The Glorious Shiba Inu
– The opening video hyped the contact signing segment between NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode. It pretty much wrote itself. Hopefully they’d so something to make this feud personal.
Four To Play
– The opening video recapped last week’s big rematch for the NXT Championship in Osaka, Japan between Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe. “The King Of Strong Style” had a loyal home country following and after a grueling contest, he got back his gold with a Kinshasa for the history books. We saw the hype that went down, as Joe immediately sought his rematch clause, so much so, that five days later in Melbourne, Australia, we’d see them duke it out again for the Title in a Steel Cage match. We assumed this would be the main event.
– TNA has put out compelling television lately, with a wide array of storylines, whether it’s the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Matt Hardy-Ethan Carter III feud rechristened with new personas, Kurt Angle’s Farewell Tour, Decay’s rise or Beer Money against the TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Wolves. You name it, there’s something for everyone and that creates a well-rounded show. The opening video highlighted Rockstar Spud’s sudden heel turn on EC3 ending last week’s show, going back to the moment when EC3 left him bloodied, humiliated and bald last year as his reasoning. It’s a perfect time to turn Spud heel, as it allows his feud with EC3 to keep going and also gives the Matt Hardy Brand (or The Family, it’d be nice if his stable actually had a name) another new member. We also saw Spud get approval from Hardy, Reby and Tyrus backstage, Hardy calling Spud his “number one guy.”