By Thomas Brunt
Chris Jericho has no doubt always been one of the most popular wrestlers in the wrestling world, but with his current run in AEW and his last run in WWE (especially his hot feud with Kevin Owens), he has found new ways to reinvent himself even after being around in the business for so long. Here are three ways showcasing how he has done this.
Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer and Sabu def. Moose and The North
Maybe other people feel differently, but personally, I have zero interest in seeing yet another ECW reunion in 2019, especially in IMPACT, where it's been done to death. To their credit, the ECW legends had a half-decent showing and didn't embarrass themselves, but that wasn't enough to salvage this match for me. The heels losing was a very questionable call as well. By the way, this was never announced as No Disqualification matchup, so I have no clue how Sabu was able to use chairs on his opponents and not be disqualified.
Tessa Blancard def. Glenn Gilbertti
I'm still stunner Blanchard went from feuding with Gail Kim to Disco Inferno of all people, but I'm happy this wasn't dragged out over several weeks and was instead kept short and sweet. Gilbertti ran down Blanchard in a pre-match promo before getting his ass handed to him by her in under a minute. Now I'm curious where she goes from here and if she rekindles her rivalry with Taya Valkyrie over the Impact Knockouts Championship.
Mia Yim def. Bianca Belair
Belair has previously beaten Yim two times, so this was Yim's last chance to beat her rival. They work well really together and all of their matches up to this point have been entertaining. Belair in particular benefits the most because of the experience she can gain from working with the veteran Yim. This marked Yim's biggest win to date in NXT and it'd be cool to see her in the NXT Women's Championship mix eventually.
Kushida def. Drew Gulak
Kushida and Gulak wrestling similar submission styles made this such a fun match. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I really enjoyed this for what it was with both guys going back and forth with different submission maneuvers. In the end, Kushida was just able to eek out the victory, though their post-match face-off seemingly left the door open for a rematch. Selfishly speaking, I hope that rematch happens on next week's episode of NXT TV because that means I'd get to see Kushida wrestle live before TakeOver: XXV.
British Strong Style Brawled with Imperium
It appears the trio of WALTER, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel will be called Imperium going forward. WALTER was perfectly fine on his own, but if he's going to be a heel, I love the idea of him having a stable. They didn't say much here before being interrupted by British Strong Style, which led to a highly physical brawl between the two factions. The cameraman (as well as the feed) getting knocked out was a nice touch and made this feel more intense. British Strong Styles and Imperium will clash on NXT UK in two weeks.
Gallus def. Carlos Romo and A-Kid
Mark Coffey and Wolfgang represented Gallus here. This show was taped in Scotland along with the other episodes, so as expected, the crowd was hot for Gallus. Joe Coffey will be competing in next week's WWE United Kingdom Championship No. 1 Contender's Fatal 4-Way, so the rest of Gallus looks to have their sights on the NXT UK Tag Team Championship. This was an impressive performance from them and it was wise for them to go in dominant fashion.