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With just 15 minutes to go, we’re gearing up for a long night. The card looks great! Especially excited for Purrazzo vs. Dashwood & of course, the main event. Big, big stakes!
HERE WE GO!
Great opening package, I am hyped (woo, woo, woo…)
MATCH 1; TJP VS. ACE AUSTIN VS. JOSH ALEXANDER FOR THE X-DIVISION TITLE!
Opening with a strong one, this will be good. I wasn’t keen on Austin at first, but he really does have the passion & effort, hard to not respect that after so long. TJP is a great, great athlete. I’m not overly familiar with Alexander but by his physique, I can tell he’ll gel perfectly with these two. Bell sounds.
So much for triple threat rules- ref taking Austin’s card off of him. Wonder what’ll be in store for the Last Man Standing! Goes double because of Madman waiting for the ref to turn around before getting involved, what’s going on!
Good traditional triple threat dynamic going on here. Austin’s selling is great.
HELLUVA KICK FROM TJP!
I’m a sucker for a top rope move onto a submission, go on TJP! A lot of Ankle Lock’s coming from Alexander… Great chain sequence though.
Josh Alexander pins Austin for the win!
WINNER & NEW CHAMP, JOSH ALEXANDER!
Good little opening match! Think I’d have preferred either of the other competitors personally, but excited to see where it goes from here. Very good opening match, to what will be a good night of pro wrestling.
Package for the rest of the show, Eric Young & Violent By Design cut a good promo. I thought Young had been hurt! Wasn’t aware he was picking a replacement, nice way to keep us guessing throughout the show. I wonder if it’ll be somebody SEVEN. FEET. TALL.
MATCH 2; VIOLENT BY DESIGN & W MORRISEY vs. CHRIS SABIN, EDDIE EDWARDS, JAMES STORM & WILLIE MACK- 8 MAN TAG
Loads of different styles & story going into this one. Very intrigued by this mystery 4th man for VBD. Savio Vega? Khali? Cass?… Savio??!
W. MORRISSEY!! (FKA Big Cass) HAS MADE HIS IMPACT WRESTLING DEBUT! Morrissey, at least temporarily, is VIOLENT BY DESIGN!
Rhino & Sabin start us off, Sabin with a quick tag to Edwards, Rhino tags Deaner. Quick action!
All members of team Storm have now been tagged once, this is gonna be a quick one. Can’t wait to see the dynamic W. Morrissey brings. He looks great! Here he is…
During his last run in WWE, I think a lot of fans struggled to enjoy Morrissey with all the time he was getting so regularly. But watching him here now, it really is exciting. Absence makes the heart grow stronger.
All the talent involved in this match is so promising for Impact’s future, what a roster they’ve developed in recent years.
Mack a true powerhouse knocking everybody off the apron, then a BIG leg drop on Deaner! Big slam for a 2 count. Sabin springboards to the outside but gets caught by VBD, before being taken out by Edwards in a big demolition derby.
Multi-man team up on Deaner by all 4 of his opponents, for another 2 count- broken up by IMPACT’S NEWEST FUTURE CHAMP.
I want EY to sit on the ramp this excited all the time. And here comes a big pile on! Suplex from Sabin to Deaner to the outside- taking everyone out. Mack and Doering back in the ring.
Mack knocks Doering out, here comes Morrisey! East river crossing by Morrissey on Mack for the win!
WINNER: VIOLENT BY DESIGN & THE DEBUTING, W. MORRISSEY!
Exciting match with the right winner, Morrisey looks great; physically, mentally & theatrically. But I do hope Mack builds some good momentum soon.
MATCH 3; BRIAN MYERS VS. MATT CARDONA
Whether opponents or as a team, Myers & Cardona really do have great chemistry together. Myers out first, looking far more intimidating than he has any right to. Cardona’s gear is amazing, as always.
Myers with a bird for Cardona- starting off hawttttt- already out to the outside! Neckbreaker to the mat, and over the barricade we go. Myers slams Cardona into the steel barrier & rolls him back in the ring. Great pacing to this match already, these two are uncredited veterans of the bid’ness.
Cardona working Myers’ dodgy eye from the top turnbuckle! Love a vicious Cardona.
RADIO SILENCE TO MYERS ON THE OUTSIDE!
Back in the ring now, after Myers responds with a SPEAR on the outside- what a homage- for only a 2 count. Cardona quickly responds with a Killswitch for yet another 2 count! Best match so far in my opinion.
Cardona has gone down clutching his leg, Striker & D’Lo referencing an injury Cardona suffered in 2016. The injury tonight seems to have been triggered by a standing kick from Cardona to Myers. Can’t tell if legitimate or not, ref is seeing to Cardona. Myers takes advantage, WAS IT A WORK?!
