5/10 Impact Wrestling TV Results: Moore’s review of Rob Van Dam vs. Ethan Page, Sami Callihan, Madman Fulton, and The Crist Brothers vs. Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Fallah Bahh, and Tommy Dreamer in an OVE Rules match, Taya Valkyrie vs. Madison Rayne in a non-title match

By John Moore, ProWrestling.net Staffer (@liljohnm)

Impact Wrestling on Pursuit (simulcast on Twitch TV)
Taped March 29, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Rebel Entertainment Complex

Highlights from last week’s Impact Wrestling aired…

Josh Mathews and Don Callis were on commentary…

1. “The Latin American XChange” Santana and Ortiz (w/Konnan) vs. Moose and “The Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander in a non-title match. Mathews and Alexander noted that if you pin the champion in a non-title match that should put you in line for a title shot. Mathews and Callis also noted that LAX are clearly the better team in this current match due to them being an actual team. Santana and Alexander started off the match with Santana using speed while Alexander employed power moves and chain wrestling. Ortiz tagged in and hit Alexander with a powerslam, leading to a Santana moonsault, leading to an Ortiz freefall splash. Ortiz got a two count off of Alexander. Callis said that Ortiz’s freefall splash reminded him of Mr. Fuji.

Moose tagged in and dropkicked Ortiz off the top rope to the outside. Alexander got a few shots in on Ortiz while the ref couldn’t see. Alexander and Moose cut the ring in half on Ortiz for an isolation sequence. Ortiz escaped the corner with a rollup. He earned a moment of respote after sending Alexander to ringside. Alexander tripped Santana off the apron which Mathews noted was smart to prevent a rest period for Ortiz. Alexander countered an Irish Whip into a side grounded headlock. Ortiz countered an Alexander suplex with an ugly but effective TKO.

Santana got the hot tag. Santana hit Alexander with an enzuigiri and Yakuza Kick. Moose pulled Santana away and gave him a chop. LAX gave Alexander a double flapjack. Santana hit Alexander with an assisted wheelbarrow facebuster. Moose broke up the subsequent pin attempt. Ortiz hit Moose with a Shotgun Dropkick. Moose smoothly countered LAX’s Poetry in Motion by catching the flying Santana and powerbombing Santana into Ortiz. Moose hit Santana with the Go To Hell for a two count. Mathews said a lot of people don’t kick out of the Go To Hell (I honestly can’t tell you anyone Moose has defeated off that move either).

Moose tagged in Alexander. Moose accidentally gave Alexander a pump kick. LAX knocked out Moose with a double enzuigiri. Santana hit Alexander with a rolling cutter. After a series of quick moves, LAX hit Alexander with the reverse Thunder Valley for the victory.

LAX defeated Moose and Josh Alexander via pinfall in 7:49.

Josh noted how Alexander and Moose looked impressive right before their miscommunication…

John’s Thoughts: LAX can always be relied upon to put on an entertaining match and this was no exception. Nice, short, and sweet enough to keep LAX in a nice holding pattern until their next epic feud. Some may question why they would have Alexander pinned so early in his Impact run, but at least Moose and Alexander were protected due to them not being an actual team and their miscue being what led to the finish.

Melissa Santos interviewed Madison Rayne about facing Taya Valkyrie in a non-title match. Rayne reiterated Josh Mathews’s earlier point about how beating the champion in a non-title match is supposed to put you in line for a title shot. Rayne reiterated her point from last week that she’s 2-0 against Valkyrie. Rayne pointed out that Valkyrie is choosing not to be a fighting champion by only defending her title at the end of her 30 day windows. Rayne said those 30 days are going to fly by pretty quick. Rayne said she has no problem going 3-0 against Valkyrie tonight… [c]

An ad aired for Impact Plus…

Melissa Santos interviewed Tommy Dreamer and noted that Dreamer specifically asked for this promo time. Dreamer was rallying the troopes because he had Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Scarlett Bordeaux, and Fallah Bahh with him. Dreamer said they are going to war and after tonight their lives are about to change (wut?). Dreamer said he’s been a part of the lives of everyone in this room. Dreamer said Bordeaux started out in the wrestling industry playing the role of Beulah McGillicutty’s neice. Rich was a skinny kid on the indies that did a lot of flippy stuff. Bahh was a fat kid on the indies who people said couldn’t move. Willie was a west coast kid who couldn’t piece it together. Dreamer said he has felt the same hate towards him when he was their age.

