Thoughts on TNA Impact (9-29-11)

The pretense of TNA Impact tonight was Hogan had an announcement to make. Unfortunately I don’t care. That’s not a draw to me or most people. Even though AJ vs Bobby Roode was the main event and they did lil segments here and there to hype it, I felt like that was still a back seat to Hogan’s announcement.

STING & BOBBY ROODE
HEAT: B-
STING: A
ROODE: B

This was more hype for Bobby Roode. This was great simply because Sting put heat on the match with Roode vs Angle. Kind of letting the world know Sting vs Hogan will not be the main event of Bound for Glory. It also looked good for Roode to get the rub from Sting. Lets the world know that Roode is the top baby face or will be… Angle came out, AJ came out, but didn’t add much to the segment.

#1 CONTENDER >> 5 MAN LADDER MATCH
HEAT: F
MATCH: C
FINISH: D

It was an ok match and could have used 5 extra minutes to be good. Austin Aries on commentary did a good job as a heel.

MEXICAN AMERICA vs INK INC
HEAT: C
MATCH: F+
FINISH: A
MEXICAN AMERICA: A
INK INC: C

This wasn’t a match, it was the destruction of Ink Inc. I liked this, because it put over Mexican America who really need it.

JARRETT w/ KAREN & KAZ w/ TRACI
HEAT: B
JARRETT: A
KAZ: D

Two men with their real life wives with them. This was a great segment complete with a pull apart.

TARA vs MADISSON RAYNE
HEAT: C
MATCH: C
FINISH: don’t even remember
RAYNE: A
TARA: C

Shockingly TNA revisited their history in a video package. It was good… But they can only do this once before it becomes beating a dead horse.

Rayne was all over the ref. It was greatly amusing and original, but they overdid it by the end.

DANIELS BACKSTAGE
DANIELS: B

Good, simple half minute segment to say that Daniels vs AJ will happen at Bound for Glory. Daniels is great as this weasel…

CRIMSON & JOE ANGLE
HEAT: C-
JOE: C
CRIMSON: C
MORGAN: C

Crimson is back from an injury at the hands of Joe… Joe cut a heel promo. Cut down the fans, cut down Crimson’s “streak.” Ends with a 50/50 brawl. Morgan ran out for the save…

POPE vs MR ANDERSON
HEAT: C
MATCH: C
FINISH: F
ANDERSON: C
POPE: C

Was this match face vs face? I couldn’t tell… one of the two men should have cut down the crowd or something… Devon’s kids are back in the crowd. Good for them.

I just fast forward through Anderson on the Mic. I know where he comes from. I know what his name is. Fans are actually chanting for Anderson… its not piped in. That has to mean something.

I don’t like Anderson, but he’s added more flair to his work in the past few weeks. He’s not as basic.

This match just turns into shit with distractions and interference. It would be one thing if a heel interfered but having 2 outside interferences felt like a bit much.

ROODE BACKSTAGE & AJ BACKSTAGE
Heat: D

Throughout the show both men have been backstage. Neither man is drawing heat to their match, but they’re pretty much selling the fact that it will be a real match. No friends.

POPE & DEVON ARGUEMENT BACKSTAGE
Heat: F
DEVON: A
POPE: C

This segment made little sense since TNA’s token black team have briefly been on the same page.

BOBBY ROODE VIDEO PACKAGE
Heat: C+

I really wish that Bobby had his own shirt instead of generic Impact shirts. This was all about Roode’s training and sacrifice. They had an interview with his wife and showed his kids. This is something that the Khali and Jinder angle could bennefit.

This goes to show that Roode is a normal guy, both in a good and bad way. Its good because it shows he’s real. He’s every man. Its bad where I think it deflated him by making him look so normal. Maybe less family more training….

BOBBY ROODE vs AJ STYLES
Heat: C
Match: B
AJ: A
ROODE: B-

To be honest, I’ve seen too much Bobby Roode over the last 3 weeks. My desire to see him is wavoring. But hopefully this is only temporary. He looks like HHH Jr and that’s probably a great thing. He has the look. He’s a safe guy. His promos have fire. But after these 3 weeks I’m not sure if he should be on top yet. Yet being the key word. Ready or not here he comes… That Bound for Glory was designed to get him ready, but I consider it a failure when Crimson was fake injured and some guys had 10 matches and others had 20.

I feel like I’ve seen 4 side headlock takeovers tonight.

There are AJ & Roode chats, which is good. They did a slow build to this match and picked their spots well. Roode has good quickness and good spring in his selling. Everything is very accurate that Roode does. AJ carried this match and made Roode look good. Roode looked good and made AJ look good. That’s how it should be.

I also think there are too many people hyping up Roode. You’re ready… you’re ready. I guess its better than hearing… you’ll never do it! or jobbing out the contender before the championship match. After the match the question is if AJ brought his best. That shouldn’t be a question. That shouldn’t do a statement. Fluffing up Roode makes me feel like Roode will doubt himself. In fact he looked like he was doubting himself. Its like constant reassurance makes for insecurity.

MAIN EVENT HULK HOGAN
Heat: A- (even though it was a face promo from a heel)
HOGAN: A

This is the main event… Hulk’s run is coming to a close… he should sign a WWE legends deal for $10,000 and just be done with it. It was a total face promo… for a heel. Uggg…. Hogan put over Fortune…. and said that he taught everyone he ever knew. Hogan retires… He gets misty. It was very good. He got shaky and announced next week he would be retiring.

Sting is in the back and burries Hogan. He’s done this before where only Sting sees through Hogan’s mist… well it never seems like Hogan is being disingenuous. Sting ruined this.

IN CONCLUSION
It was a good show. Sting put over Roode. Mexican America looked strong. Madisson Rayne is still a standout Knockout… Pope & Devon make no sense… and I almost forgot about the Jarretts and Kazarians.

Hogan’s promo was memorable… but Sting’s disbelief almost ruined it.

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