Scott D'Amore, Don Callis and Tony Khan Addressed the Impact World Championship During an IMPACT and AEW Summit
I was intrigued to see what would happen in this segment more than anything else on the show and I had no problem with it kicking off the night. Callis and even D'Amore played their roles well, but what this segment proved to me was that Khan should never be a regular on-air character. He's just too damn awkward. We found out here that Kenny Omega vs. Moose for the Impact World Championship at Against All Odds will be happening at Daily's Place (AEW's home turf) on Saturday as well as that the winner will defend against Sami Callihan at Slammiversary. Both announcements were notable and I'm interested to see whether Omega vs. Moose will happen in front of an audience or if the venue will be empty.
Rosemary def. Havok
If Havok beat Rosemary, she would have been added to the Impact Knockouts Championship match at Against All Odds to make it a three-way. Thankfully, that was not the case. Havok already had her shot at Under Siege and lost, so I'm glad they're keeping it one-on-one between Rosemary and Purrazzo at the event. I've never particularly cared for the matches these two have had together, but at least they kept it on the shorter side with the right outcome.
Impact Knockouts Tag Team Champion Tasha Steelz def. Kimber Lee
Lee and Susan will be challenging Fire 'N Flava for the Impact Knockouts Tag Team Championship at Against All Odds. It's not a match I want to see personally, but I guess it keeps Fire 'N Flava busy before Slammiversary. I was glad IMPACT didn't do the same tired trope of having one of the challengers beat one-half of the champions before the event as that would've been too predictable. This was perfectly fine and the aftermath indicated that Rosemary and Havok will be next in line for a tag title shot post-Against All Odds.
Trey Miguel and Petey Williams def. Rohit Raju and Chris Bey
If any one thing is evident about IMPACT right now, it's that the X-Division just doesn't miss, as seen here. This was a very fun tag team match while it lasted that gave the babyfaces the momentum boost heading into Saturday's number one contender's five-way. The backstage interaction between Josh Alexander and Ace Austin beforehand led to the two coming out post-match and Williams hitting a super Canadian Destroyer on Madman Fulton off the top rope, which was a hell of a visual.
Eddie Edwards def. Joe Doering by Disqualification
I was wondering how this was going to end up with Edwards being as big of a name as he is for IMPACT and Doering gearing up for a match against Kojima at Against All Odds. Neither man should've lost here, so I guess the non-finish made sense. It was a nothing match and not very exciting since it was over in a matter of minutes. It just served as basic build for Kojima vs. Doering, though what I saw from Doering here didn't give me much hope for that matchup.
W. Morrissey def. Willie Mack in a No Disqualification Match
This felt a lot like Mack's No Disqualification matches against Moose several months ago. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it followed the same formula with the heel dominating a majority of the match, Mack battling back for a bit, and the heel going over decisively. Mack is such a stepping stone at this point it's not even funny. I mean, he almost has to turn on his friend Rich Swann at some point, right? In all seriousness, this was a quality main event with the post-match angle setting up Morrissey vs. Swann for Against All Odds nicely.
IMPACT always does a superb job of building up their monthly Impact Plus specials and this was no exception. Omega vs. Moose being announced for Daily's Place was the most newsworthy thing on the entire episode, but the rest of the show was solid with everything serving a purpose. I appreciate that IMPACT has kept the filler to a minimum lately by instead packing the two hours with entertaining action and storyline progression. Against All Odds has my interest, if only for how it will shape Slammiversary.