Originally Posted by Nay_Than
I've been saying for months now that Sting needed to change his outdated "Crow" look. Paul Heyman famously said that TNA has failed to brand its stars. And having old wrestlers come in with their own gimmicks doesn't do anything for TNA but make it look like it is re-using things that succeeded in the past. Even a week ago I said that Crow-Sting seems out of place in the current environment, because Sting became The Crow because he was "returning from the dead" to take down the NWO, which had "killed WCW". It was topical, it referenced a huge part of pop culture in the late 90's, and that was what made the gimmick so iconic. Having Sting walk around in his Crow persona in TNA always seemed out of place, having no relevance to anything current whatsoever.
About two years ago, Sting returned to TNA with green and red facepaint and I was excited because I thought that Sting was going back to his early days in WCW, before the Crow character when he just wore the facepaint and streamers. I thought that it was a good way to show that even though Sting had lost his heart in WCW, lost all his COLOR so to speak, that he had now found it in TNA. I thought that TNA was finally branding Sting, rather than reliving past glories. So I am happy that Sting finally changed his appearance.
I thought that the wedding angle was too suggestive of man-on-woman abuse. Didn't Spike TV do a ban on this type of thing years ago? Angle putting his hands on Karen Jarrett and pushing her into the cake was a little too much for me. And the whole "ANGLE IS AN AXE MURDERER, LOL!" thing seemed a little too over the top. The idea of Kurt Angle with an axe is just wrong. Even Taz himself said "Does Kurt Angle even NEED an axe?". I just don't like the imagery of Kurt with an axe anywhere near a woman. I find it a shame that Kurt Angle, the man who once turned down an offer from ECW because of its crucifixion angle, now performs in TNA in an angle involving both his children, and implied male-on-female violence.
The show was good. The crowd and the set made it even better. Larger arenas make TNA seem more professional.
Hulk Hogan gaining control of TNA seems like a waste of time. Fourtune has the tag-title belts and the X-division title, Jeff Hardy just lost the World Heavyweight Championship, so with Hogan "having control", it basically means we can expect the next few months of screwjob title switches. I think Hogan gaining control of TNA is just a last-ditch effort to keep Immortal relevant, as they have nothing.
Immortal has a lot of dead weight. Gunner and Murphy are two nobodies who have no chemistry, no character, and no gimmick to keep them interesting. Rob Terry was given an opportunity to main event in TNA and he was found to be too sloppy in the ring. Thats 3 guys that are dead weight in what is supposed to be a major faction.
A Kurt Angle video aired saying Angle was going to take down Immortal one by one. Hopefully, this means that Hogan and Bischoff's contracts will end, and they will be written off television as if Angle took them out. It gave me hope for the future because the amount of mic time Hogan and Bischoff get makes TNA unwatchable for me. They are two non-wrestling entities, so they have no place on a wrestling program.