DATE: August 20, 2021
VENUE: Skyway Studios (Nashville, TN)
COMMENTATORS: Matt Striker & D’Lo Brown
VIEWING METHOD: Impact’s Ultimate Insider YouTube Channel (On Demand)
Impact Wrestling Emergence 2021 features the first World Title defense of Christian Cage as he takes on “The Most Professional Wrestler” Brian Myers. The X-Division Championship is also on the line as Josh Alexander defends against Jake Something.
- IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION: Christian Cage
- IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION: “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo
- IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPION: “The Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander
- IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Good Brothers (“Big LG” Doc Gallows & “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson)
- IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Decay (“The Demon Assassin” Rosemary & Havok)
- Matt Cardona vs. Rohit Raju (***1/4)
- Tasha Steelz, Savannah Evans, Fallah Bahh, & No Way vs. Decay (**3/4)
- Petey Williams vs. Steve Maclin (***)
- Taylor Wilde vs. Madison Rayne (**)
- #1 CONTENDER’S MATCH: Sami Callihan vs. Chris Sabin vs. Moose vs. Ace Austin (***)
- Josh Alexander [c] vs. Jake Something for the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
- Melina & Trey Miguel vs. Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt (***)
- The Good Brothers [c] vs. Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs. Violent By Design for the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
- Christian Cage [c] vs. Brian Myers for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
“Alwayz Ready” Matt Cardona [w/ Chelsea Green] vs. “The Desi Hitman” Rohit Raju [w/ Shera]
Cardona tries to lock up, Raju quickly escapes to the floor to take him off his game. Raju grabs a side headlock and hangs on by the hair to prevent a whip off. Cardona escapes and takes Raju down with a couple of shoulder tackles, the second forcing Raju to take a powder once again but this time out of frustration. Cardona levels Raju with a clothesline and bounces his head off the turnbuckles, Raju catches him with a kick but Cardona responds with a dropkick and a clothesline back to the floor. Raju dodges the baseball slide through the ropes but eats a big boot. Raju gets knocked off the apron and OPENS THE RING SKIRT while Cardona takes flight, trapping his opponent. I f*cking love that spot so much. Back in the ring Raju gets a two-count off a forearm stomp and sends Cardona back to the floor, Shera hitting a clothesline behind the ref’s back. Raju kicks Cardona down to size, finishing with a Buzzsaw Kick for the 1…2…Cardona kicks out, Raju immediately slaps on a rear chinlock. Cardona breaks it with a jawbreaker, Raju sidesteps a missile dropkick attempt and connects with a running shot to the back of the head for the 1…2…Cardona kicks out! Raju counters a suplex with a knee, Cardona changes gears and turns it into a neckbreaker. Cardona lays into Raju with forearms followed by a flapjack and corner clothesline, Raju rolls to the floor to avoid the Re-BOOT so Cardona drops him with a dropkick through the ropes instead. Back in the ring Raju counters a splash with a pair of knees followed by a snap neckbreaker and sit-out suplex for the 1…2…CARDONA KICKS OUT.
Raju misses a cannonball, Cardona connects with a Re-BOOT and covers for the 1…2…shoulder up. Raju counters Radio Silence with a powerbomb for the 1…2…Cardona kicks out, Raju uses that momentum to transition into a crossface. Cardona escapes, Raju connects with a Flatliner for the 1…2…CARDONA KICKS OUT AGAIN. Cardona catches a charging Raju with double knees followed by a missile dropkick and a TKO for the 1…2…Raju kicks out! Shera distracts Cardona, Raju rolls him up for the 1…2…ref sees his feet on the ropes and stops the count! Raju argues with the ref, Cardona hits Radio Silence for the 1…2…3!
Matt Cardona defeated Rohit Raju via pinfall (11:35)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: Damn good opening contest, way more than I was expecting from either man but that’s just me being stupid and underestimating people. Cardona gets a good win, Raju continues just being a bright spot on the Impact roster…and my pick to beat Christian for the World Title in the future. Probably won’t happen but Raju has earned the chance. (***1/4)
Shera attacks Cardona, connecting with a chokeslam backbreaker. Green rolls into the ring to defend her man, Shera and Raju back off.
