Right here, right now. Happy Day 75 of 2021. The Sacrifice time is over now. It’s time to prepare for the Rebellion, you have 5 weeks to rally your troops, prepare the chess game and set your guys at the right place. Despite all the challenges and new players you have chosen to invite to your game, you will have to play till the end. Right here, right now. Who will say ‘Checkmate’ the first?
On the menu this week, from Nashville, Tennessee, IMPACT World Tag Team Champions FinJuice will face off XXXL. Rhino will square off with Jake Something. We will have the chance to see a 6 vs 6 Knockouts match. Sami Callihan and Trey Miguel will compete. 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. On ‘Before The Impact’, Black Taurus defeated Luster The Legend. 

  • IMPACT World Tag Team Champions FinJuice defeated XXXL. After the match, The Good Brothers came out, they were pissed that FinJuice have the temerity to be in Impact. They blamed each other for the loss and said they’ve been busy between Impact and AEW. Anderson was busy with his 4 kids and hot Asian wife, he’s exhausted. Gallows said that they weren’t properly prepared and he had jet lag from the trip from Jacksonville to Nashville. They wanted their rematch. Juice said they’re good with that but Finlay added they’re busy though as they have to go back to Japan so they’ll have to wait until they come back in April, “Young Boys.” All four men briefly brawled before FinJuice escaped.
  • Backstage, Sami Callihan said he made it obvious since Day One that his message is exposing fakes. He said Trey Miguel fakes having passion, and what pisses him off is that he confuses anger with passion. He’s hotheaded, but he doesn’t have the passion that Sam Beale had last week by stabbing Trey in the back. He said Trey can get wins here and there but lacks the passion to get to the next level. Tonight, he was going to embarrass Trey and make an example out of him.

  • In Scott D’Amore’s office, The Good Brothers were upset they will have to wait till April for a rematch. D’Amore informed them that they’ll get their title match at Rebellion. Following that, Tommy Dreamer came in with the same concerns. He said he doesn’t want to be one of those guys, but they have no tag titles and are in a mess. D’Amore said they built a bridge with a company that hated them for years, and it’s not an easy thing. They could run it into the ground like Dreamer and Paul E. did with ECW, and if he thinks it’s so easy, Hardcore Justice is coming up. That’s right up his alley, so he told Dreamer to book the card. Dreamer said he’s already written out a card. D’Amore said he is good with it.

  • Rhino w/ EY, Deaner and Joe Doering defeated Jake Something w/ Chris Sabin and James Storm. VBD attacked Jake, Sabin and Storm after the match.
  • Backstage, Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb thought that they have the perfect name for their team tonight: Tenille and The Followers. No one liked it. The Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo wanted the team to focus on having a strategy instead of a name. They kind of got on the same page and called themselves Team Justice, which Tenille was not in favour of. She was upset that she didn’t get to give her own inspirational quote and although Kaleb wanted to hear it, she ran off to follow the rest of Team Justice.

  • Rohit Raju defeated Shera.
  • Backstage, Willie Mack congratulated his friend Rich Swann for his win on Saturday. Although he wanted to party with Mack, Swann needed to go to the ring.
  • In the ring, Richie Two Belts said he’s weighed down by all this gold and said Sacrifice was possibly one of the hardest things in his life. He’s worked through adversity and made his sacrifices, and on Saturday, he and Moose proved why Impact is one of the greatest companies and has some of the best talents. He may despise Moose, but he respects him. He said, at Sacrifice, it just seemed to be that he was on his high horse and riding stallion, as he’s a double champion. He said it’s unthinkable, unspeakable, and he did it. He partied on Saturday night, on Sunday, and on Monday rolling in today. He added he had a monkey on his back in January in Kenny Omega when Omega pinned him at Hard to Kill. And now it all comes back around. He has his opportunity to right his wrong on April 24, and he’s going to represent Impact Wrestling as the Unified World Champion against Omega, the AEW World Champion. There won’t be Good Brothers, there won’t be Moose, there won’t be Sabin. He said it’s one of the most important things to happen in this industry, and at Rebellion we’ll see who the real champion and who the real best wrestler in the world is.

