IMPACT Wrestling returns this evening with their latest weekly show on AXS TV.
On tap for tonight’s edition of IMPACT On AXS TV is a 20-man battle royal with implications in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet at Bound For Glory, a summit between Christian Cage and Josh Alexander, Willie Mack vs. Rohit Raju vs. El Phantasmo in an eliminator for the vacant X-Division title bout at Bound For Glory, as well as Chris Sabin vs. Chris Bey.
Featured below are complete IMPACT On AXS TV results from Thursday, October 14, 2021.
IMPACT ON AXS TV RESULTS (10/14/2021)
This week’s show kicks off with a recap of last Thursday night’s episode, including the main event and post-match scene between Christian Cage and Josh Alexander.
El Phantasmo vs. Rohit Raju vs. Willie Mack (X-Division Title Eliminator)
We shoot inside the IMPACT Zone where Josh Mathews and D’Lo Brown welcome us to this week’s show. The Bullet Club theme hits and out comes El Phantasmo. He is accompanied by Hikuleo and Chris Bey.
They settle into the ring and then Rohit Raju makes his way out and heads down to the ring. When he gets in the ring, his music dies down and then the familiar sounds of Willie Mack’s theme hits.
Mack joins the other two in the ring and this opening triple-threat match is about to get underway. The winner will advance to the vacant X-Division Championship match at the upcoming Bound For Glory pay-per-view.
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this one. Willie Mack gets off to a good start, and also gets the crowd on his side right out of the gate, as they chant his name while he dominates Phantasmo and Raju early on.
Phantasmo ends up taking over and beating down Mack in the ring. He goes for the cover, but Mack kicks out. He runs and hits a dive on Raju on the floor and then re-enters the ring to hit a follow-up high spot on Mack for another near fall.
He ends up going to the well one too many times and Raju crotches him on the top-rope and then hangs him upside down in the tree of woe. He and Mack then take turns running and splashing onto the upside down Bullet Club member. He hits a top-rope double stomp on Mack for a near fall after that.
Now we see Mack go on another fired up offensive run of dominance. He gets both Phantasmo and Raju on his shoulders and hits a double Samoan Drop on both of them at the same time. The fans start chanting his name again and then he hits a standing double moonsault splash on both guys. He goes for the double cover and they both kick out.
Willie Mack hits a stunner on Phantasmo after clearing Raju out of the ring, but when he goes for the cover, Hikuleo and Chris Bey hop up on the apron. He knocks them off and hits a dive but then re-enters the ring to Raju trying to steal the win with a roll-up. Mack kicks out. Flatliner from Raju and another pin fall gets another kick out from Mack.
Phantasmo slows down Raju with a big punch where the sun don’t shine. He then hits his hands trapped behind the back piledriver on Raju and covers him for the pin fall victory. With the win, El Phantasmo moves on to the vacant X-Division title match at Bound For Glory.
Winner and ADVANCING to vacant X-Division title match at Bound For Glory: El Phantasmo
Ace Austin & Madman Fulton Talk Plans For Tonight & Bound For Glory
After the opening match, we head to a commercial break. When we return, we shoot backstage to Gia Miller, who is standing by with Madman Fulton and Ace Austin. She asks them about being in the 20-man battle royal with Bound For Glory Call Your Shot Gauntlet implications later tonight. They talk about their plans for tonight and how they will help Austin get back to the title he wants to capture. Fulton is committed to helping Austin win tonight so he can be the number 20 entrant in the match, while he will be number one.
Savannah Evans vs. Lady Frost
We head back into the IMPACT Zone inside Skyway Studios after that and Savannah Evans makes her way down to the ring for our next match of the evening.
As she settles into the squared circle, her music dies down. Now the theme for Lady Frost hits and out she comes. She settles into the ring and her music dies down.
The bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with this one-on-one match in the Knockouts division. Frost goes right after the larger Savannah straight out of the gate, and the fans get behind her with a “Let’s go Frost!” chant.
