December 2, 2015
EC3 defeated DJ Z to advance to the quarterfinals. Solid match to kick off the Round of 16. EC3 scored a hard-fought victory while DJ Z looked awesome in defeat. The finish was cool as EC3 countered with a powerbomb and then the One Percenter for the win.
Tigre Uno defeated Gail Kim to advance to the quarterfinals. Fun match. I loved the energy from both competitors as they delivered some exciting moves back and forth. Gail did an amazing job working the X Division style. Kudos to TNA for trying something different.
Davey Richards defeated Bram to advance to the quarterfinals. Good match. As expected, both guys beat the crap out of each other. Those double stomps, in particular, looked sick. I'm enjoying the match-ups so far. Looking forward to Davey vs. EC3 in the next round.
Mahabali Shera defeated Eli Drake to advance to the quarterfinals. Well, that stinks. Eli is a great cocky heel; I hope TNA has big plans for him in 2016. Shera is not too bad when he does his basic power moves - and he is getting more comfortable in the ring - but I really hate when he dances during a match.
Matt Hardy defeated Bobby Roode to advance to the quarterfinals. Good match. Both guys meshed well and worked a technical style with lots of counters. Unfortunately, Matt is damn near unstoppable right now and looks like he could sweep the entire tournament.
Jessie Godderz defeated Awesome Kong to advance to the quarterfinals. Eh, this was more of a "gimmick match" so to speak. I thought it was entertaining. Kong actually smiled when she slammed Jessie a couple of times, while Jessie sold his character perfectly and resorted to hooking the tights just to avoid losing to a woman.
Eric Young defeated Kenny King to advance to the quarterfinals. Solid match. Kenny put up a good fight, but that's really it. EY has been consistent all year and is such a pro when it comes to playing a world class maniac.
Lashley defeated Drew Galloway to advance to the quarterfinals. Great match. I liked the back and forth physicality between both guys. I feel bad for Drew getting eliminated this early, but Lashley is the right choice to move on to the next round.
Overall, this was a good show. I was worried that TNA would cram the hell out of these matches like they did with the first round of the BFG Series, but everything flowed nicely and was enjoyable from start to finish. In a way, it took me back to the old King of the Ring tournaments I used to watch when I was a kid. Even the intergender stuff was pretty cool, especially Gail/Tigre. Kudos to the wrestlers for a fun set of matches.