Like I told you last week, we know before we even start to watch the show who is the winner of the main event of the week. Of course, we didn’t know how it happened, we didn’t know about possible interferences, which makes this match interesting anyway. I haven’t found any trick in my bags to create more buzz. I think week after week, we’ll let the buzz make its work. I don’t want to change this review formula because Impact Wrestling went faster than us. Let’s move forward but the Nygma way, which means my way…
On the menu of Impact this week, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Jordynne Grace will face John E. Bravo and Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie in a handicap match. The Rascalz, The Deaners, Desi Hit Squad and Reno Scum will square off in a 4-Way Tag match. And of course, Tessa Blanchard, Michael Elgin, Rich Swann, Moose, Daga and Brian Cage will compete in a Gauntlet Match for the Impact World Championship #1 contendership. So no more words, let’s get ready for some action, but your French Nygma way, of course…

The Nygma’s Chart of the Week

  • The Rascalz (Dez & Wentz w/ Trey) defeated The Deaners (Cody & Cousin Jake), Reno Scum (Luster The Legend & Adam Thornstowe) and Desi Hit Squad (Rohit Raju & Bhupinder Singh w/ Gama Singh). After the match, Ace Austin joined Reno Scum in taking out The Rascalz in front of Trey’s mom.
  • Jordynne Grace defeated Taya Valkyrie & John E. Bravo. Taya bailed and let Bravo eat the Vader Bomb.

  • Gama Singh told the Desi Hit Squad they need to start winning or else. After he walked off, they took their frustrations out on Fallah Bahh. They repeatedly told him they are not losers while attacking him.
  • RVD from his pool said he won’t be here tonight. He and Katie Forbes had been partying and he needed his 10-12 hours of sleep.

  • Father James Mitchell encountered Suzie and introduced himself. He asked what a nice girl like her is doing in a place like this. She didn’t know, but everyone’s been really nice. He advised her to find some protection and offered to take her under his wing. After offering a ride, she quickly decided to go with him. Suzie walked away and Rosemary stepped in. She said she knows he’s trying to suppress the undead bride, and “He” wouldn’t like that as Rosemary wanted to see her potential realized. She will see that it comes to pass.
  • In The Rascalz tree house, Trey didn’t expect the expected or the unexpected. They were trying to figure out what’s up with Reno Scum getting in their business. After psyching up to take them out, Trey’s mom walked in and got Dez and Wentz bothered with her entrance. She was worried about them though, as those big guys beat them up earlier. She told Dez and Wentz to call their mothers to let them know they’re okay.

  • Johnny Swinger defeated Buck Gunderson. Immediately after, Ken Shamrock stormed to the ring and got in Swinger’s face. Johnny tried to kick him but Shamrock destroyed him with the ankle lock. Johnny Swinger limped backstage. Joey Ryan gave him a tip… don’t let Shamrock touch your dick.
  • Tessa Blanchard became the new #1 contender for the Impact World Championship when she pinned Cage. Moose defeated Daga, Rich Swann defeated Moose, Rich Swann defeated Michael Elgin, Brian Cage defeated Rich Swann and, finally, Tessa Blanchard defeated Brian Cage. Brian Cage showed his respect by holding up Tessa’s arm afterwards and hugging her. She couldn’t believe it, but it’s going to happen: Blanchard vs. Callihan for the Impact World Championship – January 12, 2020 – Hard To Kill.

The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week

– 6-Wrestler Elimination Gauntlet Match: Michael Elgin vs. Rich Swann vs. Moose vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Daga vs. Brian Cage
Moose and Daga began. They worked to the ropes and Moose attacked with strikes and chops. Daga picked up the pace, hit a dropkick and a flatliner. Daga hit the basement dropkick, Moose powdered and Daga followed with a step up dive. Moose fired back with chops, Daga hit kicks and a moonsault off of the apron. Back in, Daga got cut off by Moose, Moose slammed him to the buckles and then followed with chops. He whipped Daga to the buckles, followed with strikes and planted him with a Doctor bomb. Daga countered the spear, followed with strikes and kicks. Moose looked for the Go To Hell but Daga hit a hurricanrana and the hesitation dropkick. Moose stunned him off the ropes and finished him with the spear.

Swann was in next, made Moose chase him and Swann hit a hurricanrana. The head scissors followed and the double stomp. The PK connected and Swann then hit a dropkick. Moose cut him off with a dropkick and they worked to the floor. Moose laid in chops and rolled Swann back in. He took his time, Swann hit a dropkick, Moose went for the cannonball but Swann countered into a hurricanrana. Back in, Moose hit a dropkick, sending Swann to the floor.

Back in, Swann countered back with a satellite DDT. He followed with chops, but Moose lawn darted him to the buckles. He followed with strikes, and the powerbomb was countered and Swann followed with strikes. Swann laid in a flurry, followed with kicks and Moose looked for a run-up high cross but ate a cutter and the Lethal Injection gets 2. Swann climbed the ropes but the 450 ate Moose’s knees. Moose set, but Swann cut him off and then gets caught with the Go To Hell. Moose went for the Spear, but Swann countered with a superkick and then cradled Moose for the pin.

