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Unread 12-26-2018, 03:40 PM
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September 13, 2018:

I got off the phone after going through the show in Vancouver, and speaking to the two competitors who would officially be joining the main roster tonight. I would have really loved to be at the show tonight considering what is planned to transpire, but I have a feeling this will be one of the most talked about Impact's in a long time.....I hope the fans like it, although I know some will be rather disappointed.....
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Match 1: Bound For Glory Series Quarter-Final: Fenix vs. James Storm

Thoughts on the Match: As promised Teddy Nemeth had made his way out to the commentary table to watch this match, just in case anything fishy happened. After facing off in several matches since Slammiversary, some singles and some tag, it was not unexpected that these two would start the show off with an exciting match that had the fans buzzing almost from the moment the bell rang. Things went back and forth until Storm reversed a Tilt-a whirl into an Eye of the Storm…but it launched Fenix into the referee and took him down for a few moments. While he was recovering Storm slid out of the ring and grabbed a steel chair and slid back into the ring as he raised the chair above his head to swing it at Fenix when Teddy left the table and slid into the ring and grabbed the chair away. After a brief struggle over the chair, Teddy gained control of it and Storm spun around….right into a Meteora from Fenix! With the referee conscious again it was a three count and Fenix was into the Final Four!

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Fénix defeated James Storm in 12:58 by pinfall with a Meteora. During the match we also had Theodore "Teddy" Nemeth distract Storm.

Grade: B
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With the introduction for the show Rob Moore and Don Callis spoke about the three men who had already made their way through to the next round of the Bound For Glory Series Semi-Finals, while Moore tried to get an answer from Callis if he knew who the mystery opponent was for Impact in the Main Event, but Callis played coy and would not answer.
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A video was played showing Eddie Edwards in the back speaking to his kendo stick, with Edwards talking about how he had tried to be a nice guy and where did it get him? He wasn’t the chosen one by the higher ups, Johnny Impact was the chosen one and that was going to be something Impact was going to regret, that and putting his hands on Edwards.
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Alicia Atout stood with the Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions Andrew Everett and Zema Ion who threw out another Open Challenge for next week with the tag titles on the line!
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A video recap played about the World X Cup with the announcement that Will Ospreay would be returning next week on Impact Wrestling.
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Match 2: Kid Lykos vs. YANG

Thoughts on the Match: After impressing during the Word X Cup, Kid Lykos had officially been added to the Impact Wrestling roster and he continued to impress in this exciting back and forth match. Lykos came close to winning the match when he attempted to hit his Full Moon Spanish Fly from the top rope, but YANG knocked him off of the top turnbuckle and then connected with the Corkscrew Moonsault and picked up the victory.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, YANG defeated Kid Lykos in 7:42 by pinfall with a Corkscrew Moonsault.

Grade: C
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Paul London came out to the ring to confront YANG with the truth that Matt Sydal was just using him to help retain his title, but Sydal came out from the back and was arguing against that and the two went to double team London but he struck first nailing YANG and then Sydal, and then dropping YANG with the DDT. Sydal left the ring as London went to the top and connected with THREE London Calling Shooting Star Presses injuring the ribs of YANG who was left rolling around holding them in pain while London made eye contact with the retreating Sydal.
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The mysterious video packaged from last week played again, but this time words were overlaid over the video of the world coming to an end with two biblical verses seemingly being highlighted: Genesis 3:1 and Exodus 4:2-3.
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Alicia Atout was backstage where she announced that at Victory Road there would be a Triple Threat match between LAX, Street Royalty and Hernandez and Homicide with the winning team getting a tag title shot at Bound For Glory. She also announced that each team would have a warm up match over the next three weeks, but that the other two teams were banned from the arena to keep things under control. Then she introduced her guest….Konnan! His LAX team was banned from the arena tonight, but Konnan was allowed to be there as long as he promised to be on his best behavior. Alicia tried to question Konnan about his loyalty, but he would have none of that saying he had already proven his loyalty and instead he wanted to speak about the so called “LAX OGz”, his brothers, his blood and how he was happy they were back but that he only thing on his mind was getting Ortiz and Santana to the top of the mountain once more.
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Match 3: LAX OGz vs. Motor City Machine Guns

Thoughts on the Match: This match was like a little trip through time as two classic teams from the ‘glory days’ went at in a sprint of a match. Older they may be, but all of the men did take their turn diving through or over the ropes on to other members of the team. The end of the match saw Homicide setting up for Da Gringo Killer but Alex Shelley reversed out of that, but a Lariat from Homicide ended the match.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, L.A.X. OGz defeated Motor City Machine Guns in 9:13 when Homicide defeated Alex Shelley by pinfall with a Lariat.

Grade: C
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After the match an emotional Alex Shelly grabbed a microphone and began to speak, apologizing to Sabin and to the fans, speaking about how they had been going up and down the roads for a decade now, but that maybe the time had come, that maybe his body was just too broken down……but before he could say much more two men jumped the ring from the crowd and took down both Shelley and Sabin! Some, but not all, the fans recognized them but Moore and Don Callis made sure to point out that they were Travis Banks and Chris Brookes, two great wrestlers who had made a devastating tag team both in the UK and in BCW.
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Johnny Impact had a response for Eddie Edwards where he was disgusted by Edwards actions, but promised that he would have eyes in the back of his head and that if Edwards stood up he’s get knocked right back down to Slamtown.
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Match 4: Kim ‘The Viper’ Benson vs. Mickie Knuckles

Thoughts on the Match: Making her return to Impact Wrestling……Mickie Knuckles who the fans remembered as being dominant in her days past, but now she was going face to face with the undefeated Kim Benson who made short work of Knuckles on her way to maintaining undefeated.

Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Kim 'The Viper' Benson defeated Mickie Knuckles in 3:09 by pinfall with a Michinoku Driver.

Grade: D+
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A vignette played for the soon to debut Albert Carter Jr (the former ACH) with Carter dressed up very nicely and speaking about the future, talking about visionaries who had paved the way for him, but that no one, and he means no one, could have predicted that greatness would arrive in the form of AC Jr.
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Jimmy Jacobs and his Monstourage had a promo response to Sami Callihan and oVe with Jacobs telling Callihan that the worst mistake they ever could have done was getting in his business, and that now the Monsters were going to be unleashed.
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Austin Aries was out with Jake Hager to announce the stipulations for the World title match at Victory Road but before Aries could finish speaking Hager took the microphone from him and told Aries that he may want to wait to make the announcement, because Hager was challenging Pentagon Jr for a World title match…next week! Hager rationalized that since he had defeated Pentagon Jr last week that he deserved the shot and he was just waiting for Pentagon to accept….which is when the World Champion made an appearance and with his acceptance the match was official!
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A video played on Impact Wrestling Future Star Cup participant…..


….BRODY KING! The video focused on the hardcore wrestling style of Brody King as well as his other love as the lead singer of his hardcore metal band.
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Match 5: Brody King vs. Vikas Kumar

Thoughts on the Match: This was simply a showcase for Brody King, the first of eight showcase matches for the competitors in the Future Star Cup before the actual tournament began.

Result: In a bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Brody King defeated Vikas Kumar in 3:01 by pinfall with a Gonzo Bomb.
Grade: D-
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Johnny Impact was making his entrance for the Main Event…..when he was attacked from behind with Eddie Edwards getting a shot in the back of the leg with the kendo stick and dropping “The Survivor” right away! While medic’s came to check on Impact there was a commercial break.
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Impact was in the ring saying he was ready to wrestle, even though Hulk Hogan and the medic’s were trying to take him out of it. The video shot to the back where a limo was sitting, and the door opened and a beautiful pair of legs were shown exiting from the limo. Back to the ring Impact was back on his feet, but clearly in pain, and calling for his opponent when some familiar music began to play…


….and out walked Brandi Rhodes…….


…..AND then….


……THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE CODY!
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Match 6: Bound For Glory Series Quarter-Final: Cody vs. “The Survivor” Johnny Impact

Thoughts on the Match: Code was wearing the NWA World Championship belt as Moore and Callis made sure to put over the All In event. The story of the match was of course Cody taking advantage of the injured Impact, but that is not to say that Johnny did not put on a fight desperate to advance in the BFG Series. In the end Impact almost managed to get the victory after connecting with a Starship Pain, but the force of the bounce off of the ring ropes actually caused Impact to roll around holding his knee in pain. It allowed Cody to recover and connect with Cross Rhodes! But Johnny kicked out!! Next Cody went for a Figure Four with the sore knee as the target and eventually Johnny had no choice but to submit and give the surprising Cody a spot in the final four!