  • Just after saying that, Don Corleone Callis (was it Pachelbel’s Canon as his entrance music? Wedding music… Whether The Invisible Hand has turned Cupid or Kenny Omega can kiss the bride after Rebellion…) came down to the ring. He congratulated the Unified Champion for his efforts. Callis told Swann that he’s been rooting for him since day one. He sensed Swann’s hesitation but they have their history. He’s the guy who fought to fight Rich Swann, calling him a ‘once in a decade’ performer. He said he fought for Swann to get paid when his leg broke because he’s integral to Impact. He added that he called Swann every week while he was out. Callis said Swann was his guy, and he pushed for Swann to be in the Bound for Glory main event. Swann said it’s all true. Callis said Swann was the shinny toy that he was proud of. The Golden Sheik told him there would always be something he wanted more. For him, that’s Omega and he’s moved on from Swann to Omega. But that’s okay, because does Swann remember when he thanked Callis for booking him at Hard to Kill? He said that Swann must have had a great night after his win, but he must have had the One-Winged Angel on his mind. He probably went to bed with his wife last night, went to sleep with her hand on his shoulder. But did he wake up in the middle of the night thinking of the OWA? The history books said he got beat with that move at Hard to Kill, and Swann is a once in a decade talent but Omega is a once in a Millennium talent. Just like he’s been there for Swann in his moments, he’s been there for Omega. When no one thought Omega could beat Okada, he was there. When no one thought Omega could beat Moxley or could headline another PPV event at Hard to Kill, he was there. Callis said Swann made history at Sacrifice and will be a part of history at Rebellion. But the problem for Swann is that he’s already written that history. Callis told him to sleep well.

  • AEW’s paid ad.
  • Backstage, Matt Cardona was talking to Eddie Edwards when Brian Myers arrived and told Cardona he is sick and tired of seeing him around the locker room.

  • Alisha, Havok, Nevaeh, Jazz, Jordynne Grace and ODB defeated Tenille Dashwood, Susan, Kimber Lee, IMPACT Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo and IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Champions Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz when Jazz locked Kimber Lee in the STF and made her tap out.
  • Backstage, Ace Austin was talking to Gia Miller when Chris Bey, Josh Alexander and TJP came and asked for a shot at the title. TJP had the last word when he announced he will face Austin in a rematch of Sacrifice.

  • Sami Callihan defeated Trey Miguel.

The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week

– Trey Miguel vs Sami Callihan

Trey was fired up and charged in. He came off the ropes but into a boot, then Sami came off into a jumping knee. Callihan fired back with a big clothesline. Sami went off the ropes into a sidekick that sent him out of the ring. Trey leapt out with a front dropkick through the ropes onto Sami. Trey beat Sami up the ramp, grabbed him but Sami fired back. Callihan went for a powerbomb onto the ramp, but Trey flipped out and kicked Sami. Back down to the ring, Trey connected with a reverse 619 kick. He leapt out of the ropes, went for a hurricanrana but Sami caught him and locked him in a Boston Crab on the outside. Back from the break, Sami was in control as he was methodically kicking and stomping at Trey’s hands and back. Sami threw Trey through the ropes to the outside and headed to the floor, grabbing Trey’s leg and wedging it into the ring post for a stomp right into the ankle.

Sami continued with kicks to the back and neck, then rolled in, grabbed Trey to pull him in and hit a short-arm clothesline. Sami connected with a crawling headbutt, and then he picked Trey up into the corner for a knife-edge chop, a whip across the ring. He then flipped Trey over on the way so he landed leg first. Sami picked Try up and did it again, with the ankle slamming into the top rope. Sami picked Trey up again, hit a bodyslam and then sat down and wrenched on the ankle. Trey kicked Sami in the back and Sami just cinched back in. Try finally kicked free but Sami grabbed his ankle. Trey kicked Sami off and limped across the ring, he charged in but Sami locked him in a Boston Crab on the top turnbuckle The hold broke and Sami argued with the ref, which let Trey get a step-up enzuigiri. Both men slowed to get up, Sami charged into a back elbow. Trey replied with a kick, he got to the outside, hit a springboard but his ankle collapsed and Sami hit a ripcord clothesline.

Sami went for the powerbomb, Trey countered with a double stomp and both men were down. Back for another break, Sami and Trey were trading blows in the middle of the ring. Callihan took over and came off the ropes right into a clothesline by Trey. Trey continued with an inverted atomic drop and a takedown, he came off the top but Sami moved and hit a rope-assisted neckbreaker. Sami connected with an open palm to the temple and took his time getting up. He grabbed Trey, went for the piledriver but Trey blocked it twice. Callihan hit a shot to the head, and he went for it one more time, but Trey countered into a hurricanrana, a double kick and a crossroads. Trey stepped through for an hourglass submission but Sami bit the ankle to break it. Trey picked Sami up who fired off with punches and another short-arm clothesline. Sami went for a powerbomb but quickly turned it into a Boston Crab.

