MCMAHON’S IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT
Jan. 18, 2018
Taped from Ottawa, Ont. (Aberdeen Pavilion)
Aired on Pop TV
Announcers: Josh Mathews & Jeremy Borash
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— Highlights from last week’s episode were shown.
(1) TAIJI ISHIMORI vs. DEZMOND XAVIER — X Division Championship match
Xavier and Ishimori hit the ground running with some fast-paced action at the start of the show. Mathews pointed out that this was Ishimori’s first title defense. The match slowed down after palm strikes and then a rear chinlock from Xavier. Xavier cut off Ishimori with a dropkick to the gut and then a suicide dive to the outside. Xavier went back in the ring and Ishimori went into the crowd for a breather. Xavier jumped out of the ring, over the ropes and flipped into the crowd on top of Ishimori.
Back in the ring, Ishimori hits Xavier with a dropick. Ishimori looks like he’s bleeding a little from the back of his head after the dive from Xavier. Ishimori down in the ring but he got up in time to cut off Xavier on the top rope, hitting a superplex for a two count. Ishimori landed a handspring roundhouse kick for a two count. Xavier hit a Final Flash for a believable near fall. Ishimori caught Xavier and then hit knees to the chest. Ishimori went to the top rope and hit Xavier with a 450 for the win.
WINNER: Taiji Ishimori retains in 18:00.
After the match, the crowd was giving both guys a standing ovation and Xavier and Ishimori hugged and shook hands. Xavier then gave Ishimori the ring.
McMahon: Wow! That dive by Xavier out of the ring and into the crowd was incredibly impressive. He dove over the ropes without using them to spring himself, and cleared them as well as the barrier and into the crowd. This match was excellent all-around. Honestly, the only thing that brought this match down was the robotic and emotionless commentary. You almost knew the near fall after Xavier’s Final Flash wasn’t going to be the finish, because no one was excited about it.
Aside from that one negative (and it wasn’t the fault of the wrestlers) this match was excellent. Xavier is super athletic but his stuff was believable. He wasn’t running spots for the sake of running spots. Everything had a purpose, and he slowed down the match when he needed to with palm strikes or chinlocks.
Impact/TNA has never explained the X Division … but that match should be what it’s about. That was a match you could put in NJPW, ROH, WWE and anyone would be proud of it. This was better than their Super X Cup final, and that was a very good match. I don’t know what D’Amore and Callis have planned in the future, but Ishimori needs to be a part of it.
— A video package aired on OVE winning the Tag Team Titles over LAX. After that, there was a long hype video that aired with comments from Sami Callahan and Konnan, interjecting new comments into past video clips.
— A video package aired on American Top Team.
— A GWN Flashback match aired between Aron Rex and Eddie Edwards for the Grand Championship from Bound for Glory 2016. They aired a big portion of the match
McMahon: The last 30 minutes has been all filler, likely because Pop TV declined to show the barbed wire match. Not Impact’s fault. Honestly though, Impact seems to go out of its way to help out Pop, promoting dumb shows like that Swole Brothers over the summer. They promote whatever dumb movie is coming on after Impact. They don’t have to do that stuff on a barter deal, Pop isn’t paying them any rights fees. Then Pop gives them a hard time about airing content? We’ll see how brutal the match is later on Twitch, but Impact needs to stop playing so nice with Pop.
— A video package aired on Matt Sydal vs. ECIII at Genesis for the Grand Championship.
— A video aired on Gail Kim relinquishing the Knockouts Title and the tournament that followed to crown Laurel Van Ness as the new champion. The video then centered on the feud between Laurel Van Ness and Allie.
— McKenzie Mitchell interviewed Allie, who said she was ready for LVN next week. Allie said she’s proven herself. Allie said that she hasn’t forgotten what LVN did to her, pointing out all the bullying with Maria.
McMahon: Didn’t Allie steal LVN’s husband at the altar? Just asking for a friend …
(2) KONGO KONG (w/Jimmy Jacobs) vs. CHANDLER PARK (w/Joseph Park)
Mathews talked about Jacobs “bringing this beast to Impact.” Are we supposed to forget that Kong was here before Jacobs? Kong missed some tie ups at the bell. Park tried to punch Kong in the midsection but he no-sold it. Park realized he wasn’t inflicting pain and tried to run away but Kong chased him and splashed him in the corner. Kong missed another splash and Park climbed the turnbuckle and threw punches. Kong grabbed Park by the throat and hit him with a modified AA into his knee. Kong squashed Park in the corner and then finished him off for the win.
WINNER: Kongo Kong in 2:00.
