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3 Impacts From Impact (Bound For Glory Edition)

Another epic and amazing Bound For Glory event has come and gone, and with that said, here is the Bound For Glory edition of 3 Impacts From Impact:

The biggest Impact came from the man with that very word in his surname, as Johnny Impact finally captured the Impact World Championship against Austin Aries. The rivalry became very personal very recently thanks to Aries delivering verbal shots towards Johnny’s real-life wife, Taya Valkyrie. In fact, I have to bring up the fact that a fan held up a sign during the match that said “Rosita Disapproves,” referencing Aries’ former fiancee, Thea Trinidad, who was in Impact as Rosita and currently in WWE as Zelina Vega. Aries stated that his backup will be at ringside, while asking Johnny to bring Taya as his support, and it ended well for Johnny, as he left Bound For Glory as World Champion.

Before supporting her husband in the main event, Taya competed in a title match of her own, as she went one-on-one with Tessa Blanchard. This was a long time coming for Taya, she had proven herself already as a Knockout in Impact, and she was getting this opportunity in the grand stage of Bound For Glory. To the surprise of no one, Taya and Tessa competed in a spectacular match, as both women gave their all. However, to the surprise of some (myself included), Tessa emerged victorious, retaining the title against Taya. One has to wonder if Taya will remain in the title picture, while another question is:  “Who’s next for Tessa?”

Bound For Glory is always full of surprises, and the biggest one came during Eli Drake’s open challenge. Eli laid out a challenged to anyone from New York City, and out came James Ellsworth! Now Ellsworth is no New Yorker, though in answer to Eli’s claim about his residency, Ellsworth stated that he “dated a girl from Staten Island,” a reference to his WWE angle with Carmella. It was epic to see Ellsworth in an Impact ring, but he ended up easily defeated by Eli Drake, who demanded Hall of Fame competition. Before you can say, “ask and ye shall receive,” Impact’s latest Hall of Famer, Abyss, entered, and took down Eli, completing his assault by putting him through a table!

Bound For Glory was amazing and I believe the aftermath will be just as epic! Until next time!

3 Impacts From Impact (October 4 & 11, 2018)

The countdown to Bound For Glory reached its finality with the last two Impacts before the big event! With that, here is a special double feature edition of 3 Impacts From Impact:

First from October 4:

Moose made a bit of an impact that night (understatement, I know) when he actually held Eddie Edwards’ wife, Alisha, hostage, while demanding a meeting with his former friend. Moose turning on Eddie was perhaps one of the more stunning betrayals in Impact’s recent history, and he has long since stated that Eddie was never there for him when he was down and out after his loss to his now-ally, Austin Aries. The confrontation led to another match being made for Bound For Glory; pitting Eddie and Moose against each other one-on-one. Part of me is expecting Alisha to turn heel, but I don’t know how much sense it would make. An argument for this is that Alisha has also suffered due to Eddie’s behavior and actions towards Tommy Dreamer, and as devious as she can be, she could choose Bound For Glory to betray her husband. Heck, for all we know, Alisha and Moose could have been devising their plan while waiting for Eddie. On the other hand, Alisha is all Eddie has left, and with that, I can’t see Eddie’s only remaining means of support suddenly abandoning him at BFG. Stranger things have happened though.

Speaking of stranger things (not the Netflix show), the evening saw Murder Clown emerge and compete against Joe Hendry. Murder Clown was part of Katarina’s vendetta against not only Hendry, but Grado as well, as it was a month prior that Katarina’s declaration of love for Hendry did not end well for her, as she was embarrassed by Hendry. In fact, the pair had spent several weeks humiliating Katarina, and that led the vengeful villainess to enlist Murder Clown to not only defeat Hendry, but destroy him in the process. The evil Katarina added a bit more insult to injury with a low blow to ex-boyfriend Grado.

Allie and Kiera Hogan had been standing strong against Su Yung and her undead bridesmaids, but on that evening, they suffered a huge and painful setback. Despite Allie’s attempts, not only did Kiera lose to Su Yung, but she ended up as the third Knockout to end up stuffed in a coffin. With her only ally against Su taken out, Allie is left hearbroken, and appears to be on the verge of desperation. Where will this lead her? More on this later in the feature.

