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    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Heavy Impact (3/3/16): Same Dick, Different Day

    I know what you're thinking when you clicked that link: woah, Heavy Impact is back? Well, we here at Smark Henry would like to give love to as many wrestling promotions as possible and we still see a fanbase for TNA. So I've decided to take up the mantle and see how far I can run with this.

    Now, shall we start again?

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

    The last time we saw Ethan Carter III on Heavy Impact, he was still playing for the vacant TNA World Heavyweight Championship, just like everyone else was. He was still a dick, because entitled millennial with a ridiculously perfect body. Since then, however, he's won the championship in the World Title Series finals, lost it to Matt Hardy three days later after Matt decided to become a dick and snatch Tyrus away, and now has to deal with former sidekick Rockstar Spud, who is now on Team Matt and is trying to make his life a living hell. (Operative word is trying.)

    Despite what wrestling logic and Matt's over-the-top Mister Hardy character would have you believe, EC3 is still a dick. Rockstar Spud, at the very least, is just an angry, misguided babyface.

    Let's look at the facts: EC3 was a terrible, terrible friend/ally/boss to Spud back when he was the heel. Spud's fight for independence was such a huge babyface moment for him, and it was well-justified—why wouldn't you cheer for the underdog who finally fights back against the bully?

    Before we go further into EC3/Spud, we have to look back at EC3's babyface turn real quick. The only fuel behind his turn is that a) Matt decided to become exactly the kind of dick EC3 was, essentially making him the Harvey Dent to Ethan's Sal Maroni, and b) they're playing the numbers game against him with Tyrus's defection. Other than that, the EC3 character hasn't changed much beyond wearing jeans instead of slacks.

    He isn't even apologetic for what he did to Spud, even though the writing and Spud's promos give him a lot of room for that kind of character growth. Spud continues to justify himself by listing down everything his former friend did to him around this time last year. The only reason he's hanging out with the bad crowd is because they're pretending to sympathize with him, but in reality they're using everything and everyone they could to stop EC3, and it's only a matter of time before they turn on either Spud or Tyrus, too. Meanwhile, Ethan doubles down by calling Spud "a cow standing in the middle of the road as a truck approaches him."

    Yes, it's nice to hand a little payback to the guy who's giving you hell, but wouldn't it be better for everyone involved if the EC3 character gained some more nuance? If you're building around him as the #1 babyface of the company, he still has to be some sort of paragon of virtue. He doesn't have to necessarily be perfect, but it would be great if he were more self-aware.

    Minor impacts

    • The Kurt Angle Farewell Tour doesn't seem to get as much fanfare as it deserves. They had that nice little segment with Beer Money after, but we couldn't get some extra mustard from Borash, maybe? A video package to help set up the match? It's his second to the last match, how about we up the drama a little more?
    • There was a full 20 minutes of talking in between the first two matches of the evening. That's not good form, and I almost tuned out.
    • Something I've always noticed about TNA wrestling (as in the actual in-ring stuff): they always seem to be rushing somewhere. The action is good, but it just feels like they're trying to cram a lot of spots into what ring time they have on their two-hour broadcast—which isn't even scarce, by any means. Angle/Roode went for like 10 minutes and they did so many things. Things don't have to be slow, but they should be able to breathe, too.
    • Did anyone see that Big Damo debut? I'll admit it was the first time I ever saw him wrestle, and I was impressed. Of all the things to not have on their official YouTube page, it has to be this match.
    • TNA needs a competitive midcard championship so bad, and not the King of the Mountain title. Guys like Mike Bennett and Drew Galloway need to play for higher stakes. On a totally unrelated note, I'm setting the over/under on Drew's return to WWE at three years, and I'm taking the under.

    Did you catch Impact Wrestling? What did you think, if you did? Let's (try) to talk about it in the comments!

    Photo from TNA


    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry and one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in publishing. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, but really hates Davey Richards with his entire soul.
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    Item Reviewed: Heavy Impact (3/3/16): Same Dick, Different Day Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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