IMPACT Against All Odds: Kenny Omega retains against Moose

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IMPACT Wrestling Against All Odds 2021

By: John Siino

Exclusively on Impact+

June 12th, 2021

Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee

Commentary: Josh Mathews & D’Lo Brown

Street Fight: The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. Sami Callihan & Tommy Dreamer

As the match starts, Callihan & Dreamer switch off and Callihan takes Anderson while Dreamer takes on Gallows, before Callihan screams that this is a street fight and why do we need to lock up as all four end up on the outside. Right away, Callihan grabs a chair and uses it on Gallows. Dreamer grabs the ring bell and rings it between the legs of Anderson, while Callihan uses a broomstick on Gallows. Anderson screams that’s not part of the rules, as Josh Mathews is quick to point out there are no rules. Gallows hits a drop toe hold to Callihan on top of the chair on the outside before slamming it down on him. Back inside, Callihan and Gallows go blow for blow before Dreamer calls for Callihan to follow him to the back. As the Good Brothers are trying to gather themselves, Dreamer and Callihan come back with trash cans full of weapons. Some of the plunder includes Callihan stuffing a license plate in the mouth of Gallows and tossing a trash can on top of Anderson. Gallows wraps a chain around the mouth of Callihan followed by a shot to the back with a frying pan, but Callihan is able to grab the chain and hogtie up Gallows. Gallows gets the upper hand with another frying pan shot to the head knocking Callihan to the outside. Anderson sets up a chair in the corner, but Dreamer reverses Gallows into it before Anderson throws Dreamer face first into it. The Good Brothers continue to beat on Dreamer as Callihan is out on the outside. Anderson takes Callihan out with a cutter, but Dreamer hits a cutter of his own on Anderson followed by a DDT on Gallows for a 2 count. Anderson hits a spinebuster on Dreamer, but Callihan attacks the referee to break up the count. The Good Brothers bring a table into the ring, as Dreamer tries to put Anderson into it, Gallows breaks it up and they hit the Magic Killer on top of the table, Anderson goes for the pin and Callihan breaks it up. Callihan takes out the Good Brothers with a baseball bat and ends up pinning Anderson for the win.

Winners: Sami Callihan & Tommy Dreamer by pinfall at 11:09

Joe Doering (w/ Eric Young, Rhino & Deaner) vs. Satoshi Kojima (w/ Eddie Edwards)

Commentary points out their storied history within All Japan Pro Wrestling including D’Lo Brown being in the ring with both. Doering keeps testing Kojima to take him down, and he finally does with a shoulder block, but Doering gets right back up hitting him with a running tackle for a two count. Doering continues hitting hard shots on Kojima, mounts him with a choke, and then starts striking him down. Doering takes Kojima down with an elbow and applies a Boston Crab that Kojima breaks up with a rope. Doering continues to work on the left arm of Kojima as he whips him in the corners, eventually hitting a body slam and elbow drop for a two count. Kojima is able to dodge a running Doering and hit him with the machine gun chops followed by a flying elbow drop off the top rope for a near fall. They go at it for a bit until Doering stops Kojima in his tracks with a spinebuster. They start fighting on the outside, with Doering using the apron as a weapon. As Doering starts to head back inside, Kojima clotheslines off the apron. Rhino tries to attack Kojima, but Kojima is able to whip Rhino into the post, goes back inside, and hits a DDT on Doering for a 2 count. Doering reverses out of a brainbuster and hits a big crossbody for a 2. Doering goes for the powerbomb, but Kojima reverses, hits a clothesline to the back of Doering followed by a Koji Cutter. Kojima goes for the lariat, but Doering grabs him, hits a Death Valley Driver followed by a lariat for a two count. Doering hits a spinning powerbomb for the win.

Winner: Joe Doering by pinfall at 9:02

Decay backstage where Rosemary says tonight, they bring all the championships back to Decay as the screen starts to flicker.

