Chris Pinheiro brings you all the happenings on the August 30 edition of IMPACT Wrestling. Follow along starting at 8 PM eastern!
- X-Division Title: Brian Cage(c) d. Fenix via pinfall – top rope powerbomb
- Eli Drake d. Brandon Tidwell via pinfall – Gravy Train
- Knockout’s Title: Tessa Blanchard d. Allie and Su Yung(c) via pinfall – roll up on Allie TITLE CHANGE!!
- Rich Swann d. Petey Williams via pinfall – Standing Shooting Star Press
- Austin Aries & Killer Kross vs Eddie Edwards & Moose – no contest
Play By Play
Welcome to IMPACT! Wrestling episode #737 “ReDefined”! Tonight, we get Eddie Edwards & Moose vs Austin Aries & Killer Kross, Rich Swann vs Petey Williams, Cage vs Fenix for the X-Division Title and a Three-Way Dance for the Knockout’s Title!!!!
One Night Will Make You Rethink Everything
Video package plays hyping tonight and all the matches I mentioned above. Moose thought about retiring due to the concussion Aries gave him, but he’s not a quitter and he’s back to defend his friend Eddie Edwards.
Josh Matthews welcomes us to the Rebel Center as we kick it off with X-Division action:
X-Division Title Match: Fenix (w/Pentagon Jr.) vs. Brian Cage(c)
“Lucha! Lucha!” chants ring out to start, Fenix off the ropes as they do a quick Lucha Libre start. Cage drops Fenix on the ropes and hits A 6-1-9!!! Lets just think about that for a moment. Brian Cage is 6′ tall and 268 lbs. and his hitting a 6-1-9!! First saintly fecal matter chant of the evening right there!
Fenix with a hurricanrana to the floor, back inside off the ropes and Cage kills him with a clothesline! Cage with a delayed suplex from the apron to the inside, holding Fenix parallel to the floor!! The Terminator clap starts now. Fall away slam from Cage, as he is dominating the early going. Fenix sidesteps a corner charge, hits a super kick and goes up stairs. Cage catches the crossbody into a F-5 for 2. Fenix blocks a clothesline, kick to the head, then runs off the ropes. Cage sidesteps and throws Fenix over the top rope onto the ramp. Fenix back inside, springboards inside to a spinning heel kick to Cage on the ramp. Fenix then dives through the ropes, summersaults for a Fenix Cutter on the ramp. Back in, hits a senton, gets a 2 count. Both men running off the ropes, Cage hits a super kick. 2 count again!! Almost had a 3 there!! “Fight Foever” chants starting now. Weapon X countered by Fenix for 2, followed by quick strikes. Enziguri from the apron by Fenix, then a springboard rollup from the out side into a double stomp gets Fenix 2 and a half. Fenix rallies the crowd, then gets a boot up to stop a Cage charge, slams Cage into the second Turnbuckle, then Cage with a HUGE slam! 1-2-Fenix’s foot is on the bottom rope. “This is Awesome” chant rings out! Cage looking for a superplex to the floor, countered, knocked to the apron, and Fenix with a double stomp to the back! Suicide Dive by Fenix, CAUGHT BY CAGE INTO A SUPLEX ON THE FLOOR!!! I can’t do it justice how Cage caught him. He stopped Fenix’s momentum perpendicular to the floor, feet straight up!!
Back from commercial and Cage hits a wheelbarrow cutter for 2. Cage takes Fenix to the corner, European uppercut from Fenix, charging back an forth before an elbow from Cage and a Tornado DDT! More “Fight Forever” chants as the referee begins to count both men down. Cage up at 8, picks up Fenix. Back to the corner, Cage up top, throws off Fenix, chop and super kick to Cage, springboard, he’s shoved off, eats a boot, both men on top, and a HUGE TOP ROPE POWERBOMB for the 1-2-3!!!!
Your winner, and STILL X-Division champion: Brian Cage
oVe charge the ring and assault Fenix and Pentagon, Cage starts up the ramp then thinks better of it and returns to the ring and cleans house!! Hits the Drill Claw on Jake Crist! Cage and the Lucha Bros. stand tall!!
We get a video package hyping Edwards/Moose vs Aries/Kross and we head to commercial
a “We Want Jericho” chant breaks out in the Rebel Centre
As we come back, Matthews recaps what we just saw in the match and after it.
In the parking lot, Bobo pulls up in a black SUV, but the parking lot attendant won’t let him through. Scarlett Bordeaux gets out, mesmerizes the attendant who then yells to let them through.
