Date: January 4, 2018
Location: Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews
We’re back to the regular shows after two weeks of Best of 2017 episodes drew higher audiences than the standard ones. This is a big week as well with multiple title matches, including Eli Drake defending the World Title against Alberto El Patron in a match which might be taped from a WrestlePro event. Let’s get to it.
Dan Lambert tells the American Top Team guys that he has this tonight.
We preview tonight’s big tag match and four title matches.
X-Division Title: Taiji Ishimori vs. Trevor Lee
Lee is defending and has Caleb Konley in his corner. They fight over arm control to start with neither being able to get very far. Ishimori dropkicks him out to the floor and moonsaults into a pose. Konley trips him up though and the champ takes over with a running kick on the apron.
Back in and a whip into the corner gets two more as the announcers are now going with silence instead of talking about something else. shimori comes back with running knees in the corner and takes his shirt off. A handspring into a crossbody looks to take Lee down but he flips it over into a belly to belly for a sweet counter as we take a break.
Back with Ishimori scoring off a handspring kick to the face but missing the 450. Like a finisher is going to hit on the first attempt. Lee backslides him down but picks Ishimori up into a sitout powerbomb for two instead. Destino (Tetsuya Naito’s finisher) gives Ishimori two and the 450 is enough to get the title off of Lee at 13:16.
Result: Taiji Ishimori b. Trevor Lee – 450 (13:16)
Alberto and Eli are ready to fight at WrestlePro.
Dezmond Xavier wants a shot at Ishimori’s title.
LAX isn’t happy.
James Storm says tonight is a little different because he’s standing up for Impact Wrestling.
Grand Championship: Ethan Carter III vs. Fallah Bahh vs. Matt Sydal
Carter is defending and this is under the same round and scoring system as a standard one on one match. Everyone brawls to start until Bahh clotheslines both of them down and slams Matt onto Eli. Bahh rolls onto both of them to break up a cover and chops the heck out of Carter in the corner. Carter gets run over again but he rolls away before a Banzai Drop. The first round ends and goes to Bahh.
Round two starts after a break with Bahh getting double teamed and knocked out to the floor. Sydal kicks Carter down for two but Eli gorilla presses him onto Bahh. Josh thinks Carter should try to win the match. Carter throws Drake into the corner to end the round.
As you might expect, Carter wins the second round but Bahh runs them both over to start round three. Bahh sits on Carter’s chest for two with Sydal having to make a save. The TK3 plants Sydal and Carter breaks up another Bonzai Drop attempt. Bahh is back up and slows down the shooting star press, which Sydal hits just as time expires at 9:00. Carter wins round three and retains the title.
Result: Ethan Carter III b. Fallah Bahh and Matt Sydal via judges’ decision (9:00)
Video on Johnny Impact.
KM arrived and jumped Moose.
Allie can’t believe she’s here but Gail Kim told her she’d be here. Crazy Laurel Van Ness attacks her from behind.
Dan Lambert vs. James Storm
Loser leaves town and no holds barred. Lambert talks a lot of trash and here are the American Top Team guys for the beatdown. Lashley’s spinebuster gets two but Storm manages to Last Call everyone down. KM comes in with a beer bottle to Storm’s head for two. Lashley holds Lambert back, allowing a double beer bottle shot to put Storm away at 3:36.
Result: Dan Lambert b. James Storm – Double beer bottle to the head (3:36)
Post break, Storm gets an ovation from the locker room. Storm calls his family to say he’s coming home and you can barely hear him over the LAX chants while the other match is being taped at the same time.
Video on the debut of Joseph Park, who started off looking for his brother Abyss.
We see the end of Joseph Park beating Bully Ray (with Abyss’ help) at Slammiversary 2012.
Chandler Park vs. Jon Bolen
Park is indy mainstay Ethan Page. Bolen drops Park to start and runs him over with a shoulder for two. Josh plugs the upcoming Orlando tapings which will feature a miniature golf tournament. Joseph manages to get some cheers going and Bolen misses a charge in the corner. Chandler celebrates a bit too long though and gets the ropes kicked between his legs. For some reason Jon decides to insult Joseph’s Grandma Jenny and gets knocked into a rollup for the pin at 2:39.
Result: Chandler Park b. Jon Bolen – Rollup (2:39)
Sydal wants Carter one on one and says tonight’s defeat felt like a victory. He has a radical idea: a REGULAR MATCH for the title.
Video on Alberto vs. Eli. Alberto is still mad about being abandoned by the company and makes threats in Spanish. Drake is a paper champion of course but says that the only paper involved with his title is all the paper money he makes.
From Rahway, New Jersey this past Saturday at a WrestlePro event.
Impact Wrestling World Title: Eli Drake vs. Alberto El Patron
Eli is defending and it’s a brawl before the bell. Jeremy tries to explain the low attendance on the horrible snowstorm over the weekend, even though this was taped nearly a month ago. Alberto gets an early two off a dropkick to the back and sends him into the barricade a few times. Drake is rammed into the buckles over and over but we’re clipped to Drake choking on the ramp.
They take turns sending each other into the barricade with Drake getting the better of it for two inside. We hit the chinlock for a bit until Alberto gets the cross armbreaker over the ropes. Clipped again to the Gravy Train giving Drake two. Drake misses a belt shot and gets faceplanted onto the title for two more. The ref gets bumped though and a belt shot retains the title at 6:19.
Result: Eli Drake b. Alberto El Patron – Title shot to the head (6:19)
Here’s a clip from a Team Canada match circa 2005.
Drake brags about his win and says the belt shot was a receipt for the DDT onto the title belt a few weeks back.
Tag Team Titles: LAX vs. OVE
OVE is defending and this is titles vs. careers. The champs jump LAX during the entrances and the weapons beatdown is on. If this is anything goes, there was no announcement saying such in the arena. The lights finally come up and we get an opening bell with Santana getting superkicked down for two.
We settle down to Dave choking Santana in the corner before it’s off to Jake to choke on the ropes. Santana fights back up but has no partner, meaning Jake can kick him back down for two. The stomping and choking based offense continues with Santana’s right hands having little effect as we take a break. Back with Santana still on his own but managing a cutter on Dave. Ortiz finally manages to get back to the ring, only to be knocked down to the floor again.
Santana has to slap his way to freedom as Ortiz is up on the apron. A DDT finally gets Santana over to the corner for the hot tag so Ortiz can Death Valley Drive Jake into Dave in the corner. Ortiz heads up top for a superplex but Dave reverses it into the Street Sweeper (stealing the finisher) for two more. Santana breaks up the All Seeing Eye and looks for something off the top onto Dave, only to dive into a cutter from Jake in a sweet looking visual. Jake and Ortiz are left to slug it out with Ortiz getting the better of it, setting up the Street Sweeper for the pin and the titles at 14:42.
Result: LAX b. OVE – Street sweeper to Jake (14:42)
Taiji Ishimori b. Trevor Lee – 450 splash
Ethan Carter III b. Matt Sydal and Fallah Bahh via judges’ decision
Dan Lambert b. James Storm – Double beer bottle to the head
Chandler Park b. Jon Bolen – Rollup
Eli Drake b. Alberto El Patron – Title shot to the head
LAX b. OVE – Street Sweeper to Jake
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