Impact Wrestling comes from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada as the road to Bound for Glory continues. Opening video covered all championship matches from last week and the setups to tonight’s matches.
Twitch stream tonight was hosted by Melissa Santos, who is at the Impact tapings from Fronton Mexico in Mexico City. We had cameos from Ethan Page and Rich Swann.
Moose defeated Fallah Bahh
Bahh has dropped a lot of weight and he was showing a more serious side coming in to this match.
Match started with both men going for the strike exchange. Moose immediately went for the tricks as he tried to step on Bahh’s barefeet and raked the eyes. Moose got control by throwing Bahh to the outside and ramming him against the rails, but Bahh came back with a big running crossbody when Moose started to play to the crowd. Bahh dropped Moose with an over-the-head toss.
Back in the ring, Moose took out Bahh’s knee to regain control of the match. Moose worked over Bahh for a while with stomps and chokes until Moose once again started talking trash, provoking Bahh to hulk up and comeback with a Samoan Drop. Bahh hit a rolling Belly-to-belly for a two count. The exchanced running strikes in the corner before Moose hit a huge Superplex. Moose went for the No Jackhammer Needed, but Bahh dodged it and hit a running hip attack in the corner instead. Bahh went for the Banzai Drop, but Moose got up and hit the NJN for the win. Pretty good opener. Bahh was busted open at the top of the nose, but nothing serious.
Backstage, Dreamer approached Tessa, who told Tommy that she didn’t need his help out there last week. Tommy gave Tessa a history lesson about her grandfather. He told Tessa that he’s not out there because Tully and Magnum asked him to take care of her, but because he believes in her and he wants to stand along Tessa. Good promo, but a bit overdramatic.
We got a video from a forest with Su Yung talking in tongues to her bridesmaids as they carry a coffin with Havok’s name on it.
Josh Mathews and Don Callis ran down the card and announced the Cali Combat special episode for next Friday.
Kiera Hogan & Madison Rayne defeated Jordynne Grace & Alexia Nicole
Okay match, it was more of a squash since the story was that Grace was kept caged while Hogan and Rayne worked over Nicole.
The heels started the match getting a cheap shot on Nicole while the referee distracted himself getting Grace out of the ring. After a double team move, Rayne worked over Nicole first, but it didn’t last long as Rayne distracted herself with the crowd and Nicole reversed Rayne’s attack, hit a couple of kicks and a running Meteora for a two count. Rayne managed to push Nicole back to her corner and get Hogan in.
Back from commercial, Rayne and Hogan kept control over Nicole with quick tags, but they started to get frustrated that they couldn’t keep Nicole down for the pin. Nicole finally reversed.
Grace came in and took out both Hogan and Rayne, getting a two count on the latter with a Grace Driver. She quickly tagged in Nicole back again, who pinned the wrong woman in the chaos, allowing Hogan to get rid of Jordynne, leaving Rayne to take out Nicole for the pin.
After the match, Hogan and Rayne teamed up attacking Jordynne until the lights went out and thus returned Rosemary, who speared Rayne and took out Hogan with a Butterfly Suplex.
Kiera Hogan got some “Girl on Water’ chants now that she has blue hair.
Impact Plus Flashback Moment of the Week was the first ever Super X Cup Finals between Chris Sabin and Juventud Guerrera.
Backstage, Alisha Edwards confronted Ace Austin, but Ace made himself the victim saying he didn’t feel safe anymore with Eddie, he said he only wanted to be friends and that he was concerned about her safety too. Alisha’s acting is terrible.
Back from commercial, Ace pretended to had been attacked for Alisha to find him, but unfortunately for him, Eddie also showed up. Eddie was taken away by security and a shouting Alisha.
We got a vignette of Taya walking down Venice Beach with John E. Bravo being a stooge. The stuff with Taya was great, the stuff with Bravo was overly comedic for its own good.
We were getting a card announcement when Josh had breaking news that Rhino and Elgin were brawling outside the building. Elgin rammed Rhino to a truck before getting dragged away from security. Man, this security team is really having a rough night.
Rich Swann, Willie Mack & Rob Van Dam defeated The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel)
All the Rascalz were marking out at RVD before the match, they all wanted to fight him first. This got ‘This is Awesome’ chants before the match even started.
RVD started the match against all three men when they were all taken out with one kick. Mack and Dezmond tagged in and they actually started the match now.
Mack and Swann had control over Dezmond for a while with quick tags and some double team moves. Swann and Dezmond had a nice exchange that lead to the Rascalz gaining control. Now it was time for the Rascalz to do a series of tags and double team moves on Swann, earning Miguel a two count on Swann. Trey Miguel and Rich Swann had another short sequence with reversals, that ended with Swann making a comeback on all three Rascalz.
RVD got the hot tag. He ran over Xavier and Miguel, hit the Split-legged Moonsault on Wentz for a two count. Mack came in illegally and hit the Samoan Drop and Moonsault combo on Wentz, RVD followed with Rolling Thunder, and Swann finished it off with another Moonsault.
