IMPACT head to Atlanta with a night of big returns and shocking revelations
Madison Rayne replaced Don Callis on commentary for tonight’s show.
We open with a recap of the death of Father James Mitchell by Su Yung and Havoc.
Josh Alexander defeated Eddie Edwards via pinfall
Both men lock up to open, followed up by the pair exchanging chops. Edwards hit a belly-to-belly and followed with strikes, but Alexander stomped his foot and cut him off. The two brawled to the outside, but Eddie was distracted by Ethan Page, allowing Alexander to hit a big boot.
Alexander started working Edwards over and targeting his back. Eddie fired up and asked for some slaps, which Alexander obliged. Edwards fought back with strikes of his own, sending Alexander to the outside. Edwards then hit a big dive to the outside, followed up in-ring with a blue thunder bomb for a near fall. Edwards had a tiger bomb blocked, allowing Alexander to hit a few strikes, but fought back with a backpack stunner and a big slam for another near fall.
The two continued to hit big move after big move, but as Edwards went for the pin following a tiger bomb, Ethan Page caused a distraction allowing Alexander to roll up Edwards for the win.
Post-match, The North attacked Eddie until Tessa Blanchard came down for the save. Eddie and Tessa teamed up and sent The North packing. Eddie and Tessa stared down.
Backstage, Josh Alexander gassed up Ethan Page about beating a main eventer and number one contender. Page cut a promo, saying he was angry that Tessa Blanchard got in their business and said that they were better champions than Tessa could ever hope for, followed by Page challenging Tessa Blanchard for a match tonight.
Kylie Rae defeated Cassandra Golden via submission
Golden jumped Kylie Rae at the bell, tossing Rae around the ring. Golden missed a running attack, allowing Kylie back in to hit some strikes and roll her up for a near fall.
Kylie Rae hit the Kylie special and a cannonball for a near fall. Kylie missed a superkick, but struggled out of a Samoan drop and hits a Russian leg sweep, and locked in the STF for the submission victory.
Jimmy Jacobs interviewed Kylie Rae about her debut. She said it was amazing to be back and that she knew that Impact was her home, announcing that she has officially signed with the company.
Moose came down to the ring to talk about the return of TNA and all the ghosts from the past along with it. He said that he was better than everyone who ever wrestled for TNA, which led to Kid Kash interrupting him.
Kash said that he had been paying attention to Moose for a while and while that he agreed that he was amazing, Moose would have never made it in the original TNA. Moose challenged him to a fight to prove it.
Moose defeated Kid Kash via pinfall
Kash went for kicks early that Moose blocked, so Kash hit him with a hurricanrana instead, sending him to the outside. Kash then hit an ugly-looking top rope hurricanrana.
In-ring, Kash tried to strike Moose, who simply fired up, hit the No Jackhammer Needed and took the win. Squash match.
Jimmy Jacobs interviewed XXXL, the new team of Acey Romero and Larry D about being in Impact. They said that size matters. Fallah Bahh and TJP greeted them and gave them a welcome gift, telling them that the line to the tag team titles is behind them.
Jacobs then interviewed Rich Swann via satellite. Swann talked about how recovery has been hard because he wants to come back so much. He said Willie Mack is going to win the X-Division Championship. The interview was interrupted by X-Division Champion Ace Austin, who told Swann that Mack will never win the title because he was the weak link in their team. He tried to mess with Swann’s head saying Mack wasn’t there to help Swann during his recovery, but then there was a knock on Swann’s door. Ace said that he cared for Swann so much that he sent Reno Scum to check on him. We then hear the noise of Swann getting beat up.
Next, we see Mack trying to fight Ace Austin for what he did to Swann.
Sami Callihan then makes his way to the ring, debuting a new theme. He said that after he lost the title to Tessa, he decided to set himself aside and do some soul searching. Sami revealed that his issues were not just with Impact, but with the whole industry because all companies kept putting over old talent over the new talent, and he wasn’t going to allow Shamrock to take his HOF spot without going through him. He then said Shamrock wasn’t the most dangerous man in the world, it was him when he’s hitting people with baseball bats and setting them on fire.
