The latest Impact was the worst show I have seen in years. After wasting two hours of my life, I found myself staring in the middle distance, just trying to understand what TNA was doing. I mean there has to be some sort of logic and reasoning, but whatever that may be, it most definitely eludes me.
The continue to make choices with the talent and storylines that would leave even the most casual fan baffled. If you look at the storylines since Hogan took over, many of them feel forced or awkward. The rest of them have no direction or progression. Most of their storylines lack a basic foundation of a background, progression, and ending.
For example, if you look at the Bischoff/Foley/Hogan angle, we didn't get enough background as to why these guys have such a problem with each other. Now, after a month, it feels like nothing more has happened to move the story along. The threat to fire JB and Abyss is about the only thing, but doing that to punish Foley makes no sense.
Another example would be the Beautiful People and Angelina Love. The same thing has happened every week since Love came back. What is this building to? Where is this going?
Why should we care about any of this?
Part of the reason for the weak story lines is that the roster for TNA is entirely too large. On last night's Impact , these are the names that were not utilized, just off the top of my head: Beer Money, MCMG, Generation Me, Daniels, Amazing Red, Homicide, Suicide, Brian Kendrick, Lethal Consequences, Lashley, Dr. Stevie, Raven, Desmond Wolfe, Sarita and Taylor, Hamada and Kong, Rhino, OJ, Sting, Sean Morely, and Jeff Jarrett.
Some of their most talented wrestlers were not on the program. Instead they had eight card stud qualifying matches that were squashes. Did anyone really think Tomko would beat Angle? Or that Jesse Neal would beat Joe? I mean come on...If you want this tournament to mean something, make it truly competitive.
But the worst decision by far of the night was to have your champion loose cleanly in a non-title match to an up and comer like Dinero...on the freaking undercard!
AJ vs. Dinero could have been a great, great rivalry six months from now. Dierno is the hottest up-and-comer in TNA next to Wolfe, and although he got the win, it looks like he was used to set things up for Joe. They also once again booked A.J. as a weak champion.
Rather than have what the best match-up was at the end of the show, they chose to have Nash vs. Foley main event in a battle of who is more limited in the ring. They did this to set up The Band turn on Nash, but how many viewers watched that terrible main event to see the ending?
The bottom line is that TNA is in a free fall. Since Hogan and Bischoff took over, you can see a steady decrease in the quality of the product. Unless they utilize talent and storylines better, TNA will always be a dream of what could have been.