Wednesday, 3 September 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 31st August 2014

I've complained about TNA a lot recently.

But this week? I have almost nothing but praise.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

The Knockouts #1 Contendership match between Madison Rayne and Taryn Terrell was great fun.

Madison using the ropes worries me, though. Unless we bring in a new face Knockout, she shouldn't turn heel.

Which brings me to Havok. I have learnt that there is a female wrestler who uses that name, and it's her coming to TNA.

Which is actually better in my opinion. It's always good to get a new Knockout.

And speaking of new people, Sergeant Chris Melendez looks like an awesome guy and I can't wait to see what he can do in the ring.

And the military link brings us over to Samuel Shaw and Gunner.

I... don't know what's going on there. It's possible that Shaw's obsession has moved from Christy Hemme to Gunner. It's not clear right now.

Still interesting, though.

Also as unclear as when I last wrote about it is the Great Sanada and James Storm.

Image © 2for6 via Wikimedia Commons.

But you know what? I'm not sure I mind so much because it may be weird, but it's also fascinating.

And any plot that gives us more matches between Austin Aries and Sanada is a good one to me.

In other X Division news, Crazzy Steve has technically won a match! I never thought I would live to see the day.

Oh, and the action was good, of course. It's the X Division.

DJ Z may still be on a losing streak, but Robbie E and Jessie have apparently scored with a Knockout, possibly two.

This looks like it's going to be a stupid comedy storyline and I'm all for that. There are several darker plots in TNA right now and it's good to have some comic relief.

Now, this is the point where I'm going to complain.

Image © Nemo via Pixabay.

The talking segments of this episode dragged. And none more so than MVP arguing with Kurt Angle.

When MVP's good, he's fantastic. But when he's bad, he's boring. Low point of the evening.

Also, the New York Street Fight between Bobby Lashley and Tommy Dreamer was... weird.

It felt like nothing more than New York fan service. Which I'm sure was nice for the New York fans, but it left me cold.

Nitpicks over, I have high hopes for the story between EC3 and Rockstar Spud.

If they end up feuding, it could well be the start of Spud actually wrestling in the company. And I would love that to happen.

Oh, and Rhino was there. He was fine.

Speaking of friends, the EY and Bobby Roode segment was another one that dragged. But I'm looking forward to the match next week.

And finally, our main event: what I like to call the Tag Team Hoedown.

Image © Gordon Woolley via Flickr.

It was awesome. High point of the evening. Super-excited for the next one. Nothing more to say.

Just like this episode.

You want to know what a good episode of Impact is like? Watch this one.

– Stark

P.S. Sorry this post is late. I have some family issues going on at the moment, so finding time to write reviews has been difficult.

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