Impact hit the airwaves with their Victory Road special on Friday September 23. Barbed Wire Massacre’s main event was a mess for everyone, Raven earned Hall of Fame entrance and Bobby Fish dropped in for a surprise appearance.
Let’s go through the results from top to bottom.
Barbed Wire Massacre: Steve Maclin defeated Sami Callihan and Moose. The ring ropes were wrapped with barbed wire and several violent objects were scattered around the ring area. Violent highlights include Callihan with a DVD to Moose through a barbed wire table.
Moose used a barbed wire rolling pin to flatten Maclin’s face.
Callihan pulled out a barbed wire video game controller to play a game of pain on Maclin.
The first near-fall came when Moose power-bombed Maclin into the barbed wire cables and then choked Callihan into a bale of barbed wire. Callihan kicked it out on the cover.
Maclin landed a flying elbow drop using a barbed wire chair on Moose on a barbed wire table. Maclin defended himself with a barbed-wire bin lid as a shield against Callihan’s barbed-wire baseball bat. Callihan won that exchange, after which he power-bombed Maclin on a barbed-wire door. Callihan’s Piledriver, Maclin’s Kick-out. Callihan went for a second pile driver, but Maclin slammed into a barbed wire door with a low blow and a DDT for the win.
Raven in Impact Hall of Fame. Raven is the newest member of the club. His initiation ceremony will take place on Bound for glory on October 7 (Full details here.)
Jordynne Grace defeated Max the Impaler. Max was the opponent of Pick Your Poison chosen by Masha Slamovich. Father James Mitchell was on the ringside. Max knocked Grace from cupboard to wall. Grace turned the tide for a blow from Alabama in the driveway. Max regained control in the ring for a spear. In the corner, Grace countered for a power bomb at sunset. Grace jumped up to win on a Grace Driver.
After that, Grace revealed that her Pick Your Poison pick will be for Slamovich Allie Katch in a Monster’s Ball match next week on Impact wrestling.
Eddie Edwards, Matt Taven and Mike Bennett defeated Josh Alexander, Rich Swann and Heath. The larger image was an example of a world title for when Alexander defends the Impact World Championship against Edwards on Bound for glory. Along the stretch, Swann found himself in a contradictory position. He had to choose between helping Heath who was beaten on the outside by OGK and waiting for a possible hot tag from a weakened Alexander. Swann decided to launch for an air raid on OGK. Alexander reached the corner with no one at home. He dug deep to continue the fight alone. Alexander caught a kick from Taven for an ankle lock, then Edwards fired at the champion with a Boston Knee Party. A Die Hard Driver put Alexander down for the three count. Edwards was the first to hold Alexander in over a year. Momentum is on its side on its way to Bound for glory.
Bobby Fish in the impact zone. Fish has been watching the Impact locker room and they are legit wrestlers. Although Fish is not signed to Impact, he arrived looking for a fight. Raj Singh and Shera got up and were handed a plate of knuckle sandwiches. (Full details here.)
Knockouts tag title match booked. Rosemary and Taya Valkyrie approached Gail Kim to request a title fight at Bound for glory against Deonna Purrazzo and Chelsea Green, except that Taya asked if Jessicka could be in the game. Rosemary agreed. The champions interrupted to talk shit, so Jessicka gave them a beating. Rosemary was pleased.
Triple Threat Revolver won by Frankie Kazarian. Competitors were from Impact, AAA, NJPW and AEW. Traditional glove rules were in effect. Always three participants. A new wrestler enters after being eliminated via pinfall or submission. The match continues until the last three, after which the next pinfall of submission determines the winner. The prize was an X-Division Championship shot on Bound for glory.
Mia Yim, Laredo Kid and Trey Miguel started the match. Laredo was knocked out via Eat Defeat pinfall from Yim. Alex Zayne came in. Zayne was eliminated via crucifix bomb pinfall from Yim. Kenny King came in. Yim was eliminated via sneaky roll-up pinfall from King with a handful of tights. Yuya Uemura entered. Uemura was knocked out via Lightning Spiral slam pinfall from Trey. Frankie Kazarian came in. Trey was eliminated via a naked choke entry from Kaz. Black Taurus came in as the last contestant. Kazarian was victorious via catapult pinfall on King.
Mickie James defeated Gisele Shaw. This was part of Mickie’s last rodeo with the unofficial provision of retirement on her next loss. Shaw took James to the extreme. A backbreaker, kiss, flatliner flow James couldn’t control. James dodged a twisting staircase to gather in front of a flying Thesz press. Shaw threw a jumping DDT to land the spinning staircase. Shaw lowered her kneepad to inflict serious damage. James dodged the knee strike. Shaw continued to advance up the ropes for a springboard comeback. James fired a super kick that hit the target in midair. A jumping DDT sealed the deal for James to win and live to fight another day.
Later backstage, James challenged Mia Yim to a match at Bound for glory. James wants to test himself.
Motor City Machine Guns defeated Vincent and PCO. Vincent promised Eddie Edwards that they would take care of MCMG. The Honor No More team had communication problems when Vincent collided with PCO. MCMG took control, but Vincent countered the Skull and Bones finisher for the hot tag to PCO. The monster crushed Chris Sabin with a DDT, flying leg drop and reverse DDT. Vincent added a swan. MCMG stayed alive to eventually start up. The Tag team offense was slick and quick to finish Vincent off with a double team electric bassinet slam.
X-Division Championship: “Speedball” Mike Bailey retained against Delirious. The masked man was a veteran of ROH. Delirious stepped up his game with an answer to all of Bailey’s signature moves. Speedball switched to use the Flamingo Driver for the win.
The free pre-show characterized two periods.
Tasha Steelz defeated Killer Kelly. Kelly blocked a firecracker to apply the cobra clutch. Steelz raked his eyes to escape. Kelly backed blindly into the ropes. Savannah Evans strangled Kelly with a chain. Kelly fell down to bounce Evans off the ropes. Kelly immediately used the chain to strangle Steelz. The referee called for disqualification, so Kelly strangled him with the chain. Lance Storm, Tommy Dreamer and other officials came in to assist the referee. Steelz was declared the winner via DQ.
Backstage, Gail Kim fines Kelly as punishment. Kelly replied that she likes punishment.
Juice Robinson, Chris Bey and Ace Austin defeated Jason Hotch, Shogun and Jack Price. Juice has joined Bullet Club in NJPW since the last time he was in the Impact Zone. Showcase win for the Bullet Club via teamwork Rock Slide firefighter from Juice. Ace grabbed the pin.
Victory Road was a fun show all around. The ring action comes with a variety of styles. Ultra violence is not really my taste, but the Barbed Wire Massacre competition did well with creative objects and exchanges to exceed the risk level for this situation. Bobby Fish and Raven’s surprises at the Impact Hall of Fame were nice touches to keep the show fresh.
“Speedball” Mike Bailey vs Delirious is my pick for the game of the night. It was a very entertaining duel with a constant pace of action. I was so impressed with Delirious’s performance that I would have cheered if he had dethroned Bailey. Speedball’s winning streak continues and so does his streak of smashing matches.
As a farewell, Impact is auctioning special memorabilia on eBay to support Joe Doering in his fight against brain cancer.
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