Friday, May 20, 2011

5/19/11 Impact

Mickie James, Tara, & Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne, Sarita, & Rosita: 1/2*

Abyss vs. Kazarian (X-Division Title): *1/2

Samoa Joe vs. Amazing Red: N/A (squash)

Matt Hardy & Eric Bischoff vs. Max Buck & Jeremy Buck: 3/4*

Velvet Sky vs. Winter & Angelina Love: DUD

I do like the new intro and the new bluish tone to the set. But really, Jeff Hardy can still be seen in the intros. Did Impact Wrestling (the former TNA) really need a person with drug issues and a court case with several continuances to be affiliated in any way with the program?

I liked the brawl in the opening part to the show. The crowd really got into it, and at least the X-Division has a pretty prominent role right now.

Tenay and Tazz really got on opposite sides regarding the X-Division. I personally love the X-Division because, like Tenay, I've been around to watch Impact when it was in its infancy (weekly PPVs). Those matches were gold.

Regarding the six-Knockout tag match, why did Madison come out first, then her three opponents, and then Madison's two tag partners after that? Really? So Madison makes Rosita take the bullet against Tara. Fitting.

X-Division title match was OK for what it was.

Poor Amazing Red. Go back to being Sangriento already.

Good promos between Tommy Dreamer and AJ Styles.

Angle vs. Jarrett at Slammiversary with Angle's gold medal on the line? I like it. This should be the final match between the two in the series -- and at the biggest Impact PPV of the year. Nice pop for Velvet Sky pushing Karen Angle (in wheelchair) down the ramp.

I don't think the X-Division is not necessarily getting buried -- at least not yet -- but man, it's just sad to watch these matches. Kazarian lost his title in a few minutes, Red got squashed, and Eric Bischoff, of all people, pinned Max Buck.

Knockouts handicap match is the last match of the night? Um, sure. And ODB is back again? What's up with this? She leaves, comes back for one match (I believe against Madison Rayne a few months back), disappears again, and now beats up Velvet Sky. Yeah, love the logic in all this....

I laughed seeing Mr. Anderson come out in vintage 90s Sting gear to close the show.

The show overall was not that great, I'll say that. The matches were largely squash matches. The best part for me was  the Angle/Jarrett promos.

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