Result: In a bout that had great heat and good wrestling, Cody defeated "The Survivor" Johnny Impact in 16:55 by submission.

Grade: B
Overall Show Rating: B

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X-Plosion Taping

Moore and Callis recap the events of Thursday’s Impact Wrestling with a sneak attack from Eddie Edwards setting Johnny Impact for a surprise loss to set up a final four of Cody, Eli Drake, Fenix and Rey Mysterio Jr and announce a tag team match for Thursday with Cody/Drake vs. The Lucha Brotherhood.

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Kid Lykos and Robbie Solar defeated Desi Hit Squad in 7:49 when Robbie Solar defeated Rohit Raju by pinfall with a Twisting Corkscrew Splash. (C-)

Alicia Atout was with Rich Swann who was trying to talk about his match tonight when he was interrupted by Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley with Lee still blaming Swann for their loss in the World X Cup and predicting another loss for Swann tonight. He left with Swann fuming, but then trying to brush it off with a trademark smile.

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Kelly Klein defeated Mickie Knuckles in 8:05 by pinfall with a Taste My Rainbow. (E+)

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Extreme Tiger defeated Vikas Kumar in 8:10 by pinfall with a 450° Splash. (E-)

4ever was backstage with the announcement that Tessa and Melissa would be facing Tenille and Kelly at Victory Road due to an arm injury Rachael Ellering had suffered at Destination X, and Tessa promised to get a measure of revenge for the group.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Rich Swann defeated Jimmy Rave in 8:01 by pinfall with a Tornado Spin Kick. (C-)

The show ended with Moore and Callis discussing the World Championship match between Pentagon Jr and Jake Hager that would Main Event on Thursday with the winner getting Austin Aries at Victory Road.
Overall Show Rating: C

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Unread 01-07-2019, 12:27 AM
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September 20, 2018:

Walking into the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and running into the latest call ups was a bit fortuitous, but I could not wait to see what these 'bros' could do tonight.....
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Match 1: Cody/Eli Drake vs. Fénix/Rey Mysterio Jr

Thoughts on the Match: In a preview of the semi-finals of the Bound For Glory Series these four stars started the show off with a lot of quick tag’s, with Fénix getting a lot of great moves in. It did not turn out to be enough as Drake managed to overpower Fénix and put him away with a Bottom Rung.

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Cody and Eli Drake defeated Fénix and Rey Mysterio Jr. in 11:09 when Eli Drake defeated Fénix by pinfall with a Bottom Rung.

Grade: B-
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A video played highlighting the attack from Eddie Edwards on Johnny Impact with both men not being here tonight after Edwards was sent home, and Impact was injured and waiting to hear back from the doctors.
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After the commercial a video played reminding fans of the finish of the World Title match from Destination X when Cage took a fall from the set and had not been heard from since.
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Match 2: CIMA vs. Will Ospreay

Thoughts on the Match: High flying ,but also technical, as this match went back and forth with the World X Cup winner Will Ospreay taking the victory.

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling but didn't have much heat, Will Ospreay defeated CIMA in 7:23 by pinfall with a 630° Splash.

Grade: B-
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Alicia Atout caught up with Will Ospreay to ask him about his success since the World X Cup and they were interrupted by Rob Van Dam who said he had always been impressed with Will and asked if he wanted to be his opponent for Victory Road in a bit of a past vs. the future sort of match. Ospreay was speechless and honored and shook hands with RVD after agreeing to the match.
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Another video played with Albert Carter Jr this time as he is with a tailor getting a suit getting measured out. The video focused on AC Jr’s face as he spoke about his life growing up in a broken family, he had felt isolated but he also was determined to live his dream of becoming the best wrestler in the world.
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Z & E were standing in the ring waiting for their opponents for the Open Challenge, when familiar music played and out walked….


….JEFF JARRETT!! With a microphone Jarrett spoke about how he had been known as the ‘Chosen One’ and he had held many, many world titles, but now he had searched the world and found a ‘Chosen 2’ who were here to win the Tag Team titles…..


…….JEFF COBB AND MATT RIDDLE!
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Match 3: Impact World Tag Team Championship: Z & E© vs. The Chosen 2 (Jeff Cobb/Matt Riddle)

Thoughts on the Match: The fans were quickly introduced to the style of Jeff Cobb and Matt Riddle who went toe to toe against the reigning World Tag Team Champions. Jeff Cobb used his strength to toss both Everett and Ion around, while Matt Riddle took them both to the ground. Cobb caught Andrew Everett out of the sky when he went for a Toe Touch Moonsault, and then reversed it into a Tour of the Island and picked up the surprise three count, and new tag team Champions!

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Chosen 2 defeated Z & E in 8:11 when Jeff Cobb defeated Andrew Everett by pinfall with a Tour of the Island. Chosen 2 become NEW Impact World Tag Team titles.

Grade: C
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A video played with Su Yung doing the mock burial of her challenger for the Knockout’s Championship Taya.
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Matt Sydal sat cross-legged with the X-Division title in front of him and he was speaking about how with his third eye he had seen karma coming for Paul London after he had broken the ribs of YANG. He continued going on until Paul London actually made his way down to the ring, but just as he was about to get into the ring he was attacked by…..the Masked Success! Of course, fans remembered that under the mask was none other then Mike Sydal, Matt’s brother. The two Sydal’s worked over London, before Matt Sydal nailed him in the head with the title belt. While the Masked Success held London pinned to the mat, Matt Sydal went to the turnbuckle and connected with a Shooting Star Press…and then another! Before he could go for a third they were broken up by security and forced to retreat to the back while medic’s checked on the fallen London.
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A video played showing footage of Chris Brookes and Travis Banks in action before they introduced themselves as the Commonwealth Grapple Kings, and then beneath it showed #CGK.
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Match 4: Moose vs. Trevor Murdock

Thoughts on the Match: This entire match was set up to make Moose look good, and with that said he used power moves that looked that much more impressive on the bigger Trevor Murdock, especially TheGameBreaker that ended the match.

Result: In an extremely short match, Moose defeated Trevor Murdock in 3:09 by pinfall with a TheGameBreaker.

Grade: C-
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A fired up Moose got on the microphone after the match and asked if the fans had forgot about him…..because he had not forgot about them. And he sure hoped that Hulk Hogan and the rest of the match makers in the back had not forgot about him because Mr Impact Wrestling would do whatever it took to get back into title contention.
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A video showed highlights of “Dirty” Dick Mayer, the next competitor from the Future Star Cup that was getting showcased tonight. Most of the video was Mayer talking, showing little respect for his competitors in the Future Star Cup.
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Match 5: “Dirty” Dick Mayer vs. Zachary Wentz

Thoughts on the Match: Moore and Callis made sure to let the fans know that Zachary Wentz was not a part of the Future Star Cup, but was a new part of the roster. Mayer showed exactly what sort of wrestler he was as he attacked Wentz before the bell could ring, and that allowed for Mayer to get the victory rather quickly.

Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, "Dirty" Dick Mayer defeated Zachary Wentz in 2:31 by pinfall with a Flying Headbutt.

Grade: D
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Another video similar to the last few weeks but this time with these words: “more crafty than any beast of the field,” and “the serpent deceived me” before ending with two fading snake eyes.
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Match 6: Abyss/Kongo Kong vs. LAX

Thoughts on the Match: This match did not even get a chance to get off the ground as Homicide and Hernandez ran through the crowd and attacked LAX, while oVe made their presence known as well. While the brawl was going on, Konnan watched on as Homicide laid Ortiz out on a table outside of the ring, while Hernandez sent Santana over the top rope and down through the table with a Border Toss.

Result: In an extremely short match, Latin American Xchange drew with Abyss and Kongo Kong in 3:23 when the match descended into chaos after Hernandez, Homicide, Sami Callihan, Jake Crist and Dave Crist all became involved.