Hype package for Chris Jericho’s Rock N Rager at Sea and then the GWN Moment of the Week: The Impact debut of Drew Galloway! Six men in this video, and only one (Grado) still works there. Kenny King, Samoa Joe, Low-Ki, Galloway and Al Snow have all left…
Impact and Destiny Wrestling present “One Night Only: Bad Intentions” tomorrow night at 8pm Eastern, only on pay-per-view
Recap on Ritchie (the little boy who was hit by the car last week) and they say all the know is he’s supposed to make a full recover, legal action maybe pending
The OGz are arguing, Hernandez is feeling bad about the kid, but King says they can’t be soft, he’s a casualty of war. His phone rings, he says “yes sir,” and leaves, telling the Hernandez and Homicide to stay put.
We come back to a video package hyping Bound For Glory tickets that are on sale now
Now a video package hyping the Knockout’s Championship match tonight.
Backstage interview with Tessa Blanchard where she talks about the pressure of being a Blanchard. Says being a good wrestler might be good enough for some, but it’s not enough if you’re in her family, so she’s bringing home the title for her family’s sake
Eli Drake heads out to the ring in street clothes and gets a microphone. They show four guys in a VIP section chanting “Dummy. Yeah” Talks about the Cult Of Lee wanting to be his friends, said he never did, and he was testing them. He then brings out the two jobbers who defeated the Cult Of Lee last week, Mr. Atlantis and Brandon Tidwell. Crowd chants “They Are Dummies.” Drake then says he has a challenge, against himself, and Mr. Atlantis accepts. Drake then says he will face Tidwell.
Eli Drake vs Brandon Tidwell (w/ Mr. Atlantis)
punches, kicks, Gravy Train. Over.
Your winner: Eli Drake
Eli then shakes their hands and hits Mr. Atlantis with a Gravy Train, puts his clothes back on and celebrates on the turnbuckles before leaving.
Backstage interview with Eddie Edwards and Moose. Moose calls Eddie and says Aries’ biggest mistake was messing with them.
Knockout’s Title Match: Allie vs Tessa Blanchard vs Su Yung(c) (w/ The Undead Bridesmaids)
Tessa starts out hitting everyone, then Allie hits a Codebreaker, then a drop kick on Tessa and a senton on Su. Bulldog/DDT combo and Allie covers Su for 2. Allie chokes Su in the corner with her foot, then Su chokes Allie on the middle rope, punches Tessa, Allie hits Su off the apron, onto the Bridesmaids. Allie launches off Tessa’s back to deliver a forearm to Su off the apron again. Tessa rolls up Allie for 2, then locks in a modified Indian Deathlock. Su then gets Tessa in an arm bar while Allie is still in the Deathlock! Allie hits chops on Su into the corner, charges in, then the Spider Crawl take down in the corner by Su Yung. Climbs up top, Tessa knocks her off. Tessa then press slams Su onto the Bridesmaids, then Allie slingshots her back in. Clothesline’s by Allie, then a corner suplex, Tessa kicks out at 2. Tessa looks for a hammerlock, Allie rolls her up for 2, hits the Best Superkick Ever, then a mandible claw from Su to Tessa, then one to Allie who breaks it up with a jaw breaker. Tessa then rolls up Allie for the 1-2-3
Your winner, and NEW Knockout’s Champion: Tessa Blanchard
Tessa backstage, celebrating her victory, saying she just exposed Allie for everything she said she was. Said she took Su’s title and there’s not a damn thing she can do about it.
Another video package for Bound For Glory tickets
Recap of the Knockout’s Title match
Gama Singh is on the hunt, finds the Desi Hit Squad and starts beating them with a broom backstage. This was literally the whole segment.
Backstage interview with Austin Aries and Killer Kross. Kross is creepy… like a stalker. Aries says Kross has turned everything upside down and no one is safe.
Video package for Medicon’s Impact vs The UK, September 9th, only on Twitch
LAX backstage, celebrating their title win, but says what happened with Ritchie was wrong. Konnan then gets a phone call, says “yes sir” and tells Santana and Ortiz they need to stay put, and he leaves.
The Smoke Show
Backstage with Grado and company, when the smoke begins and Scarlett Bordeaux’s music hits. It’s time for The Smoke Show. Bordeaux thinks Henry and Katarina have something going on. Hendry says next week he and Grado will be on the same page against the Desi Hit Squad. Bordeaux starts seducing Grado, Katarina freaks out and tells Bordeaux to stay out of it. Katarina says Scarlett will never break up her and her boys, to which Scarlett responds “I think I all ready have.”
