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Quite possibly the biggest breath of fresh air from tonight's show was the induction of Bobby Roode into the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization Hall of Fame. While only given a minuscule amount of time last week to build towards this week's segment of the night, the best trio in TNA managed to deliver.
And they were given the time to do so...
I was afraid that there was going to be some sort of shenanigans that would abruptly end this segment before it even started. Giving charismatic guys like Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, and Roode a decent amount of mic time is something that TNA is not known for. To think that there would be anything else out of this would be ludicrous.
However, the most extraordinary of all things was the fact that TNA pulled the swerve and actually gave this spot the time that it deserved. The segment actually got a bit of tease with a backstage segment of Kazarian and Daniels prepping for the "ceremonies". As they hid behind the door to deter the reveal of their plans, the emergence of Christopher Daniels parallel to the floor was something straight out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon and something that warmed my heart to the fact of just how awesome these guys are.
Then, when you think things couldn't get any worse, they go and do something like this... AND TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES!
Okay, they have nothing to redeem themselves for. I just wanted to quote Dumb and Dumber. Words cannot express my elation to see Kaz emerge in the fluorescent orange tuxedo. Even with Daniels still off-camera, I could tell that he was to follow in the matching powder blue. Before a word has even been uttered, this has quickly gained my vote for greatest pro wrestling segment EVER.
After the introduction of Bobby Roode, the wonderful members of EGO managed to maintain the lunacy and hilarity by "awfully" editing past segments from TNA history to mock the members of the roster as complete "marks" for Bobby Roode the necessity of his induction into the Hall of Fame.
Bobby Roode then took the podium and cut a monsterous promo the way that no other member of the roster outside of Bully Ray and Austin Aries could measure up to. Roode thanked Kaz and Daniels for the festivities, only to nearly forget the man that was most responsible for Roode's induction into the EGO HOF... HIMSELF.
The five to ten minutes that I was able to enjoy this actually made me give a crap about TNA outside of my writing responsibilities. I was vested and entertained; something that cannot be said for many past episodes of Impact. Even if Kurt Angle did manage to show up and try to ruin everything; he could not sour my moment of pure enamor as the members of EGO show why TNA can be something to enjoy and not something to roll your eyes at every Thursday night. Impact, if you're reading this, I demand more of this. We have Hogan out of the way, now let's do the same with Sting and Angle to make ways for guys who can still entertain like EGO.