May 3rd, 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
full recap: https://www.f4wonline.com/tna-results/i ... rns-282981
Opening - Michael Elgin came down to the ring to open the episode. He cut a promo saying that Brian Cage wasn’t there to open the show, which is usually the tradition for a new champion. Elgin said it's all because he took Cage out. Elgin talked trash to the Canadian crowd for cheering on Cage instead of him. Elgin compared himself to Georges St-Pierre and Wayne Gretzky. He sent Cage a message, telling Cage that he left Japan to become the Impact World Champion.
Johnny Impact came out to interrupt Elgin. He told Elgin that he can’t just come out and jump the line. They talked trash to each other before Johnny finally claimed that it was him that sent Cage to the hospital. Johnny said that as the former World Champion, he deserves his rematch.
Suddenly, Konnan of all people came out to interrupt them. Konnan said that once again, Pentagon Jr. and Fenix are under his management, and he is here to represent Pentagon. Konnan said he thinks Pentagon is the one man to have a claim to the title. Elgin tried to attack Konnan, but Pentagon came out and brawled with Elgin. They had a pull-apart, with Johnny getting a cheap shot on Elgin before taking off. Elgin took out the group of security and called out Johnny. The fans were mostly behind Pentagon.
Josh Mathews and Don Callis Announcement - They gave an update on Cage, saying that he is recovering at home. Elgin, Johnny, and Pentagon are set to face off in a number one contender's match later, with the winner getting the next shot at Cage's World title.
Ace Austin vs Petey Williams - 6.5/10
Good match, but it was starting to drag when the finish came. Story was mostly about an old timer and young up and coming cocky kid trying to make a name out of him. They did a good chase for the Destroyer and The Fold, which Ace hit to win at the end.
oVe Promo - Sami Callihan said that Impact management screwed him by banning his family from being out there for his match against Rich Swann at Rebellion. Callihan made the challenge for a four-on-four oVe rules match next week.
Rosemary (w/ The Undead Maid of Honor) vs. Kiera Hogan - 3/10
Bad match, Rosemary has been terrible ever since coming back, she looks heavier in her moves, like she doesn't want to just throw herself out there anymore. Hogan is good, but still green enough to carry someone on her shoulders to a good match. They were going back and forward when suddenly, Su Yung came out with her Undead Bridesmaids and attacked Rosemary. Hogan teased helping Rosemary, but she decided not to. In the ring, the Undead Maid of Honor and Yung took their turns attacking Rosemary.
Taya Interview - Melissa Santos interviewed Taya Valkyrie, asking how she felt after defending her Knockouts Championship at Rebellion. Valkyrie said she has defeated everyone and there is no one left. Madison Rayne walked up and said that she pinned Valkyrie last time. Rayne challenged Valkyrie to put the Knockouts title on the line against her tonight. Valkyrie blew her off, telling Rayne that one day she’ll get the match, but it’s up to Valkyrie to say when.
Josh Mathews announced that The Great Muta returns to Impact for the Impact Plus special event "A Night You Can’t Mist" on June 8 from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
The Impact Plus Flashback of the Week - It was the first blood match between RVD and Rhino from TNA Final Resolution 2010.
Valkyrie had a meeting with Impact management. Melissa Santos was outside hearing the meeting along with us. Valkyrie came out and told Santos that this is how things are dealt with, and she announced that she doesn’t have to defend the title for 30 days -- so if Rayne wants a fight next week, she can have it, but it won't be for the Knockouts Championship.
LAX Backstage Promo - Santana and Ortiz were backstage. Ortiz was binge drinking and Santana called him out, but Konnan came in. He told LAX that in two days, they’re defending their Tag Team titles at Code Red. Ortiz told Konnan that The Rascalz invited them to the Treehouse.
Fenix vs Eddie Edwards 6.5/10, but a great storyline vehicle
Story was that they were perfectly matched, but when we suddenly got the visual that Killer Kross was on the ramp watching the match, Eddie kept distracting himself with him being there. Eddie still had some upper hand, but he kept getting distracted over and over again, especially when Kross walked up and grabbed Kenny and offered it to Edwards, and it was this distraction that gave Fenix the opening for a couple of kicks and a spinning Muscle Buster to pin Edwards.
Kross walked away with the kendo stick. Kross was wearing a T-shirt that said "Every great hero needs an even greater villain,” which I’m guessing is a hint towards Cage vs. Kross down the line.
Dreamer and Swann Meet - Backstage, Tommy Dreamer offered his help to Rich Swann for next week’s battle against oVe. Swann said he had Willie Mack and they were missing one more man. Suddenly, Scarlett Bordeaux came up and hinted at offering her help. Swann tried to talk her out of it, but she brought up Fallah Bahh instead.
Rob Van Dam Return - He used his same old theme song, which is still terrible, but it now holds a nostalgic spot in my heart.
RVD cut a promo saying that he could just go on naming names he wants to wrestle, but instead he talked about seeing all the wrestlers do his moves. He said he wants to show them the difference between imitating the hero and being Rob Van Dam.
Ethan Page then came out. He had a couple of chairs and taunted RVD with them, showing him how to use chairs for once -- by sitting down. They talked a bit of trash before Page disagreed about RVD being everyone’s hero -- because Page would never do one of RVD’s signature moves. RVD offered to face Page right now. Page told him they'll face each other next week. RVD responded with a Van Daminator instead. RVD’s promo was a bit egotistical, but the reception of the fans was huge.
Backstage, Josh Alexander berated Page for picking up matches with RVD instead of focusing on the Tag Team titles. Moose, dressed like Taichi, met up with them and told Alexander that he’ll team with him against LAX.
Tessa vs Gail Video Package - We got a video package about the Tessa Blanchard vs. Gail Kim match from Rebellion. Kim said some words about her thoughts on the match and the moment of coming back to face Blanchard. She said that retiring like a champion left her with a sense of incompleteness, and putting over someone like Blanchard had given her the closure she needed.
We then saw a video from Rebellion with Tully Blanchard congratulating Tessa backstage and talking about seeing her blossom into a great wrestler.
Impact World Championship No 1 Contendership Match
Michael Elgin vs Johnny Impact (w/ Johnny Bravo) vs Pentagon Jr. - 8/10
Johnny Impact came out with the X he won at United We Stand, reminding us that if he loses tonight, he still has a plan B in his pocket.
Really great match for the time they got. It was action packed with all men looking strong in their respective fighting styles. Elgin is definitely a heel, or at least on the heeler side of things. There were some good new stuff with guys we haven't seen mix it up before, and some cool spots with all three men involved.
At one point Johnny went to hit a jumping rana on Pentagon, but botched it and they all fell down. Fans at that point didn't boo, but they also awkwardly didn't feel like cheering for some minutes. Elgin pinned Johnny with an Elgin Bomb.
A really packed fallout episode for Impact Wrestling. It was a storyline heavy show -- for the most part setting up some of the programs that will take us through the first part of episodes that will build towards Slammiversary in July. Aside from the Rosemary vs. Hogan match, the wrestling was really good.
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