Whoa who would have thought that it would have been possible for Raw’s Diva Contest too come off better than what we saw on Smackdown last night? And I’m talking about that miserable opening segment with the contestants of Tough Enough. But all was not lost I liked Smackdown with the exception of the opener and I also was so engrossed with today’s Impact and trust me that wasn’t an all thumbs up show either. But this is one column I can’t wait to write, mainly because the good definitely outweighs the bad with both shows.
Okay if I could come up with one positive thing about that torturous segment with the contestants from Tough Enough it would be Big Show was at least made to look like a serious wrestler. Like he is THE superstar of the company unfortunately the guys in there treated him more like a joke and I for one doubt that I will even vote for one person in this group. It makes me cringe knowing that one of these guys will win a contract and a million dollars. As miserable as that diva contest was and believe me it was crap this by far has all the makings of a true dud. I think Al Snow’s expressions and remarks also told the story of how worthless bringing back Tough Enough is.
Okay so thankfully that’s over with. Smackdown like Raw was short of matches but yet the matches that we saw came off well. Especially Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio. Naturally this was the match of the night. Rey and Kurt have great chemistry everytime they go against each other and last night was no exception. Also Chavo vs. Nunzio came off good but as good as this was come on hasn’t Billy Kidman done one nice job as jerky heel? I love his mini Ric Flair jacket that he wears, the scruffy look and his actions along with his mic work are so low keyed that it’s really working so well for him as well as the fans. There is nothing forced about the new and definitely improved Billy. And again it’s great to have Chavo back, now I just wish they Nunzio could get a nice storyline. He could definitely handle a push. The main event with Booker vs. Orlando Jordan was good but I have to say it was a little too long for me. But it still was a nice way to end the show and JBL and Booker set for Survivor Series is fine by me I really believe this time Book is walking out with that title.
Now I jumped around since there were only three matches. But how about the out of ring segments? Like Paul Heyman a very nervous Paul Heyman meeting with Undertaker and getting Taker to sign the contract to meet Heidenreich. This is the Heyman I love so nervous so scared and still just a little piece of crap. Begging for Taker’s signature yet throwing in little remarks about Heidenreich destroying Taker in the car and killing Taker’s chance against JBL. Just getting a few jabs in to piss off Taker, and then Taker whom decided to make an appearance put enough scare into Heyman to make things fun to watch. And Carlito again was in the spitting mood as he gave Josh Matthews a face full after being asked if he stabbed John Cena. And now CCC has a helper with him, Jesus. God knows with Jesus can do but I’m sure with CCC they have plenty planned. Kenzo Suzuki again came on to Torrie Wilson. And as much as she drives me nuts this time her puzzled look was totally understandable. I had no idea what Kenzo said to her my friend told me he said trick or kiss nose, treat cutie pie. Listen I didn’t get one word of what came out of his mouth. Kenzo has a great personality and compared to that war lord character that he debut as I’ll take this Kenzo anytime. And the costume match with Torrie and Dawn was the usual but I can’t wait until Charlie Haas comes back because with Miss Jackie taking out Dawn last night I really think this will be something to see.
I’m happy to hear that it’s Team Angle with Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak and a possible Dudley vs. Team Eddie, Rey, RVD and Big Show for the Survivor Series. This all sounds so good I’m glad RVD and Rey are right up there and I do look forward to this match. Oh yeah with Spike negotiating for a Dudley to be on Team Angle Kurt was agreeable to it as long as one of them takes Big Show out. Spike liked that and I guess next week on Smackdown that match will be made. So only three matches but Smackdown got a thumbs up from me.
Now here’s what I really want to get into. I watched Impact today and again they did a great job hyping the November 7th Victory Road. I will start off right now the three matches that appealed to me were: The X Division 6 Man Gauntlet. This baby saw Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin vs. Frankie Kazarian vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Michael Shane. This match was what is all right with Impact. In fact this had my son who really has no interest in wrestling anymore INTERESTED. This was by far the match of the show and again just sealed the reason why I watch Impact. Even thought Road Dogg and Konan do absolutely nothing for me, their match against The Naturals was too short yet very good. Three Live Kruw’s win puts them into the pay per view as the number one contenders for the tag team titles. As I said not my two favorite people but still all four put on a good match. Jeff Hardy vs. Petey William was also good although Jeff still seems very sluggish to me. His moves aren’t all quick like they used to be. These three matches did it for me. Now here’s a case when the rest was rather average if not just plain bad. Yet I still found myself enjoying the show. Okay first how many more squash matches do we need to see Alpha Male Monty Brown have on Impact? Well this time he squashed two guys at the same time, Eric Stevens and Mark Stephens. One thing I know when Brown has a match on Impact it’s always seconds long, so today the match didn’t bug me at all.
Watching Dusty Rhodes and Vince Russo didn’t bug me either. While I would prefer that they wouldn’t show up for Impact I understand that they are having a major election and with Victory Road coming out hell we wouldn’t want to miss Dusty and Vince go at it or we would we?
The two things that really got to me well make it three was: Kevin Nash mumbling about his role at Victory Road. I don’t think TNA really needs the Kevin and Scott Hall of today. But even worse was yes, Rowdy Roddy Piper just talking, talking and talking. If TNA didn’t need Nash and Hall most certainly Piper is the last thing that they need. He’s past his time and he does nothing to make the company let a lone the pay per view a must see.
I again can’t take away from the Piper of 20 years ago, but I know what I’ve seen him do in the WWE a year ago and I know what I’m watching him try to do now on Impact and believe me it’s painful to watch. Okay but then there’s Jeff Jarrett. I prayed he wouldn’t open his mouth but he did and again the pain set in. I will never ever be comfortable or buy into Jarrett the SOB champion, not when he opens his mouth. The guy can’t act and the more he talks the more that shows.
But I did like Impact as odd as it may seem and I’m ready for it and Smackdown next week. Okay Sunday is Halloween and what does that have to do with my column? Not a thing just I thought I would throw it in. I will be back so make sure to check out the column.