Impact Plus monthly special events have shown us they can become some interesting game-changers in the IMPACT routine. From the classic weekly shows and 4 PPVs a year system, we now have a monthly addition when a title can change hands, feuds can find an end or a beginning.
We are just 3 weeks after Rebellion and the cards are shuffled again. 
Under Siege, I said it multiple times over the last few reviews, time to dot the I’s and cross the T’s. IMPACT is ours, so we fight the battle. Once again, one-third of the card is made of women matches. This is the way it is supposed to be everywhere, not only on IMPACT. Follow the tired soul of a Nygma, let’s dig into it. 

  • Brian Myers vs Black Taurus w/ Decay

Brian Myers is very professional, which makes him be extremely hated in the locker room, except by Decay. The match was made after Taurus sent Myers to a table two weeks ago. That was not the “usual opener” but why not.
Taurus tossed Myers around as the Most Professional Wrestler was reluctant to get back into the action. Myers locked the arm but Taurus replied with a flip out. Myers felt outmatched as he headed to the outside and punched Crazzy Steve. This lured Taurus outside where Myers took him out on the barricade. Taurus tried to break free again but Myers tripped him on a slide outside.

Taurus hit a corkscrew attack from the top, flooring both men. Taurus continued with a running crucifix bomb. He raised Myers up for a shoulder breaker but Myers hit a Pelé Kick and a flatliner. Myers, as professional as he could be, strangled the eyes and followed up with a Roster Cut for the win.
It was a very good opener. Despite being so professional, Myers delivered tonight and was clearly a step ahead of Taurus. To be continued as, like me, you saw the glance between Steve and Myers…

  • Taylor Wilde & Tenille Dashwood w/ Kaleb with a K vs Susan & Kimber Lee

Taylor Wilde has resisted as hard as she could not to team up with Tenille. But she did it. Tenille scored a quick blind tag as they worked well together. Kimber landed a combo of kicks before tagging in Susan. Taylor came in with a flurry but Susan made her pay in the corner with gut shots. Tenille came in to save Taylor but Kimber and Susan took care of both of them. Susan hit a superplex and pinned Taylor with her feet on the ropes, but the referee caught it. The ref was distracted by Kimber as Kaleb with a K sent an enzuigiri into Susan from the outside, allowing Taylor to hit a German Suplex finish. Not bad, but not great. Next match, please…

Meanwhile, backstage…

Sami Callihan made clear he is the one who will bring the IMPACT title to the roster. Thumbs up, thumbs down.

  • 4-Way Match to determine the new #1 contenders for the IMPACT World Tag Team titles: Ace Austin & Madman Fulton vs TJP & Petey Williams vs XXXL vs Rohit Raju & Shera

This match was made a few days ago with the participants in the X-Division #1 contender match. When we are a little bit more used to the three other teams, TJP and Petey Williams teaming up is a first. And I want to see that…

Tags are enforced here as Acey and Fulton worked it out once things settled down. Rohit quickly tagged in, feeling confident against Acey. TJP bent Rohit in a kind of Muta lock on the mat. Rohit dominated Petey before he broke free and brought TJP back in. Ace and Fulton cornered TJP and took control of the match. TJP fought against both with a dropkick and a tornado DDT.

Petey hopped in and landed his signature Russian leg sweep. Fulton broke up a Destroyer attempt as XXXL invaded. Acey slapped the soul out of Shera but Ace clocked him with kicks. TJP came in and launched him with a back suplex. Rohit hit a running knee but got squashed by XXXL. Fulton saved his partner at the last second and hit Acey with a clothesline. Fulton hit the Deep Six on Larry D and Ace hopped off his back to splash for the win.

