TNA Impact returned to Spike TV last night (Oct. 24, 2013) from Salt Lake City, Utah, featuring the fallout show from the Bound for Glory pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in San Diego.
And if you like a much shittier version of WWE, this was the perfect show for you.
Let's just get right to reactions:
- This was... dear god, this was bad.
- First, I still don't buy AJ Styles when he's got a microphone in his hand. He's just so damn unassuming, so very reserved, far too laid back to be anywhere near as strong as one would need to be to look credible opposite a guy like Bully Ray. Plus, his cadence his still awful, his delivery needs work, and, worst of all, he's not CM Punk.
- Yes, let's cover that quickly. We can all admit that the Punk angle from 2011, when he threatened to quit the company after a shoot style promo on Monday Night Raw then won the WWE championship and actually did leave the company (if only for a week), was the most successful angle in recent memory. In fact, it was the last angle that really had a tangible effect on business, one measured by increases across the board even if they didn't last very long. All that is to say it's at least understandable that TNA would attempt to recreate that magic. The reason it was still a bad idea? As stated, Styles is not Punk and the timing just couldn't be worse. Why on Earth would anyone think it's a good idea to run a storyline that has the top guy in the company walking out in discontent when the organization is going through such turmoil in reality? Hulk Hogan walked out and may not be coming back and a whole gang of other wrestlers have been forced out due to financial issues and that makes it a good idea to run an angle with the company's flagbearer taking the belt and leaving too? Why would he ever want to come back? For that matter, why wouldn't we, the fans, just decide to do like the rest of them and bail on this rinky dink promotion?
- The saddest part of all of this is that Bully Ray continues to be an amazing performer. Really wish we could see him working singles programs against the top guys in WWE. Couldn't you see him helping carry the SmackDown brand?
- Mr. Anderson is still the most annoying character in the history of pro wrestling. Every facial expression, every mannerism, every word spit so annoyingly out of his mouth, every action he takes; he's just unbearable and if you're a fan, I'd love to hear your reasoning. Oh and the idea that he'll get over more because Dixie had him arrested is laughable.
- Ethan Carter III has potential but it seems he's saddled with a shit gimmick that will likely leave him dying on the vine. Still, I want to give him a chance. In another instance of taking from WWE, however, he's rocking the same finisher as Dean Ambrose. Not a good look.
- I don't have anything bad to say about the Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode feud because both guys are consistently entertaining and always put on good matches, especially together. Well done, fellas.
- Gunner ominously eating a protein bar is a real thing that happened last night. James Storm's love for alcohol is so far beyond obnoxious it's not entertaining. And don't bring up Stone Cold Steve Austin to me here, for all the obvious reasons.
- Joseph Park. Sigh.
This was not good. Just not good at all.
That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's festivities.