Thursday, May 5, 2011

5/5/11 Impact

Sangriento vs. Suicide: *1/2

AJ Styles & Daniels vs. Bully Ray & Gunner: *

Rob Terry vs. Murphy: 1/2*

Mickie James vs. Miss Tessmacher (Knockouts Title): -1/4*

Kurt Angle & Velvet Sky vs. Jeff Jarrett, Angelina Love, & Winter: *3/4

Excellent promo from Robert Roode at the beginning of the show.

Two masked wrestlers now. Sangriento (actually, he's Amazing Red with a mask) is basically TNA's answer to WWE signing Sin Cara. Not a bad match here, but the crowd was only mildly into it. The match was pretty much an attempt at a spotfest anyway.

Frankly, TNA (or should I just call it Impact now?) should have kept the high-flying X-Division stuff front and center from the start instead of trying to sign all these veterans that may have worked for WWE in the past. TNA needed to showcase something different from the WWE style, not copy them. Even if TNA wants to be the TV-14 "Attitude" programming while WWE goes PG, that by itself is not even close to enough. TNA needs to go back to the way they debuted on PPV nine years ago. Perhaps the exception would be for guys like Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, etc.

The Mexican America promo was OK, I guess. The best part of the promo was telling the Spanish announce team to being their own tequila. Fine, so Ink, Inc. comes out and helps the Spanish announce team. But wait a second, wasn't there supposed to be tension between Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal?! Heck, they even played the heels at the TNA house show I went to in March. Oh, that's right, TNA is like WWE...we're apparently not supposed to remember continuity.

Christy Hemme is not bad as an announcer. Borash is good. I still miss David Penzer, though.

The next couple matches were just not good. The Knockouts match was atrocious.

Main event was OK for what it was.

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