#1 Contenders X-Division Match: Ace Austin vs. Chris Bey vs. Rohit Raju vs. Petey Williams vs. Trey Miguel

It’s noted that Madman Fulton isn’t by Austin’s side today as the other four competitors took him out on this past episode of IMPACT. Right as the bell rings, Austin heads to the outside and takes Miguel with him. Petey, Bey, and Raju start trading off offense but end up being Raju and Bey double-teaming him. Petey is able to take them both down with dropkicks and body slams before hitting a running bulldog to Raju while splashing onto Bey for a 1 count. Bey and Petey end up only two in the ring, with Bey hitting a kick for a 2 count. Bey starts hitting Petey in the corner as he screams ‘I’m number one’. Petey stands on the apron but gets taken out by Austin, Austin back inside, cradles Bey but only gets a 2. Austin quickly throws Bey to the outside, takes down Raju, but ducks as Miguel runs and dives from the other side over Austin. Miguel and Austin fight in the ring, with Miguel hitting a bridged suplex into a sharpshooter, but Bey breaks it up. Petey runs in and rolls up Bey for a sharpshooter of his own while Miguel has Austin in a leg lock. Raju comes in and starts attacking all of them, hitting a double cannonball on Miguel and Petey, hits a Falcon Arrow on Bey but Miguel breaks it up. Petey gets involved, but Raju hits a snap suplex taking him out and he and Miguel go back at it where Raju hits a back suplex for a 2. Miguel and Raju keep going at it, but Bey stops Raju from getting the cover. Bey hits a torture rack into a neck breaker combo on Raju for a 2 count. Austin runs in and gets in between the two taking them both out with a double leg drop as he covers Bey for a 2. Petey hits a Code Breaker on Austin and a Russian Leg Sweep for a 2 count. Petey calls for the Canadian Destroyer, but Austin reverses out, places Petey on the top rope, hits a jumping kick, and tries a superplex, but Petey blocks it and hits a Super Canadian Destroyer that Miguel breaks the count of. Miguel goes to the top, but Madman Fulton shows up and tosses Miguel off and to the floor. Petey tries to fight him, but Fulton takes him out and starts attacking Bey and Raju as well. Petey, Raju, Miguel, and Bey all jump on top of him, but Fulton is able to drop all four men off. As Fulton grabs Austin to make the pin, the referee calls off the match as a no-contest due to Fulton’s interference, as a result, there is no number one contender.

The match ends in a no contest at 12:25

Morrissey vs. Rich Swann

Right away Morrissey takes Swann out to the outside. Swann tries to fight off Morrissey, including biting him, Swann takes Morrissey to the outside and hits a running flipping senton taking Morrissey out. Back inside, Morrissey takes Swann down and starts stretching on his neck and punching him in the forehead. Morrissey places Swann on the top turnbuckle and starts clubbing him in the back. Morrissey uses his Timberland boots to stomp on Swann’s head leaving him laying out on the outside as the referee starts to count. Swann rolls in at eight, as Morrissey right away whips Swann hard, bouncing off the corner as the referee asks him if he wants to stop. Morrissey continues to step on Swann with his boots and whip him to the other corner. Morrissey gets cocky and starts laughing and shuffling in the ring as Swann shows no sign of movement. Morrissey applies a chicken wing while swinging Swann around, eventually dropping him. Morrissey hits a big splash in the corner, tries another but Swann dodges it and starts kicking at Morrissey, ducking him, and trapping Morrissey on the ropes where he delivers another kick. Swann runs and throws Morrissey headfirst against the post, laps around the ring and hits a jumping kick off the steps followed by a 450 Splash off the apron to Morrissey on the outside. Swann kicks Morrissey down as he’s trying to come back inside and hits another 450 Splash for a near fall. Swann keeps Morrissey down with another sidekick, goes on top and hits a Phoenix Splash. Morrissey kicks out at 1, rolls up while still holding Swann and hits a F5. Morrissey runs with another big splash, tries a chokeslam, but Swann reverses, hits a pair of kicks, tries to springboard cutter but gets hit with a big boot to the back. Morrissey hits a powerbomb, holds on and hits a jack knife powerbomb. Instead of going for the cover, he stands on top of Swann who gives him the middle finger. Morrissey hits a spinning powerbomb for the pin.

Winner: W. Morrissey by pinfall at 11:43

Walking Out as Champions

Gia Miller backstage with Deonna Purrazzo, Kimber Lee, and Susan and asks how they feel knowing they can all walk out as champions tonight. Deonna says she already disposed of Havok and tonight she’ll dispose of another freak in Rosemary. Kimber Lee and Susan chime in about taking the tag titles from Fire ‘n Flava. Deonna says tonight is their opportunity to prove to the night and herself that they belong by her side.

