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Impact: The championship aftermath
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


This was quite the week for TNA as he company changed so much about their operation, it almost supercedes what happened in the ring. No, wait, there's no almost about it.

Since we left our heroes and villains last week, we learned that TNA will be running Bound for Glory in Japan, the six-sided ring was making its return and the company also taped shows through August.

So essentially, everything we thought we knew about TNA (well, aside from any surprise releases that may still come) has been turned on its ear. There seems to be a renewed feeling of optimism in the fan ranks, with some thought that the company is turning the corner.

That being said, tonight's episode had a little bit of an odd aura. Yes, with all the detraction about Eric Young as champion, the moment I saw the belt on (Bobby) Lashley, partially concealed by his suit jacket, it felt like a lot had been lost in the importance of the title. It feels like a mere prop in the faction battle between Team MVP, Team Dixie and everyone else. I'm sure TNA will do more to make it seem special, but Thursday it felt secondary.

Here's your rundown of the goings on:

- Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim defeated the Beautiful People, with Kim getting the cover. Why Kim? Seriously, Taryn should be returning as the conquering hero. Meesa suspects a powerplay behind the scenes you betcha betcha.

- The burgeoning feud with MVP and Bobby Roode took another step forward. If in the end Roode is TNA champ again this will all be worthwhile, but so far I don't see it.

- Sanada retained his X-Division title in a four-way that also included Zema Ion, Manik and Crazzy Steve. There also seems to be some urgency among the ranks of the Menagerie.

- Dixie was her usual self, especially when she learned the new DWO wasn't her (MVP had been informed earlier in the evening that he'd been stripped of his duties. I'm really sick of this whole schtick). There was a tease of Dixie going through a table, didn't happen.

- James Storm and Mr. Anderson battled again and I died a little inside. Hopefully Storm winning means this feud is over.

- Sam Shaw is now free, in the custody of Gunner. I miss creepy Sam Shaw.

- EC3 and Tommy Dreamer had a confrontation.

- Bram and Magnus defeated Willow and Abyss in a Monster's Ball Match. Hopefully this is the end of Willow.

- Kurt Angle is the new DOW, reprising his role from WWE a good 10 years ago. Sigh.

See you next week, kids!