Impact Wrestling was back in Mexico City this week for the first episode from the most recent tapings. The timing couldn’t be better as the promotion announced yesterday that they will now be co-promoting AAA’s upcoming event at the Hulu Theatre inside Madison Square Garden.
Here are 9 takeaways from Impact Wrestling 8/30:
Michael Elgin Beats Rhino In Falls Count Anywhere Match
After a double countout ended their last match, Elgin and Rhino were scheduled for a Falls Count Anywhere match in this week’s main event. After brawling all around the arena, Rhino missed a Gore and crashed through a table, allowing Elgin to hit a sit-down power-bomb and pick up the win.
Tenille Dashwood Wants Taya Valkyrie’s Knockouts Title
Taya Valkyrie defeated AAA’s Big Mami to retain her Impact Knockouts title this week but a new contender emerged shortly after. As Taya chases the longest reigning Knockouts champion record, Dashwood is wasting no time letting Impact know she’s going right for the title. She took down Taya but John E Bravo made the save, allowing Taya to escape. Bravo took a dropkick to the face for his troubles, however.
Valkyrie really is pretty close to breaking the longest single-reign in Knockouts title history. She is scheduled to tie the actual record on October 12th. In storyline, however, the record is 239 days.
- Taryn Terrell 279 days – 2014-15
- Rosemary 266 days – 2016-17
- Taya Valkyrie 237+ (current)
- Gail Kim – 232 days – 2015-16
Moose Calls Ken Shamrock An “Attention W**re”
Moose and Ken Shamrock are building toward a likely clash at the promotion’s tapings in Las Vegas next month. Shamrock is promoting his new bare-knuckled MMA promotion Valor BK. This week Moose cut a promo in the back saying Shamrock is only seeking attention.
Fallah Bah then cut in and challenged Moose to another match between the two for next week.
Impromptu Trios Match In Mexico City
A tag team match ended in a disqualification this week after Kiera Hogan and Madison Rayne teamed up to beat up Jordynne Grace on the outside. Impact officials then made a trios match official between Jordynne Grace, Rosemary, and Chik Tormenta against Vanilla, Kiera Hogan, and Madison Rayne.
Rayne and Hogan, who only get along when they have someone else to team up against, left Vanilla by herself in the ring, allowing Rosemary to pick up the win for her team.
Willie Mack & Rich Swann Moving Up The Tag Rankings
Willie Mack and Rich Swann teamed up this week to defeat Dez and Wentz from the Rascalz. Mack and Swann have teamed up frequently since Mack signed with Impact but it looks like they could be making a full-time move to the tag division now that Swann is no longer X-Division champion. A win over the Rascalz, who challenged for the tag belts multiple times this summer, is a big win for Mack and Swann.
LAX Put Their Impact Careers On The Line
The North invaded LAX’s clubhouse this week, stating that it should belong to them. An enraged Ortiz then put LAX’s Impact Wrestling careers on the line in a title match against Josh Alexander and Ethan Page. That match will take place next week.
Golden Magic Picks Up The Win
Impact Wrestling kicked off with a high-energy 4-way match last night. Golden Magic picked up the win with a 450 splash on Trey but at the same time TJP had Taurus locked in a submission. He would argue that Taurus was about to tap after the match and then stared down Golden Magic. So we could see TJP and Golden Magic in a one-on-one match sometime before Impact leaves Mexico.
Ace Austin Chases Muggers Into the Ocean
Ace Austin was shown on the beach this week with Alisha Edwards. He was about to admit to Alisha his feelings for her when a pair of muggers attempted to steal Alisha’s bag. The brazen muggers were not fazed by the presence of a camera on the beach. Austin chased one of the muggers into the ocean and then proceeded to walk back to the beach in slow-motion.
Alisha thanked Austin but then said she had to go. Shortly after, it was revealed that Reno Scum were the muggers and Austin had hired them to take Alisha’s bag.
Next Week on Impact Wrestling
Several big matches were booked for next week’s episode:
- Moose vs Fallah Bah
- Su Yung vs Havok
- Madman Fulton vs Rob Van Dam
- Update on Brian Cage’s World Title reign
- Impact Tag Team Championships: The North (c) vs LAX (LAX have put their Impact careers on the line.)