Was this episode better than last week? Hell yes.
Partly because the flashbacks were minimal and the TNA #365 content fairly inoffensive.
And the rest of the show?
The Knockouts featured heavily this week.
First, Madison Rayne versus Taryn Terrell. Perhaps a touch overshadowed by the triple threat on Xplosion, but still good enough.
Also, Taryn and Gail Kim will face Havok in a Triple Threat for the Knockouts Championship next week. Should be awesome.
Plus the Beautiful People teamed with the BroMans against the Menagerie.
Well. Minus the Freak. For reasons unknown.
The Menagerie winning? Good. Crazzy Steve picking up the victory? Awesome.
Crazzy Steve forcing kisses on Velvet Sky again? Ew. No.
Speaking of creepy, Brittany and Samuel Shaw are still constantly sucking face.
Why does Brittany want Shaw to split from Gunner, by the way? What's her motivation?
And does anyone else find it weird how quickly Gunner turned on Shaw?
So much for loyalty, I guess.
Match was fine, though.
Although added to the hardcore matches with Bram, I do wonder if we're over-saturated with weapons matches.
Answers this Thursday.
But you can't talk about hardcore without the Hardcore American Icon EC3. And that brings us to the stars of the show: Eric Young and Rockstar Spud.
I want those team as a tag team. I wan them to have a name like Crazy Potatoes. And I want t-shirts.
And Spud trying to take Bobby Lashley single handed to avenge EY? Noble, stupid, and totally awesome.
Of course Lashley was there because he couldn't get revenge on MVP and Bobby Roode. And so TNA had Austin Aries offer himself as sacrificial lamb, so to speak.
It's odd how they let Aries come so close to glory then snatch it away.
But going back to MVP, I've realised something: I don't like him as a performer.
He's probably a nice guy. But he bores me asleep.
How do I know that?
Because without him, the Chris Melendez and Kenny King feud is actually interesting. And I liked it.
I know. It was a strange, distressing experience.
But nowhere near as distressing as Samoa Joe vacating the X Division Championship due to injury.
Get better soon and come back for the new champ.
Which brings me to the Wolves.
On the plus side, Davey Richards turned down the Revolution.
On the minus side, the Revolution sorta tore them apart and took their belts.
You win some, you lose some.
I loved how TNA pulled out the Feast or Fired briefcase, though. Great Chekov's gun.
Oh, and Storm is still the only redneck in the group because Abyss is from Washington. Oops.
And finally: is Manik in trouble for bringing in Mahabali Shera or not? It's not clear.
Either way, Storm? Personal space.
At the end of the day, I thought this episode was pretty damned good and I had a lot of fun watching it.
Give it a look if you haven't already. You might like it too.
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