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July 30th, 2018

I was pretty impressed with our setup at the Rebel Entertainment Complex, the location of the coming weeks Impact Wrestling as well. When we shifted Slammiversary back a month we still had a deal in place to tape here so we fulfilled those contractual obligations with our show tonight and on Thursday. Worked out great for me as it was great to be able to be at home in Canada for this stretch which continue until our next PPV Destination X.

News in the wacky world of wrestling:

-PWG and ROH are now considered to be at war; I really don't understand what is going on with the wacky head booker there at ROH. He just doesn't seem to get it and continues to alienate everyone in this business, including his workers. Feelers have been coming left right and center if there is space in our company, including two wrestlers who I intend to have signed to contracts so they can debut at Destination X. Kind of sad really to see the state of ROH, especially when you consider the success they have had with their relationship with NJPW and the fact that they will have a show in Madison Square Garden next year! Will be very interesting to see how those tickets do all things being considered, especially with All In selling out so quickly.

-Speaking of NJPW, lots of rumours around the internet after we made an announcement at Comic-Con that we would have a very special wrestler joining us for Bound For Glory this year. The details are still a secret for at least another month, but I'm very proud of the work that Don Callis has done in strengthening our relationship with NJPW.

-It was a busy month for retirements as the already announce retirement of Earl Hebner was also followed up by the retirements of Sgt Slaughter and backstage worker Steve Keirn.

-No deaths although I have heard through the grapevine that Alexa Bliss and Buddy Murphy are no longer a couple.

The World Top Five:

1. WWE
2. NJPW
3. Impact Wrestling
4. CMLL
5. AAA

And now for the big news.....


WE'RE GOING LIVE!

The news briefs will go out tomorrow, but beginning August 1 we will have a live hour show six days of the week! Hosted by Rob Moore and BCW announcer Arda Ocal it will have the latest news around the wrestling world, interviews with Impact Wrestling stars, a Impact Wrestling match of the past, some possible footage from independent wrestling companies and our own house shows and hype for our upcoming shows. In addition we will have an hour long "warm up" show for the PPV's. We will have one Main Event Impact Wreslting match on each one of those, and one show featuring wrestlers from BCW to get them exposure as well as a lot of final hype for the PPV. This is a VERY exciting time for Impact Wrestling!

OOC: Changed the format this month a bit since I also changed the format of the PPV write-up. Honestly now that I have started my Master's I will probably stick with the "less is more" format with the shows just so I can continue to make headway with this enjoyable little diary.

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Match 1: World X Cup Round 2: Black Hulk (6 points Team Japan) vs. Caristico (2 points for Team Mexico)

Thoughts on the Match: The second round of the World X Cup began with a great match as these two absolutely stole the show with the best match of the World X Cup this year. This was an important match for Team Mexico as a victory for Japan would have given them the win in this round before things could even really get started. Knowing how important the match was Caristico went the extra distance and managed to get the victory and the two points for Team Mexico with La Mistica.

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Caristico defeated Black Hulk in 13:25 by pinfall with a La Mística.

Grade: B-
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Rob Moore and Don Callis welcomed everyone to Impact and announced that tonight Hulk Hogan would be announcing the format for this years Bound For Glory Series as well as addressing the controversial ending to One Night Only: Cage Unleashed
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Teddy Nemeth hyped up the Main Event against Eli Drake, a match made up after last weeks Impact Wrestling, when Moose joined him to promise to have Teddy’s back tonight (after Teddy introduced himself of course).
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Match 2: Rachael Ellering vs. Taya

Thoughts on the Match: After the tag match at One Night Only this was a chance for Taya and Rachael Ellering to get some singles action. Unfortunately this match just did not work out the way we were hoping. The ending was a disqualification when the mystery woman attacked Taya when it looked like he was about to gain the victory.

Result: In a terrible match, Taya defeated Rachael Ellering in 8:28 when Rachael Ellering was disqualified when the mystery woman ran in and attacked Taya.

Grade: D-
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After the match Tessa Blanchard joined the beat down on Taya until Tenille Dashwood came running down to try and save her, but it was 3 on 2 and the beat down ended with both Taya and Tenille laying facedown and the three other women standing tall.
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The Facts of Life with Eli Drake hyped up the Main Event, but Drake also said he would have someone watching his back tonight…his guest….”American Cowboy” James Storm. Storm got to speak about how he felt he had been mistreated over and over again, and he wasn’t about to let Moose do the same thing to Eli tonight.
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Match 3: Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship: Z & E© vs. Extreme Tiger/Laredo Kid

Thoughts on the Match: This was the response to another open challenge from Z & E with the tag team titles on the line. Callis and Moore made sure to tell the story of Laredo Kid looking up to Extreme Tiger, and Tiger deciding he wanted to mentor him. The match was a fast paced high action match that ended when Extreme Tiger tried to save Laredo Kid after he had missed with a 450 splash, but instead set himself up in the perfect position for Andrew Everett to connect with a Shooting Star Press to defend the titles.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Z & E defeated Extreme Tiger and Laredo Kid in 7:57 when Andrew Everett defeated Extreme Tiger by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press. Z & E make defence number 6 of their Impact World Tag Team titles.

Grade: C-
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After the match Everett and Zema Ion helped Extreme Tiger to his feet and were celebrating the victory when Kingston and Willie Prince attacked them from behind, beating all four men down until Ortiz and Santana made their return! LAX was in the house! Street Royalty left the ring but this war was far from over.
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Fans were shocked after the commercial break when some familiar music began to play and out walked…


…ROB VAN DAM! After a standing ovation RVD explained to the fans why he was there; namely to announce that he would be retiring from wrestling at the end of October and he had wanted to have one last farewell tour against some past foes, against some rising superstars, about making the matches the fans wanted to see happen. No matches were announced in this segment although certain matches were hinted at and Rob Van Dam promised it would begin next week in a tag team match when he would be teaming with Paul London to face off against Matt Sydal and YANG!
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Match 4: World X Cup Round 2: Dezmond Xavier (4 points Team USA) vs. Kid Lykos (4 points for Team UK)

Thoughts on the Match: Moore and Callis made sure to explain the strategy that Team UK was trying to use in this round with Doug Williams choosing to team with Robbie Solare this time around to give them a shot at winning all the matches after the team of Lykos and Solare had lost their tag team match in the first round. There was a distraction in the match that threw Dezmond Xavier off his game, as Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley came to the ringside area but Rich Swann tried to make them go to the back. Kid Lykos managed to take advantage of that and took Dezmond down with a Slide Bread #2 to get the two points for Team USA.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Kid Lykos defeated Dezmond Xavier in 8:24 by pinfall with a Sliced Bread #2.

Grade: D+
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A video packaged played that recapped Su Yung injuring Amy Dumas at One Night Only: Cage Unleashed and ending her Impact Wrestling career, but also the save from Serena Deeb and Allie.
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Match 5: Kim ‘The Viper’ Benson vs. Leah Vaughan

Thoughts on the Match: This was a squash match to introduce the fans of Impact Wrestling to the female wrestler known as Viper (or Piper Niven if you’re a fan of that other company). It was all about Benson dominating, getting her stuff in and then ending it with a Michinoku Driver.

Result: In a bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Kim 'The Viper' Benson defeated Leah Vaughan in 2:33 by pinfall with a Michinoku Driver.

Grade: D
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The debut of Steiner Bites (presented by Shoney’s) as we gave Scott a microphone and let him just rant about whatever he wanted in what will be an ongoing segment. Don’t worry we took all the video that was filmed and edited it down to only show the appropriate stuff.
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Jimmy Jacobs stood with his monsters Abyss and Kongo Kong and laughed about how he had warned Johnny Impact that the worst monster was still out there. He was the man who had taking out wrestlers for weeks including Grado and Chandler Park..the one, true monster of all monster’s….ABYSS! And now Impact had paid for his hubris and Abyss was back ready to destroy anyone who got in the way of the Zombie Princess.
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Match 6: Eli Drake vs. Teddy Nemeth

Thoughts on the Match: Teddy Nemeth made his way out for his first match on Impact Wrestling television and the fans went crazy for him, and he was not alone as Moose was with him just as promised. Eli Drake and James Storm also came out together and the match was off. Nemeth is still adjusting his style with the new company but this was a good Main Event and a good showing for Nemeth as he got the big victory after Moose made sure that James Storm would not interfere.

Result: In a decent match, Theodore "Teddy" Nemeth defeated Eli Drake in 17:31 by pinfall with a Zig Zag.

