EC3 told Maria that IMPACT Wrestling Management is upset at Maria for putting her hands on Gail Kim. Tonight, there will be a job evaluation for Maria tonight. He will be the one mediating things. It looked like Ethan and Bennett were going to go at it but Bennett left. Nice preview for tonight's show. I like that there are consequences for Mike and Maria's behavior. Its also good that we are getting Slammiversary set up.
Lashley came out and went face to face with Ethan. Its Pick Your Poison tonight and Ethan relegated his power to Drew Galloway tonight. Galloway picked Bram as Lashley's opponent.
* Bram defeated Lashley by DQ when Lashley used a chair. After the match, Lashley Speared Bram a few times until Drew Galloway came out and chase him away with a chair. Eli Drake came out with the briefcase and cashed in his title shot. Lashley didn't need to win here, but he did need to look dominant. He looked dominant! This segment transitioned nicely into the Eli/Bram stuff.
* Eli Drake defeated Bram with the Book of Eli (Knee into Clothesline) to become the King of the Mountain Champion. As a fan of Eli, I like this move. I am hoping we get a rematch at Slammiversary between the two.
* The Bromans defeated Rockstar Spud and Tyrus. Before the match, it was announced that the winner would face Decay for the Tag Titles at Slammiversary. Mike Bennett was appointed the special referee. It was a solid match that kinda connected things tonight. While I am not super excited for Decay vs Bromans, I am happy we will see Decay again.
* EC3 met Maria in the ring. Maria was accompanied by Allie and Sienna until EC3 excused them. Ethan called out Gail Kim who said she wanted a match against Maria at Slammiversary. Maria tried to get out of it but Ethan made the match official for the PPV. EC3 then made a tag team match between Maria's girls and the team of Gail Kim and Jade. Slammiversary looks better and better. TNA has done a good job building and teasing Gail Kim vs Maria. This match is one of the better built matches in recent IMPACT history.
* Jade and Gail Kim defeated Allie and Sienna following a Package Piledriver. Allie wasn't a "wrestler" and it showed even though she is actually a strong wrestler in reality. Solid teaser for Slammiversary.
* Mike Bennett defeated James Storm after a distraction from Maria and a rollup. After the match, EC3 ran his mouth allowing James Storm to Superkick Bennett. The match was okay. The finish was lame though. James Storm is underutilized in this role.
* Al Snow was out and introduced his Tribunal (Basile Baraka and Baron Dax). Both men talked about being judge, jury and executioner. Snow said he didn't need a weapon to beat Grado last week. They were interrupted by Shera and Grado. Eventually Grado and Shera stormed the ring but were taken out by Snow with a chair. Fairly generic appearance by The Tribunal. Can't say I am hugely excited for this feud.
* Drew Galloway defeated Decay after Lashley came out and accidentally hit Abyss with a Spear. I don't like one man beating the tag champions alone but at least it made a little sense when Lashley's Spear backfired. I home Decay rebounds in the next few weeks. I think they need more than just a feud with the Bromans.