It took me a couple years, but I’ve started watching TNA Impact on a regular basis now. The show is vastly improved and on most weeks, is more entertaining than Raw. It doesn’t mean it does a better job at promoting the product as Raw, but their segments are much faster paced and the writing is so much better. This PPV has all the feeling of a “B” PPV, but at the very least, it should be entertaining with all the X division matches sprinkled throughout the card. And who doesn’t love a Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe match?
1. Rubix vs. Mason Andrews vs. Lars Only vs. Dakota Darsow
The four way to start is to get into the X division tournament for tonight. Winner will immediately face Kid Kash. Rubix and Andrews were fine last week, but Only and Darsow left a lot to be desired in their short matches. Andrews did a complete front flip over the top rope onto Only and Darsow and the Rubix followed up with a running back flip over the top rope and onto them all. That was pretty sweet. Rubix was clearly over the most with the fans, but Andrews won the match by hitting Only with a jumping RKO/Diamond Cutter. I wish I really knew that these guys called their moves.
Winner: Mason Andrews
2. Mason Andrews vs. Kid Kash
Pretty fun match and Kash definitely helped Andrews get over. Kash took most of the match, but Andrews finally made his comeback. He nearly missed a missile dropkick. He scored a quick roll-up for the victory. Would’ve liked to see him win with his finish again, but it was okay the way they did it.
Winner: Mason Andrews
Samoa Joe picks Austin Aries to win since Aries beat him.
3. Douglas Williams vs. Kenny King
Crowd was kind of into King. King has a cocky personality. He’s also super athletic. They had a good match, though it was a bit long. King won with his fireman’s carry into Rock Bottom maneuver. Babyfaces are winning so far in the X division tournament. What’s also clear is that the veterans are there to make the young guys look good. King can’t really hold a candle to Williams in the ring.
Winner: Kenny King
Christopher Daniels cut a babyface promo and called AJ a quitter, a womanizer, and a brown-noser.
4. Sonjay Dutt vs. Rashad Cameron
Every week I will try look at Raw, ECW, TNA, and Smackdown and give my thoughts. These are just my thoughts ladies and gentlemen, just my thoughts.
Random wrestling thoughts for the week of July 21, 2008:
- After all the great work that Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels did last night, the Raw show opens with Kane and his bag. Great, just great.
- It appalls me how much JBL is pushed considering that with his back injury, he’s one of the worst wrestlers in the company. I know he can talk, but if when he gets in the ring, I want to fast forward, what good is that?
- What a shitty opening segment.
- Paul London is out to face Lance Cade. Where’s London’s big, huge bodyguard? Wait, that’s Brian Kendrick.