Now we're back in Orlando, how did Impact go?
One word: awesome.
The high level of Knockout coverage was a breath of fresh air. Newcomer Brittany had a great match with Gail Kim, and Kim's subsequent fall-out with Lei'D Tapa and the end of their partnership was swift and satisfying.
On top of that, Angelina Love's return and the potential for either a Beautiful People reunion or a feud with Velvet Sky is full of promise.
The feud between Magnus and Samoa Joe is going well. Magnus continues to shine on the mic, and Joe sold the Lockdown Janice shot like a pro. Solid stuff.
I also loved the way that the conflict between EY and Abyss has been neatly intertwined with Magnus and Joe. I look forward to seeing how it'll work in episodes to come.
You all know that the BroMans and Zema Ion drive me nuts, but you know what? I'll put up with them forever if I get to see more Sanada and Tigre Uno. I don't care if they're teaming or wrestling solo: those two are spectacular, I want more of them, and their match with the BroMans was my highlight of the evening. Please let me see them every week.
Speaking of people I want to see every week, Ken Anderson continued to take precisely none of Samuel Shaw's crap seriously, and he is officially my hero. Shaw remains decidedly creepy and I'm excited to see more of the feud between them. However, there was no need for the rematch to be a Street Fight. I don't think anyone even looked at a weapon during it.
I wish I could say the same for the match between Rockstar Spud and Willow. Spud was on fire: his farewell to Dixie was absolute side-splitting and he hammed it up like a pro. I was fully looking forward to seeing him and Willow go one on one.
The problem was that when Willow was destroying Spud's knee in a steel chair, I couldn't help but think that this was the sort of thing that the villains did. Revenge is one thing, but deliberately going out of your way to cause serious injury is vicious and unnecessary, even if you are doing it to somebody who's an ineffectual villain. This was my low point of the evening.
And I felt similarly about Bully Ray and Team Roode. I understand why Bully would want to attack Team Roode after they assaulted him at the outset of the show, but he seemed to deliberately wait until they were weak before attacking them.
There's a difference between fighting smart and kicking somebody when they're down, and this definitely felt like that latter. It left me feeling sorry for the BroMans and Zema, for goodness' sake.
Despite this, the first Impact of the MVP regime was one of the best shows I have seen in a while. If the rest of his reign is as good, we're in for some great shows.