TNA has done a fantastic job building to Slammiversary. Granted there are a few rematches on the card, but even those feel fresh and exciting. Creatively 2016 has been a stellar year so far for TNA, and I expect Slammiversary to deliver in a big way for the company. It’s a shame they haven’t been able to get a bigger percentage of their old fans back; which the ratings reflect, but for those that have either given the company another chance or stayed loyal, have been treated to a really good year of TV.
Drew Galloway vs. Lashley in a Knockout or Tapout Match for the TNA World Title.
The last few months have arguably been Lashley’s best work of his career. Throughout his career he’s been an average at best promo guy, but lately his promos have been great. The renewed confidence he has is noticeable and I like that he’s replaced the headband with a cap. Yeah, it’s the small things that make a big difference in presentation.
For regular readers of my TNA IMPACT Radom Thoughts and Opinions blog know I wasn’t a fan of TNA taking the title off of Matt Hardy so soon. It took a few weeks for Drew Galloway to grow into the role of TNA Champion, but now that he has, he’s been really good at playing the fighting champion.
The match stipulation of you can only win by knockout or submission obviously favors Lashley, and for that reason we will have a new TNA Champion with EC3 challenging for the title going forward.
EC3 vs. Mike Bennett.
Like Drew Galloway as TNA Champion, I wasn’t sold on Mike Bennett as a main eventer upon entering TNA. But also like Galloway, Bennett has made me a believer. While at times EC3 has overshadowed him, for the most part Bennett has stood his ground verbally against Carter.
EC3’s transition to a babyface was met with some growing pains, but he’s really come into his own in the role and looks much more comfortable. EC3 is TNA’s top babyface and they need him to be the face of the company ala John Cena in WWE. Plus, Bennett got his rub by being the first to pin him.
EC3 picks up the clean win and moves into a feud with Lashley for the title.
Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy in a Full Metal Mayhem Match.
This angle has been good campy fun. Is it a long-term story line, absolutely not. I understand the Broken Matt Hardy character and why the transition, but the money is in Matt’s Big Money Matt character. Matt needed to go to a dark place within himself in order to defeat his brother Jeff, and now that he has, he’s free to return to the Iconic.
One of the issues I have with the Broken character is it hasn’t been good for Tyrus or Rockstar Spud. Since the character change the two of them have been wasted in meaningless tag team matches. With the amount of talent Spud has, it’s a crime TNA can’t come up with something better for him. Therefore, by bringing back Big Money Matt, you’re bringing the band back together.
Winner: Matt Hardy
Gail Kim vs. Maria Kanellis-Bennett.
The fact that TNA put more effort into who will run the Knockouts Division than Jade and the Knockouts Title is a head scratcher. That being said, I’ve enjoyed Maria’s work since coming to TNA. If this match actually happens, I don’t expect a clean finish either way. Let’s go with Maria by DQ.
Winner: Maria Kanellis-Bennett
Eli Drake vs. Bram for the King of the Mountain Championship.
Not being an Eli Drake fan aside, it’s too soon to take the belt off of him. He serves his role well as a solid mid-card act while feuding with the likes of Shera and Grado. Bram on the other hand, is off to bigger and better things.
Winner: Eli Drake
Jade vs. Sienna for the Knockouts Championship.
Poor Jade. She deserved better as the Knockouts Champion, but unfortunately TNA found it more important to focus on who is going to be the leader of the division instead of what’s most important in any wrestling organization…the title. The amount of focus the company has put into Maria and the lack of focus on Jade tells me they’re going all in on Maria and her faction.
Trevor Lee vs. Eddie Edwards vs. DJ Z vs. Andrew Everett for the X Division Championship.
I wish TNA would spend more time developing characters and telling stories for the X Division. I don’t see this match being a mat-based classic. Expect this to lead off the PPV, and provide the crowd a high energy spotfest.
Winner: Trevor Lee
The Tribunal vs. Grado & Shera
TNA didn't do the Tribunal any favors with their less than spectacular debut. They should have at least got the pin for their team in the tag match on IMPACT. Al Snow is at the top of his game in his current run. Coach Al with the whistle is money! On the other hand, Grado and Shera are channel changing bad.
Winner: The Tribunal
Decay vs. BroMans
BroMans just isn't working as a babyface tag team, and don't even get me started with Raquel. The best option for TNA is to repackage BroMans or split them up. As far as Decay goes, they are one of the best acts currently going on IMPACT. It would be a huge mistake for TNA to take the belts off of them, so in my opinion this match is the easiest to predict. Next up for Decay is a feud with the Wolves.
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