September 9, 2015
The show kicked off with an EC3/Jeff Hardy segment. As a result of EC3 beating Matt Hardy last week, Jeff is now EC3's personal assistant. This is an opportunity to humiliate Jeff on a weekly basis. EC3 made Jeff hold a sign of Ethan's face, tried to get him to attack Spud and later made him sell EC3 merchandise to the IMPACT Zone. He also threw water on Jeff. It was a solid start to the angle with Jeff already refusing to do some things. This could be good comedy leading into Bound For Glory. With that said, EC3 was annoying at times.
The tag team match was solid. It was a way to enhance the EC3/Jeff story. There was a point when Rockstar Spud looked dumb, just standing there waiting for Jeff to make his decision. This led to Tyrus hitting a sloppy ICU (Asiatic Spike) on Spud for the win.
If this is leading to EC3 vs Jeff Hardy at Bound For Glory, its a good way to do so. Unfortunately, its a story that requires more time but BFG is only a few weeks away.
*There was a segment with the Dollhouse and Beautiful People brawling backstage leading to an Angelina Love being taken out with a shoulder injury by chairshot. In reality, Angelina Love is pregnant and will be gone for nearly a year. I still question TNA teasing this match especially if it wasn't going to happen. There are few alternatives (Lacey Von Erich's return being one) that interest me more than the original match. Madison Rayne was obnoxious and over-the-top in this segment.
*We had an in-ring faceoff between Jeff Jarrett and Bobby Roode. Jeff demanded that Roode return the KOTM Title to him. Roode refused and then Karen reminded Roode that he will be in trouble if Team GFW wins next week. I like that they are intertwining the GFW stuff in with the rest of the show but unless this goes somewhere (a match between Roode/Jarrett, a turn or something else) then it was pointless.
*We got a six-man midcard melee match with Robbie E, Tigre Uno and Micah facing Kenny King, Eli Drake and Jessie Godderz. This was set up in a weird backstage segment where the heels didn't want to get involved with the GFW stuff, arguing with Drew Galloway in the process. The faces are company men and will fight for the company. The narrative is that the TNA roster isn't united like it should be. Its a good narrative but the presentation wasn't great and the whole storyline feels rushed.
Its nice to see these guys on TV as all of them have been underutilized over the Summer. One way to address TNA's roster issues is to utilize all of the guys as best as you can. All six of these guys could be used better. TNA needs to do more to make us care about them.
For example, what if TNA somehow could get Haku to come out and make appearances with Micah. They did this at Gutcheck but I feel doing more would get us to care about the former Camacho much more.
Robbie E was involved in King of the Mountain a few weeks ago. Why didn't Robbie get a pretape of him arguing why he should be in the match? Why wasn't there follow-up to Robbie's shoulder injury after jumping off the top?
Kenny King (a face last week) got a promo explaining he was a new man but this week, he was back to being himself. TNA should have given him some sort of pretape explaining that the BDC was over and he was starting a new chapter.
The point is, TNA has a bunch of talented mid-carders that need some depth. Giving them in-ring action is good but give each character context as well.
*We had a solid match between Gail Kim and Brooke. Brooke has been completely overshadowed as the Knockouts Champion. I don't understand the decision to give her the championship if she wasn't going to be a featured knockout. The match ended with Lei'D Tapa coming out and trying to steal the belt. Tapa ended up laying out both Brooke and Gail. Awesome Kong came out to continue her stuff with Tapa and took the fight to her. This resulted in a 4-Way for the Knockouts Title being announced for next week.
*The Wolves vs Trevor Lee and Brian Myers was the match of the night. The Wolves have improved their arsenal, adding in a few new moves. The action was excellent during this match. Sonjay Dutt tried to interfere but was laid out by Earl Hebner. The Wolves regain the Tag Team Titles.
While this "Hostile Takeover" story hasn't been the best, TNA has benefited in two major ways: A) It shows that a relationship with GFW is beneficial. TNA needs to try and continue this in the years to come and B) TNA was in desperate need of new blood. Even though I am not the biggest fan of some of the GFW guys, they add depth to the roster. After this GFW storyline ends, TNA needs to recruit about 6-8 different people all across the division.
*EY vs Chris Melendez's segments were more of the same between the two. I am done with this feud. Sarge has shown a lot of improvement but I want to see both men move on. If I were the writer, I would have both men face off one more time in two weeks. Kurt Angle would help Melendez win which would lead to EY vs Kurt Angle in Kurt's last match in TNA.
*The main event Lumberjack Match was predictable the moment EY came out. That whole visual of a wrestler standing in the ring just to attack a different person needs to be phased out. It is way overdone in wrestling. This will lead to GFW getting an advantage in Lethal Lockdown next week.