Impact Wrestling on Pop TV
Thursday, November 24
Impact Zone
Soundstage 20, Universal Studios
Orlando, FL

Jeff Hardy opened the show pleading to Matt to forget his amnesia. Jeff then invited DCC to the ring. DCC stands for Death Crew Council by the way. Hardy vs. Bram was the main event but they attacked Jeff early. Jeff managed to escape. The usual table setting opening segment that you’d question the entire necessity of.

Elimination Match
Go For Broke (DJZ, Mark Andrews, and Braxton Sutter) def. Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett and Marshe Rockett, and Rockstar Spud and Decay

They finally introduced stakes to Team X Gold – each member of the winning team would earn an X-Division title match. There was a delightful spot where everybody, including his own partner Abyss, scoop slammed Spud. There were some lame eliminations, like Abyss using a chair, and some quick eliminations, most disappointingly Trevor Lee being pinned without much fanfare after his showing last week – but for the most part this was an enjoyable, energetic match. Also Andrew Everett took the best looking DDT I’ve seen in a very long time. Go For Broke winning means Andrews and Sutter will get X-Division title shots, though it was unclear whether that would be individual shots or in a three way. ***

A table with food was set up in the ring. Maria held a Thanksgiving double date – her and Mike Bennett were joined by Laurel Van Ness and Braxton Sutter. Allie has a crush on Braxton Sutter so Van Ness is hitting on him to get at her. Allie was dressed as a pilgrim, where left her bemused until the crowd started chanting for her. As it was thanksgiving this was of course set up for Maria having a pie thrown in her face. Mike Bennett tried to lick the pie off Maria’s face. Maria was not pleased. Maria’s reaction to being pie faced as utterly perfect. Say what you will about her as a wrestler, she’s a tremendous performer.

Voice vs. World Title Shot
Ethan Carter III def. Eli Drake

If EC3 won Eli Drake would not be allowed to talk for the remainder of 2016. If Drake won he’d get EC3’s shot at Eddie Edwards. It is rare that a mid match promo makes as much sense as it did here – Drake decided to chastise EC3 in the middle of the match, reinforcing his incessant need to talk and further establishing why being unable to speak for a month would be such an affront to his character. It drove home the stakes of what, out of context, would seem like a silly stipulation. And it’s little things like that which have made this such an enjoyable, neatly constructed programme over the last two months.

Also I really liked this match. It was another opportunity for Drake to step up as something more than an enjoyable midcard act and for me he delivered – I preferred this even to Drake vs Edwards from two weeks ago (which Josh Mathews happened to forget even existed during this). There is nothing more satisfying in wrestling then when you 100% bite on a nearfall – which I did here on a One Percenter kickout. Good heels are hard to come by in 2016 – TNA has one in Eli Drake. He’s emerged from fun little side attraction to featured player in 2016 – and deserves a great deal of credit for it. EC3 submitted Drake with a rear naked choke. ***3/4

Al Snow and Mahabali Shera def. The Tribunal (Basile Baraka and Baron Dax) by DQ

This was fine. *1/2

TNA Turkey Bowl
Robbie E def. Grado

This is a long standing tradition in TNA history – the turkey suit match! The match was not very good. The turkey suit was amusing holiday fun. There was dancing. There was cartwheels. There was Aiden O’Shea standing still. What more could you ask for? *

No Disqualifications
Bram (w/ James Storm and Eddie Kingston) def. Jeff Hardy

This was mostly a plunder brawl with Hardy being outnumbered. Not too dissimilar to last weeks main event except Eddie Edwards was nowhere to be seen. Jeff thankfully avoided doing anything overly crazy. Bram won with the Brighter Side of Suffering after Jeff ate a Last Call. **1/4

Matt Hardy was absent for the show, he was back home in Cameron holding an ice cream social and doing other assorted dad things. Matt had an existential crisis as his dad and Broken realities collide. Matt asked for a sign from the seven deities, he was struck by lightning and emerged Broken once more. I’ll miss dad Matt Hardy and his fantastic assortment of sweaters.

Final Thoughts:

Matt Hardy is Broken once more as we continue down the road to Total Nonstop Deletion on December 15th, Jade and Rosemary will main event next week’s Impact for the vacant Knockouts title inside Six Sides of Steel, and this show had some good holiday fun – but the biggest takeaway from Impact this week was a career best performance by Eli Drake.