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08 May 2014

TNA Thursday Randomania - May 8, 2014


- This week, I'd like to begin by giving a big kudos to TNA for doing the unthinkable.  They've essentially made fans care about a stable that's led by Knux, a former member of the Aces and 8's, which also includes Rob Terry.  I'm talking about the Menagerie, who are making their Impact debut tonight.  For this reason, much of the TNA fanbase is absolutely euphoric over it.  Since last week's Impact tapings, fans have been waiting with great anticipation for the opportunity to see the debut of this strange group of carnies, while living off of sneak peaks of Rebel or Crazzy Steve or the two strangers on stilts in the meantime.  It's wonderful to see how genuinely excited the fans are.  I only hope the Menagerie lives up to our expectations as TNA has an opportunity to truly capture us with a stable that's as unique as it is bizarre.

- I wrote a POV last week on the new era in TNA and how the company appears to be changing its identity by changing the faces of the brand.  This is a smart move by TNA simply because it's time to replenish the roster in a way that feels like a true facelift.  The fact remains that TNA has gone as far as it's going to go with many of the originals that have been part of the core for the last decade.  It's time for a new core, one that's led by exciting young stars like Ethan Carter III and the Wolves.  With the departures of Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Sting, Christopher Daniels, and others, the genie is already out of the bottle.  The old TNA is gone.  It's time for TNA to move on with a new cast that's a good mix of solid veterans and new young talents.

- Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, in their conference call on Tuesday, claimed that there will be new tag teams forming as well as old teams coming back.  I suspect that after the Wolves defeat the BroMans tonight in their ladders match, we will see a new team emerge.  The question, however, is which of the two categories will the new tag team fall in: new team debuting or old team returning?  It stands to reason that this next feud will lead into a tag title match at Slammiversary against the tag champions so I'm leaning towards a new team forming.  But who exactly are the old teams that are returning?  Incidentally, the Wolves name-dropped Generation Me and the Motor City Machine Guns during the conference call as teams they'd like to face, both of which certainly fall under that category.  As for the BroMans, I don't expect them to completely disappear.  After another loss to the Wolves, I have a feeling that they will be fed to the Menagerie, who will need to be established as a force to be reckoned with, at least in the Tag Team Division.

- Even though there was no update on Samuel Shaw on last week's Impact, I was hoping we'd be treated to an #IMPACT365 video during the week but unfortunately, that wasn't the case.  Hopefully, there will be a segment tonight that gives us a glimpse of his experience in the mental institution, preferably one featuring Christy Shaw visiting her son.

- And lastly, I'm trying to look ahead at the Slammiversary line-up and I'm coming up blank, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.  However, I hope TNA don't wait until last minute to start setting up feuds or to start announcing matches.  Who will challenge Eric Young for the TNA world title?  Who's next for the Wolves?  The same can be said about Sanada.  Who's his next challenger?  Will Bully Ray's feud with Dixie Carter lead to a match with someone, and whom?  Will Kurt Angle and Ethan Carter III's feud end this week or will it continue, culminating with one final match on June15th?  What about Willow?  Will he move on to someone else?  Magnus, perhaps?  Or will he continue to feud with Abyss?  What role will Bobby Roode, Gunner, Bobby Lashley, Austin Aries, MVP, Kenny King, and Samoa Joe play at Slammiversary?  Will we see Samuel Shaw make a return?  The only feud that was set up last week was the one between James Storm and Mr. Anderson but is it sustainable for another six weeks or will they wrestle a match on Impact and move on to their next opponents?  And finally, are there any returns or debuts coming?  We are six weeks away and there's so much that needs to be settled by the go-home show on June 12th and quite frankly, I'm excited to see what TNA have planned.  There are so many moving parts right now so hopefully we'll begin to get a clearer picture in the coming weeks.  But overall, this is an exciting time to be a TNA fan simply because I'm sensing that with Slammiversary coming soon and the New York City tapings soon thereafter, things are about to be shaken up.

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