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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 01:31 pm
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Episode #3 was back to being a shit-show again.  A ton of new talent was introduced in a multi-man match that no one cared about where Mahabeli Sheera was the only "old" TNA star in the match, and he's the one that went over.  None of the guys had names that can be pronounced, which even the announcers joked about, and we weren't given the slightest reason at all to care about any of them just thrown out there. 

They also brought back LAX, but LAX is now a huge stable of non-descript Latino guys and the ones who wrestled are just known as Santana and Ortiz.  Yeah, that'll get over.  Konnan can't wrestle anymore but Homicide could've at least been used.  And the non-descript Latino guys beat up James Storm, one of the only guys on the roster who I still know.  Do you think he wishes he had stayed in NXT yet?

They brought back ODB and Rebel for a women's match which was dominated by tired old Earl Hebner comedy spots (and he doesn't do them well) where for no reason at all he sexually assaulted Rebel and did the Flair strut, then got kissed by ODB and did the Flair flop.  He hasn't been presented as a comedy character in years, so this made no sense and was silly as fuck.  These are the new ideas that creative is bringing to the table.

And then the main angle of the show was back to being Josh Matthews again, and his confrontation with Karen fucking Jarrett.  I just don't get it.  We've had 3 or 4 new "authority figures" introduced in rapid-fire succession over the past 3 weeks, none of whom(except Jarrett) have any real on-camera connection to TNA in the past, they weren't even given titles or reasons to be there, and you have no idea why any of these people are in power and who's making what decisions.  And then the tease the return of Dixie Carter only to slap her in the face and bring out Karen instead, and for what?  Dixie was awful but she put on a better show than this and she's gone and no one really cares, why keep being petty and slapping her in the face?  You're TNA, you don't have the right to slap anyone around. 

It was unwatchable garbage 2 out of 3 weeks and I don't know who any of these guys are anymore.  It's actually shocking how bad this show has gotten.  I haven't seen anything like it since Russo booked WCW.

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srossi wrote: Episode #3 was back to being a shit-show again.  A ton of new talent was introduced in a multi-man match that no one cared about where Mahabeli Sheera was the only "old" TNA star in the match, and he's the one that went over.  None of the guys had names that can be pronounced, which even the announcers joked about, and we weren't given the slightest reason at all to care about any of them just thrown out there. 

They also brought back LAX, but LAX is now a huge stable of non-descript Latino guys and the ones who wrestled are just known as Santana and Ortiz.  Yeah, that'll get over.  Konnan can't wrestle anymore but Homicide could've at least been used.  And the non-descript Latino guys beat up James Storm, one of the only guys on the roster who I still know.  Do you think he wishes he had stayed in NXT yet?

They brought back ODB and Rebel for a women's match which was dominated by tired old Earl Hebner comedy spots (and he doesn't do them well) where for no reason at all he sexually assaulted Rebel and did the Flair strut, then got kissed by ODB and did the Flair flop.  He hasn't been presented as a comedy character in years, so this made no sense and was silly as fuck.  These are the new ideas that creative is bringing to the table.

And then the main angle of the show was back to being Josh Matthews again, and his confrontation with Karen fucking Jarrett.  I just don't get it.  We've had 3 or 4 new "authority figures" introduced in rapid-fire succession over the past 3 weeks, none of whom(except Jarrett) have any real on-camera connection to TNA in the past, they weren't even given titles or reasons to be there, and you have no idea why any of these people are in power and who's making what decisions.  And then the tease the return of Dixie Carter only to slap her in the face and bring out Karen instead, and for what?  Dixie was awful but she put on a better show than this and she's gone and no one really cares, why keep being petty and slapping her in the face?  You're TNA, you don't have the right to slap anyone around. 

It was unwatchable garbage 2 out of 3 weeks and I don't know who any of these guys are anymore.  It's actually shocking how bad this show has gotten.  I haven't seen anything like it since Russo booked WCW.






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The show was okay but the announcing is putrid. And there's 2-3 more episodes of this dominating the show.

I've seen that stupid Hebner match on at least 2 garbage indies on that Fite App. 

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I don't be watch TNA but I always read these threads and I have to ask; Does TNA act the way they do because they think it's what people want? They think it's what anthem wants? Or have they totally lost touch with reality?

In my mind if you are going to do a reset of sorts you go back to basics and feature wrestling and let the talent show their in ring talent. You don't have announcers dominating the show or verbally killing the talent, nobody goes to a show to watch the announcer.



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Franchise wrote: I don't be watch TNA but I always read these threads and I have to ask; Does TNA act the way they do because they think it's what people want? They think it's what anthem wants? Or have they totally lost touch with reality?

In my mind if you are going to do a reset of sorts you go back to basics and feature wrestling and let the talent show their in ring talent. You don't have announcers dominating the show or verbally killing the talent, nobody goes to a show to watch the announcer.

I wonder that myself but you have to assume that's what they think the public wants.  Plain old wrestling is boring and this is their idea of making it interesting.  I don't understand the mindset, but that has to be it.  In fairness, TNA under Dixie put on a fairly straight-forward wrestling program for about the last year or so, and no one watched.  Now we all rationally know this is because of everything else that happened the 10 years before that, and the one disastrous decision after another that eroded all fan loyalty, but in the minds of the new owners/bookers, I bet they feel like, "They tried wrestling and the fans rejected it, so let's try...Josh Matthews!"

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It's not getting better.  At all.  At one point a dozen women ran out and Madison Rayne said she had no idea who any of them were, which only makes sense for the heel to say if it's not true.  The announcers, between fighting, read their names and that was that.  Your new Knockouts Division.  One bland, nameless girl after another.  Similar to the new tag division. TNA must have brought to that TV taping a good 30 new completely unknown indy scrubs.  Was no one who has any rep at all available? 

