This week's edition of Impact was the go-home show for TNA's PPV Sacrifice which airs this Sunday. There were a lot of questions TNA needed to answer, like who was Angle's "mistress", the Network Executive, and Matt Hardy's tag team partner on Sunday. With every edition of a TV show, there are going to be Hits, Misses and What the Hell moments.
The Beer Money and Matt Hardy Segment
Bobby Roode's promo last week was phenomenal. This week was pretty good too. Matty Hardy flubbed his lines a little bit but it was barely noticeable.
James Storm actually got on the mic and he was able to show that he has some talking chops as well. Chris Harris was revealed as Matt Hardy's tag partner which I approve of.
This match becomes more personal and we know that all four guys can put on a good show. It put a little more interest into the match on Sunday that's for sure.
This was one of the better battle royals that we have seen in the last few months. It went a good amount of time, which is what you always want for the main event.
The outcome was predictable, but it served its purpose in allowing feuds to grow. This battle royal also showed that TNA hasn't forgotten past feuds, at least for the moment.
Matt Morgan eliminated Homicide showing that they haven't forgotten they don't like each other, and then Morgan was eliminated by Steiner showing that is a feud that just got bigger.
The part I liked best about the battle royal happened about mid-way through. Matt Hardy and James Storm eliminated each other. Storm continued to beat on Hardy outside of the ring. As the refs got Storm away from the ring, Hardy went back to the ring and eliminated Roode.
It was a great way to show that they really don't like each other and make fans remember that Hardy is a heel and will do anything to win going into Sacrifice this Sunday.
Mick Foley and Hulk Hogan Segment
This segment had a ton of issues for me. First, Foley shoved Bischoff down but it just looked horrible. Then, Foley was out of breath for most of the segment which made his promo hard to listen to.
To top it off, Foley kept saying that the show was going to be about wrestling, in the midst of a promo segment for about 10 minutes. I personally would love the show to be more about wrestling, but not if that means that we are going to have 40-year-old's or older past their prime in the ring.
Did I mention that Foley is the "network"? That wasn't a great decision in my opinion either.
Don't get me wrong here, picking someone like Chyna for the roll of Angle's mistress was a fantastic idea. She has not only the look of someone that could easily scare Karen Jarrett, but she is good in the ring which might prevent someone from getting hurt, unlike if the would have chosen Isis the Amazon.
The problem I have with the choice is simple. This is labeled an appearance and not signing for a reason: we don't know if she has signed a contract with TNA. If she decides that she doesn't like TNA, she could leave without even letting them know. Meanwhile they waste her appearance on Impact (not to mention that they taped it two weeks ago so everyone knew the surprise).
It apparently also pissed Vince McMahon off and we all know when he gets angry he does something crazy.
What the Hell?!
What the hell was the point of the name change? Is it really going to make a difference when it comes to people watching your product? Is it really going to help you compete with WWE?
This was just another way for TNA to try to stick it to WWE, although I highly doubt WWE cares what TNA calls themselves.
Battle Royal Significance
What the hell was the point of creating a Battle Royal for the #1 Contendership of the World Title?
Isn't Rob Van Damn still #1 contender until he actually has a title match? If Sting loses at Sacrifice, doesn't he get a rematch before anyone else gets a shot at the World Title? Did they give away the main event at Sacrifice or are they trying to "screw" Mr. Anderson again? I haven't quite figured it out.
Impact was ok this week. I feel this led perfectly into Sacrifice and answered all of the questions that needed to be answered before the PPV.
The card for Sacrifice looks ok, but it just has some matches I don't care for and some matches that need to be added. Dreamer and Styles really shouldn't be having another match after that long feud this past fall, but at the same time, I am glad that A.J. has a match, considering he is one of the best wrestlers around.
Next week's edition of Impact will feature the fall out from Sacrifice and I can't wait to see what happens.
As always, leave a comment and let me know what you though of Impact this week. Tell me what you thought of my picks and which choices you would have made. Thanks for reading.