Impact Write-Up (March 16th, 2017): LAX gets a new shine

Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s Impact Write-Up. After last week‘s poor attempt of revamping their programming, Impact Wrestling is back this week with some fresh faces to the Knockouts division! We also begin to see that the honeymoon is over from Impact’s darling couple Allie and Braxton Sutter.

The Global Force Wrestling Nex-Gen Champion quickly follows his wife to the ring to put a complete halt in her first ever one-on-one match. He grabs a mic to explain his reasoning behind this decision: “Impact is no longer going to pimp out the ‘Rhodes’ names on its terms.”

Brandi insists to her husband that this is something she wants to do but this goes right through Cody’s ears and he turns his attention to aspiring Knockout Kayci Quinn. He introduces Kayci to the Impact Zone but then deviously tries to pay her to go away with $45, which according to Cody, was $20 more than what she originally would have been paid for. How rude!

Kayci rejects Cody’s offer all while Brandi tries to apologize on behalf of her husband’s behavior. With no Knockouts match taking place, Cody uses this time to challenge Moose for the Impact Grand Championship when he returns from Japan and directs his wife to head on to the back with him.

This leaves Kayci all alone in the ring and when we return from a break, Knockouts Champion Rosemary is on the attack against the aspiring Knockout, brutalizing her outside and inside the ring. Although Kayci bravely tries fighting off the Demon Assassin, it isn’t enough and the Knockouts Champion lays out her with a Red Wedding.

Madison Rayne also makes a rare non-commentary appearance this week in a minute long clip on what the #MakeImpactGreat movement means to her. Madison says Impact Wrestling has been her entire adult life. She’s been with company, through the ups and downs, for nearly a decade and promises to continue to give the fans her above and beyond. May I suggest some more in ring appearances on a regular basis Madison?

We move on to some X-Division action where we spy a match up between Braxton Sutter, Suicide (remember him?) Andrew Everett and the X-Division Champion Trevor Lee. Is Braxton even considered an X-Division star?

After a modified Tower of Doom, an eerie cake eating Laurel Van Ness emerges from the crowd, still in her wedding dress mind you, and begins to scuffle with a ringside Allie. This causes Braxton to step out from his match to break things up but the distraction costs Braxton the match as Trevor Lee would hit a running jumping knee that put Braxton down for the three count.

Laurel isn’t the only black cloud hovering over Allie and Braxton, as Sienna also has her eyes on them. Mic in hand (with pinkies up), Sienna appeared from the entrance ramp after Braxton’s match and says she hopes Braxton and Allie are enjoying their quality time together.

Don’t take it the wrong way, Sienna admits to being a hopeless romantic and having a sensitive side but she then threatens the couple with a Romeo and Juliet reference, stating that their love story always ended with a tragic demise. While this worries Braxton and Allie, Laurel is jumping with joy at the sound of Sienna’s words.

And finally we close out the night with the return of Impact Wrestling’s own LAX.

After Bruce Pritchard declared that new Tag Team Champions would be crowned in the upcoming weeks, out came The Decay who argued that they should be the Tag Team Champions since they “rescued” the titles from space and time last week.

New tag team Reno Scum would come out next and claim their win over DCC last week made them worthy contenders to the Tag Team titles. The even newer tag team of Laredo Kid and Gaza Jr. would make their case for some gold next which all in all, leads to one giant brawl between the three teams inside the six sided ring.

In the end, The Decay would clean out the ring of the newcomers… that is until LAX made their awaited return to the Impact Zone!

Konnan and Homicide would appear from the entrance ramp but it was a surprise attack from new recruitees Diamanté, Angel Ortiz and Mike Draztik that would steal the moment of the night.

The newly established LAX would use the numbers game to wipe out Decay, with Rosemary receiving an elevated cutter from Diamanté, and then cover their victims with flags. Welcome back LAX.

Thoughts: Truthfully, this was a better week for Impact.

Starting off with the Cody/Brandi Rhodes saga, I’m a bit conflicted. On one side, I think it was a complete waste for Impact to try and hype Brandi’s first singles match, bring in an outside talent in Kayci, if it was only going to end in no contest and used to just further the Cody/Moose feud. On the other hand, maybe this was the better route, given that Brandi still needs more practice/time to improve her craft; that is going base off what we’ve already seen from Brandi’s mixed tag matches so far.

I would’ve liked to see more of Kayci as she is a potential new name Impact can bring in and she was even given her own little profile set on ImpactWrestling.com prior to this. Still, in a way, she still helped show some of Rosemary’s dominance and can I say that I really loved how Kayci sold that Red Wedding! My only tiny gripe was the commercial break before that attack. I think Rosemary’s beatdown would came across a bit more effective if we actually saw her jump from the crowd and go on the attack immediately after the Rhodes left the ring.