After the match, Joseph Park looked concerned at ringside as Kong and Jacobs celebrated in the ring. Jacobs told Kong to go to the top rope and splash Park, which he did, as Joseph Park looked on from the aisle. Joseph Park ran in the ring to check in Chandler, and Kong began to tower over him. Jacobs pointed at Kong and said he was a monster, before calling Park pathetic. Park put up the “X” sign, which they zoomed in on camera, to indicate Chandler was hurt.
McMahon: Good squash for Kong. Park putting up the “X” sign was a little silly, and reminded me too much of Vince Russo’s WCW garbage, where they tried to make everything a “shoot, bro.” Anyone watching who knew what the “X” sign meant, also knows enough to know that if they’re showing it on camera like that, Park isn’t really that hurt. Aside from that though, this was a good way to get Kong back into the fold. I do think it’s a little funny that the narrative is that Jacobs “brought Kong to Impact.” I guess they want us to forget about how they used him before!
— A video aired on a One Night Only that premieres on GWN this week.
(3) ELI DRAKE [c] vs. JOHNNY IMPACT vs. ALBERTO EL PATRON — Global Title match from Border City Wrestling
The cut to various points in the match instead of airing the whole thing, but it was more than a music video (we saw a good portion of the match — it seemed they chopped some stuff at the beginning before showing most of the match after that). Impact brought a chair in the ring and began swinging it on both guys before hitting clotheslines on both. Drake fell over the top to the floor. El Patron almost had a pin but Impact pulled out the referee. Impact almost had a pin but Drake pulled out the official. The referee tried to gain control and all three wrestlers decided to superkick him at the same time. El Patron hit a low blow on IMpact for a two count (with a new referee). Drake hit the Gravy Train on the new referee. El Patron and Impact teamed up on Drake. The entire locker room emptied out to break up the match. Borash said the match was thrown out and there was no winner.
McMahon: Those pre-match promos were awful. They didn’t turn the lights on for El Patron’s apparently. Impact’s was in some cinder block hallway. The optics were just really, really bad. Drake’s promo was in front of a plain white wall with a microphone that had no logo on it. It just looked low-rent, and not what you would expect from a national television product. If you want to put the show in different environments, then fine, but you can’t make yourself look like a small indie company, and that’s how this came across.
As for the match itself, the ropes were sagging and weren’t tight. The crowd was small and it was in a dingy building. You want to know why? Because Border City Wrestling is a small indie company, and that’s fine, but Impact should portray itself as being above their World Title match being defended at a show like that. If you want to do it to spike a crowd locally, then fine, but don’t air it. It makes them look like minor league.
Why not record this match in Ottawa and air it then? They talked about it in Ottawa in the promo last week, so they knew they were going to do the match. Why not air it in your own setting, with your better lighting, better ring, and everything that goes along with that? To put over Border City Wrestling? Please …
(3) ROSEMARY vs. K.C. SPINELLI
Rosemary had control of the match early, throwing Spinelli into the turnbuckles. Spinelli would later get some control, but Rosemary got the momentum back after faking the mist and then hitting Red Wedding for the win.
WINNER: Rosemary in 3:00.
Rosemary put a promo after the match on Laurel Van Ness. Rosemary said that LVN has a “shiny new toy.” Rosemary said that someone crazy enough to stop acid mist with their bare hand deserves some respect. Rosemary said that Laurel defends the title against Allie at Genesis. Rosemary said the entire hive is proud of Allie, but if Allie is worthy of victory, the alliance will not save her. Rosemary said whoever stands victorious after Genesis will have to face her for the title.
As Rosemary played to the camera, a woman ran in from the crowd and attacker her. Borash said that was Hania. She beat up Rosemary for a while in the ring and on the outside of the ring before finishing her off with a move on the steps. That brought out Impact officials to send her off.
— Another preview package on LAX vs. OVE aired. Abyss talked about his Barbed Wire Massacre match from 2005. LAX talked about Abyss, Mick Foley and Terry Funk in past matches like this. LAX and OVE talked about the match in past tense, which suggests these promos might have been recorded over the past week in Orlando. They also showed clips of them coming to the ring and getting into the ring.
— A video package aired on Genesis next week, hyping LVN vs. Allie for the KO Title, ECIII vs. Sydal for the Grand Championship, Moose vs. Bobby Lashley and El Patron vs. Drake vs. Impact in a cage for the Global Title.
— Borash and Mathews hyped Genesis from the announce table.
— Another video package aired on Barbed Wire Massacre, with Borash saying that it was serving as a countdown to the match on Twitch.
— OVE and LAX made their ring entrances.
[Impact Wrestling on Pop ended]