Finally, TNA Wrestling would air a live edition of Impact to hype up Bound for Glory with a show called Before the Glory. But did they really hype the pay-per-view, or did they just produce another two-hour block of loosely pieced together bookings?
The major surprise to a lot of wrestling fans was to actually see Mickie James in the Impact Zone. Yet, we did not get the chance to be surprised by her arrival since TNA decided to have some kid with a video camera interview her backstage before making her entrance. Why not just keep it under wraps until Miss Tessmacher announced her arrival? Is TNA so desperate for ratings that they show off like little kids, “look who we have,” to make sure that people stay tuned for the rest of the show?
Paying the Devil its Due: We all know that TNA tries to make WWE seem like the bad guys. So why does TNA recognize Mickie James as a five-time Women’s Champion? Where did Mickie James happen to get those titles from…? By the way, they left out her Divas title run. So that makes Mickie a six-time champion.
After a ridiculous Knockouts tag team match to determine the ownership of “The Beautiful People,” Mickie James was revealed as the special guest referee for the four-way Knockouts title match. Great, rather than have the attention be on the Knockouts title, the total focus of the match has been shifted to new comer Mickie James. And you would think that after Miss Tessmacher issued the match for BFG that the ladies would be at each other’s throats. Like Angelina Love and Velvet Sky, or Madison Rayne and Tara. Shouldn’t each one want the title for themselves. This is why they are in TNA right, to be champion?
At the end of the Last Man Standing match the ECW originals stormed the Impact Zone to save Mick Foley from a Fortune brutal assault to accomplish absolutely nothing. We have seen Tommy Dreamer talk highly of each member of Fortune, so why haven’t there been one-on-one matches between the members of the factions. To get to know everyone. So much can be done with these two factions but TNA is not devoting the time to properly build them.
Paying the Devil its Due: TNA build the Last Man Standing as twenty-years in the making. Really? If a child were to watch TNA Impact for the first time this year, how are they suppose to know what happened twenty years ago? Young fans are not going to know what happened back in WCW, or the behind the scenes altercations. TNA cannot just have these men cut one promo, which made little sense, and expect people to be invested in the match.
WWE already had these men wrestle in front of world-wide audiences at two major pay-per-views. If TNA wanted to make the match mean something, then why not mention the fact that they are the father figures of the two rivaling factions? Why not have the factions interfere on their behalf? Why not just keep the story line grounded in 2010, instead of the early 90s.
Douglas Williams finally gets his rematch against Jay Lethal. The fact that Lethal won the X-Division title several weeks ago on Impact was anticlimactic because there was no build or incentive for those two to even be fighting. And seeing as Douglas Williams has not appeared in Fortune since losing the title, does that means he’s out? And why hasn’t Ric Flair continued to support Douglas against his enemy Jay Lethal? When was the last time that Jay Lethal had shown his face since winning the title?
Orlando Jordan and Eric Young are having a match at BFG, really? Aside from when they first formed, they haven’t been seen since. No one is buying Young and Jordan as a real tag team. They are horribly mismatched and have zero in-ring chemistry. So for them to have a match at BFG is distasteful.
And who cares about a $100,000 Battle Royal. What incentive is that for fans to watch this match? And for Kurt Angle to win the match was just a slap in the face to all the underpaid talent in the company. Battle Royals should only occur when the prize is contendership for the company’s championship. Not to see a top talent receive their paycheck in cash.
The main event for BFG will be Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, and Mr. Anderson battling it out for the vacant TNA championship. It took two pay-per-views and an extended edition of Impact to reveal the finalists in the TNA title match at Bound for Glory. Yet, nothing has been done to get fans hyped for the match. The only reason why anyone even knows these three is because…
Paying the Devil its Due: WWE made them.