Dreamer said people looked down to the ECW style, saying that it wasn’t wrestling and that Dreamer will end up in a wheelchair by the age of 30. Dreamer said he’s still standing. Dreamer said OVE represents that hate now. Dreamer pointed out how OVE is taking this feud to social media. Dreamer called OVE “twitter trolls” and “computer warriors”. Dreamer then corrected himself with the correct term of “keyboard warrior”. Dreamer then quoted The Warriors movie. Dreamer said this is going to be a war. Dreamer said he’s there to fight because he fights for what is right. Dreamer got more emotional at this point. Dreamer said their world champion is out of commission with a spinal and Dreamer had to watch Melissa Santos look sad and confused after seeing the injury occur.

Dreamer said Ed Norholm took Cage to the hospital and waited with Cage for 4 hours until 4am. Dreamer said it’s dedication like that that makes him want to fight for this company. Rich Swann nodded in agreement. Dreamer said this is his perfect utopia: With man standing next to woman, old standing next to young, white standing next to Black, Latina, and Asian. Dreamer said all these groups are fighting for what they love, professional wrestling. Dreamer started to cry, saying when he gets knocked down he never knows if he’s going to get back up. Dreamer said this is as real as real can be. Dreamer said this fight is worth it to him after seeing what the people around him have become. Dreamer said he’s proud of their careers and what this team represents. Dreamer yelled for OVE to see that “THIS IS EVERYTHING!!!”. Dreamer then ended the promo by telling everyone to put a fist in…

John’s Thoughts: A really good promo. Nobody cuts a better crying rally cry promo that Tommy Dreamer in 2019. That said, it was a bit odd and hyperbolic in terms of him delivering it at this point in time. I mean, this big time promo is for what is essentially a house show eight person tag match. So, the Whites, the Blacks, the Latinos, and the Asians are coming together to fight against those dreaded Ohioans? Again, it was a good promo, but the timing of this promo seemed a bit hyperbolic in a match with no stakes. On the positive side, we haven’t seen a positive promo like this since Drew Galloway was with the company. Expressed selflessness was a trait of Galloway’s that really was endearing to me.

Josh Mathews and Don Callis checked in from ringside. Josh Mathews wondered what Killer Kross’s motives were behind stealing Eddie’s Kenny stick (hopefully it’s to burn it in a bonfire). Josh Mathews noted that Brian Cage was put on the shelf due to getting injured by Johnny Impact’s Spanish Fly. Josh also noted that Pentagon Jr. is also in the hospital due to Michael Elgin. Callis wondered who the next person is that Elgin will break. Josh noted that Elgin has a future title shot against Cage…

Tessa Blanchard made her entrance to join the commentary table. She was all smiles and chumming it up with the commentators…

Taya Valkyrie made her entrance for the upcoming match. Taya’s billed as from Slam Town. Taya slapped her butt to mock the crowd. Josh said that Taya’s current ring attire was themed after Unicorn flavored Bang Engergy Drink. Taya threw her jacket aggressively at Tessa Blanchard…

2. Taya Valkyrie vs. Madison Rayne in a non-title match. Callis noted that Taya’s playing chess games by only defending her title the minimal amount of required times while Tessa was someone who defended against everyone. Taya went to ringside to mock how Rayne calls herself a queen (That was some good stuff. Lucha Underground Taya is best Taya!). Taya ran around and hit Madison with a shotgun dropkick. Taya did her signature Wera Loca catchphrase while the crowd chanted “we don’t like you” and booed her heading into commercial. [c]

