Alberto “El” Patron makes his way to the ring in The Impact Zone… Josh Mathews, Jeremy Borash and The Pope are back together on commentary. Alberto takes the mic in ring and talks about how much he loves this place. He loves being in Impact Wrestling because he gets to be himself. That he doesn’t have to pretend to be someone that he is not. Alberto then talks about how he proved himself to everyone last week by defeating Bobby Lashley. Alberto feels that he deserves to be Impact champion. He says that politics are the reason that he is not currently the champion. Alberto says that he is a fighter and not a talker. He then calls out Bobby Lashley. EC3’s music hits instead…
Ethan Carter tells Alberto that he did the right thing relinquishing the world title, based on how he won it last week. Carter says that Alberto shouldn’t be given shots at the title immediately. That he should earn it. He then goes on to challenge Alberto to a match. Alberto says that he is out here to challenge Lashley and not him. He says that he is going to go find Lashley now. As he goes to leave the ring, Carter insults Alberto to get him to come back. Alberto returns to the ring and says he’s here to fight Lashley, and not the “b—h”. EC3 and Alberto start brawling and security runs out to break them up. After a few minutes of brawling, the crowd starts chanting “Let them fight”. Alberto gets on the mic and says that if Carter wants to fight. That he’s going to get that fight with him later tonight.
Alberto El Patron Vs. Ethan Carter III
No De Patron entrance this week…. Alberto takes the fight to Ethan early on. He roughs him up and then throws him to the outside. He follows him out there and throws him into the barricade. When Alberto attempts to throw Carter into the ring post. Carter reverses and throws Alberto into it instead. Alberto ends up regaining control as the show goes to commercial… When the show returns, Carter is in the ring and Alberto tries to leap off the top rope and onto him, but Carter strikes him in mid-air. EC3 then stomps on El Patron in the corner. He hits a back elbow on Alberto and then a snap suplex. Carter then tries to splash Alberto in the corner but El Patron moves out of the way. Alberto then rams EC3 into the ring post from the apron. Alberto then starts to target Carter’s left arm. He rams it against the steel steps and then the ring post. Patron brings EC3 back into the ring and applies an arm-bar submission. Carter battles back and both men end up battling to the top rope. Alberto applies an arm-bar on EC3 using the ropes. He has to break the hold but Alberto continues to target Carter’s left arm. He applies another arm bar. Carter breaks free and battles back. He starts favoring his shoulder but manages to hit a flapjack on Alberto. EC3 then attempts to hit his 1 percenter but Alberto counters and throws Carter into the corner. When Alberto charges at Carter, Ethan backflips over the ringpost and onto the floor. Moments later, both men battle on the outside near the broadcast desk. Carter rams Alberto’s head repeatedly into the table. He then throws Alberto into the ring. When EC3 gets onto the ring apron, Alberto has recovered and connects with a high kick on Ethan, that sends him crashing to the floor.
The show heads to another break….. When the show returns, Alberto and Ethan are inside the ring trading strikes. Carter momentarily wins the slugfest but Alberto springs up and hits two consecutive clotheslines on Ethan. El Patron then attempts his cross arm breaker. Ethan counters out but Alberto reverses and throws Carter and his shoulder into the ring post. Alberto then heads to the top rope. Carter recovers and meets him up there. EC3 headbutts Alberto and then attempts a superplex. Alberto fights out of it and knocks EC3 down. Carter ends up hanging in the corner. Alberto then signals for his signature double foot stomp. Carter gets out of his predicament and arm drags Alberto off the top rope. EC3 then hits the TK3 on Alberto. Carter is unable to capitalize when he lands into the corner after executing the move. Carter regroups and hits a second TK3. Again, He is unable to go for the cover. Carter then decides to head outside the ring and he grabs a steel chair. Carter brings it into the ring and Alberto is still laid out in the center of the ring. Carter considers striking Alberto with the chair but instead decides to throw it away. The delay enables Alberto to rally. El Patron hits the Si kick on Carter and then applies his cross arm breaker. He wrenches it in and Carter is forced to tap out despite being only inches away from the bottom rope.
Alberto El Patron defeats Ethan Carter III by submission
After the match. Alberto gets on the mic and says that he wants to pay Ethan Carter respect. He applauds EC3, talks about his history in the business and how Carter just gave him one of the best matches of his career. Carter and El Patron end up shaking hands to an applause from the crowd who chants EC3.
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