THE SPECIALISTS HITS & MISSES - TNA IMPACT 9/24: A.J. Styles new TNA champ, Another brawl, X Division Title match, Foley-Abyss, Overall show quality
Sep 26, 2009 - 5:07:00 PM
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By Chris Reed, Torch specialist
-- 9/24 TNA IMPACT HITS & MISSES
No Surrender is in the rear view mirror, and Bound For Glory is quickly coming up on the horizon. Lots of changes took place at the PPV. Were all of them successful in creating good wrestling TV? Here's my take on the show.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles: Say it real slow with me here. TNA. World. Heavyweight. Champion. A.J. Styles. Just rolls right off the tongue doesn't it? For weeks upon months upon years, every single TNA fan, heck almost any wrestling fan with any lick of common sense about good wrestling, has known what A.J. Styles has brought to the table. I've even commented before that he could wrestle a wet noodle in the ring and get the wet noodle over. This title reign was a long time coming after way too many bad angles. I also loved the segment between Styles and Sting to set up their match at BFG. Both men were solid on the mic and cleaned up some of the confusion at the end of the last PPV match. Here's to a long and fun title run by A.J.
Hamada and Alissa Flash Brawl: At least this one didn't involve the whole locker room. I did like how Alissa Flash put out how she got absolutely no flair upon her debut in TNA, while people like Sarita and Hamada have gotten these extravagant receptions. The empty-arena beat-down was something not seen in a while, and that toss by Flash sending Hamada down the entire flight of bleachers just looked painful. Seems TNA is trying to get as many of their Knockouts involved into programs in one way or another.
Overall Show Quality: Although a few good matches came out of No Surrender, it seems that TNA has just been in a constant state of spinning its wheels, questionable booking, and not enough emphasis on the wrestling. The angles and booking have TNA solidly stuck in the poor-ending '90s WCW style that just has a lot of critics and fans scratching their heads. With the talent that TNA has on its roster you would think they would be giving WWE more of a run for its money in the ratings, but the Beast From The Northeast still kills TNA. Believe me, as both a wrestling fan and a wrestling critic, it's very frustrating for me to see this happening.
Suicide vs. "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero: Last week, D'Angelo Dinero beat Suicide fairly clean in a singles match. Then TNA decided to throw out a falls count anywhere match between them a few days later at No Surrender. Here, just a few days later, we have a street fight between them. Now, last I checked, there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of difference between a falls count anywhere and a street fight except that a street fight has to finish in the ring. Outside of that, they're the same garbage brawl over and over again, and this week the fans were not so much rooting for the wrestlers as they were for the weapons. Suicide took the win this week, but there still hasn't been enough backstory between these two to explain their feud. It's just been thrown out there.
Samoa Joe vs. Daniels vs. Homicide: The champ faced off against his two most recent contenders to his X-Division title in a three-way match. And sure, the action was decent in the ring. In fact, it was nice to see Joe pop up behind Homicide with that "eat hot flaming death" stare, suplex Homicide out of his boots and finish with the Kokina Clutch. So what's wrong with this match? There was absolutely not one bit of hype or excitement about it! We've got three of the best wrestlers in the business in a title match that fans should have loved looking forward to, but it was just thrown out there like any other match. A match of this quality should have some excitement built up to it. And the title didn't even need to be on the line here -- title matches shouldn't be just given away without some measure of lead-up to it. I don't mind seeing Samoa Joe go back to his typical ass-kicking ways, though.
Mick Foley and Abyss: This turn has come way too quickly. Just a few weeks back, Foley was praising Abyss and grooming him to be the next hardcore legend. And Abyss has been happy being under the wings of Foley. But Foley looks at one video tape (that we didn't even get to see on TV) and all of a sudden snaps on Abyss and leaves him a bloody mess in the ring. The biggest problem with this whole booking is that the writers have this backwards -- Foley belongs as the face with Abyss being the heel. Abyss was so much better when he didn't talk hardly at all, and Foley is trying way too many flip-flops on his personality that it's confusing to the fans. We don't know whether to cheer Foley or boo him. That's never a good place for any wrestler to be.
Cody Deaner Even Being Thought Of As Knockouts Champion: Enough said here.
Chris Reed is a PWTorch Specialist covering TNA Impact with a weekly Hits & Misses column.
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