Petey Williams vs Rich Swann
This will be fast and furious, I will try to keep up..
Holds and counter holds to start, Petey drops Swann onto the rope then hits a bronco buster. Codebreaker by Williams for 2. Running the ropes, dropkick by Swann, Williams outside, Swann goes for a senton to the floor, nobody home and he crashes and burns.
Cover by Petey for 2, sets Swann on the top rope. Tree of whoa, and a big kick, Petey whips him across, Swann avoids and hits a clothesline, then a huge knee and a snapmare, cover for 2. Swann then Climbs up to the second buckle, flips over Petey, Petey then gets behind. German suplex, side Russian leg sweep, enzigiri by Swann, then elbows by Petey. Stack up for 2, roll back for 2, then Petey goes for a Sharpshooter, Swann gets the ropes. Swann with an inside cradle for 2, kick, then goes for a hurricanrana, countered into a powerbomb by Petey. Swann counters a Canadian Destoryer for a bomb for 2. Swann goes for a Phoenix Splash an missed, Swann counters another Canadian Destroyer into a roll up for 2, big kick, then a standing shooting star press for the 1-2-3
Your winner: Rich Swann
Swann celebrates back stage saying a few more victories will get him that X-Division Title. Matt Sydal interrupts saying Swann is good but he doesn’t understand what it takes to be champion, but he can help him, he can open his third eye. Swann says he doesn’t need his help, he can get there on his own.
Alisha is then heard screaming, and we cut over to her trying to revive Moose who is laid out with Killer Kross’ calling card laying next to him.
MAIN EVENT TIME
Killer Kross & Austin Aries vs Eddie Edwards & Moose
Don Callis wonders if we will see Moose or if Edwards can get another partner tonight on short notice. Edwards comes out alone, kendo stick in hand, and rolls into the ring, getting in the face of both Aries and Kross. Bell rings as it looks like Edwards will be going alone. Higher spinebuster by Kross on Edwards me he tags Aries. Kick to the back, cover for none. Jawbreaker by Edwards. Back elbow, and an over head belly to belly, and a mafia kick to Kross that doesn’t knock him down. Eddie backdrops Aries to the apron, then shoved him to the guardrail. Eddie attempts a suicide dive but eats a knee from Kross. Aries back in and kicking away at Edwards. Puts him in the corner, tags in Kross. Snapmare and a running boot, tags in Aries. Aries off the top with an elbow to a held Edwards. Double whip to the corner, Kross with a splash and a tag to Aries. Kross then whips Aries into Edwards. Edwards hits Aries on the top then a backpack stunner. Both men down, punches and chops being traded, then a Blue Thunder Bomb by Edwards, pin broken up by Kross. Edwards dumps Kross and hits a brainbuster on Aries, then a suicide dive on him on the outside. Rolls Aries in but Kross grabs Edwards and hits an overhead throw on the floor. Aries looks psychotic, looking for a brain buster, Eddie gets out, hits Kross, then a Tiger Bomb on Aries. Both men down again. Moose wobbles out taped up, and gets up into his corner. Tag by Edwards to Moose, and Kross drops off the apron whenever Aries tried to tag out. Moose then turned and SPEARED Edwards!!! It was a set up!!! Moose sits on top and punches away as Aries trash talks Edwards. They dump Edwards out and it’s a 3-on-1 assault. Aries wraps the chair on Edwards’ throat, and Moose slams a chair into it. Alisha comes out to check on her husband and starts yelling at Moose. She slaps Moose, who threatens her but the heels back away. Aries and crew then celebrate at ringside as Alisha sits over her husband as we go off the air!
Thats all for IMPACT Wrestling tonight! Thanks for reading!!
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 4/19/2019
Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis! How was the show?
Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis!
Scarlett and Fallah debut as a tag team today! Tessa and Gail’s story continues to bubble up and Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake get their shots at the Tag Team titles!