Grade: C
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After the final commercial break the camera was set up to show off the crazy collection of talent in the ring. On one side you had the three members of The Lucha Brotherhood, while on the other side standing off to themselves was Cage and Josh Matthews with Cage looking at the Impact World Championship that was around the waist of Pentagon Jr. Austin Aries was hitting a banana while he was talking with Jake Hager, which is when Impact Wrestling Global Ambassador Hulk Hogan made his way down to the ring. Hogan was there to make a few big announces, beginning with the announcement that the Bound For Glory Series would be returning with a series of elimination matches that would determine eight men who would take part in a single elimination tournament that would see the winner of the tournament at September’s PPV Victory Road receiving a World title shot at Bound For Glory in October. The first Series match would be next week, but at Destination X (August’s PPV) there would be a four way elimination match that would have both Bound For Glory Series and #1 Contender ramifications. In the four way elimination match it would be Rey Fenix, Rey Mysterio Jr, Austin Aries and Jake Hager. The first man eliminated would be out of the Bound For Glory Series, while the next two eliminated would be in the tournament. Finally the winner of the match would be the #1 Contender to the World title and would get a title shot at Victory Road. At this point Josh Matthews interrupted saying that was all good, but what about Cage who had WON the match at One Night Only and should be wearing the belt right now. Hogan agreed that Cage had won the match, but not the title, but he would get a rematch with Pentagon Jr at Destination X. And not only that, next week Cage would get to pick the stipulation for that match!! That made Matthews happy, but not Cage as he took a step towards Pentagon Jr and yelled at him ‘THAT BELT IS MINE’ before both Rey’s had to restrain Pentagon Jr as the show came to an end.
Overall Show Rating: C+

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Rob Moore and Don Callis reviewed Impact Wrestling from this week and then reminded fans that Cage would be picking the match stipulation for his title rematch at Destination X

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Matt Sydal and YANG defeated Vaughn Vertigo and Marko Estrada in 8:12 when YANG defeated Marko Estrada by pinfall with a Corkscrew Moonsault. (C-)

After the match Matt Sydal got on the microphone and addressed the tag team match against RVD and Paul London with Sydal saying that he didn’t even need a third eye to see that this was the beginning of the end for RVD as all of his hopes and dreams for a fitting farewell were ‘about to go up in smoke’

In a terrible match, Allie defeated Leah Vaughan in 7:45 by pinfall with a Sitout Facebuster. D-

A backstage segment saw Extreme Tiger trying to comfort the Laredo Kid after the loss against the Tag Team Champions and told him this was just the first step.

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Extreme Tiger and Laredo Kid defeated Desi Hit Squad in 7:32 when Extreme Tiger defeated Gursinder Singh by pinfall with a 450° Splash. (D)

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Paul London defeated Vikas Kumar in 8:26 by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press. (C)

Rob Moore and Don Callis announce the first match in the Bound For Glory Series for Impact Wrestling which would feature “The Survivor” Johnny Impact vs. Sami Callihan.

Overall Show Rating: C
...the show was over and I was finishing up at the Rebel Complex when someone stopped and asked to chat to me. My world was about to get turned upside down as he let me know he had just received a written offer, and he was wondering if I was willing to do the same.....even though he had to know it would cause a war if I did.....
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Match 1: World X Cup Round 2: Aero Star/Dragon (4 points for Team Mexico) vs. CIMA/Naruki Doi (6 points for Team Japan)

Thoughts on the Match: This match was important because a victory for CIMA and Doi would mean Team Japan would be into the final round of the World X Cup no matter what happened next week. Because of that it was no surprise that El Hijo del Fantasma was at ringside yelling at Aero Star and Drago about how they had better win. This was back and forth the entire time until the big finish that saw dives everywhere before Aero Star managed to pin CIMA and earn the needed two points for Team Mexico!

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Aero Star and Drago defeated Naruki Doi and CIMA in 13:24 when Aero Star defeated CIMA by pinfall with an Imploding Senton Bomb.

Grade: C
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Rob Moore and Don Callis opened the show by talking about tonight’s Bound For Glory series match that would see “The Survivor” Johnny Impact face off against Sami Callihan. Moore brought up Jimmy Jacobs and his monster-rage(think entourage) and how Impact was going to need to be looking over his shoulder the entire time and how that may have an effect.
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A special Facts of Life played with Eli Drake with his guest James Storm and Drake was sure to praise him, and talk about how poorly Storm had been treated through the years by the owners of Impact Wrestling. During the segment it was announced that Eli Drake and James Storm would face the team of Teddy Nemeth and Moose at Destination X in a Bound For Glory series tag team match….winning two members would be in, the losing team out.
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Match 2: Jimmy Rave vs. Rey Mysterio Jr

Thoughts on the Match: This was Rey’s first singles match on Impact Wrestling TV, and as such the fans were pretty excited about it. At the commentary table “American Great” Jake Hager was sitting and made sure to get in some shots at Rey for this fact. The match itself was a decent showing for Jimmy Rave, although in the end no one was really surprised to see Mysterio Jr get the victory.

Result: In a decent match, Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Jimmy Rave in 7:55 by pinfall with a 619 into a Seated Senton.

Grade: B-
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Alicia Atout interviewed Allie and Sereena Deeb about their tag team match next week against Su Yung and the Undead Bridesmaid. Allie was happy to have a wrestler standing beside her against the evil Su Yung and the Undead Bridesmaid with Rosemary out, and they promised to avenge Rosemary and Amy Dumas!
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It was Steiner-Bites (presented by Shoney’s) with Scott Steiner again firing off whatever was in his mind. Just a fun segment to let Steiner do what he does best….talk, because it sure isn’t wrestling anymore!
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Match 3: Kim ‘The Viper’ Benson vs. Melissa Coates

Thoughts on the Match: Another showcase match for Benson where she quickly finished Coates off after her version of the Michinoku Driver.

Result: In a bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Kim 'The Viper' Benson defeated Melissa Coates in 3:01 by pinfall with a Michinoku Driver.

Grade: D
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Alicia interviewed the tag team of Rob Van Dam and Paul London who promised to be ‘flying high’ after they were done with Sydal and YANG tonight.
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Match 4: Matt Sydal/YANG vs. Paul London/Rob Van Dam

Thoughts on the Match: This was a fun match that saw a lot of high-flying action and some great double team action. RVD had Sydal down, when Yang tried to interfere with a steel chair…but Van Dam took care of that with a Van Daminator! He then made the tag to Paul London, before going to the top turnbuckle and connected with the Five Star Frog Splash! London then went for the pin fall and managed to pin the X-Division Champion!

Result: In a decent match, Rob Van Dam and Paul London defeated Matt Sydal and YANG in 13:19 when Paul London defeated Matt Sydal by pinfall after Rob Van Dam connected with a Five Star Frog Splash on Matt Sydal

Grade: C+
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Josh Matthews and Cage came out to announced their stipulation for the title match at Destination X; after some preamble it is announced that the match will be a LAST MAN STANDING match! That announcement brought out Pentagon Jr and Rey Fenix to confront Cage. When Matthews got up in Pentagon’s face, things got out of control as Cage went after Pentagon Jr and Matthews cleared the ring as the Lucha Brother’s went after Cage. At first Cage was holding his own, but soon they had him down, and Pentagon Jr set up a table outside of the ring, and the two men worked together to set Cage up for Fenix to drive Cage off the ring apron and through the table with a Metora to the back of the head. The two men started to walk up the ramp and joined the fans in a ten count of Cage…..but Cage managed to get back to his feet before the ten count!! That finally did seem to faze Pentagon Jr as he realized just how difficult it was going to be to take out Cage.
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Match 5: Andrew Everett vs. Willie Prince

Thoughts on the Match: Moore and Callis spoke about how Everett had not been happy about losing to Prince a few weeks ago and had asked for this rematch. Unfortunately for Everett the end result as still the same as Willie was able to pick up the victory.

Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Willie Prince defeated Andrew Everett in 8:24 by pinfall with a Chocolate Thunder Bomb.
Grade: D+
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After the match King got into the ring and started to beat Everett down, and then Zema Ion when he tried to help his tag team partner. That’s when the bullets went off…and out ran Ortiz and Santana….the LAX WAS BACK! Street Royalty cleared out of the ring as LAX stood side by side with Everett and Ion.
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A video played hyping ‘the day was coming’ and then showing a calendar focusing on the date August 26th…the day of Destination X as well as the debut of the PPV Pre-Show. What could this video mean?
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Match 6: World X Cup Round 2: Caleb Konley/Trevor Lee (4 points Team USA) vs. Doug Williams/Robbie Solar (6 points for Team UK)

Thoughts on the Match: Just like the first match this evening, the final round of the World X Cup was in sight for Team UK with a victory tonight. The difference was that Team USA Captain Rich Swann was out there trying to make sure that his teammate played this match fair. In the end it was this desire that actually backfired, as Rich Swann was outside preventing Konley from cheating which allowed Trevor Lee to roll up Robbie Solar and grab the ropes for leverage to tie the series up between Team USA and Team UK.
Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley defeated Robbie Solar and Doug Williams in 8:16 when Trevor Lee defeated Robbie Solar by pinfall while using the ropes for leverage.

Grade: C
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Match 7: Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Sami Callihan vs. “The Survivor” Johnny Impact

Thoughts on the Match: Only eight men would be able to advance in the Bound For Glory Series, and tonight the first of those eight men would be determined. This was a back and forth match that featured great athletics from Impact, and some wild brawling from Sami Callihan. As noted from Moore earlier though it would be Jimmy Jacobs, Abyss and Kongo Kong that would determine the outcome. Sure, Impact looked to have the match won when he had hit Starship Pain, but Abyss slid into the match and attacked him anyways drawing the disqualification and the ringing of the bell to end the match and send Johnny Impact through in the Bound For Glory Series.

