After a few good weeks of good shows Impact completely fell off the rails. The Bully-Hogans stuff has been terrible from the jump, but to double down on this garbage and making it the focus of a go home show is ridiculous. TNA has cut down to four PPVS and you figured they’d do a better job of building to PPV, but they pretty much punting on their first PPV and decided to build to next weeks show instead and everyone was worse off.
The World Title match with a far more interesting storyline was relegated to the midcard while the Job squad aka the Aces and Eights are in the Main Event match and the Hogans get the final segment after getting a top of the hour segment. I also don’t care for making great heels like Roode and Aries goofy bickering heels. I think it hurts their cred and fans don’t take them seriously. I did laugh when they were fighting over Hardy’s titles and threw away Hardy’s ugly ass custom belt and went back to fighting over the title.
The tag match was really the only match that got a good amount of time and was pretty solid with Hardy playing the Ricky Morton role to perfection as usual. I would have liked to have seen a better finish as Hardy has Roode beaten. I would have liked to have seen Bad Influence’s interference leading to Storm and Hardy losing. Storm really felt like a afterthought during the match and has felt that way for months. I definitely would have loved to have seen much more of Bad Influence as they got twenty seconds of air time if that.They have been killing it all year and deserved better and should have gotten at least a backstage promo to build up Storm-Daniels at Genesis.
The Bradley-Cage hype videos were good and the match was fine, but they only got four minutes to strut their stuff. Cage looked more polished, but Bradley has a better look. I sure don’t recall Bradley’s short run in the WWE as Ryan Braddock and I doubt many have. I think with some more polish he could be a player.
The X division match was way too short you simply can’t rebuild the division by having three minutes matches.King is fun and everything, but the X division is really going nowhere. I miss the X division being pushed as special like it was from ’02-06.
Knox Vs Sting was a glorified squash could the Aces be a bigger joke? Good to see Mr. Anderson still being cutesy on the mic and playing to the crowd as a heel. Anderson annoys me so damn much. How many times has the Aces taken Angle out? He shouldn’t be back until Lockdown.
The less said the better about the Bully-Hogan stuff the devious look Bully gave the camera makes me hope he turns next week as he is a amazing heel. I find it funny that TNA doubled down on the Hogan stuff after last weeks good quarter hour rating , but gave the knockouts a two minute comedy match after they drew a big quarter hour too. Best part of this segments was Brooke trying to cry and act. That was fun.
All in all, a really bad show with one good match and that’s all.