I like that impact is still just the 1 hour show like it was back then. I think this really offers up a challenge for you as you won't be able to put everyone on your roster on the show every episode. This will frustrate some readers and yourself no doubt as you'll want to have certain guys on but you can't fit them in. All I can suggest is to make sure every match counts and there is no filler. For example, LAX's match was a squash, but it served to begin Project Extinction. Which I'm sure is your big storyline for the tag division (I'll go into that segment a little later on) but with only one hour everything needs to be noteworthy. So after you write the show I suggest just going over it again and seeing if there is anything in there that is just filler and asking yourself is this segment just padding, or can I include a major star in this spot that isn't on the show and get them to do some thing that will enhance my episode.
Thanks for that. Everything that is done will lead to something so what may appear as filler may be something where later on you go back and say oooooooh that's why that happened.
So onto your first show coming off of BFG. It would have been cool if you wrote a kind of recap video of the event. I know Mike and Don went through the major highlights but something a little extra could go a long way in establishing your BTB.
In any case I like Mike and Don opening the show quickly because it adds that sports element. When you watch football the commentators always open the show and give some sort of analysis on who they think will win etc. TNA having this as much as possible is a great idea.
I thought about it, mulled it over about 10 times but in the end I decided to get straight into the story because it's the very beginning of this BTB.
And here we go and the new Heavyweight Champion of the World, the Icon Sting walks out to address his win. I really liked Sting's promo it was a little bit different from the Icon and a little human. Jarrett not wanting a rematch wouldn't make much sense, but his time in the title scene/ main event is no longer required. His promo although is wrestling heel 101 with TNA not being the biggest company, it should always be trying to promote its stars at any opportunity. Jarrett calling Joe and Angle losers or failures isn't productive. Sonsabitches or bastards etc would have been better here. Also it would have been a good excuse to transition Jarrett out of the title scene by feuding with Angle for in his mind, Kurt cost him the title. Any way... It was a star power opener for the aftermath show.
Jarrett would never be respectful to anyone who stood in his way of getting the title regardless of how the world views them but I get what you're saying.
LAX kick the matches off with a Konnan promo. I'm so excited about this time because LAX in my mind were the top heels in the business. Ruthless, remorseless, they had an agenda, and excellent promo guy and a great in ring presence. As mentioned above it was a squash match but it was to begin the LAX era over the Tag division. "The Tag Team Champions are in action tonight" is very TNA and I liked that. LAX were never ever going to be troubled by the jobber Diamonds which is ok. I just hope whoever the next contenders to their titles are big players like AMW. That feud played out IRL but was marred but AMW breaking up storyline. I wold love to have seen a really multi month program between these two teams due to the whole political anti America stance by Konnan and of course AMW being nothing but patriots. But I like Project:Extinction and am looking forward to how how you move forward there.
Operation:Extinction is just getting started. I don't want to give away too much
Christian Cage promo.much preferred this to the IRL part where he just appeared in the ring and didn't even allow Sting to celebrate his BFG victory. Cage is a big name for TNA and it was good for him to get into the title picture this way.
Everyone loves Austin Aries. Straight out of the blocks we have a new #1 contender for Sabin's newly won X title. Sabin not being on the show was alittle bit of a let down. A backstage promo on his win or he could have been on commentary scouting the match. Or come out at the end holding the belt up in Aries' face. Also just like IRL Senshi just disappeared.Jarrett got his spotlight wanting a rematch, what about The World Warrior? Speaking of rematches where was AJ and Daniels?
That's one of the pitfalls of the 1 hour shows at this point. Some people can't be on the show.
If Raven and Abyss were the main event I think some promotion of the match at the start and in the middle of the show could have gone a long way. Any way always good to have a gimmick match withAbyss being solidified as a top guy once again. Mitchell with Abyss is just as good as Konnan with LAX and another reason TNA was so good back then. Also maybe a little bit more promotion or talking up of Raven's motivations would have been great here. Raven as a face was one of Jarrett's major opponents before Sting sort of came back on the scene. He was a major face and it would have been good to capitalize on this a little bit more.
It seems that you are possibly writing Raven out of TNA here... Not sure, he had the Seratonin thing coming up IRL so maybe that's the catalyst for you doing something like this even though that group turned into a job squad.
I'm not one to talk about my plans but you can rest assured that Serotonin is not going to happen here. They were probably my absolute least favorite stable of all time.
The final segment didn't really do it for me. Just like Angle says, he doesn't have to earn shit in TNA he is the biggest signing they have got. If anything it would be a baby face Kurt wanting to earn his spot. In any case Kurt vs Joe will go ahead as it did before. I'm looking forward to how you book this feud, but I was hoping you were going to build it to next BFG, but I guess it is upto you on how you want these characters to play out. Although it wasn't fantastic we've seen with Cena and Rock you can build a long term feud. With Joe being so dominant at this time everyone thought it was going to be Joe and Sting for the title. And then it would move into Kurt vs joe for the title. But you could very well have Joe defeat Angle instead of how it played out IRL. So I'm interested at how you move forward.
Not a bad show to start things off. A Joe/Kurt pull apart is always food but the TNA audience has already seen it twice before, so it was nothing new. Also no AJ and Daniels for me left a small hole in the show. hope to see these guys and AMW next episode.
Can't wait for next episode
I want you to remember this part of your review going forward lol. Thanks for the feedback