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, "The Survivor" Johnny Impact defeated Sami Callihan in 18:14 when Sami Callihan was disqualified when Abyss ran in and attacked "The Survivor" Johnny Impact.

Grade: B-
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Jacobs was not done ordering Abyss around as he dropped Johnny with a Blackhole Slam, before going under the ring and pulling out….the bag of thumbtacks! Abyss tried to drop Johnny into the tacks, but Impact fought back against it! But then Jacobs interfered by going after Impact’s leg which dropped Johnny, and then Abyss picked Impact up and dropped him on the thumbtacks with a Chokeslam! The show ended with Abyss posing over the fallen Impact, while Jacobs stood over laughing at him.
Overall Show Rating: B

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With the assistance of some video from Impact Wrestling Rob Moore and Don Callis remind fans of how Johnny Impact had managed to advance in the Bound For Glory series (C+)

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, OVE defeated Vaughn Vertigo and Marko Estrada in 7:55 when Dave Crist defeated Marko Estrada by pinfall with a Super Kick. (D)

Alicia interviewed Taya and Tenille about the masked woman who kept interfering in their match, and while they wanted to know who the person was they also played up that they had someone to watch their back (C+)

In a terrible match, Taya and Tenille Dashwood defeated Melissa Coates and Cat Power in 8:20 when Taya defeated Cat Power by pinfall with a Northern Lights Suplex. (D)

A short clip showed Extreme Tiger continue to encourage/train Laredo Kid (E)

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Laredo Kid defeated Vikas Kumar in 7:48 by pinfall with a Laredo 630. (D+)

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Naomichi Marufuji defeated Argenis in 8:15 by pinfall with a Double Underhook Side Powerslam. (C+)

Moore and Callis ended the show by reminding fans that at Impact it would be Will Ospreay vs. Rich Swann and Taiji Ishimori vs. El Hijo del Fantasma, and that those two matches would determine who would be facing off in the final round of the World X Cup. Also they announced that Colt Cabana would be making his Impact Wrestling in ring debut in a Bound For Glory Series match against…ABYSS!! (D+)

Overall Show Grade: C
It had been a very long week, and while the crew was at the Meridian Centre in St Catharines, Ontario I was back in Vancouver waiting for a phone call. You see last week John Hennigan aka Johnny Impact had come to me to let me know that CMLL had reached out and offered him a big written offer to come to Mexico and join their promotion. He let me know it wasn't something he wanted to do, but he had his new wife to think about and would sign the contract unless we could do something. The problem was....he had a contract with both us and Lucha Underground, and to try and sign him to a written contract would draw us into a legal battle with Lucha Underground, not to mention how it would impact our working agreement with them and AAA. It was an awful position to be in, so I had to speak with the higher ups. They told me to reach out to the powers that be at Lucha Underground and AAA and see if they were willing to help us out, while the legal department would be looking through the contracts of Hennigan and the rest of the crew that was with both us and Lucha Underground. When I heard back from Lucha Underground and AAA that they were unwilling to help us out, and in fact even hinted that they wanted us to breach our agreement with them, I was told by the higher ups to wait for a few days while they figured things out and then they would get back to me. Finally the phone call came with these simple words....

"Screw 'em, if they won't want to play nice with us....then we'll just kill them dead."
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I do not really know all the details of the legal wrangling that is going on, but I am being told that our lawyers have had a good look at the contracts signed by the Lucha Underground employee's and have found a way to get those contracts voided and I have started to sign up any and all wrestlers that look like they can have a good impact on our roster. Only one wrestlers has decided to choose Lucha over us, and so this will be the final week Argenis on the roster, which is a bit annoying after all the work we did building him up, but it's squashville for him!
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The entrance of Taiji Ishimori was interrupted by ‘something going on in the back,’ namely a brawl between Cage and Rey Fenix! Fenix was trying to fight back with weapons, but Cage overwhelmed him, and picked him up and threw him face first into the concrete wall!
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Match 1: World X Cup Round 2: El Hijo del Fantasma (6 points for Team Mexico) vs. Taiji Ishimori (6 points for Team Japan)

Thoughts on the Match: Taiji Ishimori came out with the entirety of Team Japan with him, but El Hijo del Fantasma was all by himself as Moore and Callis spoke about how the other three members had decided they were done being berated by del Fantasma and were ready to let him sink or swim on his own. The end result was that even though Fantasma tried a couple of cheap shots, he was not enough to get past Ishimori who got the victory and moved Japan into the final round of the World X Cup!

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Taiji Ishimori defeated El Hijo del Fantasma in 12:57 by pinfall with a Hammerlock DDT.

Grade: C-
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Before the camera’s could go to Rob Moore and Don Callis the fight between Cage and Rey Fenix ended up on the stage where Fenix tried one last desperate offense using kick’s to give Cage pause, but when Fenix charged at Cage he was picked up and then Cage walked towards the edge of the stage….AND DROPPED FENIX OFF AND THROUGH A TABLE! While medics, and Pentagon Jr, came out to check on Fenix Cage stood glaring down at them. Finally he could be heard saying “I will break you” as he gestured picking Pentagon up and breaking him across his knee!
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Backstage Tessa Blanchard stood with Rachael Ellering and the masked mysterious woman, with Tessa playing up the reveal before the masked woman pulled off her mask….


…and Tessa announced her name as Melissa Anderson!! “Everyone knows a good stable needs an Anderson, and you all know that my father rode with the best of them! Taya, Tenille and whoever else you know that ‘diamonds are forever’, and soon you know will know….so are we!”
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Match 2: Argenis vs. Rey de lo Fantasmático

Thoughts on the Match: The fans who were unable to hear Don Callis and Rob Moore may not have recognized the new face, but this was the debut of the former Rey Horus. This was a good back and forth lucha match that ended with the upset victory for de lo Fantasmático.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Rey de lo Fantasmático defeated Argenis in 7:47 by pinfall with a Super Huracarrana.

Grade: C
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LAX stood outside of the arena, and Konnan the boys to “bring it to the street, where this all began.”
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A hyped up Colt Cabana was talking about his Bound For Glory Series match, his debut here in Impact Wrestling, when he was interrupted by “The Survivor” Johnny Impact. Cabana made sure to get in a sales pitch about Impact appearing on the upcoming season of Survivor, while Impact promised he would be watching Colt’s match very closely!
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Match 3: Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Abyss vs. Colt Cabana

Thoughts on the Match: This was not the comedy wrestler Colt Cabana, although that didn’t stop him from having fun in the ring, but this was a man who was trying to make a big impression in his first match in Impact Wrestling. This was a back and forth contest that saw Colt pulling out his impressive looking Moonsault on the outside, but in the end it looked like Abyss was going to get the victory when he connected with a Black Hole Slam. That was until Johnny Impact and Kongo Kong fought their way out from the back. Jimmy Jacobs tried to stop the beating from Impact, but that just serviced to allow Impact to get his hands on Jacobs which caused Abyss to leave the ring and eventually get counted out while Impact made his way to the back.

Result: In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Colt Cabana defeated Abyss in 13:01 by count out. During the match we also had "The Survivor" Johnny Impact distract Abyss.

Grade: D+
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Alicia caught up to Johnny Impact who just wanted to end this feud once and for all…he challenged Abyss to a match at Destination X, but said there had to be one condition, and that is if Impact beat Abyss then he got ten minutes alone with Jimmy Jacobs!
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Match 4: Allie/Serena Deeb vs. Su Yung/Undead Bridesmaid

Thoughts on the Match: This match was a showcase for two wrestlers; Serena Deeb and the Undead Bridesmaid who the fans had not gotten to see much of to this point. In the end Allie managed to keep the Undead Bridesmaid from interfering after Deeb connected with a Spear on Su Yung and picked up the three count on the Knockout’s Champion!

Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Allie and Serena Deeb defeated Su Yung and Undead Bridesmaid in 7:46 when Serena Deeb defeated Su Yung by pinfall with a Spear

Grade: D+
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Outside LAX and Street Royalty were about to come to blows when Hulk Hogan showed up and stood between the two teams yelling about how he can’t allow this right now where an innocent fan could get hurt, but if the two teams wanted a street fight…then they could have a street fight at Destination X to end this once and for all!
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Teddy Nemeth and Moose had an interview segment where they spoke about their Destination X opponents and promised to advance in the Bound For Glory Series and were looking forward to a little warm up next.
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Match 5: Desi Hit Squad vs. Moose/Teddy Nemeth

Thoughts on the Match: This was meant to be a showcase match and nothing more for Moose and Teddy who ran roughshod over the Desi Hit Squad with Moose getting the victory after TheGameBreaker.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Theodore "Teddy" Nemeth and Moose defeated Desi Hit Squad in 4:06 when Moose defeated Gursinder Singh by pinfall with a TheGameBreaker.

