Impact Plus monthly special events have shown us they can become some interesting game-changers in the IMPACT routine. From the classic weekly shows and 4 PPVs a year system, we now have a monthly addition when a title can change hands, feuds can find an end or a beginning.
We are just 5 weeks before Slammiversary. Before our world changes again. Against All Odds
, when there’s nothing to lose, everything to win. To use my weekly words, right here, right now, it’s time to make THE impact. Once again, one-third of the card is made of women matches. This is the way it is supposed to be everywhere, not only on IMPACT. Follow the tired soul of a Nygma, let’s dig into it. 

  • Street Fight: The Good Brothers vs Sami Callihan & Tommy Dreamer

The enemy of my enemy… You heard it like me on Thursday, if Callihan and Dreamer absolutely hate each other, they hate even more this situation around the World Title. For that reason, they are true to team up. Add to that the Street Fight stipulation and you know it will be Toy Time in the ring. Then, choosing this match as an opener was as strange as interesting. Would The Good Brothers and/or Sami Callihan reach the Daily’s Place in time? If Callihan is not welcomed there, Anderson and Gallows are a part of the family now…

They all brawled to start. Both teams spilt out to the floor, with Callihan immediately grabbing a chair and jamming it into Gallows’ midsection, then slamming it over Anderson’s back. Dreamer brought out a ring bell, put it over Anderson’s Jewels of The Crown and hit the NutRinger. Callihan beating up Gallows sat him in a chair, charged but Gallows tripped up Callihan, sending him into the chair. Callihan and Dreamer headed up the ramp to the back and brought out more weapons.

Gallows grabbed a chain and wrapped it around Callihan’s mouth. Doc went for another weapon, but Callihan was able to wrap the chain around Gallows’ feet, tripped him, and then smacked his legs with a trash can. Anderson wedged a chair in the corner. Gallows ended up getting whipped into it but exploded out of the corner to clothesline Dreamer. He was then sent face-first into the chair. Anderson was tossing weapons out of the ring as Gallows beat up Sami on the floor. Gallows connected with a big splash in the corner.

Dreamer landed a cutter on Anderson, then a DDT to Gallows. He then hit a spinebuster on Dreamer. The Good Brothers brought a table into the middle of the ring. Dreamer and Anderson went up on the top turnbuckle, Anderson bit Dreamer to get him away. Magic killer through the table on Dreamer, Callihan broke up the count. Callihan sent into a chair in the corner. Callihan connected with a bat to both opponents. He smacked Anderson in the face for the win.

The classic hardcore bout we usually don’t find so early in a PPV.

  • Joe Doering w/ Violent By Design vs Satoshi Kojima w/ Eddie Edwards

Since Joe Doering arrived at the Impact Zone, he has been more or less seen as the henchman of Violent Dy Design. He is a massive powerhouse, for sure, with the moves that go with it. Same for Kojima we’ve seen only once in the Impact Zone. He is said to hit the deadliest lariats of the business. Well, why did Kojima choose Doering? They traded shots early on with Doering getting toppled by a shoulder block. He returned the favour and floored him. Doering grounded him with chokes and punches. Doering tossed Kojima with a scoop slam and a grin on his face. Kojima unloaded chops and nailed Doering in the corner with an elbow.

He hit another elbow from the top rope for a near fall. Doering hit a big spinebuster to send Kojima outside. Kojima tripped him on the apron but Rhino attacked him with the ref distracted. Kojima reversed and hit a DDT on Doering in the ring. Doering crushed him with a crossbody. Kojima clubbed his back and hit a Koji-cutter. He hit the ropes but Doering hit a DVD and clothesline combo. Doering wasted no time and hits a spinning sit-out bomb to win. Let’s say some things will remain a mystery until next time. Then, we now have a better idea of who Joe Doering is. There are reasons to be afraid…

Meanwhile, backstage…

Rosemary tells Crazzy Steve and Black Taurus that they will be bringing all the titles back to Decay.

