THE SPECIALISTS TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - Impact 12/6
Dec 6, 2012 - 9:57:37 PM
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Instant Reaction - TNA Impact 12/6
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist
Overall Score - 7.0
While overall hype for Final Resolution was sub-par, I overall enjoyed Impact tonight. It was by no means a home run of a show, but at the same time there were several aspects of the show that made it worth watching. The pace was much better than most Impacts and I thought every segment felt like it had meaning to it. Even if there was a bad promo or match, I at least felt like I didn't waste my time watching it. Take Velvet Sky's return, for example. Her first promo back was absolutely awful and completely out of place. In fact, I don't know if they could've done a worse job. But at least it accomplished something.
That isn't to say that most of the show was bad. It did a good job of staying focused on Final Destination even if a few of the marquee matches (e.g. Hardy-Roode) barely have any story behind them. And, while several of the matches feel forced together, such as the X Division Title match, there are also multiple ones that feel surprisingly natural, such as the eight-man tag and Bully Ray vs. Austin Aries. And, for as much as I gripe about how often Styles and Daniels feud with each other, they did a solid job of making their final match seem like a big, personal grudge match in the opening segment of the show. That's mainly due to the incredible promo prowess of Daniels, but A.J. held up his own end of the bargain as well.
Wrestling tonight was solid, but not memorable. The only exception to this may be the X Division match, which was extremely fast paced and well executed, with it not looking too choreographed. The six-man tag match was also fine, but everything else seemed forgettable. The tag team squash was nothing special, Kurt Angle vs D.O.C. ended exactly as expected, and the TV Title match ended really confusingly. Where did these women come from? It all felt disjointed and random. Match that up with average wrestling and you get an unsatisfying title match.
While I'm on the note of these segments, I have to say that I believe Joey Ryan is absolutely terrible on the microphone. His promos feel forced and he has no conviction behind them, he sounds like a comic book character, and the fact that we've barely seen him in the ring only makes matters worse. I'm sure he can go in the ring, but before he can move up the TNA ladder, he has to find a way to tone down his gimmick. Oh, and if I can complain about one more thing, it'd have to be about Jeff Hardy's internal monologue. It is extremely cheesy and completely unecessary. Please, no more.
Impact was still a decent show. The main event was fine, overall maintenance hype for Final Resolution was okay, and the X Division three-way dance was a lot of fun for the time it was given. The show was hardly perfect, but with some improvements TNA can regain lost momentum from a few months ago.
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