TNA iMPACT! results for 12.11.08

img_1457.jpgQuick Results
– Eric Young defeated Sheik Abdul Bashir by pin fall in the X Division Quarterfinal Tournament.
– Alex Shelley defeated Jay Lethal by pin fall in the X Division Quarterfinal Tournament.
– James Storm defeated Abyss by pin fall in a Beer Bottle on a Pole match.
– Christy Hemme defeated Sojournor Bolt by pin fall.
– Brother Ray and Kurt Angle fought to a no contest.

Starman’s Thoughts
Tonight’s show was a bit of a mixed bag in my mind. Parts of it were great while others stunk it up big time.

I am really digging the X Division Tournament. For the longest time the X Division has been a mere shell of its former self and I am optimistic that this will help put it on the right path. The first two quarterfinal matches were lacking and had some sort of shady finish, but it was nice to see the division given some attention and focus for once.

Although, I’d much rather see the Feast or Fired briefcases opened at Final Resolution, I am glad that they at least opened the cases tonight and not have it drag out like they did last year. After seeing that Jay Lethal won the shot at the tag team titles, it was fairly predictable on how the rest of it would shape out.

Curry Man being the one fired shouldn’t have been that big of a shock to anyone and although I enjoyed his act, it was time for him to move on. Hopefully this means that Christopher Daniels will return as his former self after being the unlucky one who was fired at last years Feast or Fired unveiling.

For those who like to keep score at home, that would make Daniels 2 for 2 when it comes to being the one with the briefcase that has the pink slip.

Finally, for the good things with tonight’s show, I found it interesting to see Mick Foley coming out of the Main Event Mafia’s dressing room with a huge smile on his face and being all buddy-buddy with them. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense in the sense of the current storyline, but it did gain my interest to see where they are going with all of this. Although, I really hope they don’t go the route of having a good owner (Jarrett) bad owner (Foley) route with all of this.

As I said before, it was a mixed bag tonight and for every good segment that took place, there was an equally bad one to follow it up.

With a few exceptions, Impact is primarily a taped show. I know their taping schedule, though, although I am wondering if the creative staff knows that Barack Obama won the election. Had John McCain successfully ran for office, the Sarah Palin skits probably wouldn’t be all that bad. Wait, I take that back, yes, they still would be that bad. Enough is enough already.

Then there was the horrendous match between Christy Hemme and Sojournor Bolt. I will say that Christy really is trying and will leave it at that as the match spoke volumes on its own.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the Beer Bottle on a Pole match made up for it, especially considering that Abyss and James Storm were fighting to reach a beer bottle that wasn’t even used in the outcome of the match. So, what exactly was the point of the match exactly?

It shouldn’t surprise me, however, as the creative team seems to have some unnatural obsession with pole matches. I have been coving and reporting on Impact now for 2 ½ years and I have every report I have written backed up on my computer. If I have some free time over the weekend, I may go through them and start a list of every pole match that TNA has used.

Maybe TNA will make it easy for me a release a Best of the Pole Matches DVD for their fans. That sure would be the ultimate Christmas gift.

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