From October 11:

The biggest impact from the final show before BFG came between LAX and the OGz, as they met in the ring for the final time before their contest at the event. In the weeks that passed since the match was made, a cease fire took place between both sides. Konnan abided by the cease fire, and he has advised Ortiz and Santana to do the same, even with King making attempts to provoke Konnan into violating the cease fire. King has shown that he doesn’t care about the consequences and what the big bosses could do to him, and Konnan was quick to point out that King has angered the bosses with his actions, leading to Konnan telling King the news from the bosses:  the cease fire is over! The two sides brawled for the first time in weeks, and there will be plenty more to come at Bound For Glory!

The problems with the Desi Hit Squad led to Gama Singh making the ultimate decision: members Rohit Raju and Gursinder Singh will face each other to find the weak link between the two. Gama added another stipulation: the loser is out of the Squad! There was heavy hesitation, especially from Gursinder after Rohit appeared to have hurt his shoulder. That hesitation cost him, as Rohit defeated his partner, and in response to his regret, he was smacked around by Gama. And that was done to the winner of the match; imagine what Gursinder’s fate is, other than being ousted from the Squad.

We would learn that Father James Mitchell will induct Abyss into the Impact Hall of Fame, but before he does so, he had some business with Allie. Allie had a look of desperation after seeing Kiera Hogan stuffed in a coffin by Su Yung. A grudge match was made that night, but regarding Allie’s visit to Mitchell, she wanted to go back to the Undead Realm. Mitchell stated that her soul was already taken with her previous deal, but Allie’s plan was not to get that back, she wanted payback on Su. This whole thing has me very intrigued. First off, James Mitchell involved in a Knockouts feud is epic enough. Secondly, I have a sinking feeling we’ll see Kiera resurface as part of the forces of evil, either on her own or as a turned servant of Su. Either way, BFG will be interesting!

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! A Bound For Glory edition is coming!

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw and ending with Super Show-Down in Australia.

Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott just days away from the big three-on-three match at SSD, and later in the program, Bayley defeated Alicia Fox in singles action, just one day away from their participation in the latest edition of the Mixed Match Challenge. Speaking of MMC connections, the following night’s SmackDown saw R-Truth and Carmella defeat Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega, and later on, Asuka defeated Peyton Royce one-on-one, with SmackDown later ending with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch going at it just days before their title encounter at SSD. The latest edition of the MMC saw Bayley and Finn Balor defeat Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox, and in the SD based match, Jimmy Uso and Naomi defeated Rusev and Lana.

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On NXT, Lacey Evans defeated Candice LeRae in a grudge match stemming from their confrontation on the previous week. Lucha Underground saw Reclusa introduced as Marty the Moth’s new associate, and Marty later defeated his sister, Mariposa, in a brutal match for his first successful defense of the Lucha Underground Championship. Regarding the Mae Young Classic, the second round got underway, and the first batch of matches saw Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley, Lacey Lane, and Meiko Satomura all win and advance to the quarterfinals. On the following evening’s Impact, Su Yung defeated Kiera Hogan, who ended up placed in a coffin by the Undead Bride, much to Allie’s horror.

Super Show-Down featured a triple helping of women’s action, emanating from Melbourne, Australia. First off, the SmackDown Women’s Championship contest between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch ended with the villainous Lass Kicker striking her opponent with the title while she was placed in the Figure Eight, resulting in a DQ finish. Becky attacked Charlotte after the match ended, and due to the events, it was announced that Becky and Charlotte will face each other in another title rematch on SmackDown this Tuesday, with the added stipulation that Becky can lose the championship via DQ. Later on, The IIconics competed in front of their home fans and spoke in heartfelt fashion about being back in Australia, before enjoying an epic victory over Asuka and Naomi. The last bit of women’s action featured Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins emerging victorious over The Riott Squad, despite a debate between Ronda and Nikki regarding who would start the match.

Evolution is three weeks away and among the matches that were promoted for the event on October 28 was Ronda Rousey’s defense of the Raw Women’s Championship, though her opponent was not announced. This writer may sound like a broken record, but Nikki Bella has been rumored to be Ronda’s challenger for the title. The heavy speculation surrounding the rumor has Nikki turning heel to build up their match, and their debate in the beginning of the three-on-three may have possibly planted the seeds for their feud to begin. The turn didn’t happen at the event, but chances are, Monday’s Raw should see more seeds planted, or maybe we’ll see Nikki flat out attack Ronda and challenge her at Evolution.

