Which barriers to break? Tuesday is the new Wednesday, we all heard that last week. I say NO. Ever since tat sentence was said, we’ve heard so many things it just became crazy, AEW buying Impact Wrestling, cross-promotional events, The Good Brothers in a match against FTR, The Young Bucks in a rematch against the MCMG, Sami Callihan against Jon Moxley, Ethan Page going to AEW, Taya Valkyrie leaving, Don Callis leaving Impact Wrestling to become Kenny Omega’s manager… STOP. If you thought the answers to all of this would be here, you knocked at the wrong door. Yes, Kenny Omega is on IMPACT tonight. That’s a fact. And all we need is facts. The 2021 motto will be pretty simple, right here, right now. Too much is not enough, but only when it’s happening.
On the menu this week, from Nashville, Tennessee, Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary will face off IMPACT Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo and Kimber Lee in a Knockouts Tag Team tournament first-round match. Eric Young will square off with Cody Deaner. TJP and Brian Myers will fight. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Moose will team up with Chris Bey against IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann and Willie Mack. And we’ll hear of Don Callis and Kenny Omega. 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.
- A bus was heading to Skyway Studios in Nashville, Josh Matthews said that he’ll enter that bus tonight for an exclusive sit-down with Kenny Omega.
- Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley defeated Josh Alexander w/ Ethan Page. Page interfered on his own and cost his partner his match, Alexander was not very happy.
- Backstage, Chris Bey came in to talk to Moose about their match and strategy. He wanted to talk moves and Moose was ignoring him. Moose finally said his hands talk for him, and was Bey sure he wants to talk? Bey said he should be nicer, especially since he’ll be World Champion after Final Resolution, and Moose said he guessed “we’ll” talk to you after this Saturday.
- Paid advertisement from AEW with CEO Tony Khan and announcer Tony Schiavone.
- Brian Myers defeated TJP.
- Backstage, Cousin Jake asked Cody Deaner if he’s ready for his match with Eric Young. Jake said, “We got this.” Cody said it ain’t about “we,” it’s about him. He had to go out there alone. Jake said Joe Doering will be there so at least let him be there as a backup. Cody said Jake can come out, but he had to promise him that no matter what, he doesn’t get involved. Jake promised reluctantly.
- Backstage, TJP was looking frustrated when Rohit Raju showed up to mock him over his loss. He said TJP isn’t doing that well, he tried to stand up to Myers and look what happened. He tried to pull his game with Suicide/Crazzy Steve and that didn’t work, 2020 isn’t his year but it is Rohit’s. He said he’s the greatest X-Division champion in this lifetime. He put over the final Defeat Rohit challenge of 2020 at Final Resolution which will be open to anybody but him. He said maybe 2021 will be his year, but he doubts it. TJP wished him good luck for his final Defeat Rohit challenge.
- Eric Young w/ Joe Doering defeated Cody Deaner w/ Cousin Jake. After the match, Doering and EY attacked Cody and Jake came to the rescue. Jake ate a DVD by Doering and a clothesline. EY and Doering then grabbed both Deaners and went for double piledrivers, but Rhino was out with a pipe. Young and Doering bailed.
- Backstage, John E. Bravo was yelling at Dreamer about Lawrence D having shot him. He complained that he got shot and Mr. Mundo got hit with the shrapnel. Dreamer told him to calm down and worry about his and Mr. Mundo’s health. He said he’s got this and swang a kendo stick as he approached XXXL. He told Larry he shouldn’t be a free man and doesn’t care that he was set up. Larry wanted a match with Dreamer at Final Resolution with his freedom on the line. Dreamer said that match is made. Larry said, ‘you mean to tell me that I can win my freedom from attempted murder in a wrestling match?” Dreamer said he can do whatever the hell he wants.
- Tommy Dreamer walked in Scott D’Amore’s office. He hates wrestlers making matches. But it’s not going to ruin his day, he’s fine with it. Dreamer was concerned about Kenny and Don being there, about what it does to the locker room and said Don’s only in it for himself; it only blew up. Scott said he’s already blowing up but in a good way and he gets it, but he’s not the first one to be in for himself. He noted that even Lance Storm is happy, and he’s never unhappy. He said its a good thing, but Dreamer isn’t convinced.
- Knockouts Tag Team Titles Tournament – Opening Round Match: Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary defeated Kimber Lee & IMPACT Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo.
- Backstage, Tenille Dashwood was talking makeovers with Kaleb with a K and Alisha Edwards had more important things to worry about. Tenille was not too happy with it, but Alisha was still pissed about Eddie Edwards’ assault by Sami Callihan so he didn’t have time for this. Tenille said she doesn’t have time for her and she and Kaleb kicked her out of the team. They promised to teach her a lesson, but later.
