Tuesday, 10 June 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 8th June 2014

I may feel like death lightly sautéed with garlic this week.

But if Davey Richards can wrestle with two cracked ribs and liver damage, I can blog with the sniffles.

So this week's Impact.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

The Beautiful People winning without help from Stiffler's libido was a nice change.

And Brittany and Madison are still fascinating.

Although Brittany has gone from creepy to petty. Ah well. Baby steps.

Speaking of pretty people, Magnus has picked the dark side, presumably for the cookies.

And you know what? It's more original than all the Brits sucking on crumpets, so I like it.

He and Bram could be an interesting tag team, too.

Although Willow needs to stop being the patron saint of rubbish DQ finishes.

This is where I link to Samuel Shaw through creepiness. But really, his interactions with Gunner are the most heart-warming stuff I've seen on Impact in months.

Either they're going to become a tag team or Shaw's going to turn on Gunner and break his heart.

Whatever happens, this was my joint favourite part of the show. I love it.

Image © Charles LeBlanc via Flickr.

And their former feud partners are still bringing the house down.

Ken Anderson dressing as the world's worst Hallowe'en cowboy was both cringe-inducing and funny.

And James Storm kicking him in the face and stealing his hat was the perfect ending to the bit.

These two bounce off each other well and they're a lot of fun. I hope to see more of this feud in the coming weeks.

Speaking of fun, the developing feud with the Menagerie has done the impossible. It's made me like the BroMans and DJ Z.

Yeah. Me. The person who wrote a whole post about how I hate them.

And I'll have to do the rest of the show in one go because of MVP's Unnamed Group (MUG) tie everything up like a Gordian knot.

The Wolves accidentally talking themselves into a match against each other rocked.

Image © Anton via Wikimedia Commons.

And Kenny King getting kicked about is always fun. This was my other favourite part.

My least favourite bit was MVP putting Samoa Joe and Austin Aries into a contract versus contract match.

It just didn't have enough build-up to be credible.

Bully Ray and EY using heel tactics on Brian Hebner was weird and yet it worked.

And speaking of Bully, his mic work was excellent as always.

And him winning the eight-man First Blood match by making EC3 bleed worked well for both the match and his story with the Carters.

Finally, Dixie Carter's interactions with MVP and his gang are still awkward.

Dixie should not be an authority still. It doesn't work.

And every time MUG threaten or beat up EC3, he becomes more sympathetic. Which is going to be a problem if/when Kurt Angle comes back.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

But these are minor nitpicks, even my least favourite part of the show. As a whole, I enjoyed this episode a lot because it held together and it was fun.

Hopefully Xplosion will be as good.

– Stark

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