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Impact Write-Up (May 18th, 2017): Another one bites the dust

Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s Impact Write-Up. The GFW Women’s Title continues to be on the spotlight as the reigning champion Sienna is set to defend her title against ODB. And why is ODB the number one contender? I mean, wouldn’t it make more sense for the previous GFW Women’s Champion Christina Von Eerie to get her title rematch? Some things never seem to change it seems.

Speaking of GFW titles, a new tournament to crown new GFW Tag Team Champions begins this week as LAX’s own Santana and Ortiz square off against Garza Jr and Laredo Kid for the tournament’s opening round. Konnan, Homicide and Diamanté are at ringside for their fellow men and, as expected, get involved in the match.

Diamanté hits a top tope huricanrana on Garza Jr. towards the end of the very well action packed tag team match, leaving Laredo Kid solo to eat a blockbuster powerbomb that earns LAX the win. More of that from Diamanté please!

Our next Knockouts sighting sees Laurel Van Ness and Allie at ringside as their respective men Kongo Kong and Braxton Sutter go one on one.

Braxton relies on speed and high kicks against Laurel’s mighty beast but Kongo Kong simply overpowers Braxton, much to Laurel’s delight. Even our hysterical Broken Bride chimes in on some of the fun and at one point draws a heart on Braxton’s head with a lipstick.

Kongo ends up winning the bout and Laurel celebrates the win by sprinting around the six-sided ring. Sienna and KM soon make their way to the ring and begin a three-on-one beat down on Braxton all while Laurel seizes Allie to make her observe the attack up-close.

Mahabali Shera makes the save for Braxton and for once I actually agree with Josh Matthews over at commentary when asks what Shera is even doing out here as he has nothing to do with what’s going on. After the ring clears of the heels, Braxton takes to the mic and lays down the challenge for a tag team match next week, where he’ll team up with Shera to take on KM and Kongo Kong.

During Impact Wrestling’s Last Word, Sienna and the rest of her crew show little fear for next week’s tag team match.

Karen Jarrett also makes a backstage appearance this week to book an additional tag team match for next week’s show. Next week, Eddie Edwards and Alisha Edwards will team up to take on Angelina Love and Davey Richards in an attempt to control the aggression between these two wrestling couples.

And finally, we get to our GFW Women’s Title match:

The Knockouts make their entrances and ODB is able to get some early offense when she bring the champion off her feet with a round of running shoulder blocks. Sienna is able to take control after tossing ODB to the outside and then shoulder first to a ring post. Sienna big boots ODB’s targeted shoulder and tosses her back to the ring.

Sienna taunts ODB and hits a corner splash. She goes for another one but ODB is able to roll out the way. The challenger chops, strikes and clothesline the champion leading up to a TKO set-up which Sienna manages to evade.

ODB climbs the second rope of a turnbuckle, looking for a high-flying attack but misses. Sienna makes the most of ODB’s crash and burn, hitting the Silencer to get the three count. Sienna is still your GFW Women’s Champion!

Thoughts: Again I ask, what was the exact reason behind ODB title opportunity against Sienna? There was nothing leading up to this – no number one contender match or even a backstage segment of any sort to explain this! Poor Christina Von Eerie (the inaugural GFW Women’s Champion) suddenly disappearing after having a promising start when she resurfaced on Impact Wrestling. It feels like she was only brought in to drop the title after just one measly squash title defense.

I’m also missing Rosemary, you know Impact’s actual Knockouts Champion. I get that she’s sort of had a falling after The Decay disbanded but that shouldn’t be a reason to keep her off TV every other week. Her character is strong enough to stand on her own and she can still play some kind of role across LAX or at the very least Diamante until she moves onto Sienna. As we head closer to Slammiversary, I think it’s essential to get Rosemary and the Knockouts title back on our screens.

I’m sort of indifferent about Shera getting involved in the Allie/Braxton/Laurel/Kongo saga. There are too many people thrown in this feud as it is (looking at you KM and Sienna) but the babyfaces need more numbers to even up the playing field. I’m just ready to see Allie and Laurel do more than stand at ringside at this point.

Ironically, my favorite part of the night was the announcement of next week’s mixed tag team match. Angelina Love and Alisha Edwards (along with their husbands) have been the most exciting part of Impact and I’m really excited to see the story continue to progress.

What did you think of this week’s Impact Wrestling? Are you looking forward to next week’s scheduled tag team matches? Have you missed seeing Rosemary on television? Let us know in the comments below!

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