Sunday, 26 October 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 19th October 2014

This review is incredibly late.

By now, the Americans have had the next episode, and we Brits aren't far behind.

But I'm going to review it anyway. Partly to preserve my blogger's integrity. And partly because it was an odd episode.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

We'll start with the Knockouts as usual.

Havok versus Madison Rayne was fun. But I'm still not pleased that they're pushing Madison towards a heel turn.

We have enough heels in the Knockouts. We don't have enough faces. Please stop that.

I know the Beautiful People are busy hanging out with the BroMans, but they're still heel Knockouts, you know.

Speaking of, TNA remembered that the BroMans and the Beautiful People are allies this week.

And so they had a match.

Against whom? The Menagerie, of course.

Is it just me, or is this feud going nowhere slowly?

I like the Menagerie just fine. And the BroMans have grown on me.

But we've seen this match so many times.

Tag matches. Singles matches. Inter-gender tag matches.

Enough is enough. This is getting over-played and dull.

Image © chriscoven via DeviantArt.

Now I can't call EC3 and Tyrus's bit dull. But I can't call it particularly good either.

To be fair, EC3 was great. And Tyrus was fine. But dragging out Shark Boy to job again was just... sad.

It makes me pine for the halcyon days of Shark Boy, Super Eric and Curry Man as superheroes. And that's quite an achievement.

And this segment also had the most confusing non-sequitur I've seen in a long time.

So Devon comes out to threaten EC3 on Bully Ray's behalf. Well that makes sense.

But then Bram comes out and attacks him.

Look, Bram, I get that you want to be the new King of Hardcore. But that was out of nowhere and just confused me.

As for the other ultra-violent Brit, Magnus decided to antagonise Matt Hardy because... why not, I suppose.

It led to a good match, so I can't complain.

Image © Robby Green via Flickr.

Which brings us to the up-coming tag team tournament as announced by the Wolves. I'm hoping for good things.

Although I do have an aesthetic quibble with it.

Why was the editing of this section trying to kill photo-sensitive epileptics?

The flash cuts were over the top and ridiculous. Calm down, guys.

You can make the Wolves seem intimidating without giving us migraines. I promise.

And last but not least, the #1 Contendership Elimination match.

This had some great action. And Bobby Roode coming out on top makes sense to me.

He got screwed over last week. And he's the only man to have kicked out of a Bobby Lashley spear to date.

He deserves it.

Oh, and one last thing: Bobby Lashley spoke this episode. Bobby Lashley should not do that.

There is a reason that MVP is his mouthpiece. That is the reason.

Image © Krystal Bogner via Flickr.

This wasn't a bad episode. But it was... strange.

Weird connections. Unexpected matches. And everything felt anti-climactic.

Fingers crossed it's just a little blip and today's episode is better.

– Stark

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