By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Hits
Johnny Impact, Brian Cage, and Killer Kross: The opening segment was strong followup to the Homecoming main event and post match angle. It was encouraging to hear the live crowd rally behind Cage as much as they did. Is the plan is to turn Impact heel? The fans chose Cage over Impact and couldn’t have cared less about Taya Valkyrie’s storyline injuries. The same crowd rallied behind Impact in his entertaining main event with Kross. Impact showed good intensity during that match and it was good to see him work like a guy who was out for revenge rather than work a standard match. The interference of Moose at the end of the match gave Kross a non-title win over the champion and established Moose as another obstacle for the Impact Champion.
Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix vs. Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz: I was surprised to see this match given away without any build or without anything at stake. At the same time, it made for a quality opening match and the idea seemed to be that Xavier and Wentz would gain something in defeat by earning the respect of Pentagon and Fenix.
Rich Swann promo: Swann did a terrific job of incorporating the history of the X Division Championship and the venue while delivering his first promo since winning the title. Sami Callihan offering him a spot in OVE was an interesting twist and I remain intrigued to see where the unique dynamic between them is going.
Sami Callihan vs. Willie Mack: A strong match that followed Swann attempting to keep them apart. This was the best match of the night and I like that it ended in a clean pinfall when they easily could have had the Crists interfere or taken another easy way out. I also liked the tease that came a short time later with LAX and OVE crossing paths. The company has done a good job of staying away from the feud after the teams called a ceasefire and more than enough time has passed if they want to resurrect that feud.
Tessa Blanchard vs. Cali Collins: A simple and effective showcase win for Blanchard after she dropped the Knockouts Championship at the pay-per-view. The Eat Defeat finisher was a nice touch if they are working toward a Blanchard vs. Gail Kim match.
Impact Wrestling Misses
Audio mix: It was difficult to hear the broadcast team of Josh Mathews and Don Callis, especially if there was entrance music or the crowd was chanting or cheering loudly. I don’t know if it was as simple as a bad sound mix (or even my stereo setup, though it sounded fine for Homecoming), but it made for a poor experience. I checked with John Moore, who watched the show on Twitch, and he said that Callis’s mic was all over the place, but it doesn’t seem like things were as bad on that end. I watched on Pursuit and it was a chore just to make out what the duo was saying throughout the show.
Scarlett Bordeaux and the Desi Hit Squad: Here’s hoping they have something big in mind for the reveal of Bordeaux’s talent search and it’s something more modern than Scott Steiner. The tease of Scarlett stripping felt trashy and out of place in 2019. Steiner was a fun surprise for the live crowd, but Bordeaux needs to be part of something meaningful that will take advantage of her rising star without making the show feel like it’s from a different era. Impact can’t be satisfied being on Pursuit and Twitch. They should be focused on presenting a product that will be attractive to other networks rather than looking like a promotion that is out of touch and behind the times.
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