We’re firmly on the road to Slammiversary, and Impact have pinned their mast to Aries vs Moose. Time will tell if it was the right call, but at this point it’s hard not to be a little bit disappointed.
After this week, it was clear that Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan still have a score to settle. Be that at Slammiversary or further down the road, I don’t know. What I do know though, is that Eddie Edwards is unhinged, vengeful and angry, and that’s the sort of man I want as my world champion.
Night 2 of the Honor United Tour was a slight step up from Night 1. The main event (despite the ending) and the two singles matches involving The Briscoes are worth checking out, and are a big reason why I would put this show above the first stop of the tour in Edinburgh.
I came into this week’s Impact with as much anticipation as I have in a long time and they were found wanting. I’m still firmly all in on the new Callis administration, but they’ve got work to do. Thumbs firmly in the middle on Impact Wrestling’s Under Pressure.
The first stop on Ring of Honor’s Honor United Tour was a fine show that had its fair share of ups and downs. I wouldn’t call anything on this card “bad”, but there were a couple of very average matches
Z and E’s victory might seem small in the grand scheme of things and it might amount to little more than footnote in Impact history. I don’t really care. However this story pans out, I know that it brought a smile to my face and brightened up my week. In my book that’s all wrestling should be about.
Even with the changes to the main event, this was a still a relatively good show as a whole. It’s not the best Global Wars/War Of The Worlds event we’ve seen in Toronto, but it was certainly a step up from Night 1 in Lowell.
Impact’s first PPV under the new regime, Redemption, can only be considered a success. In avoiding the tropes of most past Impact specials, they managed to produce an excellent three-hour show that was a breeze to watch.
There’s a beautiful symmetry to the career of Bobby Lashley. WWE-Impact-MMA-Impact-WWE. Yet the man who returned to decimate Elias on the post-Wrestlemania RAW is far from the dull former amateur wrestler from Junction City that washed out of the E in 2008.
Impact vs Lucha Underground, a fun concept on paper, ended up producing a really solid outing. There was nothing quite great, although the tag title bout wasn’t far from achieving that status, and only the Scott Steiner/Teddy Hart tag match could be considered bad.
As has become a running theme with the WWN Supershow, a bunch of matches deliver, a few of them are really good, and a few angles are sprinkled in along the way. Will Ospreay vs. Matt Riddle was a special kind of match, the dream matches delivered, and there is a whole lot to be hopeful for in the future of EVOLVE, as the opening six-man tag illustrated. Huge thumbs up for Mercury Rising 2018 – buy this show!
EVOLVE 103 got off to a really slow start with the first two matches. Fortunately, the show got much better from that point on with three or four very good matches and a great main event. While EVOLVE 102 was probably the better show overall, EVOLVE 103 still featured a number of matches that are worth checking out.
When this massive weekend in New Orleans is over, I don’t think EVOLVE 102 will stand out as one of the top shows that took place, but it was certainly a relatively easy show to watch from beginning to end. With three fantastic matches and three good matches, you really can’t go wrong.
As the cheesy 80s goodness of Stan Bush’s “Fight to Survive” rang out over the PA system, Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport commenced. The event kicked off the festivities at WrestleMania 34 Weekend with a promise of a unique show, one in which the rules of combat were simple: A match can only end by knockout or submission. Oh, and there were no ropes either.
Brace for Impact was a breezy, enjoyable watch for Impact’s first show on Twitch. It was excellent background viewing if you want something on whilst you’re doing things and I’d recommend checking out El Patron/Bahh because it really was quite good.
I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of live professional wrestling, and one of my favourite things is seeing wrestling in new and interesting environments including Smash Wrestling at the London Comic Con in October.