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By Mike Johnson on 2018-10-15 21:51:00

Welcome to's coverage of Impact Wrestling's post-Bound for Glory TV Tapings at the Melrose Ballroom in NYC!

Pre-Show Notes:

The crowd is down from last night, although that's probably to be expected.

Longtime ECW producer and camera man Charlie Bruzzese (who now works full-time for MLW) is one of the ringside camera men tonight.   

Joel Gertner is in the house.

Former ROH talent Colby Corino is also here.

Before the show began, Impact Wrestling welcomed the local Toys for Tots chapter and ran several promos for the charity on their video screen.  They then welcomed local Marines who were the guest ring announcer and bell ringer for the opening bout.

Shawn Donovan vs. Ace Austin

They had the Xplosion logo on the screen for this match.  Austin had some cool takedowns and strikes.  Donovan avoided a dive but Austin nailed a cool kick through the ropes.  The crowd got behind him and chanted for him.  He went to the top but took a crazy bump, getting shoved forward off the buckles and into the ring barriers.  Donovan brought him back into the ring and battered him in the corner with forearms.

Donovan missed an elbow.  He drilled Austin with a great knee to the face.  They are working their butts off.  Austin mounted a comeback with several knees but was hit in the mid-section.  Austin mounted a comeback and hit a cool spinning kick in the corner.  He nailed a great Alabama Jam onto the back of Donovan's neck for the pin.  

Your winner, Ace Austin!

Both were really impressive.  Austin had a cool assembly of hot moves and took some great bumps.  Donovan was an awesome base for him and came off well as a throwback style heel.

After the match, Impact reminded everyone to make sure they help out Toys for Tots this coming holiday season.  Really classy stuff from Impact here.

IMPACT WRESTLING - 10/18/18 AIRDATE (presumably)

Impact Wrestling X-Division Champion Brian Cage vs. Rich Swann

Swann was dancing around but was shoved down.  He came back with several dropkicks.  Swann went for a rana but was caught, swung and tossed to the mat.   Cage whipped him hard throat-first into the buckles.   The Champion worked over Swann and held him for a long vertical suplex, but Swann escaped and landed on his feet.  Cage was sent to the floor.  Swann kicked him from the apron and went for a flip off the apron to the floor but Cage caught him and powerbombed him into the ringpost.

Cage pulled Swann to the top and nailed a superplex into the ring for a two count.  Cage worked him over in the corner with some stiff chops.   Cage rammed Swann into the buckles.  Swann came out of the buckles and nailed a sunset flip but Cage destroyed him with a butterfly suplex.   Swann was picked up and Cage did reps with him like a dumbbell, then hit a fall away slam for another two count.    He worked over Swann, who came back with a nice tornado DDT.  Swann ascended to the top but Cage moved and drilled him with a kick.  Swann came back with a combination of his own for a two count.  

Cage came back and slammed Swann, turning him inside out for another two count.   Fans began chanting "This is Impact."  Cage nailed a Torture Rack into a burning hammer for a two count.  Cage placed Swann on the top rope.  They battled and Swann nailed him with a cutter off the ropes.  Swanna nailed a 450 splash off the top but Cage kicked up at the LAST second.  The crowd really got into the false finish and chanted. "This is awesome."

Swann went back for a twisting 450 splash but missed.  Cage scooped him and nailed a powerbomb, then another in the corner, then drilled Swann into the mat for the pin.

Your winner and still X-Division Champion, Brian Cage!

A good back and forth match that the crowd really enjoyed.  Lots of hard strikes and kicks with a good story.

Sami Callihan entered the ring and faced off with Brian Cage.  He pointed to the video screen, which showed the finish of the BFG six man tag where Sami pinned Cage.  He told Cage that was what was coming for him and kicked him.  He grabbed the X-Divison title belt and was going to nail Cage but was hit with a clothesline.  Cage went for a powerbomb but the Crists ran in.  He dropped Sami and fought them off and they pulled Sami to the back.  