Staying on Evolution, it was announced earlier this week that Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson will appear at next Tuesday’s SmackDown 1000, as well as Evolution. Both women are blue brand staples; Torrie Wilson spent most of her long WWE tenure as part of SmackDown’s roster, while Michelle McCool had her biggest moments as part of the blue brand, including becoming WWE’s first ever Divas Champion. Michelle being announced for Evolution has hopes that LayCool will appear and probably face the IIConics, though it doesn’t look like Layla will return at the event. No word on what Michelle and Torrie will be doing at Evolution, and regarding SD 1000, Vickie Guerrero was also announced for next week’s show. Vickie made waves for years as the villainous General Manager of SmackDown, which also included a storyline relationship with Edge and various feuds with The Undertaker.

A new week begins with the fallout from SSD on Raw and SmackDown, and will end with Bound For Glory in NYC! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

Another explosive Impact from Mexico is in the books, and the countdown to Bound For Glory is on! Who delivered the biggest moment? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

In Knockouts action, Tessa Blanchard defeated Faby Apache in a match stemming from their verbal confrontation a week prior. Tessa put herself over as the greatest of all time, but she would be interrupted by Taya Valkyrie, who opted to challenge Tessa (in both English and Spanish) to a match for the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory. Tessa later ranted about Taya in a backstage interview, but ended up accepting the challenge. This match being made is no surprise. For one, it will give Taya the ultimate spotlight, and two, her real-life husband, Johnny Impact, will compete for the World Title, so it appears that both husband and wife will leave BFG as champions.

The war of words continued between the OGz and LAX, as after the latter team defeated the Desi Hit Squad, we saw King emerge and further tarnish Konnan’s legacy. King stated that Konnan was once someone to be looked up to, which led to King taking out a mask that Konnan once donned years prior. Konnan ended up losing the mask in a match a long time ago, and according to King, that was when he started “leeching” off young talent, naming Ortiz, Santana, Homicide, and Hernandez as Konnan’s many victims. The segment ends with King setting fire to Konnan’s mask, the latest shot fired in this feud. Plenty more will be delivered in their contest at Bound For Glory.

Joe Hendry and Grado spent weeks humiliating Katarina, but they are not free for her wrath as of yet. During the duo’s celebration of Hendry’s latest music video (which was an ode to his friendship with Grado), the evil Katarina appeared with a “surprise,” for the duo–in the form of the ominous Murder Clown. After going over the Murder Clown’s history of carnage and pain, Katarina stated to Hendry that he will be his next victim, as they will face each other on the next Impact, adding that Grado can watch. Oh boy. This angle went from silly and hilarious to very interesting.

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! Until next time!

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw.

Raw featured a double dose of women’s action, beginning with The Bellas and Natalya on the losing end of a six woman tag team contest against the Riott Squad (much more on that match later). Later on, Nia Jax defeated Alicia Fox in singles action, and on SmackDown the following evening, Asuka and Naomi defeated Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose–with the IIconics on commentary. Later on, SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, coming off attacking Charlotte Flair, defeated Lana after challenging her to a match backstage. Week 2 of the Mixed Match Challenge saw Bobby Lashley and Mickie James defeat Jinder Mahal and Alicia, as well as The Miz and Asuka (the defending champions) defeat R-Truth and Carmella.

On NXT, Lacey Evans antagonized Candice LeRae during Johnny Gargano’s interview, and later on, Kairi Sane defeated Vanessa Borne in non-title action. Kairi was again confronted by Shayna Baszler, who reminded the champion that she has a rematch coming her way. Kairi responded by challenging Shayna at the Evolution event on October 28! The Mae Young Classic’s opening round concluded with Hiroyo Matsumoto, Taynara Conti, Nicole Matthews, and Io Shirai winning their matches and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. On Lucha Underground, Ivelisse’s attempt at the Trios Championship came up short, and on the following evening’s Impact Wrestling, Tessa successfully defended the Knockouts Championship against Faby Apache, only to be challenged to a title bout at Bound For Glory by Taya Valkyrie!

