It’s week three of tapings from Mexico. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that Impact traveling to destinations like Mexico and Canada allow for them to showcase local talent and present themselves in a different manner than the Impact Zone in Orlando. However, it could be argued that the Mexican crowd hasn’t really added to the product during the show’s time there.
The Toronto crowd was hot. It made the shows feel hot. The shows in Mexico have been great, but some of the in-ring segments seem to have fallen a little flat. I’m not sure if it’s the language barrier or if the crowd isn’t as familiar with the talents and storylines, but Impact could possibly have benefited from being in front of a hotter crowd heading into the biggest show of the year.
Matt Sydal defeats Rich Swann
Matt Sydal and Rich Swann finally have the match that’s been teased for Mexico for weeks. The match was a solid show opener. These two guys have pretty good chemistry. Rich Swann is an impressive athlete and Sydal is having one of the best runs of his career right now. A few nice moves and some back and forth action. Swann got the advantage after hitting a spinning back kick.
Swann climbs to the top rope to hit his finisher when Sydal grabs the referee. While the ref’s back is turned, someone grabs Swann and powerbombs him into the ring. Sydal takes advantage and picks up the win.
The camera placement doesn’t allow you to see who it is at first, but finally the mystery attacker is revealed to be “All Ego” Ethan Page. This isn’t Page’s first run in Impact, but it is his first run under his most well known alias. Page previously had a short run as Chandler Park, Joseph Park’s cousin.
.@OfficialEGO HAS ARRIVED IN IMPACT WRESTLING!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 5, 2018
Later in the show, we see Page and Sydal cut a promo on Swann and challenge him to find a partner for Bound for Glory. Page and Sydal are going to be a tag team. It will be interesting to see who Swann can find to be his partner.