Impact Wrestling on Pop TV
Thursday, June 15
Stage 7, Film City
Sony Six Invitational Gauntlet Battle Royal
Mahabali Shera def. Suicide, Matt Sydal, Davey Richards, KM, ‘Swoggle, Eddie Edwards, Rockstar Spud, Kongo Kong, Moose
Aside from furthering the Richards/Edwards feud as well as the ‘Swoggle/Spud dispute, this was predominantly a Battle Royal that served as a vehicle for Shera to win a match in India. Sydal did some fun stuff here and there at least. Shera got a great reaction at least and to Shera’s credit he’s developed into an entirely competent wrestler over the last year or so. **
EC3 entered in white garb to a Indian-ised version of his theme song. He then began to appropriate Indian culture for heat. He tried to get his translator to run down India but when the translator refused, EC3 whipped him until James Storm made the save. EC3 was superb here. Smarmy, arrogant, disrespectful and utterly unlikable – this was the most energetically compelling EC3 has been in a fair old while. It’s felt a little like EC3 has been in a rut lately but this left like he had his swagger back. Him and Storm in a Strap match should be interesting a Slammiversary.
Josh Mathews def. Sandeep Tekhan
This was Josh’s first match in nearly 13 years. Josh hit a Swanton and followed with a Steiner Recliner for the win. Shera tried to make the save, Lashley beat him up before Alberto El Patron made the actual save. *
Braxton Sutter def. Trevor Lee
Trevor Lee being used as a nothing job guy jut blows my mind. He’s good enough to do for the X-Division in 2017 what AJ Styles did in 2005. Hell he’s good enough to do for TNA what AJ Styles did in general. He has that kind of upside. But right now he’s going absolutely nowhere and it’s baffling. Sutter won with a swinging neckbreaker. **1/4
Moose talked about having successfully defended the Impact Grand Championship a couple weeks ago. Drake and Adonis showed up and beat Moose down after setting up Moose and a partner vs. Drake and Adonis at Slammiversary. Moose made his own comeback, negating the need for a partner apparently.
TNA X-Division Championship
Sonjay Dutt def. Low Ki (c)
I wrote a whole article about Dutt’s journey to finally winning the X-Division title and all that surrounds it and you can check that out here. The match itself was good, though not great. It felt like they had another gear that they’re perhaps saving for Slammiversary. The moment meant a great deal more than the match though. Dutt finally winning the X-Division title was long overdue but to see him do it in India was immensely satisfying. ***
— Garrett Kidney (@garrettkidney) June 16, 2017
EC3 found his swagger again and Dutt finally winning the X-Division title was a superb moment but everything else felt like filler.