Wrestling Matters? After enduring a year and a half of The Hogan-Bischoff Regime plaguing the Impact Zone, stealing hours of on-air time, and diminishing everything that was Total Nonstop Action, now wrestling matters?
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. Impact Wrestling officially arrived in the Impact Zone in the form of new sets. No longer black, red, and green, instead, Impact Wrestling is now blue and white. Considering that TNA’s rebranding to Impact Wrestling was a move to distinguish itself from WWE, it seems a bit silly to choose SmackDown’s colors. Let’s discuss Wrestling, I Want.
Has the Angle-Jarrett feud gone on too long? Frankly, yes. Because when a feud lasts long enough to have incoherent plot twists, gimmick changes, and several ultimatums, it’s considered too long.
At one point, Kurt Angle was fighting for custody of his kids. When that didn’t pan out, Kurt placed his wrestling boots in the center of the ring to signify that he had retired. Then Jeff Jarrett and Angle locked horns in an MMA exhibition (this was MMA Jeff Jarrett), then an Ultra Male’s Rules match, and now in a number one contender’s match to the TNA World Title with Angle’s Olympic gold medal on the line. Out of all the things that were important, how does it all come down to Angle’s Olympic gold medal?
For this to have been successful, the Angle-Jarrett feud should have started immediately when the world found out about Jarrett’s involvement with Karen. Dixie Carter and Co. should not have suspended him, to then pick up the obvious money-maker storyline a year later when no one cares anymore. So much time has elapsed from when the story was relevant to this present moment that Kurt has already fathered a child with his current girlfriend (not Chyna).
Interesting Question: Now that TNA is known as Impact Wrestling, do the names of the championships change as well? i.e. – TNA’s World Championship now Impact Wrestling’s World Championship? Or maybe shorten it to the IW World Championship?
IW’s Knockouts managed to get some much deserved air time, though not sure how flooding the division with former WWE Divas will help. Six-women Tag Team match featured three former WWE Divas in Knockout’s Champion Mickie James, Tara, and Ms. Tessmacher (Brooke), while the handicap match featured Winter (Katie Lea).
But the overall storyline throughout Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling, which was most intriguing, was Eric Bischoff’s vendetta against the X-Division. The division that truly set TNA apart from WWE because of the fast-paced, high-flying, high risk action may have been officially destroyed. Fortune’s Kazarian lost the X-Division Title to Abyss, Samoa Joe made short work out of Amazing Red, and Matt Hardy, mostly single-handedly, defeated Max and Jeremy Buck. Brian Kendrick, the voice of the X-Division, was not in action, but instead received a beat down at the start of the show.
Impact Wrestling recently revealed a poster for its “Destination X” pay-per-view, usually highlighting the X-Division, featuring the six-sided ring. Could the X-Division truly be gone, or is this simply the beginning on their road to Destination X?
Over on Friday Night SmackDown, considered by most to be WWE’s wrestling-based brand, the road to “Over the Limit” met its final pit stop.
Last week’s match between Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan was one of the best matches WWE has had to offer since Triple-H and Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania. This week, Chavo Guerrero attempted to put away Daniel Bryan with five-minutes on the clock. Great to see this concept implemented once in a while because it’s not about winning or losing, it’s simply a strict wrestling/grappling match.
At “Over the Limit” Chavo Guerrero will face Sin Cara, and if news of their house show bouts are any indication, this will be a great match.
From the six-man tag match pitting The Corre against Ezekiel Jackson and the WWE Tag Team Champions, the final scene of Jackson submitting Justin Gabriel with a Torture Rack was truly impressive. Because how often do you get to see someone tap out six-feet off the mat?
At “Over the Limit” Wade Barrett defends the Intercontinental Championship against Ezekiel Jackson. This could be a great opportunity for Ezekiel to work as the mid-level champion, while Barrett moves on to challenge for the World Heavyweight Title.
Important Podcast: If you’re tweeting, part of the Twitter Universe, then you’ve probably have come across this hash tag, #IWantWrestling. You can thank former WWE Head Creative writer Dave Lagana for rallying fans to let the world know that we want wrestling. Lagana recently conducted an amazing two-part interview with former WWE Superstar MVP. MVP, who now wrestles in Japan under the same name, talks about his time in prison, joining the WWE, his gimmick, his friendship with Chris Benoit, the face-turn, his departure, and joining New Japan Pro Wrestling.
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