Hey everyone – what did you think about tonight’s TNA Slammiversary X pay-per-view?
First and foremost, I think that Sting was the best choice as the first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. He’s not a controversial choice because he’s so well-loved by both the old and new wrestling public and I think he makes a strong “first ever inductee” for the promotion. Very good job by Dixie Carter and her team.
I’m waiting to see some crowd shots because I want to see what the largest crowd in iMPACT Wrestling’s United States history looks like – very exciting! And according to reports, Christian Cage was uncontroversial which was to be expected (and respected, by the way). All in all, the results that I’ve been reading seem to suggest that this was a well-received show with an enthusiastic crowd on hand. What an exciting event for the wrestlers and knockouts, right?!
Now, after those few items above I really don’t have many good takeaway points from tonight’s show. When I look at the performers who walked away with victories tonight, I really only understand why a few of them won their matches. But please, before you roll out reams of silly criticism understand that I’m only reviewing the results and viewing the show from a booker’s perspective – I didn’t see the show and can’t comment on the excitement of the event (though by all accounts it seemed to be very exciting).
For example, one of the outcomes that I just don’t understand from tonight’s show is putting Joseph Park over Bully Ray. Yeah, it seems like there was a bait and switch thing going on, but it just doesn’t make sense in terms of a logical booking flow. Again, I’m sure that the writing team over at iMPACT Wrestling has something bigger and better in mind, but I just don’t see it yet. Same thing with the TNA World Tag Team Championships – why give Kurt Angle and AJ Styles the straps when Daniels and Kazarian are trying to come into their own as a heel tag team? Better yet, why ever take the titles off of Samoa Joe and Magnus in the first place – and then stick Samoa Joe is the same old, “I’m a big, mean, angry Samoan” storyline? It’s just weird. It feels weird.
Speaking of feeling weird, if I were in the Knockouts Division I’d feel very odd right now. Not only did Gail Kim defeat all of the best women wrestlers in the promotion, but she re-established the Knockouts Championship as a premiere title in the sport… and then she gets beaten by a Hooters bikini contest girl? Really? Not Mickie James, not Velvet Sky, not Winter, not Angelina Love, not Tara, not ODB, and no – not even Madison Rayne could beat Gail Kim. Nope. Gail Kim’s amazing Knockouts Championship title reign was ended by Brooke Tessmacher. Amazing. I’ll be very interested to see how this plays out over the coming weeks.
I thought that Bobby Roode had no choice to retain and Mr. Anderson had no choice but to become the #1 Contender. This event was the second one where we’ve seen Roode defeat Sting and I don’t think the fans want another rehash of Roode vs. Jeff Hardy or Roode vs. Rob Van Dam. It’ll be nice to get Mr. Anderson back in the main event picture for a little while.
Don’t get me wrong – I understand that the above reaction reads as though I didn’t like the show. Remember, I didn’t see the show so I’m not commenting on its entertainment value. What I hope my reaction above shows is that there is some explaining to do from the writing team at iMPACT Wrestling. And this isn’t an accusatory type of comment (i.e. not “You have some explaining to do, mister!”). Instead, this is the response of an avid iMPACT Wrestling fan who wants to see the logical connections for these actions in an effort to better understand the promotion that I enjoy watching. So I’m looking forward to iMPACT Wrestling on Thursday night – are you?!
Use the comments section below and remember to put your best foot forward and be respectful. The team at TNAStars.com and I can’t wait to hear from you about tonight’s show. Enjoy!