Tasha Steelz, Savannah Evans, No Way, & Fallah Bahh vs. Decay (“The Demon Assassin” Rosemary, Havok, Crazzy Steve, & Black Taurus)
No Way & Bahh dance their way to the ring with a conga line, their partners Steelz & Evans unimpressed at the fun everyone is having. Evans is Steelz’s replacement for Kiera Hogan, who has left Impact to go through the Forbidden Door (and was last seen being murdered by Demon Kimber Lee because of it’s f*cking Impact after all).
Crowd is HYPED for Decay, and Rosemary in particular, chanting her name and “BITE HER FACE OFF” while Steelz stares on incredulously. Steelz does some trash talking and instead of attacking tags out to Evans, who is making her big in-ring debut for Impact. Rosemary sends Evans into the corner, Evans swats her out of the air with a boot. Steve tags in and bites Evans, Evans counters with a jawbreaker, Bahh tags in and hits a belly-to-belly suplex with an assist from No Way. Taurus tags in and connects with a sling blade bulldog followed by a running headbutt. Bahh catches Taurus with a headbutt, the rest of Decay surround Bahh and BITE HIM as the crowd goes nuts, a “TASTES LIKE BAHH” chant breaking out. Sure why not. Rosemary tags in, Evans gets the tag as well and she boots Rosemary to the canvas. Evans connects with a corner spear followed by a double underhook suplex for the 1…2..Rosemary kicks out. Steelz tags in for some shots, Evans tags back in and slams Rosemary. Rosemary dodges a legdrop, Evans pulls her back to the corner and tags Steelz who stomps the spine. Rosemary ducks a Buzzsaw Kick and crawls under Steelz en route to HAVOK. Havok wrecks Steelz with a Sky High (popping D’Lo) for the 1…2…Evans breaks it up and the two hosses lock horns. Havok rocks Evans to one knee with a series of rapid forearms, Steelz jumps on Havok’s back, Steve tags in but so does No Way. No Way goes for a military press, Steve escapes and catches him with a corner kick. No Way catches a crossbody attempt and muscles him up into a suplex. Nice. Bahh tags in, Steve dodges the elbow and makes the tag to Taurus, who clears No Way off the apron with a dropkick and hits Bahh with a corkscrew splash. Rosemary runs in and Decay hits a DOUBLE SPEAR for the 1…2…3!
Decay defeated Tasha Steelz, Savannah Evans, No Way, & Fallah Bahh via pinfall (8:51)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: A lot of fun and the crowd being into it made me more into it. Loved the corner bite spot with Bahh and the non-Taurus members of Decay. Evans looked impressive in her in-ring debut for the company, I would love to see her and Havok trade bombs in a singles match. Not sure why Steelz & Evans teamed with No Way & Bahh given how much they don’t seem to like partying or having fun. (**3/4)
–Eric Young says the sickness reemerged at Slammiversary when the Tag Team Titles were taken from Violent By Design, and puts over how inhuman Joe Doering was last night on Impact Wrestling. Young says VBD has reemerged and tonight there’s two teams that stand in their way of taking back power. This is what belief and true unadulterated passion looks like. Good sh*t, pal.
“The Canadian Destroyer” Petey Williams vs. Steve Maclin
Williams defended a young wrestler from Maclin’s attack, Maclin took exception and has been targeting Williams ever since leading to this match. Maclin wrestled Trey Miguel at one point on Before the Impact but I don’t count that as an actual show for MY purposes this might be Maclin’s first big challenge.
