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The Katz Files – Arnie Katz

Nobody Asked Me about TNA, But…

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues a “Katz Files” tradition with answers to some ticklish questions about TNA and iMPACT that no one asked him and some observations about things that stuck in his mind after viewing the 3/5 episode of iMPACT..

I was watching iMPACT this week and Nobody Asked Me, But…

… Doesn’t the “dissension” among Main Event Mafia members seem like it’s about nothing? Now that Angle has spit in Sting’s face, there’s some heat, but the start of the feud was very weak. Sting is not giving much, either. If he’s go9ing to walk around without the make-up, he ought to drop the silent act, which was never his strength.

… Didn’t the “Angle Suspension” angle on the 3/5 iMPACT see, poorly paced? He barged into the arena at the start of the show and, for no observable reason, the confrontation didn’t occur until two hours later! They could have had Kurt try to barge into the arena at the top of the show, but get stopped by security or even some of the Frontline guys. Having announced his presence, Angle could’ve tried a second time toward the end of the program and, this time, succeeded. When he appeared in the ring, Jeff Jarrett could’ve charged out of his office and gone to the ring in the white heat o anger for the brawling confrontation.

… Isn’t the feud between Mike Tenay and Don West developing strangely? I think I see what they are aiming to do; ally West with the Main Event Mafia, but they need to bring the division between the announcers into sharper focus. It would also be a good idea to give Tenay a little help when West walks out; Mick Foley is one possible substitute color man. Even better would be for the angle to move past the walkouts/

… Did anyone else notice that AJ Styles put over Christopher Daniels in his rant on iMPACT? The Curry Man gimmick is dead, at least for now, so maybe the Fallen Angel will now return to TNA, sans hood.

… Wasn’t the whole thing about the suits a bit much? It made a pretty flimsy excuse for Kurt Angle’s three blind side attacks on members of RNA Frontline? It seemed so literal and contrived. I also wonder how much good the storyline is doing for the guys in TNA Frontline, because they seem to take a lot of beatings. By making Jarrett, Foley and Team 3D the most visible elements of TNA Frontline, the promotion isn’t really boosting its young stars, which I thought was the objective when the angle started.

… Could someone explain to me what they are doing with Kiyoshi? They made a big deal about him – and then had him lose to Alex Shelley. There’s nothing wrong with the X Division Champion getting a victory, but why do it before Destination X? It might’ve been better strategy to save Kyushu so he could challenge for the X Division belt after the pay per view.

… Why did Suicide lay out both Alex Shelly and Kiyoshi after their match? Wouldn’t it have been a better statement if he had concentrated on attacking Shelly (and Sabin) after they jumped Kiyoshi following the match? I’d say that the Man in the Mask is the odds-=on favorite to win Ultimate X.

Could someone please tell Booker T that he just isn’t that good with dialect? At least he does Black Snow somewhat better than the African Prince.

… Wouldn’t you like to see Shark Boy win the “Night with ODB” contest? The poor guy lost so much in the recent fire. Failing that, how about giving the prize to a worthy Internet journalist? (I just so happen to have a nominee in mind.)

… Isn’t holding a knife to Kurt Angle’s throat, as Samoa Joe did when he unmasked after posing as a security officer, a little over-the-top? It reminds of the WWF angle in which Brian Pillman brandished a fun with every seeming intention of using it.

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

— Arnie Katz
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