Impact wrestling showcases its talent tonight at the company’s most significant pay-per-view event. Every title is on the line tonight and some familiar faces are expected to make a return to Impact wrestling. A new world champion will be crowned tonight in a four-way title match for the vacated Impact title. This match will be featuring Ace Austin, Eddie Edwards, Trey Miguel, and a mystery opponent.
MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS DEFEAT THE RASCALZ VIA PINFALL
The first surprise of the night occurred in the very first match as Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin of the Motor City Machine Guns entered the ring to answer the open challenge issued by The Rascalz. Early in the match the Rascalz seized control and established themselves as the aggressors.The action spilled outside the ring as the Motor City Machine Guns rip the momentum from the Rascalz. Sabin scores a two count on Wentz to keep Motor City Machine Guns in firm control of the match. A series of two counts by the Motor City Machine Guns as the team keeps Wentz isolated from his partner. An athletic handspring off the ropes allows Wentz to tag in Dez Xavier. A high flying drop kick by Dez rips control away from the Motor City Machine Guns. A super kick by Wentz and a stomp off the top rope lead to a two count on Motor City Machine Guns.
MOOSE DEFEATS TOMMY DREAMER TO RETAIN THE TNA TITLE VIA PINFALL (SPEAR)
Tommy Dreamer entered the ring wearing a shirt stating “Moose Sucks Eggs”. Moose entered the ring wearing a robe, matching headband and the TNA championship belt. Nevermind that nobody knows if the TNA title even actually exists. The match will be fought under “old school” rules. Moose comes out on fire delivering fists to the face of Dreamer. Moose was the recipient of a trashcan lid to the head as the “old school” rules were in play as the action spilled outside of the ring. Moose delivers a blow to the back of Dreamer with a steel chair. Moose taking repeated opportunities to tell the camera “I am a wrestling God”.
Moose throws Dreamer back inside the ring and follows Dreamer in the ring with a kendo stick. Moose administers a series of blows with the kendo stick before Dreamer counters and takes the stick. Dreamer attempted to jump off the ropes with the kendo stick only to have Moose catch him with a drop kick in mid air. After Moose places a trashcan on the head of Dreamer, he delivers a drop kick to the can. Moose can be heard proclaiming “this is so damn easy”. A DDT by Dreamer on a steel chair scores a two count. Tommy Dreamer empties a sack of thumbtacks in the ring. A low blow by Moose allows him to regain control. Moose throws Dreamer face first into the thumbtacks with a shout of “go to hell Dreamer.” A spear by Moose results in a three count and the victory.
KYLIE RAE DEFEATS TAYA VALKYRIE VIA PINFALL (SUPERKICK) TO BECOME THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER FOR THE KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Tasha Steelz and Kylie Rae began the action. Johnny Bravo showed up as the number three participant dressed as Taya Valkyrie. Steelz and Rae throw Bravo over the top rope and it is announced that Valkyrie has been eliminated. Kimber Lee is contestant number four and immediately takes control of the match. Steelz and Rae continue the action as Kierra Hogan enters as the next participant. Hogan and Steelz work together to as Susie is announced as the next challenger.
Kylie Rae delivers a superkick which eliminates Tasha Steelz. Katie Forbes, from twerk city, is the next competitor. Madison Rayne saunters in as the next competitor. She immediately makes her impact known as she goes toe to toe with Hogan. Havok is the next challenger as only Steelz has been eliminated thus far. The real Taya Valkyrie, dressed as captain Hook enters the ring. Alisha Edwards is the next contestant. She delivers a double clothesline to Susie and Kylie Rae. Taya Valkyrie eliminated Katie Forbes. Nevaeh enters the ring and delivers blows to Susie and Kimber Lee.
