Rosemary and Taya Valkyrie def. Nevaeh & Havok and Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz in a Three-Way Tag Team Match
IMPACT's Knockouts tag team division continues to heat up and the return of the Knockouts Tag Team Championship might be imminent. I liked how this was positioned as the opener because it kicked off the night on a chaotic note and the in-ring action was largely enjoyable. The commentators noted how Rosemary and Valkyrie have been very successful as a team lately ahead of Rosemary's wedding to John E. Bravo. It made the most sense for them to win.
Crazzy Steve def. Fallah Bahh
These two got into it in the back when Steve somewhat stood up for Johnny Swinger. Bahh accused Steve of Swinger's "young boy," so that's how this match came about. I like both of these guys, but this was pretty pointless and dumb. The only positive thing I can say about it is that it didn't last longer than it needed to. They'll both be a part of the wedding party for Rosemary and John E. Bravo, but I'd still consider this a waste of time.
Heath, Rhino, Alisha Edwards, Hernandez and Cousin Jake def. Brian Myers, Tommy Dreamer, Tenille Dashwood, Johnny Swinger and Cody Deaner
It was recently announced that the Call Your Shot Battle Royal will return at Bound for Glory and these 10 people will be taking part in it. The winning team advanced to a five-way match on next week's IMPACT! Wrestling where the winner will earn the coveted No. 20 spot. Most of this was played up for comedy, and while I would have been fine with that here and there, it turned into complete overkill and ruined anything it had going for it. The only thing worth noting about this is that Heath picked up the pinfall win for his team, and if he wins the Battle Royal, he'll get a spot on the roster. If not, he'll be barred from the building going forward and Rhino will join him in the unemployment line.
Kylie Rae def. Kimber Lee
I may have said this before, but this was easily Lee's best and most memorable match since coming to IMPACT earlier this year. This was quite competitive, which was both refreshing and problematic. Lee should be on the same level as most women in this division, but she hasn't been booked that way lately. In fact, she's lost almost every match she's had in the company this year, so Rae taking so long to beat her may not necessarily have been a good thing. On the whole, however, this was fun and Rae got to show off her mean streak a bit which she'll need come Bound for Glory.
Doc Gallows def. Madman Fulton in a No Disqualification Match
This started off as a standard singles match before the two were counted out while brawling on the outside, which caused it to be restarted as a No Disqualification matchup. It became an enjoyable battle of the big men after the commercial break with both guys holding their own. I thought it was weird that Fulton was pinned in last week's main event and then he was beaten again here. Does that mean he and Austin are primed to become Impact World Tag Team Champions at Bound for Glory?
Rich Swann Saved Scott D'Amore From Impact World Champion Eric Young
To say everyone has delivered in their roles throughout this feud would be an understatement. Even D'Amore has done well with what he's had to do, though it's slightly illogical that he wouldn't just fire Young for attacking him the way he did here. Otherwise, this was great stuff with Young showing fantastic fire as a heel and a completely-cleared Swann coming to the rescue. I didn't expect Swann vs. Young to be such an anticipated main event for Bound for Glory six months ago, but here we are and I'm digging it.
Following what we saw from Swann and Young, there was a cinematic brawl at an undisclosed location between Moose and EC3. I thought that's what we were getting at Bound for Glory, but maybe their interaction on this episode was supposed to serve as a small preview of that. On the whole, this was another rock solid edition of IMPACT! Wrestling. The card for Bound for Glory is pretty much set in stone for next Saturday night and the build for the pay-per-view on this show was very well done. The stuff with Steve and Bahh was pure filler, but at least it was kept short and sweet and everything else served a purpose.