By Jason Powell, Editor of ProWrestling.net (@prowrestlingnet)
Impact Wrestling Success
Jonathan Gresham vs. Steve Maclin for the Original ROH Championship: The first rope jumps made me nervous that this would be a rushed version of an ROH Pure Rules style match. But they actually received a decent time and it turned out to be a solid game. Speaking of time, the Impact could add to the presentation of Pure Rules matches by entering time just like ROH did. Besides, it would be nice to see the Impact production team using the graphics that ROH used for Pure Rules matches that make it easier to track jump ropes and help matches stand out as unique.
Josh Alexander vs. Charlie Haas: It was nice to see Haas back in the ring after a long layoff. There was really no mystery regarding the outcome of the match, and yet it gave Alexander another victory in the spotlight as he headed to his eventual rematch with Moose for the World Championship. Impact. The post-game attack by the new Honor No More faction was solid. By the way, why does Impact seem to be the only company to recognize what a great conversationalist Maria Kanellis is?
Tasha Steelz vs. Chelsea Green: A good match and just the boost Steelz needed after winning the Ultimate X match. Steelz spent most of his time working in the tag division with Kiera Hogan and Savannah Evans. Ultimate X’s win was a great start, but beating an established name in Green and then battling with knockout champion Mickie James then firmly established Steelz as a true player in the singles division.
W Morrissey vs. Zicky Dice and VSK: Another dominating win for Morrissey heading into his Impact World Championship match with Moose at the Turning Point event. It will be interesting to see if Morrissey starts embracing the fans or if they keep this heel-to-heel match.
Tennille Dashwood and Madison Rayne vs. Havok: It warmed my heart to see Rosemary sell that her shoulder hit the ring post like a major injury. I don’t know why wrestlers running into steel poles became throwaway moments, but I digress. The win gave Dashwood and Rayne a win pending their postponed knockout title match, and the move to becoming a handicap match also protected Team Rosemary and Havok.
Impact Wrestling Failures
Doc Gallows and Joe Doering vs. Heath and Rhino: The match went well, but everyone involved cooled considerably after their impact spikes. The men’s tag team division is freezing.