Booking Impact! – A #1 Contender (You Know Who)

Welcome to a new edition of Booking Impact! tonight where I will look over the in ring matches tonight and let you know how I would have booked them. Agree with me? Disagree? Sound off on the comments below. Let’s roll!

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IMPACT WRESTLING – 3/21/2013 – CHICAGO, IL

TNA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Bobby Roode & Austin Aries (C) Vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
Broadcast: Roode & Aries def. Chavo & Hernandez with interference from Kazarian and Christopher Daniels.
How I’d book it: I would have booked this bout exactly as it was. Not only were Roode and Aries showcased as the champions they were, but Kazarian and Daniels made a statement. These two are championship contenders, and also two of the most entertaining talents on the roster, so they should be in the tag team title scene without a doubt. If I had booked this, I would continue to build on these two, possibly with Bad Influence (Kaz & Daniels) competing next week with Roode/ Aries involved in Bad Influence losing. This would ultimately lead to a championship showdown on Impact Wrestling some time down the road.

TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Kenny King (C) Vs. Zema Ion Vs. Sonjay Dutt
Broadcast: Kenny King def. Zema Ion & Sonjay Dutt
How I’d book it: I would have booked this as the opening contest of the night to set the tone. As far as the winner, I also have Kenny King over the other competitors. King just took the X-Division championship from RVD not too long ago and successfully defended it at Lockdown. It’s a no brainer that he keeps the gold tonight. This is his time to build on that win and build his stock in the company as a possible world title contender in the future. Zema is in and out too much and Sonjay just came back (is he back full time?) so none of these two are worthy, at this time anyway, to hold the title. The X-Division needs a champion like Kenny to bring some enthusiasm into the division. The new X-Division rules are pretty interesting as well. I’ll discuss that in my next article later in the week or early next week.

Matt Morgan Vs. Joseph Park
Broadcast: Matt Morgan def. Joseph Park
How I’d book it: Morgan over Park for sure, but this was way too long of a match for what it was. I understand the need to give Morgan some heat to attempt a build for his character, but this match could have been a couple of minutes at most. Morgan is a beast so I would have let the beast out and destroy Joseph Park and move on. I’ll let it be known that I am not a fan of the Joseph Park character at all so any chance I have to bury this guy, I will take it. I want to do away with Joseph Park and bring back Abyss. I also would have booked Morgan with, say, Christian York and have a serious match (also using York for goodness sakes).

TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP #1 CONTENDER MATCH
Samoa Joe Vs. Magnus Vs. Kurt Angle Vs. Jeff Hardy
Broadcast: Jeff Hardy def. Samoa Joe, Magnus & Kurt Angle
How I’d book it: I actually have Kurt Angle winning this one. Just like Bully said in his vignette, Kurt was the first to be taken down. He also was involved in a lot of the brawls and revealed D’Lo as an Aces & 8′s member. Angle has been an intricate part of the Aces & 8′s story and he would certainly bring a level of intensity into a world title match. Bully and Angle would tear the house down if given the opportunity but I see Bully retaining and ultimately facing Hardy for the gold.

RANDOM THOUGHTS:
- I like the development between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell, but they made it a Bully and Brooke issue at the end of the segment. I don’t understand when wrestling companies do this as it makes what we just saw unimportant. Gail Kim is an important talent and she should have gotten a little more respect. Taryn Terrell has a chance to make a name for herself in this business as well. In any event, this can be a refreshing feud if done right. By the way, I swore Gail’s shoes were going to fly off into the crowd as that was a great spear she took from Taryn. I would have cut the Bully part and leave that as a backstage segment after commercial break.

- Mike Tenay is a terrible over-actor. Thank goodness Taz and James Storm saved the segment. I cringed everytime the camera took a shot of Tenay’s facial expressions. I just can’t take him seriously when he’s like that.

- Considering the matches were taped after the live Chicago show, I wasn’t expecting much in-ring action tonight. Just the nature of filming at a later time. However, it’s distracting and concerning when the majority of the show is vignettes and talk. Maybe they’ll get better at it but we’ll see how the filming goes in Jonesboro.

Please leave your comments below and let us know how you would have booked the matches. You can also just give us your opinions on the winners tonight and how their respective stories are progressing. Check out the other great article here by great writers and lets keep the conversation going.

Until next time, “Don’t hate the playa, hate the game”.

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  • Patrick_OToole

    I was at the show and they actually taped the X Division match before anything else, we didn't know it was going to be for Impact and thought it might have been for Xplosion… we were wrong. Also, they made all the people sit down (that would have been facing the camera) for the taping, the only conclusion we made about this was that so people watching on TV couldn't tell that the people in the audience were the same. It drastically killed the crowd and I think affected the performers as well.

    Final thing, the taped matches were actually more fun than the live event. For the live event you had to sit through all the promos and interviews, which after a PPV with a big swerve (some would say) were plentiful. At the taped portion the match would end, the wrestlers would walk to the back, we would sit down and then JB would say immediately, "We're live in 3…2…1…" and the next match would start. Kept a lot of the energy up for the matches even though we were told to sit for most of them.

    • http://www.TNANews.com Ric Santos

      That's very interesting Patrick. Goes to show you how those kinds of decisions can really impact (no pun intended) how the live show plays out and the televised show plays out. TNA is clearly still trying to get a feel for things but then again, they've always been unorganized with filming matches for shows. Thanks for your comments and insight Patrick!