Tenille Dashwood (w/ Kaleb with a K) vs. Jordynne Grace (w/ Rachael Ellering)

Tenille starts with a headlock that Kaleb yells is a “Dash Noogie”, but Grace fights it off. Tenille tries a crossbody, but Grace catches her, misses in the corner, and hits Tenille with a big boot, and a couple of shoulder tackles, and a Timber slam for a 2 count. Grace tosses Tenille with a full nelson and spins her around before whipping Tenille hard in the corner a couple of times, but Kaleb pulls her out to save her. As the referee is distracted by Ellering, Kaleb and Tenille take out Grace, including Kaleb taking a selfie with Grace. Tenille pulls on Grace’s arms and tries to pin her, eventually rolling her up but only getting a two. Tenille starts taking Grace headfirst to all the corners, but Grace reverses, but right into the Tarantula by Tenille. Tenille goes for the low crossbody, but Grace catches her and hits a fall-away slam. They both get up and start trading strikes until Grace gets mad and hits a pair of body slams on Tenille. Grace hits double knees to the back of Tenille in the corner followed by the running elbow drop and the Vader Bomb for a two count. Ellering tries to encourage Grace on but Kaleb yells at her to ‘zip it’. Tenille kicks Grace off, hits a back elbow and a flying cross body off the top for a near fall. They get at it, till Grace springboards into a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring, as the referee tries to see if Tenille is out, Kaleb interferes. Ellering takes out Kaleb, and Grace yells at Ellering to not get involved and that she got this match, as she turns around and tries to put the Grace Driver, Tenille rolls her up for the pin.

Winner: Tenille Dashwood by pinfall at 10:58

After the match, Grace and Ellering get into an argument with Grace thinking Kaleb and Tenille are in the ring making fun of her, but Ellering tries to calm her down telling her they are getting in her head. Grace runs in regardless and takes out both Kaleb and Tenille. Grace walks past Ellering and goes to the back.

Don’t Take the Bait

Brian Myers and Sam Beale backstage, where Myers is asking Beale if he’s learning anything and is proud of Beale’s notes. Jake Something walks in and tells Beale not to listen to anything Myers says. Myers tells Beale not to listen to someone who’s not booked on the show and tells Beale to write this down; don’t take the bait.

IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championship: Fire ‘N Flava (c) (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs. Kimber Lee & Susan

Kiera and Susan start the match locking up, but Tasha runs in right away to help out. As the referee is tending to her, Kimber Lee tries to help Susan as well but they comically fumble it out, as Kiera hits a Thesz press on Lee followed by a couple of splashes in the corner. Tasha tags in and hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Kimber Lee falls down and acts as if her knee gave up, as the ref tends to her, Susan takes Tasha out as Kimber reveals she was fine all along. Susan tags in and keeps Tasha in her corner as Kiera yells at the referee that ‘that is illegal’. Lee and Susan keep trading tags and hitting double team moves including a double suplex on Tasha getting a two count from Lee. Lee keeps at it on Tasha, but Tasha holds on to the ropes helping her hit a huricanrana. Kiera and Susan both tag in, with Kiera hitting a couple flying forearms and a superkick, as her and Tasha trade tags, with Kiera hitting a running dropkick to Susan in the corner for a near fall. Lee comes in and hits a sidewalk slam but the pinfall gets broken up by Tasha. Kiera hits an assisted Slice Bread #2 on Lee as Tasha goes to the top but Susan stops her and hits a superplex. Kiera takes Susan out with a roundhouse kick, but gets taken down herself with a pump kick from Lee. Lee tags Susan in, who drags Kiera over to their corner where Lee hits a Swanton that Susan gets a 2 count on. As Kiera is on Susan’s back, Tasha tags in, Kiera takes Susan down, Tasha takes Lee down with a missile dropkick, runs back to the top, and hits a frog splash on Susan for the pin.

