BOBBY ROODE AND BULLY RAY TALK ANGRY WORDS OF ANGER
Bully calls out Bobby Roode wondering why Roode never has his back. Roode comes out and litterally says, "Hey let's get in the ring and talk." I feel like that's how most wrestling companies think when they're figuring out what to do for a show. After some bickering between the two buddies, Stinger comes out and says he's making himself a special enforcer for the championship 4 way at the PPV. He then books them into a tag match against James Storm and himself. I like that the ran through this relatively quickly. Starting off shows with talking has become so tiresome, but thankfully these guys just got right to the point and got the hell out.
CHRISTOPHER DANIELS vs. AJ STYLES
This started off pretty hot, but once it settled down it was pretty uninspired. the wear down stuff from Daniels was pretty boring and felt like filler to pad the time. This was more about the angle on whether Kazarian would hand over the foreign object to Daniels, which I guess is interesting. At least they have a story. They could just be trading wins for no rhyme or reason in the midcard.
MAGNUS & SAMOA JOE ARE AWESOME
Magnus and Joe hit the ring and Magnus cuts a great promo about their history and how well they're working together. He was absolutely solid in this and had the crowd hanging on to everything. Morgan and Crimson came out and attacked the challengers to end the segment. Pretty simple, no nonsense segment that was well executed.
DOUG WILLIAMS vs. ALEX SHELLY vs. AUSTIN AERIES
This was a blast. Pretty fast paced with no mucking around. Based off of two performances Austin Aeries is owning this show. Just the way he mugs on the crowd and the way he makes everything he does look like a big deal. Shelly was really charismatic but his selling is waaaaaay over the top, and kind of brought some of the stuff down. Doug Williams looked good, he should have a bigger part on the show.
WELL YA KNOW SOMETHIN' GARRETT
Hulkster said a lot of stuff, pretty much begging the fans to cheer for this Eric's son. Eric came out and told him to stay out of their family stuff. Hulkster said he got Stinger to book a match at the PPV between Gunner and Garrett. So we've got that to look forward to. Then the faces cleared the ring to the love and admiration of millions.
MICKIE JAMES vs. VELVET SKY
They were given what felt like a long time, and thee was some good stuff mired by some really sloppy execution. Velvet looked confused a couple of times as to what they were doing.
STING & JAMES STORM vs. BULLY RAY & BOBBY ROODE
I liked this match. Sting worked well, and Bully Ray was still doing a great job with his control segments. I'll probably harp on it forever, but he along with Sting and Austin Aeries do a great job at making what they do seem important. It's not what they do but how they do it.
I still felt James Storm was the weakest link in the match, but he didn't really drag it, he just didn't really add to it. I really liked the finish because I don't feel like it killed Bobby Roode. He's still a tough competitor but his partner bailed on him, leaving him no other choice but to tap to one of the more important submissions in wrestling: Sting's Scorpion Deathlock
OVERALL SHOW: Actually a decent show. I didn't feel like I was talked down to, so much, and some of the action really delivered. There's more positives than negatives at this point which I can't say has been the case for TNA very often.