A Broken Thanksgiving
– The opening video recapped last week’s events when TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards challenged The DCC and was joined by Jeff Hardy, one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions. The faces begged management for the match and got their wish in No Disqualification rules. We all remember that classic – Kingston took a fireman’s carry onto the top of two seated chairs, Bram took Edwards out with a Brighter Side Of Suffering off the apron through a table and Hardy was taken out by James Storm with a Last Call superkick as the DCC emerged victorious.
– The opening in-ring segment with Ethan Carter III, Eli Drake, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards, The Miracle, Maria and Moose was standard as far as what we’ve seen on the mic from all involved here, with the mission to push specific programs. Of course, we knew that Drake would challenge Edwards for the belt later as per his “Bound For Gold” briefcase. We also had Miracle and EC3 in a clash over who was rightful to challenge for the belt next. Everybody spent a good minute to put themselves over before Moose came down to commence the physicality. In the end, it was apparent this was used to hype the match to follow.
Treat Or Delete
– Nothing screams “Happy Halloween” like a visit to the Broken Hardy Universe. Thank god for this gimmick, because it makes holiday themes fun again. The opening video “documented” a “Hardy All Hallow’s Eve” gathering and a pumpkin patch that Senor Benjamin/Vanguard 1 composed. Broken Matt Hardy had another “pree-muh-neeee-shunnnn” that an outsider would come to the compound and deliver a looming message. Brother Nero also ate magical corn or something to that extent. This was awesome.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
2016 has a been an odd year for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
While things have been financially bleak where even this event’s occurrence was questionable three days prior, TNA has been rechristened with its most vivacious creative direction yet.
There was a lot to flaunt about – the payoff to many feuds like The Miracle-Moose and TNA Knockouts Champion Maria-Gail Kim to name a few.
The show was undoubtedly headlined by the biggest match they could offer for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship between unstoppable heel Champion Lashley and his biggest threat, Ethan Carter III, who looked to become an “EC3-time Champion.”
Add to that the absurdly brilliant “Great War” between TNA World Tag Team Champions Decay and The Broken Hardys, BFG almost made us forget last year’s show.
– When we last left things with “Delete Or Decay,” it was the Broken Hardys who were left shattered, yet intact. The opening cutscene followed up on this, as Broken Matt Hardy discussed how his “platoon was nearly destroyed” with Vanguard 1 missing, Brother Nero badly beaten, Señor Benjamin kidnapped, Rebecca emotionally traumatized and King Maxel nearly abducted. There was a bit where Matt “rejuvenated” Nero in the “Lake Of Reincarnation.” Can’t make this stuff up, but it continued to poke fun at past TNA gimmicks, notably Jeff Hardy’s heel Immortal persona circa 2011, tacky belt and all. Hilarious stuff. The theme of the Hardys was Matt using Jesus-like healing powers to get his family back to where it was before DOD. We left here with the knowledge that Nero was back. Matt now set his attention to Señor Benjamin. That’s where we’d head to the arena.
Turning Point 2016
– It was time for another “Pay-Per-View Themed” edition of Impact, this one labeled “Turning Point.” The opening video highlighted the biggest story headed in – a battle between Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway where EC3 put his TNA World Heavyweight Championship Title shot at Bound For Glory on the line to settle this recent score with Galloway on this show. Another twist was Aron Rex, as he announced himself as Special Guest Referee to keep things fair. Also hyped was a “Summit” segment between Galloway/EC3 where they shared a whiskey bottle by a pool and shot the breeze about their recent quarrels. That was still to come, but we liked that they opened with the main event stuff.
– Bound For Glory was all the rage, as the opening video showed us how the BFG Playoffs (a tournament to determine who’d fight for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at BFG) Finals came to be, as Ethan Carter III defeated “Broken” Matt Hardy after it was set up by Jeff Hardy, while The Miracle inched closer to Championship gold by any means necessary as he beat Drew Galloway, with accidental help from EC3. This set up the inevitable EC3-Miracle rematch and the stakes couldn’t be bigger. Certainly had a “big fight feel” to it.
– Bound For Glory always features some sort of convoluted tournament and this year’s installment wasn’t bad by any means since it featured the right people. It cleverly meshed the Hardy saga with the Ethan Carter III-Drew Galloway feud and The Miracle thrown in there with Moose, his insurance policy, to add to the fun. The opening video highlighted how each competitor made it to the Semifinals of the BFG Playoffs and hyped the bouts of Matt Hardy-EC3 and Galloway-Miracle.
– As of this show, TNA’s biggest storylines were Ethan Carter III/Drew Galloway earning respective World Title shots (which would happen on this night), the continuation of the Hardy brother saga as Jeff outlasted Matt in Six Sides Of Steel with a definitive dive off the top of the cage and with Dixie Carter absent thanks to Billy Corgan, The Miracle was granted a shot at the TNA X-Division Championship (a plan to get to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship via “Option C”) and used cheating tactics to win the Title. This episode would advance all those storylines and more as we saw in the opening video.
When Live TV Attacks
– After a ho-hum Slammiversary Pay-Per-View, TNA appeared to gather some mainstream momentum when they advertised a live “Gold Rush” edition of Impact where we’d see the Slammiversary fallout along with four Title matches. The biggest draw was “The Destroyer” Lashley, who beat Drew Galloway to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Then we had a “LOL TNA” moment when the majority of the show’s airtime went to four Pop TV commercials played on a loop because of technical difficulties. This had to be frustrating for many fans who’d hope to see a live show, especially since a lot of the show was dependent on that formula. TNA tried to redeem themselves by playing the show later on in the night with limited commercials, but the damage may had already been done. We’ll assess the show as it later aired in its entirety.