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A rough night for Samoa Joe on Impact

I'm not sure what the end result of the Samoa Joe-Kevin Nash story line is going to be, but if the payoff is that Nash turns on him, I don't think Joe is going to be a very sympathetic figure.

On recent episodes of TNA Impact, Joe has come across as paranoid and quick-tempered, while Nash has been the voice of reason and the more likable of the two. On last night's show, Joe was booked to look like an incompetent.

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In a backstage segment prior to Nash's match against Booker T., Joe made sarcastic remarks to Nash about his gimpy knees and lack of preparation. Nash then went out and basically dominated the match, which made Joe's comments look silly.

During the match, Joe – who was seated at ringside – was further embarrassed. First, Booker outsmarted him and whacked him with a chair, and then when Joe recovered and went after Booker, he accidentally kicked Nash in the face.

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This would all make perfect sense if the idea is for Joe to turn heel on Nash. But if the idea is for Joe to remain the top babyface in the company, then the TNA creative team sure isn't doing him any favors.

Other thoughts on last night's show:

Booker T. has officially replaced Christian Cage as the most entertaining performer in TNA. Wearing a gaudy red robe with a leopard-print collar while sitting in his refurbished dressing room, Booker cut a tremendous promo that was both funny and serious. He delivered the line of the night after Jeremy Borash pointed to a picture on the wall of Booker and Muhammad Ali and asked, "Is that The Greatest?" Booker: "Yes, and the other guy is Muhammad Ali." …

During his promo, Booker remarked that ratings and buy rates have been on the rise because of him. He didn't say that. Tell me he did not just say that. ...

Brother Ray promised before his match with Cage that he was going to deliver something that we had never seen before. It turned out to be a powerbomb on Cage through a glass table. Well, I've never seen it before. The glass shattering all over the place and the blood-stained towel on Cage's back made this work. …

I don't understand why Kurt Angle is so upset that his wife might have fooled around with A.J. Styles. Didn't Angle used to encourage her to "do favors" for Styles in the men's room whenever he wanted to keep Styles in line? ...

TNA is doing a good job of providing an interesting back story to the Gail Kim-Angelina Love feud. …

Awesome Kong had some difficulty getting the "fan" named Danielle up for the Awesome Bomb and she didn't seem too pleased about it. It looks as if TNA has created a new star in Taylor, the girl who pushed Kong on last week's show and was back last night for a post-match pull-apart. …

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During a backstage interview with "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal and SoCal Val, Lethal started off in his "Macho" voice, but then slipped into his normal voice after Val said that they should hold off on the wedding. I think Lethal should just stay in character the whole time. …

I'm not impressed so far with Sonjay Dutt as a heel. He definitely needs to work on his delivery in his promos. …

For some reason, TNA has decided to pull back on ODB's push. I can't believe she jobbed to Moose (formerly known as Mickie Knuckles) in a hardcore match. I also can't believe that Moose kicked out after taking a couple shots to the head with a shovel. The match was referred to as a Bimbo Brawl. Who in the world came up with that ridiculous name? Probably the same person who came up with Moose.


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