Maclin tries to attack Williams before the bell but the Canadian Destroyer is ready for him and sends him crashing repeatedly into the steel steps, Both men roll in, match officially begins and Williams connects with a DDT and sends him to the floor. Williams takes flight, dropping Maclin with a tope and connecting with a series of full mount rights plus a choke for added insult. Williams rolls Maclin in, Maclin rolls back out to create space. Williams tries a slingshot rana, Maclin overpowers him and turns it into a powerbomb on the edge of the apron. Maclin follows up with a suplex on the floor and breaks the count before hitting a CACTUS ELBOW OFF THE APRON. Hell yeah. More Nestea Plunges! Maclin rolls Williams in and covers but Williams still has some fight left in him. Williams tries a whip, Maclin counters into an Angle Slam and rains down right hands to the forehead. Maclin bends Williams in half with a uranage backbreaker and stomps the spine. Maclin drills Williams with a back elbow and poses for the crowd, unimpressed with his opponent. Maclin goes for a suplex, Williams counters with an inside cradle for the 1…2…Maclin kicks out and drives him to the canvas with an STO. Maclin grabs a chinlock, vowing to Williams that he’s going to make him quit. Williams escapes and mounts a series of offense, including a Russian Legsweep into a crucifix for the 1…2…not yet. Williams connects with a release German Suplex followed by a running knee strike. Williams signals for the Destroyer, Maclin catches a kick and connects with a double underhook backbreaker for the 1…2…Williams kicks out. Williams gets sent to the apron, comes back in with a slingshot Codebreaker. Maclin counters the Destroyer and hang Williams in a tree of woe for a running SPEAR for the 1…2…Williams kicks out! Williams surprises Maclin with a Sharpshooter, Maclin goes to grab the rope but Williams grabs the arm. Maclin bites his arm to break the hold and hits a low blow behind the ref’s back followed by a Michinoku Driver-looking thing for the 1…2…3!
Steve Maclin defeated Petey Williams via pinfall (9:57)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: Far more competitive than I was expecting, but in a good way. This is the best I’ve seen Maclin since coming to Impact, Williams did a good job making him look like a million bucks and also making me believe in a few of those hope spots. I’m not sure what Maclin’s whole deal is besides “angry guy” but this match was exciting enough to want to see if/where it goes. (***)
–Gia Miller interviews Taylor Wilde ahead of her match with Madison Rayne. Wilde says this has turned into a numbers game with Tenille & Kaleb but she’s ready now so let’s get WILDE. Cool.
Taylor Wilde vs. Madison Rayne [w/ Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb with a K]
Wilde’s initial issue was with Dashwood and Kaleb, who kept her out of the country due to a faulty Visa claim. Wilde finally made it to the States and targeted Dashwood but was attacked in her match by the returning and unretired Rayne, who aligned herself with Dashwood to form “The Influence”, new collective that I’m sure is gonna make SO MANY social media jokes in the months to come.
Wilde and Rayne lock up, jockeying for position around the ring and ending in a stalemate. Wilde uses her speed to work the arm, going from wristlock to hammerlock back to wristlock, Rayne gets to the ropes and forces a break, Kaleb calling her a “ring general”. Rayne counters a waistlock with a wristlock, Wilde quickly counters, Rayne breaks it and connects with a kick. Wilde floats over Rayne and connects with a pair of armdrags and a springboard armdrag after Rayne blocks a backslide attempt, forcing her to bail to the floor to regroup/cower. All three pow wow, Wilde charges and takes Kaleb out with a tope suicida. Dashwood distracts Wilde, Rayne belts her with a forearm as she re-enters the ring and slingshots her throat-first into the top rope. Rayne slows the pace, slapping on a rear chinlock. Rayne whiffs a step-up enzuigiri but they work through it and Wilde connects with a side suplex that dazes both Knockouts. Wilde gets that BABYFACE FIRE and belts Rayne with a pair of clotheslines into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for the 1…2…Rayne kicks out. Wilde connects with a corner crossbody followed by slingshot knees and another lateral press but Rayne gets her shoulder up in the nick of time. Rayne surprises Wilde with a ripcord cutter for the 1…2…Wilde gets the shoulder up. Wilde throws Rayne into the corner and connects with a German suplex, Kaleb messes with the ref to prevent the count. Dashwood runs in and throws a fanny pack in the ring, Rayne tries to use it but the ref stops her, allowing Dashwood to re-enter and throw Wilde into the post. Rayne gives up using the pack and rolls Wilde up for the 1…2…3.
