Impact Wrestling is back tonight (July 26) from the Rebel Complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will be airing on Pop TV at 8 PM ET. This is your spot for the live updates and to talk about it with your fellow fans.
Tonight features the fallout from Sunday’s Slammiversary, and Matt Sydal gets his X Division title rematch against current champion Brian Cage. Also, Austin Aries issues a championship address, Johnny Impact returns to the show, and Scarlett Bordeaux debutes.
We’ll be here at 8 EST when Impact starts, so come join us!
Austin Aries Championship Address
The show opens with the champ.
He starts off by putting over Slammiversary, saying that people are saying it was the PPV of the year and the best in the company’s history. He then talks about how he (and Moose) lived up to the main event and showed people what a championship main event professional wrestling match should look like. And in the end, he did what he said what he was going to: He beat the bigger Moose and retained his championship.
Aries claims he’s the best champion there is. If someone is writing what you say when you have a mic in the your hands, you’re not the best. If you’re sitting in your comfort zone, you’re not the best.
A Double says if you think you’re the best, come and prove it. Doesn’t matter who you work for.
Eddie Edwards slides in from behind Aries with a kendo stick! And he attacks! Double Underhook DDT!
He puts the kendo stick in his mouth and raises the title.
Petey Williams vs. Taiji Ishimori
This is a clean, quick paced match. Ishimori, who wrestles with more of an edge now that he’s in the Bullet Club, defeats Petey with a DDT into his knee.
Ishimori def. Williams via pinfall
They shake hands and share a huge post match.
But here come the Desi Hit Squad, attacking both men! Gama Singh is barking the orders from the apron! Taiji gets tossed into the ringsteps and then Petey gets a knee to the face into a sky high powerbomb combo!
Anthony Carelli (aka Santino Marella) is interviewed backstage. He says he misses the ring sometimes but he’s not medically able to compete. Carelli introduces his student when Aries interrupts, telling him to get lost. Aries issues the challenge but Anthony again makes it known his health won’t allow it. The champ then suggests his student fights him instead. Carrelli is about to decline but the student accepts immediately.
Rebel vs. Tessa Blanchard
Rebel has some surprising height on Tessa.
Rebel is showing a surprising amount of offense in this match.
But she goes to the top rope and Tessa meets her and delivers a second rope hangman’s DDT. Then the hammerlock for the 1-2-3.
Tessa def. Rebel via pinfall
Scarlett Bordeaux debut
Scarlett (who is insisting on being called “The Smokeshow Scarlett Bordeaux”) is interviewed by Alicia Atout. She says it’s such a great time for women’s rights and she wants to be part of that. She wants to be the greatest women’s activist of all time. When Alicia asks “Like Susan B Anthony?” she responds “Ew, more like like Marilyn Monroe or Cardi B.”
She claims she won’t be “hot shamed.” When she’s asked what she means, she tells the interviewer she doesn’t expect a 5 to understand.
Video package interview with Matt Sydal, who claims the championship is right there still in his third eye. He’s confident tonight that nature will return things to is harmonious state.
Video of Pentagon Jr, telling Sami Callihan that he took him to the limit last Sunday. But he walked out with the ultimate prize. He holds up Sami’s disgusting hair (his words, not mine, but they’d be mine too).
Trevor Lee (w/Caleb Konley) vs. Johnny Impact
Towards the latter portion of the match, Johnny goes for his Countdown to Impact off the top rope, but Trevor grabs the ref and Konley tries to distract Impact. Johnny kicks him off but gives time for Lee to avoid the top rope move and hit big double knees.
After more back and forth, Johnny sets up for Starship Pain but Konley pulls Lee out... so Johnny hits the top rope Countdown to Impact onto both men on the floor! Then he gets Trevor into the ring and finally delivers Starship Pain for the 1-2-3.
Johnny def. Lee via pinfall
Impact cuts a promo post match. He puts over the crowd before talking about how his goal has alway been to win the title. But first, he has business to take care of first. Because Kongo Kong was the one that put him on the shelf. He will not rest until he takes Kongo Kong to Slamtown.
Alicia interviews Allie backstage. Allie admits she came up short on Sunday against one of the best in wrestling. But she can’t get over what Su Yung did to Madison Rayne. She blames herself for not being there to prevent Su stuffing Madison in the casket. But it’s never going to happen again. She makes the promise that she’s going to stop Su Yung, even if she has to go it alone. Kiera Hogan comes in and tells her she’s not going to be alone because Hogan will be there with her.
GWN match - Generation Me (Young Bucks) vs. the Motor City Machine Guns. Man I loved MCMG’s music.
Backstage, Joe Hendry gives Grado a shirt and Katarina puts her hand on Joe to tell him how nice the gesture is. Eli Drake interrupts, giving them all a gift before leaving. It’s a picture from the photoshoot the other week that captured Katarina and Hendry giving each other the eyes. Grado is clearly hurt while the others are putting the blame on Drake.
Backstage, KM tells Fallah Bahh that he knows he’s a no good SOB, but you need a mean streak to succeed in this business. They need to find Bahh’s mean streak. It starts with putting sunglasses on Bahh. Meanwhile, KM does random obnoxious things to people they walk by.
Killer Kross video package.
We see King, Homicide, and Hernandez in their club house. They have the spray painted titles. King says he expected more out of the young guys and Konnan. They didn’t know that winning the battle doesn’t equate to winning the war.
We see oVe in the bathroom, as the Crists try to convince Callihan that his hair looks good. To make themselves feel better, they attack some dude at the urinal and shave his head.
Matt Sydal vs. Brian Cage (c) for the X Division Championship
Sydal gets his offense in and works over the leg of Cage. But in the end, it’s the Drill Claw for the win for the Machine.
Cage def. Sydal via pinfall to retain the X Division championship
That’s the show, folks. Thanks for watching with us!