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Greenfield Review: TNA wrestling Impact review and more.

May 17, 2009   ·   0 Comments

Greenfield Review:  TNA wrestling Impact review and more.

Welcome back to another column about TNA wrestling. This week I will be discussing this past weeks TNA Impact, TNA Sacrifice PPV line up and also look at the main event scene in TNA wrestling to see what direction they seem to be going with over the next few months.

First I will look at the current Main Event scene in TNA wrestling. At the moment TNA has about 9 wrestlers that are currently in the main event picture. These are Mick Foley, Sting, Kevin Nash, Samoa Joe, Booker T, Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle and AJ Styles. The main event picture on paper looks good because the name value looks very strong. But the problem however is that 7 out the 9 mentioned are 40 or over with only AJ Styles and Samoa Joe both aged 30. I think that this is a problem because it shows the lack of development and also the fact that Vince Russo still lives in the Monday War Era of the 90sand believes that these wrestlers can still draw.  I think that they still can have good matches and the likes of Kurt Angle, Booker T, Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett are still very good wrestlers and can put on a decent main event with AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Sting for me is my all time favourite wrestler and he still can do a decent match at aged 50. But come this time next year and the main event scene is still the same with the older guys dominating then TNA could be in real trouble. Bobby Lashley has been brought in and looks certain to be thrown straight in to the main event scene.


This past weeks TNA Impact was a very good show and found it very interesting because it seems to be covering some of the basics of wrestling booking. This week on impact we had some good wrestling angles to continue the progress of the storylines and matches they are building up for TNA Sacrifice. I thought the angle between Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett was very well produced and was something different that has not been done before in a long time. I thought how it was done was very thought out where they were following Jeff Jarrett around in Nashville doing his daily routines, and exposing his family life. I liked that they went back to the TNA Asylum where they began 7 years ago and was a good way to show far TNA has come and when Mick Foley attacked Jeff Jarrett it was a very strong angle produced and makes me want to tune in again next week to see what Jeff Jarrett plans to do with Mick Foley.  I also thought Mick Foley is slowly becoming the old Cactus Jack at times and like his character direction they are going with.


Also this week we had an interview with Mike Tenay and Sting about why Sting decided to put his career on the line at Sacrifice, my only problem about this stipulation is that it has been done too many times and who actually thinks Sting will retire after next week?  The other good points on the show were that they covered all of the storylines very well and have been very impressed about how they have made Awesome Kong a monster and establishing her back as the monster of the womens division destroying every member of the beautiful people in stretcher matches. I was also happy that they gave Kevin Nash some in ring time and time on the mic to talk about his match against Samoa Joe. This was basic booking which is good see. I have been happy with the tag team tournament that Team 3D has been setting up recently and have liked the new tag team of  Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams and look like they have a big role in TNA in the coming months.  The actual wrestling on the show was very good the main event between Booker T and Jethro Holliday was a good match but should not have been an I Quit match because it is making the gimmick match pointless at Sacrifice when Booker T faces AJ Styles for the Legends Title.


 I do think that TNA do rush the show and do too much by putting everyone on the show and is quite rushed at times. But they did put across what they wanted and getting another 1.2 rating is very good to see and hopefully they will continue to get back into the 1.3 range. Next weeks show will be interesting to see how they will sell the PPV on the last broadcast before the event.


I have also had the chance to watch the new TNA series called TNA Epics here in the UK the debut edition. The show featured some of the best six sides of steel matches in TNA history. The matches were Americas Most Wanted Vs Triple X at Turning Point in 2004, LAX Vs AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels and also Christian Cage Vs Rhino is a barbwire steel cage match. I found it a very good show and was good to relieve some of the great cage matches in TNA. I liked seeing the Elix Skipper hurricarana again of the top of the cage and was just good to see some good wrestling.  I do think it is well worth watching if it ever gets replayed and next weeks show has the best match in TNA history when Samoa Joe Vs AJ Styles Vs Christopher Daniels faced each other.


The TNA Sacrifice Line up so far is as follows:

Champion Mick Foley vs. Sting vs. Kurt Angle vs. ???

If Mick Foley gets pinned, he loses the TNA Heavyweight Title
If Kurt Angle gets pinned, he gives up leadership of The Main Event Mafia
If Sting gets pinned, he has vowed to never wrestle again

Booker T vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles

Champion Angelina Love vs. Awesome Kong


Kevin Nash vs. Samoa Joe



The winners get a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Title


At the moment this PPV line up really strong and could be a PPV worth ordering but it does lack a special match that could steal the show.  I think the matches so far announced will have some good wrestling like the AJ Styles Vs Booker T match will be good and Kevin Nash Vs Samoa Joe will also be a good match because the last match they had it was quite good. The Main Event wont be a classic because the confusing stipulations but should be good with Kurt Angle holding the match together and making Sting and Jeff Jarrett work hard.  I do expect to see a couple more matches added to the show involving Christopher Daniels and Suicide. Next week I will give my opinions on the PPV.


Thanks for reading again this week! Next weeks column will be a very special edition as well as looking at TNA Sacrifice, TNA Impact and TNA Epics series. I will be writing about the career of the Icon Sting in WCW and TNA.


Charlie Greenfield




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