I think this is the first Jobber Blogger in some time that has been late, but guess what people, I’ve been busy! So it does happen.
I myself only managed to watch Impact last night, and though I did think about attempting the second “Watch and Write” issue, I just wanted to take it easy and relax!
Probably a good choice, as it has calmed my initial rage from watching Impact, but the more I think about it, the more it’s coming back! Isn’t that exciting!? Yes it is!
TNA have changed the landscape drastically, yes this concerns all of their Championships, the reason because they don’t have many guys left on Contract, least not a long term contract. Long term being any point to Summer of 2015, which is only a short window as it is.
So they have put the belts on those who are sticking around till at least then, which gives them some wiggle room should people decided to leave TNA rather than do the Pay-By-Appearance method.
I get it, current problems, no TV deal, everything is up in the air. But what this means, is that come Bound for Glory – most of the people you want to watch on the Show, and the matches with the Belts to be defended, yup, that won’t be happening.
Apparently the Japanese audience will be greatly offended and confused should they turn up to Bound for Glory without knowing what’s happened and everything won’t make sense.
TNA have ramped up their TV Tapings to cover to the end of the year I believe, or least will do by the time they get to Bound for Glory. Which means the BIGGEST PPV of the Year, the first time it’s taking place out of the United States, will feature no big matches, no big championship matches and be completely out of sync to what you watched on Television.
Which does beg the question – what’s the point.
This will be like a Special PPV or a “One night Only” TNA in Japan PPV rather than Bound for Glory.
I think they have announced some titles will be defended, I didn’t read, I don’t want to know the spoilers.
This brings us to the bigger problem, 2 Months worth of Impact Tapings packed with “Filler” moments and mainly Video Packages.
Which makes this week’s Impact the first of many to come, and I hereby announce it the start of TNF – Total Nonstop Filler.
I suddenly miss Hogan.
MVP vs. Low Ki
“Kurt Angle” had this great idea of a Gold Rush tournament. Now, I actually like the idea, I don’t like how it was tacked on.
It’s a shame this week’s Episode felt like a Televised House Show, because the Matches were actually excellent.
What I didn’t like was sitting through Video Packages of Last Week, then a stupidly long Video of MVP, then MVP taking a full length entrance, plus a Promo.
Low Ki then got his entrance, then a Video Package of Low Ki – yes the same one we saw recently. Then the match, which took 7 mins to get to.
If I wasn’t a committed TNA fan, I would have turned it off by now.
On the plus side, we had MVP vs. Low Ki. I don’t dislike MVP but I certainly don’t see this “massive potential” in the guy either. I think next to Low Ki he quickly looks a bit basic.
What I did like was MVP challenging Low Ki to the chops, which he delivered, to the point of actually making his Chest Bleed.
Low Ki had an impressive outing but MVP got the win with his “Drive By” kick.
Despite what I might have just said about the two guys, I do think MVP taking the win is the right call.
Robbie E vs. Tajiri
Robbie E had one of the very few backstage segments this week as he bragged out “dating” Velvet Sky and then being on the Amazing Race with Brooke, who we haven’t seen in Months, who he really is Dating. So I hope Brooke comes back and they let her and Robbie be an on air couple, I’m guessing the Amazing Race is a big deal? I don’t even know what it is.
I like Robbie E, I like him a lot, always have. I think he’s good at playing the joker, but he’s actually a very talented Wrestler and entertainer, so i was pleased to see him hold his own against Tajiri.
I also take back what I said about Tajiri, guy is impressive and very much on point. I can’t seem to take him seriously though. I almost look at him as if he’s not a real Wrestler, but I do think that’s because he was portrayed badly in the WWE for so many years.
Tajiri hit the Mist to the face of Robbie E and followed it up with a nice kick to the head for the Win.
Doubt Tajiri is sticking around much after BFG, but I’d like to see The Bromans be used a lot more, they are sticking around and they are good Talents.
