If it were not for the performance of Bobby Roode, Bully Ray would be there top heel and I canít think of a WWE heel that is out performing those two. He is even has the fans chanting for Devon. I like how they have Ray getting the 1 contendership stipulation added to the match with Storm, will give fans a reason to care.
Here comes James Storm. I think Storm needs a Steve Austin moment, I think the cage match against Roode next month is the time for such a moment. I donít hate how they got straight into this match, oh just as I type that Storm wins, thought I remember reading he was hurt. Cancel the match or getting his finish over on a guy who can get all his heat back in one promo on Impact.
You canít go wrong with an Austin Aries promo and putting a name like Eric in this promo adds a little bit more legitimacy to Aries. I hope Bischoff doesnít show up again though.
These x-factor pre-match is not working. They need to mention wrestling styles as much as they do the storyline background.
Really like Zema Ion, he has this natural arrogance, just want to smack him across the head. A big thumbs up for the story in this match as Ion is trying to get under the skin of the champion. Who else can see this feud with Ion resulting in a babyface Austin Aries? Double thumbs up for Aries making a twitter post during the match, ha ha. Side note; matches are more enjoyable when Tenay is not speaking. I mentioned in another post about TNA needing to bring in a big time babyface to really elevate the X-Division Championship by working with Aries. I actually am starting to consider the possibility of Aries becoming that babyface.
Great match, too much twitter talk and I am officially on the turn Aries babyface bandwagon, if there is one.
Good idea using a vignette, to hype the return of the Motor City Machine Guns.
Am I the only one who recognises how well Christy Hemme is performing as a ring announcer? Much better than Lillian Garcia, that is for sure. These are the things you pay attention too when Morgan and Crimson in the ring. I have grown old of their act. Maybe they do a thing where Morgan turns heel after teasing that Crimson will turn. On the other hand, not sure if TNA meant to do this, but I like the story of Crimson and Morgan rushing to the top of a weak Tag Team division on athletic ability alone, hit a road block against a team that quickly developed team chemistry. Crimson refuses to tag Morgan, it is an okay idea but Iíd rather they keep the focus on the battle between Joe/Magnus and Crimson/Morgan before they focus on this split. I swear Joe needs to get back in shape and change his attire that is all he needs to get his career back to where it was a few years back. TNA execute this turn pretty well, but as I said earlier they could have placed this later down the track. Have Joe and Magnus go over, but have Morgan and Crimson win 4 straight tag matches to earn a title shot, then have this match.
I like TNA letting the fans use twitter to ask the wrestler question and use that as the basis for what the wrestlers talk about. Great backstage confrontation, I am really excited for Lock Down.
Things you notice whenÖRobbie is on T.V. Please bring out a new T.V Championship belt. Bring RVD back, have him take the belt and bring out a new Championship. Robbie E picking on the people, he is actually doing a good job but the fans donít seem to care, well he is getting some heat here at least. So Devon is the guy taking up the challenge and the fans actually care, I am surprised. I believe it is the wrong move giving Devon the win and taking the belt off of Robbie E. Use the fact the fans see him as more of an annoyance and as the joke wears off they can turn that into heat for a RVD return to legitimize the Championship.
The Knockout Championship is the one thing they have that the WWE cannot compete with. They have a talented group of women in TNA. WWE has some talent in their roster, but they have them involved in flatulence gimmicks. Not much to say about this match, it is a solid match and easy to watch.
Half way through the tag match between Daniels/Kaz and Styles/Anderson and I can see where Anderson fits, but still donít quite understand the exact reason Kaz turned on Styles. Solid match even though there isnít much heat with the people. Good sell by Anderson on that kick to the back of the head as he goes for the finish. A.J Styles comes in with some explosive offense, he really is too exciting to be in a midcard program like this. Clean win, with the blind tag, very nice.
Kurt Angle and an over babyface with superb athletic abilityÖI have high hopes for this match with Jeff Hardy. If you have read my blog about using catch wrestler, this is the perfect chance to use it with Kurt Angle grounding Hardy.
When I do not comment much on a match it usually means I am lost in the match and is a good thing. Great finish! Perfectly executed and Brian Hebner was in great position to make the finish work. Weird tweets aside, Kurt should get credit for still being one of the best workers in the business.
Sting promo, please donít be Joker Sting, please donít be Joker Sting! Oh, interestingÖa bit of split personality. Listen guys, part of the reason people always compare Undertaker and Sting and would love a dream match. Both characters have different versions. Sting was a surfer guy, while Undertaker was a, well an Undertaker.
Undertaker turned into the Deadman then Sting became a version of the Crow. Undertaker becomes an American Badass as Sting started to become more like a real person. This joker style sting is one of those personalities of the Sting character. So that is my take on the Joker Sting. I was hoping it would not be Joker Sting tonight because I thought the more serious Crow like version was better suited to make this match work.
Bobby Roode looks like a World Champion and is a natural heel. The crowd is really into this match and they have not touched yet. The fans are really cheering for Roode to lose this match, which is a great sign that his heel persona is working the people. Sting must have hurt himself legit on that chair shot. I think the purpose of this little program was to get Roode more heat leading into Hardcore Justice and some arrogant Roode promoís claiming he beat Sting on his own merit will be good for the upcoming PPV. Hogan chants, oh shit. Anyone who says Hogan is still not over; just listen at the end of this match. Oh shit, Roode gets Dixie by the hair. Does this remind anyone of Jake Roberts/Elizabeth a little bit? This could be a horrible anger, but the performance of Roode and Dixie; yes Dixie Carter has made this work.
As we finish the PPV with the crowd hurling insults and negative chants at Bobby Roode. That is the way they needed this PPV to end. Overall I enjoyed the PPV, even though there were some matches that didnít hold my interest. I thought this PPV should have been about getting Storm and Roode into the perfect position to build towards their cage match at Lockdown. Storm and his finisher are over and Roode has plenty of heat.