Watched the latest TNA Pay-Per-View this weekend, "Destination X". It was, all-in-all, quite good. My sweetie Gail continued to show why she is the best "diminutive babyface" in woman's wrestling today, the "Fish Market Streetfight" was far, far better than it had any right to be, and pretty much all the other matches except the "Elevation X" affair delivered the goods.
However, there's one thing that I don't get. As you know, Spike TV subscribes to the popular misandrist double-standards about violence, forgetting for a moment that pro wrestling is in fact performance art where violence is the primary means of communication.
Nevertheless, as I watched a recap of the moment where Robert Roode accidentally hit Sharmell (further elevating the Roode - Booker feud into atmospheric levels of heat) it dawned on me that this is the first time I actually saw it without the annoying freeze frame. All you'd ever see on impact is Roode winds up, the screen pauses for two seconds while we hear West and Tenay freak out, and the next thing you see is Sharmell on the mat. Forget the fact that the popular opinion was that Sharmell did an incredible job of selling it that added legitimate heat to the moment, which we never got to see. If you're going to do something annoying like that, at *least* add some comic relief to the moment and replace the freeze-frame with a 60's Batman sound-effect panel. I mean, Roode winding up, then a ***KER-PLAM!!!*** and then a shot of Sharmell on the ground? Solid $TEXAS.
Now, the reason I mention this is because of what you CAN show on Impact.
In this very feud, they had a protracted scene where an impromptu streetfight broke out between Roode and Booker, and Booker got knocked out by Roode, at which point Roode's manager Peyton Banks produced some handcuffs, chained Booker T to the post, and Roode took off his belt.
It's nice to know that women are so sacrosanct that the same network that thinks a man accidentally hitting a woman is too offensive to show has no problem showing a Caucasian savagely whipping a Negro that is chained to a post for well over two minutes. Mind you, Impact *is* primarily a Southern operation...