Grade: C-
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A video played on “Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett before announcing that both Bennet and Miro Daye (recovered from a short injury) would be at Impact Wrestling next week.
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Footage aired from last week where James Storm found Teddy Nemeth backstage and got into a fight with him, before getting broken up….and then it was announced that the two would face off against each other at Victory Road.
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Match 7: Impact Undisputed World Championship: Pentagon Jr© vs. Jake Hager

Thoughts on the Match: It was expected that this would be a good match, but this turned out to be a great match, much, much better then could have been expected. Back and forth they went, with the intensity of the match amping up with each passing moment as Hager was desperate to win the title, but Pentagon Jr was just as determined to not lose the title belt. After a series of Patriot Locks were not enough to get a submission victory, he attempted to hit a Pump Handle Splash but Pentagon Jr moved out of the way and as Hager crashed to the mat Pentagon Jr got his arm and pulled him to the middle of the ring where he locked in an Inverted Armbreaker. Looking out towards the fans who were rising to their feet, Pentagon Jr snapped backwards and broke Hager’s arm!! The referee had no choice but to call for the bell and award the victory to Pentagon Jr after that!

Result: In a bout that had superb wrestling and good heat, Pentagon Jr. defeated Jake Hager in 16:59 when Pentagon Jr. broke the arm of Jake Hager. Pentagon Jr. makes defence number 6 of his Impact Undisputed World title.

Grade: B+
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After the match while Pentagon Jr was celebrating, he was attacked by Austin Aries and dropped with a Brainbuster. But Aries wasn’t done as he slipped out of the ring….and grabbed a ladder. Sliding into the ring he drove the ladder into the face of Pentagon Jr before picking him up and dropping him with a modified Brainbuster on the closed ladder. Climbing up on the top turnbuckle Aries grabbed a microphone and announced that the title match at Victory Road would be a ladder match….before nailing a 450 Splash on the downed Champion on the ladder!
Overall Show Grade: B+

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X-Plosion taping:

A re-cap of Pentagon Jr breaking Jake Hager’s arm on Monday night, as well as the ladder beatdown leading to the announcement of the ladder match stipulation for the Main Event of Victory Road.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, PJ Black & Evans defeated Black Hulk and Naruki Doi in 8:25 when PJ Black defeated Black Hulk by pinfall with a 450° Splash. (C)

A smiley Rich Swann finds Trevor Lee backstage and wishes him good luck in his upcoming match…..against Will Ospreay, angered by the way he felt that Lee had devalued his World X Cup victory.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Will Ospreay defeated Trevor Lee in 8:04 by pinfall with a Storm Breaker (C-)

After the defeat an angry Trevor Lee rolled out of the ring and went after Rich Swann who had come down near the end of the match to watch. The two were brawling when Caleb Konley came out and attacked Swann making it a 2 on 1 until security broke things up.

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Melissa Anderson defeated Miss Natural in 8:21 by pinfall with an Air Raid Crash. (D+)

A video plays on the history between El Hijo del Fantasma and his former team mates on Team Mexico in the World X Cup, including Fantasma’s interference in Caristico’s X-Division title shot.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Caristico, Aero Star and Drago defeated Rey de lo Fantasmático, Mike Sydal and Matt Sydal in 7:01 when Mike Sydal was disqualified when El Hijo del Fantasma ran in and attacked Caristico with a steel chair (C+)

Moore and Callis finish by talking up the two Bound For Glory Semi-Final matches coming up on Thurday; Cody vs. Fénix and Rey Mysterio Jr vs. Eli Drake
Overall Show Grade: B-
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September 27, 2018

With one show to go before Victory Road, I wanted to be with the crew for the final preparations so I made my way to the Ralston Arena in Ralston, Nebraska. After a couple of surprise tag teams debuting in the last month it is time to settle things down a bit on the way to Bound For Glory...
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Match 1: Bound For Glory Series Semi-Final: Cody vs. Fénix

Thoughts on the Match: One of the biggest matches to open Impact Wrestling saw the traditional wrestling style of Cody against the fast-paced action of Fénix. Even though Cody was accompanied by Brandi she was not involved in the match, and in fact it was a rather open match up until the end when Cody went for the Cross Rhodes and Fénix reversed it into a pinfall attempt that Cody reversed into one of his own, and then used the ropes for the leverage required to get the three count to send Cody to the Finals at Victory Road.

Result: In a good match, Cody defeated Fénix in 16:26 by pinfall while using the ropes for leverage.

Grade: B-
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After the match Rob Moore and Don Callis spoke about the Main Event that would see Rey Mysterio Jr and Eli Drake battling to see who would face Cody on Sunday at Victory Road.
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A video played highlighting the Chosen 2, with the announcement that Z & E would be getting a title rematch against Chosen 2 at Victory Road.
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Match 2: #CGK vs. Kid Lykos/Robbie Solar

Thoughts on the Match: This was a bit of an Easter egg for dedicated wrestling fans with Brooks and Banks facing off against their friend and partner Kid Lykos, as well as Robie Solar. Even though it was a short match, it was a fun match with the history there and lots of quick moves before Brookes managed to take Solar (interesting?) out with a Yakuza kick.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, #CGK defeated Robbie Solar and Kid Lykos in 4:37 when Chris Brookes defeated Robbie Solar by pinfall with a Yakuza Kick.

Grade: C-
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The Commonwealth Grapple Kings did not get to celebrate for very long as Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin came out to speak on the microphone’s with some humorous jabs at #CGK, before getting more serious and promising they weren’t going away anytime soon.
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A video played on the feud between oVe and Jimmy Jacobs and his Monstourage with the announcement of a Hardcore match between Callihan and Jacobs at Victory Road.
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Match 3: Allie/Serena Deeb vs. 4ever

Thoughts on the Match: A warm up match for Victory Road saw the team of 4ever and Allie and Sereena Deeb fighting hard against each other to pick up the victory, and sadly the victory for 4ever was not clean as it came after a distraction from the Undead Bridesmaid that left Allie open for a Piledriver that ended the match.

Result: In an extremely short match, Tessa Blanchard and Melissa Anderson defeated Allie and Serena Deeb in 5:21 when Tessa Blanchard defeated Allie by pinfall with a Piledriver after a distraction from Undead Bridesmaid.

Grade: C-
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After the match Allie and Deeb left the ring to go after the Undead Bridesmaid, while Rachael Ellering joined her stablemates in the ring while Tessa got on the microphone to remind the fans about the dominance of 4ever and how this weekend it would be ‘eye for eye, tooth for tooth, arm for arm….or maybe arm for knee.’
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Another ominous video, with snake eyes, finishing with the words ‘next week.’
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Match 4: Miro Daye vs. Trevor Murdock

Thoughts on the Match: After recovering from a slight injury, Miro Daye came out like a house on fire tossing Murdock with a Suplex, before focusing on trying to injure the back to set up for his finishing submission move. Murdock desperately fought back and managed to avoid it, but still did eat the three count after Daye hit the move that used to be called the BulPlex.

Result: In a decent match, Miro Daye defeated Trevor Murdock in 5:52 by pinfall with a BulPlex.

Grade: C+
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After the match “Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett made his way out with some bad news for Miro Daye, a match with him at Victory Road where Bennet would once again expose his weaknesses to the fans.
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A Future Star Cup video on Fred Yehi focusing on his diverse out of wrestling pursuits as a youth counselor and work with video.
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Match 5: Buddy Royal vs. Fred Yehi

Thoughts on the Match: Buddy Royal has some technical abilities and attempted to out wrestle Fred Yehi, but Fred is not slouch himself and he managed to pick up the victory with the use of a Koji Clutch proving himself the master of the mat in this match.

Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Fred Yehi defeated Buddy Royal in 3:15 by submission with a Koji Clutch.

Grade: D+
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Up next a video response from Taya to Su Yung last time….in the form of a Viking Funeral! Taya set an effigy of Su Yung on fire, and told her she would not be intimidated come Sunday and she would be winning the Knockout’s Championship!
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Backstage footage from last week saw Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley running into “Dirty” Dick Mayer and making acquaintances, before walking away from the camera.
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Match 6: Aero Star/Caristico/Drago/Rich Swann vs. Caleb Konley/”Dirty” Dick Mayer/El Hijo del Fantasma/Trevor Lee

Thoughts on the Match: Tags were loosely adhered to in this match as it was just none stop action that saw Caristico pick up the victory over Caleb Konley, further serving to anger El Hijo del Fantasma who could be heard complaining about how everyone fails him.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rich Swann, Caristico, Aero Star and Drago defeated El Hijo del Fantasma, "Dirty" Dick Mayer, Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley in 5:52 when Caristico defeated Caleb Konley by pinfall with a La Mística.

