Ascension To Hell
– The opening video showcased one of TNA’s biggest draws at the moment – TNA King Of The Mountain Champion/TNA X-Division Champion/TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley and how he managed to get his way to uber-gold glory. It questioned what his next move would be, a smart way to look at things.
– 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.
The Final Deletion
– If TNA has done anything right in years, it has actually been the pseudo-cinematic feud between “Broken” Matt Hardy (derivative of his “Big Money Matt” character) and Jeff Hardy. To this point, Matt and Jeff had clashed several times with Jeff getting wins, but now Matt was eager for “The Final Deletion” and it was to take place from Cameron, North Carolina. We had to know what we were in for when we saw an old man cutting a disclaimer promo in Spanish not to repeat what we’d see. The opening video was actually kind of brilliant, as it showed Matt and Reby planning a “fiesta” for Maxel and Matt needed the event documented. It was epic, as the old guy was also revealed to be Señor Benjamin, Matt’s gardener.
Hardy’s Revenge 2016
– Because it’s Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (or Impact Wrestling? No, that’s the name of the television show… Has to be… They never actually call themselves “TNA,” but… eh, never mind), every year we have a situation where Jeff Hardy returns from some kind of dastardly doing by an opponent and gets “revenge” with a main event where he gets said retribution. What great timing this year since he was entangled in a brotherly rivalry with a “Broken” Matt Hardy in a feud that has intrigued and confused us simultaneously. Arguably, we’d say the peak has been the “Swanton from the Heavens,” but things continue because now Matt’s a weird, piano-driven, big-haired maniac. Anyways, the show’s opening video previewed this big Six Sides Of Steel main event between the Hardys.
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.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando that unfolded less than 24 hours before the event, sometimes people need an outlet to “get away.”
For some, pro wrestling fills that void.
You’d probably wonder who’d rely on TNA for a stress-free product, but the company has had a better 2016 than 2015.
Where Slammiversary 2015 was known for its “technical shortcomings,” we had a packed card for this year’s and with the exception of a few matches, Slammiversary 2016 would be known for being disappointingly average.
Before The Slam
– With its wacky cinematic elements and paralleled alter-egos, the feud between Matt and Jeff Hardy has been one that while absurd to those outside of the pro wrestling community, is just enough to work within it because of those involved. That said, with the two set to battle at Slammiversary, your guess was as good as ours as far as what’d be the next step in this crazy brotherly chapter. This was what the opening video highlighted, for logical reasons.
Trouble In Charge
– Dixie Carter’s an interesting lady. While we applaud the idea that the show’s “chaos” behind the feud between TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway and Lashley prompted her to give the show to someone else for the night, it didn’t make sense. That said, who ended up in charge was okay. We also saw highlights of how Jeff Hardy earned the right to face his brother Matt at Slammiversary, with the storyline focused on Matt’s darker character after Jeff took him out. The last of the highlights focused on the Ethan Carter III-Miracle feud.
– In a world of goofy episode name decisions, TNA were beside themselves. Who thought up “May Mayhem”? Good lord. On the surface, there was potential. Ethan Carter III was on the last stop on the “Road To Redemption” as he’d battle “dark” Matt Hardy to get the chance to take on The Miracle at Slammiverary. Also previewed in the opening video were an Ultimate X match (for the X-Division Championship we assume) and an Al Snow-Grado match. The latter actually received good storyline support, so not a bad night on deck here.
– With this Sacrifice-themed edition, there was plenty to go down. Firstly, smart to open with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Champion Galloway and Tyrus. This had more flexibility as a first match and allowed the full story to be told. Tyrus was on point as far as taunting Galloway to come out and defend his big word, all the while targeting Galloway’s injured ribs whenever possible, even unraveling the tape to expose them. Galloway sold the hell out of the injuries and it helped cement his comeback as the match went on. Rockstar Spud on Tyrus’ side also proved to be another obstacle for Galloway to overcome. All in all, this was a good way to get Tyrus’ Title shot he won at Bound For Glory out of the way while giving Galloway someone credible to his list of defeated names. Tyrus didn’t lose much either because he was portrayed as on Galloway’s level and also got to kick out of the Claymore Kick before eventually falling to the Future Shock DDT. Another week, another hearty defense for Galloway, as he presumably sets the stage for Lashley.