New Impact Wrestling Champion Johnny Impact came to the ring.  He said this is a crazy business and if you watched BFG, you know what he was talking about.  He said that the craziness and unpredictability was what attracted him to pro wrestling when he was a kid.  He used to beg his dad to take him to shows where the fans are sitting now.  He used to go to the Great Western Forum in LA.  He was into Parkour and break-dancing when he was a kid and he was the type of person who if he wanted to get something, go out and do it.  Some people told him it was stupid to finance his own movie but now Boone the Bounty Hunter is streaming on Netflix.  Even when he sees it in the dollar bin, he is proud of it.  He wanted to be on Survivor and did it.  He always wanted to be the World Champion.  He used to hear he had the looks, but…. he had so much potential, but…tonight isn’t your night.  He heard it so much, he almost believed it.  Now he has the title and all the training and fighting culminated with this, the title.  He believes the business is what “we make it.”

Impact said he’s now the man here.  He’s not going to be the guy who passively-aggressively Tweets and hides behind his goons.  If there’s someone he feels deserves a shot at the title, he’s going to give them a shot at the title.

Rey Fenix made his way to the ring.  They faced off.  Fenix took the mic and congratulated Impact on the title win and told him that he deserves it.  Fenix said he's won titles all over the world but never in Impact Wrestling.  He said he feels fighting for the title is an incredible opportunity.  He asked for a chance to fight for the title next week.    Impact said it's not like he's going to say no after everything he just said.  He said that he and Fenix are friends but next week, that doesn't mean they aren't going to want to beat the crap out of each other for the title.  Impact said if it happens to be Fenix's night, he will shake his hand and raise it, because unlike the guy who held the title last, they are professionals.  He said he's not going to run home and throw a tantrum.  Impact promised they were going to tear the place down, because that's what they do.  They shook hands.

Killer Kross (with Moose) vs. Tommy Dreamer

ECW chant for Dreamer coming out.  

Kross was in control early, nailing several shoulderblocks but Dreamer nailed a hiptoss and locked on an armbar.  Kross fought to his feet and drilled Dreamer.  They went back and forth.  Dreamer hit the Cactus Clothesline.  On the floor, Dreamer nailed several elbows but was crotched on the railing with an atomic drop.

Kross argued with the referee, allowing Moose to work over Dreamer on the floor.  Back in the ring, Kross worked over his lower back.  Kross nailed him with a running clothesline in the corner.   He whipped Tommy hard into the buckles.  Kross tossed Dreamer overhead with a suplex.   He covered Dreamer for a two count.

Kross continued to work over Dreamer and cinched in a cravate.  Dreamer fought his way out but was picked up and slammed.  Kross ascended to the top but was nailed with a right hand by Dreamer.  Dreamer nailed a superplex.  That brought up an ECW chant.

They battled back and forth with punches.  Dreamer got the better of him but was caught with a shot as he rebounded off the ropes.  Dreamer responded in kind when Kross rebounded off the ropes.  Dreamer nailed a RKO but was distracted by Moose.  Kross locked him in the choke but Dreamer escaped.  He nailed Kross.  Moose hit the ring, but Dreamer nailed him and caned him.

Kross went for a move but Dreamer escaped and went for the Spicoli Driver.  Kross escaped and nailed a back suplex on Dreamer.  He nailed a backdrop driver and dropped Dreamer on his head.  The referee stepped in and stopped the match, ruling Dreamer couldn’t continue. 

Your winner, by referee’s stoppage, Killer Kross!

Moose and Kross worked over Dreamer in the ring and left him laying.

As a way to get over Kross, which is what it was designed to do, it was good.

Dreamer was in the ring a long time with officials looking him over before he moved and was helped to the back.  

Katarina vs.  Taya Valkyrie

They fought back and forth.  Taya caught her with several kicks to the mid-section.  Taya nailed a double knee strike.  Katarina fought back but was nailed with the Impact Buster for the pin.

Your winner, Taya Valkyrie!

McKenzie Mitchell interviewed Taya about her loss and how the referee was out of position to fix the apron Tessa pulled into the ring at Bound for Glory.  She said that she really respected Tessa Blanchard but after the tactics she used to beat her at BFG, she no longer does. 

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