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srossi wrote: Was no one who has any rep at all available? 

No one who was willing to work $20 per day.



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The problem with booking so many weeks like this, is when you make a terrible decision like having the show dominated by Josh Matthews, you prrtty much just have to live with it. Since this taping concludes the angle (at least it better, unless he's going to be a manager), it's hard to re-edit it.

Like the other weeks, the rest of it is okay. Not great, not terrible. It's just there. The stuff they did the first half of last year was better. Once the Hardys dominated the program, I thought the rest of the show suffered and it still hasn't gotten out of that. 

Laurel Von Ness makes me laugh, but they eventually have to move on from the smelly wedding dress and drunken champagne thing. She's fun though.

And backstage interviewer McKenzie Mitchell is a cutie. 

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LAF wrote: The problem with booking so many weeks like this, is when you make a terrible decision like having the show dominated by Josh Matthews, you prrtty much just have to live with it. Since this taping concludes the angle (at least it better, unless he's going to be a manager), it's hard to re-edit it.

I don't believe that's their problem because I don't believe that THEY believe it was a terrible decision.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's going exactly like they wanted it to.  And I haven't read spoilers so you obviously know where it's going better than I, but I'd be surprised if the angle is completely over after this.



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srossi wrote: LAF wrote: The problem with booking so many weeks like this, is when you make a terrible decision like having the show dominated by Josh Matthews, you prrtty much just have to live with it. Since this taping concludes the angle (at least it better, unless he's going to be a manager), it's hard to re-edit it.

I don't believe that's their problem because I don't believe that THEY believe it was a terrible decision.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's going exactly like they wanted it to.  And I haven't read spoilers so you obviously know where it's going better than I, but I'd be surprised if the angle is completely over after this.

That's possible, but even if they were regretting how bad this is and how resoundingly negative the reviews are, there's nothing they can do. The shows are in the can and you'd have to re-do the entire taping to change it. Unfortunately there are 2 more episodes of this nonsense before it goes elsewhere. 

It's still somehow not worse than some of these indies on that Fite app you turned me onto. Even Jim "Everything Sucks" Cornette got sucked into one of these shows filmed at the local high school wrestling apparatus room. EDIT: Throwback Championship Wrestling. Holy hell is that one bad.

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LAF wrote: srossi wrote: LAF wrote: The problem with booking so many weeks like this, is when you make a terrible decision like having the show dominated by Josh Matthews, you prrtty much just have to live with it. Since this taping concludes the angle (at least it better, unless he's going to be a manager), it's hard to re-edit it.

I don't believe that's their problem because I don't believe that THEY believe it was a terrible decision.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's going exactly like they wanted it to.  And I haven't read spoilers so you obviously know where it's going better than I, but I'd be surprised if the angle is completely over after this.

That's possible, but even if they were regretting how bad this is and how resoundingly negative the reviews are, there's nothing they can do. The shows are in the can and you'd have to re-do the entire taping to change it. Unfortunately there are 2 more episodes of this nonsense before it goes elsewhere. 

It's still somehow not worse than some of these indies on that Fite app you turned me onto. Even Jim "Everything Sucks" Cornette got sucked into one of these shows filmed at the local high school wrestling apparatus room. 

I've fallen behind on the Fite app because I just don't have much more time for wrestling in my life, but I do enjoy it.  The half hour show out of England that features some of the WWE UK Tournament guys is by far the best show on there IMO.  And I like the announcers too.



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Yeah, I've mostly watched the extreme low rent ones. That's where I keep running into that bit where Hebner molests a female wrestler after the match......then Impact repeated it.

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srossi wrote: It's not getting better.  At all.  At one point a dozen women ran out and Madison Rayne said she had no idea who any of them were, which only makes sense for the heel to say if it's not true.  The announcers, between fighting, read their names and that was that.  Your new Knockouts Division.  One bland, nameless girl after another.  Similar to the new tag division. TNA must have brought to that TV taping a good 30 new completely unknown indy scrubs.  Was no one who has any rep at all available? 
Do they even realize or even care that their product is so fucking horrible? Imagine being one of the fans in the stands trying to watch that garbage? Compare the product that TNA puts out there with a "TV" deal, to a promotion like EVOLVE. It's total night and day. EVOLVE's product blows TNA's away and it's not even close. If they could get a TV deal, that would be something.

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The actual wrestling on tonight's show was very entertaining. Well at least with the men. The women's battle royal was bad and someone needs to tell Madison Rayne to just stay backstage. But the triple threat match was good, Eli Drake vs. Caleb Konley was good (Konley is Suicide btw, so he wrestled twice), The Alberto squash match did its job, and Richards vs. Edwards was good even though the whole Angelina controlling Richards with her titties is getting old. It's almost like it's setting up for him to come to his senses.

The rest of this was just a chamber of horrors. Bruce Prichard needs to stick to overly long podcasts. We finally set up to the 8 man tag Borash vs. Matthews match with a drsft setup. So Borash is drafting guys not technically even on the roster yet, so Chris Masters (now called Chris Adonis) and Matt Morgan are brought out as seemingly random surprises. Then the show goes off the air as a limo arrives before Borash makes his last pick and we are told to go on their website to watch the rest. What??? Don't get excited and go over there. It was just Magnus. 

The other thing that blew my mind was a video package hyping a team called Veterans of War. Or maybe it was a faction. I have no idea what it was because the video didn't tell me a damn thing about them. Maybe instead of the stock video footage of Pres. Bush announcing the Iraq invasion, they could have explained what this was supposed to be, or these guys are, what their faces look like, anything.

Good in-ring though! :) 

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