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Impact Wrestling results: The North vs. Ortiz & Daga


Impact Wrestling returned from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada this week as the Road to Bound for Glory continued. The Twitch stream was hosted by Melissa Santos. 

The opening video focused on last week's X-Division number one contender's match that was won by Aiden Prince, Havok destroying John E. Bravo, Eddie Edwards confronting Ace Austin, and the fantastic battle between The North and The Rascalz for the Tag Team titles. 

X-Division Champion Jake Crist defeated Aiden Prince to retain his title

This was a solid opener. Prince had the crowd completely behind him. 

It started with some chain wrestling reversals and counters, ending with Prince sending Crist to the floor. But as Prince went for a suicide dive, Crist cut him off with a boot to the face and delivered a DVD on the apron for a two count.

Prince escaped a submission attempt -- only to take a boot to the face for another two count. Both men traded strikes, but Prince wasn’t able to maintain momentum. Crist raked Prince's face and hit some shoulder tackles in the corner. Crist hit a great superkick combo for yet another two count. 

Prince finally started a comeback with some strikes, landing a top rope flatliner. But as he went for a 450, Crist got his knees up and small packaged him for a 2.99 near fall.

Prince hit a reverse rana for a two count. Crist powerslammed Prince into the corner before both men went to the floor, where Prince hit a rana and a suicide dive. Prince went for a top rope plancha to the floor, but Crist caught him with a superkick straight to the chin. Prince made the count at nine, but Crist went straight for a cradle for a two count. 

Prince went for another top rope move, but Crist cut him off and hit a superplex. He floated over, but Prince reversed into a suplex of his own and landed the 450 for a huge near fall. Prince went for a third 450, but Crist caught him with a cutter this time for the win. 

- Backstage, Konnan and Daga were talking about Daga teaming with Ortiz. Konnan asked Daga to be patient with Ortiz because he is on the edge about Santana’s status.

Ortiz then walked up. Daga told him that he doesn’t need to apologize -- Daga just wants to win the Tag Team titles tonight. They cheered with some beers that Ortiz opened with his teeth, much to my cringe.

- Jimmy Jacobs interviewed Taya Valkyrie, who said that Impact management are forcing her to defend her championship against Havok again because she walked out of the match at Unbreakable. 

Ace Austin defeated Eddie Edwards by DQ

Edwards didn’t wait for the bell and chased down Austin, taking him down with a shoulder block. Austin tried to run to the outside -- only for Edwards to follow with a plancha. Edwards worked over Austin outside for a bit until Austin managed to land a kick and the handstand penalty kick to finally get some distance from Edwards. 

Once recovered, Austin went after Edwards to continue brawling outside the ring. This time, Edwards dropped Austin with a backbreaker and a facebuster on the apron. 

Back from commercial, Edwards and Austin were trading strikes before Edwards once again sent Austin outside. He followed with a suicide dive. Austin kept running away from Edwards, who got distracted with the referee and Austin took advantage to use his Gambit staff to attack Edwards for a two count. 

Austin was now in control. He struck down Edwards and delivered the card cut between the fingers. He went for The Fold, but Edwards countered into a powerbomb.

Edwards delivered some close distance forearms as Austin tried to play mind games with Edwards, so Edwards hit the Boston Knee Party. Edwards started hitting closed-fist punches on Austin and pushed down the ref, getting himself disqualified. This was really good -- I'm looking forward to a proper match between them.

After the match, Alisha Edwards came down to the ring to scream at Eddie. Eddie asked her if she is with him, pointing at Austin. After Alisha kept shouting, Eddie ended up walking away on both.

- We got an interview by Tessa Blanchard from Unbreakable. Blanchard said that she went in there looking to beat Sami Callihan, but oVe had to interfere again and steal her win. She said that she is one of the best wrestlers in the company and she won’t let them take her moment from her. Blanchard said she is coming for Callihan. Blanchard was fantastic here.

- Backstage, Fallah Bahh was at catering when Moose approached him. Moose told Bahh to stop losing weight or Impact won’t need a clown anymore. Moose called Bahh a fat boy, provoking Bahh to fight back.

Bahh and Moose brawled all around the catering area, ending with Moose shoving some cake down Bahh’s face. Good old catering brawl, but both men took it seriously.

- Kiera Hogan joined commentary for the next match.

Madison Rayne defeated Alexia Nicole

Okay match. Nicole showed potential.

A collar-and-elbow lock up started the match. Rayne mocked Nicole, who responded by pushing her to the corner. Nicole hit a running meteora for a two count. Rayne pulled Nicole to the floor by the feet and went back to mocking her. 

Back in the ring, Rayne worked on Nicole with some knees to the face and abdomen. Rayne locked in a Koji Clutch, but Nicole stayed on her feet and rammed Rayne into the corner. Nicole hit a backstabber for another two count. Rayne dodged Nicole coming down from the top rope, hit a ripcord cutter, and finished her off with CrossRayne. 

Rayne and Hogan argued after the match but joined forces to beat up Nicole. They’re frenemies. Jordynne Grace came down to save Nicole and ran both Rayne and Hogan away to the back.

- The Rascalz met at the tree house. Trey Miguel and Dezmond Xavier were bummed out about losing the title match. Zachary Wentz then told them he saw "him" in the hallway. They hyped "him" up and out he appeared like an angel -- Rob Van Dam. They all sucked up to him and fought to impress him. This was funny.

Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie (w/ John E. Bravo) vs. Havok ended in a no contest

Taya's title was on the line. Commentary told us that if she walks out again, she is getting fined. 

Havok rushed at Taya to start the match, but the champ kept dodging until she decided to get some offense in -- only to get taken down with a shoulder tackle. Bravo distracted Havok, allowing Taya to take her down with kicks and running knees for a one count. Havok came back with a powerbomb for a two count. 

Havok worked over Taya's back with stomps. Taya tried to start a comeback, but she got cut off by Havok with a kick to the face. Havok went for a chokeslam, but Taya reversed into a roll-up for a two count.

Havok hit the chokeslam, but as she pinned her, Su Yung and her Bridesmaids came down and distracted both Havok and the referee, who should have kept counting really. 

Yung came down to the ring and faced off with Havok. Havok went for the chokeslam, but Yung reversed it by locking the Mandible Claw on Havok, bringing her down to her knees. Yung hit a couple of palm strikes and sent Havok to the floor. Yung stood tall in the ring at the end. 

- Jacobs interviewed Melissa Santos about Brian Cage’s status. She talked about her real-life relationship with Cage and having to put it out there in order to protect Cage from Michael Elgin. She didn’t have an answer about Cage’s medical condition, saying that he is still going to doctors to figure out where the source of his injury is.

Santos said that if Cage can’t compete anymore, he and she realize that there are now more important things in life than titles and money.

- We got a video from last week with The Deaners drinking beer. They got interrupted by The Desi Hit Squad, who made fun of their smell. They brawled, with The Deaners taking out Raju and Raj and running off Gama Singh. The Desi Hit Squad came back, breaking beer bottles over The Deaners' heads and leaving them lying. 

- The Deaners then cut a promo saying that The Desi Hit Squad have crossed the line by jumping them at their bar. Cody Deaner cut the promo and challenged The Desi Hit Squad to a match next week. This was a super old school promo.

Nate Madsen defeated Stone Rockwell by DQ 

This match didn’t even get entrances. Madsen went to get some offense early with strikes and a crossbody, but Rockwell cut him off and dropped him with a backbreaker. Madsen got some more strikes, but Rhino jumped in the ring on the other side and Gored Madsen down. Rockwell offered Rhino some food -- only to get Gored too.

After the attack, Rhino cut a promo calling out Elgin to come down and fight. Elgin came out, but instead of fighting he addressed Rhino. Elgin said he understands why Rhino attacked him -- since he is the hottest commodity in Impact and Rhino just wants to make a name for himself. Elgin said that he does things on his terms, so Rhino rushed at Elgin and started brawling on the ramp. 

Security came down for the pull-apart. Good angle. Elgin’s mic was malfunctioning, but he got his point across. 

- Ace Austin bragged about his victory backstage to some random people, who brought up that it was a DQ and that Austin got his ass handed to him all match. Austin said it was all part of the plan and said that he is "going to bang his wife."

- The Impact Plus Flashback Match of the Week was Jeff Hardy vs. Rhino vs. Sabu vs. Abyss in a four-way Monster’s Ball match from Bound for Glory 2005.

- Backstage, The Desi Hit Squad accepted The Deaners' challenge. The Desi Hit Squad said that when they beat them, The Deaners will become servants of Gama Singh. The official stipulation is that whoever loses becomes the other’s servants. 

- oVe cut a promo where they mostly argued with each other. Callihan said that he defeated Blanchard again and now he is going to become the Impact World Champion. He addressed Tommy Dreamer for getting involved against them. Next week, Callihan & Dave Crist team up against Blanchard & Dreamer. Good promo.

Also next week, Bahh and Moose face off, The Desi Hit Squad take on The Deaners, and RVD teams up with Rich Swann & Willie Mack against The Rascalz. 

Impact Tag Team Champions The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) defeated Ortiz & Daga (w/ Konnan) to retain their titles

Page and Ortiz started the match, with the latter rushing at Page and getting the early control. They did a short sequence of reversals until Ortiz hit a powerslam and tagged in Daga. Ortiz and Daga hit a short combo before Alexander tagged in. Daga and Alexander traded strikes before Alexander was sent to the outside. Daga hit a tope on both North members. 

Back in the ring, Daga hit a great suplex for a two count. The fans were chanting for Daga over their countrymen. Daga and Alexander kept trading strikes until Page interfered and cut off Daga, allowing Alexander to hit an assisted suplex for a two count. 

The North started working over Daga with quick tags and power moves, keeping Ortiz at bay. Daga then had a great comeback, hitting a deadlift German suplex on Page. 

Ortiz tagged in and took out Alexander with a series of kicks and a tornado DDT. Ortiz hit a DVD after a foot stomp from Daga, who then followed with a standing moonsault for a two count. The North hit their swinging neckbreaker combo, followed with a flying elbow and top rope moonsault for a two count.

Daga fought off both Page and Alexander with kicks, getting a two count. LAX set up the 5150, but Page saved Alexander. 

Ortiz hit a tope on Page. Alexander tossed Daga outside, leaving Ortiz open for The North to hit their finisher on him and retain their titles.

This was really good given that Daga and Ortiz had never teamed before and the match only went about 10 minutes. Daga looked great here. Don Callis put him over huge, saying he is the next big thing coming from Mexico.

After the match, Ortiz thanked Daga. Konnan and Ortiz seemed to be introducing Daga to the crowd as the show went off the air.

Final Thoughts -- 

Really good show in terms of wrestling. We’re starting to get hints of what the Bound for Glory card could look like.