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TNA Impact Reax #1: "Why the hell is Mike Tenay telling us when signature catch phrases are being used?"

Nov 9, 2007 - 11:50:04 AM
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Carl Crawford of Chicago, Ill. (8.0): Best Match: Christian vs. Kaz. Best Segment: Steiner Interview. Call me the biggest mark on the planet, but I thought this was a very solid and entertaining show. Of course, any time Scott Hall is in the building, I'd call it a big event. I haven't watched any wrestling shows in almost a year, but with all the talk of Hall and Jericho lately, I checked out both Raw and Impact this week. This show was, without a doubt, far better than Raw. Whereas Raw was just boring with an Austin DVD sales pitch and pointless watered down DX, Impact was fun all the way through. For all the TNA critics, yes, TNA has plenty of flaws and uses some terrible logic. Sometimes they do stupid things, and they rarely sell the right stars the right way. But with that said, during this Impact, I was actually highly entertained all the way through... which is not something I can say for WWE in about the last three years. And in the end, that's what matters most, isn't it? As a last note: if Hall is going to stick around, I may just order Genesis on Sunday.

Matt Guerra of Bayonne N.J. (8.5): This show had everything that TNA needs to begin their steps towards grabbing some ratings. The best match of the night was Christian vs. Kaz in that opening PPV caliber match. Kudos to the Impact Zone crowd for being especially lively for that one, as well as the rest of the night. I'm also going to give the Women's Division some credit, something I've never done in the past. The women look good, and they actually know how to wrestle. The matches are quick and to the point. Getting to see and hear Scott Hall again was a treat, and he looked to be in better shape then his last run with the company. I must say hearing Scott Steiner go off on one of his old WCW Papa Pump rants was a treat.

Sam Robinson of Sykesville, Md. (5.5): Best: Christian vs. Kaz Worst: Takedown competition. This was an okay episode of Impact. Christian and Kaz had a great TV match that didn't give too much away, but the constant ladder at ringside just told us that it was going to come into play sooner or later. I'd like to say I didn't see the ladder match at the PPV coming, but with Kaz in the other bracket you just knew something was up. The six- man tag match was good and had decent action for TV. Now, normally I'm really high on Impact, as it's usually a step above what WWE offers in terms of in-ring action (something I'm really big on), and try to not let the other skits detract me. But tonight is was just horrible. Why the hell was Scott Hall there? Kurt Angle asked the question right to Scott's face, and it still wasn't answered. Why the hell is Mike Tenay telling us when signature catch phrases are being used? Why the hell should any wrestling fan (new ones, or those of us who lived through the NWO era) really care about Scott and Kevin's make up/break up B.S. Why the hell would Sting come out and not say a damn thing? We know Sting can talk and that he's good at it. Let him leave us in suspense, not Tenay. Now I really hate King and J.R. as commentators as I think they can detract from the show sometimes, but they do something things right, they don't talk over "important" promos. Mike Tenay last night really pissed me off by interjecting himself in a promo he had nothing to do with (the aforementioned Scott/Kevin/Kurt/Sting promo), and it really detracted from the show. All right enough ranting, though I do have one more question. What the hell is J.B.'s job now, being Kurt's mic boy? Give Christian back the belt and let him feud with Sting/Abyss/Tomko/anyone but Kurt and Kevin and I'll be a happy man.

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