This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of IMPACT Wrestling on Pop TV. We are just one week away from Bound for Glory, but tonight we have several matches with implications for the event as in our main event Eli Drake and Chris Adonis take on Johnny Impact and Garza JR. Who will gain the upper hand heading into BFG? Be sure to come back here at 8PM EST to find out!
-We open with a recap of the match between EC3 and James Storm taking on El Hijo de Fantasma and Texano in AAA.
Texano & El Hijo de Fantasma vs James Storm & EC3
They go back and forth early in the ring before brawling out of it, then Texano and Hijo crotch Storm with Texano's rope. Hijo dropkicks EC3, then hits a move off of the top before going for the pin only for Texano to shove him out of the way. Hijo then turns on Texano and kicks him in the head and sends him out of the ring before Storm hits the Last Call to Hijo for the pin and the win.
Winner: James Storm & EC3 via pinfall
-We get a video package for oVe in an indie promotion recently.
-We get a video package for the TNA debut of Hulk Hogan on Pluto TV. We then go to Eddie Edwards facing Naomichi Marufuji in Pro Wrestling NOAH for the GHC Heavyweight Championship.
GHC Heavyweight Championship Match
Eddie Edwards (c) vs Naomichi Marufuji
They start the match off by flipping and doing arm drags before hitting a double dropkick in sync, then it skips to Eddie hitting a blue thunder bomb for a near fall. Maru misses a series of kicks, then they counter each others German suplexes until Eddie hits a Saito suplex. Maru comes back with a superkick only for Eddie to drop him with a lariat, then Eddie sends Marufuji out of the ring when he goes for a springboard move from the apron. Eddie gets caught when he goes for a tope to the outside, then Maru pulls up the padding on the floor. Marufuji pulls the railing closer, but Eddie crotches him on it and hits a tope to the outside, both of them going over the railing and into the crowd.
Marufuji hits a piledriver onto the apron before Eddie hits a frankensteiner and a double under hook powerbomb for a near fall before hitting an Emerald Flowsion for the pin and the win.
Winner: Eddie Edwards defeats Naomichi Marufuji via pinfall to retain the GHC Heavyweight Championship.
-We get a recap of a four way X-Division match in the Canadian indie promotion with two local performers, Petey Williams and Idris Abraham where Petey wins with the Canadian Destroyer.
-We get a video package where Eli Drake and Johnny Impact talk about their title match at Bound For Glory next week.
Eli Drake & Chris Adonis vs Johnny Impact & Garza JR
Impact and Garza double team Chris to start the match for a quick two count before Eli grabs Impact's hair and pulls him down, allowing Chris to capitalize. Chris tags Eli in and Eli chokes Impact in the ropes before elbowing him in the midsection repeatedly when he's on the apron. Eli tags Chris in and he hits a leg drop for a quick two count before they start tagging in and out and hitting moves until Impact falls out of the ring. They get back in the ring and Eli gets a near fall after Chris beats on Impact at ringside while Eli distracts the referee. Eli and Chris double team Impact before he rolls around the ring and tags Garza in, Garza hitting a huricanrrana to Chris and a superkick to Eli for a near fall that Chris breaks up.
Garza and Impact double team Eli and hit a double standing moonsault for a near fall before Eli hits a superplex onto Garza for a near fall of his own as we go to commercial.
We come back from commercial to Chris in control of Garza, whipping him across the ring before posing and playing to the crowd for a quick two count. Chris puts Garza in an abdominal stretch before locking in the Adonis Lock, but Garza counters it and goes to tag Impact in, but Chris grapevines his legs before tagging Eli in. Garza hits a jawbreaker before Eli hits a powerslam for a near fall, then Garza manages to tag Impact in. Johnny hits a single legged lariat to Chris before sending Eli off of the apron and hitting a PK for a near fall. Impact hits an enzuigiri and a springboard corkscrew cross body for a near fall that Eli breaks up, Garza sending Eli out of the ring before Eli drops Garza onto the railing. Chris then accidentally clotheslines Eli off of the apron before Impact rolls Chris up for the pin and the win.
Winner: Johnny Impact & Garza JR via pinfall
Lashley vs Moose
Lashley uses Moose's aggression against him and beats him down after side-stepping him before Moose comes back with a dropkick and chops in the corner. Moose drops Lashley with more chops before Lashley beats him down with a right hand and series of elbows to the back of the neck. Moose sets Lashley on the top turnbuckle before dropkicking him off of it and sending him to the floor as we go to commercial.
Moose chips Lashley and suplexes him at ringside before rolling him back into ring only for him to get distracted by Dan at ringside and Lashley kick him back out of the ring. Dan chokes Moose on the floor as Lashley distracts the referee, then Lashley goes out after him and beats on him while playing to the crowd. Lashley rolls Moose back into the ring and hits a neckbreaker after getting a drink of water for a quick two count. Moose fights out of a headlock before Lashley drops him with a back elbow and plays to the crowd more, then Moose hits a series of running moves in the corner. Moose hits a hesitation dropkick before Dan gets in the ring and lays Moose out with a foreign object for the disqualification.
Winner: Moose via disqualification
-After the match Lashley spears Moose, then Stephan attacks him, but is quickly overpowered by the entire American Top Team before Moose comes in and equalizes everything with a chair powerbombs one of them out of the ring and onto everyone else. Stephan and Moose then celebrate in the ring as ATT leave up the ramp as we go off the air