The whole oVe story and Rich Swann continues as Tommy Dreamer apparently is getting sacrificed to Madman Fulton. Are we about to watch a murder?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 20, 2019
- Scarlett Bordeaux & Fallah Bahh vs Desi Hit Squad: Scarlett wins via Tandem Banzai Drop – * 1/2
- Moose vs Dez: Dez wins via Body Scissors Cradle – ** 1/4
- Madman Fulton vs Tommy Dreamer: Fulton wins via Lifting Reverse STO – ** 1/2
- Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Rayne wins via Roll-Up – N/A
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake vs Lucha Bros (c): Lucha Bros retain via Spike Fear Factor – ***
Okay let’s be serious for a minute. This wasn’t a great match, but it was entertaining. The crowd enjoyed singing along to Scarlett’s music, Fallah did most of the work since the Hit Squad didn’t want to interact with Scarlett at first. Amusing spot was after Raj got hit with a Stink Face from Scarlett, Rohit pulled him out and sat in the corner asking for the Scarlett Stink Face. They pulled the bait and switch since she told him to close his eyes. Scarlett jumps on Fallah’s back and Tandem Banzai drop with Scarlett pinning Raj was the finish. It was amusing, not a great match, but told a story and was entertaining.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 20, 2019
A couple backstage segments with Lucha Bros and Eli & Eddie hyping the tag match. Eddie is still imbalanced singing “We are the three best friends” song, of course referencing Kenny the kendo stick as the third.
The final leg of Moose’s revenge against the Rascalz. Moose took the match lightly, and controlled the majority of the match. Lawn Darting Dez into the corner was cool. Hell Dez tried to do a Dragonrana on the outside, Moose caught him smooth as butter and then smashed his head into the steps, before throwing him into the other Rascalz. After rolling him back in, the other Rascalz get involved for the first time and allow Dez to roll through with a Body Scissors into a Cradle.
After the match we see Rosemary and Kiera Hogan arguing. Kiera says as long as there’s two of them, two of them will fight Su Yung. So Rosemary proceeds to beat the crap out of Kiera and choke her with the chain leash that held the Bunny before she was killed in the Undead Realm. Yes, I know what I just wrote.
GWN Flashback Match: Tag Team Title 5150 Street Fight: LAX vs OGz, Slammiversary 7/22/2018
After the flashback we get a decent length segment of Tessa going to one of Robert Irvine’s restaurants where she runs down Gail, says she’s most famous for screwing a famous chef. Then she proceeds to terrorize different people all while looking for Robert Irvine. She doesn’t find him, has some interesting lines, and she sells things well. Not everyone acts well in the segment, but it wasn’t completely awful. A few amusing moments.
Not really sure why Madman and Dreamer are in a non-Hardcore match. It’s an alright match. Dreamer gets most of his offense in when Fulton takes too long to go to his next move. After hitting the DDT, Dreamer goes out to get a kendo stick…in a normal match, misses and Fulton hits a Reverse Lifting STO (think Corbin’s End of Days). Not sure what Fulton is calling it, but that was the end. Then a brawl between oVe and the rest of Dreamer’s little rag tag team of Willie Mack and Rich Swann.
Taya ran down Canada, said she wasn’t gonna do the match, but Madison jumped her before she could leave. Then after surviving the initial flurry, Taya tries to powder out, but Jordynne Grace throws her back in. Taya is mad and distracted, School Girl Roll-Up. So nothing to rate, but I guess this is comeuppance for one half of the douchey championship couple.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 20, 2019
Interesting match even though it felt to be less than 10 minutes long. Lucha Bros start fast and spotty, but eventually Eddie and Eli slow it down. LAX tries to cost Lucha Bros the match, but they fail. Eddie tries to throw Kenny to Eli, but Eli misses. Eddie gets wiped out and they pin Eli with the Spike Fear Factor. Afterwards Eli turns on Eddie and beats him with Kenny.
Overall Score: 6/10
Above average. Not a bad show, but it definitely felt like an episode to try and put more focus on the smaller stories. Lance Storm getting involved in the main event story does add a little more star power. Given that D’Amore insulted Cage before the confrontation, it makes me wonder where management’s feelings lie.
So again, the show wasn’t exactly a blow away, but there were plenty of entertaining moments. Ideally next week should finish the hype for Rebellion, and I’m really hoping Rebellion returns to the good wrestling form that Redemption and Slammiversary had last year.
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 4/12/2019
Andrew brings us Impact Wrestling coverage! Two weeks away from Rebellion, let’s see how it all plays out! IMPACT on Twitch!
Andrew brings us Impact Wrestling coverage! Two weeks away from Rebellion, let’s see how it all plays out!
After a long WrestleMania weekend/week, I’m still extremely exhausted. I know we’ve got a mixed tag with Rebellion implications and Moose continuing his revenge on the Rascalz!