Myers hits Cardona while he’s down, hits his finish and WINS!
WINNER BY PINFALL, BRIAN MYERS!
WHO NEEDS FRIENDS ANYWAY! Good, but arguably too short, match with a nice story going forward to finish us off.
Tony Khan on screen being interviewed backstage following Myers’ win. He’s brought his own referee for tonight, and claims AEW is taking the Impact world title tonight, and even throws in a little shade to a certain Mr. McIntyre along the way. D’Amore is on-screen now to challenge Khan’s remarks- claims there will be TWO referees for tonights main event, one from AEW, one from Impact! The plot thickens…
MATCH 4; FIRE N FLAVA VS. GRACE & ELLERING- KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Fire n Flava out first, more energetic than Mojo Rawley after a pick n mix… Bonus points for a tag team entrance rather than two individual, as all tag teams should. I’m hoping for a retain. Ellering calls to the back, and out comes former Women’s champion JAZZ! Jazz is MANAGING Grace & Ellering! Ellering & Steelz start us off. Steelz should win an award for her colour coordination.
Grace is tagged in & hits a powerful takedown for a 2 count. Steelz gets momentum back, tags in Hogan & the champs hit Grace with a double suplex. Steelz tries to pin Grace three times, who keeps kicking out- lame move.
Fire N Flava cutting the ring in half, keeping Grace away from Ellering & hitting her with the double team. Grace fights back and finally gets the tag! Jazz is PUMPED. Ellering hits a mean right hand on Hogan, followed by an STO on Steelz for another 2. Fire N Flava recuperate & take them both down with simultaneous top-rope dropkicks.
Grace & Ellering knock Hogan to the outside, Grace goes for a suicide dive and JUST hits her- that could’ve been bad. Good action here. Grace tags Ellering. Ellering hits Hogan with a wing clipper for the win!
WINNERS & NEW KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, JORDYNNE GRACE & RACHAEL ELLERING!
Good tag match with great action. Grace & Ellering, I think, were the right winners in the end. Both very strong wrestlers, Grace especially. With two title changes so far tonight, and a predicted 3rd in the main event (from me, personally), I’m hoping we see the age of the Virtuosa continue after tonight. But first up…
MATCH 5; SAMI CALLIHAN VS. TREY MIGUEL- LAST MAN STANDING
As with Austin, never used to be a big fan of Callihan, but he puts so much into his performance & you can’t teach that. Miguel’s development has been interesting going into this story too, I’m excited for this one.
Callihan out first, looking about as intimidating as he has the right to be. Miguel comes out looking like a 15 year old Ricochet, but that works well for this story.
Miguel comes out of the gate hard, hitting Callihan with three running drop kicks, before knocking Miguel out to the mat. Callihan follows him, some back & forth on the outside- these two are wasting no time at all.
Wow, Miguel hits a great hurricanrana on the outside, without even truly leaving the ring! Nice. Callihan quickly gets up and makes Miguel very sorry, slamming him into the guard rail. We’re on a 7 count already! Miguel makes it to his feet…with some assistance.
Callihan readying weapons, wheeling out a production box and attempting to ram it through a downed Miguel, who narrowly dodges and hits a dropkick, but Callihan doesn’t cower, hitting back with a power bomb onto a crate, and into Sami’s production box we go, and out comes a CHAIN! Callihan gags Miguel with the chain, yanking it around his head.
Callihan now grabs a bin and chucks it at Miguel like a more angry Dennis the Menace. Callihan has dominated so far. The ref keeps counting, Callihan breaks it everytime to inflict more damage. In the ring currently is a pile of steel chairs AND a table. Miguel FINALLY getting some payback, springing up and hitting a side-Russian on Callihan onto the pile of chairs.
Callihan body drops Miguel onto upstanding table legs, Miguel’s back lands perfectly straight on the leg, impaling him almost, which made for some naaaaasty viewing. Up to the top rope, Callihan smacks Miguel with a chair and readies a table.
SAMI HITS A PILEDRIVER ONTO THE TABLE, FROM THE TOP ROPE! IT DIDN’T EVEN BREAK! Both men down, 6 count. Ref gets to 9, Callihan up & Miguel rolls out the ring, landing on his feet and breaking the count, before falling right back down.
Callihan sets the table up on the outside, again looking for the pildriver through it, this time off the steel steps. Miguel tries to reverse, Callihan fights back and hits the pile driver ON the steps instead. Callihan pins Miguel down using the steps for the count.
