News and views on TNA
I read the results from Sunday night’s TNA pay-per-view, Sacrifice, and there were two finishes that I wouldn’t have felt too good about if I had laid out $30 to watch the show.
The worse of the two was the ending to the I Quit Match between A.J. Styles and Booker T. Styles won when Jenna Morasca threw in the towel while Booker was trapped in an armbar submission hold. That led to a post-match squabble between Morasca and Sharmell.
The whole point to an I Quit Match is that one of the wrestlers actually has to say “I quit.” Throwing in a towel or even tapping out shouldn’t end the match. The selling point is that a star the magnitude of Booker and Styles will have to say the words. Not to deliver on that is a slap in the face to the paying customer. Apparently, it was more important to further a feud between Morasca and Sharmell that no one cares about and will not make the company a dime.
The other ill-conceived finish occurred in the four-way main event for the TNA world title. Actually, the real problem was with the stipulation. The TNA title was supposed to be at stake, yet Sting scored the winning pinfall and Mick Foley is still the champion. Confused? Me, too.
Perhaps this was explained on Impact in the weeks leading up to the match and I missed it (which is possible), but apparently the only way Foley could lose the title was if he was pinned. Since Sting pinned Angle, Sting is now the new Godfather of the Main Event Mafia, but he is not the champion. So that means that Sting values being the leader of a faction more than being world champion.
On a positive note, the Samoa Joe-Kevin Nash match was booked exactly as it should have been, as Joe bloodied Nash and got a decisive win by submission. I had my doubts as to whether Nash would really put Joe over in such a manner, but he did. Maybe Nash meant it when he told me in a radio interview last month that he’d “love to pass the torch, to be that first generation of guys that makes stars.”
TNA announced that former WWE star Victoria will make her debut on Thursday’s episode of Impact, and that Shane Douglas and Raven will make their returns on the show.
Signing Victoria, who apparently will wrestle under her real name of Lisa Marie Varon, is a great move by TNA. She was severely under-used in WWE and will give a huge shot in the arm to TNA’s women’s division.
As for Douglas and Raven, I have long been a fan of their work both in the ring and on the microphone.
On a personal note, I’m glad to see that Douglas will be back on TV. He was one of the nicest guys to deal with in WCW when I worked there and I have never forgotten how he made me feel welcome when I was the new guy walking around backstage.