This is a follow up to my last column, TNA changes: For better or worse? The September 3rd IMPACT was packed full of action. I watched this week’s show online (SPIKE.com) and only found myself fast forwarding through part of the women’s tag team title tournament match, because I could predict the winners for that one. I started to do it with the Suicide/Williams match and was surprised to see Williams take the win. Being unpredictable is what TNA needs to be. I did feel that TNA this week actually billing to the fans what they stand for, Total Non-Stop Action. Yes, some of the matches were short, but I enjoyed the shorter backstage segments in between the matches. They still told a story, but with less time.
Mike Tenay and Taz continue to get better as an announce team. Alex Shelly and Kurt Angle as guests at the announce table, Jeremy Borash coming out to talk to AJ Styles after his victory over Doug Williams, and the brawl and the end of show gave TNA that sports-oriented feel that Dixie Carter has been talking about. TNA needs to continue to push for that sports oriented feel if they are really going to be different from the WWE, and this week they showed they can do it with an entire show devoted to a tournament for a chance at the TNA World Heavyweight Title.
The segment with Daniels and Joe was great. TNA did a great job bringing up the history of the X-Division Title and the X-Division is what made TNA different from the WWE. The X-Division Title used to be in the main event years ago at TNA Pay-Per Views. With Bound For Glory just around the corner, TNA should bring back that vintage X-Division action and showcase the title that set them apart from the WWE in a three-way with Daniels, Joe and AJ Styles all wrestling for the belt.
I do hope that Lauren Williams (aka Angelina Love) can work out the issues with her VISA, if not TNA will have lost one of the best thing going in the Beautiful People. (I think they have the best ring entrance music in TNA) Both Love and Velvet Sky have great chemistry together in backstage segments and in the ring. When I attended the first ever TNA house show in my area, The Beautiful People had a big pop and where over with the fans, but used their cleverness to still get booed. Without Love, the Knockout Division won’t be the same. The Beautiful People are the one constant that is not stale in TNA. Jenna Morasca who was recently released by TNA put on her Twitter page that the “REAL-Truth is coming…” But other sources indicate there is not heat on Love with TNA Management. It should be interesting to see what develops in the next several days. TNA do what you can to help Lauren Williams to come back before the WWE steals her from right under you.