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I'm guessing that a lot of people probably hated Thursday night's episode of TNA Impact. When Kevin Nash was put in charge of the show (in the story line) and he announced the lineup for the evening, I thought I would hate it, too. But, God help me, I actually found it entertaining.

At one point, Mike Tenay remarked that the show – which featured a man vs. woman match, a mud wrestling match, a women's Trailer Park Throwdown (the competitors had to down a six-pack of beer before the match) and a TNA title match awarded to the highest bidder – had Nash's fingerprints all over it. Of course, the truth is that it was Vince Russo's fingerprints.

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Russo's irreverent "Crash TV" often misses the mark, but not this time. The show never dragged, and you can't ask for more than that. Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't want to see this kind of show every week. I do like shows that feature in-ring action, but I don't think it's a bad idea to mix things up.

The best part of the show was the footage of Mick Foley trying to track down Jeff Jarrett in Tennessee. Not much happened in the first couple segments, but Foley has the ability to make even the mundane watchable. The payoff was good, as Foley found a scruffy Jarrett sitting at a bar and convinced him to return to the Impact Zone next week.

Foley and Jarrett spoke in vague terms about TNA president Dixie Carter mistreating Jarrett and how "the punishment did not fit the crime." When discussing coming back, Jarrett also asked "What about Kurt?" Yes, TNA is going there.

Personally, I think a Jarrett-Angle feud playing off their real-life issues (Jarrett is in a relationship with Angle's ex-wife) could be really good.

Other thoughts on Thursday's show:

With all the gimmick matches on the program, it has to be considered a major upset that there wasn't a pole match. ...

I suppose the politically correct thing to do would be to condemn the mud wrestling match between Lacey Von Erich and Velvet Sky (refereed by Madison Rayne), but as a red-blooded male, I just can't do it. The "match" was actually tamer than I thought it would be. The mud made it difficult for the women to keep their balance, so they were slipping all over the place. In other words, Von Erich gave her typical performance. ...

I find it funny that TNA used to promote its women as more athletic and skilled than WWE's divas, and now the Knockouts are wrestling in mud, which is the kind of thing the divas don't do anymore. ...

The ODB-Tara Trailer Park Throwdown – which was won by ODB – was a fun weapons match. Yes, I do see the irony of Tara participating in a match in which she had to drink a six-pack of beer before competing a week after she said she left WWE because she was treated as a joke and wanted real competition. ...

There were a number of funny lines on the show, but one of the funniest had to be when Taz said that "Nash has a future booking wrestling matches." Anyone who remembers Nash's tenure as the leader of the booking committee in WCW in 1999 knows just how hilarious it really is. ...

Another good Taz line occurred during the ODB-Tara match. After Tara hit ODB low with a kendo stick, he said, "Would that even really hurt? Well, who knows with ODB." ...

It only lasted about two seconds, but Russo and writing partner Ed Ferrara had a cameo when Foley was searching the TNA offices for Jarrett. As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I'm not a big fan of Russo as a booker, but I did find him entertaining as a performer in WCW (although not in large doses). I wouldn't mind seeing him back on TV as a character, but only if he gave up his writing position. We don't need to see Russo booking himself as world champion again. ...

When Foley mentioned that he couldn't be fired under any circumstances, he said that he could even say "Gewirtz" on television. That was a reference to Raw head writer Brian Gewirtz, which reportedly was the name that was bleeped out on last week's show when Foley was asked who the smartest person he knows is. Like a lot of stuff in TNA, I'm sure only a small percentage of viewers got the reference. ...

I'm glad the A.J. Styles-Desmond Wolfe match – which Styles won after Wolfe was distracted by Daniels – for the TNA world title lasted only five minutes. Actually, that may have been five minutes too long. Styles-Wolfe is a marquee matchup, and their first meeting shouldn't be given away on free TV. ...

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The Eric Young-Hamada match was entertaining for what it was. I liked that Young had to win with his feet on the ropes. It gets heat on him because he cheated to beat a woman, and it makes Hamada look tough for holding her own and losing under those circumstances. ...

Normally, I wouldn't be in favor of one guy beating three – especially when two of the three are the tag team champions – but I liked Chris Sabin overcoming the odds and defeating all three members of The British Invasion. It worked because Rob Terry was the one who did the job. ...

Scott Steiner was hilarious on this show. When Christy Hemme was interviewing him, for some reason she put her hand on his chest, and he grabbed it and pushed it lower. Then after she asked a question that he didn't like, he said, "You've replaced JB [Jeremy Borash] and you're already [ticking] me off!' The best, however, was when he threatened to beat up Bobby and Kristal Lashley's son. "Isn't he two?" Hemme asked. "No, he one and a half," Steiner replied. "I don't discriminate against age. I'll beat anybody up." ...

TNA pushed the envelope at the end of the mixed tag match that pitted the Lashleys against Steiner and Awesome Kong. Steiner covered Kristal for the pin in a very suggestive manner, and then took it a step further by doing push-ups on top of her. Again, it's not politically correct, but I found it humorous because it was just so over the top. ...

By the way, how is it that Nash was able to book Kristal Lashley in a match? Is she a TNA talent? Wait, let me rephrase that. Is she on the TNA roster? ...

"Black Machismo" Jay Lethal cut an awesome promo. His Randy Savage impersonation seemed even more spot-on than usual.

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