TNA IMPACT - May 26, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
I liked the opening segment with Matt Hardy, Tyrus and Rockstar Spud. Rockstar Spud showing concern for Matt plus the added stipulation in their ladder match against Jeff Hardy worked. I get the feeling Matt Hardy is using TNA to play every character he's ever thought of. The new, darker Matt Hardy is such a departure from the Iconic that I didn't like it at first. After this segment I’m willing to give it a chance.
I like that they booked Spud and Tyrus against Jeff Hardy in a ladder match for later in the show. It gives the viewer something big to look forward to. That said, there's no way Jeff loses the match because his Full Metal Mayhem Match against Matt at Slammiversary is too big a match not to happen.
Mike Bennett interfering in EC3’s match against Matt Hardy causing him to miss out on his rematch makes sense. It was a great heel move by Bennett and it continues EC3’s quest to get the match he wants.
Wow, we want Velvet chants at Maria.
Maria is great on the mic and I like her growing faction of Sienna as her enforcer and Allie as her assistant. Allie’s facial expressions are perfect.
The backstage promos with Grado and Shera and then the BroMans were terrible.
“And you can boo me all you want, but we all know I'm your mom’s favorite wrestler.” - Al Snow
Great heel promo from Snow. He's been fantastic in his feud with Grado.
Al Snow’s over the top celebration is classic.
Hold on, Dixie Carter puts Drew Galloway in a match with Lashley with the stipulation that the win can only come by knockout or submission makes absolutely no sense. Why would the advantage be given to the known MMA fighter? To make this segment even worse was Dixie Carter allowing Lashley to destroy Galloway after she was just out on the stage. We just saw them wrestle last week, there was no reason for them getting physical so soon. Why wouldn't Carter want to protect her main event match at Slammiversary?
I didn't expect to see a new X Division Champion come out of the Ultimate X Match. As always the athleticism was good, but the match was too short. I'd like to see individual promos from each of the competitors telling us who they are and why the title is important to them.
I get they couldn't have Gail Kim lose the match considering her career was on the line, but I don't like Sienna losing so early in her run. At least Maria got her back after the match.
The BroMans skit with Raquel was embarrassingly bad. I am not entertained by the BroMans in any way, and Raquel was awkward delivering her lines.
The outcome of the main event was never in doubt, but I enjoyed the match. I wish Spud was used better, just because he's good at taking beatings doesn't mean he should be taking them every week.
While I don't agree with all of the creative decisions, TNA is doing a fantastic job of building towards Slammiversary.
Matt Hardy vs. EC3 for the Bennett interference
Maria & Gail Kim
Al Snow vs. Grado
Gail Kim vs. Sienna for Maria's beat down after the match
Grado & Shera promo
The BroMans promo
Lashley destroying Galloway
Ultimate X Match
The BroMans & Raquel
Dixie Carter and her match stipulation
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