Good way to start with the recap of the major happenings of last week, which were obviously very important, with two huge angles really kicking into gear.
The Hogan angle is interesting because the obvious culprit is Eric Bischoff and someone who he has ordered to attack Hogan. Having him investigate and possibly firing someone certainly does add an interesting little bit of intrigue to the angle though.
Nothing extraordinary on the card there, but a solid looking batch of matches nonetheless.
Starting off the show inside the actual Impact Zone with a promo again from Fortune is a good way to go, as you should be doing things like this to really establish them as the main force on your show. The talking up of Anderson as the man immediately was good, while the talking up of Fortune as Gods and Flair’s riches was done well. Not so sure about bringing Gunner and Murphy in as it’s something I really don’t like about TNA, so hopefully these guys won’t be interfering in matches or competing, because it just seems stupid and like a waste of time that could be given to actual talent imo. The introduction of Anderson was fine, and it was good to see him adhering to the dress code this week as an official member of Fortune, dressed to really look the part that he is playing at the forefront of Fortune. Anderson was good from the beginning, especially with the line that he didn’t need to sell out because he was already rich as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. A clever little line that fits in with the Flair/Fortune attitude well. Anderson saying he played AJ because he can was alright, although I would have liked to have seen him play up that he did it because he and Fortune now run the show a little more. A little surprised you had Anderson credited with the idea too, because it seems like something you’d put down to Flair, although I guess it’s another way for you to put over Anderson. The “wait” lines at the end I thought were a little lame, although apart from that I thought this was a solid opening until the interruption from AJ. AJ’s opening line didn’t really make a whole lot of sense no matter how many times I read through it, although the gist of it being that he wants to bring the fight is good to see. Him then saying he’s not going to come down to the ring without any explanation, no matter how obvious it may be due to the numbers disadvantage, still seems a little odd. The rematch between Anderson and AJ at Victory Road sounds good, and the stipulation attached to it with Fortune being banned from ringside obviously makes sense. Nice tag match for tonight, setting up for a good match to close tonight’s show too. A pretty good start to proceedings with this promo.
Some nice action in this opening match to kick the wrestling aspect of the show off and preview the impending four way number one contender match at Victory Road (not quite sure if it’s announced yet, but it certainly will be). The early elimination of Brother Ray drawing the dickish heel reaction out of him was done well, while Moore had to be the next one to go after suffering the most thanks to the Bubba Bomb earlier in the match, although I was glad to see some action between Buck and Moore in there before he went. The action between the final two was good again, with ‘Cide getting the win making sense since he’s probably the most accomplished singles competitor of the four. I wasn’t so sure about what happened after the match, as it seemed unnecessary, but regardless of that this was still a pretty good first match.
First of all, the grey colour is very hard to read when not bolded. With that said, okay promo from The Guns. A bit strange to see no joking from them, but the serious promo built everything up fine. It’s basic but it works fine.
Victory Road looks to be shaping up as a pretty good looking show.
A bit surprised you’re revealing the partners before the main event, but I’ve got no problem with it. I’m glad to see Storm involved in a big match because he really deserves it irl, while you’ve now got me interested in what we should expect from Wolfe with RVD and Morgan with Dinero.
This seemed almost like a pointless promo from Angelina considering you could have just had the commentators explain that Tara was suspended. I find Tara getting suspended for attacking Angelina backstage a little weak too, considering we’ve had world title matches influenced by four people interfering without any serious repercussions just two shows ago.
I’m honestly not quite sure what Sky did to get herself involved with a number one contender match, so the outcome of Love being victorious was always obvious. Still, with that said, Daffney/Angelina shouldn’t be too bad for a mainstream American women’s match.
Glad to see the match number one contender tag match being made official. It’s a nice little addition to the undercard and a good way to keep the tag division looking strong.
Morgan attacking Pope to indicate he wants the Global Title is fine, because it’s good to see Fortune going for the gold, although if Tara was suspended for her attack on Love, then surely Morgan must meet the same consequences. If you were going to go down this route, then I really think you should have separated the mention of Tara’s suspension and this angle much more, because the idea of someone being suspended for a backstage attack is still fresh in the mind of the viewer when we saw this.
Nice enough match to continue the World X Cup along. While it mightn’t be doing a whole lot storyline-wise, I’ve always found it to be a fun gimmick, so it’s something I’m quite happy to see you doing.
Nice to see you keeping the Bischoff on the hunt thing going with a bit of an update. The major storyline needs the focus.
Nice squash to keep Joe looking dominant. He seems to be simmering along without doing anything much right now, but the promo after the match ensures we know his direction is that he’s after Fortune.
Jeff/AJ seems like a fine pairing for your main event, and as Jeff himself said in the promo, there is obvious reasoning for the pairing.
Bischoff going straight to Flair makes sense, as explained by Bischoff here, and although it’s obvious Flair isn’t going to just come out and say he did it even if he did, I thought this segment did a pretty good job of putting over how powerful Fortune is with Anderson at the forefront of the group as champion. It also of course keeps the Hogan stuff in mind, which is a positive.
I’m not quite sure if the Brits ever did anything to truly earn themselves a tag title match, although a match with The Guns at Victory Road should be good. Anyway, decent promo here from the two that addressed the two tag title concerned matches at Victory Road well, along with the match between Sabin and Magnus on this show. Solid promo, plus Doug’s new little nickname sounds a lot better than the one from last week.
As I said earlier, Victory Road has shaped up pretty nicely.
A pretty good sounding match here, with some nice little swings of momentum throughout and good spots to keep things exciting. The dirty finish works fine to protect Sabin and The Guns, while the Brits obviously come out looking strong due to Magnus picking up the win.
A bit surprised you would show Roode arriving rather than having him return with a surprise run in, although I don’t really mind either way. Obviously he’s going to interfere in the main event and is set to continue his program with Storm.
I really liked the way you started this match with the slap from Storm to Styles, really showing the type of arrogant attitude that Fortune are bringing. There was a good pace to this one throughout, kicked off well by Hardy’s corner dropkick, and the conclusion was good with Roode’s interference allowing the two on one situation, thus meaning Anderson doesn’t look too bad while being pinned. The finish with all of the major faces standing tall was a good finish.
Like last week, I thought this was another solid show. I still feel like you have some room for improvement with both your expression in forming sentences and your promo writing, but the booking itself was solid. The other things will come with time so long as you keep on writing, so the way this thread is going is certainly positive. Well done and keep at it, mang.