This week is the last Impact of the year. No, I’m not joking. Next “true” Impact episode will take place on January 7, 2020, in the USA (January 8 in the UK). Like I told you many times over the last few weeks, Christmas and New Year weeks episodes are going to be Best-Of/2019 Awards ones. 2019 proved to the world Impact Wrestling has no need to rebuild anymore. Things are so on the right track the show is now trending on Twitter almost every week. When people are looking in the right direction, they become aware of what they have missed…
On the menu of Impact this week, from New York City, NY, Daga will face off TJP. Rich Swann will square off with one half of the Impact World Tag Team Champions, Ethan Page. Joey Ryan and Acey Romero will compete, as the Wrestler’s Court decided for Joey last week. Tenille Dashwood will be back on The Impact Zone and face off Jordynne Grace. 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
- Jordynne Grace defeated Tenille Dashwood. They shook hands after the match. Taya Valkyrie attacked Jordynne, Tenille made the save, Jordynne suplexed Taya who powdered.
- Moose came face-to-face with Rhino. He told Rhino he is sorry that his Gore had no effect on Rob Van Dam the way his spear did. Rhino attacked and Gored Moose.
- The North saw Willie Mack sitting on the stairs. They informed him that they’re not here to fight. They just wanted Mack to send a message to Rich Swann that he is a star and Mack has better get out of his way. Swann climbed up the stairs and confronted The North for trying to break him and Mack apart. He told both of them to bounce.
- TJP w/ Fallah Bahh defeated Daga. After the match, The Desi Hit Squad made their way down to the ring and attacked both TJP and Bahh. Daga helped TJP and Bahh by taking out all of the members except Shera, who chokeslammed him.
- Brian Cage ran into Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes. They will have a match at Hard To Kill. Van Dam wasn’t too worried about beating Cage. RVD said he’ll be fine since he can counter his own moves.
- Van Dam and Forbes made their way down to the ring. After Forbes introduced Van Dam, they made out and RVD said he’s gotten a lot of attention recently but he’ll take it since fans have a short attention span. They made out again and RVD said he’s taking a stand and claiming the credit for inspiring every wrestler you see tonight and giving them their move set. He’s been ripped off and also saw it in Cage. People were calling RVD vs. Cage a dream match, he’s sure it is for Cage since Cage is the biggest RVD mark of them all. Cage arrived and they have an uninspired brawl until Katie hit the Nutcracker on Cage. RVD laid him out, got a chair and looked for the Vanterminator, but refused to do it. He did dropkick the chair into Cage’s face. That was all.
- Suzie was wandering around and Rosemary found her. Suzie said she was looking for Father James Mitchell. Rosemary asked if she’s looking for a lost memory. Mitchell found her and screamed out to Suzie to stay far away from Rosemary. Havok attacked Rosemary by choking her. Suzie started to shake and screamed out. After her breakdown, she looked cheerful.
- Taya Valkyrie interrupted Kiera Hogan and Madison Rayne’s private conversation. She needed the ladies’ help, she needed tag team partners. Hogan asked what reward do they get if they help her. Valkyrie said she’ll give them both a shot at her Knockouts title. Both Hogan and Rayne said they need some time to think about it.
- Ethan Page defeated Rich Swann via DQ. Mack and Swann argued after the match while Moose and Rhino were still brawling.
- Joey Ryan defeated Acey Romero.
- Tessa Blanchard told Gabby Loren she isn’t worried about what Sami Callihan has to say. In fact, she believed he’s the one that’s worried.
- Michael Elgin took Eddie Edwards’ Call Your Shot Trophy.
- Ace Austin defeated Petey Williams. After the match, Austin said he wants to dedicate his victory to Trey’s mom. Ace and Trey brawled backstage until Reno Scum made the save for Ace.
- Sami Callihan arrived to close the show and “expose” Tessa Blanchard. He said that Tessa is a fake like all these fans here tonight. People think that Tessa will take the Championship from him as they make history at Hard to Kill. Callihan makes his way down to the ring. He is out to expose Blanchard. He said she is a fake and a phoney just like all of the fans. Callihan didn’t understand why fans look at their match as an intergender match. He said he sees her as another wrestler that he would spit on. The only reason why Blanchard ever rose to the top was because of her family. Callihan, on the other hand, had to claw his way to the top and never needed his “daddy” to help him get a tryout.
Tessa arrived and Fulton attacked her. He held her while Sami attacked. Shamrock made the save. They dumped Tessa and she and Sami brawled to the back and outside. Sami slammed her into the production truck but Tessa kept fighting back until Sami slammed her into the truck again. He choked her out with caution tape, slammed her into a door and then Tessa dove out of the back of a truck onto Sami but Sami ran away. Tessa chased him, they brawled more and Tessa hit the refs to keep going after him.
The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week
– TJP vs Daga
They shook hands and locked up as they worked to the mat. They worked into counters, dropkick by TJP and Daga countered back and grounded the action. They worked into counters as TJP took him down with the head scissors. Daga escaped, more counters followed and TJP cradled him. They ended in a standoff. Post break, TJP followed with uppercuts. Daga fired back but TJP hit the head scissors. The wrecking ball dropkick connected and backing, TJP hit the senton Atomico. He grounded things and worked the Pentagon arm snap spot. He focused on the arm, laid in uppercuts and Daga countered with the head scissors, an enzuigiri and ran down the ramp into a sunset flip and rolled into a double stomp.
