Right here, right now. Happy Day 308 of 2021. Episode 44. “When our heart goes “Boum!” Everything goes “Boum!” with it, And it is love which awakes.” Is Minoru Suzuki a source of Joie de vivre? That smirk, that violence, that experience… We still don’t know why he is has been targeting Josh Alexander. Some questions can remain unanswered as long as they are synonymous with action. Right here, right now. Every ray of light is good to take when the sky is so grey.
On the menu this week, from Las Vegas, Nevada, Mickie James will put the Knockouts title on the line against Madison Rayne. The Good Brothers will face off FinJuice in a non-title match. Steve Maclin, Rohit Raju, AAA’s Laredo Kid and Black Taurus will compete for the #1 contendership for the X-Division Championship. Chris Sabin will square off with Madman Fulton. And World Champion Moose will team up with W. Morrissey and Minoru Suzuki against Josh Alexander, Eddie Edwards and Matt Cardona. 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’, Sam Beale, Rich Swann & Willie Mack defeated Brian Myers, VSK & Zicky Dice.

  • Laredo Kid defeated Steve Maclin, Rohit Raju and Black Taurus to become the new #1 contender for the X-Division Championship.

  • After the match, X-Division Champion Trey Miguel came out and offered a handshake to Laredo Kid but Steve Maclin dropped both men with a clothesline. Miguel and Laredo teamed up on Maclin and sent him running with a double dropkick before showing mutual respect between each other.

  • Backstage, Madison Rayne, with Kaleb with a K, told Gia Miller it doesn’t matter if this match with Mickie is a completely different challenge, despite the history between the two, because they’ve had cage matches, last knockout standing matches, and one thing never changes. When she challenges for the Knockouts championship, she walks away champion. Kaleb with a K let us know after Madison wins he’s going to get his clap back on Mickie. Madison went to walk away before Gia asked her about her scheduled interview with the IInspiration later tonight and if it’ll get in the way of her match tonight. Madison said she has no idea what she’s talking about and they walked away.

  • Backstage, Madman Fulton, with Ace Austin, couldn’t tell Gia Miller about his match against Chris Sabin as Ace Austin reminded us that last week he defeated him. Ace said it’s important and should be celebrated. He unzipped his jacket to reveal a new t-shirt that says “I Beat Chris Sabin”. He said he’s been getting dirty looks for his honest shirt. Fulton said tonight he’s going to pick Sabin apart. Ace said Sabin being torn limb from limb by Fulton is inevitable.

  • Eric Young came out with Violent by Design and said Rhino made the wrong decision. Rhino learned like they all learned that with choices come repercussions. Eric said he hasn’t had to get his hands dirty in six months, but it’s time for him to reenter the fold. It’s time for the master designer of violence to get his hands dirty. But he’s ready to get back to business and that begins tonight. This brought out Jai Vidal. Eric gave Jai an opportunity to tell the people who he is and he said, “My name is Jai Vidal”. Eric asked Jai where he’s from, he’s a Vegas native. Eric said this is probably your first time on television, Jai confirmed. Eric asked if he’s excited and Jai said, “yes sir”, Eric said he knows and it’s a dead giveaway that he’s sick, that he has the disease. Eric said he has the cure for that.

  • Eric Young defeated Jai Vidal.

  • Backstage, The IInspiration were backstage for their interview with Madison Rayne but they were clearly being tricked as they were stuck in a scary room and couldn’t find their way out. Finally, they saw a picture of the Decay and found a way out. As they left, we saw a writing on the mirror that said “Turning Point.”

  • Backstage, the IInspiration told Gia Miller they’re not interested in being ghostbusters, Gia said if that’s the case they better stay away from Kim and Brandi. Cassie and Jessica asked who they are, Gia replied the Undead Bridesmaids. The IInspiration seemed to have a plan for them and asked where to find them before walking off.

  • FinJuice defeated IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers via DQ when the Bullet Club attacked FinJuice.

  • After the match, we attended a Nutcracking Party. Bey, Hikuleo, and El Phantasmo hit a number and a variety of Nutcrackers, NutStompers, NutFisters, NutKickers, NutCrashers, NutBreakers and NutBelters on all 4 men in the ring and posed with the Impact Tag Team Championships.

  • Backstage, Johnny Swinger was looking to gain some finances for a casino in Vegas. Hernandez showed up, he was here to help Swinger. Swinger replied, “help from you any day daddy” and went off with Hernandez.

  • Finjuice were heated that we got more Bullet Club bullcrap. Scott D’Amore said we’ll see The Bullet Club face off with FinJuice for a #1 contenders match (again?) and, next week, there will be a winner.

  • Mickie James defeated Madison Rayne w/ Kaleb with a K to retain the Knockouts Championship. Of course, Kaleb interfered.

  • After the match, Mercedes Martinez came out to congratulate the champion, they shook hands. Martinez reminded Mickie she won a tournament that gives her a championship opportunity and she’s ready for that match. “While you’re looking in the back for challengers, your next challenger is standing right in front of you.”

  • Backstage, The IInspiration found the Undead Bridesmaids and asked if they’d be interested in facing The Decay next week on their behalf. Kimber and Brandi laughed and walked away without giving much of an answer, The IInspiration seemed confused.

