TNA Impact Review By: Chris “The Authority” Schultz

Chris Schultz

TNA Impact Review

By: Chris â<80><9c>The Authorityâ<80> Schultz

Hello wrestling fans. After a busy holiday season which included in-laws, presents, eggnog, and a case of the flu, The Authority is back doing what he loves best at I apologize to all of you for my absence, but I vow to give you my best this new year. So let’s get started with this week’s TNA Impact Review.

After what I believed to be a successful and very entertaining Final Resolution PPV, I was excited to see how TNA would start off the road to Against All Odds. The show was titled â<80><9c>Prince for a Nightâ<80>, which kind of threw me off until I figured out later in the show what they meant. I will tell you this, 2008 should be the year that it pays to be Roode!

The show kicked off with some great X-Division action with Senshi & â<80><9c>Primetimeâ<80> Elix Skipper taking on the Motor City Machineguns. It’s a miracle! Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley have the use of their hands again. I still think Senshi and Skipper make a good tag team. Double X? It was a great way to start Impact and get the fans at ringside energized for the night. This is what TNA is all about. I see gold in the future for MCM.

Christian Cage wasn’t a happy camper and was out to get AJ Styles for costing him the World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday. It also looked like Jim Cornette has some disgruntled employees on his hands. Will this be the last we see of Chris Harris in the six sided ring? I already get a sense that Nash vs. Joe is going to be good. Speaking of good, how awesome does the Global Impact show to air next week look. I will stay tuned for that one. The Angle Alliance is complete: Kurt Angle, Karen Angle, AJ Styles and Jeremy Borash? Kurt was sporting a nice shiner. A former member of the Angle Alliance that has made an impact this year is none other than Tomko. I love how Tomko’s character is evolving.

The second match of the night pitted the unhappy â<80><9c>Wildcatâ<80> Chris Harris against Judas Mesias. Could Chris Harris find his fortune up North. Time will tell. By the way, how do you send a letter to the Depths of Hell? You know, Judas Mesias’ hometown. It didn’t take long for Mesias to take care of Harris in what can only be described as a squash match. Hey Ms. Brooks, I got your back. 😉

Up next it was the Vodoo Kin Mafia taking on Petey Williams & Sonjay Dutt. Is this the beginning of the end for what was once one of the greatest tag teams to grace the squared circle? I guess the New Age Outlaws aren’t so new anymore. Scott Steiner just stole â<80><9c>The Maple Leaf Muscle’sâ<80> case! I smell a pose off coming. Sonjay Dutt is on a roll. A win over VKM and a kiss to So Cal Val to top it off. Who will BG choose as his new tag team partner?

Johnny Devine earned my respect this last Sunday at Final Resolution. I am thankful that he is still alive after some of the awkward bumps and landings he took. I really want Brother Devon’s workout routing. Damn. Samoa Joe should have swung that bat when he had the chance. Nash vs. Joe is main event material. Speaking of another good feud, Robert Roode vs. Booker T. is just heating up. Give credit to Booker for helping put others in TNA over before going right into the title picture like his predecessors. Finally, Ms. Brooks is fired by Roode! Jim Cornette is my hero. Ms. Brooks, I am sorry, Tracy finally met face to face with Ms. Banks aka. The Stalker and it wasn’t pretty.

In a rematch from Final Resolution The Rock & Rave Infection took on LAX. These teams did have a decent match at the PPV, but not so much tonight. Has Jimmy Rave graduated high school yet? Also, was that a skunk or just Lance Hoyt’s hair? LAX needs to get back in the tag team title hunt. Selena has arrived minus the fangs. This match didn’t last long and it’s too bad because I think this had potential.

Now it was time for the main event. Sharkboy vs. Tomko. Just kidding. You gotta laugh at this match though. Sharkboy is the walking wounded. The poor guy doesn’t even have a working limb in his body yet he challenges Tomko? In the biggest upset of the evening, Tomko defeats Sharkboy in quick fashion. Back in the mens bathroom Karen Angle does her thing with AJ Styles and boy does she do it well. Karen Angle. She’s real, she’s damn real! Kaz, you should have never touched the rat. All I am going to say is give the rat back. Black Reign is coming.

Why is royalty so overused in pro wrestling? Everybody is a King or a Queen and tonight we coronate a Prince. AJ Styles is now the Phenomenal Prince of TNA. Styles vs. Cage vs. Samoa Joe next week for the number one contender spot should be off the chain. I am already looking forward to next Thursday.

The real main event of the evening was another rematch from this past Sunday’s Final Resolution PPV with Gail Kim defending her gold against the massive Awesome Kong. This was a great move by TNA to put the Knockouts in the main event. I can’t remember the last time I have seen the ladies of this great sport in the featured match of the evening. Kudos to TNA. Recently, the Knockouts have had the best fan reaction as it is. These two Knockouts gave us another great match and even got a little hardcore on the outside of the ring. The Kong era has begun with the Awesome one winning the title in dominating fashion. Props to Gail Kim for being a great catalyst to this awesome division in TNA. Well, that’s about it. I would give the show a solid B. The matches were decent and story lines continue to develop. Till next week.

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