Grade: C
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A video was sent in from Johnny Impact where Johnny said the medic’s would clear him for a match at Victory Road, but if Edwards had the balls he could show up outside the building and injured or not, Impact was going to take him to Slamtown.
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Match 7: Extreme Tiger & Laredo Kid vs. Street Royalty

Thoughts on the Match: This match was mostly just about the story being told between three teams, but did see Willie Prince get an opportunity to shine prior to ending the match for his team.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Street Royalty defeated Extreme Tiger & Laredo Kid in 2:47 when Willie Prince defeated Laredo Kid by pinfall with a Chocolate Thunder Bomb.

Grade: C
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After the match King got on the microphone and promised that he was not surprised to see the OGz slip into the arena last week; Konnan probably just let them in. Street Royalty was not going to get stabbed in the back, but LAX sure was.
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Matt Sydal was in the ring with the Masked Success wrestler with him, getting read for a tag team match against Paul London. London showed up on the screen though and said that there wasn’t going to be a tag team match, because Matt’s partner had suffered an injury. The camera panned out to show Mike Sydal unmasked and laid out backstage. In the ring Matt Sydal was confused….until the Masked Success attacked him!! Down with Sydal, and the Masked Success came off of the top rope with a Shooting Star Press, before pulling off the mask….it was Paul London!
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A video played comparing Rob Van Dam and Will Ospreay with interspersed clips of them hitting amazing moves prior to their match at Victory Road.
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Match 8: Bound For Glory Series Semi-Final:

Thoughts on the Match: After an evening with a lot of great high flying, this was a bit of a different style of a match similar to something you might find in WWE as these two made sure to slow the pace down and play to the fans. The finish of the match saw Eli Drake try and set up for a Bottom Rung, but Rey reversed and set Eli Drake into the ropes setting him up for a 619 and a pin fall that would see Cody and Rey face off at Victory Road!

Result: In a decent match, Rey Mysterio Jr defeated Eli Drake in 12:50 by pinfall with a 619.

Grade: C+
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After the final commercial break, Austin Aries was seen….sitting on top of a steel ladder. Aries spoke about how this has all been one long journey, rung by rung, up the ladder towards success and regaining the World Championship. As Aries continued to talk, he was interrupted by a video of the World Champion Pentagon Jr who spoke for a bit, and then as he went to do his Cero Miedo move the lights went out…and then they came back on Pentagon Jr was on the ladder! He attacked Aries and tossed him off of the ladder to the ring mat below, and then followed him down before trying to toss him into the ladder, but Aries reversed and sent Pentagon into the ladder instead. A Brainbuster later and Aries was left standing over the Champion with the belt in his hands as the show came to an end!
Overall Show Grade: B

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The show started off with a recap of Cody and Rey Mysterio advancing to the Finals of the Bound For Glory Series.

In a terrible match, Zachary Wentz defeated Mike Sydal in 7:48 by pinfall. (D-)

Footage from the backstage on Thursday night aired with Moose making a challenge for the World Championship after Victory Road and being interrupted by an angry Fénix after his tainted loss to Cody saying that he was the one deserving another shot, and the two looked ready to come to blows, before Global Ambassador Hulk Hogan interrupted and said that he would think things over and let them know at the Victory Road Pre-Show.

In a poor match, Kelly Klein defeated Undead Bridesmaid in 8:12 by pinfall with a Taste My Rainbow after a distraction from Allie. (D+)

In a bout that had good wrestling but didn't have much heat, Jack Evans defeated Naomichi Marufuji in 7:37 by pinfall with a 630° Senton. (B) During the match Moore and Callis announced that Allie and the Undead Bridesmaid would be meeting during the Pre-Show of Victory Road.

Another video package played for the exciting Albert Carter Jr, this time focusing on him in an empty ring showing off of his moves.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, PJ Black defeated Black Hulk in 8:02 by pinfall with a 450° Splash. (C)

A video package was shown highlighting all the big matches for Victory Road as the show came to a close as well as the announcement that there will be a very special debut at the PPV Preshow as part of the Future Star Cup.
Overall Show Rating: B-
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The show opens with a video hyping the Ladder World title match between Austin Aries and Pentagon Jr.

After a commercial break there was hype for the Knockout titles match between Su Yung/Taya as well as the tag team match between 4ever and Kelly Klein/Tenille Dashwood.

BCW Showcase Match: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Doug Williams and Fred Yehi defeated Petey Williams and Kevin Matthews in 7:45 when Fred Yehi defeated Kevin Matthews by submission with a Koji Clutch. (C)

Andrew Everett and Zema Ion had some final words prior to their tag team title match against the Chosen 2.

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Kim 'The Viper' Benson defeated Ashley Vox in 3:07 by pinfall with a Michinoku Driver. (D+)

A video played for the next Future Star Cup competitor, the music may sound familiar to fans of Miami Vice, before focusing on someone tapping their neon high top sneakers, before pulling out to see a man in a bright track suit with bright colors, with the word “Pretty Boy” scrolled across in cursive. Finally the music stopped and the person spun around……it was Zach Sabre Jr!

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Mohammad Ali Vaez in 3:02 by submission with a Jim Breaks Armbar. (C-)

A barely safe for TV video aired showing the violence between LAX, The OGz, and Street Royalty played with a central theme of Konnan’s loyalty throughout

A final video played hyping the match between Sami Callihan and Jimmy Jacobs played.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Allie defeated Undead Bridesmaid in 8:22 by pinfall with a Sitout Facebuster. (C-)

Fenix and Moose were out with Hulk Hogan, with both men demanding a shot to prove they were worthy of a shot at the World Championship. Before Hogan could answer them they were interrupted by Eli Drake who came out demanding his own shot, finally an irritated Hulk Hogan put the three men in a match at Victory Road with the winner getting a shot at the World Championship.
Overall Rating: B-

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Impact Undisputed World Championship Ladder Match: Pentagon Jr. © vs. Austin Aries
Bound For Glory Series Final: “The American Nightmare” Cody vs. Rey Mysterio Jr
Impact World Tag Team Championship: The Chosen 2© vs. Z & E
Impact Knockouts Championship: Su Yung© vs. Taya
Impact X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal© vs. Paul London
“Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett vs. Miro Daye
#1 Contenders to the World Tag Team titles: LAX vs. Street Royalty vs. The OGz
Caristico vs. El Hijo del Fantasma
4ever vs. Kelly Klein/Tenille Dashwood
Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee
Rob Van Dam vs. Will Ospreay
Hardcore Match: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan
#CGK vs. Motor City Machine Guns
James Storm vs. Teddy Nemeth
Winner gets a World title shot: Eli Drake vs. Fenix vs. Moose
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This is a lot of matches...

Impact Undisputed World Championship Ladder Match: Pentagon Jr. © vs. Austin Aries
Bound For Glory Series Final: “The American Nightmare” Cody vs. Rey Mysterio Jr
Impact World Tag Team Championship: The Chosen 2© vs. Z & E
Impact Knockouts Championship: Su Yung© vs. Taya
Impact X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal© vs. Paul London
“Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett vs. Miro Daye
#1 Contenders to the World Tag Team titles: LAX vs. Street Royalty vs. The OGz
Caristico vs. El Hijo del Fantasma
4ever vs. Kelly Klein/Tenille Dashwood
Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee
Rob Van Dam vs. Will Ospreay
Hardcore Match: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan
#CGK vs. Motor City Machine Guns
James Storm vs. Teddy Nemeth
Winner gets a World title shot: Eli Drake vs. Fenix vs. Moose
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This is a lot of matches...
I could not agree with you more.....one of my biggest issues I run into is having too big a roster; and the Vince Russo in me likes to make sure that all of my wrestlers have something going on. But thank you for pointing this out as it's going to really make me focus on getting my cards down to ten matches, and I've already made some changes so that the Bound For Glory card has less matches.

