TNA Impact returned to Spike TV last night (Sept. 19, 2013) from St. Louis, Missouri, featuring all the fallout from the No Surrender event that went down last week. Dear god was this a piece of shit.
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- This show sucked, let's just get that out there right away.
- So I guess now we're going with another heel authority figure against a babyface we, as fans, are supposed to get behind because he's speaking the truth. Hey TNA: It was better when WWE did it the 8,000 times they've done it and are, in fact, currently doing. AJ Styles is no Daniel Bryan and Dixie Carter is no Triple H. For all the shit we give The Godfather (yep, calling him that) about his promos, he's a million times better on that microphone than Carter could ever hope to be. And I actually felt like her source material was fine and the points she got across were great. She actually did a great job of making Styles look like shit, which isn't the point. Bryan works because we love him so very much, and he's so very good at what he does, that we will support his continued quest to defeat the machine. Triple H can call him a "B+" and we know that's complete bullshit and Trips is just heeling. Styles will never work that way because Dixie is absolutely right when she says he's just an average fish no matter what pond he's in. I've got no reason to get behind AJ like I do Bryan.
- TNA coming up with an idea to run a storyline where a wrestler buries the company is so far beyond ridiculous right now, too. You can have CM Punk bury WWE left and right and it's fine because WWE is still making money hand over fist. They are in no danger of going out of business any time soon. TNA is actually in financial peril to the point that nearly half the roster has been let go and the bloodletting still hasn't ended. Hell, Styles might legitimately be the only one left when all is said and done and that will only be because he took a pay cut because WWE has zero interest in his services.
- Chris Sabin also turned heel and it was awful, or at least his explanation was. No one respecting him is a decent enough angle but he followed that up by saying "I'm going to go earn that respect; I'm going to take it." That's verbatim. I'm just shaking my head. The only thing I hate this man for right now is that he's with Velvet Sky and distracting from her letting the pigeons loose.
- After all this time and all this energy, the reason the Aces and 8's are going to disband is because the remaining members, of which there are only four, are upset at Bully Ray for giving too much credit to Brooke Tessmacher? Really? This is the big ending angle? For all the many weeks we were made to suffer through Eric Bischoff's vanity project, this is the blowoff? Garett Bischoff actually said these words: "Ever since she came along your judgement..." and I'm not even going to finish the sentence. Ever since she came along? She's been there for like a week! Eat shit.
- Also, Knux might be even worse on the stick than Dixie and that's really saying something. You're supposed to be passionately rising up to the leader of your group who is trying to suppress you and you're talking like it's a discussion about what everyone's hungry for back at catering. How about acting like you give a shit? Oh and "bros before hos"? Fuck you.
- Joseph Park is still doing the "see blood turn into Abyss and snap out of it shortly after killing everyone" gimmick. He's still doing it. Still. There isn't anything else to say to this.
- ODB bothers me in a way I can't really describe. I always get really uncomfortable when she starts grabbing her tits and smacking her crotch. I have no idea why this is but it just feels weird to me. She worked a decent enough match with Mickie James but it was always going to be bittersweet because Mickie is gone for the foreseeable future.
- Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez challenged James Storm and Gunner to a tag team match last week. That match was supposed to take place this week. It didn't, because Chavo says he got injured. This week's show was taped immediately after last week's aired (semi) live in St. Louis. So he made the challenge, then came out a couple hours later and said he got injured. I just can't with this promotion. I just can't.
- Jeff Hardy vs. Manik was a decent little 4 minute match and the Main Event Mafia vs. E.G.O. was actually entertaining, mostly thanks to Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, and Bobby Roode being so damn great, but these two matches were sandwiched in between such a complete piece of shit that they don't stand out enough to save it.
Just an abysmal effort. Carter is an awful TV character, and so is Styles. Come to think of it, TNA is sorely lacking in solid TV characters right now and it really shows on episodes like this.
That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to disagree with me in the comments section below because every time I take TNA to task for a garbage showing there are always a few of you who show up to white knight for the company, so let's hear it.