A new era of Impact Wrestling has arrived, which means the TrailBlazin' Top 5 is back! For how long? That will be answered in the weeks to come if the company can keep my interest. I've watched bits and pieces of Impact since the fall, and hopefully I'll be all caught up soon on the big moments. I was super pleased with this week's Impact, so let's break it down!
#5 - Cody (Rhodes) is still here
With all the departures Impact has seen in the last month, it's nice to see someone like Cody Rhodes sticking around. I've always enjoyed his work. With that being said, I'm interested in seeing where this heel "American Nightmare" character can go. Honestly I hope we see some dark stuff from him this year. A feud with Moose is the right direction right now as both men look to build themselves up, as well as the Impact Grand Championship.
#4 - Rebuilding Divisions
The Knockouts and Tag Team divisions are going through a rebuilding process, and it's going smoothly so far. Rachael Ellering shows promise after her decent bout with Sienna, plus from what I've seen of her in NXT. My only complaint about the Knockouts match was the annoying bickering between JB and Josh on commentary. Like I mentioned last night, I sure hope this feud doesn't last awhile. Nevertheless, the first match of the night featured Reno Scum going over DCC in a fun-paced match. Overall I was very pleased that all the divisions were represented in the episode.
#3 - X-Division action is always appreciated
Even though it was only two minutes long, I was happy to see this four-way X-Division match-up. Caleb Konley impressed me, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of his work. Marshe Rockett feels out of place in the division, but I'm hopeful he moves out of it once more guys come in. DJ Z was exciting as always. Braxton Sutter going over was a good call, I guess, as he continues the momentum off of his controversial failed-wedding a few weeks ago.
#2 - Alberto El Patron shakes things up
I've always had mixed feelings on Alberto. Sometimes it's hard to watch him in the ring, but I didn't think that was the case against Lashley. These two had me invested in their match. I wasn't exactly a fan of the ref bumps, but the controversy is definitely what they needed to happen to get viewers to come back next week to see the fallout. I have yet to see Lashley end Eddie Edwards' reign, however, I'm not so sure taking the title off of him again was the right call. We'll see what develops.
#1 - Hot opener, nostalgia & pacing
The opening video made me so excited to see what this new era of Impact has in store! Even though I didn't start watching Impact until 2014, I could relate to the nostalgic moments in a weird way. There were many complaints about the lengthy promos from the likes of Bruce Prichard and Dutch Mantell, but I appreciate the message they were trying to get across. Also, there was so much that happened in the first ten minutes! Davey and Eddie's brawl was fun, Borash shocking Josh was somewhat pleasant, and then we got to see an angry Cody call out Moose. I can't forget to mention the pacing of the overall show. For the first time in a long time, it didn't feel like a chore to get through the two hour show.
Bring on next week's episode, please! I want to see what's next for everyone. And that's definitely a step in the right direction for the company. I fully plan on tuning in with hopes that we see some of the guys and gals that weren't really featured like Eli Drake, Decay, Moose, and Trevor Lee.
So what did you think? Sound off below! If you want to know my thoughts on something that I didn't address above, feel free to ask. Thanks for reading!