The past two episodes of Impact have been about getting to the heart of who Michael Knux really is. He debuted as one of the mysterious thugs under masks in the Aces and Eights gang, but beyond that we knew little about him as a person. When Mr. Anderson piledrove him out of the picture last year, it seemed that we had seen the last of this rogue.
His veil of silence was finally pierced last week when we learned that he's a man driven by feelings for a lost love, and who is conflicted by the clash of his dream of returning to pro-wrestling against his desire to make amends with his father. His dad seems to want Knux to move back to his hometown to help them rebuild their family carnival which got wiped out by a flood.
Last week we also saw Angelina Love give a lukewarm invitation to Madison Rayne for her to rejoin Love's new incarnation of the Beautiful People. Rayne thought Love was being too apathetic, and turned her down. That led to Love attacking Rayne, and Velvet Sky also turning on Rayne this week. This plotline has been compelling in how we see Sky trying to decide whether she valued her glory days as a girl with Angelina more than she did her brief time as an independent woman who won the title. We'll have to see if she changes her mind about her title days once Angelina starts claiming the Knockouts' crown for herself.
I'm glad that Spud and ECIII are still friends. It wasn't very nice of ECIII to not rescue Spud from Willow though!
While Ethan failed to rescue Spud two seeks ago from Willow's beatdown of him, we saw a new side of ECIII this week: "Spud was right -- we never leave a man behind."
Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud had gone on an expedition to the woods around Willow's house in an attempt to confront Willow on his home turf. While Ethan was looking around an abandoned barn, Willow snatched up the helpless Spud.
Rather than retreat to safety, Ethan embarked upon a mission to rescue his friend. "Willow I'll tell you what, I'll make you a deal. You give me back Rockstar Spud, and I won't burn this place to the ground and build a parking lot over it!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDA6faV0Dow )
ECIII found Spud tied up in a cot where a skeleton was strung beside him by Willow. The enigmatic demon at last revealed himself, and laid out ECIII with his trademark black and white umbrella. I look forward to seeing the ever-defiant Ethan Carter continue his vendetta against the walking nightmare that is Willow.
I'm not watching TNA anymore, but I have been checking out the Willow clips that have been floating around. I'm all in, It's to weird not to like. Maybe it will bring out a more interesting Hardy ala Goldust and Dustin Reynolds.
Highlight of the show was Gunner vs Storm. Gunner has started to show good baby face fire and Storm seems rejuvenated and a heel. That was probably the best match on Impact this year. The Willow stuff is just plain weird and kinda goofy. The Wolves vs Abyss and Magnus was fine and Taz explaining that Magnus tapped so early to save himself for next weeks title match gave a Magnus an out. This was a much stronger show than the last month or so of a Impact.
There have been way too many vignettes and such on Impact for the past few weeks. We've had Willow, Knux and Kenny King teasers/vignettes. One at a time is okay, but loading up the show with them just seems like they're saying "don't bother watching us now, come back later when we have all these exciting guys!"
I had planted to do a chant counter, like I had when I saw the CHIKARA show, but I gave up before they even opened the doors to the venue. I just couldn't keep up. The biggest while waiting for the show was for a person delivering pizzas to the crew.