By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett Signed the Contract for Their Lethal Lockdown Match
This wasn't a bad promo exchange by any means, but it didn't pack the punch that it should have considering all that was on the line in the main event. I appreciated the effort to make it "personal" between the two by bringing up real life instances, but it wasn't anything we haven't heard before and quite frankly I don't care about the backstage politics. I don't want to go so far as to say this segment failed in hyping up the main event, but its sole purpose was to build anticipation for Lethal Lockdown and I can safely say I wasn't any more excited for the main event than I was before.
Mahabali Shera def. Abyss
While Shera might be over with the audience, he is still very much a work in progress in the ring. He reminds me of The Great Khali in that way, and no, not just because he's Indian. He connects with the crowd, but there's not much to him beyond that and this match was a prime example. It wasn't very good and only James Storm's interference peaked my interest. By the way, didn't he leave the company, like, three months ago? Why is he still here?
Rockstar Spud Interrupted TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III
EC3 is perfectly suited for being the over-the-top boss of Hardy, and while Hardy plays his role well, the storyline jumped the shark when EC3 said Hardy "needed" the job as his assistant. Is his job in TNA at stake as well? Am I missing something? There's no way Hardy's house is on the verge of foreclosure like Big Show's was back in 2013, which may I mind you was an awful angle. On the bright side, Spud is an exceptional talker and carried the bulk of this segment. It's a shame he's not booked better because fans would see him as a bigger threat to take the title from EC3 next week.
Gail Kim def. Brooke, Awesome Kong and Lei'D Tapa in a Fatal 4-Way Match to Win the Knockouts Championship
As I've said before, multi-person matches tend to be hit or miss more often than not, and this was more of a miss than it was a hit. The action was all over the place and chaotic, which is usually fine, but the four-way feud wasn't built up enough for this match to feel like a major happening. Plus, if Kim was going to pin Brooke to win the title, why not just have her win the championship last week when they went one-on-one? I was more puzzled by that than anything else.
Team TNA (Drew Galloway, World Tag Team Champions The Wolves, Lashley and Bram) def. Team GFW (Jeff Jarrett, Chris Modertzky, Sonjay Dutt, Brian Meyers and Eric Young) in a Lethal Lockdown Match for Ownership of the Company
Lethal Lockdown matches confuse me. Pinfalls and submissions don't go into affect until everyone is in the ring, so I couldn't have cared less about all the brawling that went on before it. Bram was an interesting choice for the fifth member of Team TNA. On one hand, he's been long overdue for push, but it couldn't come at a worse time with him being, you know, arrested. TNA winning hardly resonated with this viewer because it was never made out to feel like a big deal and GFW was barely a threat to TNA.
And just like that, the GFW Invasion is over! Thank the lord, but at the same time, what a waste of time that was. These invasion angles never work and that was my main concern coming into this thing. Why wouldn't they blow it off at their biggest show of the year in a few short weeks? That's my other issue: What kind of card can they pull out in less than a month? I guess it doesn't even matter as this wouldn't be the first time TNA has neglected Bound for Glory. Anyway, this was a quick and painless show for the most part and certainly not as bad as some other episodes we've gotten in recent weeks.