23 June 2014

#REWIND365: 02 - 22 June 2014

Welcome to #REWIND365 Where the Reaction Never Ends, a selective look at the recent offerings from #IMPACT365.  First off, apologies that this article missed its usual fortnightly slot last Monday.  Aside from a less than spectacular number of #IMPACT365 exclusives during the two week window, I decided to remove myself from any media that potentially contained spoilers ahead of Slammiversary airing in the UK.  Glad to say that it worked, and Slammiversary was all the better for it!

So instead, #REWIND365 will be giving a recap of some of the best supporting videos uploaded hot off the heels of one of TNA's best PPVs in a long, long time.

I would also like to take this opportunity to urge any UK fans out there to get on board with MisterTNA's initiative to convince Challenge TV to begin airing Impact live in the UK or a lot closer to its broadcast date in the States.  It can be a struggle at times to avoid any and all spoilers, even opening up Twitter before Sunday will likely give something away, and I think everyone can agree that airing Impact earlier in the UK is no mean thing.

So if you would like to show your support, simply tweet @ChallengeUK with a message including the hashtag #MakeImpactUKLive and hopefully we might see something being worked out in the future.

Bronze:  Hungry Like The Wolves

When it comes to The Wolves, it is clear their expertise up to this point has been with their work between the ropes.  If TNA had a completely healthy tag team division and a multitude of teams for The Wolves to face on a weekly basis, then they could probably get by just fine on their wrestling skills.

Right now, that isn't the case in TNA.  Like it or hate it, there is a lot of talking on Impact lately, and whilst they are great tag team wrestlers The Wolves need to be just as great on the mic if they want to capitalise on their involvement with the company's top storyline.

A pretty decent promo from the pair, and something I'd like to see more on Impact as they seldom have a voice on the show.  Davey Richards does seem to get most of the attention when it comes to The Wolves, but Eddie appears to be the most comfortable when a mic is pointed at him.

Silver:  Wham, Bham, Thank You Bram

Finally! It has been a longtime coming but it looks as though the tag team division could be getting the first genuinely nasty heel team that it has seen for a long time.

A week or so ago I wrote a POV where I shared my concerns over whether or not Magnus would become the other guy in this new pairing, but judging from this video and his actions at Slammiversary/Impact it would appear that Magnus it taking the lead on this one.  Or at the very least is on an equal footing with newcomer Bram.

The tag team division just got a whole lot more interesting.  And so did Magnus.

New partner, new finisher, new attitude.

New entrance music please.

Gold:  Send In The Clowns

Okay, bear with me on this one...

Watching The Menagerie debut, square up against Frankie Kazarian a couple of times before randomly moving onto the BroMans, it was hard to tell whether the group was getting over with the crowd.  Partly because of their theme music constantly playing throughout their matches, but mainly because of a disinterested Impact Zone crowd giving nothing away.

Fast forward to Slammiversary and I was amazed at the reception and subsequent chants for Crazzy Steve in the X-Division Title match.

Crazzy Steve appears to have built a decent following, and I have a feeling that a lot of that is down to his interactions with arguably the biggest clowns in TNA; The BroMans.  A lot of people (myself included) were left confused when The Menagerie came out to encircle The BroMans, and felt the stuff between Robbie E and Crazzy Steve was just some daft skit to write Robbie out of the show for a while.

It was daft, but it worked.  Crazzy Steve and his antics have gotten over with the audience, and The BroMan's performance amongst all this silliness is testament to how strong of a tag team they are.  Not strong in terms of being a legitimate threat to the tag champions, they have been deliberately booked not to be, but in terms of entertainment value, characterisation and as a cohesive unit I believe that The BroMans are highly underrated.

Check out the vid, or any of the stuff from the Spin Cycle series on #IMPACT365, and you can see the genuine chemistry that exists between the three of them.  All three of The BroMans have fully embraced their characters and, love them or hate them, I think they deserve a lot of kudos, bro!

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