Madison Rayne defeated Taylor Wilde via pinfall (7:25)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: Perfectly acceptable match, Rayne looked decent for not having wrestled for awhile and Wilde did a good job holding up her end of the match. I have to admit I loved the finish, a GREAT use of the “numbers game” commentators always bloviate about. Looks like Wilde needs some backup and her former tag team partner Sarita did get released from WWE last April, hmmm. (**)
–Gia Miller interviews The Good Brothers ahead of the triple threat tag team match. Doc Gallows clutches his shoulder, feeling the effects from going through the stage last night courtesy of Joe Doering. Karl Anderson says Gallows will be fine and tonight they will show everybody why The Good Brothers are the best tag team walking the earth. Gallows says when you are Super Elite the chips are never down and while his shoulder hurts there’s a helluva big chip on it and it’ll be the same recipe as always: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, just too sweet.
–Chris Sabin, Ace Austin, Sami Callihan, & Moose all proclaim victory ahead of their #1 contender’s match. Clip plays of Callihan & Sabin winning their tag team match over Austin & Moose last night followed by Callihan hitting Sabin with a Package Piledriver after the match.
#1 CONTENDER’S MATCH
Sami Callihan vs. Chris Sabin vs. Moose vs. “Inevitable” Ace Austin [w/ Madman Fulton]
The winner of this match faces the winner of Christian Cage/Brian Myers for the World TItle at next month’s Victory Road special. Moose & Sabin have had their problems over the past few months, Callihan came up short against Omega for the World Title at Slammiversary, and Austin…he’s just a baller, really.
Callihan pump kicks Sabin, Moose tosses Austin out, the two trade kicks and Moose pounces Callihan out to the floor. Sabin tries a crossbody, Moose catches him, Sabin slips out and connects with a rana off the middle buckle. Sabin tosses Austin out but Fulton catches him and tosses him back in to go back on the attack. Austin combos some moves, Sabin drops him with a kick but gets sent to the floor with a low bridge. Callihan tries to enter the ring, Austin kicks the middle rope right to the family jewels. Austin stuns Callihan with a kick, Callihan pops him up into a Death Valley Driver into the buckles. Callihan hops to the apron and tries a pump kick but Fulton gets in the way, Moose pump kicks Callihan into Fulton on the floor. Sabin brings Moose to one knee and lays into home with chops as Moose asks for more. Sabin is happy to oblige, Moose counters a kick with a powerbomb to Fulton and Callihan on the floor! Austin sends Moose to the floor and hits Callihan & Moose with a backflip (sorta, more of a glancing blow). Moose wrecks Austin and Sabin with European uppercuts and chops in opposite corners, Callihan rolls in and Moose lets him join the fun as well. Callihan flips Moose off after absorbing a chop and hops the buckles, Moose dropkicks him to the floor. Sabin stuns Moose with a running kick followed by a missile dropkick, Sabin immediately flattens Austin with a tope suicida then hits a flying tornado DDT on Moose for the 1…2…kickout. Austin cartwheels over Moose on the apron and connects with a kick, Austin dodges Callihan in the ring and hits a running Blockbuster for the 1…2…Callihan kicks out! That certainly did look like a three-count. Austin measures Callihan, Callihan ducks the Fold and connects with a Piledriver for the 1…2…Austin kicks out!
Callihan goes for the Package Piledriver, Austin drops to one knee and Moose breaks it with a pump kick. All four men trade shots in the center of the ring. Moose eats a TRIPLE superkick and Callihan bowls him over. Austin and Callihan drop one another with jumping pump kicks and everybody is down. Callihan and Sabin trade shots as they return to their feet, Callihan spikes him with a Piledriver, Austin kicks Callihan in the back of the head, Moose drills Austin with a uranage. Moose lifts Austin into a SECOND uranage and measures him for a Spear. Callihan trips Moose up and hits him with a chair, Austin rolls Moose up for the 1…2…3! EYYYYY!
