Judas Mesias makes Impact
Anyone who has read this blog knows that I generally find WWE more entertaining that TNA. However, when comparing the ending of Monday’s Raw to last night’s Impact, TNA wins in a squash.
After weeks of buildup on their respective shows, WWE went for laughs by revealing that Hornswoggle was Vince McMahon’s illegitimate son, while TNA went for the jugular by debuting Judas Mesias in memorable — and gory — fashion.
I’m not usually a big fan of supernatural elements in wrestling angles, but this one worked. Mesias’ bloody beat-down of Abyss after coming up through the ring in a cloud of smoke was the best segment I have seen on Impact since Abyss was laid out by Christian Cage and his henchmen earlier this year.
Mesias (Ricky Banderas, who was last seen feuding with Vampiro on MTV’s Wrestling Society X) looked truly menacing, unlike Dustin Rhodes as Black Reign, who looked truly ridiculous. With Jim Mitchell cutting promos for him, Mesias has potential to be a main-event player in TNA, which could use some fresh faces at the top of the card.
If the ending to last night’s show is any indication, the Abyss-Mesias feud should be good. I’m just wondering where TNA can go after we’ve already seen so many matches involving thumbtacks, broken glass and barbed wire.
Other thoughts on last night’s show:
I liked how TNA used Matt Morgan, who had a confrontation with Christian, Tomko and A.J. Styles. His work in the ring has never been great, but he has size, can cut a decent promo and has shown some intensity as of late. He could end up becoming a big star in TNA. …
Jay Lethal and Christopher Daniels had a good match. What else would you expect from these two? …
As usual, there were some problems with the booking, but since I thought the good outweighed the bad on Impact this week, I’ll give them a break this time.