I’m glad to see that Sienna is given more of a chance to speak on the mic and Laurel continues to play her character pretty well; her reaction to Sienna’s threats were hilarious! I think both have slowly began to find their footing since the the end of The Lady Squad, which in reality was more about Maria Kanellis anyway.

LAX’s return was my favorite moment of the night. I’m a fan of the group and I’m super psyched to see what Diamanté can bring to the table. I think she’ll bring something far different to the group than we saw in Salinas a few years ago and she’s already made a big statement against Rosemary! For now, this sets up more for a some tag matches until new champions are crowned but I’m all for seeing how the Knockouts will help their respective teams capture the gold. It sets up some interaction until we can get a full fledged feud from the two.

Also, as Jeremy Borash mentioned “she” will be here next week but, of course, this was already foreshadowed.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Impact? Disappointed in seeing the Brandi/Kayci match get canceled? Are you excited about the return of LAX? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Luna Lovegood

    Brandi just needs to stick with being a manager or valet to Cody.

    • Summer_Slay #KellyToSaveRAW

      Absolutely she way too green they should have given her atleast a year to train. RN she’s training with indie girls like Santana and Gabi/Raquel and she is clearly making a progress ( that missile dropkick she did was good) but it wouldnt hurt anyone if they used her as a valet for one year and then turn her into a wrestler.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        hey queen

        • Summer_Slay #KellyToSaveRAW

          hey but you have the real queen on your avi ;)

      • Luna Lovegood

        I 100% agree w with you.

  • Sashallah Banksus
    • Gabriella Panajotova

      After that fiasco with Rebel…nah.

    • Radical

      She’s ‘retired’ I believe, so luckily we won’t be seeing her back.

  • Huntrry94

    It wasn’t my fave night for Impact but it was good, I love seeing LAX back but I do miss Salinas, she never fully got to breakout before she left. I never understood why they didn’t bring her back awhile ago. She was entertaining. But I’m ready to see Diamanté take control

  • HOLLA

    Much better week for the Knockouts.

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    Liked it! Muuuch better than last week. Brandi got my symphathy for dealing with Cody and it helped that she didn’t wrestle.
    Cody is amazing, if I were WWE I’d be kicking myself in the butt for letting that man go.

    • Juan

      Cody requested his release tho

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        Yeah, but he only did so because WWE never really ran with him no matter how many times he struck gold with the shitty gimmicks they gave him.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    LAX without Salinas… I got to say the girl can wrestle.

  • The re-debut of LAX was certainly interesting.

  • BlaamLaambb

    Cody is so hot

  • YouCanLook&Touch

    omg, that Garza guy’s ass is THICK. A real man. Dolph who?

    • KatyaMenelli

      Garza Jr. Has been mine for two years now. Back off!!

  • GailKimStan

    Dude that interaction between Decay and LAX was MAGIC, i wish Diamanté was the next challenger for Rosemary but i guess sometimes asking this company to make a storyline progression that actually makes sense is too much…

    • Summer_Slay #KellyToSaveRAW

      They shouldnt just add her like that in the title picture i hope they come up with a storyline and isnt Brandi “feuding” with RoseMary rn ?

  • Radical

    People wanting to see Salinas/Shelly Martinez back and all I can think of when I see that name:
    ‘MY VAAAAAAG!!!!! I SAID MY VAG HURT!!!!!’

    • God no! She was TERRIBLE in the ring.

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    • Summer_Slay #KellyToSaveRAW

      Absolutely no she got a chance at Knockouts Knockdown and she blew it.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      Her double-sided tape is to kill for tho! :D :D Not even a nip slip while she gave 90% side-boobage.

  • Dark Heel

    Diamante/Angel Rose > Jade

    She’s amazing to watch, had a great match with AR Fox not to long ago. More natural infront of camera. That german suplex to Rosemary, ouch.

    • Luna Lovegood

      No

      • Dark Heel

        Yes. You’ll see the difference. Jade doesn’t have her charisma or talking ability.

        • Luna Lovegood

          Huh?. Jade can wrestle she has charisma and she can talk on the mic.

          • HEELHornet

            She can’t.

          • Luna Lovegood

            Yeah she can wrestle and she has charisma.

  • howie_ruhl

    Wow. Didn’t realize Angel Rose actually fits so well in this faction. Good for her.

