TNA Impact Wrestling: Complete Preview, Rumors, News and More for January 17
Just a few days after TNA’s Genesis pay-per-view, the company comes to the wrestling fans around the world live from the Impact Zone in Orlando for another episode of Impact! Wrestling.
With plenty of storylines being furthered at the Sunday show, this week’s episode of Impact! must continue to move forward with these angles and keep the fans interested in the product as TNA prepares for the road to LockDown.
This is supposed to be one of the most exciting times in wrestling, and TNA is positioning itself to blow out the next three months of television. Let’s just hope it starts Thursday with a great episode of Impact!
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
After watching Aces and Eights assert their sheer lack of dominance Sunday—DOC jobbed to Sting and Devon barely beat a guy were supposed to believe just learned to wrestle—and seeing Jeff Hardy retain his title over two of the brightest stars in wrestling, the Genesis results prove TNA still has much work to do before they can be considered a real threat to the WWE.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Was TNA’s Genesis a Good Show?
TNA always puts on excellent PPVs because the roster is full of talented workers that love to put it all on the line for high-profile matches. The problem isn’t the wrestling or the talent of the roster; it’s the booking and the storytelling that hampers the enjoyment for the viewer.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Drawn-Out Angles
There is nothing wrong with slow-playing a storyline to build drama and make for quality television, but what is going on with the world title scene (currently depicted by contract negotiations) and the issues with Aces and Eights (the gang's purpose is unknown and their impact is unfelt) is the wrong way to do it.
The X Division stars, Samoa Joe, Kaz and Daniels and Joseph Park, all have great things going on in TNA right now, but the company could be doing so much better if it had solid booking at the top of the card.
TNA Rumors: PWInsider Reports on Backstage Moral After Genesis (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan’s Wedding
There is nothing new about weddings in wrestling, and as we saw on WWE’s Raw this past Monday night, Brooke and Bully Ray won’t be the first couple married on TV. And just like those other weddings, this is sure to end in disaster. But in a fun way!
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Will This Wedding Be Ruined?
TNA fans can look back to the marriage of ODB and Eric Young to see that the wedding idea always turn into fisticuffs, and Thursday will be no different. With Hulk Hogan not happy about the wedding and Aces and Eights looming, this wedding will likely not happen without some bumps in the road.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Fake Wedding Invitations
While the wrestling wedding idea is a staple of the business, these live weddings are always fun and the trouble they cause makes for good television. There is no doubt this could be a train wreck, but with Bully Ray involved, this could actually be very fun to watch.
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