Nobody Asked Me, But..

.The Katz Files – Arnie Katz
Nobody Asked Me about TNA, But…

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues a “Katz Files” tradition with hard-hitting answers to some ticklish questions inspired watching the 5/13 iMPACT

TNA presented its first in is new series of Thursday night iMPACTs and the familiar surroundings had a revivifying effect on the show. Despite some flaws and a bad audio glitch, iMPACT proved to be a strong two hours and a very good lead-in to Sacrifice.

A number of questions occurred to me while I watched the program. Rather than wait for someone else to ask them, too, I’ll share them with you and give you my answers as well.

Nobody asked me, but…

… Wasn’t this a better iMPACT than what TNA gave fan son Monday nights?. With the pressure of direct competition against WWE removed, the TNA team seemed to relax. That led to a show with better pace and a lot less desperation. These changes probably have come too late to do much for Sacrifice, which has the kind of jury-rigged air that snaps wallets shit.

… Didn’t this episode prove that Less is, indeed, sometimes More? TNA reduced the on-screen roles of Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan to more reasonable dimensions and the show profited tremendously. The wisdom of having TNA’s top wrestler look weak against Hulk Hogan, as Mr. Anderson did on the 5/13, remains extremely suspect.

… Who did Eric Young offend to get where he is? Young has always given great effort in every situation in which TNA has put him. He is not the best in the ring or with the mic, but he is pretty good in both areas. Surely, he is worth more than being reduced to a wingman for Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. You know your career has taken a wrong turn when you’re the replacement for Sean Waltman. It looks like Eric Young will be buried for a while unless Nash gets injured or Hall loses interest in working for TNA.

… Wasn’t framing Abyss for the assault on Chelsea lot more interesting than one of those endless TNA backstage sneak attacks? TNA tied this intriguing angle to the match at Sacrifice in which Abyss will risk Hogan’s Hall of Fame ring and Desmond Wolfe will risk Chelsea.

.. Didn’t TNA spoil the Abyss-Wolfe angle with sloppy implementation? The angle would’ve worked better if they had done it two-to-three weeks earlier and if Wolfe had assault Chelsea and framed Abyss without her knowledge—until Lacey Von Erich’s video revealed that the assailant was really Wolfe. That would have put the ever-chivalrous Abyss in the position of wanting to rescue Chelsea and having to put up the risk to get the match.

Don’t you hope that Tara and TNA can work out a new contract? She is such a good worker and, besides, has the kind of heel charisma that is in very short supply in the TNA Knockout Division.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fresh installment of the Internet’s fastest-rising wrestling column. I hope you’ll join me then – and, please, bring your friends.

— Arnie Katz
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(5/15/10)