Impact Wrestling 6/2/2022


In the BTI pre-show match, Alisha Edwards defeated the returning Renee Michelle

*3/4

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Impact opened with a recap of the feud between Violent by Design facing Josh Alexander and the Briscoe Brothers last week, ending with Eric Young pinning Mark Briscoe with a piledriver.


Deonna Purrazzo joined the commentary desk.

Mia Yim defeated Savannah Evans (w/ Tasha Steelz)

**1/4

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This was an okay match, but it's clear Evans is a bit green as she looked lost at a few points. That said, Yim helped keep it all together, and it was a good example of making Evans look strong in losing.

Yim got a nice reaction for her entrance, and being in Impact is a great fit for her.

Tasha Steelz attacked Yim behind the referee’s back, but Jordynne Grace made the save. Yim then hit Evans with the Eat Da Feet for the win.


- Shark Boy was backstage and confronted Eddie Edwards on his treatment of Impact Wrestling with Honor No More. Edwards threatened Shark Boy, saying he didn’t know what he was talking about. Chris Harris stepped in and talked about being willing to fight Edwards.


- Knockouts Tag Team Champions The Influence (Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood) walked up to Rosemary and tried to “comfort” Rosemary about how Havok, her partner, lost to Masha Slamovich. Rayne offered makeup to Rosemary, who gave it back and said that she would need it when she bites off her face. Decay then came out of the shadows and chased The Influence off.



Kenny King (w/ Honor No More) defeated Blake Christian to keep his Slammiversary Ultimate X match spot

***1/4

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This match was awesome. King is good and Christian is a fantastic wrestler. The pacing was great and Christian looked very good in losing this one.


Rich Swann defeated Matt Rehwoldt to retain the Impact Digital Media Championship

**1/4

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This match was better than the short recap here would indicate as most of the early portions were Rehwoldt getting heat, but it was a very good and quick match that Swann won.


- A recap aired of BTI with Alisha defeating Renee Michelle and Masha Slamovich coming out and handing her a piece of mail. Edwards showed what it was backstage afterward: a picture of Edwards with a red X on it. This baffled Edwards. who had no idea what it meant. Gisele Shaw informed her that it meant “Masha is going to kill you,” which I think was pretty evident.


Good Brothers/Briscoes brawl

The Good Brothers came to ringside and talked about how great they were and that they were going to beat the Briscoes at Slammiversary for the tag titles. They said the Briscoes were legitimate champions, but said that it didn’t add up to theirs. They called them hicks and said they won championships for greasing pigs. Gallows said that no other tag team had their lynn-age (because that is how he pronounced lineage).

They showed their top 10 moments in Impact and the first 4 were title wins, and then the last 6 were them beating the Briscoes with the same clip each time, but 1 ended with the Briscoes interrupting. Jay and Mark Briscoe were not impressed and went face to face with them. Jay Briscoe said that the difference between the two teams were that the Briscoes were on the road, working hard, winning championships, and running their farm while the Good Brothers got lazy. Both teams brawled, but the Good Brothers ran away before it could go too far.



- Impact World Champion Josh Alexander was backstage and talked about how Eric Young didn’t concern him as he wasn’t surprised he won last week. He is working hard to prepare to keep the Impact World Championship because Eric Young is a former champion and not a joke. Violent by Design came up to Alexander and attacked him before security pulled them apart.


Impact went to the Kevin Dunn school of production for this segment, as the camera was shaking so violently during the brawl that I felt dizzy and I don’t get motion sick. That said, it was only a few seconds, so it’s better than three hours of that.


Alexander was with Scott D’Amore and asked for a match next week against Joe Doering next week because he wanted to deal with the numbers game before Slammiversary. D’Amore granted his request.


Honor No More (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) (w/ Eddie Edwards) defeated Rhino & Heath

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Heath was not very good in this match. He looked quite tired quickly, but Rhino carried the team throughout.

Honor No More attacked Rhino after the bell and Pillmanized the ankle of Rhino before the Motor City Machine Guns and Frankie Kazarian ran down to make the save. Rhino was left screaming in pain from the injury with everyone looking concerned and trying to help him to the back.

After the break, Rhino was loaded into an ambulance and Heath left with him. Kazarian and the Guns asked to fight Honor No More, and Scott D’Amore asked them to find two other people to join them in the fight to settle it at Slammiversary.



Tom Hannifan ran down the

Slammiversary card which now includes Evans in the Ultimate X match and a ten-man tag team match with Honor No More vs. the Impact Originals (MCMG, Kazarian, two mystery partners).


Moose & Steve Maclin defeated W. Morrissey & PCO

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Maclin got a big win here and looked great in this match. Pinning Morrissey on the day it was announced he was leaving Impact only makes sense. This was a very good main event with Moose looking like the biggest star in the match, but it was clearly designed to elevate Maclin and absolutely achieved that.

Moose and PCO ended up going over the top rope with a Cactus clothesline from PCO. Maclin hit a spear on Morrissey who was in the tree of woe and then hit a low shot on PCO before hitting Morrissey with a double-arm DDT for the pinfall.

Maclin and PCO brawled until Moose took him out with a spear. The lights went out and Sami Callihan was in the ring and nailed Moose with a baseball bat as he went for the Spear. The show closed with Callihan telling the camera that this will never be over between him and Moose.


Final Thoughts:

This was a really solid episode of Impact with Blake Christian vs. Kenny King being the best match. There was lots of work going into promoting Slammiversary on June 19th that balanced setting up next week’s go home show, and furthering stories for the PPV. All in all, this show was an easy thumbs up.


By: #GeraldRoberts