I think “The Pope” has a lot more potential at the current moment, and needs all the momentum he can get. This loss didn’t hurt too bad, considering they really played up his knee injury.

Angelina Love Defeated Madison Rayne

Very quick match here, with Angelina picking up the effortless win with her patented bicycle kick. After the match, The Beautiful People came out, and continued their onslaught on Love. They posed over her fallen body to end this segment. Personally, from the looks of this, Hogan may be leading the TNA Knockout division into an extension of the WWE Divas, eye candy with not nearly enough actual wrestling involved. I really hope this mistake isn’t made.

Next, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff made their way to the ring, and cut another promo attempting to put over TNA, much like their opening segment at Genesis. soon, they were interrupted by “The Band” of Scott Hall and Sean Waltman, who pleaded with Hogan over a roster spot. Hogan denied this because of their recent actions at Genesis, and had security escort them from the building. Hopefully this is the last we’ll see of them for a while. Wishful thinking, I know. After the were sent away, Mick Foley stormed to the ringside area, and demanded his meeting with Bischoff, who surprisingly granted his request. Nice segment here to both continue the dissension between “The Band” and Hogan, as well as the Foley/Bischoff business.

The Nasty Boys Defeated Kevin Nash and Eric Young

Let me just start off by saying that seeing Kevin Nash and The Nasty Boys in the same ring, at the same time wasn’t a pretty site! Damn fossils! The only reason this match was even watchable was because of the fact that Eric Young was involved, who really worked hard to keep up some sort of pace in this matchup. After a formulaic bout, The Nasty Boys pinned Young after Saga hit a pump handle slam. Let’s just say I wasn’t too pleased with The Nasty Boys pinning Young, when it would have been just as productive if they had pinned, the much older, Kevin Nash. Oh, well. I’m also very surprised that Team 3D didn’t show up after this match. Seems like this was pretty worthless to me, besides providing some dull filler time. Why were these two teams booked together in the first place? Both being heel teams, I’m not sure how this establishes anything. I could be wrong, but the Nasty Boys seem like they’re suppose to be heels. Whatever.

Up next, Mr. Anderson, who recently made his TNA debut at Genesis, came out and cut a heel promo more or less. He soon began making wisecracks about the man he defeated at Genesis, Abyss, who was standing directly behind Anderson, to his oblivion. Abyss ended up punching him out, but Kennedy fled the ring as Abyss went for the Black Hole Slam. I really don’t understand why TNA is continuing this Abyss/Kennedy feud, for these two don’t seem to mesh very well at all in the ring.

AJ Styles (C) Defeated Kurt Angle To Retain His TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Although this was really good stuff while it lasted, it was only given the better part of 10 minutes or so. Not a smart decision, for many fans, including myself, were really looking forward for 20 plus minutes of quality wrestling action. In the end, AJ hooks in an ankle lock of his own, and referee Earl Hebner calls for the bell, even though Kurt didn’t tap. You have got to be kidding me! If I ever see another Montreal Screwjob recreation again, I’ll surely puke! Hulk Hogan comes down to the ring, not looking very pleased I might add, and then Kurt Angle actually spit right in Hogan’s face! A fair amount of the crowd loved this! Wait a minute…Didn’t Bret Hart also spit in Vince McMahon’s face at the Mont…never mind, I think I’m going to be sick! Putting this recreation aside, this was a real shocker, and very intense. After spitting in his face, Angle said he quit! Now things started to get a bit more interesting. Angle preceded to destroy the set in rage. After the commercial break, Eric Bischoff comes down to the ring bleeding quite a bit from the forehead, and publicly fires Mick Foley! I’ll readily admit that things are starting to get more intense/episodic in TNA.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the actual in ring action on this show, but the final several segments really heated thing up on a story line standpoint, however I really wish TNA would include more young talent in this major saga. TNA is doing a good job of putting these guys in the main events at the PPV’s and so forth, but also need to include them in the company’s major storylines. Overall, I’d give this week’s IMPACT a letter grade of a B.

Todd Frizzell is from Columbus Ohio, and has been a huge professional wrestling fanatic for the last ten years. Todd is very interested in all aspects of pro wrestling, including what goes on when the cameras aren’t rolling. Todd is very excited to write about his passion, and will try his best to entertain and provoke the wrestling fans.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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