8 Takeaways From Impact Wrestling 5/3

Impact Wrestling presented the first of two episodes taped the night after Rebellion.

Impact Wrestling 5/3

Impact Wrestling presented the first of two episodes taped the night after Rebellion from the Rebel Nightclub in Toronto. I was in attendance for the show and will provide live notes throughout this post.

Here are 8 takeaways from Impact Wrestling 5/3:

8Rob Van Dam Is Back! Will Face Ethan Page Next Week

Rob Van Dam came out this week but his return was interrupted by “All Ego” Ethan Page.

As a member of “the North” and well-known independent wrestler from the nearby city of Hamilton, Page had plenty of supporters in the crowd but RVD got the largest reaction of the tapings.

RVD has been talking about how many on the Impact roster have been stealing his moves. Page noted that he doesn’t steal RVD’s moves and RVD was never a hero to him. The segment ended with a Van Daminator. A single’s match between the two was booked for next week.

7Michael Elgin Is #1 Contender

  • Michael Elgin defeated Johnny Impact, Pentagon Jr. – 3-Way Match

Michael Elgin kicked things off last night with an in-ring promo. He noted that it is customary for a new World Champion to kick off the episode after winning the title but in this case, Brian Cage is unable to do so due to injury.

Elgin was interrupted by both Johnny Impact and Konnan. Johnny disputed Elgin’s claim to a title shot and so did Konnan, who felt former world champion Pentagon deserved a shot as well. It was agreed that the 3 would meet in a triple threat match in the night’s main event, with the winner being declared the new #1 contender to Brian Cage’s title.

Pentagon Jr. injured:

Elgin got the win in the night’s main event but arguably the bigger story is Pentagon Jr. suffering an injury during the bout. My section was on the other side of the ring so I didn’t have a great view of it, however.

Something got messed up between Johnny and Pentagon as Johnny was going for a hurricanrana to the floor and Pentagon stayed down after. A medic and several referees helped him to the back as he was favoring his leg. There are no available updates on his condition other than he is dealing with an “undisclosed leg injury.”

6Brian Cage Is Injured

It was noted on last night’s episode that Brian Cage is injured. He was taken to hospital following Rebellion with a back injury. Cage then said doctors told him they believe he suffered a deep bone bruise/inflammation or minor fracture after a Standing Spanish Fly from the entrance ramp to the floor.

He said on Busted Open Radio this Monday he didn’t expect to miss much time but he was pulled from the tapings this weekend due to the injury.

5Madison Rayne Vs Taya Valkyrie Next Week – Non-Title

Madison Rayne confronted Taya Valkyrie in the back this week. Rayne noted that Taya has never defeated her. Valkyrie woudln’t agree to deend her title but will face Madison Rayne in single’s competition next week.

4Kiera Hogan Left Rosemary To Su Yung & Her Minions

  • Kiera Hogan vs Rosemary – No Contest

A match between Kiera Hogan and Rosemary was thrown out this week when the Undead Bridesmaids interfered. The undead brides were attempting to rescue the Undead Maid of Honor who had been abducted by Rosemary last week.

Hogan was on the entrance ramp as Su Yung and her minions attacked Rosemary. She appeared to have second thoughts about getting in the ring and rescuing Rosemary, however, and in fact, never did come to her aid. What this means for her in the Rosemary/Su Yung/Undead Realm angle is unclear.

3Killer Kross/Eddie Edwards Rivalry Brewing?

  • Fenix defeated Eddie Edwards

Killer Kross came out during the Eddie Edwards vs Fenix match last night. He stood ominously on the entrance ramp for a large chunk of the match.

Kross offered Eddie Edwards his kendo stick to use but then wouldn’t let go of it when Eddie grabbed for it. The distraction was all Fenix needed to go on offense and pick up the win with a muscle buster.

What does Kross want with Eddie Edwards?

2Code Red Sunday Night – Impact +

This Sunday the first exclusive event to air on Impact + will be “Code Red.” Here is the lineup for the show:

  • Johnny Impact & Taya Valkyrie vs. Eddie Edwards & Alisha Edwards
  • Michael Elgin vs. Willie Mack
  • Impact Tag Team Championships: LAX (Santana & Ortiz) vs. oVe (Dave & Jake Crist) vs. New York Wrecking Krew (Smoothe Blackmon & Chris Seaton)
  • X-Division Championship: Rich Swann vs. Ace Austin vs. Trey vs. Smiley vs. Evander James vs. Mantequilla
  • The Rascalz (Dez & Wentz) vs. The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander)
  • Tessa Blanchard & Violette vs. Scarlett Bordeaux & Sonya Strong
  • Moose vs. Ken Broadway

1Ace Austin Gets The Win/Will Challenge For X-Division Gold

  • Ace Austin defeated Petey Williams

Ace Austin defeated a former X-Division Champion in Petey Williams this week. The win over Petey Williams could help Austin gain momentum as he gears up to challenge for the X-Division title on Sunday at Code Red. The match had originally been for the HOG Crown Jewel Championship but Josh Matthews announced the X-Division title would be on the line last night.

Quick Results:

  1. Ace Austin defeated Petey Williams
  2. Rosemary vs Kiera Hogan – No Contest
  3. Fenix defeated Eddie Edwards
  4. Impact World Title #1 Contendership: Michael Elgin defeated Pentagon Jr. and Johnny Impact

Next Week:

  • Taya Valkyrie vs Madison Rayne
  • Rob Van Dam vs Ethan Page
  • OVE Street Fight: Sami Callihan, Madman Fulton, & the Crist brothers vs Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Tommy Dreamer, & Fallah Bah
  • LAX vs Moose & Josh Alexander