Thursday, September 15, 2011

Growing Pains.....

Now.....we're facing a bit of a dilemma. Hogan vs. Sting is off. In the most recent reports, officials base the decision on a bad in ring showing with Sting and Flair. Flair, as the reports go, looked sloppy and Sting forgot a few spots. Okay....so the legends didn't deliver the best. I think we can work around that. My guess is that Hogan didn't want a bad match to come about because of the last outing from people who can move better than he can at the moment. It's appearing that TNA is about to save some money by accident more than by design. With the contracts of all three top charging members of Immortal set to expire this fall and Sting's shortly thereafter, we are still left without one small little detail.....a replacement match that (a.) fits the storyline and (b.) doesn't burn everything touching it.

Talk has been coming out about a possible 2 on 2 tag match between Hogan and Sting with their respective partners yet to be named OR a three way dance with the third man to be named. Is this a good idea? Maybe. Are either of the combatants in any shape to go to battle at all? Who knows? If it were me, I would do something a bit unorthodox.....make Immortal disband and allow the angle to die at Bound for Glory with no tricks or run ins or interference. Clean victories to be had for all. A backstage attack on both Hogan and Sting by Samoa Joe would give him some street credibility as the man who single-handedly killed the main event and may even give him enough to push him into it. His monster status would go through the roof.

One thing is bothering me right now, though and it isn't even that. Jeff Hardy isn't being given any TV time for the next 2 weeks for sure and it's not looking good for the week following either. What that means, I'm not sure, but it does look like the wind is being let out of the sails. His fan response from the good people of Huntsville was good. The story they have been working on is great; making him look like the underdog without an opponent.

The card looks something like this right now....

Samoa Joe vs. Crimson
Angle vs. Roode
Sting and TBA vs. Hulk Hogan and TBA in a tag team bout
Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aries for the X Title
Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky vs. Winter for the Knockouts Title

I'll bet my shoes that every title will be up for grabs, save for perhaps the Television Title.  I am curious as to what part Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Hardy, and the Tag Team Division will play in the grand scheme. If TNA wants to play this card close to the vest, I'm okay with that, provided the pieces fit together in the end.

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