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Is art imitating life for Christian Cage?

While watching last night’s Impact, my initial reaction was to criticize TNA for using a plot device that it has done to death. But I can’t follow through, because I am legitimately interested to see how this one turns out.

In the past, TNA devoted a lot of TV time and built pay-per-view shows around which side Tomko and A.J. Styles were on in the Kurt Angle-Christian Cage feud. It all seemed like such a waste of time and the booking became convoluted. Now, the question being posed is: Which side is Cage on? Is he with the big-name veterans or the young TNA stars?

I’m a big fan of Cage as a performer, so anything that puts the focus on him is fine with me. This angle is compelling because, as Cage explained during an interview with Karen Angle last night, he has become a big star, yet he is not that far removed from being one of the young guys who was kept down by veterans.

It’s also interesting how this story line about having to choose sides mirrors Cage’s current situation in real life. It’s no secret that his contract is expiring soon and that he will have to make a decision whether to re-sign with the upstart TNA or return to the established WWE.

As far as the story line, while Cage might be better as a heel, I’m hoping he doesn’t turn again. Cage hasn’t even been with the company three years and he already has turned twice. The frequent turns only weaken characters and confuse casual viewers.

Other thoughts on last night’s show:

For the second straight week, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett and Sting were very good on the mic. Angle’s line to Jarrett about telling his kids that their father was a quitter was reminiscent of the recent Shawn Michaels-Chris Jericho promos. I also liked Sting’s slide show, and he did seem a little more heelish this week. …

The one thing I didn’t like about Sting’s promo was how he kept “pulling back the curtain,” basically admitting that the business is a work. We all know that, but I thought the point is that we’re supposed to suspend our disbelief. He and Ric Flair were “confidants and brothers?” I thought they were sworn enemies for most of their careers. Jarrett called Sting and asked him to come to TNA? I thought Jarrett wanted no part of Sting when he arrived on the scene. …

Why do people keep saying that Samoa Joe and Styles have been with the company since the beginning? Styles has, but Joe has only been in TNA since 2005 (the company was formed in 2002). Speaking of Joe, he said that he wasn’t going to yell and scream anymore. That’s a good thing. …

The sound of airplanes crashing was absent from Sheik Abdul Bashir’s ring entrance. It’s great to see that someone in TNA came to their senses. …

Nothing against Hector Guerrero personally, but I think LAX is better off without him. He just didn’t fit in with two street thugs and it seemed like he was trying too hard to imitate his late brother, Eddie. LAX’s act was diminished at first without Konnan, but now I think Homicide and Hernandez can stand on their own. …

I’m guessing that a lot of younger viewers had no idea that Sonjay Dutt and SoCal Val’s “love-in” was a spoof of something John Lennon and Yoko Ono did nearly 40 years ago. Heck, I’ll bet most young viewers don’t even remember Julian Lennon. Or Sonny Onoo, for that matter. …

SoCal Val said that she didn’t owe anyone an explanation as to why she turned on Jay Lethal. I originally thought that was the TNA creative team’s way of saying that they couldn’t come up with one. It then was made clear, however, that Val is under the impression that Dutt comes from a wealthy family, so she’s a gold-digger. …

Except for the Dutt-Val segment, there wasn’t anything too silly on the show this week (in other words, no Prince Justice Brotherhood). There was one very funny line. When Booker T. said that “the ratings went through the roof” after he came to TNA, I laughed so hard that I nearly fell off my Baltimore Ravens recliner.

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