Since I posted this I have welcomed a baby boy into my family so that has kept me busy, but I only have the Main Event of this show to write up, so if anyone else is interested in predicting....now's a great time to get on board!
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Impact Undisputed World Championship Ladder Match: Pentagon Jr. © vs. Austin Aries
Bound For Glory Series Final: “The American Nightmare” Cody vs. Rey Mysterio Jr
Impact World Tag Team Championship: The Chosen 2© vs. Z & E
Impact Knockouts Championship: Su Yung© vs. Taya
Impact X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal© vs. Paul London
“Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett vs. Miro Daye
#1 Contenders to the World Tag Team titles: LAX vs. Street Royalty vs. The OGz
Caristico vs. El Hijo del Fantasma
4ever vs. Kelly Klein/Tenille Dashwood
Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee
Rob Van Dam vs. Will Ospreay
Hardcore Match: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan
#CGK vs. Motor City Machine Guns
James Storm vs. Teddy Nemeth
Winner gets a World title shot: Eli Drake vs. Fenix vs. Moose
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Impact Wrestling Presents

Victory Road 2018

Location: 3M Arena at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 9678
PPV Buyrate: 193, 302 buys

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A video opened the show to welcome everyone to Victory Road, highlighting the World title match and the Bound For Glory Series Finals match. Rob Moore and Don Callis welcomed everyone to the show before going right to the ring for the triple threat match that had been set up by Hulk Hogan during the PPV Pre-Show.
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Match 1: World title shot on the line: Eli Drake vs. Fénix vs. Moose

Thoughts on the Match: Fénix and Moose came into this match with something to prove and Eli Drake took advantage of that by allowing the two of them to engage in an initial standoff to begin the match. The two wrestlers went back and forth while Drake was outside of the ring, but after a few minutes of fighting each other Moose picked Fénix up….and tossed him over the top rope to the outside and down on Drake. Fénix brought Drake back into the ring and now he was the subject of move after move by both Moose and Fénix. The finish of the match saw Fénix come off of the top rope, just to get caught by Moose and dropped with a Go To Hell. While Moose stood over Fénix he was an easy target for Eli Drake who caught him from behind and set him up for the Bottom Rung for the victory and the title shot.

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Eli Drake defeated Moose and Fénix in 12:47 when Eli Drake defeated Moose by pinfall with a Bottom Rung.

Grade: C+
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After the match, while Eli Drake was still celebrating in the ring the lights went out as a video began to play on the video wall. The video at first began as a announcement for Bound For Glory, before shifting to the announcement that wrestling at Bound For Glory would be…..


….KAZUCHIKA OKADA!!
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Match 2: James Storm vs. Teddy Nemeth

Thoughts on the Match: The bell rang…and both men went for a Superkick at the same time….and both men blocked each other and caught each other’s feet. Both men slowly went to lower their feet, and then Nemeth surprised with an Enziguri as the action sped up. The end of the match saw Storm pick Nemeth up for the Eye of the Storm, but Nemeth dropped out of it, landed on his feet and connected with the Zig Zag to pick up the three count and a measure of revenge against Storm.

Result: In a good match, Theodore "Teddy" Nemeth defeated James Storm in 12:56 by pinfall with a Zig Zag.

Grade: B
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Match 3: #CGK vs. Motor City Machine Guns

Thoughts on the Match: Both of these teams relied on speed and teamwork so this was a very good back and forth match, with Chris Brookes and Travis Banks isolating Alex Shelley for a part of the match before Chris Sabin was tagged in and everything broke down until Sabin managed to connect with the Cradle Shock, while Alex Shelley prevented Banks from breaking up the pin fall.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Motor City Machine Guns defeated #CGK in 8:21 when Chris Sabin defeated Chris Brookes by pinfall with a Cradle Shock.

Grade: C
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Match 4: Hardcore Match: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan

Thoughts on the Match: What looked like a complete mismatch on paper, was the opportunity for Jimmy Jacobs to remind everyone that he made his living in hardcore matches. But after some initial advantage Sami Callihan managed to take over, which is where things descended into chaos as Kongo Kong made his way out to interfere in the match which brought out the Crist brother’s to even things up. With Jacobs down all three members of oVe combined to put Kongo Kong down with a Powerbomb….which is when Abyss made his way out from the back and attacked all three men, putting Callihan down with a Blackhole Slam, before fighting with the Crist brothers outside allowing Jacobs to get the pin fall inside the ring.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Jimmy Jacobs defeated Sami Callihan in 8:12 by pinfall after interference from Abyss. The match also had a lot of interference: Kongo Kong targeted Callihan, Dave Crist attacked Jacobs, and finally Jake Crist interfered against Jacobs.

Grade: C
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Match 5: Rob Van Dam Retirement Tour Match #2: Rob Van Dam vs. Will Ospreay

Thoughts on the Match: This was maybe not the fast-paced match that would have truly made this the all time dream match that it could have been, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t an enjoyable feel to it. They went through a series of moves, admittedly at half speed, and then took a few moments to show respect to each other while the fans responded with applause for both men. Things escalated throughout the match with Will looking to end it with an OsCutter, but Van Dam caught him coming off of the ropes with a modified Van Damminator to the back of the head that dropped Will and set up for a Rolling Thunder, before RVD went to the top trope and looked for the Five Star Frog Splash. Will moved at the last moment and RVD crashed to the mat, and that allowed Ospreay to connect with the Strom Breaker for the victory.

Result: In a decent match, Will Ospreay defeated Rob Van Dam in 12:57 by pinfall with a Storm Breaker

Grade: C
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Match 6: Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee

Thoughts on the Match: The battle of former members of the USA Team from the World X Cup saw Trevor Lee trying to cheat to win the match, but Rich Swann was unwilling to stoop to that level and it would prove to be unnecessary as Swann did end up winning the match with the Chicken Fried Driver.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rich Swann defeated Trevor Lee in 7:41 by pinfall with a Chicken Fried Driver.

Grade: C-
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After the match while Rich Swann was doing a celebratory dance he was jumped by Caleb Konley and Trevor Lee, but before the beatdown could go on for to long Albert Carter Jr ran out from the back and chased them away before helping Rich Swann to his feet.

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A video was shown, filmed in similar style to the Total Deletion stuff, of Johnny Impact and Eddie Edwards meeting in a park somewhere near the arena. The two fought for a bit with Impact being hobbled by his knee, but still giving as good as it got. After battling for a little bit, they both took what appeared to be a scary tumble over a wall and to the ground some below. By the time the camera got around both men were down on the ground and struggling to get up, while their were shouts for an ambulance heard in the background.
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Match 7: 4ever vs. Kelly Klein/Tenille Dashwood

Thoughts on the match: Once again Kelly Klein was shown to be on the same level as the rest of the experienced wrestlers in this match and so this was a well put together match that Rachael Ellering watched from outside the ring, but did not interfere in. The finish of the match saw Tessa Blanchard get the Figure Four Leglock on Tenille Dashwood and picked up the victory.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Tessa Blanchard and Melissa Anderson defeated Tenille Dashwood and Kelly Klein in 8:27 when Tessa Blanchard defeated Tenille Dashwood by submission with a Figure Four Leglock.

Grade: C
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Match 8: Caristico vs. El Hijo del Fantasma

Thoughts on the match: Caristico dove into the ring and El Hijo del Fantasma immediately attacked him to try and get an advantage, working to slow the match down at every opportunity but soon finding himself being overwhelmed by the high risk moves for Caristico. With El Hijo del Fantasma flat on his back, Caristico ascended to the top rope looking to end it with something…..when from the crowd emerged the masked Rey de lo Fantasmatico (King of the Phantasmic) and pushed Caristico off of the top rope. Caristico landed hard and looked like he hurt something in his leg, which allowed for El Hijo del Fantasma to react quickly and connect with a Bridging German Suplex for the three count.

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, El Hijo del Fantasma defeated Caristico in 8:23 by pinfall with a Bridging German Suplex following interference from Rey de lo Fantasmático.

