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TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - TNA Impact 11/15: "Impact is starting to feel more and more like 2011 Smackdown..."

Nov 15, 2012 - 10:42:39 PM
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Instant Reaction - TNA Impact 11/15
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist


Overall Score - 6.5

You guys are lucky I'm not going to subject you to an entire article mimicking Jeff Hardy's audible thoughts. Some concepts just don't work in wrestling, and eventually it makes a show feel more like a mid-day drama than what it actually is. And, while it's just a small issue, it was one of several that started to add up on tonight's show. Impact is starting to feel more and more like 2011 Smackdown. The show isn't particularly bad, but there's no sense of urgency. When watching tonight's show, I felt as if I could change the channel and not miss a thing. There are solid stories going on, but there is no "must-see" edge to the show. It feels just a tad lacking.

The show wasn't exactly bad, per se, but multiple segments felt tacked on. The opening RVD match was one of them. Everyone knows RVD. Why bother having him in a squash match? It was a solid affair, but with the limited amount of time TNA has as it stands, it seemed like a waste. Another waste? The past year of feuding between A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels. These two have fought each other off and on for literally years now, and I can't believe that they're going to that well again. On the same note of wasting time, what was the purpose of furthering the ODB-Tara feud if Mickie James was going to be next in line for a title shot?

These are overall nitpicks, but they add up. That being said, a good portion of this show was enjoyable. The main event was well wrestled, and the overall in-ring work on the show was solid. Even so, a number of glaring issues still persist. Namely, what happened to Aces and Eights? If you have a new heel group, it should be their number one priority to make the group look unstoppable from the start. If they don't, you'll have another Immortal. So, what route does TNA go down? They have Aces lose yet another match, this time to Kurt Angle and Garett Bischoff. Sure, they can get their heat back, but why take it off of them in the first place? Garett is too green to obtain a sustained push, and Kurt is about as immune to losses as John Cena at this point. Give Aces a dominant win for once. The attack on Magnus was good, but not enough to overcome such a gaping loss.

The show did start off hot. Despite James Storm looking like a fool for putting his title shot on the line, both men were very good on the mic. And, as much as I hate to see A.J. Styles wrestle Daniels again, they weren't bad with their respective promos either. Tonight's show wasn't bad. It was lacking, though. Today's TNA and WWE programming has too much of a predictable feeling. The last time TNA felt unpredictable was when Austin Aries won the TNA Title. How much longer before TNA brings the excitement level back? It's not bad TV, but it isn't the most interesting, either.

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