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TNA Impact: What¿s old is new again ¿ Sting wins TNA world title

For those of you who somehow managed to miss the big spoiler from last week, the other shoe dropped on Thursday night's episode of Impact regarding Sting's return to TNA.

A week after TNA hyped "the most surprising shock of the year, guaranteed" – which turned out to just be a tease of Sting's return via a parody of WWE's 2-21-11 videos – the company booked the veteran star to win the TNA world title from Jeff Hardy on Thursday's show.

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As I said last week, Sting does have value, but I really don't see the benefit in putting the world title on the 51-year-old. Sting should really be used as a special attraction at this point in his career.

Instead of yet another Sting reign, why not put the title on someone fresh such as Matt Morgan? There's also former champion A.J. Styles, who is the hottest babyface in the company. I'd much rather see him chasing Hardy for the belt than Sting holding it for the umpteenth time.

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My guess is that Sting's run as champ will be short, but that only makes the decision to give him the belt even more ill-advised. This is the second time in seven weeks that Hardy has lost the title, and if/when he gets the championship back again, the next time he loses the belt it will not mean as much as it would have if he had a longer reign.

As far as the Sting-Hardy match itself, it would have been nice if it lasted longer than six minutes, but the action was fine and the crowd popped for Sting being revealed as the mystery opponent and also for the title switch.

Other thoughts on Thursday's show:

With all that was going on during this episode – the world title change, the Jarretts renewing their wedding vows, New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott and some chick from "Jersey Shore" appearing, and a verdict being rendered in the Hulk Hogan-Dixie Carter legal battle – it still was only a so-so show. The fact that there wasn't a whole lot of wrestling on it didn't help. ...

Doing the show in an arena instead of the Impact Zone definitely made the company look more major league. If TNA can do so without losing a significant amount of money due to production costs, it would be great if it could take the show on the road more frequently. ...

Hogan was declared the winner in his legal fight with Carter, so he now has control of the company, although it seems that "the network" is able to dictate to Hogan. ...

When Hogan and Eric Bischoff told Carter that they used her to get back into prominent roles in wrestling, do you think Carter realized that they weren't doing a worked shoot but a real shoot? I'm guessing not. ...

I usually like wrestling wedding angles, but the Jarretts' renewal of their vows was disappointing. The best part was Karen Jarrett having dried-up icing on her face and in her hair for the ceremony after having had her face shoved in the wedding cake by Kurt Angle earlier in the show. I thought the payoff – Angle destroying the wedding set with an axe after the ceremony – was kind of weak. When I first saw him grab the axe, I thought for a second her was going to go all Jack Torrance on Wendy, I mean, Karen. ...

It amazes me how TNA can screw up things that should be so simple. The reason Scott has gained a higher profile is because of his mouth, so wouldn't it be a good idea to have him cut a promo? Instead, he just mumbled a bit off the microphone, stood around and got in a couple scuffles. A mute NFL player could have done all that. Amazing. ...

Scott's backstage "fight" with Kazarian didn't look very realistic. Perhaps Scott isn't a natural for pro wrestling after all. Or perhaps he was just being extra careful so that he didn't get hurt and violate his NFL contract. ...

The Jarretts strolling in with big smiles on their faces and announcing "We're here!" while the brawl involving Scott, Kazarian, Styles and Matt Hardy was going on around them was hilarious. ...

When Fortune came out to interrupt Hogan's promo on a teary-eyed Carter, an angry Styles said that they all care about the TNA president. Um, wasn't Fortune part of the original plot to steal the company away from her? ...

As Immortal was standing in the ring, it struck me that I was looking at one of the least-impressive main event factions ever. The group consisted of Gunner, Murphy, Rob Terry, Matt Hardy and two guys way past their primes in Hogan and Ric Flair. ...

The Morgan-Hernandez match – which Morgan won by disqualification – served its purpose, which was to get heat on Hernandez and keep the program going. ...

Velvet Sky finally beat Sarita, so thankfully we don't have another retirement stipulation that won't be adhered to. ...

To show how serious she was about her career being on the line, Sky did not do her typical entrance. That was a nice touch, but Sky's entrance is the best part of her matches. ...

Scott Steiner scored a convincing win over Terry in a match that was better than I thought it would be. ...

TNA world tag team champions Beer Money won decisively – as they should have – over Gunner and Murphy in a title match. Robert Roode and James Storm were way over with the crowd. ...

Are Ink Inc. – who issued a challenge to Beer Money for the belts – heels now? By the way, was it really necessary for Shannon Moore to direct the crowd to yell the f-word? ...

I have no idea who that guy was who sat in on commentary during the Morgan-Hernandez match, nor do I care. ...

As I vowed to do, I fast-forwarded through the "Jersey Shore" segment. In retrospect, I wish I would have fast-forwarded through any scene that involved Eric Young and/or Orlando Jordan.

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