April 9, 2021 by gorillapressonline
The first Impact wrestling show back in it’s original Thursday night slot was main evented by the AEW champion Kenny Omega & the Good Brothers in an excellent trios main event which every wrestler managed to get some spots in and added excitement to the Swann/Omega title match.
Havok, Jordynne Grace & Rosemary Def. Alisha Edwards, Nevah & Tenille Dashwood.
Good precursor to the Hardcore Justice weapons Match here with Rosemary eager to take it extreme, plenty of other history unfolded between Havok and Dashwood, Tenille has spent weeks trying to split the Nevah & Havok alliance- a feat she managed last week on Impact- and feels the repercussions of her actions in this bout.
Matt Cardona Vs Jake Something – No Contest.
Matt Cardona challenges long time buddy and fellow wrestling figure collector Brian Myers, which he rejects immediately; this will happen at Rebellion after the actions of Myers in the culmination of this match (more on that in a second) and Cardona gets a match against Jake Something instead.
This was a great sprightly back and forth fight with both men taking turns on the offence/comeback cycle with Something narrowly averting a Radio silence before Myers took to the ring to attack both competitors targeting the injured eye of Cardona and then accepting the challenge at Rebellion PPV.
Good Heel work from Myers and the added friendship angle and jealousy from Myers is worth tuning in for each week.
Sami Callihan & Trey Miguel Def. XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D)
It looked like it was going to be a handicap match in the early stages with Miguel seemingly rejecting the mentoring from Callihan, but alas it wasn’t to be the case and Miguel did enter the fray with Callihan; They had to foricibly steal tags from each other which helped sell the distrust of each other. This discourse slowly faded as the match progressed and the tandem Stereo dives lead to Miguel getting a submission victory.
Chris Sabin (w/ James Storm) Def. Deaner
Wonderfully fast paced match here which didn’t need a great amount of time to tell a good story, Storm catching Deaner with his foot on the ropes to stop an upset and Sabin is doing some magnificent work here in Impact and its a delight to see that he hasn’t missed a step at all. He gets the W here while Deaner is arguing with the ref hitting a Cradle shock to end the match.
Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann & Willie Mack Def. The Good Brothers & Kenny Omega.
AEW World Champion Kenny Omega‘s first TV match with impact left us with plenty of intriguing threads and oppourtinies if this forbidden Door collaboration continues long term.
The impact team wasted little time in taking it to Kenny and The Good Brothers getting the early advantage in and it took some underhanded heel tactics from Karl Anderson to sway the momentum.
This match did well to further the Title Vs Title match at Rebellion teasing that Don Callis and his mind games aren’t effecting the champion, Swann and that he also has figured out a way to deal with Omega’s devastating One Winged Angel. Ultimately it was Impact who came out on top tonight as Rich Swann landed a Phoenix Splash to Anderson in a great main event to close a great start for Impact’s AXS Thursday night era
Impact has genuinely been entertaining and the added AEW/NJPW excursions are proving to help the show rather than hinder them.