Powell's TNA Impact Wrestling Hit List: Bully Ray puts Dixie Carter through a table, Samoa Joe wins the X Division Championship, Hardcore War, Aybss vs. Bram in a Monster's Ball


prowrestling.net
MEMBERSHIP INFO | LOG-IN | CONTACT US | SUBMIT NEWS | ABOUT US
Insider News • Live TV & PPV Coverage • Hitlists • Results • Blogs

HOME | WWE NEWS | TNA NEWS | MMA NEWS | ALL NEWS | TV & PPV | ARENA REPORTS | VIEWPOINTS | PRODUCT REVIEWS | AWARDS



Dot Net App
GOT AN IPHONE, IPAD, IPOD TOUCH, SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB, OR ANDROID PHONE?

THEN BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEW FREE APP
(or SEARCH "pro wrestling" in App Store or Android Marketplace)

Dot Net Podcast
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO DOT NET FREE PODCAST IN ITUNES OR CLICK HERE FOR LISTING OF LATEST SHOWS

Powell Editorials


Powell's TNA Impact Wrestling Hit List: Bully Ray puts Dixie Carter through a table, Samoa Joe wins the X Division Championship, Hardcore War, Aybss vs. Bram in a Monster's Ball
2014-08-08 13:10:42


By Jason Powell

TNA Impact Wrestling Hits

Samoa Joe vs. Sanada vs. Low Ki: I remain confused by Storm's Redneck Miyagi act with Sanada, but it has grabbed my attention more than the smiling, happy Sanada character did. I am not a fan of Samoa Joe winning the X Division Title again. It just feels like he should have moved on permanently and be cemented in the heavyweight main event mix. That said, Joe can have great matches with the X Division crew and perhaps his latest reign can bring some prestige back to the belt. It's cool to see Low Ki again, but whenever I see him now I just assume he nearly forgot about his match and had to race straight to the ring from a scuba diving session.

Lashley: I am beyond surprised to see how well Lashley is coming across as champion. He looks the part in a suit, he has delivered in the ring, and he is wisely being protected by having MVP and Kenny King do the talking for their trio. Unfortunately, MVP has lost something by going from authority figure to injured wrestler/mouthpiece. He is playing a vital role for Lashley, but here's hoping MVP can regain whatever he's lost once he's really ready to go in the ring again.

TNA Impact Wrestling Misses

Bully Ray puts Dixie Carter through a table: My first reaction was simply that I was not a fan of the angle due to the basic idea of man on female violence being positioned as a positive. I sat back and thought about it afterward and I did not recall having the same reaction to Mae Young going through a table in WWE. I certainly didn't have this reaction when Jack Bauer pushed a female terrorist to her death on "24" a couple months ago. Thus, I don't know if it was the basic man on woman violence as much as it was the fact that this was celebrated by all of the babyface characters that made this feel trashy. Furthermore, the idea of an untrained middled aged performer taking that bump was crazy. On the flip side, I am not bothered in the least by TNA advertising the table spot a week out. If you're going to do it, own it and get everything you can out of it. I would hate to see them give away match results in the same fashion, but this was the big moment they have been building to and their best chance to pop a rating. Even a guarantee from Bully Ray would not have meant as much because they have teased it happening so many times in the past. Did some viewers learn that Impact wasn't airing live? Yes. Will those same viewers who only figured it out because of the teaser now know going forward when Impact is live or taped? Probably not. I don't want to see TNA take this approach on a regular basis, but I actually applaud it in this case.

Abyss vs. Bram: There's no denying that the live crowd was into this hardcore match or that both men worked hard. I just can't pretend to be entertained by all the silly looking spots with Janice or a cheese grater that result in no blood and therefore look campy as hell. I suppose it doesn't help that it feels like I've seen Abyss work similar matches hundreds of times over the years. TNA has a potential player in Bram. I get that his character has a mean streak, but the worst thing they could do is brand him a hardcore wrestler.

