Havenít commented in here, so I guess Iíll wish you the mandatory good luck before I begin to read the show. Hopefully this can be the post January 4th TNA BTB to stick.
Pretty stacked card it seems, with enough talent on the show to be showcased. Starting off with The Band? I donít mind it. Personally, I think they have something to offer as both Hall & Nash are charismatic, while Waltman can certainly go in the ring. A bit surprised that Nash suddenly cares about what the fans think, although he wasnít bad to begin with. Hall was alright too, without being spectacular, as I felt it lacked some characterization after the normal ďHey yoĒ. Waltmanís part was certainly odd. First of all, wouldnít Foley not work for anyone if everybody thinks heís a worthless load of trash, like he wouldnít work for Bischoff? Secondly, itís only been a week, so I donít think Hoganís been putting his decision off for too long. Shelley was alright, talking up the promotion, as was the little exchange between The Guns and The Band, although the ending seemed very abrupt. It felt like the promo was just picking up, but then it was suddenly finished. Guess I was just expecting more. The match youíve made for Genesis here isnít a bad one too, although Iíd rather see Waltman involved in the ring since heís the best wrestler of the three. Not a bad way to start the show.
Storm vs. Lashley seems like a good enough idea for an opener, although there being no storyline to Lashley asking for his release the previous week is kind of disappointing, especially since there seems there could be so many things you could do with the storyline. The way in which Lashley wrestled the match made sense, although I hate to see the burial of Storm. The guy was made to look like shit here, only hitting one move, despite being talented as all hell, which makes it even worse. Roode making the save after the match was good, as was the exchange of words, even if Roodeís ending line seemed a little awkward. The match for Genesis is alright, I guess, though if Storm couldnít compete with Lashley then what hope does Roode have?
Ooo, Jeff and Moore back again, eh? Should be good.
Jeff getting promo time isnít too much of a shock if you have him around, since it makes sense to have him placed right in the thick of things with how big of a name he is now. I thought he put TNA over pretty well, and while him making his intentions clear on wanting to be champ was nice, I would have liked to have seen him at least explain why Homicide was the man he attacked last week. Would have also liked to have seen more from Jeff overall before he was interrupted, even if he is a little weak on the mic. Wolfe was alright, although I would have liked for him to have introduced himself as someone who arrived on the scene while Jeff was gone from TNA and really talked himself up, rather than just saying he wants to send Jeff packing. The rest of the promo kind of lacked any energy or excitement, although Jeff attacking Wolfe afterwards I guess kind of makes up for that. A small thing was that Hardy didnít chase Desmond a second time like he did the first, which seemed a little weird, but Iím not too fussed. An okay promo here, if not a little bland.
Wolfe vs. Hardy made straight away, eh? It seems like a bit of a throwaway of what could be a good feud, although I guess if it goes on following Genesis it could be good. Nice to see you bringing up Foley again too.
Nice way to make Hernandez & Morgan look good, putting them over the veteran tag team. Having The British Invasion watching allows us to keep in mind the match at Genesis, as well as letting us see Morgan & Hernandez as a threat. Nice, basic booking.
Ugh, this whole title defence thing seems very rushed and pointless. Iíd much rather just not see the title defended. Was also a little disappointed in Young in this promo, as he seemed like a little bitch, barely getting a word in. Hopefully you get World Elite some time to look strong starting at Genesis, because before the new booking squad of Hogan and co ruined them, they were looking like one of the most promising things in TNA.
Ugh, starting a match during a break is something I hate. The psychology at the start of the match with the faces working together was alright, with the finish being decent too. Am surprised you went with Suicide for the win, but it should make for a good match at Genesis. Nice to see a little staredown to at least give it some build.
Hogan being in The Gunsí corner seems a bit random, although it makes sense with them wrestling The Band. Hopefully this doesnít lead to a Hogan heel turn, as I would find that a bit boring and clichťd.
Decent enough match between Dinero and Young which seemed pretty exciting. Result went the right way, as you had to get the increasingly popular Dinero on the Genesis card, with this match possibly having the most potential out of any on the card.
Ooooo, someone signed. I hope itís not Anderson.
This seemed kind of awkward to me, as it didnít really seem like an interview of sorts. It was obvious that this was how the segment was going to go, but I just felt like having Hemme there was pointless. Still, itís good hype for the main event and Genesis too, which is good to see.
While I like this match as your main event, the match writing was just alright. The moves were pretty crisp, but it really lacked that tag team feel, especially from The British Invasion who, as tag champs, should work better together than anyone, and as heels should make frequent tags. The random skipping was also a bit weird, although the finish with Flair coming down the ramp, much like the previous week, makes sense. This way of having Angle lose also keeps Angle looking strong and helps the Brits look good, so I like the way this was booked. Adds some interesting tension to the world title match too. Nice main event.
@ Foley Ďputting TNA on the mapí. He only just rocked just over a year ago, and hasnít really done anything positive for the company. This angle could be interesting, and Iím not really sure where itíll lead, so itís certainly got me interested. Hopefully itís got a good payoff to it down the line.
As a whole, Shocker, this wasnít a bad start to your new thread, although I donít feel it was your best work. The booking was alright, but the execution with some of the promos probably wasnít up to what I feel you could and should be doing, which was disappointing. Still, thereís plenty of potential for this thread which can hopefully finally be the TNA January 4th thread to stick, as well as be your thread to stick. I look forward to Genesis.