Grade: C-
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Sami Callihan and oVe gave an interview about Eddie Edwards returning next week, but Sami also took time to display his anger at Jacobs and Abyss for ruining his chance in the Bound For Glory Series. Something to pay attention to in the coming weeks.
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Match 6: World X Cup Round 2: Rich Swann (6 points Team USA) vs. Will Ospreay (6 points for Team UK)

Thoughts on the Match: This was two of the very best in the X-Division competing to get their team into the World X Cup finals but it was also a conflict between Swann wanting to win fairly and Trevor Lee willing to cheat to win. Rich kept yelling at Lee to go to the back, but instead Trevor Lee got Caleb Konley to distract the referee and he tried to interference, only to nail Swann with a Clothesline instead which allowed Ospreay to get the victory for Team UK! Team UK and Team Mexico would be competing in the World X Cup finals!

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Will Ospreay defeated Rich Swann in 8:13 by pinfall with a 630° Splash following botched interference by Trevor Lee.

Grade: C-
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Another mysterious video played hyping the date of Destination X as a special day.
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Jake Hager was getting ready for his Main Event match when Austin Aries approached him and the two spoke about how they would get rid of the two Rey’s at Destination X, if Rey Fenix could even show up that is, and after that may the best man win! They shook hands and then together walked towards the ring area.
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Match 7: “American Great” Jake Hager vs. Caristico

Thoughts on the Match: Austin Aries was out for commentary for this match, decrying the masked Caristico and promoting the American hero Jake Hager. The commentary added to what was a really good match as Caristico really got to let go and show American fans what they had not witnessed while he was in WWE. In the end it was not enough though as Hager picked up the victory with the Swagger Bomb on the way to Destination X.

Result: In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Jake Hager defeated Caristico in 13:07 by pinfall with a Swagger Bomb.

Grade: B
Overall Show Rating: B
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A video played recapping Cage attacking and tossing Rey Fenix off of the stage

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, YANG defeated Vaughn Vertigo in 7:40 by pinfall with a Corkscrew Moonsault. (D)

During the previous match Rob Moore and Don Callis had announced that Paul London was finally getting a title shot against Matt Sydal at Destination X; and now Sydal was out to remind Paul that he did not have a third eye and could not see the future clearly, a future of loss for Paul London.

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Zema Ion defeated Vikas Kumar in 8:19 by pinfall with a Bible Black. (C-)

In a terrible match, Taya defeated Cat Power in 8:26 by pinfall with a Swinging Side Slam. (E+)

Tenille and Taya had a response to ‘4ever’ saying they had a third to watch their back and were ready for their six person tag team match at Destination X

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Laredo Kid defeated Argenis in 7:47 by pinfall with a Laredo 630. (C-)

Rob Moore and Don Callis were set to end the show, but instead they cut to a promo from Rey Fenix who challenged Cage to a match for Thursday, wanting to get some payback before Pentagon wrecked him for good. This was a different, more fired up Rey Fenix and Callis and Moore were in disbelief that he would even be able to show up Thursday after the beating he took.

Overall Rating: C

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It was almost midnight on the west coast of Canada before I was finally getting to sit down and watch tonight's show from the University of Windsor Stadium, home of our developmental company BCW, and I had already been hearing good things about the Main Event match. I couldn't wait for the debut of our PPV Pre-Show on Sunday and some of the big surprises planned for Sunday, this was going to be a big day for us....
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Match 1: Aero Star/Drago vs. Black Hulk/Naruki Doi vs. Dezmond Xavier/Rich Swann vs. Doug Williams/Kid Lykos

My Thoughts: This match did not count for anything in the World X Cup tournament but it did allow for Rob Moore and Don Callis to go over the final two matches in the World X Cup. The 3rd place match would be the Main Event of the PPV Pre-Show as in an eight-man tag team match it would be Team USA vs. Team Mexico. To make that match a bit more important the person who got the victory in this match would get a shot at the X-Division Championship in September. Finally, the 2018 World X Cup would be determined when Team Japan faced Team UK in an eight-man elimination tag match. The team that had the survivors at the end would be the winners of the World X Cup, and those survivors would face off at Victory Road in September to determine who would get a shot at the X-Division Championship at Bound For Glory, unless there was only one survivor in which case they would bypass Victory Road and go right to a title shot at Bound For Glory. This match though was a fun high flying contest that ultimate came down to a battle of Team Japan and Team UK that was won by Team Japan when Black Hulk pinned Dezmond Xavier.

The Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Black Hulk and Naruki Doi defeated Aero Star and Drago, Rich Swann and Dezmond Xavier and Doug Williams and Kid Lykos in 9:43; the order of elimination was Doug Williams and Kid Lykos first, then Aero Star and Drago, and finally Rich Swann and Dezmond Xavier.

Grade: C
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Rob Moore and Don Callis officially welcomed everyone to the show while hyping up the Main Event of Cage vs. Rey Fénix, they made sure to talk about how amazing it was that Rey Fénix was even showing up for this match after the beating he took last week but how much would he really have for this match, and for the Bound For Glory Series qualifier at Destination X?
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Jimmy Jacobs was with his Monsterage and accepted Johnny Impacts challenge on one condition, that his match against Abyss was a Monster’s Ball match!
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Match 2: Leah Vaughan vs. Melissa Anderson

My Thoughts: Now unmasked, the second-generation wrestler was given the chance to show the fans of Impact Wrestling what she could do with this dominating victory over Leah Vaughan. Every time Anderson could win, she continued the beat down, dragging things out before putting Leah out of her misery to pick up a big victory before Destination X.

The Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Melissa Anderson defeated Leah Vaughan in 7:36 by pinfall with an Air Raid Crash.

Grade: D
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While Rob Moore and Don Callis reminded the fans that there would be a six person tag team match at Destination X, with the person getting the fall receiving the title shot at the Knockouts Championship at Victory Road in September, Tessa Blanchard and Rachael Ellering joined Melissa Anderson in the ring to celebrate. They were interrupted by Taya and Tenille who talked up their partner….

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….’The Gatekeeper’ Kelly Klein!
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Alicia Atout spoke with the Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions Z & E who spoke about how much they have been enjoying defending the belts, and their Open Challenge and they were throwing another one out for Sunday challenging any tag team in the world to show up in Detroit for a title shot!
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Match 3: Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Scott Steiner

My Thoughts: This was a showcase of the skilled Marufuji was up against the former Champion of the World Scott Steiner, and it did not turn out very well. Time is obviously catching up with Scott Steiner as he just is not the same wrestler he used to be, and Marufuji took advantage of that and picked up the victory to make him the third man in the Bound For Glory Series.

The Result: In a poor match, Naomichi Marufuji defeated Scott Steiner in 7:47 by submission with a Triangle Cobra Clutch.

Grade: D+
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Up next was the big moment as Eddie Edwards was making his way back to Impact Wrestling after his 30-day suspension. It was actually Raven who came out to the ring and called Eddie out to explain himself. Edwards came out and after some initial worry that it was going to be a confrontation, Eddie apologized to Raven! Edwards said he had gone out and gotten some anger management therapy while he was gone and he realized that he was wrong when he attacked Raven. Raven said that was good, but that he was not the only one deserving of an apology. That brought out Tommy Dreamer who again looked ready to fight, but after some initial tension Edwards and Dreamer shook hands. The three men were all good, when oVe walked out with Sami Callihan who made fun of them a bit. Words were exchanged back and forth, and the next thing you know a challenge for a six-man hardcore match at Destination X had been given, and accepted! Raven and Dreamer were going to be on the same team!
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Match 4: Jushin Thunder Liger/Rob Van Dam vs. oVe

My Thoughts: Moore and Callis played up the dream match nature of Liger and RVD teaming up, while explaining that Liger was in the United States trying to fit in as many final matches in the United States as possible before he would have his final match on United States soil when he faced RVD at Destination X. As for this match it was an alright match that saw Jushin Liger get the big victory with a Shotei but it was the fans getting to enjoy Liger and RVD side by side that really mattered.

The Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rob Van Dam and Jushin Thunder Liger defeated OVE in 7:57 when Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Jake Crist by pinfall with a Shotei

Grade: C-
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Austin Aries and Jake Hager hyped their Bound For Glory Series Qualifier elimination match at Destination X, dismissing Rey Fénix entirely, and promising that the best man would win the match!
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A video played that went through the feud between LAX and Street Royalty to promote the bloody end of their feud in the Barrio Street Fight at Destination X.
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Match 5: Cat Power vs. Kim ‘The Viper’ Benson

My Thoughts: This was just another squash match this time Kim got to show off some strength going against the taller Cat Power and throwing her around before bending the match with the Michinoku Driver.

The Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Kim 'The Viper' Benson defeated Cat Power in 2:41 by pinfall with a Michinoku Driver.

