By Patric Laprade and F4WOnline.com
Impact Wrestling, 10/07, in Montreal at the Claude-Robillard Center, before 750 fans. Never a wrestling show was held in this venue before, the closest thing was Edouard Carpentier holding wrestling classes in the mid-90's.
The announcers were Christy Hemme and JF Kelly, who works on the broadcast of Impact Wrestling in French on RDS since its beginning.
750 fans is actually very good considering that in 2007, they drew 800 with a product that was way much better than what it is today. This time, instead of Devon Nicholson, longtime ring announcer and commentator for Impact Wrestling on RDS, Marc Blondin, is the promoter and it shows.
Austin Aries b Brian Kendrick
Brian Hebner got booed when announced! Yep, 14 years after and even if he has nothing to do with it. Aries had an "Austin Aries" chant right from the start like he was that big babyface even though he works heel. That Montreal crowd again! They really worked a ROH style match with great wrestling and high flying and a lot of near falls. Very good match.
Christy Hemme announced Earl Hebner as the most controversial referee in the history of wrestling. He came to the ring with people booing the hell out of him. He was wearing his t-shirt "Damn right I did" and put Bret Hart's sunglasses. Again 14 years after and again that Montreal crowd who just reacts to it.
Brooke Tessmacher b ODB Ok match. ODB got the over throughout the match, before being kissed by Earl which led to the finish with Tessmacher pinning ODB.
Eric Young b Robbie E Robbie got a huge "Douche Bag" chant. Good match. Young over with a Sharpshooter. Crowd well into that match.
Bully Ray came to the ring. People started chanting "E-C-Dub" and he cut them off doing a good heel promo that got over. Then Mr. Anderson came and did his usual stuff.
Bully Ray b Mr. Anderson Nothing too say except it was the worst match on the show so far.
In a funny twist, during the intermission, they asked the crowd to cheer for their favorites at Bound for Glory and when they asked if Sting was gonna win, the crowd booed and when they asked if Hogan was going to win, they booed even more!! On a side note, Montreal was always a huge Hogan's country. Apparently it changed.
AJ Styles b Christopher Daniels They gave the performance you'd expect sonce they know each other for so long. Styles won with his Styles Clash after 15 minutes. Match of the night so far.
Beer Money Inc b Scott Steiner & Gunner Steiner got a huge "You can't wrestle" chant. A whole lot of heat in that match. Steiner was super over as a heel and Beer Money Inc got a very strong babyface reaction. Of course, they got the win!
2 hours 10 mimutes, the show was over and the crowd was still into it because it didn't go too long.
As last time I went to a TNA…I mean an Impact Wrestling show, the house shows are so much better than the TV or PPV shows. The only logical answer to that is that they are not overwhelmed with bad storylines or booking that makes no sense. They just go outhere and wrestle.
Good show overall.
Tomorrow they are in Sherbrooke and Sunday in Trois-Rivieres.
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