Hello pro wrestling fans. Before I get started, I feel it would be best to introduce myself. My name is Michael Carter. I have been a professional wrestling fan since 1983. I have never worked for a wrestling promotion, therefore will not be commenting of behind the scenes affairs, politics, and other managerial issues. Instead, this article will focus on what we see as fans, more specifically the many ups and downs of TNA Impact.
Next Thursday’s Impact marks the return of Chris Sabin. TNA has done a great job of hyping his return. Earlier this month, Dixie let everyone know via Twitter that he would be back sooner than later. Last night’s Impact featured a very well put together video package focusing on his recent plight, his recovery, as well as his return next week.
The promotional video was especially effective. As I was watching, it left me with questions. Those questions turned to interest, which turned to anticipation.
As many of you know, Sabin had a fairly successful singles run before the formation of the Motor City Machine Guns. Before that he was the cocky, multi-time X-Division Champion that had matches so great everyone was shouting, “Hail Sabin.” For those who know, “Hail Sabin” wasn’t just a catchphrase, it was a mantra. Will we see a return to form for Chris Sabin on next week’s Impact?
We’re all used to ref distractions and various shenanigans, but this week Brain Hebner and TNA bring us back to the familiar level of absurdity that is becoming custom with Impact Wrestling.
During the Chavo/Hernandez v. Roode/Aries match, Kaz attempts to distract young Hebner. Christopher Daniels quickly enters the ring to interfere. Realizing Brian Hebner is so easily distracted, Daniels decides to inflict further punishment. As his plans go awry, he is hurled out of the ring in plain sight of the referee. Apparently, the Hebners suffer from a severe case of ADD, are hard of hearing, and have the vision of a cyclops.
If you can remember back to the later days of WCW, this is all too familiar. I was insulted then, and I’m insulted now. What these finishes show is a lack of creativity. Now I’m not saying every match should end clean, but when every single person watching your match goes, “Yeah, the ref totally should’ve saw that,” then you have a problem.
I’m not debating whether Hulk Hogan’s segments are good or not. My issue is that Hogan is not an active wrestler. Now this is fine, as a wrestling program needs personalities, authoritative figures, etc. To have a non-performer involved in over 15 minutes of television time spanning 3 segments, well, that’s pretty ugly in my book. I could go on and on, but if you watched Thursday’s Impact, didn’t you already get enough Hogan this week?
This concludes the first edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. You can follow me on twitter @IsmackayoufacE, where I will be chatting live during Raw and Impact to discuss the many triumphs and woes of the evening.