Hello everyone, I just want to wish everyone here in the US a safe and happy Halloween and for our international readers out there, hope you have a great weekend. I just have a few things on my mind that I want to let you in on. So let’s get down to it.

First thing I want to talk about is Impact Wrestling. Last night’s show was one of the better produced episodes in the last two weeks. I thought the tag team matches were exquisite and really showcased how great the art form can be. I thought the view packages for Bobby Roode versus Bobby Lashley were done well and really made the match feel special. There was some weirdness on the show in regards to Madison Rayne and Davey Richards.

Explain this to me, why if you are the tag team champions and went through the best-of-five series does Davey Richards suddenly have doubt about Eddie Edwards. After one week of talking with James Storm, the former ROH World Champion is going to go with his revolution? Am I the only one puzzled by this. Sure, this does a world of good for Storm and his influence but what does it say about the viability of The Wolves you just spent five weeks telling us that they are the future. And now you’re causing dissension?

Don’t get me wrong I get were trying to go for. But wouldn’t it be better served to go to go to talents who lost their direction like The Menagerie’s Crazzy Steve or the Freak turning them into more darker sinister characters against the ring master Knux? Or maybe turn the whole group except for Rebel. What about the monster Abyss? I don’t mean to be nitpicky, but there seem to be a lot more logical choices can use other than Davey Richards. But I’m willing to see where the storyline goes… It just seemed to come out of nowhere.

At least you put the groundwork in for Madison Rayne a few weeks back saying that the little less awkward for her to leave Taryn Terrell high and dry against the Beautiful People.

Only time will tell what the future will bring for the superstars of Impact Wrestling. By the looks of last night show the company is really pushing hard their merchandising with very persistent plugs for ShopTNA for everything from championship belts, T-shirts, theme songs and their new newsletter. It deftly feels like TNA is really trying to get as much merchandise out the door before they have to go into the taped episodes in the next few weeks. And If I had to wager a guess I would say the newsletter is for just in case they do not sign a new television deal so they can keep fans informed of what’s going on with the show. From all reports, It’s just a matter of ego right now. So hopefully, things will be resolved because I don’t know how many people really want TNA in their inbox.

Well, from TNA. Let’s move on to the premiere of Lucha Underground, which debuted last night on the El Rey Network. If you follow me on twitter then you know my thoughts on the show. Overall, I like it, they had great character pieces, took some time to establish why characters would fight each other with no real storyline, and really got over the tradition of masks in Mexican wrestling. All that said, with heavy hitters like Mark Burnett and Robert Rodriguez executive producing what is essentially supposed to be an underground fight club the show felt a little overproduced in my estimation. And everything felt a little lackluster, especially when it came to the action. But I hope that improves over time. The only match that lasted more than five minutes with the main event. Which was awesome with the former John Morrison a.k.a. Johnny Mundo versus Prince Puma a.k.a. Ricochet in the main event.

As unlikely as they are. I like the commentary team of Striker and Vampiro. I think the two can really make these matches more special to an audience that may not understand the culture. However, I hope that the former WWE superstar turned announcer limits his shots to the top dog in the industry has to me, it just points out how small-scale the promotion is. The other thing that stuck out to me is why do we need an evil promoter? They established within the first five minutes that the reason these men fight is due to money. And the first episode, you establish the promoters crooked? That is a trope that is been done to death? I don’t understand why we needed to have that again? That could have been a season ending cliffhanger.

For as little wrestling as was really on the show, it wasn’t terrible. I like how it’s presented. They were setting up the universe. I understand that. I just want be in ring product to be a solid, and provocative as the pre-produced vignettes. It is just a shame that not everyone has the network that it’s on.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Be sure to check in all of this weekend for more

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