Grade: C+
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Match 9: #1 Contenders to the Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship: LAX vs. Street Royalty vs. The OGz

Thoughts on the match: With the six men involved with this match it was easy to allow for a lot of action, and that is exactly what happened with all six men taking the opportunity to showcase their stuff. The commentary made sure to point out that Konnan was keeping out of the action, seemingly not taking a side whereas Mercedes Martinez and Diamante kept interfering….and finally got sent to the back. The finish of the match did see Konnan get involved when he tripped up Homicide which allowed Ortiz and Santana to get in a 5150 to win the match and get the opportunity at the World tag team titles at Bound For Glory. They celebrated with Konnan while Homicide and Hernandez looked on in disbelief.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Latin American Xchange defeated Street Royalty and The OGz in 10:55

Grade: C

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Match 10: Impact X-Division Championship: Matt Sydal © vs. Paul London

Thoughts on the match: There was no YANG, and there was no Mike Sydal, it was just down to these two men looking to finally settle the score and determine who was deserving of the right to hold onto he X-Division Championship. With that being the case the two wrestlers went all out and put on a really great title match that in the end came down to the Champion having just a bit more in his arsenal as he waited for Paul London to set up for a London Calling before catching him with a top rope Huracánrana, followed by a Here It Is Driver…and finally a Shooting Star Press to win the match for Sydal and set up a title showdown with the winner of the World X Cup….Will Ospreay!

Result: In a bout that had good wrestling and a decent reaction from the crowd, Matt Sydal defeated Paul London in 8:28 by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press. Matt Sydal makes defence number 9 of his Impact X-Division title.

Grade: B-

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Match 11: Impact Knockout’s Championship: Su Yung© vs. Taya

Thoughts on the match: While Su Yung had used her mystique, and outside interference, to intimidate her opponents there was no intimidation with Taya as she attacked Su Yung at the bell and kept up that pace without backing down throughout most of the match, although Su Yung did make sure to attack the arm where she could. The finish of the match saw Taya attempt to lift Su Yung up for the Road to Valhalla, but Su Yung managed to break out of it and instead lock in the Yellow Fever which was enough to get the submission victory over Taya after Taya tried unsuccessfully to break out of the hold.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Su Yung defeated Taya in 8:17 by submission with a Yellow Fever. Su Yung makes defence number 5 of her Impact Knockouts title.

Grade: C-

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Match 12: Impact World Tag Team Championship: The Chosen 2© vs. Z & E

Thoughts on the match: This was a similar match to the one from Impact Wrestling with Matt Riddle and Jeff Cobb showing off their skills, although this time the Champions were prepared for them so they put up a better showing against them. The finish saw Andrew Everett attempt to connect with a Toe Touch Moonsault but he landed on the knees of Matt Riddle, who then locked in a Guillotine Choke which was enough to get the submission victory for The Chosen 2 which brought Jeff Jarrett into the ring to celebrate with his two clients.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Chosen 2 defeated Z & E in 8:08 when Matt Riddle defeated Andrew Everett by submission with a Guillotine Choke. Chosen 2 make defence number 1 of their Impact World Tag Team titles.

Grade: C+
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Match 13: “Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett vs. Miro Daye

Thoughts on the match: Prior to the match beginning Miro Daye made sure the referee looked for a pair of brass knuckles on the body of Stu Bennett, but nothing was there. The match then began and was back and forth, with Daye finally connecting with a Sidekick and then went to lock in the Miro Clutch, but Bennett backed out of that and then pushed Miro into the referee. The referee went down long enough for Bennett to get a low blow on Miro Daye and then caught him with a Bare Knuckle Barrage to put him down for the three count.

Result: In a good match, "Bare Knuckles" Stu Bennett defeated Miro Daye in 12:53 by pinfall after using a low blow.

Grade: C+
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Match 14: Bound For Glory Series Finals: “The American Nightmare” Cody vs. Rey Mysterio Jr

Thoughts on the match: Two former WrestleMania opponents made their way to the Impact ring in a battle to determine who would get the World title shot at Bound For Glory. The focus was clear for Cody pretty quickly as he went after the knee of Rey Mysterio Jr and tried to keep working on it throughout the match. Rey did manage to go to the sky a couple of times to change the momentum of the match which worried Brandi Rhodes on the outside. At one point Brandi did attempt to get involve, which allowed a distraction that Cody tried to use by taking the knee brace of Rey off and nailing him in the head. Instead Rey responded with a drop toe hold that dropped Cody across the ropes and set up a 619. But the 619 only served to do more damage to the knee of Rey Mysterio and by the time he got a pin fall on it was only enough for a two count. From there Cody worked on the knee some more with an Inverted Indian Deathlock, and then a Figure Four but Rey managed to get the ropes both times. One final offensive burst from Rey drew the fans into the match, but when Rey came off of the top ropes and landed on his leg his knee gave out and Cody quickly moved in with a Cross Rhodes picking up the somewhat surprising victory and a World title match!

Result: In a good match, Cody defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. in 18:07 by pinfall with a Cross Rhodes. Cody wins the Bound For Glory Series title.

Grade: B-

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Match 15: Impact Wrestling Undisputed World Championship: Ladder match: Pentagon Jr© vs. Austin Aries

Thoughts on the match: As Challenger and Champion made their way towards the ring they walked past the single ladder that had been set up old school in the middle of the aisle for this match. Both men stood in the ring, face to face, and then slowly began to look skyward where the Impact Wrestling World Championship belt hang in the air. Austin Aries took advantage of the momentary distraction with a kick aimed low on Pentagon Jr that dropped the Champion to the mat. Aries tried to get out of the ring to go and get to the ladder, but desperately Pentagon Jr managed to launch and grab Aries by the ankle to keep him from going anywhere. Climbing back into the ring Aries tried to shake his leg free, but instead Pentagon Jr pulled him to the mat and tried to lock in his inverted arm breaker. Aries pulled himself to the ropes, and then pulled himself under the ropes and used gravity to pull Pentagon Jr out of the ring with him. Out there Pentagon continued to be on attack, pulling Aries up and throwing him into the steel steps. The Champion rolled Aries back into the ring, and then went to the top turnbuckle where he came off of the top with a double stomp to the back of Austin Aries. Pentagon Jr looked to follow that up with a Fear Factor package piledriver, but Aries fought against the move. The struggle went on for a few moments, before Aries managed to sent Pentagon Jr over the top rope where he landed on his feet. Fists were flying between the two men as Aries tried to knock Pentagon Jr off of the ring apron, but Pentagon Jr would not go down. A Discus Fivearm was enough to drop Pentagon Jr off of the ring apron to the floor, which set up a Suicide dive under the middle rope that dropped both men.

As both men came to their feet it was Pentagon Jr who managed to react with a Superkick that dropped Aries back down to the floor. Pulling his challenger back up, Pentagon Jr rolled him back into the ring and then came into the ring with a Lung blower that set up the inverted arm breaker once more. Aries rolled forward out of the hold and then as both men came up, he managed get a kick to the gut that set up a Brainbuster! That left Pentagon in the perfect position for a Laster Chancery that Aries used to wear the Champion down a bit more to allow him to go and get the ladder. As Aries left the ring and made his way down the aisle, he kept glancing back over his shoulder to make sure that Pentagon Jr was still laying in the ring. When Aries made it to the ladder, he attempted to collapse it when Pentagon Jr re-entered the fray by running down the aisle and nailing Aries from behind causing him to drop the closed ladder. Pentagon Jr threw Aries into the security railing, before dragging him towards the entrance stage. There he tossed Aries into the video wall supports, and then caught him with another Superkick. Leaving Aries behind Pentagon went and got the ladder and started to carry it towards the ring, where he slid it in and then slowly followed behind it. With the ladder still closed Pentagon Jr started to set it up, and then looked behind him and saw that Aries was getting up on the ring apron so he turned and drove the closed ladder into the face of Aries dropping him back off of the apron.

Setting the ladder up, Pentagon Jr started to ascend towards his World title but Aries caught him and pulled him off of the ladder and then drove his knee into the gut of the Champ. Grabbing Pentagon Jr by the mask Aries spun him around and smacked his head into the top turnbuckle twice, and then followed up with a Standing Dropkick to the back of the head. The blow was enough to drop Pentagon Jr to his knee’s which gave Aries the chance to start to climb the ladder. Aries had his fingers on the belt when Pentagon Jr pushed the ladder over, but Aries had already jumped off of the ladder as it landed on the top rope. The two men started to punch away at each other, before Pentagon sent Aries off of the ropes with an Irish Whip. Aries came flying off of the ropes and went looking for a Crossbody, but Pentagon Jr moved out of the way and Aries landed hard on the frame of the ladder. With Aries still in that vulnerable position Pentagon Jr connected with another Double stomp this time on the back. Pulling Aries into the middle of the ring, Pentagon Jr dragged the ladder over and placed it over his body, pinning Aries to the mat as Pentagon Jr once again began the climb to the top. Aries managed to wiggle out from under the ladder, and climbed up behind Pentagon Jr, pulling his feet off of the ladder causing Pentagon Jr to fall down and bash his head off of the top of the ladder and drop to the mat. With the way cleared, Austin Aries climbed towards the top and was just about the pull the title down when Pentagon Jr pushed the ladder over! Aries was hanging onto the belt, but his fingers slowly gave way and he dropped to the mat below where Pentagon Jr quickly attacked him.

