Impact Wrestling 5/20/2021


XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) defeated Johnny Swinger & Hernandez on BTI.

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Impact opened with a tribute to New Jack, followed by a recap of Under Siege.


Rohit Raju (w/ Shera) defeated Jake Something

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A couple of weeks ago, Raju interfered in Something’s Under Siege qualifier with Chris Bey, costing him the match and a shot at becoming the no. 1 contender. Ever since, Something has been gunning for Raju and Shera. Having already defeated the latter, he now takes on Raju.

This was a power vs. speed clash with Something mostly having the upper hand until Shera attacked Something behind the referee’s back. Raju worked over Something’s shoulder and arm, and kept control as long as he kept Something down and focused on the arm. As soon as he allowed Something to get to his feet and get some space, Something made a comeback.

Both Something and Raju had a couple of near falls, Raju particularly having a strong one with a crossface in the middle of the ring. Something just powered out of it, clobbered Raju, and was going for the finish, but Shera tripped him and held his foot for leverage as Raju got the pin.

After the match, Something went after Shera and took it out on him. He beat him down with a chair and even put him through a table. Raju never helped, only watching on the ramp. The commentary team sold it that Something had snapped. This was a good match with a weak finish, but it worked for the post-match angle.


-- Gia Miller interviewed Taylor Wilde about her and Tenille Dashwood's tag team win at Under Siege. Wilde said her focus was on Deonna Purrazzo and the Knockouts Championship. Dashwood interrupted and revealed that if she defeats Kiera Hogan tonight, she and Wilde can get a shot at the tag titles. Wilde didn't like their plan or Dashwoodl's tactics.


-- Miller interviewed Jordynne Grace and Rachael Ellering about the Knockouts Tag Team title loss at Under Siege. Ellering said that it was unfortunate, but they just had to dust it off and get back out there. Grace agreed and went to look for Scott D’Amore.


Tenille Dashwood (w/ Kaleb with a K) defeated Kiera Hogan (w/ Tasha Steelz)

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The backstory is that Dashwood has been looking for a tag team partner for months now. For now, she believes Wilde is that person, so after their win at Under Siege over Susan and Kimber Lee, she asked D’Amore for a match with Hogan, hoping to get the win and a shot at the titles.

This was more of a Hogan match than a Dashwood one. Even with Kaleb out there, it was mostly Dashwood dealing with Steelz’s distractions that allowed Hogan to have control of the match. The match didn’t go long after Hogan gained control as it was only a few minutes before Dashwood made a quick comeback and won with a roll-up. This was a nothing match, but it served a purpose to set up Dashwood and Wilde vs Fire N' Flava for the titles.

After the match, Steelz, Purrazzo, Susan and Lee all jumped in the ring to beat up Dashwood and Kaleb until Wilde ran down and tried to even the odds. The numbers game was just too high. Eventually, Havok ran down and cleared the ring single-handedly. Decay also came down and ran the heels away so I think we have a 5-on-5 brewing here.


-- Backstage, Grace told Ellering they had a match tonight...but it was between them which took Ellering by surprise.


-- We got a vignette for New Japan's Satoshi Kojima coming to Impact next week.


- Miller interviewed FinJuice about their Tag Team title defense tonight. They said they are not looking past Fulton and Austin, but are off to Japan soon and are not planning on leaving without the titles.


Petey Williams defeated VSK

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This is VSK’s second match with the promotion as he lost his debut against ELP. This served as a showcase for VSK while still allowing Williams to get the win as the veteran.

It started with Williams having some momentum, but was cut off by VSK who got some offense in before Williams made a comeback and started chasing the Canadian destroyer. VSK countered the initial attempt, but Williams got the second one in for a win.


-- Miller interviewed Rich Swann about returning at Under Siege. He talked about losing at Rebellion and about W. Morrissey coming to Impact. Instead of helping build the promotion, he came in and tried to destroy it, so Swann had an issue with that. Out of nowhere, he was knocked out by a big boot from Morrissey, who beat him up some more. The best thing here was Miller selling the surprise beatdown.


