Wednesday, 13 August 2014

TNA Destination X: UK Air Date 3rd August 2014

Who knew having a job ate up so much of your time?

But enough of that. We've got more important things to talk about.

Like Destination X.

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And of all the plot-lines TNA could highlight, they chose Dixieland versus ECW.

This story has been going on for four months and I'm sick of it.

And I don't blame the wrestlers. I blame the writing.

Nothing but bad writing could make Bully Ray look like a heel in his own angle.

And it also gave us such gems as "Eight Man Weapons Extreme Hardcore War".

A match name like trying to punch through concrete: a bloody mess.

It's only tolerable for EC3's awesomeness and Rhino's "intense" facial expressions in the background.

So that's what I didn't like. But what did I like?

The TNA #365 interviews were decent. Although I still wish TNA would save them for Xplosion instead.

The teaser for the new performer is fascinating, and I look forward to finding out who it is.

The backstage segment with the Beautiful People set up whatever is happening in the next episode well.

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And I can't wait for Bram versus Abyss in Monster's Ball. Especially considering how Bram has grown on me as a character and performer.

Then there were the matches.

We'll start with the three X Division qualifier matches.

Was the wrestling good? Yes. Were the performers athletic? You bet.

Was there any tension?

Absolutely not.

DJ Z, Manik, Crazzy Steve and Tigre Uno are jobbers. Brian Cage and Homicide were guest stars.

It was obvious who the winners were going to be. And the moment that happens, all tension is gone.

Let's compare and contrast with my favourite match of the evening, the Hardys versus the Wolves.

This championship match was tense beyond belief. It genuinely felt like either team could win, so every near-fall was an event.

I spent this whole match shouting at the television. That's how invested I got.

Whereas the X Division? I was silent.

I'm also not invested in James Storm and Sanada's storyline.

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Apart from a weak argument that the Great Muta is a fraud, we've had no real reason for Storm to give a damn about Sanada.

Heck, they've barely interacted beyond Storm being an ass to Sanada and punching him in the face.

How is this a solid foundation for a working relationship?

And finally, the main event.

Am I disappointed that Austin Aries didn't win the title? Yes, a little bit.

But at the same time, I love how TNA are managing to make Bobby Lashley look utterly unstoppable.

It leaves me wondering who could possibly beat him and how awesome that match is going to be.

Personally, I would mark the hell out if they managed to get AJ Styles back to do that, but that's just wishful thinking.

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Destination X was a solid TV PPV and despite some wobbles, I enjoyed it a lot.

If TNA can keep up this level of quality, I'll be happy.

– Stark

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