Bouncing off of the ropes Pentagon Jr took Aries down with a Slingblade before closing the ladder up and dropping it to the mat. Picking Aries up Pentagon Jr slammed him onto the ladder, before opening the ladder up after Aries had rolled off. Pulling Aries arm in between the two parts of the ladder, Pentagon Jr slammed the top part of the ladder down onto the arm. While Aries kicked his legs in pain, Pentagon Jr kicked down into the ladder right into the elbow joint of Austin Aries. Opening the ladder Pentagon Jr pulled Austin Aries through the ladder more, before slamming it down again on the head and back of Aries. Grabbing the part of the arm that was now out of the ladder, Pentagon twisted it back with his Sacrifice arm breaker. Opening the ladder up and moving it away from Aries, Pentagon Jr set it up before pushing Aries out of the ring with his foot. Pentagon Jr started the climb up the ladder towards the title belt, and it looked like the match was over until Aries managed to slide back into the ring and threw a Dropkick at the ladder that caused it to topple over and Pentagon Jr landed on the top ring rope crotch first before falling over and landing on the ring apron. Cradling his arm, Aries kicked the ladder closed and then pulled Pentagon Jr to his feet, and then brought him back into the ring and dropped him onto the closed ladder with what looked mostly like a one-armed Brainbuster! Slowly Aries made his way to the top turnbuckle, stood on his feet….and flew off with a 450 splash that crashes hard onto Pentagon Jr on the ladder!

Aries rolled off holding his arm, while Pentagon Jr was holding his ribs as he continued to lay in the collapsed ladder. Slowly Aries stumbled towards Pentagon Jr and went to pull Pentagon to his feet, and suddenly Pentagon responded by pulling Aries down into a Small Package. Of course, that didn’t count but it did slow down Aries momentum as he kicked out. As they climbed to their feet Pentagon Jr fired off a Chop to the chest of Austin Aries that slowed the Challenger down. Aries tried to respond with his own Chop but used the sore arm and it seemed he did more damage to himself. It paved the way for Pentagon Jr to kick Aries in the gut and connected with the Fear Factor! Both wrestlers were out! Pentagon Jr was the first one to his feet and he opened the ladder and started to make his way up towards his belt. But Austin Aries was on the other side! Slowly both men scaled towards the top where they battled with each other over who was going to reach for the belt. They both tried to punch the other off, back and forth the punches went. And then Aries fired off a flurry of punches with his good arm and it looked Pentagon was going to fall off….but somehow he managed to hold on. Now Pentagon grabbed Aries by the air and nailed him with a Headbutt! Aries managed to hold onto the ladder, but it allowed Pentagon Jr to grab the World Championship belt. In desperation Aries reached out and grabbed onto the mask of the Champion and pulled with all of the might left in his good arm……and the masked popped right off!! But Pentagon was wearing another!! The camera got the look of shock on Aries face as he realized that….and then Pentagon punched the arm that was still holding onto the ladder, namely Aries bad arm, and Aries lost his grip….and fell from the top of the ladder! Pentagon Jr reached up….AND HE GRABBED THE BELT! PENTAGON JR HAD RETAINED THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!

Result: In a good match, Pentagon Jr defeated Austin Aries in 19:31 by retrieving the Impact Wrestling Undisputed World Championship

Grade: B+
Overall Show Grade: B

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Victory Road thoughts:

-It may seem crazy to set up a big match like the three way between Drake, Fenix and Moose as a part of the PPV pre-show but we want to continue to make the pre-show important as a way to drive people's interest in the Global Wrestling Network. The match itself I thought was enjoyable and should help propel forward some big plans that I have for all three men in the match.

-Back in July at San Diego Comic-Con I had made the announcement that an NJPW wrestler would be appearing at Bound For Glory....I don't think anyone thought it would be the amazing Okada judging from the loud reaction that was heard when the video appeared on screen announcing it. Should help to make BFG just that much more special I hope.

-Teddy and Storm had a decent match back at Cage Unleashed, but they really stepped up tonight with Teddy evening the score.....I don't think it is much of a surprise that a third match will be coming, but maybe not as quickly as people think.....

-I know that it is going to be a bit of a project to get Banks and Brookes over, but that is why we wanted them to work with two great workers and it worked out perfectly that Shelley and Sabin were available to leave ROH and join us. I have high hopes for the future of #CGK.

-Chaos was all I was looking for in the hardcore match between Jacobs and Callihan, and that was exactly what we got. Have something planned for them at BFG, although if rumours are true, that may change.

-It's an old wrestling tradition that you go out on your back, and I figured RVD understood that and why we wanted him to 'pass the torch' to Will Ospreay, but then I heard he was complaining about losing to Will which really ticked me off. When I spoke to him he denied it, but he should probably chill out.

-Swann and Lee had a fun match that I was hoping for and I'm glad that we have managed to get the former ACH on the roster where I have high hopes for him.

-The goal is for a slow burn on the feud between Edwards and Impact, hence why we didn't want an actual match for them tonight, and decided to try a different sort of thing harking back to some of the stuff that the Hardy's ran as part of their 'Total Deletion' days. I don't think things came off quite as good as I had hoped, but again, this should only be the beginning.

-I could not be prouder of our Knockout's division and I felt the tag team match between 4ever and Klein/Dashwood was a good example of what these performers can do when given the chance. 2019 is going to be huge for the Knockout's I think.

-The lucha match between Caristico and El Hijo del Fantasma helps continue a storyline that while maybe not the most important thing going on, will lead to some important things by the end of the year if everything goes to plan.

-Hopefully the fans will now believe Konnna when he says he is backing Ortiz and Santana only, which will hopefully lead to some more heat for their matches because things are not clicking the way I had hoped they would right now.

-The X-Division title match did not get the time I had hoped for, but I still think both men delivered. Now it will be time for Ospreay to step up and follow that with a title match at Bound For Glory that may just determine the whole direction of the X-Division going forward.

-I wanted to make sure that everyone understood Taya was not afraid of Su Yung, so that when Su Yung did manage to defeat her it helped build both of them up which I think is what happened. I hope it's what happened.

-Some people may have been surprised by the sudden tag team title change, but it was always the plan to push Riddle and Cobb right away. At the same time though Z & E was done as a team, and Champions, as soon as Andrew Everett decided he wanted to sign with Lucha Underground over us. So this was his final appearance for Impact Wrestling, and that is why he suffered the defeat. I feel bad for Zema Ion though....I've got some plans for him, but it seems everytime he starts gaining any sort of momentum something causes it to stall out.

-Bennett and Daye continue to plug along, although something seems to be missing from the package....I just can't quite put my finger on what it is....

-I wanted to make sure that the match between Cody and Rey was not based around shenanigans but rather just a match where the talent of the two could shine. Unfortunately time has slowed Rey down and this was not the match I hoped it was going to be, but it did set up our Bound For Glory Main Event with the NWA World Champion and ROH Superstar Cody going off against our Champion. Speaking of which....

-Four of the best five matches of the year have featured Pentagon Jr. He has been everything I had hoped for as Champion and this match was exactly what I had hoped for. I know some people on the internet have been mocking us for only having 'one' ladder, but the truth is we wanted Pentagon and Aries to do something different with this ladder match. It was meant to hearken back to the old days, where it was about the psychology of trying to prevent someone from climbing the ladder as opposed to 'big spots' and judging from the crowd reaction, and the reaction from the boys in the back I would say they delivered in spades.

-Overall I was happy with this show, although there was way too many matches which threw off the timing of the show I'm afraid. A focus going forward is going to be on lowering the amount of matches on the main show, but I do think that each of the matches at least served to advance a story.

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The month of September 2018 in wrestling....

