Last night’s TNA Impact did bring back the Monday night war feeling as TNA carefully crafted their segments to counter key WWE segments. The ratings will tell us if the show was a success and at least for the short term the safe money is that yes the show was a success. Hulk Hogan made his debut at the top of the hour to go up against the first segment featuring Bret Hart on Raw.
Probably the next biggest name to show up on Impact was Jeff Hardy. Hardy showed up follow a steel asylum match that went down hill quick. It was hard to watch, if Raw had been on the other channel I would have changed over. The ending was terrible, the ref quickly called for a no-contest following Homicide’s use of a foreign object.
Wait, I thought cage matches were generally no DQ? The fact that they had three teams and two individuals was too complicated. Was it every man for himself or a team competition? I’ll admit I am not a regular TNA viewer so perhaps it was just me that was confused.
When Hardy came through the crowd it was not very spectacular. I would have expected that one of the more popular stars in the WWE would get a better introduction. Then later in the show he is shown painting a picture of something?? I guess the former WWE champion will be going from main eventing WWE PPV’s to challenging for the X-division title…. to quote the Miz ‘really?’
In that same hour it was shown that Ric Flair had also arrived and would be a part of the new TNA. Flair is a big grab, but at this point in his career I am not sure what he can do unless he is putting younger guys over.
The Nasty Boys, one of the all-time great teams from the past, came in but how can they help? Other than putting over Team 3D and Beer Money what are they good for?
Then it was time for Hulk Hogan’s debut. But wait, there is also Mick Foley trying to get in the building, but he is not allowed in. I though he is supposed to be a share holder in the company and he can’t get in the building?
So Hogan comes out to deliver a typical rambling Hogan interview. Scott Hall and X Pac enter the ring and talk about partying. Then Nash comes out and the segment becomes a snoozefest. Then Eric Bischoff comes out and apparently he has some stroke in the company as well.
So now, lets take count of the people who are supposedly ‘in charge of TNA’. Hogan, check. Dixie Carter, check. Eric Bischoff, check. Mick Foley, check. Jeff Jarrett, check. Did I miss something? Hogan restructured the company so he is charge? Please stop wrapping your storyline in circles!!
The Hogan segment had a WCW feel to it and even had Sting up in the rafters, for a second I thought I was watching Nitro which is a bad thing since this is 2010 not 1997.
With all the rehashed characters there are even more questions to be asked. How are they going to do anything different from what has already been done? Will TNA stars will get pushed aside for Hogan’s cronies?
The early word around is the show did 1.5 rating which should be considered a failure despite it being higher than a normal Impact rating. Anything under a 1.8-2.0 should be very disappointing considering the hype and media attention the signing of Hulk Hogan got them. If the WWE does a mid to high 3 with TNA and a Bowl game as comp, it is going to be a long road for Hogan and TNA. The goal of TNA here was to pull away some of the WWE’s audience and it is unlikely that TNA did that.
The main event of the evening feature two of the most talented wrestlers going today. AJ Styles defended the championship against Kurt Angle. The show ended with a Mick Foley beat down.
The show was not bad, but it just did not do anything for me that makes me think ‘man I need to see the next Impact.’ With Bischoff and Hogan talking about how they are going to take TNA to the top, I have news for them. It is going to take more than Scot Hall, X Pac and the Nasty Boys to get people watching. Perhaps Brutis the Barber is in order?