Impact Wrestling Coverage: Wedding Bells, Barnett Makes In-Ring Debut, Hardys Win Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Titles

The “wedding” of Braxton Sutter and Laurel Van Ness was this week’s main event on Impact, but the drama between Cody Rhodes and Moose, as well as Josh Barnett’s in-ring debut and the Hardy Boys’ capturing of the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles ensured that this show had something for everyone.

However, the quality of the Hardy Boys vignettes and the fun and silliness of the Sutter/Van Ness wedding was a blast, making this easily the best overall Impact of 2017.


Tyrus vs. Eli Drake: After Drake tried the finger-poke of doom on Tyrus several times, he knocked out Earl Hebner to get the match thrown out. Drake then offered Tyrus a raise and suddenly, all was forgiven.

Bram w/Eddie Kingston vs. Jessie Godderz: After he eliminated Kingston, Godderz locked on the Adonis Crab and then used the catapult for a boring win.

TNA Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy vs. the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions Mathis and Rage: A fun indie match that Rage and Mathis got a few spots in before the Hardys won with the Twist of Fate/Senton Bomb combination.

Josh Barnett vs. Bad Bones: Barnett squashed Bones with a nasty Powerbomb and won with a Northern Lights Suplex beautifully transitioned into a Kimura Lock.

X-Division Champion Trevor Lee w/Shane Helms vs. Zema Ion: Lee won with a School Boy and a handful of tights thanks to help from Helms. After the match, Helms and Lee beat on Ion, but Andrew Everett made the save.

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