The sliding kick and the Senton connected. TJP countered back with a superkick and they worked into a double down. They traded, rolling armbar by TJP, Daga countered and got an abdominal stretch. TJP escaped, followed with the octopus hold and Daga countered into a half crab. TJP cradled him. Daga caught him with a superkick. He headed up top, TJP popped up with him, got dumped and popped back up and they battled up top. TJP finally hit the superplex and rolled into the detonation kick. The heel hook followed and transitioned into the Regal stretch. Daga tapped out.
– Rich Swann vs Ethan Page
Willie Mack and Josh Alexander were at ringside. They locked up and worked into counters as Swann hit a dropkick. Swann followed with mounted strikes in the corner, delivered chops and followed with kicks. Swann laid in rights, Josh tripped him up and that led to an eye strangling and some double-team moves as the referee was holding The Mack back. He laid the boots to Swann, but Swann cradled him. Page beat him down in the corner, maintaining control. Page laid the boots to Swann, but Swann fired back and hit a rolling clothesline. The neck breaker and the face kick followed.
Swann hit an enzuigiri and a cartwheel moonsault. Swann climbed up top, Josh distracted him as Page cut him off. The iconoclasm followed. Swann countered back, laid in a flurry of strikes and kicks. He rolled through on the 450 as Page hit a shoulder tackle. He headed up top, Swann followed him up as Page slammed him to the mat and the Swanton connected. Page missed a charge, enzuigiri by Swann and the hurricanrana followed as Josh took the bullet on the dive. Page slapped The Mack, he rushed in and attacked for the DQ.
– Ace Austin vs Petey Williams
They locked up, working into counters and they traded strikes. Petey cut Austin off with the head scissors, but Austin battled back with an arm drag and a dropkick. Petey cut him off with a codebreaker, a dropkick, and Austin powdered. Petey hit a slingshot hurricanrana to the floor. Austin fired back with a superkick. Post break, Austin laid in knee strikes back in the ring. The Trouble In Paradise and a cradle followed.
Austin hit an enzuigiri, a cut spot on the hand was countered into a cradle. Petey replied with a German suplex and the Russian leg sweep. Austin fired back with an hurricanrana. The Fold was countered and Austin countered the Destroyer. They worked up top, Austin followed with strikes, Petey fought off the superplex and Austin fought off the Sunset bomb. Petey hit a powerbomb, Austin countered the Destroyer into a cradle before hitting the Fold for the win.
The not-Nygma’s Moment(s) of the Week
RVD makes Katie Forbes scream. Nice, I have an ear infection. Do I add something?
The Lollipop and Baby-Oil Nygmalicious Moment of The Week
Sweet Tooth Music for Acey from The Man with The Iron Dick… “He just flipped a 500-pound man with his Johnson,” thank you Don…
The Nygma’s Award of the Week
When will the time of revenge come for Su/Suzie? Who will she choose? Havok, Rosemary, herself? Can’t wait to see where this storyline will bring us to…
– Hard To Kill
A classic Impact PPV is made of 8 matches, so that means the card is complete as 3 more matches were added. I can’t help but think that something is missing… With Rhino vs Moose, Cage vs RVD, and Shamrock vs Fulton, we will see generations collide, which is fine. At the same time, I would have expected another X-Division bout, the classic PPV opener we love to see, and maybe another Knockouts match. It seems like it won’t happen this way but, whatever, Hard To Kill will be, for sure, one hell of a PPV.
– Tessa and Sami
When Sami said he would fight Tessa like any man of the locker room, he was not wrong. But Tessa was also decided to fight like a man. More than the mind game around “Daddy’s little girl”, something Tessa has overcome for a while now, this brawl was way more intense and in-storyline than any word said before. A punch worths a thousand word…
To be eNYGMAtic…
It was a rock-solid episode of Impact, with the recipe, action + promos + cinematic orchestra, perfectly respected. We had enough action to make us thrill and enough backstage segments to make the PPV definitely take shape. What a great way to end the year than with everything we love from the company…
The Road to Hard to Kill is made of 3 more weeks, well 1, in fact. Christmas and New Year weeks episodes are going to be Best-Of/2019 Awards ones (on Saturdays, December 28 and January 4 in the USA, TBD in the UK). So one episode only before Hard To Kill… What is 2020 cooking for us? See you in a few weeks…
Even if Holidays, even if 40 on Dec. 28, even if New Year, even if new decade, do you really think I will let you down? Put your finger in your eye (French way to say, be entirely mistaken), my dears, I’m Hard to Kill too… Our Motto for 2020?
On this “Nygma Is Eternal” note, until next week, never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…
Hard To Kill Card (as of today):
- Impact World Championship Match: Sami Callihan (c) vs Tessa Blanchard
- X-Division Championship Match: Ace Austin (c) vs Trey Miguel
- Impact Knockouts Championship Match: Taya Valkyrie (c) vs Jordynne Grace vs ODB
- Impact World Tag Team Championship Match: The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) (c) vs Rich Swann & Willie Mack
- Winner Takes Call Your Shot Gauntlet Trophy Match: Eddie Edwards vs Michael Elgin
- Brian Cage vs RVD
- Moose vs Rhino
- Madman Fulton vs Ken Shamrock
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