Tuesday, 17 June 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 15th June 2014

And the crowd went mild for this episode.

Why? Let me explain.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

First, the Knockouts.

The Triple Threat #1 Contender match was fine.

The Beautiful People on commentary worked well.

And Velvet Sky accidentally spraying Brittany instead of Gail Kim was good.

But my favourite bugbear rose again with Brian Stiffler.

Get somebody else to referee the Knockout matches. Please. Somebody who won't get hypnotised by Velvet's breasts.

Please?

Moving on, I've seen at least one complaint about Bram and Magnus's billing locations.

But I'd argue that a wrestler's billing is not always where they've lived longest.

After all, the WWE claimed Chris Jericho came from New York for a while.

Maybe Bram was born in Harrowgate. Or moved there. Or he and Magnus went to boarding school together.

It can still work.

That rant aside, I like Magnus and Bram as a pair of ultra-violence enthusiasts.

Willow agreeing that he's Jeff Hardy is fascinating from a psychological perspective.

And the reveal that he's tagging with Abyss at Slammiversary works. After all, Abyss needs revenge on Magnus.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Except... does Abyss have a TNA contract now? Was that ever resolved?

You may wonder why I'm nitpicking so much. And it's because there was hardly anything to the show.

No Wolves. No A-Double. No Storm and Anderson. Not even Samuel Shaw and Gunner.

There was a quarter-hour long TNA #365 flashback section this week. If that doesn't scream "We're out of content", I don't know what does.

But moving on.

The BroMans and the Menagerie are funny. Don't get wrong. But I can't help but look at them and think this:

"TNA, you do remember that you have tag team champions, right? And you're utterly neglecting them for this ridiculousness?"

You let Bad Influence go. And yet you have so few tag teams that the Wolves aren't even defending at Slammiversary.

I don't understand you, TNA.

Nor do I understand the following.

It's fine for professional wrestler Brooke Tessmacher to threaten an injured Rockstar Spud.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

But when EC3 comes to Spud's defence, it's not fine.

Yet Bully Ray can threaten to put non-wrestler Dixie Carter through a table and we bay for blood.

Hypocrisy at its finest.

Finally, we have EY and MVP's Unnamed Group (MUG).

Incidentally, why not tell me what MUG should call themselves via this month's poll?

This plot monopolised the show, and it was disappointing.

EY running a gauntlet? Fine. Joe coming out to save him from a Lashley beat-down? Good.

But the stakes were poorly established. I didn't know EY was fighting for match stipulations until the main event. And the whole thing felt strangely rushed and inconsequential.

Maybe if EY had asked to run the gauntlet last week and we'd been anticipating it, it would have worked better.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

But as it stands, it didn't click for me.

Which is this episode in a nutshell. While technically fine, it failed to hit the right notes and felt like a damp squib.

Slammiversary should be a lot better.

– Stark

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