The Anderson Breakdown: TNA Sacrifice

TNA Sacrifice – Reviewed

It’s no schoolyard secret that I’ve been pretty down on the TNA product for awhile now. For further explanation, check out my post at The Wrestling Blog, subtly titled “TNA: Total Sinking Ship.” I’ve learned though that if you can count on TNA for one thing and one thing only, it’s above-average PPV’s. The last couple have been a bit of a letdown, and Sacrifice certainly looks sketchy on paper, but TNA’s record is pretty decent when it comes to PPV, so I’m going in with an open mind. Let’s see what happens, shall we…


First of all, take a minute to feast your eyes on the man that is quite possibly TNA’s most valuable long-term asset — Dave Sahadi. As many of you surely know, and just as many don’t, Dave Sahadi is the man responsible for the outstanding TNA video packages that open each PPV. Before coming to TNA, Dave Sahadi was the man in charge of video packages with the WWE. Some of his more memorable work included the original intro to RAW, with the rock band playing atop Titan Towers and the helicopter circling the roof, as well as the Wrestlemania XV Hall of Fame intro video featuring Pat Patterson, Ernie Ladd, Freddie Blassie, and Gorilla Monsoon. Vince McMahon was moved to tears by the video, but over the next few years, Sahadi became increasing disenfranchised for the WWE. The final straw came when Sahadi was forced to produce the Katie Vick vignettes, despite his objections to the angle.

Sahadi eventually joined TNA in August of 2004, and TNA’s post-production values absolutely went through the roof when he came on board. His video packages are perhaps the best thing going in the entire company right now, and his Black & White Sting video that opened up a TNA PPV earlier this year was perhaps the best video package TNA has ever done. Equally awesome was the video package that closed out the first edition of Thursday Night Impact.

Even though I’m wary of the PPV to come, Sahadi’s intro package to Sacrifice can’t help but get me hyped for matches that, going in, I had absolutely no interest in seeing.

With the salary Sahadi is getting paid, along with the absolutely horrendous quality of most episodes of Impact, it absolutely blows my mind that they save most of Sahadi’s good stuff for PPV. Much like Kevin Dunn, Sahadi can make absolutely any event look can’t-miss with his production, and TNA seriously needs to be devoting a good 5-10 minutes each episode to Sahadi’s packages.

The opening to Sacrifice is just absolutely f*cking phenomenal. Downright inspirational.

The following words accompanied clips of TNA’s wrestlers, bloody, battered, and beaten down:

“Life is not without peril,
We all suffer hardships,
Turmoil,
Pain.

But adversity introduces a man to himself.
A man’s own self is his greatest friend.
But a man’s own self is also his most daunting foe.

Perhaps our deepest fear is not that we are weak, vulernable, inadaquate.

Perhaps… our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination.

We are all meant to shine.

It’s not just in some of us, it’s in all of us.

And these men have sacrificed body and soul.

Surrendered what they were, for what they can become.

It’s boundless possibility they embrace.

Born of imagination.

Nurtured by dreams.

Brought to life by a burning inner desire.

It’s not what one is capable of that matters.

It’s how much one wants something that counts.

For there is no great reward, without… great.. sacrifice.”

It’s amazing that a company that does so much so wrong can do something so f*cking awesome.

Moving on….


Mike Tenay and Don West introduce us to Sacrifice as fireworks explode above the ring. The crowd looks pretty hyped up, even though, again, TNA would benefit greatly from moving the PPV’s out of the Impact Zone.


Jushin Liger vs. Petey Williams

Man, there is just something so incredibly cool about seeing Jushin Liger in the United States. Not only that, but he comes to his true theme, “Ikari no Jushin,” as well! No cheesy pop-metal version of the Japanese anthem for Liger! Liger is rocking his black outfit, and the Impact Zone gives him the streamer treatment for good measure.

From what I saw, the match was pretty good. Nothing blowaway, but a nice way to open the show. I loved the Team Japan beatdown on Petey Williams, and I also loved the fact the Scott D’Amore was nowhere to be found at ringside. Maybe TNA’s actually listening to their fanbase on D’Amore? Or maybe I’ll end up eating those words later on in the PPV.

The TNA fans are as schizo as ever, seguing from a “Petey Sucks!” chant into a studio-wide chant of “Let’s go Petey!”

