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TNA Impact Reax #1: "This week, it appears things were back to normal after that awful mess last week"

Dec 18, 2009 - 1:32:29 AM
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-- 12/17 TNA Impact Reax

Sergio H., Torch reader (7.0): Best Match: Daniels vs. Wolfe. Worst Match: Morgan vs. Ray Lumberjack match. What a difference a week makes for Impact. Watching the interactions between Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle were awkward but very interesting and entertaining. It took some onions for the writers and wrestlers involved to bring a kayfabe aspect to the real life soap opera involving the families of Jarrett and Angle. I wonder if the fans who had no idea of the situation had any clue what was going on during those segments. Big improvement for the Knockouts compared to last week's mud pit. Hamada and Kong are great, but where the heck is Alyssa Flash? She has the look, she has edge, she has the move set, but she just can't seem to get any big wins or even camera time on this show. Does it gross anybody else out when Mike Tenay describes ODB's Bronco Buster? Not so much the joke itself, but more Tenay being the person to deliver it...eww. ... Wolfe vs. Daniels is a prime example of what TNA has to offer wrestling fans that WWE simply refuses to produce: a quality scientific match. Granted, they started off slow and seemed to work conservatively to avoid any botches, but then used some submission moves that are rarely ever seen. I never really had a chance to see Wolfe in ROH, but his moves are original, crisp, and look like they are painful as hell. A win for Wolfe over A.J., Daniels, or Angle works for me since he may be the next best thing in wrestling. If TNA books Wolfe correctly, WWE will realize they made a HUGE mistake passing on him.

Sebastian Lord of New York City (8.0): Best Match: Daniels vs. Wolfe. Worst Match: None. This week, it appears things were back to normal after that awful mess last week. Let's start with the Jarrett/Angle/Dixie saga; I thought the entire sequence was done to perfection. Everyone played their parts perfectly and it made for thrilling television. I can't wait to see how Angle deals with Jarrett's return, as his reaction was minimal and left the viewers wanting more. The match between Daniels and Desmond Wolfe was simply mesmerizing and although they went at it for ten minutes to a draw, it left me wanting more. I can't wait for an official program between these two. The Knockouts division appears to be shaping up nicely as ODB and Tara fight for the title while Hamada and her new partner, Awesome Kong, go after the tag team belts. I'd rather they partner Alyssa Flash with Hamada and leave Kong to continue battling for the Knockouts Title. I absolutely love the Team 3D/Rhino/Jesse Neal alliance. It made Rhino relevant again, and really has succeeded in making Neal noticed. The Mick Foley-Kevin Nash feud has really picked up steam due to Nash's practical joke. I, for one, loved their match at Hard Justice, so I'm happy to see them go at it once again. I also like how Foley continues to leave Abyss to fend for himself; it just adds another element to enjoy. In fact, this episode just emphasized once again, how multi-faceted the feuds are. Kurt Angle, for example, is currently in a feud with Wolfe while still dealing with Jarrett and Styles. Other wonderful moments included Samoa Joe and Beer Money backstage promo, the Jay Lethal Invitational match with Tatanka (it's actually a fun little angle), Roxxi's return, and Wolfe/Daniels attacking Angle/Styles to close the show. One complaint, however, is that I want to see more of A.J. Styles. Oh, and how random was Tomko's participation in the main event tonight? Overall, I thought it was an excellent show and I'm looking forward to Final Resolution and January 4. Let the war begin!

We welcome your 0-10 score and comments on this show for a "TNA TV Reax" feature in the Torch Feedback section of PWTorch.com. Just to add a twist to this feature, include not just your hometown, but also your occupation (mechanic, lawyer, stay-at-home-dad, college student, etc.) so readers get a flavor for what everyone does as "day jobs." To contribute your thoughts on Impact, click here.


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