They are not finished with us.
What an episode of IMPACT! Who among us hasn’t admired TNA, The X Division high flying action, The Heavyweights giving their all just for one spot.
And the performers, don’t even get me started on the performers, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Christian Cage, Kurt Angle the names says in all.
No this article is not a nostalgia tour, it’s basically an IMPACT wrestling report for the airing of 15 Feb 2018.
Why I brought that up? There was something about this episode which made me believe they are not done yet. IT WAS REALLY A DECENT EPISODE OF IMPACT and I’m GLAD I gave it a try.
Let me summarise the card.
- Austin Aries vs Eli Drake for the World Heavyweight Championship
- Debut of Brian Cage
- Lashley vs Sami Callihan
- Johnny Impact & Matt Sydal V EC3 & Sydal
- Ishimori vs Fantasma for the X Division Championship
Now, I didn’t mention the storylines and promos, because honestly I’m not following them at all.
All I knew, they just handed Aries the title just because he decided to sign with Impact Wrestling.
Ishimori V Fantasma for the X Division Championship
Fantasma kicks Ishimori outside the ring and hits his signature suicide dive!
Ishimori hits a Hurricanrana on the outside.Ishimori connects with a Moonsault off the apron.
Ishimori hits the double knees, followed by the 450 splash to win the match and retain the X-Division championship!
Verdict : None of them are not the Impact Roster, so what? A high flying action which actually put everyone to stand up and get excited. Ishimori is full of action and an incredible athlete and an absolute delight to watch, Oh! Just sign him already.
Johnny Impact & Matt Sydal V EC3 & Sydal
Is he here or is he there? It doesn’t matter He is the best guy anywhere. This is a major issue, you can’t showcase a talent anymore who isn’t in the roster. EC3 is gone and I feel it’s time to delete his related footage.
Lashley V Sami Callihan
Callihan sits Lashley down in the ring announcer’s chair. Callihan gets a running start around the ring and charges at Lashley but he counters with a huge Spear!
Lashley connects with the running powerslam for a near fall.
Callihan hits the superkick, followed by a powerbomb out of the corner for a near fall.
Callihan hits the Spear for a second time but when he goes for the pin, oVe attacks him causing the disqualification! Jake and Dave Crist continue the beatdown when Eddie Edwards makes the save and assists Lashley in clearing the ring!
Veridict : I was surprised, I was really surprised how good the match actually was. Fast Paced action, Lashley was unstoppable like always, but Sami was too fast with kicks and action. Interference from OVE and lashleys comebacks were impressive and well timed. Eventually Eddie and Lashley standing tall teased a tag team feud. Unfortunate for Impact Lashley is rumoured to join WWE soon.
Debut of Brain Cage
Finishing Excerpts: Cage dominates Cruz and throws him around the ring like a rag doll. Cage connects with multiple powerbombs and a big discus clothesline to win in quick fashion.
Verdict : An IMPACTful debut to a local jobber. Typical stuff. Brian Cage has a dominating presence, Good addition to the roster.
Austin Aries V Eli Drake for the World Heavyweight Championship
Finishing Excerpts: Drake goes for a springboard Moonsault but misses! They exchange shots in the middle of the ring with Aries getting the upper-hand. Aries hits a missile dropkick for a near fall.
Aries is perched on the top rope but Drake leaps up and slams him to the mat!
Aries hits the running dropkick in the corner, but Drake counters his follow-up brain-buster attempt.
Adonis is tending to Drake on the outside but gets hit with a suicide dive from Aries! Drake capitalizes off the distraction and slams Aries back-first into the ring apron.
Drake goes for the Gravy Train but Aries avoids it and locks in the Last Chancery! Adonis gets up on the apron, causing Aries to break the hold.
Aries connects with the Brain-Buster to win the match and retain the Global Championship!
Verdict : The way AA won the title two weeks back was really stupid, so finally they corrected it. Why IMPACT changes titles like a surprise and successful title defence are actually Good matches, I will never know. This match should have been the way for AA to win the title.
Anyway, it was a PPV Standard match free on TV. Aries really look good. But bringing in so many titles in your promotion gives your company an Indy vibe, which is never a good business decision.
Next week, Alberto El Patron goes one-on-one with Moose, LAX takes on the Cult of Lee, Johnny Impact battles EC3 in a number one contender’s match, Lashley teams with Eddie Edwards to face oVe and more, Well I’m going to give them another shot. Are you?