Impact Knockouts Tag Team Champions Fire 'N Flava def. Havok and Nevaeh in a Non-Title Match
These teams have had what feels like a dozen matches against each other since late last year. Some of them have been decent, others have been mediocre. This was somewhere in the middle. Havok and Nevaeh have been losing left and right for months, so them losing here didn't come as much of a surprise. Nevaeh turning on Havok afterward also wasn't shocking. At least it finally happened because it's been foreshadowed forever.
Sami Callihan def. Larry D
I've mentioned before that XXXL have grown on me over the last year, but they aren't terribly exciting in singles matches, especially when it's obvious that they aren't winning. They got a bit more time than I was expecting and Larry D looked fine. Callihan scored the win as he should have, but the real story was that Trey Miguel didn't help out Callihan the way Callihan helped him out last week. Although Callihan has been teasing an alliance with Miguel, I assume a rematch between the two is still the endgame.
Brian Myers def. Suicide
It's been refreshing to see Myers win more matches than he loses in IMPACT and actually be protected. Granted, beating Suicide isn't major by any means, but it's something and gives him more credibility before he inevitably faces Matt Cardona. And yes, it's definitely happening eventually even though Myers keeps dodging his challenges. This was well-wrestled while it lasted and thankfully didn't overstay its welcome.
Impact X-Division Champion Ace Austin and Madman Fulton def. TJP and Josh Alexander
Whether it's singles matches, multi-man matches or tag team matches, TJP and Austin work wonderfully together and this was no exception. They're really bringing the best out of each other every time they face off and this was another exciting affair from them. TJP and Alexander teased tension here, so it looks like Alexander will be TJP's next rival as he moves away from the Impact X-Division Championship picture for now.
James Storm def. Eric Young
I loved how this was made out to be such a big deal with it being Storm's 1000th match in IMPACT. Young being his opponent for the occasion was fitting given that both guys are TNA OGs. Young has done fantastic work since returning to IMPACT and Storm always delivers, so this was an above-average main event. I appreciated how IMPACT gave Storm his moment with the win and allowed him to celebrate with his longtime tag team partner Chris Harris afterward. Too bad Robert Roode is tied up in WWE and we couldn't get a Beer Money reunion.
The entire episode was built around Storm's 1000th match in the main event and the payoff was perfect. That alone would have made this a serviceable show, but it ended up being a highly enjoyable edition of IMPACT! Wrestling on the whole. The X-Division is on fire at the moment, Callihan and Miguel are progressing their story, same with Myers and Cardona, and we finally got Nevaeh's betrayal of Havok. Great stuff this week from IMPACT, and although I feel like I say that a lot, this episode was slightly better than the rest.