Impact Wrestling – June 23, 2020: Until Next Time
Date: June 23, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne
Then, as they tend to do in this company for one reason or another, things got complicated in a hurry as Michael Elgin was suspended from the company over SpeakOut allegations. At the same time, Joey Ryan was fired outright, leaving some good sized holes in this show. That means this show is going to be hacked to pieces, which could make for some different viewing. Let’s get to it.
Nevaeh vs. Tasha Steelz
Havok is with Nevaeh and Kiera Hogan is with Steelz. The trash talk is on to start so Nevaeh pushes her down and hits a Hennig necksnap. That means a trip to the floor so Hogan can offer some advice, which seems to be knee Nevaeh in the chest. Some snap jabs give Steelz two and a headbutt gets the same.
The chinlock goes on but doesn’t last long as Nevaeh fights up, only to get kicked right back down. A neckbreaker gives Steelz another two but she misses a charge into the post. An STO into a release German suplex gives Nevaeh a delayed two and draws Steelz up to the apron. The rollup with trunks give Steelz the pin at 6:06.
Rating: D+. I know I’ve had a lot of good things to say about the division developing and having multiple stories, but the wrestling hasn’t been great for the most part. This was a good example, as they just went through the motions and had a match until Hogan got involved in the finish. We also don’t really know anything about Nevaeh, but at least I’ve learned how to spell her name.
We see a clip of Deonna Purrazzo on Busted Open Radio (there’s your Tommy Dreamer cameo) with Purrazzo talking about being ready to start fast around here. Jordynne Grace pops in on the call and promises to “f****** crush” Purrazzo, who calls this disrespectful. Purrazzo declares herself the face of the Knockouts division and guarantees to win the title in her first shot. That’s it for the interview.
Purrazzo says she’ll fight when the title is on the line. Cue Alisha Edwards to challenge her to a match tonight.
Here’s what else is on the show.
The released WWE wrestler is still coming at Slammiversary.
Rich Swann comes in to see Johnny Swinger, who wants him to be a partner in a six man tonight. That’s not happening because Swann is still hurt, plus he’s not facing Willie Mack tonight. Swann is off to tell Mack what happened too, but Swinger needs to find his Rolodex to see who else could be the partner.
Flashback Moment of the Week: Bully Ray calls out D-Von and a big brawl erupts, with Doc Gallows being revealed as a member of Aces and 8’s. This was much longer than usual and their solution to the show having to be edited.
The North doesn’t like Ken Shamrock and make fun of his UFC career. You know where this is going, and it’s Alexander getting to face Shamrock later.
Moose talks to some referees about being in the Pro Bowl. He’s used to being showered with gifts so everyone should do that for the World Champion. Crazzy Steve comes up to sing a song about how fake of a champion Moose is. This earns him a title shot next week.
Deonna Purrazzo vs. Alisha Edwards
They fight over arm control to start until Purrazzo hits a Lethal Combination into a quickly broken Koji Clutch. Purrazzo starts in on the arm with a legdrop into an armbar with the legs. Edwards comes back with some shots to the face but Purrazzo kicks her in the head and snaps on the Fujiwara armbar for the tap at 2:56. Effective debut as it looked like Purrazzo toyed with her until she won when she felt like it.
Post match Grace runs in to chase Purrazzo off. Not her time you see.
Swinger can’t get Suicide to be the partner.
Hernandez agrees to be the partner, if Swinger can beat him at arm wrestling. Swinger is going to need to keep looking. Swinger: “You broke my swing!” He does however get a Rhino Micro Brawler.
Swinger bumps into Taya Valkyrie but can’t get her to say yes either. She’s looking for Bravo. Swinger: “I haven’t seen Dino.”
Ken Shamrock vs. Josh Alexander
Alexander and Ethan Page jump Shamrock before the bell but he fights them off….for about three seconds. Page puts him in the ankle lock and the champs leave Shamrock laying. No match.
Taya Valkyrie vs. Susie
John E. Bravo comes out to be in Taya’s corner, though she’s not happy with him for being late. Madison doesn’t like Susie waving at the empty arena (Madison to Josh: “She’s waving at all of your friends.”). Taya jumps her to start and has to kick out of a rollup for two. A German suplex out of the corner gives Taya two and Bravo gets in some choking from the floor.
