August 26, 2015
The Hardys talked about Matt getting another shot at the TNA World Title. EC3 accepted the match but if Matt loses, Jeff has to become EC3’s personal assistant. God Mode is freaking awesome. I like the way EC3 mocks his opponents and gets under their skin. The stipulation sounds good to not only raise the stakes for the rematch, but give us some potential comedy out of EC3 and Jeff.
Eric Young defeated Chris Melendez to win his prosthetic leg. So weird to see a war hero give his leg to a lunatic on a wrestling show. Poor Melendez has been losing time after time and now has his spirit broken by EY.
Tigre Uno defeated DJ Z and Sonjay Dutt in a triple threat match to retain the X Division Title. Solid match. It's nice to see Tigre being a fighting champion, but once again the X Division consists of random matches with mostly the same guys and no direction.
The Wolves defeated Abyss and Manik to retain the World Tag Team Titles. James Storm tried to interfere but Mahabali Shera took him out. The Revolution is falling apart week after week. The Wolves looked good as usual, but this was a pretty formulaic match. The tag division needs some bonafide teams to compete with the champs.
The Hardys came out and accepted the stipulation for the World Title match next week between EC3 and Matt. Jeff got the crowd chanting "Matt For Champ."
Brooke beat Velvet Sky by DQ to retain the Knockouts Title. Rebel turned on Velvet and joined the Dollhouse. Taryn came on the screen and taunted Velvet as the Dollhouse held her down. Rebel is a nice addition to the Dollhouse. A heel turn worked wonders for Taryn, so why not Rebel? It sucks that Brooke is lost in the shuffle despite being the champion.
Bobby Roode defeated Mr. Anderson, James Storm and Lashley in a four-way match to become the #1 contender to the King of the Mountain Title. Roode pinned Storm with the Roode Bomb. Good match. Lots of back and forth action among all four competitors. The Beer Money spot never gets old. Roode is an excellent choice to represent TNA next week against GFW's PJ Black - that should be an awesome match.
Brooke, Velvet Sky and Gail Kim will share the cover of the 2016 Knockouts calendar (available next Wednesday on ShopTNA.com).
Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett talked about working together before Drew Galloway revealed that the two rental cars involved in the attacks were registered to Jarrett. Karen confessed to the attacks and then Jeff ambushed Drew. The GFW roster beat down the TNA roster to end the show. I don't know, I thought that was an awkward segment. Both the setup and the heel turn were anti-climactic. Given Jarrett's history, you knew it was only a matter of time before he revealed his true intentions. Still, I was getting tired of Dixie and Jeff playing nice together, so at least we're seeing some real life drama in this angle.
Overall, this was a decent show. I thought the title matches were underwhelming, but the main event and EC3 promo were my personal highlights. The Jarrett swerve wasn't bad and raised the stakes for the war between TNA and GFW. Only time will tell if this sparks some buzz for IMPACT in the coming weeks.