Rayne got a window of opportunity against Taya after hitting Taya with a drop toehold into the turnbuckle. For some reason, they decided to insert a picture-in-picture view of the commentary table. Rayne hit a series of moves against Taya. Rayne did a slower version of Johnny Impact’s corner parkour spot on Taya. Rayne hit Taya with a huracanrana. Taya came back with a belly to back suplex. Taya yelled and told Rayne that Rayne needs to earn an opportunity at the championship. Taya went back to dominating Rayne.

Taya used the turnbuckle to lock Rayne in a crossbow stretch. Taya then walked up to Josh Mathews and yelled “Take a look at your wife! How is she doing?”. Josh no-sold it and talked about Ric Flair and Tully to Tessa. Rayne escaped the Road to Valhalla with an armdrag. Taya countered Rayne with a shortarm forearm. Rayne fended off Taya with boots and took down Taya with a tornado DDT. Rayne knocked out Taya with an enzuigiri and got a two count off it. Rayne got another two count after hitting Taya with a ripcord cutter. Taya countered a huracanrana into a backbreaker. Taya toyed with Rayne with a few boots.

John’s Thoughts: Uhm, not to be that person, but Taya needs to fix up her ring attire because her chest is starting to slip out of her ring gear.

Taya went on to gloat while also putting the offense on Rayne. Josh pointed out that Tessa used to employ similar negative traits. Josh also pointed out that Tessa sings her theme music as she’s making her entrance. Madison Rayne ducked Taya’s roundhouse into a rollup. Rayne quickly converted the rollup into a single leg crab. Taya Valkyrie quickly tapped out so that she could live to fight another day unscathed.

Madison Rayne defeated Taya Valkyrie via pinfall in 8:16 of TV Time.

The commentators pointed out that the tapout was quick and it seemed like she wanted to just live to fight another day. Tessa said that Taya is using the non-title stipulation as a safety net…

John’s Thoughts: Rayne continues to rack up wins, but I’m personally okay with it this time around (as long as it doesn’t get out of hand like it did in 2018). At least they’re presenting Rayne as plucky this time as opposed to powerhouse. I’m okay with this because it was presented as Taya taking advantage of the 30-day rule that she’s enforcing. It reinforces Taya as a unique variation of a chickens–t heel. Taya continues to shine in her Lucha Underground persona. In fact, what makes her current Impact run better than her LU run is she finally gets to fight women! Brian Cage vs. Taya Valkyrie with Taya as a heel was one of the strangest and uncomfortable matches that I’ve watched in that promotion.

Josh Mathews cut to the Impact Plus Match of the Week. It was Su Yung vs. Allie vs. Tessa Blanchard from an Impact episode back in August 2018. This is where Tessa Blanchard won the Knockouts Title. They aired about five minutes…

Melissa Santos interviewed (what looks like) a stoned Rob Van Dam. Melissa talked about how this is the first time we saw RVD on Impact since six years. RVD joked around and was cutting a promo about Diamond Dallas Page as an insult to Ethan Page. RVD tried to get Melissa Santos to both to the RVD thumb thing and hold a mic in his face at the same time (to the point where he was aggressively holding her by the wrist to get the mic near his mouth). Eventually, RVD got his thumb thing out… [c]

John’s Thoughts: Bonus points to Melissa for handling that awkward interview the best she could (There’s a Vampiro joke I can make somehere in there, but I’ll just stay away from that for now). Anyway, I have nothing against legal marijuana (hell, I live in California where it’s recreationally legal); but is it the wisest decision for Impact to send out one of their legends all ultra faded? Medical Marijuana can do a lot of great medicinal things, but making good promos isn’t one of the ailments it can cure.

