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Taboo Tuesday Thoughts
I liked it, more than I enjoyed last year’s and more than I expected. It seems that Vince went honest on this one, specifically because he let Matt Hardy work in the SmackDown! vs. RAW tag match instead of JBL, his favorite whom he pushed on TV.

The opening few matches were pretty average, though the match with Eugene and Snuka was pretty lame. I do have to say that the main event with Angle, Cena and Michaels was fantastic. The guys worked hard, and with Cena there, Michaels and Angle brought it big time. The reaction to Cena must be scaring Vince. He got some strong boos throughout the match, though there was a decent reaction to his win. The crowd seemed to love Angle.

This may change the face of the WWE.

A lot of folks are saying that the Flair vs. HHH cage match should be Flair’s final match. There’s no way that’ll happen, but it was a match that you’d want to be remembered for and how better than by having it be the last before your retirement? This was on the level of Flair vs. Vader from 1993. It was a bloodbath that reminded me of the great Flair 1980s cage matches, a wonderful match made better by great announcing.

Which brings me to part three, and easily the most memorable part of the show. Joey Styles delivered one of his typical fantastic performances and really showed what we’ve been missing since he left regular announcing. Even The King was better than usual. I was impressed that the two of them worked so well together.

Let that be your last battlefield...
The call was made to go with Styles for two reasons; first to get people off the WWE for the handling of the Ross thing, second to get Coach off the mic, or at least on the mic less. He was a terrible play-by-play guy, even if the heel play-by-play guy is an interesting concept. Styles will probably be announcing RAW for a while, at least until they bring back Ross.

TNA Primetime Special
I didn’t see it all, but what I saw wasn’t perfect. They opened with a six-man tag match that I thought was pretty average with Jeff Hardy, Lance Hoyt and Sabu against the Diamonds in the Rough. The Ultimate X was a really fun match, and Petey Williams got the win again. You know, no matter how many times I see it, the Flip Piledriver known as the Canadian Destroyer just amazes me.

The main event was rendered useless by having Jeff Jarrett shown as the champ defending at Genesis on commercials right before the main event match against Rhino. Jeff Jarrett is more harmful to TNA than anything the WWE has tried. They could lose half a dozen top guys and Jeff Hardy would still be the biggest problem they have. His ego and his control of the booking committee is just killing what should be the top drawing card. He’s HHH gone even worse because he can’t actually go like H can when he wants to.

The match wasn’t bad. I got into it a fair bit. The ratings for the special weren’t great, getting just a 0.9.

Selected News
Big week. Christian is leaving the WWE. Stone Cold may be released, but that’s doubtful. There are serious talks about bringing back Ross.

The Raw rating last week was 3.4, which is very low and it shows that the skit from last week turned people off as they had been hyping Austin for the whole week and it turned out a low rating. The No Mercy buyrate came in and it’s looking like it might top out at 200k. That’s incredibly low. No one is talking about the buys for One Night Stand, which has steadily grown and has officially done better than any of the non-majors this year.

I also managed to see the Heavyweight Final on The Ultimate Fighter and it was a great fight that could have gone either way. Imes is a 6’7 monster who at times had things under control and was 100% straight forward and even when he got in trouble, he managed to work out of it, but he couldn’t close. Rashad Evans was in trouble, and rocked Imes a few times, but he tired fast. It was a great fight.

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