7 big debuts, including three former world champs. Plus a couple of surprise returns.
Don Callis was back on commentary alongside Josh Matthews.
“The Rascalz” Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz began the night by throwing out an open challenge. I figured it would be the Good Brothers or Rhyno and his partner, but in the shock of the night it was the Motor City Machine Guns. Motor City won in a surprise. I had figured that Rascalz would go over to build a sense of momentum for Trey in the main event. During the match the commentators lightly noted that Chris Sabin was technically a former world champ, but the lack of emphasis implied that another would be returning later.
1. Motor City Machine Guns defeated the Rascalz
Incidentally, prior to tonight, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, and Ken Shamrock were the only ones on the roster who were a former world champion, from what I recall. That adds to the fresh feel.
2. Moose (c) defeated Tommy Dreamer to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a hardcore type match
Look forward to seeing Moose show the returning stars just why he is the best that TNA has ever had on its roster. Weirdly, the TNA strap has been redesigned, and is now white colored leather.
3. The Women’s Gauntlet Match for Number One Contendership of the Impact Knockouts Championship: Kylie Rae entered in the first two and outlasted everyone else to win the title shot. She outlasted: Fake Taya Valkyrie, Tasha Steelz, Havok, Fake Rosemary, Madison Rayne, Naveah, Alisha Edwards, Susie Young, Katie Forbes (surprise entrant), Kiera Hogan, Kimber Lee, Rosemary, and Taya Valkyrie.
During the match the commentators noted that the Knockouts Tag Team titles may be returning. Ray/Young, Valkyrie/Rosemary, Steelz/Hogan, and Naveah/Havok were existing teams in the match, with six other Knockouts on the roster left to form a few more. A lot more potential teams than when the Knockouts Tag titles last existed.
Many households had their stream cut out at this point, missing the debut of Heath Slater. Heath arrived through the (empty) crowd, grabbed a mic and tried to accept the Rascalz challenge and/or the world title match. Rohit Raju wanted some TV time (which makes me think Russo is also returning as a writer) and brawled with him. Slater came out on top. Later in the evening, him and Rhyno met up before Scott D’Amore kicked Slater out. Slater's not yet on the roster, so can't visit due to the Coronavirus closed set. Rhyno told Slater to come back on Impact on Tuesday.
4. X-Division Championship: Chris Bey defeated Willie Mack (c) cleanly
Johnny Swinger was around the arena causing mischief earlier in the night, but did not come into play.
5. Tag Team Championship: “The North” All Ego Ethan Page and Josh Alexander (c) defeated Ken Shamrock and Sami Callihan due to the latter team not having good synergy
Afterwards Motor City Machine Guns revealed they were going to challenge for the titles on Impact this week.
7. Impact World Heavyweight Championship: Elimination Match
Trey v. Ace Austin (w/Madman Fulton) v. Eddie Edwards v. ???
Rich Swann revealed that his leg is healed, and he's good to wrestle: Entering into the match as the 4th challenger.
That lasted about a second before Eric Young returned in his evil crazy persona (only beardless this time) as the second returning champion of the night. Prior to the unpleasantness with Elgan and Blanchard, this was originally going to be a traditional Slammiversary 5-way match--and it will be again, with Young as the bonus surprise 5th challenger.
Fulton interfered too early, and got sent backstage.
Trey's bloodfeud with Ace got the better of him. Trey prevented Ace from being eliminated by someone else, since Trey wasn't done with Ace--but that wound up leaving Trey distracted enough to be pinned by Young.
Swann later pinned Young. Young wasn't expecting that, and attacked Young with a chair, re-injuring Swann's leg. That made Swann weak enough to be eliminated by Ace.
After a heated finish Eddie Edwards scored the final pin, earning him his long deserved second title reign.
Afterwards Fulton came out to attack Edwards but got chased off by the Good Brothers, who wound up -not- reforming Aces and Eights tonight. No sign of D-Lo Brown.