Hulkamania runs wild on TNA Impact

We didn’t see much of Hulk Hogan on TNA Impact Thursday night, but we sure did hear a lot about him. At the end of the program, a brief clip was shown of Hogan announcing at Tuesday’s news conference that he was “partnering” with TNA, but announcers Mike Tenay and Taz made repeated mentions of Hogan’s move to TNA throughout the show.

The constant references to Hogan almost made it seem as if everything – and everyone – else on the show was secondary. For example, newcomer Desmond Wolfe faced Kurt Angle in a street fight and “injured” him to the point that Angle had to be taken out on a stretcher. To me, that’s how the show should have ended – with concern for Angle and a lot of heat on Wolfe. Instead, we went from that to the light-hearted Hogan news conference.

In all fairness to TNA, however, I suppose if you’re going to bring in a star the magnitude of Hogan, you have to hype it as much as you can. I just hope Hogan overshadowing Wolfe on this episode is not a sign of things to come.

Other thoughts on Thursday’s show:

My first thought about Angle wrestling Wolfe was that it should have been held off until the Turning Point pay-per-view on Nov. 15, but after seeing how the match turned out, I at least understand the reasoning behind it. Wolfe has been established as a major player in just two appearances. He even popped right up after receiving three German suplexes and then KO’d Angle with a lariat. ...

There were a couple references made about someone possibly sending Wolfe to take out Angle. My money’s on it being either Jeff Jarrett or Karen Angle – or both. ...

During his news conference, Hogan referred to Madison Square Garden as “The House that Hogan built.” He must be thinking of some other house, because when it comes to pro wrestling, MSG without question is “The House that Bruno Sammartino built.” ...

Matt Morgan looked good in scoring a decisive win over Rhino. Morgan is getting a huge babyface reaction from the crowd at the Impact Zone. I had better not see Hogan dropping a leg on Morgan for a 1-2-3 in the near future. ...

Could it have been any more obvious that Mick Foley was going to “swerve” us and hit Dr. Stevie with the kendo stick instead of Abyss? So I guess Foley is a babyface again. For those keeping score, that means that in Foley’s first year with TNA, he has gone from babyface to heel, to babyface, to heel, to babyface. Tenay tried to explain Foley’s behavior by saying that he’s “unpredictable.” Unfortunately, his turns are anything but. ...

Speaking of turns, it sure looks as if Team 3D is going heel again. They’ll likely be joining forces with Rhino soon as a faction of disgruntled veterans. Rhino’s contention that the young guys are trying to take out the veterans, not just defeat them, is the exact same thing that Sting said about the young guys when he joined the Main Event Mafia. Couldn’t the creative team have come up with something new? ...

That was a scary-looking bump that Chris Sabin took on the Uranage Driver from Brother Ray during the Motor City Machine Guns-Team 3D match. Sabin reportedly suffered a stinger and was not seriously injured. According to Internet reports, Kevin Nash blasted TNA officials backstage for not stopping the match when it was obvious that Sabin was hurt. Nash also criticized the company over the incident while cutting a promo on The World Elite, but that part of his promo was edited out of Thursday’s broadcast. ...

Samoa Joe did some really good mic work during his backstage confrontations with A.J. Styles and Daniels. The soft-spoken approach works much better for Joe than yelling. It was a nice touch when Daniels punched a picture of Joe on the wall after Joe walked away. ...

Scott Steiner’s promo before Bobby Lashley’s match against Legends champion Eric Young was a giveaway that Steiner was going to interfere and cost Lashley the title. The airbrushed picture of Kristal Lashley on Steiner’s shirt was funny. It reminded me of when “Ravishing” Rick Rude airbrushed the likeness of Jake Roberts’ wife on the back of his tights 20 years ago. ...

I like the Young character more every week. I think it’s great that someone finally out-smarted Nash and then told him it was “just business.” Young said he was changing the name of the Legends title to the Global title, and that he would not defend it on American soil or against any American. I’m hoping that the part about the name change is true. I think “Legends title” sounds like a championship for big-name wrestlers who are past their prime. Speaking of which, I think Tenay and Taz just mentioned again that Hogan was coming to TNA. ...

I was looking forward to the Tara-Alissa Flash match, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. And Tara needs better hair extensions. ...

It’s not often that Lacey Von Erich and the word “ugly” are used in the same sentence, but she delivered the ugliest-looking choke-slam I have ever seen. The WWE Divas get a lot of criticism, but there’s no female wrestler in WWE less-skilled than LVE.

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