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Csonka’s GFW Impact Review 9.14.17

September 14, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s GFW Impact Review 9.14.17

– Garza Jr defeated Braxton Sutter @ 4:54 via pin [**½]
Impact Grand Championship Match: Champion EC3 defeated El Hijo de Fantasma via split decision [***]
– Grado defeated William Weeks @ 0:47 via pin [NR]
Falls Count Anywhere X-Division Title Match: Trevor Lee defeated Dutt @ 14:14 via pin [**¾]
– Taya Valkyrie defeated Amber Nova @ 1:15 via pin [NR]
#1 Contender’s Match: Johnny Impact defeated Low Ki @ 11:55 via pin [**¾]

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– Lashley and ATT arrive. They bully around some backstage folks.

Braxton Sutter vs. Garza Jr.: This was set up last week, because Sutter in an insecure asshole that didn’t like Garza talking with Allie. Sutter attacks right away, but Garza works out of the sleeper and hip tosses Sutter. They pick up the pace and work into a stand off. They trade chops, and then Garza cuts off Sutter. They work up the ropes and Sutter hits a neck breaker off the ropes for 2. Garza keeps fighting, scoring a near fall off of the O’Connor roll. Sutter hits the snap slam, but Garza picks up the pace again, hitting clotheslines and ripping his pants off and tosses then to Allie. Garza slams Sutter of the steps, goes for a dive but has to hold up so he doesn’t hit Allie. That allows Sutter to hit a rough looking hut wrench powerbomb for 2. Garza hits a superkick and moonsault for the win. Garza Jr defeated Braxton Sutter @ 4:54 via pin [**½] This was a short, but really solid opener. I wish that they would have gotten a bit more time, because I think it would have allowed them to work a smoother match. It wasn’t even a sprint as mush as it was a collection of moves, with no real heat segment or chance for anyone to shine. In theory Sutter should easily be hated for being an asshole to Allie, but they have all but killed Allie’s momentum so who knows.

– Post match Sutter blames Allie for his loss. Sutter apologizes and tries to drag her to the back. Allie initially refuses, but leaves with Sutter.

Impact Grand Championship Match: Champion EC3 vs. El Hijo de Fantasma: Scott D’Amore, Dutrch Mantell, & Hector Guerrero are the judges. They work some basic back and forth to begin, with some shit talking mixed in. EC3 takes control, lays in chops and grounds Fantasma. EC3 then TKO’s Fantasma to the floor and beats on him as the round ends. (ROUND ONE: EC3, 30-27) Round two begins with Fantasma attacking right away, but getting cut off by a flying forearm. Fantasma picks up the pace, hits a RANA and takes EC3 up top and hits another RANA. Fantasma heads up top and hits a frog splash for the near fall. Fantasma fights off the one percenter, works for the surfboard and the round ends (ROUND TWO: Fantasma, 30-27) Final round now, Fantasma misses a charge and EC3 rolls him up and then hits two powerbombs for a near fall. Fantasma hits a kick and follows with a high cross for 2. They trade strikes and EC3 hits a TKO and covers for 2. EC3 looks for another, but Fantasma escapes and kicks EC3 to the floor. Fantasma hits the big suicide dive and both men are down. Back in and EC3 cuts him off with a knee lift and hits the one percenter but the time expires. Champion EC3 defeated El Hijo de Fantasma via split decision [***] This ended up being a good match, with rounds two and three delivering a lot of high energy action; EC3 retained and the post match was also good. The overall execution of the concept needs refined or outright changed.

– Fantasma argues with Guerrero for awarding the match to EC3. Pagano then makes his debut and attacks EC3, and he and Fantasma beat down EC3. Eddie Edwards makes the save and clears the ring.

– We go to Mexico with Homicide reuniting with LAX. LAX then hits up a strip club. Konnan says the ref is paid off, and they gave oVe some tainted water.

Tag Team Title Match: Champions LAX vs. oVe: This was taped at a CRASH show in Mexico. The match also included two other teams. We don’t get the full match; instead we get a clipped presentation. Homicide got involved, allowing LAX to win. It was a fine presentation, but disappointing that we didn’t get the full match, as it would have been something different. Champions LAX (Ortiz & Santana) defeated OVE (Dave Crist & Jake Crist) and Arkangel Divino & Black Boy and Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Ultimo Maldito Post match, LAX and oVe have a confrontation, where Konnan and others basically threaten to kill oVe.

Grado vs. William Weeks: Grado runs wild, hits a big boot and wins. Grado defeated William Weeks @ 0:47 via pin [NR] A squash for his “final match” in the US.

– Grado thanks the fans before he is officially deported tomorrow. Joseph Park arrives, and he has big news. His law team has opened up a sports management division, and he has signed Grado, and he’s sponsoring Grado’s VISA, so he gets to stay. Park has a contract for Grado, and Grado signs without reading it. Park promises to get him bookings and appearances on podcasts. They will make a lot of money together.

– Johnny Impact is interviewed, and puts over Low Ki, noting that it’s a match he’s wanted for a long time. He promises to take him to Slamtown.

– Lashley & ATT meet with Cornette. He asks for his release and is going back to MMA with his team. Cornette tries to talk him out of it, but says he’ll give him what he wants, but wants all of ATT to leave. Cornette says Moose wants to see Lashley face to face to settle their issues, and if he does that, he will give him his release.

