10 March 2014

#REWIND365: 24 Feb - 09 Mar 2014

Welcome to #REWIND365 Where the Reaction Never Ends, a selective look at the fortnight's offerings from #IMPACT365.  It has been a busy two weeks in Wembley as the 2014 UK tour came to an end. Two main event screwjobs, two titles changing hands over in Japan, and a tremendous build up to one of the most hotly anticipated PPVs in a long time.  Whether it was shares in the company, settling scores, or seeking gold, there was a lot riding on many of the Lockdown matches and #IMPACT365 went into overdrive to help sell the action.  In case you missed any of the pre-Lockdown build up, here is a top three pick of what was on offer.

Bronze:  Hemme's Fear

In a recent interview, Dixie Carter said that we would begin to see a focus shift in the storytelling to appeal to a wider female audience in line with the network's plans to reach a greater demographic.  Although there is still a lot of work to be done with the Knockouts Division, Christy Hemme's involvement with the Samuel Shaw story is certainly a decent first step in achieving that goal.

Christy does a fine job of portraying a victim in this video, and is a good example of how you can have strong female characters in TNA without them trying to imitate what the male roster is capable of in the ring.  If they want to attract new audiences, they need to run with themes that these new audiences can relate to.  

I am not female, but I imagine every girl out there has had a bad experience with a creepy bastard that collects her hair and sticks it to an effigy made in her likeness.

Silver:  Storm Damage

In the past two weeks, there have been a lot of great post-match reaction and match preview videos as TNA went into overdrive to promote the Lockdown PPV.  The best of the bunch in my eyes came from James Storm as he explains why he hit Gunner with the Last Call and cost him his shot at the World Heavyweight title.

Part of the appeal of this feud is how real and believable it has become.  James Storm has had a lot of bad luck with tag team partners, and Gunner did step over him and snatch away his dreams, so the anger and frustration he shows in this video feels very authentic.  A great video to what is shaping up to be a classic rivalry, a well deserved silver.

Gold:  Knee Jerk Reaction

A lot of people were bummed out at Kurt Angle being withdrawn from his match with EC3 at the last minute, but the news prompted EC3 to give this press conference at the Miami fan interaction which I found to be a very enjoyable consolation prize.  If you haven't already watched it, I would highly recommend hitting the play button as Ethan Carter once again demonstrates what a huge mistake the WWE made by letting him go.

Perfect delivery, great comic timing, thinking on his feet to the questions that were fielded... this week's gold medal was a no brainer!

It is too early on in this feud to say where creative might be headed with it, but I think it is worth remembering that whilst Kurt Angle is and always will be considered as one of the greatest wrestlers the business has ever seen, he was also a spectacularly brilliant comedic heel in his early years.  Will we ever see EC3 and Angle combine forces?  I for one hope so!

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