Monday, 9 February 2015

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 18th January 2015

And I'm back with another Impact review. If I'm lucky, I'll actually get caught up by the end of this week.

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Starting with the Knockouts, the tag match was fine. But I have to say, Taryn Terrell doesn't have a story attached to her at the moment, and she should. She's the Knockouts champion.

But instead, the focus is on Brooke and her relationship with Robbie E. That doesn't sit well with me. Female wrestlers can have stories that are not directly linked with a man, dammit.

It just makes me all the more grateful for the build between Havok and Awesome Kong. It's a match I want to see because the emphasis isn't on dudes: it's on two big, strong amazing women planning to beat the hell out of each other.

That's why I watch wrestling, TNA. Not to see people bickering with their ex-boyfriends.

Having said that, I love the plotline between Rockstar Spud and EC3 and that's practically the same thing. So maybe I'm a hypocrite.

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But then again, the Spud and EC3 plotline happened on Impact and we saw it develop. So it actually makes sense.

Unlike the Revolution, who baffle me. James Storm is trying so hard to be Bray Wyatt that it hurts. I don't know why they've changed Mahabali Shera's name to Khoya. And I don't know what they're trying to achieve.

They're just... there. And it's incomprehensible.

The way they sat in the balcony to watch the match between the Wolves and the Hardys was hilarious, though.

As for that match, I thought it was awesome.

I don't have a narrative reason for not wanting the Hardys to win: I'm just a Wolves mark. So I'll see where that goes and won't complain.

But jeez, the Wolves just can't catch a break, can they?

Nor can Austin Aries.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

I have no idea why TNA put the X Division title on him one week and put it back on Low Ki the next. It's ridiculous.

Either give your championships significance or don't bother having them at all.

To be fair, Kurt Angle versus Samoa Joe was a nice trip down memory lane. And Eric Young's No DQ match with Bobby Roode was alright.

But I have a problem with the Beat Down Clan as a concept. TNA have this obsession with bringing in large power stables to threaten the company and it's getting old.

The Main Event Mafia. Immortal. Aces & Eights. Dixieland. And now the Revolution and the Beat Down Clan?

I'll talk more about this another time, but to make a long story short: we've seen this before. It's boring. Do something else.

And I have no idea if Bobby Lashley is a face now because he rejected the BDC. I suppose I'll find out next episode.

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This wasn't a bad episode, but it felt insubstantial. I'm hoping I'll become invested in the plots they have in the weeks to come, but right now?

I don't care. And that's a problem.

– Stark

P.S. Havok's grandfather recently passed away and she's raising funds for the funeral expenses. If you can afford to send a little her way, please do.

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

TNA Xplosion: Air Date 14th January 2015

Another day, another episode of Xplosion.

I'm running out of interesting things to say about this show.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Wikipedia.

There are flashbacks, but I cover those in my Impact review. There are matches, but they don't have much plot and they don't go anywhere.

Sure, seeing the BroMans use their selfie stick is fun. But that's all it is.

And the Match of the Week, while enjoyable to watch, isn't much to talk about.

Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley wrestling each other? It's good. But I've nothing to say about it.

So if you haven't seen this episode, don't worry about it.

– Stark

P.S. Jessicka Havok's grandfather recently passed away and she's raising funds for the funeral expenses. If you can afford to send a little her way, please do.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 11th January 2015

So it's the first Impact on Destination America.

But was it a good debut? Let's take a look.

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We'll start with the Knockouts. The Battle Royale was fun, although I couldn't help but wonder why they left out Brittany. Too busy making out with Samuel Shaw?

And Taryn Terrell retaining her belt worked for me. After all, she just won it.

But of course the talking point is the return of Awesome Kong and holy heck do I want to see Kong versus Havok. I am stoked for that.

Speaking of returns, Kurt Angle has finally returned to the ring, and of course it was a street fight. TNA are unable to go near New York without at least one street fight. It's practically a law.

I find it hard to get excited about Angle and MVP fighting, though. Especially off the back of the ridiculous brawl that opened the show.

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Who would arrange the faces and heels arriving at the arena at the same time? And how could any of the people in the building see what was going on?

It was a mess.

Unlike the new commentary team. Do I miss Mike Tenay? Sure. But Josh Matthews is a good replacement and he and Taz worked well together. So no complaints from me.

Something else that works for me is the storyline with EC3 and Rockstar Spud. It's fun. It's got a good emotional core. It has friendships made and broken. And it's interesting to watch even if you don't know the backstory.

I freaking love it.

I was also pretty happy with the X Division Championship match.

Why? Because I couldn't guess the ending.

Now I'm a touch disappointed that Low Ki dropped the belt already. And I'm not sure he's really needed where TNA have taken him. But we'll get to that in a minute.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Speaking of title matches, the Revolution versus the Wolves was interesting. But the way they're trying to build conflict between the Wolves and the Hardys felt forced.

If I were them, I would have spent the whole match trying to help out the Wolves, not just the end. Why? Because there's only two of them, and there are five men in the Revolution. It's simple maths.

Which brings us to our final title match: Bobby Roode versus Bobby Lashley Round 3.

And, of course, MVP's now expanded group.

There's no way to say this without sounding like That Guy, so I'm just going to do it.

MVP, Lashley, Kenny King, Samoa Joe and Low Ki are part of one evil group. And Sanada, Manik and The-Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Mahabali-Shera are in another.

So... do you have to be white before you can be a face in TNA?

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I'm just asking.

And I'm not sure Roode should be dropping the belt already when he only just won the thing, interference be damned.

So first proper Impact of the year and it was... okay. Not bad. But probably not the mind-blowing first outing that TNA wanted.

