MCMAHON’S IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT
May 17, 2018
Taped from Orlando, Fla. (Universal Studios)
Aired on Pop TV
Announcers: Josh Mathews
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— The present opened with a recap of final week’s episode.
(1) ELI DRAKE & SCOTT STEINER [c] vs. DJ Z & ANDREW EVERETT — Impact Tag Team Title match
Mathews, once more saying solo, talked up how good Z & E appeared and puzzled if they’d pull the upset tonight and win the tag titles. Z & E cooperated nicely to neutralize Steiner on the surface. Steiner tried bringing a chair into the ring a few instances however Z &E thwarted it. Steiner inadvertently hit Drake with a chair and Everett hit a standing Shooting Star Press for the win.
WINNER: DJ Z & Andrew Everett win the Impact Tag Titles.
After the match, Steiner tried to verify on Drake in the ring as Z & E celebrated on the ramp.
McMahon’s Analysis: What is occurring with Eli Drake? He’s taken losses on back-to-back reveals. In reality, he’s taken losses in back-to-back matches. They closed final week’s present with Drake getting pinned, after which opened this week’s present with Drake getting pinned. Unless one thing drastically modifications over the subsequent few weeks, the concept that Drake’s contract is up and he’s leaving the corporate looks like it might be reputable.
— Back from the break, Z &E are celebrating backstage. They each talked about how a lot they’ve overcome. Petey Williams bumped into the digital camera shot and gave them a hug. They mentioned they had been simply getting began.
— Josh Mathews and Madison Rayne had been in entrance of the inexperienced display screen set. Mathews mentioned that Rayne would offer commentary for the knockouts matches.
McMahon’s Analysis: I really feel like I must reiterate this each week, however that inexperienced display screen set appears completely horrible. It appears low-cost and low-rent.
(2) KIERA HOGAN vs. TESSA BLANCHARD
Kiera charged Blanchard simply because the bell rang. Hogan flew in on Blanchard and delivered a massive boot in the nook. Blanchard continued to dominate many of the match bodily. Hogan fired again with a slap they usually brawled, with Hogan throwing elbows. Hogan hit a aspect kick to Blanchard’s face. The announcers constructed up that Tessa might lose her debut match. Rayne saved saying, again and again, that the one factor that would get in Tessa’s manner was Tessa. Mathews mentioned that “this isn’t the indie scene, this is Impact Wrestling!” Blanchard rapidly got here again with a hammerlock DDT for the win.
WINNER: Tessa Blanchard in four:00.
Rayne mentioned she was impressed and he or she hoped she might preserve her ego in verify. Blanchard attacked Hogan after the match and Madison Rayne hit the ring to cease the assault. Tessa yelled at Rayne and he or she charged her, sending Tessa scrambling to the again.
McMahon’s Analysis: The match was really fairly good … the commentary was horrific. It’s simply the identical factor each week. The voice of the present wants to alter if Impact officers need the notion of the present to alter. Mathews comes throughout like a lite model of a WWE commentator, and never a good one. He’s like a lite Tom Phillips. He’s too polished and doesn’t emote almost sufficient emotion. I don’t dislike Mathews … I simply dislike his utilization as an announcer. He appears to be a actually good worker, doing a lot for the corporate, however I’d reasonably see him utilized as a heel supervisor. He’s annoying. Let that shine. He might be the poor man’s Paul Heyman, in some methods.
— Grado confronted Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong backstage and mentioned that he knew they attacked Joseph Park. Jacobs mentioned that they solely cared about Abyss, and that’s over with. Jacobs mentioned that Grado must cease making accusations or he’ll be laid out. Katarina mentioned that Grado would battle Kongo Kong any time, anyplace.
— A promo aired for the TV tapings on June 1 and June 2 in Canada.
— A video aired on Callihan vs. Edwards.
(three) GRADO (w/Katarina) vs. KONGO KONG (w/Jimmy Jacobs)
Katarina egged on Grado and Grado started firing off punches that Kongo didn’t promote. Kongo got here again with an uppercut to the face. Grado kicked out of an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Grado hit the massive elbow however Kong stood there. Grado went to the highest rope and tried for a flying shoulder sort out and that knocked down Kong, however he bought proper again up and hit a bodyslam. Kong hit a splash off the highest for the win.
WINNER: Kongo Kong in three:00.
After the match, Katarina left the ring after Kong and Jacobs began at her. Kong threw Grado to the surface and Jacobs instructed Kong to throw Grado into the steps. Kong wedged the steps into the ropes and Mathews reminded us that this was the identical factor they did to Johnny Impact final month. Kong scooped up Grado and went to garden dart him into the steps however Moose confirmed up and stopped the assault. Moose and Kong brawled on the ramp and in the aisle. In the ring, Moose hit a massive kick and clotheslined Kong to the surface. Jacobs then pulled again Kong.
McMahon’s Analysis: “Is he right here?!?!?! … Well, Josh, Moose’s music was taking part in and he was standing in the entranceway, so sure, I feel he’s right here. That’s my greatest pet peeve with wrestling announcers. Don’t act silly. Josh isn’t the one one who makes use of dumb traces like this, however he appears to make use of it a lot. Jim Ross is likely to be the perfect announcer ever, and even he used this tactic every now and then.
— LAX was exterior and Santana was on the telephone. Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley got here on the scene and Lee saved asking to speak to Konnan. Lee mentioned that they nearly beat LAX for the tag group titles, however once they lose, Konnan was there.
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