Impact recap: Hectic night for Maria & Honor No More

Honor No More had an evening with ups and downs on Thursday night Impact wrestling. Heath outsmarted them again, Maria Kanellis talked her way into the water and Eddie Edwards took #1 contender status for the Impact world title.

It started with a double downer when Heath defeated Kenny King. Vincent was ringside to assist, but Heath slapped him and King put off a wake-up call.

Honor No More brought a backup plan into play by surrounding the ring with full force. Heath fought back bravely, but the numbers were too many. Honor No More took turns hitting Heath. Eddie Edwards ordered PCO to get the job done. As PCO got excited, Heath slipped away for a Wake Up Call to Mike Bennett and then escaped through the crowd.

Vincent had other business sowing discord to convince Josh Alexander that Honor No More is right about Impact. The scene started with Rich Swann eager to win the #1 contender main event. Alexander said he would rather defend against Swann out of respect as a competitor. Enter Vincent. He warned that Impact Alexander will run into the ground as champion until he collapses. If Alexander realizes he needs friends, look at Honor No More.

Backstage, Edwards was stunned at how Heath kept getting the upper hand. Matt Taven and Mike Bennett said Doc Gallows is injured so they have no idea when they will get their tag title against the Good Brothers. OGK left the room and easily bumped into Scott D’Amore. The boss had no answers for OGK. Gallows take time to heal. Maria Kanellis stepped to his face and demanded a handicap title match for OGK against Karl Anderson. D’Amore countered for another game with a twist. Bennett vs. Anderson booked for next week. If Anderson wins, ringside Maria will be banned from the title match.

Despite all the troubles of Honor No More, the show ended on a high note when Edwards won the six-time elimination #1 contender main event. Edwards outlived Bandido, Moose, Rich Swann, Sami Callihan and Steve Maclin. (Full match details here.)

The last two came down to Edwards and Swann. Edwards cheated with a kendo stick, but Swann didn’t stop. After a short babyface rally, Edwards caught Swann for a Blue Thunder Bomb and Boston Knee Party. Swan had a glimmer of fighting spirit left, so Edwards executed the Die Hard Driver for the win.

Honor No More rushed to the ring to celebrate with Edwards on their shoulders. Edwards will wrestle Alexander for the Impact World Championship on Bound for glory on October 7

In other action from Impact wrestling:

  • Black Taurus defeated Laredo Kid, Rey Horus and Trey Miguel. Quadruple action opened the show with wild moves all around. In the end, Laredo hit a crucifix bomb at Taurus, Horus hit a satellite DDT at Taurus, Trey hit a rolling cutter at Horus, Laredo hit a flipping DDT at Trey, and Taurus hit the Power Bull pile driver on Laredo to win.
  • Tasha Steelz argued with Killer Kelly and vice versa. Savannah Evans acted to protect the Boricua Badass, so Kelly suggested a match against Evans later in the show.
  • Killer Kelly defeated Savannah Evans. Kelly played with Evans in a strange way. When Evans googled Kelly with one hand, Kelly also put Evans’ second hand on her throat for a double goozle. Kelly got a power pounding and didn’t seem to mind. In the end Kelly worked for positional advantage to lock down a Cobra Clutch choke. Evans moved slowly toward the ropes, but couldn’t get close enough for the break. Evans was forced to wiretap. Steelz talked to Kelly from the outside.
  • Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and Kushida revealed their team name as Time Machine. They will be fighting Violent By Design in trios action next week. (Full details here.)
  • Rosemary lost to Gisele Shaw on BTI’s pre-show. She kind of blamed Jessicka, even though it wasn’t anyone’s fault. The same can be said about Rosemary and Taya losing the tag titles. Rosemary regrouped with a plan to restore Ragnarok as champion and retrain Jessicka to be Havok again. Jessicka already started the plan by telling her she has a game next week. Rosemary was frustrated with the plan’s lack of patience.
  • Deonna Purrazzo and Chelsea Green interrupted Jordynne Grace’s backstage interview. Grace dared to fight them both. Mia Yim stepped in to support Grace for a proper tag match and suggested it be a title match. VXT accepted for next week. (Full details here.)
  • X-Division Championship: “Speedball” Mike Bailey retained against Chris Bey. Bailey used his skillful feet to take control with kicks and land the Ultima weapon for the win. (Full details here.)
  • Brian Myers ran into Bhupinder Gujjar. Myers told Gujjar to be back in line for a shot at the Impact Digital Media Championship. Spades were exchanged. Gujjar was angry and said that this is far from over.

This episode of Impact wrestling was very productive. The elimination factor for the No. 1 contender added drama in the way it unfolded. Eddie Edwards was the right decision to win. Tension was plagued long ago when Edwards joined Honor No More, and it’s time to rethink the idea that Edwards blames Alexander for being passed over to take the world title to Impact. Bandido and Rich Swann set the match on fire with their exchanges. The Victory Road takes place especially for Bound for glory. When Alexander has to defend at Victory Roadthen maybe they can bring in Bandido or Swann as a challenger.

“Speedball” Mike Bailey continues to thrill in his X-Division title defense. There are still plenty of wrestlers on the list for Bailey to beat before he clears the division. Black Taurus, Laredo Kid, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and Kushida are just a few that would make cool matchups. Speaking of Taurus, the four-way opener was a dandy of athletic prowess. It’s nice to see the bull win.

Killer Kelly has my attention. That was an impressive win over powerhouse Savannah Evans. Kelly’s ring skills are still a work in progress, but her character development is interesting. Kelly’s presence demands attention.

The backstage scenes were great throughout. There were many little details that made me laugh, like Jessicka’s battle jacket with the words Battle Coat on the back, Taya Valkyrie making faces at everything Rosemary says, Bhupinder Gujjar grabbing Bryan Myers’ fist. As usual, those scenes never feel like filler and have a purpose to move stories forward.

We close with a nice visual treat. When Alexander wrestled with Eric Young, slammiversary, the action featured numerous tributes to stars from Impact’s past. Impact posted a video of the highlights alongside the original inspirations.

Share your opinion about Impact wrestling. What was your favorite match? Who stole the show?

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