Grade: D
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Serena Deeb and Allie tried to have an interview with Alicia Atout about the Knockouts title match at Destination X between Deeb and Su Yung, but it was cut off by a creepy video with Su Yung and the Undead Bridesmaid promising pain and victory for Destination X!
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Johnny Impact get some promo time next and accepts Jacobs offer, and promises to end things with Jacobs at Destination X so that he can focus on winning the Bound For Glory Series and winning the Impact Wrestling Championship. The segment ends with Impact’s friends PJ Black and Jack Evans walking onto the scene and Impact welcoming them to the company and Evans dropping “You’ve got this….and you know it….maaaaaaaan” as a little egg for long time fans of his.
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Match 6: Eli Drake/James Storm vs. Extreme Tiger/Laredo Kid

My Thoughts: Teddy Nemeth joined the commentary table to talk about the tag team match at Destination X that would determine two more qualifiers in the Bound For Glory Series. This was a showcase match for Drake and Storm prior to that match, and they showed good team work on their way to defeating the teacher and his student.

The Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Eli Drake and James Storm defeated Extreme Tiger & Laredo Kid in 8:02 when James Storm defeated Extreme Tiger by pinfall with an Eye of the Storm.

Grade: C
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Rey Mysterio Jr got some time to talk about the match at Destination X, but first he propped up his ‘brother’ Rey Fénix, and said that he had come to Impact Wrestling with one goal and that was to win the World Championship no matter who he has to go through.
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Match 7: Cage vs. Fénix

My Thoughts: Cage came out first, before Pentagon Jr came out to watch the match and back his brother up. Moore and Callis were not sure what to expect, but then there was new music and a new entrance video as the newly named Fénix rose from beneath the stage through a ring of fire (very symbolic of course) before making the way to the ring for the match. Cage might have thought this was going to be a walk in the park prior to his title match, but that was not the point of this match. Instead it was to show just how determined Fénix was, and to allow him to show off his guts. This match went back and forth, and there was a couple of times where Fénix looked like he was going to be the first man to defeat Cage, but in the end his body did start to give out on him as he was clearly still feeling the effects of being thrown off of the stage last week. Cage finally did put the match again after a Pumphandle Facebuster and then stood over Fénix and glared down at Pentagon Jr as Moore and Callis hyped the Last Man Standing match at Destination X to close the show!

The Result: In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Cage defeated Fénix in 17:58 by pinfall with a Pumphandle Facebuster.

Grade: B-
Overall Show Grade: B-

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Rob Moore and Don Callis went back to Impact Wrestling and spoke about the great match between Cage and Fénix, with a focus again on just how resilient Fénix was.

In a terrible match, Kelly Klein defeated Cat Power in 7:47 by pinfall with a Taste My Rainbow. (D-)

Alicia Atout spoke with Paul London about his title match with London saying he didn’t care about three eyes, he only needed two eyes to hit the Shooting Star Press and capture the X-Division title!

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Paul London defeated Jimmy Rave in 12:52 by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press. (C+)

A Destination X video played hyping the Knockout’s title match between Su Yung and Serena Deeb as well as the six person tag team match that would have title implications between 4ever and Kelly Klein/Taya/Tenille Dashwood

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, PJ Black & Evans and Extreme Tiger & Laredo Kid defeated YANG, Vikas Kumar and Desi Hit Squad in 11:15 when Extreme Tiger defeated Vikas Kumar by pinfall with a 450° Splash. (C-)

A final excellent video played for Destination X hyping the Main Event matches
Overall Show Grade: C+
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Up next was a segment with the announcing team for the evening, from Border City Wrestling it was Arda Ocal and Scott D’Amore who hyped up the World X Cup and the 3rd place match we would have as the Main Event of the PPV Pre-Show.

In a BCW Showcase match, head instructor Petey Williams defeated Fred Yehi in 7:40 by submission with a Sharpshooter in a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat (C). Ocal and D’Amore explained how these Showcase matches would be a feature of the PPV Pre-Shows going forward as it would give a chance to showcase some of the up and coming talent from BCW.

A video played that featured the most recent addition to the Destination X card, the battle of Hardcore Legends as Raven and Tommy Dreamer teamed with Eddie Edwards faced off against oVe.

Up next it was a video focusing on the six person match between 4ever and Taya/Tenille Dashwood/Kelly Klein that would determine the #1 Contender to the Knockout’s Champion.
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On the screen there was a video of a calendar, and the pages started to flip quickly before landing on August 26th. The calendar faded to the picture of a bulldozer piling up dirt, and then transitioned to a shadowy figure climbing that hill of dirt and planting a flag. Zooming in on the flag the video went from being black and white to colored…and the flag was white, green and red in color….the Bulgarian flag! On the screen now were the words THE BULGARIAN BULLDOZER….before fading away, and being replaced by “MIRO DAYE”! Fireworks went off at the entrance way, a giant X with a support structure beside it, and out walked….


….MIRO DAYE! The fans started up a “Miro Daye” chant as he entered the ring with a microphone and began to introduce himself. There were promises of a new era, a brand new day dawning but before he could get far he was interrupted by some new music and out walked…..


….THIS GUY! Rob Moore introduced him as Stu Bennett, while Don Callis fell over himself introducing him as “Bare Knuckles” after his ‘career’ as a bare knuckle boxing champion. After a verbal confrontation between the two men a match was agreed upon for later at Destination X.
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The video from Thursday about the LAX/Street Royalty feud was replayed.

World X Cup 3rd place Finish Match: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Caristico, El Hijo del Fantasma, Aero Star and Drago defeated Rich Swann, Dezmond Xavier, Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley in 13:40 when Caristico defeated Caleb Konley by pinfall with a La Mística. (C-)
One final hype video for the Last Man Standing match as well as the four way elimination match that was a part of the Bound For Glory Series
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Impact Wrestling Championship: Last Man Standing: Pentagon Jr © vs. Cage
Impact Wrestling X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal © vs. Paul London
Impact Wrestling Knockout’s Championship: Su Yung © vs. Serena Deeb
Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship: Open Challenge: Z & E © vs. ???

Who will answer the open challenge?

World X Cup Elimination Match: Black Hulk/CIMA/Naruki Doi/Taiji Ishimori vs. Doug Williams/Kid Lykos/Robbie Solar/Will Ospreay

Who will be survivors of this match-1 point for getting the person wrestler(s)?

Bound For Glory Series Qualifier/#1 Contendership Elimination Match: Austin Aries vs. Fenix vs. Jake Hager vs. Rey Mysterio Jr

Who will win the match? Who will be eliminated first?

Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Eli Drake/James Storm vs. Moose/Teddy Nemeth

Person who gets the victory becomes #1 Contender to the Knockout’s Championship: 4ever vs. Kelly Klein/Taya/Tenille Dashwood
Who will get the pin?

Monster’s Ball Match: Abyss vs. Johnny Impact
Will Impact win the match and get a match against Jimmy Jacobs?

Hardcore Match: Eddie Edwards/Raven/Tommy Dreamer vs. oVe
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rob Van Dam
Barrio Street Fight: LAX vs. Street Royalty
Miro Daye vs. Stu Bennett
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Impact Wrestling Championship: Last Man Standing: Pentagon Jr © vs. Cage
Impact Wrestling X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal © vs. Paul London
Impact Wrestling Knockout’s Championship: Su Yung © vs. Serena Deeb
Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship: Open Challenge: Z & E © vs. ???

Who will answer the open challenge? E & Z

World X Cup Elimination Match: Black Hulk/CIMA/Naruki Doi/Taiji Ishimori vs. Doug Williams/Kid Lykos/Robbie Solar/Will Ospreay

Who will be survivors of this match-1 point for getting the person wrestler(s)? Ishimori

Bound For Glory Series Qualifier/#1 Contendership Elimination Match: Austin Aries vs. Fenix vs. Jake Hager vs. Rey Mysterio Jr

Who will win the match? Who will be eliminated first? Aries - Mysterio

Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Eli Drake/James Storm vs. Moose/Teddy Nemeth

Person who gets the victory becomes #1 Contender to the Knockout’s Championship: 4ever vs. Kelly Klein/Taya/Tenille Dashwood
Who will get the pin? Taya

Monster’s Ball Match: Abyss vs. Johnny Impact
Will Impact win the match and get a match against Jimmy Jacobs? Yes

Hardcore Match: Eddie Edwards/Raven/Tommy Dreamer vs. oVe
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rob Van Dam
Barrio Street Fight: LAX vs. Street Royalty
Miro Daye vs. Stu Bennett
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Location: Calihan Hall in Detroit, MI
Attendance: 8295 SELL OUT
PPV Buyrate: 155, 430 buys

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Match 1: Rob Van Dam Retirement Tour Match #1: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rob Van Dam

My Thoughts: As both men stood in the ring the fans threw streamers into the crowd is a show of respect. As this was the final match in the United States for Liger this was mostly just an enjoyable exhibition with a touch of some humour thrown in. Liger connected with the Shotei, but it was too hard as RVD fell out of the ring to the outside so Liger had to pull him back into the ring and he didn’t notice that Van Dam brought a steel chair in with him. Jushin Liger nailed a Koppo Kick on Van Dam in the corner, before walking to the middle of the ring and posing for the fans. When he turned around RVD had recovered and threw the chair to him with set up the Van Damninator! And then one Five Star Frog Splash which gave RVD the victory in his retirement tour!

Match Result: In a decent match, Rob Van Dam defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in 12:43 by pinfall.

