The most annoying wrestler in the world. Photo via ImpactWrestling.com.
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling brought its latest episode of Impact to Orlando, Florida, last night (Thurs., June 7, 2012) with a show that featured the continuation of the Dixie Carter affair storyline with AJ Styles and the continued push of Sting.
Let's get to reactions to the show:
- Dixie Carter always comes off so awkward on screen. Her anger doesn't feel real, her sadness seems forced, and she's just generally very uncomfortable. She's not a performer and she shouldn't be spending extended periods of time on television. The angle with AJ Styles is especially bad because it requires getting to know Dixie's husband, Serg. And, really, who cares?
- Speaking of Serg, he really popped Styles last night and what does AJ do? He no sells it. At least commit to your work.
- Attempting to get Crimson over as an undefeated and unstoppable force doesn't work because TNA doesn't really have a roster to support it. He shouldn't be going over Austin Aries in matches like the one they had last night, even if it involved a Samoa Joe run in. Crimson specifically mentioning Bill Goldberg, however, is genius if for no other reason than it acknowledges that he's a cheap rip off. And hey, maybe one day TNA will finally convince Goldberg to make that comeback.
- Last night felt like less of a reality show and more of a pro wrestling show. That's a step in the right direction, though it's not destined to last.
- Bobby Roode is one of the most talented performers in the business right now and he's being made to job to Sting every week on television. I find it odd that Roode would be doing these jobs two weeks in a row when those are the two live shows to kick off the summer series. That's not to say there's a big increase in viewership to worry about but if you want to put your best foot forward, wouldn't you want to make your champion look strong? Unless, of course, the plan is to put the belt on Sting again, in which case, why would anyone watch this program anymore? If Roode keeps the title, it's almost worse.
- Women wrestled last night and it was an enjoyable affair. After years of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) conditioning me to think otherwise, they're not just sex objects. Some of them can actually work between the ropes ... while being sex objects.
- Bully Ray doesn't have a lot of friends in WWE and I don't ever expect him to go back but isn't it hard not to salivate at what he could do to that mid card right now? Instead he's doing his best to make this feud with Abyss/Joe Park interesting and doing a fine job of it. The big reveal will apparently be Sunday night but I couldn't be any less interested, especially considering Abyss is one of the worst characters on TV.
- The worst is Ken Anderson. If there is a single person on Earth who finds his act entertaining, I feel sorry for them. Every mannerism, every movement, every stupid little step he takes makes me cringe and fight the growing urge to change the channel.
TNA is just there. It's not particularly good but it's also not entirely offensive. It's just there. The presentation feels plain and no one really stands out from the pack. Oh, and can someone convince TNA to work on entrance music for the wrestlers? Every single walkout song sounds the same. That's not a good thing.
What did you Cagesiders (who actually bothered to watch) think of Impact last night?