Tuesday, 20 May 2014

TNA One Night Only: Joker's Wild II

This is a tad late, perhaps, but how was Joker's Wild II?

To say it was good is an understatement. I cannot emphasise enough how awesome this show was.

Mike Tenay and Taz killed me on commentary. They were hilarious.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

And all the interviews were interesting, amusing, or both.

And as for the matches?

The British Invasion reunion brought a smile to my face.

Seeing Bad Influence was amazing, but it bummed me out too. Dammit TNA, why'd you let those guys go?

Having said that, this was the only bad part of the evening. Which only goes to explain how good the show was.

It was great to see Samoa Joe after his prolonged absence from television. Is he coming back soon? I hope he is.

Rockstar Spud and Bully Ray versus Ken Anderson and Austin Aries was one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life.

Even Aries couldn't get upset when Spud pinned him. It was wonderful.

But that wasn't the best match of the evening.

What was?

The Wolves versus Beer Money, of course.

This was truly the highlight of the evening.

I marked out over that match like a complete dork. It was sublime from start to finish, and a credit to every man in the ring.


Kazarian and Curry Man versus EC3 and Eric Young was almost as funny as Spud's match.

It was strange seeing EY being "simple" again after seeing him as champion, though.

But it's always nice to see Curry Man.

Image © John Jewell via Flickr.

And EC3 and Kazarian's frustration was just too funny.

DJ Z and Jessie Godderz versus Samuel Shaw and Abyss was... interesting.

I liked seeing Shaw and Abyss tag, to be honest. If TNA don't have anything else to do with them in the future, I'd like to see them team again.

Team Psychiatric Unit, maybe.

Although when Abyss thinks you're a creepy bastard, you're beyond help.

The Knockouts match was a breath of fresh air after the Evening Gown nonsense from Impact.

In fact, if we put this back in context with the UK tour, it makes the Gail Kim and Lei'D Tapa break up work better.

It's a shame it took so long for the show to get here.

And finally, we had the Gauntlet match.

The Wolves wrestling each other? Awesome.

Abyss cleaning house? Sad because he eliminated both the Wolves, but still pretty damn cool.

EY getting to the final three when he was still a "comedy" character was awesome.

And EC3 winning? Just goes to show that they want to take him places, doesn't it?

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Every single match was fantastic. Some were funny, some were serious, but all told their own unique story through the action and interviews.

This is what good wrestling is: simple stories, told by wrestlers, combined with good action.

I can't recommend Joker's Wild II enough. If you haven't seen it, go and watch it now.

It won't disappoint you.

I'll see you tomorrow with the poll results.

– Stark

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