Silas Young def. Jonathan Gresham in a ROH World Television Championship Qualifying Match
I was not expecting this match to be entirely comedy, but the live crowd seemed to enjoy their antics, so who am I to complain? I just thought it was a weird way to use Young coming off his huge victory versus Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor, but that has quickly been forgotten, sadly. Despite them taking a different approach to this outing than I originally assumed, I was entertained by this match, and obviously Young advancing to Final Battle for the TV title was the right call.
Caprice Coleman Hosted Coleman's Pulpit with ROH World Television Champion Kenny King
I almost thought I was watching a rerun of King's previous appearance on Coleman's Pulpit from a few weeks ago for a moment with the two going back and forth like old friends (remember, they have history in The Rebellion). However, it didn't take long for Coleman to insult King, leading to King challenging Coleman to a match at an upcoming live event with his gold for grabs. As we soon learned, that was Coleman's intent, so this segment served a purpose after all.
Team Eddie Edwards (Edwards, Fallah Bahh, Garza Jr., Richard Justice And Allie) def. Team Chris Adonis (Adonis, Caleb Konley, El Hijo del Fantasma, KM and Laurel Van Ness) in Impact Global Champion Eli Drake's Gravy Train Turkey Trot
The entire episode was built around who would join each team and the wrestlers talking about the opportunity to wrestle in the main event. The match itself was fine for what it was and enjoyable at points, but it was obviously designed for comedy because not even the commentators took it seriously. In fact, there was a point down the stretch where Josh Mathews burst out in laughter (at something that wasn't all that funny) for literally a minute or two non-stop. Nonetheless, everyone involved put forth a decent effort. Because the babyfaces won, Adonis was forced to wear the "legendary" turkey suit afterward, and if he didn't, Drake would have had to. It was far from must-see, but it's been an IMPACT! Thanksgiving tradition over the years and the holiday-themed show wouldn't have been the same without it.
Needless to say, this was basically a filler edition of IMPACT! Wrestling since nothing of note happened whatsoever. As noted, the whole show consisted of backstage promos hyping up the main event, and other than that, turkey suit matches from years past aired in their entirety. I would not suggest taking time out of your holiday to watch this because you'd be wasting your time. By the way, how weird must it have been for the fans in attendance watching this considering the show emanated from Canada and their Thanksgiving was in October? If nothing else, at least they advertised several matches for next week's show, which will be headlined by Johnny Impact vs. Alberto El Patron in a Grudge match. Happy Thanksgiving, folks!
Ruby Riot def. Sonya Deville
Before the bout began, video packages aired informing viewers that both Deville and Riot made their main roster debuts this week on Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively. This very well could be the last we see of either of them in NXT, and they went out on a high note with a fun match. Deville hasn't quite gotten herself over with audience just yet, but Riot is super likable and easy to rally behind as a fan favorite (which is why I'm not sold on her turning heel on SmackDown right now) and carried her to a good outing here that benefited from being the first matchup of the night.
WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. Johnny Gargano
No, an American contending for the WWE United Kingdom Championship didn't make much sense, but who the hell cares when the match was as awesome as it was? We all expected that coming in, and it definitely delivered in being a blast. The pace was perfect and the crowd was engaged in the exciting action every step of the way. The closing minutes were especially exceptional and had me yearning for more of Dunne on NXT (or anywhere for that matter).
Matt Taven def. Jay White
The Kingdom and Search & Destroy have been feuding for a few weeks now, so this was a logical match to do and a well-wrestled one at that. The interference from the other Kingdom members was a bit excessive at times, but when it was just Taven and White going at it, they worked well together and had a nice opener. Taven scoring the win helped the stable build momentum ahead of eventually challenging for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
Shane Taylor def. Cheesebuger in a ROH World Television Championship Qualifying Match
Obviously, this was a complete mismatch on paper, but Cheeseburger is so over with the audience that they were behind everything he did. That made this match more enjoyable even though the outcome was never in doubt. What's interesting is that Taylor came across like a heel during the bout, yet he apparently turned babyface afterward when he saved Cheeseburger from an attack at the hands of The Dawgs. That's the right move after his appearance on Coleman's Pulpit last week.
Akira Tozawa def. Drew Gulak in a Street Fight
The cool thing about Gulak is that he has always been able to hold his own in the ring, but now he has a gimmick that will actually get him over with the audience. The PowerPoint presentation stuff is hilariously entertaining and I've been digging it. As for this match, it was a fun Street Fight and something different from what we're used to seeing on this show. It wasn't quite as strong as the Street Fight Tozawa had with The Brian Kendrick earlier this year, but it was still very good and they effectively utilized the extreme environment surrounding them.
Tony Nese def. Mustafa Ali
Because the Cruiserweight division lacks depth, this is a match I feel like I've seen a dozen times over the last year. Don't get me wrong, this was a really well-wrestled match and the effort was there, but why should I care about either one of these guys? I guess the idea is that Nese winning might set him for a future WWE Cruiserweight Championship match, but we all know that won't happen, and he'll likely lose his next match on Raw or 205 Live.
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