The winners were not a surprise but let’s be honest, what could have turned into a messy bout was very good. I have to confess, I had a tear running on my cheek, when Petey Williams, one foot on the Rohit Raju’s Jewels of The Crown, sang “Oh Canada…” Like Matt Striker said, if Petey Williams’ résumé is as long as The Great Wall of China, he kept a little stone on it for my favourite move…

Meanwhile, backstage…

Fire ‘N Flava told Gia Miller they would make their babies come home. Tasha Steelz was particularly tense.

  • Willie Mack vs W. Morrissey

Morrissey made a strong impression at Rebellion, to the point Mack requested that match. Mack stormed Morrisey but got dropped with a shoulder tackle. Mack threw some big elbows as Morrisey took a breather. Morrisey kicked Mack through the ropes onto the floor for a rough bump. Morrisey battered him outside, breaking the count to continue the onslaught.

They returned to the ring where Morrisey drove a knee and a chinlock into Mack. Morrisey dominated Mack, using the ropes to choke him out. Mack connected with a tall spinning back kick and a splash in the corner. Mack nailed a clothesline from the top. Morrisey hit his East River Crossing but decided against a pin. He delivered a boot to the back of the head and picked up the win.

After the match

Morrisey snatched a chair but Rich Swann rushed to the ring and made the save.

Mack resisted pretty well to what could have been a beatdown. Swann’s return was unexpected and a feud with Morrisey is not really what I want to see for him in the near future.

  • IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match: Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering (c) vs Fire ‘N Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz)

Ellering used her power to send Kiera down with a spinebuster. Kiera and Tasha used their wits to corner Ellering. Tasha showed swagger and aggression, driving Ellering into the ropes. She and Kiera were setting the tone for this match. Kiera backpacked Ellering but slipped off, allowing Ellering to create some separation. Kiera quickly tagged Tasha as they regained control with a double stomp. Ellering nailed a cutter but Tasha maintained the lead, backing her up and letting Kiera slid a kick to the face. They hit a double suplex as their time on top continued. Jordynne finally got the tag, rag-dolling Tasha with a Michinoku Driver. Tasha and Jordynne were left with the latter taking advantage. Kiera trapped her in the ropes on a Vader Bomb attempt.

Kiera hit a Sliced Bread outside on Ellering. Jordynne looked for the Grace Driver but Tasha escaped to the top rope. Jordynne got dropped and ate a frog splash. Fire n’ Flava are now two-time Knockouts Tag Champs.
Sorry, but what? Don’t make me say Tasha or Kiera cheated because that would be untrue. Don’t make me say the match was weak because it was really good. Fire n’ Flava were good as the heels. Once again, Jordynne Grace was the weakest link. That title change was definitely shocking, can’t wait to see what’s next for Tasha and Kiera…

Meanwhile, at the Swinger’s Palace…

After Larry D destroyed the previous Palace, Johnny Swinger had no choice but to eject Larry and Acey from the new. “See you later, Natural Disasters…”

  • IMPACT X-Division Championship Match: Josh Alexander (c) vs El Phantasmo

Call that a dream match… ELP could bring the X-Division Championship to NJPW which is pretty risky. But he was facing Josh Alexander. So, if ELP was oozing confidence coming to that match, the Walking Weapon of IMPACT was ready.

Josh had the edge early on in the technical and power department. ELP was wowed by Josh’s technical abilities as he was countered. ELP had glimpses but Josh continued to roll out of his submission attempts. ELP hit a knee and was back to his confident ways. Josh started laying in some chops, causing ELP to take a hike. Josh chased him back into the ring where he continued to smash him. These shots started intensifying as ELP landed chops of his own. Josh was placed in a Tree of Woe, where ELP went for a NutStepper.

Josh tossed him off with a spider suplex. ELP moved to joint manipulation on the champ’s fingers. ELP hit his strut on the top rope but Josh yanked him down. ELP grabbed a nipple during a strike exchange and paid for it. Josh dropped him with a boot and looked for the Divine Intervention. ELP hit the ropes after escaping an ankle lock, landing a moonsault. He hit a roundhouse but Josh held on to pick the ankle. ELP broke free, hitting a rack neckbreaker.

