Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions LAX def. Jake Holmes and Joe Coleman (Non-title)
I've been a big fan of LAX and how they've been used since they returned last month, but Konnan doesn't add much to the act for me. I understand he's supposed to be their mouthpiece, but the "serious like a late period" line was pretty tasteless in my opinion. The match itself, though, was a decent showcase for the tag champs. I like the idea of an LAX and Decay feud because it gives Decay something meaningful to do for the first time in months. I assume whoever the crowd cheers for will be the babyfaces in this program.
Brice Prichard Made the X-Division Championship Match a Six-Way
Karen Jarrett's announcement of Impact Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling merging doesn't surprise me at all because GFW has been a dead brand for years. In fact, they taped a bunch of shows two years ago that never made the air. Sonjay Dutt returning was rather random (nor did he receive that loud of a reaction), but it's great to see him back because he was always awesome in the X Division. He, Andrew Everett and Gregory Shane Helms all had good mic work here and Prichard set up the main event nicely. Considering that's a pretty big match, why not advertise it in advance?
Although I was slightly skeptical of the first episode of TNA's, er, Impact Wrestling's "new era" last month, the on-air product has actually taken a turn for the better since then with more of a focus on the in-ring action and a slew of stars either debuting or returning, giving the show a fresh feel as a result. But perhaps what I've loved more than anything that has been going on in Impact Wrestling recently has been the resurrection of James Storm's career.
Admittedly, I was pretty bummed when Storm opted to re-sign with Impact Wrestling at the onset of 2016 and instead of staying with NXT, but I understand he made that decision for monetary reasons and I can't fault him for that. Besides, we got a great, long awaited and highly anticipated Beer Money reunion out of it with Bobby Roode, and they captured their fifth set of tag titles together in March. Unfortunately, Roode left the company shortly thereafter (ironically for NXT) and Storm was on his own yet again.
Hideo Itami Attacked NXT Champion Bobby Roode
Roode is such the perfect throwback heel in that he does an exceptional job of solidifying his superiority over his opponents without verbally "burying" them while also shutting down any support he gets from the fans. He may not be the flashiest wrestler in the ring, but he doesn't need to be, which is why he is phenomenal in the role of champion. It's awesome to see Itami back after such a long layoff due to injury, so here's hoping he can stay healthy. He didn't really need to say anything here because the GTS he delivered to Roode said it all. That should be a hell of a main event for TakeOver: Chicago.
Andrade "Cien" Almas def. Danny Burch
Most fans will recognize Burch from the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament earlier this year, but he was actually signed to NXT a few years ago and served as an enhancement talent. This was a basic squash match for Almas, but I enjoy any chance he gets to showcase his skills because he's a fantastic heel. Here's hoping he finds a solid direction sooner rather than later.
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