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08 April 2014

#REWIND365: 24 March - 6 April 2014


Welcome to #REWIND365 Where the Reaction Never Ends, a selective look at the fortnight's offerings from #IMPACT365.  Magnus and Abyss, EY and Samoa Joe, Roode and EC3, Willow and Bully Ray; in the past two weeks TNA seems to have gone into overdrive providing us with interesting pairings to interweave storylines and push them forward in a way that doesn't feel stale each week.  As ever, #IMPACT365 has been keeping us up to date with the highlights and backstage interviews to back up the action, and here is a selection of some of the best.

Bronze:  EY Gets Serious


I am still not sure where I stand with the union of Magnus and Abyss, and am holding my breath to see how it plays out, but one of the biggest positives to come from it so far is the platform it has provided for EY to get involved in the main event scene.  Eric Young is a very talented in-ring performer, so I am happy to see the spotlight being pointed his way for a change.

EY had a blast playing the goofball partner of Joseph Park for all those months, but as this video showcases he can just as easily switch off the funnies and deliver a very serious (and somewhat manic) promo.

Silver:  Beautiful Reunion


It is no secret that the Knockouts Division had become stale throughout 2013.  Not only was there a lack of Knockouts in terms of numbers, but the problem was compounded by the fact that there was only one full-time heel in the shape of Gail Kim.  The Knockouts Division is far from repaired, but the reformation of the Beautiful People is a decent first step in rectifying that.

The break up between Sabin and Velvet didn't exactly send waves through the TNA fanbase, and it felt like Velvet was floundering with the rest of the Knockouts until Angelina showed up.  However, with the Beautiful People reformed there is the potential for some decent rivalries with any new girls and to breath some life back into the division.  They may be bad, but they're perfectly good at it.  Angelina and Velvet are back to doing what they do best.

Gold:  Storm Raging


Apologies if it sounds as though I am flogging a dead horse here, but as another fortnight sails by I continue to be entertained by the Gunner and Storm feud and to witness both men grow and excel in opposite directions.  This week in particular, Storm cuts a great promo in the face of defeat, letting us know that his grudge with Gunner transcends wins and losses and he is out to show Gunner the error of his ways.

It has taken 17 years for Storm to realise that being a company man and trying to please the fans has got him nowhere, and he seems determined to pass this lesson on to Gunner the hard way.

My heart sank a little at the end when Storm barked "Sorry!...", but then he delivered a delightful slap in the face to the fans by not finishing his old catchphrase.  I am willing to bet that the best it yet to come in this most legitimate of feuds.

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