A massive title change and a sleazy stand-off were centerstage on the latest episode of IMPACT.
Here is a recap and reactions from the 11 February 2020 episode.
MICHAEL ELGIN d. EDDIE EDWARDS
MADMAN FULTON d. DAGA
FALLAH BAHH d. ETHAN PAGE
ROB VAN DAM d. JOEY RYAN
THE DESI HIT SQUAD d. WILLIE MACK and JOHNNY SWINGER
JORDYNNE GRACE d. TAYA VALKYRIE
We get a recap video of Jordynne Grace’s climb towards another shot at Taya Valkyrie’s Knockouts Championship.
MICHAEL ELGIN vs. EDDIE EDWARDS
This is Match Two of the Best-of-Five Series between Elgin and Edwards. Elgin took the first victory a couple of weeks ago. Eddie is still wearing his capri jeans and little boots, which is not the most flattering. Mexico City chants for Eddie as the bell rings. The two trade trademark stiff strikes in the opening minutes. Eddie shoots for a dropkick from the top but gets caught in a pleasing sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. They brawl on the outside as Elgin slams Eddie onto the hardest part of the ring. Eddie shows some strong selling, collapsing in the ring. Elgin nails a massive clothesline after a dragon suplex for a close call. Eddie comes back with his own clothesline and a Tiger Driver for a near fall of his own. Elgin dodges a Boston Knee Party but is met outside with a Tope Suicida. Eddie nails a terrific top rope rana for another two-count. Elgin hits a buckle bomb followed by the Elgin Bomb for a sudden win.
This was a good match as expected, with Eddie getting a good amount of offense in. While these matches are always of high quality, its already run its course and could use something to spice things up. Also the bout was good but their weakest thus far.
We get a Jordynne Grace vs. Taya Valkyrie highlight package.
We get an advertisement for the next IMPACT Plus event, Sacrifice.
Gabby Loren is backstage interviewing Taya Valkyrie who appears worried about tonight’s match. She goes over all of her impressive accomplishments which just proves how unusual it is that she would be afraid of Jordynne Grace, who she’s beaten multiple times.
MADMAN FULTON vs. DAGA
This is a fresh match and could be really good, especially if given a PPV effort. Daga opens up quickly but gets neutralized by the monster early. Fulton powers him up but gets sent outside, followed by a suicide dive from Daga. We come back from commercial break with Fulton destroying El Jefe. Fulton almost breaks Daga’s neck with a nasty German Suplex for a near fall. Daga begins his comeback to a chorus of cheers. His speed is the difference maker as he hits a missile dropkick. Josh asks Don if matches in AAA go as long as this one. This was at the seven-minute mark. Fulton chokeslams Daga for a near-fall. Daga picks him up for a Death Valley Driver, as he feels the crowd’s energy. The Crist Brothers appear but Daga flies on them, taking them out. Daga lands a reverse cutter from the second rope, but Fulton dumps him over his head for the three count.
I enjoyed this match despite the strange finish. Daga was kept strong and looked great in front of a hot crowd. The feud should continue with Daga taking on Jake Crist at Sacrifice.
Moose is receiving a massage as he questions why IMPACT booked him against Rhino again at Sacrifice. Me too Moose. Rhino comes in and attacks him.
ETHAN PAGE vs. FALLAH BAHH
The fans start chanting “goo-goo-gaga”. Neat. Ethan Page shows off his striking with some head kicks and a shoulder block. Bahh starts Bahhing up and opens up on Page with a Samoan Drop. Josh Alexander pulls Page out of the line of danger but TJP takes him out. Bahh captures Page in a small package for the win.
This was fine and did not outstay its welcome. Bahh and TJP are a fresh team and I am totally down for them to get a shot at The North.
James Mitchell urges Havok to find Su Yung, just as he sees Suzie. Suzie follows them with seemingly evil intentions.
