If you read my review of Slammiversary XVI, you know it has been one of my best moments since I review Impact. It was flawless, fearless, unique, bloody, gutsy. It was pure Impact Wrestling. But let’s move forward, which is our 2019 motto. The Road to Bound for Glory is officially opened. Until October 20th, we have 15 weeks to build a brand-new PPV and write a new chapter of the history of the company… So, what are we waiting for?
On the menu this week, not the usual Fallout from PPV we’re using to having. Last week, I couldn’t tell you I knew there were no more matches taped and I had absolutely no clue on what would happen this week. Because of that, the review will be slightly different. One match was announced, Kiera Hogan vs Madison Rayne vs Jordynne Grace. So, no more words, let’s get ready for some action, but your French Enygma Steph way, of course…
The Nygma’s Chart of the Week
Allow me not to over-review what I already reviewed… I’ll let the wrestlers, Executives and Creatives talk this week…
- Josh Mathews and Don Callis looked back at RVD vs Moose. RVD said he underestimated Moose. Moose says he used to think RVD was the best, but then he came back and took his shine so he had to beat him. RVD said he just needs another chance to redeem himself against Moose. Josh and Don teased Moose moving into the main event scene following that win.
- They then looked back at Kross vs. Edwards first blood match. Edwards loved chaos, and not knowing what he’ll do next. Kross said that Edwards has so much heart, more so than most men that allow him to fight through things most can’t. Kross was excited to see what he changes into, and Edwards said he liked their feud and respects Kross. Spilling Kross’ blood was what this was all about to Edwards. Kross always knew that Edwards was just like him.
- Jimmy Jacobs joined them to Josh and Don to discuss the Knockouts Monster’s Ball match. Jacobs put over the match and how crazy it got, and was impressed that Taya retained. Don agreed and felt that it was the best Monster’s Ball in the company’s history and put over Taya big time. Jim Mitchell put over the dangers of the match as we got highlights.
- D’Lo Brown joined them to talk about the Impact Tag Team Championship match. The North proclaimed their greatness, while the Rascals said they need to fix things, but want a one on one match with the champions. The North will take on any and all challengers, as we see Santana being taken to the hospital. Konan called the North lucky and that LAX will get revenge when Santana is healthy. Don and D’Lo put over the North as Champions, noting that they aren’t flashy but they just win.
- From Impact: A Night You Can’t MIST 2019: The Great Muta & Tommy Dreamer defeated Michael Elgin & Johnny Impact. Dreamer put over Muta’s big-time post-match, noting that he wanted to be Tommy Acid and spit Acid like Muta spit Mist. He then told Muta he’s welcome in his house anytime and that America loves Muta.
- Tommy Dreamer joined Josh & Don to talk about Sami vs. Tessa. Dreamer felt that it was the first chapter in a story, while Don said Tessa won by losing and felt more is coming for her. We get highlights and Tessa commenting about main eventing the show and how important it was to her.
Sami says he’s always the main event, regardless of card position. They praise each other post-match, with Sami thinking she’d be done after 3 or 4 minutes. Sami says she hits hard, they gave us equality and their match was good for wrestling. Tessa says she gave 110% and left it all in the ring. She knows she’s one of the best in the world. Sami closed by saying they should do it again.
- Don & Josh discussed Swann vs. Impact with Petey Williams. Swann winning here really adds to his title run, and if this was Impact’s swan song, he delivered on the way out. They praised Swann as a potential World title contender. Swann says he kicked Impact’s ass back to Slam Town. Impact complained about the officiating, the fans, the ring and Jon E. Bravo for his loss and walked off. Taya Valkyrie then yelled at him as well.
- They looked back on Elgin vs. Cage with Scott D’Amore. They joked about the mystery masked man that appeared post-match. Elgin said he didn’t fail because Cage didn’t get the job done like he usually does. Cage praised Elgin’s skills, while Elgin talked about his issues with Callis and post-match attack by the mysterious masked man (Rhyno). Elgin said Cage didn’t earn the win, and that he didn’t break him. This wasn’t the final chapter of their story and it won’t be over while Cage holds the Championship.
