10 Thoughts: TNA Impact 6.19.14 (w/Justin C)

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So this is my first time covering Impact since I stopped doing it for HTCWrestling. I haven’t really watched since. I’ve followed the storylines and that’s about it. I watched most of Slammiversary so I’m getting back into things here.

1. The arena TNA is in seems kind of small, but unless they are pumping in crowd noise it actually sounds like the crowd is into it. Watching the cheering it actually seems like it could be legit.

2. If I just turned on TNA for the first time I would look at Eric Young as Champ and think “Complete Daniel Bryan rip-off.” Knowing how it was done, you know it was that. So TNA loses either way. At least Daniel Bryan was built up to his title win. TNA just put the Title on Young with no build whatsoever. It puts more pressure on the wrestler to perform at a high level.

3. So how exactly are the faces supposed to get cheered when the numbers are 5 (Eric Young, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries and The Wolves) vs 3 (MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Kenny King). And MVP is on crutches! The heels should be upset here!

4. So the first half hour of Impact consisted of just under 4 minutes of wrestling and the Authority figure abusing their power by picking on referees and the time keeper. How do you do that on only a two hour show?

5. TNA is so desperate to draw a big crowd for their New York shows that they are doing an angle with Tommy Dreamer and Dixie Carter. And they are advertising that Tommy Dreamer is going to have a live mic next? Aren’t all mics live? And since when has Tommy Dreamer been such a good promo that I want to tune in to see what he has to say?

6. This whole segment just seemed B, no C level. Dixie Carter just comes off as the Dollar Store version of Stephanie McMahon. Tommy Dreamer basically said everything anybody who knows anything about TNA already knows. We know the place is in the dumps. And its one thing to bring emotion out in a promo but Tommy Dreamer was WAYY over the top with his. Having Tommy Dreamer and Dixie Carter in a “worked shoot” feud does nothing for the long term viability of TNA.

7. I remember when I last covered TNA and I never thought Magnus had the “it factor” to be a top guy in the company. Sure enough, he’s gone from World Champ to fighting for the Tag Titles. Magnus screams someone that should be mid-to-upper card, but not someone who should be the guy you billed the company around. Of course, TNA really doesn’t have anyone like that in the company right now.

8. Three beautiful women in the ring. And Angelina Love. Not that she isn’t bad looking, but she doesn’t hold a candle to the other three women. Plus I think I could break her in half over my knee.

9. Okay, if you are saying EVERYONE in the back is gone, including production people, then you need to sell it. Entrance music shouldn’t be playing, no camera cuts or lights. It should be just one camera recording everything. But you know, that takes way too much thinking to do. And you can’t pull that off. So you shouldn’t say stuff like that.

10. So Eric Young loses the Title in less than 10 minutes in a non-promoted TV main event. You could even say that it was relatively clean too. That is bad business by TNA. Why buy any PPVs when the Title changes hand the next Thursday on Impact? Do the Title change at Slammiversary and this doesn’t seem as bad. And why didn’t Bobby Roode come in earlier to help Eric Young?

I can tell writing these TNA Thoughts are going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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