Elgin was in next and dumped Swann. Post break, they were on the floor after Swann hit a dive. Back in, Swan headed up top, leapt over him and Swann countered the burning hammer, hit superkicks and ran into a spinebuster. Elgin followed with clotheslines, and Swann was down. He fired back with an enzuigiri, and then the sunset bomb. Swann followed with strikes, they traded and Elgin hit the buckle bomb but Swann cradled him. Crossface by Elgin, but Swann fought and grabbed the ropes. They went to the apron, Swann fired back and hits an enzuigiri. Elgin countered the poison hurricanrana and hit a half-and-half suplex on the apron.

Back in, Elgin headed up top and missed the Swanton. Swann missed a second rope frog splash, Elgin missed a charge and followed with kicks, a knee strike and a superkick. The snapdragon and a lariat followed. Elgin took him up top, the superplex followed but Swann countered it into a hurricanrana, a poison hurricanrana and another. Swann headed up top and Elgin cut him off, looked for the deadlift superplex and did the deal into a Falcon Arrow. Swann countered the burning hammer, and they teased a referee bump. Swann hit a superkick and Elgin levelled him with a lariat. Elgin followed with strikes, the referee got involved and Elgin shoved him down. He did it again, so Elgin was disqualified.

He beat down Swann some more, hit the Elgin bomb and Swann’s mouth was busted open. Post break, Cage was in next. He really didn’t want to hurt Swann but Swann fired up with kicks and hit a 2nd rope 450 Splash. He headed up top, flew, got caught and Cage hit an overhead toss. Swann fired back, hits a superkick and another. Swann counters the suplex, followed with the running kick, headed up top and the 450 followed. Cage countered the Lethal Injection, but Swann countered the F5 into a cutter. The Lethal Injection followed. Swann went back up, the Phoenix Splash missed, then Cage hit the Weapon X and Swann was done.

Tessa was the final entrant. Post break, they locked up as Cage overpowered her to begin. Tessa picked up the pace, followed with strikes and Cage countered the hurricanrana, but Tessa slipped back out and laid in strikes. She dumped Cage and followed with a dropkick and a suicide dive. She hit another but Cage caught the third and slammed her to the apron. Post break, Cage was working her over in the corner. Tessa fired back with kicks, but Cage caught her and Tessa tripped him up and hit the dropkick to the back. Cage countered the cutter but Tessa hit a tornado DDT.

Cage countered the buzzsaw DDT and Tessa then countered a powerbomb into a hurricanrana. The draping code breaker followed and Tessa followed with the top rope splash. Back up top, Tessa missed as Cage hits a powerslam. The deadlift superplex connected. Cage’s mouth was busted open, Tessa countered the Drill Claw, hit a superkick, a cutter and a buzzsaw DDT. Cage then hit an Alabama slam. Cage took her up top, followed her up but Tessa countered the splash mountain into a  hurricanrana. Tessa back up top hit the Magnum. Tessa fired up and headed back up top, Cage caught her and hits a buckle bomb. Tessa countered the Weapon X into a cradle for the win.

The not-Nygma’s Moment(s) of the Week 

RVD needs 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night… I usually sleep 12 hours a week…

The Lollipop and Baby-Oil Nygmalicious Moment of The Week 

Don’t touch this…

The Nygma’s Award of the Week

– Jordynne Grace
She could be a good football player because the way she slammed Mr. Mundo out of the ring was one hell of a goal. On a more serious note, Jordynne Grace has definitely become the legit contender for the Knockouts Championship. Now it’s time to make the match official…

– Rich Swann
The performance of Rich Swann was outstanding and his portion against Moose, Elgin, and then Cage ruled. He lasted 40 minutes in this gruelling match. When I had the chance to talk to Richard, I remember telling him the best decision he has ever taken was not to retire as he announced after he left another company. You understand why?


– Brian Cage
He didn’t win the match but he earned the respect of any wrestling fan. He wrestled a man and a woman the exact same way. He treated them with the professionalism and respect they deserved. And, in the end, he was the one who raised the arm of the winner. Brian Cage, without a shadow of a doubt, will be World Champion again… 

– Tessa Blanchard
It was not a surprise to see her win as, of course, the match at Hard to Kill was announced 2 weeks ago. Can a 24-year-old young lady become the Impact World Champion, a title that has always been held by men? That’s a huge question and probably the biggest gamble in Impact Wrestling history. It is possible, undeniably… And it would change this business forever…


To be eNYGMAtic…

A PPV-calibre match on national television, a 55-minute bout that was mind-blowing. Yes, this episode was great. Jordynne Grace is definitely on the road to the Knockouts Championship. We still have a lot to learn about Suzie and how Rosemary and Father James Mitchell will fight for her. The Rascalz remain some solid contenders for the Tag Team titles. Johnny Swinger got his ass whooped. The storylines keep taking shape, the recipe of action, promos and the cinematic orchestra once again worked fine. 
The Road to Hard to Kill is made of 7 more weeks, well 4, in fact. Next week, we will come back to 1983, a time when Don Callis had long hair and Ace Austin wasn’t even born, for a special episode of Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation. Also, Christmas and New Year Eve episodes should be Best-Of ones. So Hard To Kill is right around the corner…
On this “Nygma Will Be 3 Again Next Week” note, until next week, never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…

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