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Old 12-18-2016, 05:12 PM
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Total Nonstop Deletion was awful. Great build up, but no end product. I sincerely hope that TNA don't continue this route. First and foremost, the point of wrestling is to make the crowd forget that what they are watching is staged. Deletion took that back decades. It's probably the most cartoonish thing I can think of in wrestling since the 1994-95 WWE 'new generation' roster...

Then the production values. I get that it was at the Hardys Compound, so the lighting and camerawork was *supposed* to be worse than usual; I get that TNA haven't the resources to produce a sick product the way WWE do. But they could do a hell of a lot better. The excuse to clear the 'arena' (to go to the pre-taped Apocalypto) was awful - smoke fills the garage and an evacuation alarm goes off. Yet the wrestlers and referee continue - WTF? Nonsensical. But even worse, the commentators got evacuated too! So now, in a dimly lit, poorly filmed 'match', we don't even have commentary to help us understand what is happening.

The match started with four teams: Hardys, Helms Dynasty, Rock n Roll Express and the Decay. Really? Matt Hardy made a really compelling build up to this show. You knew that the likes of the New Day wouldn't really take part, but the build up started to make people doubt the obvious: maybe there *would* be representatives from bigger organisations? No, we got the geriatric express - a team that looked old in 1992 - and three TNA teams. And that's it. Later, more teams entered the fray. Nameless, faceless teams fed to Abyss and Crazzy Steve - Soul Time? The Ugly Ducklings? What was the point of DCC's involvement? How James Storm must wish he signed with WWE now.

The 'big shock' of the day was Hornswoggle's debut, after constant reminders by Spud of why wrestlers rarely make good actors, and the Rock is clearly an exception. Then despite actually looking dominant, 'Swoggle gets tired of being patronised by Spud and turns on his partner. In a tag title match. Yeah, ok.

The Hardys square off against the Rock n Roll Express in a 'dream match' (in whose dreams, exactly?) .... Which lasts for about 2 minutes before more focus is placed on Jeff Hardy and Ricky Morton (I think) inexplicably heading up cherry pickers and ... Clinching. Since they later allowed Jeff to Swanton onto the other member of Status Quo (well, missing him), they could surely have made a more memorable spot of Morton throwing Jeff down from on high.

Abyss and Crazzy Steve. Yeah, they are dead. Abyss got shot in the back with a firework (though completely no sold it) and Steve got 'erupted' from the Hardy volcano. No doubt they will show up unharmed in the next Impact, just like Triple H when Steve Austin killed him at Survivor Series 2000, only for Lazarus Helmsley to walk unaided to the ring on Raw days later.

Gregory Helms visited the lake of reincarnation twice. First 'returning' as Sugar Shane, and proceeded to bury his two young charges ("you ain't as good as Shannon, and you ain't as good as Evan") - way to go TNA. Trevor Lee was in probably the best match at your biggest event of the year, Bound for Glory, yet he's not as good as Evan freaking Karagis? Evan Karagis was amongst the worst of the cruiserweights in WCW. And as for Shannon Moore, I actually expected him to appear. He's not doing much else of note. Yet still better than Lee and Everett, apparently... When the Hurricane appeared, and cleaned house with Matt Hardy, that was genuinely the only bit I enjoyed of Apocalypto. It was tongue in cheek and funny, but then Helms disappeared!

Other random bits: Helms Dynasty fighting a speedboat who 'broke up a pinfall attempt'; Abyss having a firework bazooka duel with a drone; the referee being caught in the toilet; the random Lashley v Edwards interludes when they were not part of the match. Road Warrior Animal. Just why?

It just didn't make sense. Total Nonstop Deletion promised so much, clearly much more than TNA could hope to offer. And they let down themselves and more importantly the fans again. It's all well and good saying that at least it gets eyes on the product, but you've got to win over those eyes with compelling drama and good wrestling (of which there was barely any in this 'match' due it it mostly being fought in a back yard) otherwise you'll do more harm than good. Apocalypto looked poorly executed, badly booked and most importantly completely unrealistic.

Funnily enough, after Bound for Glory, I wrote on here that the commentators in TNA didn't do enough explaining of certain matches/rules. This went one further and eradicated commentators completely - and was possibly the worst route they could have gone down.

So no, I hope that TNA does NOT continue down this path. The Hardy angle is a very good one, but would be better suited in an actual wrestling ring where the Hardys are best utilised, and put a stop to this pre-recorded nonsense.
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Hopefully this is just a fad and will stop once the Hardys contracts are up and they decide not to renew.
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:56 AM
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Just a fad, I guess.

There's a significant line between the things TNA did in this match and professional wrestling. And this, as already mentioned, is polarizing. I, for example, watch professional wrestling programming mainly for matches. Storylines and other things are just additions. But here wrestling is almost negligible.

So, I hope that it's a fad only. Broken Matt Hardy is the best Matt Hardy but no need to just keep going with deletions every now and then.

I won't watch another.
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I'm a TNA fan and while it was cool for shit and giggles for a time and I'll give Matt Hardy props in reinventing himself, I have to say I'm tired of it. You know all this Corman/Trauma-type of entertainment of "it's funny cause it's bad" has a short shelf life.

I'm actually happy that the ratings for Total Deletion were not that good. At this point, I would not even mind if both Hardys would not re-sign with TNA. Cause TNA to progress as a company they shouldn't be part of it. I don't believe in overly-produced backstage segments and in the ring both Hardys are pretty old and beatup, you shouldn't put your money in them. TNA should focus in guys like Eli Drake who can be entertaining in the confines of a wrestling arena. And hire much more guys.
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I'm a TNA fan and while it was cool for shit and giggles for a time and I'll give Matt Hardy props in reinventing himself, I have to say I'm tired of it. You know all this Corman/Trauma-type of entertainment of "it's funny cause it's bad" has a short shelf life.

I'm actually happy that the ratings for Total Deletion were not that good. At this point, I would not even mind if both Hardys would not re-sign with TNA. Cause TNA to progress as a company they shouldn't be part of it. I don't believe in overly-produced backstage segments and in the ring both Hardys are pretty old and beatup, you shouldn't put your money in them. TNA should focus in guys like Eli Drake who can be entertaining in the confines of a wrestling arena. And hire much more guys.
I believe you mean Troma when referring to your it's funny cause it's bad comment. I agree that they shouldn't renew but they probably will since I don't see Vince allowing this type of tomfoolery in the WWE.
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I started to watch this but couldn't find it in myself to watch the whole way through. It just seemed to me that it was just a lot of excuse me, bullshit. I didn't have much of an idea what was going on and some of it just seemed absolutely ridiculous.

I'm a huge fan of the Hardy's and credit TNA with giving them the creative output that they wouldn't have got under Vince's watch, but too much is too much. The first Total Deletion was good fun and I like it when things are a little outside the box. This one on the other hand was just awful. Sometimes too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing.
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