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IMPACT! on AXS TV review

After two weeks of putting on “very middle-of-the-road,” efforts, the September 9 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV was one of their best episodes of the year.

Christian began connecting himself to several members of the roster as he looks to find partners for next weeks 10 man tag match against Team Ace Austin. He chose Alexander as his number one pick, and the two men had a great interaction, setting up a potential match down the road. This differs from when Kenny Omega had the title, as he stuck with the Good Brothers and whomever he was about to wrestle.

This episode was so good because heated personal issues have taken over. That was the main ingredient that had been missing from the show for awhile. Wrestlers fighting for no real reason and the audience didn’t care. Instead of just bumping in to someone backstage to create feuds, wrestlers have real reasons to fight. From the opening contest between Rosemary and Tasha Steelz, to Anderson and Swann, to the main event between Moose and Edwards, there’s significant reasons to want to see them fight.

HITS

Karl Anderson (w/ Doc Gallows) vs. Rich Swann: I still don’t understand why this was a Bunkhouse Brawl match or even what made it one but it was fun. Swann was great here. Every time he got the upper hand on Anderson, Gallows interfered to kill the momentum. It’s worth going out of your way to see. Anderson won with the Gun-stun from the top rope onto an unbreakable table.

Josh Alexander-Chris Sabin contract signing: This was perfect. Both men were in a conference room with Scott D’Amore’s, got straight to the point, signed the deal, and shook hands. Alexander was particularly intense.

Rohit Raju promo: This promo was awesome and borderline inappropriate, but Raju delivered it very well. Rohit talked about hitting Chelsea Green with the flying knee last week, stating he looked in to her eyes and that “she wanted it.” Raju is a hell of a promo and when he winds down his in-ring career he has a future as a main event heel manager.

Chris Bey vs. David Finlay: Another good match between the two. The finish saw Juice Robinson distract Bey to help Finlay win with the dreaded roll-up. Hikuleo debuted to attack FinJuice. I really like the Hikuleo-Bey tag team being the Bullet Club representative in IMPACT.

Moose (w/ W.Morrissey) vs. Eddie Edwards: Moose and Edwards have wrestled several times over the years and have so much chemistry.  Moose picked up the win with help from Morrissey and then all hell broke loose. The duo began to attack Eddie when Sabin, Ace and Fulton, Meyers and his flunkies, Josh Alexander, Christian Cage, and Sami Callihan all came out for a brawl, setting up a huge 10-man tag match next week. Great way to end a very good show.

MISSES

Steve Maclin vs. Petey Williams: A good match ruined by another bad finish. Maclin needed help again to defeat Petey, which halts his momentum. TJP came out with No Way, Bah, and a conga line to distract Petey because he put money on Maclin at Swinger’s Palace. If TJP is turning heel, great, but he didn’t need to ruin the match, which I was looking forward to. Also, if he is turning heel, he needs to get away from likable babyface No Way and Bah, unless they are going to turn too.


NEWS

  • Bound for Glory will still take place on October 23 despite Dynamite being moved to the same night. However it will take place at 10:00 p.m ET, much like UFC. Smart move as they do not want to go head to head with AEW. Would be even smarter to buy plenty of ad time on TNT to help promote their pay per view, especially considering AEW talent is likely to be featured in prominent matches.
  • Speaking of Bound for GloryIMPACT announced that the event will emanate from Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale September 24. There will be subsequent tapings on October 24 and 25.
  • It was rumored for awhile that the Good Brothers will face G.O.D. at Bound for Glory, but Tanga Loa and Tama Tanga have both been announced for this years G-1. Still not impossible, but that matchup just became more difficult to make.
  • Bronson Reed officially became a free agent this week. IMPACT would be a perfect fit for him.

Ratings

According to Showbuzz Daily, the September 9 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV averaged 126,000 total viewers, up from last weeks low of 93,000. The 18–49 demo held strong with a 0.04 rating.  The show ranked #129 in the top 150.


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