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A bad night to be a babyface on TNA Impact

The heels got a lot of heat on Monday's episode of TNA Impact, as several babyfaces were laid out on the go-home show for Sunday's Lockdown pay-per-view.

The most prominent casualties were Abyss, who was the victim of a hit and run by a mystery driver, and Jeff Hardy, who had a fireball thrown in his face by James Storm. Angelina Love, Jeff Jarrett, "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal and "The Pope' D'Angelo Dinero also suffered beat-downs.

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On its own, each angle was effective as far as making the fans want to see the babyfaces get revenge. However, by doing so many angles on one show, none of them had the impact that they should have. If you're going to run one of your top babyfaces over with a car, it's probably not a good idea to have another top guy have his face set on fire a few segments later.

Overall, the show was decent and a definite improvement over last week. There were the usual annoyances, but the wrestling was good for the most part and the show held my interest from start to finish – and that's saying something since I didn't finish watching it until 4 a.m.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

Impact got off to a hot start with Jarrett and Sting brawling after Jarrett went up to the rafters to find him. Jarrett was getting the better of the exchange until the lights went out. When they came back on, Sting had a bat in his hand and he quickly put it to use on Jarrett. ...

Sting remained mum on why he turned heel. The way TNA is dragging this out, the payoff had better be good. ...

The highlight of the show for me was the video package that chronicled the Kurt Angle-Mr. Anderson feud. Anderson has really stepped up his game in TNA. ...

When the surveillance tape of Abyss getting struck by the car was shown, it looked to me as if it was Samoa Joe behind the wheel, but it was difficult to tell. ...

Beer Money came off looking like a pair of real bad dudes on this show. Not only did Storm throw a fireball at Hardy (which was edited out), but he also smashed a beer bottle over Lethal's head in a backstage attack with Robert Roode. ...

The Hardy-Roode match – which was won by Hardy – was good. I'm holding out hope that one of these days Roode will get a major singles push in TNA. ...

I knew it was just a matter of time before Ric Flair got out of the wheelchair and interfered in a match, but I thought it was going to happen at Lockdown during either the A.J. Styles-Dinero match of the Team Flair vs. Team Hogan match. Instead, he did it during a handicap match that pitted Styles and Desmond Wolfe against Dinero, who took a beating at the hands of the three heels. ...

If you overlook the gap in logic (as well as Velvet Sky's weak-looking offense), the Sky-Love angle was laid out well as far as getting heat on Sky and sympathy for Love. Sky, who last week won the right to face anyone she wanted in a match of her choosing, picked Love and made the stipulation that she had to have her hands handcuffed behind her back. After beating on the defenseless Love for a bit, Sky then declared that it was an "I quit" match. Love refused to quit despite getting brutalized. Eventually, Sky's Beautiful People teammates Lacey Von Erich and Madison Rayne joined in to make it a three-on-one situation before Tara made the save. The Tara-Love dynamic added another layer to the segment, as the two of them had been in each other's faces in a backstage interview right before the match. Tara walked away when Love extended her hand after Tara saved her.

What didn't make sense is that the open contract gave Sky all the power and she didn't use it to make Love put her TNA Knockouts title on the line in the match. Instead, Sky said that Love's title will be up for grabs in a three-on-two match between The Beautiful People and the team of Love and Tara at Lockdown. If any of the BP pin Love, that woman will be the champion. Obviously, the odds of Sky winning the title in that match are far less than in a one-one-one match with a defenseless Love. Perhaps TNA booked it that way on purpose since Sky's character is supposed to be a bimbo. Nah. ...

As Lacey was running out of the ring after Tara threw a punch at her chest, she could be overheard saying, "She hit my boob!" Well, they are big enough targets. ...

During her promo, Love said that, unlike Sky, she "did not come to TNA to parade around the ring like a lady of the night;" she came to prove that she is the best wrestler. The funny thing is that she delivered the line as if she really meant it. Also in that segment, Tara said to Love, "You know what they say: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." By "they" I'm assuming she meant Eric Bischoff, who had just said the exact same thing to Hulk Hogan. Where's the quality control? ...

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Speaking of cliches, Styles said, "There are two things you can do about it: Nothing and like it." Does anyone really say that anymore? By the way, Styles really needs to lose that feathered robe. I cringe every time I see him in it. ...

Scott Hall's performance, especially his selling – which basically consisted of him comically stumbling around the ring – during the six-man tag match between The Band and Team 3D and Jesse Neal was embarrassing. If that didn't make the show look minor league, Chubba showing up and interfering sure did. Since I wanted to see the finish of the match, I couldn't even fast-forward through his appearance this time. ...

It was announced that Kevin Nash and Eric Young will be facing each other in a cage match at Lockdown. It will be very interesting to see who goes over in that one. ...

By the second match, I was begging TNA to turn off Taz's mic. He seems way more interested in trying to get himself over with his "jokes" than getting the matches over. A good color commentator knows when to just keep quiet, but Taz never stops yapping. Taz even acknowledged than he kept interrupting Mike Tenay. ...

I'm digging the segments with Hogan and Lethal. The best line of the show came when Lethal asked if Hogan saw what The Band had just done, and Hogan replied: "They didn't play 'Be A Man, Hulk,' did they?" For those who don't get it, that's the title of a so-bad-it's-good anti-Hogan rap song that Randy Savage recorded several years ago. ...

The match in which Matt Morgan and Amazing Red successfully defend the TNA tag team title against The Motor City Machine Guns was entertaining. Predictably, Morgan attacked Red after the match. I suppose the story line is going to be that Morgan keeps choosing different people to defend the title with him and then he turns on them. If that's the case, it's going to make Morgan's partners look pretty stupid. ...

The 10-minute draw between Kazarian and Shannon Moore was good.

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