Impact Wrestling started their latest new era this week with the first nights of taping under the direction of Don Callis and Scott D’Amore. Just based off results, these don’t feel particularly groundbreaking. But as covered elsewhere, these shows won’t air for a week or two yet, so that may be by design.
Results tweeted by fan accounts like TheRogueFan and Jacob Cohen seemed to indicate fewer promos and in-ring story development segments than at past tapings, which may be an indication that bigger beats will happen backstage and be edited into these shows when they do start airing at the end of this month.
That’s just speculation though. Plus, we’re a little behind, and there’s a lot to cover, so we’re going to dive right in.
Aside from a couple things Impact has spoiled themselves (the biggest one we covered here, the other via a tweet of their embedded below), these results are compiled from a variety of live reports, which are subject to a couple levels of interpretation, and final production of the material for airing on television usually changes context, so...
Take these with a grain of salt, is all I’m saying. Still the big matches, winners/losers and story beats are here.
Filmed Wednesday, Jan. 10:
- Caleb Conley defeated Rohit Raju (Xplosion)
- Grand champion Matt Sydal def. Fallah Bahh. This was a regular match without judges or rounds.
- Bobby Lashley def. KM
- Keira Hogan debuted, def. Laurel Van Ness in a non-title match
- After a war of words between LAX and oVe, Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley attack Konnan’s crew
- Johnny Impact and Moose def. EC3 and Alberto El Patron
- World champ Eli Drake and his boy Chris Adonis were out to celebrate “The Life of Drake”. When Eli claimed to be the greatest of all-time, Austin Aries appeared in street clothes (with a banana, natch). This led to match...
- Austin Aries def. Eli Drake to become the new Impact World champ
- Matt Sydal and Taiji Ishimori def. Hijo del Fantasma and Rohit Raju
- Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley (now with “Cult of Lee” of entrance) def. TC Reid and Mike Monroe. Afterwards, LAX appeared on the big screen and vowed to take out Cult of Lee.
- Knockouts champ Laurel Van Ness def. Keira Hogan; LVN continued to attack after the bell, but Allie ran in to put a stop to that.
- Hania def. Amber Nova. Rosemary appeared afterwards and Hania ran off.
- Johnny Impact def. EC3, Alberto El Patron and Moose to become the #1 contender for the World title
- oVe def. TC Reid and Mike Monroe (Xplosion)
- Rosemary def. Amber Nova (Xplosion)
Filmed Thursday, Jan. 10:
- Kallah Bahh def. KM (Xplosion)
- Bobby Lashley def. Sami Callihan via disqualification when oVe interfered. Eddie Edwards made the save after the bell.
- Taiji Ishimori def. El Hijo del Fantasma to retain the X Division Championship
- Rosemary def. Hania
- EC3 hit the stage, and he brought Tyrus with him!
- EC3 and Tyrus def. Matt Sydal and Johnny Impact
- Brian Cage debuts, def. local talent in a squash
- Cult of Lee def. LAX in a non-title match
- World champ Austin Aries def. Eli Drake via pinfall after a brainbuster
- Brian Cage def. a different local talent in a squash
- Bobby Lashley and Eddie Edwards def. oVe
- Johnny Impact def. EC3
- Afterwards, Tyrus and EC3 argue, with the big man pushing Carter to the ground and walking off alone. Aries comes out for a staredown with Impact.
- Rohit Raju def. Hunter Wolf (Xplosion)
- Laurel Van Ness defeated Kiera Hogan (Xplosion)
- Homicide defeated Serpentico (Xplosion)