Tuesday, 3 June 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 1st June 2014

Xplosion made me angry and miserable, but what about Impact?

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

Starting with the Knockouts, why are professional wrestling lesbians always creepy stalkers?

Mickie James, Winter, and now Brittany screaming for Madison Rayne to like her.

It's a weird trend. But at least it has good potential for drama, I suppose.

Another relationship with drama potential is the one between Magnus and Bram.

I'm still not sure if Magnus is becoming more evil or turning face, but either way, it's fascinating.

They shouldn't have jobbed out Tigre Uno, though.

Oh, and Bram is more crazy than Willow. Just saying.

Speaking of crazy, Gunner defending his decision to help Samuel Shaw is still awesome.

And it surprises me how well him and Ken Anderson work together.

If TNA run out of solo stories for them, I'd be into seeing a more long-term Gunner and Anderson tag team.

Although I couldn't help but ask where James Storm was this week. Hung over, maybe?

And the BroMans match was fine, but why did the Menagerie show up after?

Are they going to start feuding? Or was it just for giggles?

Also, ringmaster Knux needs a top hat.

Image © Nikodem Nijaki via Wikimedia Commons.

In other news, Bully Ray's table obsession is getting out of hand, and EC3's all over the place.

He's still a villain, but he comes across as sympathetic.

He gets upset when his friend goes through a table. MVP's Unnamed Group (MUG) have to menace him into co-operating.

Unless they want to turn him face or tweener, that doesn't work so well.

And I'm not sure they can do that until they give resolution on the Kurt Angle plot.

Rockstar Spud still can't catch a break.

And I don't know why Dixie Carter is involved with MUG at all.

I understand her feud with Bully even though I don't like it.

But too many evil authority figures gets confusing.

Moving on, it goes without saying that Austin Aries was awesome.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Watching him tag with the Wolves against MUG was the best part of the show.

And it was also the worst.

Why?

The audience.

You'd get more enthusiasm at a funeral, for goodness' sake.

And it's hard to get into even the most awesome match when the crowd are apathetic.

And then there was the main event.

MVP forcing Bully and EY to wrestle is fine.

MVP threatening to fire Bully if he disagreed? Not so much.

Because if he can do that, why does he need the Heavyweight Championship? He already has ultimate power.

And the match ended much as I expected: MUG beating up Bully and EY.

And then Samoa Joe turned up.

I wasn't expecting that.

And it was just last week that I asked where Joe was, too. Either I have magical powers or TNA are screwing with me.

And if it's the former, can we have Abyss back yet?

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

I enjoyed this episode. It had little quirks and problems, but for the most part, it was solid and entertaining.

Good work, TNA.

– Stark

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