Tommy Dreamer then came out to confront Callihan, who cut him off and said that Dreamer was the type of guy always looking to get the rub. He asked the fans to post photos of this moment so Dreamer could trend. Dreamer did his usual nostalgia promo, and Callihan responded by hitting him with the mic. Dreamer challenged him to an old school rules match.
Old School Rules: Sami Callihan defeated Tommy Dreamer via pinfall
The match began with a brawl outside the ring, leading to Callihan hitting the ringpost. Dreamer brought out the plunder, that included a plunger. Sami hit Dreamer a few times with a chair, but was then tripped on the ring apron and hit face first.
Dreamer used cookie sheets on Callihan, and then tried to powerbomb Callihan into the fans but was cut off with a groin claw. Dreamer hit the Bionic elbow and some shots with a garbage can. Dreamer went for a staple gun but was cut off by Sami, who had set up two chairs in the middle of the ring. The two exchanged staple gun shots, until Callihan took one downstairs. Dreamer’s charge led to him eating a drop toe hold into a chair, followed by a cutter into a chair for a near fall.
Dreamer tried to piledrive Callihan on a chair, but Sami blocked and hit an STO onto the chair. Callihan set up a chair bridge, but Dreamer blocked and went for the Death Valley Driver. Callihan blocked and hit the DVD into the chairs instead. A Cactus special gave Callihan the win.
Post-match, Callihan tried to take out Dreamer with a senton. Rhino came in for the save but oVe came out to take out Rhino and Dreamer. oVe were delighted to see Callihan, but Sami turned off the lights and disappeared. oVe looked confused.
Rosemary was back at the pub offering shots and scaring off clients. She started talking to someone about once falling in love with a mortal, but she had learned about her mistakes and now was going to take advantage of them.
We got a video package of Su Yung’s career, from her debut to killing James Mitchell last week. We then see the return of Suzie, walking backstage and scaring everybody. Suzie acknowledged being Su Yung, but that she didn’t like that side of her.
Cody Deaner defeated Joey Ryan via pinfall
The two lock up to open, with Ryan pushing him to the corner. Deaner took a sip of beer and fired up, locking in an armbar. Ryan pushed him to the corner again but Cody hit a few strikes, dropped and elbow and downed his beer.
Ryan hit an eye poke to take control, and began to mock Cody. This fired Deaner up and he ran wild on Ryan, coming close with the Deaner DDT but Ryan escaped. However, he fell into Cousin Jake’s hand who force-fed him a beer, leading him to walk right into the Deaner DDT for the win.
Backstage, Eddie Edwards thanked Tessa for helping him out earlier today, so he offered his help for her match tonight. Tessa said she had this on her own tonight.
Backstage, Michael Elgin said that he beat Eddie over and over. He is now stronger than he was before, but Eddie wasn’t. He said that Tessa had bigger balls than everyone in the back, but Rebellion marked one year from him joining Impact, and so his time is coming.
Tessa Blanchard defeated Ethan Page via pinfall
Page mocked Tessa’s size to open, so Tessa took him down and hit a pair of dropkicks. An angry Page picked Blanchard up and hit a backbreaker.
Tessa tried to fight back, but Page took her down with a back elbow and began to work her over. Tess tried to fight back, but Page hit a shoulder tackle and regained his control. Page started working over Tessa’s back, and when Blanchard tried to fight back a second time she was cut off by a Page eye poke. Page got arrogant, which allowed Tessa back in to hit a top-rope hurricanrana. Tessa then ran wild, hitting some big moves.
The pair go back and forth, but when Page went for a superplex Tessa threw him off the ropes. Josh Alexander tried to interfere, but Eddie Edwards made the save, allowing her to hit Magnum on Page for the win.
Post-match, Tessa and Eddie had a stare-off, but suddenly out came Elgin, who went to Elgin Bomb Tessa, but both Edwards and Tessa fought back. All three stared down to close the show.