Re: TNA: A Change Cometh
Good commentary at the start, did a good job in building up the show. Normally, I'm not a big fan of shows starting with a match here, but this was a great one. Faced-past and very fun, as it would've been expected from these two. I really liked the exchange on the outside with the apron, innovative stuff (as far as I'm concerned, anyway). I was pleasantly surprised that Sabin got the win, since I usually see more Shelley fans than Sabin, and I thought you might've been a part of that. I really enjoyed the aftermath as much as the match, the starting dissension between the two should make for a great story on the way to Victory Road. Daniels getting some payback was good stuff, too heating things up for the Triple Threat. Great job with this one.
And the story continues to develop quickly. Great exchange between the two partners, and I really enjoyed what Shelley said about not cheating against friends, showed character development there. Looking forward to more from these two.
Awesome interview here with Sting, loved it. This gave the feud between himself, Rhino, and Foley a ton of momentum, and really made me look forward to seeing them throw down. I was a little skeptical about Rhino being put into title contention after not having a lot of momentum to help him out, but I'm sold after this. Normally, the situation that Sting basically saying Rhino was beatable without Foley might've done him damage, but it worked here because the real feud is between Sting and Foley. Anyway, like I said, awesome stuff, really loved it. Great job here.
I really liked the first half of this interview, when it was just Mick talking, as he made a lot of good points, but once Shark Boy entered, his portrayal made this go completely downhill. I felt bad for him, but for all the wrong reasons. This segment completely buried him. He begged for work, was willing to get on his knees, pleaded with Mick to shake his hand, then got scared when he was put up with Rhino. Just buried this guy.
Fun match here that wasn't as clustery as it could've been. Lots of nice spots and good storytelling throughout, something a little tricky to pull off sometimes, so good job here. I can't help but think, though, that maybe Threat to Society should've won here. The program could be one where no matter what Abyss does, he always comes out on the losing end of things, until finally the feud-closer in which Abyss picks up the huge win, similar to Dreamer/Raven back in the '90s. Nevertheless, great stuff, everyone looked good, especially Jethro, who I would've thought would've been the whipping boy of the match.
Great Booker interview, I could easily imagine him saying everything. The only thing I didn't like too much was that the characterization in his dialogue was used very sparingly where it could've been used. Like when he said "your stupid ass question," it would've sounded better as "yo stupid ass question." Aside from these instances, loved it, gave his match with Creed and the overall feud some good build and depth, as we now know why he did it. Great job.
Solid match to really put Creed over in a big way. I really think he came out looking a lot better than he came in, but I didn't like that he kicked out of the Scissors Kick. I feel finishers should only ever be fully kicked out of on PPV, and not TV (by fully, I mean with no delay after the move. I know there was a brief moment here, but not really long enough for me). That's just me, though, and like I said, huge win for Creed to give his team some extra momentum in this feud. Good stuff.
Good promo from the TNA newcomers to hype themselves up, and made it clear - if it wasn't aleady - about who's face and who's heel. Although I didn't really like that Pac didn't get any mic time, I'm not certain of his talking abilities, so it might've been a good thing if he's not very good. I do agree with Cross in that he and Pac had the better match between the four, although I mentioned that in my last review. Anywho, the match was fun and fast-paced, showed off more of their stuff to get these guys noticed (evident by the "TNA!" chants), but things broke down a little too much at the end, and I got confused with who was actually the legal people. Good stuff here, looking forward to more from these guys.
Intense Rhino is good. Good stuff overall, but I didn't really know why JB asked him why he attacked Sting, I thought that was answered already in previous segments.
Great promo by Rhino, cleared things up just a little more on why he aligned himself with Foley. The thing I didn't like, though, and this is pure speculation, but he sounded a little too smart. I don't know Rhino's character, or if he's as intelligent as this promo made him out to be, but that's what I was thinking. As for the match itself, it gave Shark Boy a few more moves than I would've guessed after how bad he looked during his promo, but this was still a squash to show Rhino's dominance. The aftermath was a little more interesting, as it showed how dangerous Foley and Rhino together can be, taking out Sting. Good stuff to close out the show.
I felt this show wasn't as strong as the others you've put out in this tread, but it was still good. The matches (minus the main event) were the highlights here, and the four newcomers continue to impress. Promos were still good (especially the Sting interview), but like I said, they weren't as good as I've seen from you before. Still, storylines were advanced well in this episode, and Victory Road's looking good. Keep it up, Lee, 7.5/10.