Ace Austin defeated Moose, Sami Callihan, & Chris Sabin via pinfall (11:20)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: Brisk pace, fun match, surprise (and welcome) result with Ace Austin getting the title shot. I love when people you don’t expect get World Title shots and I look forward to see Austin main event Victory Road next month against whoever wins tonight (it’s probably gonna be Christian Cage but let’s just pretend for the f*ck of it, cool?). Too bad Moose had to take the pin though, dude loses SO MUCH. (***)
-Gia Miller interviews Brian Myers and Sam Beale. Myers says he’s lived this life for 18 years, traveling the world and making money, but the one thing he’s been missing is a World Championship. Tonight is going to be his night, and Christian will be leaving without the World Championship.
-HIGHLIGHT REEL: Josh Alexander’s various X-Division Championship defenses since winning the title at Rebellion.
“The Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander [c] vs. Jake Something for the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Alexander and Something lock up around the ring, Something backs Alexander in the corner, Alexander dodges a forearm and teases hitting him but holds back. WHY?!? Alexander wrassles Something into a front chancery, Something breaks it with a backdrop and they reset. Alexander ducks a pair of clotheslines, slides under the legs and goes for the Ankle Lock, Something rolls through to send him into the corner. Alexander goes for a drive by kick, Something blocks it and connects with a corner spear. Something snuffs a comeback with a forearm, Alexander counters a suplex and connects with a Northern Lights for the 1…2…Something kicks out. Something absorbs Alexander’s strikes and rocks him with a forearm, Alexander responds with a back elbow to drop the challenger. Something blocks a suplex with elbows to the back of the neck, Alexander floats over in the corner and gets bodyblocked to f*cking hell for his troubles. GodDAMN. Alexander drops Something across the top rope and runs for a crossbody, Something CATCHES HIM and counters into a Death Valley Driver on the floor! GodDAAAAAMN. Something rolls Alexander in, Alexander clutches the bottom rope to avoid the pinfall. Smart. Something and Alexander belt each other with forearms, Something dazes him and hits a stalling suplex for the 1…2…Alexander kicks out! Alexander blocks Something’s forearms and connects with fists of his own. Something shoves Alexander away, Alexander connects with a backdrop and hangs on for FIVE GERMAN SUPLEXES, bridging on the last for the 1…2…Something kicks out, Alexander hits a SIXTH for the 1…2…Something kicks out, Alexander connects with SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TENNNN GERMAN SUPLEXES for the 1…2…SOMETHING STILL KICKS OUT HOT DAMN.
Alexander goes for the C-4, Something counters with a backdrop and a club to the canvas, Alexander goes for an Ankle Lock but gets kicked all the way to the floor, Something follows up with A TOPE CON HILO and rolls him in for a Falcon Arrow for the 1…2…Alexander kicks out! Alexander clubs Something in the back of the head with a forearm and hits an inverted F-5 for the 1…2…SOMETHING GETS THE SHOULDER UP. Something avoids the C-4 and catches Alexander in mid-air for a release overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Something grabs the wrist and f*cks Alexander up with stiff short-arm clotheslines, Alexander ducks the third but eats a forearm shiver. Alexander charges, Something takes his head off with a lariat. Something follows up with a corner spear, Alexander counters the Black Hole Slam, Something escapes the C-4, Alexander with a drop toehold into an ANKLE LOCK, grapevining the leg, Something makes it to the rope to force a break. Alexander and Something fight to the apron, Alexander hits a C-4 on the apron and tells the ref to start counting. 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…SOMETHING BEATS THE COUNT AND ALEXANDER CAN’T BELIEVE IT. Alexander pulls the straps down, Something muscles him up in a sit-out powerbomb for the 1…2…Alexander kicks out! Alexander slips out of a Black Hole Slam, drops Something to one knee, then finally gets him up for the C-4 and the 1…2…3!
