Saturday, 16 August 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 10th August 2014

I would've loved this episode if it weren't for the ending.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

There's not enough room here for me to fully explain my reasons, so that will probably be next week's opinion post.

But if you want a brief summary? #ItHappened. #IHatedIt.

And that disappointed me all the more because it came at the end of one of the funniest episodes of Impact I have seen in a long time.

And it's all because of Rhino.

There are no words for how ridiculous this got. So instead, enjoy this photo-and-video combination I took with my smartphone.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Stark Remarks.

Footage © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Stark Remarks.

I mean. Just look at them. What do you even say to that?

And the match itself was pretty decent too. It was fun hardcore wrestling where people got smacked with blunt objects: what more could you want?

And Monster's Ball with Abyss and Bram was fun hardcore wrestling as well. Although it involved far more sharp objects than blunt ones.

Both Abyss and Bram took punishment like troopers. Abyss getting tangled in the barbed-wire board and Bram's bump onto the tacks were my favourites.

And I can't wait to see how Abyss responds to losing at his own game again.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

As for our other big matches of the evening, the X Division Championship Triple Threat was a wonderful thing.

It is so nice to see Samoa Joe getting to do something worthwhile again. And he brought that intensity I said I wanted in my last Xplosion review.

But there is one thing that I still don't get, and that's Sanada's alliance with James Storm.

Why on Earth hasn't Sanada told Storm to shove it? Storm berates him, belittles him and assaults him, and Sanada just... goes along with it.

Has Storm promises to destroy his career? Promised to cripple him? Threatened his dog? What?

Image © Dale Leschnitzer via Flickr.

And it's all the more jarring when compared with a plot TNA is doing right: Gunner, Ken Anderson and Samuel Shaw.

And actually, I'd say that this is my favourite plot at the moment because it's shades of grey done right.

Gunner is a good guy trying to keep everything held together.

Anderson's a jerk with a heart of gold, but Shaw's prior behaviour have left him justifiably suspicious.

And Shaw himself is a wildcard: he could be a reformed man or a wolf in sheep's clothing.

It's compelling relationship drama where nobody is entirely right or wrong. And I freaking love it.

Moving on, our teased new guy is now "H***K". So I'm pretty sure it is Havok. I hope it is, anyway.

And finally, we have the Knockouts.

TNA have listened to our complaints about Velvet Sky having nothing to do. So now she's part of the Knockouts Championship scene alongside Angelina Love.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

And good for her. I look forward to that match. Should be awesome.

As I said earlier, I loved everything about this episode except for the ending. It had good action, good laughs, and some good story.

But that ending. It will have its day.

– Stark

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