I'll give TNA some credit - at the end of that THREE HOUR block, you definitely knew that Immortal was a huge deal, but FOR CHRIST'S SAKE that opening segment taking 45 minutes was unbearable. Eric and Hogan yammer on for eons, Hardy comes out, says stuff, then we get Fortune out burying EV2 and calling them washed up. Great, so ONE HALF OF THE LEAD FACTION IN THE COMPANY lost to a washed up group of guys. Fantastic booking there. Flair and Hogan hug, so what? They tried to recreate the Vince-Eric deal, and failed. Pope, Sting in a swank shirt, and Nash came out to do more talking. Then, after nearly an hour of this stuff, we get Tara vs. Rayne in a recreation of the HBK-HHH burial of the Euro title match. Then Mickie comes out to at least attempt to make the title seem important. God bless her for trying, but there's no point in doing that now - it's a dead belt.
Joe faces Abyss, who despite walking out with A NAIL-FILLED BOARD, used a ring bell to get DQed. Many questions arose from this. One, was the bell that rang to signal the DQ this bell or another bell? Two, why did Eric allow this to stand when Abyss is in the group? Why not make it no DQ? Then we got a five-on-one handicap match, unannounced, with Fortune vs. the Pope. For some reason, Morgan wasn't put in the match despite it being set up to destroy the Pope. Furthermore, it was made a tag match, so yes, Eric MAKES A MATCH TO SCREW THE BABYFACE, then makes things easier for the face than he could. I guess he's a fair asshole or something. Oh, and somewhere in here, Dixie yells at Sting for not simply saying what the deal was in plain English, which is actually a decent point. Then Eric, Hogan, and Dixie argue, Dixie calls Eric slug shit, and later Eric fires Miss Tessmacher and tells her she'll have to join the rest of the sluts in the Knockouts division. Lots of women issues with this writing staff. Also, "shit" got through fine for Dixie, but was bleeped for everyone else. Very strange.
In their SECOND TV APPEARANCE, the Shore was rendered basically useless, or more useless, because they actually got a Jersey Shore person to show up. Shouldn't this have been the blowoff that occurred MONTHS after the group was in the company? Or at least when they were established? Cookie insulted JWoww, whore, slut, bitch, bit, fake tits - the usual TNA promo against a woman, JWoww fought back and that was that. $15,000 spent to bring in someone to pop a rating for a competing show than the person's own show. I hope that when TNA structured all this out, they at least talked with MTV to see if, at the time JWoww appeared, it would be during a Jersey Shore break so the idea of getting existing JS viewers to tune in would work.
Anderson faced RVD in an okay match. As always, it bled into Reaction, because TNA is desperate to keep that show alive - they need to explain the storylines on Impact after all. Reaction did a good job of showing that Immortal is the new biggest group in the history of TNA this year, and also that they, unlike every other group's takeover, actually took it over. The Jay Lethal piece was really good, and showed more of his family and had some neat stories about just how important they were to his success in wrestling from the beginning until now.
Oh, and Kurt Angle's career is over, too, again. That got about ten minutes of time over the course of three hours, which may have actually eclipsed the amount of wrestling on the show. There's a balance that can be struck between getting big angles over and still allowing guys to actually have time to wrestle, and despite there being a THREE HOUR block to work with, there was little wrestling on the show, and none of it was particularly good. The only thing really memorable was Hardy's twist of hateful fate onto RVD onto the chair that he used to Pillmanize Anderson's arm after a thousand attempts to get it wedged in there properly.
Why is there a TV here?
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Hogan debuts the crutch guitar. Atomic crutch guitar.
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