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3 Impacts From Impact

The final Impact before Slammiversary is in the books! Who is the most prepared for the big event? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Moose appears to be every bit as ready for Slammiversary as his opponent, Austin Aries, is. Moose responded to A-Double’s attack towards his good friend, DeAngelo Williams, by calling out the Impact World Champion. However, Aries appeared at the video screen under the claim that he wasn’t actually inside the Impact Zone, but that was revealed to be a ruse, as Aries appeared from behind and delivered chair shots to the challenger. Aries celebrated, but he was unaware that Moose was back up on his feet, and that led to the challenger laying out the champion, who escaped Moose’s swing of the chair. There’s no doubt. Aries and Moose are ready for Slammiversary.

Allie and Tessa Blanchard were in action just days before their one-on-one faceoff at Slammiversary. The women were in tag action, as Allie was paired with Tessa’s first Impact foe, Kiera Hogan, while Tessa teamed with the woman Allie defeated a week prior, Shotzi Blackheart. Though it appeared that Tessa and Shotzi’s partnership was one of convenience–definitely not Shotzi’s. The entire match saw Tessa basically order her partner around, and it ended with Tessa leaving Shotzi behind to be defeated by Allie and Kiera, as Tessa’s mind was solely on Slammiversary. It wouldn’t surprise me if this leads to the two partners actually facing off next week, but only time will tell.

Joe Hendry made his Impact in-ring debut against Eli Drake, stemming from Eli’s victory over Grado in the past week. The match was also made due to Eli’s assumptions that Hendry is sneaking around with Grado’s girlfriend, Katarina (remember, they did have history together). Hendry denied the claims and as for the match itself, Hendry was victorious over the former Impact World Champion. However, even Grado started to have some doubts, as Hendry and Katarina did seem to bond together. As I’ve said before, there’s a feeling in the gut of this writer that Grado’s BFF and his lady love could turn on him and end up with each other, and time will tell if that comes to pass.

Those are my 3 Impacts From Impact! A review of Slammiversary will come after the PPV! Until then!

3 Impacts From Impact

Slammiversary is closing in, and things are getting crazy in the Impact Zone! Who appears to be most ready for Slammiversary? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Austin Aries appears to be ready and focused for Moose, as he later appeared and interrupted Josh Mathews’ interview with DeAngelo Williams, an NFL RB and friend of Moose. DeAngelo said ever so colorfully that Moose is all in and ready for A-Double, which prompted the World Champion himself to come out and verbally confront DeAngelo. The verbal confrontation quickly became physical, ending with A-Double laying out DeAngelo with multiple chair shots. This already intriguing main event for Slammiversary became even more so following A-Double’s message to Moose through DeAngelo.

Impact also saw Shotzi Blackheart make an appearance, following her outing during the RISE of the Knockouts special. Shotzi, who has competed for RISE and other promotions such as Championship Wrestling From Hollywood, served as Allie’s opponent, working in a rare heel role. Her outing was spectacular, but she came up short against the former two-time Knockouts Champion. After the match, though, Allie ended up on the receiving end of an attack from a vengeful and furious Tessa Blanchard, who did so in response to Allie taking down Tessa a week prior. At that time, I figured that a match between Tessa and Allie would take place at Slammiversary; after the latest brawl, it became official.

Speaking of Slammiversary implications, Impact started out with a challenge, as Kingston, Homicide, and Hernandez (now known as the OGz), made one to LAX after winning a squash match. The battle lines were drawn when King revealed that he had Konnan taken out to take over LAX, with Ortiz and Santana regaining the tag titles under King. This brought out Homicide and Hernandez, the original LAX members, to attack the current LAX, and regarding the opening of Impact, King laid out the challenge to LAX:  a 5150 Street Fight at Slammiversary!

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 Extreme Rules.

Raw featured more drama involving Bayley and Sasha Banks, as their counseling continued, all the while, Nia Jax and Natalya defeated Alexa Bliss and Mickie James in tag team action. On SmackDown, lumberjills surrounded the ring as Asuka faced off against James Ellsworth. Though Asuka was victorious, Carmella did get the upper hand thanks to Ellsworth spraying a substance into the eyes of the Empress of Tomorrow. As a result, Paige informed Carmella that during her title defense at Extreme Rules, Ellsworth will be locked in a shark cage and hoisted above the ring.

