By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Dixie Carter Made a Gauntlet Match Main Event
Well, there was a lot to digest here, but it was a successful segment in more ways than one. Drew Galloway's promo was solid while it lasted and he can be the top babyface TNA desperately needs right now. I also like that there are a number of people who have legitimate claims to the No. 1 contender spot right now. Everyone played their roles well and it set up the main event Gauntlet match nicely. Dixie Carter is much more tolerable when she's used when necessary such as in this segment.
World Tag Team Champions Beer Money def. The BroMans
How many people were really clamoring for a BroMans reunion? I had my hopes up for a team from TNA's past to answer the open challenge, but instead they went with a team that broke up less than a year ago. Please don't tell me this means they're going to be back together on the regular going forward. I appreciated it when they turned Robbie E face and broke him off on his own because it was long overdue. As for the match, it was more entertaining than I thought it would be, but ultimately decent at best. Beer Money won't be holding the tag titles much longer due to Bobby Roode's release from the company.
Eddie Edwards def. Crazzy Steve in a No Disqualification Match
TNA's streak of having at least one hardcore match of some kind on every episode continues, sadly. The more of them that are held, the less special they feel. That was the case with this contest as the crowd was quiet for a majority of the match, but Edwards and Steve deserve credit for putting forth a good effort and having a nice little match. I would have rather seen Steve win here considering Decay will likely go back after the twin titles soon while Edwards could flounder in the absence of Davey Richards.
Jade def. Marti Bell and Rebel in a No. 1 Contender's Triple Threat Match For the Knockouts Championship
On the bright side, I'm very glad The Dollhouse appears to be done with. The stable showed some promise early on when Taryn Terrell was at the helm, but ever since she left the company and Awesome Kong followed suit, I haven't been able to take the group seriously. At the same time, this match was absolutely awful. I figured Maria would serve as a distraction on commentary and she definitely did, but I say that as a good thing. Jade tried her best to carry the other two to a passable bout, but to no avail.
Jeff Hardy Won a No. 1 Contender's Gauntlet Battle Royal For the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Is it just me or does it feel like we get these Gauntlet Battle Royals all the time in TNA? They're beyond unoriginal, and although they managed to get me excited for the main event when it was initially announced, it failed to meet my expectations by a long shot. It was pretty paint-by-numbers early on and then five of the participants were eliminated within seconds of each other. Is Lashley really headed for a feud with The Pope? Ugh. Thankfully, they picked up the pace in the second half and having the Hardys close it out was cool. I'm sure we'll see them feud down the line and Jeff vs. Galloway for the title in the meantime is a breath of fresh air.
The two hours flew by for this viewer, but there wasn't much as noteworthy about this episode as there was about last week's live edition. Other than the terrible Triple Threat, there wasn't anything atrocious featured, but nothing was out of the ordinary, either. I'd hold off for another week if you don't want to waste two hours on a middle-of-the-week, but I also wouldn't advise against it.