IMPACT Against All Odds: Josh Alexander retains, new Digital Media Champion, Speedball vs. Miguel delivers

IMPACT's Against All Odds saw Josh Alexander defend the title against Joe Doering, a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match & more from Atlanta.

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IMPACT Wrestling Against All Odds

July 1st, 2022

Center Stage in Atlanta, GA

By: John Siino

Commentary: Tom Hannifan & Matthew Rehwoldt

RECOMMENDED MATCH OF THE NIGHT:

Mike Bailey vs. Trey Miguel

Countdown to Against All Odds

Black Taurus (w/ Crazzy Steve) def. Laredo Kid by pinfall at 7:45

·       Taurus pinned Laredo after hitting the Power Bull

IMPACT Digital Media Championship Dot Combat Match: Brian Myers def. Rich Swann (c) by pinfall at 10:18, to become NEW IMPACT Digital Media Champion

·       Myers got the pin after hitting Swann with a keyboard, followed by the Roster Cut

·       This ‘Dot Combat’ match was basically a no disqualification match that used multiple computer-related items as weapons.

Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) vs. The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley)

Alex Shelley and Chris Bey start the match here with the crowd pretty split, as Shelley takes Bey down into an STF, but Bey grabs the rope and tags in Ace Austin as Chris Sabin tags in as well. They trade wrist locks back and forth before Sabin hits a drop kick for a one-count. Austin kicks Sabin down and goes for a roll-up for a one, before working on the left arm of Sabin. Shelley tags in and they double team Austin down before Shelley continues to work on Austin with a stretch and tags Sabin back in. The MCMG continues to double team on Austin before Bey comes in and takes Sabin out before getting drop-kicked out by Shelley himself. Austin knocks Shelley outside and kicks both Sabin and Shelley from the apron before Bey dives onto them both with a senton. Now Austin and Bey start double-teaming on Shelley as Austin gets a two count before slicing between his fingers with his card. Bey and Austin hit back-to-back over-the-top back rakes, El Phantasmo style. Shelley tries to go for the tag, but Bey knocks Sabin off right before. Austin and Bey keep double-teaming on Shelley, including a kick from Bey that Austin gets a two on. Shelley breaks off and tags in Sabin who hits a top rope cross body and a double clothesline. Sabin stacks Bey and Austin in the corner and takes them out with a couple of dropkicks before hitting a rolling suplex on Bey for a two. All four men start fighting in the ring as Sabin hits a top rope dropkick for a two. Bey and Austin keep double-teaming Sabin in their corner, but Shelley gets in there as Sabin hits a Cradle Shock on Bey, but Austin breaks up the pin attempt. The MCMG kicks Austin out of the ring before hitting a double-team spinning flatliner on Bey as Sabin gets the pin on Bey.

Winners: The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) by pinfall at 13:22

Guilty

Gia Miller is backstage with the Good Brothers, Heath and America’s Most Wanted as Karl Anderson says they are going to finish off Honor No More tonight. Doc Gallows hypes up the dream team they have for tonight as Heath says they are going to kick Honor No More’s ass. James Storm says he, and Chris Harris came into this business together and will go out together. Harris talks about having more down in the basement and says Honor No More is on trial tonight before all five men put their hands together and say they find the defendants guilty.

Mia Yim & Mickie James vs. Deonna Purrazzo & Chelsea Green

Mia Yim and Mickie James come out to a mash-up theme with matching gear. All four start brawling before the bell rings before Yim and Deonna finally get the match started. Chelsea and Deonna keep Mia in their corner, choking her out with boots and tagging in and out as the referee have to hold Mickie back. They continue with clotheslines before Mia dropkicks them both down and tags in Mickie. Mickie takes Deonna down with a neckbreaker before Chelsea breaks them up. All four start brawling again, before Chelsea hits Mickie with a curb stomp as Deonna gets a two count. Deonna stays in control before tagging Chelsea back in as they trade pin attempts. They trade in more tags as they keep double-teaming on Mickie. Mickie is able to fight them off and make the hot tag to Mia who boots Chelsea in the corner and hits a DDT for a two count. Mickie takes Deonna out of the ring, as Mia hits a German Suplex on Chelsea for a two, tags in Mickie and she and Mia both head to the top rope. Deonna knocks Mia off as Mickie misses Chelsea and gets taken out with a double-teamed neckbreaker, as Chelsea pins Mickie.

Winners: Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo by pinfall at 9:04

Do You Trust PCO?

