Impact Wrestling (June 3, 2021) featured W. Morrissey being a monster, two title matches, and Kenny Omega’s tricks potentially backfiring.
W. Morrissey is not one to be messed with. Rich Swann learned that the hard way. They have traded back and forth sneak attacks the past few weeks. Now, Morrissey wanted a match with Swann front and center. EVP Scott D’Amore obliged.
Swann entered first dancing up a storm to his funky theme song. Morrissey emerged from the shadows to blast Swann from behind. Swann fired up with kicks and punches, but Morrissey flattened him with a big boot. Security ran out to break up the fisticuffs. Morrissey goozled one of the jabrones. That’s when Willie Mack ran out with a chair. He hit Morrissey in the back to no effect. Morrissey calmly exited while staring at the damage done to Swann.
Morrissey is a killer. I like the visual of him towering over the security chumps. Add in eating a chair shot like it was candy, and Morrissey is the number one monster on the Impact roster. He will get his singles bout with Swann at Against All Odds on June 12. It will be interesting to see if Morrissey maintains his aura after that contest or gets slayed at the hands of Swann.
Let’s rocket through the rest of the show from beginning to end.
Josh Mathews and D’Lo Brown were on commentary. Mathews filled in for Matt Striker.
X-Division Championship: Josh Alexander retained against TJP. The 60-minute Iron Man match began during the BTI pre-show and kicked off the main show. Alexander was leading 1-0 with 8 minutes remaining. He scored the first pinfall via counter roll-up about 20 minutes into the contest. With 10 seconds to go, TJP shocked Alexander with the tying pinfall on a heel hook counter. He leaned back trapping Alexander’s shoulders against the mat.
At 1-1 as time expired, it meant only one thing. Sudden death! Alexander worked TJP down with a rolling Samoan drop, moonsault, powerbomb backbreaker, and a double underhook piledriver to win.
Backstage, Don Callis and the Good Brothers were pleased about sowing dissension between Moose and Sami Callihan.
Alexander was savoring his win when TJP rolled up to show respect. As long as the world title is off with Omega, Alexander wants the X-Division Championship to have a higher value as king of the mountain. Alexander is ready to defend the strap against all contenders. That led to Chris Bey, Petey Williams, Ace Austin, and Trey Miguel approaching D’Amore trying to get the next shot. The end result was later announced to be a five-way #1 contender bout with Rohit Raju as well for Against All Odds on June 12.
The amount of respect for what @MegaTJP and @Walking_Weapon just did is through the roof but contenders are already lining up to face the champ next. #IMPACTonAXSTV @The_Ace_Austin @DashingChrisBey @TheTreyMiguel @ScottDAmore @iPeteyWilliams pic.twitter.com/MjiMgc8jdd— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 4, 2021
Tables Match: Jake Something defeated Rohit Raju. Rohit used a chairs to tenderize Jake, but Jake prevailed by spearing Rohit through a table for victory.
Rosemary granted Havok’s request to defend his #1 contender status. That match will be next week.
Tenille Dashwood tried to poach Rachael Ellering as a tag team partner. Jordynne Grace entered with the side-eye to Dashwood. Ellering wasn’t interested and left with Grace to prepare for their tag title match.
Brian Myers mentored Sam Beale about how to be a professional. They worked on Beale’s entrance. Myers immediately eliminated Beale’s two finger smell motion from his routine.
Deonna Purrazzo was informed that if Havok beats Rosemary, then the Knockouts title bout will become a triple threat. Purrazzo was angered at unfair treatment toward her by Impact. No matter the match, the odds will forever be in the Virtuosa’s favor.
Knockouts Tag Team Championship: Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz retained against Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering. Down the stretch, Steelz hit a DDT to Ellering on the floor. Fire ‘n’ Flava double-teamed Grace. Hogan hopped on Grace’s back for a sleeper, so Grace fell backward down to the mat trying to break the choke. Steelz took flight for a frog splash on the prone Grace to pin the non-factor.
Don Callis’ efforts to sweet talk Sami Callihan were not effective.
A vignette played for a new wrestler coming soon. The man named Maclin is better known as Steve Cutler in the Forgotten Sons with WWE.
Fire ‘n’ Flava learned that their next tag title defense will be against Kimber Lee & Susan at Against All Odds.
Satoshi Kojima defeated Deaner. Kojima made his Impact debut in the ring. Violent by Design tried to interfere, so Eddie Edwards lent a helping hand to Kojima. The NJPW legend clobbered Deaner with a lariat to win.
Callis also tried to sweet talk Moose, but that was ineffective as well.
Eric Young accepted the challenge from Crazzy Steve to put the tag titles on the line. Rhino & Deaner will compete against Steve & Black Taurus at Against All Odds.
Sami Callihan defeated Moose. Callihan survived a superplex and a super sitdown chokeslam. Callihan connected on a piledriver then set up for a second. However, the Good Brothers ran in to beat up Callihan and Moose. Kenny Omega enjoyed the spoils to stomp on Callihan and Moose. The official result was a DQ win for Callihan.
Backstage, D’Amore proposed adding Callihan into the Against All Odds main event of Omega versus Moose, since Callihan beat the #1 contender in Moose. Callis poo-pooed the idea. He claimed that AEW president Tony Khan has to give his okay on Omega’s matches. D’Amore teased that Khan will be there next week to settle the issue.
Impact Wrestling had lots of big-time action. There was an Iron Man match, a tables match, a tag title match, the debut of Kojima, and more. That alone was worthy of being a branded TV special. Moose and Callihan rumbled in the main event. The finish was weak with interference, but it might all make sense for the longer purpose. I’d have to see how Against All Odds unfolds to judge. There are lots of directions that Impact could take in a three-way.
One thing I didn’t like is Impact getting a little too repetitive in the same show. Last week, two title contenders were determined by pinning the champ in tag action (TJP & Rosemary). This week, two title fights (World and Knockouts) at Against All Odds now have potential to be a three-way. The stories make enough sense in their own right, but they feel watered down when similar material is on the same episode.
Grace was cold again as a non-factor. How many times can she be pinned and not explode with rage at the result? This story has my attention to see where it turns. Another amusing story is Brian Myers mentoring Sam Beale. That scene was a hoot and showed Beale needs all the help he can get.
By popular demand, Impact released the uncut version of the 60-minute Iron Man match between Alexander and TJP. Watch it here.
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