My name is Jason and this is my first article for TNANews.com, and I will start off by saying that flat out, TNA raised the bar with this weeks episode of Impact. This company is continually building, the storylines get better and the wrestling itself was far and away better than anything have seen on WWE TV in months. Alone, the AJ Styles/Samoa Joe match (you got it early, Alex) was better than anything WWE put out this week. It wasn’t even the main event, which in itself was also spectacular.
Here are just some of my thoughts from this great episode of Impact.
Bound for Glory Series
We all knew that the Bound For Glory Series was going to be great this year, and after watching Impact, it just got a lot better. Predictable, besides Christopher Daniels win over Hernandez, though engaging. I’m not for Jeff Hardy going over Roode, but I’m not the booker and that would be a tough match to call. If I’m the booker, I would keep Roode in the top five, which will elevate the series. Magnus is the currently leader with a predictable win over Kaz. I look for him to lead the series throughout, and an epic battle (or two) with Samoa Joe. Jay Bradley looked great against Austin Aries, who I see being one of the leaders of the pack this summer.
Disappointingly, there were no X-Division matches, though it was announced that there will be a three-way match on next week’s Impact for title featuring the champ Chris Sabin vs. Kenny King vs. Suicide. With Destination X (now an episode of Impact and NOT a PPV) around the corner, look for this division to heat up once again. Could we see Bully Ray vs Chris Sabin? The X-Division made TNA, and look for them to capitalize on the concept leading into the summer.
Somehow, I can’t be sold on Mickie James as a heel. That country-bumpkin persona just doesn’t coincide with the ‘mean bitch,’ persona that she’s trying to get over. With so many Knockouts on the roster gone (where the heck is Tara, Madison Rayne and Beth Tessmacher?), there was a heel-void to fill, and they needed someone to step in. How long could Gail Kim go on being the only heel Knockout. I’m not entirely sure why they haven’t used Gut-Check winner Taeler Hendrix, who is a phenomenal up-and-coming performer. While the WWE Women’s division is hurting, TNA has done an incredible job with their female talent. Diva’s, take notice, because the Knockouts are at the top of their game right now.
Main Event Mafia vs Aces & Eights
Sting has begun assembling what will be the epic group of the summer, the New Main Event Mafia. The predictable addition of Kurt Angle to the group at the conclusion of Impact left me giggling at the edge of my seat. Watching Sting butt heads with Bully Ray while he was in the Angle Lock was great. Let’s look for Sting to add more members in the weeks to come leading up to Bound for Glory.
Who would I like to see as a member of the new MEM? Obviously Samoa Joe and Magnus, though from a booking standpoint, you’d like to see them focused on the BFG series, however I do believe Abyss will be a future member, pulling ‘double-duty’ with Joseph Park in the BFG series. A Jeff Jarrett return as a member would set the company on fire.
This was a great episode of Impact. The slow-build of the Aces & Eights storyline has taken off, and it still evolves enough to keep us watching. This may be the last go-round for Sting, now surrounding himself with another faction. By doing this, and the fact the he no longer has a shot at the World Title, could he be working his way out of TNA and into WWE in time for Wrestlemania XXX.
Next week, I’ll take a look at Sting, his past, his future, his greatest rivalries, and the reason why I hope he never sets foot in a WWE ring.