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is Chris and Steampunk is alive and well.
more of a smokebrat.
first week of TNA regularly going head-to-head with RAW
ended up as something of a disaster. They managed to pull
a .98 for the show, less than they were getting on Thursdays.
They did hurt the RAW, which was down about .3 in the ratings,
but it was really a bad sign that they came out and did
such a low rating.
of it was that they didn’t advertise what would be
on the show and another part is that the audience just doesn’t
want to see Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair wrestling in 2010.
They debuted RVD for the first time, and the crowd was super-hot
for him. They then had him beat down by Sting, who made
a regrettable heel turn on the show. They brought back Jeff
Hardy, who might be going to prison next week after his
hearing, and they set him up against AJ Styles. They hot-shotted
everything and while the show had a hot crowd and there
wasn’t a lot of switching back and forth between RAW
and TNA, they really blew it as far as building a solid
the levels for WWE NXT, which has done some really good
storybuilding with the Miz-Daniel Bryan storyline especially,
is back down to the level that ECW was when it got canned.
I still haven’t heard if it was a WWE or a SyFy call
to ditch ECW, but it doesn’t seem to have made any
difference. I still think it’s a show with promise,
and you can actually see that Daniel Bryan is getting over
with the audience, which many folks said wouldn’t
second week of Monday Night Impact wasn’t nearly as
bad as the first. They actually built a little, but I’m
not holding out hope for a big ratings gain. The biggest
problems are that they’ve managed to become the Hulk
Hogan show, and everyone knows it.
makes it hard for those who don’t want to see Hogan
to latch on to the excellent non-Hogan portions of the show.
Jeff Hardy is a talented wrestler and he’s over with
the fans, but they’ve done nothing to make the fans
think that he’ll be given a real chance. RVD got to
beat up Sting this week, taking back some of the heat he
lost when he was beaten by Sting and not allowed to make
segment still had way too much Hogan in it and it didn’t
help RVD completely, but the crowd was into it and that’s
what TNA is going to have to latch on to. They’ve
still built no new stars, though both The Pope D’Angelo
Dinero and Desmond Wolfe have a shot at it as they seem
to be taking them both rather seriously. It’ll be
interesting to see where they both are a year from now.
Sadly lost in all of this is Samoa Joe,
and it wouldn’t shock me to see him leave and head
to the WWE or RoH or anywhere else in the near term. He’s
too talented to be wasted like they’re doing. There
are going ot be a bunch of guys who will be leaving if things
the best part of the second Monday of the war was a brawl
with the X-Division guys. They brought out guys, they brawled
a bit, we saw Daniels take a facefull of ladder and get
busted open the hard way. Followed by an awesome dive by
Amazing Red from the top of a ladder inside the ring onto
a bunch of guys outside the ring.
these guys include a bunch of folks who you could easily
say never did anything of value anywhere, but they’re
also great workers and put on exciting matches. They’ll
never carry the company, but they’re good enough to
hold a crowd’s interest and maybe pop a decent quarter
thing is, the second Monday featured more hot-shotting.
The worst of it was Mick Foley was told by Eric Bischoff
that he was going to have to clean himself up and he set-up
a barber’s chair in the ring. Mick came out and ended
up giving Bisch the Mandible Claw and then shaving Eric’s
head! This is a PPV-type gimmick and they wasted it on an
un-advertised quarter hour which did them no favors.
is the kind of stuff that needs to stop. They need to use
the TV show as a way to get the matches on PPV over. If
they get a 1.0 on Mondays, but manage to increase their
buyrates because people are more interested, then it’s
all worth it. It’s about bringing in money, and the
only thing that TNA has over WWE is athletics. They have
some of the best wrestlers in the world and it would be
great if they gave them a chance to put on good matches,
but that seems like such a distant second to the Hulk Hogan
show as to be an non-starter.
I like a lot of TNA’s talent, and I hope they start
to build, but until they get rid of the booking team, they’re
pretty much stuck with what they got.