The +/- #’s: Impact Wrestling, 7/4

In hockey, basketball, and other sports I’m sure I’m forgetting, individual players are held accountable for their team’s performance during their time in the game through the plus/minus statistic. We do the same thing for TNA each week,  scoring each segment as a hit (+1), a miss (-1), or a push (+0) as we try to figure out which segments and episodes are worth watching and which ones you can skip over. 

Opening Segment: Hulk Hogan Kicks Off the Show

Positives: Well, we won’t have to deal with the name “Suicide” anymore, as T.J. Perkins’ hooded character is now “Manik.” This is +1 for good taste, -1 for spelling.

Negatives: Overall, this was not a strong follow-up to the conclusion of last week’s show. Hogan felt like an un-self-aware Mick Foley with his cheap pops. Sabin’s “greatest scam that ever lived” line felt like something a writer backstage was just peeing themself waiting to hear. Hogan could have just easily come out and said, “We’re having a triple threat to make things right.” It could have been that easy.

Segment 1 Score: -1

Segment 2: Styles vs. Kazarian

Positives: It feels like A.J. has finally found a pace that makes him seem like a great athlete who’s also a serious adult. He still gets in his high-flying, high-impact spots, but he’s successfully created a character that seems way more calculating. All in all, this was a solid TV match with the right finish, as A.J. gained 10 points with his Calf Killer Bad Influence as S & R

Negatives: I’m usually a gigantic fan of Bad Influence, but I think the Siegfried and Roy outfits were too cheeky for their own good. Doing the Road Warriors in Chicago was fun, nostalgic, and respectful, but making fun of Vegas entertainers is just too easy.

Segment 2 Score: +1

Segment 3: Mickie James Asserts Her Dominance

Positives: Mickie James is turning in the best performances of her career, and for my money, nobody in wrestling is executing their character as well as her right now. Her threats and insults seemed catty, conceited, and completely perfect. If TNA recognize what a good thing they have going with Mickie, they will feature her heavily as a top star in the promotion.

Negatives: None.

Segment 3 Score: +1

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