Sami locked in the STF in the middle of the ring. Trey crawled toward the rope but Sami cinched him in a crossface. Trey twisted and turned and managed to get his leg on the rope to force the break. Trey rolled out of the ring as Sami crawled menacingly after him. He stalked Trey and picked him up, slamming him into the guardrail. He hit chops to Trey’s chest against the guardrail, rolled in and out to break the count. He charged at Trey, who ran up the steps and hit a springboard off the bottom rope with a cutter to the floor. Sami grabbed Trey to keep him from getting in and kicked him head-first into the steps. Back in the ring, Callihan continued with open hand slaps, but Trey replied with a counter into a leg sweep. Trey went up top and told the ref to move, he didn’t and Sami tripped him up. The 23 Enigma/package piledriver got Sami the win.

The Weekly “Enigma For a Nygma”

Hardcore Justice on Saturday, April 10th… WrestleMania Night One, of course, but not only… Think GCW, ICW, Beyond Wrestling, No Peace Underground, Unsanctioned Pro, H2O, IWTV’s Tony Deppen and all the indie shows that will air that day/night. I would call that a very bad idea but I like Tommy Dreamer way too much… (while I’m talking about that, dear Tommy Dreamer, I’ve been a very naughty girl, so please put all the toys I love in the card. You know, cookie sheets, candy corns, Lego©, forks and even tacks. Bring some new if you want. Hardcorely yours…)

The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts of the Week

– The Greatest Knockouts Roster Ever

Ok, at first, when I saw the announcement of the match, I couldn’t help but think that would be a remake of Monty Python’s ‘Reenactment of The Battle of Pearl Harbor’ (for the ones who know, yes, I’m an awful person…). But look at the match and think EVERY member of the roster was there (excepted Rosemary who was featured in BTI and the other impersonations of Su/Susie), plus two legends of women wrestling, Jazz and ODB. So, ok, twelve women in a ring more or less at the same time is messy but Impact Wrestling couldn’t do a better gift to its most treasured talents, its Knockouts.

 

– FinJuice

Remember what I was telling you in the Sacrifice review. Omega vs Swann in the making was the tree that was hiding the forest. FinJuice are now IMPACT World Tag Team Champions and will bring the belts to NJPW. The titles won’t be defended until Rebellion (even if they are announced for an indie show on April 9 in Florida). The Good Brothers were concerned, for bad reasons. Tommy Dreamer was concerned, but for good reasons. Cross-promotion matches are a treat for the fans, and even for the wrestlers. But they can suddenly become a big problem when things escape the hands of the company who made those matches…

Rebellion

Already two cross-promotional matches announced with Impact vs AEW and Impact vs NJPW. I don’t wish more, just to let the Impact roster enjoy their PPV. If I had to design a card for Rebellion, I would scratch my head to the bone. But titles have to be defended, Knockouts have to be promoted, and Impact Wrestling “classic” matches have to take place. This is an Impact Wrestling PPV, after all.

To be eNYGMAtic…

Maybe it’s because the USA is already on daytime savings mode, so it aired one hour earlier than usual, that I felt great but I really enjoyed this episode. A nice fallout from the great iPPV Sacrifice was. The Don Callis/Rich Swann segment is an absolute must-hear. Every word is perfectly chosen, made to hurt exactly when it is supposed to. Then, it was good to see Sami Callihan back in a ring, with an even more devilish attitude (yes, it’s possible) and new moves in his repertoire. I have always been a fan of his reinvention abilities, and his sense of humour, but this match once again proved Callihan is not as “easy to read” as he lets think.
I very often ask myself if people are reading my reviews and, if they do, until the end. I will never know if one fan or another is reading my work but I know some Impact Wrestling Executives and Creatives are. At the end of the Sacrifice review, I boldly told a personal truth about my health and my need to take a break in the near future. On Monday morning, I found a private message on my Twitter that completely moved me. Someone from Impact Wrestling asked me how I was and what was happening because he read the review till the end. Why do I share that with you? To tell you THIS is the fuel that makes me write every week, the reason why I do it. Because some people want to read my words. Not only my fellow writers or my friends who barely read a few words of English… I feel honoured, humbled and fired up with new energy.
On this “Nygma Is Nygma” note, until next week (if I want), take care, stay safe, go get vaccinated, watch wrestling, and never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…

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