Shore's TNA Impact Wrestling Hit List: Gunner vs. Bobby Roode, Eric Young vs. Abyss, Kurt Angle returns, Bully Ray's bad night, Sanada vs. Tigre Uno, BroMans vs. Wolves
TNA Impact Wrestling Hits
Gunner vs. Bobby Roode: A Hit that made Gunner look strong even in defeat while also putting good heat on Roode. I hate the table didn't break on the top rope spot. The Roode Bomb through the table took some of the heat off Storm as he just stood on the apron and watched, but sometimes bad luck happens. The logic behind Roode calling himself the "king of tables" is flimsy, especially after Ray said he had been through hundreds (more on that below), but forgivable. The tag match next week has the makings of another Hit. Here's hoping they deliver.
Eric Young vs. Abyss: Even though I personally dislike these types of matches, this was a Hit because it told a story and didn't just rely on the weapon spots. A good chunk of my dislike comes from every muscle in my back seizing up when they crash onto the tacks, which I did when EY took the spot. That also points on the only real thing wrong with this. TNA has spent two shows trying to establish EY's wrestling acumen. So why have his first defense be a match that is more about craziness than wrestling? It didn't take away from the match, but it is a mixed signal that will hurt the plan to make EY a credible champion.
Kurt Angle's return: Strong mic work and intensity from Angle led to this Hit. He even made up for the poor editing of cutting to break before anyone could even digest he was back. The key going forward here for this feud is for Carter not to be too quirky and funny in the face of an intense Angle. If Carter plays it bad, Angle runs the risk of looking like a guy with anger management problems and not a guy who has reason to be intense. Carter has been good on the whole, and I hope he stays that way because this feud has the opportunity to be red-hot for TNA if done properly.
TNA Impact Wrestling Misses
Opening Segment: A real miss here in that the segment didn't really do anything. Everyone came out and said some words and went to the back. Ray's endorsement didn't ring true. Dixie's narcissism hasn't been good from day one. And EY's reactions to both of them didn't work. But again, the real miss here is that nothing progressed. Is Dixie coming after EY now? How does she even have any power at all if MVP is in charge, a point EY made that cut her knees out from under her. The segment could have been saved with some follow-up, but there was none, so it was a definite miss.
Knockouts Street Fight: The street fight gimmick was totally unnecessary as the feud hasn't progressed to that point where it needs it, and also a miss in that the match could have taken away from the Monster's Ball match later in the show. I realize the Beautiful People and Madison have history, but they need to spend more time rebuilding that feud. It's been so long and the alliances within those women have changed so many times that it all feels rushed.
BroMans vs. The Wolves: Another chaotic match and cheap finish in this feud. They seem to be trying to work a frenetic match, but it isn't organized enough to come across that way. It just looks like bodies flying around. The bigger miss however, is the cheap finishes. Obvious disqualifications like this can only work so many times before fans just quit caring, and I think that's where we are right now. The crowd was hot for the potential title change, but were flat after the DQ instead of throwing heat at BroMans. I'm all for teasing fans for as long as possible, but they need to find a new way to get there instead of these DQ finishes.
Sanada vs. Tigre Uno: Speaking of flat, the crowd was completely flat for this match. They made some noise for the big spots, but they showed no interest in who won and politely clapped when Tigre Uno went over. The miss here is, of course, we have no reason to be invested in these guys. We know absolutely nothing about Uno, and while I do like the pressure story with Sanada, it's not translating well--no pun intended. They are trying to do more with the Sanada videos, but it's not enough yet for people to feel the pressure on him.
Bully Ray and Gunner talking segment: Everybody has a bad outing, and tonight was Ray's night. He wasn't good in the opening segment, or backstage with EY, or when he gave away who the mystery opponent for Roode was. But his biggest miss was the talking segment after the tables match. Part of that was the completely unbelievable response from Gunner that he had just gone through his first table. The rest was Ray's pep talk about how to be a "real Marine." I understand what they were trying to do, but the execution was a huge miss.
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