Wednesday, 27 August 2014

TNA Hardcore Justice: UK Air Date 24th August 2014

I'm normally the first person to frown on Hardcore Wrestling for its own sake. So how did I find Hardcore Justice?

Surprisingly enjoyable.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Ariesk47 via Wikipedia.

Ignoring the nadir of the evening, the Dixie Carter segment, I've got little to complain about.

Incidentally, no. I'm not talking about the Dixie Carter segment. I'm done with that plot line. We're moving on.

The TNA #365 material was unexpectedly good.

The Hardys' interview was par for the course. But it was the Angelina Love and Gail Kim material that I found fascinating.

I've never seen anyone get jumped during a TNA #365 interview before, and the novelty meant a lot to me.

Mind you, they didn't need to play it twice in the same episode.

And Angelina and Gail's Last Knockout Standing match was one of the best Knockout matches I've seen in a while, too.

I love when female wrestlers get to use weapons, and this was no exception.

And speaking of weapons, Stairway to Janice was better than it had any right to be, and my favourite match.

Bram has cemented himself as my favourite TNA Brit right now.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

He takes sick bump after sick bump like a real trooper. And the fact he's beaten Abyss three times at his own game makes him an interesting guy.

Although I'm not sure what's going on between him and Magnus.

Either they were joking around with each other, or they're teasing a split already.

I hope they were joking. I want to see more of these two as a team.

A more concrete tease from TNA was a Best of Three series between the Wolves, Team 3D and the Hardys.

These matches should be good, but I'm going to reserve judgement until I see them.

Similarly, I'm reserving judgement on James Storm and Sanada until I work out what the hell is going on in this plot.

Right now? I'm lost. And I'm sure you are too.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Equally lost is Rhino, who appears to have made a spontaneous face turn for no reason.

EC3 getting violent was interesting. And I look forward to seeing how it affects his friendship with Spud.

But TNA dropped the ball with Rhino once again. Not a surprise.

I have to admit, I also found the Samuel Shaw and Ken Anderson match a bit disappointing.

It ended far too quickly and didn't get nearly as violent as an I Quit match should.

I like the emotions behind it, but the action is lacking.

Unlike Samoa Joe versus Low Ki, which had action galore. No complaints here.

And finally, Six Sides of Steel.

It was okay.

The wrestling was fine. The moment when we had three submission moves at the same time was sweet. And the ending has potential for story.

Bobby Roode versus EY to find out the true winner should be fun.

Image © Robertlbeukema via Wikimedia Commons.

This episode was definitely better than last week.

It had some good action, some good story, and some good fun. And what more can you ask for?

– Stark

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