September 28, 2023
Memphis, TN – Graceland Live
Commentary – Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt
Results via ImpactWrestling.com
Quick Match Results
- Before The Impact pre-show: Sami Callihan & Rich Swann defeated Laredo Kid & Black Taurus via 450 Splash (pinfall)
- Impact X-Division Championship – Chris Sabin (c) defeated Alan Angels via Cradle Shock (pinfall)
- Rhino defeated Jack Price via Gore (pinfall)
- The Rascalz defeated JOYA via Inside Cradle (pinfall)
- Memphis Street Fight match – Tommy Dreamer & Heath defeated Kenny King & Sheldon Jean via Death Valley Driver (pinfall)
- Jonathan Gresham defeated “Speedball” Mike Bailey via Roll-up (pinfall)
- Trinity (c) defeated Gisele Shaw via Starstruck (submission)
Impact X-Division Championship
Alan Angels vs Chris Sabin (c)
After becoming #1 Contender in Ultimate X last week, Alan Angels challenges Chris Sabin for the X-Division Title! Angels targets the left arm of Sabin, as he delivers a double stomp from the top rope. Sabin breaks free of an armbar attempt, but Angels drives him into the top turnbuckle instead. Sabin creates some much-needed separation with an explosive dropkick. Sabin quickens the pace, delivering a series of strikes to Angels. Sabin hits a running boot in the corner but Angels counters the follow-up tornado DDT. The referee prevents Angels from using the X-Division Title belt as a weapon. Angels hits a low blow, followed by the Halo Strike but it’s not enough. Angels misses a splash attempt, allowing Sabin to caplitalize with a missle dropkick. Sabin hits the Cradle Shock to win.
Winner: Chris Sabin via Pinfall to retain the Impact X-Division Championship.
After the match, it is revealed that KENTA will make his long-awaited IMPACT return at Bound For Glory and it appears that he has his sights set on the X-Division Championship.
Backstage: Alex Shelley
Gia Miller interviews IMPACT World Champion Alex Shelley as he prepares to defend against Josh Alexander at Bound For Glory. Shelley admits that he respects Alexander but the IMPACT World Title belongs to him.
Rhino vs. Jack Price
Rhino returns to action after Maclin almost ended his career earlier this year! Price dropkicks him to the outside. Rhino quickly turns the tide as he hits a back suplex on the hardest part of the ring. Back in the ring, Rhino connects with the Gore to win.
Winner: Rhino via Pinfall.
After the match, Rhino is blindsided by Maclin. The brawl is on as Rhino gains the upper-hand with a belly-to-belly suplex. Rhino is about to Gore Maclin once again but he escapes under the bottom rope.
Backstage: Tasha Steelz, Deonna Purrazzo
Tasha Steelz is back to take over the Knockouts Division. Deonna Purrazzo welcomes her back and suggests that they could build the future of the Knockouts – together.
Backstage: Alisha Edwards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian
Eddie Edwards and Alisha are fuming after their loss to Frankie Kazarian and Traci Brooks on IMPACT 1000. Edwards notes that it was Brooks who pinned Alisha, suggesting that the problems between him and Kazarian aren’t over just yet. Kazarian interrupts and agrees that IMPACT management needs to figure out a way for them to settle the score once and for all.
In-Ring: JOYA, The Rascalz, Santino Marella
After receiving the pink slip in Feast or Fired, Yuya Uemura will be fired from IMPACT Wrestling tonight. Uemura is joined by his tag team partner in JOYA, Joe Hendry, as they make their way to the ring. Hendry gets on the mic and says that despite what happened, he has to be thankful for the memories he shared with Uemura. Hendry starts a “Thank You Yuya” chant and the fans join in. Uemura is about to address the crowd when the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, the Rascalz, interrupt. Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz poke fun at the situation, and claim that if even if JOYA earned an IMPACT World Tag Team Title opportunity, they would fail. Hendry and Uemura bring the fight to the Rascalz when Director of Authority Santino Marella interrupts. Marella announces a match pitting JOYA vs the Rascalz – and if JOYA wins, Uemura gets to keep his job!
JOYA (Joe Hendry & Yuya Uemura) vs. The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)
Hendry delivers a series of chops to the chest of Wentz. Hendry hits Wentz with a stalling suplex for two. Wentz rakes Uemura’s eyes in the corner but Uemura comes back with a double dropkick to both members of the Rascalz. Miguel evades the One Hit Wonder, then sends Hendry crashing into his own partner. Minutes later, Wentz attempts a handspring but Uemura cuts him off with a dropkick. Uemura makes the tag to Hendry as the pace quickens. Hendry puts his strength on display as he suplexes Miguel and Wentz at the same time. Wentz almost puts Hendry away with a double foot stomp from the top rope. JOYA hits the One Hit Wonder on Wentz but it’s not enough to keep him down. JOYA hits another One Hit Wonder, this time on Miguel, but Wentz pulls him to safety on the pin. Hendry chases Wentz up the ramp. Meanwhile, Miguel goes low on Uemura, then blinds him with spray paint. Miguel rolls up Uemura to steal the victory, bringing his time with IMPACT to an end.
Winner: The Rascalz via Pinfall.