So let’s address the elephant in the room. During Brie Bella’s delivery of the Yes Kicks, one of them legit struck Liv on the head and knocked her loopy. Liv was checked on in the back, with Brie showing immense concern for Liv’s well being. It was later reported that Liv suffered a concussion and is following WWE’s proper protocols regarding such things, which means that there will most likely be changes made to the Super Show-Down match, which has the Bellas and Ronda Rousey teaming up against the Riott Squad. With Liv out, I can see Brie being removed and the match turned into a standard tag pitting Ronda and Nikki against Ruby and Sarah. It can be a near blessing in disguise, because the result could see Ronda and Nikki victorious, which could be followed by Nikki turning heel and attacking Ronda to set up their rumored title contest at Evolution.

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Happy birthday to former WWE Women’s Champion Candice Michelle, who celebrated the big 4-0 this Sunday! Candice Michelle was one of many products of the Diva Search years ago, and was later signed by WWE sometime in 2004. After spending a few months on SmackDown, Candice turned heel upon returning to Raw, as she and Torrie Wilson formed Vince’s Devils with Victoria in the summer of 2005, with the alliance ending nearly a year later. She ended up becoming one of the long list of WWE women to be featured on the cover of Playboy in 2006, and it was in 2007 that Candice captured the prestigious Women’s Championship. Candice’s tail end of her WWE career was lagged by clavicle injuries, and she was released from WWE in 2009. On December 2 of last year, Candice competed at House of Hardcore 36, defeating her evil former ally, Lisa Marie “Victoria” Varon, in what was Candice’s retirement match.

In strange, but true, news, Nicole Matthews has been banned from the United States for five years due to work visa issues. Nicole, who is from Canada, received the ban shortly after her Mae Young Classic match aired this past Wednesday, which saw her defeat Isla Dawn. Nicole’s second round match will air either this upcoming Wednesday, or the following week, but the entire bulk of the tournament was taped a month ahead of time. The ban derails a good chunk of Nicole’s wrestling career, as she has competed for SHIMMER Women Athletes for over a decade.

Finally, Tenille Dashwood (the former Emma in WWE) will be sidelined for months as she will undergo surgery on her injured shoulder. Tenille revealed that she has competed with the injury for several months, and she was properly written off at ROH’s Death Before Dishonor PPV in Vegas. The event saw Tenille defeated by Sumie Sakai in a Women of Honor Championship match, and afterwards, Tenille was attacked backstage by an unknown villainess, whose identity was not revealed. I myself am hoping that the attacker ends up being Mandy Leon, as Mandy needs a heel turn in ROH.

A new week begins with the final countdown to Super Show-Down in WWE, as well as the continued countdown to Bound For Glory in Impact! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

Impact traveled South of the Border, and the show was absolutely amazing! What occurrence was the most epic of the evening? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

The ultimate Impact, IMO, was the announcement regarding Impact Wrestling’s next Hall of Famer. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Abyss was announced as the next inductee in Impact’s HoF. Abyss has done it all in Impact, all with the monstrous intimidation factor of a Kane, and the hardcore attitude and demeanor of a Mick Foley. Abyss’ last taste of championship gold came as a member of Decay with Crazzy Steve, as the group held the Impact Tag Team Championship, and after going on to an angle with Grado, his most recent angle came when he engaged in a feud with Kongo Kong and Jimmy Jacobs. Abyss joins a growing elite class that includes Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Team 3D, and lone female member Gail Kim, and the induction will come on Bound For Glory Weekend.

As a women’s wrestling fan, I was so happy to finally see Faby Apache compete on TV. Faby Apache is a very familiar name in Mexican wrestling and overall women’s wrestling; she is part of the Apache wrestling family, which includes father Gran Apache, stepmother Lady Apache, and older sister Mari Apache. The family has been involved in interesting angles, including a feud between the sisters with Mari as the ruda (heel/villainess) against Faby. As for Impact, Faby was shown confronting heel Knockouts Champion Tessa Blanchard over her attitude towards Sexy Star; I noticed that Faby had short hair, and I had to do my homework on that; it turned out that Faby had to shave her head after losing a match to Lady Shani last month. Faby later defeated Alisha Edwards in a terrific match (disappointed that Faby wasn’t a heel, but still good to see her) and afterwards, she challenged Tessa to a match for the Knockouts Championship.

