Eddie Edwards Won a Call Your Shot Battle Shot to Earn a Future Shot at a Championship of His Choosing
The Call Your Shot Battle Royal was basically IMPACT's version of the WWE Royal Rumble match, complete with a title shot on the line. It got everyone on the card and offered a few surprises to boot including Joey Ryan (who has apparently re-signed with the promotion), Swoggle, Tommy Dreamer and Kylie Rae. If IMPACT doesn't land a deal with Rae, they will have messed up big time. The rest of this thing was pretty paint-by-numbers with the entrants and eliminations happening fairly quickly. Edwards throwing out Mahabali Shera to win it was slightly rushed, but it didn't bother me too much. Edwards was the biggest star involved, so it was the correct outcome.
Impact Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie def. Tenille Dashwood
As huge of a signing Dashwood was/is for IMPACT's Knockouts division, she hasn't been lighting the world on fire as a face since her debut. She's been made to look strong and has won every match I've seen her in up until this point, but something about her hasn't clicked yet. With that in mind, it was too soon for her to take the title off Valkyrie. The match itself was enjoyable, but it should be a big moment when Valkyrie inevitably loses the belt. It's smart to keep this feud alive for another few months so Dashwood winning means as much as possible.
Michael Elgin def. Fallah Bahh
I've seen plenty of criticism of Elgin over the years (and in most cases it was justified), but to his credit, he has delivered in every match I've seen him have so far in IMPACT. This bout was no exception as Bahh pushed him to his limit and the two had a fun, big-man battle. Of course, Elgin winning was the right call as he'll be facing Marufuji at Bound for Glory, but Bahh looked credible in defeat.
Impact X-Division Champion Jake Crist def. Chris Bey (Non-Title)
Bey has been making the rounds recently, having competed on IMPACT! Wrestling two weeks ago, 205 Live last week, and IMPACT! again this week. I saw that he also wrestled for Future of Honor earlier this year as well. He's a hell of a talent from what I've seen and I hope he ends up with a contract somewhere sooner rather than later. He obviously wasn't beating the X-Division champ days before Bound for Glory, but it was an enjoyable outing, nonetheless.
The Brian Kendrick def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher
Kendrick and Gallagher have been feuding for a few months now but never got to go one-on-one because Gallagher wasn't medically cleared to compete for a while. Well, that match finally came to pass here, and while it was well wrestled, it wasn't anything overly special, either. They tried, but I can only see these face each other so many times before it becomes boring. Kendrick beat Akira Tozawa last week, so it was only logical that he maintain momentum here by beating Gallagher. It's worth noting that Mike Kanellis randomly aligned himself with Kendrick last week, but that wasn't followed up on or addressed at all due to Kanellis requesting his release from WWE earlier this week. Oddly enough, Kanellis remains in the open for 205 Live even though everyone else who was drafted was removed.
The Singh Brothers def. Justin Alexander and Justin Morris
You know what 205 Live needs more of? Squashes with The Singh Brothers! Yeah, that will boost viewership numbers! Said no one ever. Seriously, this was dreadful. I appreciate the effort they put into their characters and I get the occasional kick out of them, but it's tough to take them seriously when I just saw Aleister Black beat them with ease in a 2-on-1 Handicap match last week on Raw. They haven't been back on 205 Live for very long, but I honestly don't know what else can be done with them now.
Roman Reigns def. Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura by Disqualification
I realize they went back and forth on Twitter on Thursday, but other than that, there was zero reason for this to be for the Intercontinental Championship. Fans haven't been as hostile toward Reigns lately as they have been in the past, but him winning the title here would have ruined that. Thankfully, WWE resisted the urge to pull that trigger and instead went with a non-finish. It was weak, sure, but at least the match itself was enjoyable while it lasted and successfully set up the night's main event.
Shorty G def. Curtis Axel
As if Shorty Gable wasn't bad enough, he officially changed his name to Shorty G during his post-match promo, meaning that the rumors we've been hearing for months were true and this is what WWE had in mind for him all along. I'm happy he's finally getting showcased as a singles star and it was cool to see him get the squash match treatment for once, but that name isn't going to do him any favors.
Ilja Dragunov def. Braxton Huxley
Dragunov needed a strong performance coming off his recent losses to Kassius Ohno and Cesaro, so I was glad he got a measure of that momentum back here. However, there was no reason for this to last as long as it did or be as competitive as it was. Huxley has been a non-factor since the launch of the NXT UK brand, so I had a hard time taking him seriously against Dragunov, who was pretty dominant before suffering his first defeat two months ago. On the bright side, Alexander Wolfe scouting Dragunov for Imperium during the match was a nice touch.
Imperium def. The Hunt
Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel standing in the ring with Wolfe before The Hunt came out for their match was a really smooth segue. The Hunt and Imperium have had issues recently and this allowed them to blow off their rivalry. The Hunt can hold their own in there and Imperium never ceases to deliver. They followed up their fun outing against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch on this week's NXT with another enjoyable encounter here. How Gallus ended up winning the NXT UK Tag Team Championship before them is beyond me.
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