Last week's Impact sucked. Was this week better?
Yes. But it wasn't great.
The TNA 365 flashbacks are running long again.
Just show us a minute or so to establish context then give us the interviews. That's all we need.
The Knockouts were much better, but strange.
It bothers me that Velvet Sky is little more than Angelina Love's sidekick now.
And Gail Kim winning clean was great to watch, but bad for the Beautiful People.
And can we get Taryn Terrell back? Or a temp replacement? Anything to get Stiffler away from the Knockouts.
Speaking of beautiful people, Magnus and Bram's match against Willow was weird too.
Neither Magnus nor Bram have a clear motivation. It's all murky and confused.
But at least Willow didn't win by DQ for a third straight week.
Which brings us to James Storm and Ken Anderson, which was great.
Storm won a singles match and I couldn't be happier for him.
And he won by being smart, which I always like to see.
I'm starting to love this feud now.
Another thing I'm loving is the potential between Gunner and Samuel Shaw.
TNA set this up last week through Anderson and Gunner's conversation in a surprisingly subtle way.
And the idea of Gunner trying to help Shaw is just... nice.
Less nice? Crazy Steve of the Menagerie versus Kazarian.
What can I say?
Comedy and madcap antics are fine, but they don't mix with Kazarian going solo.
If it were Bad Influence? Maybe. But as it stands, the Menagerie just aren't quite clicking for me.
But even more jarring are Bully Ray's antics.
Look. I know Dixie Carter is the villain. I get that.
But a man breaking into a woman's house so he can wreck her stuff and threaten her?
That's not funny.
Not even EC3 protecting his Aunt D's honour could save this for me.
Bully Ray is as bad as Samuel Shaw, if not worse.
And he needs to stop. Now.
That was the worst part of the evening. The best was the X Division Championship match.
Tigre Uno and Sanada seldom disappoint, and DJ Z was a great addition.
Having said that, Austin Aries is still getting the shaft.
He would have been a great addition to this match, and he deserves more screen time than he gets.
Also getting the shaft is the "indefinitely suspended" Bobby Roode.
With luck, he'll come back face soon. TNA need him.
Last but not least, EY and MVP.
EY was fantastic. No complaints there.
His heel turn is illogical and poorly written. His brawl with EY was boring. And the end of their title match was confusing and awkward.
Do we really need another evil alliance conquering TNA? No.
Is it because the WWE have Evolution? Were you jealous?
It makes no sense.
So better than last week, but confusing and with a lot of room for improvement.
I'll see you tomorrow with my Joker's Wild II review.