A huge intergender tag between four world title contenders headlines tonight’s Impact.
We opened with a recap of last weeks Hall of Fame induction for Ken Shamrock, followed by Sami Callihan’s fireball attack.
X-Division #1 Contendership Scramble Match: Willie Mack defeated Acey Romero, Chris Bey, Daga, Rohit Raju, Jake Crist, Cousin Jake, and Trey Miguel via pinfall
Everyone paired up to open, which left Acey Romero standing tall. He took out Mack with a Senton, but was then taken out by Trey, with him and Bey working together with a double missile dropkick.Trey and Beythen went back and forth with reversals and counters alongside a couple of taunts, before ending in a stalemate. Trey offered a hand-shake, which Bey answered with a kick.
Rohit Raju, Cousin Jake and Bey all exchange big moves before Willie Mack comes in, hitting the samoan drop and moonsault combination and then following up with a dive to the outside. Daga, Rey and Chris Bey all go back and forth in a great three-man sequence. Daga stands tall, getting a near fall on Bey before Rohit Raju breaks it up. Acey Romero slammed Daga and went to the top rope, but was caught in a tower of doom with Cousin Jake, Jake Crist, Trey, Willie Mack and Chris Bey. Daga then got a near fall with a frogsplash.
Trey then locked in dual submissions on Crist and Bey, but that was broke up. All of them continued to hit big moves, including a huge pounce and dive by Acey Romero, only for Willie Mack to pick up the win by hitting the frogsplash on Cousin Jake.
Backstage, Dave Crist hyped up Madman Fulton about their match tonight. Jake Crist arrived and told them that they all need to get back to their winning ways. Jake and Dave argued that Sami Callihan was testing them and that’s why they had to win.
Moose defeated Chase Stevens via pinfall
Moose jumped Chase before the bell but got distracted trying to get the referee to ring the bell, giving Chase time to recover and get the better of Moose. Chase hit an early German and an axe kick and a powerslam, both for a near fall. Moose tossed Chase into the ropes and hit the No Jackhammer Needed for the win.
Moose attacked Chase after the match, wearing him out with a chair. He went to Pillmanize his neck, but D’Amore came out to stop him. D’Amore distracted Moose and allowed Suicide to attack him.
Rosemary was again at a bar drinking, hurling abuse to the patrons and bartenders. She talked about how she spent two years seeking revenge and once she got it, she was empty. Raven was there and didn’t pay any attention to her, so Rosemary approached him. Raven talked about revenge and said that revenge is forever, not just two years.
Ace Austin and Reno Scum approached Willie Mack backstage to congratulate him. Mack told him that he knows Ace and knows he is all about playing mind games and won’t let him get close. Johnny Swinger also approached Mack and said he wanted Mack to become the champ because what the fans want is a Mack vs Swinger match for the title.
Reno Scum (Luster The Legend & Adam Thornstowe) defeated The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) via pinfall
Reno Scum jumped The Rascalz to start the match and hit a death valley driver on Xavier for a near fall. Scum worked over Xavier with quick tags, strikes and chokes. Thrownstowe got a near fall with a headbutt and moonsault combination. Dez got the hot tag to Wentz who ran wild on Luster with kicks, earning a near fall. They went for a double top rope move, but Wentz was thrown off, with Adam blocking Wentz. Reno Scum hit a footstomp/curb stomp combo on Xavier for the win.
We see Su Yung stashing a dagger away ahead of her match in the Undead Realm.
We got a video package about #CancelCulture, where Joey Ryan said that next week, Cody Deaner is being cancelled.
We then got a vignette with Cousin Jake and Cody Deaner talking about shows that have been cancelled, and Cody doesn’t know why he’s being cancelled. This seems a bit troublesome with it’s content.
Old School Rules: Rhino & Sabu defeated oVe (Dave Crist & Madman Fulton) via pinfall
Sabu opened with a takedown on Dave Crist, but Dave was stronger and got off. Sabu started hitting punches and clotheslines, so Dave tagged out.
Fulton and Rhino faced off and Fulton went crazy with punches and chokes, but Rhino managed to come back and clothesline Fulton to the outside. Crist took out Rhino and sent him outside. Sabu then sent Crist to the floor and dove on both him and Fulton.
They brawled outside the ring for a bit, with weapons for a while until it came back to the ring and resembled a normal tag match. oVe worked over Rhino until he made a comeback on Dave Crist and tagged in Sabu, but oVe once again gained control over the match, working him over. Sabu fought back with a cutter and got the hot tag to Rhino, who ran wild.
Dave Crist low blowed Rhino, pushed off the referee, and went to hit Rhino with a chair. The referee took the chair away (this was an old school rules match, so no idea) which allowed Rhino to Gore Dave and pick up the win.
We then enter the Undead Realm, just as Su Yung arrives. She had her noose with her. Yung roamed around, until she found Father James Mitchell and Havok. Havok took a weapon, while Yung had a machete because of course she did. They did some fencing spots until Yung got the noose on Havok and choked her out.
Suddenly, Mitchell’s minion woke up, broke his chains, and attacked Su Yung with a bat. They choked Yung and hit her some more. But when he went for the kill, Yung cut slit the minion’s throat. Yung tried to kill Mitchell, but Havok jumped her with the rope and choked her. Yung once again recovered, but Havok took Yung’s mouth with a hook but Su Yung locked in the Mandible Claw. She was about to stab Havok when Mitchell stopped her.
Mitchell told Su Yung that she proved she’s the winner and the one to be with him, but he also said that he was tired of both of them and wanted both of them gone. He ordered the minions to take them both out.
Su Yung and Havok were both sent out to the desolate deserts of the Undead Realm. This was brilliant.
Taya Valkyrie & Michael Elgin defeated Tessa Blanchard & Eddie Edwards via pinfall
Elgin and Edwards started but shortly after, Taya and Tessa came in for a quick sequence of reversals. Elgin then tagged in, and despite Tessa’s best efforts, she was overwhelmed by her larger opponent.
Eddie Edwards then tagged back in and went toe-to-toe with Elgin. Edwards gets worked over by Taya and Elgin, until Eddie hit a blue thunder bomb and got the hot tag to Tessa, who ran wild over Taya. Taya managed to get back into it thanks to Elgin, but a double team powerbomb was countered into a big hurricanrana by Blanchard, who then tagged Edwards back in.
Tessa and Eddie knocked Elgin and Taya to the outside, and hit stereo dives to both of their opponents. All four exchanged big moves, and Eddie looked set to finish off Elgin with the Boston Knee Party, but Taya put a stop to that. Taya and Elgin hit a big knee and forearm combo, which let Elgin hit the buckle bomb and Elgin bomb for the win.
We then see Su Yung and Havok roaming around the deserts of the Undead Wasteland when suddenly, Rosemary appeared. She made peace with them and told them that if they unite, they can go back.
Havok and Su Yung went looking for Mitchell, who tried to talk his way out of this problem. Su Yung tried to kill Mitchell with the dagger, but Havok took it from her and killed him herself. James Mitchell then went to heaven, where Abyss was there with cats. This was ridiculously brilliant.