For some reason, my tape (which an IP reader was actually nice enough to leave for me at Starbucks at 7:00 this morning) completely froze up during the end of this match. Looked like a problem with the cable feed. Not sure if it was a local or national problem, haven’t read any news for fear of seeing spoilers, but when it cut back in, Mike Tenay informed me that Jushin Liger had won the match.

We’ll give it an automatic **1/2 stars, as Liger automatically gets the benefit of the doubt.


– America’s Most Wanted Promo:

You know, after all these months, I still don’t quite understand how Gail Kim and Jackie fit in with the whole AMW/Jarrett clique. Regardless, Jackie’s in tears tonight, and AMW don’t seem to want anything to do with it. In fact, they start threatening her, and it gets downright uncomfortable to watch. In the kindest way possible, AMW tell her to “dig her own grave and throw herself in.”

But wait!

We get to the crux of why Jackie is crying!

She’s pregnant!!

A PREGNANCY ANGLE!!!!!

How novel!

After all, it worked so well in ECW, WCW, WWE, wait, maybe it didn’t.

Borash cartoonishly says “WOW! CONGRATULATIONS!”, as if he’s never really met a pregnant woman before in his life, and then Gail Kim proceeds to “fire” Jackie from whatever position she previously held.


– AMW vs. AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels

AJ and Daniels come to the ring in matching tights, which really hammers home the subtle hate they have for each other.

Don West immediately overanalyzes a simple suplex, saying:

“The verticle suplex!!! It’s a psychological move!!! His way of saying, ‘I CAN DO THIS TO YOU WHENEVER I WANT!!!”

He also interjects his strange catchphrase (“MAN ALIVEEEEEEEE!”) enough times to make me squirm uncomfortably in my seat.

West aside though, this match was actually pretty damn great. AMW were awesome as always, and Styles and Daniels make a hell of a team. I counted at least five times that I thought for sure that the match was over, only to have someone kick out or make the save at the very last second.

The finish was pretty cheap (Styles getting knocked out by a Big Bossman-like night stick), but if it means another match between these four, so be it.

Finally, it’d be remiss not to mention Gail Kim, who has definitely become one of the bright spots of TNA. It’s a shame that the WWE didn’t utilize her well, and it’s a shame that she’s really got nowhere to go in TNA. I’d love to see her back feuding with Trish or Mickie one day.

***1/4

MAN ALIVEEEEEEE!!!!!


– Backstage with Larry Zbsyzko, Jeremy Borash, A1, and referee Slick Johnson.

Man, what a total cornball segment. We cut to Larry Z, wearing one of his absolutely ridiculous shirts, and A1. No D’Amore with A1 though! We’re two for two so far! Sweet! A1 calls Zbsyzko “Barry,” Borash sells it like someone just got pie-faced, and the segment continues forward.

After A1 leaves, Slick Johnson comes in and Larry starts grilling him about who the new TNA Commissioner is. Slick tells Larry that the announcement will be made at Slammiversary, although I think we all know that Jim Cornette seems to be a lock for the position.

In typical TNA fashion, they teased several other names for the Commissioner position (Roddy Piper, Vince Russo, and The Ultimate Warrior), two of which were much bigger names than the surprise (Cornette) they plan on actually delivering at the PPV. I’d much rather have Cornette than anyone else, but it’s still not an overly wise thing to do.

Borash plays the stooge yet again as the camera cuts away, excitedly questioning Larry about the Ultimate Warrior and curiously inspecting Larry’s hair to see if he has a comb-over.

THE COOL ALTERNATIVE!


Raven vs. A1

A1 comes to the ring accompanied by … Larry Zbyszko! STILL NO D’AMORE! THERE IS A GOD!

Larry gets a folding chair and takes a seat in the ring while the camera focuses in on a pregnant woman in a Skeletor t-shirt in the crowd. It’s weird that they’ve got the camera and spotlights trained on this woman and she walks down the stairs. She tries to get over the guardfail, fails, and then tries again.

Then, she climbs the turnbuckles and strikes a pose… …

Wait a minute?!?!

It’s not a pregnant woman in a skeletor t-shirt after all!

It’s RAVEEEEEEEEEEEEEN.

After five minutes of slow, plodding action, the match is mercifully put out of its misery when Raven hits a DDT for the pin.

After the match, Larry enters the ring and calls a severely gassed/injured Raven back to ring to settle this thing once and for all.

All of this nonsense results in a bizarre pull-apart brawl highlighted by Larry Zbyzsko running cross-ring and delivering one of the oddest Stinger Splashes of all time, before being tackled to the ground by three security guards, one of which appeared to be a child in a “Security” t-shirt.

