Shit, you’ve already posted ANOTHER show on top of this one, ummm, I’ll get to it eventually.
Opening the show with Desmond Wolfe? Okay, I’m not sure what I expected, but this wasn’t it, although I am happy to see at least one in ring segment on this show. I recall you having Wolfe call Hardy or somebody a wanker a couple of weeks back, I’m not exactly sure if he does this almost every week, but if he doesn’t, you might want to save the name calling for special occasions. Wolfe came off as extremely arrogant and pompous/English
, so I actually thought you did pretty well with this promo. Maybe could have added a little more to it, but considering there’s a match before commercials I’m guessing this was supposed to only be a small amount of mic time. A solid promo to start off the show anyway.
I’m actually not sure about the booking of this opening contest. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the Amazing Red was a pretty smart choice, as it would make Wolfe look strong, whilst also giving us an entertaining opener, although this didn’t happen. Whilst Wolfe did win cleanly, which he had to, reading through the match write up, it seemed as if Red actually got more offense in then Wolfe did, which leaves me wondering just how in the hell is Wolfe even going to be able to compete with one of the biggest names in TNA, RVD. Everything would have been fine, if you had Red look competitive, but I thought you made him look a little too good in this one.
Rob Van Dam’s interview, in my opinion was just plain bad. I didn’t like how you mentioned they were trying to prove who the better man was, or who could put their money where their mouth was, because as Van Dam said, the match hasn’t happened yet, and these things are usually said when a match is about to happen, and Van Dam hadn’t accepted the challenge yet, so it wasn’t a good start. We also all know Van Dam is a very laid back character with his dudes and mans, there was none of this. If his name wasn’t on it, I thought it would have been a Tommy Dreamer promo, not a good segment at all, although at least we’ve got an answer to Wolfe’s challenge.
This six women tag match really just seemed like a way to get the Knockout’s on television, which I understand completely. Tara looks good as they get closer towards the title match at the PPV too, which is always good for the challenger.
A decent enough interview with The Pope here. The stuff with Rhino could have been explained a little bit more, but besides this, nothing wrong. Considering you had The Pope mention his dad in the interview, I think it is pretty obvious what has happened to him. I really feel as if you could have done this in a much better way, perhaps have Pope get called by his dad last week, or something like that. It’s the little things such as this that matter at the end of the day.
Bischoff and Hogan continue to be generic as hell, as they lay down the law in their usual boring fashion. Jarrett and Anderson continuing is something I don’t really like, although I have a feeling they will go at each other at Sacrifice.
Again, I think you’ve gone the wrong way with The Pope’s dad. Rhino is supposedly a monster, but a normal guy like The Pope’s dad is already conscious again? You should have played this off as brutal, and The Pope knowing who did it, goes nuts, this way, it just makes Rhino look really, really weak.
Storm/Shelley only getting five minutes is a questionable move. I honestly don’t mind if your shows are based around matches, but if they are, give one like this the time it deserves. Despite being disappointed with the length, you wrote a rather nice ending, and you surprised me by allowing the heel to go over cleanly, but it’s good, because they have to look credible sometimes too. I actually like Nash and Young getting involved, and Beer Money helping them out almost makes me thinks maybe their feud is coming to an end, with maybe respect beginning to come into things a little bit. Anyway, the attacks were fun, and Roode’s little bit on the mic was good to, keeping Beer Money against MCMG, at least until Sacrifice.
Morgan interview was alright, putting over The World Elite. Nothing special, but sure as hell nothing wrong either.
This tag match was all about Kazarian and Daniels, so it wasn’t surprising to not see them in the match for very long. The match was alright, with Kendrick and Lethal carrying the match really, although all that really matters is that Daniels backed away from Kaz. Considering he’s supposed to be really pissed off right now, I don’t like that, it just seems really weird for him to change his ways like that. With that being said, Kaz looks really good here, in what was an okay match.
Sacrifice is gaining on us rather quickly.
Hardy/Joe seemed like it would have been a decent enough affair. Unlike in other contests, where you seem to lean towards one guy completing most of the offense, this one was evenly spread out, and it just makes for an overall better read. There was nothing at all wrong with this match, a nice, solid contest, with Hardy (yuck, btw) progressing to the final of this tournament.
AJ Styles interview was alright, no personality as usual, but at least you had him in character. Styles has not featured heavily enough in the last few shows, considering he is a champion and all.
The main event was a decent read, with it being a typical, up and down affair, making it look as if both men had chances of winning. I was a little shocked that Angle picked up the victory, simply because it looks as if you’re going to have one of those awkward face/face matches at yet another PPV. I don’t like that, especially when the match has already happened before in the thread. Anyway, it was a nice win for Angle, with Anderson keeping strong to. The whole stare down thing with Hardy and Angle is pretty meh, TNA do these way too much.
Overall, it’s not the lack of promos that worry me; it’s the lack of storyline progression that comes with such a match heavy show. Besides, the tournament advancing, what did the matches really accomplish, bar putting people over? Not much. That’s why I was a little disappointed with this show; also there were a few questionable booking decisions on this show, which is something I haven’t had to bring up in this thread for awhile. I honestly thought this was a step in the wrong direction compared to your usual work, so hopefully the next Impact, which has already been posted, gets things back on track. Look for feedback for that sometime, well hopefully soon, as I’ve got some other shows to look at first.