By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Hits
Johnny Impact. vs. Fenix for the Impact World Championship: A match that looked good on paper and did not disappoint. It was hard to buy into the possibility of Fenix winning the championship that Impact just won, but his sit-down interview was solid and the crowd was invested in he match. Here’s hoping the company builds up Fenix to be a major player and not just a guy the company plugs in because they know he can be counted on to have a good match. The post match angle with The OGz attacking Fenix, and then Killer Kross leaving Impact lying backstage were both effective hooks to give viewers incentive to come back for more next week.
Moose and Kiler Kross vs. Fallah Bahh and KM: Bahh and KM have connected as a fun tag team. Bahh is the more over of the two, but KM is vital to the act due to the role he plays in their verbal segments. I was happy to see KM get up after hitting the back of his feet on the barricade in a moment that brought bad bad memories of TK O’Ryan breaking his leg on a similar spot. As much as I like the comedy duo, the right team went over in the end. Kross has been a strong addition to the roster and he has great upside.
Sami Callihan vs. Trevor Lee: Things are looking up for Lee. Yes, he lost another match, but he had a hot offensive flurry and only lost the match due to one of the Crist brothers interfering. This comes a week after it seemed like they were focusing on him after last week’s loss in a way that left me optimistic that the creative team finally has plans for him. The actual match was entertaining and I look forward to the day when Lee is positioned properly in Impact and a rematch between these two is a lot more meaningful. I’m not crazy about Callihan once again being dominated by Cage afterward. I’d rather see them positioned as being closer to in-ring equals, but perhaps the idea is to have Callihan take his lumps and find cheap ways to win their actual matches so that it will mean something once Cage finally beats him decisively in a match.
Scarlett Bordeaux: I feel bad for the Impact staff member who had to suffer through hours of weirdness to find the clips they featured in Boudeaux’s talent search video. Even so, I got a kick out of what they came up with and I continue to see the modern day Diva as a potential breakout star for this company.
LAX vs. New Heavenly Bodies: A minor Hit for a simple spotlight match for the Impact Tag Champions.
Impact Wrestling Misses
Gama Singh vs. Rohit Raju: It was good to hear Singh and the broadcast team put over his history even in an entertaining manner because their live crowds are clearly unfamiliar with him if their lack of reactions for him are any indication. Yet while the new guy might turn out to be an upgrade over Rohit’s last partner, this whole oddball storyline has made for bad television.
Su Yung vs. Kiera Hogan: The Undead Realm does nothing for me. I enjoyed Yung when she was presented in a way that allowed the viewer to assume that she was playing mind games with her opponents, but the company lost me once they took things in a supernatural direction.
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