This was a match I didn’t expect to be going into my Match of the Year nominees. But hey, a Wrestling match is about great Wrestling, great crowd interaction and to mix them both together, you create the magic that is – emotion.
Aries and Knux put on a great showing and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Knux perform the way he did when he was against Aries. I think Knux is due some screen time, as is The Menagerie, I do like them and I freakin love Crazy Steve!
Aries muscled Knux up and dropped him with the Brain Buster for the win , so seriously, if you didn’t watch this match, watch this match!
It’s just yet another example that Austin Aries is the absolute best, no matter who he works with, you’re getting something special. He is literally as Legit as they come – and that’s why people love him. As long as he’s on the Payroll – he should be in the Main Events – that simple.
After dragging Magnus through some crap he didn’t need, it finally felt like Magnus was back to his “old self” again.
Though I do think he’s maybe a little dull at times.
Which means on the flip side – Anderson is far from Dull, if only at times lacking motivation, or least comes across that way.
Anderson is a guy who has great potential, he just needs support and a platform to do what he does best, and that’s be himself.
When he came back and had issues with Bully and Dixie – that felt exciting, the start of something new! But it didn’t last, they didn’t build it. I fully believe Anderson could be the key to something quite different, or if not vastly “different” from what we’ve seen, he certainly could be the key to something sorely lacking.
Another good solid match which saw a rather good counter into the Mic Check – which I still think is a naff move.
Abyss is finally looking better. I’m not a big fan of his new attire and mask, the Coat is alright, but now he’s hair come back a bit longer and he’s got a good beard going on – it suits the look.
I didn’t really get into his newer Theme Song – but thinking about it, that Theme might suit this current look better than his traditional one.
I’m just hoping Abyss gets another revamp and used stronger. I think it’s the same comment for most of the Roster – So much potential, just never used.
I like the pairing between Abyss and Shaw and that might even unfold in a good development down the line (hopefully).
Austin Aries vs. MVP vs. Tajiri vs. Abyss vs. Mr. Anderson
This feels like a Filler Jobber Blogger. Again, it’s not like this was a “BAD” show, it had some awesome matches. It just lacked the atmosphere and planning, it felt rushed and “it’ll do” to fill a week.
I honestly hope that they don’t do this for every week from now till January.
If they had put a little more into this show and produced it better it would have been fantastic with these matches that really bounced out at you.
It just didn’t take off as a show, the crowd seemed to have thinned out toward the end, which I’m not means they taped the matches at different shows, or literally people just left.
But as someone who has sat through multiple TV Tapings, it does wear a little thin.
It just felt like a house show.
Not much more to say about this match, I think if this was promoted a little better and produced a lot better, the tournament would have been really engaging.
I love tournaments.
Least it all ended in a great outcome- Austin Aries.
Aries takes the Win of this Gold Rush tournament and then next week he gets to chose what Title he wants to Challenge for.
Also in the show they filled it out with a Ladder match recap, a billed World Title Fall out which was the exact same Video Package they ran at the top of the show that just highlighted the main event. So it wasn’t a fall out, it was a clip reel.
To say this was the very last show of their “amazing” Summer in the City, why didn’t they run Video Packages of all the awesome moments that took place during the tapings in New York.
Dixie going through a Table, the World title matches, the Tag-Team Championship Series, Chris Malendez, Havok, lots and lots of material that could have made the show feel more meaningful.
Next week we finally get a new setting as TNA goes back to Pennsylvania.
Honestly, I miss the Impact Zone, I miss the stage, I miss the fireworks, I miss the production level.
Sure it was filled with Holiday goers and old people who obviously took a wrong turn, but it was special, it was “impactful”, it was TNA.
To think nearly 4 years ago TNA was about to explode, and it did for a short time. Since then it’s been going downhill, and now 4 years later, it seems to be falling apart.
Long Live TNA!
Here’s to a Revival in 2015!