Tuesday, 16 September 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 14th September 2014

It's the last Impact before No Surrender. Did it set up the show?

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

We'll start as Impact did: with Sergeant Chris Melendez.

This may be heretical, but I think he's getting a touch more pomp and circumstance than is absolutely necessary.

But he can wrestle and his match with DJ Z was good, so what the heck.

Of course, his mentors Team 3D are still part of what I like to call the Tag Team Hoedown.

The matches between the Wolves, the Hardys and Team 3D are great. The wrestling is awesome, and I really enjoy them.

But. And there is always a but.

Why is Eddie Edwards always the fall guy?

If I'm remembering this right, he got hit by the 3D AND he was the one who went through the table.

It just seems unfair for one man to be taking all the punishment. Just saying.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

Speaking of punishment, James Storm officially has a Cabin of Creepiness and Brainwashing.

Why? I don't know. But do I like it? Oh hell yes. It's so weird that it's probably my favourite part of the show right now.

And Storm's tag match with the Great Sanada against Austin Aries and Tajiri was awesome.

Still creepy, though.

Speaking of creepy, TNA apparently want Samuel Shaw and Brittany to hook up.

Did they resolve Brittany's probable crush on Madison Rayne? No.

Is Brittany still a heel? I don't know.

Does Brittany need to be here? No.

The plot was working fine with Gunner and Shaw. TNA didn't need to fling her in randomly too.

Although flinging people together at random seems to be working for the BroMans and the Beautiful People.

And it was nice to see Rebel actually wrestle for the first time in their match against the Menagerie.

Image © Glenn Francis (Toglenn), www.PacificProDigital.com, via Wikimedia Commons.

It was light-hearted, and it was fun. More, please.

Our final tag team match of the week – Bobby Roode, EY & Joe versus MVP's lot – worked well for me.

Roode got the pin, so he has momentum going into No Surrender. But he pinned MVP, so Lashley looks strong too.

It's left me excited for the bout and that's a good thing.

Another clash I'm anticipating is the inevitable one between Havok and Gail Kim. I couldn't be looking forward to it more if I tried.

Havok seems amazing and I'm sure she'll be mind-blowing in a proper match.

And finally, the random Street Fight we had because... Rhino, I suppose.

I do hope that this feud with Rhino ends with Rockstar Spud turning on EC3 and then a feud between the two of them.

Otherwise I really don't know what TNA are planning here.

And I wish they'd stop reminding me about Dixie Carter and the table already.

Image © chriscoven via DeviantArt.

Oh, and the Knockouts Calendar bit was pointless drivel and my least favourite part of the show until Havok arrived.

This episode was a decent prelude to No Surrender. And hopefully the PPV will be at least as good, if not better.

– Stark

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