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Impact Wrestling Recap (2.1.18): Austin Aries returns to Impact



  • The show starts off with Josh Matthews and Jeremy Borash running down tonight’s card but are suddenly interrupted when they to a camera backstage documenting the arrival of an unidentified Man.

Match #1: Matt Sydal (c) defeats Fallah Bah to retain the Impact Grand Championship 

This was a pretty good match. The Grand Championship was not defended in the usual rules it’s defended in, it was set for old school wrestling rules. Bah seemed to of had Sydal in the right spot as he went for the Bonzai Drop, but Sydal moves out-of-the-way and hits Bah with a Shooting Star Press to retain his Championship. 

  • Chris Adonis and Eli Drake are shown making their way into the building. 
  • Caleb Konley is backstage with Trevor Lee. Lee tells Konley not to worry about him not being X-Division champion anymore that he has a plan. 

Match #2: Lashley defeats KM

This was a decent match. KM was looking to revenge on Lashley for what Lashley did to Dan Lambert last week. KM’s attempt at revenge got cut short after Lashley hit KM with a spear. 

  • Joesph Park is on the phone who his Aunt apologizing to her for what happened to Chandler Park. Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong interrupts the phone call. Jacobs tells Park that what happened to Chandler didn’t need to happen and that all Jacobs wants is for Parks monster to come out and play with his monster. 
  • Laurel Van Ness is shown making her way into the building. 
  • Lashley is shown backstage and says that he decided to focus on both Pro Wrestling and MMA.

Match #3: Kiera Hogan defeats Laurel Van Ness

Hogan was making her Impact debut here. Van Ness was still in celebrating mode after her successful title defense last week, but her excitement would soon be stopped. Allie runs out and causes a distraction to Van Ness and it gives Hogan a chance to roll Van Ness up for a pin and picks up a win. 

  • McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with EC3 and Alberto El Patron and they are talking about their tag team match tonight and argue about who will leave the match tonight. 
  • LAX is out and Konnan talks about how they defeated OVE once and for all. OVE comes out and Callihan says they respect LAX but OVE are still over everything. As OVE leaves Konnan tells them they aren’t over anything. Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley jump Santana and Ortiz from behind and stand stall as the champions leave the ring. 
  • McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Moose and Johnny Impact talking about their match tonight with Drake and El Patron. Moose had a hard time saying Johnny’s name and impact sends a message to El Patron in Spanish but they get the point across that tonight they are going to get the job done. 
  • Eli Drake and Chris Adonis are backstage taking about Drake’s celebration tonight. Drake ask’s Adonis about the guest he brought for him tonight but Adonis tells him he didn’t invite one but told Drake that tonight will be the facts of Eli Drake’s life. 
  • A vignette is shown of Brian Cage. 

Match #4: Moose and Johnny Impact defeats Alberto El Patron and EC3 

This was a good match. When you have four of the best wrestlers in the roster in the together you know it will be a good showing. EC3 and El Patron worked well together pulling out dirty tactic after dirty tactic. El Patron seemed to have to ball in his court when he catches Impact in the Tree Of Woe and then connects with a Double Foot Stomp but then is instantly met by a Lariat by Moose for the win. 

  • Chris Adonis presents to us The Facts of Eli Drake’s life. Adonis runs down some facts about Drake being the best champion, the best dressed, and the best friend that has ever lived followed up by video packages with each fact. The wrong video is played after Adonis says Drake is the best friend to have ever lived but Drake says not to worry about it and then goes on to say how he’s the greatest man to ever live. Music starts playing and the mystery man comes out and is revealed to be Austin Aries. Aries tells Drake that he is not the greatest man to ever live, that he is. Aries then tells Drake that he’s been busy going around the world collecting championships and that if Drake wants to be the greatest champion to ever live that he has to beat Aries tonight and challenges Drake to a match for the Championship. Drake tells Aries no. As Drake walks off Adonis hits Aries from behind and Drake then agrees to the match. 

Austin Aries defeats Eli Drake (c) to win the Impact Global Championship

Eli Drake rushes in to take advantage of Aries being down after the attack by Adonis. Aries turns it around on Drake and overcomes the odds to connect with a Brain Buster on Drake to get the win. Austin Aries is your new Impact Global Champion. 

Brandon is a life long wrestling fan and a die hard hardcore kid. Pro wrestling and hardcore music helped him find acceptance and gave him a place to be himself at. It's what has made him the passionate fan and person he his today. If you were to ask him what keeps him going Day to day he would say these three things "pro wrestling, hardcore, and Alexa Bliss". if you ever want to hit Brandon up to chat you can get him at or Twitter(@brandonpsmc)

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