Josh Alexander [c] defeated Jake Something via pinfall to retain the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (17:12)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: I know it’s been a busy wrestling weekend but man I hope people go back and check this match out. An absolute BANGER of a match, stiff as sh*t and filled to the brim with nearfall after nearfall as these two big boys tried to beat the will out of the other. Alexander adds another successful title defense and great match to his long list and Something finally gets his showcase match for Impact. What a thing. (****1/4)
Alexander and Something shake hands, Alexander leaves and lets Something soak in the adulation of the appreciative crowd (I assume anyway, they cut away).
–Gia Miller interview Deonna Purrazzo and Matthew Rehwoldt ahead of the next match. Rehwoldt says he knows Trey Miguel is trying to live out a childhood crush with Melina but it’s going to end in heartbreak, then warns Melina that she’s stepping in the ring with the most accomplished pro wrestling on the planet in Purrazzo. Purrazzo reminds everyone she became the first-ever Iron Woman of Impact at last year’s Emergence so it’s her night and laughs that Melina may not even show up at Empowerrr after losing tonight.
Melina & Trey Miguel vs. “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo & “The Drama King” Matthew Rehwoldt
Melina challenges Purrazzo for the Knockouts Title next Saturday at NWA Empowerrr, the Forbidden Door continuing to revolve. Miguel tries to do Melina’s splits during their entrance but can’t quite make it which was kinda funny.
Purrazzo and Melina get in a shoving match and lock up, Melina grabbing an armbar. Miguel tags in and continues working the arm with a top axhandle and wristlock. Purrazzo rolls through, nips up, and escapes with an armdrag. Rehwoldt tags in, Miguel calls him “Mutombo” for some reason which Brown corpses at. Miguel flips over Rehwoldt, ducks a pair of clotheslines and connects with a running kick followed by an inverted atomic drop and cutter. Melina tags in, Miguel slams her on Rehwoldt for the 1…2…kickout. Melina grabs a front chancery, Rehwoldt brings her to the corner and Purrazzo tags in. Melina tries to fight out of the corner, Purrazzo grabs the hair and Rehwoldt connects with a corner spear. Purrazzo drives Melina to the canvas with a short-arm clothesline and covers for a two-count. Melina stuns Purrazzo with a jawbreaker and catches her with a back elbow, Purrazzo responds with a Flatliner for the 1…2…Melina kicks out. Rehwoldt tags in and connects with a snapmare and tells Melina to look at Purrazzo, the woman who will beat her at Empowerrr, before grabbing a chinlock. Melina breaks it in the corner, Rehwoldt yanks her to the mat by the hair and covers for the 1…2…Melina kicks out, Rehwoldt pulls her back to his corner and tags Purrazzo to keep the offense going. Purrazzo punishes Melina with forearms and grabs a chinlock of her own in the center of the ring. Melina escapes and connects with a Thesz Press from the middle buckle, Purrazzo charges and eats a neckbreaker.
Rehwoldt tags but so does Miguel. Clotheslines to the Drama King followed by lightning fast forearms and a dropkick. Miguel backflips over Rehwoldt and connects with a double stomp the spine for the 1…2…not yet. Miguel tries to slam Melina on Rehwoldt but he moves and then clears Miguel with a running kick. Purrazzo tags in and they hit a double Russian Legsweep for the 1…2…Melina gets the shoulder up. Purrazzo forearms Miguel, Rehwoldt knocks him to the floor, Melina goes for a tag but he’s not there. Rehwoldt tags in, Melina rolls him up for the 1…2…Rehwoldt kicks out, Purrazzo clubs her from behind and Rehwoldt rolls her up with an inside cradle for the 1…2…3!