Grade: D+
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Match 2: 4ever(Melissa Anderson/Rachael Ellering/Tessa Blanchard) vs. Kelly Klein/Taya/Tenille Dashwood

My Thoughts: Not all the fans knew Kelly Klein, so Rob Moore and Don Callis made sure to talk about her time as a “Woman of Honor” and also her strength and technical skills. As well in the match itself Kelly was made to look like a star getting to start out the match against Melisa Anderson who of course is one of the most skilled women in the world. Everything went back and forth between the two teams with the finish building towards Taya trying to get Tessa Blanchard in the ring, but instead getting in there with Rachael Ellering instead. The end of the match saw Taya pick Rachael Ellering up and it looked like she was going to hit Road to Valhalla, but instead she just held Rachael up there with a Double Chickenwing, applying pressure to the arm that Taya had already been working on. Before any of the members of 4ever could get in the ring Ellering submitted giving the victory to Taya’s team, and the Knockout’s title match to Taya herself!

Match Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Taya, Kelly Klein and Tenille Dashwood defeated 4ever (Tessa Blanchard, Rachael Ellering and Melissa Anderson) in 7:10 when Taya defeated Rachael Ellering by submission.

Grade: C-
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Out came Impact Wrestling Global Ambassador Hulk Hogan to unveil the giant X trophy that was sitting on display beside the commentators table; Hogan would present the trophy to the winning team in the World X Cup.
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Match 3: World X Cup Finals: Team Japan (Black Hulk, CIMA, Naruki Doi, and Taiji Ishimori) vs. Team UK (Doug Williams, Kid Lykos, Robbie Solar, and Will Ospreay)

My Thoughts: The finals of the World X Cup came down to the two teams that had started it, so there was some familiarity as these two teams set out to steal the show. Every wrestler was given the chance to get some moves in to start the match off, with new wrestlers coming in to the ring when other wrestlers were outside of the ring since the referee could not keep up with the action. One thing that did NOT occur was a “one wrestler dives on everyone outside of the ring” spot as it was more about keeping the action in the ring where possible. Robbie Solar was the first man eliminated when Black Hulk pinned him after an E.V.O. Now it was Kid Lykos in the ring and it looked like he was going to get an elimination with a Sliced Bread #2, but he did not realize that Doi (his opponent) had tagged out to CIMA. When Lykos flipped over CIMA caught him in the air, dropped him down to the mat to set up an Egotist Schwein and got the pin fall victory eliminated Kid Lykos and leaving Team UK down to two wrestlers against 4. Desperation drove Doug Williams and Will Ospreay forward and Williams did manage to eliminate Black Hulk with the Chaos Theory, but he was eliminated himself soon after by Taiji Ishimori leaving it three on one. Facing insurmountable odds, Ospreay fought for his life and managed to catch Naruki Doi with a quick roll up leaving the odds a bit better. An OsCutter put CIMA away leaving Ishimori and Will Ospreay as the final two competitors; looking to win the World X Cup, looking to earn a title shot at the X-Division Championship at Bound For Glory. After a hard fought battle that came down to one Storm Breaker giving Will Ospreay the HUGE comeback victory, and the 2018 World X Cup to Team UK.

Match Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Doug Williams, Kid Lykos, Robbie Solar and Will Ospreay defeated Black Hulk, CIMA, Naruki Doi and Taiji Ishimori in an Elimination match in 15:23

Grade: C-
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After the match Hulk Hogan climbed into the ring to present the trophy to Will Ospreay who was overwhelmed by the victory and was down on his knees, but was joined by the remainder of Team UK who picked him up and waved the Union Jack.
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Match 4: Extreme Rules: Eddie Edwards/Raven/Tommy Dreamer vs. oVe

My Thoughts: This match was structured to keep Raven out of the ring as much as possible, but was also just a fun throwback to what Raven and Tommy Dreamer used to be able to do. Tommy was isolated by oVe, before making the tag to Eddie and that is when the tide turned. Eventually Tommy Dreamer put Dave Crist through a table with the Spicolli Driver, Raven dropped Sami Calihan with the Raven Effect DDT and Eddie was left with Jake Crist and got him to submit with a kendo stick assisted Crossface after Tommy Dreamer threw the stick to Eddie.

Match Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Eddie Edwards, Tommy Dreamer and Raven defeated Ohio Versus Everyone (Sami Callihan, Dave Crist and Jake Crist) in 8:17 when Eddie Edwards defeated Jake Crist by submission with a kendo stick assisted Crossface

Grade: C-
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Match 5: Impact X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal© vs. Paul London

My Thoughts: These two had been built up as two of the pioneers of the new generation of high flyers that had given birth to the X-Division, not to mention the similarities in their wrestling styles including their finishers. This match itself was really good with the two going back and forth, making sure that the high moves they hit were also a part of the psychology of the match. When Paul London looked to end the match with a Shooting Star Press there was no one to land on! YANG had showed up from under the ring and pulled Matt Sydal out of the ring so that Paul crashed to the mat. Sydal slid back into the ring and pulled Paul up and connected with the Here It Is Driver to retain the X-Division Championship.

Match Result: In a bout that had good wrestling but didn't have much heat, Matt Sydal defeated Paul London in 12:39 by pinfall with a Here It Is Driver. During the match we also had YANG interfere by pulling Matt Sydal to safety.

Grade: B-
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Match 6: Bound For Glory Series Qualifier: Eli Drake/James Storm vs. Moose/Teddy Nemeth

My Thoughts: Two of these men were going to be going on in the Bound For Glory Series, while two men were going to be gone. With a title shot on the line in the Bound For Glory Series there was high stakes for this match. From a booking standpoint we wanted this match to show all four men at their best without any sort of cheap tactics, we just wanted a decisive winner. In that case the winner was James Storm after hitting a Forward Lung Blower on Teddy Nemeth.

Match Result: In a decent match, Eli Drake and James Storm defeated Theodore "Teddy" Nemeth and Moose in 7:43 when James Storm defeated Theodore "Teddy" Nemeth by pinfall with a Forward Lung Blower.

Grade: C+
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Match 7: “Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett vs. Miro Daye

My Thoughts: The fans reacted well to both men without knowing the full background that was being conveyed by the commentators. Moore and Callis were instructed to put over Stu’s background in bareknuckle boxing, perhaps so much that it was a detriment. Fortunately the fans had caught on to the ‘wink, wink’ of the name and were chanting Miro Daye supporting the former Rusev. The finish of the match saw Bennet put something on his fist and punch Miro Daye without the referee seeing it and got the surprise victory over Miro Daye.

Match Result: In a bout that had great wrestling and good heat, "Bare Knuckles" Stu Bennett defeated Miro Daye in 13:17 by pinfall after a punch something on his fist.

Grade: B-
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Match 8: Barrio Street Fight: LAX vs. Street Royalty

My Thoughts: Unlike the first hardcore match in the show, this match was intended to look a bit more violent with all four men grabbing weapons and trying to hurt each other with them. With this promised to be the finish of the feud many fans were expecting to be a winner….but instead this match was declared a no contest when……


…out came Homicide and Hernandez! They were not alone as they were joined by Mercedes Martinez and they attacked all four men in the ring with Hernandez giving a Border Toss on Ortiz over the top rope and through a table that had been set up during the match. Diamante was not left alone either as Martinez dragged her into the ring and choked her out leaving her body in the wreckage in the ring. Homicide and Hernandez looked outside the ring focusing on Konnan…the one person who had not been touched in the beatdown. There was a stare down as the segment came to an end.

Match Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Latin American Xchange drew with Street Royalty in 8:06 when the match descended into chaos after Hernandez and Homicide became involved.

Grade: D
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Match 9: Monster’s Ball: Abyss vs. “The Survivor” Johnny Impact

My Thoughts: Another hardcore style match, but with another different style as this was set up to look more like a shoot fight between these two men. What stood out as different was the fact that Impact was wearing his street clothes for the fight. The end of the match saw both wrestlers bail out of the ring, and Abyss slid into the ring with a familiar bag in his hand! Johnny came back with…JANICE! It was Abyss’s 2x4 covered with nails. Abyss took a move towards Johnny Impact, and Impact took a swing and connected with Abyss’s hand, looking like it had pinned the bag closed against Abyss’ hand. With Abyss clearly in pain, Impact connected with the Moonlight Drive and got the victory and the match against Jacobs.

Match Result: In a bout that had great wrestling and good heat, “The Survivor” Johnny Impact defeated Abyss in 8:29 after Moonlight Drive.

Grade: B-
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Match 10: Jimmy Jacobs vs. “The Survivor” Johnny Impact

My Thoughts: Holding his hand in pain, that didn’t stop Abyss from attacking Johnny Impact before the referee made him go the back. Jacobs came running out from the back to attack Impact while he was down. Now things started to get more hardcore with weapons coming out, but when Impact made his comeback Jacobs started looking towards the back calling for Kong and Abyss….but neither man came out. Finally, Impact dumped the thumbtacks on the mat, dropped Jacobs on the thumbtacks and then connected with a Starship Pain to get the victory and revenge on Jacobs!

Match Result: In a good match, "The Survivor" Johnny Impact defeated Jimmy Jacobs in 8:03 by pinfall with a Starship Pain.

Grade: B-

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Match 11: Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship: Z & E © vs.???
My Thoughts: After weeks of open challenges, this was the biggest response to the open challenge as out walked….


….the Motor City Machine Guns!! There was a loud hometown reaction for the MCMG’s making their return to Impact Wrestling and then it was off to the races. This was a quick match, although the fans almost seemed to think victory for the Machine Gun’s was a foregone conclusion as they were not reacting to any pin fall attempts from Everett or Ion, which meant that the end of the match came off a bit flat when Zema got the victory with a pin fall on Sabin that retained the titles.

Match Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Z & E defeated Motor City Machine Guns in 8:27 when Zema Ion defeated Chris Sabin by pinfall with a Bible Black. Z & E make defence number 7 of their Impact World Tag Team titles.

Grade: C
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Match 12: Bound For Glory Series Qualifier/#1 Contendership to the Impact Wrestling World Championship: Austin Aries vs. Fenix vs. Jake Hager vs. Rey Mysterio Jr

My Thoughts: Who would have guessed that this would become the second-best Impact Wrestling match of the year thus far? The match began with all four mixing it up until it settled down to Hager and Mysterio looking to settle their score once and for all. Hager was much more careful about putting the Anklelock on this time as he did not want Rey to pull the same boot trick on him as before. Rey got to the ropes, and still Hager would not let go. Climbing the ropes Rey pushed off and rolled Hager up, but that only got a two count. As both men came to their feet Rey set Hager up for the 619, and then came off of the ropes with a Frogsplash and eliminated Hager! Not only was he out of the match, but now Hager would not be in the Bound For Glory Series either! He was not happy about that either as he attacked Rey after the match, leaving him an easy victim for Austin Aries who picked him up and connected with a Brainbuster and then pinned Rey! Mysterio was out of contention to get a title shot at Victory Road, but at least he would be one of the eight men in the Bound For Glory Series. This left it to familiar foes Austin Aries and Fenix who had a quick action paced finish to the match that saw Austin having to resort to hitting a top rope Super Brainbuster in order to eliminate Fenix and to move on to getting a shot at the World Championship at Victory Road.

Match Result: In a bout that had great wrestling and good heat, Austin Aries defeated Fénix, Rey Mysterio Jr. and Jake Hager in an Elimination match in 14:40

Grade: B+

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Match 13: Impact Wrestling Knockout’s Championship: Su Yung© vs. Serena Deeb

My Thoughts: Both women were accompanied by a second, with Allie coming out with Serena Deeb to counter the Undead Bridesmaid. That became important during the match when Allie ended up fighting with the Undead Bridesmaid to the back leaving Deeb and Su Yung to determine a winner. In the end it was still not fair as Su Yung caught Serena Deeb with some mist before finishing the match with Yellow Fever to retain the Knockout’s Championship.

Match Result: In a decent match, Su Yung defeated Serena Deeb in 7:54 by pinfall with a Yellow Fever. Su Yung makes defence number 4 of her Impact Knockouts title.

Grade: C

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Match 14: Last Man Standing: Impact Wrestling Undisputed World Championship: Pentagon Jr© vs. Cage

My Thoughts: After everything that had happened to this point prepared the fans for what was the match of the night, the month, the year thus far. The story of the match was Pentagon Jr throwing everything he could at Cage, just to see Cage recover and fight back. One moment saw Pentagon Jr drop Cage head first on a closed steel chair with a Curb Stomp, but Cage backed up with the chair in his hands and threw it so quickly at Pentagon that he barely had time to duck under the chair as it went flying over out of the ring. At another point Pentagon Jr tried to pick Cage up on the ring apron with a Package Piledriver through a table that had been set up earlier, but Cage blocked that and eventually would end up tossing the World Champion over the top rope from inside of the ring and through the table but that only got a seven count for Cage. The fight then carried up the aisleway towards the staging where Cage threw Pentagon Jr head first into the giant X, before picking him up and tossing him into the scaffolding beside the X as well. Jr held onto the scaffolding and started to climb, forcing Cage to follow up with him and now they were fighting on the scaffolding with plenty of teases of who would get launched off. It was a Superkick that finally sent Cage teetering off of the edge, but he managed to grab part of the scaffolding…..so Pentagon gave another Superkick to that hand and Cage let go….and dropped through some staging below!! After recovering from shock at the fall, the referee started the ten count and the fans watched on as Cage started to recover, and shaking started to climb to his feet at nine…..but then fell back down, and the referee reached ten and Pentagon Jr had managed to retain the World Championship!

Match Result: In a bout that had superb wrestling and good heat, Pentagon Jr. defeated Cage in a Last Man Standing match in 17:45 when Cage could not beat a ten count after a dramatic fall. Pentagon Jr. makes defence number 5 of his Impact Undisputed World title.

Grade: B+
Overall Show Grade: B-
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OOC: I'm just finishing up my school semester so I will have a bit more time to crank some shows out....until my baby boy arrives sometime in the next few weeks....
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In Summary

August 26th, 2018

Missing out on actually being at Destination X is a bit of a disappointment, but I really could not get away from the set with needing to take some time off for next weekend. It doesn't mean I'm not ALL IN with Impact Wrestling, just that I want to make sure I am at my best for a very exciting one of a kind wrestling experience.

Speaking of one of a kind wrestling experience, I'm very proud that NJPW allowed Jushin Liger to have his final North American match right here in Impact Wrestling, what an honor! When we arranged the three month tour for Rob Van Dam's retirement we wanted to make sure that each PPV match would be something special, and this was definitely that.

News from the wacky world of wrestling:

-August 2018 was the year of wrestling retirements as we saw almost 60 retirements throughout the month including: Bob Holly, Toshiaki Kawada, Sumie Sakai, D'Lo Brown, ODB, The Great Sasuke, Jacques Rougeau Jr, Rick Steiner, Ken Shamrock, Keiji Mutoh, Tiger Mask, former NWA World Champion Tim Storm, Charlie Haas, The Sandman, James Maritado, and Headbanger Thrasher among others.

-Pro Wrestling NOAH joined an alliance with WWE as mentioned.

The World Top Five:

1. WWE
2. NJPW
3. Impact Wrestling
4. CMLL
5. AAA

Up Next....

ALL IN!
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Thank you for Dreamer and Raven. No idea if these guys are still with TNA IRL but I liked the Eddie Edwards angle and the 3 on 3.

Oh and RVD. But mainly Dreamer and Raven.

Is 2018 too late in the day for them to resurrect their feud? Surely a Raven doublecross can't be far away if you end up using these guys again.

Anyway, good work!
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What a night! I'm so proud of Cody and the boys, they made their dreams come true and the fans not only liked it, they loved it! As for my night, maybe not quite what I had hoped for but I can't complain about it either. I got to do some scouting, and had a few chats with some of the boys which might prove interesting in the weeks and months ahead hopefully....

Some thoughts on the evening though:

-I didn't get to see as much of the pre-show as I would have liked getting ready for my match, but from what I could see SCU continues to impress me, Kaz and Daniels seem ageless, but Scorpio Sky showed he could hold his own in this match against those crazy chicken farmers. As for the Battle Royale, Flip Gordon continues to amaze and he would be someone I'd love to get in the X-Division, but he's locked down to ROH for the next little bit.

-I watched MJF and Matt Cross from the 'Gorilla' position and thought there was some potential in that young MJF and his contract with MLW is coming up....hmmmmm.....

-My first, and possibly last, singles match. I could not have done it without Chris holding my hand throughout the entire match, what a pro he is. And what is it they say? Leave it to the pro's.....don't expect to see me in the ring in Impact anytime soon. Daniels though? Rumour, and storyline, is that SCU's contracts are all up at the end of the year....I wonder....

-I was in the back trying to catch my breath while the women were out there tearing it up...could not be more proud of Tessa, and what a moment to have her father's there with her and watching her win the match.

-What a moment for my friend to win the belt that his father helped make famous, I'm not going to lie....this one got me.

-I don't even have words to describe what Page and Janela did to their bodies in their match! I bet they could use some good healthcare after that match.....if only there was a place that offered that.....

-Joey Ryan......yeah, not touching that with a 15 foot pole....

-I really enjoyed the match between Lethal and Flip.....that Macho Man impression though sure seemed familiar.....

-Considering how stacked the card was, the one match that I was most excited for was the showdown between Omega and Pentagon Jr and the match delivered in every way. Too bad this was a non-title match though, I think if Pentagon had been defending that belt we would have seen a different outcome.

-Speaking of interesting.....what's up with Jericho stealing Pentagon's outfit? I can't see Pentagon Jr being too happy about that....

-Confession time....I love Mary's character, and I just don't understand why he isn't already World Champion in ROH....he'd be my Champion there tomorrow if I was in charge. Okada of course is one of the top five wrestlers in the entire world and this match was just another example of that.

-Main Event time....and it was the first time I got to see Bandido since we signed him to a development contract. With the rushed finish to the match I didn't get to see as much as I would have liked, but I think it won't be long until we see him on the main roster taking the X-Division by storm....