And thus, a feud that absolutely nobody wants to see continues on into its second year.


Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner Promo:

From the second we see Jarrett and Steiner, I’m anxiously anticipating a pop-culture reference by Jeff Jarrett that’s meant to be cool, but is so antiquated and dull that it ends up going over everyone’s head. Bob Barker, Hermie Sadler, and Toby Keith are the usual suspects, but last week we got a touch of Monty Hall. One thing’s for sure, the day that Jeff Jarrett name-drops David Rupreck from Supermarket Sweep is the day that I become Jarrett’s number one fan.

Man, not only is D’Amore less visible tonight, but Jeff Jarrett actually brought his pop-culture references into the 21st century (Howie Mandell). Maybe somebody out there is paying attention.

Jarrett and Steiner’s promo is surprisingly great. Not only do they put over TNA by saying that guys like Luger, Rick Steiner, and Buff Bagwell could never hang in the company as the business has passed them by, but they also do a good job putting Joe over as well.

Steiner tells Joe that his biggest mistake is thinking that he can hang outside of the X Division against guys like himself and Jarrett; if Joe gets the win against either or these two, or at least holds his own against them, it will definitely bolster his status.

On the flip side, if TNA actually does have Joe get pinned tonight, which I highly, highly doubt they will do, then they truly are the WCW of 2006.

AWESOME promo though.


– Rhyno vs. Bobby Roode

I guess I spoke too soon.

This match had no hype going in, and probably belonged on Global Impact! as opposed to a ‘major’ TNA PPV. D’Amore was at ringside, and not surprisingly, the finish was wAcKy and D’Amore centric.

Thus, the TNA streak of PPV’s Involving at Least One Scott D’Amore Hockey Stick Finish extends to 46.

And when the match ends and Roode is celebrating the win, needless to say, the camera is focused directly on D’Amore.

*


Team 3-D Promo

More general TNA weirdness as Bubba Ray Dudley equates how memorable the Dudleys’ first WWE title win was with how memorable the attacks of 9/11 were. No, that wasn’t a joke. Then again, everyone else seems to be using 9/11 for their own personal and political gain these days, why not a couple of grapplers as well!~!~!~

And sticking with the TNA policy of being sorely behind on pop-culture, Bubba Ray Dudley makes a joke about OJ Simpson, with the punch-line being, “You KNOW he killed that white girl.”

Because D-Von Dudley is, you know, black he vehemently defends Simpson!

Ugh.

Anyway, after Team 3-D waxed nostaligic for a few more moments about how important the Dudleys and the New Age Outlaws used to be, name-dropping the “WWE” and referencing the “old” names of both tag teams, the interview ended.

It was immediately followed by a video package that once again feature numerous references to the WWE and numerous references to both team’s former greatness.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, it really does come across as jealous and pathetic.


– Team 3-D vs. The New Age Outlaws

Before the match, “B Jizzle” grabs the mic and gives a bizarre interview, calling Bubba Ray Dudley a “mark” and saying “I don’ know ma’ own win-loss recorrrrd.”

This was a strange match to watch. It definitely would have been considered a solid tag match by 1998 WWF standards, but even though there was nothing actively bad about it, it just doesn’t really have a place in 2006 TNA.

It was also entirely too long. I’m not geeky enough to time matches, but I’ve been told that I have an impeccable mental clock. So much so that my friends often call me The Mental Clock. Ok, maybe not, but it’d be a hell of a nickname. Anyway, I’d estimate that this match went anywhere between 12 and 15 minutes. In TNA land, that’s an enternity. Especially for a match that the Impact Zone (!) is doing you a favor by apathetically playing along with.

Plus, it ended with a silly lead-pipe screwjob finish.

Based on this, for TNA’s next PPV (Slammiversary), our two confirmed matches thus far are Raven/Zybzsko and 3-D/Outlaws II (possibly involving Bullet Bob).

TNA = THE COOL ALTERNATIVE!

On a positive note though, and this is no joke, Billy Gunn probably had his best performance in years last night. He was quick, he hit most of his spots, and in all seriousness, he looked pretty impressive. He’s still Billy Gunn, but he genuinely seemed to work hard last night, and it was good to see.

**


– Jim Mitchell Promo w/ Abyss:

“And Christian, I promise you this, your squeals are going to reverberate throughout the Impact Zone as Abyss uses ordinary household tools and furniture as instruments of torture.”

