Right here, right now. Happy Day 19 of 2021. Let’s look back at Hard To Kill review. I hallucinated Elvis on Saturday night/Sunday morning and some of you are still scratching their head to the bones because of this title. Let’s try not to be too “classic” sometimes. That’s what I’ve been striving to do for quite a while now and I think you have been used to it. I was afraid AEW would blur the Impact Wrestling aspect of the PPV, that was not completely the case. Then, as I told you on Sunday, what’s next is a question that was remaining unanswered. Maybe tonight, we will have those highly expected answers… Right here, right now.
On the menu this week, from Nashville, Tennessee, Jazz and Jordynne Grace will team up against Kimber Lee and Susan. Rhino will face off Eric Young, the leader of Violent by Design. 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

D’Lo Brown and Matt Striker were on commentary. Many ‘Hard To Kill’ segments were aired, I chose not to relate them.

  • Video from last Saturday. Omega, Don Callis, and The Good Brothers were heading to the hotel to celebrate their big main event win. Callis then grabbed the camera’s attention and let the audience know that they are heading to Jacksonville for a little hiatus. But he didn’t want anyone to forget what they’ve done here on Impact.

  • Eric Young w/ Cody Deaner and Joe Doering defeated Rhino w/ Cousin Jake via submission. Young refused to release the hold. While Cody was attacking Jake, Young put a chair on Rhino’s leg and Joe Doering jumped on it, breaking Rhino’s ankle.
  • Just after their Hard To Kill match, Gia Miller wanted to ask Moose and Rich Swann about their match but Moose attacked Swann and slammed him through a door.
  • Backstage, Rich Swann said he’s tired of playing games. If Moose wants to claim he is the real World Champion, Swann is giving him the opportunity to prove it tonight.

  • Backstage, Sherlock Acey Romero and John E. Bravo told Detective Tommy Dreamer they found Lawrence D’s (Larry D’s alter-ego) cologne in the Knockouts locker room and they think he was set up. The same fingerprints were shared among the gun and the bottle of ring rust. Detective Dreamer was puzzled.

  • In the ring, The Good Brothers bragged about their performance at Hard to Kill, alongside their “brother” Kenny Omega. Gallows promised to keep the IMPACT World Tag Team belts for as long as they want. They teased a Too Sweet, but Chris Sabin interrupted. He asked if they’re hungover, drunk, or stupid. Sabin reminded everyone that he and Shelley were never pinned for the belts and invoked their rematch clause. Gallows mocked Sabin and noticed that Alex Shelley is not here. Sabin had another trick up his sleeves, as Longnecks and Rednecks hit. With a big smile on his face, James Storm walked down the ramp. Classic badass Storm promo.
    Suddenly, AEW’s Matt Hardy and Private Party found their way down to the ring, as Matt tried to ensure that he gets his cut for the warm-up match he has scheduled. Matt took credit for saving TNA back in 2016 from going bankrupt. Matt started shooting about the bad teleportation angle that stripped The Hardy’s of their TNA tag belts back in 2017. The Good Brothers calmed things down and The Private Party were booked against Sabin and Storm for an opportunity at the IMPACT Tag belts.

 

  • Backstage, Gia Miller welcomed Matt Cardona, who made his debut at Hard to Kill against Ace Austin. He said he is excited to start this new opportunity in IMPACT and he is here to prove himself.

  • Backstage, Hogan and Steelz were talking to Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb with a K of the Fire And Flava party they are planning for next week, Johnny Swinger wanted to join in on the party. But the problem was, they were still fighting over the wad of cash. Fallah Bahh joined in. As he was about to leave, Brian Myers accidentally got off the elevator and picked a fight with Bahh.

  • Kimber Lee & Susan w/ Deonna Purrazzo defeated Jordynne Grace & Jazz when Deonna KOed Jazz with the title belt.
  • Backstage, Gia Miller was about to ask Taya Valkyrie about her next plans. She was about to start going off but Bravo arrived. Bravo accused Taya of spraying the ring rust on Larry D. Dreamer revealed that her prints were found on the object. Taya started confessing, and she was arrested by two policemen. Dreamer feared that she could be headed to Jacksonville Penitentiary or maximum punishment in Stamford. Acey suggested that she could end up in Baltimore, which Bravo feared most of all.

  • Rosemary and Taya met up for one last time as Taya showed a more sincere side. They embraced and Rosemary was left in tears, with Crazzy Steve. They walked off.

  • AEW’s paid advertisement (this time, Tony Khan and Jerry Lynn were in Nashville).
  • Rich Swann was in the ring, now placing his attention on Moose, who has been a thorn in his side for some time now. Swann was now available with Omega being gone and invited Moose to the ring. Moose made his grand entrance. Moose arrived in a suit and tie, TNA belt on his shoulder. He warned Swann not to make emotional decisions and anger him. Moose will not rest until he gets his title shot. Swann mocked him and said he’s ready to go. Moose said he decides when they fight, on his time. They brawled and Swann used his quickness to take Moose out. Swann landed a Phoenix Splash, leaving Moose nervous.