Winners: Fire ‘N Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) by pinfall at 9:12, to retain

IMPACT World Tag Team Championship: Violent by Design (c) (Deaner & Rhino) (w/ Eric Young) vs. Decay (Crazzy Steve & Black Taurus)

Deaner is defending the title in place of Joe Doering tonight, as Violent by Design is choosing to defend the title with Freebird Rules. Deaner and Steve start the match with Steve quickly escaping out and taking Deaner to the outside where Eric Young meets him with some words. Steve tags in Taurus as they take Deaner down, Taurus hits a senton as Deaner heads back to talk to Young once again. Deaner comes and tells Taurus ‘this world belongs to us’, as he tags in Rhino. Rhino takes Taurus down with a shoulder tackle, but Taurus comes back with offense in the corner, an arm breaker, and tags in Steve. Steve attacks in the corner, but Rhino stops him and chokes out Steve on the rope as Deaner taunts him. Deaner tags in and continues to go to Young for advice, as Steve tags out, Taurus hits a big backbreaker but gets clotheslined down by Rhino. Rhino tags in and starts choking out Taurus in the corner. Deaner quickly tags back in, tries to hold Taurus down, but Taurus eventually breaks free, hits a springboard crossbody, and tags out to Crazzy Steve with a hot tag. Steve takes down Rhino and Deaner and applies a crossface on Deaner as Young yells at him to ‘don’t you dare do it’ and reach the ropes. Steve hits a double hook DDT from the top rope but only gets a two-count. Steve goes to the top again but Deaner takes him down and hits a running knee to the stomach of Steve laying on the top rope followed by a sit-out powerbomb for a two. Taurus tags in and hits a missile dropkick, splashes Steve on top of him, hits a pop-up Samoan but tags in Steve who hits a senton but Rhino breaks up the pin attempt. Taurus tries to take out Rhino but gets taken out knee first to the outside clutching his knee right away. Back inside, Steve attacks Deaner in the corner, including a cannonball. Steve and Young start exchanging some words, and as Young has the referee distracted, Rhino attacks Steve who walks into a kickback Deaner DDT by Deaner for the pinfall.

Winners: Violent by Design (Deaner & Rhino) by pinfall at 10:37, to retain

Abundance of Time

We go to another Maclin segment with him drinking and looking through papers and says people think that torture is pain but it’s not, it’s time. Life is torture and torture takes time. And if he’s going to be honest, he’s scared of that time. And over the years he’s had nothing but an abundance of time. Boredom and isolation, a constant unknown. It’s funny how time gets you to know who you are, and no it’s time for you to meet Mr. Mayhem.

IMPACT Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs. Rosemary

Rosemary starts on the attack and applies the Upside Down to Deonna right away in the corner, taking Deonna to the outside, attacking her against the apron. They head by the entrance ramp, where Rosemary hits an exploder suplex to Deonna. Deonna starts to head to the back, but Rosemary stops her and brings her back towards the ring, but Deonna gains the upper hand, traps Rosemary’s arm within the post, and kicks it while wrapped in there. As Rosemary crawls back in, she’s welcomed by stomps from Deonna. Deonna continues to target the left arm of Rosemary, including wrapping it and pulling it down on the top rope. Deonna hits a short-armed clothesline for a two count, but Rosemary comes back with one of her own. Rosemary tries to go for her finisher, but Deonna snaps Rosemary down by her arm. They run the ropes until they hit a double clothesline to each other in the middle of the ring. Rosemary rolls through for a submission but fails to fully lock it as her arm gives out. Deonna reverses and tries to turn it into an armbar, but Rosemary locks in a headlock. Rosemary tries to hit a DDT, but Deonna reverses out into the Venus De Milo, but Rosemary refuses to submit, eventually breaking it up with her feet on the ropes. Deonna starts jumping on the leg of Rosemary and tries to go back into the Venus De Milo. As she has the arms trapped, he takes off the knee brace of Rosemary. She teases hitting Rosemary with it but drops it and hits a pump kick. Rosemary gets up quickly and hits a spear but gets a near fall. Rosemary tries to lift Deonna, but her knee gives out, Deonna hits a pair of kicks and a piledriver and gets the pinfall.

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo by pinfall at 12:01, to retain