Rosemary was shown cutting a promo in a dark, smokey, and violet area. Rosemary talked about how her dog leash doesn’t have a pet at the moment. Rosemary recapped her and Su Yung taking things from each other on a week-to-week basis. Rosemary said it was now time to “take” Su Yung. Rosemary proposed a match where she and Su Yung would be chained together by the jugulars. Rosemary said this match will be “winner take all”…

John’s Thoughts: What the F–k? Didn’t we already have several “winner take all” matches in this whole Undead Realm crapfest? The only reason I know this is because I have hoped several times that those “winner take all” matches would lead to the end of this stupid mess. I kinda want to see Su Yung and Rosemary booted from Impact. In Rosemary’s case, she would be much better utilized in the NWA where Dave Lagana and crew understand how to produce her via stellar cinematics (and given how they pushed a character like Jocephus, I’m confident that Rosemary could be a top star in NWA). As for Su Yung, the bad writing and lack of attention to detail has really damaged her mystique.

3. Jordynne Grace vs. Alexia Nicole. Nicole didn’t get a televised entrance. Nicole went for a Test of Strength and was quickly overpowered by Grace. Grace ragdolled Nicole around the ring. Grace hit Nicole with a nice delayed vertical suplex into a Jackhammer. Nicole failed to lock in a sleeper and was ultimately slammed to the ground. Grace hit Nicole with a Giant Swing. Nicole got a slap on Grace, but Grace no sold all of Nicole’s offense. Grace caught Nicole’s foot which led to a Torture Rack into a Blue Thunder Bomb. Grace hit Nicole with a Pumphandle Driver for the victory.

Jordynne Grace defeated Alexia Nicole via pinfall in 3:05.

Don Callis said that there was no question, Jordynne Grace is the strongest Knockout on the roster…

John’s Thoughts: A bit of a step back for Grace given she was just in the Women’s title scene, but it’s ok that Impact is putting effort into keeping her credibility strong. This was a really good squash match. Sometimes smaller companies feel the need to have competitive squashes but I like that Grace was 100% dominant and no-sold everything. Grace was also good in her facial expressions in selling the shrugging-off of Nicole’s offense.

Josh Alexander walked up to Ethan Page in the lockerroom to escort him to the ring. Page was a bit shocked that Alexander was happy with walking with him to the ring. Alexander talked about how they’re tag team partners and they will always stick together. Alexander talked about how the North will take over the Tag Team Division. Page talked about how Alexander will watch Ethan Page beat RVD which will be a win for the North leading to them taking over the Tag Division… [c]

Melissa Santos interviewed Kiera Hogan about walking out on Rosemary last week when she had the option to assist Rosemary. Kiera talked about how Rosemary told her exactly what she ended up doing, that Kiera should have stayed in the back and not get involved. Kiera talked about how she’s tried to be friends with everyone from Allie, Rosemary, and Jordynne Grace. Kiera said that got her no where. Suddenly, Jordynne Grace interrupted the interview to check up on her friend Kiera. Kiera yelled back at Grace and said that Grace walked out on her (I mean, who wouldn’t walk away from bad undead realm booking if they had a chance to). Kiera said Grace was never her friend and she no longer needs friends. Kiera said Rosemary can die now, just like Allie did…

The North made their entrance for Ethan Page’s upcoming match. Rob Van Dam made his entrance to his crappy-ass (but hilariously crappy-ass) entrance music. Josh Mathews noted that RVD is a former WWE and Impact Wrestling World Champion…

4. Rob Van Dam vs. “All Ego” Ethan Page (w/Josh Alexander). Josh Mathews and Don Callis called RVD a pioneer in the medical marijuana movement. Callis talked about how Canada has picked up the same mentality by legalizing recreational marijuana and how RVD was ahead of the medical curve. RVD hit Alexander with an armdrag. RVD took Page out of the ring with a stiff looking back roundhouse. Callis talked about how he and Rhyno had a hard time taking care of RVD in the ECW days. RVD worked on Page against the guard rail. Alexander blocked RVD from hitting a guillotine leg drop on Page’s back. Page tripped RVD off the apron and then tossed him around ringside.