Although its not necessarily saying much, Jim Mitchell is probably the best manager in the business right now. Scott D’Amore wishes he had one tenth the presence and charisma of Jim Mitchell. While D’Amore chooses to goofily oversell absolutely everything, a simple facial expression by Mitchell says more in five seconds than D’Amore usually gets across in the 35 minutes of television time he gives himself each week on Impact.


– Jushin Liger vs. Petey Williams II

I guess it was a national problem after all, not a problem with my tape. Good for TNA for recognizing the fact that people might have ordered the PPV to see Liger, and quickly moving to remedy the situation. In this case, they replayed the last couple minutes of the match and promised to provide highlights on their website. A+ for recognizing the problem and moving quickly to correct it.

Man, I could have lived without ever seeing that finish though. In an incredibly fresh move of booking prowess, TNA utilized the screwjob finish once again. This time, a member of Team Japan distracted the referee while the third member snuck into the ring, hit Petey Williams between the legs, and allowed Liger to get the pin.

4 cheap finishes out of 5 matches.

Cornette is going to have a huge mess to clean up if given the book.


World X-Cup Gauntlet

I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I always hoped and dreamed that a day would come in which a wrestling company would hold a tournament so complex and so hard to follow that a TI-83 scientic calculator and a thick pad of graph paper would be necessary to follow along at home.

Even then, after weeks of watching this tournament, I still don’t have a f*cking clue what’s going on here.

Mike Tenay is nice enough to explain, saying something along the lines of, “Winner gets 3, loser 2, singles match 1, tag match 2, but winner gets 2, except if its 1, THE BESTTTTTTT IN THE WORLLLLLLLLLLLD.”

Minoru Tanaka starts out for Team Japan, and out for Team Mexico is PUMA. I might be imagining things, but hasn’t PUMA jumped back and forth between Team Japan and Team Mexico three or four times already?

Minoru Tanaka hits a couple of kicks (Don West: “IT’S LIKE A KUNG FU MOVIEEEEE!!!!!”), but starts screaming at the referee because he won’t count to three. Even after the referee explains the over-the-top nature of the contest, Minoru keeps screaming. You’d think Team Japan would have taken the time to ask about the r00Ls!

I love how every time Mike Tenay or Don West makes a simple, obvious statement (“Pinfalls don’t count in this match”), the other will pipe in an over-the-top “GOOOOD POINT!”

Tenay: “Three members of Team Japan are now in the ring.”
West: “GOOOD POINT!”

Tenay: “Remember, you have to throw your opponent over the top rope.”
West: “GOOD POIIIIINT!”

About ten more guys enter the ring without any eliminations, before Sonjay Dutt and In Cognito are both eliminated in a spot that looked to severely injure Sonjay Dutt. Hopefully he’s not injured too badly.

If you have your Tivo handy, there’s a silly spot right before the final member of Team Canada makes his entrance. Shocker is standing in the ring looking confused, so he suddenly just lays down across the legs of one of the Team Japan guys. The Team Japan guy awkwardly kicks up, and Shocker throws himself backwards, leaps, and somehow ends up laying off-balance back-first across the top rope. He teeters back and forth for several seconds untl the Team Japan guy gets up, leaps towards him, and basically eliminates himself.

I don’t really have much to say about the match itself, other than it was exactly what you’d expect. 16 guys crowded into the tiny ring carefully doing their gymnastics routines around each other. It was entertaining enough to watch, but much like the Royal Rumble, wrestlers are pretty limited in what they can do when there’s 15 other guys in the ring with them.

Jay Lethal and Eric Young (who could be a main-eventer in TNA one day) were the crowd favorites.

Unfortunately, Jay Lethal also eliminated himself, getting hit by a PUMA superkick that was so hard that it somehow caused him to turn around, grab the top rope, and leaaaaaaaaap right over.

Petey Williams and PUMA were the last two in the ring, and to hammer home just how confusing the rules were, Petey Williams pinned Puma for the victory.

As Team Canada celebrates, the announcers humorously start screaming that they too can’t seem to figure out the numbers, and aren’t quite sure who won the overall World X Cup.

STOP THE PRESSES!

In a pure WCW moment, after 20 minutes of high-flying X-Division action, Kevin Fucking Nash comes walking out to the ring and TOTALLY destroys PUMA with a powerbomb.

