Which barriers to break? Let’s look back at where we stopped, the last words of Slammiversary review. Convince is harder than saying or doing. Look at the long term. Imagine the future you decided to reinvent from a certain past. Think, you love being #1, now do everything to stay #1. Slammiversary XVIII was a step, Impact is a weekly show. You made the fans come, now keep them by your side. I will add, they said the world would change on Saturday, that was not true. The change began on Saturday. Now the world could follow the track of change.
On the menu this week, from Nashville, Tennessee, The North will face off The Motor City Machine Guns and the Impact World Tag Team Championships are on the line. Neveah and Havok will square off with Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz. Willie Mack will compete against the new X-Division Champion Chris Bey in a rematch of Slammiversary. The Good Brothers, EC3 and Heath will make their comeback, or debut when it comes to Heath. We’ll also hear about who has arrived and who is the new World Champion. 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 back on commentary.
- Chris Bey defeated Willie Mack to retain the X-Division Championship.
- The Good Brothers came to the ring. Anderson said for months, the wrestling community wanted to know where were the Good Brothers going to go? Anderson said they knew where they wanted to go, and it was to Impact. He also said that he believes that they were part of the reason why Slammiversary was trending this past weekend. Gallows agreed with his statement. He said that they’re there to create the recipe of what makes for a great tag team, and they don’t need to “Too Sweet” to prove it. Austin and Madman Fulton made their way into the ring. They introduced themselves to the Good Brothers and notified them that they’re the best tag team out there. All four men started to brawl. Gallows and Anderson sent Austin and Fulton out of the ring.
- Backstage, Heath was trying to get into the building but he was having a hard time doing so. Heath gave Rhino a call. Rhino was too busy trying to figure out his money situation with Hernandez. They both decided to meet in the ring to settle their differences.
- Backstage, Chris Bey was hanging out in his private room. He poured some glasses of champagne for him and his friends. Rohit Raju came in to propose a toast to Bey’s win. Raju told Bey if he ever needs someone to help watch his back, he’ll be his guy.
- Havok & Nevaeh defeated Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz via DQ when Steelz hit Havok with a chair. After the match, Havok connected with her tombstone piledriver on Hogan.
- Backstage, Sami Callihan went looking for Ken Shamrock. He blamed him for their loss against The North this past Saturday. Shamrock said if Callihan has a problem with him, he’ll see him in the ring next week.
- RVD and Katie Forbes were happy to be themselves again. Katie was tired of wearing clothes, she was trying to punish the fans but ended up punishing herself. Forbes said that she has a new website, and will give more details about it next week.
- Rhino defeated Hernandez in a 3-second Winner Takes All (the money) match.
- Backstage, The North was angry because they weren’t given some time to celebrate their win and the fact they are the greatest team of Impact history. They listed off their accolades before their dream match against The Motor City Machine Guns. They decimated an entire division until the MCMG showed up. Ethan Page said if they’re so good, then they should try to win the belts off of them tonight.
- Quick vignette from Brian Myers, f.k.a. Curt Hawkins, who is going to come back soon.
- Backstage, Gia Miller tried to get a quick word from the new Knockouts Champion, Deonna Purrazzo. Purrazzo said that she heard Jordynne Grace was injured during their match, therefore, she doesn’t have anyone to compete against. Kylie Rae stepped in during her interview to introduce herself. They both got into it. Kimber Lee and Alisha Edwards came over to break them apart.
- Impact World Champion Eddie Edwards began his speech by saying that him becoming the new champion feels so right. He was ready for his new journey. He believed that stability has been missing, and his goal is to become a defending champion that the men and women in the back can be proud of. He announced that each week, he will defend his championship against anyone who wants to challenge him. After he said that, Eric Young’s music hit. Edwards cut EY off by saying he does not deserve a title match. He was disappointed with his behaviour, and how he took out Rich Swann. Young said that Impact belongs to him, and Edwards should thank him. EY added the reason they’re both standing there right now, is because EY made it so. Edwards heard enough. He dove out of the ring and collided with EY on the outside. Several referees ran out to separate the two men.
- Backstage, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Moose told Gia Miller he was not intimidated by Edwards now becoming a weekly defending champion. Miller asked if he’ll do the same thing as Edwards is doing. He said he’ll decide when to hand out the invitations. But for now, he had a match with Fallah Bahh, which he was going to prepare for.
- Backstage, Gia Miller asked Eddie Edwards about his fighting champion comment. Trey appeared and asked if next week, they both can have a match for the title. Edwards accepted.
- Moose defeated Fallah Bahh w/ TJP to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. After the match, we saw EC3 standing behind Moose. EC3 sent Moose out with an ECD.
- Outside, Ace Austin and Madman Fulton pulled up on the Good Brothers, who were leaving the building. Austin taunted both Gallows and Anderson. Reno Scum came up from behind and attacked them.
- Rosemary and John E. Bravo were hanging out at his place. Rosemary asked Bravo if he could have one thing, what would it be? Before he answered, Taya Valkyrie interrupted. Rosemary turned their hangout into a party. One-by-one, XXXL, The Deaners, Crazzy Steve, Alisha Edwards, Susie, Kylie Rae and Johnny Swinger (I’m Rick Martel…) teleported on over. Their get-together was about to become a reality TV show called “Wrestle House.” The first episode will debut next week.
- The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) defeated The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) to become the new Impact World Tag Team Champions.
- When Jimmy Jacobs left the building, Heath was able to find his way into it.
