#1 Posted on 10.10.14 1959.08 Reposted on: 10.10.21 2000.06
First I wanted to say that the Havok storyline last week was pretty fun. She has been my favorite part of the show lately. Her music doesn't quite fit her, but it does get me pretty hyped up for whatever chaos she is in the mood to spread that week.
This week was the go home show before Bound for Glory. Because of TNA's situation they have strongly implied that this year the season premiere will be in January rather than October. That makes this week's episode and Bound For Glory itself not the season finales that past years' go-home shows have been. Regardless, it still feels weird to not think of Bound for Glory as playing that special role. So, I am still going to consider how this week's show fits within the tapestry of the saga that TNA's been telling this year.
Much of the year's main plotline has been about the corruptibility of power, and of the redemptive aspects of family.
That began with Dixie's alienation of longtime allies Emo-AJ and Sting, flowed through the Magnus Era, and reached its peak with the near-coronation of the evil king MVP. Curiously, Angle managed to resist the temptations of power, but that came at the cost of being unable to exert enough control to stop his rivals Lashley and ECIII.
Indeed, Angle has permitted the roster so much freedom that the Bound For Glory card has suffered because of it. Angle really should have required for Aries to use his title shot against Lashley at BfG, rather than letting him use it against Joe last week, thus leaving Lashley with no challengers for this Sunday.
The importance of family was most strongly highlighted by the Menagerie's rallying behind Prodigal Son Knux in his successful quest to save the family carnival. This seemed to be intended to show how the Carters could save TNA if they showed more respect to their roster. While MVP and his mysterious band of secret investors wanted to rule the TNA Brand for their personal gain, the Carters had an emotional stake beyond money in what their family built. While we have yet to see Dixie or Ethan have a eureka moment regarding their relations to the roster, they have long shown a loyal bond with Rockstar Spud.
Alas, this week's show hints that even that bond may have become too frayed. If the Carters cannot keep the allegeance of Spud, then any hope of rallying the rest of the roster seems doomed - along with TNA itself.
The bromance between Ethan and Spud has finally come to an end. What a shame.
Samuel Shaw's match with Bram was pretty fun.
The Wolves won the Full Metal Mayhem match to retain the tag team titles. Unfortunately, the Revolution appears to have forgotten all about their Feast or Fired Briefcase, since an exhausted trio of tag teams would have been easy prey for Storm, the Great Sanada, and Manik to cash in on.
Ah yes, James Storm's Revolution. Manik gets his own singles match at Bound for Glory, while Storm/Sanada fight Muta/Tajiri in the main event.
This year's BfG card feels very weird. On the bright side, it is still better than the Bound for Glory where Devon unmasked himself as the big-bad behind the Aces and Eights gang.
#2 Posted on 10.10.14 2019.38 Reposted on: 10.10.21 2021.29
Originally posted by DionysusFirst I wanted to say that the Havok storyline last week was pretty fun. She has been my favorite part of the show lately. Her music doesn't quite fit her, but it does get me pretty hyped up for whatever chaos she is in the mood to spread that week.
#3 Posted on 10.10.14 2307.18 Reposted on: 10.10.21 2309.57
Originally posted by geemoney
Originally posted by DionysusMuch of the year's main plotline has been about the corruptibility of power, and of the redemptive aspects of family.
I think you may be giving creative a little too much credit with that analysis. (edited by geemoney on 10.10.14 2127)
Half of the time I think that Russo has gathered a cadre of english majors to craft a multilayered tapestry of symbolism. The other half of the time I think I read way way way too much into things.
On net, I really do think my Symbolism interpretation was what the writers originally intended. I admit though that they have veered way off course since MVP got injured in June. My theory would work better if Bound for Glory were featuring something with ECIII stopping MVP/King/Lashley's reign of dominance to avenge his family, and to restore fairness to the roster.
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#4 Posted on 11.10.14 1546.42 Reposted on: 11.10.21 1546.47
Probably the second best TNA show of the year behind the show with a double main event of Roode-Lashley and the ladder match. Poor Mvp imagine what would have been if he didn't hurt his knee. The main event was a spectle. I still have Lashley vs Roode as TNA's match of the year, but this match was great, TNA is on a hell of a role, but they desperately need a tv deal.
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