This week we got Kurt's penultimate match with one of his biggest rivals in Bobby Roode. As expected, it was an excellent showcase of wrestling. While I wouldn't put it up there with Angle vs Galloway II, it was still a strong match.
The aftermath with Beer Money celebrating with Kurt including a milk bash was good fun and a nice nod back to his original character. Kurt said he wanted to see Beer Money vs The Wolves, which brought out the tag team champions. That match was made for next week. That's one of TNA's marquee matches at that point. To me it should have been saved for a Slammiversary or something but we all know how TNA views its PPVs. Nonetheless I am excited for that match as well as Lashley vs Angle. It will be a very emotional night next week.
* After Lockdown, one of the main points of interest for me was Rockstar Spud. The story made absolute sense since EC3 put Spud through so much hell when he was a villain. Spud came out this week with a much darker look. There wasn't any colorful suit or tie. Instead he was picking his nose and chewing on his fingernails. It will be interesting to see what happens with this character.
We got a mid-show promo where Matt Hardy and company spoke about being done with EC3 but I don't think that's actually the case. Spud accepted a fight with EC3 for the main event. We would learn that he was relying on Plan A which saw Matt Hardy and Tyrus attack EC3 before the brawl began. Unfortunately, EC3 got the upper hand and stuffed both of them in the back of the semi. I loved Spud's reaction to EC3's music.
Things didn't go so well for him as EC3 kicked his ass all over the ring. Ethan was dominating, eventually put Spud through a table and then choked him out with a modified Cobra Clutch. I am wondering if EC3 is adding that move to his arsenal.
* Abyss defeated Jimmy Havoc in a No DQ Match. It was a good match that saw a lot of plunder. Jimmy Havoc is an interesting character. He is the only UK talent used for these shows that got a storyline. That is usually an indication that the company has something for him. He'd make a good addition to the X Division. Unfortunately, I believe he recently got injured and could be out for about a year.
* I liked the exchange between Gail Kim and Maria after last week. The background music was annoying at times but that describes Maria's character. I hope they hold off on this match because the build is getting good. Maria thinks of herself as a celebrity while Gail thinks of herself as as wrestler. When Gail was about to get her hands on Maria, she was ambushed by Jade. Jade will get a title shot next week due to pinning Gail in Lethal Lockdown. I'm hoping its not a one-off because a Gail vs Jade rivalry could be fun.
* I was not impressed by Big Damo. Presentation is a big thing for me and I find him to be pretty gross. He needs to shave or get a wax. He moved pretty well for a bigger guy and if TNA keeps him and changes his look a little, he could be a good asset. Eric Young picked up a solid win over Damo with a nice Piledriver.
* It doesn't make sense how Grado got TV time if he wasn't with the company but the good news is we are getting some sort of payoff next week when he reveals how he got screwed by Eli Drake.
* I really enjoyed Galloway vs Bennett tonight. It was a good first match between two rivals. Galloway was pretty dominant and showed excellent strength here while Bennett was more devious in his moves. Galloway looked to have the win after locking in "The Iron Maiden" but Maria pulled Bennett's foot to the rope. The distraction allowed Bennett to roll up Galloway for the win. This thing between the two isn't over.
* I've talked about this a little and the crew at TNAsylum Heelcast has been more specific with their requests but I feel TNA needs some new blood on their roster. Pretty much every section could use some fresh faces. Some names suggested for the X Division include Pepper Parks and Shynron. You could eventually add Jimmy Havoc to that list. For the Knockouts, I'd be happy with Cherry Bomb. TNA should keep looking at Chelsea there. The Killer Elite Squad would be an excellent tag team to bring in. As for the heavyweights, two names I would look into are Matt Taven and Wade Barrett. These are just some suggestions as the independent scene is filled with a ton of excellent talent.