August 19, 2015
Karen was obnoxious in this segment but EC3 elevated things. Its a good move that he is the focus of the product. I don't know why Dixie would side with Jeff regarding the title defense. This is the lady who signed over her company in 2010 but keeps putting herself in a position to be manipulated.
*Bram vs Mr. Anderson was a solid fight. The Open Mic challenge has the same format as the Stairway to Janice Match. A weapon of choice is hung above the ring and you need to climb a ladder to get it. My question is how is a microphone more dangerous than a table or a chair? I enjoyed the Fireman's Roll through a table but disagree about the finish. This is Bram's wheelhouse and I think it should have been him who walked out of this the winner.
*The implosion of the Revolution continued as Mahabali Shera revealed his strange new dance to the world. Shera is a guy who is green in the ring and green on the mic. He needs a lot of work. He is likely being pushed because he is Indian and TNA is going to be touring the country very soon. Manik looks to be the next guy to break away from the group. I say this whole thing is building towards Storm vs Shera at Bound For Glory with Manik and Abyss stuck in the middle.
*Gail Kim defeated The Dollhouse in a Six Sides of Steel Handicap Match. Gail already beat Marti and Jade so there was little chance the result would be different. Gail is like John Cena; overexposed in her position but a true worker. This was a fun match.
The stuff with Gail and Velvet stalking Taryn didn't get the expected reaction. Velvet's involvement came out of nowhere (should have been Brooke) and Taryn looked like a victim in this whole thing. I felt bad for her. These segments explained the taping results though. Hope Taryn gets well soon.
*Drew Galloway vs Eli Drake felt like a PPV match. The two had a good back-and-forth battle which saw both guys bust out some interesting moves. The finish of Drew hitting the Air Raid Siren move through a table was a cool spot. It was interesting hearing how Drew was built up throughout the night on commentary and by other figures. The way he was presented was the guy who would have beaten EC3 for the World Title if he got the shot. EC3 is currently the #1 heel in TNA while Galloway is being built as the #1 hero.
My issue with this match is that Eli Drake hasn't really been built up as a threat. Before his last match with Drew, he hadn't had a singles match in TNA. He was in a few multi-man matches but never got an opportunity to shine. In a normal scenario, he would have been introduced and given a character when he would turn on Galloway. The feud would typically be a few months with Drake getting a few wins over other guys. With this feud over, Drake feels like a midcarder challenging a main eventer. He is getting mic time but he needs to be established in the ring.
*The stuff with Eric Young and Melendez was okay. I like the stipulation of Sarge's leg being on the line. EY is so out of his mind that he would want something like that. TNA seems to be building towards EY vs Jeff Jarrett in some sort of match so Melendez may just be a detour opponent.
*Matt Hardy vs Tyrus was also okay. Tyrus should be more of a threat in the ring. Matt Hardy needed a win after losing to EC3 so him beating EC3's right-hand man makes sense. Moving on...
*I really enjoyed the World Title Match. EC3 was in god-mode (which needs to be on a TNA shirt ASAP) and PJ Black proved why he was a "Darewolf." PJ Black reminds me a lot of AJ Styles and is the epitome of what I think TNA's X Division should be about. Both men delivered a very entertaining match which saw EC3 kick out of a Springboard 450 Splash to hit the 1-Percenter and get the win. I hope Black stays in TNA past this stuff with GFW.