X-Division Champion Sonjay Dutt and Matt Sydal def. Low Ki and Trevor Lee
It was weird to see Low Ki and Lee teaming up so soon after their rivalry a little over one month ago, but I guess that's the way it works with Low Ki now officially a heel. Nevertheless, this was a very well-wrestled and fun tag team match that showcased the best the X-Division has to offer at the moment. It also successfully furthered the feud between Dutt and Low Ki and offered a small sneak peek of what to expect in their upcoming Slammiversary match.
Eli Drake and Chris adonis def. The Mumbai Cats
The Mumbai Cats were no one noteworthy and were in fact enhancement talents dressed up in costumes. That made this squash match slightly more fun, but otherwise, it was pretty basic. It lasted longer than it should have considering the outcome was never in doubt, but it was a fine win for the heels before they likely eat defeat against Moose and DeAngelo Williams at Slammiversary.
Swoggle def. Rockstar Spud in a Mumbai Street Fight
This "feud," if you want to call it that, has been nothing short of ridiculous and is the type of "sports entertainment" silliness Impact Wrestling should try to stay from as much as possible. I actually had hope for this Street Fight early on when they appeared to be battering each other with various weapons, but it completely jumped the shark once they re-entered the ring and started pulling each other's pants down (including the referee's). I know that's the story they've told throughout their rivalry, but that story sucked, so it caused my eyes to roll while watching.
Knockouts Champion Rosemary, Allie and Braxton Sutter def. GFW Women's Champion Sienna, Laurel Van Ness and KM
I criticized last week's Knockouts tag team match because of how short-lived it was, so I was glad they were given a bit more time this week for this six-person tag team match. Van Ness is still limited with what she can do in the ring as this crazy character and KM does nothing for me, but Sienna helped carry her team to a decent match while the crowd was into the babyface team's offense. Rosemary vs. Sienna is definitely the biggest match you can do with the Knockouts right now, so I'm looking forward to what they can put together on Sunday.
GFW Global Champion Alberto El Patron, James Storm, Eddie Edwards and Mahabali Shera def. Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Lashley, Ethan Carter III, Davey Richards and Kongo Kong
Although it started out slow, the match picked up pace down the stretch and they delivered a solid second half. We had already seen several tag team matches on this show, but this benefited from featuring some star power and everyone played their roles well. You had to know Shera would receive the spotlight in front of his hometown crowd once he was taken out before the bout, and that's cool and all, but he doesn't have a match on Sunday's pay-per-view. Despite that, those in attendance were surprisingly engaged in the action given it was the very end of the taping there.
I could have done without every match being a tag team matchup, but I understood why they went that route with it being their last night in India and it being the final show before Slammiversary. Speaking of which, there was an ample amount of hype for the pay-per-view throughout the night, including a number of video packages for the top matches on the card and even footage from contract signings apparently from earlier in the evening. I can't say I'm incredibly excited for the event, but there are a handful of matches that could be good, so I have faith it can exceed expectations.