Sadly, I cannot remember the last time I was anticipating an episode of Impact LESS than I am looking forward to tomorrow's show. And considering the timing of this, it is really disappointing. We are coming off of the finale of the BFG Series, and heading into the build for the biggest PPV of the year, Bound for Glory. I can't exactly put my finger on what it is hindering my excitement, but I believe it mostly lies in the Aces & Eights storyline. I've semi-defended this storyline even though it has admittedly been very hit-or-miss. I wasn't big on it from the jump, but as it developed into Aries becoming the Little Badass that could it peaked my interest. The height of the angle IMO was Aries getting his broken arm and then the hunt to find the 'arm breaker' The Hogan/Aries Russo-esque torture scenes were bad.. so bad they were perfect and hilarious. That actually describes Hogan throughout this angle. He has been bad, really bad, but so bad that it entertains me to no end. Remember his growling and snarling when he first came back? Good god, comedy gold. The limping around with the bat, talking shit like a 4th grader, and then the torture scenes were over the top awesome, Jack. So we get the match announced that 'Arm Breaker' will 'fight' Aries at the PPV. And that's what it was-- a fight. Which is fine. Aries' display of intensity was fantastic, and I at least somewhat enjoyed the fight. Having no ref though really telegraphed the finish-- of course Aces and Eights are going to jump Aries, and a brawl will ensue. Fine, I can almost live with that.. if something else happens. Nothing did. This angle is essentially in the exact same place it was in 2 months ago, and I can't stand it at this point. Add in that of the 4 semifinalists in the BFG Series the one man I didn't want to win-- won. I've made my mixed feelings on Hardy quite clear. I don't like the guy or dislike the guy, and depending on my mood, the match, or segment, I sometimes enjoy his work, I sometimes don't. But what I see happening here in the build for BFG is going to be a buddy buddy respect storyline between Hardy and Aries.. they will probably 'team up' to some extent against Aces & Eights while talking about how they can't wait to steal the show/tear down the house at the ME of BFG. If this were a lesser PPV I wouldn't mind this storyline, but I can't really get behind it as the main event storyline at your PPV of the year. no thank you That is my other qualm of this... by not advancing the Aces & Eights storyline last night, you are basically telling me as a smark that the pay off for this storyline will in fact be at BFG, and probably have some sort of hand in the outcome of the main event. Again, not something I would want at all. Could it be a swerve and either Aries or Hardy, one of the two men most adversely affected by A&8's is behind it all along and they come out to help them win? God I hope not. I just don't see any way for them to sensibly and efficiently wrap this angle up, and it bums me out. Then we have Roode and Storm. No major complaints because it was the best feud of the first half of 2012 by FAR. Their promo work together was off the charts outstanding. But a year later and we still have Roode doing the beer bottle spot. It has grown tedious to me and I wish he would at least find a new weapon of choice. Beer bottles are Storm's thing. I don't want to see Roode doing the broken beer bottle trick any longer. I also would have liked to have seen this feud somehow find a way to main event BFG, because it is the best built feud in professional wrestling, one year in the making. Those hopes were obviously dashed by Aries winning the belt at Dest. X, which I can't complain about because I've made it clear that IMO that was the best moment & match of the year in wrestling. So yea, Roode/Storm, cool, should be good, could be better. And after that? We are almost exactly one month away and off the top of my head I can't think of one other feud that has any ground work laid out for BFG. I guess we might get Joe/Magnus, but good god what would the point be? #1 Magnus couldn't even beat fucking RVD. #2 Joe is being pushed like Godzilla lately and to pay that off with a lame ass match against a kayfabe jabroni like Magnus is quite counterproductive. Let me know what you guys think. I will still be watching obviously and hoping for the best, but after an awesome summer with great shows and PPVs, I am sad that this is my current stance on the product at this point in the game when I feel like I should be more amped up than ever.