This show largely sucked - it built up nothing for the PPV (which is just 1 1/2 weeks away) aside from adding the fourth guy to the PPV main event, and stating that the Lethal-Dutt match (which wasn't referenced outside of the card preview) is now a "Ladder of Love" match. Oh, and Bashir may face a referee. NO BUYS!~
This did a much better job of hyping up the Impact game, which came off as much more important than the PPV, and was shown in a bunch of hilarious ways - both intentional and unintentional. Storm saying he's too drunk to play games - fine, intentional comedy. Roode stating that the game will sell millions, Brother Ray appearing to be thinner than AJ in the game, and Roode-Shark Boy footage from the game being put side-by-side after a match that DW said wasn't supposed to have Shark Boy in it to begin with, DW saying it's the game WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR, and Kurt Angle RUNNING WILD at Gamestop in an ad claiming that the game has "all the wrestlers" - uninentional comedy gold.
The old vs. new guard stuff annoyed me throughout the show - each side just keeps repeating the same things, and the only part of it I liked was AJ's passion. Otherwise, the young guys just came off as a bunch of whiners, including Joe, who really complains a lot for a guy called THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN WRESTLING TODAY according to the PPV ad. That led me to think he'd be kicking ass, instead of whining. Then getting his ass kicked. The main event talking segment was effective - it got over Jarrett's return fairly well, and allowed Sting to express gratitude at the fans for not booing him.
ODB's bathroom skit was incredibly stupid, but I'm sure whoever wrote it loved it to death. I didn't like her trying to take off Raisha's face covering, and I really didn't like the announcers just calling it "a mask" - it made them and the company come off as incredibly ignorant. Bashir's promo about 9/11 bothered me in a similar manner, and I'm not a fan of his theme starting with the sound of a plane soaring overhead - the timing of them starting that, weeks before 9/11's seventh anniversary, is incredibly crass.
The Prince Justice Brotherhood-Beer Money match was full of comedy. Aside from the side-by-side thing after the match, they had the announcers act like Shark Boy had no idea he would be in this match and that it was announced as Super Eric teaming with Curry Man - which wasn't the case. All they did was show a "Beer Money, Inc. vs. PJB (not PB&J like I'd originally thought when I saw that graphic - which wouldn't been a more amusing match) graphic never specifying which part of the geek squad would wrestle. Lance and Rave LEAVING THEIR MARK on Curry Man got a chuckle out of me - thank goodness they cut away from that, but not before going to an upskirt shot of Christy.
AJ-Cage was good, but not very memorable aside from a few sequences in the match (like the leaping forearm>roll through from AJ>flying corkscrew elbow from Cage). Aside from the opening segment, which was executed fairly well by all involved, but dragged on and barely mentioned this match, there wasn't much mention of it on the show beyond it being the focus of one of a thousand video packages on the show. It didn't have much of a "main event feel" to it, but it was a good TV match I think it would've come off better if the video used to hype it up hadn't gotten lost in the shuffle during the show since there was so much history between (which TNA, to their credit, did a good job of explaining in about a minute).
The quick Beautiful People skits were amusing, and Kip as their sidekick is awesome so far. Hopefully they don't overexpose this group next week during the First Annual Beautiful People Beauty Pageant - TNA has a tendency to do that, and I hope that it doesn't come off as a cheap rendition of a tired, years-old WWE skit because Love and Sky deserve better than that.
Bashir-Creed seemed like a waste - for one thing, Bashir should not be eating so much offense from a ref, even if this is obviously leading to a wrestler vs. "ref" match in the future. For another, there was no need to have the restart happen so quickly - within SECONDS of DW stating that the ref simply didn't see the feet on the rope and couldn't call it, the match was restarted. Why? Because the fans are SUPER CONVINCING. Hell of a ref - he'll just listen to what fans say instead of...looking at footage.
I think a Wendy's ad opening with Wendy next to an "I heart bacon" sign airing immediately after the wacky Abyss history video full of barb wire was my favorite moment of the show. I think a Wendy's ad opening with Wendy next to an "I heart bacon" sign airing immediately after the wacky Abyss history video full of barb wire was my favorite moment of the show. After a few weeks of good shows that gave time to matches, this week's installment came off as yet another Impact with too little wrestling, way too much going on at once, leading to a lot of stuff being rushed, and nothing having any lasting impact because of it.
Quotes for the STING VS. THE FANS edition of Impact -
THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN WRESTLING TODAY!
KaneRobot, it did, but they took him out of it for future showings at house shows and the like.
Edited by JaytheGamefan, 05 September 2008 - 03:28 AM.