MIGUEL CRAWLS UNDER THE RING AND BREAKS THE COUNT! Miguel cross bodies Callihan from the ring apron, both men go through the table. MIGUEL WINS!
WINNER; TREY MIGUEL!
Good Last Man Standing match, which will almost definitely (depending on how hard Omega goes) have the spot of the night with that pile driver onto the table. I’d have liked a Callihan win, but I guess that kinda kills the story.
Swann is backstage, both World titles over his shoulders. He cuts a super babyface promo, which can be diluted to ‘I’ll beat you Kenny‘.
MATCH 6; FINJUICE VS. THE GOOD BROTHERS- IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Good Brothers have clear, reignited passion since their Impact debut. I always look forward to them appearing, too sweet me & hope for NEW champs going into this one. Anderson & Finlay start us off.
Finlay with a quick tag to Juice & a double team on Anderson. Big back suplex from Juice & tags Finlay back in. Anderson backs Finlay into the corner and the BIG LG tags in! Finlay wrestles Gallows back to his corner for FinJuice’s 4th tag- not enjoying the pacing of this one.
Gallows steamrolls Finlay on the outside amidst shenanigans, throws him back in & hits a series of big right hands in the corner, followed by a big boot. Chokehold from Gallows to Finlay now.
Anderson’s back in, and Finlay makes a hot tag to Juice Robinson! Hits Anderson with a crossbody, who bounces up and now a series of quick jabs, taking the Machine Gun off his feet. Great Boot-of-Doom-esque tandem offence from FinJuice to Anderson for a close two count.
FinJuice knock LG off the apron and set up for a tag finish, Gallows back up & distracts, knocking Finlay off the top rope. Gallows slides in & the Good Brothers hit their own tandem offence for what was almost definitely a 3 count… but ref claims 2. What a fix.
Juice hits a small package on Gallows to retain!
WINNERS & STILL CHAMPS, FINJUICE!
Very entertaining tag match, definitely too many tags in my opinion, but hard not to enjoy that one. Two different styles of tag team wrestling, making for a good showing.
Backstage, they try to interview AEW Champion Kenny Omega, who declines by sending Don Calls out in his place. Callis bigs Omega up & talks of how big a deal it will be when he wins & unifies the world championships later tonight.
On a side note, I love the red lighting gels the production designers have used throughout the backstage segments. It makes everything seem so sinister & serious.
MATCH 7; DEONNA PURRAZZO VS. TENILLE DASHWOOD- KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Virtuosa defends against the devious Dashwood up next. I’ve been very excited for this one- these two are also uncredited veterans, and are both incredibly talented in the ring. Great story & great athletes, plus… Kaleb with a K! Dashwood out first looking glamorous as ever. The fact neither woman has a victory over the other is a fantastic subplot going into the match.
The two start with a lock-up, Dashwood quickly locking in a wrist lock before taking the champ down. Good technical skills on display from both women. Purrazzo reverses with an armbar. Dashwood escapes and attempts two roll-ups on the champ, with her kicking out both times.
Purrazzo takes Dashwood down with a clothesline and gets back to working the arm. Love love love the technical focus here. Now into a straight jacket. Dashwood judo flips to reverse and follows up with forearm strikes.
Both women matching each other with offence up to now- Dashwood up to the top rope & hits a cross body for a 2 count. Dashwood has great precision with her striking, she should be a multi-time champion already. Purrazzo taking crossbodies in the corner, but it’s still not keeping her down- Dashwood grinning as she inflicts more damage. Now into a Muda Lock!
Purrazzo’s managers Kimber Lee & Susan getting involved, but Kaleb isn’t having any of that, snatching them up on his shoulders before taking a beating from them both. Tough break, boyo.
Dashwood hits the Spotlight for what WOULD have been a 3 count and a new champ, but no- Kimber Lee & Susan break it up again! KALEB GET UP MATE
Great back & forth action, a lot of focus on wrestling with some shenanigans. Purrazzo hits the Queens Gambit for the win. Dashwood was robbed!
WINNER & STILL CHAMP, DEONNA PURRAZZO
Purrazzo, Lee & Susan continue the beatdown after the match, but out comes a returning TAYLOR WILDE to break it up! Wilde takes the fight to Lee & Susan, all three women flee the ring.
Great match, again possibly a little short, but both women had great showings here. I hope they wrestle plenty more in the future.
Striker & Brown plug Impact’s move to PPVs being exclusive to the Impact Plus app from May onwards- Slammiversary returns July 8th!
MAIN EVENT TIME… HERE. WE GO.
