Hello, and welcome to weekly Impact Wrestling coverage on With Spandex. And also welcome to me, LaToya Ferguson, your stressed out recapper and friend.
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Previously: “And it feels like / I’m at an all-time low”
Before we start: If you take away one thing from these recaps, I hope it’s that when it comes to Impact Wrestling, I really am trying. It would be so easy to write this entire promotion off, especially after Bound For Glory and even the shows leading up to that. But as I’ve written before, I want Impact Wrestling to succeed. I want it to be something other than the butt of all the jokes. So even though we’re currently in its 241st reinvention period, I’ll give said reinvention period a chance. As I’ve also written, a lot of Impact Wrestling circa Global Force Wrestling is something the audience didn’t sign up for. We also didn’t sign up for a Canadian wrestling promotion. But that’s currently what we’ve got, so now it’s time to criticize it appropriately.
ACE: Welcome To Impact Wrestling (Take 241)
This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling opens with Jeremy Borash and Josh Mathews’ introducing the show from the center of the ring, signalling the beginning of a new era, yadda yadda. It’s a different choice for the show, and later in the episode, they also give a rundown of what to expect next week.
Hopefully this isn’t a one-time thing, because it’s a quicker and easier way to create hype for the rest of the two hours of the show. It also sets the tone in the form of there actually being a planned, scheduled show, which considering how scattered Impact Wrestling can be, is not easy. Based on literally everything since Slammiversary XV, we know that these months of tapings have a lot of “card subject to change” aspects to them, but imagine if at least one thing could remain consistent here. This could be that thing.
Also, Josh Mathews really needs to stop busting out his genuine smile. Unless he’s decided to just lean into looking like a kid on the middle school morning news team.