Are we going to have new Impact World Tag Team Champions tonight? That is the question, my friends. Can Pentagon and Fénix make it in their country? We’re in Mexico for the third week in a row and, this time, the stakes are high.
On the menu this week, of course, LAX is putting the Tag Team titles on the line against The Lucha Brothers, Willie Mack and Rich Swann will team up against the Crist brothers, Sami Callihan will square off with Puma King, Rohit Raju and Trey Miguel will compete, Dark Allie and Kiera Hogan too. We may expect to hear from Eli Drake, Eddie Edwards and Kenny, after what Eli did with Kenny last week.
So, no more words, let’s get ready for some action, but your French Enygma Steph way, of course…
The Nygma’s Chart of the Week
- X-Division Champion Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs. Jake & Dave Crist (oVe), no Sami Callihan before, during or after the match.
- The Lucha Brothers hyped up their title match with LAX later in the night. Fénix said that tonight, in their hometown of Mexico City, they will become the Tag Team Champions. They will wrestle in front of his family and all of his Lucha libre family. Pentagon added that LAX is lucky that Konnan accepted the tag title challenge because he wouldn’t have liked to see would have happened. He said that the titles are going to stay in the family, but they’re going home with them.
- Kiera Hogan w/ Jordynne Grace defeated Dark Allie w/ Su Yung.
- Johnny Impact was given news that his match with Brian Cage at Uncaged is now a 4-Way match, including Killer Kross and Moose. An angry Johnny kicked his luggage over in frustration. Cage popped in to say it sucks to be screwed and he’ll see him next week.
- Allie walked to the back with Su Yung to look for Rosemary. On a chalkboard behind them, the words “The witching is upon us, don’t say we didn’t warn you – R” magically appeared.
- Trey Miguel defeated Rohit Raju w/ Gama Singh & Raj Singh.
- Scarlett Bordeaux will make her debut in Las Vegas next week.
- Sami Callihan defeated Puma King.
- Eli Drake wanted to talk to Eddie Edwards. He shrugged off the point of being a hypocrite last week, as the Gravy Train finished the match, not Kenny. Again, Eddie tried persuading Eli to do what he wants (be hardcore) and they’ll win. But Eli was adamant in wanting him to go back to his old ways and leaving Kenny the kendo stick at home. Eddie didn’t look happy.
- Killer Kross and Moose talked to Melissa Santos about the Four-way title match next week. Moose jokingly said they should be co-World Champions, Kross seemed not to appreciate. Moose said whoever wins they’ll keep the title in his trophy case. He added, “Like Bill Belichick says, there’s no I in team.” Looking unimpressed, Kross said it’s a good analogy, but he prefers the one about the frog and the scorpion. Moose liked the sound of it.
- The Lucha Brothers defeated LAX to become the new Impact World Tag Team Champions. Konnan congratulated Penta and Fénix and asked Ortiz and Santana to shake their hands. They did but Konnan had to separate the 2 teams, as LAX was already showing its determination to regain the belts very soon.
The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week
– X-Division Champion Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs. oVe (Jake & Dave Crist)
Good friends versus best brothers… The story continues…
oVe jumped on Mack and Swann before the bell and tossed Mack as Dave started things with Swann. Quick tags from the Crist brothers. The Mack connected with a should block to Jake, a hurricanrana to Dave, then a double clothesline. oVe headed outside but Mack dove onto both of them over the top rope. Swann followed with a corkscrew plancha onto oVe as well. Back in the ring, Jake was stalked by The Mack, but stopped him into the corner, hit a dive into a DDT on Swann on the outside. Mack back up went for a dive but Dave cut him off with a big boot on the floor. Jake strangled the eyes of The Mack on the floor, hit a tossing back suplex onto the apron. In the ring, Dave then locked up a Crippler Crossface that forced Mack to get to the ropes. Dave whipped Mack into his corner, tagged in Jake who laid in some forearms, then tagged Dave and charged to take out Swann.
They kept Mack in their corner, Jake hit a step-up kick into a northern lights suplex, went for a chin lock, then hit a running forearm. The Mack elbowed his way out of a side headlock, they both missed clotheslines, then collided on a double cross body attempt to stall things out. Swann in kicked Dave on the apron, then hit kicks and head scissors to Jake, stroke Dave and hit a modified rolling thunder to Jake. Swann put Dave on the top rope, Dave pushed him onto Jake and they hit a double stomp assisted tombstone. The Mack saved Swann. Jake tagged in Dave, they looked to double team The Mack but he hit a double stunner. Swann followed with a handstand springboard double cutter. The Mack connected with a big uranage into a neck breaker from Swann. Dave got slammed into The Mack, fell in front of the corner, a 450 splash from Swann for the win.
– Sami Callihan vs. Puma King
Callihan jumped on Puma at the bell and started kicking him in the corner. Puma avoided a charge, Puma elevated and dropped him, before hitting a superkick and a delayed suplex. Puma continued with an elbow and a low bridge from the rope. Puma hit a dive onto Callihan outside, then hit chops and forearms. Puma unloaded a running kick and a superkick. Callihan used the ref to block Puma, then strangled his eyes and hit a tornado DDT using the apron as a platform. Puma down on the outside broke the count of 10. Callihan attached with a Liger bomb, a stomp to the ankle of Puma, then he started tearing at the mask of Puma. Callihan played to the crowd a bit then set Puma in the Tree of Woe in the turnbuckles. Callihan climbed up but Puma caught him with a hurricanrana and a top rope dropkick that sent Callihan to the floor. Puma went for a springboard but Callihan avoided it and Puma crashed to the floor. Back from the break, Puma was draped on the apron, Callihan slammed his head on it a few times and hit a running kick while telling Puma to just quit.
