Wednesday, December 21, 2022

IMPACT (December 1st, 2022): The One Where Eric Young Is Murdered...

I haven't watched Impact in a good long while. Not for a lack of wanting; I just never got around to it lately.

I don't know if people know this, but I actually do have Impact set on my DVR so the thing will record episodes  And every once in a while, I'll skim through an epsidoe, something will come up, and I'd forget about it. So it's not like I'm actively trying to avoid Impact these days; I just never get around to watching it. Same deal with AEW.

So one day, I set aside some time to watch an episode of Impact. I load up an earlier episode from this month and someone rings the door. I go answer it, I miss a good chunk of Impact because I forgot to pause it. And then when I get back to it, what's the first thing I see?

Cody Deaner stabbing Eric Young to death in a prison cell.

And that's when I stopped the episode, turned the TV off, and moved on to something else.

So the bit was nicely shot, like a low-budget production of a TV show or something; one thing that I will also credit Impact on is that their backstage segments are often well produced and makes for a unique presentation. And sometimes, they'll do good backstage bits. But then sometimes, they'll do this bit where Deaner and Young are in a prison cell and after a bit of a conversation, Deaner kills Young with a blade or something. Apparently, this is Impact's way of writing Young off TV since he is apparently going back to WWE.

So, look, it's not that I'm offended by the bit. I've seen stupid shit in wrestling and this is right up there... but I'm looking at this bit of Eric Young being stabbed to death and I'm like... "What's the point of this?" Is Cody Deaner going to be the new leader of this Violent By Design faction that's going on in Impact? Does it make him more of a threat? Does this mean Eric Young is never coming back to Impact? What about the next time he makes a big return when his latest WWE run comes to an end because Vince decides he wants to come back or something?

This isn't the first time Impact has "killed" off talent who were leaving - I still remember the bit with Allie and Rosemary and all that stuff. That was pretty fucking stupid too. And yeah, you could argue it's entertainment and such. And I'll argue "Yeah, it's funny in a vacuum, but in the grand scheme of things, this is stupid."

So yeah, I wanted to watch Impact, but one bit in jail killed off my interest.

Ha-ha. Ding.

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