By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Jeff Hardy Interrupted James Storm
Storm and Hardy both cut decent promos, but this segment was all over the place. Members of The Revolution were attacking Hardy only for him to overcome the odds and get the better of them. Hardy showed good intensity, though, which is something we don't often see from him. It's cool they're using the fact that Storm put Hardy out of commission a few months ago as the reason why they're now feuding, but it would've been nice if they built up the Steel Cage match for a few weeks before getting right into it.
X-Division Champion Rockstar Spud def. Low Ki
Spud and Low Ki have similar styles and they worked a fun match. Granted, Spud and the title were merely background players to Drew Galloway's distraction at ringside, but it protected Low Ki in defeat and left the door open for a future rematch. The roll-up also played perfectly into Spud's underdog persona and he can have a really enjoyable run with the belt if his reign mirrors his character.
The Beat Down Clan Called Out Drew Galloway
I've enjoyed the interactions between Galloway and the Beat Down Clan and Galloway has made the most of the material he's been given to work with, but the "Voice of the Voiceless" character for him just isn't doing it for me as it is too CM Punk-esque for my liking. Hopefully he moves away from that as time progresses. Other than that, he cut a solid promo and if the two people that rushed to Galloway's aid looked familiar, it's because they were Camacho from WWE and NXT's Shaun Ricker.
Awesome Kong def. Brooke
Kong's reign of terror since returning to TNA at the start of the year has been fun to watch unfold, but how are the viewers supposed to feel about her? It initially appeared she was going to be a babyface, but if the last few weeks have been any indication, she's a monster heel. This should have just been a simple squash, not Brooke getting in as much offense as she did. It wasn't anything that did damage to Kong's credibility, but Brooke of all people shouldn't come close to beating Kong. Kong's post-match beating on Taryn Terrell was brutal and made me want to see them do battle again soon.
Kurt Angle's TNA World Heavyweight Championship Celebration Was Crashed
While it was refreshing to see a bunch of fresh faces step up to challenge Angle for his newly won title (along with building toward the rematch with Lashley next week), I cringed when Eric Young's music interrupted Bobby Roode. I was tired of that feud when it first started a few months ago, so by this point, I'm dreading its continuation. They had the perfect blow-off a few weeks ago in that awesome Last Man Standing match, so why ruin that by doing another match that I have no desire to see? On the bright side, Aries' tease for cashing in his Feast or Fired briefcase was intriguing and it's great to see Ethan Carter III finally getting involved in the world title picture.
Eric Young, Ethan Carter III and Tyrus def. Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Mr. Anderson
I'm a fan of Anderson and I realize the babyfaces needed an extra team member, his involvement just felt random even though he had some run-ins with EC3 and Tyrus a while ago. Still, it was a solid six-man tag team match featuring quality talent that could all be contending for the world title before long. Young getting the clean win for his team over Aries was a surprise, but it puts heat him on him going into his rematch with Roode next week.
Magnus and Bram Brawled
Magnus and Bram continue to show excellent aggression in their ongoing feud that makes me want to see them go out at it. Mickie James' involvement has been a nice touch because she's no ordinary "wrestler wife"; she's a current (former?) wrestler herself and her acting skills are better than most. The brief brawl between Magnus and Bram here was a nice teaser of what's to come in their upcoming Falls Count Anywhere match.
Jeff Hardy def. James Storm in a Six Sides of Steel Match
As previously noted, I would have waited to put these two inside the cage together because it feels too early. I hate to sound like a broken record, but it feels like TNA does no disqualification matches every week, so that's why I was numb to the hardcore elements of this match. They worked a good match and told a solid story (the finish with Hardy swinging from the top of the cage and then dropping from it was pretty cool as well), but with Hardy getting his revenge so soon in the feud, is it already over?
The last two editions of Impact Wrestling were significantly stronger, but this was still a solid show on the whole. Nothing stood out as being great, but everything served a purpose and didn't feel meaningless for the most part. In fact, this felt more like a filler show that built toward next week's stacked Bell-to-Bell episode, so if you missed this show, it'd probably be best to wait until next week. Also, it's only been a week but I already miss the awesome overseas crowds TNA has been in front of for the last month.
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