Puma fired up back in the ring. They traded chops until Callihan strangled the eyes and hit a spinebuster. Puma tried to get momentum but ran into a clothesline and an enzuigiri as Callihan tried to charge him. Both men were down. As they get up, Puma connected with body avalanches into the corner and hit an elbow drop. Callihan tossed Puma to the ropes, but Puma replied with a kick and a back suplex into a facebuster. Puma reached the top rope but Callihan avoided the splash, Puma rolled through and hit some strikes but Callihan hit a vicious lariat. Callihan went for a piledriver but Puma blocked it, Callihan hit a right and went for the piledriver again. They traded more punches, Puma tried a springboard but ran into a kick. Callihan connected with the powerbomb, they traded roll-ups, Puma connected with kicks and a sunset flip, but Callihan rolled through and hit the piledriver for the win.
– Impact World Tag Team Champions LAX (Ortiz & Santana) w/ Konnan vs. The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Junior & Fénix)
If the rematch is as good as the first match was at Homecoming, that will be awesome… Nice entrance for The Lucha Bros.
Fénix hit a dropkick to Ortiz and they tried to set up a Pentagon driver, but Santana fought out and they winded up with a double back suplex to Fénix. Pentagon broke that up and kicked Ortiz. He connected with a lungblower, but Pentagon held him and Fénix hits a double stomp to the back. Ortiz hit a cutter on Pentagon, mega kicks party and, finally, things settled with Santana and Pentagon facing off in the ring. Santana unloaded chops, Fénix came in and hit a jumping kick, but Santana hit a knee on Pentagon, Fénix took him out. Ortiz and Fénix traded blows until Fénix hit a kick to the back of the head. Ortiz and Pentagon now traded chops and kicks. Santana in with a crossbody, senton from Ortiz, Fénix hit a flying double dropkick to take out both Ortiz and Santana. Absolutely crazy…
Back from break, Ortiz and Fénix traded kicks. Ortiz tried to go up top, Fénix hit a rolling uppercut, followed him up and hit a double stomp to the back. Ortiz hit a kind of suplex into a near stunner, Fénix replied with a spinebuster. Santana and Pentagon started trading chops, Pentagon hit a spinning kick, then they traded superkicks. Pentagon ran into a spinning uranage. He countered a springboard attempt from Santana with a Penta Driver. Pentagon tagged in Fenix, they set for the Fear Factor Piledriver, best known as the Bumcracker, but things broke down as Ortiz countered and got in.
Ortiz swang Santana to hit the double cutter on both men and a double team flapjack. Ortiz set for a powerbomb, Santana connected with a blockbuster off of the powerbomb and Pentagon broke things up. Pentagon took out both members of LAX and ran into a couple of kicks. LAX attacked Fénix again, he countered, Pentagon hit a sling blade on Ortiz, they set Santana for the Bumcracker, Fénix dove onto Ortiz and Pentagon covered Santana who kicked out. Another package piledriver from Pentagon but again Santana kicked out, to the general shock of everyone. Pentagon back up stalked Santana and hit him with a superkick, Fénix connected with a reverse rana, another Bumcracker from Fénix onto Ortiz and, this time, we had new Tag Team Champions.
Awesome, stunning, brilliant, 7 stars out of 5. Thank you, men…
The not-Nygma’s Moment(s) of the Week (or the Nygma’s Broken Record Moment of the Week)
Scarlett does Vegas… sorry…
The Nygma’s Award of the Week
– Trey Miguel
Trey Miguel impressed against Rohit Raju. I appreciate the fact The Rascalz are 3 great individual talents, able to work on their own and as a team. But most importantly, even if they are 3, no one is at ringside when one or two of them are in the ring. No controversy, every guy wins his match clean. This week, Dez and Wentz were at ringside, and there was no controversy involved… When Raj and Raju, the Indian version of Dumb and Dumber, were not afraid to interfere…
– Dark Allie
Where was Rosemary this week? Allie is tortured by her former friend, on the verge of breaking down… And Allie has never been better than right now. Her ability to “sell” the storyline is just incredible. I don’t where we are going with Allie, Rosemary and Su, but it should be pretty interesting to see.
– Eli Drake
Our wrestling Shakespeare did his Hamlet 2 weeks ago, he was pretty Othello this week. May he be jealous of Kenny to the point of making Eddie Edwards get rid of it? Could he kill Kenny for the safety of Eddie? Another pretty interesting storyline that could lead almost everywhere… The fact is Shakespeare wrote hundreds of works, so the range is pretty wide…
To be eNYGMAtic…
Many fans thought it would happen at Homecoming, it happened in Mexico. The Lucha Brothers are the new Impact World Tag Team Champions. LAX and The Lucha Brothers already offered a serious Match of the year contender at Homecoming, they pushed the level even higher with the rematch. But, will we have a third match?
The fact is everybody knows Penta and Fénix signed with AEW and, like Josh Mathews told during this week press pass, Impact don’t know if they will still stay or if they will go. Penta and Fénix will be at United We Stand event on April 4, competing against Sabu and Rob Van Dam, that’s written. After, no one knows…
This week, the episode was great, the keyword was action. Isn’t it want what we want, after all? Uncaged next week should be a great event. But, do we move forward this week? I’m not sure again. Like last week, this episode was a transitional one. Uncaged will let the talents fly, in order to make them come back free and fresh of new stories to tell.
On this very Uncaged note, until next week, never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…
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