- Backstage, Deonna and Kimber were arguing about their loss. They came up on D’Amore and Purrazzo complained about having to deal with an undead zombie in Su Yung along with everything else. D’Amore said it looks like they’ve taken care of Su for now, and since they lost their tournament match she can focus on the Knockouts Championship. He knew it’s eating away at her, so this Saturday she’ll prove herself by defending the Knockouts Championship against Rosemary. D’Amore walked off after throwing his papers in the air, and Purrazzo and Lee were incredulous that she has to face another demon.
- In the ring, Sami Callihan played ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall’, called himself the highest-rated Impact wrestler on the wall. He’s the best in the ring, on the mic, most must-see wrestler on the planet. Since Day One, he’s held Impact on his back and dug it out of the trenches to make it the company he is today. Impact Wrestling need him more than he needs Impact, and that’s how he gets away with what he does. He talked about his famous baseball bat to Eddie as a mainstream moment and said he made Edwards relevant. The clip was played. Sami said Eddie doesn’t lean and keeps sticking his nose into Sami’s business and getting his ass beat, which will continue happening until Eddie’s forced out of the business. So he said what the hell, let’s do this again and hit Eddie with the bat again. The incident got Shamrock suspended, but Ken’s great and getting a vacation while Sami holds things down. He called it “the sequel” but no clip was airing. Instead, Alisha came out, he told her to stop because he’s not in the best mood. She almost got piledriven by Eric Young last time, but EY has better manners than him and if she steps in the ring, he’ll break her neck. Alisha said unlike last time, she didn’t come alone. Eddie attacked Sami from behind and laid in punches. Sami went for the bat but Eddie stopped him and stepped on Sami’s arm. He grabbed the bat and Sami begged off. Eddie swang, Sami ducked and got out of the ring, bailing.
- Backstage, Eddie was excited, saying he’s back. Alisha talked him down and said she helped him, now it’s time for him to help her. He was all for it and walked off fired up, almost hypnotized by the baseball bat.
- Chris Bey and TNA World Champion Moose defeated Willie Mack and IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann.
- After the match, Swann was ready to exit the building and security said the Champion has the parking lot blocked off. Swann thought he means Moose pretending to be Champion with the TNA World Title, but it’s Kenny Omega. Josh Mathews showed up and was let through as Swann stared off with the security guy incredulously, then walked off.
- Mathews walked into the empty bus and didn’t see anyone. He took a seat and out came Callis and Omega. Omega had the AEW World Title. Callis asked if he wants to see some history and said that the ceremonial changing of the nameplate will happen here instead of on AEW television. Kenny wanted to give a gift to the Impact audience here, and Callis started to do it while Mathews asks about Callis getting involved. It’s a family affair and something in the making for years. Mathews then asked with all that said, does Kenny feel what happened Wednesday tarnishes his legacy? Omega got nuts. He then asked the question Josh wanted to know, why Impact? He said things about lifestyle and collecting. Maybe the next prize will be the Impact Championship, they have a great champion here. As long as he has the AEW Title, he doesn’t mind having fun in his spare time. Who knows? But for now, they’re close to a big announcement at AEW and have to get to Jacksonville. Omega did the thing, he and Callis left.
The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week
– Josh Alexander vs Chris Sabin
Josh and Sabin circled a bit and then locked up into some chain wrestling. Sabin connected with an arm drag, Alexander replied with a kick to the gut. Sabin went into the ropes, he rolled under a clothesline and hit a hurricanrana and some arm drags into a shoulder lock. Alexander went to his feet, he backed Sabin into the ropes and sent him off. Sabin connected with a kick to the head and he came off the ropes right onto Josh’s shoulders for a somersault slam. Stomp to the gut by Alexander, then a knee to the spine. Sabin picked up, fought back but ate a knee to the gut, a pair of short-arm clothesline by Alexander and a backbreaker. Alexander stomped and kicked at Sabin, then picked him up and pushed him the corner for a knife-edge chop. He went for a second, but Sabin ducked it and hit a couple of his own. Alexander whipped out of the corner but Alexander turned around, hit a big kick and a jumping knee drop.
Alexander continued with a shoulder lock on Sabin in the centre of the ring. Sabin got up and fought back, but got hammered down by Josh. He picked Sabin up, snap suplex. Knee to the back and a chinlock as Shelley shouted encouragement on the outside. Sabin was up to his feet and a jawbreaker broke the hold. Alexander was right back on Sabin with a shot and a whip into the ropes. Alexander continued with a full nelson, Sabin slipped out and hit an overhead kick to Alexander’s skull. Sabin connected with an inverted atomic drop, a crucifix pin, then a dragon screw leg whip, a dropkick to the knee and La Magistral cradle. Alexander charged but Sabin sent him to the outside and got on the apron, the punt kick is ducked and Sabin was back inside for a dive on Josh to the ramp. Page and Shelley offered encouragement to their partners, Sabin got Alexander up and rolled him into the ring.
