TNA Impact Feb 4, 2010
This show featured more in-ring action than WWE RAW, and had some pretty good worked shoot interviews between wrestling personalities that dislike each other in real life (could YOU work with someone who verbally attacked you and hurt you in real life?). The only major downer was the main event.
1- Mr Anderson (formerly Mr. Kennedy, who was released by the WWE thanks to backstage politics and steroids) kinda squashed Brutus Magnus. Writer Vince Russo doesn’t really believe in having clear conceptions of “heels” and “faces”. Such wrestlers are called “tweeners”, for “in-between”. In this match it seemed like it was heel vs heel, which is just odd for an opener. Both wrestlers had some pretty good high impact moves, though. Anderson has the same gimmick as his WWE character, which makes me wonder if TNA will get a “cease and desist” letter from Vince McMahon’s legal team.
2- Kurt Angle (babyface) cut a promo against Hulk Hogan (tweener) for screwing him.
3- Eric Bischoff (heel) and Mick Foley (face) had the best skit of the night- they both despise each other in real life, and that’s the storyline here. The angle is that Bischoff has power and Hogan ordered they be on the “same page”. This was a heated confrontation, and both men kept it within the realm of the show, even though their words were based on reality.
4- The Tag Team Champs, Matt Morgan (former WWE opener) and Hernandez (face) beat Team 3-D (tweeners) (formerly know as the Dudley boys from ECW and WWE) with the unsolicited help from the Nasty Boys (heels) , who may be eligible for SSN checks. After the match, Team 3-D “passed the torch” to the champs after the champs helped 3-D from a Nasty Boy beating.
5- Samoa Joe (face) vs Jesse Neal (heel). Quick squash by Joe, who is an internet legend and former Ring of Honor icon.
6- The Pope D’Angelo Dinero (face, formerly known as WWE’s Elijah Burke) beat TNA Champ AJ Styles (heel) in a non-title match. The Nature Boy Ric Flair is AJ Style’s manager, and has converted him to jet flying and kid stealing. The Pope has a pretty good look. AJ, of course, is regarded by Internet fans as the best wrestler in the United States. It was kinda weird to see Ric Flair be a manager at ringside, but that’s fine now, I guess. The Pope pulled off a surprise victory in what was a good match. Post-match, Flair and AJ attacked The Pope. Samoa Joe came out and helped The Pope. Joe threatened AJ and Flair.
7- Bischoff told Kevin Nash (heel) to beat Mick Foley in a No-DQ match tonight. Nash wanted Bischoff to hire his real life buddies Syxx-Pac (Sean Waltman aka 123 Kid aka X-Pac) and Scott Hall, but Bischoff said no, since they blew their last chance last week. Nash said he doesn’t want to do the favor. Talk about acting like he does in real life…
8- Kurt Angle defeated Tomko (heel- former WWE opener ) in a hard-hitting match.
9- Nash begged Hogan to bring back Hall and Syxx-Pac. Hogan said no.
10- Knockouts Women’s Championship- Tara (face) defeated Angelina Love (heel) . Seemed better than most of WWE’s diva matches.
11- Kurt Angle confronted TNA’s boss, Hulk Hogan, and threatened him. He called him a manipulator.
12- Kevin Nash beat Mick Foley in under 5 minutes in the No-DQ match. Awful match. Nash was afraid to wrestle, and it killed the match. Foley had a barbed-wire baseball bat, but I know TNA and WWE can’t really show blood on TV anymore. So dumb Nash just held a tin garbage can and Foley kept hitting it. Nash then used a chair as a shield and Foley kept hitting it. After a few moments Nash got the advantage and gave the Big Boot to the Face for the win. To make matters worse, Nash’s best friends in the whole wide world (besides Shawn Michaels and maybe HHH) Scott Hall and Syxx-Pac came in and beat Nash up. Does that make sense? No. Then they beat up Mick Foley. A typical Vince Russo angle, or something the guys though of on their own over beers. Pass.
In conclusion, TNA has potential to appeal to “serious” wrestling fans that are tired of Vince McMahon’s dumb storylines and 1 minute TV matches. However, as long as the wrong people are running the show, and as long as TNA filma at Universal Studios, it will be a cult or regional wrestling league. Tonight wasn’t full of bad storylines until the end, so it was a good show, in my opinion.
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