Which barriers to break? Be a rebel, act like a rebel, give yourself a mission to do even better than what you are used to doing. Then you can trend, be a subject of conversation, remind people that you have never disappeared. Rebellion was two nights of pure delight. Of course, the announced card was not the one we had the chance to witness but the (new) matches were great. A brand new world of episodes, characters and storylines blossomed in front of our eyes.
On the menu this week, from Nashville, Tennessee, Cousin Jake will face Joseph Ryan in a rematch of Rebellion. The North will defend the Tag Team Championships in Canada. Madison Rayne and Johnny Swinger will welcome Havok in a new episode of Locker Room Talk. We’ll also hear from Sami Callihan. 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
Josh Mathews and Madison Rayne were on commentary this week.
- Sami Callihan made his way to the ring and stated, “I see you AXS TV and Twitch, I see everything. The world sits at home, and the Draw will brighten your day.” He had the fight of his life with Shamrock but he was still standing and it will take more to keep him down. He stood toe to toe with Shamrock, the referee stopped it and well, he didn’t need help, which is why he did what he did to oVe. He wanted Shamrock right now. Shamrock arrived and told him to calm down. Shamrock said Sami is brave for a guy that got beaten down, but, he’s fought a lot of tough guys, KOed them, submitted them, but Sami didn’t tap. “You’re a tough SOB,” he added and reminded him he tapped Big Show, Bas Rutten, and the Rock. He thought they have two choices, they either go back outside and finish it… or, they can go after the World title as they both want. “Shake my hand and put it behind us.” Elgin arrived and said that he heard them mention the World title. That’s him, he’s the rightful champion. Sami mocked him and Elgin said that the fans love him and think he’s great. He didn’t need tricks, toys, or gimmicks to be exciting, No one can do what he can do, but Sami can’t fit in his boots. He’s the #1 contender and told Shamrock to shut up. He would have won the title had Tessa showed up, and the line started behind him. Sami called him a joke, Elgin attacked both and they fought back as Elgin powdered. Sami disappeared as Shamrock was left alone in the ring.
- Backstage, Chris Bey said he’s the top contender for the X-Division title, and he doesn’t wait for anything and wants his title shot tonight. He will be the first Finess-Division Champion.
- Willie Mack said he partied with Rich Swann. He talked about Bey and said he finessed his way into a big boot to the ass.
- XXXL (Larry D & Acey Romero) defeated oVe (Madman Fulton & Jake Crist w/ Dave Crist).
- The second episode of Locker Room Talk with Madison Rayne and Johnny Swinger. Jessicka Havok was their guest, was asked about her loss at Rebellion and Havok was not happy. Rayne didn’t let Havok get a word in before asking more questions. Havok threatened her, so Rayne backed up and asked about Nevaeh. Havok didn’t know why she’s here, but Rayne had another friend from her past here and brought in Kimber Lee. Lee said she’s ready to take her place at the top. Havok said she knows who she is and left.
- Cody Deaner’s quarantine video. He was on the road in his camper. He got caught stealing water and was talking with action figures. But he was fine in isolation, still selling merch.
- Suicide defeated Johnny Swinger.
- Backstage, Ace Austin couldn’t believe his ears. He didn’t think that Chris Bey deserves a chance to face Willie Mack for the X-Division Championship. Austin said this match is going to become a triple threat, and he will win back his title tonight.
- Josh Mathews sat down with Moose. He wanted to know why Moose thinks he’s the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Moose believed he’s the Champ because he’s faced all the greats in this company, including former TNA Heavyweight Champions. Starting next week, there will be a No. 1 Contenders Tournament for the Impact World Championship. Moose will be in it, but he wanted to pull himself out of it because he already has the biggest title in the company, he then left before he kills Josh.
- Joseph Ryan defeated Cousin Jake.
- Kiera Hogan profile package, discussing her journey into wrestling and how she became “The Girl on Fire.”
- The North were still in Canada at the Battle Arts studio/Don Koloff Arena and were about to defend their tag team championships. There were dummies dressed up in the crowd and fake fan noise pumped in. Page assaulted “a fan.” They were on a stay-cation in the greatest country on Earth, and will still defend their titles. They joked about Josh wanting a match with Angle, but Page had to remind him his 90-days isn’t even up yet. The North defeated Two Absolute Geeks in 45 seconds…
- Rosemary was at the bar and said while she’s sore, she had fun last week and Taya owed her. She drew cards, trying to decide her next step and the cards spoke to her.
