Impact Wrestling returned last night (Sept. 27) from Frontón México in Mexico City, Mexico. You can find the results in the live blog here.
Jake Crist had the tough task of facing Brian Cage this week. He held his own, but the super athletic Cage eventually put him away. (Seriously, Cage is so damn good.)
As soon as the match was over, Sami Callihan and Dave Crist attacked the X Division champion. That’s when things got strange.
The lights went out. When they came back on, Dave Crist was missing. Soon Pentagon Jr. & Fenix were on video tron with Dave tied up. (That was fast.) They commenced hitting him with kendo sticks. This allowed Cage recover, double clotheslining the other two members of oVe out of the ring and then hitting a tope con giro! (Seriously, Cage is so impressive.)
The match was good. The Cage bits after the video were good. But the mystic kidnapping didn’t work for me. It’s not that those type of things can’t work in wrestling. I love what they’ve done with Su Yung in regards to that.
But it didn’t work here because that needs to be something the promotion goes all in on. Pentagon isn’t mystical in Impact. He’s sadistic and violent. But sudden kidnapping to the point of teleportation doesn’t fit his MO. If they want to go that way, there’s no problem with it. But they would need to really build that as an aspect of Pentagon.
Their match should should be a really fun six man tag at Bound for Glory, but at this point it feels like they’re just buying time until they get there.
Champion vs. Champion
Impact opened with their Knockouts title match between Tessa Blanchard and Faby Apache (who is the current Triple A Reina de Reinas champion). The collision of champions was a bout between two powerful women and they meshed up very well. It wasn’t very long, but both women got to show off their strength and skill before Tessa put it away with the Buzzsaw DDT.
After the match, Taya Valkyrie appeared on the video screen, challenging Tessa for Bound for Glory.
That answers our question about who on this very thin roster is going to challenge Tessa at their big PPV in less than a month. It’s a good match up, but suffers a bit from the fact that we haven’t seen Taya in many months and the last time we saw her, she was losing.
They’ll have some work cut out for them to remind us why Taya is great, but since she is actually great, that shouldn’t be too hard.
In the main event this week, Killer Kross & Moose defeated Johnny Impact & Eddie Edwards.
It was a decent match, but not much to note. It didn’t add much of anything to the stories that this matched represented - Johnny vs. Austin Aries & Moose vs. Eddie Edwards. Moose now puts his hands right down his trunks and rubs his junk before chopping someone. That’s a great addition because that’s nasty. But otherwise, there’s nothing that needs to be sought out if you didn’t watch it.
The crowd never seemed to into it either. It could be that’s just how Mexican wrestling fans watch their wrestling. But it made this match seem less exciting than it probably was.
The lack of crowd reaction (or at least crowd reaction we’re accustomed to in the US) and a main event that didn’t bring much to the table story wise made this a pretty good match but one that was overall rather forgettable.
King keeps going
LAX defeated the Desi Hit Squad in a very fun match. It was the best match for the duo of Rohit Raju and Gursinder Singh. Of course, it’s hard to have a bad match against the uber talented duo of Santana and Ortiz.
We’ll have to wait and see if Gama Singh beats the hell out of the Hit Squad for this loss. The answer is likely yes.
After the match, King popped up on the tron with the rest of the OGz to cut a promo on Konnan. And it was a good promo. King has the gift of gab.
He talked up Konnan’s legacy but said that after Konnan was unmasked here in Mexico City, he spent the rest of his career leaching off others, including the two tag champs.
This feud is somewhat long in the tooth, but the strength of King’s latest promos has kept it interesting heading into the PPV.
Allie & Kiera Hogan defeated Su Yung and her Undead Maid of Honor this week.
Su no longer comes out with the gaggle of bridesmaids, which is much better booking wise. If they’re out there, we have to wonder why they’re not interfering. If six women are interfering, it kills the flow of the match.
The ending of this match felt a bit sloppy, but the crowd wasn’t buying in, which didn’t help. When a bunch of chaos is happening in front of a silent house, it appears worse.
Kiera picked up the win in this one. Still no idea on what the Bound for Glory plans for these three are.
Pros of the Show:
- Women’s title match
- Fun tag match
Cons of the Show:
- Underwhelming crowd much of the night
- Random kidnapping didn’t fit
That was a fine show, but there was no one big angle. It felt like a bunch of angles that would all be fine if there was something big on the show to anchor it. But on this show, there wasn’t that one big angle, which made this show feel rather skippable.
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