Steve Maclin def. Eddie Edwards by Disqualification
I'm curious if Maclin is a full-fledged face now or this will only be temporary. Either way, this was a really good opener. I love that they worked with intensity and kept the pace exciting throughout. I didn't mind the disqualification finish as it protected both men and led to the post-match brawl between Honor No More and the members of the IMPACT roster. Heath and Vincent's verbal exchange segued into their impromptu match nicely.
Heath def. Vincent
I wrote last week about how random of a challenger Heath was to Moose's Impact World Championship at Sacrifice, and even though it's clearly a filler feud, they needed to give Heath at least a shred of credibility ahead of Saturday. Vincent was an acceptable person to take the loss because it's not like he's the focal point of Honor No More, though I'm a big fan of his work. This was a solid match that gave Heath a necessary victory.
Masha Slamovich def. Raychell Rose
Slamovich's streak of dominance continues, this week against Raychell Rose, who I remember appearing on AEW Dark once or twice last week as an enhancement talent. This went slightly longer than Slamovich's last squash, but not by much. These squashes have been enjoyable, but as I've said before, I'm ready for her to start facing some legitimate competition and be placed in a program with someone else on the roster.
Impact Knockouts Tag Team Champion Cassie Lee def. Madison Rayne
It was announced that we will finally be getting The IInspiration vs. The Influence's Rayne and Tenille Dashwood for the Impact Knockouts Tag Team Championship at Sacrifice. It was supposed to happen two other times but had to be delayed to COVID-related reasons. The feud has been fun at points, but I'm ready for other women's tag teams to be featured, especially since The IInspiration have been champions for over four months now and have yet to do much of anything. This was a perfectly fine match, though Lee winning didn't make The Influence look like a threat to the titles at all going into Saturday.
Tasha Steelz def. Chelsea Green in an Impact Knockouts Championship No. 1 Contender's Match
Steelz wanted a rematch with Mickie James coming out of her loss to her at No Surrender, but I didn't think she'd actually get it. However, I'm glad she is because I think they can have a better match at Sacrifice if given the time. Steelz and Green worked well together and had a quality contest with Savannah Evans' interference costing Green the win. It will be interesting to see when Green finally snaps on James and that feud kicks off because you know it's coming.
JONAH def. Johnny Swinger
JONAH has been murdering dudes for nearly two months now since losing to Josh Alexander at Hard to Kill. IMPACT has booked him well, though I'm not 100 percent sure whether he's supposed to be a babyface or a heel. He'll beat up a fan favorite like Swinger (who actually asked for this but was defeated decisively and quickly as he should have been), but then he'll square off with a heel in PCO. Either way, him against PCO should be a hell of a hoss fight.
Bullet Club (Jay White, Chris Bey and Impact World Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers) def. Guerillas of Destiny and Violent By Design (Joe Doering and Deaner)
This main event started out so chaotic that it was deemed a No Disqualification match before the bell rang. They definitely benefited from that stipulation because this was all over the place. Good Brothers' in-ring work can tedious at times, so this was probably the best type of match for them to be in with White once again being the highlight. It wasn't without its hiccups, but all in all, this was a treat. Bullet Club maintain momentum with the win while G.O.D. continue to look to give White his comeuppance for turning on them.
On this edition of IMPACT! Wrestling, we got plenty of action in the Knockouts division, plenty of progression for several feuds, and plenty of hype for Sacrifice on Saturday. I call that a successful show. We also got that one above-average match in the main event, so this episode had a little bit of everything. I'm going to sound like a broken record and I apologize, but IMPACT is killing it at the moment and I'm excited for Sacrifice despite the two-week build. I think they can put together a strong special per usual.