On NXT, Shayna Baszler found herself confronted by Candice LeRae, who slapped the NXT Women’s Champion, leading to a brawl. Later on, Kairi Sane defeated Vanessa Borne, and staked her claim to the aforementioned title, referencing her Mae Young Classic victory over Shayna. That same evening on Lucha Underground, Ivelisse defeated Joey Ryan to capture one of the seven Ancient Aztec Medallions, putting her one step closer to possibly becoming Lucha Underground Champion. The following night’s Impact Wrestling saw Allie victorious over Shotzi Blackheart, only for Tessa Blanchard to attack her from behind. As a result, Tessa and Allie will face each other at Slammiversary, and speaking of the event, Su Yung continued her haunting mind games on Madison Rayne during an interview.

At Extreme Rules, Carmella managed to successfully defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Asuka, thanks somehow to Ellsworth, who actually escaped his cage. He ended up on the receiving end of another beating by Asuka, only for Carmella to send Asuka head first into the cage for the victory. The Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules match saw plenty of chaos; not only from champion and challenger, not only from Natalya and Mickie James, but from Ronda Rousey, who left her seat and went after Mickie and Alexa. Amidst the melee, Alexa Bliss emerged victorious, and one has to believe that Ronda will get a shot at her at SummerSlam next month.

The big news broke on Thursday that former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn would return and participate in the second annual Mae Young Classic. Six more names were announced later on, with one of them being NXT regular Rhea Ripley, who performed at last year’s tournament, marking the first returning combatant. Other names include Nicole Matthews, who is best known for her time in SHIMMER, where she is a former SHIMMER Champion and Tag Team Champion, as well as American Ninja Warrior contestant Kacy Catanzaro. International indy stars Jinny, Vernice Gabriel, and Io Shirai were also announced, totaling seven participants in the 2nd MYC.

Despite Bayley and Sasha’s current angle, neither of them were part of Extreme Rules. The reason is that the plans have the two Horsewomen facing off against each other at SummerSlam on August 19. If this happens, it will come full circle for both women, as they faced each other in Brooklyn three years prior, where Bayley won the NXT Women’s Championship as part of a double coronation, as Sasha was moved up to the main roster along with Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Despite the ongoing fights between the two women, face and heel roles have not been established, making this a very peculiar angle.

A new week and the fallout from Extreme Rules begins with Raw tomorrow, and Impact will have their final show before Slammiversary! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

Independence Day was over, but there were still plenty of fireworks at the Impact Zone! Who delivered the biggest explosion? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Without question, the biggest Impact was made by LAX, and it was delivered towards…LAX?! I will gladly explain. For weeks, Konnan had suspected that Kingston was behind the attack on him, which took out Konnan and allowed Kingston to take over. Ortiz and Santana regained the tag titles in Konnan’s absence, but even with that, Konnan’s suspicions remained. It all came to ahead in the final segment of the program, where Kingston admitted to having Konnan taken out, saying that Konnan’s time was up. At this point, I expected Ortiz and Santana to turn on Konnan, mainly due to the fact that they won the belts back with King, but to my surprise, they didn’t. A bigger surprise came when the tag champs were attacked by none other than Homicide and Hernandez…the original LAX duo! Now, Homicide had only been away from Impact for several weeks. For Hernandez, it had been a few years! Regardless, we should now expect an LAX vs LAX match for Slammiversary!

Following Allie’s appearance in defense of Madison Rayne, the pair banded together in tag team action against Su Yung and one of her undead brides. I myself was enthused over the fact that one of the undead brides would be in action, and it was a very interesting affair. However, the evil Tessa Blanchard inserted herself into the fray and went after Madison, still bitter over losing TWICE to Madison already. Allie eliminated Tessa from the equation, and the heroic pair still ended up winning. Now, a part of me hopes that there’s room for Tessa and Allie to face off at Slammiversary, we should find that out.

In more Knockouts action, Katarina competed on Impact for the first time in six years, as she defeated another returning face in the form of Rebel. Grado, of course, was by Katarina’s side, and after the match, they were both greeted by Joe Hendry, who is a friend of Grado’s. Hendry was revealed as the newest member of the Impact roster, and it was also revealed that he and Katarina had some history. My humble opinion: Katarina’s turning heel. When she returned as Grado’s girlfriend, I felt that it was a matter of time before she dumped him. Hendry’s debut and revelation of a past between him and Katarina may open the door for that. It may be gradual, but we may see Hendry make the turn first, and then Katarina dumps Grado for Hendry afterwards. Only time will tell.

