Matt Hardy talked about Jeff being taken out last week. Kurt Angle challenged Matt to a World Title match, and then the tag teams got into a brawl to set up Hardcore War. Good promo to hype both matches tonight. I like that everything and everyone has a purpose out there. Even Reby is doing a good job accentuating Matt's heel turn.
Lashley defeated Aiden O'Shea in a decent match. Raquel told Lashley that she could bring him pain or pleasure. Still not sure what to make of this story, but it's definitely intriguing. Raquel has a certain allure that could bring something out of Lashley and lead him in a fresh direction. It should be interesting to see how Lashley reacts.
Maria talked about being a miracle for women's wrestling and helping fix the Knockouts division. Gail Kim challenged Maria to prove herself in the ring, but Maria walked away as Gail posed with her title. Great promo. Not only is it a new storyline for the Knockouts, but their characters make for an interesting dynamic with Gail as the athlete and Maria as the prima donna. It certainly beats Gail/Kong for the umpteenth time.
The Decay, Eric Young and Bram defeated The Wolves and Beer Money in Hardcore War. Fun, chaotic match with lots of cool spots. I liked how they brought out specific weapons like Janice, Bram's crowbar, Roode's hockey stick and Storm's beer keg. They also built up two feuds simultaneously and put over The Decay as a fresh commodity. Good stuff.
Drew Galloway defeated Tyrus by disqualification. Mike Bennett laid out Galloway with the FOF briefcase and talked about being the miracle that TNA needs. Solid match. Just like earlier with Lashley, it was basically a means to an end. Bennett/Galloway looks like a fun feud between two rising stars. Looking forward to the matches.
Trevor Lee defeated Tigre Uno to become the new X Division Champion. Nice swerve. I'm really impressed with Trevor Lee. The double knee stomps and the package Fisherman Buster looked awesome. The X Division finally has a new champion and a new rivalry in the process. If they have to put Shane Helms on camera, this is a good role for him as well.
There was a great interview with EC3 talking about losing the World Title. EC3 said he's returning to Impact and he's coming for Matt Hardy.
Matt Hardy defeated Kurt Angle to retain the World Title. Good competitive match. Lots of counters and near falls before Hardy hit the Twist of Fate for the win. Overall, I enjoyed tonight's show. Hardcore War and Gail/Maria were my personal highlights. We also got plenty of storyline progression and a new X Division champion as well. Looking forward to the start of the UK shows next week.