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TNA IMPACT ROUNDTABLE REVIEWS 7/16: Parks, Shanks, Wilkenfeld rate and review

Jul 16, 2009 - 11:13:10 PM
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Greg Parks, PWTorch.com Contributor (7.0)

I think the reason I approve of Impact so much this week is that it didn't feel as "busy" as most of the shows. There was still a lot going on, but it felt like a slight drop in the usual "throwing EVERYTHING out there" philosophy. I thought the build for Victory Road was better than some other PPVs as well.

The matches seemed improved as well, but nothing nearly on the level of Smackdown; more on the Raw level. Homicide winning the X Division Title showed just how much they ripped off WWE's MITB gimmick. Hey, at least they're ripping something off that generally works. Sarita had an OK debut, but I don't get why she sold 80% of the match and won with a fluke roll-up over the other woman debuting, who they didn't hype up at all. I liked how they let a couple of the folks give interviews without having someone else interrupt. That was a nice change-of-pace.

The six-man elimination tag was predictable, but better than most matches. Kurt Angle vs. Sting was pretty basic and blase. They really botched the timing, having Joe take so long to get the lock back on while Sting stood behind him and let him, locking himself in there with two Mafia Members. The Beautiful People continue to bring it, and adding someone who can really work like Tara can only help.

Curtis Shanks, PWTorch.com Contributor (7.0)

It's the same thing week after week on Impact, but not in a bad way. Each week, another step is taken in the Mafi/Foley/Jarrett saga, with each step more unpredictable than the last. It's not as if each week is something shocking or monumental, but I enjoy the fact that the main event storyline will be something unique each and every week. The cage match to end the show was nothing special in the match quality department, but it did a nice job of promoting the dissension between all the individuals involved and hyping Victory Road.

The six-man elimination match was also a good instance of PPV hype for two matches without giving too much away. It was a nice platform to showcase Beer Money, as they held their own fighting off their future challengers for the tag straps. The only puzzling part of the segment was the quick exit by A.J. Styles. He was the first man out, as he was pinned by Kevin Nash in a relatively quick fashion. My guess is that this hints to A.J. defeating Nash this Sunday to keep the booking honest, but you never really know in TNA.

Although most of it took a backseat to the main event storyline, the undercard chugged along nicely this week. Abyss shoving thumb tacks into his arms was just one more thing to add to the list of sick stunts Abyss has done to put over the violence of his character. (Punching the tacks is still number one in my view). Homicide was a bit of a surprise cashing in his X Division title shot, although it has already been forgotten by most. Sarita and Alissa Flash both had good debuts, and could spice up the Knockouts division in the future. I've always been a Cheerleader Melissa fan, so any way she can contribute other than as Raisha Saeed is a good move in my book.

Daniel Wilkenfeld, PWTorch.com Contributor (9.5)

Let's review: Taz was finally (unofficially) announced as debuting in TNA. Homicide won the X Division Championship. We had two multi-segment matches, both of which were at fairly good. Two women came from out of nowhere and stole the show. Abyss managed to pull off a good-creepy vibe instead of that plot line's typical creepy-creepy vibe. Even the Jenna-Sharmell business, while still a questionable use of time, was fairly well handled. I don't care what it did or didn't do for the upcoming PPV—this might just be my favorite episode of Impact, period. The lack of one marquee match on which to hang one's hat is all that keeps it from getting my first ever perfect score.


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