We also get the IMPACT debut of the Monster Mafia-wait, no?- okay they are now known as The North.
Before we get to the show, just for DeMarco:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 13, 2019
- Moose vs Wentz: Moose wins via Spear – *** 1/4
- Rosemary vs Su Yung: No Contest – **
- The North (Josh Alexander & Ethan Page) vs El Reverso & Sheldon Jean: The North wins via Tandem Torture Rack toss into a Spinebuster – ** 1/2
- Tessa Blanchard vs Madison Rayne: Rayne wins via School Girl Roll-Up – *** 3/4
- Brian Cage & Jordynne Grace vs Johnny Impact & Taya Valkyrie: Johnny wins via Shining Wizard – *** 1/2
So this is an odd story. Rascalz are pretty well liked being cheeky stoned pranksters, but when they made fun of Moose for striking out with Melissa Santos, he came to their club house for a pound of flesh. So, even though Moose is a cocky, douchey, arrogant schmuck…he’s technically in the right here. As he took out Trey a few weeks ago, he now set his sights on Wentz. Wentz put up a good fight, the crowd reacted pretty well and the match was fun.
Melissa Santos interviews Madison Rayne, Tessa crashes the interview and it turns into a declaration of having a match. So Tessa versus Madison will happen tonight.
Rosemary comes out to try and avenge Allie’s death. The match starts off in favor of Rosemary, then the Undead Bridesmaids distract Rosemary. Kiera Hogan runs out to try and help, Rosemary goes out and admonishes Firefly for interfering. The Undead Bridesmaids dog pile Rosemary and Kiera for what should be a DQ, but they kept saying No Contest. They feed them both to Su Yung in the ring so she can hit the Panic Switch and leave them laying. So Kiera is being positioned as Rosemary’s new unwanted partner. This isn’t a bad way to keep the story going since it seems to be one of the more popular ones that Impact has been running with.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 13, 2019
GWN Flashback Match: TNA Turning Point X-Division Championship: RVD (c) vs Joey Ryan, Nov. 11, 2012
Out of the flashback, we have Killer Kross approach Willie Mack on the steps with a cryptic, yet insightful promo. Trying to sow the seeds of doubt between Mack and Swann. Killer Kross is a damn treasure.
No more drinking…
Maybe less drinking…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 13, 2019
Monster Mafia got rebranded as The North, and for a jobber match, this was actually kind of competitive. Alexander did a lot of the early work and looked scary impressive. Sadly Twitch chat focused more on the amateur wrestling head gear that Josh wears, and not the fact that he was throwing people around with ease. A Powerbomb Backbreaker, a few fun tandem moves and just generally a fun match. The North look like a force to be reckoned with.
Well now, this match was pretty damn good, told a great story since Gail was on commentary and Madison…looked…really good. By that I mean in the ring. This is the second week in a row Madison showed off much better in-ring skills. A few big Frakensteiners, nice transitional roll ups and generally nice movement. Tessa was dominant, but allowed her ego and Gail on the outside to distract her throughout the match. Really good everything.
Eli and Eddie ask Lucha Bros for a title match, LAX shows up and jumps Lucha Bros. Eli pulls Eddie away basically saying let them soften each other up.
Okay…Taya and Johnny have a great interview segment:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 13, 2019
Fallah goes looking for Scarlett and finds her! She doesn’t seem to quite understand Bahh, but she offers to tag with him next week against the Desi Hit Squad.
Taya starts the match and then Johnny jumps off the apron to avoid the tag. He tries to get the crowd to chant for Taya, but Jordynne tags in Cage to force Johnny’s hand. This was a solid match that solidified an angle through this entire feud with Cage and Johnny. Johnny played chicken shit heel, and then John E. Bravo showed his true colors by Chop Blocking Cage in the midst of a Drill Claw. So the questionable Homecoming stuff on the outside, counting 3 for Kross even though Cage kicked out, and overlooking interference…it’s all cause he’s basically Nick Patrick (among others but I’m a WCW fanboy at heart). So Taya and Johnny have a referee in their pocket.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Pretty good show. Quality matches, storyline movement, a debut, a solid reveal with Bravo. I may not personally like the heel referee crap, but it has a place. Hopefully we don’t get too much of it since Cage and Johnny have had an odd feud since January. I don’t really need this angle to go much longer.
Either way, good show, no real complaints and Don Callis was manning Twitch Chat this week…and seemed to be received pretty well. Ramping up to Rebellion, this is all a good hype episode.
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