Page took the action back in the ring. Page nailed RVD with a spinning backbreaker. Callis talked about how he invented the Van Dam Lift which is where he would hold weights while doing splits on two chairs. Page hit RVD with a delayed Vertical Suplex. RVD fended off Page and Alexander. RVD regained control after a body scissors rollup and a high kick. RVD hit Page with a rolling thunder. Alexander tripped RVD off the top rope while Page distracted the child referee guy. Page got a two count on RVD. Callis said RVD looks the same as he did 21 years ago. RVD hit Page with a spinning heel kick. RVD pinned Page after the Five Star Frog Splash.

Rob Van Dam defeated Ethan Page via pinfall in 6:11.

RVD celebrated around the ring by high fiving fans as his crappy entrance music played…

John’s Thoughts: An okay match, I guess? More like RVD’s greatest hits? I had higher (no pun intended) expectations for RVD given what I remember of the guy through my nostalgia. RVD looked better in the ring even a few years ago in his most recent WWE run. A part of me is also disappointed that Ethan Page had to be fed to RVD. I knew he had no chance of winning, but the guy was so entertaining in last week’s promo segment where he stole the show away from the legendary RVD. Hopefully they find a way to build Page up because there’s something there. It didn’t help that Page also lost here even though Josh Alexander was all over this match with the interference.

The show cut to a Brian Cage medical update. Cage talked about Rebellion was bittersweet in that it was the biggest night of his career, but he also received a big injury there. Cage said his right leg went completely numb. Cage said he still has to be reevaluated after the inflamation around his spine calms down. Cage said all he can do now is have a positive mindset and start his rehab…

John’s Thoughts: Prayers to Cage, Melissa, and their daughter for this tough situation. It was his crowning moment after over a year of hard work, only for him to fall to a career threatening injury. We can only pray for the best and hopefully he comes out of this without any long term damage.

Rolando Menendez was back and he’s interviewing Michael Elgin (don’t they have Melissa?). Rolando had a smile on his face as he said people are calling Elgin “despicable” for what he did to Cage and Pentagon, by sending to the hospital. Elgin bragged about putting both men in the hospital and he’s going to send more people there. Johnny Impact interrupted by calling Elgin a “cherry picking turd cutter” (I guess that’s fine given he’s a heel? Still dorky AF). Johnny scared Rolando away by saying he’ll kick Rolando in the face and send him to slam town (I wouldn’t mind seeing that Kayfabe happen? Then we can get more Melissa!).

Johnny reminded Elgin that Cage is in the hospital because of Johnny and all Elgin did was pick the bones (that’s real-life true). Elgin said Cage was standing tall as world champion so he deserves credit for putting him away. Johnny said Pentagon’s also in the hospital because both Elgin and Johnny were involved. Johnny also brought up how Elgin couldn’t put Willie Mack in the hospital after beating him at Code Red. Johnny said Mack is probably home playing video games with his cats. Elgin said he’ll get back to Mack and next time he’ll make sure the hospital has two beds ready. One for Mack and one for Johnny…

Gama Singh cut one of his boring ass promos for the Desi Hit Squad. The Deaners made their entrance as Josh Mathews noted that the Deaners like to have a good time (hello again Michael Cole!)…

5. “The Desi Hit Squad” Rohit Raju and Raj Singh (w/Gama Singh) vs. Cody Deaner and Jake Deaner vs. Aiden Prince and Brent Banks vs. “The Rascalz” Dez and Wentz. Banks and Raju started off the match. Banks dominated Raju. Singh tagged in. Prince tagged in but Raj overpowered him. Prince used a Tiger Feint to avoid Raj. Raj regained control and hit Prince with a butterfly facebuster. Rohit and Raj dominated Prince and got a nearfall on him after a flapjack. Raj and Rohit isolated Prince in their corner.

