PREVIOUSLY ON TNA VIDEO PACKAGE
TNA opens up with a big complaint of mine, a recap of the pay-per-view. I agree with previously on TNA Impact recaps… but previously on a TNA pay-per-view should not be done. Many people watch a wrestling show after a pay-per-view to know what happened on the pay-per-view and when you instantly tell your audience what happened… there is no reason for them to stay tuned if that is what they are watching. Kind of like if you just recapped it in 2 minutes I don’t feel like I missed anything by missing your pay-per-view.
ROODE OPENING SEGMENT (and why it should have been Joe and Magnus)
I’m kind of sick of this guy and I really feel like Joe and Magnus (Jonus Brothers) should have opened the show, because they are heating up. Sure Roode is the champion… but unfortunately that is not news. Joe and Magnus are news, they are new champions. Why not open the show with a surprise… something fresh and not a few months old. Roode can open up the 3 other TNA Impacts leading up to the next pay-per-view.
Sting appears and it makes me wonder why I watch the first ten minutes of TNA. It is so routine and sure you want to start out strong, but I think Joe & Magnus could have started the show and then TNA could have mentioned Hardy vs Roode for the main event… but alas it is not the main event…
NO DQ >> ROODE vs HARDY
It is about time Roode is put into a no DQ match. What? Doesn’t that benefit Roode who cheats all the time??? A DQ title change match would have been better! In fact TNA had some obscure rule in the Jeff Jarrett era where a DQ of a champion in a title match resulted in a title loss. Jeff Hardy is a money man in TNA, he gets ratings. If he gets ratings, you don’t need to have Roode vs Hardy on free TV. Instead you could have Jeff Hardy vs Gunner or Shannon Moore or KAZ and it would still get a rating. TNA is just throwing Hardy vs Roode out there… because Jeff Hardy isn’t Sting. TNA is has really burnt through its matches. Their 3 – 4 month long feuds have combinations of the same guys for way too long.
So storyline wise, you could have had Hardy vs Sting at the PPV or Sting vs Roode at the PPV which it probably will be or Roode vs Hardy. Although what justification does Hardy have to get a title shot? He has failed a few times to get the title and he either needs heat behind him or needs to be a stepping stone. In fact let’s do this… Bully Ray over Hardy, Gunner over Hardy and then Storm over Gunner and Storm over Bully Ray. It uses Hardy to make 2 guys to make James Storm.
In all it was a good match. Jeff Hardy is as reckless as always and TNA gave this match a good amount of time. Hopefully it gets a rating. However, the mega problem is … the finish. Kurt Angle running in when he has no beef with either man! This is a TNA finish to screw the fans. This is lazy booking. I would have much rather seen a clean finish where that would have had fans talking. A good match with a clean finish.
STING & ROODE BACKSTAGE (who’s the heel here?)
Sting was fooled when Angle helped Roode. What did he expect to happen? My word what a stupid face and then Sting vows to make another match with Roode for tonight. That is a heel thing not a face.
JESSE SORUNSEN INJURY UPDATE
Very tastefully done. Hopefully Jesse will get better.
TNA SHOP COMMERCIAL and TNA TOUR INFO COMMERCIAL
TNA showed off the merchandise. Hallelujah! Really good commercial. This legitimately sold me to buy things on TNA’s shop zone website. Good little TNA tour with narration to spice things up.
SHELLEY & SHANNON MOORE vs ARIES & ZIMA (and how to get Zima over)
I’d much rather have seen Zima go over Shannon in a squash match only to have Aries come out and cut a promo on Zima. People love Aries promos and having Zima cheat out a win doesn’t really show the fans much. Hell 2 cheats back to back. This was a good match, but Zima needs to get a finisher over so people pop for the finisher. A safe finisher like a bodyslam instead of a high spot, because the high spot will always get a pop, but getting over a second safe move will get a double pop without killing himself.
