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Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling brought its latest episode of Impact to Orlando, Florida, last night (Thurs., June 21, 2012) with a show that featured the continuation of the Bound for Glory (BFG) Series and the big reveal of the Dixie Carter and AJ Styles "affair."
Let's get to reactions to the show:
- Oh, TNA. You almost had me. I was turning the corner on your promotion, no longer one of the many detractors. I was even defending your product, telling potential fans you had cleaned up your act and had started presenting a palatable show that even the black hole that is the Impact Zone couldn't kill. And then you paid off the storyline between Dixie Carter and AJ Styles alleged "affair" by "swerving" the fans with a drug addiction storyline. It turns out all this fuss was just Carter and Styles meeting up to help out "a friend" who no one knows -- a complete stranger with no ties to the pro wrestling business -- kick a drug habit. You brought her out on TV and had her cut one of the worst promos in recent memory, doing her best to drum up tears and failing miserably. She was hardly believable, but that wasn't even the worst part. This was tasteless. Not because you swerved the fans; no, we all expected that. It was tasteless because it hits too close to home. Your company employs Jeff Hardy, a man who spent time in jail for drug possession and ruined one of your major pay-per-view (PPV) main events by showing up drugged out of his mind. Your company also employs Kurt Angle, a man who was so unwilling to get clean and so much of a hassle that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) had someone babysitting him around the clock while he was working with them until they realized he was no longer worth the liability risks he presented. Yet here you are, destroying a decent storyline with a big reveal that Carter and Styles aren't having an affair but instead helping an addict try to get clean. This felt dirty. And wrong. And low. And silly. And stupid. And not entertaining in any way, shape, or form. Shame on you, TNA.
- What makes this so terrible is the show kicked off beautifully. Hulk Hogan came down, said he wanted an answer from Austin Aries, so the X-Division champion gave him one. He said he would give up his title and accept the heavyweight championship match at Destination-X if it meant this could be the status quo going forward, that each year when Destination-X rolls around, whoever holds the X-Division title gets the opportunity to give it up for a title shot against whomever the champion is at that time. This was a brilliant way to get the title off Aries, get him his main event shot against Roode, explain why they would be giving away title shots on PPV with the BFG Series going, and make the X-Division title actually mean something. This was such spectacular booking, I had to double check that I was watching TNA.
The rest of the show after the jump.
- Aries vs. Bobby Roode at Destination-X is must see, even if TNA destroyed a lot of the good will they built up with the horrific payoff to the Carter-Styles storyline. Roode is in top form, as he showed last night, and Aries is one of the very best in the world right now. Awesome booking of the entire thing so far.
- The BFG Series and Open Fight Night flowed so seamlessly together that you would think they had both in mind upon their creation. Each guy came out and called out another guy, they had a match, and the Series continued. If they continue using logic to get through this thing, it will be a smashing success. So far it looks like James Storm will run away with it and Robbie E will be the punching bag of the tournament but at least there's still plenty to look forward to.
- Bully Ray is still really awesome but why is he telling Joseph Park he'll kill Abyss when he sees him and then acting like a scared child when Abyss actually shows up? That's a minor gripe and heels can definitely act like cowards but not this heel. Not the way he's been booked.
- Brooke Hogan is the most annoying television character I may have ever seen. I never thought in a million years that she would be this bad. Am I the only one who feels bad for the Knockouts who have to listen to her, even just in storyline mode? When she's in there ordering them around and calling them hon and acting condescending towards them by talking about how proud of them she is, I literally feel uncomfortable. It's just weird. She has no business being anywhere near pro wrestling.
- Seriously, what a terrible payoff to the Carter-Styles tease. Sigh. Damn it, TNA.
This was a jam packed show that had so much crammed into two hours that it was hard to keep up with. Really short matches, too many of them, and the payoff to the Carter-Styles angle was utterly horrific.
This show gets a D- and the only reason I'm not giving it an F is because of Aries and Roode. In hindsight, that should have been the main event angle and not that silly garbage we ended up getting.
Cagesiders, what did you think of the show?