Prince recovered and managed to get a slap and body run off of Rohit. Jake tagged Prince to get himself in. The Deaners got quick tags and cleaned house. Josh said they love to go camping. The Deaners hit Rohit with an assisted side slam for a two count. Jake nosold superkicks from the Rascalz. The Rascalz took down Jake with roundhouses. The Rascals then used rapid moves to take down Prince. Wents ran off of Dez’s back for a dive to the outside. Dez hit the pile of wrestlers with a Fosbury Flop. Somehow after all of this, Rohit rolled up Cody for the win.

The Desi Hit Squad defeated The Deaners, The Rascalz, and Prince and Banks via pinfall in 5:07.

John’s Thoughts: Your old school TNA pointless spotfest match. It’s okay, since thankfully they don’t do this on a weekly basis anymore. That said, if you haven’t watched the show, you can just fast forward through this segment. It’s not going to lead to anything.

Impact cut to a Killer Kross promo. Kross was swinging around Eddie’s kendo stick. Kross said ignorance is a universal disease and truth is the universal remedy. Kross said Eddie’s wondering why Kross abducted “Kenneth”. Kross said “Kenneth” isn’t real and that Eddie created him. Kross said Eddie has an unhealthy relationship with a stick and Eddie turned this into a metaphorical spinal cord. Kross said people compare both he and Eddie because of their insanity. Kross said he finds that comparison offensive. Kross said there’s a fine line between insanity and being a genus. Kross asked Eddie which person has overstepped that line? Kross yelled that he’s expecting an answer from “Mr. Edwards”. Tick Tock… [c]

John’s Thoughts: Great promo as usual from Kross because Kross can do no wrong at this point. I usually don’t look forward to “Crazy” Eddie feuds but I can’t help but be intrigued by Kross’s feuds because of Kross’s eloquence and violence. Now hopefully Kross does us all a favor by breaking Kenneth in half and burning him in a bonfire.

A Slammiversary ad aired…

It was time for the latest Rascalz That 70s Show smoke circle tribute. Trey was joined at the circle by Santana and Ortiz. Trey wanted to look at the title belt while Ortiz was obcessed with drinking his blanco Patron. Wentz and Dezmond joined the circle and more high jokes ensued. Trey talked about how he hired a lion. Drunk Ortiz yelled that he’s a lion. More jokes ensued and the segment ended with all three Rascalz choking over Ortiz’s tequila shots…

Josh Mathews and Don Callis checked in from the commentary table. They plugged Impact Plus. Josh advertised next week as the beginning of the 2300 Arena episodes of Impact. Josh advertised Glenn Gilbertti appearing at the 2300 Arena, Su Yung vs. Rosemary in a demon collar match, Eddie Edwards vs. Killer Kross, a Knockouts Battle Royal, and RVD returning to the ECW Arena…

Entrances for the main event took place…[c]

6. Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Fallah Bahh, and Tommy Dreamer (w/Scarlett Bordeaux) vs. Sami Callihan, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, and Madman Fulton in an eight person OVE Rules match. The match was joined in-progress. Callis noted that Dave Crist was wearing Cleveland Brown themed pants. Josh said that Dave is saying “In Baker Mayfield we trust!” which drew an eye rolling “Oh my god!” from Callis. Callis said he has two words for Baker Mayfield “Sophomore Slump” (nice!).

