By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Hits
Pentagon Jr. and Fenix vs. LAX for the Impact Tag Titles: The match was not at the level of their previous encounters, but it was still fun while it lasted. They weren’t given enough time to make this special, and John Moore raised the point in his Saturday morning review that Fenix’s injury may have been a factor. I do question whether the company made the right call in going back to this match again, especially without hyping it well in advance with the goal of attracting as many viewers as possible. They just as easily could have ran an angle that resulted in the Lucha Brothers getting cocky and being unmasked without giving away the match. Obviously, my concern is that this program is being overexposed even though it’s hard to complain when the matches are so entertaining.
Opening segment with Johnny Impact, Killer Kross, and Moose: A good segment with Impact stirring the pot between the Kross and Moose and even being called on it by Kross. The big four in Impact (these three and Brian Cage) continue to be intriguing. It was also interesting that Impact was quick to move on to his next challenger and even suggested the Kross vs. Moose match be a No. 1 contenders match. It was yet another moment that could be interpreted as Impact ducking Cage, who is still waiting for his singles rematch. The match that followed between Kross and Moose was fine and the backstage segment involving Impact and Cage kept things moving forward.
The Rascalz vs. Desi Hit Squad: The smoke circle gag continues to be cable access level comedy and production. Fortunately, the teams combined for a quality tag team match. It’s too bad the Desi duo has been branded as an enhancement act because they are a couple of tweaks and some wins away rom being a credible team.
Impact Wrestling Misses
Eli Drake vs. Eddie Edwards: A Hit for match quality, but a miss in terms of not being able to shake the feeling that their feud doesn’t matter and both men are underutilized. I find it hard to invest in the program because I side with heel Drake in wishing that Edwards would abandon the kendo stick and everything else about his crazy persona. Both of these guys belong in the main event mix. Drake has been the victim of bad booking, and the Crazy Eddie gimmick screams mid-card wonky.
Alisha Edwards vs. Delilah Doom: The women were given just a couple of minutes and it was filled with some rough in-ring work. Tessa Blanchard interfering was supposed to put heat on her and instead it felt like she was an angel of mercy.
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