Honor No More (Matt Taven and Mike Bennett) def. The Good Brothers to Win the Impact World Tag Team Championship
It's crazy to think Honor No More have been in IMPACT since January and they haven't held a single title until now. Anyway, it was long overdue albeit predictable since rumors regarding Good Brothers' departure from IMPACT have been circulating for months. The match was good but not great, but then again, I expect only so much from a Good Brothers match in 2022. Seeing as how Honor No More took Rhino out of commission a few months ago, could we be headed to Taven and Bennett vs. Heath and Rhino for the tag titles at Bound for Glory?
Impact X-Division Champion "Speedball" Mike Bailey def. Kenny King
The timing of this was perfect with Taven and Bennett just capturing the tag titles, so the story was that King would bring more gold to the group if he won. Technically, he did win at one point, but the referee restarted the match after talking it over with another official who witnessed him cheat. The action was enjoyable and the false finish was well done. I assume this sets up a rematch for Victory Road.
Mickie James Made a Proclamation About Her Future
James has been off the show for about a month or two, and the last time she was shown, she walked out of the building teasing retirement. Sure enough, she said in this promo that she'd hang up the boots if she can't win the Impact Knockouts World Championship, and that goes for every match she has until then. James is still very much at the top of her game, so it'd be a bummer if the endgame is her actually retiring. Regardless, this was a great, emotional promo that established her goal of becoming champion again.
Mascara Dorada def. Alex Zayne
Dorada is, of course, the former Gran Metalik from WWE. I thought Gran Metalik was the ring name he always used? Or did he just recently change it? Nonetheless, this was a fun match from two ex-WWE cruiserweight wrestlers. I don't know if either guys are signed full-time with IMPACT or are just around for a short stint, but both of them are quality additions to the X-Division if they stick around and I was happy they got as much time as they did. Now that Dorada has resurfaced in American wrestling, when can we get him against Bryan Danielson in the match Danielson has always wanted?
Masha Slamovich def. Impact Knockouts World Tag Team Champion Deonna Purrazzo
Needless to say, this was the most competitive match Slamovich has had to date and Purrazzo was the perfect opponent for her. There wasn't much uncertainty surrounding the outcome since Slamovich vs. Jordynne Grace was already teased at Emergence and Purrazzo is one-half of the tag champs, but it was a damn good match and they were deserving of the main event slot. Slamovich proved she's capable of hanging with women of Purrazzo's caliber and Purrazzo gave it a hell of an effort before eating defeat. I'm really looking forward to Slamovich challenging Grace at Bound for Glory.
The show got off to a strong start with everything Honor No More, James' announcement was notable, Dorada and Zayne made the most of the time they had, and the main event was top-notch as well. All in all, an excellent edition of IMPACT! Wrestling this week as we head into Victory Road in three weeks and then Bound for Glory right after that. There was nothing weak about this episode as I was entertained and engaged throughout the two hours.