KNOCKOUTS BATTLE ROYAL (seems to happen once a month)
Personally I would have had a 4 way at the next pay-per-view for Knockout championship with Velvet, Gail, Mickey andTara. Velvet could have gone over Sarita, Mickey over Anjelina, Tara over Rayne and Gail over ODB. Or for those who have read my Elimination Chamber booking… perhaps it would be more interesting to have Velvet vs Mickey,Tara vs Gail, Rayne vs ODB and Anjelina vs Sarita. Then go with Mickey vs Gail vs ODB vs Anjelina and adjust things from there. In fact you could even still have the battle royal for the final slot with everyone not already in the match.
I really think Sarita needs to have less flashy ring attire. Sure ring attire must be expensive, but she should wear something that makes me think heel. Just like Gail Kim wears black to wrestle now. Sarita has always been the greatest face of a heel, especially with her feud against Velvet. She was on such a roll … until Rosita came into the company. This battle royal is so dull that the commentators start talking about men… in the crowd.
JOE & MAGNUS BACKSTAGE
The rematch is announced. I would have held it off for the next pay-per-view with Joe & Magnus as faces and Joe & Morgan as heels. They really should have had some altercation in front of the crowd to feed off them.
GARRETT & GUNNER RECAP & SEGMENT
Good recap. All the heat was put on Hogan.Chelsea is alive! Good role for her. Doing nothing but hanging with Rick Flair. Eric Bischoff can’t talk anymore. This whole thing has dragged him down. So 2 old men a woman and a wrestler standing in the ring. I’m not sure they need 2 old men… just 1 and because Eric is family to the feud, Flair should take a vacation or Garrett should injure him or something. I’ve been over my thoughts of Garrett… but let’s talk tag match. Garrett & Hogan vs Eric & Gunner.
CHRISTIE HEMME & MMA TALK SHOW HOST
Good plug. Somewhat insulting to TNA.
ERIC YOUNG BACKSTAGE (and making better use of Valentine’s Day)
I think these two could have had gold on Valentine’s Day… filmed on Tuesday here is Eric Young and ODB… at a restaurant, at a hotel… where they throw out the cameraman. In all, the song was good, but could have been a lot better. Heck they could have interviewed KAZ & Traci Brooks if KAZ wasn’t stuck in some stupid angle. Look, KAZ has a lot of depth. He’s a high flyer with gorgeous looks and married to a gorgeous woman with friends like AJ and Storm and an ex friend Daniels. Why isn’t this guy used? Just those elements alone make for an awesome character. He has his friends, he has his woman, he has his looks, he has his enemies and he has his talent.
#1 CONTENDER >> STORM vs BULLY RAY (and the problem with it)
It is a shame that they just had this two weeks ago. Sure that was two weeks ago, but since it was one of the only clean victories in TNA it was memorable. Storm went over in that match. They should have had a stipulation on this like a tables match. It would have been more interesting to have a battle royal to crown a contender since Roode has gone through the top guys. If not go for a tag match at the pay-per-view where someone can go over Roode without him losing the title, but that might not draw at Lockdown.
If it’s not Sting vs Roode at the pay-per-view they could have thrown together a 30 minute gauntlet for the gold with 5 guys. Storm, Hardy, Gunner, Angle & Bully Ray. Start with Hardy vs Angle with Angle cheating to win so they can set up Angle vs Hardy at the pay-per-view without doing something stupid like having him just run in a match for no reason. Then go Storm over Angle, Storm over Gunner (or someone) and Bully Ray over Storm with help from Roode. That would use 30 minutes of TV and the matches would have conditions on them as excuses for losses like Storm had 3 matches before his loss. Angle had 2 and Hardy got cheated. Maybe this is just me trying to justify an idea and giving away mega matches when I normally complain about giving away mega matches on free TV. If anything it would find out TV ratings wise who is a draw.
