With just two weeks until TNA’s Final Resolution pay-per-view, the final build to the company’s biggest winter event will kick into high gear this Thursday on Impact.
Between the TNA world title match the company has to build towards, the controversy stirred up by Austin Aries to close last week’s Impact and the fact that this edition of the show is Championship Thursday, this episode will be important to the success of the December PPV.
There are still so many storylines left to build and cultivate, but there are concerns that the company will waste this time on something meaningless.
Let’s hope TNA has turned a corner and this build will be sufficient.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Austin Aries vs. The Hogans
While Austin Aries deserves to be around the TNA world title, the young star is now embroiled in a controversy that involves both Brooke and Hulk Hogan, as well as the now face Bully Ray (call him Buddy Ray).
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why does this exist?
For those that feel I’m just picking on TNA here, that couldn’t be farther from the truth; this angle is yet another microcosm of what is wrong with TNA. Not only are they misusing both Bully Ray and Aries, the infusion of Hogan and his daughter makes no sense to the furthering of the company.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Segments Too Bad to Miss
As much as this shouldn’t exist—face Aries should be feuding heel Bully Ray for the title—the fact that this WCW-esque storyline is taking over the show is so bad that it’s actually fun to watch. Just like A.J. and Cena on WWE TV, this is a train wreck you can’t help but watch.
TNA News: Bret Hart calls Hulk Hogan one dimensional (Winnipeg Free Press)
While TNA has some awful ideas, Championship Thursday is not one of them. It’s very interesting to see which title gets defended on these days, and it adds an element of intrigue to the Thursday show. This week’s match will feature RVD defending the X-Division title.
Question on Everybody's Mind: When will RVD drop the title?
As much as RVD still entertains me, the X-Division is about putting over younger talent, and since Destination X, the high-flyers that filled the card have gone MIA. It’s time to let RVD put one of these future champions over.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Five-Star Frog Splashes
The X-Division has bona-fide talent throughout, but RVD being stuck in meaningless battles with Matt Morgan isn’t good for anyone. Let’s hope that Zema Ion, Kenny King or any of the other amazing talent on the TNA roster gets the title shot Thursday.
Rumor Mill: WWE reportedly watches TNA (Wrestling Observer via TNAWrestlingNews)
Main Event Build
While Bobby Roode is one of the best all-around talents in all of pro wrestling, the fact that he is squaring off with Jeff Hardy automatically hurts his stock. As much as TNA loves Jeff Hardy, the fact that contracts depict the company's booking is not the way to run a business.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why should we care about this?
Not only are the rumors that TNA made Hardy champion to keep him from leaving the company forcing even his fans to dislike him (h/t WrestleZone), the convoluted way Roode stole the No. 1 contendership from James Storm last week was ridiculous. If the company just drops that Storm story, what does that say about TNA?
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Sorry Main Events
This match will be solid, but the fact that the battle last week on Impact discounted everything about the previous PPV is infuriating. How can a company make fans pay for a great match (AJ Styles vs. Roode vs. Storm) and then completely discount it the next week? That makes the TNA Universe not want to buy the next PPV.
Rumor Mill: Why Mickie James missed almost four months (TNAWrestlingNews)
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