Kester's TNA Impact Wrestling Rundown: Taz turns heel, Jeff Hardy and Christopher Daniels begin their feud, and Bobby Roode and Austin Aries continue to bicker
By Ryan Kester
Taz joins Aces and Eights
No. TNA cannot possibly think this is a satisfactory reveal in the slightest. Taz isn't a wrestler. Most of TNA's viewers only know Taz as the guy on commentary that occasionally makes references to yesteryear. Why on earth is he being positioned as one of the biggest members of an already hurting heel stable?
TNA has mishandled this group for months now, and this is just the latest misstep. They wasted their much hyped wedding angle on this reveal. I cannot come up with any argument as to why this could be considered a good decision let alone one that made it into TNA's actual product.
TNA came a long way over the last year, but neither going live nor firing Vince Russo erase all of TNA's creative gremlins. They still have problems and moves like this are part of why their product suffers.
Jeff Hardy and Christopher Daniels
I like the idea of this feud. Daniels is one of TNA's best talkers and he deserves a spot in the main event picture. If TNA can find a way to put him there without breaking up the phenomenal Bad Influence act, then I am all for Daniels' getting his due.
I do hope that creative finds a way to get Storm away from this feud and doing something more relevant than being Hardy's buddy. He could easily be one of TNA's biggest faces at the moment, but instead he's spent the better part of the last year in a holding pattern. They seemed to be on track with Storm during the BFGS, buy they went with Hardy instead and Storm has been floundering since.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries
I'll go on a record and say this; Bobby Roode and Austin Aries have gotten a few laughs out of me with their antics. They are funny guys, and they play off of each other well. You can tell they're enjoying this role, and that enjoyment can be infectious.
The only issue is, it takes any heat they had away from them. When two guys who used to be serious acts turn into a comedy routine, they immediately stop being threats. It can work for a time, see Daniel Bryan and Kane in WWE, but afterwards you will have to build them back up into being serious acts. This does feel like TNA's attempt at the same tag team concept, but the issue is neither Aries or Roode were as white hot as Daniel Bryan was going into the Team Hell No act, which is what allowed that pairing to thrive as well as it did.
Last night's show was another in a line of shows from TNA that either did little to impress me or simply disappointed me. There is very little about TNA's current product for me to get excited about. They're not telling good stories at the moment, and they're trying too hard to focus on a group that is too damaged to give a damn about.
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