First one that sticks out, got to talk about it, the TNA World title bout between Jeff Hardy and Matt Morgan. This Sunday, Morgan gets his rematch against Jeff with a handpicked special guest referee. It came as quite a shock when Mr. Anderson made his return after such a brief leave of absence for a concussion made for by Hardy. Mr. Anderson thanked Morgan for stepping up when Bischoff and Jarrett wanted him to compete with the concussion. And after a few comments towards Hardy and words with the fans, Anderson was named referee for the championship bout.
With Vince Russo at the helm anything can happen on Sunday. Anderson may indeed call the match down the middle, or he may forget to count if Hardy gets a cover, or he may just screw Morgan over. Anything can happen, even if it cannot be explained.
Jeff Hardy has either been very brood-like or just plain lazy as of late. But as he slugged his way into the ring, the reaction from Hardy when Anderson’s music hit was priceless. Finally, a fan favorite that Hardy can fear. Seeing as Rob Van Dam is easily detained with the disbanding of EV2.0, and Matt Morgan, despite his size, is easily taken down, with some help from Fortune of course… But it was great to see Hardy coware out of the ring when the right opposing force made itself known.
Next thought is the TV Championship match between AJ Styles and Douglas Williams. To be honest totally forgot about that championship, but these two, if done right, have the makings to steal the show. Both are very gifted technical wrestlers with just enough flair [no pun intended] to keep us entertained.
Then there’s the X-Division match between Robbie-E and Jay Lethal. Cookie will be locked inside a shark cage suspended 25 feet above the ring to keep her from interfering, if so, Jay may recapture the X-Division title. But is it really necessary to hoist the cage 25 feet in the air? Why couldn’t she just be locked in the cage by ringside?
A falls count anywhere match between Mickie James and Tara. Can anyone honestly follow this feud? Could you pin point when this feud started? Well it didn’t start in TNA, which is a problem. Unless you were actually a fan of WWE then you would have to assume that Mickie is just really upset about Tara handing over the Knockouts title to Madison Rayne. A falls count anywhere match should be exciting to see how creative they can be outside the ring.
TNA will be striking first this Sunday with their variation of WWE’s TLC match called: Full Metal Mayhem with the added stipulation that “anything metal is legal.” This Full Metal Mayhem will be for the TNA Tag Team Championships. Motor City Machine Guns are the veterans going into this type of match, since they captured the IWGP Tag Team Championships back at Bound for Glory 2009. But Generation Me do have a unique in-ring style similar to MCMG, so anything can happen. Whether or not the feud will come to an end still remains a mystery. But it would at least be put on hold seeing as the match between Beer Money and Ink Inc. will determine the new number one contenders for said titles.
Rob Van Dam against Rhino in a First Blood match. If we were to go by ECW standard, the match should be over in five seconds. Seriously, a First Blood match? These EV2.0 guys are always bleeding.
Abyss vs. D’Angelo Dinero in a Casket match. Didn’t this match already occur on Impact?
Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe in a Submission match. Chants of “Joe’s Gunna Kill You” will run rampant this Sunday.
Final Thoughts: Aside from the contender’s tag match, every single match is a gimmicked match with no build whatsoever. For example: it was in passing that Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin were talking about competing in a match with “Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, Oh My!” But there was no in-ring discussion between the two teams. Unlike when MCMG and Beer Money sold it during the Best of Five Series.
Mickie James is somehow side tracked in a feud with Tara when she was supposed to be after Madison’s title. Side note: How does no one see Winter (Katie-Lea)? Madison jump-started a feud with Sarita (Sarah Stock) because she mistook Winter for her during a backstage brawl. And is Sarita now considered a face again, or is it just two heels hashing it out? And seeing as Sarita pinned Madison twice, shouldn’t she be entitled to a championship bout?
Hardy’s promo at the end of Impact was enchanting, and cannot help but admire his creativity. He’s really taken on the personification of an Immortal. Unlike the failures that dare call themselves Immortal: Hogan, Bischoff, and Jarrett.