  • Backstage, Matt Cardona, Josh Alexander and Eddie Edwards were with Gia Miller. Josh said they all want the same thing but for different reasons. He talked up his opponents but said nothing will take his focus off Moose. Josh got a bit too heated and Edwards told Josh not to let his emotions get the best of him. Cardona said they all want the same thing, but they have to stick together, focus and kick their ass. Josh said tonight they’re on the same page but whatever happens next, happens next.

  • Chris Sabin defeated Madman Fulton w/ Ace Austin. After the match, Austin and Fulton went to attack Sabin but he countered out and headed to the back.

  • Moose, W. Morrissey & Minoru Suzuki defeated Matt Cardona, Eddie Edwards & Josh Alexander.

The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week

– Laredo Kid vs Black Taurus vs Steve Maclin vs Rohit Raju w/ Raj Singh

Raju charged Laredo in the corner, both men exchanged strikes as Maclin and Taurus watched. Maclin and Taurus sent Rohit and Laredo out of the ring. Maclin dropped Taurus with a back elbow and knocked Laredo and Raju off the apron with forearms. Black Taurus off the ropes dropped Maclin with a sling blade. Raju back in the ring hit Taurus with a bicycle kick and followed with a dive on Maclin. Laredo Kid from the top took Taurus down with a hurricanrana. Taurus back to his feet dove onto Raju and Maclin on the outside. Laredo Kid to the top rope hit a moonsault onto all three opponents outside of the ring. Laredo tossed Raju back into the ring back, Raju countered and hit Laredo with a superkick.

Raju sent Laredo into the corner but ate a hard palm strike from Laredo Kid. Laredo Kid lift Raju onto his shoulders but Raju reversed out and hit a suplex. Raju and Maclin exchanged strikes in the centre of the ring and Black Taurus stopped them both with a top rope moonsault onto both men. Taurus hit Maclin with a running forearm, followed by a combination of strikes. Black Taurus connected with a lifting Samoan drop on Maclin. Laredo Kid went after Taurus and dropped him with a hurricanrana to the outside and a diving hurricanrana outside of the ring as well. Laredo Kid tossed Taurus into the ring and hit a springboard splash. Raju back in control rolled up Laredo Kid but Laredo kicked out. Maclin distracted Raju, Laredo Kid tossed Raju into Maclin and hit Rohit Raju with the Michinoku Driver for the win.

The Weekly “Enigma For a Nygma”

Great Balls of Fire… I had a tear rolling in my cheek, really… I put a waltz from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” as a soundtrack of this moment, that was just magnificent… If you listen to D’Lo and Matt Striker during that 2-minute segment, they really soften the instant. But men, balls are balls, nuts are nuts… And that hurt…
And to Chris Bey, nuts are 365 days a year in the Impact Zone…

The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts/Awards of the Week

– “Speedball” Mike Bailey

We will have to wait a few months to have the chance to see Impact Wrestling’s latest addition in the Impact Zone. I told you more about him earlier this week here, I just can’t wait to see not only what Mike Bailey is able to do but also where he is able to go.

– With Honor and Pride

Trey Miguel and Mercedes Martinez did something I wish I could see more often and reminded me of Ring of Honor. They paid respect to their future opponents. Of course, they told Laredo Kid and Mickie James they will be on their road soon but they showed them that they will offer them the matches they deserve and we, the fans, deserve.

Turning Point

Three matches were signed during that episode, and 3 interesting ones, some are in the making. My only threat right now is the hour of the iPPV. TicketMaster announces a 7 PM start time, but probably PST, which means 10 PM EST, and so, for us Europeans, 3 AM GMT, like for Bound For Glory. To be confirmed, of course…

Hard To Kill

After the November iPPV, maybe a December one (nothing was announced about as of today), we will celebrate the first days of 2022 with a pure wrestling extravaganza, live from The Factory in Dallas, Texas.

To be eNYGMAtic…

When I start to struggle to find some Noticeable Facts, it’s usually a sign that the episode was good, that everything was falling into place, and there was no exception to the rule. EY is back and defo 100%. The X-Division opener was excellent. Chris Sabin’s war against Austin and Fulton works. Austin’s t-shirt, no. The 6-man main event was interesting but I won’t tell you again what I think of six, eight or ten-man matches. But it was a smooth way to introduce Minoru Suzuki to the ones who have never seen him wrestling before. Mickie vs Madison has some nostalgia vibes even if both wrestlers still know how to rock the house.
Of course, I had my 2 minutes of Glory with the Nutcracking Party. Over the last 4 years and a half, I’ve been drumming you into my silly and guilty pleasures, like Garza’s Spanish Pantalones, Alberto and Konnan’s soap opera… But the Nutcracker has been a constant and an absolute classic of this review. M. Bey, M. Hikuleo, M. ELP, my respect… 

On this “Nygma Is In Heaven” note, until next week (if I want), take care, stay safe, go get vaccinated, watch wrestling, and never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…

All pics, videos, and screenshots courtesy of Impact Wrestling, Fight Network, Dan The JOBR, and AXS TV. Photocollages custom made by @frenchnygma exclusively for @steelchairmag.

By Steph Franchomme

News, Reviews, Social Media Editor, Impact Wrestling Reviewer, Interviewer Well, call me The Boss... And French...

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