Sudden Impact: Match of the Year Candidate?
by, 05-24-2012 at 11:56 PM (2718 Views)
Hey Wrestling Fans. The Saviour here with another edition of Sudden Impact, bringing a fresh perspective on all things TNA...No talking about the evil empire in this blog.
Rather than bore everyone with a long and drawn out intro or lead in to the blog, let's just get down to business.
SECOND OPEN FIGHT NIGHT
This week's Impact marked the second Open Fight Night. I love this concept. There wasn't as much off the wall, crazy call outs like their maiden episode, but that's because much of this week's episode focused on who would be facing Bobby Roode for the TNA World Championship. Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, and Bully Ray are the four possible contenders. They decided to mimic a reality tv series with their presentation of it and the opening segment went on way too long, with way too much repetitive talk from Hogan.
BULLY RAY, JOSEPH PARKS, AND HIS BROTHER CHRIS..YOU KNOW, ABYSS
I may be alone with this, but I love storyline. Some of the half smile, evil looking smirks that Joseph Parks gives adds to the dark content of the angle. In fact, I really liked the little video promo they showed right before Bully Ray called out Parks and suckered him in the ring. I like the duel personality thing. It's almost has a Dude Love/Mankind/Cactus Jack type feel to it. Almost.
THE 80'S PORN STAR AND THE BAD EDITING JOB
You might be thinking...huh? But on Gut Check this week, the outsider fighting for a TNA contract was some 80's porn star character named Joey Ryan. While he gave A Double a fairly decent match, and can obviously work on a decent level, he was just ridiculous and it was funny. I don't expect to see him again. And I don't know if anyone else noticed, but when Aries was leaving the ring, they showed the ref roll Ryan from his back onto his stomach, and when they cut to the next shot, it was a close up of him still laid out on his back. That's a little bit of the nit picky filmmaker in me creeping out.
DID RIC FLAIR REALLY GO OFF SCRIPT?
I have a hard time believing that to be the case in a show that's taped a week ahead of time. That could easily have been edited out, and the fact that the first gut check winner was mentioned by Mike Tenay tonight, clearly is a sign that the report of him going off script is pretty much bogus. There's definitely something different behind it. I'm more in favor of the reports that he's more of a headache than an asset these days. I respect Ric Flair and everything he's accomplished in wrestling. Legendary? Yes. A draw in today's wrestling world? Hell No.
MATCH OF THE YEAR???
Okay, maybe I'm getting a little carried away. But AJ Styles, the chosen of the four finalists for OFN, battled Roode in a fantastic match. It may have been one of the better Non-PPV matches I've seen in a while. It had a nice pace, close calls, everything you could want in a main event. And it was a PPV quality match that went for over 20 minutes. It sucked that it ended the way it did, but I applaud both Roode and Styles for putting on an awesome show.
LIVE AND IN A NEW TIME SLOT
Next week, Impact Wrestling goes into a new and much better time slot. It also goes LIVE. Nothing is better than live. We won't know, two week's ahead of time, what happens. I'm really looking forward to it but even more so, I'm looking forward to seeing what the ratings will be. It's opening up nicely with a returning Sting in the ring against Bobby Roode in a lumberjack match to kick things off.
Speaking of Sting, I can't believe how well he still moves in the ring. What is he, is in his mid 50's? That's amazing.
All in all, it was a decent Impact this week. Not Great though. A lot of emphasis was put on the title, which is good, but an episode of Impact should never, ever, EVER go without Samoa Joe and Crimson.
In closing, a lot of those wrestlers really need to work on the mic skills. LOL
Thanks for reading this week's Sudden Impact. I know it was a lot but there was plenty to talk about. Looking forward to next week's LIVE episode.
Be Safe Everyone