You can't help but root for TNA. It is the classic underdog story. A little company started out of Nashville with next to nothing eight years ago has made incredible strides in its short existence.
Last night marked the pinnacle for TNA. Everything they had worked so hard for would be tested in the first real battle with the WWE. At the end of the night, TNA showed they can compete, but they need to avoid making the same mistakes that will undermine the progress they have made.
Last night's Impact had a different feel to it. It had a real, gritty feel that made it seem more believable. Going up against the PG Raw, this is a smart move. I know I am not the only wrestling fan sick of leprechauns, guest hosts, and bad attempts at comedy.
Where TNA ultimately fell short was that their storylines often come from nowhere, and don't make any real sense. Too many times there will be a face/heel change or something happens that simply leaves you scratching your head as to how we got here.
For example, they had a great three way X division title match. The number one contender is Kaz, and they have been pushing him hard, and rightfully so. Daniels gets beat, and because Shannon Moore attacks Williams after the match, he automatically gets a title shot? With all the talent you have in the X-division, and the couple of weeks you put into hyping Kaz-Williams, somehow Moore gets the title shot on the biggest spotlight for the X division all year? Shannon has done nothing to deserve a title shot at any pay-per-view yet, let alone destination X.
Beer Money is a group many can agree are talented and under-utilized. For a while they were faces, and were getting a good pop. Last night, just out of the blue, they are heels again? They beat up Jeff Jarrett for no reason, and hey, what the hell, lets have Mick Foley be the ref. Where did all of that come from? If you are going to use TV time on something like this, it has to make sense. None of it did, and this was the lowlight of the night.
Why did Desmond Wolfe run into the match to back Flair and Styles? He just sometimes shows up and attacks the faces for no reason. There has been no foundation laid as far as to why he is helping them, or why he was one of Bischoff's henchmen a few weeks back. This is one of their brightest future stars, and they have him just running around being a goon for other heels, with no storyline behind it.
TNA is moving in the right direction. Their show had a uniqueness to it that I felt set it apart from what Raw was doing. To take it to the next level, they need to have more consistency in their storylines and not use an hour of TV time on Hogan. I am hopeful that TNA will continue to make strides and make smart moves that will keep fans watching on Monday night. It was a great start for them last night, and they came very close to finally getting it right.