October 14, 2015
The show started with a recap of the World Title Series. The other four groups are:
Group Tag Team Specialists: Matt Hardy, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Robbie E
Group Future Four: Eli Drake, Micah, Jessie Godderz, Crimson
Group X Division: Tigre Uno, DJ Z, Mandrews, Manik
Group TNA Originals: Eric Young, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Abyss
Nice brackets. Once again, I enjoy the different themed groups. I like how they organized the groups like a weight class for fair competition as well as bragging rights.
Matt Hardy defeated Davey Richards to score 3 points. Great match. It's like watching a singles equivalent of the Hardys and Wolves again. The outcome could've gone either way, but that was a nice hard-fought win for Matt coming off the BFG situation.
Kenny King defeated Aiden O'Shea to score 3 points. I have to admit, I'm a fan of Aiden O'Shea. The Irish brawler gimmick suits him well, and his aggressive style is fun to watch. Kenny looked impressive in his comeback with the various spin kicks and springboard Blockbuster finish. Good stuff.
Abyss defeated Eric Young to score 3 points. Imagine that: Abyss finally wins a match after leaving the Revolution! I think TNA may have spoiled us with their crazy Monster's Ball matches, because this one was a little flat until the final sequence.
Robbie E defeated Eddie Edwards to score 3 points. Holy upset, Batman! This just goes to show that anybody can get caught on any given night. Robbie still has a lot to prove as a serious singles competitor, but he's starting to grow on me little by little.
Mahabali Shera defeated Crazzy Steve to score 3 points. Eh, this was pretty much what I expected. Both guys are just there to fill out the tournament, so it's probably for the best to keep their matches short and harmless. I think Shera and King are the obvious choices to advance from Group Wildcard.
Bobby Roode defeated James Storm to score 3 points. Great match. Both guys went back and forth for nearly 15 minutes before Roode countered with the Payoff for the win. It's bittersweet that this may be the last time we see Roode and Storm in a TNA main event, but they sure went out with a bang. Kudos for recapping their history earlier tonight.
Overall, this was a good show. I really enjoyed the Hardy/Richards and Roode/Storm matches, in particular. So far I'm liking the simplicity of this World Title Series. I get that certain people want storylines and the entertainment side of wrestling, but it's kinda nice to sit back and just enjoy the tournament for what it is.