July 15, 2015
Let's break this segment down. I like the story of Bully Ray and Dixie Carter coming full circle. Dixie is sorry for her actions and she appointed the man who "fought for the company" while she was abusing her powers. While Bully's other history doesn't make him a strong authority figure, I can overlook that. It was uncomfortable seeing how Bully was treating Dixie, giving her a lecture. Just like it is uncomfortable watching a parent yell at their kid, this was in the same boat.
This segment had that self-aware feeling to it. Both Dixie and Bully addressed it saying that the roster hasn't trusted her, the company will be fine, pro wrestling needs IMPACT Wrestling (a good line) and that Dixie has dragged everyone through shit. Its like TNA was reacting to all of the backstage and internet stuff the past year. It felt like a rah rah speech but I got a very negative feeling out of the whole thing the first time I watched it.
I have always enjoyed segments with the entire roster included. It gives the segment importance. Its always cool seeing the backstage figures out at ringside. While some people were missing for one reason or another (Lashley, Kong, Anderson etc.) I liked having everyone out there.
I personally didn't think having the authority figure was necessary. Things were pretty well handled for first six months and no power was abused. As long as Bully remains entertaining and doesn't eventually go out for personal glory, it should be fine.
*This led to a Battle Royal for a World Title shot. Most of the match was very forgettable likely due to a backstage issue that TNA was trying to get out of. Most of the elimination occurred during the commercial break. The camera angles were horrid and the match didn't really tell a story. Drew Galloway won though so there is that.
*The X Division Championship Match was one of the worst X Division segments in recent memory due to one man, Grado. Personally, I think Grado has a spot on the roster as a comedy character but not in the X Division and not in championship matches. His comedy felt forced and all three of his opponents had to sell for him. The X Division should be much better at this point with Manik, DJ Z, Tigre Uno and Rockstar Spud at the helm but it continues to flounder.
I am excited to see what comes of this segment between Tigre Uno and Donald Trump. Without getting too political, I am surprised a guy like Trump has such a following. Hopefully Tigre's segment gives him a little more backstory.
*The Knockouts Championship felt anti-climactic. Taryn Terrell has the longest reigning KO run in history and she loses the title in the middle of an episode of IMPACT with very little build to a sloppy finish. This moment deserved more. I did dig the Gail Kim stuff. Her ninja moves were pretty cool and I am liking her darker look and attitude.
*Very sorry to hear about Kurt Angle. He has gone through so much. Eric Young was really good in this segment when he told Angle he didn't want him back. It looks like EY will continue his feud with Chris Melendez. Oh joy!
*So yesterday, a story came out about how Hernandez was still under contract to Lucha Underground and therefore couldn't appear on TNA TV legally. Unfortunately TNA filmed a bunch of stuff with Hernandez that was set to air over the next few weeks. Anyone who read the taping results knows that Hernandez had heavy involvement in the upcoming shows which means that TNA will have to heavily edit stuff, use filler footage and retape stuff next week during the tapings.
This blunder on TNA's part impacted tonight's show as the Battle Royal had to be edited down and a match had to be cut. I talk about this a lot but TNA's backstage issues tend to constantly get in the way of the product. This is a perfect example of this. Had TNA done their due diligence, they wouldn't have had this problem.
*TNA hyped up their Hall of Fame 2015 announcement by showing past inductees. I felt this should have been hyped within the past few weeks as it is an important announcement. Dixie Carter already announced that the inductee this year would be Jeff Jarrett. I don't know why they are trying to hide it now.
*The main event between EC3 and Drew Galloway could have been a PPV confrontation had TNA still had 12 monthly PPVs. While the overall match was forgettable, the heel turn by Eli Drake was entertaining. Drake is one of those guys that TNA should build around (much like EC3). I look forward to seeing what he does in the near future.