  • Jesus’s brother

    Paige’s leaked photos and vids > TNA

  • Jazmine Monique Perciann Gordo

    A much better week. The segment with LVN braxton,Allie and sienna was funny, sienna is great on the mic, they should let her speak more. And the tag team segment/lax return was great. I miss Salinas but her match with rebel was not the one. I like Diamante. And the other guys with Konnan and Homicide look good too. I’m hoping for an LAX vs Decay feud.

  • Juan

    To live and die in LAX!!! Latinos stand up! Haha My favorite tag team of all time is back! I’m so happy!! Diamanté kicked Rosemary’s ass! I can’t wait to see how she retaliates! Also, I know she isn’t a very good wrestler but I’m hoping for a Salinas return!

    So glad Laurel and Sienna are finally getting the opportunity to shine outside of Maria’s shadow! Maria’s departure was a blessing in disguise for them honestly. The broken bride gimmick is comedy gold and Sienna is a pretty good talker so I can’t wait to see what they’ll do to Allie as payback.

  • OriginalsFan

    I have never been a die hard fan of TNA or Impact’s product. But I do support them in terms of continue to improve against other big organizations because they do have great talents working for them both male and female, and theres Gail Kim as well. I would love to see Madison Rayne regain the top spot again, its been a long time coming, even if it might be the last time she can get a push. The veterans knockouts should be used more often since new Knockouts lack credibility.

    The new knockout from LAX is on fire, her attitude, her moves, and her execution were perfect. In terms of wrestling, she is much better at the moment compared to Shelly. I just hope that Impact does not get tangle up with the amount of knockouts they have right now. It seems like they have so many, with ODB making a return as well.

    Again, I would love to see the veteran knockouts to be back in the spot light again (Brooke, OBD, Gail, Angie, and Madison).

  • Gail-Rollins Fan

    God Cody is just SO good right now.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      He is a must-watch these days.

  • Summer_Slay #KellyToSaveRAW

    So happy that Impact is getting some fresh blood. I can already tell that Diamante is an amazing wrestler. I only hope they bring back Gail, Brooke and maybe Jade.

    Laurel is killing it and Sienna’s promo on Allie was amazing. They should add her to the title picture after her feud with Allie. I’m still mad on Madison for slacking off. And i hope Rebel is back full time but i cant tell the same for ODB.

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Okkkk Sienna has really been delivering on the mic!!!

  • Montel Porter

    LAX VS DECAY IM HERE FOR ALL OF THIS!!! #MakeImpactGreatAgain!

  • Love the Wrestler that Cody Rhodes has become outside WWE, also El Patron ADR, has ruin Paige career but I love him.
    Anyway, down to bussiness, The LAX return was amazing, look’s better than never and more with the addition of Diamante. Even though Kaicy Queen iis so beautiful and want to see more of her.
    Drunk Laurel Van Ness is something that is growing on me.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      Honestly after I saw how he took care of the Paige sex scandal fiasco I am warming up to ADR as her boyfriend. He just brushed it off and went to see Beauty and the Beast with her, not letting her dwell on the misfortunate situation alone.

  • Monkey Tennis

    Right now, it’d be nice to see an actual women’s division. Almost all of the active knockouts at the moment seem to be either in relationships with male talent or being the token Smurfette in a male stable. And most of the current feuds (such that there even are any) are all revolving around that – instead of feeling like being part of an actual focused women’s division.

    If that lack of focus leads to further episodes like this one, where the only in-ring action for the knockouts was a couple of brief beatdowns (one from Rosemary, one against her), then I might be a little concerned that Impact’s creative team think less women’s action is the way to “make impact great”.

  • Sass.

    I like Angel Rose a lot, hoping this role works for her.

  • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

    Dispite the lack of wrestling I appreciate how the women were used on this show.
    All segments were good in their own way.

    Sienna on the mic was sooo good and funny in a very natural way.
    I wonder if they’ll still keep LVN and Sienna paired together in the future.

    I’m finding LVN’s gimmick and anything she does way more hilarious than I should. That cake she ate gotta be 2 weeks old if it’s her wedding cake but haven’t we all benn there? YOU DO YOU GUUUURL!

    I’m excited for what Angel Rose can bring to the table. I really enjoy the little that I’ve seen from her indy work. Although I was surprised to see her already signed to televised wrestling as I only discovered her a few weeks ago.

    I hope we get to see more of Brandi Lauren in the future. She’s one of my favorites from the newer girls on the indies.

    Rosemary was of course a delight to watch as always.

    Brandi is just so sweet but her mannerisms are always so cheesy and over the top like when she rand back up the ramp and kept shaking her hand over and over again.