A Big Tease

Shoddy storyline development and average matches capped a mediocre edition of Impact.

Pretty interesting to see Robert Roode discuss Jay Lethal’s departure from TNA in a solid promo to start the show. It proved Roode has some skill on the stick. He also announced that the mystery network mole would be released next week.

Later in the show, Kurt Angle announced his “mistress” would be announced next week as well.

Former WWE Superstar Diva Chyna is supposedly the “mistress,” which would be great for the company’s knockout division, if she’s healthy. in September, she reportedly overdosed on sleeping pills. Many of the dirt sheet sites claim the mole is Mick Foley. In need of a role on TV with the company, it might be a good fit for the hardcore legend.

Speaking of a good fit, with Chris Sabin going down with an injury, The Motor City Machine Guns will be out of commission for a while, which gives Ink Inc an opportunity to tangle with Mexican America. Jesse Neal is a former Naval officer and is in need of some TV time after three years of toiling with the company. While he’s still a bit green, he’s got a great look and with the experience of Shannon Moore and Hernandez in this angle, this could be a solid lower mid-card feud, in the ring at least.

Apparently, Crimson is in an angle with Samoa Joe and not Abyss. Seen with a sledgehammer backstage, the rookie called out Joe. Is he a heel or a face? It’s hard to tell right now though, as the way their dialogue was written, nothing got accomplished.

The bad writing continued when Mickie James told Madison Rayne to put her contract for Tara on the line at Sacrifice in order to get a title shot. This makes absolutely no sense, as nothing was written prior to make you think this was even remotely possible. Simply put, this sloppy, illogical writing has got to stop for this company to get somewhere.

On another note, it was great to see the X-Division guys confront Eric Bischoff, but all he did in the end was bury these guys. This could hopefully be the beginning of some high-quality matches on Impact and on pay per views from some of the forgotten young stars in the company, but if the writing in this episode is any indication, these guys are mid-card fodder.

Matches

Sangriento [Amazing Red] vs. Suicide [Christopher Daniels]: The crowd didn’t look too enthused during this match. Despite the series of near falls and a nice jumping diamond cutter finish from Sangriento, this match wasn’t anything special. Slow and choppy, this match was void of flow. These guys are capable of much better matches than this.

Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray and Gunner: Tommy Dreamer is apparently in league with Bully Ray, as he came down and interfered in the match. However, he looked a bit torn, which makes you ask more questions than anything else. Why can’t the guy just turn heel? Why the extra conflict? Now it’s just overtly complicated and silly.

Rob Terry vs. Murphy- Loser leaves Immortal match: Murphy is a better athlete than he gets credit for, but it was apparent that the fans dug Terry, who was the recipient of a pop every time he landed a move. After he sold some offense, Terry gave the fans what they wanted and ended up with the win after a suplex-front slam finisher.

Miss Tessmacher vs. Mickie James: Tessmacher is a much better in-ring performer than she was six months ago and is absolutely beautiful, but she has a long way to go before she can truly hang with someone like James. Like many of the other matches on this episode of Impact, it was average.

Velvet Skye and Kurt Angle vs. Winter, Angelina Love and Jeff Jarrett w/ Karen Angle-Jarrett: Skye was no match for Love and Winter, but Angle and Jarrett cut a nice pace. Nevertheless, this match wasn’t anything special.

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