From there, Kevin Nash buries the entire X-Division, saying, “All these guys might as well be In Cognito, because I don’t have a damn clue who any of them are.”

After punking out Puma again, Nash leans down to him, gets in his face, and says, “I don’t care what your Momma told you, size DOES matter!”

We cut away from Nash, and back to the horribly confusing World X Cup bracket system. Apparantly, according to Don West and Mike Tenay, we have some sort of “tie,” with Team Canada and another Team (which they didn’t clearly mention).

Anyway, a solid, if confusing match. I hate to use goofy cliches, especially those related to meat, but for me, this kind of stuff is all sizzle and no steak. 16 guys bouncing all over the place is all fine and well, but if there’s no real emotion behind the storyline, it’s ultimately inconsequential.

**1/2

I will say this though, TNA’s production guys did a hell of a job making this match as coherent as possible. They stuck with the wide shot for minutes at a time, only switching angles for big high-spots and eliminations. It made the product alot easier to follow,and if they shot all of their matches like this, TNA might be a little easier to watch.

Regardless, it’s like Bizarro WCW week here in America, with the WWE cartoonishly squashing their World Champion to a goofy part-time act, and then TNA doing a little one-upsmanship last night, squashing their entire X-Division (the backbone of their company) to a part-time act as well.

Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeely.


Samoa Joe Promo:

Short, to the point, and intense. Even though it only lasted about ten seconds, it was probably Joe’s best promo in TNA.


Sting & Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner

I’ll be brief here, but again, TNA deserves credit where credit is due, and in this particular match, TNA did exactly the right thing. Props to Sting, Jeff Jarrett, and Scott Steiner for all working hard and putting the sole focus of this match on getting Samoa Joe over as a legitimate World Title Contender.

TNA’s got a potential problem on their hands when it comes to Sting. The guy is being paid a half million dollars by a company that’s already millions in the hole, and the crowd is already apathetic toward him. His novelty wore off weeks ago, but instead of forcing Sting on the fans to justify the expense, TNA is actually using Sting to give the rub to guys like Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. Scott Steiner also gave Joe a massive rub here tonight. The effectiveness of these rubs are yet to be seen, but at least they’re doing the right thing here.

Jarrett did the right thing putting Joe over cleanly, although the cynic in me says that Jarrett did it to justify winning the World Title back from Christian and going on to feud with Samoa Joe himself.

Anyway, not a great wrestling match by any stretch of the imagination, but a good effort by all those involved, and a great effort by the booking team to actually do something right here and give Joe a nice rub.

**`1/2

– Post-Match:

Interesting post-match angle. Samoa Joe shakes Sting’s hand after the match, but as Joe’s walking back up the ramp and Scott Steiner and Jarrett jump back in the ring to beat down Sting, Joe just watches for a minute before walking to the back.

I like the idea of a tweener Joe that can concievably fight anyone, and I definitely liked this ending more than the one several seconds earlier where Joe gave Sting a friendly handshake.


Christian vs. Abyss

Like I mentioned earlier, it seems kind of corny for TNA to rip off the WWE’s gimmicks, and TNA’s “TLC & C” match is no different. Why even add the chains? The copycat act is transparent enough, there’s no reason to lazily try to mask that.

Regardless, I’m really looking forward to this match, and if it wasn’t here, there’s no way I would have made even made an effort to see this show. I like how TNA almost always closes with their World Title match as well. It honestly does make the Title seem like the most important thing in the company.

Great entrance for Christian. I’ve always been a sucker for the whole Goldberg-esque ‘follow the guy through the backstage area as he walks towards the curtain” entrace. It adds a nice big-time feel to the match. One thing’s for sure, Christian looks the part of NWA Heavyweight Champion.

Apparantly, our referee for the night is Earl Hebner. When Jeremy Borash said Hebner’s name, he said it with an evil leer. I’m praying there’s no idiotic screwjob here tonight.

Anyway, the match itself, I’m sad to report, wasn’t really anything too special. It lasted nearly 20 minutes, but it felt like there was really only about five minutes worth of action in there. Alot of slowwww ladder climbs, slowwww setups for spots, and slowwww periods of inactivity.

As much as I love Christian, I think it’s pretty obvious that the guy is an arena wrestler. He’s absolutely killer in the WWE working the big crowds with the big dramatic gestures and catch phrases, but his style and charisma just doesn’t seem to fit the goofy Impact Zone too well. I forget how long he signed for, but it’d be great if he went back to the WWE after his title run ends. It’s not like TNA will really have anything to do with Christian after that anyway.

