Monday, 24 March 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 23rd March 2014

Let's talk about a happier topic: the latest episode of Impact.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

The Knockouts got a lot of screen-time again this week. The reformation of The Beautiful People and Angelina Love's beef with Madison Rayne were great set-up for future stories.

Having said that, I was disappointed that the Gail Kim and Lei'D Tapa feud resolved so quickly. It started last week and ended this week with very little ceremony and felt rushed.

It's still nice to see the Knockouts getting the respect they deserve, though.

James Storm and Gunner were skipped last week, so it was good to see them again. And while Gunner showed mind-boggling genre blindness, Storm has officially become my favourite heel in the company: magnificently evil and so easy to hate. I adore him.

Speaking of evil, I've decided that Willow is an unpredictable, loose cannon monster heel and that makes him a lot easier to understand. His attack on EC3, his refusal to help MVP and his bizarre promo were all a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing him again next week.

EC3's match with Bobby Lashley was fine, but I care more about the disharmony and animosity between him and Magnus. I'd love to see the two of them face off sometime, perhaps even for the belt. Good stuff.

Animosity is also blooming between Samoa Joe and MVP, and for good reason: #MVPMakesBadDecisions. More on that later.

The Abyss and EY opening brawl was brutal and effective, although I would have liked to see security at some point, even if it was just at the very end. Despite that, it worked well.

Unlike the main event, my low point of the evening. Joe still selling the Janice shot was great, but because #MVPMakesBadDecisions, he lost yet again and with a ref bump. Can we please think of a way for the heels to cheat that doesn't involve a ref bump? I'm getting bored of it.

The high point, though was the Tag Team Title Match. While the BroMans and Zema Ion's "comedy" made me want to disown the English language, the wrestling was amazing. I was just disappointed that the BroMans retained.

Although I'll forgive that if I can see a #1 Contendership match between the Wolves and Tigre Uno and Sanada. Please, TNA?

Somebody else I'd like to see is Kenny King. When is "Coming Soon" going to become a set date, TNA? I'm getting impatient!

In other news, Knux appeared on the show to talk about his family problems. Why? Where is this going? I don't know, but it should be at least mildly interesting.

And last but not least, Bully Ray getting a beat-down from Bobby Roode? Fine. But not one person on Earth believed Dixie Carter was in the room with Bully and trying to hold the tension for the reveal was daft.

This show had good and bad action, but on the whole, it was solid, enjoyable, and consistent with TNA's current quality.

See you Friday.

– Stark

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