Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s Impact Write-Up. It’s a brand new month as we begin to countdown the days to this year’s Slammiversary. In the meantime, let’s take a look at this week’s Knockouts action featuring beloved fan favorite Allie taking on newcomer Amber Nova – who made her wrestling debut just one year ago after training with Team Vision Dojo: I Believe in Wrestling School.
To answer this question, “Ms. Assassin” Rosemary herself joins Allie backstage and explains that despite losing her Decay family, her inner Hive conscience continues to speak to her. They told her to watch over and protect Allie, who has quite the act of finding herself in danger. Could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?
After that little meeting, it’s time for our Knockouts match of the evening:
The debuting Amber, who hails from ‘The Garage’?, makes her entrance first. Wonder whose idea to bill Amber from there was? Anyway, Allie (with Braxton Sutter) comes out next to strong ovation from the Impact Zone and a final pep talk from her wrestling coach.
The bell sounds off and the Impact Zone continue to rally behind our ‘novice’ Knockout, who gets taken down to the mat twice via hair pull by Amber.
Allie gets back to her feet, takes a deep breath and regroups herself. She ties up with Amber but the latter manages to corner Allie instead and hit a knee shot to the midsection. Amber then whips Allie across the other side of the ring but Allie reverses this to take control of the match.
Allie takes Amber down with a running clothesline, all while proudly saluting the crowd. She follows up with a running corner splash but misses allowing Amber to win back control.
Amber runs a series of kicks to a cornered Allie and uses her legs once more to ram Allie’s head to the turnbuckle. “Go back to your boyfriend!” shouts out Amber as she goes for the cover that earns her a two count.
Amber goes for a big boot but Allie is able to block it by catching Amber’s leg. She spins Amber around and takes her down with a series of clotheslines and a back elbow shot! Bunny Power is in full swing!
Allie hammer throws Amber to a corner and marches right up to her but ends up eating a big boot. Just as Amber begins to climb the second rope, Allie lands a right forearm shot and lifts Amber over her shoulders to hit an Allie Valley Driver for the win!
Allie celebrates her win by hugging everyone in sight: Braxton Sutter, Earl Hebner and even Amber Nova!
Impact Wrestling cameras catch up with Amber post match for their mini #LastWord series. Though she isn’t pleased on being reminded of her defeat, Amber keeps her head high and refers to herself as ‘the baddest chick there is’. Amber goes on to say that the next time she comes around to Impact, Allie better watch her back as she’ll reach the point of ‘no-va-turn’.
For her part, Allie is ecstatic about her win and replays the final moments of her match with Braxton. Please continue to give us this more confident side of Allie Impact!
Thoughts: While I’m not thrilled to see the Knockouts continue to be given these short timed matches, the biggest take away from this week was seeing Allie’s “in-ring improvement”.
We know that outside her Impact Wrestling persona , Allie can go in the ring so it’s nice to see Impact finally begin to push her as more of a competitor. It’s long overdue at this point, although it isn’t the first time Allie has had a singles match on Impact. This time, however, she came across as much more confident in the ring and I only hope that eventually we’ll get to see a more competitive side from her.
Speaking of confidence, I did enjoy the wee bit we got to see from Amber Nova. For someone who is still new to the business, I think she left a more impressive mark, during her match and even in her post match clip, compared to some of the other women who have made guest appearances on Impact this year.
I’m not too sure if I’d want her signed a full time deal just yet though. Impact have already signed a few names as it is yet they’ve disappeared for weeks. I understand that we’re on the road for Slammiversary at the moment so that may be a reason behind the lack of focus on these newer names but let’s what unfolds post Slammiversary.
Rosemary face turn is growing on me and I think this will really refresh her character. While I believe her character works better on the heel side of things, she was fascinating to watch this week and it’s encouraging to see an actual story between Rosemary and Allie begin to blossom.
For the next four weeks, Impact will be taking a vacation outside of their Impact Zone home as we head to India. Fingers crossed that these shows and fans alike come across lively!
What did you think of this week’s episode of Impact? Would you like to see Amber Nova make another appearance on Impact? What are your thoughts on the new growing friendship between Allie and Rosemary? Let us know in the comments below!