I have to talk about the main event, because it involved one of my faves in Mexican wrestling, Texano. Texano has that big brawler look and he walks around with a cowboy hat and a bullrope, making him Mexican wrestling’s homage to legendary Hall of Famer Stan Hansen, and former WWE Champion John “Bradshaw” Layfield. Texano also competed in Lucha Underground, and regarding Impact, he was Austin Aries’ challenger for the World Title. Needless to say, A-Double was victorious, but he was on the receiving end of a rude awakening, as Johnny Impact tricked him with a video promo, only to actually appear behind A-Double and beat him down. Even worse for the champion and his alliance, Eddie Edwards emerged with Kendo Stick in hand, and got his revenge on the guys who took him out. It’s official. The countdown to Bound For Glory is here!

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! Until next time!

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw.

Raw featured the fallout from Hell In A Cell, which saw Bayley victorious over Dana Brooke in singles action. Ronda Rousey was planning an open challenge, but it was interrupted when The Riott Squad appeared and revealed that they assaulted Ronda’s possible challenger, Natalya. The trio went after Ronda, only to be run off by the Bellas, promoting their upcoming match at WWE Super Show-Down. Later on, Mickie James and Alicia Fox were defeated by Ember Moon and the returning Nia Jax.Image result for Becky Lynch championship coronation

On SmackDown, Asuka defeated Billie Kay, but the main spotlight shone on Becky Lynch, as she received a championship coronation. Charlotte appeared as an invited guest, but this was only done so her former friend could rub in her success, even going as far as to demand that Charlotte call her “Queen.” This led to the two Horsewomen fighting, with Becky on the winning end of the brawl. After SmackDown went off the air, the second season of the Mixed Match Challenge got underway with a pair of matches. First, Braun Strowman and Ember Moon defeated Kevin Owens and Natalya, and secondly, AJ Styles and Charlotte defeated Jimmy Uso and Naomi.

On the following night’s NXT, Deonna Purrazzo appeared on the program and served as Dakota Kai’s partner in the opening tag team match, where they were defeated by Lacey Evans and Aliyah. Following NXT, the Mae Young Classic marched on, with Kaitlyn, Toni Storm, Xia Li, and Mia Yim all advancing to the second round of the tournament. Lucha Underground saw Chelsea Green (the former Laurel Van Ness) debut and help Marty the Moth capture the Lucha Underground Championship, while Impact in Mexico saw legendary wrestler Faby Apache defeat Alisha Edwards, and later challenge Tessa Blanchard after her victory.

Image result for kairi sane nxt championSpeaking of the Mae Young Classic, happy 30th birthday to the first tournament winner and current NXT Women’s Champion Kairi Sane! It was on September 12, 2017 that Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler to win the tournament, and that would jump start a rivalry that would later involve the NXT Women’s Championship, which Shayna won in April of this year. Kairi defeated Shayna at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV last month to capture the title, and her first title defense will take place at Evolution, but an opponent has yet to be officially announced.

Regarding Evolution, Charlotte Flair revealed that she will face Becky Lynch again at the event in five weeks, which would serve as the close of a bitter and personal rivalry. Becky captured the SmackDown Women’s Championship a week prior, and it was already announced even before Hell In A Cell that they would face each other at WWE Super Show-Down on October 6. This is the first title match announced for Evolution, which will feature four championship contests. The NXT and NXT UK Women’s Championships will be decided, and the rumored Raw Women’s Championship match has Ronda Rousey defending against Nikki Bella, with Nikki most likely turning heel to set up their match. Confirmed matches for Evolution are Alexa Bliss vs Trish Stratus and Mickie James vs Lita, as well as the finals of the Mae Young Classic. Another rumored match has Brie Bella facing Maryse, which would perfectly keep Brie in her own angle if/when Nikki begins her villainous pursuit of Ronda and her title.

I mentioned Alexa Bliss; she is Braun Strowman’s original MMC partner, but she is one of two women currently injured. Bliss’ injury was announced before the MMC began, which led to Ember Moon replacing her as Braun’s partner. The other woman currently injured is Sasha Banks, who was originally set to be Bobby Lashley’s partner in the tournament. It was announced that Mickie James will team with Lashley.