Rosemary was the next to enter and administer a spear to Susie. Susie was eliminated as Johnny Bravo comes out to the music and dressed as Rosemary. Johnny Bravo eliminated Havok. Kylie Rae then eliminates Madison Rayne. Nevaeh and Alisha are eliminated as they collide on the apron and both fall outside the ring. Rosemary eliminated Kierra Hogan. The final four are Kylie Rae, Taya Valkryie, Kimber Lee, and Rosemary. Kylie Rae eliminated Kimber Lee. Rosemary and Valkyrie double team Kylie Rae. Rosemary is eliminated by Taya Valkryie as she was hanging upside down on Kylie Rae. Kylie Rae delivers a superkick to win the number one contender’s match.
After the match Heath Slater enters the ring to give viewers a surprise. Slater offers his services be the mystery opponent for the Impact championship. Rohit Raju comes to the ring to confront Slater. Raju makes a claim to be the one to get a title shot rather than Slater. Rohit attacks Slater which ends up with Slater disposing of Raju out of the ring.
CHRIS BEY DEFEATS WILLIE MACK VIA PINFALL (THE ART OF FINESSE) TO BECOME THE NEW X DIVISION CHAMPION
Chris Bey and Willie Mack come out brawling throwing hands to the face of each other. The action makes its way outside the ring. Willie Mack gets up and throws Bey back inside the ring as the referee was at a count of 7. Mack scores a two count after a standing moonsault.
Chris Bey is able to take control of the match after landing a sling-shot-sling-blade followed by a neck-breaker to land a two count. Bey is able to collect another two count after a flying scissors move. Mack’s strength is on display as he regains command of the match. An exploder suplex by Mack into the ropes allows him to gain a two-count. Chris Bey is able to use the referee as a shield to gain control of the match. The challenger is able to score a two count of his own after a power bomb. Willie lands a stunner and tries a six star but Bey rolls out of it. Bey lands “the art of finesse” to become the new X Division champion.
After the match Heath Slater and Rhino for an apparent reunion. Slater is told that he can not be backstage as he is a free agent but is not an employee of Impact. Rhino invites Slater to the taping on Tuesday and says he will take care of it. Slater appears to leave dejected and upset.
THE NORTH DEFEAT SAMI CALLIHAN AND KEN SHAMROCK VIA PINFALL TO RETAIN THE TAG TEAM TITLES
Shamrock and Alexander begin the match and Shamrock nearly gets an arm lock. The world’s most dangerous man is able to apply an ankle lock that is only broken because Alexander is able to grab the bottom rope. Sam Callihan tag himself in and goes to work on Alexander. Ethan Page tags in and he and Shamrock go to work. Callihan and Shamrock appear to not be working well as a team. They are tagging themselves in and don’t appear to have a plan.
All four men end up brawling outside of the ring. Alexander throws Shamrock back into the ring and continues to go to work on Shamrock. Alexander and Page have Shamrock isolated in their corner and go to work on him. Shamrock is able to tag and Callihan comes in and delivers a brainbuster to score a two count. Shamrock throws Alexander out of the ring and applies an ankle lock on Page. Alexander applies the same ankle lock to Callihan. Shamrock is able to apply an ankle lock to Alexanders. Page throws Callihan into Shamrock to break up the lock.
Callihan and Shamrock begin arguing but end up delivering a pile driver to Page. Callihan attempts to kick Alexander but misses and connects to Callihan. Shamrock delivers a suplex from the top rope on Alexander. Shamrock dives out of the ring but misses his target. Alexander pins Shamrock to retain the tag team titles.
After the match The Motor City Machine Guns come out to address The North’s claim of being the best tag team in Impact history. The Motor City Machine Guns announce a title match against The North this Tuesday on Impact.
Rich Swann announces that he has his eye on the Impact world title and that once he is cleared he will be coming for the title.
DEONNA PURRAZZO DEFEATS JORDYNNE GRACE VIA SUBMISSION (DOUBLE ARM LOCK) TO BECOME THE NEW KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION
Grace and Purrazzo immediately lock up and grapple to start the match. Purrazzo leaves the ring to regain her composure. Grace’s strength seems to give her the advantage early on. Purrazzo leaves the ring for a second time to slow down the action. Purrazzo dives through the ropes to keep the pressure on Purrazzo as she again left the ring. A stomp to the shoulder from Purrazzo from the top rope shifts momentum to the challenger. Deonna Purrazzo attempts to apply an arm lock but Grace is able to get her foot on the bottom rope.
