Right here, right now. Happy Day 322 of 2021. Episode 46. The Kōdō, one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, with ikebana and tea ceremony. Participants “listen to the smells” of wood-burnt perfume. It sharpens the senses, purifies the body and the spirit, eliminates pollutants, awakens the spirit, heals loneliness, calms in turbulent times, is not unpleasant even in abundance, even in small amounts is sufficient, does not break down after a very long time. A common use is not harmful. Right here, right now. Tell me you didn’t find at least one point of comparison with the art I’m about to talk to. There’s a Kodo for everything.
On the menu, this week, from Las Vegas, Nevada, Steve Maclin will try to win his spot in the X-Division match if he defeats Laredo Kid. Hikuleo will face off Doc Gallows. The Knockouts Tag Team Champions The IInspiration will make their debut in the Impact Zone in a match against The Undead Bridesmaids. And, in a match of Legends, Josh Alexander will square off with Minoru Suzuki. 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’, Brian Myers defeated Sam Beale one-on-one. He attacked him with a chair after the match. Swann and Mack came to save Beale.

  • Steve Maclin defeated Laredo Kid. Trey Miguel will face off both Maclin and Kid at Turning Point this Saturday for the X-Division Championship.


  • Backstage, Swann and Mack were with Sam Beale and Dr Ross. Earlier on BTI, Brian Myers injured Sam Beale’s throat with a Con-Chair-To. Rich Swann wasn’t happy with what Myers did and swore revenge at Turning Point.


  • Backstage, X-Division Champion Trey Miguel said he wasn’t happy with the X-Division Title match being a TripleThreat but he was ready for anything. He’s going to go out of his way to beat Maclin to retain the title.


  • Backstage, Ace Austin told Gia Miller he isn’t interested in beating Chris Sabin again at Turning Point because, as the shirt says, he already beat Chris Sabin. Chris Sabin came to talk to him about taking the challenge, but the brawl was on. Sabin managed to lock Madman Fulton in a fridge as Austin fled.


  • IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Champions The IInspiration defeated The Undead Bridesmaids. After the match, the 4 members of Decay came to the ring, surrounded Cassie and Jess who screamed. They stayed in the ring as Decay went backstage.


  • Backstage, Chelsea Green told Gia Miller she is ready to win the title at Countdown To Turning Point. Matt Cardona was here too and wanted the winner of Moose and Eddie Edwards at Turning Point. W. Morrissey came in to say he’s in Cardona’s way. They will face off at Turning Point.


  • Backstage, Eddie Edwards was reminding Gia Miller of his long history with Moose (by the end of 2018, Moose tortured a newfound-hardcore Eddie and abducted Alisha. It ended up at Homecoming PPV in January 2019 in an Extreme Falls Count Anywhere Match) when the World Champion attacked. They brawled backstage, on the ramp, in and out of the ring. Chairs and tables got involved. Eddie had the best on Moose, grabbed a ladder, was about to jump on Moose on the table, but Moose fled. Backstage, Moose said Eddie will see what he is capable of at Turning Point. Scott D’Amore blamed Moose for pissing everybody off and made the match a Full Metal Mayhem.


  • Backstage, Mercedes Martinez said she has known Mickie James for a long time but there’s no more mutual respect between them now. She added that Mickie should have known you don’t turn your back on her, ever. She’s here to dominate the division and at Turning Point, she’s taking out Mickie James to win the Knockouts Title.


  • Doc Gallows w/ Karl Anderson defeated Hikuleo w/ El Desperado & Chris Bey. No after-match brawl but a sneaky NutCracker from Hikuleo (at 5’25)…


  • Backstage, AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Deonna Purrazzo and The Drama King were with Gia Miller. She was in all black, including large sunglasses, and had very little to say. She was contractually obligated to be here and owed no one an explanation about where she has been. Purrazzo finally went into a bit of a rant as she said everyone is going to have to see what her next move is.

  • Backstage, FinJuice weren’t happy with being knocked all the way back down to the bottom of the ladder. Scott D’Amore came to give them a match against Decay at Turning Point.


  • Violent By Design promo. Eric Young asked what it is like to be truly free. Rhino knew real freedom but then he made a choice. That choice brought consequences and at Turning Point, Young promised to build a monument to violence over Rhino and Heath’s bodies.