A new week begins with Raw, which will see Brie Bella take on Ruby Riott. Also, the opening round of the Mae Young Classic concludes, and the build for Super Show-Down continues! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

The countdown to Bound For Glory marched on! What moment was the most eye-popping? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

The Aries Alliance (A-Double, K-Double, and Moose) was in good spirits after what they did to Johnny Impact on the previous week, but they were interrupted, strangely, by KM and Fallah Bahh, who have been taking direction from Scarlett Bordeaux in recent weeks. Interestingly, this led to Fallah receiving a World Title opportunity, with Austin Aries stating that after this, there will be no one left to challenge him. Fallah put up a good fight, but in the end, A-Double prevailed, after which he, Killer Kross, and Moose took down both Fallah and KM. However, Aries still has Johnny to deal with, as he made a vow to take the World Title from him at Bound For Glory.

Katarina continued to suffer embarrassment stemming from her actions a week prior. As we all recall, Katarina cruelly dumped Grado and revealed her affections for his best friend, Joe Hendry, only for Hendry to turn her down and voice his value of his friendship with Grado. Now fully single, the evil Katarina looked to get back to business in the Knockouts Division against Alisha Edwards, only for Grado and Hendry to appear. Hendry appeared to be apologetic and had a special music video just for her, only for the video to further voice his desire NOT to date Katarina. It was called, “Access Denied,” and the biggest thing that stuck out was Hendry referencing Katarina’s WWE gimmick as the (originally) incestuous sister of Paul Burchill! Lost in this is that Katarina got quickly rolled up and pinned by Alisha, but for the second straight week, Katarina was immensely infuriated and embarrassed.

Another match was announced for Bound For Glory, as oVe announced their plans to finally end their feud with the Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr and Fenix). It was Sami Callihan’s loss to Pentagon at Slammiversary that ended up getting Sami’s head shaved, and he would later force Dave Crist to shave his head in a show of solidarity. We have also seen Cage, the reigning X Division Champion, involved in the ongoing battle, and that led to Sami making the challenge:  oVe vs The Lucha Brothers and Cage for BFG. Most likely, this match will end the months long rivalry, and it will be a fantastic sight to see!

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! Until next time!

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw and ending with Hell In A Cell.

On Raw, Nikki Bella defeated Ruby Riott, and later on, Natalya and Ronda Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, only for Alexa to go after Ronda’s ribs, which suffered a bit of a beating during the match. On the following evening’s SmackDown, Charlotte defeated Sonya Deville in singles action, and she was greeting several fans following her victory when one of them assaulted her. The “fan” was none other than the evil Becky Lynch in disguise, and the Lass Kicker placed Charlotte in the Dis-Arm-Her on the entrance ramp. What was supposed to be a main event pitting Brie Bella against Maryse ended with both couples brawling, with Brie punching Miz in the face yet again.

On NXT, Shayna Baszler mercilessly defeated her opponent, and the main event saw Bianca BelAir and Nikki Cross compete to a double countout. The second episode of the Mae Young Classic saw Deonna Purrazzo, Zeuxis, Kacy Catanzaro, and Mercedes Martinez all advance to the second round, and on Lucha Underground, Ivelisse came up short in her bid to become Gift of the Gods Champion. On Impact Wrestling, Allie and Tessa had differing opinions regarding the latter being saved from Su Yung, and Alisha Edwards defeated Katarina in no time, mainly due to Katarina being embarrassed again by Joe Hendry and Grado.

Counting the mixed tag, Hell In A Cell featured a triple dose of women’s action, beginning with Becky Lynch defeating Charlotte to capture the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the second time! The victory comes just over two years after Becky became the first SD Women’s Champion, and she refused Charlotte’s show of sportsmanship after the match. Later on, The Miz and Maryse defeated Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, with Maryse pinning Brie, and Ronda Rousey’s first title defense was a successful one against Alexa Bliss.

There were rumors entering the event that WWE may pull off a double turn between Becky and Charlotte, with Charlotte turning villainous due to fans viewing the Queen as the antagonist in this situation. However, from what was shown on SD and at the PPV, it still appears that Becky is the true villainess of this angle. Charlotte, IMO, is a more natural heel than Becky, but I think a heel Becky would be different, and from what I and others witnessed, it looks like that will be the plan going forward. Becky and Charlotte will face off in a title rematch at WWE Super Show-Down on October 6 in Australia.

