TNA Impact returned to Spike TV last night (Jan. 23, 2014) from Huntsville, Alabama, featuring part two of the Genesis event that featured Sting vs. Magnus in what very well could have been the former's final match with the company. There was also a Kurt Angle moonsault off a cage alert.
Check out the live blog with full results right here. Now, let's get to the reactions:
- I've always been a Sting fan, dating back to my earliest memories seeing him rolling around with Robocop and rocking the flat top bleach blonde hair with that trademark howl of his. Then, he took Scott Hall's advice and became The Crow and stopped talking for a year and was that badass dude up in the rafters with vultures hanging on his arm and he was even better. Then WCW closed and he didn't want to go to WWE because Vince McMahon is petty and would have shit all over his character, so he held out and went to TNA, where they treasured his presence and gave him damn near anything he wanted. Through it all, and he's been through a couple shit shows now, he's been a guy who has shown up, worked hard, and never caused problems. That's commendable. Yes, you could say he never took a real chance and played it safe by sticking with the devil he know over the devil he doesn't know, but loyalty is the single greatest quality a human being can possess. I love that Sting's career arc has gone this way, mostly.
- I say mostly because I hated seeing him job to Magnus last night. It just felt sad because it was necessary. He did the right thing. He did what pro wrestlers are supposed to do, and he lost on his way out. For those of you who think Undertaker will retire undefeated at WrestleMania, look to Sting here and understand "The Deadman" has the same respect for the business. He will put someone over on his way out. He won't have to do it like Sting did, though, with Dixie Carter running rampant in all her incompetence with guys like Ethan Carter 3, Rockstar Spud, and Magnus leading the charge. So very sad.
- Velvet Sky in a cage ringside while Austin Aries won the X Division title from Chris Sabin was just as dumb in theory as it was in execution. I like when things get campy and ridiculous in my pro wrestling as much as the next guy but when you've got talented wrestlers like these two, who probably aren't going to draw big money no matter what angles you give them, why not just center all their programs around in-ring talents? Come up with creative angles that have to do with actual wrestling instead of sexist nonsense like this.
- Wanted to enjoy James Storm vs. Gunner but can't enjoy any match that requires the winner to grab something off a pole. I thought Vince Russo was fired a long time ago?
- Actually did enjoy Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode and want to again reiterate that Angle is a crazy person for continuing to risk his life -- not just his body, but his fucking life -- by doing that moonsault off the top of the cage. He's nuts. Certifiably insane. He also still manages to work strong matches this late into his career. It's just a shame they're being wasted in TNA in front of small crowds who have to put up with Dixie Carter to get to them.
- The Bro Mans are annoying and all, but should Taz really be calling them out for as much? Isn't he the heel commentator?
- Hey, Abyss. Hey, the Joseph Park thing is still going, isn't it? Hey, this is why we can't care.
- Greatly enjoyed watching Samoa Joe lay it on Rockstar Spud. Easy psychology, solid execution, and an annoying heel getting his head kicked in and his neck choked out. That's good pro wrestling.
This show was so very TNA. Good wrestling from the good wrestlers, awful angles and a main event that bombed in every way it could because it was overbooked like hell.
That's for the good wrestling and nothing else.
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 show. How did you like it, if you liked it at all?