Tuesday, 7 October 2014

TNA Impact: UK Air Date 5th October 2014

I've got two words for ya: damp squib.

Image © TNA Wrestling courtesy of Rasslor.

It didn't help that the crowd was near silent, which kills momentum dead.

But the writing wasn't exactly inspiring, either.

All that build up and Bobby Roode just asks for another match and gets turned down by MVP.

That was worth it.

As for MVP, I sigh whenever he starts talking.

He's not bad on the mic. But his promos are endless and it gets dull.

Mind you, even a star talker like Chris Jericho would be struggling with the Chris Melendez storyline.

Not even Ken Anderson can make me care.

TNA are assuming that everyone will adore Melendez automatically.

But the problem is that we don't know him yet. So how can we care about him?

I'll get into this more on Thursday.

Moving on, let's talk about Shark Boy in a fake belly.

I wish I was making that up.

Image © Alex Proimos via Flickr.

Look, TNA, I know I said I'm tired of Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve and DJ Z jobbing.

But this was... I have no words for it.

James Storm and his cult are still neat, I guess. But you lost me, TNA.

Also mystifying was why Team 3D and the Hardys transformed into assholes overnight.

Just last week, the two teams were still complimenting the Wolves.

Yet now the Wolves are suddenly cocky upstarts punching above their weight.

Either Team 3D and the Hardys are sore losers, or this is a cheap ploy to get the Wolves sympathy.

Trust me. They don't need it.

I follow a lot of people on Twitter. Do you know how many of them actively dislike the Wolves?

One.

You aren't going to make the Wolves look better this way. Knock it off.

At least Full Metal Mayhem should be good.

But how about something I did like?

EC3 and Rockstar Spud.

Image © Mike Kalasnik via Flickr.

I love the direction Spud's character is taking.

He's become incredibly sympathetic and I genuinely care about what happens to him.

And EC3 has become that heel you love to hate. It's great stuff.

Now we just need to let Spud wrestle and everything will be dandy.

Samoa Joe defending his title against Austin Aries was also good.

The dead crowd dampened things a little, but the action was great. And it's always fun to see Joe and Aries wrestle.

And finally, Gail Kim and Havok.

The Knockouts getting the respect they deserve and the main event slot? Awesome.

But I'm not sure on the outcome of the match.

Havok is still so new that giving her the belt feels premature.

If Gail needed to lose the belt, I'm unsure if Havok is the right one to take it.

And I'm also annoyed that I still haven't seen her wrestle a proper match.

Image © Tabercil via Flickr.

This episode had a couple of gems. But a lot of it was dull. There were too many flashbacks. And large swathes either lacked character or threw people through the heel-face revolving door.

You're better than this, TNA. Get it together.

– Stark

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