Deonna Purrazzo is able to apply an arm breaker but Grace is able to maneuver to the rope and force a break. A series of shoulder tackles by Grace leads to a two count on Purrazzo. Grace is able to counter out of two count and apply a submission choke hold on Purrazzo.The referee is checking Purrazzo’s arm to see if she is ok. Purrazzo is able to counter and score a two count. Jordynne Grace lands a Grace driver and is able to score a two count. Purrazzo attempts an arm lock but Grace was able to put Purrazzo down on the mat for another two count. Grace delivers a pair of body slams and then each woman take turns throwing each other across the ring.
Purrazzo applies a double arm lock to Jordynne Grace to become the new Knockouts champion.
EDDIE EDWARDS DEFEATS ACE AUSTIN VIA PINFALL (DIE HARD) TO BECOME THE NEW IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION
All eyes were on the “mystery” opponent for this four-way title match. Ace Austin, Eddie Edwards, Trey Miguel were waiting to see who it was that they would face. The music began and Rich Swann danced down the ramp throwing his crutches down. Rich Swann, the best kept secret, in world wrestling will attempt to win back the title in his first match back after injury. The music began and Eric Young appeared removing his mask and made his way to the ring.
Eric Young addressed Impact wrestling and declared that the match is a five-way title match. Ace Austin and Trey Miguel battle outside the ring while Eric Young, Rich Swann and Eddie Edwards brawl in the ring. Rich Swann showing no signs of his injury and looking fantastic. Eddie Edwards attempting to dive out of the ring is caught in mid air by Madman Fulton. The referee bans Fulton from the side of the ring. When Fulton won’t leave the referee threatens to disqualify Ace Austin. Fulton leaves ringside.
Eric Young delivers a sling blade to Rich Swann as Edwards, Swann, and Young battle in the ring as Trey Miguel is down in a corner. Eddie Edward lands a powerbomb to Swann. Eric Young has a gash opened over his left eye. All five men are down in the ring. Trey Miguel challenges Ace Austin. Both men begin to brawl in the middle of the ring. Eddie Edwards lands a tiger driver on Ace Austin. Trey Miguel jumps from the top rope breaking the count. Eric Young then catches Trey Miguel and delivers a pile driver for the pinfall. Young then lands a two count on Eddie Edwards. Young tries to pin Ace Austin who kicks out as well.
Eddie Edwards and Ace Austin return to the ring with Swann and Young down in the ring. Eric Young uses the body of Swann to send Edwards and Austin through a table outside the ring. Swann applies an inside package to eliminate Eric Young. Young then takes out the injured leg of Rich Swann. Young returns to the ring with a steel chair and stomps on the chair on top of the injured leg of Swann. Security arrives to remove Young from ringside.
Ace Austin goes after the injured leg of Rich Swann. The two battle for a bit but Ace Austin is able to land the fold and eliminate Rich Swann.
Ace Austin and Eddie Edwards battle for the title. The two men seem intent on having an all out brawl rather than a wrestling match. The strength of Edwards give the bigger man the advantage. A kick to the face is the equalizer to get Edwards off his feet. Edwards lands a Boston knee party for a two count. Ace Austin lands the fold but Edwards is able to kick out of the pin. Eddie Edwards lands the die hard for the pinfall.
After the match Madman Fulton comes to the ring and assaults Eddie Edwards. Fulton and Ace Austin were about to destroy Eddie Edwards when the Good Brothers arrive to even the score. Gallows and Anderson enter the ring and square off against Fulton and Austin. Anderson lands the gun stun on Ace Austin. The Good Brothers deliver the magic killer on Ace Austin after Eddie Edwards through Fulton out of the ring. The Good Brothers and Eddie Edwards enjoy a beer after the match.
A video of EC3 is played showing him slam a cocktail glass into the wall.
Slammiversary certainly delivered on its promise of surprises. What did you think of the show? I’d love to read your comments about tonight’s event from the wrestling world’s hottest promotion.