By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Hits
Dezmond Xavier vs. Petey Williams: A good match and hopefully a meaningful win for Xavier. The guy has been impressive throughout his run with the company, but we’ve learned little about his character since he won the Super X Cup tournament. In fact, he oddly disappears from television for long stretches of time. I assume Xavier be following up this match with a loss since he’s facing Brian Cage next week. That said, there’s certainly a way to gain something in defeat when facing a guy like Cage so we’ll wait to see how the match is laid out and if it’s more than just another lopsided win for the big man.
OVE vs. Drago and Aerostar, Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan: A solid opening match before it turned into the latest Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan angle. It’s still hard to tell whether they are working toward a double turn or if fan are supposed to be supportive of Edwards, who is now the most angry man in the world. His wife and Tommy Dreamer have both told him he’s going too far and Josh Mathews asked last week at what point he becomes the villain. An ongoing issue is that while the Edwards and Callihan feud has provided some really good moments, the duo of Dave and Jake Cryst haven’t gained much despite their association with Callihan. They should have gained a lot from this program and instead they come off like minions for Callihan rather than real players with any purpose beyond helping Callihan.
Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley vs. LAX: A minor Hit. Another loss for LAX as the storyline of the duo struggling without Konnan continues. It’s hard to get a feel for where this is going, but obviously creative has something in mind and all of the mentions of Konnan make it seem like he’ll be back at some point. On a side note, the Cult of Lee name is annoying. The underutilized Lee has never come across like Cult leader, and does he really have a cult when he only has one follower? Anyway, the addition of Eddie Kingston to the LAX act is interesting. Kingston can’t fill Konnan’s shoes, but he is a good talker and he should add something to LAX and get the duo out of their storyline slump.
Matt Sydal vs. El Hijo Del Fantasma: I can’t give the match a Hit or a Miss due to a storm knocking out my satellite for the entire match. I saw the highlights on the Impact Wrestling Youtube page and it look good, plus John Moore wrote favorable things about the match in his review of last night’s show.
Impact Wrestling MIsses
DJZ: I want to like DJZ and the new Z&E tag team. DJZ has a unique story and his comeback from his recent medical issues is truly inspirational. I just wish he or someone in the company would realize how freaking awful the “ba ba ba baaaaa” BroMans callback is. I get a serious case of the douche chills every time he does it.
Moose vs. Kongo Kong: Kong has received plenty of creative team and has benefitted from it. The focus on Moose consists of his character making foolish decisions and oddly dubbing himself Mr. Impact Wrestling. Moose got the win here, but he didn’t really gain anything since the story was that Kong was distracted by the absence of Jimmy Jacobs, who was the latest victim of the Mystery X Attacker.
GWN Flashback: A random seven-minute flashback segment that featured Hulk Hogan, Brooke Hogan, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, and Aces & 8’s. It’s hard to believe this random footage sold anyone on investing in the GWN app, especially when they only keep the GWN graphic on the screen for a brief amount of time.
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