Falls Count Anywhere X-Division Title Match: Champion Sonjay Dutt vs. Trevor Lee: Konley is out with Lee. Dutt is out alone. Lee attacks right away, taking the fight to the floor and picking up an early near fall. Lee chokes out Dutt with his hoodie, but Dutt fights back and posts him. They continue to brawl on the floor, and finally roll into the ring at the 2-minute mark as Lee takes control back. They pick up the pace; Dutt hits a RANA and covers for 2. Dutt brings a chair in, but Lee tosses it back out. They continue to work back and forth and end in a double down. Dutt hits the tornado DDT heads up top but Lee crotches him. Lee up top and the superplex connects. They roll to the floor, and Lee covers for 2. Lee misses the chair shot and they brawl into the crowd and we take a break. Post break, they brawl to the back and outside the Impact Zone. Konley arrives and attacks Dutt. He and Lee work over Dutt with trashcan shots, allowing Lee to cover for 2. Konley accidentally hits Lee, and a bloody Dutt takes out Konley and makes the cover on Lee for 2. Lee counters a tornado DDT, crotching Dutt on a barricade, Konley hits a superkick and Lee rolls up Dutt on the concrete for the win. Trevor Lee defeated Dutt @ 14:14 via pin [**¾] The Konley stuff was fine as it played into the stipulation, but overall I found the match to be lacking. The stipulation was solidly used, but the work felt low key, and there was no real highs or lows, and pretty much no drama. Hopefully Lee as champion brings something new, because while the division has been fine as of late, it still feels as if it’s missing something.

– Dick Justice warms up and meets with ATT. He wants to join their team, since he’s American too, but gets his ass beat.

Taya Valkyrie vs. Amber Nova: Nova attacks at the bell, but Valkyrie cuts her off right away. Nova looks for a RANA, but Valkyrie hit a powerbomb for 2 and pulls her back up before 3. Valkyrie hits an implant buster, and that’s that. Taya Valkyrie defeated Amber Nova @ 1:15 via pin [NR] A short, simple and effective squash.

#1 Contender’s Match: Johnny Impact vs. Low Ki: The winner gets a title shot at Victory Road in two weeks. They work some good back and forth to begin, doing so with some good aggression as both men look for an advantage. Ki now attacks with kicks and head butts, and then lays in chops in the corner. Impact picks up the pace, but Ki blocks his strikes and locks in a dragon sleeper in the ropes as we take a break. Post break, they work back and forth with Impact finally connecting with a series of kicks and scoring a near fall. More kicks and a snap German follows, and Impact heads up top. Impact looks for starship pain, but Ki cuts him off and locks in a hanging dragon sleeper in the corner. Ki then misses a charge, and eats a springboard kick and Impact covers for 2. Impact up top and Ki avoids the attack and hits a shotgun dropkick for 2. Impact avoids the double stomp and gets caught up in the ropes; Impact hits starship pain and picks up the win. Johnny Impact defeated Low Ki @ 11:55 via pin [**¾] This was a pretty good main event, but also a bit disappointing because both are capable of so much more.

– Post match, Drake distracts Impact, allowing Adonis to attack and beat him down. Drake then lays out Impact with the air raid crash.

– Cornette tries to talk Lashley into staying, but Lashley refused.

– Taya basically assaults Karen Jarrett and tells her she is the true queen.

Moose & Lashley Beg You To Cheer For Them: Lashley arrives to say his goodbyes, and to go face to face with Moose. He’s been pressured to choose between wrestling & MMA, and is choosing to go back to MMA and win championships. He tells Moose to get his ass out to his ring, and here comes Moose. Moose attacks and they brawl. Lashley fights back and then powerbombs Moos eon the floor after almost losing him and dropping him on his head. Lashley then looks for a spear, but Moose hits the big boot. They lethargically brawl into the crowd, and in front of people that look completely bored. They eventually fight to the entranceway as Lashley hits a neck breaker, really? Moose kicks Lashley down the ramp, and then Moose spears Lashley. Back in the ring, Moose is now jumped by American Top Team; Dan Lambert orders the beat down. Security arrives, but are easily taken out. Lashley and his team pose to close the show. This was a bad angle to close the show. In theory, bringing in Lashley’s legit MMA team should add to his bad ass aura, but it’s only taken away because no one cares. This was a last and bad brawl with no heat, fans looking visibly bored as these guys brawled right in front of them and just bad choices from the guys and the bookers; this should have been a short, high energy all out fight. No wrestling moves, send out security and some goofs to separate them and close it out with the riot squad holding the two sides apart. Instead, we got what we got, and it wasn’t good.

– End scene.

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The final score: review Average
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I liked last week’s show better than this one, but this week’s show was a solid but disappointing effort. The card looked really strong, but the matches just never really got to the next level. There wasn’t a bad match, the squashes were fine, but I feel that Ki vs. Impact & Lee vs. Dutt under performed. Add on the horrible main event segment and the show came across as average at best. Like many weeks, GFW has parts of a possibly great show on their hands, but are still looking to put that elusive great show together. It’s a fine show, but was missing that sizzle.