September 16, 2015
I guess my biggest criticism of this whole thing is that Bound For Glory is only a few weeks away and TNA blew what could have been its main event on TV. I still don't think two more weeks was enough but it would have been better than what we got.
The show this week opened with a contract signing between Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter. Jeff was accompanied by Karen Jarrett, who has to be part of everything despite taking away from things. I thought both Dixie and Jeff delivered good promos. I wanted to see more of this. Dixie's lines about investing in people and focusing on the people who stayed loyal is pretty much the narrative TNA is using as a way to bash people who decided to go elsewhere. Damn you Jeff for moving on and continuing your life.
Speaking of which, I did like the stuff about Eric Young, a contracted TNA talent not believing in Dixie. Along with the stuff last week of some of the heels not wanting to get involved, you could kinda get the sense of how significant the match should be.
*Shera vs Abyss was an okay match. It was a way to continue the Shera/Storm stuff while also continuing the implosion of the Revolution stable. The stable that had so much potential but never went anywhere with it. Shera's dance is really starting to get over. If TNA goes to India, it would be smart to heavily feature him.
While TNA should do Shera vs James Storm at BFG, I could see them blowing it off in a few weeks due to Storm no longer being with the company. Another wasted chance to make BFG even more special.
*I thought the EC3/Spud segment was a good reminder of the rivalry those two had while also progressing the stuff with Jeff Hardy. Spud is a good temporary feud for EC3 while Jeff Hardy vs EC3 should be the match at BFG. Spud vs EC3 next week.
*The four-way Knockouts Title Match was really fun. It surprised me how action-packed it was as all four ladies looked good coming out of it. Its disappointing to see the Taryn vs Gail feud go nowhere while the Brooke title reign was completely underwhelming. If possible I would have much rather seen Taryn keep the title until BFG where Gail could take it from her.
*Its time for a little sidebar from your truly. I feel like for the second year in a row, Bound For Glory is an afterthought. TNA had a great opportunity to give the show a loaded lineup with good build. Now, the card may be riddled with wrestlers who couldn't have competed but if TNA had the choice, they should have put the built-up matches on the show. While I am sure they will still put good matches on their crown-jewel, some stuff should have been saved.
-Lethal Lockdown: Team TNA vs Team GFW (could have main-evented)
-EC3 vs Matt Hardy or Jeff Hardy. If Matt, Jeff could have been in his corner.
-Gail Kim vs Taryn Terrell for the Knockouts Title.
-Beautiful People vs the Dollhouse.
-Mahabali Shera vs James Storm.
-Eric Young vs Kurt Angle.
-Ultimate X Match for the X Division Championship.
-Bobby Roode defends the KOTM Title against a mystery opponent.
*This led to the main event Lethal Lockdown match. I think the consequences of TNA losing weren't emphasized enough. There should have been a promo of Jeff Jarrett talking about IMPACT becoming Amped, a bunch of people being out of jobs and more. I don't think many sensed the dread that could have come out of this. This match could have been presented much better if TNA had more time to do so. Another consequence of this rushed storyline.
I have my issues with the match type but I really enjoyed Lethal Lockdown. The match didn't need Eric Young or Bram attached to it. It should have been the original eight. There was tons of action and signature spots. It was complete chaos. Lashley being a tank was awesome.
The moment I loved most was when Jeff screamed at Karen not to let them take him. I felt Jeff should have been the one to lose this match since he started the whole Hostile Takeover.
The ending with Team TNA celebrating with Dixie Carter and the fans was a great feel-good moment. You temporarily got a sense of TNA pride with the win. The sometimes quiet IMPACT Zone was very vocal and rowdy. It was a good visual for the fans at home to see the wrestlers, owner and fans so excited.