Backstage: Gisele Shaw
Gisele Shaw vows to defeat Trinity in tonight’s main event and earn a Knockouts World Title opportunity at the biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory.
Backstage: The Design
Deaner promises to return to his throne with Kon by his side – and it starts with Josh Alexander.
Memphis Street Fight Match
Kenny King & Sheldon Jean vs. Tommy Dreamer & Heath
After Tommy Dreamer dethroned Kenny King as Digital Media Champion, revenge is in the air in this Memphis Street Fight! The brawl begins on the floor as Dreamer sprays beer in the eyes of King. Dreamer hits an assisted top rope elbow drop on King. King sends Heath head-first into a steel chair. King and Jean are now in control as King suplexes Heath on the outside. They place a ladder over Heath’s head, then drive him into the steel ring post. Back in the ring, King hits Dreamer with a Spinebuster into a trash can. Heath re-enters the fray, taking out Jean with a Wake-Up Call. King ties up Dreamer in a ladder, then connects with an explosive Blockbuster. King counters the Wake-Up Call from Heath as the two battle to the backstage area. Dreamer puts Jean away with a Death Valley Driver through a table for three.
Winner: Tommy Dreamer & Heath via Pinfall.
After the bell, Crazzy Steve assaults Dreamer with his Feast or Fired briefcase, which entitles him to a future Digital Media Title opportunity.
Backstage: ABC, John Skyler
.@The_Ace_Austin and @DashingChrisBey inche closer to the IMPACT World Tag Team titles, but first, they must settle their score with the Good Hands! With @TheJasonHotch away, @TheJohnSkyler needs a partner! #IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/RkJ3BmJA0v— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 29, 2023
With an IMPACT World Tag Team Title shot in their possession, ABC turns their attention towards The Good Hands. ABC challenges them to a Fan’s Revenge match, in which IMPACT fans will surround the ring and have an opportunity to dish out their own form of retribution. John Skyler says that his partner, Jason Hotch, is at home with his newborn baby. ABC tells him to find someone else to team with instead – the only problem, he doesn’t have any friends!
Jonathan Gresham vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey looks to build momentum en route his huge matchup against pro wrestling megastar Will Ospreay at Bound For Glory! Bailey lights him up with a series of kicks on the floor. Bailey soars with a springboard corkscrew to the outside. Back in the ring, Gresham locks in a Boston Crab but Bailey makes it to the bottom rope. Both men attempt vertical suplexes with Gresham gaining the advantage and connecting with the move for two. Gresham wears him down with a chin lock, then takes him down a running back elbow. Gresham rolls up Bailey with a hold of the tights to win.
Winner: Jonathan Gresham via Pinfall.
Backstage: Moose, Brian Myers
After earning an IMPACT World Title shot in Feast or Fired, Moose returns to singles competition next week.
Backstage: Steve Maclin, Bully Ray
Steve Maclin demands that Bully Ray helps him take out Rhino. Bully says that he will talk to Rhino, but Maclin accuses him that he’s gotten soft.
Bound for Glory 2023 & Next Week Show’s Cards Rundown
It’s official, Chris Sabin will defend the X-Division Title against KENTA in a first-time-ever matchup at Bound For Glory.
Don’t miss an all-new IMPACT! next Thursday at 8/7c on AXS TV and 8:30pm ET on YouTube for IMPACT Insiders. Tasha Steelz goes one-on-one with Knockouts World Tag Team Champion Killer Kelly. ABC goes to war with John Skyler and a mystery partner in a Fan’s Revenge match. Jake Something, Dirty Dango, Champagne Singh, Eric Young and Jordynne Grace battle Brian Myers, Shera, KiLynn King, Jody Threat and Bully Ray in a 10 person tag with the winning team to face off in a 5-way match the following week to determine the #1 and #20 spots in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet at Bound For Glory. Plus, Josh Alexander goes one-on-one with Kon and more!
Gisele Shaw vs. Trinity
Gisele Shaw looks to make a statement against the reigning Knockouts World Champion, Trinity! The early advantage goes to Trinity as she has some fun at the expense of her opponent. Trinity hits a running clothesline, then sends her to the outside with a dropkick. Shaw catches Trinity in mid-air and whips her into the steel ring steps. Trinity makes it back into the ring at the referee’s count of nine. Shaw is in total control as she knees Trinity from the top rope, driving her face-first into the mat. Trinity creates an opening with a big springboard kick. Trinity continues to build momentum with a Samoan Drop for two. Trinity leaps off the second rope, almost putting Shaw away with a crossbody. Shaw counters an Enzuigiri into Shock & Awe for another near fall. Trinity avoids the Denouement, then spikes Shaw into the canvas. Jai Vidal inadvertently trips up Shaw from the outside. Trinity locks in Star Struck to win by submission.
Winner: Trinity via Pinfall.
After the bell, Savannah Evans and Jai Vidal attack Trinity but Mickie James runs down to make the save. James and Trinity join forces to clear the ring. James grabs a mic and tells Trinity that she’ll always have her back. James praises Trinity for not only winning the Knockouts World Championship, but earning it. James reminds Trinity that she never lost the Knockouts World Title and she has a rematch clause that can be invoked whenever she wants. James reveals that her rematch will take place at the biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory!