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Mick Foley, Sting shine again on TNA Impact

The Mick Foley-Sting match at Lockdown has received the strongest build for a TNA pay-per-view main event since last year's Lockdown match between Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. Thursday night on Impact, Foley and Sting again did a great job of making people want to pay to see them fight.

I can't say enough how impressive Sting has been on the mic over the past several months. He delivered a good promo on this episode and was even more effective when he did a sit-down interview with Mike Tenay. Sting telling the story of being there in Germany when Foley lost part of his ear was a really nice touch and once again got the message across that Foley is a psychopath. (Here's an idea for a Foley t-shirt based on his new character: Since Foley's original ring name was Cactus Jack Manson because of his resemblance to murderous cult leader Charles Manson, TNA could use an image of Foley to recreate the infamous Life Magazine cover of a crazed-looking Manson. They also could play off the headline Rolling Stone used for its Manson cover story: The Incredible Story of the Most Dangerous Wrestler Alive.)

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Foley did some good mic work as well, and I thought the handicap match between him and The Motor City Machine Guns was entertaining and well-booked. The show ended on a high note with a good pull-apart brawl between Sting and Foley.

Other thoughts on Thursday night's show:

To add to the drama at the top of the card, Jeff Jarrett's loyalties are now being called into question, as he is teasing that he is considering joining The Main Event Mafia. Trying to figure out who is a babyface and who is a heel in TNA can give you a headache, so I've decided to just check my brain at the door and go with it. …

As much as I enjoy Kurt Angle as a performer, I do think that he often is overexposed on Impact, so it was refreshing to see his role downplayed for at least one episode. …

The two "Rough Cuts" segments with Team 3-D talking about their wrestling school and their legacy were well done. …

I know he's nowhere near what he used to be in the ring, but I always enjoy watching Scott Steiner. He and James Storm had a decent match. …

I love the ODB character and I think her interview segments are hilarious, but the worst part of this episode by far was the vignette showing her on a date with "fan" Cody Deaner. I've just never thought redneck humor (Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, etc.) was very funny. …

I'm thankful that TNA decided to greatly tone down the feud between Tenay and Don West. Instead of non-stop bickering between them throughout the show, West, now playing a subtle heel announcer, and Tenay pick their spots. That actually works well. …

West said that The Governor was so traumatized by having her hair snipped by The Beautiful People that she now goes by the name "Daffney." I guess no one told him that she was Daffney long before she was The Gov. …

I can buy Awesome Kong as a babyface, but the Raisha Saeed character is a tough sell, if that is the direction TNA is going in. If Kong truly is turning, it would be best if Saeed is written out of the storyline, and Cheerleader Melissa debuts as an entirely new character with no hint that she was Saeed. ..

I've probably written this before, but it's worth repeating: Velvet Sky's entrance never gets old.

NOTE: I conducted a phone interview Thursday with Alex Shelley of the Motor City Machine Guns. The Q&A will be posted as soon as I can get the interview transcribed.

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