  • 5-Way Match to determine the new #1 contender for the IMPACT X-Division Championship: Ace Austin vs Petey Williams vs Chris Bey vs Rohit Raju vs Trey Miguel

Because of the “Super Ultimate Canadian Destroyer” he ate on Thursday from the participants of that match, no Madman Fulton by the side of Ace Austin. This is the “fast-and-furious modern classic” we use to love. Petey controlled Rohit and Bey in the ring with a dropkick/senton combo. Bey used his quickness to nail Petey with an enzuigiri and backed him up in the corner. Ace dragged Petey out from the outside and took control of Bey. Trey took everyone out with a dive and displayed his incredible speed in the ring with Ace. Everyone got wrapped in submission attempts but Rohit broke it up with some kicks.

Rohit hit a big Falcon Arrow on Bey and grounded Trey for control in the ring. Petey blindsided him but got suplexed. Rohit maintained control but got caught in a big neckbreaker by Bey. Ace took them both out with his double springboard leg drop. Petey looked for the Destroyer on Ace but he was placed in the corner. Ace looked for a superplex but ate a Super Canadian Destroyer from the top rope. Trey took everyone out but Madman Fulton appeared out of nowhere to take him out. He chased the ref out as Bey tried to fight him. Fulton destroyed everybody with a simultaneous chokeslam/powerslam/powerbomb. He placed Ace on top for the pin but the ref ordered a no-contest.

Excellent match, I had no doubt about it. I didn’t see Madman Fulton’s revenge coming, mostly when it costs his friend the win. But Impact Wrestling is putting a giant elephant in the room. Everybody knows the X-Division is no-limit, that Abyss or Samoa Joe held the belt before. So I will say it, why not Madman Fulton? We’ve seen all the participants in this match trying to have a chance for weeks, if not months. A new player in the game would be really interesting.

  • Rich Swann vs W. Morrissey

The big question here was: can Swann succeed where The Mack failed twice? Morrissey takes no prisoners… He didn’t make an exception for Swann who was manhandled to start. He was able to wiggle away and hit him with quick strikes. Swann hit the ropes but got booted in mid-air by Morrissey. He clubbed Swann while dragging him through the ropes and dumping him on the floor. He began toying with Swann, making his size advantage known. Swann drove him into the post and gained some time.

He hit a kick off the steps and broke the count to continue the onslaught. Swann hit a 450 from the apron before they both returned to the ring promptly. Swann hit a Phoenix splash but Morrissey snatched him and lifted him into a standing F-5. Swann flipped out of a chokeslam but got booted once more to the spine. Morrissey hit chained powerbombs and Swann responded with a middle finger. Morrissey hit a running bomb for the win. That was extremely violent and surprising because Swann is a former World Champion and defeated a bunch of powerful guys. I told you, no prisoners…

Meanwhile, backstage…

Gia Miller asked Deonna Purrazzo, Kimber Lee, and Susan about the potential of all of them walking out as Champions. Lee said they finally got their chance tonight. Susan said it’s going to be Burnt and Bland after they defeat the tag champions. Deonna told them tonight is their night to prove they should be with her.

  • Jordynne Grace w/ Rachael Ellering vs Tenille Dashwood w/ Kaleb with a K

I desperately have a problem with Tenille but knowing now I’m not the only one… Tenille struggled to match the power and intensity of Grace. Grace swang her around with ease as Kaleb with a K expressed concern. Kaleb helped drag Grace to the floor and took a selfie with her. Tenille took advantage of this and attacked. She locked Grace in a tarantula and hit a crossbody in the corner.

Grace caught her in a fallaway slam. They traded strikes and Grace got the best of it. Grace crushed her in the corner and hit a Vader Bomb for a near fall. Tenille hit a crossbody from the top, then a neckbreaker through the ropes. Grace replied with a slingshot into a rear-naked choke but Kaleb distracted the ref. Ellering took out Kaleb but Grace blamed her. Tenille woke up and wrapped her up in a quick pin.

After the match…

Grace argued with Ellering. Ellering said they are just trying to get in her head. Grace ran back in the ring, Dashwood bailed, but Grace hit a Michinoku Driver on Kaleb. Grace was not happy at all. Well, Tenille cheated, Jordynne is about to turn hell. Next match, please…

Meanwhile, backstage…

Brian Myers was mentoring Sam Beale but Jake Something interrupted.

  • IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match: Fire ‘N Flava (c) vs Susan & Kimber Lee

Hogan and Susan got things started with a test of strength. Steelz sneaked in and got in an eye poke. Lee tried to do the same thing, but Susan collapsed when Lee jumped on her back. Lee tagged in and took a few running back elbow. Hogan landed a low dropkick. Steelz connected with an elbow drop. Lee sold a knee injury, the ref checked on her while Susan ran in and strangled Tasha’s eyes. Lee was back up and nailed a roundhouse. Lee connected with a lotus lock on Steelz until Steelz got out of it.

Susan tagged in and threw some punches. Steelz continued to get worked over with a double suplex and a hurricanrana on Lee. Both Hogan and Susan tagged in with Hogan landing a bunch of kicks. Steelz tagged back in, running punch in the corner. Hogan tagged in and hit a running dropkick in the corner and boots to the face. Steelz put down Susan and hit a frog splash off the top rope for the win. Pretty good match, Steelz really stole the show and proved she

  • IMPACT World Tag Team Championship Match: Violent By Design (c) vs Decay

Deaner and Steve locked it up. Deaner struggled early on and headed to EY for advice. Rhino entered the match, meeting Taurus. Taurus used his quickness to work away at the arm. Steve continued the good work until Rhino slowed him down in the ropes. Taurus went off on Deaner but Rhino clotheslined him from the apron. Taurus bounced back with a dive from the top rope and hit the tag to Steve.

Steve hit a pedigree variation, spinning out of the corner. Taurus and Steve doubled up on Deaner, with Steve finishing off with a Swanton. Rhino broke up the pin and took out Taurus. Steve hit a cannonball in the corner as EY talked to him. Rhino chopped him down and Deaner hit his DDT to retain the tag belts. A pretty good first title defence for Violent By Design. Good match.

Before the next match…

New Steve Maclin vignette, call him Mr. Mayhem.

  • IMPACT Knockouts Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs Rosemary

Deonna Purrazzo has wrestled a good bunch of the Knockouts roster but she has never faced Rosemary one-on-one. After Havok last month, the Champion makes a new ride in the Undead Realm by fighting another of its creatures. The action spilt out to the floor where Rosemary suplexed Purrazzo on the ramp. Rosemary taunted the champion as Purrazzo tried to head to the back. Rosemary went out to get her but ended up getting thrown into the ring. Purrazzo then sent her into the ring post, tied her arm up in the ring post and kicked it.

Back in the ring, Purrazzo continued to kick away at Rosemary’s banged up arm. She wrapped it around the ropes and pulled on it. Purrazzo worked the arm and the fingers of her opponent. Rosemary tried for a finisher, but Purrazzo was able to reverse that and continued the offensive charge. Purrazzo charged in, ate a kick, Rosemary hit an Xploder suplex on the Champ. Rosemary connected with the Muta lock, but she couldn’t really use her bad arm at first but, eventually, she got it applied. Purrazzo was able to power out and looked for an armbar.

Rosemary reversed that into a Vice grip. Purrazzo floated over and yanked back on both of Rosemary’s arms. Rosemary was able to rotate and get her foot on the ropes for a break. Purrazzo stomped away at Rosemary’s leg and ankle. Purrazzo got on the challenger, then unlaced Rosemary’s knee brace and took it off. Purrazzo thought about using it but dropped it and pump-kicked Rosemary. She fell back and then rose back up, which scared Purrazzo. Rosemary connected with a Spear but Purrazzo hits a pump kick and the Cosa Nostra piledriver for the win. It was interesting to see how Deonna studied the injuries of Rosemary and focused on them. Good match.

  • IMPACT World Championship Match: Kenny Omega (c) vs Moose

That match was a trap right from the beginning. Kenny Omega has a family surrounding it, so if no Good Brothers, The Bucks won’t be far away. Sami Callihan is blacklisted at the Daily’s Place? We talk about Sami Callihan… Announcing that was like shaking a red cloth in front of a Taurus. And Moose, so eager to grab some gold that he rushed to Jacksonville thinking he would get them all… It was revealed that Tony Schiavone, Don Callis, and Scott D’Amore would call the match from the Daily’s Place.

