IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: Christian Cage retires the TNA Championship

Christian Cage appeared in the IMPACT Zone, Melina makes her IMPACT debut, Doc Gallows faces Joe Doering and the build for 'Emergence'.

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IMPACT! Wrestling

August 19th, 2021

By: John Siino

Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee

Commentary: Matt Striker & D’Lo Brown

Before the IMPACT! – Tasha Steelz (w/ Savannah Evans) def. Havok (w/ Rosemary) by pinfall at 6:48

Strange Bedfellows

Josh Mathews and Gia Miller start the show in the ring and talk about Christian Cage winning the IMPACT World Title at AEW Rampage, but they quickly get interrupted by W. Morrissey and Eddie Edwards who brawl their way to the ring. Morrissey gets the upper hand when he throws Edwards into the ring post and sends him back into the ring where he hits him with a splash and attempts a powerbomb, but Sami Callihan runs out with a baseball bat. Morrissey tries to chokeslam Callihan, but Edwards hits him with the bat and the former enemies double team and run Morrissey out of the ring. Edwards gets into Callihan’s face and tells him he didn’t need his help before leaving. Callihan grabs a mic and says, ‘Eddie can thank him later’ and he doesn’t feel like waiting for his match tonight so his opponents should come out now so they can start the show as the show’s intro plays.

Sami Callihan & Chris Sabin vs. Moose & Ace Austin (w/ Madman Fulton)

These four men are going into a #1 contender’s four-way tomorrow at Emergency to see who gets an IMPACT World Title match next. Callihan and Austin start the match as the crowd chants ‘Death Machine’, they trade shoulder blocks until Callihan catches Austin in the air and hits a Death Valley Driver. Sabin and Callihan trade-off tags coming in, working on Austin’s arms and back. Sabin is thrown to the outside where he takes advantage and trips Moose off the apron, Austin attempts a pin for a two count as they go to commercial.

When we come back, Moose has the upper hand on Sabin and starts chopping him while having him seated on the apron just to stop and rakes him in the eyes. Fulton takes a cheap shot at Sabin, while Austin was distracting the referee. Sabin is able to reverse off the ropes for a sunset flip pin attempt and tags in Callihan who comes in and knocks Moose off the apron while going on the attack on Austin with stomps in the corner and a big clothesline. Callihan goes for his piledriver, but Moose stops him and gets hit with a Tornado DDT from Sabin, but Sabin gets taken out by Austin. Austin runs into Callihan who hits a sit-out powerbomb for a two-count. Callihan signals for his piledriver, but Sabin tags himself in and hits the Cradle Shock on Austin for the pin.

Winners: Sami Callihan & Chris Sabin by pinfall at 11:49

Callihan raises Sabin’s arm after the match, just to hit him with the package piledriver.

Resurgence to Emergence

The Good Brothers are backstage and talk about NJPW Resurgence where they beat up Jon Moxley & Yuji Nagata. They ask Guerrillas of Destiny if they even know what they are about to start by getting into their faces after the match. Doc Gallows then talks about tonight’s match with Joe Doering being an appetizer for their triple threat match tomorrow against Violent by Design and Willie Mack & Rich Swann.

I Don’t Need Your Help

Sami Callihan backstage says it was fun working with Chris Sabin but as soon as the match ended Sabin became fair game just like he will tomorrow at Emergence in the four-way match. Callihan says he did exactly what he was going to do and take a piece off of Kenny Omega until the IMPACT World Title of someone else. Eddie Edwards interrupts and says just because they teamed up one time doesn’t make them friends and there won’t be a next time as Callihan walks away.

Shera (w/ Rohit Raju) vs. Matt Cardona (w/ Chelsea Green)

Shera outpowers Cardona and takes him down to start the match, Cardona tries to hit a boot and take him down but Shera knocks Cardona down a couple of times with shoulder blocks until Cardona knocks him to the outside where he hits a baseball slide followed by a flip to the outside on Shera. As they are going back inside, Raju holds Cardona’s foot as Shera knocks him outside as they go to commercial.

