Impact Wrestling (Sep. 23, 2021) featured Mickie James stirring the pot on Deonna Purrazzo, Gail Kim building the all-women Knockouts Knockdown special, and several surprise appearances including El Phantasmo, Raj Singh, VSK, and Christopher Daniels. Those were all interesting pieces of news, but the funnest moment was a simple story of revenge.
The most shocking occurrence from Victory Road was W. Morrissey powerbombing Alisha Edwards. It was downright dastardly.
On the first episode of Impact Wrestling since that incident, Eddie Edwards was out for payback. He was backed by Sami Callihan, a kendo stick, and a baseball bat. Moose was first on the shit list. Edwards confronted the big man, but Moose is no dummy. He flipped a table over as a tactic to close the distance on the kendo stick. Moose pounded Edwards down, but Callihan made sure Moose could not exit. Kapow! Zok! Wham! Edwards and Callihan took turns hitting Moose. They tried to coerce information on Morrissey’s whereabouts, but Moose had no answers.
Edwards and Callihan were on the prowl and finally found Morrissey, however, security intervened. Scott D’Amore had enough of the backstage violence. This beef will be settled in the ring in front of fans as a street fight. Morrissey closed the scene by asking about Alisha’s well-being and made kissy noises.
Great way to set up a street fight. Edwards is motivated by rage, while Morrissey showed no fear. The 7-footer certainly won’t mind dishing out pain. It should be a treat for viewers next week.
Let’s rocket through the rest of the show from beginning to end.
Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown were on commentary.
Scott D’Amore asked Josh Alexander to the ring. The man in charge explained the ramifications of Option C. Christian Cage interrupted to talk trash. That only made Alexander’s decision easier. He relinquished the X-Division Championship to challenge for the Impact World Championship at Bound for Glory on October 23.
Ace Austin and Madman Fulton joined the fun in the ring with Christian and Alexander. Fisticuffs broke out, and Ace popped his cane into Christian’s eye.
Willie Mack asserted his desire to go after the vacant X-Division belt. There will be a triple threat tournament to determine participants to compete for the strap at Bound for Glory. Since Mack has that goal, Rich Swann will enter the Call Your Shot Gauntlet at Bound for Glory. The prize is a title shot anytime for any of the Impact titles. Brian Myers moseyed in to add his name to the gauntlet match. Swann and Mack were not feeling his intrusion, so a tag match was made. Myers didn’t want to use his apprentice goons. He searched for a different partner.
The doctor would not clear Christian for action on this evening, so D’Amore granted Alexander a singles bout with Ace for the main event.
David Finlay defeated Hikuleo. Finlay gained momentum by countering a chokeslam into a stunner. Chris Bey tried to cause a distraction, but Juice Robinson yanked him down. Finlay tripped the big man for a stacking roll-up pin to win.
Afterward, the Bullet Club and FinJuice kept fighting. El Phantasmo returned to the Impact Zone to help his Bullet Club buddies rain pain down on FinJuice.
Eric Young addressed the beating Violent by Design gave to Rhino. Outsiders would think this is the end for Rhino with VBD, but VBD understands this to be a learning moment. Rhino can apologize and move forward stronger and better as the War Machine. Young wants an answer next week.
Matt Cardona is honoring his word to D’Amore. He is done trifling with Rohit Raju. However, Chelsea Green is not. She wants to put hands on Rohit in an intergender match.
Kimber Lee and Brandi Lauren provided Su Yung with the soul of Swingerella #3.
Rohit Raju defeated Chelsea Green. Raj Singh made a surprise return to push Cardona into the ring post. That distraction allowed Rohit to win via roll-up.
Myers introduced his partner to be VSK.
Rich Swann & Willie Mack defeated Brian Myers & VSK. Sam Beale tried to interfere, but it backfired into defeat. When he shoved Swann off the turnbuckles, it actually aided Swann into landing a flying crossbody to pin VSK.
Johnny Swinger was nervous about Impact moving to Las Vegas. He decided to write a letter to D’Amore asking him not to go. Swinger needed to protect his Swinger’s Palace illegal underground casino.
The Good Brothers are on vacation after they have beaten all competition for the tag titles.
Mickie James challenged Deonna Purrazzo for the Knockouts Championship. Purrazzo told her to get in line and earn the shot. Brawl! D’Amore viewed James as a pillar of Impact history, so she gets whatever she wants. Thus, the match was made official for Bound for Glory.
Gail Kim announced news for the Knockouts Knockdown special airing October 9. There will be a #1 contender tournament with four Knockouts and four outsiders. Decay will defend the tag belts. The Influence requested that spot, but Kim already had Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering speak to her about it. Kim decided to make a tag match next week with the winner earning the title shot.
The X-Division #1 contender triple threat tournament begins next week with Laredo Kid versus Trey Miguel versus Alex Zayne.
Josh Alexander defeated Ace Austin. Alexander rallied with a powerbomb backbreaker then a double underhook piledriver to win.
Afterward, Ace and Madman put the boots to Alexander. Christian ran out for the save. As the babyfaces bickered over needing help, Ace and Madman were back on the attack. All of a sudden, Christopher Daniels was on stage with his Fallen Angel music. He cleared the ring as the show ended.
In a post-show scene, D’Amore booked Daniels versus Fulton for next week.
That was a wild episode of Impact Wrestling. I’m not going to pretend I cared about the surprises of Raj Singh or VSK, but there is a deeper value in play. Bringing them in creates a vibe that anything can happen. It is similar to AEW, but on a much smaller scale. The cool surprises were El Phantasmo and Christopher Daniels. That’s the benefit of the Forbidden Door relationships with AEW and NJPW.
Impact did very well building anticipation to set up next week’s matches.
THURSDAY at 8/7c on @AXSTV! @FultonWorld vs. @facdaniels @TheCaZXL vs. @TheEddieEdwards - Street Fight @MadisonRayne and @TenilleDashwood vs. @JordynneGrace and @RachaelEllering @Laredokidpro1 vs. Trey Miguel vs. @AlexZayneSauce #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/QJJYozNKOk— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 25, 2021
The curiosity of seeing Daniels in an official match for Impact is a draw in itself. Wrestling against Madman Fulton will show if he still has the skills to compete. His stories in AEW were about losing his mojo then the final run as a duo with Frankie Kazarian. The street fight should be bonkers. W. Morrissey has been very entertaining so far in Impact, and Eddie Edwards is always stepping up his game. The women’s tag bout has important stakes with a title shot on the line. The X-Division triple threat sells itself as total non-stop action.
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