Deonna Purrazzo & Matthew Rehwoldt defeated Melina & Trey Miguel via pinfall (10:16)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: I really appreciate that Impact treats intergender wrestling as completely normal, no “the man is beating up unfairly on the lady” bullsh*t or anything. This was just a tag team match straight up. I’m sure for those who watch Impact on a more consistent basis this is just a known thing but for me this is still unique and cool. Match itself was solid, Melina kicked ass here in a way I wasn’t expecting (her NWA run in the YouTube days was grating and I don’t remember much of her wrestling in WWE, just managing) and now I’m kinda interested in seeing what her match with Purrazzo at Empowerrr ends up being like. I wish Rehwoldt picked a catchier ring name in his post-WWE run as I’m going to be terrified I’m spelling it wrong every time he wrestles. WAY TO NOT THINK OF ME, YOU JERK. Man this show has been kickass. (***)
–Gia Miller is standing by with Christian Cage. Cage says the reason he’s held so many championships through the years is that he works well under pressure, and we’ll find out if Brian Myers can work under the same pressure. Cage knows where Myers is coming from, trying to make a name for himself and move up the card, Cage says he will get there one day but not tonight because he plans to be World Champ for a long time. Cage tells Myers there’s levels to this game and he is not on his. If you don’t know, now you know.
The Good Brothers (“Big LG” Doc Gallows & “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson) [c] vs. Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs. Violent By Design (Rhino & Joe Doering) [w/ Eric Young & Deaner] for the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Despite having themselves a kaiju battle last night on Impact Wrestling it’s Gallows & Doering starting the match off throwing bombs. Gallows splashes Doering in the corner and follows up with a shoulder tackle, Mack tags himself in, Doering blocks a suplex and easily counters. THE HUBRIS. Rhino tags in and misses a splash, Mack hits one of his own while making sure he’s out of self-tag range from the Good Brothers. Swann gets the tag, he and Mack hit a splash/legdrop combo for the 1…2…Rhino kicks out, Good Brothers didn’t even try to make the save so I guess they were confident that wouldn’t work. Swann dazes Rhino with a jawbreaker, Gallows tags himself in and throws Swann in the corner. Swann fights his way out but gets turned damn near inside out with a backdrop, landing on his tailbone. Gallows tries to get the pin, Swann kicks out so Big LG makes it rain right hands to the temple. Anderson tags in to send Swann chest-first into the corner, then makes the tag back to Gallows who hits a delayed vertical suplex for the 1…2…Swann kicks out. Swann stuns Gallows with a kick, Doering tags himself in, enraging the Big LG, and stomps Swann before he can tag out. Doering slams Swann and ricochets off the ropes to fall back with an immediate elbowdrop. That’s cool, somehow I’ve never seen that before. Rhino tags in and connects with a falling headbutt off a scoop slam for the 1…2…Swann ain’t out yet. Swann mounts a comeback, dropkicking Rhino in the knee, Anderson tags in and knocks Mack off the apron to prevent the tag. Anderson slams Swann and applies a heel hook, bending the leg around his knee.
Swann stuns Anderson with an enzuigiri and makes the tag to Mack, who clears VBD off the apron and drops Anderson with a twisting back elbow. Gallows runs in, gets dropped with a forearm. Anderson attacks, Mack connects with a Samoan drop into a kip up and standing moonsault for the 1…2…Anderson kicks out! Swann flattens Doering with a cannonball off the apron, Mack connects with a Stunner and heads to the top, Rhino knocks him off and tags himself in; Gallows runs in and eats a mini-Gore, Anderson rolls Rhino up for the 1…2…3!
The Good Brothers [c] defeated Rich Swann & Willie Mack and Violent By Design to retain the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (10:50)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: Your run of the mill multi-team match that Impact does a lot but does pretty well. Good Brothers using their brains instead of a Magic Killer to get the win was cool, and it’s always nice to see Swann & Mack in a match. D’Lo attempted to tie this into the Gallows/Doering match yesterday but it was pretty obvious neither man was selling any pain from that in this one. (**1/4)
Young yells at Rhino, reminding him that he stands for the VBD cause, Deaner holding up the flag. Young, Deaner, and Doering leave without the Man Beast. Is Heath healthy yet, seems like a good opportunity for him to come back.