All In was of course the biggest news of the month with the implications thereof having possible landscape altering ramifications, but that is for another day.

Tragically the life of Tomahawk TT came to an end at only 28 years after he fell into an open vat of liquid nitrogen. He will be missed.

A few big veteran retirements this month with Jim Duggan, Rikishi, Big Vito, former Knockout's Champion Angel Williams, and Dory Funk Jr all retiring.

At a company level the big news of the month had to be the WWE ending their brand extension with all wrestlers from all brands now being able to appear on any show. Seems like that could get messy....

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October 4th, 2018:

With Victory Road over the march towards Bound For Glory begins; in attempting to make this the most noteworthy show of the year as befitting the history of the event we've gone all out bringing in Cody Rhodes and Kazuchika Okada. Add that to our already talented roster and the mix is there for an amazing card, but it's going to depend on each step we take getting there....
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Match 1: Jack Evans/PJ Black vs. Los Fantasmics (El Hijo del Fantasma/Rey de lo Fantasmatico)

Thoughts on the Match: While Los Fantasmics got the opportunity to work together as a tag team, the commentary was about how Caristico had suffered an injury after Fantasmatico had pushed him off of the top turnbuckle and it was unknown how long he would be out of action. The match itself was alright and saw Los Fantasmics pick up the victory.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Los Fantasmic's defeated PJ Black & Evans in 13:22 when El Hijo del Fantasma defeated PJ Black by pinfall with a Bridging German Suplex.

Grade: C
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Rob Moore and Don Callis go through a brief rundown of the events from Victory Road and then announce that tonight’s Main Event would be a showdown between Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio Jr!
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Hulk Hogan was with Fénix and Moose and announced that there would be a 30 man Bound For Glory Battle Royale at Bound For Glory with the winner getting a title shot! He said he wanted Fénix and Moose to be there as they had both impressed at Victory Road and he was proud to announce them as the first two entrants into the Battle Royale.
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Match 2: Impact Knockout’s Championship: Su Yung© vs. Kelly Klein

Thoughts on the Match: Commentary mentioned that this title match was given to Kelly Klein after her impressive showing at Victory Road. Klein tried to keep the match grounded, but Su Yung always managed to find a way out, and found her way to a submission victory to reain her title.

Result: In a poor match, Su Yung defeated Kelly Klein in 8:07 by submission with a Yellow Fever. Su Yung makes defence number 6 of her Impact Knockouts title.

Grade: D+
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As Su Yung celebrated in the ring with the Knockout’s Championship, unfamiliar music began to play and out walked Jake Roberts with a microphone. Roberts spoke about the evil he had seen in his days but that Su Yung managed to take the mystical craziness to the next level, but it did not matter as everyone knows that when it comes to the darkness, no one beats a snake…and that is why Roberts was proud to announce Su Yung’s opponent for Bound For Glory……KIM ‘THE VIPER’ BENSON!
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Alicia Atout was backstage with Will Ospreay talking about his victory and the coming X-Division title match at Bound For Glory when they were interrupted by Rob Van Dam. RVD congratulated Will on his victory and said the future was nothing but bright for him, although it came through as less then authentic.
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The Chosen Few were backstage and took the opportunity to speak about their tag team title defense at Bound For Glory against LAX.
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Match 3: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Zema Ion

Thoughts on the Match: Both men would be in the Bound For Glory battle royale, and this was an opportunity to show what they could do. Moore and Callis also briefly mentioned that Zema Ion’s former tag team champion partner was no longer with the company, and wished him well, before talking about Ion needing to rediscover who he was in Impact Wrestling against. This was a good first step as Zema Ion managed to pick up the victory in this match for perhaps a little momentum boost.

Result: In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Zema Ion defeated Naomichi Marufuji in 13:08 by pinfall with a Filipino Destroyer.

Grade: C
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Pentagon Jr came out to speak about his World title match against “The American Nightmare” Cody at Bound For Glory, when he was interrupted by Brandi. Wearing her best dress suit Brandi made her way down to the ring to speak to Pentagon Jr on behalf of the NWA World Heavyweight Champion….but both were interrupted by Eli Drake! Drake got into the ring and apologized for interrupting, pointing out how irritated he was to get interrupted by a video for some “scrub from Japan” at Victory Road but he had a guaranteed title shot that he could take advantage of at ANY time. And he was ready to shake up the Main Event of Bound For Glory and he wanted a title match……but he was going to be fair, and he was going to give Pentagon Jr a week to prepare….so next week it was a World Championship match!
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A video played for Future Star Cup competitor Mike Bailey, highlighting his high flying abilities.
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Match 4: Marko Estrada vs. Mike Bailey

Thoughts on the Match: Another showcase match for the Future Star Cup competitor, with the wrestler known as “Speedball” taking to the skies to get a victory over his fellow Canadian.

Result: In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Mike Bailey defeated Marko Estrada in 2:39 by pinfall with a Shooting Star Knee Drop.

Grade: D
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A highlights video package played showing a recent match between Cage and Kazuchika Okada that occurred in Japan, a match that Okada won by count out after Okada had managed to connect with the Rainmaker in the crowd and beat Cage back into the ring.
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A video saw Austin Aries entering the building ignoring everyone as he was speaking to the mask he had ripped off of Pentagon Jr’s head at Victory Road, but he could be heard mumbling that he had “figured it out, the masks were the problem.”
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Match 5: “Bare Knuckles” Stu Bennett vs. Taiji Ishimori

Thoughts on the Match: Miro Daye was at the commentary table, although he did not come across very well, while in the ring Stu Bennett used his size advantage to his advantage to toss Ishimori around. The “Bone Soldier” did get a few shots in though using his speed, but he ran into a punches from Bennett that stopped his in his tracks and then a Wasteland later managed to end the match and give the victory to Stu. After the match Bennett made sure to mock Miro from the ring, until the camera switched to an angry looking Daye at the commentary table.

Result: In a decent match, "Bare Knuckles" Stu Bennett defeated Taiji Ishimori in 7:38 by pinfall with The Wasteland.

Grade: C
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Konnan, Ortiz and Santana spoke and let everyone in on their plan all along that had resulted in everyone doubting Konnan which led to LAX winning the match at Victory Road and getting a title shot at Bound For Glory.
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A brief video recapped the segment from Victory Road with Johnny Impact and Edwards having a fight in the park; with the announcement that they would be at next week’s show for an important contract signing.
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Match 6: Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Rob Van Dam

Thoughts on the Match: The two veteran’s were not the wrestlers they had been in their prime’s, but this match came across well enough as a “greatest hits” sort of match with them both pulling out their trademark moves. Moore and Callis made sure to mention tag the two men had been World title winners as a tag team. There would be no clear winner though as just as the match was heading towards an exciting conclusion Austin Aries came out from the back carrying the mask of Pentagon Jr still in his hand and then jumped into the ring and went after Rey Mysterio Jr drawing the disqualification.

Result: In a bout that had great heat and decent wrestling, Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Rob Van Dam in 13:30 by disqualification.

Grade: C+
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After the match Austin Aries continued his attack on Rey Mysterio Jr, picking him up and dropping him with a Brainbuster outside of the ring, and then standing over him yelling at him as the show went off the air.
Overall Grade: B-

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X-Plosion Tapings:

A video played of the attack from Austin Aries on Rey Mysterio Jr from Impact Wrestling with an announcement that the two would be facing off against each other at Bound For Glory.

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Zachary Wentz defeated Marko Estrada in 8:01 by submission. (D+)

A video package played of Albert Carter Jr showing up to assist Rich Swann after Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley had attacked him at Victory Road and announced that he would be making his debut Thursday.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Kim 'The Viper' Benson defeated Rachael Ellering in 8:02 by pinfall with a Michinoku Driver. (C-)

In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley defeated Extreme Tiger & Laredo Kid in 8:21 when Trevor Lee defeated Laredo Kid by pinfall. (C-)

Trevor Lee got on the microphone afterwards and announced that Albert Carter Jr had made a big mistake getting involved in matters and that he would pay.

In a bout that had decent wrestling but little heat, Zema Ion defeated Jimmy Rave in 8:16 by pinfall with a Filipino Destroyer. (C+)

The show ended with hype for the World title match between Pentagon Jr and Eli Drake on Thursday.
Overall Grade: C
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