This week’s episode was a special live Tweet-streaming edition from Orlando, Florida, the recent tour of Europe having come to an end. The focus remains the continuing battle for the world title between new champ Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley.
Also prominent this week is the emergence of the new hero faction The Rising, headed by Drew Galloway, in his crusade to end the tyranny of MVP’s Beat Down Clan.
And after The Wolves surrender the tag team championships last week due to injury, teams form up and the heat builds toward a massive tag title tournament for the vacant belts.
- Kurt Angle opens the show and calls out Lashley so they can talk about the controversial victory in the main event last week. Eric Young interrupts and declares himself number one contender. Lashley goes for a spear on Young but hits Angle instead, and a three-way match is set for the main event.
- Awesome Kong defeats Gail Kim in a match to determine the number one contender spot for the KnockOut Championship, hitting a sit-out power-bomb.
- Mickie James and James Storm chat backstage.
- The Revolution is in the ring. Storm berates his men’s recent performance, and orders them to fight one another for the privilege of teaming with him in the tag tournament. Khoya wins after pinning Manik.
- Drew Galloway introduces his Rising faction: Mica, son of Haku, and Eli Drake. The BDC come down and after a brief scuffle a six-man tag match is set. The match ends by DQ when Homicide gets involved, returning to action and revealing himself as the newest member of the BDC.
- Eric Young attacks Kurt Angle backstage. The doctor checks Angle and hints at a concussion, but Angle insists on fighting anyway.
- X Division match: Davey Richards, without his injured tag partner, defeats DJZ with a spinning roundhouse kick to the head.
- The Hardys set their sights on the tag team championship tournament, setting in motion a series of interruptions: Bram accepts Ethan Carter III’s offer to team; Mr. Anderson and X-Division Champion Rockstar Spud; Bobby Roode and Austin Aries. All teams will get it on next week.
- Eric Young v Lashley v Kurt Angle: Young puts a chair in the corner and Lashley goes into it head-first. Angle hits an angle-slam on Young, then on Lashley, then hits a moon-sault on the former champ for the pin and the victory. After the match, Young attacks Lashley’s leg with a chair and punishes him with a figure-four leglock.
- The opening segment lacked electricity. You’re in trouble when you realize Kurt Angle is the best talker in the ring. Thankfully, it was quick and to the point. Kind of surprised that the terrible officiating is not called into question at all.
- Gail Kim does a great job looking good with Awesome Kong. Kong is huge and intimidating with her faces and presence, but she is slow and limited as a performer. This match would have dragged if it had been any longer.
- The James Storm/Mickie James/Magnus triangle storyline has a weird side to it because of Storm’s bipolar character. When Mickie’s around he’s a kind-hearted hick, when he’s with the Revolution he’s a diabolical cult leader.
- Storm’s repeated abuse of Khoya hints at dissension during the tag tournament.
- Drew Galloway is the most over star in TNA these days, and his lack of real motivation is overshadowed by his conviction and crowd connection. Now that the BDC is a four-man group, it will be interesting to see if Rising adds another member to even the odds.
- Nice match between DJ Z and Richards, lots of fancy spots and fast action. Richards is very over with the crowd and will keep The Wolves relevant while Eddie Edwards recovers from injury.
- The tag team championships are getting such a push of prestige now that the titles are vacant. Everybody is forming teams and seems hungry for the belts. It’s making this tournament a huge draw brimming with talent.
- The three-way main event was all right, if you ignore the fact that they teased a possible Angle concussion and a potentially corrupt referee, and neither angle came into play at all. I hope they move on from Lashley and Angle after this. It was a good pairing, it worked for a legitimate big fight feel, but they’ve proved they can only do so much together. Will Young take the belt from Angle? We shall see.