Originally Posted by Papa Pillman
If an angle is being executed horribly and has no purpose except to drag down the product than it deserves to be torn apart by the viewing public(see the Claire Lynch story line).
But that does not describe this angle. This angle has been executed well, and both the verbal and non-verbal interaction that have taken part between Bully and Hogan have been spot-on. It is some of the more effective "acting" you are going to see from wrestlers. This angle has kept Bully in the spotlight without him having to chase the world title for a while, which is a big help considering the top-loaded title scene at the moment. It has given Hulk something to do other than come out and hopelessly ramble about nothing and accomplish as much in 15 wasted minutes as could be accomplished with one on-screen graphic and a thirty second blurb from the commentators. It has done nothing to drag down the show quality. It is harmless, melodramatic cheese, that has been surprisingly well presented.
So no, I don't feel it has ultimate bearing on how I should view every potentially criticizable wrestling angle from here forward. Every angle needs to be evaluated on its own merits. That is the biggest problem occurring here; this angle is being evaluated on the merits of failed angles that occurred months before it, instead of being allowed to be viewed in a vacuum.
I feel the same, especially in the bold. I'm kind of surprised that I'm not annoyed by this angle because usually I don't like "characters" like Brooke (as they are generally superfluous), especially
if they are thrown together with a wrestler that I like, but for whatever reason I don't mind this angle. Or rather, I'm more ambivalent towards it. I will say, though, that TNA keeps me amused; that's one of the biggest things that draws me to them. So whether this pays off in a match of some kind or not, so long as it's amusing (I hesitate to add "and makes sense") I'm alright with it. I'm not in love with it, but I am slightly curious to see where they're going with it. This is not Claire Lynch, at least. That made me wince, and not in a good, spinebuster-onto-a-ladder kind of way.