Tuesday, 24 June 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 22nd June 2014

Do you play the MVP Drinking Game?

You do?

I am so sorry.

Now if your hangover has passed, let's talk about whether the episode was any good.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

First, the Knockouts. Taryn Terrell's return is welcome, but it looks like she's here to wrestle rather than referee.

And don't get me wrong: more Knockouts is positive. But this means we're stuck with Brian Stiffler. And that's terrible.

Getting to the first match as quickly as possible was a smart move.

But I do wish they'd let Kenny King win something.

I know he's supposed to be cocky, but if he never wins anything, you start wondering what he's cocky about.

MVP going mad with power worked well.

After all, he can't physically dominate anyone due to his injury, so it makes sense he'd throw his weight around another way.

I don't know what they're doing with Earl Hebner getting fired, though.

Either it's a way for him to retire, or somebody is going to reinstate him when MVP gets kicked out.

Image © Ed Webster via Flickr.

MVP's freakout also led to some good matches.

The Wolves versus Joe and Aries versus Willow and Abyss was great fun, although why MVP wanted any of them to win the belt is beyond me.

And I love the back-stabber double-team the Wolves keep using.

Their match against Bram and Magnus was awesome too.

Even the ending worked once we found out MVP paid them to cause pain, not win.

Also, Eddie Edwards having his NECK wrapped in a steel chair was terrifying.

Shifting gears for a moment, Dixie Carter.

I will defend Dixie as a performer to the death. I like seeing her on the show.

She does what she's supposed to do and she does it well.

And if you can't find joy in her kneeing Tommy Dreamer in the nuts... well, that's fine too. I just disagree.

Image © Simon Q via Flickr.

Oh, and EC3 was defending Dixie's honour again like a hero. Remind me: why is he a villain?

Which brings us to Kurt Angle. EY calling him for help was... odd.

Kurt has had two surgeries on his knee. He can't really do anything to help. So why call him?

Unless TNA are trying to keep him sweet so he'll re-sign, I suppose.

He got sent away again in no time, just like everybody else.

Well. Everybody except MVP, King, Bobby Lashley, EY, Taz, Mike Tenay, Brian Henber, and AN ENTIRE AUDIENCE OF FANS.

That sure was an empty building, MVP.

And I'm reserving judgement on Lashley winning the belt.

EY dropping the strap the week AFTER Slammiversary was ill-advised. But this has a lot of storyline potential.

And Bobby Roode jumping the barrier to save EY from a beat-down? That was freaking awesome.

Image © Robertlbeukema via Wikimedia Commons.

MUG needs more members though. There are three of them against six others now. And that's not including Dixie and EC3.

This episode was cruel to livers everywhere, but I enjoyed it well enough because it was fun.

And sometimes, fun is all you need.

– Stark

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