By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Hits
Brian Cage vs. Fenix for the X Division Title: A terrific match with some incredible athleticism. And as much as I enjoyed the match, the post match angle was actually more important. Cage was essentially a mute until last week when he was featured talking in a video package. Cage didn’t say anything in this segment, but the simple act of returning to the ring to save Fenix and Pentagon Jr. from an attack by Sami Callihan and the Crist Brothers. Cage has been portrayed as a babyface through his run, but this was the first time I recall him being scripted to do something selfless.
Austin Aries and Killer Kross vs. Eddie Edwards and Moose: This was not a worthy main event on paper for one of the big themed editions of Impact. Fortunately, they had a big angle that made the segment feel worthwhile. The new Aries, Kross, and Moose heel faction is an interesting idea. I just hope that Impact creative realizes that Edwards is not a strong enough babyface to be the guy to eventually take the group down. I suspect and hope that Brian Cage will eventually be put in that position when the time is right.
Rich Swann vs. Petey Williams: A quality X Division match with a nice finish that saw Swann win with a standing shooting star press.
The Smoke Show: A minor HIt. I’m still enjoying the Scarlett Bordeaux character. The bombshell routine is entertaining and I like the idea of her hosting a talkshow. My only concern is that it’s already feeling a bit repetitive with men fawning over her in over the top fashion. I’d like to see the character find other ways to be manipulative and stir the pot beyond using her charm with men. In other words, hopefully they will add some additional layers to the Bordeaux character.
Richie Lives: The power of prayer is real, folks!
Impact Wrestling Misses
Su Yung vs. Allie vs. Tessa Blanchard for the Knockouts Championship: A minor Miss. The match quality was certainly Hit worthy. I love the idea of putting the Knockouts Championship on Blanchard. I’m just not crazy about how they did it. Tessa strikes me as an athletically superior type, yet her first Impact title win was a cheap rollup pin while holding the tights of Allie. The creative regime was not afraid to put Austin Aries over clean in his Slammiversary title match against Moose. The idea was that there is no shame in losing to the world champion. Here’s hoping they will take the same approach with the new Knockouts Champion.
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