Impact has been through ups and downs to age like fine wine for the 20-year celebration at: Slammiversary: on June 19. The card features six championship contests and crazy TNA concepts, such as Queen of the Mountain, Ultimate X, Monster’s Ball, and the Reverse Battle Royal.
Two intriguing questions loom large. First, who will carry Impact into the future? We will find out that answer in the main event when Josh Alexander defends the Impact World Championship against Eric Young. Second, a team of Impact Originals is defending the honor of the company against Honor No More in a ten-man tag. Team Impact has one open slot remaining for a big surprise. Who will it be?
Slammiversary: kicks off at 8 pm ET on PPV and Fite TV. The free pre-show goes live at 7:30 pm ET on YouTube.
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Impact Digital Media Championship: Rich Swann retains against Brian Myers. The Most Professional Wrestler was in control with a spear and DDT, but Swann kept kicking out. Myers charged for the Roster Cut clothesline. Swann met him with kicks then followed with a handspring cutter. A 450 splash sealed the deal. Swann finally got the championship back in his hands.
Reverse Battle Royal: Shark Boy is the winner. Everyone started on the outside battling to get into the ring. The field included Johnny Swinger, Chris Bey, David Young, Zicky Dice, Shera, Raj Singh, Bhupinder Gujjar, Shark Boy, Shogun, Nate Webb, Aiden Prince, Crazzy Steve, Mike Jackson, Steve Maclin, Chase Stevens, and Slash with Father James Mitchell. The participants who advanced to the next stage were Bey, Swinger, Young, Maclin, Stevens, Shark Boy, Gujjar, and Shera. Over-the-top elimination time.
Eliminations were Stevens by Shera, Maclin by Bey, Bey by Bey when falling to the floor after hitting a cutter on the apron to eliminate Maclin, Gujjar by Young & Swinger, Shera by Young & Swinger, and Young by Swinger.
The final stage was pinfall or submission between Shark Boy and Swinger. Swinger tossed Shark Boy over the ropes thinking he won, but those weren’t the rules. Swinger warmed up with a muscle pump, then Shark Boy hit him with a stunner to win.
Ultimate X for the X-Division Championship: “Speedball” Mike Bailey wins the title against Ace Austin, Trey Miguel, Kenny King, Alex Zayne, and Andrew Everett. Jack Evans was pulled for: injury precaution:. Ace entered as champ. The final sequence was wild. King, Trey, Ace, and Bailey all climbed the Ultimate X ropes above the ring toward the title. Bailey unleashed a flurry of kicks to knock King down. Ace kicked a low blow to knock Trey down. Bailey and Ace engaged in hand-fighting inches away from the prize. Everett climbed in. He managed to position himself above the title, but Bailey used a headscissors to send him falling from high above. Zayne climbed over, so Ace kicked him down. That opened the window for Bailey to finally kick Ace off the ropes. Bailey unhooked the championship for victory.
The broadcast was dedicated to Bob Ryder.
Scott Hudson was in the house to interview the Impact Originals team. The Motor City Machine Guns were voted by fans as the most impactful team in Impact history. The squad is in a celebratory mood and also in a fighting mood to defend the honor of Impact. They appreciate the opportunities Impact has offered during their careers. Hudson asked about the fifth member. Nick Aldis hinted that the name was a no-brainer.
Sting sent a special message. TNA was an outlet to get his way back into wrestling. He enjoyed stepping out of the box to evolve as the Joker Sting. It was a fun time with great matches.
Knockouts World Tag Team Championship: Rosemary & Taya Valkyrie win the titles against Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne. The Influence hit a teamwork leg sweep driving Rosemary’s face into the mat. Rosemary sprang back to life to scare Rayne into a pop-up knee from Taya. Rosemary finished with a butterfly buttbuster to pin Rayne. (Full details here.)
Kurt Angle sent a message congratulating Impact on their 20 year anniversary. He was grateful for TNA giving him an opportunity when he needed it.
Monster’s Ball: Sami Callihan defeated Moose. Callihan and Moose went to war. Both men were put through tables, Callihan countered a spear for a Death Valley Driver through a barbed wire board, and Callihan hit a piledriver onto thumbtacks. Moose powered up after taking a second piledriver, so Callihan pulled out a barbed wire baseball bat. A couple of wacks and a third piledriver earned victory for Callihan.
Impact World Tag Team Championship: Good Brothers win the titles against the Briscoes. The Briscoes went for the Doomsday Device to finish, but Karl Anderson raked Jay’s eyes to escape. Luke Gallows shoved Mark into a Stun Gun cutter from Anderson. Jay did his best to fight 2-on-1, but the Good Brothers got him with a Magic Killer for the 1, 2, 3.
Afterward, America’s Most Wanted toasted the tag team division in Impact. James Storm and Chris Harris handed beers to the Good Brothers and the Briscoes to celebrate.
Impact honored the broadcast duo of Don West and Mike Tenay.
Christy Hemme handled introductions for the next match.
Dixie Carter revealed the surprise partner for the Impact Originals. Enter Davey Richards.
Impact Originals (Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Frankie Kazarian, Nick Aldis, & Davey Richards) defeat Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, Vincent, & PCO). Impact had momentum when Sabin lifted PCO for a Cradle Shock. Maria Kanellis hopped onto the apron as a distraction for PCO to escape. Traci Brooks was ringside cheering for Impact and Kaz. She pulled Maria down and clotheslined her on the floor. Kenny King ran in to assist Honor No More, but D’Lo Brown took care of him with a frog splash. Sabin finally hit the Cradle Shock on PCO. In the chaos, referee Brian Hebner was knocked down. Earl Hebner entered the ring to make the count for victory.
AJ Styles sent a message to reminisce about his journey in TNA. The match that changed everything was Styles versus Samoa Joe versus Christopher Daniels in 2005. That bout transcended wrestling.
Queen of the Mountain for the Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace wins the title against Tasha Steelz, Deonna Purrazzo, Chelsea Green, and Mia Yim. Mickie James was special guest enforcer. Steelz entered as champ. Awesome match! Yim pushed a ladder over sending Purrazzo and Green crashing through a table. Grace pinned both Yim and Steelz sending them to the penalty box. That freed up Grace to climb the ladder for victory.
Still to come …
Impact World Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs. Eric Young: