The Lucha Bros defeat Rich Swann and Willie Mack
The Lucha Brothers versus Swann and Mack is our opening match on Impact Wrestling tonight. I would call this match a spot fest and a lot of fun. There wasn’t a lot of drama or in-ring psychology going on in this one. Of course, there was no real story coming in so I didn’t expect much else from these four.
Fenix is just an incredible athlete. As much as I like Pentagon Jr., I think Fenix is becoming the shining star of this duo. I like them as a tag team, but I wonder if there wouldn’t be more money in Fenix as your X-Division Champion.
After the match, LAX comes down to the ring without Konnan. Long story short, we’re getting the Lucha Bros vs. LAX at Homecoming on January 6th. I think this match has the potential to steal the show and is definitely worth the purchase of the pay per view.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 30, 2018
After the call out, we get a backstage segment. Konnan is not happy with LAX making the match. Impact is selling these guys as one big family under Konnan’s guidance. He doesn’t want the family to break up like former guys he’s mentored. I’m not sure what the story will be heading forward, but this is going to be one to look forward to.
Jordynne Grace defeats Katarina
Jordynne Grace is getting a big push. Impact is clearly heading the direction of a face Jordynne versus a heel Tessa. This is a direction I can get behind.
A few weeks ago, I wrote that Grace reminds me of Michael Elgin. If Impact can push Grace as the powerhouse that NJPW and ROH, in the past, have pushed Elgin, it could be a great thing. I think she has true breakout potential.
The match was a little more back and forth than I would think, but Katarina is a veteran and deserves not to just be squashed. Grace picks up the victory with a bear hug. Sounds exciting, right? A bear hug? Actually, this was one impressive bear hug. Grace looks like she squeezed the life out of Katarina. The future is bright for the Knockouts division with Taya, Tessa, and Jordynne.
Taya Valkarie defeats Ray Lyn
Speaking of Taya, she picks up a submission victory over Ray Lyn. This was a match to get Taya over and to get to the post match angle. Ray Lyn didn’t look terrible. She doesn’t have a powerful look, but she definitely has some personality. She could be another lady to add to the roster, but that was not the point of this match.
The post-match angle was the point. Tessa Blanchard attacks Taya after the match. She also attacked the referee. Earlier in the night, we had a backstage segment between the ref and Tessa. This is the same ref who she hit a few weeks ago to get disqualified and who was distracted at Bound For Glory.
Ultimately, Gail Kim came down to the ring to pull Tessa off of Taya. I’m guessing this will ultimately lead to a special referee match at Homecoming and possibly a match between Tessa and Gail. I’ve written several times that Tessa needs a veteran to really help her progress. Tessa is already fantastic, but she is still fairly green. A program with Kim would do wonders for her long term career. Impact is making some really smart moves of late. This seems to be the next one.