By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Nice match with Austin Aries and Bobby Roode successfully defending their World Tag Team Championships against Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero. The crowd came alive for the final few moments of the bout, but that was about it. Nonetheless, these teams work well together and it was another good win for Roode and Aries.
Fun Triple Threat match with Kenny King successfully defending his X-Division Championship against Sonjay Dutt and Zema Ion. As expected, the action was fast paced and exciting. I never bought into the possibility of anyone else winning the title, but I still enjoyed the contest regardless. The new rules for the X-Division are a nice change of pace. Although they might get old after awhile, only time will tell to see how they truly benefit the dying division.
Standard segment with Brooke Hogan hiring Taryn Terrell as a TNA Knockout. The entire segment was predictable, but still well done. It was only a matter of time before Terrell became a Knockout and her feud with Gail Kim should be fun if done right. As seen in her WWE days, Terrell isn't all that great in the ring, but maybe Kim can bring her to some passable matches.
Fine match with Matt Morgan defeating Joseph Park. This was a nice continuation from last week and both guys played their part well. Park was able to score some offense before Morgan inevitably destroyed him. Morgan continues to come off as a beast in the squared circle and I hope to see him featured in a top-tier program at some point in the near future.
Great segment with AJ Styles walking out on Mike Tenay and James Storm. I'm extremely intrigued by Styles since his return on last week's show and this was another solid step in the right direction. Sure, Storm wasn't as good on the mic as he normally is, but the promo was kept short and sweet. His feud with Storm has a lot of potential and I highly anticipate where this angle goes from here.
Solid Fatal 4 Way match with Jeff Hardy defeating Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Magnus to become the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Everyone hit their signature spots and the right person went over. The match was very well wrestled and had an innovative finish. However, I don't understand why this match was even necessary given the fact that Hardy is already guaranteed a title rematch against Bully Ray.
Overall, another great show that was much better paced than last week's edition and featured some solid action. The vignettes that aired over the course of the night with Bully Ray explaining the rise of Aces and Eights were excellent and helped fill a number of plot holes that fans were left confused about. While the Chicago crowd wasn't as hot for this week's show, it was understandable due to the fact that it was taped immediately afterwards. Nonetheless, this was the second straight entertaining show from TNA and I have high hopes for the rest of TNA's shows on the road going forward.