Backstage, Honor No More is hyping each other up for tonight’s match as Eddie Edwards and Matt Taven talk about all they’ve done before and what they will do tonight. Edwards says they trust one another and watch each other’s backs but tells PCO he is not in this match tonight. Vincent says this is part of IMPACT Wrestling’s plan of ripping them from their seams. Edwards asks Vincent if he trusts PCO, and he says he does. So, Edwards says Vincent is out and PCO is in.

IMPACT X-Division Championship: Mike Bailey (c) vs. Trey Miguel

Mike Bailey starts the match with his hand out, but Trey Miguel says he just wants to fight right now as he sends Bailey outside and meets him with a dive. They start fighting on the ramp, as Miguel jumps back in the ring with a sling blade. Bailey takes Miguel to the outside and meets him with a top rope moonsault. Back inside, Miguel knocks Bailey down and starts working on his left knee. Bailey reverses the situation and starts working on Miguel’s knee next and puts him in a knee lock, but Miguel is able to crawl over and grab the rope for a break. Bailey starts kicking away at Miguel, but his knee is showing some injury as he misses a standing moonsault. Miguel takes over hitting a bunch of stomps, but his leg shows injury as well. Miguel hits a suplex, as they trade kicks back and forth. Bailey tries another standing moonsault, but Miguel puts his knees up. They continue trading kicks but with each one their injuries get worse and worse, and they keep falling down. They trade dragon screws next before Bailey gives more kicks and hits a standing moonsault with a knee drop to the back of Miguel. Miguel stops Bailey in the corner and hits a brainbuster. Miguel heads to the top rope but misses the Meteora. Bailey tries to rest on the apron, but Miguel runs to him and hits a hurricanrana from the apron to the floor as the crowd goes wild. They start fighting on the apron before Bailey hits the Ultima Weapon into the ribs of Miguel. Bailey follows with his spinning kick but misses the second Ultima Weapon as Miguel rolls him up for a two. Miguel quickly follows with a Meteora and gets a two count. Miguel heads to the top, but Bailey knocks him off before getting knocked down himself and getting trapped on the second turnbuckle. Bailey quickly gets up and hits the Flamingo Driver for the pin. What a fantastic match.

Winner: Mike Bailey by pinfall at 14:03, to retain

IMPACT Knockouts World Tag Team Championship: Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary (c) vs. Gisele Shaw & Tenille Dashwood (w/ Madison Rayne)

Gisele Shaw proved herself to The Influence in order to take Madison Rayne’s spot, who’s at ringside with a nose guard on showing her injury. Shaw and Taya Valkyrie start the match, with the mystery looming over Havok’s disappearance. They start the match with quick takedowns and pin attempts, as Shaw knocks Rosemary off the apron. Taya follows with her sliding suplex as Rosemary tags in and goes on the quick attack, mounting Shaw with punches. Shaw scratches her way out, and tags in Tenille. Rosemary quickly takes her down with a sidewalk slam and tags in Taya as they keep Tenille in their corner with splashes. Tenille pulls Taya’s hair and takes her down, before tagging in Shaw who suplexes Taya for a two count. Tenille comes in and works on the neck of Taya, including a neckbreaker draped across the ropes for a two count. Shaw stays in control and hits a running uppercut for a two-count. Taya reverses a tornado DDT into a suplex before making the hot tag to Rosemary who meets Tenille in the middle of the ring with clotheslines, a sling blade, and an exploder suplex for a two. Rosemary traps her in the Upside Down and goes to the top rope, but Shaw knocks her down. As the referee is trying to separate Taya and Tenille, Shaw hits a top rope corkscrew dive from Shaw to Rosemary’s knee, as Tenille gets a two count. Rosemary tags in Taya as they hit a double-team facebuster for a two-count. Rayne trips up Taya on the ropes, as Tenille calls over Shaw to take out Taya. Rosemary throws Shaw to the outside, as Taya rolls up Tenille for the pin.

Winners: Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary by pinfall at 9:00, to retain

Rayne, Shaw, and Tenille kept attacking Taya and Rosemary after the match, using their titles as weapons before leaving them laid out and leaving. As they were backing out, Masha Slamovich came out and handed Tenille an envelope, which she opened and it had a picture of herself crossed out.

Gia Miller is backstage with Mike Bailey and asks him what’s next after his successful title defense tonight. Bailey is grateful for the match with Trey Miguel and says he will fight anybody who wants to fight him and that starts this Thursday on IMPACT Wrestling.

Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, Kenny King & PCO) (w/ Vincent & Maria Kanellis) vs. The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson), Heath & America’s Most Wanted (James Storm & Chris Harris)

This is the first time in 16 years that James Storm and Chris Harris have teamed up in IMPACT Wrestling after losing a ‘must split up if they lose match’ to LAX in 2006, as well as Harris’ first match in IMPACT since 2008, and first since retiring in 2018. Karl Anderson and Eddie Edwards start the match, as the crowd chants for PCO. Edwards starts in control until Anderson dropkicks him down. They go into a forearm exchange, as Doc Gallows tags in and shoulder tackles Edwards down before keeping him in the corner with punches. Matt Taven tags in and gets taken down right away and hits with a barrage of elbow drops for a two count. The babyface trade tags and keep Taven in their corner before Heath hits ten punches in the corner. Taven and Mike Bennett take turns on Heath next before Kenny King comes in and puts Heath in a Cobra Clutch right in front of his partners. Heath fights out with a power slam before tagging in James Storm. Storm takes out Storm and King before tagging in Chris Harris as they start double-teaming all members of Honor No More to a great reaction. PCO trips Storm to the outside as everybody starts brawling inside and out. PCO tags in and keeps attacking Storm, including a reverse DDT. PCO goes to the ropes, but Taven tags himself in, missing a frog splash in the process. PCO tags out all of Storm’s partners, including tossing Anderson to the outside, and teases a dive, but Edwards tags himself in as the fans boo him. Edwards and Storm go at it before King does but Storm hits him with a backstabber and makes the hot tag to Harris. Harris takes down all members of Honor no More including a vertical suplex on King for a two. Everybody starts hitting spine busters, including Harris on King before they set him up for the Death Sentence, but King breaks it up. They all continue exchanging moves to each other, ending with King hitting Storm with a Blockbuster and telling PCO to hit his PCO Sault, but instead PCO dives to everybody else on the outside, landing a bit awkwardly. Back inside, Storm hits King with a superkick as Harris comes in and they land the Death Sentence as Storm pins King for the win.

Winners: America’s Most Wanted (James Storm & Chris Harris), Heath & The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) by pinfall at 15:18

The Sights of Shera

Gia Miller is backstage with Rich Swann who says it’s disappointing to lose the title tonight as Swann says he was getting into this Digital Media thing and he was about to relaunch his Facebook, maybe start a new Twitter, and maybe even a new Myspace. Raj Singh and Shera barge in and say Swann is very embarrassing and his problems are beginning now that he’s in the sights of Shera.

Raven’s Clockwork Orange House of Fun Match: Sami Callihan vs. Moose

Raven comes out to do commentary for this match, in which is his creation, and he has been in 7 of the 10 Clockwork Orange House of Fun matches, with the first one being Raven against The Sandman in 2003 TNA. If you haven’t seen one before, the rules for this match are no DQ, falls count anywhere with weapons hanging all above the ring on the ropes and poles. As Sami Callihan is in the ring waiting for Moose to come out, he appears in street clothes in the ring and spears Callihan. Moose goes right for a chair and starts smacking Callihan with it. Moose grabs a table and sets it up between the barricade and apron. Moose uses a trash can lid on Callihan but ends up getting back body dropped onto the table on the outside, right in front of his former teammates from the Atlanta Falcons ringside. Callihan sets up this chained link in one corner and a wooden door in another. Moose tries to powerbomb Callihan, but Callihan grabs him down low, hits a headbutt and hits him with a Death Valley Driver onto the chained link for a two count. Callihan grabs a yard sign and smacks Moose with it, before trying to stuff Moose head first into a trash can, where Moose finds a glass bottle which he smacks over Callihan’s head, busting him open. Moose takes a piece of the glass and starts digging it into Callihan’s forehead. Moose sets up the wooden door on two chairs, places Callihan on the ropes, and drives him into the door with a choke bomb, getting a two count as a result. They start smacking the door pieces on each other, but Callihan stops Moose with a clothesline. Callihan attempts a piledriver on chairs, but Moose stops him with a staple gun. Moose goes to staple Callihan in the corner but ends up getting power bombed onto the chairs. Callihan grabs the staple gun and starts stapling Moose down low and as Raven eloquently says, ‘a staple to the dick’. They both go and start ripping up mystery boxes, with Moose’s being a bunch of LEGO and Callihan revealing pieces of broken glass out of his that they both spread all over the ring. Callihan ends up throwing a fistful of LEGO into Moose’s face and hits him with the Cactus Driver ’97 on top of the LEGO for a two count. Callihan cuts himself in the head with a piece of glass before hitting another Cactus Driver ’97 on Moose on top of the pile of glass. Callihan grabs a barbed wire baseball bat, but a masked person jumps in the ring and hits a low blow, revealing himself to be Steve Maclin. Maclin takes out Callihan with the bat, and Moose follows with the spear for the pin.