ROB VAN DAM vs. JOEY RYAN
The crowd pops for Van Dam’s initials on the screen. I can’t imagine how they felt when they saw him doing his thing with Katie Forbes on the ramp. This match should be something. They taunt each other until Forbes jumps in and dances. They start wrestling for a little bit but RVD has enough and heads to his woman on the outside. RVD delivers a crescent kick to Joey hanging on the ropes. He teases Rolling Thunder but dips out of the ring for another smooch. Joey lands a suicide dive and starts arguing with Katie Forbes. RVD touches “it” as Joey Ryan tries to flip him. RVD actually counters this with a spinning kick. He goes to the top for a Five-Star Frog Splash, connects, and scores the victory.
That was interesting. I feel like it could’ve been worse. Shockingly enough there’s not too much to say about this.
Su Yung is found choking James Mitchell, who she seems to murder. Mitchell wakes up in The Undead Realm, and is pleased to arrive.
The IMPACT Plus Moment of the Week is Magnus vs. Eric Young from Sacrifice 2014.
Johnny Swinger’s got the brass knuckles and Fuji dust, but Willie Mack wants nothing to do with him. Mack lands some nice strikes early on, as Rohit interferes immediately.
WILLIE MACK vs. MAHABALI SHERA
Gama Singh introduces Shera alongside Rohit Raju. Raj Singh has been sent on a spiritual journey. The Desi Hit Squad doubles up on Mack but Johnny Swinger comes out with a steel chair. The match is now a tag team match.
WILLIE MACK and JOHNNY SWINGER vs. THE DESI HIT SQUAD
Swinger has gotten his wish, as the Mack and Pack connection unites. Mack gets the tag to a beaten down Swinger. Mack lands the Samoan Drop and Moonsault on Rohit Raju. Swinger tags himself in as Mack and Pack go after Shera. Gama pulls Mack out as Shera lands a Sky High for the win.
The match itself was nothing special but I like the angle with Swinger. I was hoping they would pick up the win but they have plenty of time to rack up wins, as they’ll hopefully become the most dominant unit in IMPACT. I can only dream.
Tessa Blanchard is interviewed backstage as Ace Austin comes around. They brawl after Ace attempts to seduce her.
Another ad for Sacrifice.
Next week we are in Las Vegas, as Ace Austin and Reno Scum take on Tessa Blanchard, Trey, and Tommy Dreamer. The Triple T’s. I’ll stop. Commentary hypes this as another Solomon Crowe hacking segment interrupts.
JORDYNNE GRACE vs. TAYA VALKYRIE
Taya is in control early, landing the double knees in the corner. We come back from commercial break for much of the same. Jorydnne dumps her with a beautiful German Suplex followed by a low-pe. She heads to the top, but John E. Bravo sends her flying. Jordynne lands multiple powerslams for a two count. They go out on the apron, resulting in a powerbomb from Taya onto the steps at ringside. Commentary and the crowd really undersold that spot. Taya nails the Road to Valhalla on the stage, adding to the damage. Jordynne crawls back in and Taya follows up with an unsuccessful pinfall attempt. Jordynne fires back with a Muscle Buster for a near fall. She shoots for a Grace Driver but Taya reverses into an armbar. Jordynne locks in a crossface, as Bravo drags Taya to the ropes. Jordynne gets her up, lands a Grace Driver, and Bravo yanks the ref out. I’m not sure why he has not been sent to the back after getting involved twice. Taya accidentally spears Bravo, allowing Jordynne to roll her up for a near fall. Jordynne goes to the top rope as Bravo lays on top of Taya. Jordynne dives on both of them, lands another Grace Driver and wins the Knockouts Championship.
This was enjoyable and one of their better matches. Some strong spots and drama at the end elevated it, allowing Jordynne Grace’s title win to have some energy. Admittedly Jordynne isn’t my favorite, but she’s undeniably popular and a title win is good for the division and some fresh matchups.
This week’s episode of IMPACT was a little bit of a drop-off from last week. They didn’t add any heat to Sacrifice this week, and they were a bit too match-heavy as they tend to be in Mexico. Hopefully things will improve in Vegas next week. A forgettable episode of IMPACT, even with the title change.