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TUCKER ON IMPACT 10/3: DVR Guide & Instant Reaction - TNA continues heading in the wrong direction on the Road to BFG

Oct 3, 2013 - 11:24:25 PM
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Instant Reaction - TNA Impact 10/3
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist


DVR Guide: What to Watch Later:
- GunStorm video package, I guess?

Overall Score - 2.5

It's been a long, long time since I've had to struggle so much to get through one two-hour show. Impact tonight was painfully boring. So, so painfully boring. So boring that this is all I have for an intro. Impact tonight was simply an unmitigated disaster of dull.

The three matches put on tonight felt like house show caliber trials of patience. Magnus's gauntlet tonight went on... and on... and on... and on... Oh sure, Daniel Bryan's had gauntlets plenty of times before! Why haven't I complained about those? Well, his gauntlets were actually interesting. Magnus at the end was acting like he had wrestled for five minutes, which honestly isn't much of a surprise considering the crippling slow pace of the match. And, the matches were structured in the exact same way, making a dull match even more unwatchable.

In the end, though, the gauntlet match did enhance Magnus... until he opened his mouth and started complaining and complaining like a petulant five-year-old. It had to take Sting walking down to the ring and giving Magnus everything he wanted for him to actually leave the ring and end making a scene. This is how you build the next face of the company?!

The other two matches tonight were about on-par with Magnus's snooze fest, only about a third the length. At least the X Division tag match served some sort of purpose. The main event of the evening, on the other hand, had Bully Ray fighting Samoa Joe for no reason other than to have A.J. Styles come out to make a slapdash save and make it seem like they're actually hyping the TNA Title match at Bound for Glory. It's TNA's biggest show of the year and the best hype their main event can get is A.J. Styles doing a hit and run on Bully Ray?

Speaking of this feud, A.J. Styles needs to stay away from the microphone until TNA redoes his act. He came across terribly tonight, having no conviction behind his voice as he spouted generic phrase after generic phrase. Just another way that everyone except for Bully Ray has failed to provide even a modicum of excitement for the TNA Title match at Bound for Glory.

TNA just seems to be sleepwalking through each week of programming at this point. Every single story TNA has is either some rehash from the '90s or is excruciatingly basic in terms of execution. Example A: Lei'D Tapa's extraordinarily dull debut. I haven't seen anyone debut in the past by taking out the biggest competition in a division in one fell swoop! Well, I haven't seen anyone do it in such a botched way, at least. Honestly, Tapa is supposed to come across as a monster, but the only thing I could think of during the whole segment was "Why is she yelling so much? Why are her moves so unimpressive?" It was about as lacking of a debut as one could possibly be.

The final segment of the show with Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan was about as watchable as it could be, but it wasn't actually good. Hogan slept through his lines and Dixie Carter still demeans the crowd like she's playing wrestling with stuffed animals in her house, but I assume it could have been worse.

This show couldn't have been much more boring, though. Bound for Glory has no juice behind it, the few matches that were on the show were unbelievably boring, and the crowd was as dead as a doornail. This was a waste of two hours. At least if you're going to put on a bad product, make it laughably bad. This... this was just inconceivable.

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