TNA 12/27/2007: Will TNA End 2007 With A Bang?
Saturday, December 29th, 2007
Interesting to see how TNA closes out 2007. The show on December 20th should have borrowed a line from the Tim Burton movie and been called "A Nightmare Before Christmas" because there were 1,001 examples of why fans won't spend money on the product in that. . .there's too much talent in this organization not to see the PPV numbers increase every year, the talent just isn't being utilized to it's full potential. . .
NOTE: to any wrestling fan that isn't home when wrestling TV shows are on and you have a DVR cable box, DVR them. If you want to save them to your collection, put them on a blank DVD (or VHS tape for those that still have them in 2007). The "secret" 30 second skip watching something recorded on DVR makes a perfect transition in a recording.
AJ Styles, one of the most talented professional wrestlers on the planet, continues to be booked like a complete and utter imbecile. Does anyone really care what "side" he chooses in the Christian Cage / Kurt Angle struggle?? AJ was more over before they had prime time TV. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. . .
We open with Senshi vs Judas Mesias. . .I love Jim Mitchell's new purple outfit, what a great manager he is in helping his guys, their matches and angles over (despite some of the material). He doesn't even need to have implants or where a bikini. Senshi is another tremendous talent that never seemed to get his just do in TNA, as it appears he's leaving the company in early 2008. A damn shame for such a fine athlete. Mesias goes over in a quick match with his "straight to hell" finisher. From a business standpoint, this should have been a complete squash with Senshi on his way out. When WWF did this in 1997/8 with Kane, he got over because he sold for no one for months until he finally faced Undertaker. Then again, from a business standpoint, Senshi shouldn't be gone.
Karen walked in on JB (not JR) and Kurt in a compromising position. A little decent comedy to start. More arguing. . .but is it real arguing? Fake arguing? Real fake arguing? Fake real arguing?
Christian comes out to cut a promo about him not liking people not being able to make decisions. After watching this over the past few weeks, does anyone really care what side AJ Styles winds up on?? Christian's still a great promo, nonetheless. Christian calls out AJ, and low and behold, his theme music is cued and AJ walks out. I've always believed that makes whatevers going on in the ring seem unrealistic. Christian has this father-son type talk with AJ, which just about castrates AJ as far as being effective as any kind of top guy. I roll my eyes. In the end, even if it turns into AJ turning into a top babyface and feuding with both Christian and Angle, the road to get there hurt AJ. Kurt and Karen make their way to the ring. Christian and Angle go at it over who AJ is going to side with. Christian goes to nail Angle with the belt, but Angle ducks and AJ gets hammered. Tomko hits the ring and breaks the two of them up.
We come back to a Robert Roode promo. They could air his first one since changing gimmicks, run it every week, and no one would know the difference. I'll say this - TNA does a much better job in letting everyone get some mic time than WWE does. Although in some cases (i.e. this one), they don't need to. How long has Roode been disrespecting Ms. Brooks for?? And does anyone care??
We go straight from the promo to Robert Roode vs Booker T. Will that "mystery woman" be sitting in the crowd again?? Does anyone care?? No, she's no Saphire (1989 WWF reference for the youngsters). Before the match started, Karen attacked Sharmell for one of the worst cat fights I've ever seen. Booker tried to break it up, Kurt ran down and threw Booker in the ring so he could double team him with Roode. Booker escapes and grabs a chair. Booker challenges the two to a tag team match later on tonight. . .let's see, last week he told Christian he'd never team with him. . .let's see. . .hmmmm. . .
In the back, JB is with AJ Styles giving him some tips on how to handle his dilema. These guys have already been on this show wayyyy too much. . .
Nice Final Resolution video package. . .
Another pretty good video package on the X-Division-Team 3D/Johnny Devine feud. . .
What a surprise, AJ Styles again. . .in a non-title match, AJ Styles & Tomko vs Motor City Machine Guns. This should be a good one if they have time to have a match instead of an angle with the match as background music. Three of the four in this match competed in the MWF in 2007, which is pretty cool. Really strong match, then Eric Young comes down to ringside to try to give AJ Styles advice on what side he should take. Honestly, who gives a fuck?? They couldn't have put this nonsense in another of the 15 backstage segments they had with AJ?? Why ruin the match?? Cool finish where both of the MCMG pin AJ Styles, but why would two men pin one guy?? Eric Young was up on the apron distracting AJ. . .again, they took away from a really good match that could have elevated MCMG even more if it wasn't for the BS. . .
