The road to Impact Wrestling’s Rebellion continued Thursday night on AXS TV with an episode of the company’s weekly show headlined by No. 1 contender to the world title Josh Alexander battling the insufferable Matt Taven of Honor No More. The Motor City Machine Guns square off with Bullet Club’s Jay White and Chris Bey in a dream tag team match. Deonna Purrazzo defend both the Reina de Reinas and Ring of Honor Women’s titles in a three-way dance
Motor City Machine Guns vs. Bullet Club
This was a dream match between two of the best teams in the pro wrestling business. Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin squared off with “Switchblade” Jay White and Chris Bey in a match that absolutely lived up to lofty expectations. Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt did a fantastic job of establishing the history between Shelley and White to set the stage for the emotional intensity that would be on display in this one.
The Guns won in a controversial fashion as White appeared to make the save, with the referee’s hand only slapping the mat twice. However, the bell rang, and the match was called in favor of the babyfaces. The finish, whether intentional or blown, creates doubt and sets the stage for a rematch at soon as Rebellion. Given the quality of this one, such a rematch is more than welcome.
Rhino vs. Steve Maclin
A different match than we have seen out of Maclin of late, this was a physical, hard-hitting, inoffensive-if-unspectacular contest that saw the younger competitor conquer his opponent with his own finisher. Backstage, Heath reminded Rhino that they are much more effective together. They vowed to chase the tag team titles a spot on the card that best suits them both at this point in their Impact Wrestling runs.
Larry D vs. Bhupinder Gujjar
Gujjar overcame a physical onslaught by his larger opponent, including a big stomp, for the win with a corner spear in a better-than-expected match between youngster and veteran. Larry D, formerly of tag team XXXL, returned to the Impact Zone to battle the young up-and-comer Bhupinder Gujjar, with Brian Myers on commentary and Raj Singh watching the upstart from ringside.
W. Morrissey arrives
W Morrissey arrived and continued his thoroughly entertaining streak of putting people not-named Brian Myers through a table, building anticipation for the moment he finally gets his hands on the slimy Most Professional Wrestler. Morrisey demolishing everyone in his path is the best and will only serve to get him over in a manner similar to that of Sid Vicious in 1999 WCW.
Deonna Purrazzo vs. Gisele Shaw vs. Lady Frost
The match was significantly better than expected thanks to the best performances of the challengers’ Impact runs. AAA Reina de Reinas and Ring of Honor Women’s championships were on the line in the same three-way dance, as The Virtuosa defended against Lady Frost and Gisele Shaw. Purrazzo, who is as consistently excellent as anyone. Her willingness to stay out of the way and let the two newcomers shine, while still remaining relevant and scoring the win, is the stuff of an established and confident performer. Purrazzo, the wily veteran, snatching victory from Frost sets the babyface up for another shot.
Jonah vs. Zicky Dice; Masha Slamovich Earns Another Victory
Zicky Dice sure knows how to take an ass-whooping, something that was on full (and short) display when he battled Jonah in an unabashed squash. The segment was less about that, though, and more about the resurrection of PCO, who returned following a brutal beating at the hands of the Aussie at Sacrifice and fought the big man off. A shocked Jonah stood at the top of the ramp, eyes wide after PCO delivered the Reanimator to security to cap off a strong angle. Masha Slamovich dominated en route to another one-sided victory.
Josh Alexander vs. Matt Taven
It was the best performance by Taven to this point, a reminder that despite the less-than-stellar win-loss record of the group, he is still an above-average, main event-caliber wrestler. Alexander’s selling of his arm fueled the story and the finish, which saw him gut it out and win with his C-4 finisher. It was the perfect exclamation point on a match that would not have been out of place on pay-per-view.
Cameras caught up with Moose, who delivered the signed contract for his Rebellion match with Alexander to The Walking Weapon’s wife and child to really hammer home how despicable a human being he is, all while recalling the emotion of the night he beat Alexander for the Impact world title in front of those same two family members.