When Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff bumbled there way into the Impact Zone at Genesis and then strode into the ring to address the crowd, there was a glaring difference to the Impact Zone, there were only 4 sides. Hogan muffled some sort of war-cry to the fans and told them that change will happen, whether they like it or not. So, It seems that the Hogan/Bischoff regime is all about bullying there way to getting what they want, including a four sided ring.
Hogan mentioned that TNA will become about Wrestling, a direct jibe at Vince McMahon’s “Sports Entertainment” related business from Stamford. He mentioned that as a Wrestling Company, Wrestling is what they will do.
It’s an admirable effort, a great aim and project to have. The most frustrating thing about TNA at the moment is the case of it always seems to be about one step forward and then two steps back. Case in point, first match is Brian Kendrick vs Amazing Red for the X-Division title. Brian Kendrick is another non descript WWE failure making his debut in TNA. It seemed almost to make a mockery of the X Division Title and the contenders that had earned a shot far more than Kendrick. Then we have Pope versus Wolfe in a match which was well paced, gimmick led and showed off all of there talents. But then we have Daniels versus Sean Morley, which was quite frankly, shoddy. Daniels put his shift in, carrying the match as much as he could as Morley struggled with pace and timing. There was also confusion over who was the heel and baby-face, as Daniels championed TNA but subsequently threatened to slap a girl, whilst Sean Morley’s poor Rick Rude imitation was confusing as his mic-time was littered with crude sexual references. It left the crowd completely confused. It does beg the question though about Morley and his purpose? If it is to help Daniels turn heel, then why don’t they give him a bit of better gimmick, one much less ambiguous.
After that, we have a Beer Money vs Nash and X-Pac match. Beer Money desperately need a heel turn or some kind of energy into there gimmick at the moment. They are looking dated. The expiration date of Beer Money pales into insignificance to Nash and X-Pac. Until they decide to come up with something new, then I refuse to write anything about them. It’s just laziness, selfish and down right appalling that they are still getting air-time.
Mr Anderson, a.k.a Mr Kennedy made his debut. Great! Can’t wait for his run in the company, full of bad matches and an outstanding level of commitment. Might be a little better than Lashley’s run. This was then followed by Styles versus Angle in a match which saw Flair making his debut as Style’s mentor, indicating a heel turn. Now, credit where credit is due, this storyline might have legs. Flair has usually been involved in some great story-lines, and is a pro at delivering what is needed. And Styles and Angle are consummate pros.
I would say, TNA does have a roster of genuine talent. It also has far too many people there just picking up a wage cheque. It needs steady booking and a much less hectic and busy roster change.
So, when Hulk Hogan came bumbling out, he should of said that change will happen, maybe not now, but soon. But that wouldn’t be the Hulk Hogan way of doing things