Christian Cage [c] vs. “The Most Professional Wrestler” Brian Myers [w/ Sam Beale] for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Myers won a 20 man battle royal on Impact Wrestling to get his first shot at the World Title; Cage defated Kenny Omega for the Impact World Championship on the first episode of AEW Rampage, which was a shocking turn of events to say the least. David Penzer handles the in-ring introductions for that BIG FIGHT FEEL.
Cage backs Myers into the ropes, breaking clean while Myers decides to talk trash in response. Cage wrestles Myers to the ground, Myers counters into a hammerlock, Cage counters with a fireman’s carry into an armbar but Myers immediately grabs the ropes with his legs to force a break. Myers stuns Cage with right hands, Cage drops Myers with shoulder tackles and lands on top for quick one-counts, flummoxing Myers so much that he runs for the ropes to regroup. Myers backs Cage into the corner and stomps him down instead of breaking free, throwing in a face wash for added insult. Cage catches Myers coming in with a pendulum kick in the ropes, Myers bails from the ring to prevent a spear. Myers tries to wrap Cage’s leg into the post, Cage uses his leg strength to send him into the steel instead. Cage lights Myers up with chops, Beale gets in a cheapshot and Cage chases him right into the steps; Myers takes advantage of the distraction and slams him off the apron.
Cage slides back in and Myers immediately puts the boots to him, following up with a vertical suplex into a lateral press for the 1…2…Cage kicks out, Myers immediately slaps on a chinlock. Cage fights out, Myers slides to the floor and trips him up when he goes charging. Myers steps on Cage, posing instead of trying to go for the win. Cage fights out of another chinlock with a series of body shots, Myers rocks him with a kick followed by a jumping Flatliner for the 1…2…not yet. Myers misses a top rope elbowdrop and Cage goes on the offensive, crowd counting along as he lays into Myers with punch after punch and following up with a missile dropkick for the 1…2…shoulder up. Cage measures Myers and connects with a flying European uppercut and signals for the Killswitch, Beale climbs the apron and gets dropped with a dropkick. Cage further takes Beale out with a backbreaker, Myers catches him by surprise with a SPEAR for the 1…2…CAGE KICKS OUT. Myers seats Cage on the top buckle and goes for a superplex, Cage blocks it and connects with a tornado DDT for the 1…2…Myers kicks out. Myers counters a Killswitch by sending Cage throat-first into the top rope, Myers goes for the Roster Cut but Cage counters with a SPEAR followed by a KILLSWITCH for the 1…2…3!
Christian Cage [c] defeated Brian Myers via pinfall to retain the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (12:15)
- JON’S THOUGHTS: The Most Professional Wrestling Match. Myers has done a lot of good work since joining Impact, comedy nonsense and all, and it was cool to see him get the title shot. I didn’t buy for a second he was going to win but I knew it was going to be a solid competitive match and that’s what Christian gave him. Christian Cage vs. Ace Austin next month at Victory Road is going to be AWESOME. (***1/4)
Cage celebrates with the World Championship to close the show.
Emergence 2021 is a show that could easily be lost in the shuffle of a busy SummerSlam weekend but if you skipped and have access I would definitely give it a watch. Not one bad match on the show, with Alexander vs. Something especially being a standout match everyone should check out. No complaints, a good wrestling show that flew by and had no real dips. Impact Wrestling does not phone it in with these specials and they’re worth the price of admission to either Impact Plus or that new YouTube tier they debuted last month.
- FAVORITE MATCH: Josh Alexander vs. Jake Something
- FAVORITE MOMENT: The Influence using the numbers game to beat Taylor Wilde in convincing fashion. I don’t know why I loved this so much but I did. Maybe it’s because Kaleb with a K has the fashion sense I wish I did.