24 April 2015

TNA Friday Randomania - Apr 24, 2015

- If you're a fan of women's wrestling, I imagine tonight's episode of Impact will be quite a treat for you. TNA has rolled out the proverbial red carpet for fans of the Knockouts so I hope they, in return, will tune in tonight because I suspect that TKO: A Night of Knockouts is as much a test as it is a nice gesture by the company. Tonight is an opportunity for everyone who regularly displays their love for the Knockouts on social media to show TNA (and other wrestling promotions) that there's a real demand for women's wrestling. You've been asking TNA for more Knockouts for a long time and they've held up their end of the deal tonight with quite possibly the most anticipated episode for fans of women's wrestling. I just hope you hold up your end of the deal by tuning in.

- I can't remember the last time fans of the Knockouts were as excited about a debut as they are for the debut of the Dollhouse tonight. I said last week in my column that TNA needs to capitalize on this excitement by making the debuts of Jade and Marti Bell as explosive as they can. Judging by the vignettes of the Dollhouse that we've seen recently, it looks like they will not have the best of intentions when they arrive to TNA so hopefully the writers will let them loose on the entire Knockouts Division. We haven't had a delightfully vicious duo of hellcats in the Division since the creation of the Beautiful People in 2007 so it's been a while. TNA has tried to catch lightning in a bottle since then with such duos like Angelina Love & Winter or Madison Rayne & Tara but no one has come close to matching the originality and significance of the original Beautiful People. Until now. I genuinely feel that TNA has caught lightning in a bottle once again with the Dollhouse.

- Mickie James and Ethan Carter III are both expected to make what TNA is calling major announcements on tonight's episode of Impact. In the case of EC3, I think it's safe to assume that his announcement will involve the TNA world heavyweight championship, which he has made clear that he covets in a segment recently with Kurt Angle. But what is it about this particular announcement that makes it major? Could EC3 officially challenge Angle to a match on the live episode of Impact on May 8th? I'm not sure but whatever it is, I'm sure it will be as entertaining as all EC3 promos are. In Mickie James' case, it appears that she may announce her plans to return to the ring in TNA, which will please many fans, myself included. It's been almost two years since the last time James worked a match in TNA so it'd be nice to see her back in there against the likes of Awesome Kong, Taryn Terrell, Havok, Brooke, and others. There are so many fresh match-ups for James so I hope I'm right about her announcement. I don't know what else it could be unless she's announcing her retirement from wresting to be a full-time mom. I guess we'll know soon enough.

- When Rockstar Spud cashed in his Feast or Fired briefcase and defeated Low Ki to become the new X Division champion, I said that it was probably the best thing to happen to the Division. I believed at the time that the X Division would finally get some much needed airtime and focus with Spud as champion because here was a wrestler whose story the writers seemed eager to tell. I couldn't have been more wrong.  Since then, Spud's reign hasn't elevated the Division one bit and quite frankly, I'm disappointed by how blasé Spud has been as the leader of the X Division when he showed such genuine excitement the night he won the title. In one instance, he even came out to the ring without the belt. Why isn't Spud, an underdog who's endeared himself to the fans with his enthusiasm, carrying the belt with him at all times and showing it the same admiration he did for the Feast or Fired briefcase. He showed more love for a briefcase than he has the X Division title belt, and quite frankly, I'm not sure why that is. Why is there such a disconnect all of a sudden for a character that has been so perfectly and consistently scripted for the last year and a half? What has changed? Is it because he's now the X Division champion? And if so, what is it about the X Division championship that causes the writers to disconnect themselves? I often praise the writers for the storyline and character continuity on Impact but I feel that they've dropped the ball on Spud's X Division reign big time. This is not the Spud we know and love. This is not the Spud we saw in London. And the X Division is no better off now than it was when Low Ki was not defending the title. It's very disappointing. For this reason, I strongly feel it's time to end the Spud X Division title reign now. This will allow him and the writers to focus on continuing Spud's journey, and by that I don't mean playing Gilligan to Mr. Anderson's Skipper. Give us back our Spud, TNA!

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