- Rohit Raju anted Moose’s spot in the tournament. He wanted to go on his own path and that path was the title. He is officially in.
- X-Division Champion Willie Mack defeated Chris Bey and Ace Austin.
The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week
– X-Division Championship Match: Ace Austin vs Chris Bey vs Willie Mack (c)
Ace Austin ripped the Championship right from the referee’s hands. As Austin turned around, Willie Mack connected with a hurricanrana on him and a big boot on Bey. They worked into fast and furious counters. After the break, Mack was working over Bey, then Austin, and hit the stacked Samoan drop. The standing moonsault followed. Bey and Austin argued, then talked until Austin posted Bey. Back in, Austin cut off Mack and grounded him as he attacked with his laminated playing card.
He dumped Mack, Bey attacked Austin and Mack then cut off the dive. He followed with strikes, Bey cut him off with kicks and a RANA. Austin tripped him up and they brawled on the floor. Mack followed with a tope. Post break, Mack was in control, delivering chops to Austin. Bey flew in with a missile dropkick on Mack, Austin cut him off and grounded things. He follows with knee strikes and picked up a near fall. Bey fired back with kicks, choked out Austin and followed with a back suplex. Bey then worked over Mack, but Austin cradled him. He followed with kicks, a slam and then the second rope leg drop.
They worked into a double down, Mack was back in and they all traded strikes. Austin took control with a flurry of corner strikes and then got cut off by Mack. He followed with corner clotheslines, a cannonball, an XPLODER and headed up top. Austin cut him off and followed him up. Mack fired back, slipped out and Bey joined in to hit a German suplex on Austin. Mack then cradled Bey and hit a Stunner to Bey. Mack headed up top, The frog splash was countered. Austin hit a hurricanrana, the Fold followed and Bey broke up the pin. Mack was dumped, Bey followed with kicks on Austin but the Fold got 2 as Mack made the save. Austin hit a Trouble in Paradise, hit it again but Mack countered the avalanche RANA and the frog splash connected.
The not-Nygma’s Moment(s) of the Week
No… Nothing to say.
The Lollipop and Baby-Oil Nygmalicious Moment of The Week
I said, cancelled!
Well, I may soon create a Turtleneck-and-Knickers Nygmalicious Moment because I really think Joey Ryan is really sexy like this…
The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts of the Week
– Willie Mack
At Rebellion Night One, The Mack did the match of his career. He came to the ring focused, he brought his A-Game and became the new X-Division Champion. If anyone thought it was not something he deserved, this week’s match confirmed what the others already knew. Willie Mack earned this belt.
– Enemies turning friends?
I have never thought I would see Ken Shamrock offering his hand to Sami Callihan. Shamrock acknowledged Callihan never gave up because he never tapped out. I see that as a show of respect from a competitor to another. Then, as Shamrock confessed, they both have the same thing in mind, the Impact World Championship.
– Cody Deaner
The company did a great job with the #URTHEIMPACT videos. Everyone, depending on where he lives and his situation, deals with this lockdown/quarantine situation very differently. There’s no good or bad way to handle a time when everything seems to be on Stop mode. Like I’ve said, another life but watch more wrestling…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 6, 2020
– A Number One Contender Tournament
Some will say it’s a way to “kill” the time until Tessa is back, or Elgin and Edwards were the legit contenders for the title and so deserve their title match. I would say there’s a land of opportunities and good matches in this tournament and I look forward to the coming weeks to telling you about them.
To be eNYGMAtic…
The Fallout episodes from a PPV are usually not the best ones, because they’re all about revenge and celebrations. In the current context, this episode, if it could have been better, was a way to set the tone of what Impact is going to be the next few weeks. The North are stuck in Canada, Tessa Blanchard is stuck in Mexico, all the roster is not there. But, at the same time, talents we were not expecting there are given a chance, new ones are coming. And suddenly, new feuds, new stakes, new opportunities are emerging.
When it comes to Moose and the TNA title, we are still on the same point. I’m still puzzled but, at the same time, excited for what this storyline will offer in the future. We can blame the future for being uncertain, if not threatening, when it comes to our lives. When it comes to Impact Wrestling, the future has never been more exciting.
More than ever, take care, stay home, wear masks if you go out, and watch wrestling. On this “Nygma Is Locked Home – Day 51- And It’s Not Over” note, until next week, never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…
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