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TNA Impact Reax #2: "This beauty pageant thing has taken the entire Knockouts division down further."

Sep 12, 2008 - 12:58:08 PM
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Dan Strauss of Goodhue, Minn. - Security Officer (6.0): Best: Bimbo Brawl. Worst: Samoa Joe's squash's. Maybe it's the alpha-male characteristics talking here, but I liked the beauty pagent segments. Taylor Wilde is a very cute gal. The segments were bearable, but rather than sounding smooth, I expect to see Mike Tenay and Don West on "To Catch a Predator" in the future. The just didn't seem comfortable talking about members of the opposite sex. Samoa Joe is starting to compare to C.M. Punk in my opinion. Both have great followings with dedicated fans who demanded championship runs, and both have grown stale as champs. I really like Joe, I just don't know if he elevates the belt's status. The Bimbo Brawl was good and the cut Roxxi took was just nasty. I can't imagine they planned to have that chair stick they way Kong threw it, but it was cool. Roxxi seems to be underrated and I hope she starts getting credit and rewarded for what she's doing for the company. Overall, nothing special in the show. However, and this is just my opinion, TNA seems to put a ton more emphasis on the build-up of their PPV undercard matches. WWE just seems like they throw their undercard together with no planning or emotion, but TNA seems to put more quality into their buildup. The 9-year-old wrestling fan in me is totally anxiously awaiting Mick Foley's arrival in TNA to see what he can bring.

Terrie Neilson of Las Vegas, Nev. (3.0): Best: Christian promo; Styles video. Worst: Too much diva action. TNA uses episode titles, and Angelina Love did an oral presentation. Okay, then I'll title this reax "What Grinds My Gears" after the "Family Guy" segment, and give my best rant. You know what really grinds my gears? Joe has three opponents at the PPV and his sole focus is on someone other than his opponents. Meanwhile, his three opponents (Christian, Angle, and Booker) do have some interaction, but only Christian seems to care that there is a PPV on Sunday and in his hometown, no less. He tees off a promo that contradicts the Sting angle as well. I suppose they had to do something other than a preview match for No Surrender, but this beauty pageant thing has taken the entire Knockouts Division down further. Meanwhile, Roxxi has to nearly get herself killed to get airtime. And Taylor may know how to tap a rhythm, but the editing clearly shows that she isn't a drummer. Despite this, Angelina should have won the evening gown competition as Taylor seemed absolutely uncomfortable and unpoised in her dress. Taylor would have won the bikini contest on my card with her more natural look and lack of desperation, which would still have evened this up. TNA decides to pull a WWE and have a ladder match for the custody of someone, in this case a woman. I still hope that woman bails out on the whole thing as this Jay Lethal-Sonjay Dutt feud is all but unwatchable now. I was completely expecting Kevin Nash to be Joe's third gauntlet opponent, which would have better served the comments Nash would make at the end of that segment. Tomko was a big surprise considering how he seemed to have left. Morgan/Abyss vs. 3D on the PPV comes out of nowhere on a card that looked pretty okay on paper, while the tag title match of LAX vs. Beer Money Inc has to settle for video mentions. All this push and shove about Jeff Jarrett leads to... tune to the PPV to watch. Frankly, my Trigg, I don't care. A.J. Styles suddenly isn't invited to the roundtable discussion after weeks of being involved in the whole Sting storyline. TNA still has yet to give me a reason to put forth the effort to plunk down the moolah for a PPV.

Clayton Hollifield of Battle Ground, Wash. (6.0): Best match: Nash challenge. Worst match: None. Especially since he doesn't have a match at the PPV this weekend, tonight really felt like Kevin Nash's swan song. It was a nice way to wrap things up (if that's what's going on), and Nash and Joe sharing a moment really stood out from the usual chaos of Impact. It's also nice to see a storyline actually conclude rather than just have Nash walk without any explanation. Also on the bonus side: Christian's promo, Samoa Joe actually wrestling on TV (if there's any wonder why Joe's lost steam, it's because he hardly has matches on TV anymore; sometimes, you just have to show an ass-kicker kicking ass), and Curry Man dancing to Taylor's drumming. Weak side: Sting sounding whiny and using the word respect in something like eight sentences in a row during Karen's Angle, Christian vs. Abyss being thrown out without any hype when it was a main event feud in TNA a year or two ago, the idea of A.J. Styles in another silly "shoot" match. I'm not particularly motivated to see this weekend's PPV, so it's hard to give this show anything beyond a mediocre score.

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