STORM & NY GIANT ANGLE
Good angle… but having the recap afterward killed the heat. I don’t want to hear an interview. I want to wonder for a week what they’re thinking. What’s going on. I wanted to hear a sit down interview next week where it starts polite and gets nuts. Then Bully Ray taunting him to bring him in.
ROODE & STING ANGLE
Good angle that puts Roode up above Sting. I’m happy for that. It made Sting look vulnerable. That word vulnerable is good instead of weak, because weak is a negative, but vulnerable is a positive. Vulnerable is putting someone over, weak is burring yourself. The only downside is that Roode looked robotic while doing it.
TNA really needed to drive home Lockdown as the next pay-per-view. In fact I’m not even sure if I heard it at all. A lot of logic didn’t make sense… but hey at least the commercials sold me on merchandise!
Oh it’s that time again! Booking where hindsight is always 20/20!
REBOOKING IT >> OPENING SEGMENT JOE & MAGNUS PROMO
Joe & Magnus appear! Robbie E and Rob Terry come to the ring and get destroyed. Joe & Magnus cut a face promo. Morgan and Crimson have an excuse… they demand their rematch. Joe wonders what they did to deserve it… Joe & Magnus won a whole tournament to get their first title shot. What other tag team is there? Enter uh… D-Von and… not the Pope since they did their thing. D-Von and AJ Styles. You laugh, but who is there. Robbie E and Rob Terry? I would say Jesse Sorenson and Anthony Neese, but Jesse is injured. D-Von and AJ are the faces of all faces and would turn Morgan and Crimson. In the show AJ & D-Von can cut a promo as to why they’re a team…
REBOOKING IT >> STING ANNOUNCES GAUNTLET FOR THE GOLD
Roode comes out, Sting comes out. Roode says he’s gone through everybody and there’s no one left. Roode has said but there is always Sting… who recently went over Roode in the UK Impact last week. Sting says no and Roode asks who else is there? Roode has run through Sting’s gauntlet and Sting announces the gauntlet for the gold which will have Angle, Hardy, Storm, Gunner and Bully Ray.
REBOOKING IT >> MICKEY vs VELVET
The announcement of my 4 way for the Knockout’s title at the PPV and it will be Mickey vs Velvet, Tara vs Gail, ODB vs Rayne and a battle royal for the final slot. Velvet goes over Mickey.
REBOOKING IT >> ERIC YOUNG & ODB SEGMENT
Love is in the air. Dining out, back at the hotel and ODB shoving the cameraman out the door.
REBOOKING IT >> ZIMA vs SHANNON MOORE
Zima won the #1 contender match for the X-Division title. Zima goes overMoore clean to put over his SAFE finisher. Then it is followed up by an Aries promo in the ring face to face with Zima.
REBOOKING IT >> KAZ BACKSTAGE
TNA has to have one backstage segment and that is KAZ and his wife being asked about their Valentine’s Day… then he gets asked what’s going on with Daniels… who then appears and has the camera shut down.
REBOOKING IT >> GAUNTLET FOR THE GOLD >> ANGLE vs HARDY
Angle goes over by cheating to setup the PPV. Before the match, show Angle and what he’s been doing since he’s been gone.
REBOOKING IT >> GAUNTLET FOR THE GOLD >> ANGLE vs STORM
Storm over Angle.
REBOOKING IT >> GAUNTLET FOR THE GOLD >> STORM vs GUNNER
Storm over Gunner. Earlier in the night, Gunner can have Flair cut a promo.
REBOOKING IT >> GAUNTLET FOR THE GOLD >> STORM vs BULLY RAY
Storm over Bully Ray with Roode on guest commentary for this match alone. The NY giant can heckle Bully Ray resulting in an off screen scuffle that’s barely caught but recapped next week. People will wonder what happened off screen. Next week Roode can beat up Sting… and the NY Giant can have a sit down explaining what happened. Bully Ray can be forced to make a public apology at some sort of press conference.