When we come back, Shera is in control and hits an elbow drop for a 2 count before transitioning into a chin lock. Raju takes a cheap shot on Cardona as the referee is distracted by Shera. Chelsea and Raju are outside arguing as the referee is separating them, Shera is inside choking out Cardona. Cardona attempts a comeback but quickly gets stopped by Shera. Cardona comes back with a dropkick, clotheslines in the corner but Cardona stops him with a big choke breaker and body slam for a 2 count. Shera comes back with shoulder tackles in the corner until Cardona moves out of the way and attempts the ReBoot. Raju gets on the apron to stop him, but Chelsea pulls him off and slaps him down. Back inside, Cardona hits a Radio Silence off the second rope for the pin.

Winner: Matt Cardona by pinfall at 10:20

The Return of Locker Room Talk

Madison Rayne is backstage with the return of her talk show, as Johnny Swinger is her co-host with the wad of cash. Rayne introduces her guest Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb with a K who says they are on the set of their own talk show All About Me, in reality, they are all on the same set just filmed in separate times cut together. Swinger interrupts and asks if Tenille is single, but Rayne’s real question was why she associated herself with Madison Rayne. Tenille says ever since the reintroduction of the Knockouts Tag Team titles, Rayne would be the perfect person since she was her first-ever tag team partner. Tenille starts to read off a sentimental quote from her phone that Kaleb says ‘OMG’ on, only for Swinger to question if that means One Man Gang. Tenille & Madison say not only are they influencers, but they are The Influence. Kaleb and Swinger start arguing back and forth with each other, done in a comedic fashion. Tenille & Madison thank each other and end the show.

Medically Cleared

Gia Miller is backstage with Josh Alexander and says it’s rare for him to face someone bigger and stronger as in the case with Jake Something. Alexander says he’s the face and champion IMPACT deserves, and even though Christian Cage is a legend in this company that doesn’t mean he’s going to carry the IMPACT banner for the future, and as Something walks into the frame, he doesn’t care how big and strong Something is and he’s not concerned. Something says he’s not paying attention, and he’ll give him a reason to pay attention as he walks over to Scott D’Amore who’s getting an earful from Kaleb with a K. Something says he wants a match tonight, but D’Amore says he would have to find someone who’s free and medically cleared, as Kaleb just told him he is and makes the match. D’Amore says since they both have a lot of frustration to get out, the match is a no disqualification match.

Christian Cage Returns To The IMPACT Zone

Christian Cage comes to the ring with both the IMPACT and TNA World Championships and says it’s damn good to be back in the IMPACT Zone after 9 long years. He says it was an honor to take those titles from Kenny Omega and bring them back where they belong. In 2005, he walked out of the biggest wrestling company in the world and IMPACT took a chance on him and gave him an opportunity to compete in main events and championships. The crowd chants he deserves it as Christian says this isn’t really about his history anymore and he’s had talks with Scott D’Amore and maybe it’s time to set the TNA title aside and respectfully retire that championship, as it’s now about the future and the IMPACT World Championship. As of this moment going forward, the IMPACT World Championship will be recognized as the biggest prize in this company, and he respectfully hands off the TNA Championship and says goodbye as the crowd chants ‘TNA’.

As he says he’s about to get down to business as the IMPACT World Champion, Brian Myers’ music hits as he comes out with Sam Beale. Myers says this is feeling nostalgic and wonders if D-Ray 3000 or Shark Boy are coming out and maybe they’ll give fans the Brown Bag Special. Myers says he doesn’t live in the past and he’s here to let Christian know he’s the #1 contender and for one calendar year he’s been killing it in this ring, with the microphone, on social media, backstage and he’s even the best podcaster in IMPACT. At Emergence, that title belongs to the Most Professional Wrestler. Cage says he’s glad Myers finally crawled out of Matt Cardona’s shadow and got it all figured out now. Cage says Myers always complained, but now he finally figured it out, but there’s a saying; you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win, and even though he might have won the battle royal, he hasn’t really won anything yet. Cage says there are levels to this game and he himself is the best professional wrestler. Myers teases leaving just to push Beale into Christian and escaping out of the ring.

Can You Still Do the Splits?

Melina is seen walking backstage and runs into Trey Miguel and asks if he still hangs out in the Treehouse, he says not really but he still gets high then asks Melina if she still does the splits, and she says, ‘you’ll see’.

They show footage from Deonna Purrazzo’s match at TripleMania XXIX where she won the AAA Reina De Reinas Championship from Faby Apache. It should be noted throughout the show they showed highlights and commercials for NJPW, AEW, AAA, and NWA.

