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KEN SHAMROCK CHALLENGES FOR IMPACT TITLE, RVD VS. RHINO & MORE: IMPACT WRESTLING TV TAPING IN NYC COVERAGE

By Mike Johnson on 2019-11-07 23:00:00

Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of Impact Wrestling's TV Taping in Long Island City, Queens!

Pre-Show Notes:

Former Impact Wrestling star KM, Kevin Matthews, is backstage working the gorilla position.  Given his number of years around pro wrestling and his time promoting and helping to run WrestlePro, he’d be a good hire full-time.

The matches tonight will air in early December.

The Hard to Kill main event will be officially announced tomorrow afternoon.

Jim Mitchell was here earlier filming pre-tapes for the series.

Visiting at the show is Monique Dupree.

Legendary photographer George Napolitano is in the house.

The company taped footage of Don Callis and Josh Matthews at ringside for insertion into the episodes.

There are 14 segments tonight

Xplosion: Bobby Wayward vs. Willie Mack

Mack looked strong early with several hiptosses.  He went for a dive but Wayward smashed him with a forearm.  Wayward locked a rear chinlock on Mack, who fought his way out, only to be taken back down.    Wayward choked him against the mat. Mack reversed a suplex attempt and began to mount a comeback.    He nailed a big lariat and a Samoan Drop before hitting a standing moonsault for a two count. Wayward nailed a Perfectplex for a two count.    The crowd changed for Willie, who cracked him with a roundhouse kick and a frog splash off the top for the pin.

Your winner, Willie Mack!

Josh Mathews brought ODB to the ring, talking about the issues she has faced with her food truck burning down.  ODB said it was good to be home.  She said the last few months have been rough.  For three years, she's been food trucking around the country and doing it all herself.  She said the night she got the phone call that the truck was on fire, it was horrible.  It was something she built for life after wrestling.  She said that seeing everything that she built from ground up was horrible but then thought, "Well, I have insurance...." and said her insurance company can kiss her ass.  She said that her insurance turned out to the fans and the wrestling world.  It was so touching to her to see how much she truly was loved.  She said that Impact has always been her home and it means so much that the company wanted to help her.

Taya Valkyrie came out and said it's so sad to see what's happened to ODB,  She mocked her and called herself the greatest Knockouts Champion of all time, bragging about being the longest reigning in history.  She said that this is her show.  She said she spends more money on spilled Mimosas than ODB spends on the hot dog water she calls BBQ sauce.  She said she's going to be nice and donate to ODB's fundraising campaign so ODB can have a fire extinguisher to stop her food truck from burning down like her career.  ODB punched her and nailed a running Avalanche splash in the corner.  John E. Bravo pulled Taya to safety.

Good angle.

Brian Cage vs. Eddie Edwards

They brawled in the ring.  Edwards sent him to the floor and went for a pescado.  Cage caught him and went for a powerbomb but it was turned into a rana on the floor.  They battled on the floor.  Cage pulled Edwards into the ring with a suplex off the ropes.  He worked over Eddie, who came back and hit a sit-down powerbomb.  They kept battling until Michael Elgin hit the ring and clotheslined both.

This was a pretty damn good match until the run-in...wait...They just announced it will now be a three-way.

Everyone battled,  Edwards hit a dive to the outside on Elgin.    Cage nailed a top con hilo and landed on his feet, wiping out both.  They returned to the ring, where they kept breaking up pinfalls on each other.  They all started throwing each other with suplexes.  All were down but recovered.  Edwards hit a rana off the top but Cage caught him and went for a suplex on Elgin.  Edwards drilled him.  Edwards dropkicked Elgin off the apron to the floor.    Elgin hit a twisting moonsault off the top to the floor on his opponents.  Elgin nailed a series of clotheslines on Cage.  He placed him on the top for a superplex.  Edwards slid under for a powerbomb.  He was kicked off.  Cage fought off Elgin.  Edwards nailed an enziguiri.  Edwards locked on a half crab on Cage.  Elgin began beating Edwards with forearms but he wouldn't release the hold.  Edwards locked him in a half crab.  Cage nailed a pump handle suplex on Edwards for a two count.  Elgin caught Cage with a back suplex for a two count.  Elgin took control with big power moves on each but couldn't score the pinfall.  Edwards took control of the match but Elgin nailed him with a big uranage. Elgin and Cage drilled each other with clotheslines.  Edwards hit a tornado on Elgin.  Cage nailed Edwards with a clothesline and everyone was down.  The crowd chanted, "Impact Wrestling!"  Cage nailed a big elbow in the corner and went to the top for a rana but was crotched by Elgin.  Elgin went a move, knocking Cage into the ropes.  Elgin and Edwards battle.    Elgin killed him with a big lariat.  He hit a powerbomb on Eddie into Cage in the corner.  Elgin hit a sit-down powerbomb on Edwards and scored the pin.

Your winner, Michael Elgin!

The match was very good once they got going, although making it a three-way makes zero logical sense.  The crowd was into all the big spots and near falls.

Gama Singh came out and cut a promo saying NYC were the rudest people he's ever dealt with him in his life.  He's not wrong.  He introduced his son, Raj Singh.

Raj Singh vs. Fallah Bah

They battled back and forth with right hands.  Bah hit a big belly to bell suplex and dropped a headbutt.  Bah went for a Samoan Drop but Raj slipped out and nailed him.  Singh worked over Bah and scored several two counts.  He nailed a side suplex for a two count.  Bah began fighting back from underneath.  Singh kept drilling him with right hands but it had no effect.  Bahh nailed a series of chops but was kicked off as he charged him.  Bah nailed a high cross bodyblock for a two count.  Bah placed Raj on the top but Gama Singh got on the apron to distract referee Brandon Tolle.   Bah still nailed Singh and came off the ropes with the Banzai splash for the pin.

Your winner, Fallah Bah!

The Desi Hit Squad attacked Bah but TJP made the save.  The crowd chanted for him as he cleaned house.

Exactly what you would expect, but the crowd was into it.

Johnny Swinger vs. Petey Williams

They faced off. Williams nailed a big dropkick but was cut off and beaten with right hands.  Williams came bac with a Russian leg sweep and nailed several kicks.  He went after Swinging in the corner but was sent into the buckles.   Williams came back to lock in the Sharpshooter and got the submission immediately.

Your winner, Petey Williams!

Way shorter than I'd expected.  Swinger is great in his character role.

Coverage continues on Page 2!

 


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