By Jason Powell
Impact Wrestling Hits
Low Ki vs. Sonjay Dutt for the X Division Championship: The feud was made intense thanks to the legitimate eye injury that Dutt suffered. It was a bit awkward in that it was an inadvertent move that caused the injury, but they managed to get past that make the feud seem personal. Dutt capturing the title felt rushed, though it’s easy to understand why they wanted him to win the championship in India.
Josh Mathews vs. Sandeep Dhaka: Another example of using a native Indian to get a rise out of the crowd in the lopsided “sparring session” that Mathews won with the Steiner Recliner. The post match with Lashley and Shera was actually worse in quality than the sparring session, as Shera was ducking Lashley’s clothelines prematurely, causing them to show a lot of light. Meanwhile, the Jeremy Borash and Joseph Park video was entertaining. It’s a shame that Scott Steiner’s return angle hasn’t included any in-ring promos, but at least we got the consolation prize of a Skype video. As much as I have despised the bickering broadcast team member feud, Mathews has proven to be a very good heel and I’m looking forward to the tag match at Slammiversary.
E-Singh-3 promo: EC3 was entertaining and, more importantly, he drew good heat via his promo and actions. Whipping the translator was another nice step on the way toward his strap match with James Storm at Slammiversary.
Gauntlet Battle Royal: A minor Hit. The majority of the show was geared toward the Indian audience, yet it also made good television outside the country. This was a simple case of having Mahabali Shera win in his homeland and in front of his father and brother. Shera is still very limited in terms of what he can do in the ring to the point that Impact would be wise to send him out to work independents as frequently as possible.
Braxton Sutter vs. Trevor Lee: A minor Hit for the match, but it continues to be discouraging that creative apparently doesn’t recognize the talent they have in Lee. The post match angle with Sienna challenging Allie to a tag match was decent. It’s just baffling that Allie rarely gets mic time when that’s what got her over in the first place.
Impact Wrestling Misses
Rockstar Spud and Swoggle: Too cutesy and nonsensical for my taste. This is the strangest feud in wrestling. They go for lighthearted comedy one minute, and beat each other violently with hammers the next.