August 5, 2015
Mr. Anderson defeated Bram after reversing a suplex into a small package. Bram attacked Anderson on the ramp and mocked his entrance. Good back and forth action. They told a nice story of Anderson holding his own against Bram in a physical match. Bram still got the last laugh, so all is well.
James Storm called out Khoya and slapped him for his failure in the Revolution. Khoya hit the Sky High and defended his country. That was a simple, effective segment. Those slaps were a little disturbing, but then the real Mahabali Shera emerged and showed some fire by taking down his former leader. Should be interesting to follow Shera's progress.
Gail Kim defeated the Dollhouse in a three on one handicap match. Taryn bailed from the match as Gail pinned Marti for the win. Geez, the Dollhouse has lost so much steam over the past few months. Not a fan of Taryn being a cowardly heel. They need to make a statement to reassert their credibility, because they look like amateurs in there with Gail.
Eli Drake defeated Drew Galloway with a rollup and grabbing the ropes. Good win for Drake, but the match was short and lackluster. Galloway exploded with offense before Drake did his heel shtick for the win. Based on the intensity, this rivalry is just heating up. I want to see both guys beat the living daylights out of each other.
Rockstar Spud defeated Austin Aries with the top rope Underdog. As a result, Aries is gone from TNA. Awesome match. I appreciate that Spud plays his character to a tee; he really is the ultimate underdog the way he sells a beating. The finish was bittersweet as Spud got a major victory at the expense of Aries' career. Thank you, Aries, for a great run.
Mahabali Shera beat James Storm by DQ after Storm hit him with the cowbell. Decent follow-up from earlier. Storm is the perfect villain to put over Shera's independence. I just hope his Indian heritage doesn't become another stereotype.
Bully Ray was laid out backstage by an unknown assailant. Jeff Jarrett approached Dixie Carter and offered his services next week to help out TNA. First off, I can't believe that's how they wrote off Bully Ray. It was like five seconds and he wasn't even unconscious. On the flip side, Jarrett booking a crossover show sounds cool.
EC3 defeated Matt Hardy in a Full Metal Mayhem match to retain the World Title. Wow, great performances from both men. This was a hard fought main event with some brutal spots. EC3 rose to the occasion in his first real title defense without any help from Tyrus. Kudos to Matt for making the most out of his opportunity as well.
Overall, this was a fun show. EC3/Hardy and Aries/Spud were both excellent. My only gripe is that they could've cut the Revolution segments and devoted more time to the Drake/Galloway match, but no big deal. For a wrestling heavy show, they did a good job telling stories in the ring. Now, let the (TNA/GFW) games begin!