Hey Fight Fans, welcome to our coverage of tonight's edition of IMPACT Wrestling on its new home, AXS TV headlined by a IMPACT World Championship rematch in a steel cage!
-We open the show with the new intro for the show before we go to Josh and Don discussing tonight's show in the middle of the ring.
Marufuji vs Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page
They lock up for a clean break before Maru rocks Josh with a boot and takes Maru down with a single leg before they exchange standing switches and Josh puts Maru in a side headlock. Maru rolls Josh over several times for a series of two counts before Josh transitions into a front face lock and they exchange chops until Josh beats Maru down and hits a jumping knee drop for a quick two count when Maru misses a dropkick. Josh punches and stomps Maru in the corner before hitting a running forearm and Maru hits a cartwheel dropkick before chopping Josh in the corner. Maru hits a snap mare into a meteora and a question mark kick for a two count before Josh hits a rolling senton and a diving knee drop for a two count of his own. Josh hits a full nelson backbreaker for a two count and stomps every limb of Maru Ala Randy Orton before Maru counters a powerbomb into a superkick and hits an enzuigiri and a bicycle knee before they exchange strikes and collapse to the mat. Josh and Maru exchange chops, Maru winning with the knife edge chops before Maru hits a question mark kick and Josh hits a blue thunder bomb for a near fall before Maru hits a crescent kick into a bicycle knee for a near fall. Maru then hits a shiranui for the pin and the win.
Winner: Marufuji defeats Josh Alexander via pinfall with a shiranui.
-After the match Maru offers to shake Josh's hand, but Ethan stops him before they mock him and leave. We then see OvE get into a confrontation with staff in the back, Fulton nearly attacking one of the security before Sami stops him as we go to commercial.
-We get a segment of the Smoke Show in which The Rascalz get Fallah Bahh high and he starts speaking in complete sentences.
Rosemary Jordynne Grace & Alexia Nicole vs Madison Rayne, Taya Valkyrie & Kiera Hogan
Rosemary and Jordynne take control early before clearing the ring as we go to commercial.
We return to the action in the ring to Alexia in control of Kiera until she hits a jawbreaker and Rosemary and Madison come in, Rosemary hitting a running clothesline in the corner into an exploder suplex. Alexia hits a shotgun dropkick into the corner and a snap mare before Taya slams Alexia down to the mat by her hair from the apron for a quick two count. Kiera hits a huricanrrana and Kiera feints an injury before Kiera pokes Alexia in the eye. Madison doesn't tag in when Taya tries to tag her in and Jordynne hits a running splash in the corner into a Vader bomb for a near fall that Madison breaks up. Jordynne then pins Taya with an inside cradle when John E. Bravo accidentally distracts Taya for the pin and the win.
Winner: Jordynne Grace, Alexia Nicole and Rosemary defeat Taya Valkyrie, Kiera Hogan and Madison Rayne via pinfall.
-We get a taped video package from RVD with his wife Katie Forbes in a hot tub where he talks about how all of the big stars today owe everything to him and how he's not sorry for what he did to Rhino as we go to commercial.
Desi Hit Squad vs Rich Swann & Willie Mack
Willie and Rich double up on Rohit after Raj attacks Rich and he and Willie send him out of the ring before Rich kicks Raj in the legs and Raj hits a front suplex into an ushigaroshi. Rich fights off DHS before Rohit hits a flat liner that sends Rich on his head and Rohit and Raj knock Willie off of the apron before doubling up on Rich for a quick two count. Rich comes back with a clothesline and sends Raj into the corner before Willie comes in and hits a double running splash and a cannonball in opposite corners and a Samoan drop into a standing moonsault for a two count. DHS hit an assisted DDT for a near fall before Rich hits a Lethal Injection and Rich hits a diving twisting neckbreaker with Rohit on Willie's shoulders for the pin and the win.
Winner: Rich Swann and Willie Mack defeat the Desi Hit Squad via pinfall.