With all the great matches between the Dudleys, Hardys, and E&C over the years, the bar for these TLC matches has been set pretty high. I questioned the logic going in of having a TLC match when it obviously couldn’t live up to the matches of the past. Walking out of the PPV, I think that opinion has just been affirmed. Unless you’re prepared to do more crazy, unnecessary, dangerous spots than Christian and Abyss did last night, it’s probably best to leave the past alone and maybe come up with a different kind of match.

Highlight of the match for me was Christian catching Jim Mitchell by the arm after he had just dumped out the thumbtacks, and Mitchell delivering the awesome “Ohhh Shit” line.

I hate to be too negative on the match, because both men worked hard and Christian did his part well, but the whole tables/ladders/thumbtacks thing just feels so incredibly stale these days.

Anyway, a good effort by both men, but as a main event, it was somewhat disappointing.

** 1/2


Conclusion:

Although TNA did the right thing by elevating Joe tonight, overall, it was still an exceedingly average, bordering on bad, show. Like I said earlier, in 1998, this show would have been fine. But times have changed, and almost all of the wrestlers, angles, and gimmicks featured tonight are stale beyond belief.

Over half of the matches ended in screwjobs and loopy finishes, the only concrete feuds set up for the future last night were feuds that absolutely nobody wants to see, and as much as I like Christian, his World Title run just isn’t working at this point.
Aside from Joe, I don’t really know who TNA even has in their heavyweight division right now that could turn things around.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it one more time: without a major change in direction, TNA is dead in the water. Their setting (“The Impact Zone”) might make sense economically, but it’s absolutely murdering the product. It’s not a good wrestling venue, the crowd can be incredibly annoying, and every show feels exactly the same. The public faces of TNA, Larry Zbyszko, Mike Tenay, Don West, and Jeremy Borash hurt the product more than they help it. And that’s the truth. I like Tenay, and there’s no smarter in the business, but he definitely works best in the background, letting someone else call the match and interjecting his information where necessary.

The company has been running on a treadmill for about 7 months now since getting their big break. They haven’t moved forward one inch, despite numerous helping hands by Spike TV and the Carters, and if anything, they’ve taken some steps backward.

If OVW can put on weekly, one-hour television shows so compelling and so incredible that I go out of my way to buy them on DVD, surely TNA can put on a better weekly product. They just have no more excuses for not doing so. Hell, The Ultimate Fighter does a better job each week building matches and stars than TNA does in an entire month of television.

TNA’s out of excuses, and unless they make some major changes, they’re going to die. A company that’s literally bleeding millions of dollars isn’t going to be able to survive without growth. There’s only so long that a .9 rating and 30,000 PPV buys are going to justify Panda’s huge losses, especially now that TNA’s biggest sponsor has dumped them.

I’ve got faith that they can turn things around, especially with Cornette coming in, but it’s going to take dropping a lot of dead weight (the Dudleys, The Outlaws, Jeff Jarrett, Sting), getting rid of that foolish six-sided ring (wrestling fans like innovation, but they don’t like the needless re-shaping of the traditional American ring), changing the look and feel of the show, and actually writing some compelling television.

You can put on the best PPV in the universe, but if you do a shitty job selling it and building towards it, nobody’s going to watch it.

Finally, I think it’s about time that TNA dropped the X-Division label altogether. Sure, it’s been fun and novel while it lasted, but at this point, it’s doing nothing but cutting their roster in half. Keep the same talent, but cut the X-Division loose. Let everyone compete with everyone instead of having one group of guys labeled “X-Division” and one ground of guys labeled “Heavyweight.”

Let’s face it, the “X-Division” will always be seen by the casual fans as a step below the Heavyweight Division. Kevin Nash got across that point pretty well tonight.

Drop the labels and start building some actual angles.

It’s the only way to keep TNA alive.

All in all, another bad showing last night for TNA.

The status-quo just isn’t cutting it anymore.

I’m out, but be sure to check out The Wrestling Blog (www.thewrestlingblog.com). We’ve got breaking news, various special features, on-going RAW reviews, and of course, classic wrestling content. Tomorrow morning, I’m putting the very first interview Bret Hart gave after the 1997 Survivor Series up for download. It’s a hell of a listen.

Hope all is well guyzzz, and I’ll catch you around.

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