19 May 2014

#REWIND365: 05 - 18 May 2014

Welcome to #REWIND365 Where the Reaction Never Ends, a selective look at the fortnight's offerings from #IMPACT365.  Summer is here and TNA have begun paving the way to Slammiversary with a main event that had many fans in doubt.  However, as the pieces fall into place and his true intentions become known, it is clear that MVP had a most vindictive plan in mind when he bought into TNA.  

#REWIND365 has been keeping tabs on all of the original content that didn't make it onto the televised shows, and provides a pick of some of the best in case you missed them.

Bronze:  Mum's The Word

Another talking heads piece as the TNA roster show their appreciation to all the mothers out there.

As you might expect, Ethan Carter III provides one of the highlights of the package (supsupsupsupsupsup...) along with Taz bizarrely thanking his wife who also happens to be his mother.  At least that's what it sounds like.  Strange.

Silver:  Spud Scorns Sanada

Ever since Dixie Carter lost control of wrestling operations, and with it Spud lost whatever shred of influence he had as Chief of Staff, Spud's character has shifted from lovable little sh*t to simpering nitwit. Spud still provides many of the highlights of Impact, but I look back fondly at the days when he was marching about slapping The Wolves and pushing people off 500 pound ladders.

Spud is always at his finest when he is suffering from Short Man Syndrome and being horrible to those around him, and in this video he manages to find someone that is miraculously shorter than he is.  

A kid.

Some fine banter at a fan interaction, with Spud doing TNA proud by maintaining character so convincingly off camera.  I assume he isn't that much of a sod in real life? Ahem.

Gold:  Elev-Hater

It may be divisive, but regardless of what people think of this video there is no denying that it has generated a lot of discussion.  For that reason the Spud/Dixie skit earns itself the gold this week.

Lame lampoon, or perfect parody?

For me it is the latter, but I can understand why people would think that the video was inappropriate.  The most vocal objectors to the video were (unsurprisingly) the anti-TNA crowd, but putting them aside I have also seen a lot of the TNA fanbase saying that the sketch was in bad taste and that TNA should not be making light of assaults like this.

That is fair enough, but personally I think that is a bunch of hokum.  Wrestling has always borrowed from real life issues to make storylines more engaging and this incident, which fits perfectly with where things are going between Dixie and Spud, is no different.  Was it opportunistic?  Yes.  Is that a bad thing?  Not really.  The video would still be funny if the Jay-Z footage never existed, and I think Dixie and the TNA creative team deserve some kudos for seizing the moment.

Given that one of the major storylines being teased and cheered for by the fans at the moment is the prospect of a 325lb Bully Ray putting a woman through a table, is a tongue-in-cheek parody like this really worth getting preachy about?

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