The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week
– Motor City Machine Guns vs The North
Alex Shelley and Ethan Page squared off. Shelley began the match with some wrist control. Page reversed it into a side headlock. Page tagged in Josh Alexander. Shelley tagged in Chris Sabin. Sabin locked Alexander in an octopus lock. Alexander dropped down and Sabin switched it up by sending him off his feet with two arm drags. Sabin tagged Shelley back in. Alexander took Shelley all the way back to his corner so he could tag in Page. MCMG were both in the ring now. They both connected with a double superkick on Page before the commercial break. Shelley connected with a crossbody on Page off the top rope.
Alexander was back in. Alexander slammed Shelley’s face into the apron. Alexander rolled Shelley back into the ring. Alexander had Shelley’s right arm locked up. Page grabbed a tag. Page smashed himself into Shelley in the corner. Page tagged Alexander back in. Alexander landed a few jabs before making another quick tag to Page. Page kept Shelley towards his corner. He put Shelley in a front face lock, then tagged Alexander in. Alexander came in quickly before making another tag to Page. Page had Shelley up for a delayed vertical suplex. Page handed Shelley over to Alexander who slammed Shelley on the mat. Shelley found his footing with a moonsault. He then headed over to tag in Sabin. Sabin landed a tornado DDT on Alexander and Page.
Sabin flew out of the ring with a dive on Alexander. Back in the ring, MCMG teamed up together. Shelley and Sabin trapped Page and Alexander with a crossface and cloverleaf submissions. Sabin and Alexander became the legal men. Sabin countered Alexander with a jumping knee. Alexander slapped Sabin mid-air. Page connected with a strong shoulder tackle. Page kicked Shelley out of the ring. The North came together with a wheelbarrow suplex combination. They hit the assisted cutter into a wheelbarrow suplex, Shelley broke it up. Alex Shelley was tossed out of the ring, The North got Sabin up, he ate a series of strikes. Page prepared for the Double Styles Clash but Sabin turned it into a roll-up for the win as Shelley was holding Alexander’s leg to prevent him from breaking the count.
The not-Nygma’s Moment(s) of the Week
A reality show?! The Wrestle House starts next week and I hope they will wrestle more than bicker in it.
The Weekly “Enigma For a Nygma”
You all saw like me the three glasses of whiskey the mystery man was preparing. With Brian Myers, we are reaching the number of eight newcomers in just 3 days, and some say more could arrive. So is three the new seven eight or ten?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 22, 2020
The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts of the Week
– The North
The North lost the World Tag Team Championships after a 381-day reign that made them enter in TNA/Impact Wrestling history book as the longest-reigning Champions ever, any titles. When The Lucha Bros and LAX left Impact Wrestling last week, Impact Wrestling bet on Ethan Page and Josh Alexander. Ethan Page has been with the company since 2017 but his singles career and the different teams he was involved him had never really shown the best of him. Until Impact Wrestling signed his long-time friend and partner Josh Alexander. Their alchemy in the ring was so undeniable that in less than 3 months, they became Impact World Tag Team Champions. We can argue on the methods they sometimes used to retain them but Alexander and Page deserve that special nod for everything they had done to help the Tag Team division.
– A new era
New theme, new graphics, new Champions… The die-hard fans may have been puzzled but, yes, the world is changing on Impact Wrestling. The roster is now made of former TNA Legends, young seeds ready to blossom and what I will call the “heart” of Impact, the men and women who have helped make Impact such an interesting program everyone is now rushing to join.
– EC3, EY, Heath, The Good Brothers, Brian Myers, and the MCMG
Like I said earlier, eight wrestlers have made their comeback or debut over the last three days. Some of them have already collided with the roster and started to build some storylines. When so many people are coming, at the same time, it looks like a kind of revolution but seeing them mix with the “current roster” and create some feuds was everything I was expecting. A revolution quickly after a change would be a little bit too much…
To be eNYGMAtic…
The fallout episodes from a PPV are usually not the best ones, because they’re all about revenge and celebrations. Not this time because the recipe of good wrestling, promos and cinematic orchestra was respected. We have as many storylines meant to continue as new feuds emerging.
Of course, with eight new talents coming, it was obvious they would make a grand entrance in the Impact Zone. The heat is on between The Good Brothers, Ace Austin and Madman Fulton. Eric Young is targeting Eddie Edwards, EC3 went straight to Moose. We’ll see what the future holds for Heath and Brian Myers. When it comes to the MCMG, expect The North to request a rematch or make their Championship reign something unforgettable.
Also, the return of the Knockouts Tag Team belts remains totally possible. As it seems Jordynne Grace was injured at Slammiversary and Rich Swann is said to be unavailable for a long time, Deonna Purrazzo and Chris Bey will need some serious contenders to show the belts are right where they belong. The coming weeks should be interesting…
Yes, the wind of change is blowing in the Impact Zone. It can be disturbing when you’ve been watching the show for years, to see so many people coming at the same time. For the fans who joined the Impact family at Slammiversary, it’s just the following of what they saw on Saturday. I was watching on Twitch yesterday, the figures were incredible, the number of countries watching insane. Ken Shamrock noticed on Twitter Impact was once again trending but #2 this time. When you do the right things, then people follow.
For more than three years, I’ve been pummelling that message week after week. I’m proud of the fact my words have flown in the right direction. Count on me to keep on spreading the right message. On this “Nygma And Change Have Never Been Good Friends” note, until next week, never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…
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