Friday, 11 July 2014

TNA One Night Only: Global Impact Japan

TNA, we need to talk.


Image © Selena Wilke via Wikimedia Commons.

You recorded Global Impact Japan in March.

Events in this PPV had a direct effect on the storylines going at the time.

The first time you show us this programme?


Nobody remembers why Gail Kim and Madison Rayne were feuding. Nobody cared in March either because the build-up sucked.

The match was fine, but Gail Kim's post-match interview smack talk was pointless.

And I'm not talking about Bad Influence's match with Junior Stars. I'm sick of flogging the dead horse.

Bad Influence rock, TNA should have kept them, the match was great. Moving on.

One problem with this show is that nothing on screen told you who the participants were.

How are we supposed to care about the matches when we don't know who half the participants are?

Mind you, I didn't care about Abyss's match with Yoshihiro Takayama because its ending was the worst part of the show.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

You have two hardcore wrestlers. Put them in a hardcore match.

Do not let them play around with one bag of tacks then have the referee lose patience and declare a no contest.

Switching gears, Bobby Roode's match with Masakatsu Funaki was fun.

Roode getting angry about Funaki's MMA moves was entertaining. And Funaki earned the victory. Good stuff.

Then you had a car crash of a six man tag match.

How did Samoa Joe end up on a team with two disrespectful jackasses?

Why does René Duprée look like Billy Idol?

And why did it seem like Masayuki Kono and Rob Terry were on the wrong teams?

And after Kono's team-mates interfering, a ref bump, and Joe walking out, the pin couldn't come fast enough.

The Tag Team Championship match between the Wolves, the BroMans and Team 246 was good.

Image © Anton via Wikimedia Commons.

Especially the fact that each team had a representative in the ring at once.

But we knew who was going to win.

They told us on Impact four months ago.

Also, this match reminded me that the Wolves' first run on the belts was short and ultimately pointless.

And the X Division Championship match between Austin Aries and Seiya Sanada had the same problem.

We knew Sanada was going to win because he's been X Division champion ever since.

But it was still the highlight of the show due to some fantastic wrestling.

Then we had the six-man international tag match from Lockdown.

Which I already covered in my review of Lockdown. Go check it out. I'll wait.


Okay. Main event.

Again, we knew Magnus would win because this is four months out of date.

The wrestling was fine. The TNA heels coming out to support Magnus made no sense. And Magnus behaved like a face all evening despite still being evil at this point.

Image © Simon Q via Flickr.

Really though, Global Impact Japan was mostly average with a gem or two and some rubbish mixed in.

The Aries and Sanada match is definitely worth your while, so do check it out if only for that.

– Stark

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