Impact Wrestling is back tonight (Feb. 15) from Orlando, Florida and will be airing on Pop TV at 8 PM EST. This is your spot for the live updates and to talk about it with your fellow fans.
It’s a pretty stacked show this week. Austin Aries will defend his Impact world title against the former champion Eli Drake. Also, Brian Cage debuts, El Hijo de Fantasma will challenge Ishimori for the X Division championship, Rosemary will battle Hania, EC3 needs to find a mystery partner to take on Johnny Impact & Matt Sydal, Lashley will fight Sami Callihan, and Allie’s secret admirer is revealed.
We'll be here at 8 EST when Impact starts, so come join us!
Sami Callihan vs. Lashley
Callihan has the Crist brothers in his corner.
Very early on, the Crists pull Lashley out of the ring and he just tosses them around. However, Sami is able to use this distraction to his advantage.
Despite fighting back from a Callihan DDT on the outside, the Crist brothers destracted Lashley again. Sami took the fight outside and tossed the Destroyer against the guardrail. Then he spit in his hand and slapped him with it. Lovely.
In part of the scrum outside the ring, the ring announcer gets tossed aside and is laid out. Callihan tries to do his ring around the ring but runs right into a Lashley spear as Impact goes to break.
In the second segment of the match, Callihan held his own against Lashley. However, at the end of the match, Sami kicked Lashley in the face and that just ANGERED the Destroyer. He delivered a hellacious spear. He went for the pin but the Crist bros swarm him to break it up and end the match in a DQ.
Lashley def. Callihan by DQ
After the match, the Crists continue to beat down on Bobby. However, Eddie Edwards runs out to make the save! He and Lashley stand tall at the end.
Eli Drake is interviewed by McKenzie Mitchell backstage. He claims tonight against Aries isn’t a rematch. It’s the first match because that match weeks ago didn’t count.
LAX are playing some cards in their club house. Konnan speaks to Homicide about expanding operations while Santana and Ortiz are to take care of Caleb Konley and Trevor Lee.
They show a clip of the Laurel Van Ness/Braxton Sutter wedding from last year as a GWN clip. The crowd was pretty hot for this. This was a wild bit.
This leads to Allie entering the show tonight. Somehow, someone slips a note on her bag telling her to meet her in a tunnel tonight.
Austin Aries cuts a backstage promo about his first Impact title defense tonight. He says there’s been a shift here and he wants to be a man to make a difference here. But to do that, he needs to be the man on top.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Moose about Alberto El Patron being angry about him costing him a shot at winning the #1 contender spot. Patron attacks Moose and the two brawl.
Hania vs. Rosemary
This is a pretty short match (maybe 3-4 minutes). The offense was pretty even with Hania getting a bit more. In the end, Hania hits a crossbody off the top rope which Rosemary reverses into a pin.
Rosemary def. Hania
After the match, Hania attacks Rosemary, throws her out of the ring, and tosses her into the ring step. The Huntress looks to go for that reverse DDT on the ringsteps but Rosemary bites her arm! She grabs Hania for Red Wedding but the Huntress grabs the ropes and bails.
Johnny Impact and Matt Sydal are discussing their tag strategy when Matt brings up his spiritual adviser again.
EC3 is preparing and he says “Welcome back, my friend” and he’s saying it to Tyrus!
Allie is searching backstage for her secret admirer. She finds a box of chocolates with a card. This has a somewhat creepy vibe. As she’s reading the card, a crate that she’s standing next to opens and Laurel Van Ness slowly pops out. Allie sees her from the corner of her mind and attacks her, shoving her back in the crate and closing it.
EC3 & Tyrus vs. Johnny Impact & Matt Sydal
When Johnny is walking to the ring, Josh says that he’s getting his title match at March 8 at the Crossroads special.
Matt Sydal is really playing up his “Namaste” bit.
Johnny and Sydal do well against EC3, who needs to tag in Tyrus. Early on, Sydal is able to hold his own against the big man, but that doesn’t last long. He hits a standing moonsault and Tyrus just tosses him off and goes to work on the smaller man.
Johnny finally gets the tag and comes out a swingin’. However, when he is using the rope as a springboard to deliver a move to EC3, Tyrus grabs the leg, knocking him down. EC3 rolls him up with the foot on the ropes for the win.
EC3 & Tyrus def. Johnny Impact & Matt Sydal
They play a video of Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong going to the office of Joseph Park, Esq. (Park isn’t there.) Jimmy laments how Abyss hasn’t come out to play. Kongo Kong then destroys the office, including the framed picture of Aunt Jenny.
Brian Cage vs. John Crews
Cage about to destroyer a smaller dude.
And he did. Looks like his finisher was vertical suplex into almost a sitting tombstone.
The Cult of Lee are talking about finding LAX before they can find them. They open a door to see Fallah Bahh eating a jar of M&Ms. The Mumbai Cats are backstage but the Cult think its LAX so they attack them. They unmasked them to find it wasn’t LAX.
El Hijo de Fantasma vs. Taiji Ishimori (c) for the X Division Championship
Early part of the match, Fantasma has Ishimori grounded.
However, when they come back from a commercial break, it’s Ishomori who is on top. Fantasma comes back with an Arrow from the Depths of Hell. But Taiji responds with a springboard off the apron and then a rana outside!
Then Taiji with a moonsault off the second rope onto the floor, taking down the challenger!
Back in the ring, Fantasma goes for Thrill of the Hunt but Taiji escapes and drops him on his knees. 450 for the win!
Ishimori def. Fantasma to retain his title
We learn next week, Cult of Lee will take on LAX in a non-title bout, Jimmy Jacobs is calling out Abyss, Moose faces Patron, and Johnny Impact puts his #1 contendership on the line against EC3.
Eli Drake vs. Austin Aries (c) for the Impact world championship
Drake has Chris Adonis by his side.
Aries comes out wearing all of his titles.
Aries has the advantage early on but Drake takes it later on. Drake goes for a springboard moonsault off the top rope but misses, shifting the momentum back to the champ.
Aries goes to the top turnbuckle but Eli runs up to meet him, tosses him off, holds on for a suplex, and then a DVD and that only gets him a 2 count.
Austin tosses Drake out of the ring and goes for a suicide dive but takes out Adonis instead. Drake picks up the champ and tosses him back first into the ring apron!
Back in the ring, Drake goes for the Gravy Train but Aries reverses it into a crucifix. Drake kicks out but the champ goes right into the Last Chancery. He let’s go to deal with Adonis on the apron and Drake rolls up Aries with a handful of tights but only gets 2.
Aries with a big forearm and a brainbuster for the 1-2-3.
Aries def. Drake to retain his championship
That’s the show, folks. Thanks for watching with us!