Matt Hardy, Reby and Tyrus talked trash about Manchester and EC3. Matt demanded that Dixie Carter fire EC3 later tonight if she wants to keep her champion happy. Nice promo from Team Hardy. So far I'm digging Matt's heel work. He comes off like an egomaniac flaunting his "Matt Hardy brand" and it works. The stage is set for EC3's return.
Lashley defeated Bram after Eric Young accidentally nailed Bram with the KOTM title. Solid match. Lashley is a hell of an athlete, that's for sure. It looks like TNA is building Lashley with some nice wins prior to his showdown with Angle.
Kurt Angle talked about his farewell tour before Mike Bennett and Maria interrupted. Angle knocked down Bennett and brought out Drew Galloway as his opponent tonight. Okay segment. They basically killed two birds with one stone by giving Bennett some screen time and hyping the main event.
Trevor Lee defeated Tigre Uno to retain the X Division Title. Good match. Tigre hit some cool spots before Lee finished him with that awesome Fisherman Buster. I've always liked the champion/mentor pairing in sports, and that's exactly what we're seeing with Lee and Helms. While the X Division needs new contenders, at least they're building a different champion one step at a time.
Beer Money defeated The Decay by disqualification. The Wolves came out and accepted a Monster's Ball match against The Decay for the Tag Team Titles. Good match. The tag division has been on a roll and my favorite part of Impact as of late. The Monster's Ball should be a violent spectacle next week.
Grado protested being screwed out of his job before Eli Drake brought out security. It turned into a Benny Hill segment as Grado evaded security. Haha, I thought it was pretty amusing for what it was. I don't mind Drake feuding with Grado for a few weeks in the UK. If nothing else, it gives Drake some screen time in an entertaining program.
Jade defeated Madison Rayne. The Dollhouse tried to injure Madison, but Gail Kim made the save and cleared the ring. Solid match. It was a little short, but both girls worked well together. I'm indifferent about Gail in this feud, but whatever. Let's see how it plays out.
Drew Galloway defeated Kurt Angle. Wow, that was an awesome match. Lots of near falls, counters and false finishes. The crowd was hot and the sportsmanship was well done. Congrats to Drew on the biggest victory of his career. And he won by submission, which was a pleasant surprise.
Matt Hardy called out Dixie Carter and told her to fire EC3. Rockstar Spud defended EC3 before Tyrus attacked him. EC3 made the save and posed at the ramp to close the show. Great segment. The intensity added to the drama, leading to EC3's return as he cleaned house on Matt and Tyrus. I also liked the continuity with Spud referencing EC3's past actions. Kudos to the announcers for putting over this new side of EC3 on commentary.