The show opened with a nice video recap of the past several months, starting with Bobby Roode's heel turn and ending with his current problems with GM Sting. Now, this is fairly normal for the beginning of an episode, so what's to talk about, right? Well, in watching this recap, I noticed them using alot of the footage from tapings held inside genuine arenas and it makes the product look great, right from the get-go. TNA are slowly building up an impressive video library and if they can use it in video packages to put themselves over, that's great business.
Samoa Joe & Magnus (c) vs Crimson & Matt Morgan for the Tag Team Championships
Winners - Samoa Joe & Magnus via pinfall
Alex Shelley vs Zema Ion
Winner - Zema Ion via pinfall
Gail Kim vs ODB (w/Eric Young)
Winner - Gail Kim via pinfall
Robbie E (c) (w/Robbie T) vs AJ Styles for the Television Championship
Winner - AJ Styles via disqualification (therefore the TV Title doesn't change hands)
Kurt Angle & Bully Ray vs James Storm & Jeff Hardy (w/Brandon Jacobs)
Winners - James Storm & Jeff Hardy via pinfall
In conclusion, this was a rather entertaining episode of Impact Wrestling, which hit a nice balance between promos and in-ring action. So often they have trouble reconciling the two, but I think this week's found a satisfying middleground. While, Bobby Roode isn't quite carrying the show as a true World Champion should, the roster has such depth, it's become more of an ensemble piece, never entirely relying on one person too much. All of the divisions seem to have their endgoals in place for Victory Road and I'm excited to see how the big night turns out. Hopefully, with solid feuds in place this time, we aren't lumbered with another transitional PPV that pales in comparison to WWE's Wrestlemania. While TNA will never be able to compete at this time of year, it doesn't mean they should slack off and wait for the competition to subside. Thankfully, they seem to be taking this to heart and serving up quality wrestling that you can't find elsewhere.