This week's IMPACT opened up with a quick shot of Kenny Omega and Don Callis arriving at the building, with Kenny jokingly asking if a mulleted security guard was Brian Pillman Jr. We then had a quick recap package showing FinJuice winning the Tag Titles, Sami Callihan beating Trey Miguel last week, and Don Callis fantastic promo segment with Rich Swann.
The opening match of the night saw IMPACT Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo defeat Jazz in non-title action. Jazz enjoyed spells in control, but Purrazzo got the win thanks to Susan hitting Jazz with her shoe.
The Good Brothers were seen backstage trying to cosy up to the locker room, but Eddie Edwards kicked them out, saying they made no effort to be a part of the locker-room when they were champs. Decay laughed at The Good Brothers as they went to look for Omega and Callis.
We got a commercial for Swinger’s Palace, then saw a happy Rohit Raju bigging himself up backstage. Raju tripped over Fallah Bah who was lying destitute under a makeshift shelter, having lost it all at Swinger’s Palace. Bah still has his pride, and challenged Raju to a match tonight.
New X-Division Champion Ace Austin put the title on the line against former champ TJP. TJP showed off his mat wrestling skills to keep Austin grounded, and looked to have the match won with a huge frogsplash, but Madman Fulton rushed TJP for the DQ. Fulton and Austin beat TJP down post-match, until Josh Alexander made the save.
Gia Miller spoke to Matt Cardona who said he was happy to be part of IMPACT. Cardona talked his relationship with Brian Myers, and said he’s not riding his best friend’s coattails, it’s a coincidence that they’re both working in the same promotion. Cardona doesn’t want to fight Myers, but he’s been left with no choice, challenging The Most Professional Wrestler to a match.
Trey Miguel was in a bad mood backstage, throwing chairs and XXXL’s bags. XXXL didn’t take too kindly, and the three had to be separated by Tommy Dreamer, who proposed an exploding barbed wire deathmatch for Hardcore Justice. XXXL laughed at him. Dreamer told Miguel to not allow Sami Callihan to live in his head rent free like Dreamer did with Raven.
Rohit Raju defeated Fallah Bah in a quick match. Bah used his size to try get the advantage, but Raju scouted a leg drop, and got the roll-up win with a handful of tights.
We then saw Omega and Callis make their way to the ring, as The Good Brother’s came looking for them, to no avail. Karl Anderson said they were out, but Gallows thinks they may be ducking them as they no longer have Tag Gold. Cut to our obligatory Tony Schiavone and Tony Khan commercial, featuring Kenny Omega and Don Callis. The four promoted Omega’s match with Matt Sydal on this week’s Dynamite amongst other things.
Omega and Callis then cut a promo in the ring. Callis said Rich Swann was a great man and a great wrestler, but like last week, doubled down on the fact that Kenny Omega dropped him with the One Winged Angel. Callis said Omega was better than Gotch, Hackenschmitt, Thesz, Flair, Hogan, Moxley… and Omega added ‘Ibushi’ to that list. The two went on to further hype up Omega vs. Swann, by saying all that matters to them is Omega’s legacy. Swann wants to make history, but he will be a footnote in Omega’s history making title win. They then cut to a One Winged Angel compilation video.
Cut to a video package of Eric Young and Violent By Design indoctrinating Rhino in prison. EY said he didn’t have to create the perfect killing machine, he just had to reawaken one. “This world doesn’t belong to them, it belongs to us.”
Nevaeh and Havok were interviewed backstage, saying they feel good as a unit and have their sights set on Tag Gold. Fire ’N’ Flava mocked them and said they can have match, but not for the titles, they have to earn that. Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb then appeared, saying they are good but haven’t found the right partner yet. Havok tells them her answer is still no, but Tenille said she was actually talking to Nevaeh.
Trey Miguel defeated XXXL’s Acey Romero in a quick match. Miguel was intense from the off, and despite Romero using his size to his advantage at times, Miguel got the best of him with Meteora for the win. Post-match Larry D jumped Miguel, only for Sami Callihan to make the save with a baseball bat. Before Miguel could get his hands on Sami, he disappeared.
Rich Swann responded to Omega and Callis saying it’ll take more than jive talk and video packages to get into his head. He gave props to Omega, but said he has a gameplan for the One Winged Angel, but will Omega have a gameplan for every time Swann outsmarts him?
Chris Sabin and James Storm then bigged up Storm’s impending 1000th IMPACT match, with Scott D’Amore saying his 1000th match will be next week’s main event, where Storm will go one-on-one with Eric Young.
Our main event saw Karl Anderson defeat Eddie Edwards. Commentary put over Anderson’s skills as a singles wrestler, with Machine Gun enjoying the lion’s share of control. Edwards got back into the match, building up a head of steam, until a ref distraction allowed Doc Gallows to hit him with a chair, allowing Anderson to hit a big spinebuster for the win. Post-match, FinJuice appeared from Japan via video link. The new IMPACT Tag Champs mocked The Good Brothers and said although the GBs hate carrying their own bags, it must be easier now they’re 10lbs lighter.
Full results below:
• Deonna Purazzo def. Jazz
• TJP def. Ace Austin (c) by DQ - X-Division Title
• Rohit Raju def. Fallah Bah
• Trey Miguel def. Acey Romero
• Karl Anderson def. Eddie Edwards