-- Over at Swinger’s Palace, TJP had been winning a lot of money from the house. Suddenly, he noticed that Fallah Bahh had been working for Swinger as a valet to clear his debt, so TJP played and won Bahh’s freedom. TJP said he needed his tag team partner back which Williams took offense to (they lost as a team at Under Siege). He challenged TJP and Bahh to fight him and X-Division Champion Josh Alexander. Decay then appeared and picked up a fight with everyone, so I think we’re getting Hernandez vs. Black Taurus next week.


Moose segment

The new top contender for the Impact World title came down to the ring to address Kenny Omega. Moose said that it was easy to become the no. 1 contender and while he understood that Omega had wins over some big names in the industry, Moose was a completely different type of beast. Moose said that he vs. Omega would be a true clash of gods, using the reference that neither Poseidon nor Ares or Hades could defeat Zeus and that’s how Against All Odds would go down.

Suddenly, Omega and Don Callis interrupted. Callis said that Moose may be the most physically talented person in professional wrestling (which Omega wasn’t in full agreement with), but that Moose’s talent just wasn’t enough to defeat Omega and all that talent was being wasted.

Callis brought up that Moose never won a Super Bowl in the NFL or even a title in ROH while Omega is winning titles all over the place.

Moose had enough and threatened Callis that he isn’t Rich Swann and he’s not one to try and play mind games with. Moose will beat him up. Omega stepped up and told Moose that all it takes is one One Winged Angel. Moose challenged Omega to actually try and put him in the OWA, but instead, the Good Brothers came down. As they were about to gang up on Moose, Sami Callihan of all people appeared with a bat in hand for the save. Moose and Callihan as babyfaces against Omega and company is something I’m all for.


Rachael Ellering defeated Jordynne Grace

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Recently, Fire N' Flava started getting inside Grace’s head, making her believe she was the weak link of her various team and that they had her number. After losing the titles to them at Under Siege, Grace is probably asking a lot of questions of herself and thus requested this match from D’Amore.

It started with some clean chain wrestling from both women with neither getting the upper hand over the other. As the match went on, Ellering started gaining more and more dominance which started to provoke Grace. They kept it clean, but you could tell they were getting heated.

Grace started to really put some weight into her offense and also was the one that brought strikes into the mix, but she still couldn’t keep Ellering down for the pin. Ellering tried to make a comeback, but Grace just got angry and went all in. Yet, she wasn't able to land the Vader bomb. At the end, they started trading roll-ups and reversals until Ellering got the win.

After the match, Grace was quite disappointed, but she still shook hands with Ellering.


-- Brian Myers cut a promo saying that it should have been him at Under Siege and that Matt Cardona just wasted the spot in the no. 1 contender's match. Cardona then happened to walk by, only to get attacked by Myers. I guess this isn’t over.


-- Brown and Striker confirmed TJP and Bahh vs. Williams and Alexander for next week.


Impact Tag Team Champions FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) defeated Ace Austin & Madman Fulton to retain

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Austin and Fulton won a four-way no. 1 contenders match at Under Siege, defeating the teams of Rohit Raju & Shera, XXXL, and TJP & Petey Williams.

The match saw FinJuice have a strong start. They controlled both Austin and Fulton separately and even when it seemed Fulton was turning the match around, they still regained composure and kept the upper hand.

During the commercial break, Fulton and Austin turned the match around after catching Robinson with a surprise clothesline outside the ring. After a short babyface in peril run, Robinson got the tag to Finlay.

In the last couple of minutes, everything went tornado tag style with both teams trading near falls. Austin and Fulton had a burst of offense, getting near fall after near fall on Robinson. They debuted a chokeslam into The Fold tandem move for a big near fall, only to be broken up by Finlay.

The finish saw FinJuice recover and take out Austin. Fulton came close to blocking their offense, but they got him with a stunner and pulp friction combo for the win. This was a really good match. Fulton has improved a lot.

After the match, Violent By Design hit the ring. Rhino still has his Call Your Shot trophy which gives him the right to any title match, any time. They called for it, right there and right now.


Violent By Design (Rhino & Joe Doering) defeated FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) for the Impact Tag Team titles

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This was just a squash. Joe Doering ran over FinJuice like a freight train, pinning Robinson after a huge lariato. Just like that, Violent By Design are the new tag team champions as they celebrated in the ring as the show went off the air.


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