He looked for the superkick but Josh broke his back and grabbed the ankle. ELP rolled through and grabs the tights. Josh tossed him across the ring with an amazing German and hit a crossbody through the ropes. Josh was stunned on the top rope where ELP hit a hurricanrana. He hit a long-distance splash. ELP escaped the Divine Intervention with a jackknife pin. Josh grabbed the ankle again after a powerbomb backbreaker and sat down on it, making ELP tap.

Ok, the title will stay in the family BUT what a match… I’m unable to find something wrong with it. The attitudes, the moves, the audacity, the beauty of it. One of the best matches I’ve seen in a long time. We found in Josh Alexander the Champion we needed. What was even more interesting was to see ELP make clear he lost against someone better than him, inviting Alexander to defend the belt in NJPW. Josh Alexander later said he was more than ready for it.

Meanwhile, backstage…

FinJuice and Eddie Edwards told Gia Miller they were ready to treat the Good Brothers and Kenny Omega with all their respect.

  • IMPACT Knockouts Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/ Susan & Kimber Lee vs Havok

Deonna not coming alone made clear things would not end well for Havok. Havok enabled her power to begin but Kimber pulled the champ out. Susan jumped on the apron, allowing Deonna to backpack Havok. Havok tossed her as Kimber looked on terrified. Deonna chopped away at the arm, setting up her game plan. Deonna looked smooth with each transition as she maintained wrist control.

Deonna tried to bring her to the floor with an armbar but Havok responded with a clothesline. Havok locked in a Boston crab putting the champ in trouble but she reached the ropes. Kimber caused a distraction, allowing Deonna to snatch the arm. Havok rolled through and hit a knee. She followed up with a missed face wash, countered by a bicycle kick. Deonna locked the arm, hit the ropes and jumped into a Venus de Milo to retain. Next match, please…

  • IMPACT World Champion Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) vs IMPACT World Tag Team Champions FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) and Eddie Edwards

FinJuice worked together to silence The Machine Gun but he worked dirty to land a tag to The Big LG. Doc Gallows unloaded an uppercut but FinJuice continued to show chemistry. Juice landed a slam and senton on Anderson as the tag champs continued their dominance. Eddie Edwards entered the match, yanking on the arm of Anderson. Omega tagged himself in, locking in a headlock in the ropes in the process. Omega and Edwards traded strikes as Eddie hit a belly-to-belly suplex.

FinJuice worked on Omega’s arm and hit a tandem bulldog. The Club gained control on the outside with Omega driving Juice into the apron. Juice delivered a back suplex to Anderson creating enough separation to make a tag to Finlay. He took out the entire team before his pin was broken up by Omega. Omega snatched the foot of Finlay, allowing Anderson to dump him outside. The Good Brothers now took full control with Finlay in desperate need of a tag. Finlay connected with a crossbody and flipped out of a suplex to get the tag to Eddie.

Omega fell victim to rapid-fire chops in the corner. Eddie went nuts on Omega landing a Blue Thunder Bomb and a Tiger Driver. Omega landed a V-Trigger on Juice and a snapdragon on Eddie. LG backpacked Omega with Anderson hopping on top for a splash cover broken up by FinJuice. The Brothers set up the Magic Killer but FinJuice made the save. Omega kicked Eddie into the ropes but he bounced back with a lariat. Anderson hit a TKO out of nowhere. Finlay landed a stunner on Anderson, allowing Eddie to hit the Boston Knee Party and pick up a huge win for this team.