This doesn’t last long, however, as Evans quickly shifts the momentum in her favor, using her size and strength advantage to her benefit as she begins ragdolling the smaller Frost from one side of the ring to the other.
We see Frost start to fight back into competitive form, and she ends up getting in some offense, but again, seconds later Savannah takes back over. As soon as she does, Mathews talks us into a mid-match commercial break as the action continues.
When we return from the break, we see Frost return to offensive form but again, only for it to be short-lived as Savannah takes back over and then finishes her off for the victory.
Winner: Savannah Evans
Deonna Purrazzo Confronts Savannah Evans
Deonna Purrazzo comes out with Matt Rehwoldt and confronts Savannah Evans and Tasha Steelz in the ring after the match. She talks about Mickie James returning next week and says she gets to pick her opponent. She asks Savannah to take the match. Savannah accepts.
Steve Maclin With A Message Ahead Of Bound For Glory
We shoot to a message from Steve Maclin, who talks about being a private person before opening up and talking about his history with ribbon-chasers. He vows to become X-Division Champion at Bound For Glory. He promises it will be tag ’em, bag ’em and mayhem for all. We head to another commercial break.
Gail Kim & Decay Talk The IInspiration Coming To Bound For Glory
We return from the break to Gia Miller standing by with Gail Kim. She asks her about Knockouts Knockdown and The IInspiration joining IMPACT. In comes Rosemary and Decay who asks Kim if she really wants to do this. In walks a fed-ex man who hands Gail a letter. She lets Gia read it. Gia reads it and its’ an arrogant message from The IInspiration about their title shot against the Decay duo at Bound For Glory. Decay reacts in typical fashion and walks off.
VSK vs. Rich Swann
Now we head back inside the IMPACT Zone and we see Brian Myers bringing The Learning Tree down to the ring for our next bout of the show.
They settle into the ring and their music dies down, and then we hear the familiar sounds of Rich Swann’s theme song. Swann makes his way down to the ring and settles in as well.
We hear the bell and we’re off-and-running. Swann jumps off to an early lead, but it isn’t long before VSK takes over. VSK dominates the offense for a couple of minutes as the commentators sing his praises.
Finally, Swann takes over and fires up for a big comeback. He ends up capping that off with his impressive Phoenix Splash off the top-rope for the pin fall victory.
Winner: Rich Swann
The Final Goodbyes From Swinger’s Palace
While some sad, sappy music plays, we see some more goofy “goodbyes” from Johnny Swinger and the folks like Hernandez, Deano and several others from Swinger’s Palace. Typical stuff. We see Swinger turn down a rat and then Chris Sabin enters and talks to Swingerella #2, whose real name is Riley. They have a sappy love moment as well. He turns her down as well because of his love for the wrestling ring. We see a highlight reel of the best memorable and funny moments from Swinger’s Palace as Sabin sits and remembers these moments by himself. He ends by saying he’ll always love this place as the camera pulls away in super dramatic fashion and the lights slowly turn off one by one until we fade into a commercial break.
Heath Signs IMPACT Contract And Gets First Match Set
We return from the break and Heath enters Scott D’Amore’s office. He says he was promised a contract when he was healthy. He says he’s cleared to return. D’Amore says he’s a man of his word. He hands him his contract. Heath asks for himself and Rhino against VBD as his first match back before signing. D’Amore says that’s fine with him but isn’t sure about Rhino. Heath says he’s his best friend and he’ll figure that out. D’Amore agrees. Heath signs and the match is set for Bound For Glory. If Rhino doesn’t show up, Heath is willing to go it alone. Heath ends the segment with a loud “Oh baby!”
Chris Bey vs. Chris Sabin
Now we head back inside the IMPACT Zone and Chris Bey makes his way down to the ring as Josh Mathews sings the praises of the Finese Club shirt sales at Shop IMPACT.
The Bullet Club member settles into the ring and his theme music dies down. Now we hear the familiar sounds of Chris Sabin’s theme song. He makes his way out accompanied by FinJuice — Juice Robinson and David Finlay, to even things up, as Bey has The Bullet Club out with him.
