Previewing the Nov. 22, 2012 episode of TNA Impact Wrestling, featuring the retaining TNA Champion Jeff Hardy, the NEW #1 Contender Bobby Roode, and the ongoing saga of Aces & 8s.
Hardy! Roode! Stolen Contendership! That's So TNA! TNA World Heavyweight Championship!
Last week (Nov. 15), Bobby Roode defeated James Storm in a one-on-one match. Normally, this would not be anything to think twice about (besides the fact TNA gave away a match people had just paid for). However, in typical TNA fashion, there was a stipulation that turned the entire match on its head.
Storm had put his #1 Contendership to Jeff Hardy's TNA World Heavyweight Championship on the line. On top of that, he only put it on the line after Roode called him a coward. On top of all that, Storm lost.
Yes, the man who has been fighting for over a year to get a shot at the championship decided to simply give that all away because the enemy insulted his honor.
There is no rhyme, reason, or rationale which makes sense of his decision. Storm's story should be one of second chances and righting wrongs. Instead, it has turned into stolen opportunities and the bad guy always getting the upper hand. Storm now looks like a complete idiot. There is certainly a story here to be told about "The Cowboy" recognizing his weaknesses and coming back into the championship picture with a vengeance.
The only thing is, we just had twelve months of emo-Storm, and he wasn't all that exciting.
All of this could have been avoided if the powers that be gave Roode the pinfall at Turning Point (Nov. 11). For the life of me, I cannot see a legitimate reason of putting Storm over on Sunday, only to negate the results by the following Thursday. Not only is it a spit in the eye to the few people actually paying for the Pay-Per-View (PPV), it is excessively and needlessly complicated.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Likewise, sometimes a win should just be a win and left alone.
The Russian need to swerve the viewers at every corner speaks to the lack of respect Hogan and Co. have in their workers and writers. I wrote here last week that I was ecstatic TNA was finally giving us clean finishes. Hardy went over Austin Aries to end Turning Point, which was the right move. Storm went over Roode and AJ Styles to become the #1 Contender, which was a legitimate move. In all honesty, there was a case to be made for any of those three men to win.
The point is, the win should mean something, and should not be taken away at the first opportunity.
But such is life in TNA, no use complaining too much about it now. Hardy will be defending the strap against Roode at Final Resolution on Dec. 9. I know I just ranted for a couple hundred words about how stupid this decision is, but this is probably the best matchup TNA can give us. Roode continues to prove to be one of the best baddies in the business. And Hardy...
Well, let me just say this about Hardy. The guy can still put on an amazing match. With what he's put his body through, it is understandable his head is not completely in the game. The voiceover stuff is an interesting idea. It just needs to go away, though. How do you even explain it in terms of kayfabe? It is one thing to break the fourth wall and talk to the cameraman; it is quite another for the cameraman to break into your internal monologue. That's just weird.
Everything Else! Bullet Points!
- I love AJ Styles. I really love Christopher Daniels. I do not love that these two are never apart. They have been feuding with each other since at least Bound For Glory 2011, which is when I started watching TNA again. It very well could be longer than that. I guess this is just the feud that never ends. It goes on and on my friends. These two started fighting, not knowing what is what. And they'll continue fighting, just because this is the feud that never ends. It goes on and on my friends...
- It seems Bully Ray was caught reaching into Brooke Hogan's cookie jar. I know a lot of people are turned off by Brooke, but lets be honest; it's not like Bully is the greatest looking dude. Good on him.
- I made two mistakes in last week's Precap. I said it was Open Fight Night last week. Apparently, it is tonight. So that should be exciting. The second mistake was when I said all the Gut Check winners would be appearing last week. Again, this will be tonight. Unless I receive reports from a Cagesider in Orlando, I guess I will no longer be reading Impact Wrestling spoilers.
- On a final note, Happy Thanksgiving from the C. J. to all of his loving fans. A less Happy Thanksgiving to C. J.'s non-loving fans. And to anyone who does not like the C. J., I hope your apple pie is rotten and cold. (Editorial Note: The C. J. likely does not actually intend for anyone to literally become ill, and his viewpoints do not reflect that of this site nor the rest of its staff.)
Hopefully, this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment below about what you are looking forward to, and in between stuffing your face and spending time with your family, feel free to pop into the Thanksgiving open thread right here.