It's obviously nice to see the Pope back in the ring again. He's one of the best mic workers in TNA and I'm absolutely stoked for his match-up against Kurt Angle at Victory Road.
Unfortunately, Kurt Angle had to state that if he loses one match in his quest to become champion again, he'll retire. Now, I honestly don't believe that he'll actually retire from TNA any time soon. If he does, then this is the first I'm hearing about it.
But basically, this puts TNA in a bind. Either they can have him lose in a way that doesn't force him to retire (good luck finding that option), they can go back on their word (which would make Angle look like an idiot) or they can have him steamroll through their main event scene and win the title (predictable).
TNA needs to stop having people put their careers on the line. Do it once, and it raises the stakes for a match. Do it all the time and it loses its luster. A simple idea, but TNA just can't seem to grasp that fact.
A couple of weeks now without seeing Orlando Jordan or Big Rob Terry. Maybe TNA management is starting to listen to the fans a bit more. Or maybe they realized that shoving wrestlers down the fans throats regardless of the sustained level of indifference is a bad thing. Again, who knew?
I'm still loathing the X-Division right now as it's currently constructed. Williams, though somewhat enjoyable to watch (especially his finishing move), should be legitimizing the global title, not crapping all over the X-Division and its wrestlers.
His "high flyer-hating" angle was fine a few months ago but has grown stale and his match with Kendrick at Victory Road is the one I'm looking forward to the least.
Thought I'd love for them to put the belt on Kendrick and have him feud with the likes of Amazing Red and others that can actually keep up with him, I don't buy Kendrick as a threat to Williams' title reign for a second.
Williams will retain at Victory Road and we'll be subjected to even more of his stale gimmick as the next challenger steps up to face him. Snore.
When will the Knockouts Division finally get some new blood? I've read that Ms. Tessmacher is taking wrestling lessons and might join the division, which I guess makes sense considering that she's barely used as Bischoff's assistant.
But adding one woman while losing Gail Kim, Awesome Kong, ODB, Roxxi, Alissa Flash, Rhaka Khan, Sojourner Bolt, Salinas, and others still signals the fact TNA has a lot of work to do if they have any intention of getting this division back to its former prominence.
Given the ratings that the women have always been able to draw, I'd suggest that Hogan and Bischoff roll up their sleeves and get started in earnest. The Beautiful People can't do it alone!
Is Fourtune ever actually going to turn into a group? Ric Flair announced the group a few weeks ago, but we have yet to actually see, you know, the GROUP.
I get that wrestlers have to fight to be in it, but is there any chance at all that Flair might be able to update the fans on who's in and who's not? The announcers have told us that Wolfe's not in, but AJ still seems to be with Flair, and all AJ does lately is lose. So, what gives?
Other angles in TNA are coming together quite well, and while I'm loving the idea of a faction featuring Morgan, Kaz and Beer Money led by Flair, a little direction would be much appreciated.
Well, that's it for this week. What did you think of last night's iMPACT!?