Monday, 28 April 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 27th April 2014

My apartment block was on fire last night, but were the wrestlers on Impact?

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

Starting with the Knockouts, Angelina Love pinning Madison Rayne in their tag match was good.

Both have momentum going into Sacrifice, and it gives real ambiguity to the results. That works for me.

I don't know what's happening with Brittany's possible infatuation with Madison, though. With luck, they'll clear this up soon.

And infatuation brings us to Samuel Shaw.

Ken Anderson creeping on Shaw's family seemed hypocritical, but seeing Shaw's mother was awesome.

It added a neat layer of Oedipal creepiness to Shaw's obsession with Christy Hemme, and I still want to see more.

Speaking of family, had anyone else forgotten that Knux was on this show? Still don't understand his stuff either.

Ignoring the irritation of TNA 365, the two main promos were great.

Sanada's really work to make us connect with him on an emotional level.

And well. Do I even need to say that I loved seeing the Wolves? You know I do.

Of course, we can't talk tag teams without mentioning Beer Money's reunion.

It was a shame that they didn't use their old music, but we can't have everything.

Bobby Roode continues to dominate Bully Ray. He comes off as a credible threat and it works well.

But more important, and my high point of the evening: James Storm won a match, and he pinned Gunner.

I couldn't be happier for him. He finally looks strong, and just in time for Sacrifice. Perfect.

Less perfect was Bobby Lashley versus Kenny King.

King getting counted out was aggravating. And I can't shake the idea that Lashley was only in the match because they have nothing else for him.

But a bigger problem was MVP versus Austin Aries, my low point of the evening.

A Double has been off TV for six weeks. He needed to come back strong.

And instead, MVP beat him clean.

I know MVP needs to look strong.

But The Greatest Man That Ever Lived deserved the win more.

On a more positive note, EC3 and Rockstar Spud were wonderful.

The peptalk was funny. Spud's match against Kurt Angle was a delight. And Willow foiling EC3's assault on Angle was surprising but still worked.

I haven't seen Sacrifice. But I would love it if Willow were special referee in the Angle/EC3 match.

And finally, we have Magnus, Abyss, and EY.

Magnus firing Abyss? Fine. MVP giving Abyss a chance to win a contract? Okay, although I question the wisdom of hiring a violent masked lunatic.

Then again, MVP did hire Willow.

And EY on the mic? Absolutely great.

So why didn't I like it?

Because the build-up wasn't right. The whole match felt lacklustre. And the DQ ending was just disappointing despite the fun of Magnus's more violent side.

All in all, this show was fine. Not terrible, but not spectacular either.

Hopefully Sacrifice will have a little more spark to it.

See you Wednesday with a new poll.

– Stark

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