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 Bayley and Sasha Banks attending their counseling sessions, which included the expected return of Dr. Shelby; who successfully brought Team Hell No together. Meanwhile, in the ring, Nia Jax was set to face off against Mickie James, but before the match, Nia announced an important update to her title rematch against Alexa Bliss:  it is now an Extreme Rules match at the PPV under the same name. It was announced before hand that Ronda Rousey will appear at Extreme Rules, as her suspension was only from Raw, but not from PPVs. Nia defeated Mickie thanks to Natalya keeping Bliss at bay.

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On SmackDown, Asuka’s match against James Ellsworth ended in a double countout, but Carmella delivered the last shot afterwards. Later on, Becky defeated Peyton Royce in singles action, continuing her winning ways in her climb back to the title picture. The next night’s NXT saw Dakota Kai victorious over Santana Garrett, while Shayna Baszler stated that there’s no one in the Women’s Division who could end her title reign. Lucha Underground saw Johnny Mundo and Taya victorious over Kobra Moon and Daga, only for Worldwide Underground to be taken down by the Dragon Tribe afterwards. On Impact, Allie and Madison Rayne defeated Su Yung and one of her undead brides, despite Tessa Blanchard’s evil attempt to sabotage Madison and Allie.

As stated in last week’s edition, LuFisto vacated the SHINE Championship due to the fact that she would be undergoing surgery next Thursday, one day before a scheduled title defense against Kimber Lee at SHINE 52. Shine Wrestling announced that a new champion will be crowned in an eight-woman one night tournament set to take place at SHINE 53, with the eight combatants being announced at next Friday’s SHINE 52 in Ybor City. SHINE 53 will take place on September 8 in Queens. Shine Wrestling is familiar with tournaments, as they have crowned all of their inaugural champions in such a fashion, most recently the SHINE Nova Championship tournament last year, which was won by Priscilla Kelly.

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Alicia Fox returned to the ring this weekend at a live event in Philadelphia, doing so on the losing end of a six-woman tag team bout. Alicia was aligned with Riott Squad members Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan against Bayley, Ember Moon, and Natalya, with the role contrasting her appearance on Raw two weeks prior, where she was shown hugging Bayley backstage. As for why Alicia was with the Riott Squad, it was due to the fact that Ruby Riott suffered a knee sprain recently, and it was stated that she would be sidelined possibly for weeks. This was why she wasn’t on Raw as Liv Morgan lost to Ember Moon, with Sarah Logan in the former’s corner.

A new week begins with the final countdown to Extreme Rules in Pittsburgh, as well as more from NXT, Lucha Underground, and Impact! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

With Slammiversary getting closer, who delivered the best moment? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

The program began and ended with Madison Rayne and Tessa Blanchard, as the latter interrupted the former’s promo regarding her quest for the Knockouts Championship. Madison was quick to remind Tessa that when they faced off in the ring, Madison won, leading to a rematch taking place. As the saying goes, “second verse, same as first”; Madison won again. However, Su Yung and her twisted undead brides appeared and surrounded the ring–Tessa acted like she was going to fight off the brides, only to walk off and leave Madison on her own. In a surprise, Allie appeared and saved Madison from Su’s minions, and one has to believe that she has unfinished business with Su.

Sami Callihan and the rest of oVe made an impression on Pentagon Jr., as a cage match ended with the trio beating down the former Impact World Champion and even unmasking him! oVe takes pride in being habitual line steppers, and this instance led to Pentagon making a challenge to Sami: a Mask vs Hair match for Slammiversary. Sami accepts and vowed to expose Pentagon, making this a very interesting bout for the big event. If I recall, I don’t think these two have faced off in Lucha Underground yet, so seeing this on an Impact PPV will be absolutely epic.

The X Division received a new addition in the form of Rich Swann, who debuted on Impact as the opponent of former X Division Champion Trevor Lee. Swann, of course, is known for his recent tenure in WWE, which saw him capture the Cruiserweight Championship and shine as one of the top stars on the Cruiserweight-based program, 205 Live. In his Impact debut, Swann picked up the victory over Lee in what was an impressive match, and now comes the burning question. How long until Swann is in the X Division Championship picture? Slammiversary is weeks away, but one has to believe that Swann will be knee deep in the title picture after the event passes.

 

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, which actually began with the UK Championship Tournament.