I really enjoyed that match despite my absolute Omega despise. Eddie Edwards against Omega in brief instances was a thrill and these guys worked hard from the start. It could have been a great main event because it had the style, drama and effort. Eddie pinned Anderson, which is pretty meaningful. I will tell you more about that in my conclusion…

  • 6-Way Match for the #1 contendership for the IMPACT World Championship: Sami Callihan vs Moose vs Chris Sabin vs Trey Miguel vs Matt Cardona vs Chris Bey

Moose stood front and centre to start it out, destroying everyone in sight. Sabin and Bey worked double superkicks on Moose and empty the ring for themselves. Bey connected with a stiff dropkick sending Sabin out. Trey hit the ropes as fast as possible and sent Bey out with a kick. Cardona sends Moose outside and hit him with a basement dropkick. Trey pumped up his sneakers as he and Bey hit flipped over the ropes.

Callihan hit a pop-up powerbomb on Bey onto the apron and sent him inside. Sami hung Cardona and Bey up in the ropes. Bey spider-suplexed Sami but Sabin hit a hesitation dropkick. Trey stormed the ring and locked in a dragon sleeper on Sabin. Trey dropped Moose from the top rope but he hopped right back up with a superplex. Bey connected with a frog splash immediately after. Sami came out of nowhere with a legal steel chair shot. Sami hit a T-bone on Bey onto a chair.

Sabin hit a DDT/Flatliner combo on Cardona and Sami. Cardona replied with the Radio Silence on Moose but Sami pulled up with a NutKicker. Anderson and Gallows stormed the ring and took out Sami. Sabin hit an enzuigiri and a Cradle Shock on Cardona but Moose pulled the ref out. Sabin hit a suicide dive and a sunset flip back in the ring. Moose chopped the knee of Sabin before hitting the Lights Out Spear for the win. Moose is the new number-one contender for the IMPACT World title. Very, very good match…

To be eNYGMAtic…

The first who is able to tell me what this title is about without using Google or Wikipedia is really damn good and around 30. Ok, I have a confession to make. This week has been one of the most difficult I had to experience for myself and my family. So what was supposed to happen happened, I fell asleep after Tenille/Taylor match… I watched the show on a French afternoon, quiet and calm, with coffee and biscuits, just to realize how good this iPPV was. Rarely the company has made a flawless race, let’s be honest. Deonna vs Havok was the stain on a picture-perfect show. The return of Rich Swann was appreciated. Fire ‘N Flava regaining the Knockouts Tag Team Belts was quite a surprise. And, let’s face it, Josh Alexander vs ELP was a massive slap in the face. 

The Good Brothers saw the threat in Sami Callihan, they didn’t see not only it was not a good target but he was also not the only target they had. Yes, Moose is officially the new #1 contender for the World Title. But there are two more men that can fit the mould too. Sami Callihan was on the road to becoming it and would have probably won the match. And there’s Eddie Edwards. He definitely showed he can defeat Kenny Omega. The coming weeks are going to be epic… It looks like the forbidden door will be nothing more than a memory soon…
Meanwhile, I will hold on, swimming in my sea of issues and the pressure of the upcoming surgery. A Nygma has to keep her secret, I wouldn’t be a Nygma if not… See you on Thursday night, well, maybe…

Under Siege Complete Results:

  • Brian Myers defeated Black Taurus
  • Tenille Dashwood & Taylor Wilde defeated Susan & Kimber Lee
  • Ace Austin & Madman Fulton defeated TJP & Petey Williams, XXXL, and Rohit Raju & Shera to become the new #1 contender for the IMPACT World Tag Team Championship
  • W. Morrissey defeated Willie Mack
  • Fire ‘N Flava defeated Rachael Ellering & Jordynne Grace to become the new IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Champions.
  • Josh Alexander defeated El Phantasmo to retain the X-Division Championship
  • Deonna Purrazzo defeated Havok to retain the IMPACT Knockouts Championship
  • IMPACT World Tag Team Champion FinJuice & Eddie Edwards defeated IMPACT World Champion Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers
  • Moose defeated Sami Callihan, Trey Miguel, Matt Cardona, Chris Bey and Chris Sabin to become the new #1 contender for the IMPACT World Championship

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