July 29, 2015
Austin Aries criticized Bully Ray for his job performance thus far. Bully offered Aries a shot at the X Division Title, but Aries said he’s above that level. Rockstar Spud confronted Aries, prompting Bully to book a match between the two for next week. Good promo. It's kinda surreal to hear Aries trash the X Division, but that's the honest truth at this point. I liked the interaction between Aries and Spud as well as their respective characters. The stipulation of the Rockstar name vs. Aries' career is a little weird, though.
Eric Young defeated Chris Melendez. Poor Melendez keeps getting dropped on his head over and over again. It seems like TNA is grooming Melendez for an eventual win over EY, but first they have to tear him down to build him up. I guess that sort of plays into the military aspect of his character, because he's a fighter and a survivor.
Brooke defeated Marti Bell to retain the Knockouts Title. Gail Kim’s entrance video distracted Marti, allowing Brooke to hit the Butterface Maker for the win. Solid match. Marti put up a good fight in Brooke's first title defense. Gail's mind games with the Dollhouse are well done, but I hope it's not too one-sided for my taste.
Tigre Uno did an interview talking about his children, the Lucha Libre style and being the X Division Champion. Tigre spoke in English, saying he's not afraid of Donald Trump. Again, TNA is playing the "proud Mexican" angle for Tigre. It's not exactly interesting, but it's something to support the reigning X Division Champion.
Jeff Hardy returned to IMPACT and confronted EC3 before introducing his brother Matt. The Hardys announced that next week Matt will challenge EC3 for the World Title in a Full Metal Mayhem match. Good setup for next week's main event. EC3 needs a huge victory to establish his title reign, and beating a veteran like Matt at his own game in Full Metal Mayhem is just that. Should be an awesome match.
Magnus and Mickie James defeated James Storm and Serena in a mixed tag match when Mickie pinned Serena with the Jumping DDT. Fine match. Storm played his role and carried this feud, in my opinion. The ending was well done as Mickie laid out Storm after everything he put her through for months.
Dixie Carter inducted Jeff Jarrett into the TNA Hall of Fame. Jarrett delivered an emotional speech talking about all his memories of TNA and everyone who helped build the company over the past 13 years. What a heartfelt moment for the founder of TNA Wrestling! This is what we've been waiting for since they first created the Hall of Fame. Congratulations and thank you, Jeff.
Overall, I enjoyed tonight's show. As a longtime TNA fan, the Jarrett HOF induction was certainly a historic moment. The matches were fairly basic, but still entertaining. They also did a good job building the card for next week's No Surrender, which has a few big matches and should be fun. Best of all, we're finally past the Hernandez situation.