Interesting promo to open the show, seemingly establishing that a Flair/Anderson relationship is in the works and will continue to develop. Not sure what the significance of the limo is, but I guess it will play some role in the show. Thought this was an alright promo character-wise, and while I found the ending kind of lame, that’s more of a problem I have with how over the top Anderson’s character has been in TNA.
No Kurt? I don’t believe that’ll actually happen, but it’s a nice way to show his desperation and how much he wants to get his hands on Flair.
Small thing, but nice hyping of both this show and Against All Odds with the commentators to kick the show off.
The X Division is never a bad way to kick the wrestling aspect of the show off, and it seemed like a nice opener. The only thing that I’d say would be that perhaps Red should have looked a little better instead of just reversing into his finisher right at the end, because this really was his match to be showcased in. I understand wanting to keep Homicide looking good and putting on an entertaining match, but I would have liked to have seen a basic comeback before the finisher from Red.
Alright promo after the match here, although it didn’t feel too right for Daniels. The putting the X Division on the map stuff is all well and good, but it lacked that feel it should have. I suggest you check out PatMan’s old TNA thread, because I thought he did Daniels perfectly. Don West was about right though, and the little brawl afterwards was alright, although security dragging Red away, rather than him walking away, would have been better imo.
Joe was alright here, although the way in which he spoke of Kendrick, a line about him not being a challenge at all to go along with the open challenge thing was screaming out to be had. Kaz coming out to accept the challenge, just not yet? While I like the idea of this and the way it makes Kaz look like a star by his return match being hyped for Pay-Per-View, against Samoa Joe no less, I thought this open challenge could have and should have gone on a little longer with a few more squashes before a real challenge emerged. I personally think this would have been best off left until Destination X, giving Joe more credibility from this gig before someone bigger, like Kaz, stepped up. Still, with all things considered (Kaz’s pretty horrible mic skills), this was a pretty damn good segment, and I think you worked well with what you had. Was maybe a bit short, but still, good.
You’re plugging the hell out of this move to Monday nights. It better be good.
Erm, random CM Punk shot was extremely weird, and extremely unnecessary. Little things like this from TNA irk me, as it kind of gives off the vibe that they need to mention WWE on air. It’s bad enough irl, so I don’t really want to see it happening in BTB. I know I’ve said things in the past about your tag matches involving no teamwork, so I’m glad to see that wasn’t the case here at the beginning. Very, very surprised you had Lethal Consequences pick up the victory here, as it was extremely out of the blue – perhaps too much so – as you yourself said the reaction from the crowd to them was lacklustre.
Eric Bischoff coming out and announcing the change to the tag title match was fine in character and all, but I’m not sure about this in a few ways. First of all, Beer Money were ripped off here. Majorly. And unless that leads somewhere that isn’t a good thing. Secondly, while you put Generation Me over a bit with Bischoff, I simply don’t buy into them as credible tag challengers at this point. After losing a chance to get a shot last week, they shouldn’t then be given a shot anyway the next week. I wouldn’t mind the booking behind this so much if I didn’t think the two teams who have just been included (one in particular) belonged, but I don’t think they do at this stage.
Jesus Christ, Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus are ninjas. They got back from inside the ring to backstage at the speed of light.
Good to see Bischoff making Young at least try to fight fairly for the title match, making him look more credible as a challenger.
Just a small thing, but the character of Eric Young is someone who is clever and cunning, so for him to be stupid enough to get into a test of strength against Hernandez at the start of the match completely goes against the character that Young has. With that said, the match apart from that seemed alright, although Young again cheating to win was a bit surprising, as I thought you would give him some momentum. Still, it makes him look smart again and allows him to heel it up.
Another little brawl after the match? So far we’ve had two of those and a staredown, which is a little bit repetitive. Still, the way in which this was written with Pope just being denied the Dinero Express was pretty cool.
Despite not a lot of character being in this segment for obvious reasons (neither men have any
), this was a pretty nice way to hype up both a pretty major main event for next week, and your Monday debut. Surprised you’re not pulling out someone like Hogan for that since he’s already wrestling at Against All Odds, but I must say that I’m happy you’re giving the youth (and the guys who actually matter) the chance to shine, rather than the guys who belong in a retirement home (Hogan).
Nice little match, although I thought the ending was a little weak, with Nash just talking trash. Definitely should have climbed up onto the apron. I would have thought that Hall should have interfered during the match too, since that is what this angle is originally built on in Hall screwing The Band up, but I guess him making the save with Hogan will have to do.
Nice little promo from Wolfe, both hyping up the main event and the match with Hardy at Against All Odds. Again, the little shot at Hardy, like last week, seemed a little off and out of place, although apart from that I thought this was a much, much better Wolfe promo. Character was better, and the delivery seemed right.
Glad to see Beer Money aren’t letting the situation go unaddressed. Beer Money not staying to even listen to Bischoff was odd, although like I said, I’m happy to see this situation addressed, rather than ignored.
Decent enough main event here. My only complaints would have to be that AJ used the Pele way to early in the match, especially considering he was using it as a finisher in the not too distant past, and that the Tower of London maybe came a bit too soon, and that Wolfe shouldn’t have been too tired since it came relatively early in the match. Still, apart from that a good main event, that allows AJ to look very good heading into Against All Odds. The show ending with Jeff getting the best of Wolfe, while Anderson just escaped with use of the limo from earlier was pretty cool, and a nice way to continue to entangle these two feuds, at least for now, possibly even leading to a four way at Destination X which wouldn’t be too bad at all. Pretty cool finish.
While I thought this was a big improvement on last week in terms of the writing, a lot on this show seemed much the same. I don’t know if it’s just me, but all of your heels and all of your faces seem to have the same type of character, which I know happens, but they have nothing that is really distinguishing them in their feuds, which also probably comes from the same type of run in thing happening over and over again. I just think characters are different, and they’re going to do different things due to different motivation. Still, like I said, this was an improvement on last week, and not a bad step at all towards Against All Odds.