The WWE Network uploaded the two night United Kingdom event, which consisted of the #1 Contender’s tournament that Monday and the UK Championship match that Tuesday. Monday’s show included some women’s action, as Toni Storm defeated Killer Kelly and Isla Dawn to earn an opportunity at the NXT Women’s Championship the next night. On Raw that evening, Kurt Angle gave Bayley and Sasha Banks one last chance to co-exist, as he put them with Ember Moon in a match against The Riott Squad. Not only did the Riott Squad win, but Bayley physically unloaded on Sasha afterwards, a furious assault from someone who was often cheerful and upbeat. Later on, Alexa Bliss was in action against Natalya, and the champion ended up tapping out to the Queen of Harts.Image result for lufisto wrestler

Toni Storm fell short in her title opportunity against Shayna Baszler, and before that, Charlie Morgan defeated Killer Kelly via a roll-up. Later that evening on SmackDown, Becky Lynch continued her redemptive road by defeating Sonya Deville, despite Mandy Rose’s interference. On NXT, Candice LeRae picked up a victory against Lacey Evans, and that evening’s edition of Lucha Underground saw Ivelisse get involved during Grave Consequences between Mil Muertes, Jeremiah Crane, and Fenix, doing so by going after Crane with a hammer as payback for what Crane did to her after Ivelisse’s victory over Catrina. Thursday’s Impact featured a rematch between Madison Rayne and Tessa Blanchard, with Madison winning and being surrounded by Su Yung and her undead brides, only for Allie to save Madison.

After over 500 days, LuFisto surrendered the SHINE Championship this past week. LuFisto was set to defend the title against Kimber Lee in a No DQ rematch from SHINE 50. The rematch was set to take place at SHINE 52 on July 20, with the event marking Shine Wrestling’s sixth anniversary, but LuFisto is scheduled to undergo surgery on July 19, and gave an impassioned post on Facebook regarding her surgery, her road to recovery, and the fact that the title deserves to be defended. LuFisto has been part of Shine since February 2013, when she debuted at SHINE 7 in a loss to Ivelisse. After three years as a fan favorite, LuFisto turned heel in September 2016 and became part of a villainous faction known as C4, which actually disbanded just months later. She went on to capture the SHINE Championship at SHINE 40 last January, and held the title for nearly a year and a half, with her last successful defense being against Su Yung on June 9 of this year. A new SHINE Champion will be crowned at SHINE 52, but no word on what type match will take place, or who will actually fight for the title.

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So Bayley turned heel this past Monday, or did she? Fans were left with the impression that the longtime white-meat babyface became villainous with her assault towards Sasha, though it hasn’t really been confirmed. As we also saw on Raw and on YouTube, the Bayley/Sasha saga will continue even further, as Kurt Angle has ordered both women to undergo counseling, whatever that is. This may end up killing the Bayley heel turn, but only time will tell if that’s the case. On another note, yet another wrestling wedding took place, as WWE’s current Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander tied the knot with indy sensation Aerial Monroe. Monroe has competed for promotions such as Queens of Combat and Shine Wrestling, being part of a babyface group known as the Sexy Young Caramels in the latter faction.

A new week begins with the countdown to Extreme Rules for WWE, and Slammiversary for Impact Wrestling. Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

The countdown to Slammiversary is on! Who delivered the biggest moment? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Impact kicked off with a shocker, as LAX again regained the tag titles by defeating DJ Z and Andrew Everett. Z & E, as they’ve been called, surprisingly captured the belts months ago against Eli Drake and Scott Steiner, and they appeared to be on the verge of going on a huge roll until they ran into a resurgent LAX. Things had been going south for LAX following the mysterious disappearance of Konnan, with Kingston later filling the void. We would later see Konnan resurface following Ortiz and Santana’s tag title victory, after which Konnan confronted Kingston with accusations that he was behind Konnan’s disappearance. Many of us have suspected that Kingston had a hand in what happened to Konnan, and the weeks leading to Slammiversary should reveal everything.

Madison Rayne’s roll continued when she defeated the always imposing Taya Valkyrie. With that and her victory over Tessa Blanchard, one has to believe that she’s prime and ready for another Knockouts Championship run. As it turns out, Madison has been reading out thoughts, as she stated after her victory that she has sights set on Su Yung and the title, as she vowed to become Knockouts Champion for the sixth time. She would later get her first taste of what she would have to deal with in a few weeks, as Su delivered a haunting message to her upcoming challenger. I do love a feel good story, and Madison’s comeback is that, though we’ll have to wait and see if it leads to the Knockouts Championship.

We were officially introduced to Killer Kross, who was revealed as the mysterious “Mystery X” attacker a week prior. The attacker has been taking down people such as Jimmy Jacobs and Sonjay Dutt, and the last victim was Petey Williams, who Kross arrested while posing as an officer before attacking him. In response to why he’s been delivering the attacks, his response: “Why not?” Kross wants to cause as much chaos as humanly possible and wreak as much havoc as he wants to. It’s a foregone conclusion that Kross will compete at Slammiversary, and I would think that Petey Williams would be his opponent, as his attack marked the reveal.

