Kazarian vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries was a great way to start the program. These four had great chemistry together, and the ladder match to give 20 BFG points. Kazarian was the best choice to win the match. It makes the series more interesting if there are a cluster of people who have around the same point total. It makes the outcome far less predictable, which makes for good TV.
And still undefeated in ladder matches, and 20 points in the bag...this guy! This happened. Such a classy award huh? pic.twitter.com/1XnVNvgtiE— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) August 16, 2013
ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Mickie James was not a good match. A bit slow at times, and nothing to really enthuse the live crowd or the home audience. A broomstick was used, which was called by the announce team a kendo stick. This may have been an indicator of their true interest of this match.
Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson was a decent match. Made sense for Bobby Roode to win, as it makes the overall point total tighter. The alliance of Roode, Kazarian and Daniels is still a bit puzzling, but it does make sense to give each of them a better chance to win the series. Maybe add Aries in the mix for a new Fortune faction? I'd be in favor of it. Far more than I am of Aces and Eights.
Bully Ray vs. Chris Sabin was slightly below the expectation, and the outcome was predictable (minus the Ortiz part). Sabin beating Bully twice was simply used to make him less of an underdog before the cage match. There were some decent spots, but nothing spectacular.
As for as the Tito Ortiz swerve, I give it a thumbs up. Ortiz in the MEM would have been just awful, and would have lessened the meaning of the group even more. Aligning with Bully Ray fits his career heel UFC gimmick much more, and he does not have to be thrown into a wrestling role. I am still not sold on him being in TNA, but at least this is a positive step.
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