  • Decay and The Demon defeated Johnny Swinger, Fallah Bahh and Hernandez.


  • Backstage, Swinger passed John E. Bravo in the back, saying this must be rock bottom. Swinger left, Havok and Rosemary popped in. Bravo wanted Swinger to be happy like he was in Wrestle House. They’re willing to help Bravo help Swinger… for his virgin blood.

  • Backstage, Jordynne Grace said she is ready for Chelsea Green. Rachael Ellering then listed off all of Grace’s accomplishments.

  • Backstage, Mickie James stated that she respects Mercedes Martinez but apparently, they aren’t friends anymore.

  • Josh Alexander defeated Minoru Suzuki.

  • Johnny Swinger and John E. Bravo ran into everyone from Swinger’s Palace (Madison Rayne and Kaleb with a K were not of the first). They were not sure why they were here, but Decay popped up to say they brought everyone together. Next week, they’re coming together again in Wrestle House 2.

The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week

– Minoru Suzuki vs Josh Alexander

Alexander went for the arm to start. That switched into an ankle lock and Suzuki was out in a hurry for a standoff. Alexander took him up against the ropes and offered a clean break. Suzuki replied with a kick to Alexander’s ribs but he sent Suzuki outside for a breather. Back in, Suzuki choked him over the ropes but a security guard took away Suzuki’s chair. That meant a right hand to the guard. After the commercial break, Suzuki was hitting a running boot on the ramp. They got back inside with Alexander hitting a running boot to the face but Suzuki ran him over again.

Some taunting kicks to the head just woke Alexander up. Suzuki started chopping him in the chest. A big one sent Alexander to his knee, where Suzuki hit him in the face. They fired up, Alexander was chopped right back down and he got caught in the sleeper. Suzuki let him go and tried the Gotch style piledriver, countered with a backdrop. Alexander hit a top rope knee to the back of the head, with the kick-out going straight into the ankle lock. Suzuki hit a forearm to find his way out before going to the sleeper. They traded some very fast counters until Alexander hit him in the face. The C4 Spike piledriver gave Alexander the win.

The Weekly “Enigma For a Nygma”

Revenge is better cold, if not frozen, something Chris Sabin understood perfectly.

The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts/Awards of the Week

– Thanksgiving time…

I was a huge fan of the Turkey Trot. I loved the IPWF revival show 2 years ago, it was nothing but pure fun. Circumstances made things difficult last year but we have a Thanksgiving Special Episode. I have to say I was not a fan of Wrestle House, I had to let myself convince but it was very funny. Are you ready to scream “Match Tiiiiimmmmeeee!!!! ?”

– That hurts…

Nothing to say, except just watch…

Turning Point

Here is the complete card for the PPV. Sadly, Brian Myers is not medically cleared to compete against Rich Swann. Who will replace him? Zicky Dice? VSK? A new student?
Also, if you watch BTI, you know that George Iceman announced on Iceman Intel that a free agent will debut tonight. And he NEVER lies. Who will it be?
Turning Point will air live on Impact Plus tonight at 10 PM EST (3 AM GMT), YouTube for IMPACT Ultimate Insiders, and Fite TV. The Countdown to Turning Point will air live and free on Impact Wrestling social media and Fite TV at 9.30 PM EST (2.30 AM GMT). Of course, the complete review this Sunday (or Monday…).

To be eNYGMAtic…

Last week, I was asking myself how many times I typed the word “backstage.” This week, I surrendered. So many backstage segments and promos but it was a go-home episode, which justifies the race to build up. I regret that Suzuki vs Alexander didn’t happen on PPV. It was made for it. It was fitting the “Kōdō and Kodō” idea. Japanese wrestling has a special flavour, style, and Minoru Suzuki is perfectly reflecting that style.
And there’s the Kodō, a taiko group that makes magic with drums. They are athletes of Japanese music, sportsmen of the musical heartbeat. That’s magic. It is described as being created based on the dual meaning of the word; the first, “drum children”, was based on feedback from mothers that their music lulled their children to sleep. The second meaning, “heartbeat” originated from comparing the sound of taiko drums to the sound of a mother’s heartbeat on her child in the womb. That’s really magic, give it a check. I always use some strange references as reviews titles. It’s just Nygma, it’s just me… 
I’m late, as always, so on a “To Bridget Nygma, forever” note, until Turning Point, 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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