- Jordynne Grace defeated Kiera Hogan & Madison Rayne. Post-match, Rayne turned heel as she and Hogan beat down Grace.
The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week
– Johnny Impact & Michael Elgin vs. Tommy Dreamer & The Great Muta
If you don’t know who Muta is, you should know this man is a living legend that is still wrestling at 56. And if you think Rosemary is the creator of the mist, you are wrong…
Johnny Bravo and Taya were at ringside. Elgin and Dreamer began. They locked up and Elgin overpowered him with ease. They worked to the ropes and they traded shoulder tackles. Elgin charged but neither man went down. He cut off Dreamer with kicks and followed with strikes and a clothesline. Dreamer fought back, hit a hip toss, but they both missed elbows and went face to face. Elgin shoved him and tagged in Impact. They stalled for a while and Impact said he wanted Muta.
Muta tagged in and Impact talked trash to him. They locked up and Muta worked the arm, they worked into counters and Muta grounded the action. Impact countered into a chin lock, but Muta escaped and he locked on a chin lock. He then tagged in Dreamer and double teams followed and Dreamer hit the Muta elbow drop. Muta then hit one. Dreamer followed with head butts, but Elgin hit cheap shots on him and Impact hit a disaster kick. Elgin tagged in, took out Muta and then choked out Dreamer. The delayed suplex followed, but Muta got a broom and teased using it. Elgin followed with a slam, headed up top and missed the senton.
Muta and Impact tagged in and Muta attacked the knees, hit the Dragon Screw on Elgin and then Impact. The kneebar followed, Elgin made the save but Muta hit the dropkick. Impact cut Dreamer off with a Standing Shooting Star Press. It broke down, Muta was dumped and they double-teamed Dreamer. The Moonlight Drive followed. Muta back in made the save and they all brawled to the floor. Dreamer pulled out a table. He set it up and Elgin attacked. He and Impact took control and worked over Dreamer but Dreamer posted Elgin and laid him on the table. Dreamer to the apron hit the Spicolli Driver on Impact and onto Elgin on the table. Back in, Taya hit the nutcracker on Dreamer, Impact grabbed his red X, but Muta sprayed the mist. Elgin attacked, but Muta misted him. Shining wizard by Muta, Taya was in and Dreamer misted her and hit a cutter. Shining wizard to Impact and Muta grabbed the win.
– Jordynne Grace vs. Kiera Hogan vs. Madison Rayne
Madison hit an enzuigiri on Hogan, Grace then followed with strikes. Rayne got dumped, Grace took control. Hogan fired back, but Grace cut her off and then kicked Rayne back to the floor. She followed with strikes on Hogan, Rayne broke up the Grace driver so Grace suplexed them both. Grace maintained control, working over Hogan and missing a Vader bomb. Rayne followed with a high cross. She and Hogan argued, Rayne followed with strikes, a cradle for 2, and a sliding clothesline. Hogan fired back, hit a neckbreaker and attacked Grace. She laid the boots to Rayne and choked her out in the corner. She knocked Grace back to the floor and followed with strikes on Rayne. Rayne fired back, slammed her to the buckles and then got knocked to the floor.
Hogan followed with a suicide dive, Grace cut off the next dive and slapped her around. They cut off Rayne and Rayne knocked them back to the floor. Back in, Rayne covers Grace and then Hogan. Hogan fired back with superkicks. Slam by Grace on Hogan, Grace was pissed and cradled Rayne and then hit a German suplex on Hogan. Grace followed with strikes, took Rayne up top. Hogan cut her off and followed Rayne up top but Grace popped up and ate a double stomp. Hogan stopped the Cross Rayne, Grace dumped Rayne and Hogan slapped her. Grace got pissed and ate a superkick but came back with the Grace Driver for the win.
To be eNYGMAtic…
This was what we call a reaction show and it played well, but some fresh content to follow up on the momentum from Slammiversary would have been appreciated, even if the videos did their job pretty well. Some feuds seem not to be done yet… Next week, we’ll have some action with Impact Fallout, an iPPV taped this Sunday night that will fill the show with wrestling mash-up…
On this “Nygma loves action” note, until next week, never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…
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