Sabin went up top for a crossbody. Sabin went to get Alexander on his shoulder but Josh blocked it and hit a forearm to the head, Sabin charged in and ate a back elbow, Sabin ducked a big kick but got caught in a wristlock. Josh pushed him into the corner, backroll pin but Sabin held onto the corner and hit a back elbow. Sabin went up top, went for a super RANA but Alexander caught him and hit a powerbomb backbreaker. Josh went for a double underhook, picked Sabin up but Sabin flipped out and hit an enzuigiri. Sabin charged and Josh ducked, hit a clothesline and a belly-to-belly suplex. Alexander charged but Sabin got the knee up, Sabin went up top, missile dropkick to the back of the head. Sabin hit a Shining Wizard. Sabin got Alexander on the shoulders, Alexander slid off and hit a big elbow. Page told Josh to drop him on his head. Alexander didn’t seem happy but went for it and Sabin grabbed the knee, turned it into a jackknife pin for the win.
The Weekly “Enigma For a Nygma”
Madison Rayne said something very true yesterday, the unnatural feeling to say the AEW World Champion is here at Impact with EVP Don Callis and how much this “breaks the rules.” Later, Tommy Dreamer was concerned and said it to Scott D’Amore. Most of you know the respect I have for Dreamer.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2020
I felt the same while watching the show live on Twitch because the criticism was terrible. IMPACT trended #1 yesterday, which is a good thing, but 90% of the people were there for Omega. They sprayed shit on everything we, IMPACT fans, love, and that was heartbreaking.
I wanted to say it. Once again, Sami Callihan always knows how to say it better than me. This is IMPACT, AEW can come and go as they want, IMPACT will always be IMPACT…
I’m unsure what these two have planned for tomorrow…
BUT… I’m absolutely sure of two other thing.
1. #IMPACTonAXSTV is my show.
— ₮ⱧɆ ĐⱤ₳₩ (@TheSamiCallihan) December 8, 2020
The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts of the Week
– The Invisible Hand
I’ve been doing this review for a good three years and a half and I’ve never thought my degree in history and analysis of economic politics would help me with wrestling. Until today and Don Callis. “The unintended social benefits of an individual’s self-interested actions,” like economist Adam Smith said. Something bigger than us promoting an end to our acts which was no part of his intention. To quote a so-called Messiah, it’s the greater good idea. Socrates (the philosopher, not the soccer player) said, “I know that I know nothing…” And really, Don Corleone Callis has nothing to do with a Messiah.
– Sami and Eddie…
The infamous baseball bat accident happened three years ago and the feud has never ended. Something that was not meant to happen exposed to the world the absolute chemistry, in and out of the ring, between Sami Callihan and Eddie Edwards. I’m sure they won’t deny me if I say they bring out the best in each other. Us, fans, we just can’t get enough of that.
– Final Resolution
Don’t forget the Impact Plus special event next Saturday 8 PM EST (1 AM GMT). The card was bombarded on social media just after IMPACT ended and it is stacked, see below.
A night of overcoming, a night of glorious conquest.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 3, 2020
– Hard To Kill
A fabulous teaser was put online last week, I wanted to share it with you even if the PPV is 5 weeks away. It will be another year, another dream but always IMPACT…
To be eNYGMAtic…
You had two choices, watching IMPACT because of its special guest, or doing what you do every week. I watched IMPACT like I do every week and it was an excellent episode. When you put aside all the unnecessary noise, it was great wrestling, great build-up, great promos. And you must be blind if you didn’t see it. The card of Final Resolution was revealed a little bit in a hurry but the episode did its job to let us imagine what would be announced. Like I said in the intro, IMPACT will always be IMPACT, our show, our weekly Rendez-vous. This is Us.
One more episode after Final Resolution and we will have the 2 Year-End episodes with all the Best of 2020, don’t forget to vote for the Year-End Awards here. It was a year to remember, some will say, I wish I could avoid some parts of. I won’t let you down during this Holiday time, my own Year-End awards are in the making, like my favourite matches.
On this “Nygma is Not An Omega, She’s An Alpha” note, until Final Resolution, next week, take care, stay safe, watch wrestling, and never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…
All pics, videos, and screenshots courtesy of Impact Wrestling, Basil Mahmud and AXS TV. Photocollage custom made by @frenchnygma exclusively for @steelchairmag.