TJP and Fallah Bahh def. Impact World Tag Team Champions The North (Non-Title)
I've been enjoying this feud in recent weeks. TJP and Bahh are fresh challengers to the Impact World Tag Team Championship and everyone has been delivering in the ring. This was wisely positioned as the opener and the action was entertaining. TJP and Bahh going over was the right call as this sets them up for a tag title opportunity on an upcoming episode of IMPACT! Wrestling (if not at Rebellion, but that isn't for another month).
Moose def. Petey Williams
Poor Petey has sat idly by watching the move he innovated, the Canadian Destroyer, get completely bastardized by everyone else in wrestling. In all seriousness, he was a good opponent for Moose here as their in-ring styles meshed nicely and they produced a fun little match. Moose continuing his winning ways was crucial, but how he'll follow up on these victories is even more important. He should have been back in the Impact World Championship picture a long time ago, but I'm not sure Moose vs. Tessa Blanchard is the direction they're headed in.
Acey Romero def. Joey Ryan
Any match involving Ryan doesn't really do it for me personally, but this was decent. Romero hasn't made many appearances on IMPACT! Wrestling since he signed with the promotion late last year, but he's been impressive in the few times I've seen him. This was more about Ryan teasing a character change, as he didn't go for his signature "dick flip" despite having the chance to do so and came across as conflicted. If that means he'll ditch that move all together, count me in.
Su Yung def. Havok in a No Disqualification Match
These two have been feuding for many months, and while the stipulation made sense, it didn't feel like the blow-off to their long-running rivalry. Maybe that's because their in-ring chemistry isn't the strongest, or because of how they didn't go all out with the stipulation as much as they probably could have. Either way, this was a solid albeit slightly disappointing hardcore match. Havok fighting off Yung's Bridesmaids afterward unfortunately means this storyline isn't over yet.
The Deaners def. Johnny Swinger and Glenn Gilbertti
Swinger and Gilbertti make way more sense as a tandem than Swinger and Willie Mack, but that isn't to say I want to see them team up. Both guys are past their prime and don't offer anything substantial. They weren't completely unbearable here, but I hope the plan isn't to make them a permanent team because I don't see them adding anything to the tag division. The match was fine yet completely forgettable.
Impact World Champion Tessa Blanchard def. Taya Valkyrie
Almost all of Valkyrie's matches as Impact Knockouts Champion were bogged down by interference, so I appreciated that this was much more straightforward. They had an excellent feud last year and it was cool seeing them rekindle that rivalry here but this time with the Impact World Championship on the line. It was a top-notch main event with great work from both women, even if the outcome was never in doubt for me. I assuming IMPACT is merely biding time before they bring Sami Callihan back to target Blanchard and her title.
Outside of the opening and closing matches, this edition of IMPACT! Wrestling wasn't much to write home about. I can't say I care about what they're doing with Joey Ryan, Katie Forbes and Rob Van Dam at the moment, and the Su Yung vs. Havok feud was always uninteresting to me. Moose scored a quality victory, but as noted, this show was made worthwhile by the two aforementioned matches. They weren't outstanding by any means, but they didn't make me feel like I wasted two hours watching this show, either.
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