Winner: Moose by pinfall at 17:34

Retribution

Gia Miller is with Heath backstage and says it must feel great to get some retribution on Honor No More. Heath says they haven’t seen the real retribution yet, as he’s pissed off and he’s going to go after them one by one until he has the snake by the head and will cut it off and says Honor No More is done.

IMPACT Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs. Tasha Steelz (w/ Savannah Evans)

Tasha Steelz goes right after Jordynne Grace’s leg before the bell rings, and as it does stomps out Grace in the corner. Grace is able to kick her way out and takes out Savannah Evans on the outside. Grace stays in control with clotheslines and a spinebuster for a two. Steelz starts distracting the referee as Evans attacks Grace in the corner. Steelz continues working on Grace’s leg, using the ropes, and going for pinfalls. They go back and forth with offense until Grace hits a knee, but it being her injured one falls down in the process. Grace hits a pair of body slams but fails to hit the third one, instead of going for a Torture Rack into a powerbomb for a two. Steelz moves out of the corner and hits a springboard bulldog for a two. Steelz tries a code red but gets out and hits a drop kick and the Sliced Bread for another two, going right into a single-leg crab. Grace pushes her way out and puts on a sleeper hold. Grace places Steelz on the top rope and hits the Muscle Buster, but Evans gets on the apron and distracts the referee as Grace was going for the pin. Grace gets in Evans’ face, as Steelz gets up and hits a cutter but only getting a two-count. They head to the top rope, where Grace hits a stalling superplex for a two. Evans gets on the apron again, but Grace tosses Steelz into her traps Steelz into the Grace Driver and gets the pin and the win. It looked like Steelz might have landed awkwardly on that, as the referee right away threw up the X.

Winner: Jordynne Grace by pinfall at 11:56, to retain

Emergence

They announce their next event will be IMPACT Wrestling Emergence on Friday, August 12 at the Cicero Stadium in Chicago, IL

IMPACT World Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs. Joe Doering (w/ Deaner)

They mention that nobody has seen Eric Young since his loss to Josh Alexander at Slammiversary and also that Joe Doering has not been pinned or submitted in any promotion since December 2019. Doering tries to corner Alexander right away, taking him down with punches before sending him to the outside. They head back inside, as Alexander runs the ropes and dodges Doering, sending him off the apron with a cross body. Doering right away gets up and takes Alexander down on the outside with a shoulder block. Back inside, Doering stays in control, stomping Alexander and hitting him with an elbow drop for a two count. They start trading chops, followed by a scoop slam and an elbow drop by Doering for another two. Doering kicks Alexander to the outside where Deaner gets in his face. Doering starts attacking him all throughout the outside, heads back inside where Alexander is able to fight back before Deaner grabs his leg and Doering hits a splash and a clothesline in the corner, followed by another elbow drop for a two. Alexander fights back with a knee from the ropes to the back of Doering’s neck. Alexander hits a barrage of punches, and tries a suplex but is unable to before springing Doering off the ropes for a German Suplex into a Northern Lights Suplex for a two. Alexander tries an ankle lock but gets kicked off, as they head to the apron before Doering clotheslines Alexander back in, heads to the top but gets stopped by Alexander who hits a Superplex followed by a C4 Spike attempt, but Deaner gets on the apron distracting him. Alexander takes Deaner out with a cross body and jumps off the top rope just to get caught and slammed down by Doering hitting another elbow for a two. Alexander fights and hits three back-to-back German Suplexes. Doering gets right up and hits a big blow to the back of Alexander’s head knocking him down. They fight back and forth a bit until Doering hits a crossbody for a two, followed by a couple of Death Valley Driver and a lariat for another two. Doering tries to go for the Revolution Bomb, but Alexander escapes and puts on the ankle lock, but Doering is able to get up from it and hits another lariat for a two. Alexander escapes out of another Revolution Bomb attempt but gets taken right back down with two more lariats. Alexander is able to fight his back out and hits the C4 Spike for the pin and the win.

Winner: Josh Alexander by pinfall at 15:59, to retain

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