IMPACT World Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Moose

We head over to Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida where we have Tony Schiavone, Scott D’Amore, and Don Callis on commentary and Justin Roberts ring announcing with the usual AEW Dark roster around ringside. Omega has all four titles in which Roberts announces and acknowledges him as champion of. Brian Hebner from IMPACT is the referee here as the roster ringside starts chanting ‘Moose is going to kill you’. Moose’s right shoulder is taped up as he starts cornering Omega in the corner. Omega tries to shoulder tackle Moose, but Moose doesn’t budge as Schiavone is taken aback that Moose calls himself a ‘Wrestling God’ and Callis calls the forbidden door a ‘Khan job’. Omega keeps failing on trying to whip Moose, so Moose hits a whip of his own and is followed by a big toss on Omega all the way to the other side. Moose tries a splash, but Omega moves and tries to go for the One-Winged Angel but fails, so he tries to put Moose on the top turnbuckle instead. Moose breaks out of a full nelson, catches Omega, but Omega holds on and hits a huricanrana. Omega starts the Terminator clap, but Moose jumps on the apron and stops him before Omega knocks him down with a big boot and hits the Terminator Dive. Omega tries a cross body off the top, but Moose catches him, tries a Snake Eyes, but Omega comes down and tries to chop Moose and takedown Moose with low dropkicks. Omega ducks a ripcord and hits a forward roll, he tries a moonsault off the ropes, but Moose dodges it and hits a standing moonsault of his own. Omega tries to grab Moose to pull him to the outside but gets kicked right into the barricade, Moose heads out and whips Omega into another side. Moose runs towards Omega, who ducks, and Moose goes crashing into a row of chairs. They start fighting in the crowd area where Omega throws a trash can at Moose. Omega starts wrapping Moose’s arm in between the fence and then tosses Moose back closer to the ring.

Omega starts pulling Moose shoulder first into the post as somehow the referee is still counting them even though they’ve been out there for a couple of minutes by now. Back inside the ring, Omega keeps attacking Moose’s arm and shoulder but runs right into a boot by Moose, but Omega quickly stops and reverses and tries to apply an arm breaker on Moose. Moose picks up Omega from a triangle choke position and powerbombs him with one arm. Moose starts hitting uppercuts and dropkicks in the corner and a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Omega comes back with a Snap Dragon suplex and a couple of V-Triggers for a 2 count. They start a yay/boo spot with this crowd fully behind Moose. Omega hits a big clothesline and a suplex for a 2 count. Omega hits a couple more V-Triggers and attempts the One-Winged Angel, but Moose reverses out and hits a ripcord lariat. Doc Samson gets into the ring to check on the shoulder of Moose, but Moose tells him to get the hell out. As Moose is distracted, Omega hits a running knee, heads to the top but Moose runs up quickly and hits a Spanish Fly, crawls over for the pin, and gets a 2. Moose runs to hit a spear, but Omega pulls Hebner in who ends up getting the spear instead. At this point, the Young Bucks ran in and hit four superkicks on Moose followed by the BTE Trigger. The Bucks help put Moose on top of Omega who hits the One-Winged Angel and toss Hebner over to make the count.

Winner: Kenny Omega by pinfall at 22:51, to retain

As Omega and the Young Bucks celebrate, the lights go off. When they come back on, Sami Callihan is in the ring with a bat and takes out the Young Bucks. Don Callis gets on the mic and reminds Callihan that he is his boss and to get out of there. Instead, Callihan grabs a chair and places it on top of Omega. Before he can do anything, Callis fires Callihan as Omega crawls out. Scott D’Amore comes down and starts arguing with Don Callis as they head to the back. Callihan starts yelling ‘bullshit’, as the show goes to a close.

Siino Vision:

This was a pretty good show up and down with only a couple of matches that didn’t do it for me. The fatal five-way was getting very good, but that no contest seemed a bit unusual for IMPACT to do, but knowing Josh Alexander, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up defending against all five at some point.

The main event definitely felt special being in the ‘AEW turf’, and having Schiavone join on commentary and the ‘crowd’ ringside. Had a feeling the Young Bucks would get involved with them being there, and even though the whole reason to do this match at Daily’s Place was to keep Sami Callihan away that didn’t stop him. Unless it’s some sort of magic Callihan uses, what would keep Good Brothers or anybody else that was Nashville from appearing in Jacksonville? Regardless, an interesting end with Callis firing Callihan and I can see it going one of two ways; Scott D’Amore reverses it and Don Callis ends up getting storyline fired or Callihan gets picked up in storyline by Tony Khan and ends up in AEW for the time being as now it’s time for AEW to start showcasing IMPACT talent if this Forbidden Door swings both ways. Moose definitely should have opened up some eyes and would be cool if AEW would showcase this match on their YouTube so more people can see what showing he had, and I think it’s only a matter of time until Moose finds himself in AEW.

Like I said, the rest of the show, nothing really disappointing, a bit surprising Kojima got pinned and Morrissey continues to improve and impress me with every showing. Rare IMPACT pay-per-view with zero title changes, but I’m sure that along with the debuts and surprises will be saved for Slammiversary.

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