We see the two lock up as the bell sounds and we’re off-and-running with what is earning a lot of praise from the taping as a must-see match between Bey and Sabin here on IMPACT On AXS TV.
Sabin and Bey have a cool back-and-forth arm-drag spot, with some unique entries to the arm-drag, etc. Now things are breaking out between The Bullet Club and FinJuice at ringside. The referee sees this and kicks all four men out from ringside, forcing them all to go to the back and leave Sabin and Bey alone in the ring to duke it out without any interference or distractions.
Chris Sabin starts to dominate the action when they reengage after their friends are ejected from ringside. Sabin goes for a move on the apron but Bey kicks him and hops on the ropes for a flying elbow drop to the back of Sabin’s head. Now Bey is in control of the offense as the fans try and rally behind Sabin.
Now Sabin does try and fire up but Bey cuts him off and takes back over. He heads to the top and comes off with a flying clothesline that helps him regain the offensive control of the contest. Some dueling “Too Sweet!” and “Sabin” chants break out as Sabin tries fighting back again.
A rolling buster from Sabin helps him shift the offensive momentum back in his favor for the first time in a while. Bey tries cutting it short by hoisting Sabin up for the torture rack. He swings him down for a neckbreaker and is now once again back in control of things, but is slow to get up, as is Sabin.
Bey plays to the crowd as he gets up and waits for Sabin to get up before looking for the Art of Finese. Sabin avoided it and countered with a roll-up. Bey hits a jumping leg lariat that gets him another close near fall. A “let’s go Sabin!” and “let’s go Bey!” dueling chant breaks out as Bey heads to the top-rope. He goes for the big splash but Sabin moves and then tries rolling him up, only for Bey to kick out.
Both men pop up and explode into clotheslines and now both men are back down. The referee begins counting them both as fans break out into a loud “IMPACT Wrestling! IMPACT Wrestling!” chant. From their knees, both guys trade back-and-forth shots as the crowd reacts.
Back on their feet, they continue to trade shots and then they start mixing in brutal back-and-forth chops. Sabin hits a gut shot on Bey but Bey blasts him with one of his own and some follow-up kicks. Sabin flips Bey backwards and then catches Bey with a jumping enzugiri as Bey was soaring in his direction. Sabin hits the Cradle Shock immediately after this and scores the pin fall victory. Great, great match.
Winner: Chris Sabin
Alex Zayne Confronts, Challenges Trey Miguel
We shoot backstage to Gia Miller who is with Trey Miguel. She says the X-Division Championship triple-threat match is set with himself, Steve Maclin and El Phantasmo going at it at Bound For Glory. Miguel talks about his chances in the match and up walks Alex Zayne. He talks about Miguel having a buzz around here but reminds him that he can not and will not beat Alex Zayne, he beat Laredo Kid. Miguel asks if that means he wants to go one-on-one. Zayne agrees. We head to commercial.
The Good Brothers Talk Bound For Glory
When we return from the break, we see The Good Brothers in their latest black-and-white message from their vacation. They talk about doing everything together. They bring up IMPACT management not accepting their booking suggestions. They bring up Bound For Glory is only nine days away and they still do not have any opponents. They want an answer by the end of tonight.
20-Man Battle Royal With Call Your Shot Gauntlet Implications
We head back inside the IMPACT Zone and we see the ring is already filled up with 19 of the 20 competitors in our advertised battle royal with implications on the Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match at the upcoming Bound For Glory pay-per-view.
Remember, the winner of this match will be the final entrant in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match at Bound For Glory, while the runner-up in the match will be the first entrant in the aforementioned bout at this month’s IMPACT PPV event.
Moose enters the ring and the bell sounds to get this one off-and-running. We see Alisha Edwards eliminated almost immediately. Seconds later, Johnny Swinger eliminates himself. Rachael Ellering and others are eliminated right before we head to a mid-match commercial break as the action in this battle royal continues.
