The first show after Slammiversary XVI featured a heavy dose of self-praise for the company's pay-per-view event and the setting up of several new feuds leading into the next big PPV, Bound For Glory, on October 14.
Impact World Champion Austin Aries opened the show. He called Slammiversary the "PPV of the year." Without mentioning other companies by name he ripped on them, saying no one hands him a script and tells him what to say before he talks.
"You want to call yourself the best, you have to step into the ring with the best," Aries said.
Eddie Edwards, fresh off a feud with Tommy Dreamer, snuck up behind him and hit him with a kendo stick in the stomach and then landed the two-arm DDT, setting up the next title feud.
Commentators Don Callis and Josh Mathews were at ringside instead of in the studio for the show.
Taiji Ishimori defeated Petey Williams
The crowd was totally behind Williams, chanting "Petey, Petey," throughout the match.
This was a display of high-flying moves. Ishimori went for a hurricanrana that Williams turned into a powerbomb. Ishimori got the win after he blocked Williams' Canadian Destroyer attempt and hit a suplex into a DDT. In a show of respect, the two men hugged but were then attacked by the Desi Hit Squad, leaving them laid out in the ring.
Backstage, they interviewed Anthony Carelli, formerly Santino Marella in the WWE. Carelli was there to promote some of his wrestling students, when Aries picked a fight with him. Carelli said he would love to fight Aries but that he isn't medically cleared because of a neck injury.
"If you are too old and broken down to step into the ring with the champ, I understand," Aries told him.
Instead his student, Dustin Cameron, challenged Aries to a fight. Aries accepted and walked away.
"At least he paid for his membership in advance," a surprised Carelli said to end the interview segment.
Tessa Blanchard defeated Rebel
Blanchard won with a DDT. Rebel got most of the offense in during the match, allowing Blanchard to show her exceptional selling skills. Blanchard oozes charisma and ring presence, and she appears to be in a league of her own in the Knockouts division.
They showed a package hyping Bound for Glory.
Scarlett Bordeaux appeared in an interview segment looking like a "Price is Right" model in lingerie.
She asked to be referred to as "The Smokeshow." They set up a fan at her feet to blow her hair as she was being interviewed.
"I want to be an inspiration to little girls everywhere," she said. "I want to be remembered as the greatest women’s activist of all time like Marilyn Monroe or Cardi B."
She said she would not be "hot shamed" and that "The Smokeshow is here to make wrestling sexy again."
Johnny Impact defeated Trevor Lee (w/ Caleb Konley)
The crowd was very much into Impact. Lee resembles a young Bruiser Brody. Impact hit a million corkscrew dives in and out of the ring on Lee.
Impact used the top rope to springboard off of, showing his remarkable athleticism. He also hit an amazing corkscrew splash from the top rope outside of the ring onto both Lee and Konley. Impact won the match with the Starship Pain off the top rope.
After the match, Impact grabbed the microphone. "I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to be back in Impact Wrestling," said the 38-year-old veteran.
He said he wants to become the Impact World Champion, but first he has some unfinished business to take care of against Kongo Kong.
Allie was interviewed and she confessed guilt for not being able to stop Madison Rayne from getting locked in the coffin by Su Yung at Slammiversary. She made a promise to stop Yung. Kiera Hogan showed up and said that Allie was not alone and that she would help her put an end to Yung's reign as Knockouts Champion.
Flashback Moment of the Week: Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) defeated Generation Me (Max & Jeremy Buck) (No Surrender 2009)
Tazz referred to Generation Me, better known today as The Young Bucks, as "these two young bucks" who were "Christian athletes." The Motor City Machine Guns won after they hit a "skull on bones" on Jeremy Buck.
X Division Champion Brian Cage defeated Matt Sydal to retain his title
Cage looked big and bloated, but it's hard not to be impressed by his physique and ability to move like a small guy, even though he's not. Sydal continued his new age, third eye gimmick and put on a high-flying clinic against the bigger man. At one point, Cage caught Sydal in mid-air and slammed him into the turnbuckle outside the ring.
Later, Cage hit an impressive 619 on Sydal. Cage hit an F-5 that Sydal kicked out of. Cage eventually won with a suplex into a piledriver.
The show ended with Mathews saying Cage had never been submitted or pinned.