By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Great opening segment featuring Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray. Everyone was excellent on the mic here, which made for a strong segment. It helped establish the main event match between Hardy and Anderson for later in the night while also building towards the rematch between Hardy and Ray in two weeks.
Fun tag team match with Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeating Bad Influence. We've seen the match countless times in recent months, but it's no secret that these two teams work very well together. The various heel antics from Daniels and Kaz were entertaining and the crowd was certainly hot for the bout. I have no problem with Chavo and Hernandez winning, but TNA is in desperate need of some new tag teams to contend for the titles.
Effective segment between Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim. I've enjoyed the story between these two thus far, as it's been kept plain and simple. It's also probably been the most intriguing angle in the Knockouts division in quite some time. The involvement from Tara and Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky was well done and sets up a tag team match between the two tandems for a later date.
Intense promo between Hulk Hogan and Sting. I don't usually like the promos involving these two mostly because they're past their prime, but this segment in particular was actually very good. Their interactions in recent weeks have been heated and interesting, which is all you can ever ask for from these two. However, I surely hope that this isn't leading to yet another match between these two, which would be an absolute train wreck.
Solid six-man tag team match with D.O.C., Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff defeating James Storm, Eric Young and Kurt Angle. The match was pretty formulaic for the most part, but it was still well wrestled and given great time. Having Brisco pin Angle for the victory was smart booking, as it allows the feud to continue between those two. As for the pre-match promo between Storm and AJ Styles, it was another intriguing segment that has me looking forward to their rivalry going forward.
Good match with Mr. Anderson defeating TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy by disqualification. I liked how Mike Tenay emphasized the history between the two long-time rivals and made the match feel important. The action was fine while it lasted and the finish protected both guys. I highly anticipate the upcoming Full Metal Mayhem match between Hardy and Bully Ray, which has the potential to be amazingly awesome.
Overall, another very good show that kept a consistent pace throughout and built towards upcoming editions of Impact Wrestling. A number of feuds were furthered on this show and all were done in excellent fashion. Sure, this show was light on in-ring action, but the three matches we did end up getting were all enjoyable. Furthermore, each and every promo served a purpose as well. The live crowd was once again electric for the entire broadcast and has me looking forward to what lies ahead for the rest of TNA's shows on the road.
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