After I said last week that the taped Impacts were always bad... this week's was actually pretty good.
The AJ Styles will he won't he continues to drag on, with him kicking Kurt Angle in the back of the neck (ouch) and Mister Anderson saying that next week he's going to be patched in. I'm guessing that at the last minute, Styles will turn on Aces & Eights and beat them up. Mister Anderson's way of talking is really strange, is it just me? He comes across like an insane person.
The Tag-Team Title stuff was dumb, James Storm kicked Daniels, Roode etc in the face first, why is he so pissed off that they fought back? He started it, so he shouldn't be interfering. And he gets rewarded with a shot at the titles? At least they are doing what I suggested last week and putting another team into the mix for the match at Slammiversary, I wonder who Storm's mystery partner will be? I did enjoy both of the matches before Storm interfered however, Roode and Hernandez are great, and I loved Bad Influence's sneaky heeling. No Austin Aries this week, I wonder if this was because he was already being punished for crotch-gate?
The gut-check match was OK, I actually quite like Jay Bradley, it's impressive how quickly he's managed to make the crowds hate him, and his clothesline finisher is surprisingly cool.
The Knockouts Division continues to be worth watching just for Gail Kim's post-match brutality, that's some great stuff. Velvet Sky is good-looking, but meh overall. I hope Mickie James beats her for the belt.
The X-Division match was fun, I loved Kenny King's smack-talk before the match, 'just another day at the office' and then 'I'm gonna punch you in the face'. It was fast-paced, and exciting and whilst I am slightly surprised that Sabin didn't win, I imagine they are saving that for the PPV match.
Whilst I continue to roll my eyes at the D-Lo plotline, the Joseph Park/Abyss story is very intriguing. It's obvious they are the same person, but how long are we going to wait for the reveal? It's a good slow-burner, but it is slow.
The contract signing went as all contract signings in wrestling go... badly. Bully Ray is kicking ass as a bad-guy, and the new stipulations actually have me excited to see a 54 year old man in a title match. Having it be no holds barred means that Sting can use weapons to disguise how old and slow he is, and the idea that if he loses (and he probably will lose) he can never challenge for the title again is a great one, because really, he shouldn't be challenging for titles at all, leave it to the younger guys!