 

  • Backstage, Rohit Raju was in Scott D’Amore’s office as TJP approached as well. Rohit was beyond upset to see TJP without his Manik mask. He was owed a title shot due to TJP sneaking his way around the clause that would not allow him to challenge for Rohit’s belt at the time. D’Amore granted him an opportunity which he is satisfied by. As Rohit marched away, D’Amore informed TJP that it is a non-title contest.

  • Backstage, Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz were still interviewing talent. Alisha Edwards was offered an MC job. Referee Brandon Tolle was approached with the Fire “N Flava Celebration offer. They offered him a spot to stand next to them for a small fee. Havok and Neveah came up, looking to purchase a package. They were only offered a spot to watch it from their television screen at home, avoiding a match.

  • Brian Myers defeated Fallah Bahh. He faked an eye strangle and hit a NutCracker for the win.
  • Backstage, Ace Austin with Madman Fulton had a lot to say to Gia Miller after his big loss to Matt Cardona on Saturday. Now, he wanted to redeem himself. He thought he’s the draw and moneymaker, not Cardona. Josh Alexander was sick and tired of hearing Austin talk. Both Austin and Fulton attacked Alexander. Cardona ran in to help Alexander out.

  • Backstage, Dr Ross was checking Eddie Edwards’ scars from the Barbed Wire Massacre. He strongly recommended he retires from death matches for awhile. Brian Myers came charging in and asked the doctor to check on him. Eddie didn’t like his tone and challenged him to a match next week.

  • Private Party w/ Matt Hardy defeated Chris Sabin & Cowboy James Storm to become the #1 contenders for the IMPACT World Tag Team Championships. Tony Khan and Jerry Lynn took a seat at ringside. Jerry Lynn interfered in the match (Sabin and Lynn have had a complicated story over the years). After the match, The Good Brothers came to tease Private Party. Obviously, the three teams started to brawl.

 

The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week

– Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) w/ Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns (Chris Sabin & James Storm)

Kassidy and Sabin kicked things off. Athletic exchange, but Private Party took control with Quen tagged in. Frequent tags here as they forced Sabin their corner. Sabin fought back and tagged in The Cowboy. Storm got kicked to the floor. Jerry Lynn and Tony Khan took a front-row seat for the main event. After the commercial break, Kassidy and Storm were brawling in the corner, as Private Party left Storm in desperate need of a tag. Matt tied up Storm on the outside, allowing Quen to plant Storm. Tandem spinning dropkicks nearly sealed the deal, but Storm kept things alive. Both men grabbed a tag and Sabin worked did the hot tag. Sabin took out both men with a spinning DDT and kick combo. A dropkick to the back of Kassidy sent him to the mat.

James Storm came through the ropes and gave Sabin a boost on another DDT. Kassidy saves Quen from a double suplex and they sent both guys outside. Sabin and Storm landed a sunset flip-backstabber combo. Sabin looked for Cradle Shock but Quen breakdanced out of that. Storm looked for the Last Call on Kassidy but received a flashy kick to the face. Sabin made him pay for it with a brainbuster leaving everyone down. Sabin and Quen got in a strike exchange. They trapped Sabin on the knees of Kassidy and Quen landed a Shooting Star Press off Sabin’s back. Storm got met on the outside with a Fosbury Flop. With Kassidy and Sabin on the top rope, Jerry Lynn grabbed Sabin’s leg and Private Party hit the Gin and Juice for the win.

The Weekly “Enigma For a Nygma”

So it seems we have an AEW invasion? Ok, but please give me Orange Cassidy. And PAC. Lucha Bros, why not. Jurassic Xpress. Eddie Kingston. Well, let me choose… All written, Mr Khan?

The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts of the Week

– Richard Two Belts?

Look at the eyes of Rich Swann… For a belt that is not even meant to represent anything, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship has become the “hot belt” in town. Moose, in fact, gave it some interest back. Unifying these two titles would mean make one of the past and the present. Then, is Moose or Swann the one who can make the times colliding into a time?

To be eNYGMAtic…

The fallout episodes from a PPV are usually not the best ones, because they’re all about revenge and celebrations. The action, not a lot, was flooded by promos and backstage segments but was that necessary? Then, I wanted to hallucinate Elvis, I hope you hallucinated Elvis too tonight (me, I was already in Medazzaland).
Yesterday night, while checking on Twitch and social media, many people were puzzled by what has been happening. Whatever Scott D’amore or Tony Khan can say, people want to know: is Impact Wrestling meant to become a subsidiary of AEW? Will we soon hear about an AEW IMPACT show? That’s a reality the fans are perfectly aware of. And they demand clarity.
On this “Nygma Is Living a Nightmare” note, until next week (if I want), take care, stay safe, watch wrestling, and never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…

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