TNA Impact Wrestling returned to Spike TV last night (Mar. 7) with the go-home show for the Lockdown pay-per-view (PPV) event slotted to hit the airwaves this coming Sunday (Mar. 10).
And it was so, so bad.
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- You know what's a good idea? Building a PPV by emphasizing the championship main event. Have both men give each other respect, let them regal stories from their history together, and create anticipation for a couple of spot monkeys walking into a cage match. It's a simple gimmick, and it's the best way to build a face vs. face match. Jeff Hardy is on a road to redemption. Bully Ray is looking to claim his first heavyweight championship. It's a story not often told in pro wrestling, but one that -- if handled correctly -- can be great entertainment.
- You know what's a horrible idea? Ruining the entire show with some [explicit] bull[explicit] that does nothing but wears on our [explicit] nerves like a [explicit] damn two dollar [explicit] who doesn't mind her own [explicit] business.
- /deep breath
- Let's make this quick: D'Lo Brown was revealed as the VP of Aces & 8s. The gang claimed two victories to one on the show, gaining a man advantage for Sunday's Lethal Lockdown Match. Taz still won't shut the hell up. Wes Briscoe is one of the worst promo men in the business. Sting has become a complete and utter hack and is just as bad as the rest of this garbage. If this angle doesn't die on Sunday, I may just walk down to Orlando and end it myself.
- The worst part is that Aces & 8s took up the entirety of the show. There was scarcely a segment left uninfected. It's disappointing, too. TNA can be an amazing promotion when it just gets out of its own damn way.
- One last rant: Hulk Hogan limping out on crutches to take the camera off of Hardy and Bully was unnecessary and ruined the momentum. This is about two Attitude Era stars, not some washed up has-been who needs to be relevant. When he's popping up in the mid card, it's somewhat enjoyable. When he's crawling in to close the show, it's just pathetic.
- Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries opened the show with another excellent match between them. I stated before that this could be one of the best feuds in pro wrestling, and I stand by that. They just know how to put on a great match. Unfortunately, the festivities ended early when Matt Morgan came running into the ring to lay out the champion. Yes. Matt Morgan. Apparently, he is being groomed as the next challenger to the title. So... be on the lookout for that.
- There was an absolutely wonderful inter-gender tag team match between Christopher Daniels, Kazarian & Gail Kim vs. Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez & Velvet Sky. When I say wonderful, I actually mean just the heels were wonderful. Kim is flat out entertaining to watch, and she fit in perfectly with Daniels & Kaz. I would not hate if the trio ended up working together as a heel stable. This is what the show needs more of. You would never get this in the other promotion. Instead of focusing on crap, TNA needs to be focusing on the talent it has available. More Kim. More Daniels. More Kazarian. Please.
- Kim got the pin on Sky, which means she will lose on Sunday. That's a shame.
- The ending of Sting vs. Devon was one of the weirdest I have ever seen. The pair were fighting outside of the ring when some fan got smart and tossed his beer into "The Icon's" face. Devon proceeded to bounce Sting's skull off the ring post, causing the blood to flow. They quickly went home and Devon picked up the win via boot to the face. First, what jackass thinks it's a good idea to interfere in a match like that? I truly hope he got arrested. There's no reason to be endangering the talent in that manner. You can say, "Oh, it's just beer to the face." But Sting got injured, and I'm pretty sure it's directly related to the fan's actions. Second, what the hell is Devon thinking? Sting had beer in his eyes, couldn't see crap, and Devon decides it's a good idea to go with the "dome off unforgiving steel" spot? Stupid, stupid, stupid. Sting spent the rest of the night with blood pouring down his face, and probably needed some serious stitching. Just sloppy work from all involved.
- Lei'd Tapa earned a TNA contract and the ire of the Impact Zone. I don't know if it was traditional heat or X-Pac heat, but she got a reaction. That's pretty impressive to do in Orlando.
- The AJ Styles saga is still a thing, and it's still weird and stupid.
Just not a good showing from TNA this week. It's a shame, because the promotion has been doing very well on go-home shows for the past few months. Aces & 8s continues to overshadow the brilliance on the roster. Hopefully, just hopefully, we can move past this horrible angle once Lockdown ends.
What say you, Cagesiders? Am I being too harsh on the masked gang, or not harsh enough? Let me know how right -- or how wrong -- I am in the comments.