Post-Rebellion, Moose has declared himself the TNA ‘Champion’. Does that make him the man on Impact?
Opening video was a quick recap of the second night of Rebellion, followed by Sami Callihan came down to the ring to open the show. He said he had the fight of his life against Shamrock, but he was still standing and it would take a lot more to take him out. Callihan blamed the referee for losing as he stopped the match and said he didn’t need help from anyone, not the referee nor oVe.
Callihan called out Ken Shamrock, who came out. Shamrock told Callihan that he is one of the toughest men he’d been in the ring with for not tapping out, telling Sami that they could go back outside to keep fighting, or they can shake hands and let it go and they can go chase the World Title.
Michael Elgin came out to interrupt, saying that he is the only man that is next in line to be the World Champion. Elgin talked trash to Callihan for his antics, saying his wrestling speaks for him.
Elgin attacked Callihan, Shamrock went in for the save and took down Elgin. Callihan was going to deliver the Cactus Special on Elgin, but he escaped.
Chris Bey cut a promo saying that while there was uncertainty about the next World Title contender, there was no doubt that he was the no. 1 contender to the X-Division Championship. Bey said that he was going to challenge Willie Mack for the title tonight.
Willie Mack cut a promo accepting Chris Bey’s challenge.
XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) defeated oVe (Madman Fulton & Jake Crist) with Dave Crist via pinfall
Fulton and Larry D started off with a clash of big lads. Neither had the upper hand until Crist slapped Fulton and the two big men traded some shoulder tackles before Larry landed a scoop slam and tagged in Acey for the senton.
Jake Crist tagged in, but was easily taken down and tossed around by Acey. XXXL double teamed Crist for a near fall. Larry D landed some splashes and sentons until Dave Crist saved his brother by pulling him out of the ring.
During commercial, we saw footage of how Fulton tackled Acey Romero into the steel steps and successfully cut him off.
oVe, now in control, worked over Acey. During this, Fulton hit Acey with an impressive middle rope Finlay roll. Acey managed to hit a spinebuster on Fulton to get the hot tag to Larry D.
Larry ran wild over Jake Crist. Fulton stopped Larry from hitting a moonsault, and along with Jake Crist, hit a doomsday cutter for a near fall
Acey pounced Fulton to the floor. Larry knocked out both Dave and Jake Crist and pinned the latter for the win.
We got another episode of Madison Rayne’s Locker Room Talk show. She introduced the “dark and boring” Havoc, asking Havok about losing to Rosemary and what was next, even asking about the possibility of retirement. Havok said that Madison would end up like the last person that got under her skin, meaning either James Mitchel or Su Yung.
Rayne asked about Nevaeh, who was there during Havok’s match at Rebellion. Havok said she was an old friend, but didn’t know why she was here. Rayne brought up a surprise guest and brought in Kimber Lee. Lee said she was here to rise to the top. Havok and Lee got face to face.
Jake Deaner cut a promo from outside his trailer. He said that since the “kwaranteen” started he has been living in the middle of nowhere, but it was more like squatting in someone’s ranch. We then see he has a merch table in the middle of the highway.
Suicide defeated Johnny Swinger via pinfall
Swinger jumped Suicide when the ref was checking in for weapons, following up with attempted chokes and rakes Suicide, but Suicide has a full body suit so it didn’t do much.
Suicide sent Swinger outside and hit a Plancha. He went to the top rope, but Swinger hit the ropes and dropped Suicide. Swinger worked Suicide over (who he kept calling Spidey) until Suicide dodged striking his way back.
Suicide finished the match with a couple of palm strikes, a codebreaker, and a swanton bomb for the win.
Backstage, Ace Austin said that Bey didn’t deserve a title shot because Bey has only been here a couple of weeks, while Ace has beaten everyone. Ace put himself into the X-Division title match with his rematch clause.
Josh Matthews interviewed Moose, askinh why Moose thought he was the champion. Moose said that he disagreed with Elgin being champion by forfeit while he had been out there beating up legends and that made him the real World Champion, because not even Tessa was there.
