TNA has gone to London, but how was the show?
Dixie's absence meant there was no progression of her plot with MVP, but more on him later.
The Knockouts had a big match, but sadly, it was my low point of the evening. Lei'D Tapa and Alpha Female defeating Madison Rayne and Velvet Skye with help from Gail Kim and Chris Sabin was fine, but I don't care about any of the feuds going on because I haven't been given a reason to. Having said that, ODB saving the day is always nice to see.
Speaking of nadirs, the Wolves winning the Tag Team Championships at a house show after being in the company less than two months and with no build-up is ridiculous. And having the BroMans in Lethal Lockdown is irritating, if understandable as they'll be opposing the Wolves there.
The Lockdown Heavyweight Championship match is being set up well, with the ball firmly in Samoa Joe's court. The contract signing and Joe's destruction of Bad Bones were good. However, while I understand wanting to make Joe look unstoppable, it would have been nice for Bones to get a little momentum too.
Someone else who could've had a longer match was Doug Williams, who lost to EC3 far too quickly. It was nice to see that EC3 had to cheat to win, though, and the match gave him momentum for his up-coming bout against Kurt Angle, which should be awesome.
Kurt's induction to the TNA Hall of Fame was fantastic. Enough said.
We're now being promised two newcomers at Lockdown: Willow and Tigre Uno. Tigre has an awesome mask and I look forward to seeing his work. Willow continues to confuse and terrify me and I cannot wait to see what he gets up to.
And going from creepy to creepy, somebody has finally stood up to Samuel Shaw. Who? Our favourite asshole Ken Anderson of course, hot off his feud with Bully Ray. This has a lot of potential and I'm hopeful for a good feud from it.
Then we come to James Storm. His confrontations with Gunner were the highlight of my evening. I love how Storm catapulted himself from legitimate grievance to complete asshole in one sentence. Absolutely sublime: can't wait for their match.
And finally, we have MVP versus Bobby Roode with Austin Aries as the special guest referee so he could decide whose team he wanted to join for Lockdown. And he chose Roode.
I'm torn on this. On one hand, I'm glad that Aries has decided to stop vaguely oscillating between face and heel. But on the other, coming off James Storm's excellent heel turn last week, this felt like an anti-climax. Like I said on Friday, the first rule of heel turns is scarcity. I'm not convinced.
This episode was a tad shaky, but otherwise fine. I've seen better, but I've also seen a heck of a lot worse.
See you Friday.