As we settle back in from the break, we see a handful of bodies still remaining in the ring for this battle royal. The commentators remind us of the stakes in this match and then we see Fulton using himself as a human shield to protect Ace Austin from being eliminated. Decay are trying to eliminate W. Morrissey but Morrissey shucks them off and starts dominating the action along with Moose.
Fulton looks to eliminate Jake Something and does with help from Ace Austin. Fulton grabs Brandi Lauren and Kimber Lee. They mist him in the eyes. He eliminates them anyways. Fallah Bahh is also eliminated.
We’re down to Matt Cardona, W. Morrissey, Moose, Ace Austin, Madman Fulton and Chris Sabin. Fulton eliminates Cardona. Morrissey and Moose stare down Fulton and those three go at it while Sabin and Austin continue to recover.
Morrissey and Moose hit a double boot to Fulton to eliminate him. Austin is dealing with Sabin and doesn’t realize this. We head to another mid-match commercial break as the action in this battle royal continues with the few remaining participants left in the contest.
When we return from the break, all four men are still remaining, but it’s clear that Moose and Morrissey are in control of things. They go to eliminate Austin, he avoids it and then tries to convince them to eliminate Sabin first. They pretend to agree and then turn around, grab Austin and launch him over the ropes onto Fulton to eliminate him.
Now we’re down to Chris Sabin, W. Morrissey and Moose. One of these men will be the final entrant in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet at Bound For Glory. One will be the first entrant. Moose is thrown to the apron on the other side of the ropes. He gets eliminated. Morrissey goes to eliminate Sabin, but stops him.
Whoever wins will be the final entrant, the other will be the first. Moose helps Morrissey avoid elimination and now he begins to dominate Sabin. Morrissey finally throws Sabin over the top and out to the floor, eliminating him and winning in the process.
Winner: W. Morrissey
Bound For Glory Summit: Christian Cage & Josh Alexander
We return from the break to an empty arena with Josh Mathews hosting a sit-down discussion with Bound For Glory headliners — IMPACT Champion Christian Cage and challenger Josh Alexander.
Mathews starts by thanking them for being professional tonight. He starts with Cage and asks him about what it meant to beat Kenny Omega to capture the title. He says he didn’t come back to slap his chest and just say peeps. He came back to win championships, so to come back and beat Omega to become the face of IMPACT is a big deal to him.
From there, Mathews asks Alexander about his decision to use his right to use Option C as the X-Division Championship, meaning give up the title and challenge for the IMPACT World Championship, which is what he’s doing against Christian Cage at Bound For Glory. He talks about beating Chris Sabin being the deciding moment. He says as difficult as it was to hand over the title, he says he knows the prize waiting on the other end — the IMPACT World Title — is that much sweeter.
Mathews talks about Cage and Alexander both being Canadian born and both having dealt with career-threatening injuries. He asks if he sees any similarities between himself and Alexander. He says there’s the obvious but then makes it clear that no one is the ring general or veteran that he is.
Now Mathews asks if Alexander sees any of Christian Cage in himself. He says it’s hard not to because he also came from a small town in Canada and wants to make it to the top like Christian did. He admits he has followed Christian’s career all the way up until this point. He says he’s the wild card and Christian can’t say the same and that’s an advantage he’ll have at Bound For Glory.
Christian is asked about the big stage of Bound For Glory. He says he’s been on the big stages before as champion and challenger. He then talks about how he has actually seen Josh Alexander’s career more than he thinks. He brings up a few times how he doesn’t think Alexander is able to keep control of his emotions.
A clip is shown of Christian Cage being asked at a convention about who from outside AEW he would want to face. Someone asks him about Josh Alexander and Cage jokes about not knowing who that is. When we return to them in the ring live, we see Alexander lose his cool after Cage claimed it was simply some good old fashioned ribbing. Alexander loses his cool worse and says he doesn’t want to hear it. He walks off mad. Cage mentions again how he can’t keep control of his emotions and that’s how this week’s show goes off the air. Thanks for joining us!
IMPACT ON AXS TV REACTION (10/14/2021)
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