Friday, 8 August 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 27th July 2014

TNA are awful with first episodes, are they?

Performance anxiety, perhaps.

Whatever the reason, this episode was miles better than the first New York Impact.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

First, the Knockouts.

This was my first Gail Kim/Taryn Terrell match, and I was hoping for a good long bout.

Nope.

Thanks, Beautiful People!

This was the worst part of the night because I wanted more.

And that says something about the quality of the episode.

Having said that, there was plenty of wrestling in this one. It even started with a match.

Bobby Roode versus MVP ended on a morally ambiguous note. After all, good guys don't try crippling their opponents.

But the match preceeding it was great, with effective run-ins from Kenny King and EY.

Less effective were the run-ins from Ezekiel Jackson and Snitsky in the main event. They were just disappointing.

I'm glad to see Dixie Carter has some protection now. But I'm still not buying the ECW crew as the good guys in this feud.

Moving on, Austin freaking Aries.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Just... Austin freaking Aries.

His promo against MVP and Bobby Lashley was so good that it actually made Lashley talk.

The man is amazing and I can't wait for his Heavyweight Championship match.

Promos are, of course, vital to a professional wrestler getting over. And it seems that that's why TNA want Sanada to join up with James Storm.

The problem is that there's no reason for Storm to pick Sanada other than he thinks the Great Muta is a fraud.

Which... why did he come to this conclusion?

I have no idea.

And I also don't know why Robbie E decided to pick a fight with the Great Muta.

Nice to see him back, though.

It was also nice to see Low Ki again. TNA really need the extra man for the X Division, and here he is.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

It helped that his match was DJ Z was amazing. Although I'm still annoyed that DJ Z never wins anything.

They also need more tag teams, which is why it was amazing that the Hardy Boyz are re-uniting.

Even if it is only the one match with the Wolves, it will still be worth it. And I cannot wait to watch that match.

And finally, TNA has done the impossible: they've made Samuel Shaw likeable to me.

I didn't think it would be possible. After all the creepy stuff Shaw did, I didn't think I would ever like him.

But I do. And it's all thanks to putting him with Gunner.

This was my highlight of the evening because it just shows how character interactions can have a huge effect on the audience.

Image © Pedrohoneto via Wikimedia Commons.

I'd also like to add that to me, Bram and Magnus are Bragnus, and the team of Gunner and Ken Anderson is Army & Navy, A&N for short.

Because we need more proper teams, dammit.

This was a good episode and I had a lot of fun. I hope Destination X is just as good if not better.

– Stark

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