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Big things going on since last we talked. Rumors of a shakeup in TNA creative with Paul Heyman being marked to come and take Russo’s place. There is also big rumors that Jim Ross , who’s contract is about to expire , might also be headed TNA’s way soon. We had an above average PPV this past Sunday with the best match being Angle vs. Anderson in a cage. We had without the best overall Impact the next night with RVD beating Jeff Hardy and then beating AJ Styles to win TNA Gold while the WWE had to play role reversal with the Raw crew stuck in Ireland .
Vince Russo has been whining about being burned out and wants to be moved out of creative and into another area of the company . Well he’s marginally qualified to write this stuff so if he doesn’t want to do that what else can he do. This show is looking more and more like WCW and while that in theory isn’t a bad thing , it just isn’t pulling the numbers it should . They really need to bring in Heyman to help out. Heyman’s fresh Eyes on the whole situation will do more to pump up the numbers in the long run then anything else they can do.
JR ‘s extension runs out the 30th of this month and while I still think that it’s a fairly big long shot , JR has no real love for Vince and he knows that it would Chap Vince’s A## if he popped up on a Impact show doing a little commentating . JR could also be a big boost to creative and talent development . His health is a big issue , but it isn’t something they cant work around . The travel schedule would be lighter and he knows most of the top people there.
This past Sunday Lock Down , TNA’s all cage PPV, was a hit or miss show that had its moments , but with out a doubt the best match of the night pitted Kurt Angle vs. Mister Anderson. This program is a text book example of how to take a feud to its conclusion . This one started a little after Hogan and Bischoff took over. Anderson came in and heeled it up from the get go . Kurt was finishing with Desmond Wolfe and was the perfect match for Anderson . While I think that TNA is going a little over board with the blood , in this case it only served to heighten the feud between the two. And after a great cage match Sunday that included a moonsault by Kurt , Angle walk out of the Cage the winner and is taking some much needed time off. The interesting thing will be who they put with Anderson Now .
Monday nights Impact hit the mat Running with AJ doing his Nature Boy 2.0 Impression , sparking the heat when RVD came out and started in on him. Then the enigma that is Jeff Hardy came out and joined in the fray . Hogan came out and made the match with RVD and then sprang the winner gets AJ on the crowd. RVD and Hardy was high spot heaven and when RVD get the 123, the match was set. I don’t know if putting the gold on Van Dam was a good idea , but if its an extended program with Styles , I’m all for it . Bischoff’s big surprise was in the rematch of Team Hogan vs. Team flair. Since Hardy and RVD were occupied , Rob Terry was pegged as one of the fill in’s and then with team Hogan on the ropes, there was a Samoa Joe sighting . Joe came down and cleaned house, getting the pin with the muscle buster. So RVD is the champ , Joe’s back , and in my mind TNA’s is starting to get a little traction.
Finally we get to Raw, or Smack Down . If you have had your head in the sand and don’t know, air traffic in Europe was at a stand still since a volcano in Iceland erupted and has been throwing ash in the air for days . Well the Raw Roster has been stranded in Ireland so most of the SmackDown guys had to do Raw last night. Well , it was decent enough for a show that had to be thrown together at the last minute but in the end , all it really was was a some b movie stars selling their movie. At this point nothing has been said about Smack Down and how all of this will affect the PPV this Sunday .
One more note from TNA . It was reported Sunday that Sean Waltman, AKA Syxx pac no showed the PPV and was thought he informed Dixie Carter that he wasn’t going to make the show and it has been rumored that he has some sort of problem with his license in the state of Missouri . Well it least he didn’t try and screw over Nash and Hall.