Taya slowly kicks away and talks trash before grabbing a reverse chinlock. A grab of the rope breaks that up and Taya charges into an elbow in the corner. Susie hurricanranas her into the corner but Taya is back with a clothesline for two more. Taya misses a charge in the corner and Susie gets in a Thesz press to hammer away. That just earns her a curb stomp from Taya, followed by the Road to Valhalla to give Taya the pin at 8:07.
Rating: C-. Not terrible here but they’re still pushing the idea of Su Yung returning when Susie is pushed too far. That’s an interesting way to go, or at least it was when Bray Wyatt and Mick Foley did it. We could be in for something good when Yung finally come back and seeing Taya as a screaming coward should work well.
Post match Taya stays on Susie but Kylie Rae runs in with a superkick for the save.
Ace Austin isn’t going to let Madman Fulton answer questions about their alliance. This is all about success.
Remember the ex-WWE star coming to Impact? They’re still coming.
Swinger has found a partner: Rohit Raju. Chris Bey: “Why? Why?”
Willie Mack/Deaners vs. Chris Bey/Rohit Raju/Johnny Swinger
Jake and Raju start things off with Raju grabbing a headlock. That’s about it for Raju’s offense to start as the good guys all get in a shot each. Swinger comes in and gets dropkicked into the wrong corner. Everything breaks down and the villains are sent outside as we take a break.
Back with Jake fighting out of the corner until Raju lands a superkick. Bey ties him in the ropes for a kick to the back and a near fall and it’s off to Swinger for a chinlock. That’s broken up in a hurry so Bey comes inf or an abdominal stretch. Jake breaks that up without much trouble and everything breaks down. The parade of finishers is on until Mack Stuns Raju. Bey hits a springboard Fameasser to finish Mack at 11:18.
Rating: C. They did a nice job of setting up the pretty obvious Slammiversary title shot. Mack vs. Bey could be a heck of a match and the setup with Swinger needing to find a partner was funny. Throw in people taking shots at Raju and this was a good enough use of time throughout the night.
Reno Scum comes up to yell at D’Lo Brown but TJP and Fallah Bahh come in to make the match for next week.
Here’s what’s coming next week. In theory at least.
Madman Fulton vs. Eddie Edwards
Ace Austin is here with Fulton. Eddie circles the monster to start and ducks a right hand in the corner. A grab of the hair doesn’t get Eddie very far as Fulton throws him into the corner to take over with the power. Eddie gets in an atomic drop but a belly to belly attempt is easily blocked. A running clothesline sends Fulton to the floor, where he yells at Eddie for thinking about a dive.
We take a break and come back with Fulton throwing him over the top with a chokeshove. Eddie can barely get back to his feet so Fulton sends it back inside for a neckbreaker. A suplex gets Eddie out of trouble and Fulton bails to the floor so the dive can connect. Fulton does a movie monster sit up and Eddie’s chops have no effect.
The Blue Thunder Bomb works a bit better but Fulton sends him hard into the corner. Eddie is fine enough to snap off a super hurricanrana but Fulton gets in a palm strike. The strike off goes to Eddie and he grabs a tiger driver for two. Fulton is right back up with a swinging Downward Spiral to finish Eddie at 14:36.
Rating: B. Match of the night here and that isn’t quite surprising given that Eddie was involved. He’s one of the few names who is almost guaranteed to have a good match and that’s a very valuable thing to have. Fulton is becoming a great monster as well and putting him with Austin could be interesting.
Overall Rating: D+. I do feel bad for them because the show was guaranteed to be a mess given the whole situation, which wasn’t their fault. That being said, this is going to get worse before it gets better and I’m not sure what that is going to mean in the long run. What we got here was a lot of “see you next week” stuff and a good main event. Slammiversary has the potential to be a huge mess but getting rid of people who were just going to cause more problems might make it worth the hassle.
Tasha Steelz b. Nevaeh – Rollup with trunks
Deonna Purrazzo b. Alisha Edwards – Fujiwara armbar
Taya Valkyrie b. Susie – Road to Valhalla
Chris Bey/Rohit Raju/Johnny Swinger b. Willie Mack/Deaners – Springboard Fameasser to Mack
Madman Fulton b. Eddie Edwards – Swinging Downward Spiral
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