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TNA Impact 12-17-09 Thoughts And Opinions

TNA ImpactJust one week left until TNA’s next Pay Per View spectacular, Final Resolution, TNA presented their go home addition of IMPACT! It was hyped that Jeff Jarrett would be officially returning to TNA here. What happened when TNA’s founder returned to the IMPACT Zone for the first time in over 5 months? Read my review, and find out!

We opened IMPACT with the clip of Mick Foley going to meet with Hulk Hogan. When Foley arrives, he finds out that Kevin Nash set him up, by sending him to meet with “The Hulk”, Lou Ferrigno, not Hogan. Seriously? Another video clip was shown from earlier in the day, where Mick Foley attacked Nash in the IMPACT Zone, seeking revenge. The two brawled, and eventually were separated. Even later in the evening, Nash cut a furious promo, stating that Foley will be unemployed come January 4 when Hogan comes. Why isn’t Foley focusing ion his match with Abyss, against Stevie and Raven at Final Resolution? Oh, boy! It seems as if TNA is going back to focusing on the veterans again, rather that the new talent. When will they ever learn?

Roxxi def. ODB (C) (Non-Title)

It’s official, Roxxi is now back with TNA. I have never been a huge Roxxi fan, so I don’t have much to say about this, but there are many Roxxi fans out there, and this is a very good thing for them. After an alright match, Roxxi got the win with a roll up. This doesn’t make much sense to me, considering ODB is the Knockout Champion, and will face Tara at Final Resolution. Roxxie should have saved this match for after Final Resolution, where she could start to feud with the Knockout Champion, rather than create an unfocused feud right now. After the match, ODB, who seems to be a full blown heel now, attacks Roxxi, but is run off by Tara. This was a decent move here, Tara running out for the save, pretty formulaic, but sufficient.

Brother Ray def. Matt Morgan in a Lumberjack Match

The lumberjacks were the respective teammates, that will make up the big elimination match at Final Resolution. After a watchable match, for these two big men, Jesse Neal hit Morgan with a low blow, allowing Brother Ray to hit a DDT, and get the pin. At one point in the match, all the guys battled on the outside. Overall, this was a pretty good way of hyping the match Sunday. The faces I’ll be looking for revenge! Again, pretty formulaic, but sufficient.

Hamada and Awesome Kong def. Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky and Sarita and Taylor Wilde © (Non-Title)

I’m really becoming a fan of the TNA Knockout division, especially the tag division. Far better than any Divas! I also really like the new team of Hamada and Kong. These two bad asses are going to rule the school! LOL! This match was a really entertaining match, even featuring Hamada hitting a moonsault to the outside! Kong got the pin for her and Hamada, with a butt bomb on Madison Rayne. Somebody get a spatula!

Tatanka def. Jay Lethal in the “Legend’s Open Challenge”

Pretty cool to see Tatanka again. He still can go fairly well. After a few minutes or so, Tatanks got the win with the Papoose To Go. As far as this Legend’s open challenge thing goes, I have no problem with seeing these legends in the ring again, but why have them all squash Jay Lethal! Jay is an extremely talented wrestler, and deserves more respect. H deserves a push. He needs to drop the “Black Machismo” gimmick, and just be himself, a very talented wrestler, with a world of potential.

Backstage, Jarrett arrived, and talked with Dixie. She said Jeff must make things right with Kurt. Is this a shoot?

Desmond Wolfe and Daniels went to a time limit draw

What a great match! This is what we all want to see! Great wrestling, and plenty of it! This was a phenomenal match for IMPACT, which featured tons of near falls and false finishes. At first, I couldn’t figure out why TNA booked this match, considering that each man has an individual match with other wrestlers at Final Resolution, but after this great, great match, who the hell cares! It’s great to see some great wrestling on TV for once. This reminded me a bit of the time limit draw match on IMPACT a few months back, between AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. This match probably shouldn’t have happened on a go home addition of IMPACT, leading into a Pay Per View, but was great to see nevertheless!

A.J. Styles, Tomko, Bobby Lashley, Abyss, and Kurt Angle def. Scott Steiner, Dr. Stevie, Raven, Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus

In my personal opinion, this was a pretty random match, and could have been better, had it included more opponents for Final Resolution on each team. It included some, but not enough. The Motor City Machine Guns should have been in this, to complement the British Invasion. Again, this was a bit too random, but fair enough. After a match filled with a very fair amount of action, AJ gets the victory for his team with a schoolboy. After the match ended, AJ Styles and Kurt Angle got into a shoving match, over the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but were soon both laid out by Daniles and Wolfe. Again, Angle and AJ shouldn’t be feuding yet, considering they should be focusing on their matches at Final Resolution, however, at least Daniels and Wolfe interfered here, creating more tension for Sunday. It looks like we’ll see AJ vs. Kurt at Genesis next month, and I am really looking forward for that one!

Overall, this was an alright go home addition of IMPACT, but seemed to hype the January 4 special, more than Final Resolution. The show did feature sufficient action though. I’d give the show a C+ for a go home show, and a B+ as a show overall.

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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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