Every time I see Ronda and Nattie celebrating, I always think, “When is Nattie turning on Ronda?” There was a plan months ago for Natalya to turn heel against Ronda, but I believe that WWE backed out on it slightly out of respect for Nattie following the loss of her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, as it would be in bad taste to portray Natalya as a villainess so soon after the tragedy. The aforementioned Super Show-Down will see Ronda aligned with the Bellas against the Riott Squad, and I suspect that will lead to Ronda’s rumored match against (more likely) an evil Nikki Bella at Evolution. If WWE does turn Natalya, it will most likely be after Evolution–months after–and regarding her motive, the villainous Natalya could express jealousy of Ronda’s rise and popularity, with the claim that she “created” Ronda.

Happy birthday to former WWE talent Audrey Marie, who turns 30 this Monday! Audrey Marie is known for being part of the early stages of the current NXT; back when it was FCW. She reigned as FCW Women’s Champion and was part of the transition to NXT, which saw her on the losing end of a number of matches in 2012. Audrey later turned heel and began her first big angle with Sasha Banks, attacking Sasha and revealing herself as the “secret admirer” who sent her various notes. Audrey’s villainous motivation was jealousy of Sasha, who began rising while Audrey was out injured, leading to Audrey’s victory over Sasha later on. She was released from WWE in mid-2013, and competed at a Queens of Combat event a year later, losing to Heather Patera. It would be her last match to date, as Audrey is enjoying retirement, as well as a marriage to Matt Clement–aka WWE superstar Tyler Breeze.

A new week begins with the aftermath of Hell In A Cell on Raw and SmackDown, as well as Episode 3 of the Mae Young Classic! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

The NFL had it’s Opening Day, but Impact was explosive as well! Who delivered the biggest clutch play? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Impact saw matches being made for Bound For Glory, and the biggest one came in the main event segment. It began with Moose explaining his actions from the previous week, and he stated that he joined Austin Aries and Killer Kross because Eddie Edwards was never there for him. Moose claimed that he was always at Eddie’s side when his beating at the hands of Sami Callihan turned into an obsession with him, and also ballooned into problems with Tommy Dreamer and problems in his marriage. Yet, according to Moose, Eddie was not there for him following his loss to Aries and the bad aftermath that befell him, and it was Aries who contacted him and told him that he could be a big star if he could only ignore the fans. It was after this that Johnny Impact appeared and announced that he will challenge Aries for the World Title at BFG, and this news (while expected) had me elated. Johnny ended up laid out by the villainous triumvirate, but BFG still should see Johnny victorious and finally capture the World Title, especially to promote his upcoming appearance on Survivor.

A Knockout turned heel for the first time in this calendar year, and to no surprise, it was Katarina who made the swerve. Many (myself included) had Katarina turning heel the very second after her unlikely relationship with Grado began, and the prediction was turned up once Joe Hendry entered the fray. Despite Eli Drake planting seeds of doubt into Grado regarding Katarina and Hendry, all was well and Grado and Hendry were teamed up against the Desi Hit Squad. At some point, Grado decided to tag himself in after Hendry fought the Squad, but he couldn’t finish the job and the Squad ended up winning. Katarina berated Grado after the match, telling him that she never loved him and that she was in love with Hendry. Now, a lot of us figured that Katarina and Hendry would become a villainous couple, but to my surprise, after Katarina kissed Hendry, she ended up turned down. Hendry voiced his value of his friendship with Grado, and in response, the evil Katarina slapped Hendry and walked off. So if the character statuses hold up, it looks like Grado and Hendry will remain as a tag team, while Katarina returns to the Knockouts Division as a heel. There have been some fans wanting Katarina to bring back her evil Winter character, but I don’t think that will happen.

As I stated before, Impact was beginning the build to Bound For Glory, and the very first match made for the event will see the end of the LAX/OGz war. In a segment that could draw comparisons to The Godfather, Konnan and King met with the commission, who stated that the violence went too far when King accidentally struck a young boy named Richie with his car. With that, it was decided that the two sides will battle it out for the last time in an all out war at Bound For Glory, and this time, Konnan and King will be part of this bout. The scene was an epic one, no doubt, and I think this match at BFG will be epic as well, especially with Konnan and King involved.

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! Until next time!


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