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.

Coming off Money In The Bank, Alexa Bliss celebrating her MITB ladder match victory as well as her fifth overall championship win came to an abrupt and just end when Ronda Rousey entered and took down Bliss, as well as General Manager Kurt Angle, and referees attempting to stop her. Before this happened, Alexa was informed that she will defend the title at Extreme Rules against Nia Jax in a rematch. Later on, Sasha Banks and Bayley’s latest attempt to work together and mend fences fell short as they were defeated by the Riott Squad. Afterwards, Sasha and Bayley’s friendship appeared to be kaput for good, as Sasha shoved Bayley and walked away, and this was followed by a backstage brawl and Bayley making one last attempt to talk to Sasha.

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On SmackDown, Carmella and James Ellsworth celebrated the former’s “victory” over Asuka, and it was after this that the Empress of Tomorrow appeared and was able to take down Ellsworth, but not Carmella. A rematch seems to be in the works, and elsewhere, Becky Lynch defeated Billie Kay, and later vowed to get back on track and become champion again. Post-Takeover NXT saw Bianca BelAir victorious over Dakota Kai, and later that evening on Lucha Underground, Taya made her first appearance of the season and took down Kobra Moon, doing so as part of Johnny Mundo’s payback against Kobra Moon for what occurred on Aztec Warfare. The following evening saw Taya defeated by Madison Rayne, who later announced her intentions to challenge Su Yung for the Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary.

So yet again, we are left with a Sasha/Bayley confrontation that has left us wondering which one turned heel. I still don’t know. They’ve dragged this out for the entire calendar year, and we saw one brawl between them before WrestleMania. Despite this, both were portrayed as babyfaces and it was dragged out for an additional two months, and Raw still didn’t give us that answer. I’m hoping we get some idea of who’s good and who’s evil on the next Raw, because it’s been five months of this and it has just gone nowhere.

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Congratulations to Bianca BelAir, as she tied the knot with her fiance, fellow NXT wrestler Montez Ford (one half of the Street Profits) over the weekend! Also, more congratulations to Charlotte Flair, as she is one of many athletes featured in ESPN Magazine’s annual “The Body” issue, with the special edition entering its 10th year. And WWE officially announced the taping dates for the second annual Mae Young Classic: August 8 and 9. The airdate for the tournament hasn’t been announced, and there is no official word on who may participate.

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A new week begins with the continued build to Extreme Rules on Raw and SmackDown, as well as NXT returning to Full Sail and more from Lucha Underground and Impact! Until next week!

3 Impacts From Impact

Another amazing Impact is in the books! Who delivered the most amazing moments? Here are my 3 Impacts From Impact:

Eli Drake and Moose faced off against each other in a match with huge Slammiversary implications. It was a #1 Contender’s Match; the winner would face Austin Aries for the World Title at the event. The match was actually months in the making, dating back to Eli defeating Moose to obtain the World Title briefcase from Feast or Fired. It was during the return of Fact of Life that the match was confirmed, and a confrontation between the two took place, with Eli on the winning end. However, when it counted, Moose emerged victorious, and he is off to Slammiversary to challenge Austin Aries.

Two Knockouts appeared on Impact for the first time in a while, with Rebel making her first Impact appearance in nearly a year, while her opponent, Taya Valkyrie made her second Impact appearance since her Redemption victory over Kiera Hogan in April. Taya’s only other appearance was a rematch against Kiera days later on Impact, but it was thrown out when Kiera was attacked by the evil Tessa Blanchard. As for her match against Rebel, the grueling bout ended with Taya victorious, and she decided to call out and challenge Madison Rayne to a match. As we know, Madison actually defeated Tessa Blanchard at Under Pressure, though Taya plans to let the former five-time Knockouts Champion know that things have changed in the Knockouts Division since she last competed on a regular basis.

Impact kicked off with Eddie Edwards calling out Tommy Dreamer, as he was still ranting about having Sami Callihan dead to rights, and accusing Tommy of preventing him from doing “what had to be done.” Eddie became even more heated (if that’s possible) when Tommy mentioned Alisha, and it resulted in Eddie assaulting Tommy with the cane he was wielding. It’s clear that Eddie is too far gone, and honestly, with Slammiversary looming, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a grudge match between the two at the event. With the Hardcore Legend involved, my guess is that the rule book would be thrown out.

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

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