Omega played dirty to gain an early advantage. Moose showed great power and battered him in the corner. Omega looked for a One-Winged Angel. He flipped Moose over to the outside and the Terminator clap began. Moose leapt to the apron but got kicked down. Omega followed up with a flip onto Moose. Omega attempted a moonsault but Moose kipped up and hit a standing moonsault to counter. Moose worked on the back, whipping him into the turnbuckles repeatedly. Moose sent him into the barricade but flew over and crashed into the chairs. Omega dumped the trash on him and soaked it up. Omega worked on the already damaged shoulder, ramming it against the post. Moose fought back but got caught in a flying armbar.

Moose powered him up into a powerbomb. Moose nailed a hesitation dropkick in the corner. Moose hit the Go To Hell but ate a snapdragon and two V-triggers. They traded forearms with Moose rocking the champ. Omega folded him with a clothesline and a double underhook slam. Omega hit the V-Trigger all over and set up for the OWA. Moose escaped with a ripcord lariat. Moose was checked on by the doctor for his shoulder. Omega hopped in with a V-trigger but got caught with a Spanish fly from the top. Moose looked for the Spear but caught Brian Hebner as Omega pulled him in. The Young Bucks hit the ring and superkicked Moose. The Bucks assisted Moose up onto Omega’s shoulders for the One-Winged Angel and Omega retained.

Lights went out and Sami Callihan appeared. He took everyone out with the bat. Callis threatened him as his boss. Callihan grabbed a chair and a bat, ready to wrap Omega’s neck with, and looked to do what he did to Eddie Edwards. Callis fired him as D’Amore got up in a rage.

Conclusion: Kenny Omega is still the Champion, Moose got screwed, Sami Callihan is fired, Don Callis is an EVP when that can help his business and Scott D’Amore missed a chance to hit a good slap on Callis’ face. But mostly, we got screwed of the end we deserved for such a great match…

To be eNYGMAtic…

“If I don’t meet you no more in this world, then uh I’ll meet ya on the next one…” That specific lyric of the song explains the Voodoo Child title choice. No one is more revengeful than Sami Callihan, so the story is far from over. I also wish Scott D’Amore will stick his nose into it. That finish is really the only bad thing about the iPPV, there’s nothing to say about the quality of the other matches and the build-ups that will come from them. 

We don’t have a #1 contender for the X-Division title but, in some ways, one came out of nowhere. Deonna Purrazzo seems unbreakable, but no one is. If the Knockouts failed, maybe someone from the “World Changing” will, maybe Taylor Wilde who hasn’t got her chance yet. W. Morrissey just broke Rich Swann into pieces. Violent By Design are surprisingly strong, Satoshi Kojima would be the first to agree. And Tasha Steelz showed the world she is not the weakest link of her team.
The coming weeks and The Road to Slammiversary are going to be epic… Can someone lock this shitty Forbidden Door, please, because I’m Omega-sick? See you on Thursday night, well, maybe…

Against All Odds Complete Results:

  • Sami Callihan & Tommy Dreamer defeated The Good Brothers
  • Joe Doering defeated Satoshi Kojima
  • Ace Austin w/ Madman Fulton vs Petey Williams vs Rohit Raju vs Trey Miguel vs Chris Bey ended in a no contest. There’s no new #1 contender for the X-Division Championship.
  • W. Morrissey defeated Rich Swann
  • Tenille Dashwood defeated Jordynne Grace
  • Fire ‘N Flava defeated Susan & Kimber Lee to retain the IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championship
  • Violent by Design defeated Decay to retain the IMPACT World Tag Team Championship.
  • Deonna Purrazzo defeated Rosemary to retain the IMPACT Knockouts Championship
  • Kenny Omega defeated Moose to retain the IMPACT World Championship

All pics, videos, and screenshots courtesy of Impact Wrestling, Fite TV and AXS TV. Photocollage custom made by @frenchnygma exclusively for @steelchairmag. 

By Steph Franchomme

News, Reviews, Social Media Editor, Impact Wrestling Reviewer, Interviewer Well, call me The Boss... And French...

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