Melina vs. Brandi Lauren

Lauren is coming off of her short-lived run in WWE as Skyler Story in NXT. Lauren tries to fight off Melina, but Melina hits a cross body off the second rope and a running knee to the back of Lauren. Melina ducks a kick from Lauren and applies a modified Muta Lock onto Lauren for a quick tap out.

Winner: Melina by submission at 2:06

As Melina is celebrating, Deonna Purrazzo runs and starts attacking Melina. Melina fights back as they trade punches until Matt Rehwoldt runs out and holds Melina for Deonna to attack her. Trey Miguel runs out for the save and takes out Rehwoldt. Deonna gets into Miguel’s face, but Melina attacks her and takes out Deonna.

Spilt Juice

Gia Miller is backstage with John Skyler and asks about his upset win last week on Matt Cardona in his debut. Skyler asks what is so shocking about him beating Cardona last week, as he’s explaining how he won the match, the camera cuts to FinJuice nearby where David Finlay is attending to Juice Robinson who is downed and Finlay is asking everyone what happened.

World National Powerlifting Competition

They show highlights of Jordynne Grace at a World National Powerlifting Competition, where she was joined by her husband, Jonathan Gresham, and her best friend Rachael Ellering, and Grace is shown breaking all three state and national records and placing first as best overall lifter. She ends by mentioning having another competition in November.

No Disqualification Match: Jake Something vs. Kaleb with a K

Kaleb got no entrance as Something goes right at Kaleb who’s sporting a neck brace with a bow tie attached, Joel Gertner style. Something hits a big suplex and a lariat followed by a huge sit-out powerbomb. Something goes and grabs a table from under the ring and sets it up in the corner before running into Kaleb. As Kaleb gets up, he receives a spear from Something through the table for the win.

Winner: Jake Something by pinfall at 2:05

As Something is standing in the ring, the X Division Champion Josh Alexander makes his way to the ring and stands face to face with his next challenger.

Collecting Souls

We go to a Su Yung and Kimber Lee produced segment where they are holding up Kiera Hogan’s hair. Kimber says she’s collected the first soul but not the last.

Emergence Card

·       Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt vs. Trey Miguel & Melina

·       Rohit Raju (w/ Shera) vs. Matt Cardona (w/ Chelsea Green)

·       Steve Maclin vs. Petey Williams

·       Madison Rayne (w/ Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb with a K) vs. Taylor Wilde

·       Tasha Steelz, Savannah Evans, Fallah Bahh & No Way vs. Decay (Black Taurus, Havok, Rosemary & Crazzy Steve)

·       IMPACT X Division Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs. Jake Something

·       #1 Contenders Match: Moose vs. Ace Austin vs. Sami Callihan vs. Chris Sabin

·       IMPACT World Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs. Brian Myers

·       IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) (c) vs. Violent by Design (Joe Doering & Rhino) (w/ Eric Young & Deaner) vs. Rich Swann & Willie Mack

Joe Doering (w/ Eric Young, Deaner & Rhino) vs. Doc Gallows (w/ Karl Anderson)

They both try to outpower each other to start the match until Doering clotheslines Gallows to the outside. Gallows grabs him to pull him to the outside and starts tossing him to the ringside steps as they go to commercial.

When we come back Gallows is on the attack and gets a two count on Doering. Gallows tries a big splash in the corner, but Doering catches him and hits a German Suplex. Gallows goes for a clothesline but gets an elbow knocking him down followed by Doering hitting a vertical suplex while holding Gallows up for a couple of seconds. They start fighting on the outside with Gallows tossing Doering by the ring bell table. Doering tries to go after Gallows, but Gallows tosses a chair in Doering’s direction. Back inside, they duck and dodge clotheslines and boots and bump into each other with both spilling to the outside. Gallows starts tossing around the chairs and ring bell (no Festus transformation) and goes back to attacking Doering by the apron. They start brawling by the entrance and Gallows hits a sky-high to Doering through the set to the left of the entrance right through the ramp. Doctors, officials, and Scott D’Amore come out to check on them as Gallows eventually gets pulled out and crawls his way back to the ring. Doering slowly gets up and follows suit. Doering runs right into a big boot from Gallows, but as Gallows tries to jump off the ropes, he gets hit with a clothesline from Doering for the pin.

Winner: Joe Doering by pinfall at 15:00

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New York native and reporter at POST Wrestling. He is also Associate Producer and Social Media Director at upNXT, and the host of the 'Shot in the Dark' podcast.