Overall I thought this was a great evening of wrestling action and the feel that I got there served as an inspiration of what I hope we can manage to achieve in Impact Wrestling sooner rather than later, although we may need some help to get there......


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I have some bad news for you though Nobby.....you also got dead last in the predictions! Sorry I've fallen behind on your diary, life has been very busy as of late but I hope to get back in sometime soon.

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Thank you for Dreamer and Raven. No idea if these guys are still with TNA IRL but I liked the Eddie Edwards angle and the 3 on 3.

Oh and RVD. But mainly Dreamer and Raven.

Is 2018 too late in the day for them to resurrect their feud? Surely a Raven doublecross can't be far away if you end up using these guys again.

Anyway, good work!
....when I at first read about Eddie it made me think you were referring to what happens next with Eddie, like I had posted the next episode of Impact Wrestling (almost all written up and going up soon) so *spoilers* things are about to happen!

As for Tommy....as in real life he is busy with HoH, so he will only pop in every now and then, as for Raven he's working backstage with Impact in my world, but in the real world he had a tag match with Tommy back in October, after I had already planned out this angle....I always like it when real life matches up with my plans!

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Glad to see you back mate! I don't know about strong, but I try to keep puttering along as much as I can, when I can.
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The August 30th episode of Impact Wrestling actually served as an advertisement for All In, it pays having friends who can make this sort of thing happen, so we were getting into our first Impact Wrestling show after Destination X. This was an important show as it began the way towards Bound For Glory...and hopefully our future as a company...
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Match 1: Bound For Glory Series Quarter-Final: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Rey Mysterio Jr

Thoughts on the Match: While these two may not be at their best, that does not mean they were incapable of putting on an entertaining “dream match” to determine who would be the first competitor in the semi-finals of the Bound For Glory Series. After a back and forth match it was Rey who managed to reverse out of a German Supex and drop Marufuji down on the ropes to set up the 619 and then the Seated Senton to end the match and get Rey into the next round.

Result: In a bout that had great wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Naomichi Marufuji in 12:56 by pinfall with a 619 into a Seated Senton.

Grade: B
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Rob Moore and Don Callis welcomed everyone to the show before focusing on the Main Event. In a tag team match the Lucha Bro’s were facing off with Austin Aries and Jake Hager, and the winning team would get to pick the stipulation for the World Title match between Pentagon Jr and Aries at September’s PPV Victory Road.
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A recap video played of the match between 4ever and Taya/Tenille and Klein with an emphasis on Taya injuring the arm of Rachael Ellering on the way to her team’s victory.
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A mysterious and ominous video played hyping up….someone.
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Match 2: Allie/Serena Deeb vs. Su Yung/Undead Bridesmaid

Thoughts on the Match: With the next competitor for the Knockout’s Championship announced this match was set up like it was going to end Allie’s war with Su Yung and her Undead Bridesmaids, but instead Allie seemed all the more fired up, eventually diving onto all the Bridesmaids outside of the ring leaving Deeb and Su Yung where the Knockout’s Champion picked up another victory over Deeb.

Result: In a decent match, Su Yung and Undead Bridesmaid defeated Serena Deeb and Allie in 7:58 when Su Yung defeated Serena Deeb by pinfall with a Yellow Fever.

Grade: C-
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After the match while Su Yung and the Undead Bridesmaid were still in the ring Taya walked out from the back and stood at the entrance pantomiming wearing the Knockout’s Championship around her waist while Su Yung looked unfazed.
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A recap video of the attack from original LAX members Homicide and Hernandez and the debuting Mercedes Martinez that ruined the Barrio Street Fight at Destination X. The video made sure to point out that Konnan had not been attacked during the beatdown.
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Alicia Atout interviewed a disappointed Teddy Nemeth who did not introduce himself, but did promise that he would be watching James Storm’s match against Fenix very well next week to make sure everything was on the up and up.
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Match 3: Impact Wrestling X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal© vs. Caristico

Thoughts on the Match: After having a series of great matches since coming to Impact this one was a bit of a disappointment for Caristico. I knew he had some issues when it came time to lay down for someone, but I figured he would not have had a problem with being defeated by our long reigning X Champ but I was wrong. We kept this match close to try and appease him, and that was not even taking into consideration the run in finish from El Hijo del Fantasma to continue that feud and set up the finish with the Here It Is Driver from Sydal to retain the X-Division title.

Result: In a decent match, Matt Sydal defeated Caristico in 13:30 by pinfall with a Here It Is Driver. During the match we also had El Hijo del Fantasma run in and attack Caristico. Matt Sydal makes defence number 8 of his Impact X-Division title.

Grade: C-
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A recap video of the surprise return of the Motor City Machine Gun’s at Destination X, ending with an announcement of a retro tag team match for next week: Hernandez/Homicide vs. MCMG’s next week!
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Austin Aries and Jake Hager got some interview time with Aries playing it cool, while Hager looked super serious, and then Aries demonstrated to Hager how to break an ankle….with his banana.
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Match 4: Amazing Maria vs. Kim ‘The Viper’ Benson

Thoughts on the Match: Another squash from Benson as she slowly works her way into the fans hearts while showing how tough a wrestler she is.

Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Kim 'The Viper' Benson defeated Amazing Maria in 3:10 by pinfall with a Michinoku Driver.

Grade: D
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Matt Sydal was caught on film backstage celebrating his title victory, when an angry Paul London confronted him sick of Sydal getting victory after victory thanks to others influence and promising to take out every single ally that Sydal has and capturing the X-Division title.
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A video recapping the Impact Wrestling debuts of Stu Bennett and Miro Daye and the resulting match that “Bare Knuckles” won.
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Match 5: Bound For Glory Series Quarter-Final: Colt Cabana vs. Eli Drake

Thoughts on the Match: In the second match of the Bound For Glory Series of the evening there was more comedy as Colt worked hard to entertain the fans, and even dragged Drake into some of the wackiness. It did not last long and Drake sent Colt back to the interview desk with the Bottom Rung sending Drake into the next round.

Result: In a decent match, Eli Drake defeated Colt Cabana in 8:07 by pinfall with a Bottom Rung.

Grade: C+
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Hulk Hogan was out with the remaining members of the Bound For Glory Series as well as Eddie Edwards, Moose, and Teddy Nemeth ready to announce the final wrestler in the Bound For Glory Series, the man who would face Johnny Impact the next week. Hogan was cut off of by Edwards who figured it had to be him, but Hogan told him no. Edwards kept interrupting, asking if this was about his issues with Dreamer and Raven and pointed out they were behind him, showing off the kendo stick that he had brought to the ring after Dreamer had given it to him. Each time Hogan told him it wasn’t him, and tried to keep on speaking…..until Edwards went to go and take a swing at Hogan with the kendo stick!! The only thing that saved Hogan was Johnny Impact reacting quickly and tackling Edwards before he could make contact! The two rolled around in the ring with Edwards getting the upper hand using the kendo stick on Impact a couple of times before the other wrestlers in the ring managed to get Edwards off and restrained him.
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Match 6: Austin Aries/Jake Hager vs. The Lucha Bro’s

Thoughts on the Match: On commentary Moore and Callis made sure to mention Chris Jericho posing as Pentagon Jr at All In before focusing on the back and forth match that was going on in the ring. Fenix tried to wrestle as much of the match as possible since Pentagon Jr was clearly still suffering from the Last Man Standing match against Cage. In the end the plan did not work as Aries and Hager managed to isolate him, and in the end Hager actually managed to get a submission victory over the World Champion! The victory would also allow Austin Aries to pick the stipulation for his title match at Victory Road.

Result: In a bout that had superb wrestling and good heat, Austin Aries and Jake Hager defeated Lucha Bro's in 17:36 when Jake Hager defeated Pentagon Jr. by submission with a Patriot Lock.

Grade: B
Overall Show Rating: B

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A video recap of Impact Wrestling on Thursday with the Main Event surprise victory of Jake Hager over Pentagon Jr

In a bout that had decent wrestling but non-existent crowd heat, Jimmy Rave defeated Brian Pillman Jr. in 7:57 by pinfall with a Swinging Fisherman's Suplex. (C-)

An announcement for the Future Star Cup that would see eight up and coming competitors from around the World vying to win the inaugural Impact Wrestling Future Star Cup….as well as become the first Impact Wrestling Television Champion at the final PPV of the year in December!

In a terrible match, Kelly Klein defeated Amazing Maria in 8:21 by pinfall with a Taste My Rainbow. (D-)

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, PJ Black & Evans defeated Desi Hit Squad in 8:29 when Jack Evans defeated Gursinder Singh by pinfall with a 630° Senton. (D+)

A video played recapping Eddie Edwards almost attacking Hulk Hogan until Johnny Impact made the save

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, YANG defeated Shark Boy in 8:05 by pinfall with a Corkscrew Moonsault. Paul London was out at the commentary table watching this match very, very carefully. (C-)

The show ended with Moore and Callis discussing the Bound For Glory Series with the two quarter-final matches set for Thursday with James Storm against Fenix and Johnny Impact against….who? That was the question as the show ended.

Overall Show Rating: C+
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