Impact Wrestling (July 8, 2021) is on the road to Slammiversary.
Sami Callihan being arrested before his contract signing, the surprise returns of Matt Cardona and others, as well as W. Morrissey sending a message with violence were popping moments that have been covered. One humorous scene worth bringing attention to involved Moose destroying the Swinger’s Place casino.
Chris Sabin entered Swinger’s Palace, however, Swinger and John E. Bravo were conspicuous in their absence. As Sabin flirted with Swingerella #2, Moose blindsided him for a beatdown.
After the show, Swinger was not pleased with the destruction. He came to collect from Sabin.
It sounds like a match is in order in the future between Sabin and Swinger. I get the impression that Swinger thinks Sabin is going to take a dive for Swinger to collect on the odds, but I don’t think Sabin is on the same page with that idea. At this moment in time, it is unclear when that bout will take place. One thing that is clear is that Sabin will wrestle Moose at Slammiversary on July 17.
Let’s rocket through the rest of the show from beginning to end.
Josh Mathews and D’Lo Brown were on commentary.
Kenny Omega and Don Callis entered the Impact Zone in a pleasant mood ready for the contract signing to defend the Impact World Championship against Sami Callihan at Slammiversary on July 17.
Jake Something defeated Brian Myers. Sam Beale was ringside to assist Myers with physical interference. Down the stretch, Myers charged for a spear, but Jake picked him up for a Black Hole Slam attempt. Myers escaped, then he ran the ropes right into the Black Hole Slam. Jake pinned Myers for the win.
Per the stipulation, Myers had to declare that Jake was a professional. Before Myers could utter the words, Beale attacked Jake from behind. that led to the surprise return of Matt Cardona. He cleaned house with a Radio Silence lag lariat to Beale.
Deonna Purrazzo felt that she has cleaned out the Knockouts division. With no title contenders at hand, she issued an open challenge.
Sami Callihan was minding his own business when a deputy arrested him. Supposedly, there was a warrant for Callihan due to an assault perpetrated against Callis.
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo retains against Lady Frost. Purrazzo worked her game plan. Once Frost made a vital error injuring her ankle on a missed moonsault, Purrazzo pounced to win with an armbar submission
After the match, Purrazzo ran her mouth about possibly being the best Knockouts champ in history. Gail Kim came to the ring to inform Purrazzo that she will have a mystery opponent at Slammiversary.
Chris Bey chose a side in the X-Division war to support the good guys, because that makes the odds better to win the Ultimate X match at Slammiversary.
W. Morrissey accepted Eddie Edwards’ challenge for a match at Slammiversary. Morrissey wrestled three jabrones to show what will happen to Edwards.
W. Morrissey defeated Jason Page, Manny Smith, & Deonte Evans. The 7-footer pummeled the trio with a chokeslam, powerbomb, and F5 for a triple stack pin.
Callis aired footage of Callihan’s heinous assault. Despite Callihan’s arrest, Scott D’Amore requested that Callis and Omega still attend the contract signing.
Rosemary & Havok defeated Kimber Lee & Susan. Rosemary closed it with a teamwork spear to Susan.
Jazz was the guest host on Tenille Dashwood’s talk show. Tenille was annoyed by Jazz messing things up for Tenille to poach Rachael Ellering as a tag partner. Jazz had enough. When her back was turned, Dashwood pushed her into the camera.
Ellering and Jordynne Grace were seething about the attack on Jazz. Ellering and Grace are back on the same page. Their list of goals starts in a match next week against Tenille and Kaleb Konley.
Rich Swann & Willie Mack, TJP & Fallah Bahh, and the Good Brothers bickered about who should be the #1 contender for Violent by Design’s tag belts. Tommy Dreamer was given authorization from D’Amore to book a four-way tag title bout for Slammiversary. In the meantime, Dreamer booked a four-way singles bout.
Karl Anderson defeated Deaner, TJP, & Rich Swann. Anderson escaped a DDT from Deaner to connect on a cutter to win.
Kimber Lee recruited the assistance of Father James Mitchell as a last resort for success. He is going to try to turn Susan back into Su Yung.
The main event segment was the contract signing between Omega and Callihan. Omega did his part to put pen to paper. Callihan worked his hacker magic to air a different angle of the Callis assault. It was revealed that Callis faked it with help from Johnny Swinger and John E. Bravo.
Callihan appeared in the ring to powerbomb Omega through the table. He also signed the contract to make the world title fight official for Slammiversary.
Solid episode of Impact Wrestling to push the building blocks for the Slammiversary card. All the surprises were a nice touch. It helps build the hype for Impact’s gimmick of their world changing when new stars arrive at Slammiversary.
The show-long angle of Callihan’s arrest was good fun. It was obvious from the start that the arrest would not stick. Those things never do in the world of professional wrestling. Impact just had to provide the zany details of getting him off, and they didn’t disappoint. It closed with a bang seeing Omega powerbombed through the table. That provided a reason to believe Callihan might be the one to take back the Impact World Championship.
We’ll close with video of Steve Maclin’s match against Suicide on the BTI pre-show.
Maclin showed more of his tortured personality in this win. He yelled at Suicide for being a symbol of weakness and simplicity. On the closing rally, Maclin shouted about showing Suicide death. Maclin’s outbursts stemmed from losing brothers in combat.
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