Bahh dominated Dave in the ring and hit him with his steamroller move. Swann nosold Jake’s Savate’s kicks and returned with martial arts of his own. Mack hit Sami and Jake with body slamms. Mack hit Dave with his three-hit moonsault combination. Mack hit the outside pile of wrestlers wtih a Tope Con Hilo. Dave used a lariat to prevent Dreamer from diving outside. Dave hit the pile of wrestlers with a moonsault. Dreamer held open the ropes so Bahh could hit the pile of wrestlers with a Suicide Crossbody. Dreamer hit the pile with an ugly but effective cannonball. Callis said that it looked like a boulder rolling down the side of a mountain. Josh Mathews ran through replays of all of the dives that just occurred. Tommy Dreamer walked to the back heading into commercial. [c]

Dreamer returned to the match with a ladder in hand. Dreamer hit Sami first. Mack and Swann hit Sami one more time and set it up in the corner. Mack and Swan hit tossed Jake into the ladder. Dreamer did a helicopter spin with the ladder to smack OVE with. Fulton used Dreamer’s head as fulcrum by slamming a chair at the edge of the ladder to end the helicopter spin. Fulton hit Dreamer with a side slam. Fulton set up the ladder on the elevated ramp. Dreamer recovered and hit Fulton with a cutter. Mack tossed a (protected?) chair to the head of Jake.

Jake hit Mack with a tornado DDT on the pile of chairs. Bahh hit Jake with a trash can shot to the head. Jake was bleeding at this point. Bahh hit Jake with a Belly to Belly. Dave broke up the subsequent pin with a barbed wire chair. Dave put the chair on top of Bahh. Bahh recovered and staggered Dave on the top rope with a palm strike. Bahh set up two adjacent chairs and went for a superplex. Fulton recovered and lifted Bahh into a power bomb onto the two chairs. Fulton put the chair back on Bahh so Dave could give Bahh a double stomp. Bahh kicked out at two.

Swann fended off Dave and Fulton with quick chops and backfists. Swann sent Fulton to the outside and hit Dave with the Lethal Injection. Swann climbed to the top of the ladder but didn’t see that Fulton was behind him. Jake hit Swann with his signature Super RKO from the ladder to the ring. Bahh broke up Jake’s pin attempt. Fulton went to the top of the ladder and went for a dive but Bahh caught Fulton (barely) and hit Fulton with a Samoan Drop. The replay made it look a lot better.

Tommy Dreamer poured legos in the ring. Dreamer hit Sami with the Dusty Punches and Bionic Elbow. Sami countered with the Claw to Dreamer’s balls. Dreaner returned the favor by clawing Sami’s balls. Callis said you might get a disease if you grab Callihan’s groin. Dreamer hit Sami and Dave with double DDTs on the legos. Bahh tried to run the ropes but he stepped on a Lego with his barefeet. Bahh tippy toed and ran at Sami. Fulton tried, but hit a bad looking End of Days on Bahh (understandable given Bahh’s size). Mack hit Fulton with a Stone Cold Stunner. Mack followed up with a chair-assisted Stunner on Fulton. Mack used a trash can to hit the imploding cannonball on Fulton. Sami hit Mack with a (protected) Stop Sign shot to the head followed by the Pile Driver on Legos for the pinfall win.

OVE defeated Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Tommy Dreamer, and Fallah Bahh via pinfall in 13:35 of TV Time.

Sami lifted up his knocked-down comrades to celebrate their win. Sami then posed on top of the ladder to close the show…

John’s Thoughts: A really fun, PWG-style match complete with the PWG lego spot. The only thing that had me worried was some of the potential chairshots to the head (which I honestly couldn’t tell. I couldn’t help but worry especially after hearing about Brian Cage’s nerve damage). While there were no real stakes here, Impact continues to give Sami Callihan in-ring credibility by having him pull out all these wins. I would have had Fulton pick up a win, but I’m also fine with Sami as well. Where do they go from there though because Rich Swann won the feud?

Impact continues to put in good shows. Take away the Undead Realm crap and Impact is one of the top weekly shows in all of pro wrestling. Right now, with a few bad apples here and there, Impact has a lot of fun concurrent programs in all their divisions from the women, main event, tag team, and even this X-Division championshp feud (where the feud has nothing to do with the X-Title).

Peak Twitch Viewership: 7,000 (rounded up because it didn’t surpass 7,000 from what I saw)


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