The Dudleys and Johnny Devine were face to face with Jim Cornette and Matt Morgan in Cornette's office. I guess they don't want an Ultimate X match on the PPV. Morgan breaks up the arguing, teases heat with Cornette. . .
Knockouts 6 "man" tag. . .Jackie Moore & Roxxi LeVaugh (SP?) & ODB (easier to spell) vs Gail Kim & Angelina Love & old friend Velvet Sky (aka Talia in the MWF). Time has served Commissioner Von Johnson's former love interest well. With Kim working Awesome Kong on the PPV, you would think Kong would be on the heel side so the two could get a spot in together to build towards it. Match picked up (and then some) when Kim was in. Kim pins Roxxi for the win. . .
More with Cornette and Morgan in the back. . .Cornette got heat from the office over Morgan's match making the previous week. . .too bad that wasn't a shoot with the real booking team. Cornette is so good even with weak material. Why did Morgan go into business for himself?? A letter was sent for Cornette with a Christmas bonus check in it. . .didn't make much sense. Samoa Joe walks in and tells Cornette he's not wrestling tonight. Cornette said he's sick of everybody going into business for himself, he says wrestle or you're fired. Geez, never seen this angle before. . .
After the break, it's a sitdown "shoot interview" with Mike Tenay and Abyss, now a.k.a. Chris. In 1997, WWF did this with Jim Ross and it helped get both Mankind and Goldust over stronger. I have a feeling absolutely no one will remember this in ten years. Hey, I still think Abyss should be kept silent. Tenay asked questions that Abyss gave vague answers to. . .building more off of the "Abyss shot his father in head last year" angle or whatever it was. No one cared about that angle then, no one will now. Nobody paid money to see it in 2007, so why use it again in 2008?? Tenay wants to know what the secret is that Jim Mitchell keeps talking about. Abyss said the secret lives and dies with him. Maybe he burnt down the funeral parlor with his parents inside and Judas Mesias is his brother.
Samoa Joe vs Elix Skipper. . .good to see Skipper back on the roster. Joe shows up, so I guess he isn't fired. He hits the ring in street clothes. Joe is another guy who was far more over before TNA got the prime time (no pun intended) slot. That dates back to the time Russo returned, and you hate to point the finger at one guy. . .but. . .quick, short, effective match in getting Joe over. Is he even on the upcoming PPV?? Why not build to PPV's that people will spend money on instead of booking "shoot" promos that nobody believes is a shoot. The ref (that looked a lot like Pat Patterson at WrestleMania I) threw the match out when Joe wouldn't obey the rules. I liked the post match angle. . .then Joe asks for a microphone. . .he told Cornette that he was going to cause trouble until he gets what he wants (a new contract and a title match). He said if he's tired of him trashing TNA. . .they cut the mic on him. . .
James Storm was backstage drunk with Jackie Moore (not to be confused with the also drunk ODB), along with Young and JB giving AJ Styles more advice and talked about childrens cereal and ice cream. If kids cereal segments was going to draw, TNA would be doing WrestleMania 17 like PPV numbers. . .
We come back to a promo with Scott Steiner and Petey Williams, arguing over who picked what case in the game show last week. Steiner wanted to swap title matched with Petey, but he was having none of it. . .
Dustin Rhodes (not Black Reign) came to the ring to speak to Kaz. . .he said Kaz attacked him backstage for no reason, he doesn't no Kaz, why would he attack me, blah, blah, blah. Nobody cares about this split personality gimmick. They made inside references about rats. They battled into the crowd. They did a cool spot where Kaz jumped from the upper part of the bleachers onto Rhodes on the floor.
In the back, more of AJ and JB, this time with Kevin Nash. Nash is such a great talker. . .the less of him in the ring, the better, but he's a very effective speaker. . .
A nice video package of highlights from 2007. . .
Kurt Angle & Robert Roode vs Booker T and mystery partner. . . . .not a bad match, but it was all built around the unresolved angle with who AJ will side with. . .