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    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Tales from the Impact Zone (10/4/18): Abyssy as a Bee

    After taping episodes in Canada, Impact Wrestling travels south of the border to give Mexico a taste of their brand of pro wrestling. And in these two weeks, everyone of note had their fair share of airtime.

    Before we proceed to that though, I would like to acknowledge the enshrinement of Abyss to the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame, the ceremony to occur during Bound for Glory weekend two weeks from now.

    For someone who sporadically followed old TNA, I had the first impression that Abyss came across as a Kane/Mankind hybrid. But looking back on his career both as in-ring talent and backstage personnel, Christopher Joseph Park is a consummate professional, having gone through the promotion's ups and downs, never leaving its side long-term to pursue other pastures.

    Although the individual behind the character has gone through other identities and iterations on camera, Abyss is the one that resonates the most among devout Impact followers. Here's to you!

    Major Impact Moments

    Now, on to our preview. As I've said, all the major movers had their time under the spotlight. Impact World Champion Austin Aries asserted his dominance by beating El Texano on opening night, while his crew of Moose and Killer Kross emerged victorious over Johnny Impact and Eddie Edwards the following evening.

    oVe has left their imprint everywhere. They opened the first show with a six-man tag match against Aero Star, Laredo Kid, Vikingo, which the foreign visitors won. The chaos-loving trio then confronted the Lucha Brothers after the latter's match against Matt Sydal and Rich Swann later that night.

    In the week after, Sami Callihan had to act as a motivational speaker to convince Jake Crist to go fight Brian Cage. Although Crist lost, the bout was just a front so that his mates can assault the X-Division Champion. With some venue voodoo, the Lucha Brothers were shown on the big screen after the lights went off and back on. In their possession was Dave Crist, leaving Callihan distraught, and Cage being able to recover and retaliate in the post-match beating that he got.

    The telenovela between LAX and The OGz trudges along with King continuing to egg Konnan and his comrades on in breaking the ceasefire, even resorting to digging the past of the LAX leader and burning his old mask. King also showcased his moves, winning by spinning backfist versus Kronus, but not before Homicide and Hernandez called dibs on their hapless opponent prior to the bell.

    Ortiz and Santana would have liked to get their hands on the rogue squad, but discretion is the better part of valor, as per Konnan. Thus, it won't be until Bound for Glory before the camps get to clash.

    Other Impactful Moments

    After disposing of Trevor Lee in the opening program, Eli Drake found himself with some free time to taste the sights and sound of Mexico's capital, awaiting his next challenger. Dummy, yeah!

    You know what would be a fun promo exercise? Have Drake, Aries, The Miz, Chris Jericho, as well as Kevin Owens locked in a room and have them trade barbs and roasts at each other.

    AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Faby Apache was made to look good in the first evening by beating Alisha Edwards, shoehorning her challenge to Tessa Blanchard for the Knockouts Championship. It was all for naught though as Blanchard retained, but this gave Taya Valkyrie the opening to challenge for the Knockouts division belt at Bound for Glory.

    This leads me to this thought: what was Tessa doing in the locker room in the first episode when she wasn't scheduled for an appearance that evening? At least Alisha has an excuse to be around in the second night as her husband saw action in the main event.

    In the lone Fallah Bahh sighting the past two weeks, we see him taking care of an injured KM, reading him a story, tucking him in, and singing him a "Fallah Bahh-ye." Before the Filipino sumo left his friend to rest, KM told him to avenge them from the shellacking they received from Aries and cohorts back in Canada.

    Not-so-Deep Impact Moments

    • Latino talents are introduced in Spanish, while the others remain introduced in English. Nice attention to detail.
    • Katarina, fed up with the shenanigans of bro-mates Joe Hendry and Grado, decided to procure the services of a certain Murder Clown to stop the two from messing with her.
    • When they claim that Sydal has a third eye, I didn't realize that they were referring to a literal CGI eye on the middle of his forehead. That caught me off-guard.
    • Killer Kross calls out Johnny *insert name here* for being all over the place. But isn't Kross the leader of the Rabbit Tribe over on Lucha Underground? Isn't that like a pot calling out the kettle for being black?
    • There was an awkward pause between Fénix and the referee after the Lucha Brother pinned Rich Swann, and there was an obvious cut afterwards. Some of the little things a Communication Major graduate would notice, don't mind me.
    • So, Scarlett Bordeaux makes an announcement that she has an announcement for the following week. Right. And her grand reveal? She's putting up a global talent search on who she will valet. Talk about slow burn. But I won't delve on this.
    • The Desi Hit Squad also got the same treatment as a segment in the first week was all just to set up an appearance for the next episode, acting as warm bodies for LAX to release tension on.

    Nothing stood out for me watching the last two episodes. For one, either there was no ambient mic set up or the crowd was just unnaturally dead. And I had my expectations set high since the shows were in Mexico City. But while organizing my notes and writing the review, I came to appreciate how Impact as a promotion is able to do a lot despite their limited resources. I was about to give a grade of B for bland, but I'll mark it up to B+ for the effort.

    What to expect next week:
    • Joe Hendry vs Murder Clown
    • Rich Swann vs Matt Sydal
    • Eli Drake open challenge
    • Su Yung vs Kiera Hogan
    Image and video courtesy of Impact Wrestling


    JP Abcede, CIS, has an ongoing love-hate relationship with the WWE, depending on what Bret Hart's mood for the day is. A financial adviser and Certified Investment Solicitor (that is what the CIS stands for after his name) by profession, he catches up on his weekly dose of pro wrestling by streaming shows and using them as background noise while he is doing something else. This way, he is able to zone out the boring parts while remaining productive.
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