Gunner, Sam Shaw, and Mr. Anderson vs. BroMans and DJ Z: The story of Gunner trying to save Shaw while Anderson still holds a grudge just isn't very compelling. Gunner was starting to show breakout potential before this started and now he just looks like a goof who is more concerned with helping the cartoonish crazy character rather than focussing on his own career. And don't even get me started on the undercard for life BroMans and Z act. They are three talented guys who would mean more if they updated the gimmick and were given more of an edge.

Bully Ray, Devon, Tommy Dreamer, and Al Snow vs. EC3, Ryckon, Snitsky, and Rhino: Can you tell that I wasn't a fan of the first hour of the show? The live crowd ate up the stroll down ECW memory lane match, whereas I rolled my eyes at the idea of seeing two hardcore matches in the first hour of a show held in 2014. I did enjoy seeing Al Snow, who was in better shape than I remember him being throughout a good portion of his career. I was comically bad that Snow was a surprise, yet the fans in the ringside area all had mannequin heads. I know the ECW flashbacks have been fun for some fans. To each his own. I just hope that now that the babyface team won this match and Dixie was put through a table the company can place the emphasis on their own talent.

RECOMMEND THIS ARTICLE:


READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CONTENT, MEMBER MESSAGE BOARD ACCESS, START YOUR OWN BLOG, AND VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING: SIGN ME UP (or MORE INFO)



RELATED ARTICLES FROM MGID AFFILIATE SITES...

From Around the Web


MEMBERSHIP INFO
Become a Dot Net Member right now for $7.50 a month or $66 a year ($5.50 a month avg.). Get exclusive audio, first-look insider news, Forum access, member blogs, more...

CLICK FOR SIGN-UP INFO


The Current Must-Read List
01/30 Dot Net Weekly Audio Show Set List: Roman Reigns, fans lash out after the Royal Rumble match, WWE Network reaches one million mark, Smackdown breakdown including John Cena vs. Rusev setup, Drew McIntyre and Mickie James in TNA
Dot Net WWE News: Former lead writer still active with the company
Barnett's WWE Smackdown Hit List: Triple H's opening promo, Rusev and John Cena, Roman Reigns vs Big Show, Kane and Daniel Bryan in a casket match...
Gutteridge's WWE NXT Hit List: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens sign their Takeover contract, The Lucha Dragons vs. Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy for the NXT Tag Team Titles, and the No. 1 Contender Tournament continues
TNA Impact Wrestling TV taping spoilers: Full results of February 20 television show (spoilers)
TNA Impact Wrestling TV taping spoilers: Full results of February 13 television show (spoilers)
WWE News: Title match set for Fast Lane
1/29 Powell's WWE Smackdown live review: Daniel Bryan vs. Kane in a casket match headlines the live broadcast
TNA News: Former WWE wrestler makes his TNA debut
TNA News: Notable return at the Glasgow show
ACCESS PREVIOUS MUST-READ ARTICLES

Vote In Our Latest Poll

Dot Net Awards 2014: Vote for the Biggest News Story
 
pollcode.com free polls
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

Dot Net Free Podcasts
01/29 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: WWE NXT audio review: New NXT Tag Champions, NXT tournament continues, Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens contract signing
01/26 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell takes your phone calls following Raw
01/25 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Royal Rumble Sunday Special
01/22 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: WWE NXT audio review: NXT tournament begins with Finn Bálor vs. Curtis Axel, Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze
01/19 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell takes your phone calls following Raw
01/18 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: TNA Impact Wrestling audio review - Austin Aries vs. Low Ki for the X Division Title, Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young, and more
01/13 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Josh Barnett on the New Japan Pro Wrestling television show, Brock Lesnar's future, C.M. Punk in MMA, and more
01/12 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell takes your phone calls following Raw
01/10 "All Access" WWE Smackdown audio review – Triple Threat Tag Team Match, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Big Show and Seth Rollins, and more...
01/09 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: WWE NXT audio review: Sami Zayn returns, Lucha Dragons vs. The Vaudevillains for the NXT Tag Titles
CLICK FOR FULL LISTING OF ALL PODCASTS

Latest from Our Affiliate Site

_pwtorch.com_
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PWTORCH HEADLINES

© 2008-2012 LAST ROW MEDIA LLC • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -- PRIVACY POLICY