Shore's TNA Impact Hit List: Sting and EC3 impress, as does Sam Shaw and the Knockouts, Bobby Roode and Kurt Angle Hit and miss, while Magnus and company miss on the coronation


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

Shore Editorials


Shore's TNA Impact Hit List: Sting and EC3 impress, as does Sam Shaw and the Knockouts, Bobby Roode and Kurt Angle Hit and miss, while Magnus and company miss on the coronation
Jan 3, 2014 - 05:38 PM


By Chris Shore

TNA Impact Hits

Kurt Angle and Gunner vs. Bobby Roode and James Storm: A fun match with an interesting twist seeing Beer Money back together (kind of). Storm the heel and Gunner the babyface hasn't caught on yet but I think it has some potential and is at least a different idea than most people thought for these two. Angle and Roode doesn't set me on fire because it feels like they have done it to death, but they do make a good pair in the ring.

Sting vs. EC3: EC3 has impressed me since debuting and Sting has been on point, most of the time anyway, with this program. It also works to Sting's strengths as the veteran who has been reduced to brawling in the ring. He gets to give Carter a rub and the match doesn't have to be a technical masterpiece to be a success. He wants to slap around the smug kid and that's exactly what should happen. As long as EC3 comes out on top, of course.

Sam Shaw: Shaw's American Psycho character might have potential ultimately, and he was sufficiently creepy enough here to get a Hit (kudos to Christie Hemme too), but I still think they need to do more to make the act make sense for most people. I'm willing to bet the majority of the crowd didn't see the movie and don't get the similarities to the character. I am one of those people, but again, there's plenty of good stuff with this character so far to build on. I would put him in tights though. The street clothes look second rate.

Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne: Even though the match wasn't that impressive, the crowd was hot for Madison (one of the few things they were hot for) and while Kim isn't the best promo either, she draws sufficient heat to make this a Hit. I still don't get the partnership with Lei'D Tapa, but maybe we'll get a good payoff for it.

TNA Impact Misses

Championship Coronation: Go away heat for Dixie and Rockstar Spud flowed over for EC3 and Magnus. Magnus will get good heat after facing AJ next week, but this was not a good moment for him, or anyone involved in this segment. It was flat early, then it got jumbled with both Gunner and Styles showing up, then it tried to turn the corner to interesting, but the people with microphones just aren't good enough on them to make it work well.

I also don't understand Magnus popping off to Dixie. I do like he isn't just rolling over for her, but it seemed out of place and could lead to clunky storytelling down the road if they change him over to a puppet. We'll see how it goes, but it is a clunky start.

Opening Segment: Angle and Roode argue, fight, get pulled apart. Lather, rinse, repeat. As I mentioned in my hits, these two put on a hell of a match most of the time, but the feud between them has gone flat and I don't think they can find the fizz anymore with what they have. They need something to kick start it, but I don’t know what that would be. Perhaps the best bet is to just bail on the feud after their Genesis match.

Bully Ray: Ray's character has all the trappings of a good act, especially considering his talent on the mic, but so far it is a huge miss. I'm not creeped out by him. I'm not intimidated by him. I'm not sure he moves my needle at all. That's the worst thing that can be said about a wrestler and his act. It isn't beyond repair, of course, but seeing him so sporadically needs to end to make this act stick.

Chris Sabin wins X Division Championship: Velvet's timid act is not working after years of watching her not be timid. Sabin's act isn't working for this viewer either. I hate when people thank themselves. No one does that in real life and it just screams fake. Over the top heels can be fun, and work, but Sabin hasn't found the right balance yet.

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...
Shore Editorials • Latest Five Articles
Shore's WWE Smackdown Hit List: Bray Wyatt carries the (Big) Show, WrestleMania misses, Fandango vs. a team, wasting Emma, Batista vs. Sheamus is solid
Shore's WWE Smackdown Hit List: Bray Wyatt and Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow carry the Show, Corporate Kane and the Outlaws attack the Shield. Total Divas commercial match, more
Shore's WWE Smackdown Hit List: Wyatt Family and Shield reignites, Batista goes full heel, The Divas overshadowed by NXT, Batista and Dolph Ziggler miss with their story, Daniel Bryan and The Usos vs. Kane and the New Age Outlaws
Shore's WWE Smackdown Hit List: Great matches all over the card still lead to some misses, Cesaro looks amazing, Emma looks forgettable, Darren Young and Titus O'Neal try too hard, Jack Swagger wins impressively, and more
Shore's WWE Smackdown Hit List: The Shield and Wyatt promos Hit while Bray beating Goldust misses big, Randy Orton and Christian go back to the well too many times, Daniel Bryan and Antonio Cesaro have a nice match, more
Shore's WWE Royal Rumble preview and predictions: Will John Cena or Randy Orton win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Can Daniel Bryan exorcise Bray Wyatt? Who will win the Royal Rumble match?



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
• Powell's WrestleMania 3 review: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship, Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship, Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis
• Pruett's Blog Flashback: The Undertaker's Streak Series Part Three - The American Bad Ass Years & The Deadman's Return - WrestleMania XVII - WrestleMania XX
04/02 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Artist Rob Schamberger on his WrestleMania Axxess project, his background, and more
• Powell's WWE DVD Review: "Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE"
04/01 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on the Dot Net Weekly audio show
• 4/1 Kester's WWE Main Event Live Coverage Review: Sheamus vs. The Miz and Nikki Bella vs. Tamina
• Powell's WWE Raw Hit List: Daniel Bryan attacks Triple H, Brock Lesnar finally gets the better of Undertaker, John Cena in a sheep mask, Kane vs. Roman Reigns, final hype for WrestleMania 30
• Pruett's Blog Flashback: Undertaker's Streak Series Part Two - Coincidence Preserves The Streak - WrestleMania XII - WrestleMania XV
• Powell's WrestleMania 2 review: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy in a cage match for the WWF Championship, Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T in a boxing match
• WWE News: Chris Jericho says the time isn't right for his WWE return
ACCESS PREVIOUS MUST-READ ARTICLES

Vote In Our Latest Poll

WrestleMania 30 Poll: Who ends the night as Divas Champion?
AJ Lee
Naomi
Cameron
Brie Bella
Nikki Bella
Natalya
Eva Marie
Emma
Aksana
Alicia Fox
Summer Rae
Rosa Mendes
Layla
Tamina
  
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

Dot Net Free Podcasts
04/02 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Artist Rob Schamberger on his WrestleMania Axxess project, his background, and more
04/01 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on the Dot Net Weekly audio show
03/31 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell and Chris Shore take your phone calls on WWE Network launch day
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