Swann setup Wentz for RVD’s Frog Splash, but Miguel took him out, allowing the Rascalz to got for Hot Fire Flame on Swann, now with Mack making the save by pulling Dezmond out of the ring. Miguel hit a Tope Suicida on Mack, leaving Wentz and Swann alone in the ring to get into a great strike-off. Swann won with a great kick combo. RVD finally hit the Five Star Frog Splash, followed by a Phoenix Splash by Swann for the win.
Replace RVD for someone else, and this Swann/Mack vs Rascalz feud could be fantastic.
Melissa Santos interviewed The North. She asked about what is next for them after defeating LAX and The Rascalz. Josh Alexander answered that they’re going to California and taking on all challengers. Next week, they expect competition at Cali Combat. Alexander and Page were awesome here.
Backstage, Rascalz, Swann, and Mack all congratulated each other when Jake Crist came out and teased them all about the X-Division Championship.
The Deaners (Cody Deaner & Cousin Jake) defeated Desi Hit Squad (Rohit Raju & Raj Singh) w/ Gama Singh in a match where the losing team would become the other’s servants
The match started with all four men brawling outside the ring. Deaners took out Rohit early on and hit a couple of double team moves on Raj. Rohit returned to the match and took a gutbuster. Referee tried to get the match in order, sending Cody to the corner, but the distraction allowed the Desi Hit Squad to jump Cousin Jake, but to no avail as the bigger Deaner overpowered them both with a double Suplex.
Back from commercial, Cody Deaner and Rohit Raju are going at it in the ring, with the former getting the better of both Desi Hit Squad members. They’re both sent outside, but as Cody goes for the Tope, Gama grabs his leg from behind. Cousin Jake chases Gama, allowing Raj and Rohit to return and double team Cody and turn the momentum to their side.
Desi Hit Squad kept Cody from his corner with quick tags and occasionally taking out Jake, but after Raj distracted himself with Gama, Cody finally dodged Raj’s running attack and got the tag.
Cousin Jake came in and once again tossed both Raj and Rohit to the outside, with Cody successfully landing the Top this time. Jake followed with a plancha. Jake hit the spear to the corner and a Michinoku Driver for a two count.
Gama once again distracted Jake, allowing Rohit to get a roll up two count. Cody tagged in and set the Time To Give ’Er, but Raj made the save, following with a Rohit Footstomp and Raj Flatliner combo for a two count. Rohit hit a jumping knee and a cannonball on Jake, but failed to land a codebreaker. Deaners then hit the TTG and got the win.
Backstage, Dave Crist told Sami that Fulton is not here, which was Callihan’s plan for tonight’s match. Callihan then cut a promo on Dreamer and Tessa, telling them that they’re taking out Dreamer and that Tessa will never beat Callihan.
Deaners in the back gave the Desi Hit Squad some tools to head over to the farm and start working.
Josh Mathews announced that next week, Rhino vs Elgin takes place. Also, Jake Crist vs Rich Swann for the X-Division title, The North’s open challenge, and a big announcement by Taya Valkyrie concerning the Knockout’s Championship.
Tessa Blanchard & Tommy Dreamer defeated oVe (Sami Callihan & Dave Crist)
Dreamer and Tessa rushed the ring to start the match, sending out both Callihan and Crist to the outside, for Dreamer to land a jumping clothesline and a Sunset Somersault by Tessa.
Back from commercial, Tessa is brawling with Dave outside the ring, Dreamer with Callihan inside the ring. Tessa sneaks up on Callihan, who offers Tessa a handshake, but Tessa rejects it and goes after Sami. Tessa and Dreamer take out Crist, hit Callihan with a double elbow, but before they can follow up, Dreamer is sent to the outside where Callihan hits a Scoop Slam and successfully cut the ring in half on him. Several quick tags between Callihan and Crist, going after Dreamer’s arm.
Dreamer lands a desperation kick and elbow on Crist, but fails to tag Tessa when Sami pulls Tessa off the apron. Dreamer gets another shot with a double bionic elbow and Tessa gets tagged.
Tessa comes in and hits the DDT and Neckbreaker combo on both Callihan and Crist. Tessa lands the corner Magnum on Crist for a two count when Callihan takes out the referee. Tessa and Dreamer hit DDTs on both oVe members to a two count when a second referee comes out. Tessa and Dreamer go for Cactus Specials, but Callihan and Crist low blow their opponents, with only Dreamer getting taken out, but it’s enough distraction for Callihan to return with a kendo stick and take out Tessa. As they go to take out Dreamer, Tessa recovers, takes the kendo stick, sends Callihan to the floor, and hits Magnum on Dave Crist for the pin.
Tessa and Dreamer celebrate in the ring as the show goes off the air.
Final Thoughts --
Okay show, not exactly newsworthy, but the action inside the ring was solid. They sold next week’s episode as a big event that will transition to the Mexico set of tapings.