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Thursday Night Impact
I didn’t much care for the Thursday Prime-time special.
It wasn’t that it was bad; after all, there was a
good six-man match with Jeff Jarrett and America’s
Most Wanted taking on The Naturals and Jeff Hardy. It wasn’t
a bad match, but the most memorable thing will be the fact
that Jeff Jarrett ended up with a lot of Jeff Hardy’s
body paint in his hair, coloring it green.
had a Samoa Joe match which was basically a squash, but
they set up a new feud for Joe against Alex Shelley, but
they didn’t build at all towards the match with AJ
Styles. Styles was used as a part of TNA’s legit sport
cross-over with Aj Pierzinski and Dale Torborg that leads
to the match on the PPV.
having Styles involved with the angle meant that he could
do anything with Joe, despite that actually adding heat
to the program. They seem to have the idea that they can
just throw the X-Division guys out there with nothing and
the crowd will react just as strongly as if they gave them
a long storyline, which may be true, but it makes for boring
The only reason
disappointment had to be Christian’s in-ring TNA debut.
It wasn’t a bad match against Bobby Rood, but it was
nothing interesting and the interference was OK. Even that
big guy Monty Brown didn’t make it more interesting
for me. Christian will be big, even though his whole coming
in will be downplayed with the arrival of Sting to gobble
up the main event attention. Christian Cage is the real
deal, but Sting has older name value, which always means
they’ll get the bigger push.
They opened with the man, Rey Mysterio, taking on JBL in
a match where Jillian Hall was at ringside. She very hot,
and if they did an angle where they said that she got it
removed she could be seriously impressive as a ring-side
hot diva. Sadly, the match was pretty awful, with JBL not
wanting to work much, but the end was Orlando Jordan interfering
allowing Batista to run in and do some non-impact stuff.
The one thing I liked was a springboard diving headbutt.
That was kinda cool, though it missed.
Randy Orton came
out and did another Undertaker promo. It’s a dumb
bit that I’m not a fan of and they’ll keep doing
it as long as they don’t think Randy can handle the
belt on top of the card. It was basically a thing about
wanting the Undertaker to come out and settle it like a
man. Wow. Dull stuff.
Mercury lost to SuperCrazy. Basic match, not much to it,
though these two can go if you give them a chance. The match
did have a great Tornado DDT off the ropes by Crazy, who
won with a pretty typical Moonsault. That led to Kid Kash
coming in as the newest member of MNM, it would seem. He
did the Northern Lights Bomb, which is a sweet move that
we haven’t seen much of since Al Snow stopped regularly
music hit, but Palmer Cannon (isn’t that angle dead
yet?) came out and said that Ray Gordy would be coming out
to face The Boogeyman. What’s incredible to me was
how stiff Boogeyman worked. He seriously beat Gordy and
then spit worms all over him. That was pretty gross, but
it was the way it had to be to try and get it over, though
it’s a weird gimmick. I do like the way he plays the
character and I think he’ll end up being a sorta cool
mid-card character, especially once they give him to The
And leave show business?
The Benoit vs.
Booker T series has been pretty good as far as wrestling
goes. I’m a big fan of the series of matches, and
this was good, if too short and it didn’t feel important
enough. Benoit did all sorts of his good stuff, including
a nice knee to The Book’s forehead. Excellent Superplex!
The fact that it ended with Booker winning the match and
the series going to 3-0 in favor of Booker. Benoit will
win three in a row too and it’ll end up being a good
and probably heated match for the win of the series.
destroyed William Regal. I love Lashley’s look, but
he hasn’t shown as much of the impressive stuff to
get him over enough to where he might be able to move up
a bit. This was what you expected, though Regal got a touch
of stiff offense. There’s a lot about Lashley that
and Rey Mysterio took on JBL and Orlando Jordan. Batista
actually worked a little but he didn’t do much, which
is good with the torn Lat he’s dealing with. Rey has
been adding a lot of stuff that honors Eddie, like the Hilo.
Rey and JBL work a lot, especially with Rey taking the Fallaway
Slam off the middle rope. The finish was actually pretty
good. They had JBL sell a fake knee injury and walk to the
back, leaving Orlando to take the Spinebuster and the DemonBomb
for the finish. Go figure.
think it was a bad match at all. In fact, it told a good
story and allowed Batista to do a good bit of work without
hurting himself. I still think they should have taken the
belt off of him, given it to Benoit since they couldn’t
give it to Eddie.
a good show, with the Orton stuff being terrible, but not
a bad show either. Just sorta middle of the road.
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