Welcome back to The Wrestling Times! Last night’s edition of Impact Wrestling took its next step towards a more wrestling based promotion by asking the fans and the wrestlers why it matters to them; along with a few talking segments here and there. Let’s discuss “Wrestling Matters” Slogan, and other news.
The transformation from TNA to Impact Wrestling has not, and will not, occur over night. Last week was purely cosmetic, and this week was about changing the fans’ mentality of its core product. However, the fans interviewed had nothing profound to say, and why should they? The majority of them show up every week for a free show. Take that microphone to New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia to see what wrestling fans there have to say.
Kurt Angle’s and Rob Van Dam’s vignette focused on Impact’s talent roster consisting of the best wrestlers in the world. And for the most part, they’re right. These two are the top wrestlers in their promotion by means of drawing power, but as for the best people in terms of growth of the company, not so much.
For the past two years, Angle has feuded with Mr. Anderson and Jeff Jarrett, along with his ex-wife Karen. RVD has been in four-way dances with TNA World Champion Sting, and fellow former champions Anderson and Jeff Hardy. All these men have been established names for X-amount of years. What they should all be doing is elevating the younger talents because in order for any wrestling promotion to succeed it needs to have a healthy diverse pool of talents able to play any role when necessary, e.g., Chris Jericho competed in main events, mid-level matches, and in the tag team division without losing any momentum.
Take nothing away from last night’s edition of Impact Wrestling, it delivered on a solid main event between Angle and RVD with a clean finish. Now, just start adding guys like AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Samoa Joe back into the main event circle to reintroduce the trio responsible for producing the only 5-star matches in the company’s history.
Interesting twist in the Knockouts Division as ODB has singled out Velvet Sky, and former WWE Divas Mickie James and Winter (f.k.a. Katie Lea) competed in a non-title bout. Once again, Velvet Sky’s body type and femme fatale attitude has landed her into trouble. First it was Karen assuming she was Kurt’s mistress, and now ODB making assumptions that she slept her way to the top. To the top of what? She has yet to earn a Knockouts Title match. Should be interesting to see where this goes, except for ODB’s simulation of rape. For anyone that saw the segment, can attest to the undertones.
How about Angelina Love’s post-match hostility towards Mickie James? Also interested to see that unfold. Now, if only Love wasn’t currently a lesbian zombie?
Mick Foley educated Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff with an obvious history lesson, the X-Division is what set TNA apart from the competition. In July’s “Destination X” pay-per-view, Foley has promised to collect the best X-Division wrestlers in the world to compete in an Ultimate-X Match. Though Brian Kendrick was unable to unseat Abyss for the X-Title, his day may come in July.
The wrestling community is a twitter and a blogging about what transpired on Monday Night Raw. What happened to Kharma? Is she injured? Why did she break down in a fit of tears? How long will she be out for?
The only definite piece of fact that we have at our disposal is what happened on Raw. The scene was Creative’s way of writing Kharma off of television. It’s been reported elsewhere that she will be out for nine months or so, just about the stretch of time that concurs with the rumor that she’s expecting. Is it true? It’s a possibility. But I would rather hear it from her. So when the time comes, with the Lord by her side, and she posts a photo of baby Kong, then that’s when I’ll believe it. Or if she just flat out announces it on Twitter.
This Monday on Raw, WWE.com has reported that Kharma will speak out on her emotional breakdown. So there’s still some hope that WWE hasn’t completely killed her gimmick.
Finally checked out the first episode of NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood via NWAHollywood.com. NWA Hollywood is currently an ongoing weekly television series originating from KDOC-TV Los Angeles. The series premiered on September 17, 2010. This episode was about National Wrestling Alliance’s history, and showcased several matches from its past. It was incredible to see Carlos Colon (Primo really does emulate his father’s theatrics), Rey Mysterio, Sr. (Rey Mysterio, Jr.’s Uncle), Dory Funk, Jr., and a young Ric Flair in action.
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