UNIFIED IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION RICH SWANN VS. AEW WORLD CHAMPION KENNY OMEGA W/ DON CALLIS- WINNER TAKES ALL
This match is absolutely massive- as Steve Coogan would say, it’s LARGE. The consequences of this match will literally change professional wrestling; a lot of matches claim to do this, but none live up to the mark that this match will leave. What a great time to be a professional wrestling fan. Whether you personally like the result or not, this match will be a treat. My money is 100% on Kenny Omega.
The quality of the overall main event segment is enhanced all the more by the appearance of MAURO RANELLO! What a God amongst children. I wish I looked like his voice. And as mentioned earlier, two referees will officiate this match; one from Impact & one from AEW.
AND HERE HE IS. Omega. Callis. Anderson. Gallows- mama mia.
Here comes Swann, accompanied by Willie Mack & Eddie Edwards. I know which entourage I’d rather be in… Bell sounds.
Starting off with some chain wrestling, Swann’s facials project self doubt; Omega gets the better of the test of strength- the two recuperate. Great athleticism and showmanship on display by both men as they toy with each other, each champion trying to out-do the other. WOW! Swann with a mental phoenix splash to the outside already! Strap in lads.
D’Amore & Khan both sat at ringside, a lot of bodies out here which really adds to the tension.
Both men out on the outside, Omega trying to use the steel barrier to take Swann out- who reverses and hits a kick. Omega flips Swann onto the apron, who tries to land on his hands but spikes himself accidentally- he’s okay. Omega takes advantage & both men back into the ring and Omega hits a buckle bomb for a two count!
Swann losing breath, Omega nailing him with hard elbows to the back of the head, then stomping on Swann’s chest. Continuing in the winding of Rich Swann, Omega hits multiple backbreakers on Swann, working the lower back. Omega covers, Swann kicks out again. Omega continues to dominate.
Swann catches Omega with an elbow and begins a slow flurry of strikes, speeding up with some kicks & then a big standing splash for a 2 count. Omega has now regained control. Omega goes up to the top rope but gets caught with an enzirguri from Swann.
Ranello is a great hype man. Omega is a great showman, too. He’s taunted Swann’s Impact pals a few times. Swann is selling the big fight feel so well, a lot of story coming through.
Swann goes for a suplex from the top rope but KENNY SLIPS and lands horribly on the side of his head- could have hurt himself there legitimately, he clutched his head quickly. Horrid landing. Swann follows up with a frog splash but Omega kicks out. Both men back up.
Omega hits a V-Trigger and goes for the One-Winged Angel, but Swann counters- Omega manages to hit a spinning heel kick, follows it up with a 2nd V-Trigger; both men go to the top rope; Omega going for a top rope electric chair. Swann tries to reverse into a sunset flip but couldn’t flip down quick enough, resulting in a possible botch, but not an obvious one… Swann hits a super kick, Omega responds with a third V-Trigger and 2 Dragon Suplexes.
Swann tries to springboard handstand-stun Omega, wh pulls the Impact referee in the way. Impact ref is down- in comes the AEW referee. Omega goes for a chair! AEW referee takes the chair away! Wow, babyface ref. Swann hits the handspring cutter off the distraction. 2 count- Omega reverses into his own cover for another 2 count.
Impact ref is back up- obviously Impact’s referees are made of the hard stuff.
Swann misses a 2nd Phoenix. Omega does a J-driller, another kickout!
Omega’s kneepads are down, stiff af knee strikes to Swann. Swann flops down to the ring, Omega drags him over to Edwards & Mack, taunting them with Swann’s limp body. Omega hits another knee strike. Swann lands some hits, Omega is grinning. Great stuff. Swann hits a suplex and heads to the top rope- misses a 3rd splash. More KNEES! ONE WINGED ANGEL!
WINNER & NEW IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION AND STILL AEW CHAMPION, KENNY OMEGA!
KENNY OMEGA IS IMPACT & AEW WORLD CHAMPION! WOW! He’s dripping in gold; AEW, TNA & Impact World titles over his shoulders. Legend.
Ranello said ‘stacking belts like Pringles’- great line.
Really great night of professional wrestling from Impact there. My favourite matches were Purrazzo vs. Dashwood & Omega vs. Swann, naturally. I think the former could have done with some more time, as could Myers vs. Cardona.
But nonetheless, some great showings for talent there. Dashwood, Miguel, Alexander, Austin, FinJuice all had a lot to give tonight. Every match was entertaining, some more than others, but I was never bored.
Best spot- Callihan’s pile driver off the top rope onto the table vs. Miguel
Best technical wrestling- Purrazzo vs. Dashwood
Best all around match- Omega vs. Swann
And special shout-out to the Myers/ Cardona match.
If you missed the PPV live, it’s well worth a watch. Truly, a historical night for the sport!