Josh said that the TNA title was locked up in a warehouse and it doesn’t really mean anything in the books. Moose said that he was there as THE champion, winning it by beating men all year.
Josh announced that starting next week, there will be a tournament to crown a new No. 1 Contender for Tessa Blanchard’s title. Moose told Josh that he was pulling himself out of the tournament because he was the TNA World Champion and didn’t care about the Impact World title.
Joseph P. Ryan defeated Cousin Jake via pinfall
Ryan stalled to open, leaving the ring over and over until Jake got his hands on Ryan and started beating him down. Ryan once again ran out and asked for a time out.
Ryan worked over the same arm he worked on during their Rebellion match, but Jake powered out. Ryan managed to toss Jake into the ring post shoulder first on the outside comtinuing to work over the injured arm. Jake eventually hit a desperation slam to get some space.
Jake made his comeback, hitting a deadlift Powerbomb for a near fall. Cousin Jake went for a dive, he was caught by a superkick by Ryan for a near fall.
Jake went for the pounce, but Ryan pulled the ref in front of him, poked Jake’s eyes and rolled him up, grabbing his tights to steal the win.
We got a vignette for Kiera Hogan. She talked about being born and raised in Atlanta, about always being in the passenger seat and being ready to be the driver.
We got a match from Canada for The North’s title defense. The crowd was made of dummies with Impact and North shirts on, and fake audience sound bits. Ethan Page played into it.
Page cut a promo putting over Canada and said that they were the best tag team in the world and that all they wanted to do was to compete. Josh Alexander called out Kurt Angle, which was the third time he was mentioned tonight.
Impact World Tag Team Titles: Champions The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) defeated The Creeps via pinfall
This was a squash match, but it was shown as a highlight reel of The North battering these two guys. Page got the pin for the win.
Rosemary was at the bar. She said that it was nice to be back in the ring last week, and then started to read her tarot cards, which told her to follow her instincts. Too
Rohit Raju cut a promo about being entered as Moose’s replacement in the World Title No. 1 Contender’s Tournament. He said that he’d been there for years and that he would be the Impact World Champion.
Josh Matthews ran down the #1 Contender’s Tournament matches, with Rohit Raju vs. Trey Miguel and Hernandez vs. Madman Fulton next week. Later on, Sami Callihan vs Michael Elgin, and Ken Shamrock vs Rhino.
X-Division Title: Champion Willie Mack defeated Chris Bey and Ace Austin via pinfall to retain the title
Ace tried to use the title belt to take out but instead, Mack took both men down. Mack beat on both men and at one point, hit a double Samoan drop and moonsault.
Ace and Bey got in each other’s faces, but agreed to team up to take out Mack. This didn’t last long when Ace sent Bey head first into the ring post.
Mack and Ace went at it for a bit. Mack tried to chop Ace, but the latter managed to sweep Mack, kick him and lock in an armbar for the card-cutting spot. Ace dropkicked Mack to the floor, but Bey cut him off. Bey went for the dive instead, but Mack recovered, catching him with an uppercut.
Mack and Chris Bey went back-and-forth, until Ace pulled out Bey and brawled with him for a bit, only for Mack to take both out with a tope con giro.
All three men are back in the ring, with Bey taking out Mack with a missile dropkick and stomping on Ace on the corner. Ace came back with a beautiful snap suplex for a near fall. Ace went after Bey’s ribs with knees while keeping Mack at bay outside the ring.
All three men went back and forth, getting several near falls.
Mack went for the 6-Star Frog Splash, but Ace cut him off with an enzuigiri. Ace went for a top rope rana, but Mack escaped and went for a powerbomb. Bey was there to hit a jumping German.
Mack hit the stunner on Bey and went for the 6-Star again, but Ace cut him off again, with a hurricanrana, sending Mack on top of Bey. Ace hit The Fold on Mack, but Bey broke up the pin. Ace got rid of Mack and went for Bey, but Bey came back with a kick. Ace managed to hit a Fold out of nowhere on Bey, but Mack broke up the pin.
Ace hit a spinning kick on Mack, and a second to set up the top rope hurricanrana, but Mack held on, hit the 6-Star Frog Splash to retain his title.