– Stark

P.S. Havok's grandfather recently passed away and she's raising funds for the funeral expenses. If you can afford to send a little her way, please do.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

TNA Xplosion: Air Date 7th January 2015

And here we are with the first Xplosion of 2015. Let's see how quickly we can sum up this one.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Wikipedia.

We'll start with the Match of the Week.

A Three Way Elimination match for the World Heavyweight Championship? Nice.

Between Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries? Even freaking better.

And the Xplosion Xclusive was fun, but a little confusing.

It was good to see TNA getting some good use out of Sonjay Dutt. But why was Rockstar Spud the heel?

Did they film this before his face turn or something?

Either way, not a bad episode. Check it out.

– Stark

P.S. Jessicka Havok's grandfather recently passed away and she's raising funds for the funeral expenses. If you can afford to send a little her way, please do.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

TNA Impact Specials – Year End Awards 2014: UK Air Date 4th January 2015

We've finally done it. We've reached the last Impact Special and the first episode of 2015.

But what were the awards? Who won them? And do I agree?

Let's take a look.

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But first: who is holding the camera for the Revolution segments? And why haven't they called the police yet?

Ah well. At least they're being suitably racist by making the Indian guy change his name entirely.

Anyway. The awards.

And of course Best Feud went to Dixie Carter versus Bully Ray. You know how much I hate that feud. Everybody on Earth knows how much I hate that feud.

You know who I would have picked? EC3 versus Rockstar Spud. Because at least I had some emotional investment there.

Then we have Best Newcomer: Bram. And I'd agree with that. From what I remember, his win-loss record has been pretty impressive.

And I would have picked his Stairway to Janice match with Abyss as Best Brawl, too.

Don't get me wrong: the Hardcore War was fine. But I cared a lot more about Abyss trying to retrieve Janice than I did about the stupid Dixie and Bully storyline.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Yes: I cared more about a stick with nails in it than Dixie Carter. Says everything, doesn't it?

As for Knockout of the Year 2014, I'm torn.

I would have gone for Gail Kim. But you know what? Taryn Terrell has had an awesome year, so I'm not gonna grudge her this one.

The Wolves won Tag Team of the Year 2014 and quite right too.

Yeah, Team 3D entered the Hall of Fame, but who spent most of 2014 with the tag team championships? That would be the Wolves then. They were phenomenal last year.

And from the serious to the light-hearted, who was Class Clown?

Well. We have a literal clown on the roster. It'd be weird if anybody BUT Crazzy Steve was Class Clown.

As for Best Dressed, it is a clear travesty that Spud didn't win.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Sure, Christy Hemme looks beautiful, but does she wear awesome suits like Spud? I think not.

Then we have Biggest Return of the Year. Despite Bobby Lashley having a bigger effect on the title scene, I would agree that Matt Hardy's return was the biggest.

Mostly because more people care about Matt than Lashley. Just saying.

Now my Most Memorable Moment 2014 was Eric Young winning the TNA Heavyweight Championship. So to hell with Dixie and the table.

And finally, we had the TNA Wrestler of the Year 2014.

This was a difficult one. Of the nominees, there were only two I'd dismiss out of hand.

Does Bobby Roode deserve the accolade? Yeah, I'd say he does.

But at the same time, it seems a shame that EC3 didn't win anything. He still hasn't lost by pin-fall or submission in TNA, so it seems that he should have won something.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

But these are just my opinions. Who were your choices for the year?

Let me know. You've got my details.

– Stark

P.S. Havok's grandfather recently passed away and she's raising funds for the funeral expenses. If you can afford to send a little her way, please do.

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Friday, 30 January 2015

TNA Xplosion: Air Date 24th & 31st December 2014

Yep, another double post.

Why? Because both of these episodes of Xplosion were incredibly insubstantial and I can't find enough to talk about for both of them.

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First, the Xplosion Xclusive matches, both of which featured DJ Z in some fashion.

The first, DJ Z versus Sonjay Dutt, was great. The second? Not so much.

Look. I'm sure Chris Melendez is a lovely bloke. But even when he's partnered with Ken Anderson, I just don't care.

If your reasons for liking him are A) he's only got one leg and B) AMERICA, you need to go back to the drawing board.

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Melendez is boring. Especially when you prop him up against characters like the BroMans.

For the love of Heidegger, give the poor man a personality. The sooner the better.

As for the Matches of the Week, both were good but somehow confusing.

Maybe it's because we're looking back the history of the house that AJ Styles built, but why so much AJ?

One week a thirty minute Iron Man match against Bobby Roode. The next a TV Title match against Douglas Williams from his blonde highlight douchebag phase.

Are you planning to try to lure him back, or is it all just a strange coincidence?

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Xplosion has lost a lot of its charms for me at the moment.

The Xclusives are fun enough, but there's just too little original content.

It really needs something goofy like the Spin Cycle to give it charm. And I hope TNA realise that.

– Stark

P.S. Jessicka Havok's grandfather recently passed away and she's raising funds for the funeral expenses. If you can afford to send a little her way, please do.

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Special Post: Progress "Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"

​What can I say about Progress?

Image © Progress Wrestling via Twitter.

ENDVR 8 was my first Progress show overall. But HBFS was my first chapter.

And it was awesome.

Every match was good. But the one that really hooked me was the main event: Jimmy Havoc versus Will Ospreay for the Progress Championship.

I've been to quite a few wrestling shows now. And there have been many times I've gotten excited enough to stand up. But never before have I gotten so excited that I've jumped up onto a chair.

That's how good that damned match was.

If you haven't been to Progress, you should.

– Stark

P.S. Jessicka Havok's grandfather recently passed away and she's raising funds for the funeral expenses. If you can afford to send a little her way, please do.

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